2018-05-10 / Local News

Rescuers tried to save responder’s life

A 63-year-old Traverse City man who spent his career responding to emergency medical situations died Monday in a motorcycle crash in Leland Township.

John Mull, who recently retired from North Flight Aero Med — previously known as Munson Healthcare’s North Flight EMS — died in the crash on M-22, just south of E. Duck Lake Road.

Mull was riding his motorcycle northbound on M-22 when it left the right side of the roadway and crashed. A passer-by stopped and found Mull unresponsive and performed CPR. Mull was transported by ground ambulance to Munson Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Earlier reports on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page incorrectly indicated that Mull went by air to Munson.

A 49-year-old Cedar area woman riding on the back of the cycle was transported to Munson via North Flight Aero. She suffered serious but non-life threatening juries.

News of Mull’s passing hit law enforcement and emergency personnel hard.

Former Glen Arbor Fire Chief and retired North Flight trainer John DePuy spoke highly of Mull, who according to a statement from North Flight had worked for the agency since its inception in 1986.

“I can’t think of a more qualified pre-hospital care professional,” DePuy said. “He was an inspiration to all of us who worked with him.”

Sheriff Mike Borkovich said the accident remains under investigation pending results of a medical examination.

“We don’t know what caused the accident,” he said. “It’s heart-breaking that a person who spent his life helping others, couldn’t be helped.”

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