Michigan Firefighter Dies After Response

Pentwater Fire Capt. John Sayles died within 24 hours of an emergency response.


A Michigan fire department is mourning the loss of one of its own.

Pentwater Fire Capt. John Sayles, 38, died Wednesday, Nov. 14 of an apparent aortic aneurysm, according to the Mason County Press.

Sayles was changing a tire about 6 p.m. when he started complaining of chest pains. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. However, he was en route to Grand Rapid for open heart surgery when he went into cardiac arrest, the paper reported.

In addition to his activities with the fire department, he also was active in the Western Michigan Old Engine Club. He often was behind the wheel of the organization's 1920s LaFrance during parades.

Sayles is survived by his wife and three daughters.