Firefighters add $5,000 to reward to find arsonist responsible for fellow firefighter's death

(WXYZ) - "I think about Brian everyday.. and it's hard," said one of firefighter Brian Woehlke's partners, Chris Reyna, as they remember the friend and colleague killed in the arson that destroyed a Westland restaurant a year ago.

It was May 8, 2013, when Wayne-Westland firefighter Brian Woehlke and his fellow firefighters went into Marvaso's Italian Grille, but when it was time to pull out of the building because flames were coming through the roof, Woehlke couldn't be found.

Woehlke, 29, never made it out alive and his loved ones are pleading to anyone who has any information to call investigators with Michigan State Police or Crime Stoppers in hopes that the person responsible for setting the blaze will finally be arrested.

Wayne-Westland firefighters have added $5,000 to a Crime Stoppers reward, bringing the total for that reward to $7,500. Anyone with information should call 1(800)SPEAK-UP and you can remain anonymous.

Tips can also be directed to investigators with Michigan State Police. The United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are offering $5,000. That number to call is (877)616-4677.

"it's a reverse role. This time we're asking for help," said firefighter David Polite.

"We feel that someone in the community has the final piece in this investigation to bring the arsonist to justice." said Lt. Michael Shaw, Public Information Officer of the State Police. "We are hoping on the one year anniversary of Firefighter Woehlke's death that that individual will come forward and provide the closure the Woehlke family deserves."

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