SALTZ, MONGELUZZI, BARRETT, &
STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO
REPORT OF NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH
(NIOSH) REGARDING DEATH OF JOYCE CRAIG, FIRST PHILADELPHIA FEMALE
FIREFIGHTER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Philadelphia, PA (April 18, 2017) - Attorneys representing the
Estate of Lt. Joyce M. Craig, the City's first woman firefighter
killed in the line of duty, believe the just released NIOSH report
on the 2014 tragedy supports the contentions included in a pending
lawsuit that equipment-related issues played a significant role in
Attorneys Robert J. Mongeluzzi, David L. Kwass and David J.
Langsam, of Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C.,
said the independent investigation appears to support their
assertion in a civil lawsuit that Ms. Craig would have survived if
only her protective and life-saving equipment functioned
"This report appears to advance our arguments regarding the
liability of the equipment manufacturer and affiliated defendants,"
said the attorneys, but it is far from the final word on what
happened, why, and how those responsible should be held
accountable. "Those questions will ultimately be answered at trial
by a jury."
Lt. Craig, single parent of a son and daughter, was found dead
in the basement of the fire ravaged West Oak Lane brick row house
at 1655 Middleton St.. She was wearing the facemask of her
Self-contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and there was no air in
her tank. According to the complaint (Philadelphia
Court of Common Pleas: Dec. Term, 2016, No.
623) hosing on Lt. Craig's SCBA equipment had ruptured,
causing rapid air loss, and her Personal Alert Safety System (PASS)
also failed to notify responders as to her location.
The Co-Administrators of the Estate are Attorneys Peter J.
Johnson, Esq. and Timothy J. Holman, Esq.
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