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UPDATED photo credit Marianne Clark photo credit CBS Philadelphia GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (May 25, 2023)(CNBNews)--There was a two-alarm fire in the 300-unit block of Ridgeway Street Wednesday night, around 11 PM. Neighbors said the fire started in the basement and quickly spread to multiple row homes. Three families were displaced and a fireman was injured properties. The fire is under investigation. RELATED: MULTIPLE FIRE ALARM ON BURDSALL AVENUE, TWO DWELLINGS WERE DAMAGED; NO ONE INJURED Read more →

Fire At Gloucester Iron and Metal; Residents Said They Heard A Loud Explosion

UPDATED Photo credit Tyler Smith GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (MAY 23, 2023)(CNBNews)—Today, around 2:30 PM, there was a multiple-alarm fire at the Gloucester Iron and Metal, a junkyard located on 10th Street and South Broadway. Nearby residents said they heard a loud explosion and saw a large plume of black smoke coming from the facility. One woman said the explosion knocked her out of her chair. The fire was isolated to one section of the junkyard.... Read more →


CORRECTION GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (MAY 19, 2023)(CNBNews)There was a multiple-alarm fire on South Burdsall Avenue early Friday morning. Neighbors nearby said a lithium battery exploded and that started the fire. But the fire is still under investigation and CNBNews hasn’t been able to confirm that information. Those neighbors also said in one of the homes a couple just moved into the house two months ago. According to information released by the Westville Fire Department, the... Read more →

PA Volunteer Fire Companies and ETM Services in Danger

Pennsylvania EMS 'can no longer BBQ their way to a new fire truck' By Anthony Hennen | The Center Square May 5, 2023 (The Center Square) – Long-simmering problems in Pennsylvania’s emergency medical image courtesy of services system have created stress points for ambulance services and fire departments big and small. The House Democratic Policy Committee held a panel on Friday to hear from first responders on where their legislative priorities should be to... Read more →

JOHN BOKER age 58, of Audubon/Brooklawn, Volunteer Fireman, KofC Council 1994

When you believe in the good, give and care, in return, you will be happy, loved, and fulfilled. This is what the good does. They keep trying and never give up. John W. Boker was at his essence all that is good CNBNews graphic files and right. His boyish, affable charisma always reminded you to “stay outta trouble” and reached so many. Life isn't about having amazing experiences. It's about making everyday experiences look amazing.... Read more →

Young Boy Dies in Maple Shade Apartment Fire

Two-alarm fire under investigation video courtesy of (MAPLE SHADE NJ)(May 8, 2023)(CNBNews)--Authorities today released the following statement about the two-alarm fire Burlington County Communications dispatched Fire and Police for an apartment fire on the unit block of Adams Drive in the Fox Meadow Apartment Complex at 10:26 PM. Upon arrival, police units found heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof of the apartments. Police began evacuating residents of Adams Drive. The Maple Shade... Read more →

Fire Chief's Simple Assault Case Delayed; Frankowski Charged with Crime Before

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews MOUNT EPHRAIM, NJ ((CNBNEWS)--Mount Ephraim Volunteer Fire Chief Matthew Frankowski was issued a summons on April 13 for simple assault, NJ statute 2C:12-1A, “purposely/knowingly cause bodily harm to another person.” He appeared in the Borough Court today, April 26. According to the court clerk Fire Chief Frankowski (image courtesy of SJ Observer) the case was postponed and rescheduled for Wednesday, May 31 at 1 PM. She said since the... Read more →

Keith Locker, Gloucester City Board of Ed Worker, Fireman, Loved Camping

Surrounded by and in the loving care of his wife and family, Keith passed peacefully at home in Gloucester City on April 20, 2023, at the age of 76. Loving and devoted husband of 52 years to Linda Lee Locker (nee White). Beloved father of Wendy Locker Thompson and Keith R. Locker, Jr. (Jennifer). Cherished grandfather of Justin Locker, Dylan Bartley, and Joseph Bartley. Beloved son of Ethel H. Locker (nee Duffield) and the late... Read more →

