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Monday, April 8, 2013

Philadelphia Fire Department Firefighter Line Of Duty Death 04.06.2013

Captain Michael R. Goodwin, Sr. on April 4, 2012 passed away while fighting a three alarm blaze after a third-floor roof collapsed beneath him. Capt Goodwin was on the roof of the building when it collapsed, trapping him inside. 

Captain Goodwin is to be promoted posthumously to the position of Battalion Chief. Investigation into the fatal fire continues by authorities. 

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers stated the 53 year old Capt. Michael Goodwin, was his friend and "a ladder man. A firefighter's firefighter. He's the kind of guy who looked out for his folks — a big guy." 

"We have a department that is wounded," Commissioner Ayers said. "We have scars that are fresh, and indeed they have now been reopened."

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Captain Goodwin had been with the department for 29 years.

Michael R. Goodwin, Sr. is survived by a wife and two grown children.

Our condolences to the Goodwin Family & Friends, the Philadelphia Fire Department and to all affected by Fire Captain Michael R. Goodwin's passing.    

To date, 16 firefighter fatalities has been reported to USFA in 2013. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) Fatality Notices page. 

(The usual disclaimers: I am not a journalist; This is a blog that expresses an outlook and is not conclusive in any shape or manner.)

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