“I join people across our region in mourning Philadelphia Fire Lieutenant Matt LeTourneau. The two-alarm fire Lieutenant LeTourneau was fighting also claimed the life of a civilian, who has yet to be officially identified. I will be praying for these souls, their loved ones, and for the recovery of the two firefighters who were injured today.
“We rightly hold firefighters in high esteem because they do what most of us never could: Leave our families in the middle of the night, in the coldest of temperatures, to battle dangerous fires in order to save the homes, possessions, and lives of others. They do this work because the fate and wellness of every person in a community matters to the whole. This rowhouse fire could have brought devastation to every other household on that block, but Lieutenant LeTourneau and his fellow first responders were there to protect them. May we always cherish those who shield and serve our communities, as well as the people who populate our blocks, our neighborhoods, and our great City.”
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