Multi -Alarm Fire at Hilltop Court Apts., Tenant Charged

BLACKWOOD NJ--On Sunday, April 23, 2023, at approximately 1330 hours the Gloucester Township Police Department and the Chews Landing Fire Department responded to the Hilltop Court Apartments located at 1302 N. Black Horse Pike in Blackwood for a reported apartment fire. Fire Personnel from Chews Landing Fire Department, Gloucester Twp. Squad 88 , Runnemede Fire Department, Blackwood Fire Company, Blenheim Fire Company, Bellmawr Fire Department, and Somerdale Fire Department quickly gained control of the fire.... Read more →

Volunteer Fire Chief of Mount Ephraim Charged with Simple Assault

UPDATED/CORRECTED William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews MOUNT EPHRAIM, NJ (April 18, 2023)--CNBNews received a tip late last night about Mount Ephraim Volunteer Fire Chief Matthew B. Frankowski being charged with simple assault. We contacted Borough Commissioner George Gies head of the Fire Committee, to confirm the incident. He said it was a personnel matter. Gies said, "As of now, I can't talk about this personnel matter. But I assure you that the Fire department... Read more →

Blackwood Resident Displaced by Multi-Alarm Fire on Wednesday

On Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at approximately 5:34 pm, Gloucester Township Police responded to Briar Lane located in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township, New Jersey for a report of a dwelling fire. Arriving officers found smoke and flames coming from the residence. As fire apparatus were arriving, officers ensured that the residence and neighboring homes were evacuated as a precaution. BLACKWOOD, NJ (April 5, 2023)--Gloucester Township Fire Departments from Gloucester Twp. Squad 88, Glendora... Read more →

The Story Behind The Story: Pay More for What?

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Columnist GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (March 20, 2023)(CNBNews)--After tonight's City Council Meeting (Monday, March 20, 2023) you will again pay more just for the privilege of living in one of the state's poorest, yet highest-taxed cities. Technically, your taxes won't increase (yet) because these new costs are fees. Shakespeare said that a rose by any other name smells just as sweet. For generation after generation Gloucester City and the State of New... Read more →

Camden County Hero Scholarship Annual Coach Bingo

To reserve tickets: Call Dawn: (856) 768-9656 or email: [email protected] Call Cathy: (856) 287-9743 Proceeds benefit the families of Camden County's Police, Fire & EMS Personnel killed in the line of duty. ID #35-5-23729 Dawn M. Ragan, Executive Director Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund, Inc. 162 W. White Horse Pike Berlin, NJ 08009 (856)768-9656 office (609) 980-7013 cell “It doesn’t take a hero to keep a dream alive…” Read more →

"Dine to Donate" Event will Help Families of Deceased Camden County Police, Firemen and EMT's

Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund · The Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund is holding a "Dine to Donate" fundraising event at Mulligan's Bar & Grill 1208 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn, NJ Monday, March 27 from 4 PM to 8 PM to raise money for the Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund! Come out and enjoy some food and/or a few beverages while helping out a good cause! You can Dine in or take out and enjoy... Read more →

Lois M. Ashe, of Brooklawn, age 82

On February 15, 2023. Age 82. Lifelong resident of Brooklawn, NJ. Predeceased by her parents, Kenneth A. Willson and Marion E. Willson (nee Loveland) and her brother, Douglas Willson. Survived by her children, Jacqueline Ellis Mullins (David), Mark Ellis (Amanda), David Ellis (Mary Kaye), Sharon Ashe Huegel (Patrick) and Michelle Ashe Morris (Ray Horner); her grandchildren, Lauren Ellis, Shannon Turner, David Ellis, Jr., Julia Riffle, Patrick Huegel, Jr., Colin Morris, Gabriella Huegel, Griffin Ellis and... Read more →

Memorial Mass Honoring Firemen Who Died in LOD at St. John Evangelist Church

PHILADELPHIA PA(February 16, 2023)( John the Evangelist Parish in Center City Philadelphia will celebrate its Annual Memorial Mass to honor the four firefighters who lost their lives battling a fire that burned down Saint John Church on February 16, 1899. image courtesy of Pinterest All people of goodwill are invited to participate in the Mass to remember all firefighters who have died in the line of duty. Saturday, February 18, 2023 10:00 a.m. Saint John... Read more →

Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Service Could Collapse

Two Philadelphia Transit policemen are seen by a Philadelphia Fire Department Emergency Medical Services ambulance. By Alan Budman | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Pennsylvania’s hyperlocal emergency medical services system teeters on the brink of collapse and, officials say, it’s up to legislators to intervene before it’s too late. “If they do nothing, this will collapse — there’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it —this system will collapse if nothing changes,” said... Read more →

NJ Forest Fire Service Plan Annual Prescribed Burning

TRENTON – The New Jersey Forest Fire Service’s annual prescribed burning program to reduce wildfire risk and manage natural resources by burning the buildup of potential fuels such as undergrowth, leaves, branches and pine needles on forest floors is underway, Department of Environmental Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today. Residents can view where upcoming prescribed burns will be taking place in their communities over a five-day period on a Prescribed Fire Notifications map at Read more →

Gloucester Township Resident Displaced and Suffers Injuries From Apartment Fire

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NJ (FEBRUARY 13, 2023)(CNBNews)--On Sunday, February 12, 2023, at approximately 3 pm, Gloucester Township Police were dispatched to the Lakeview Apartment Complex, 76 Building, for a reported apartment fire with entrapment. Officers arrived to find heavy smoke and fire from a ground-floor apartment. Officers could hear a female from inside the residence. Officers gained entry but were quickly overcome by heavy smoke and heat, forcing them to back out. Fire department personnel arrived... Read more →

Verdict Reached in NJ Sexual Abuse Case Involving City of Perth Amboy and Its Fire Department

Verdict Announced February 6, 2023 case against Perth Amboy and its fire department, brought by Plaintiff claiming childhood sexual abuse by a former city firefighter New Brunswick, NJ (February 7, 2023) – A hallmark verdict was reached yesterday in a lawsuit brought against the city of Perth Amboy, NJ and its fire department in which the plaintiff, Shay Guiod, claims he was sexually abused as a child by former Perth Amboy firefighter Hugo Fleites from... Read more →

Newlin Evans IV Pleads Guilty to Setting Pemberton Apartment Fire in 2022

Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw announced that a 23-year-old Burlington Township man pled guilty yesterday to starting a fire at a Pemberton Borough apartment in the spring of 2022 that killed a 22-year-old resident of the complex. CNBNews graphic files Under an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office, Newlin Evans IV entered the plea in Superior Court in Mount Holly to Aggravated Manslaughter (First Degree) in exchange for a 22-year sentence in state prison, of... Read more →

Blackwood Multi Alarm House Fire Displaces Family

BLACKWOOD, NJ (CNBNEWS)--On Tuesday, January 17th at approximately 5:42 pm, GTPD responded to Locust Drive in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township, New Jersey for a report of a dwelling fire. Arriving officers found smoke and flames coming from rear of the residence. As Gloucester Township Fire Departments were arriving, officers ensured that the residence and neighboring homes were evacuated as a precaution. Gloucester Township Fire Departments from Gloucester Twp. Squad 88, Chews Landing Fire... Read more →


Gloucester City Fireman Sets Coworker's Pants On Fire

UPDATED: Search for Information Regarding Fire Dept. Fight, Leads to 12 Lawsuits Filed Against Gloucester City By William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet OPINION: The information used to report this article is from the 50- plus page document entitled State of New Jersey Final Administrative Action of the Civil Service Commission. Some of the pages from that ruling appear in the article below. This is about some of the employees of the Gloucester City Fire... Read more →

Gloucester City Fire/ Photos

Gloucester City News Archives December 31, 2008 12:30hrs December 31, 2008 206 Middlesex St Gloucester City Chief of Department Hagan (501) reported smoke showing from the basement of a 2 story M/O/R occupied dwelling, Squad 51 arrived and went into service, all hands were placed in service, the fire was contained to the basement. Mutual aid from Westville, Collingswood, Mt. Ephraim, and Bellmawr. No injuries were reported. The Camden County Fire Marshal is investigating. photos:... Read more →

