Redford Township Firefighter Dies In Skiing Accident

REDFORD TWP. (WWJ) – A 32-year old Redford Township firefighter who helped save a woman’s life last summer died Wednesday after a skiing accident in Colorado. 

bettley michael redford twp firefighters 2 24 11 Redford Township Firefighter Dies In Skiing AccidentAuthorities say Michael Bettley was skiing with family and friends at Arapahoe Basin when he apparently lost control while skiing at a high rate of speed and tumbled several times.  Bettley died from blunt force trauma to his chest.

Bettley was a ten year veteran of the Redford Township Fire Department.  Last summer he was among 11 firefighters who received an award for saving a woman whose house was on fire.  The woman was not breathing and couldn’t get out of the home.  Bettley and other firefighters/medics from Station 1 rescued her. 

“Mike was always one of the first members of this department to volunteer for special assignments,” said Redford Fire Chief James Gomulka in a statement.   “Through his efforts, he helped save this department countless thousands of dollars as he repaired the fire engines and other fire department vehicles.”

Bettley also served as one of the Redford Township Fire Department representatives on the Western Wayne Fire Department Mutual Aid Association’s HAZMAT Team.

Bettley’s father, Ronald Bettley, is a retired Battalion Chief from the Dearborn Fire Department.

Funeral arrangements are pending. 

Memorial Fund donations can be sent to:

Michael Bettley Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 39242
Redford, MI 48239

  • Robin Lux

    I am devastated by this sad news. I have known Mike since he was about 15 years old, as he was a friend of two of my sons, Tom and Bob. Mike was definitely a kid filled with life, a practical joker, big ole’ grin, and a flare for the daring. Perhaps that’s why being a firefighter was such a good fit for him.

    My deepest condolences to Sue, his parents, siblings and nieces and nephews. He will be missed.

    • maureen dwyer

      i was also devasted by the news
      couldnt belive that this had happened
      he was a nice person
      and was always smiling no mattter what
      prayers for his family

  • Terry Cross

    Having skied the “A Basin” several times, I can certainly attest to the dangers there. Usually they only let very seasoned skiers in. It was one of the most terrifying skiing experiences of my life. As one skier to another, I grieve for him and his family

  • Vinnie and Patrycja M Longo

    The angels are always near to those who are grieving,
    to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God.
    -Eileen Elias Freeman –

    Our deepest condolences to Sue and the Bettley family…

  • Jerry Youmans

    I never had the pleasure of knowing Michael. As a father, I know what Ronald is going through, as I lost my daughter to a car accident.
    I knew Michael’s father Ronald, we worked at the same place in Detroit right after graduation.

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