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    Philly Firefighter Dies From Injuries

    Philly Firefighter Dies From Injuries

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    Lt. Derreck Harvey, Philadelphia Fire Department, died at 1:11 p.m. Thursday, January 15 of injuries he received at a house fire January 8.

    Harvey, 45, was severely burned while battling the early-morning house fire. He was a 14-year veteran of the department, currently a member of Squirt 72.

    According to WCAU-TV, Harvey fell through the first floor and got hung up on the crossbeams as flames roared up from the basement. His fellow firefighters ran to get Harvey out of the flames and get him on a stretcher for a trip to the hospital to Albert Einstein Medical Center via PFD Medic Unit. He was transferred to Temple University Hospital Burn Unit where he died.


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    Fire lieutenant critical after Logan blaze

    Fire lieutenant critical after Logan blaze

    By REGINA MEDINA
    medinar@phillynews.com

    A beloved Philadelphia fire lieutenant was clinging to life this morning at Temple University Hospital's burn unit after being severely injured during an early-morning fire yesterday in Logan.

    Lt. Derrick Harvey of Engine Company 72 was in critical but stable condition following surgery, said Thomas Callahan, spokesman for the firefighter's union Local 22.

    The 14-year veteran suffered extensive burns to his face and legs, said Callahan, who, as a member of Ladder 29, was also on the scene.

    Harvey and about 40 other firefighters answered the call of a fire at 6:26 a.m. in a two-story house on Lindley Avenue near 9th Street, fire officials said.

    The house's occupant had evacuated, thanks to a working smoke alarm.

    "It was a routine fire. Things started to go a little crazy," said Callahan. About 85 percent of firefighter deaths occur during routine fires, he said.

    The smoke density in the house "got greater" and it became "very, very hot real quick," he said.

    It's unclear when Harvey was separated from his unit and it was only when his fellow firefighters emerged from the burning house that they realized he was missing.

    "No one knew where he was," he said.

    A rescue team went back into the house and found Harvey face- down on the first floor, some five to six feet from the front door.

    "He was wedged in there," Callahan said, and had to be dragged out through the entrance. .

    Harvey was initially taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center and then transferred to the Temple Burn Center.

    The fire erupted because combustibles had been placed too close to the fixed central heater, said Executive Chief William Brightcliffe.

    Harvey began working at Engine Company 72 about two months ago, Callahan said. He worked as an instructor at the fire academy before that.

    "He was a real good instructor. One of the rising stars in the Fire Department," Callahan said. "And now he's fighting for his life - the biggest battle."


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    Harvey, Derrick T

    Age: 45
    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Nature of Death: Burns
    Status: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Incident Date: 01/08/2004
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Incident Time: 06:26
    Activity Type: Advancing Hose Lines/Fire Attack
    Death Date: 01/15/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Philadelphia Fire Department
    Fire Administration Bldg.
    240 West Spring Garden St.
    Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19123
    Chief: Commissioner Harold B. Hairston

    Initial Summary:
    Lieutenant Harvey was seriously injured and burned when he fell through the first floor of a residential structure and was left hanging from the joists over the basement where the fire originated. Other companies initiated rescue efforts and extricated Lt. Derrick from the row house. He was transported to Albert Einstein Medical Center via PFD Medic Unit then transferred to Temple University Hospital Burn Unit where he died from injuries received. The Philadelphia Fire Department Fire Marshall has determined the cause of the fire to be combustibles too close to a fixed heater.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Pending



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