Retired Gloucester City Fire Chief Joe Bramble, age 87

You don’t build a business. You build people, then people build the business. Success is no accident. It’s very hard work, perseverance, learning, and most of all Sacrifice. Joseph E. Bramble, III, naturally manifested an entrepreneurial spirit. He was a tenacious leader, “gritty” and “matter of fact”. He may have been stubborn, but his generosity exemplified his character. Joe was deeply rooted in his community and humbly committed himself, by rolling up his sleeves and... Read more →

CNBNews Consumer Tips: How to Prevent Fires During the Holidays

by Brianne Deerwester, Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) (NAPSI)—Statistics show that the incidence of home fires and electrical accidents typically increases during the winter holiday season. To combat this, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is launching its annual holiday safety campaign by providing tips to help consumers prevent household fires and accidents caused by improper cooking, heating, and holiday decorating practices. “According to the National Fire Protection Association, 860 home fires are caused by... Read more →

*Mt. Ephraim FD Holiday Raffle Tickets on Sale

MOUNT EPHRAIM, NJ (November 19, 2022)--The Mount Ephraim Fire Department's annual Holiday Raffle is back. Each ticket is eligible for all 20 drawings. The average prize value is $250. Tickets are available through the MEFD Facebook page CLICK HERE. Black Friday sale for reduced pricing until 11/25!! The prize list includes the following: Apple Watch Kitchen Aid Mixer MMilwaukee Power Toolkit SSkullcandy Wireless Headphones Fit Bit NNintendo Switch Liquor Basket Tor Burch, Michael Koors, and... Read more →

Before You Buy An Electric Car Watch This Video

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, most electric vehicles today are powered by lithium-ion batteries. When damaged by something like saltwater, heat, or force, a chemical reaction known as thermal runaway can start inside the cells of these energy-dense batteries. In this state, the batteries heat up uncontrollably and can be prone to fires and off-gassing, resulting in explosions in confined spaces. Compounding the risk of thermal runaway is the fact that there’s no... Read more →

Lawnside Volunteer Fire Company's History to be Featured in a Zoom Presentation

LAWNSIDE, New Jersey (Dec. 1, 2022) -- From bucket brigade in the 20th century to modern trucks and firefighting techniques, the Lawnside Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 has come a long way. Samuel “Butch” Funches, Jr., a life member and former chief, will talk about its 110- Past Chief Funches will be discussing the history of the Lawnside Fire Company! Register with the link, , to get the zoom link. year history in a... Read more →

Samuel F. Andaloro Jr., age 63, aka 'Disc Jockey Caveman Sam', Firefighter, Communicator, Jokester, GCHS Alum

Samuel F. Andaloro, Jr. on November 17, 2022, of Deptford. Age 63. Beloved husband of Kathleen A. Andaloro (nee Riskus). Loving brother of Mary (John) Foster of Mickleton, John (Bridget) Andaloro of Delaware, and the late Josephine (Joseph) Comly. He is survived by many caring cousins, nieces and nephews. Sam was never one to stay idle, always the communicator and often the jokester. He enjoyed his Disc jockey days when he was better known as... Read more →

Multi Alarm ShopRite Trailer Fire in Gloucester Townshipp

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ (November 12, 2022)--On Saturday, November 12, 2022, at approximately 7:56 am, GTPD responded to the ShopRite on Blackwood-Clementon Road for a report of a fire in the rear of the business. Upon arrival, officers observed heavy smoke and flames coming from a refrigerated trailer in the rear loading dock of the business. The fire quickly spread to the rear of the building. All occupants were safely evacuated from the business and one... Read more →

Delaware's Volunteer Firemen Save Taxpayers Over $320 Million Annually Each Year

A fire engine is parked outside the station in Dover, Del. Joseph Sohm / (The Center Square) – More than $320 million is saved from Delaware taxpayers through volunteer fire departments. State Auditor Kathy McGinnis released the annual fire report, which says that there is a tremendous saving to the state by not having paid, full-time firefighters in departments across The First State. “Delaware’s fire service is a tremendous asset to Delawareans,” McGuiness said... Read more →

Gloucester City Spotlights Fire Chief Michael Hagan/Septembers Employee of the Month

