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Michael John Buitendorp


On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at approximately 2100hrs., Firefighter Michael Buitendorp, driving a fire department tender, was responding to the scene of a camper fire in Otto Township when he lost consciousness.  The firefighter who was with him was able to stop the fire apparatus and call for help.  Grant Township firefighters and EMS personnel immediately performed life-saving measures.  Firefighter Buitendorp was then transported to the Mercy Health Lakeshore Hospital where attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.  The cause of his death is under investigation. 

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Department information

Grant Township Fire Department
7140 South Oceana Drive
Rothbury, Michigan 49452

Chief: Roland Brooks

Age: 40
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: November 18, 2020 21:00
Date of death: November 18, 2020
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding
Fixed property use: Street/Road

Last updated: July 16, 2021

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