Funeral information below

Updated: 03-07-2007 09:25:53 AM

Firehouse.Com News

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y.-- The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control has reported the line of duty death of Firefighter Michael D. Sowich.

He died March 2 while attending a training program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md.

According to the USFA, Sowich passed away in his dorm room from a cause still to be determined.

Sowich, 50, a volunteer of the New Hartford Fire Department also was a long time former member and training officer of Sherrill-Kenwood Fire Department and served as a state fire instructor with the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, fire instructor with Oneida County and fire inspector with the City of Sherrill.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Lisa Marie and many other relatives.

Funeral Information

Visitation for Firefighter Sowich will be held Wednesday, March 7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Eannace Funeral Home, 932 South Street, Utica, N.Y.

Uniformed fire personnel will gather at the conclusion of visitation hours at 8:00 p.m.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, March 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home and at 1 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 422 Tilden Avenue, Utica, N.Y.

Personnel and apparatus will stage at the New Hartford Shopping Center. Please contact the Oneida County Fire Emergency Service office at 315-765-2345 for further details.