Michigan Firefighter Dies of Heart Attack

The 56-year-old firefighter died of a heart attack June 22 while battling a house fire.


CLINTON COUNTY, Mich.-- Clinton County firefighters are mourning the loss of one of their own. 56-year-old Tim Sanborn died of a heart attack Friday while battling a house fire.

The firefighting gear, the flowers and the flag at half mast are a solemn reminder of what the Clinton Area Fire and Rescue has lost.

Firefighter Adam Moore said, "Part of our family is gone."

56-year-old Tim Sanborn of Saint Johns was a volunteer firefighter for the department for the past six years.

Moore said, "He had a very unique way of joking about something, but maintaining a seriousness when he needed to."

Fire officials say Sanborn had a heart attack while fighting a house fire in the county. He died while on the way to the hospital.

Firefighter Tom Hovey said, "We all feel he died doing what he loved to do, helping out the community."

Until recently, Sanborn also had a full time job working at General Motors. Despite that, his fellow firefighters says Sanborn spent as much time as he could at the fire station.

Firefighters say that was how Sanborn was, completely committed to the job and the community.

The fire department is taking donations in memory of Sanborn. If you'd like to contribute, here's the address: 2761 North US Highway 27, Saint Johns, Michigan 48879. The money will benefit the Clinton Area Fire and Rescue Firefighters Association.

Funeral Information

Visitation for Firefighter Sanborn will be held Monday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Keck Coleman Funeral Home in Saint Johns, Mich.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.