House adopts Parker resolution honoring fallen female firefighter (with video)

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Cherelle L. Parker, D-Phila., thanked her House colleagues for supporting the resolution offered in remembrance of the first female firefighter to die in the line of duty in Philadelphia. 

House Resolution 66 honors the life and sacrifice of Lt. Joyce Craig, a female firefighter who died Dec. 9, 2014 while battling a house fire in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia. It was adopted unanimously.

Parker said this resolution, presented on behalf of the Philadelphia Delegation, is a tribute to the commitment, dedication, leadership and sacrifice Craig exhibited as a member of the city’s fire department.  

“It is with deep gratitude and sympathy that we honor Lieutenant Craig,” Parker said. “Her untimely death is a tragic loss not only for her family, friends and colleagues, but for the entire city of Philadelphia.

“Lieutenant Craig exemplified what it means to follow your dreams and be a leader. As a child, she knew that becoming a firefighter was her ultimate mission and she set her sights on, and was extremely successful in, achieving that goal. She was a trailblazer, a front-runner, and a stellar example of a woman’s ability to compete and achieve in male-dominated industry. Her colleagues identified her as a firefighter’s firefighter, and the city of Philadelphia is better for having her service. Lieutenant Craig made the ultimate sacrifice in giving her life so that another can live to see a new day, and we are eternally grateful. Her legacy and influence within the city and fire department will live on forever.”

Parker said Craig is survived by her son and daughter, parents, siblings, and a loving host of extended family.

State Rep. Mark Cohen, who co-sponsored the resolution, said Craig resided in his district. 

“I am honored to have her and her family as constituents of the 202nd Legislative District,” Cohen said. “I am also honored for her devotion to the safety of the people in the city of Philadelphia.”

Reps. Evans and Kinsey also served as co-sponsors of the resolution.

“The West Oak Lane community will never forget the courage and sacrifice of Lieutenant Craig,” said Evans, who represents the neighborhood where the fire occurred. “It is with heavy hearts, but also admiration, that we honor her, and her family and friends, as we reflect on her heroism and service.”

“Our community is tightly knit, and I know that her death sent pangs of sorrow throughout our neighborhoods,” Kinsey said.  “Lieutenant Craig attended school with my daughter. She was loved by many and was an inspiration and friend to more.”

“The city of Philadelphia is forever indebted to the Craig family,” Parker said. “While nothing will ever fill the void in your hearts, please rest assured in knowing that we stand with you, and the men and women of the Philadelphia Fire Department, in your time of healing.”