Firefighters launch fundraiser to help find murderer of David Madrigal

Engine 33's headquarters, where firefighter David Madrigal often worked.
Engine 33’s headquarters, where firefighter David Madrigal often worked. Photo by Steve Neavling.

Detroit firefighters are raising money in hopes of finding the killer of David Madrigal, a beloved fireman who was found bludgeoned to death in his west-side home on Monday.

The money will be used as a reward to anyone who shares information leading to the arrest of the killer. The fund, which has a $10,000 goal, has raised $2,745 so far. Click here to donate.

Detroit firefighter David Madrigal was found murdered in his house.
Detroit firefighter David Madrigal was found murdered in his house.

The 59-year-old firefighter was months from retiring when an unknown person attacked him and stole some of his belongings. During his 25-year career with the Fire Department, he earned a reputation as a loyal firefighter who frequently volunteered to help the homeless and struggling families. He was a proud grandfather, a family man and a motorcycle enthusiast, firefighters said.

“He was a super good guy,” said Mike Nevin, president of the Detroit Fire Fighters Association.

Police are looking for tips. They believe Madrigal may have been dead a day before his son found him.

Madrigal was assigned to Engine 33 on the west side.

Police are asking anyone with information to call them at (313) 596-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (800) SPEAK-UP.

Madrigal is the third Detroit firefighter to die in a month.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.