Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A salute to Lt. Matt LeTourneau

There is a single word that kept coming up among the people who knew and worked with Lt. Matt LeTourneau every day. Trainer.

LeTourneau, the Springfield resident and Philly firefighter who was killed battling a row house blaze in North Philadelphia Saturday, never stopped learning about the science of fighting fires. And the longtime member of Springfield Fire Co. was intent on passing that knowledge along.

He was a fixture at the Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center, both as a student and instructor. It's hard to gauge the immeasurable loss LeTourneau's tragic death represents.

It's not hard at all to recount his legacy. LeTourneau's passion for service and training will live on in those he molded and mentored every day.

You can read our editorial honoring that legacy here.

And services now have been set for the Springfield resident's funeral.

There will be two viewings at the Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia Thursday night and Friday morning. A Mass will be celebrated at the Basilica after the viewing Friday morning, before LeTourneau's body is returned home for interment in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Marple.

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