A 21-year veteran of the Detroit Fire Department died of a heart attack while on duty Sunday. Sgt. Rodney N. English, 48, collapsed while doing administrative work at Detroits Engine 1 station house, 111 W. Montcalm St. A department member revived English before emergency crews arrived to transport him to an area hospital, according to IAFF Local 344. English died en route to the hospital. “He was a very good firefighter, excellent person,” Detroit Fire Department Lt. Melvin White said. White, who had worked with English for 15 years, said the death came as a surprise because English kept in good shape and didnt smoke or drink alcohol. A union representative said English had regular physical examinations and showed no indications of heart problems. “He was always happy, never had anything bad to say about anybody,” White said, adding that English was smart, fun and giving. When off duty, English was active in his church and community. He was a regular at Rosedale Park Baptist Church, and he ran a golf program for children. “He was my hero,” Rosedale Park Baptist Church deacon Roy Harlin said. “I always considered him the soldier Id want to go into war with.” English is survived by his wife and three children, ages 10, 16 and 18.