Michael “Coop” Eugene Cooper

At 1934hrs on January 30, 2015, Centerville firefighters were dispatched to a report of a structure fire. Arriving firefighters found a 250,000 square foot warehouse with a working fire. The warehouse contained storage for recreational vehicles, approximately 500 bales of dried grass, and other items. Mutual aid was requested and the fire was fought from a defensive posture for an extended period of time.

At approximately 0130hrs on January 31, 2015, Assistant Chief Cooper reported that he was not feeling well. He was driven to the fire station by a police officer and went home. At approximately 0930hrs, Assistant Chief Cooper was discovered deceased at his home by his son. The cause of death was listed as a heart attack.

Incident Location: 22900 HWY 5 South, Centerville, IA (U.S. National Grid: 15T WF 1126 0686)

Department Information

Centerville Fire Department
314 E Maple ST
U.S. National Grid: 15T WF 1087 0905
Centerville, Iowa 52544-2238

Chief: Mike Bogle

Michael “Coop” Eugene Cooper 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: 61 
Rank: Assistant Fire Chief 
Classification: Paid-on-Call 
Incident date: Jan 30, 2015 19:30
Date of death: Jan 31, 2015 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heart Attack 
Activity type: Not On Scene 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: After 
Fixed property use: Storage