Off-duty, Brownstown firefighter pulls pastor from Lake Erie after unfortunate fishing accident – The News Herald

Off-duty, Brownstown firefighter pulls pastor from Lake Erie after unfortunate fishing accident – The News Herald

Elton Branch, left, came to the Brownstown Fire Department to see firefighter Robert Barclay recently. Barkley helped get him out of Lake Erie after a fishing accident. (Photo courtesy of the Brownstown Professional Firefighters Association)

Elton Branch, 70, believes he is alive today by the grace of God, and that blessing extends to an off-duty Downriver firefighter who likely saved his life.

Redford’s pastor said that when he went fishing on Feb. 7 at Lake Erie Metropark Marina, God made sure Robert Barkley, of the Brownstown Township Fire Department, went there, too.

They ended up in hunting locations that were not typical for them, as they were looking for more isolation from other hunters.

They met briefly, Barclay arriving first, and talked about how the fish bit and other quick things before Branch moved a short distance down the pier.

Their next exchange will be under conditions of life and death.

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