Former Gloucester City Firefighter Michael Malinowski Dies Suddenly; Age 40; Services Saturday in Morton, Pa
William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews
MORTON, PA (December 10, 2019)—Former Gloucester City firefighter Michael Malinowski died suddenly on December 3. Malinowski was a volunteer firefighter with the Gloucester City Fire Department from 1996 to 2015. A few years back he and his family moved to Morton, Pa where he continued to serve as the captain of the Morton Rutledge Volunteer Fire Department.
On Monday evening, Dec. 2 Malinowski responded to the report of trees and wires down just after 8 p.m. in Nether Providence, Pa. Following the call, Malinowski reported to officers that he was feeling ill, according to the DelcoTimes.
“He was running the duty engine Monday night when they came back he let some of the crew know he wasn’t feeling well,” said Morton Rutledge Fire Chief Don Holstein. “He went to work the next morning, had tightness in his chest and was taken to the hospital where he died.”
Malinowski's wife, Melissa Anne posted on her Facebook page,
“My world came crashing down when Michael Malinowski unexpectedly passed away,” she posted on his Facebook page Wednesday.
“I drove him crazy but he loved me, Harper, Cooper, Matt, Michael, & Bailey with all that he had. There were some days the fire house or cooking might have topped us though. I keep wishing we would all wake up from this nightmare. Please keep me, the kids, his mom, his sister, and the rest of his family in your thoughts. I love and miss you so much.”
Malinowski had been with the fire company for five years after being a firefighter in Gloucester City, N.J. Holstein said he was promoted to captain in the past two years.
“You’d walk in and he was the guy who was always there,” Holstein said. “He was all about helping others, either in community or helping friend. If you needed someone one to help you move he was there, an outstanding individual.” reported the DelcoTimes.
Holstein said Malinowski was involved in numerous aspects of the fire company from being on the board of directors to training, fund raising and running the website. "There wasn’t anything you asked that he wouldn’t get done."
Since his death the American flag at the fire station on Alfa Terrace has been flying at half staff and black bunting is wrapped on the trucks as Holstein and his 25- 30 fellow firefighters came to gripes with losing one of their own.
Gloucester City Battalion Chief Pat Hagan said, "Michael was a dedicated volunteer firefighter for the city of Gloucester City for 19 years. He gave his all to serving the residents of our community and our fire department. He will be missed not only by his friends in Gloucester City but also by those he served with in Morton, Pa. Our prayers and condolences are with his family."
Hagan said some members of the Gloucester City Fire Department will travel to Morton, Pa for the services.
"We are very saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Firefighter Malinowski," said Gloucester City Mayor Dan Spencer.
"We are grateful for his service to the citizens of Gloucester City. His sacrifice is certainly noticed and appreciated. Our heartfelt sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with his family and the Firefighter Family during this difficult time. May he rest in peace," said the Mayor.
Delaware County Department of Emergency Services Executive Director Timothy Boyce said his office was informed of Malinowski’s death and notified state officials.
Boyce said there is a window of coverage for first responders that may have had a medical event while on duty pending an investigation.
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 27 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 654 are collecting toys for the Malinowski five children (ages 3 to 17). Gifts can be dropped off at Folcroft police or the IBEW Local Union 654. Business Office -3729 Chichester Ave. Boothwyn, PA 19061.
His funeral service will take place Saturday, Dec. 14. A viewing and service will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 2130 Franklin Ave. in Holmes from 9:30 a.m. to noon. A funeral Mass will follow in the church at noon.
Funeral Services are under the direction of the D'Anjolell-Barone Memorial Home, 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall, PA 19008 Phone: (610) 356-4200.