E-10 & T-13 Remember a Fallen Firefighter
May 30, 2001
This morning ( May 30th, 2001 ) members of Engine 10, Truck 13, held a brief wreath laying ceremony at the grave site of Fallen Firefighter Tony Phillips of Engine 10 who was killed in the Line of Duty two years ago on this date May 30, 1999
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|Phillips was one of two firefighters who were killed while
operating on a second alarm fire at 3146 Cherry Road N.E. in the Ft.
Lincoln section of the city.
A reconstruction report regarding the fire stated that evidence has shown the fire started in an electrical junction box in a space between the basement ceiling and the first floor of the two story townhouse.
Firefighter Louis Matthews of Engine Company 26 died the next day at the Washington Hospital Center MedStar Burn Unit from his injuries.
Phillips and Matthews along with Lt. Charles Redding and Firefighter Joe Morgan
were on the first floor of the townhouse when super-heated gases traveled upward from the basement to the first floor causing a flash over resulting in the death of Phillips and Mathews.
Lt. Charles Redding and Firefighter Joe Morgan of Engine Company 26 suffered
second and third degree burns to their body.
Morgan suffered burns over 60% of his body and spent 180 days in the burn unit. He recently underwent his 21st surgical procedure.
On Thursday, May 31st Firefighter Morgan who was promoted to the rank of Sergeant last year will be honored by the students of Catherine Reid Elementary School in Greenbelt, Maryland.
After the wreath laying ceremony firefighters from Engine 10 and Truck 13 stood
silent at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial at Fort Lincoln Cemetery where Phillips, Matthews and Firefighter Costello Robinson are laid to rest. Early this morning a plaque honoring Phillips was placed on Engine 10.
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