Lt. Francis “Buddy” Werner was among 19 members of the Philadelphia Fire Department’s Rescue 1 who dispatched to New York on the morning of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.
In 1954, 10 firefighters died from injuries they suffered in an Oct. 28 chemical explosion at Berg Laboratories in North Philadelphia. An 11th firefighter was permanently disabled in the blast and perished four years later.
Members of the Philadelphia Fire Department community and the general public are invited to attend the Mr. Philly Benefit for Local 22 Widows’ Fund on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Kings Oak in the Piazza, 1001 N. Second St., in Northern Liberties.
The 40-plus police officers and firefighters honored last week at state Sen. Shirley Kitchen’s 14th annual appreciation banquet seemed genuinely pleased to be singled out for outstanding work.
A Philadelphia firefighter and Northeast resident who recently gained national publicity by posing shirtless for a beefcake-style calendar died Saturday in an apparent suicide.