DETROIT (WJBK) - Family, friends and former colleagues will gather Thursday to pay their respects to Detroit firefighter Kevin Ramsey. He served the community for two decades.
Ramsey died this past weekend of a massive heart attack after responding to multiple fire calls on the city's east side.
A service in his honor will be held at 10:15 a.m. at Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. Gov. Snyder has also ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on this day.
Ramsey, 50, was an EMS medic before becoming a firefighter and served as a Detroit firefighter for 20 years. He enjoyed rescue work and conducted various difficult operations, such as elevator rescues and car extractions.
According to Detroit Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell, Ramsey was complaining to his fellow firefighters of chest pain as his company returned to the fire house on Saturday. The first fire they had fought that day was at an apartment complex on East Outer Drive at 10 a.m., then, another location on Mackay and 7 Mile at 1:30 p.m.
It wasn't long after returning that Ramsey collapsed, suffering a massive heart attack.
Detroit firefighter dies on the job after suffering heart attack
Ramsey was born and raised in Detroit, graduating from Finney high school. His colleagues remember him as a loyal servant to the city, and master in the kitchen, whipping up meals for the firehouse between calls.
Ramsey was regarded by many as a "true Detroiter."