SAVANNAH, Ga (WSAV) – Since the death of Savannah fireman Michael Curry, his family has seen overwhelming support from the community. Now the firefighter union is giving the public a chance to help.
“We lost a member of our family, we lost a firefighter,”said Savannah Fire chief Charles Middleton the night of Curry’s announced passing.
Michael Curry answered his last call Saturday succumbing to a medical condition while rescuing people from the Savannah river when the ferry dock collapsed. Incident commanders from the scene say he had the medical emergency in between taking people from the dock to the triage in Rousakis Plaze.
“He will be missed not only by his brothers and sisters in this fire department, but by this union and the community,” says Savannah Professional Firefighters Association President Bob Milie.
The professional firefighters association is helping his family during this difficult time.
“We as a local union have set up a Savannah fire union and memorial Mike Curry family and orphan’s fund,” says Milie.
You can find a link to the GoFundMe the union has set up for the Curry family. The fund will help funeral expenses and provide for an education for Curry’s son.
“We will never make this an easy process, but what we will assure the family and the members of our organization that we will be here every step of the way,” Milie adds.
Curry was not only a master firefighter but a member of the special ops in the department being a standby diver for marine patrol.
This is the first active duty death for Savannah fire since 1991.
“We prepare for other people’s emergencies and it’s hard to be prepared for your own, but we know it’s not the first time in the fire service, we know that it won’t be the last,” says Milie adding that, “but we’re going to make sure we give the due and proper befitting a man like Michael Curry, to remember who he was and what he was.”