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Chief of Howard Lake Fire Department dies unexpectedly

Daryl "Taddy" Drusch passed away unexpectedly on Monday.
Daryl "Taddy" Drusch

Fire departments around Minnesota are mourning the death of Howard Lake Fire Department Chief Daryl "Taddy" Drusch. 

"It is with heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of Fire Chief Daryl "Taddy" Drusch," Howard Lake Fire Department announced Tuesday on Facebok. We ask that you respect the privacy of his family as well as the department at this time."

KARE 11 reports that Drusch responded to numerous calls over the weekend before suffering a massive heart attack on Monday. His death will be considered in the line of duty because his death came fewer than 12 hours after responding to an emergency call. 

Drusch was scheduled to be honored Tuesday afternoon via a processional featuring support from firefighters and rigs from departments between Minneapolis and Howard Lake. The procession starts in Minneapolis at 2 p.m. and will arrive at a funeral home in Howard Lake around 3 p.m. Tuesday. 

Named chief in 2014, Drusch spent 30 years with the Howard Lake Fire Department. He is survived by his wife and 15-year-old son, according to KSTP

It's unclear how many calls Drusch and the Howard Lake Fire Department responded to in 2019, but in 2018 they were involved in more than 500 calls, including 400 for ambulance service and 110 for fire service. 

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