Funeral set for Philadelphia firefighter killed in collapse

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

Family, friends and hundreds of colleagues said a final farewell Friday to a fallen Philadelphia firefighter. Before the funeral, public viewings were expected to be held at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul so citizens could pay their respects to the firefighter who died inside a Philly rowhouse, fighting a blaze.

The 11-year-veteran was trapped by debris after the second floor of the North Philadelphia rowhome collapsed.

Mayor Kenney ordered all city of Philadelphia flags hung at half-mast for the 30 days following LeTourneau's death.

Mitchell Monnerat, who lives across the street from Engine 43 in Center City, spoke with FOX 29's Steve Keeley Friday morning explaining why he felt it was important to come and say goodbye to Lt. LeTourneau. LeTourneau's casket rode atop Engine 45, the station where he worked.

After a viewing Thursday night at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Following close behind, a firefighter carried the hat LeTourneau wore when he was running into burning buildings over the course of his firefighting career.

The 42-year-old died battling a fire in North Philadelphia. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The injured resident was in critical condition as of Saturday afternoon, while the injuries to the two other firefighters were not considered serious, according to the report. Officials estimated about a thousand people were on hand for Friday's funeral mass.

The Philadelphia Fire Department announced it will posthumously promote LeTourneau to captain. "Please keep his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers during this very hard time". After the mass, hundreds of mourners streamed out of the basilica behind Lt. LeTourneau's casket.

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