A firefighter in Michigan recently made the ultimate sacrifice in an effort to save others.
As reported by Breitbart, Detroit Fire Sgt. Sivad Johnson disappeared on Friday in the Detroit River, leading to an hourslong search, after he entered the water as part of a rescue attempt.
“He’s done that his entire career”
Three girls in the river were reportedly in danger of drowning when 48-year-old Johnson, who was off-duty at the time and with his 10-year-old daughter near the Detroit Yacht Club, responded to their calls for help, according to the Detroit News.
His body was recovered from the river on Saturday, following a six-hour search of the area, according to Detroit Fire Department Deputy Commissioner Dave Fornell.
“He’s a firefighter, he saw the girls in distress and jumped in,” Fornell said. “He’s done that his entire career. Something happened, and it’s unfortunate to have lost one of our own that way.”
It was Johnson’s young daughter who recognized that her father did not return after the struggling girls were safely returned to shore, according to reports. She called 911 to report his disappearance.
“From the civilian we talked to last night, there were a lot of rip currents and the sergeant went out into the water,” Fornell added. “One girl was rescued by the civilian and the boat picked up the two other girls.”
“To bravely do or bravely die”
A Michigan State Police spokesperson issued a statement confirming Johnson’s death, noting that it “is believed the father may have been dragged underwater by the rip-current and no one noticed.”
His death sparked an outpouring of compassion for his loved ones and appreciation for the selfless act that tragically cost him his life.
“To bravely do or bravely die,” wrote WXYZ reporter Kimberly Craig about the local fireman in the caption to a Facebook post that included his photo. “This hero’s body has been recovered and all of his good and faithful acts will never be forgotten.”
An online fundraiser has been established to raise money on behalf of his family. As of Tuesday, it had already raised more than $77,000 of its $100,000 goal.
Johnson, who leaves behind two daughters, demonstrated until his last breath the type of altruism that exemplifies first responders of all types across the country and around the world.