South Milwaukee Fire Department Responds to Cudahy Fire, Rescues Grant Park Swimmer in Distress

It was a busy Sunday morning for South Milwaukee firefighters, who were among the first on scene of the tragic high-rise apartment fire in Cudahy while also saving a swimmer in distress near Grant Park Beach.

From the department Facebook page

At approximately 7:15 this morning, SMFD Truck 1671 and Chief 16 responded to a multi-alarm fire in the City of Cudahy for a fire on the 10th floor of the Lakeshore Towers Apartment Building.

While SMFD crews were assisting the Cudahy Fire Department with their high-rise apartment fire, additional SMFD personnel were called to Lake Michigan to rescue an exhausted swimmer that got caught up in the rip currents and was unable to make it to shore. The SMFD Rescue Boat located the swimmer, brought her aboard and returned to the SM Yacht Club where she was evaluated by EMS crews and transported to a local hospital.

Unfortunately, one person died in the fire. Details here.

To all firefighters: Thank you for all you do to keep us safe, running into fires and into rough seas to put your own lives on the line to save others.

And please keep the family and friends of the woman who passed away in your thoughts and prayers.

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