Southfield Fire Chief Keith Rowley Missing After Falling From Boat

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(City of Southfield Press Release, Aug. 1, 2015)

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham reports that Southfield Fire Chief Rowley, who is a 58-year-old Milford resident, went overboard from a 40-foot vessel at approximately 7:12 p.m. on July 31. Deputies with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Marine Division and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) tried unsuccessfully to locate him throughout the evening and continue searching for him today. Sheriff Wickersham has indicated that the search has now turned into a recovery effort.

“Our Sahara ad with winethoughts and prayers are with the Rowley family at this very difficult time,” commented Mayor Donald Fracassi. “Chief Rowley is one of Southfield’s finest. He is known for his outstanding character and positive personality. He is an outstanding fire chief and is well liked and respected by the department and the community.”

Chief Rowley has been with the City of Southfield Fire Department for over 35 years, serving as Chief since 2012. Prior to his appointment as Chief, he served in progressively-responsible supervisory positions throughout the department. He organized and managed numerous major programs and projects such as expanding the Technical Rescue program and assisting in set up of the Urban Search and Rescue Team. Under his leadership, fire department staff teamed with City Administration and the Department of Homeland Security to reconfigure the SAFER grant to better meet the needs of the City of Southfield. As a result, the City and the Fire Department are now better positioned to maintain the high standards of commitment and care for the ctechadcommunity. Chief Rowley, in conjunction with other department staff, also developed and implemented many new state-of-the-art training and firefighting techniques such as the use of Thermal Imaging technology, school bus emergency response, high angle rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue, and vehicle extrication.

Born and raised in the City of Southfield, Chief Rowley always exemplifies a high degree of pride and dedication to the community.

The Southfield Fire Department is presently comprised of 88 highly-trained and motivated members who serve the citizens of Southfield and Lathrup Village, as well as a daytime population estimated at 175,000. The men and women of the Southfield Fire Department respond from five fire stations strategically located within the city.  In 2014, the busiest year on record, Southfield firefighters responded to 13,470 calls for service (36.7 calls per day), and remains the busiest fire department in Oakland County.

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