Fred Allen Newton, Sr.

Captain Newton worked a 24-hour shift that began at 0600hrs on December 26, 2016 and ending at 0600hrs on December 27, 2016. During the shift, Captain Newton responded on 3 emergency medical incidents and provided medical care and support to ambulance crews.

At the end of the shift, Captain Newton left the fire station and got into his personal vehicle. He started the vehicle and experienced a medical emergency. Other firefighters noticed Captain Newton in his car but assumed that he was sleeping. At 0851hrs, a firefighter checked on Captain Newton and found him unresponsive. Firefighters provided medical care until their efforts were halted by medical control. Captain Newton was pronounced dead at 0922hrs.

Incident Location: 12715 E. Chicago Rd, Somerset Center, MI 49282 (U.S. National Grid: 16T GM 1460 5853

Department Information

Somerset Township Fire Department and EMS
12715 E. Chicago Rd.
U.S. National Grid: 16T GM 1460 5853
Somerset Center, Michigan 49282

Chief: Scott A. Friess

Fred Allen Newton, Sr. 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: 66 
Rank: Captain 
Classification: Part-Time (Paid) 
Incident date: Dec 27, 2016 08:00
Date of death: Dec 27, 2016 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heart Attack 
Activity type: Not On Scene 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: After 
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