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Kim Alan Granholm


Captain Granholm and members of his department responded to the scene of a car fire on a local interstate highway. The driver of the vehicle reported that the fire was out but firefighters continued to the scene to make sure. A pumper arrived on the scene and parked downstream from the involved vehicle on the right shoulder. A police cruiser parked upstream of the incident on the right shoulder with its emergency warning lights in operation. An approaching sedan slowed as it came upon the scene. The sedan was rear-ended by a pickup truck that was towing a trailer. The collision propelled the sedan into a spin and the vehicle veered to the right. The sedan struck the police car, spun into the group of firefighters and others on the scene, and pushed the vehicle that originated the incident into the pumper. Captain Granholm was struck by one of the involved vehicles. Two other firefighters, a police officer, and a civilian were also struck. Captain Granholm was airlifted to a regional hospital where he died in surgery. The cause of death was listed as multiple injuries with laceration of the aorta and exsanguination (blood loss). Thompson Township/Esko Volunteer Fire Department web site –
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Kim Alan Granholm was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

Thomson Township/Esko Volunteer Fire Department
13 Thomson Road
PO Box 122
Esko, Minnesota 55733

Chief: Jeff Juntunen

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Age: 29
Rank: Captain
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: July 1, 2002 07:19
Date of death: July 1, 2002
Cause of fatal injury: Struck By
Nature of fatal injury: Trauma
Activity type: Support
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Street/Road

Last updated: June 13, 2012