GT Metro Fire Dept. Mourning Loss Of A Fellow Firefighter

A Northern Michigan fire department is mourning the loss of a fellow firefighter.

Randy Agruda was a member of Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department for more than 20 years.

Thursday night, he unexpectedly passed away.

When a medical call came in Thursday night– Grand Traverse Metro Fire never thought it would be one of their own.

Randy Agruda was rushed to Munson Medical Center— where he was pronounced dead.

“It’s just a loss. He was a friend of mine and there’s a hole now,” said Terry Flynn, Grand Traverse Metro Fire Assistant Fire Chief. “There is a dark spot. There is an emptiness. You can’t replace Randy.”

Agruda was with Grand Traverse Metro Fire for more than 20 years.

He served as a Lieutenant with Station eight and played a role in starting the Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program.

Over a year ago, he left to full fill commitments at his full time job.

But he always had a love for being a firefighter.

“He tried to get involved with every activity at Metro,” said Flynn. “He always tried to be upbeat and always tried to pick up everybody.”

Thursday, he accepted a full time position as a Fire and Life Safety Public Educator with the department.

“He was so happy and was on cloud nine all day. He went around and visited some of the stations and guys,” said Flynn. 

Flynn says the thing he will miss most about Agruda is how he could light up a room.

“He was really fun to be around and when you were around him—  he always smiled a little bit more,” said Flynn. 

Randy’s visitation is set for May 21st from 4-8 at Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

On Friday, visitation will be at 9:30 with the funeral at 10:30 a.m. at New Hope Church in Williamsburg.