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Guess what folks, get ready for more dead firefighters.

Physical requirements for joining said departments are being dropped in order to get women in.

Thats right ladies n gents! So instead of some strapping, physically capable man to lift your 200lbs+ ass out of danger and any other obstacles you might get someone as strong as your 11 year old nephew pre-puberty.

You might as well just jump out the window.

I expect a report about this to come out and get buried by all the mass hysteria of pro-woman. And pro-black too.

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What is a Black bunting? Good to hear her being call a hero because she is one!!!
Here is a photo of the actual bunting for Joyce, katzmeow.

The Fireman's Hall Museum, with bunting to mourn the death of Joyce Craig-Lewis, the City's first female firefighter killed on the job.
Helen Ubinas / Daily News staff

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20...R3M1pKptA7v.99

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http://video.philly.com/?ndn.trackin...e&vid=28244687

Amid Blinding Smoke of West Oak Lane Blaze, Firefighter Cried Out, 'I'm Trapped'

CBS Philly

Mike Newall, Chris Hepp, and Martha Woodall
Inquirer Staff Writers

December 10, 2014

As intense heat and smoke poured from the blazing basement of a house in West Oak Lane early Tuesday, the firefighters attacking the flames with a hose were ordered to get out.

The woman who lived there had been rescued. Another company was poised to go in through a back entrance to fight the flames. With conditions deteriorating, a commanding officer had said over the radio around 2:30 a.m. that that would be safer.

The firefighters began to retreat as directed, battling disorienting heat and blinding smoke. But, Joyce Craig-Lewis did not emerge. Instead, the decorated 11 year veteran hit a Mayday button.

"I'm trapped! I'm trapped!," her frantic voice could be heard saying over the radio. Her fellow firefighters rushed back into the flames. But, it was too late.

Craig-Lewis, a 36 year old mother of two working a voluntary overtime shift, became the first female member of the Philadelphia Fire Department to die in the line of duty.

At a City Hall news conference, Mayor Nutter said the department had suffered a tremendous loss - a loss, he said, that extends to all Philadelphians.

"Joyce Craig-Lewis was a much loved mother, daughter, and sister," said Nutter, flanked by a line of solemn faced Fire Department commanders. "She loved her family, and she loved her job."

Fire Commissioner, Derrick Sawyer, described her as a, "firefighter's firefighter," a veteran with a strong work ethic who prided herself on working at some of the city's busiest fire companies in order to, "perfect her craft."

"Everybody is heartbroken," said Sawyer, who credited Craig-Lewis with helping to save the life of the 73 year old widow who lived in the house.

"This brave firefighter gave her life attempting to save the life of an elderly woman," he said.

At Craig-Lewis' firehouse, where she has worked for two years, her colleagues hung black bunting over the fire engine door.

Joseph D. Schulle, president of Local 22 of the firefighters' union, said the department was reeling from the loss.

"The best compliment you can give a firefighter is that they are a very good firefighter. And that was certainly was her," he said. "She was well respected and well liked. She is going to be missed."

As officials mourned her death, investigators worked to determine what prevented Craig-Lewis from getting out of the rowhouse safely.

Sawyer offered a timeline:

At 2:29 a.m., the department received a report of a dwelling fire on the 1600 block of Middleton Street. The first units to arrive reported seeing no flames at the two story brick house, but crews soon discovered a fire in the basement.

Basement fires pose dangerous tactical challenges for fire crews, Sawyer said. In battling them, firefighters must navigate narrow stairways of smoke and heat, funnels of combustion and flame.

Descending into the fire and smoke is like, "running down into a chimney," Sawyer said.

Craig-Lewis was part of a three member, "attack team," advancing the first hose line into the fire.

The way it works, he said, is this: One firefighter works the nozzle of the hose, attacking the flames. Another helps pull the line. A third, an officer carrying a thermal imaging camera, a flashlight, and a radio, directs.

"They act as a team," Sawyer said. "They go in as a team, and the goal is to come out as a team."

Sawyer said he did not know what position Craig-Lewis was working as the firefighters advanced into the basement.

After she and other members of the initial attack crew confronted heavy heat and smoke conditions, the commander decided to switch tactics, Sawyer said, and Craig-Lewis became trapped, "in the process of withdrawing from the basement."

"After they withdrew, they realized firefighter Craig was missing, and they went in to search for her."

