- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The family of the first female firefighter to die in the line of duty in Philadelphia is suing 30 fire equipment manufacturers in connection with her December 2014 death.

Attorneys representing the estate of Lt. Joyce Craig filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages in excess of $50,000 in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas last week.

The suit alleges that the 11-year fire department veteran would’ve survived the Dec. 9, 2014 house fire that caused her death if the equipment that she was using was working properly.

Attorney David Kwass says Craig “literally went into the heat of battle without the proper resources to come out alive.”

The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health inspected Craig’s equipment following her death. The result of that inquiry remains unclear.


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