Brice C. Trossbach was born on October 4, 1997. Brice was one of the most levelheaded, unwavering, positive, and kind people you could meet. He loved life and everything in it. Anyone who knew him was proud to have known such an amazing, big-hearted person. The guys at work dubbed him “Brucie,” and it was truly always Brucie’s time to shine. Whatever he did, it was 110%. He was a mentor, a brother to many, and a shining light to whomever he was around.
Brice grew up in a close family on the family farm. He strived to be like his father and was Momma’s boy. Anytime you’d find Brice, he’d be with his older brother, Jared, and all his younger cousins who he was like a brother to. Brice was very active with 4-H growing up and active in the farming community of St. Mary’s County. Brice’s passion for the fire service started at birth, growing up in the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, where his father is a life member and his brother is a member. You would often find Brice and his brother covered in grease head to toe, helping their dad complete his engineer duties. Brice was fourth generation in the LVFD. He also volunteered at Bay District Volunteer Fire Department. His commitment to community and service was unfaltering.
Brice met the love of his life, Cheyenne, in 2017. Although they grew up together, he finally knew she was the one. Cheyenne was the light of his world and brought the most out of him. They became engaged on December 20, 2021. Brice, Cheyenne, his brother, and sister-in-law, Kaitlyn, were the four best friends. Brice enjoyed being with all his friends and was always having fun, but his favorite person to hang out with was his nephew, Rhett.
Brice began his career with Naval District Washington Fire and Emergency Services in August 2019. For him, this was a major aspiration in life. Growing up as a volunteer, he wanted to turn his passion into a career. He started at Naval Air Station Patuxent River Station 1, advancing in his career fast and always being the best he could be. He had a passion as union rep of IAFF F121 and wanted to help anyone he could. He transferred to Station 2 and remained there until June 27, 2023. On that tragic morning, he was killed while operating on a mutual aid house fire when the house collapsed while he was operating the primary handline. His reputation preceded him, as he was truly a fireman’s fireman. He was dedicated to service and “making the push.”
Brice’s work ethic, musty mustache, blue eyes, and little giggle laugh touched everyone he encountered. We will continue his legacy and carry him with us forever until we meet again.