Captain Matt LeTourneau was posthumously promoted to Captain after giving the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. On January 6th, 2018, Philadelphia Fire Department Engine 45 responded to a structure fire with reports of entrapment within the home. Captain Matt and his crew entered the house to rescue the trapped individual, who unfortunately did not make it. While in the building there was a structural collapse that trapped Captain Matt for 20 mins inside the home. He passed away on route to the hospital.
Below is a brief description of Captain Matt written by Katie Roberts:
"Matt dedicated his life to the fire service, as a volunteer firefighter and teacher. He was selfless and kind and would do anything for anyone. He had a huge heart for people and animals. Him and Mary both volunteered and donated to local pet charities. As I am told, he would always help out in many ways and even started a charity golf event which he was planning for 2018 when he perished. He left behind his mother, brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews, whom he loved and cared for deeply and spent many hours with. As Matt would always say when ending a conversation 'Stay Safe'."
We will honor Captain Matt this year and thank him and those like him for their selfless sacrifices.
Honoring Fallen Heroes
This year we are honoring fallen heroes with our challenge. For every 100 registered participants we are honoring 1 fallen hero. Registered burpee doers can donate extra burpees (separate from the burpees they are already doing for their own patch) to the hero we are honoring to help earn a patch on his or her behalf. If each person in a set of 100 donates 300 burpees over the course of the whole year the hero will have earned the 10k, 20k, and 30k patch which will all be presented to his/her loved ones at the end of the year!