Office of Mayor William Peduto
STATEMENT FROM MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO ON 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF EBENEZER BAPTIST CHURCH FIRE
Mayor remembers sacrifice of Firefighters Charles Brace and Richard Stefanakis

PITTSBURGH, PA - (March 13, 2014) "I pause with sadness today to remember the fatal Hill District fire 10 years ago that took two Pittsburgh firefighters from us, injured 29 others, and destroyed a more than century-old church on Wylie Avenue. I remember vividly that day seeing smoke rising in the blue sky, only to find out later the terrible news.

As the Gospel read at the Funeral Mass for Charles Brace and Richard Stefanakis in March 2004 said, ‘There is no greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friend.’ As we celebrate again the rebirth of Ebenezer Church after a horrible day 10 years ago, it is a time for our whole city to reflect upon the emergency responders who are acting as heroes every day."

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