Volunteer Michigan firefighter killed by downed power line during ice storm

Thousands of downed lines in Michigan after storm

PAW PAW, Mich. – A volunteer firefighter was killed by a downed power line on Wednesday night during the ice storm in Lower Michigan.

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office said the firefighter was from Paw Paw, in West Michigan. The incident happened around 5:45 p.m. in Almena Township.

“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 sheriff’s office said in a press release, according to WOOD-TV. “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.”

The ice storm that crossed through Michigan on Wednesday caused thousands of downed power lines from Kalamazoo to Detroit, knocking out power to more than half a million residents.

It’s unclear what exactly led to the firefighter coming into contact with the downed power line. The firefighter was not identified.

Tonight, we kneel for his family and his brothers and sisters who worked with him. Tomorrow we will stand for...

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