John D. Grabowski

Lieutenant Grabowski was on-duty on Sunday, September 30, 2012. During his shift, he participated in a training exercise involving the foam system on one of the department’s apparatus. There had been some operational problems with the system so the training necessitated several adjustments to the system on the top of the apparatus by Lieutenant Grabowski. His shift ended at 1800hrs. The following morning at approximately 0803hrs, Lieutenant Grabowski was found unconscious in the parking lot of his employer. He was treated and transported to the hospital but died as the result of a heart attack.

Department Information

Riverview Fire Department
14100 Civic Park Drive
Riverview, Michigan 48193

Chief: Chief Mitchell Jensen

John D. Grabowski 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.
Age: 49 
Rank: Lieutenant 
Classification: Part-Time (Paid) 
Incident date: Sep 30, 2012 08:03
Date of death: Oct 1, 2012 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heart Attack 
Activity type: Other 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: After 
Fixed property use: Store/Office 

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