Ron Savage, FOX 2 WJBK-TV Detroit news anchor, firefighter/EMT, and resident of Milford, passed away February 25, 2017, during a training exercise with the Milford Fire Department where he served.
An EMMY Award-winning journalist, Ron co-anchored FOX 2 News Weekends. He produced and reported Michigan’s Most Wanted segments, highlighting crimes that needed to be solved. Police say more than 1000 dangerous fugitives have been arrested because of his work assisting the Michigan law enforcement agencies. Ron was more than a friendly face you saw on TV; he was dedicated to helping people. Ron was a firefighter and EMT with a combined 25 years of service with fire departments across the country. Ron was a decorated firefighter who earned two citations for outstanding performance above and beyond the call of duty. He was an active member of St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, where he was proud to serve as a lector. He was a champion for others through his volunteer work with Crime Stoppers, the Autism Society of Michigan, MADD, the American Lung Association, the Humane Society, Easter Seals, SIDS Organization, and the Salvation Army.
Always upbeat and relentlessly positive, Ron gave life his all. He was a dedicated, fair, and compassionate journalist, a brave public servant, and a man of great integrity. Ron was funny, had a booming, contagious laugh, and was extremely caring. He was a big camping and outdoor enthusiast, hunter, hiker, runner, amazing cook, and a master of Bar-B-Que smoked ribs.
Most importantly, Ron loved his family. He was devoted to his wife, Mitzi Savage, and a proud father to their beloved son, Ronnie Savage. Ron took off time from work for only one thing, his son Ronnie’s sporting events where he was ever present. He and Ronnie enjoyed hunting together and attending Detroit sporting events.
Ron was a beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, mentor, and hero. He is deeply missed by his brothers and sisters, Pat (Savage) Murphy, Elizabeth Savage, Tom Savage, and Dave Savage, as well as numerous extended family members, friends, and coworkers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Clara Savage.
In every facet of his life Ron was humble. He didn’t just live a good life, he lived several all packed into one, and we are all richer for having known him.
A life well lived is a precious gift
of hope and strength and grace,
for someone who has made our world
a brighter, better place.
We love and miss you, Ron, with all our hearts!