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    A tragic farewell

    The Philadelphia Fire Department and International Association of Fire Fighters and Paramedics Local 22 have promised to always be there for the family of Joyce Craig.

    Lawncrest firefighter dies battling blaze

    A veteran firefighter from Lawncrest’s Engine 64 perished early Tuesday while battling a West Oak Lane basement fire. Joyce Craig-Lewis, 36, is the first woman firefighter to die in the line of duty in Philadelphia, Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

    Fire Department appoints new commissioner

    The Philadelphia Fire Department gained a new commissioner on June 14, one day following the retirement of the often-controversial Lloyd Ayers, who served 40 years as a firefighter, including the last decade as commissioner. Mayor Michael Nutter named Derrick Sawyer as Ayers’ successor last month.

    Bustleton Civic says farewell to 7th Police District captain

    Capt. Joseph Zaffino is retiring on Feb. 28 after more than 32 years on the police force.

    Members of the Greater Bustleton Civic League last week supported, opposed and tied on neighborhood zoning questions, heard about the temporary closing of a local firehouse and said goodbye to the commander of the 7th Police District.

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  • ‘Everyone goes home.’ Joyce is home,” Sawyer said at the service.

    A tragic farewell →

  • Never forget that,” Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer told her family on Saturday at Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services, 7112 N. Broad St., which also hosted a Friday night viewing.

    A tragic farewell →