Detroit firefighters grieving death of own lifted up with special luncheon

  • Source: WBJK-TV Fox 2 Detroit
  • Published: 09/14/2020 03:13 PM

The work never stops at Detroit Fire Department's Engine 59 on the city's northwest side, even as crews continue to grieve the heartbreaking loss of one of their own, Sgt. Sivad Johnson. He died last month while saving three girls from drowning in the Detroit River. So the Ladies League of Detroit wrapped their arms around them and hosted a special lunch for Engine 59 Monday. "I'm here even though some days I don't want to be because that's what I'm called to do; that's what he was called to do," said Detroit firefighter Jeffrey Rogers. "It's a process. I know this is going to be a marathon and not a sprint. It's bigger than me. He meant a lot to coworkers here," said Sivad's brother, Jamal Johnson. Firefighters say the 26-year veteran of the department died a hero in the Detroit River last month.


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