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March 26, 2017

Philly officials, kids paint tribute to pair of fallen firefighters

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Mayor Jim Kenney joined other Philadelphia officials and children this weekend to create artwork to honor two city firefighters, who recently lost their lives on duty.

On Saturday, Mural Arts Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Fire Department partnered to design a mural in tribute to fallen fire personnel, Lt. Joyce Craig and Firefighter James Hynes. The event was hosted by the Engine 38 Fire Station.

The mural will be located in the Lawncrest neighborhood of the city where Craig was last assigned and Hynes grew up.

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Craig died while on duty battling a fire in the West Oak Lane section on Dec. 9, 2014. She was the first female firefighter to die in the line of duty in the city's history. Craig was posthumously promoted to lieutenant.

Hynes and Lt. Terry McElveen lost their lives on Oct. 27, 1997 while on duty.