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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: MI

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 72nd Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain John Sayles has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Pentwater Fire Department

John T. Sayles

Rank: Captain
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 10

Date of Incident: 11/14/2012
Time of Incident: 1652hrs
Date of Death: 11/13/2012

Fire Department: Pentwater Fire Department
Address: 486 E Park ST, Pentwater, MI 49449
Fire Department Chief: Terry Cluchey

Incident Description: Fire Captain Sayles responded with his fire department to a working residential structure fire. Fewer than twenty-four hours later, Sayles was at home when he experienced chest pain and difficulty breathing. Emergency assistance was summoned and he was transported to the hospital. After being evaluated and while being transported to a second hospital for surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, it ruptured, resulting in Captain Sayles death.

Incident Location: 2419 W Washington RD, Hart, MI

Tribute is being paid to Captain John T. Sayles at

To date, 72 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2012. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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