Elsie firefighter dies while assisting others in collision

Department describes Miller as ‘Go-getter’
Elsie firefighter dies while assisting others in collision
Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 1:49 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2022 at 4:24 PM EST
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ELSIE, Mich. (WILX) - Officials from the Elsie Area Fire Department announced that 20-year-old firefighter Zachary Miller was killed in a collision Tuesday morning.

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According to department officials, the firefighter was struck while assisting others involved in a crash just before 7:30 a.m. The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office said the crash happened on M-21, just west of US-127 in Bingham Township. Authorities said 20-year-old Beronica Duttenhaver was exiting the MDOT parking lot to pull onto M-21 and stopped due to traffic, where she was struck by a westbound pickup truck driven by Miller.

After the initial collision, authorities said Duttenhaver and Miller were exchanging information and checking for injuries when a westbound vehicle, driven by a 17-year-old from Ovid, struck Miller and a bystander. The bystander had minor injuries, but Miller was unresponsive and was transported to Sparrow Clinton Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

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The crash remains under investigation.

“It’s a very hard day here at the Elsie Area Fire Department,” department officials wrote in a social media post. “Rest in Peace, Zach. You will be missed. We have the watch from here.”

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