Driver Engineer Michael Douthitt
July 21, 1958 - July 13, 2007
Driver/Engineer Michael Douthitt was born on July 21, 1958. He graduated from Coconut Creek High School and later served in the 82nd Airborne Paratrooper Unit in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Michael Douthitt began his career with then Broward County EMS in 1984 as a paramedic. He later served as acting battalion chief, supervising paramedic crews throughout the county. In the 1990’s, Broward County EMS merged with BSO. That same year Douthitt was promoted from firefighter/paramedic to driver/engineer. As a firefighter he received numerous letters commending his service from residents and visitors in Broward County.
As a driver/engineer, Douthitt, a 23-year fire rescue veteran, was assigned to Squirt 17 with the 32nd battalion. His company services the communities of Pembroke Park and West Park in southern Broward County. In the early morning hours of July 2, on “A” shift, Squirt 17 responded to a structure fire in Pembroke Park. After returning to the station Douthitt felt ill, went home and was subsequently hospitalized for a cardiac problem. He was released from the hospital later that week. On July 13, while at home with his wife of 20 years, Ruth, he went into cardiac arrest. He later died at Wellington Regional Hospital in Palm Beach County.
Driver/Engineer Douthitt is survived by his wife, Ruth, daughters, Heather and Shelby, and son, Andy.