Lt. Christopher Towne, Engine Co. 5 of the Detroit Fire Department, died Jan. 18 while on duty at his station. He was 52 and joined the Detroit department in 1972.

Details of the cause of death are still to be determined. The United States Fire Administration listed his death as a LODD on Thursday, February 8.

Towne was the father of two children. He had six brothers and three sisters.

In 1991 he received a department citation for helping save another firefighter from being overcome by smoke when the firefighter