Michigan man dies, 2 firefighters hurt after shock

Associated Press

Crockery Township — Authorities say two firefighters were shocked while trying to help a 43-year-old man who went into cardiac arrest and died in western Michigan.

Firefighters had responded Monday afternoon to a Crockery Township home, where the man’s wife had returned to find him in cardiac arrest. He was lying in the front yard next to a lift vehicle, which had its boom raised and was touching a power line.

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Capt. John Wolffis says one firefighter stepped near the lift and was shocked, and he went into cardiac arrest. Wolffis says other firefighters used a defibrillator to save him. Police say he was taken to the hospital and his condition was stable.

The shocked firefighter had fallen onto another one, who suffered a minor shock.

Firefighters were unable to revive the homeowner.