EDITOR'S NOTE: (October 10, 2022)CNBNewsnet--The City of Gloucester City spotlighted Fire Chief Michael Hagan in their September newsletter. Below is a copy of that article. We will publish information about other honored employees. CNBNews graphic files GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (September 21, 2022)--Gloucester City is extremely fortunate to have a fully staffed 24/7 Fire Department. The Gloucester City Fire Department (GCFD) covers 2.6 square miles, 11,256 residents, and is responsible for responding to emergencies in residential... Read more →


GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (September 26, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Former Gloucester City Fireman George Huston (photo)made the headlines recently. Huston, raised in Gloucester City, retired from the local fire department in 2017 with a *$70,337 pension. According to the New Jersey Globe, Huston is working as the Gloucester County Deputy Fire Marshal with a $63,960 annual salary. "Now the 59-year-old Huston is making 32% more money from public jobs than he was five years ago," stated the article. Huston’s... Read more →

Multi-Alarm Fire in Glendora, No Injuries Reported

GLENDORA, NJ (September 23, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--On Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at approximately 4:44 PM, the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to Hartford Drive in the Glendora section of Gloucester Township for a report of a dwelling fire. Arriving officers found fire and smoke conditions coming from the roof and interior of the home. As Gloucester Township Fire Departments were arriving, officers ensured that the residence and neighboring homes were evacuated as a precaution. Gloucester Township Fire... Read more →

CNBNews Politics:

DELVECCHIO & LAZZARO, "Save The Barrington Fire Company" 

BARRINGTON, NJ (September 18, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Bob DelVecchio & Mark Lazzaro, Republican candidates for Barrington Borough Council, are outraged after the mayor and certain council members moved to disband the local fire company. “As a 40-year member of the Barrington Fire Company and past President, I've answered many fire calls,” DelVecchio said. “I have been proud to serve our community alongside the great men and women who continue to answer those calls.” "Today, former Public Safety Director... Read more →


Upcoming Nicholson Road Shutdown will also Shutdown Gloucester City's Economy

SHOWN ABOVE, Nicholson Road, heading east into Gloucester City, NJ. Due to construction work on the freeway Nicholson Road, a significant thorofare for traffic in and out of Gloucester City will be closed soon. One of the other major roads for traffic is nearby Klemm Avenue which is also closed for several years due to the same freeway work. The sign reads ON OR ABOUT AUGUST 22, 2022. THIS ROAD IS TO BE CLOSED FOR... Read more →

*NJ Fire Fighter Jobs Open (all jurisdictions)

Symbol: M9999D Title: FIRE FIGHTER Issue Date: 07/01/2022 Closing Date: 08/31/2022 Jurisdiction: ALL LOCAL JURISDICTIONS Salary: * Num. of Positions: Vacancies Anticipated Workweek: 40 Hours per week Application Fee: $35.00 IMPORTANT INFORMATION: NOTE: Before proceeding, you MUST click here and read the "FIRE FIGHTER FACT SHEET". Applicants must be citizens of the United States as of August 31, 2022. Applicants must meet residency preferences specified on the Fire Fighter Fact Sheet as of August 31,... Read more →

Morning House Fire South Collins Court

On Tuesday, August 9th at approximately 9:31 am, the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to South Collins Court in the Blackwood Section for a report of a dwelling fire. Arriving officers found smoke conditions coming from the roof of the town home. As Gloucester Township Fire Departments were arriving, officers ensured that the residence and neighboring town homes were evacuated as a precaution. Gloucester Township Fire Department Stations 82 and 88 along with Runnemede, Bellmawr,... Read more →

Driver Involved in Fatal Magnolia Fire Truck Accident Charged

Magnolia, N.J. – Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay is announcing charges in a fatal motor-vehicle crash that occurred in January of 2022. On July 28, 2022, John Gibson, 29, of Lawnside, NJ, was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree Vehicular Homicide by Operating a Vehicle Recklessly and causing the deaths of 68-year old John Bishop and 75-year-old Marie Endicott, both of Pine Hill, NJ. Gibson was also charged with third degree Hindering... Read more →