It was unclear how much time lapsed before others realized that Craig-Lewis was trapped.

"The strategy and tactics were sound," said Schulle, the union president. "When you're in the conditions we're talking about - high heat and zero visibility - there's a level of confusion."

A Fire Department official who listened to a recording of radio transmissions of the fire said Craig-Lewis could be heard issuing Maydays over three radio channels.

Rescue firefighters found Craig-Lewis in the dining room by a window, Schulle said. Colleagues performed CPR at the scene, and she was rushed to Einstein Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead.

The mayor visited Craig-Lewis' family at the hospital and vowed a thorough review of the events leading to her death.

Investigators were examining Craig-Lewis' equipment, including a personal-safety alert system designed to signal when a firefighter is in danger. A distressed firefighter can manually trigger the alarm, which also goes off automatically if a firefighter remains motionless for more than 20 seconds.

It was not immediately known whether Craig-Lewis pressed her alarm or whether the device was functioning. Nutter said it remained, "impossible to say," what happened until a full investigation was complete.

A graduate of Dobbins High School, Craig-Lewis had wanted to be firefighter from childhood, her family said.

"She was just all consumed by this job," said her boyfriend, Jason Anderson, sitting in the living room of the family's Northeast Philadelphia home.

Craig-Lewis' son, Mekhi Green, 16, said his mother, "loved her job."

An older relative held her 16 month old daughter, Laylani.

Craig-Lewis started her career at Engine 9 in West Mount Airy, Sawyer said, but was later transferred to North Philadelphia's Engine 45, one of the busiest in the city. She worked there for several years before joining Engine 64 about two years ago.

On Tuesday, she had picked up an overtime shift at Engine 73, the first company to arrive at the Middleton Street fire.

When firefighters arrived, they quickly rescued the lone resident of the house, a woman who walked out into the rain, barefoot and in her nightclothes.

Seeing this, Fern Hall, who lives across the street, gave his neighbor shelter in his house.

Firefighters quickly put out the blaze. Then, Hall said, he saw a group of firefighters run out of the house, carrying a fallen colleague.

At the firehouse on Rising Sun Avenue where Craig-Lewis worked, colleagues held a Tuesday night vigil to remember the woman they described as a dedicated professional.

"She was a motivated worker. Loved her job. Loved talking about her kids," said Lt. Benny Hutchins, her supervising officer at Engine 64.

Inside, yellow tape was stretched across locker number 8, which colleagues had decorated with flowers, photos, and one of her work shirts, adorned with a small pink ribbon.

A pair of empty boots was set out on the floor.

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I think we tend to forget the danger these people put themselves in daily to keep our towns, cities and the residents safe.
Fire is a terrifying thing, yet they walk into it to save people (and animals) knowing if they wait or falter, deaths will result.
To die doing something you love and believe in is in a way the ultimate honour. It shows the level of dedication these brave men and women have.

A firefighter friend of mine once described them as akin to soldiers, sitting waiting to attempt to save life and property day in day out. He also talked about how fire is a living breathing thing that seems to look for ways to outwit the unaware....They know this but like soldiers on the front line, they willingly risk themselves to protect others.

Goodnight brave lass, I may be thousands of miles away but my thanks to you and all fire fighters around the world is right at the forefront of my mind.

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Crazy hair! Firefighters are very brave and selfless individuals. R.I.P

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She wasn't rioting in Ferguson.

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She wasn't rioting in Ferguson.
Fires aren't racist, but, neither were the police in Ferguson.

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Fires aren't racist, but, neither were the police in Ferguson.
But she was an unarmed black woman attacked by a fire.

Why no riots?

Or is that only for Ghetto Trash Thug strong arm robber gang members?




All that aside, much respect for a decent human being that risked her life in service to the community and condolences to her grieving family.

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But she was an unarmed black woman attacked by a fire.

Why no riots?

Or is that only for Ghetto Trash Thug strong arm robber gang members?
It is!

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All that aside, much respect for a decent human being that risked her life in service to the community and condolences to her grieving family.
She was on voluntary overtime. She had a husband at some point, but, there is no mention of him anywhere.

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Thats so sad :( As someone said, I dont think we realise just how much these folks put their lives on the line. It definitely takes a special person to make the grade; I for sure know I couldnt do what they do.

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