Firefighter Fatalities, Health & Safety

MI Firefighter Killed in Crash While Responding to Fire

Firefighter fatality

A Blissfield (MI) firefighter was killed in a single-vehicle accident while responding to a fire call in his personal vehicle, according to reports.

Captain Joseph Gallo, 34, was killed in a crash while en route to assist at a barn fire in Lenawee County, according to WTOL 11.

Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office told reporters that Captain Gallo was driving a Chevy Impala with emergency lights activated when he lost control of the vehicle. Captain Gallo was the only occupant of the vehicle and was not wearing a seat belt, the report said.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, while responding with the Blissfield Fire Department to a barn fire, Captain Joseph Gallo was driving a Chevy Impala with emergency lights activated. As he drove on a gravel portion of the road, he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle rolled and Captain Gallo was ejected. He was transported to the Toledo Hospital where, after all attempts at resuscitation were exhausted, Captain Gallo was pronounced deceased from injuries sustained. He was a paid-on-call captain with the Blissfield Township Fire Department and a part-time firefighter/EMT with the Madison Township Fire Department, and had six years of service.

ALSO

Personal Vehicle Response in the Fire Service