A Clare City Firefighter who died in a workplace accident will be laid to rest on Saturday, Feb. 9.
The Clare City Police Department said Firefighter Ethan Gage lost his life in a workplace accident on Feb. 4 while in Vernon Township.
The Isabella County Sheriff’s Office said the 26-year-old was using a tire changing machine to replace some farm implement tires when the tire exploded.
Deputies said Gage sustained severe face and head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Clare Police Department said Gage was a son, father, husband, and dedicated firefighter.
Fire Chief James Chapman said Gage had been with the department for almost seven years and was a lieutenant and the training officer for the fire department.
"Ethan was a boy who you'd want to call your son. He was a great individual, hard-worker," Chapman said.
Gage started helping the Harrison Fire Department at the age of 16. He then moved on to Clare's fire department.
"He was a Christian. He loved people. He didn't talk bad about people. He was just a totally upright fella," Chapman said.
"We're going to be lost here for a little while," Chapman said. "I wish I could be a little more like him. He was young but he walked a straight line. He was a role model for every man."
Gage's fellow firefighters are honoring him by retiring the number he wore on his helmet - 104.
The department is asking to keep Gage's family in your thoughts and prayers.
His funeral will be held on Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Brown Corners United Brethren Church, 5540 S. Clare Avenue, in Clare.
Visitation is Feb. 8 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
A GoFundMe account has been created in his memory, click here to see it.