Ypsilanti, MI Fire Chief Dies Fighting House Fire, May 1966

A Fire Alarm at 3:13 PM sent Ypsilanti Fire Fighters to a house on Sheridan Ave. Fire Chief Russell Forsyth responded and arrived first to find smoke and fire pouring out of the house, Flames were spotted in the living room of the house, the fire had started in the basement and spread to the first floor. Fire Chief Forsyth went to the basement to shot the gas off, Forsyth collapsed from a heart attack, he was taken out a basement window placed in his chiefs car and drove to the hospital ware he was DOA, Forsyth was age 62, Chief Forsyth was the second fire fighter to die in the line of duty in the history of the Ypsilanti Fire Department and the second Line of Duty Death in 1966