Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
July 6, 2017

Most Mustang enthusiasts would give you the shirt off their back if you needed it. We’re a community who likes to help people. When someone needs help with their Mustang, we jump into action to make things happen. If a fellow enthusiast is going through a hard time, we do everything we can to minimize their pain. We don’t do it for recognition, we do it because that’s just the way our people are.

Unfortunately, some pay the ultimate price in the process of helping others. Case in point, one of our Fox Mustang brethren, Detroit’s Orlando Day, recently passed away while trying to save a friend in a boating accident.

Orlando was on a boat with several others when a fellow passenger went overboard. That gentleman wasn’t wearing a life jacket so Orlando took action, jumping in the water to save the day. Orlando was wearing a life jacket, but when he hit the water it came off. Another man on the boat also jumped in to help Orlando save the first man, and they were able to make it back on the boat. However, while getting the other two men back on the boat, they lost track of Orlando. Tragically, Orlando drowned in the process of trying to help.

True to his nature, before his untimely death, Orlando was taking part in a Fox build. Orlando was known to his friends as the Detroit Fox Body King, and he will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Anthony McDaniel told us of Orlando’s passing. Orlando and the rest of the Detroit Fox Body crew made the 15-hour trip to Mustang Week 2016 to check out Anthony’s Coyote-swapped Fox ‘Vert. Orlando told Anthony his car inspired the build of the green ‘Vert in these photos.
Though Orlando was Detroit’s Fox Body King, the rest of the Detroit crew will be keeping his memory alive, and well-represent the Fox community.