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Funeral Services for Philadelphia Battalion Chief Michael R. Goodwin Announced |

Funeral services for Michael R., Goodwin, Sr., will be held on Wednesday and Thursday under 2183342_300x300 the direction of the John F. Givnish Funeral Home. Battalion Chief Goodwin, Philadelphia Fire Department, Badge # 2773, passed away tragically serving the citizens of Philadelphia on April 6, 2013. Captain Goodwin was posthumously promoted to Battalion Chief.

Beloved husband of Kelly (nee McDonnell). Loving Dad of Dorothy Dunn (Timothy) and Michael R., Jr. Loving Pop of Timothy Jr. and Bailey Dunn. Dear son of Elizabeth and the late James Goodwin, brother of James (Kelly), Robert (Brenda) and Deborah Goodwin, brother in law of Thomas McDonnell (Joann). Also Surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Mike was a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department for over 29 years. He became a firefighter on September 9, 1983, Class # 153. Mike proudly served in the U.S. Navy as an E-4 and was honorably discharged on August 27, 1983. Mike was awarded many commendations while serving the citizens of Philadelphia. He was a Philadelphia sports fan but the most important aspect of Michael's life was his family.

Relatives, friends, members of Philadelphia Fire Department Local 22 and all first responders are invited to share in Mike's Life Celebration Wednesday from 5:00- 9:00 PM and Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:45 AM at John F. Givnish of Academy Rd. 10975 Academy Rd. Michael's Life Celebration Service will be held at 12:00 Noon at St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 2139 E. Cumberland St. Interment Hillside Cemetery, Roslyn, PA.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Mike's memory to the Firefighters Widow Fund c/o Local 22, 415 N. 5th St. Phila, PA 19123 would be appreciated. To share your fondest memories of Mike visit

On Sunday, Mayor Michael Nutter ordered all city flags to fly at half-staff for 30 days in Goodwin’s honor. Today, Gov. Tom Corbett said all state flags in the Capitol Complex and at state buildings located in Philadelphia County will also fly at half-staff to observe his passing. They will remain at half-staff until sundown on Thursday, the day of Goodwin’s burial.

The 29-year veteran was killed as he fought a three-alarm fire at Jack B. Fabrics located at 748 S. 4th Street. Officials said the building’s third-floor roof gave way, followed by the second floor and several walls.


The collapse also injured firefighter Andrew Godlewski, 28, who was burned while trying to save Goodwin, according to authorities. Godlewski was released from the hospital yesterday.


Firefighters and paramedics union Local 22 are holding a tribute Tuesday, tomorrow, at noon in front of City Hall.


The memorial was originally slated to observe the deaths of firefighters Daniel Sweeney and Lt. Robert Neary, who were both killed last April in the wall collapse of a furniture store adjacent to a five-alarm Kensington warehouse fire.

 The service has since been revised to include Goodwin, as well.