Friday, January 12, 2018

A final salute to Lt. Matt LeTourneau

Today we offer the first of what will be several 'Final Salutes' to fallen firefighter Lt. Matt LeTourneau.

You can read about last night's first of two viewings, where thousands stood in line for hours to honor him at the Cathedral Basilica SS Peter & Paul in downtown Philadelphia, here.

LeTourneau, a Springfield resident and longtime member of Springfield Fire Co., was killed in the line of duty while battling a row house blaze in North Philadelphia last weekend.

A second viewing will be followed by a funeral Mass this morning, and then a procession to his final resting spot, with burial in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Marple, across the street from his alma mater, Cardinal O'Hara High School.

There will be a live-stream for first responders who want to pay their respects but can't make it into the city at the high school today.

We also will air the live-stream on our website, DelcoTimes, starting at 10:30 a.m.

You also should know there will be some major road closures around 1:30 this afternoon as the funeral procession makes its way from the city, south on I-95, north on the Blue Route to the cemetery.

Get those details here.

We will have full coverage of the funeral honoring LeTourneau today online and tomorrow in print.

RIP, Matt LeTourneau.

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