Tragic news out of Philadelphia this afternoon as a Fire Lieutenant died in the Line of Duty this morning.
Fire Lieutenant Matt LeTourneau, Engine Co. 45 and first alarm companies responded at 0851 hours to the 2200 block of North Colorado Street, a side street off West Susquehanna Avenue near 17th Street. There was a civilian inside and removed by PFD Firefighters-that civilian sadly perished.
While operating, there was an interior structural collapse of the original fire building and the companies of PFD’s special operations unit and from Battalion 8 and 3 were able to enter the building and extricate him-he was pinned in the debris-it took the members approx 30 minutes-and he was treated and transported to Temple Hospital. He was never alone, the rescue efforts started immediately. At 1107 hours he was declared deceased.
Lieutenant LeTourneau was very involved with the recent UL Basement Fire Research Studies and was a deeply respected veteran fire officer, instructor and Firefighter in the Philadelphia and Delaware County area. Matt’s wife is also a volunteer Firefighter at Springfield Township Company 44 in Delaware County and works for ISO. They have no children. We have posted a photo of Matt on our home page. He is on the left.
Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.