SUNDAY NIGHT VIGIL
FOR THE FALLEN and INJURED FIREFIGHTERS and ALL THOSE IMPACTED BY THIS DISASTER
The men from the PFD have made the supreme sacrifice, they stood in a path of destruction to save our neighborhood and our lives.
Review of the event shows that without them, half of our neighborhood or more could have been completely destroyed.
Many other lives have been injured and damaged.
Please.. please be with us on Sunday night. We will honor the losses and share the weight of this difficult time with neighbors
and with the wide family of people who care for our community, care for the soul of Philadelphia, and care for the current heartache.
The families of the lost fighters will be attending.
News crews will be attending. At the vigil we will distribute information on:
Support for families, Support for affected residents, Support for the new effort to prevent factory fire #5 in East Kensington.
WHERE: Site of the fire, Between York and Boston Street by Jasper
WHEN: SUNDAY, APRIL 15th, 2012 6PM
1) FIREFIGHTER FUNERAL SERVICES:
---for Lt. Robert Neary: Viewing and memorial: 4 p.m. Friday, Givnish Funeral Home, 10975 Academy Rd., Philadelphia. Additional viewing: 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Givnish. Burial will be private.
---for Firefighter Daniel Sweeney: Viewing: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, 535 Rhawn St., Philadelphia. Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Cecilia. Burial Saturday following service in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 4001 W. Cheltenham Ave., Cheltenham.
2) OPEN HOUSE at EAST KENSINGTON'S FIREFIGHTER PORTRAIT GALLERY.
There will be an open house at Jesse Gardner's firefighter portrait gallery at 2012-24 East Arizona Street between Coral and Emerald Streets.Sunday from 3-6 for anyone who wants to stop in and reflect on the service and sacrifice of firefighters. Check out the incredible series of firefighter portraits and event photos here. The gallery is two blocks from the site of the fire.
This is an incredible space- no other neighborhood in the country has anything like it to express such admiration and love for the firefighter's service. Jesse has held several events there to honor firefighters- the community, Philadelphia firefighters, as well as NYFD leaders and authors have been touched by the space. Jesse will provide refreshments and food for all who come.
It is not a commercial gallery and nothing is being sold or promoted--it is a venue for education and community outreach. Jesse J. Gardner 215-805-1406 for more info.
3) SUNDAY EVENING FUNDRAISER GATHERING. There will be a gathering after the vigil to bring us closer and continue the conversation. Details t-b-d.