The passing of Battalion Chief Michael Goodwin of the Philadelphia Fire Department was another sobering reminder of the danger that first responders face every day. Less than a year after the tragic deaths of Captain Robert Neary and Lieutenant Daniel Sweeney, it is heartbreaking to lay another member of the Philadelphia Fire Department to rest. One line of duty death is one too many but our district has been all too familiar with this kind of tragedy.
While our laws and policies can provide resources and support, they cannot remove the inherent danger that comes with duty. Our first responders know this, accept this, and continue to serve. We truly live among super heroes each and every day. They are humble public servants and they don't ask for much, just to do what they love, provide for their family, and to be able to come home at the end of the day.
Our hearts grieve for the family, friends, and colleagues of those who make the ultimate sacrifice. There is not much we can say in a time of grieving but we can say thank you. Thank you to the firefighters. Thank you to the police officers. Thank you to the paramedics. Thank you for your families who deal with the stresses of your service. Thank you for protecting me, my family, my constituents, my friends, my staff, and each other. Thank you for running in when we run out. Thank you for standing tall when we duck. Thank you for putting the lives of others above your own.
Member of Congress