USA Firefighter Fatality Notification

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality:

Name:  Fred A. Newton, Sr.
Rank:  Captain
Age:  66
Gender:  Male
Status:  Part-Time (Paid)
Years of Service:  20
Date of Incident:  12/27/2016
Time of Incident:  0800hrs
Date of Death:  12/27/2016

Fire Department:  Somerset Township Fire Department & EMS
Address:  12715 East Chicago Road, PO Box 69, Somerset Center, MI 49282-0069
Fire Department Chief:  Scott A. Friess

Incident Description: While preparing to leave the fire station upon completion of his shift which included responses to three emergency incidents, Captain Newton went out to the station parking lot to start and warm his car. At 0815hrs, as other members of the fire department arrived at the station, they noticed Newton was in his car and had perhaps fallen asleep while the vehicle was still running. When a firefighter went outside and knocked on a window of the vehicle, there was no response. He then opened the door and noticed Captain Newton was not breathing. Emergency dispatch was notified and the EMS crew at the station immediately began to render assistance, including ALS procedures, and transported Newton to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Incident Location: 12715 East Chicago Road, Somerset Center, MI 48282

Tribute is being paid to Captain Fred A. Newton, Sr. at


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