Ann Arbor, Mich., honors firefighter who lived lovingly, served proudly
In death, her fire for life burns on
BY MARYANNE GEORGE
Detroit Free Press
An Ann Arbor firefighter hit by a truck while aiding injured motorists in an ice storm was eulogized Tuesday as a wonderful coworker, daughter, wife and friend at her funeral in Crisler Arena.
More than 4,000 firefighters from all over the region and as far away as Cincinnati came to pay tribute to Amy Schnearle-Pennywitt, 34, of Manchester. She died at a U-M hospital on Friday after suffering head injuries, a punctured lung and fractured ribs when a pickup truck spun out of control and hit her during a Jan. 7 ice storm along I-94 in Ann Arbor.
She was the first female firefighter killed in the line of duty in Washtenaw County -- the second firefighter killed in the Ann Arbor department's history. The accident remains under police investigation.