Who was Jeremy Droscha? Hero Michigan dad, 43, dies saving daughter from fire
Michigan dad succumbs to his burns after racing back into his on-fire house to rescue his daughter, who escaped with only a few burns
A heroic father rushed into a burning home to save his daughter in Charlotte, Michigan, but tragically succumbed to injuries on March 4, 2022. Jeremy Droscha, a 43-year-old father of three passed away after being burnt in a house fire on March 1. Droscha's wife and other two children were not at home when the house caught fire, and the four-year-old he saved only suffered minor injuries thanks to her father's heroic actions.
Reports say that Droscha was thrown out of his house because of the explosion, which left the property completely destroyed. By the time the Charlotte Fire Department responded, the house was already blown apart. At the time of reporting, police informed that a propane tank is to blame for the explosion. Droscha was immediately transported to the nearby Sparrow Hospital in Lansing and later was flown to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids due to the severity of his injuries.
Tragically the father could not make it, after suffering from second and third-degree burns to over 50 per cent of his body. He is now being mourned by both his family and the community in Eaton Township, where his home was.
Who was Jeremy Droscha?
The father of three was a well-regarded member of the community and was involved in several groups. He served on the board of Eaton County Fairground and was the Vice President of the group. Droscha was on the board for several years, the group revealed in a Facebook post where they described him as a "big asset to our board, but more importantly a great friend." In fact, he was so caring for his community, he also offered to cut hay near the airport and organized several events.
He also worked in real estate with the local firm RE/MAX and as a farmer. The Lansing State Journal reported that Droscha also ran his own organic farm named Hillcrest Organics. The USDA-certified farm-produced corn, soybeans, hay, and mixed vegetables. Apart from that, he was also incredibly active at the Calvary Baptist Church, and also served as a deacon, while his wife sat on a ministry committee. "He was very friendly and caring and a nice guy," the lead pastor said of Droscha.
Reportedly, Droscha also loved his hobby of being a balloonist and flew in several festivals around Michigan. "Family gatherings were a lot of fun because we could go on balloon rides with Jeremy," said his cousin Adam.
Clearly being a very important member of the community, the grieving society has come forward to support the family. The Eaton County Fairground is running a pancake breakfast in his honor on March 20. The family has also raised over $87,000 via GoFundMe, with a target of $100,00.
The extended family is also pitching in, providing support to Droscha's wife and children. But of course, they aren't the only ones feeling Droscha's loss. "People are going to remember him," Adam mourned.