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Fire Captain Dies in Fire, Firefighter Injured; Two Found Dead in Revel Casino; Three Priest Removed
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 04/08/13 2:51 am | updated: 04/08/13 2:51 am
A fire captain was killed and another fire fighter was injured during a three-alarm blaze in South Philadelphia last night. The fire broke out in a fabric store on the 700 block of S. 4th Street in the Queen Village neighborhood around 6 p.m. Saturday. The flames spread to the apartments above. Captain Michael Goodwin, 59, was killed in a fall when a third floor roof collapsed. He was a 29-year veteran stationed at Ladder 27. 28-year-old Andrew Godlewski was injured while trying to rescue Goodwin. He is in stable condition at Thomas Jefferson Hospital. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Captain Goodwin is survived by his wife and two grown children. The Red Cross is assisting at least 17 people who were displaced by the fire.

SEE ALSO: Funeral Arrangements for Capt. Michael Goodwin

IAFF Local 22 President Bill Gault issued the following statement Sunday:

“The brothers and sisters of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22 are mourning the tragic death of Captain Mike Goodwin of Ladder 27 in South Philadelphia, a 30-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, natural-born leader, loving husband, father and grandfather, and a hero whose valor will never be forgotten. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to his wife children and grandchildren. The month of April has been especially cruel to us. Tuesday marks one-year since the tragic deaths of Lt. Robert Neary and Daniel Sweeney and now, nearly a year to the day, we’ve lost Mike. We will honor all three of them Tuesday at City Hall as we prepare for Captain Goodwin’s funeral services. We ask all citizens to remember the ultimate sacrifice these brave men have made and keep their families in your prayers.”

Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter released a statement Sunday as well:

“Today, we mourn the loss of Captain Michael Goodwin of the Philadelphia Fire Department and the injury to Firefighter Andrew Godlewski who tried to save him. Captain Goodwin was a leader who for 29 years put on the uniform of our respected department and risked his life on a daily basis in order to protect all of us from the ravages of fire and destruction. On Saturday, while leading his ladder company in the suppression of a raging fire, Michael Goodwin, husband, father of two, brother to three siblings, perished in the inferno.

“I ask all Philadelphians to join me in prayer for this heroic man, for his wife Kelly and their children, his mother Betty, and their extended family and for the members of the Philadelphia Fire Department who have all suffered a grievous loss. I also ask that Philadelphians communicate our great sorrow and condolences to Capt. Goodwin’s fellow officers in the finest firefighting force in America. We must never forget the grave risks that these heroic public servants take every day at a moment’s notice on behalf of us all.

“Like Capt. Goodwin, Firefighter Andrew Godlewski, a five-year veteran, fought the blazing fire and with all of his professional training risked his life in an effort to save Capt. Goodwin. Please join with me in praying for Firefighter Godlewski’s swift recovery.”

Two dead bodies were found in a hotel room at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City on Sunday afternoon. The deceased guests were a 56-year-old male and a 21-year-old female. A housekeeping employee discovered the two people around 1:30pm. An autopsy was completed Sunday night to determine cause of death, but results will not be released until the investigation in complete. Anyone with information is asked to contact Atlantic City Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit at 609-347-5766 or Crimestoppers at 609-652-1234.

UPDATE 4/8: Atlantic City Police have ruled out foul play in the the deaths of two people found in a hotel room at Revel Casino. There were no injuries on either of the bodies. They did say that narcotics were found in the room. The victims identities will be released later today.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has removed three priests from ministry after further investigation into abuse allegations. Revs. Joseph Gallagher and Mark Gaspar were both suspended following the 2011 grand jury report that led to the convictions of an archdiocesan official and three others. Monsignor Richard Powers was suspended last year after his name appeared on a list of accused priests. The allegation against him is 40-years-old and from outside the archdiocese. He is accused of abusing a 17-year-old girl. All three priests have now been removed from ministry.

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