“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.
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.”
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