A memorial service is set for this weekend for a Cowskin Rural Fire District firefighter who died Saturday after suffering a medical event.
Firefighter/Emergency Medical Responder William "Willie" Brinza, 64, drove Engine 351 to a structure fire near the Elk River Marina in Grove when he was stricken about 3 p.m. May 12, according to a post on the fire district's Facebook page. According to the post, Brinza was still in the driver's seat.
Firefighters and Grove EMS crews rendered immediate aid to Brinza, but he passed away at Integris Grove Hospital.
The fire district made the following statement on their Facebook page: "He had been an invaluable volunteer with the Cowskin department for nearly 9 years.