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Former firefighter dies after pedestrian accident

Former firefighter dies after pedestrian accident


Nathan Wayne Levandowski

Nathan Wayne Levandowski

A Cedar Springs man, who was hit by a car while crossing a Grand Rapids street last Friday morning, died of his injuries Monday.

According to the Kentwood Police Department, the accident occurred on Friday, October 16, at approximately 2:45 a.m., on East Beltline, north of 28th Street. Nathan Wayne Levandowski, 39, of Cedar Springs, was crossing the street with two other friends to go to a hotel, when he was struck by a vehicle.

A report on MLive.Com identified the driver as Shandell Riley, 40, of Grand Rapids. She was reportedly on her way to work at the time, and tried to swerve to miss him, but was unable to. (The Post called the Kentwood Police Department to verify the name of the driver but had not received a phone call back by press time.)

Levandowski was transported to Butterworth Hospital with critical injuries, and he died Monday, October 19, with his wife, Jennifer, holding him.

He was born in Saginaw, and graduated from Heritage High School in 1994. In May 1995, he married Jen, who had been his high school sweetheart. They have three children, all who attend Cedar Springs Schools: Katie, 14; Brian, 11; and Jacob, 5. Jen said Nate was a loving father and family man who always made time for his children.

He was a member of the Spencer Township Fire Department from 2001 to 2008. He served as a volunteer firefighter, medical first responder, and rescue lieutenant. “He loved helping people and his community and the many friendships he made through his 7 years at the department,” said Jen.

Nate was well liked by those that knew him, and he had many close friends and colleagues from his years spent working at Dennen Steel Corp., and more recently at Big Rapids Products. They were all like a second family to him.

There will be visitation on Sunday, October 25, from 3 to 7 p.m., at Pederson Funeral Home, in Rockford, with a time of sharing and scripture after, and a Last Call from the Spencer Township Fire Department at 8 p.m. The funeral service will take place on Monday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church in Rockford. For complete details, please see his obituary here.

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