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Thousands brave the rain to pay respects to fallen Philly firefighter

Alex Lloyd Gross Photo- Delaware valley News.com out of town firefighters arrive to pay their respects

By Alex Lloyd Gross

A steady, cold rain did not keep firefighters from paying their last respects to Lieutenant  Matt LeTourneau  who died in a house fire last week. A public viewing and funeral was held today  January 12, 2018 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul  in Center City Philadelphia.  Many who were in attendance were firefighters from outside the city, which includes a good number of  volunteer companies.  Quite a few paid companies showed up along side them.  They came from Bucks and Delaware Counties and as far away as Baltimore Maryland.

Lt. LeTournau loved animals and loved being apart of the city. He has strong roots in  Delaware County. In fact, that is where he will be buried. A huge funeral cortege snaked it’s way across closed portions of Interstate 95 to Delaware County  as mourners made their way to Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield. Police and rescue squad members showed their support as well.  While many people were inside the Basilica , a few elected to stay outside , under tents and listen to the service on loudspeakers, including two New Jersey State Troopers who showed up on their own.

During the remarks, Commissioner Adam Thiel said that he considered LeTourneau “A firefighter’s firelighter”. as is custom, now in the city of Philadelphia, LeTourneau will be promoted posthumously to the rank of captain.


Alex Lloyd Gross
Alex Lloyd Gross has the reputation for aggressive news coverage. With over 40 years experience including working at The News Gleaner, and had his work published in books and magazines that span the entire globe. With a strong background in emergency service related topics, he can bring forth a perspective that others cannot.
A contributor to Starfile Photo Agency for 20 years, Alex has been given access to and has photographed luminaries of both stage and screen.
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