Dave was born in Plattsburgh, New York on August 19, 1963. He attended Springfield College, in Springfield, Massachusetts, graduating in 1995. He became a paramedic in 1992, and then a firefighter/ paramedic in 1995, and served in the City of Santa Clara for 10 years, promoting to Driver/Engineer in 2001. Dave was awarded a Lifesaving Award and the Optimist Club's Firefighter of the Year award in 2005. Dave also was an instructor of fire science at Mission College.
Dave fought a long, hard and courageous battle and was an inspiration for us as he stood firm against the suffering he endured. He never backed down or complained. Dave passed away on July 22, 2006, after a 20 month battle with stage 4 melanoma with metastasis to the brain. Dave was the devoted husband of Tricia Euerle, and the loving father of Sophie, Sammy, Gracie, and Isabella.
All of Dave’s children have since received the California Fire Foundation’s Daniel A. Terry Scholarship for fallen firefighters’ children.
Santa Clara City Firefighters Local 1171 and Santa Clara City Fire Department are saddened to announce the loss of one of their own. Fire Captain Troy Buzzell took his own life on February 1, 2021 after a battle with work related PTSD.
In addition to his time as a volunteer firefighter, Brother Buzzell was a 15-year veteran of the Santa Clara City Fire Department. He was heavily involved in all aspects of firefighting, including being a highly respected truck and rescue instructor, Wildland Engine Boss, and member of the FEMA California Task Force 3 - Urban Search and Rescue Team. Brother Buzzell was known for his attention to detail and commitment to excellence. He served his community with honor and distinction and was held in the highest regard by his peers.
Brother Buzzell is survived by his wife and two children.
To honor Brother Buzzell's life of service, donations are being accepted on behalf of the family. A GoFundMe account has been created in his name.