T HE DEATHS of two firefighters Monday evoke memories of the last time two Philadelphia firefighters were killed in the line of duty, in 2004.
The deaths in August of that year of Capt. John Taylor and firefighter Rey Rubio resulted in criminal charges.
Rubio and Taylor were asphyxiated after being trapped in a fire in the basement of a rowhouse on Belgrade Street in Port Richmond.
Fire officials said at the time that Rubio may have been trapped in the haphazard wiring for lighting used to grow marijuana plants, and that Taylor may have died staying behind to help his fallen comrade.