Over 600 People Celebrate Life of Clare Firefighter Who Died in Tragic Accident

“But now we know he’s going to be up there watching over us and he knows we will take care of business.”


The Clare community came together Saturday.

Hundreds of people celebrated the life of firefighter, husband and father Ethan Gage.

Ethan Gage passed away after a work place accident last Monday.

He was changing a tire in Clare when the tire exploded.

The severe head trauma ended up killing him.

With the amount of people that packed Brown Corners Church in Clare, it is clear that Ethan Gage made a big impact on those around him.

“Clare County central to Lt. Ethan Gage. Clare County 104. This is your last call.”

More than 600 people filled the pews to celebrate a local hero.

“Ethan came to the Clare Fire Department about six years ago and he was a firefighter in Harrison for four years prior to that,” says Clare Fire Department chief, James Chapman.

With more than 10 years of service to the community, Ethan touched the lives of many people. The Clare fire chief tells us his character was truly special.

“He was courteous. He was caring, kind and loving. He was a Christian man, great father, wonderful husband and just a wonderful friend and a model of a man,” Chapman said.

With every seat filled and people lining the walls, the chief says he is not surprised at all by the turnout.

“A lot of people knew him and to know him is to love him and that’s why we had a huge crowd here today,” he said.

But the outpouring of support was not just local.

“We got a wonderful display sent to us from Watertown, Connecticut. You know the fire service is a brotherhood and it’s worldwide,” Chapman said.

The chief says this tragedy brought the fire department even closer.

“You know we were pretty close before, but this is going to make us stronger and bring us closer. I know we’re going to go out and do like Ethan would do.”

A strong message in the service was the community hopes Ethan’s kindness will inspire others.