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    Police said a crash involving a fire truck and an SUV turned fatal Wednesday.

    The fire truck and SUV collided at the intersection of 14th Street and West Grand Boulevard on Detroit's west side.

    Detroit Police Deputy Chief James Tate said that one firefighter, Joe Torkos, and a man driving the SUV were killed. The driver of the fire truck was taken to Henry Ford Hospital. He was ejected from the truck in the crash.

    Details are still being developed.

    My heart and prayers go out to the DFD and the Families involved.

  • #2
    Funeral Details for LODD Detroit

    As soon as the details are known please post them. Dont forget about the other passenger in that truck. I think at least 1 was in critical condition.


    • #3
      Firefighter Joe Torkos, 47, died after he was thrown from the cab of the truck.

      Fire officials said Torkos had a young child and his wife was pregnant.

      The 31-year-old man driving the vehicle was also killed.

      Three other firefighters were injured. Lt. Walter Grysko is in stable condition. Two other firefighters have been released from the hospital.

      In the vehicle, an adult passenger is in critical condition. A 10-and 11-year-old are in stable condition.


      • #4
        Rest in peace, brother.
        If anyone has information about helping his family, Joe had a young child and his wife was expecting, please post. Also, I want to know the hows and the whys too, but before we point fingers or Chief Goldfelder preaches about seatbelts (no disrespect, my brother) lets help the hurting............then we talk about stopping the causes.


        • #5
          It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Fire Engine Operator Joseph T. Torkos of IAFF Local 344 – Detroit, Michigan. Brother Torkos, 47, died on Wednesday, February 7, 2007 in an apparatus accident with a civilian driving an SUV while on his way to responding to a fire.

          The visitation will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2007 from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 11, 2007 from 12:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Solosy Funeral Home, 3206 Fort Street, Lincoln Park, Michigan 48146, (313) 383-1870. The funeral will be held on Monday, February 12, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Hedwig Catholic Church, 3245 Junction Street, Detroit, Michigan 48210. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, 18303 Allen Road, Brownstown, Michigan.


          • #6
            Thanks utfd704.Lets have a good representation from the area. Not just Detroit, but from us in the outlying areas too.


            • #7
              Benefit for Joe

              Feb. 23 2007

              Time: 7:00pm

              Location: The Tipperary Pub
              8287 Southfield Service Dr.
              Detroit, Michigan

              Details: The Tipperary Pub would like to show our support to our Detroit Fire Department by hosting a fundraiser for the families of "Fallen" Detroit Fire Fighter Joseph Torkos and "Injured" Detroit Fire Fighter Walt Grysko. All donations will go directly to the families. We hope to see you all there. We pray for our firefighters and those who love them. GOD BLESS!!

              Cards and Donations for the Joseph Torkos Family
              Anyone interested in sending a card or donation to the family of fallen firefighter Joseph Torkos of the Detroit Fire Department can do so by addressing it to the:

              243 W. Congress St.-Suite 644
              Detroit, Mich. 48226

              Contact: Please contact DEE with any questions @ The Tip.
              BE SAFE and THINK FIRST. Your family wants to hold you, not a folded flag.


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