Mural honors Philly firefighters killed in warehouse blaze
The mural is a small tribute to the monumental sacrifice made not only by Lt. Robert Neary and Daniel Sweeney but by many others
PHILADELPHIA — A new mural honors the memories of two hometown heroes who died fighting a five-alarm warehouse fire in East Kensington in 2012.
The smiling visages of Lt. Robert Neary and firefighter Daniel Sweeney sit on the second-story wall of the “Unsung Heroes” gallery, on East Arizona Street, gazing at the gutted warehouse at Front and York Streets where they gave their lives on a cold Monday morning, the day after Easter.
“Of all people, they understand how precious every living thing is,” said Jesse Gardner of the Unsung Heroes Project, who helped create the painting of the fallen heroes. The men’s portraits sit one on top of the other. They’re dressed in their firefighting gear, and the painting includes pillars and monument columns on both sides of each picture to honor all first responders who gave the ultimate sacrifice.