Mich. fire Lt. killed in off-duty tire explosion

Ethan Gage, 26, died after suffering severe trauma to the face and head when a tire exploded while he was using a machine to replace farm implement tires


By FireRescue1 Staff

CLARE, Mich. — An off-duty firefighter died Monday after an accidental tire explosion.

WNEM reported that Clare Fire Department Lt. Ethan Gage, 26, was using a tire changing machine at his other job to replace farm implement tires when an explosion occurred.

Clare Fire Department Lt. Ethan Gage, 26, died after an accidental tire explosion. (Photo/CFD)
Clare Fire Department Lt. Ethan Gage, 26, died after an accidental tire explosion. (Photo/CFD)

Gage suffered severe trauma to his face and head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

CFD Chief James Chapman said Gage was also a training officer and had been a member of the department for almost seven years.

"Ethan was a boy who you'd want to call your son. He was a great individual, hard-worker," Chapman said. He loved people. He didn't talk bad about people. He was just a totally upright fellow.”

Chapman added that the firefighters are “going to be lost here for a little while.”

"I wish I could be a little more like him. He was young but he walked a straight line. He was a role model for every man,” he said.

A GoFundMe was launched to help raise funds for the Gage family. Click here to donate.

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