Remembering Marv Gruber

Beloved NCC community member died a hero in the line of duty


For more than 15 years, Marvin Gruber was a fixture in the Office of Public Safety, committed to the welfare of all those who called NCC home, students, faculty and staff members alike. As assistant chief of public safety, Gruber was a frequent sight on campus and always in the mix to handle matters at special events, athletics games or just lend a helping hand when needed.

All of that came to a screeching halt on Wednesday night when Gruber, a volunteer with the New Tripoli Fire Department, lost his life while fighting a fire in West Penn Township. He was one of two fire fighters who died when they became trapped on the burning structure’s second floor and were unable to escape. 

“Marv was a long-time and beloved member of the NCC community having worked at college for 22 years, the last 15 in the Department of Public Safety,” said Chief of Public Safety Keith Morris. “He died a hero in the line of duty, doing what he did best, helping and protecting others while selflessly serving his community with honor and integrity.”

In honor of Gruber all college flags on NCC campuses were lowered to half-mast. Details of funeral arrangements and services will be shared as soon as they are available.

“Marv was a bright spot within our organization, serving with integrity and honor,” said Morris. “He will be profoundly missed.”