Firefighting

Michigan Firefighter Dies on Way to Fire Call

A 22-year-old Mattawan (MI) firefighter fell ill traveling to a fire Tuesday night, and was in full cardiac arrest by the time first responders reached his vehicle, just a quarter mile north of the station, reports mlive.com.

Nate Fruin was pronounced dead a short time later at a Kalamazoo hospital.

Fruin and another firefighter were on their way to bring water and refreshments to firefighters at a house fire on M-43, which was about four miles away from the station.

Shortly after leaving the station, Fruin’s partner, who was driving, called to report the medical emergency. Fruin was taken to Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, where efforts to revive him continued but he was later pronounced dead, Mattawan Fire Chief Terron McLean said.

Fruin joined the department in 2009, the year he graduated from Mattawan High School.

Mattawan Fire Chief Terron McLean said Fruin was a “healthy kid, with no history” of heart problems. The chief said Fruin’s death will be classified as a line-of-duty death, with full honors if that is in accordance with the family’s wishes.

Arrangements are pending at Betzler Life Story Funeral Home in Kalamazoo.

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