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Fallen Philly fireman to get posthumous promotion

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 08 2013 12:07:09 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 08 2013 05:01:28 PM CDT

A Philadelphia firefighter who was killed when a roof collapsed beneath him as he battled a fire over the weekend will get a posthumous promotion.

PHILADELPHIA -

A Philadelphia firefighter who was killed when a roof collapsed beneath him as he battled a fire over the weekend will get a posthumous promotion.

Capt. Michael Goodwin plunged from the roof of a three-story building in the city's Queen Village section Saturday night. He died at the scene.

Another firefighter, Andrew Golewski, was burned while trying to rescue him.

Goodwin, 53, a 29-year veteran, had recently taken the test for a promotion to battalion chief. Executive Fire Chief Richard Davison said the promotion will allow Goodwin to retire at the higher rank, enhancing his family's benefits.

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

Gov. Tom Corbett has ordered Pennsylvania flags at state facilities lowered to half-staff in Goodwin's honor.

The cause of the fire still hasn't been determined.