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Robert G. English

Battalion Chief

On February 5, Battalion Chief Robert English of the Detroit Fire Department suffered a fatal heart attack while directing crews during the overhaul stages of an apartment fire. Children playing with matches are believed to have caused the fire.
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Robert G. English 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

Detroit Fire Department
250 West Larned

Detroit, Michigan 48226

Chief: Harold Watkins

Age: 57
Rank: Battalion Chief
Classification: Career
Incident date: February 5, 1994
Date of death: February 5, 1994
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Incident Command
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: June 13, 2012