- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The first female Philadelphia firefighter to die in the line of duty will be laid to rest this weekend.

Services for Joyce Craig Lewis are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Batchelor Brothers funeral home on North Broad Street, with interment to follow at Ivy Hill Cemetery.

Viewings will be held at the funeral home 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday.

The 36-year-old Craig Lewis died Tuesday after becoming trapped in the basement of a home where an elderly woman was later rescued.

Philadelphia’s fire union on Wednesday established a fund for Craig Lewis’s 16-year-old son and 16-month-old daughter.


The fire union said donations can be made payable to the “Local 22 Joyce Craig Lewis Memorial Fund” and mailed to 901 Arch St., Philadelphia, 19107. It said all money raised will go directly to support her children.

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