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Fallen Philly fireman to get posthumous promotion

(Joseph Kaczmarek)
Fellow firefighters carry the body of fallen firefighter Capt. Michael Goodwin at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, Saturday, April 6, 2013. The fire caused a partial roof collapse that killed Goodwin and injured a colleague who was trying to rescue him, officials said. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia firefighter who was killed when a roof collapsed beneath him as he battled a weekend fire will get a posthumous promotion.

Fifty-three-year-old Capt. Michael Goodwin plunged from the roof of a three-story building in the city's Queen Village section Saturday night. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Another firefighter, 28-year-old Andrew Golewski, was burned while trying to rescue him.

Goodwin, a 29-year veteran, had recently taken the test for a promotion to battalion chief. Executive Fire Chief Richard Davison says the promotion will allow Goodwin to retire at the higher rank, enhancing his family's benefits.

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers says he had been hoping that Goodwin would one day make chief.

Funeral arrangements haven't been finalized. The cause of the fire still hasn't been determined.


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