Funeral held for Philadelphia firefighter who died from COVID-19

Philadelphia Firefighter and Fire Boat Pilot John W. Evans III, 63, a 37-year veteran of the department, was laid to rest on Tuesday

Duty Death: John Evans - [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]

End of Service: 02/13/2021

By Laura French

PHILADELPHIA — A veteran Philadelphia firefighter who died due to COVID-19 was laid to rest in a funeral service on Tuesday. 

Philadelphia Firefighter John Evans, 63, died on Feb. 12 after a "tough battle" with the virus, the fire department said in a statement. Evans had been with the department for 37 years and had most recently served at Marine Unit 1 as a fire boat pilot. He previously served as a member of Ladder 18 for 28 years. 


It is with deep sorrow that the Philadelphia Fire Department announces the line-of-duty death of Firefighter John Evans,...

Posted by Philadelphia Fire Department on Saturday, February 13, 2021

A procession was held in Evans' honor on Tuesday morning prior to the funeral service, and a boat display was conducted in the Delaware River after the service. 


Rest in peace, Fire Boat Pilot John Evans.

Posted by Philadelphia Fire Department on Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Evans was the second Philadelphia firefighter to die due to COVID-19. Firefighter Eric Gore died from the virus on June 2, 2020.

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