Joyce M Craig-Lewis

Firefighter Craig-Lewis and members of her fire department were dispatched to a fire in a residential occupancy. Firefighter Craig-Lewis and her crew were advancing a hoseline into the basement of the structure when fire conditions changed rapidly.

Firefighter Craig-Lewis was trapped in the building. She was rescued by other firefighters but suffered fatal burns.

Firefighter Craig-Lewis was the first female firefighter to be killed in the line of duty for the Philadelphia Fire Department.

Department Information

Philadelphia Fire Department
240 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

Chief: Derrick J. V. Sawyer

Joyce M Craig-Lewis was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 36 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Career 
Incident Date: Dec 9, 2014 02:49
Date of Death: Dec 9, 2014 
Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped 
Nature of Death: Burns 
Activity Type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland) 
Emergency Duty: Yes
Duty Type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed Property Use: Residential