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    Michigan Fire Captain Killed In Blaze Was Third Generation Firefighter

    Michigan Fire Captain Killed In Blaze Was Third Generation Firefighter

    Firefighters across Michigan are mourning the death of one of their own. 39-year-old Scott Thornton, a third generation firefighter, died in a house fire in Jackson County's Summit Township Thursday morning.

    He probably rushed into the burning house to try and save a life. That move cost Captain Scott Thornton his own. His death is hitting some in West Michigan especially hard.

    Kentwood's deputy chief knew Thornton as a teenager. Mark Smith says Scott used to hang out with firefighters around the trucks, because Thornton's dad was the chief in Kentwood for 13 years.

    Smith says Scott had the job in his blood. He was the only one of the chief's four kids to follow in his father's footsteps, and, Smith says, Thorton's dad won't let his son die in vain.

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    More Details Emerge In Blaze That Killed Michigan Fire Captain

    More Details Emerge In Blaze That Killed Michigan Fire Captain

    LINDSAY BAGO
    Courtesy of WLNS

    1/21/05- A mid-Michigan firefighter died in an early Thursday morning blaze, and 3 others are sent to the hospital. The fire chief of Summit Township tells 6 News that 39-year-old Firefighter Scott Thornton was killed when he became trapped inside a burning home after running out of oxygen.

    It happened around 7am on Browns Lake Road in Summit Township. F irefighters say when they arrived on the scene, they could see smoke billowing, but no fire,so Thornton and others went inside to begin a search.

    Officials say Thornton ran low on oxygen, became disoriented and then trapped on the 2nd floor of that home. Firefighters fought through the blaze to find their colleague, 3 suffering smoke inhalation. All were later taken to the hospital and that's where Thornton was pronounced dead.

    Chief Mike Hendges: "He was jovial, good sense of humor."

    He was a family man and a firefighter. C hief Mike Hendges says Captain Scott Thornton was living his dream, fire fighting was in his blood.

    Chief Mike Hendges: "Scott comes from a line of firefighters, he's the 3rd generation firefighter for Summit Township."

    For the past 19 years, Thornton served as a Summit Township firefighter. As a leader in the department, Hendges says Thornton was a mentor to many.

    Chief Mike Hendges: " Scott was an extremely valuable member of our fire department, he was a captain and training officer, he had involvement in all 3 shifts and our paid on-call members."

    Hendges says Thornton was well respected not only in Summit Township,but throughout the entire fire fighting community.

    Chief Mike Hendges: "He also sought to attain more knowledge, he lived and breathed fire fighting."

    In the small close-knit department, Hendges says the main focus now turns to Thornton's family, both at home and on the force, h elping them to deal with the loss of their loved one and leader.

    Chief Mike Hendges: "The recovery effort never stops, we've got to be there for each other and provide a shoulder for others to lean on."

    The cause of that fire is still under investigation. The Jackson County fire inspector and state fire marshall are looking into how and why the fire began.

    http://cms.firehouse.com/content/art...Id=46&id=38551

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    Summit Township, Michigan Captain Killed in House Fire

    Summit Township, Michigan Captain Killed in House Fire

    Associated Press

    SUMMIT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A firefighter died Thursday morning after he was trapped in a burning house for at least 30 minutes. Three other firefighters were treated for injuries.

    Summit Township Fire Capt. Scott Thornton was pronounced dead at Foote Hospital, the Jackson County sheriff's department said.

    Firefighters responded to the fire shortly after 7 a.m. Thornton, a 19-year veteran, was found in a second-story bedroom above the garage.

    The cause of the fire was being investigated.

    Thornton joined the Summit Township fire department in 1986 and was promoted to captain in 1997. He was the third generation in his family to be a firefighter.

    The home's occupants were OK. A man got out safely and his wife already had left to exercise, The Jackson Citizen Patriot reported.

    The brick house was destroyed.

    Summit Township is located about 40 miles south of Lansing and about 80 miles west of Detroit.


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    Thornton, Scott

    Age: 39
    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Rank: Captain
    Nature of Death: Asphyxiation
    Classification: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 01/19/2005
    Duty Type: On-Scene Fire
    Incident Time:
    Activity Type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
    Death Date: 01/20/2005
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Summit Township Fire Department
    2121 Ferguson Rd.
    Jackson , Michigan 49203-5505
    Chief: Mike Hendges

    Initial Summary:
    Captain Thorton was working in heavy smoke conditions inside of a burning residence when he reportedly became disoriented and trapped in an upstairs room where his air supply ran out. Thorton was wearing a PASS device and it was turned on and activated though his final resting position (face-down) muffled the sound making it difficult for other firefighters to locate him.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    SCOTT THORNTON MEMORIAL FUNDContributions may be sent to:Jackson City County Credit Union2320 Francis StJackson, MI 49203orSummit Township c/o Fire Department2121 Ferguson RdJackson, MI 49203Checks payable to "Scott Thornton Memorial Fund"


    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2005

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