Funeral today for Phila. firefighter Michael Goodwin | LIVE VIDEO on 6abc.com
NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA - April 11, 2013 -- The goodbye for fallen Philadelphia Fire Captain Michael Goodwin continued on Thursday with another viewing, to be followed by his funeral.
The funeral for Captain Michael Goodwin will be held at 12:00 p.m. Thursday at Saint Michael's Lutheran Church in Kensington.
Goodwin will be laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery in Roslyn, Pennsylvania.
The farewell to Goodwin began with a ceremony outside the Givnish Funeral home in Northeast Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon as the leaders of the Philadelphia Fire Department led the way as Engine 53 carried Goodwin's casekt.
His widow Kelly and family arrived to watch the procession along with the pomp and circumstance deserving of a man who dedicated his life to the fire service.
Mayor Michael Nutter said, "We try to rally around each other, but all eyes, all focus, all attention must be on the Goodwin family."
Hundreds of public servants filed into the funeral home to pay their respects to Goodwin, who was killed over the weekend in a massive fire on Fabric Row in Queen Village.
At Wednesday's ceremony before the viewing, the entire Philadelphia Police Department command staff stood and saluted the fallen hero.
"I think it's important that we honor all of our heroes and certainly Captain Goodwin falls into that category, giving his life in the line of duty," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.
The city continues to mourn the loss of the 29-year veteran and it was Mayor Nutter who presented Captain Goodwin's wife with the American flag, which draped his casket.
"It's not about me and it's not about us. It's about duty, it's about honor, it's about respecting the great work and service these men and women who do what they do," added Nutter.
Goodwin, 53, plunged from the roof of a three-story building in the city's Queen Village section Saturday night. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another firefighter, 28-year-old Andrew Godlewski, was burned while trying to rescue him. He was treated for his injuries at the hospital.
Goodwin had recently taken the test for a promotion to battalion chief.
Executive Fire Chief Richard Davison announced Monday that the promotion will be awarded posthumously, and that the promotion will enhance his family's benefits.
Goodwin is survived by a wife and two grown children.
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