Sivad H. Johnson

An off-duty firefighter entered the Detroit River Aug. 21, 2020, to save three children who were drowning near Detroit. Sivad H. Johnson, 49, of Detroit, was with his daughter when they saw three children struggling in the swift-moving water off an island beach. Johnson entered the water and advanced toward the children while a boat was responding to the scene. Ultimately the children were safely removed from the water, but Johnson submerged and did not resurface. His daughter sought help, and Johnson was reported missing. Divers found him 60 feet from shore after a two-day search; he had drowned.