Funeral plans announced for deceased Muskegon County firefighter

Posted at 6:03 PM, Sep 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-28 18:03:08-04

CASNOVIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A 67-year old firefighter with the Casnovia Township Fire Department has died after becoming unresponsive shortly after his shift Thursday evening.

Richard Leo Crosby Sr. went into cardiac arrest in his home at roughly 10 p.m. Thursday, according to Casnovia Township Fire Department Chief Scott Pant.

Crosby responded to an unspecified emergency call at roughly 6 p.m. Thursday and became unresponsive after he went home. Later, Chief Pant received a phone call that would shake the community.

Chief Pant remembers Crosby as a loving and hard working firefighter. "Dick made probably 95 percent of the calls," said Pant.

Crosby worked at a small engine business as a heavy equipment mechanic while working on the Casnovia Fire Department for 44 years.

"He was a clown," said Pant. "He always had a smile on your face and was always laughing, but he was passionate about what he did."

Crosby was taken to a local hospital before he was put on life support for almost two days. Crosby died on Saturday.

A visitation has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. at Bailey Christian Church, 17635 Pearl Street.  The funeral will follow directly after at the church at 11 a.m.