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W. Michigan Man Dies Of Heart Attack While Shoveling Snow

January 21, 2019 - 2:52 pm

PORTAGE, Mich. (AP/WWJ) -- A man in charge of transportation at a southwestern Michigan school district has died while shoveling snow.

Portage School District officials say Mike Westbrook died Saturday from a heart attack.
Superintendent Mark Bielang told families that Westbrook's "work impacted every student who rides a bus." He says Westbrook was "masterful" at bus logistics in the Kalamazoo-area district.

"Although many of you may not have known him, Mike’s work impacted every student who rides a bus in the District," the letter said. "He was masterful at the logistics of creating bus routes that ensured students arrive to school and event safely and on time. He often went out of his way to make sure students with special needs or circumstances were cared for so they arrived at school safely and comfortably. He made sure all PPS bus drivers are well trained."

Westbrook had worked for the district since 2002.

Portage is located just south of Kalamazoo.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.