Bodies of 2 firefighters returning to Michigan

Associated Press

Minneapolis — 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. Funeral services are to be held later this week.

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. He’s scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday.