Macomb mourns Fire Chief’s death


Erika Ward

Macomb Mayor Mike Inman delivers the news of Macomb Fire Chief Andy Taylor's death.

The Macomb Police Department responded to a call in the wooded area behind Tri-States Public Radio off the intersection of University Drive and Lafayette Street late yesterday afternoon on a report of an individual who was unresponsive and discovered the body of Macomb Fire Department (MFD) Chief Andy Taylor.

The death is currently under investigation, however preliminary investigation revealed that the death was self-induced. A pedestrian in the area reported the discovery. Taylor was pronounced dead on the scene.

Taylor, 46, was the Macomb Fire Chief for 10 years, serving a total of 20 years with the department.

“Our Fire Department has lost a well respected leader in our community and has lost a dedicated public servant and friend,” said Macomb Mayor Mike Inman during a press conference Friday morning.

Inman also asked that the media and the public respect the privacy of Taylor’s family and his colleagues.

Taylor was not only the Macomb Fire Chief, he also was a Western alumnus, having graduated with his bachelor’s from the Board of Trustees Bachelor of Arts Degree Program and received his master’s degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA).

Taylor has also been an adjunct professor at Western since 2014 in the School of LEJA, teaching FS 302 Fire Hazmats this semester. No decision has been made yet over the instruction of that class.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the Taylor family, his friends and colleagues and the City of Macomb,” said Western President Jack Thomas.

The annual Town and Gown event held to kick off Western’s Homecoming was cancelled last night in respect for Taylor after the discovery of his death.

“Our prayers and unwavering support go out to Andy’s wife Margaret and their sons, as well as to his brothers, parents, and extended family,” said Inman.

Inman also said that Deputy Chief J.R. Hyde will serve as interim fire chief.

Taylor was hired at the MFD in October 1996, later being promoted to Lieutenant in 2004 along with being the department’s new training officer. In 2009, Taylor was promoted to Captain of Operations. In August of 2006, Taylor was appointed MFD Chief.

According to Inman, funeral arrangements are currently pending.