Department of Labor administrative hearing officer Barry Hirshbein passed away Wednesday night in the Philippines where he underwent operation due to prostate cancer, according to VFW Post 3457 junior vice commander Mariano Fajardo.
Fajardo said he learned from their district commander in Guam that Hirshbein had a heart attack while recuperating from the operation.
Fajardo said that Hirshbein was installed in 2011 as the commander of the Department of Pacific Areas, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. The Pacific Areas is one of the 54 departments located around the world.
Prior to his appointment as Labor administrative hearing officer, Hirshbein served at Labor as legal counsel and as internal affairs officer.
In December 2007, Labor Secretary Gil M. San Nicolas appointed Hirsbein as Labor director.
Hirshbein's last position at Labor was administrative hearing officer.
Last Sept. 6, Hirshbein, through counsel Timothy Bellas, filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition before the U.S. District Court for the NMI.