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.

Incident Location: 1600 Middleton St, Philadelphia, PA 19138 (USNG: 18T VK 8661 3431)

Department Information

Philadelphia Fire Department
240 Spring Garden Street
U.S. National Grid: 18S VK 8778 2339
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