Check out this release from the mayor's office:
Philadelphia, January 20, 2011- On the night of Tuesday, January 18, 2011, Mark Keeley, a first responder with the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) since September 2010, lost his life while responding to a leak in a high pressure gas main in the Tacony section of Philadelphia. The gas explosion injured four other PGW first responders and a Philadelphia firefighter. Mark Keeley joined PGW as a distribution worker after graduating from Cardinal Dougherty High School. His father, Thomas Keeley, has been an employee of PGW as a pipe mechanic for 17 years.
“This explosion was a dreadful accident that resulted in the tragic loss of Mark Keeley. His family and friends have my deepest sympathy as they grapple with the loss of a life that was still just beginning. First responders understand that they put their lives on the line everyday, but we never expect such a terrible accident to occur,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “I would like to thank all of our city’s first responders who continue to serve Philadelphia’s citizens even while putting their lives on the line. Philadelphia has sustained a great loss.”
As a sign of respect, Mayor Nutter has requested that all City flags be lowered to half-staff until after the funeral services for Mark Keeley on Saturday, January 22, 2011.