Brookston fire chief dies after putting out truck fire

Courtesy of: Brookston Prairie Township Volunteer Fire Department
Courtesy of: Brookston Prairie Township Volunteer Fire Department

BROOKSTON, Ind. — A fire chief of a local volunteer fire department died early Tuesday morning after extinguishing a fire.

Brookston Prairie Township Volunteer Fire Chief Michael Payne, 58, along with his department responded to a truck fire on Interstate 65, north of Lafayette, just after midnight. Payne collapsed from an apparent heart attack after the fire was put out, according to Firefighter Close Calls.

First responders performed CPR before the chief was transported to IU Health Arnett in Lafayette, where he was pronounced dead.

Brookston Prairie Township Volunteer Fire Department shared these words about Payne Tuesday on its Facebook Page:

“Today…we kneel for his family and for our brothers that worked with him. Tomorrow…we will stand for him. With heavy heart, we are reporting our Fire Chief, Mike Payne, passed away last night. Our hearts and prayers are with his family.

Payne served the fire department for more than 25 years and leaves behind an adult daughter, reports Supporting Heroes.

Funeral services are pending, and updates can be found online here.