NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley EMS Coordinator Michael J. Rossi Jr. died in the line of duty Friday May 19.
Rossi, 51, was found unresponsive in his office at the Nutley Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad by members of the squad. His colleagues were not able to revive him. Rossi was pronounced dead at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville NJ.
He was the E.M.S. Coordinator for the Nutley Emergency Rescue Squad and a member of the squad since he was a teenager. He received the Unit Citation Bar from the Rescue Squad and was the recipient of the Nutley Jaycees Distinguished Service Award in the field of public safety in 2011. Michael was a Pace University Graduate and a member of the DKE Fraternity. He was an avid NY Giants and NY Rangers fan.
His is survived by his loving wife, Marianne (Grasso) Rossi and his father, Michael J. Rossi, Sr. He was predeceased by his mother, the late Angela (Galeotafiore) Rossi and his brother, the late Robert A. Rossi, M.D. He is also survived by his sister, Maria Donadia Rossi and her children, Lacey, Anthony John “AJ” & Nicholas and his devoted K-9 companion, Beauty.
Viewing will be held at S.W. Brown and Son Funeral Home, 267 Centre St., Nutley from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday May 22.
A mass celebrating his life will be held at Holy Family Church located at 28 Brookline Ave., Nutley at 10 a.m. Tuesday May 23,. Interment will be Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield.