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December 15, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Derek Horsey's 80-year-old mother was having a stroke two months ago at their home in West Oak Lane when Firefighter Joyce Craig came to save her. "My mother was on the floor," Horsey said. Craig gained entry through a window and Doris Horsey was taken to Einstein Medical Center. "If it wasn't for her," he said, "no telling where my mother would be. " On Friday, Horsey joined the hundreds of people who endured a frigid December night to line up outside Batchelor Bros. Funeral Services to pay their respects to Craig, the first female Philadelphia firefighter to die in the line of duty.
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December 12, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writers
A funeral service for firefighter Joyce Craig-Lewis is set for Saturday, Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said Wednesday. The service will be at 10 a.m. at Batchelor Bros. Funeral Services, 7112 N. Broad St., he said. Burial will follow at Ivy Hill Cemetery. Craig-Lewis, a decorated 11-year veteran and mother of two, was fatally injured in a predawn fire in West Oak Lane on Tuesday. She was working an overtime shift when the call for a fire on Middleton Street came in to Engine 73 around 2:30 a.m. She was trapped while fighting a basement fire.
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December 11, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
ALBERTO GONZALEZ knew what he'd be doing first thing yesterday morning when he heard the news. "Did you hear that?" his wife asked. "I think they said a firefighter died. " Gonzalez sat up in bed and focused on the newscast. Joyce Craig-Lewis, an 11-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department and mother of two, died early yesterday morning after being trapped in the basement of a burning West Oak Lane rowhouse. She was the city's first female firefighter killed in the line of duty.
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December 11, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, MORGAN ZALOT, DAVID GAMBACORTA & MENSAH DEAN, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
WHEN THEY are older, and showing their own children photo albums that have far too many blank spaces, Mehki Donte Green and Laylani Lewis will say that their mother died a hero on a soggy, bitterly cold day in Philadelphia. Their mom, veteran Philadelphia Firefighter Joyce Craig-Lewis, lost her life while battling a hellacious blaze in West Oak Lane in the early morning darkness yesterday, earning a heartbreaking place in the city's history as the first female firefighter to die in the line of duty.
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December 11, 2014 | By Martha Woodall and Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writers
She wasn't even supposed to be working. Philadelphia Firefighter Joyce Craig-Lewis, who died in a house fire in West Oak Lane on Tuesday morning, had not been scheduled to be on Engine 73 fighting the blaze, according to family and friends. But Craig-Lewis, 36, loved the job, said her son, Mekhi Green, 16. So she signed up for an overtime shift. "She worked a lot," her son said Tuesday afternoon in the family's Northeast living room, where people took turns caring for her 16-month-old daughter, Laylani.
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December 11, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Chris Hepp, and Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writers
As intense heat and smoke poured from the blazing basement of a house in West Oak Lane early Tuesday, the firefighters attacking the flames with a hose were ordered to get out. The woman who lived there had been rescued. Another company was poised to go in through a back entrance to fight the flames. With conditions deteriorating, a commanding officer had said over the radio around 2:30 a.m. that that would be safer. The firefighters began to retreat as directed, battling disorienting heat and blinding smoke.
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December 7, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, for William Collier, 80, of Buckingham Township, a teacher and firefighter who died Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Doylestown Hospital of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The 11 a.m. service will take place at the Bux-Mont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2040 W. Street Rd., Warrington. Burial is private. "Bill," as he was called, first taught in the Maple Shade School District in 1957. Later, he joined the Hatboro-Horsham School District and spent 37 years as a social studies teacher.
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November 30, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
An Atlantic City firefighter fell through the floor of an abandoned rowhouse, and two others were injured, as they rescued a woman from a two-alarm blaze less than an hour after their Thanksgiving meal Thursday. The blaze ignited around 6:55 p.m. on a block of abandoned rowhouses, the windows and doors covered with plywood, along Lighthouse Court. Investigators are calling the blaze suspicious - there was no working electricity or heat in the home that could have caused it. When firefighters arrived at the home, they had to rip off plywood and cut it with a saw, Atlantic City Fire Chief Dennis J. Brooks said Friday.
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