|Death: ||Oct. 28, 1954|
The Sunday Bulletin – Philadelphia; October 31, 1954, Section 1 Page 3:
"Rites Planned For 9 Firemen
Colleagues to Join in Tribute to Heroes
Last honors will be accorded by fellow members of the Fire Department to the nine victims of last Thursday's chemical tank explosion at the Charles W. Berg Laboratories, 1829-29 N. 5th st. Arrangements were made yesterday by a committee which includes Deputy Fire Commissioner George E. Hink, Deputy Police Commissioner Albert E. DuBois and Joseph M. Clarke, assistant to the chief of the Fire Department. All members belonging to the companies of each of the victims will attend, along with ranking officers of the police and fire departments.
Hundreds of men from companies who did not lose personnel in the blast have volunteered to work in place of the deceased men's comrades who would normally be scheduled for duty at the time of the funerals, said Clarke. The fire and police details will form in double file near the church or place of the service. They will then open ranks and the body. Escorted by color guard and bugler, will pass between the files of their comrades at salute. Each of the city's firehouses will remain draped in black and have its flag at half-staff for 30 days.
Battalion Chief John J. News, 10 A. M. Wednesday. Requiem Mass at St. Martin's Church, 5450 Roosevelt blvd. Interment at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery."
Our Lady Of Grace Cemetery
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John j. News was my grandfather. I never met him but would love to hear some information about him for my history research.|
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