Family Upset Over Body Removal Bill

A northern Michigan woman is outraged after her late step-father received a bill from the Mackinaw Fire Department.

These are new details to a deadly car accident we told you about last month.

Carl Little Sr., of Gladstone, died June 23 when he lost control of his car on I-75 just south of the Mackinac Bridge.

His step-daughter says the fire department billed Carl directly for $500 for removing his body from the car.

She says it was a painful jab. She understands the department’s need to collect the money, but believes they could have done it differently.

“It was from the Fire Department of Mackinaw City, and they were essentially billing him for the removal of his corpse. They obviously knew he was dead; they removed his body from the car.”

The Mackinaw Fire Department says under state law, many municipalities across the state must charge the person in connection to the emergency response.

Service charges should then be submitted to the insurance agency.

The fire department issued a condolence letter to the family, and says steps are being taken to avoid a similar situation in the future.