Bodies Of 2 Firefighters Killed In Crash Returning To Michigan

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The bodies of two firefighters killed in a crash on a Minnesota interstate are being returned to their home state of Michigan.

A procession of vehicles left a south Minneapolis funeral home early Tuesday. Firefighters from Minnesota’s Fire Service Foundation are escorting the bodies of James Shelifoe Jr. and Alan Swartz back to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community where they served as Beartown firefighters based in Baraga on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Seven other firefighters were hurt when their truck crashed Saturday on Interstate 35W in the Minneapolis suburb of Blaine.

They include Michael Johnson, the firefighter behind the wheel of the truck. Johnson has been charged with two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

Unconditional bail was set at $250,000, and his request for a public defender was denied Tuesday.

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One Comment

  1. hockey439 says:

    So what is the rest of the story?

    1. The driver hadn’t slept in 24 hours, admitted to using drugs, fell asleep and rolled the truck over.

  2. I was there today and people were lined up all along the route from Baraga to L’Anse. It’s really sad to see what this tragedy has done to this community. I heard they got the same welcome in most towns from Minnesota to Wisconsin to the U.P.

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