An 11-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department died in the line of duty Saturday.
An 11-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department died in the line of duty Saturday.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (YC) — The Philadelphia Fire Department and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia issued a joint media advisory regarding the Funeral Rites for Lieutenant Matthew LeTourneau of the Philadelphia Fire Department.

They will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway; Philadelphia, PA) on the evening of Thursday, January 11th and the morning of Friday, January 12th.

 

Thursday, January 11th

• 4:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Public Viewing

◦ The public viewing is not open to the media. No broadcast feed or livestream will be provided. Additionally, no cameras or other recording devices will be permitted inside the Cathedral.

Friday, January 12th

8:15 a.m. Procession

◦ Departs Engine 43, 21st and Market Streets

◦ Proceeds east on Market Street to 18th Street, then north on 18th Street to the Cathedral

◦ Arrives at the Cathedral at 8:35 a.m.

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Public Viewing

◦ No broadcast feed or livestream will be provided. Additionally, no cameras or other recording devices will be permitted inside the Cathedral.

10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Remarks of Remembrance

◦ Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney; Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel; and Mr. Luke LeTourneau (brother of Lieutenant LeTourneau) will offer remarks at this time.

◦ An audio broadcast feed with a screen graphic will be available through the Cathedral’s multbox on site as well as a livestream with embed code will be provided starting at 10:30 a.m. This stream will be audio only.

◦ A press riser and audio only multbox will be set up on 18th Street outside the Cathedral.

◦ Still photographs are not permitted inside the Cathedral and there will be no still photography pool.

11:00 a.m. Funeral Mass

◦ The Funeral Mass is open to the general public and to media coverage, but no cameras or other recording devices will be permitted in the Cathedral.

◦ Journalists are asked to remain in designated media areas outlined in the final section of this advisory. Those areas are outside of the main Cathedral.

◦ A full broadcast feed will be available through the Cathedral’s multbox as well as a livestream with embed code. Technical details can be found in the final section of this media advisory.

◦ A press riser and audio only multbox will be set up on 18th Street outside the Cathedral.

◦ Still photographs are not permitted inside the Cathedral and there will be no still photography pool.

The following is a list of key participants in the Funeral Mass:

• Principal Celebrant and Homilist: Reverend G. Dennis Gill, Rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

• Deacon Joseph McMonigal

• Lector for the 1st Reading: David Thomas (Lieutenant LeTourneau’s cousin)

• Lector for the 2nd Reading: Mary E. LeTourneau (Lieutenant LeTourneau’s sister-in-law)

• Zach Hemenway

• Jackie Dunleavy

• Cardinal O’Hara High School Choir (Lieutenant LeTourneau was a 1993 graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School)

• Words of Remembrance: Luke LeTourneau (Lieutenant LeTourneau’s brother)

• Pall Bearers: Janice LeTourneau (Lieutenant LeTourneau’s mother); Luke LeTourneau (Lieutenant LeTourneau’s brother); Mark LeTourneau (Lieutenant LeTourneau’s brother); and Michelle Ciano (Lieutenant LeTourneau’s sister)

• Presentation of the Gifts: Samantha Ciano; John “J.D.” Ciano; Angelina Engro; Daniel LeTourneau; Isaac LeTourneau; Hailey LeTourneau; Sarah LeTourneau; Emma LeTourneau; and Brittany LeTourneau (all nieces and nephews of Lieutenant LeTourneau)


STREET CLOSURES – TRAFFIC ADVISORY FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018 – FUNERAL FOR FIRE LIEUTENANT LETOURNEAU

On Friday, January 12, 2018, at 9:00 AM, a viewing for Fire Lieutenant Matthew Letourneau, who was killed in the line of duty, will be held at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 1723 Race Street. Following the services, the interment will take place at Ss Peter and Paul Cemetery, located in Springfield, PA.

The following traffic advisory will be in effect for this event:

Between 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM, the area surrounding the Basilica will be extremely congested.  This is bounded by Spring Garden Street on the north, John F. Kennedy Boulevard on the south, Broad Street on the east and 25th Street on the west.

At approximately 1:30 PM, the funeral cortege will proceed to St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, necessitating the following road closures:

Vine Street from Logan Circle to the I-676 entrance at Broad Street

E/B I-676 at I-76

S/B I-95 at I-676

S/B I-95 detours will allow for exit onto I-676 or Callowhill Street.

N/B I-476 will be closed for the procession, from I-95 to Exit #5.

US Hwy 1 to Sproul Road.

Sproul Road, from US Hwy 1 to the entrance to Ss Peter & Paul Cemetery.

There will be police assigned along the route to assist motorists; however, motorists should expect delays and congestion in the area of the Cathedral and along the route to the cemetery.