File #: 220652    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 6/23/2022 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/23/2022
Title: Recognizing and honoring the life and service of Philadelphia Firefighter Lieutenant Sean Williamson.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Driscoll, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Bass
Attachments: 1. Signature22065200
Recognizing and honoring the life and service of Philadelphia Firefighter Lieutenant Sean Williamson.

WHEREAS, The Philadelphia Fire Department is heartbroken by the loss of Lt. Sean Williamson, who died in the line of duty after a fire-damaged building collapsed in the Fairhill neighborhood on June 18, 2022; and

WHEREAS, Shortly before 2:00 a.m. on June 18th fire crews were called to 300 W. Indiana Avenue. Eight occupants of the property were safely evacuated from the building; and

WHEREAS, The fire was placed under control over an hour later. Firefighters remained working when the building collapsed around 3 a.m. A 2nd-alarm was declared after the collapse occurred; and

WHEREAS, Four people, three firefighters and one L&I Inspector were initially trapped, and removed and transported to Temple Hospital; and

WHEREAS, It was discovered that two additional firefighters were trapped under the debris; therefore, firefighters began a search and rescue operation. Lt. Robert Brennan, Jr was found, safely transported to Temple Hospital. Tragically, Lt. Williamson was also found and pronounced deceased at the scene at 6:45 a.m.; and

WHEREAS, Lt. Williamson was a former Marine who provided dedicated and exemplary service to the City of Philadelphia for 27 years; and

WHEREAS, He was last assigned to Ladder 18 in Tioga/Nicetown. Over his long career he also served with the specialized Rescue 1 company; taught at the Fire Academy, and was a member of PA-Task Force1, the federal urban search-and-rescue team sponsored by the Philadelphia Fire Department; and

WHEREAS, In his statement, Mayor Kenney said Lt. Williamson exemplified heroism by doing what our first responders do every day: put on their uniform, leave their loved ones, and carry out their sworn duty to protect and serve the residents of Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at the Epiphany of Our Lord Church on Monday, June 27 at 11a.m.; and


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