Memorial service set for GR firefighter killed in boat fire


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Memorial services have been set for this weekend for a Grand Rapids firefighter who died when his boat caught fire.

David Knisley, 45, died early Sunday. His boat, “Gem N I II,” was destroyed when it caught fire while docked at Barrett Boat Works in Spring Lake.

He had worked for the Grand Rapids Fire Department for 19 years.

A memorial service with honors is scheduled to start at noon Sunday at the Reyers North Valley Chapel, located at 2815 Fuller Ave. NE in Grand Rapids, according to his online obituary.

A reception for family and friends, hosted by the Grand Rapids Fire Fighters Union Local #366, will follow at the Grand Rapids Firefighters’ Building Hall, which is located at 1930 Fuller Ave. NE in Grand Rapids.

Knisley, a Port Huron native, leaves behind his two daughters, significant other, parents and siblings.

Memorial contributions may be made to:

Grand Rapids Fire Fighter’s Charity Fund

C/O Grand Rapids Firefighter’s Building Hall

1930 Fuller Ave. NE

Grand Rapids, Mich.**Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the memorial was scheduled for Saturday. It is actually scheduled for Sunday. We regret the error.

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