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UPDATE: Visitation is set for Mattawan Firefighter Nate Fruin



MATTAWAN (WKZO) --Plans are being made for the funeral of Mattawan Firefighter Nate Fruin who died on his way to a fire Tuesday night. Visitation has been set for Saturday the 2nd of March from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Betzler Life Story Funeral home on Stadium Drive.

Other funeral plans are still in the works. Kalamazoo Public Safety and other local departments with Honor Guards have offered their services.

The Patriot Guard and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is also said to be helping coordinate plans for a procession and large funeral service.

Its believed he suffered a full cardiac arrest before first responders could get to him and was pronounced dead at Bronson Emergency. He was only 22.


MATTAWAN (WKZO) -- An autopsy is planned on the body of a 22-year-old Mattawan Volunteer Firefighter who apparently suffered a heart attack on his way to fight a fire on M-43 this week. .

Nate Fruin is the first Mattawan fire fighter to ever die in the line of duty.

Officials say that Fruin had passed all his physicals and his friends say he appeared to be a strong, healthy and normal young man. His death has left them shocked and heartbroken.

He was in a support truck ferrying supplies to the fire scene with his cousin when he was suddenly gripped by the symptoms of a heart attack.  An ambulance was called but he was pronounced dead when they reached the hospital.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety has offered the assistance of their Honor Guard and their experience to give Fruin a proper fireman’s funeral.