Detroit Veteran Firefighter Drowns After Diving Into River to Save Three Young Girls

Sivad Johnson. / Detroit Fire Dept.

A veteran firefighter in Detroit was found dead on Saturday after he dived into a river to save three young girls from drowning, authorities said.

Rescue crews began searching the Detroit River on Friday night after the 10-year-old daughter of Sgt. Sivad Johnson of the city’s fire department reported that her father went missing after he dived into the river to rescue young girls from drowning, Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell told NBC News on Saturday.

Johnson, 48, a Detroit native, had been with the fire department more than two decades. He was a second-generation firefighter, as his father as well as his brother also served in that role.

Divers from Detroit’s fire and police departments recovered Johnson’s body from the river, Michigan State Police tweeted.

He was found Saturday afternoon and pronounced dead at the hospital shortly afterward, Fornell said.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Nicole Acevedo