Nearly 30 years after his death, Det. Gerard Traynor's name is now on the Living Flame Memorial, a tribute to the hundreds of Philadelphia fire and police officers who have died in the line of duty.
On Tuesday, the annual Living Flame Memorial Service took place. Traynor's family — as well as other family and friends of deceased emergency personnel — was in attendance to see his name added to the memorial. His 1987 death was recently deemed as happening in the line of duty; he suffered a fatal heart attack a day after a physical altercation with a suspect.
“It’s a way to acknowledge that their deaths were not in vain,” said city spokesman Randy Giancaterino on Monday, “and to have them all in one place so they have a presence.”
Mayor Michael Nutter joined Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, members of both fire and police and dozens of other local and regional groups for the memorial service.
There are about 500 names of police officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty in Philadelphia since the city has been keeping records, said Giancaterino.
Luckily, there have been no firefighter or police officer deaths in Philadelphia in a year.Firefighter Capt. Michael Goodwin was killed in April of 2013 in a Queen Village fire.