CNBNews Editors Note (GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ) (August 3, 2022)--We recently noticed several photos with captions on the Gloucester City Fire Department's Facebook page that we have republished below. This may be hard to believe, but there are actually people living in Gloucester City and Westville who don't have a Facebook account. As a result, they are unaware of the fire calls the GCFD has responded to, nor do they know about the training sessions the... Read more →

The Early History of the Gloucester City Fire Department Bells, Fire Department and Police Department

First published here on Thursday, May 13, 2010 By Ed Walens Gloucester City built its first Fire Department headquarters in 1879 on Bergen Street – where the police station is now. The fire hall was built on a lot adjacent to the old City Hall, which is now the new City Hall. After 1879, several fires took place without the knowledge of some firemen because there was no alarm bell to let them know. Some... Read more →

Mount Ephraim Commissioner Answers Questions Pertaining to Alleged Turmoil in Fire Department

UPDATED/CORRECTED Mount Ephraim Fire Headquarters (source Facebook) William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet MOUNT EPHRAIM, NJ (July 13, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--We recently received an unsigned comment about the Mount Ephraim Volunteer Fire Department. The individual alleged that one of the officers of the department was not qualified for several reasons not specified. Furthermore, the person implied that the fire department was being investigated by the NJ Department of Community Affairs. CNBNews also heard a rumor that several... Read more →

Gloucester City Firefighter Pays Tribute to Local Heroes

Above Gloucester City Fireman Jack Driscoll. (Facebook photo) GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (July 11, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Gloucester City Firefighter Jack Driscoll, ran a 5K recently in full gear in honor of firefighters Tom Stewart, from the Gloucester City Fire Department and Chief Jim Sylvester and Deputy Chief John West from the Mt. Ephraim Fire Department. Those men perished during a July 4, 2002 multi-alarm fire at Broadway and Mercer Sts. Three children also died in that fire. They... Read more →

November 2008 Election The End of America as We Knew It

The following article was written by Phil Cohen, a retired Camden City Firefighter, and the editor of the Camden-HeartSoul news site by Phil Cohen NOVEMBER 4, 2008--It's 4:07 AM, and by the end of the night you and I will know the fate of the United States as we know and love it.... if you are one of those who do not love this country and its traditions, please find another website to visit.... Read more →

Lower Township Police Arrest Two "Firebugs"

Lower Township, NJ (June 29, 2022)(CNBNewsnet) - On Sunday, June 5, 2022, the Lower Township Police Department’s Officers responded to the area of the 1400 block of Bayshore Road, in the Villas section of Lower Township for a 9-1-1 hang-up. Upon arrival, officers observed smoke coming from a parked vehicle. The Villas Volunteer Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire. Members from the Cape May County Fire Marshal’s Office as well as the Lower Township... Read more →

Attic Fire in Glendora, No Injuries, Family Displaced

GLENDORA, NJ--On Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at approximately 6:47 pm, the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to West Evesham Road, in the Glendora Section of Gloucester Township, for a report of a house fire. Upon Officers' arrival, they observed a heavy smoke condition from the attic area of the residence. Gloucester Township Fire Departments arrived to extinguish the fire. Officers ensured that the residents and family pet were evacuated. Gloucester Township Fire Stations Glendora Fire... Read more →

Philadelphia Fireman Dies When Building Collapses; Five Other Philadelphia Employees Suffered Injuries

PHILADELPHIA (June 18, 2022)--— It is with great sadness that the Philadelphia Fire Department announces the loss of one of its own along with injuries to five City of Philadelphia employees—four firefighters and one employee of the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I). Lieutenant Sean Williamson, 51, was killed in the line of duty while operating at this morning’s fire at 300 W. Indiana Avenue in the city’s Fairhill section. Lt. Williamson was a 27-year... Read more →

Philadelphia Archbishop Nelson J. Perez Statement Regarding Death of Fire Lt. Sean Williamson

I was deeply saddened to learn that Lieutenant Sean Williamson of the Philadelphia Fire Department was killed in the line of duty this weekend. In the name of the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I extend my prayerful condolences to Lieutenant Williamson’s family and friends who mourn this tragic loss. My heartfelt sympathy also goes out to Adam K. Thiel, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Fire Department, and the faithful men and women of the... Read more →