SHEFFIELD LAKE — A Sheffield Lake woman is suing the Sheffield Lake Fire Department and its employees, alleging that the Fire Department did not have the proper equipment to save her husband, who died in a fire in 2010 while he was trapped in his vehicle.
On Oct. 3, 2010, Tony Cushing, who was 62, suffered from an apparent heart condition and crashed into a Lake Breeze Road home. Cushing was trapped in his van, which caught fire.
No one in the home was seriously injured, but Cushing died.
Cushing’s wife, Ronda Cushing, alleged that the Sheffield Lake Fire Department did not have the proper equipment and did not have the hose line charged when rescue crews attempted to extricate Tony Cushing from the van.
She also alleged that firefighters did not ensure that the pump was pressurized prior to arrival at the scene, resulting in his wrongful death.
Ronda Cushing’s case was filed Wednesday in Lorain County Court before Judge James Miraldi.
Cushing is asking for $25,000 for the physical injuries, medical expenses and funeral costs of her husband, as well as to cover pain and suffering she said her husband experienced before his death.