Family gets bill for body removal of loved one

Carl Little and his wife

Carl Little and his wife

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. — The family of a Michigan man who was killed in a car crash is furious after receiving a bill for the removal of his body.

Carl Little was killed in a car crash on I-75 just south of the Mackinac Bridge in June.

Little’s family received a bill, addressed to him, for $500 from the fire department that worked his accident.

“They were essentially billing him for the removal of his corpse. They obviously knew he was dead, I mean, they removed his body from the car,” Little’s step-daughter Rebecca Beck told WXMI-TV.

It appears the bill was made out to the name on the car’s registration.

Deputy Chief Kevin Sehlmeyer with the Grand Rapids Fire Department said a recovery fee isn’t out of the ordinary.

“This cost recovery has become a way that fire departments take care of things in Michigan,” Sehlmeyer said. “It’s pretty common. In this case I understand why the family is not happy about receiving this bill but it is in fact a way for fire departments to get revenue so they can continue to provide services.”

Beck posted a picture of the bill to Facebook, which has had more than 14,000 shares.

“A lot of them [fire departments] bill the insurance companies directly, so then it’s case of going to the insurance company,” Sehlmeyer said. “It sounds like in this case the bill went directly to the family and I understand it’s a time of grieving and it’s an emotional time for a family and then to get this bill on top of it….I think the responders up north are doing a great job at trying to provide a service to the community.”

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