Fire department mourns loss of assistant chief after accident

WZZM 13 | Rob Alway Mason

PERE MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MICH. - Members of the Pere Marquette Township Fire Department were mourning the loss of one of their brothers tonight. Dennis “Denny” Grant, died this afternoon, a day after he was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in Logan Township.

Denny joined the on-call department in 1986 and worked his way up the ranks. He was currently serving as assistant chief.

“I met Denny when he joined the department,” said Dan Marek, the department’s captain. “He was just an outstanding person. Always positive and always smiling. Denny also wasn’t afraid to dig in and work. When he became an officer we couldn’t get him to stop putting on an airpack and going into the fire when he should have been outside performing his duties as an officer. That’s just the type of person he was. It was his nature to just get in there and get the job done.

Denny was severely injured about eight to 10 years ago when directing traffic at a crash scene on the US 31 expressway. “That crash could have meant the end of his firefighting career and no one would have blamed him if he had called it quits,” Marek said. “But, not Denny. He recovered and kept on serving.” Continue reading

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