Funeral arrangements set for Capt. Michael Goodwin

Capt. Michael Goodwin
Capt. Michael Goodwin, 53, died in the line of duty Saturday night. Credit: Facebook

Funeral arrangements have been set for Philadelphia Fire Department Capt. Michael Goodwin, 53, who was killed in the line of duty Saturday night while battling a blaze at a Queen Village fabric shop.

Relatives, friends, members of the Philadelphia Fire Department IAFF Local 22 and all first responders are invited to celebrate Capt. Goodwin’s life at John F. Givnish Funeral Home, 10975 Academy Road.

Services will be held Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Capt. Goodwin’s funeral is set for noon Thursday at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 2139 E. Cumberland St. He will then be buried at Hillside Cemetery in Roslyn, Pa.

His family is asking that in lieu of flowers, mourners send memorial contributions to the Firefighters Widow Fund, addressed c/o Local 22, 415 N. Fifth St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19123. An online memorial page has also been set up here.

Mayor Michael Nutter on Sunday ordered all city flags to fly at half-staff for 30 days in Goodwin’s honor, and Gov. Tom Corbett said Monday all state flags in the Capitol Complex and at state buildings located in Philadelphia County will also fly at half-staff to observe his passing. They will remain at half-staff until sundown on Wednesday, the day of Capt. Goodwin’s burial.

Goodwin is reportedly being posthumously promoted to battalion chief.

The 29-year veteran was killed as he fought a three-alarm fire at Jack B. Fabrics located at 748 S. Fourth St. Officials said the building’s third floor gave way, followed by the second floor and several walls.

The collapse also injured firefighter Andrew Godlewski, 28, who was burned while trying to save Goodwin, according to authorities. Godlewski was released from the hospital Sunday.

The firefighters and paramedics union Local 22 is holding a tribute Tuesday at noon in front of City Hall. The memorial was originally slated to observe the deaths of firefighters Daniel Sweeney and Lt. Robert Neary, who were both killed last April in the wall collapse of a furniture store adjacent to a five-alarm Kensington warehouse fire.

The service has since been revised to include Capt. Goodwin.


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