Nutter Slams Comment at Firefighter’s Funeral

by | April 12, 2013 at 9:36 AM | Local News, Politics

Mayor Michael Nutter, left, and Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers at Capt. Goodwin's service. AP Photo

A memorial service for fallen Philadelphia firefighter Capt. Michael Goodwin took a political turn yesterday as a pastor weighed in on a long-simmering contract battle during the funeral. Goodwin died last weekend fighting a blaze in the city’s Fabric Row section.

“I’m being bold,” Rev. Marjorie J. Neal said before urging Mayor Michael Nutter and City Council to “do whatever is necessary to provide a contract for our firefighters,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

With more than 2,000 people packing St. Michael’s Lutheran Church and the surrounding streets in Kensington, the Inquirer reports that the congregation broke out into a loud “Amen” after the comment.

Watch a Full Video of Rev. Marjorie J. Neal’s Eulogy from NBC 10

Firefighters have been battling with City Hall for new a contract since 2009.

Outside, Nutter was less enthusiastic about the infusion of politics at the funeral.

“I have nothing to say about a comment that was so inappropriate at the funeral of our hero, Capt. Michael Goodwin,” Nutter told the Inquirer. “We love him, we respect him and will badly miss him. God bless his wife and family.”

See Photos from the Service: Fallen Phila. Firefighter Laid to Rest