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Firefighter dies at scene by fallen powerline

Michigan State Police say that a firefighter has been electrocuted and died. Feb. 22, 2023 (Philip Gawel/WWMT)
Michigan State Police say that a firefighter has been electrocuted and died. Feb. 22, 2023 (Philip Gawel/WWMT)
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Michigan State Police confirmed Wednesday night that a firefighter has died due to electrocution by a fallen power line.

The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. on 30th Street near Red Arrow Highway in Van Buren County, according to police.

The firefighter was taken to Bronson Priority One Hospital according to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.

Consumers Energy statement:

"We are deeply saddened to learn of this firefighter's passing. Extreme weather events like this are difficult for numerous reasons, but few are more important than the risk many first responders and line workers take with their lives in service of their community. Our internal investigation process has begun, and we are continuing to prioritize the safety of our customers, our crews, and local partners like police and fire units as we work to mitigate dangers and restore power. Our hearts go out to this person's family."

Van Buren County Sheriff's Office statement:

From Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott.

"On behalf of the Paw Paw Fire Department, it is with a heavy heart that they lost one of their own tonight on a tragic incident, no fault of the Fire Fighter. The Department is asking at this time that you give them time to deal with this tragedy, and at a later date and time more information will be available. They would also ask that you respect the family, friends, and fellow firefighters during this time while they are mourning the loss. Please keep all of them in your thoughts and prayers at this time. Thank you for respecting their wishes."

Sen. Aric Nesbitt:

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“My heart and prayers are with the family of our fallen firefighter, as well as those that served with and knew them. Our communities are blessed by our brave first responders who put the needs of others before their own. This tragedy is a hard reminder that these men and women put their lives on the line with each and every call they respond to. May God be with the family during this difficult time.”

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