Firefighter killed in collapse remembered for humor,…

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

Officials say the funeral mass for Lt. Matthew LeTourneau will be held Friday at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

The two-alarm fire that LeTourneau died fighting lit up a North Philly rowhouse on the 2200 block of North Colorado Street around 8:51 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6. LeTourneau's casket rode atop Engine 45, the station where he worked.

The Philadelphia Fire Department announced it will posthumously promote LeTourneau to captain. Firefighters on the scene rescued LeTourneau and took him to the hospital, where he died from his injuries, .

The city's mayor, fire commissioner and LeTourneau's brother are expected to officer remarks.

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He spent part of his morning speaking with veteran firefighters about Lt. LeTourneau, and telling them "how good he lived" and how good of a firefighter LeTourneau was.

"I am grateful for his outstanding service to our city during his 11-year career", Kenney said in a statement. "During 11 proud years as a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department, he was widely recognized and respected for his exceptional work and in 2015 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant", said Kenney. Our firefighters demonstrate tremendous acts of heroism every single day. "He is survived by his mother, other relatives and friends". Philadelphia Police and Fire pipes and drums played "Danny Boy" as fellow firefighters carried LeTourneau's casket inside the basilica for his final viewing and funeral.

Internment will follow at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Marple Township, Delaware County.

Thursday, Jan. 11 - 4:30 to 9 p.m.

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