Ottawa County man dies from electrocution, 2 firefighters injured

Posted at 8:18 PM, May 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-18 20:18:37-04

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A 43-year-old man is dead and two firefighters were shocked following rescue efforts outside a home in Crockery Township on Monday evening.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department said the call came in just before 6 p.m. when a woman came home from work to find her husband unresponsive on the ground outside their home in the 11000 block of Apple Drive.

"She left in the morning. His plans were to work on the house today utilizing the sky track, so we have no idea what time the actual incident occurred," said Capt. John Wolffis of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.

One of those firefighters -- a 38-year-old, four-year veteran of the fire department  -- made contact and went into complete cardiac arrest. That firefighter fell onto a second firefighter who also received a shock. A defibrilator was then used on the man originally down in the yard and the firefighter in cardiac arrest.

"They (the firefighters) saw the patient, and they immediately went into action as they always do, trying to save the patient, and as a result ended up suffering the same injury or the same shock as the patient," Wolffis said.  "His focus was totally on that patient."

The second firefighter who was shocked continued working on the deceased man despite his own injury. That firefighter is a 49-year-old, 30-year veteran of the Crockery Township Fire Department.