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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 59th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Assistant Fire Chief William Russell “Uncle Will” Wiita has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Coldsprings-Excelsior Fire and Rescue Station #6.

William Russell “Uncle Will” Wiita

Rank: Assistant Fire Chief
Age: 47
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 13

Date of Incident: 09/08/2014
Time of Incident: 2041hrs
Date of Death: 09/08/2014

Fire Department: Coldsprings-Excelsior Fire and Rescue Station #6 Address: 6565 County Road 612 NE, Kalkaska, MI 49646 Fire Department Chief: Tim McCullen

Incident Description: Approximately three hours after Assistant Fire Chief Wiita responded to a rescue/medical call, Wiita was found deceased at his residence from an apparent heart attack.

Incident Location: Excelsior Township
Tribute is being paid to Assistant Fire Chief William Russell “Uncle Will” Wiita at
To date, 59 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 20...

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