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Friends, co-workers, remember fallen Mattawan firefighter
MATTAWAN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Mattawan firefighter died Tuesday night, on his way to help others.
22-year-old Nate Fruin was on his way to a fire on M-43 when he suffered what's believed to be a heart attack.
According to his friends, Fruin had no known health issues, other than an injury to his knee.
As a result, it's not difficult to imagine how shocked they were to hear what had happened.
"He started feeling a little ill, so the person that was driving with him pulled over and they called it in as a medical emergency," said Mattawan Fire Chief Terron McLean.
McLean added that by the time help arrived, Fruin was in full cardiac arrest.
Assistant Chief Chad Horton told Newschannel 3 that Fruin started with the Mattawan Fire Department as a cadet at just 16 years old.
"It was his passion," Horton said. "He loved it; he liked to help people."
Horton said the guys always liked to play tricks on Fruin, and he always made them laugh.
"I always told him, if I don't like ya, I'm not gonna waste my breath to pick on ya," Horton recalled. "And I probably picked on him more than anybody."
Horton says that now, though, they're all left with a void, as they remember their 22-year-old friend, to whom they never got a chance to say goodbye.