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‘No greater love’ — Blue Mass honors police, firefighters who gave their lives

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WILMINGTON – The past year presented serious challenges to first responders in Delaware, but they continue to show the self-sacrifice necessary in that line of work, Msgr. Steven Hurley told police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and others at the annual Blue Mass. The service was held Oct. 6 at St. Elizabeth Church in Wilmington, postponed from its usual first Friday in May at St. John the Beloved Church because of a funeral for a state police trooper. Read more »

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Fallen heroes in Wilmington

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Dialog reporter

 

Lt. Christopher Leach and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes killed, five others injured answering a call

 

The tragic deaths of two city of Wilmington firefighters and injuries to five others on Sept. 24 touched the Catholic community in a profound way. Two of the firefighters, including one of the deceased, Lt. Christopher Leach, were graduates of Catholic schools, and Leach and a colleague have children in schools in the city.

Leach, 41, and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes, 51, perished while responding to a fire near Canby Park. After rushing into a burning row house, the floor gave way, sending Leach and others into the basement, where they were trapped. Fickes died while trying to rescue Leach. Three firefighters were treated and released, while two others were transported to Crozer-Chester Medical Center in critical condition. One of those was Ardythe Hope, whose two daughters attend St. Elizabeth High School. Read more »

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