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    Unhappy Michael Kruse - Muscatine, Iowa

    Rest in peace Michael!

    MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - A 27-year veteran of the Muscatine Fire
    Department died after he fell through the roof of a burning
    building.
    Michael Kruse died Saturday at Unity Hospital in Muscatine. He
    was the first Muscatine firefighter to die in the line of duty,
    said Fire Chief Steve Dalbey.
    The fire department responded to a fire at a three-story
    building near downtown about 10:30 p.m. Kruse was one of two
    firefighters working on the roof when it caved in. The other
    firefighter wasn't injured.
    Dalbey said Sunday that Kruse was already a member of the
    department when he joined the department 22 years ago.
    "He was kind of a quiet guy, very dedicated to the fire
    service," Dalbey said. "When it came time to do work he was all
    business, very detail-oriented."
    Dabley said Kruse was a dedicated family man who pursued a
    higher education in the fire service.
    The cause of the fire and the circumstances surrounding Kruse's
    death are under investigation.
    Dalbey said the investigation will be complicated by the extent
    of damage caused by the fire, particularly in the upper floors
    where the accident happened.
    People were living in different parts of the building, he said.
    "When you have a guy go down, the focus shifts from fire
    suppression to rescue," Dabley said. "Something like a roof isn't
    going to get the attention that a firefighter would."
    Dalbey said that Muscatine Fire Department is planning a
    memorial for Kruse.

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    Are thoughts and prayers are with the Family and friends. Heaven has another ANGEL....
    Let's ROLL.....!!!!!

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    Unhappy FF remembered

    MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - A bell rang nine times as hundreds of
    people packed the Muscatine High School gym Wednesday to honor
    firefighter Michael Kruse.
    Kruse, a 27-year veteran of the fire department died Saturday
    after he fell through the roof of a burning building. His death
    marked the first time a Muscatine firefighter died in the line of
    duty.
    "Firefighters are always associated with the ring of the
    bell," Fire Chief Steve Dalbey said.
    The large crowd became still as the fire bell's ring echoed off
    the gymnasium's walls.
    Kruse was known as Col. Kruse, Capt. Kruse and simply as
    "Kruse" by his fellow firefighters, said firefighter June Anne
    Gaeta during the service.
    "I've only known him for a short eight years," said Gaeta, who
    stayed very composed through her speech. "We will miss Kruse in
    our firefighter community."
    Gaeta and Kruse worked together at the Southend fire station.
    She told the audience how detail-minded Kruse was and how he broke
    in new Southend lieutenants.
    "When Kruse cleaned, you were guaranteed you could eat dinner
    off it and get no speck of dirt," she said.
    Kruse always was available to help younger firefighters moving
    up through the ranks, Gaeta said.
    "Mike was their comfort," Gaeta said. "He knew every street
    and almost every address down south.
    "The lieutenant knew he had everything covered and he passed
    that on to everybody."
    Gaeta remembered one time when Kruse slid down the pole in the
    fire station to head to a call. He hit the floor hard and broke his
    ankle, Gaeta said.
    The supervisor didn't notice and Kruse drove the ladder truck to
    the house fire, climbed on the roof to cut a hole in it. When he
    came back down he excused himself to head to the emergency room.
    "We all respected Mike," Gaeta said.

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