Mayor Nutter offers condolences to the families of victims and praises the quick action of citizens and first responders.
Philadelphia, June 6, 2013– The City of Philadelphia released the names of the deceased and injured victims of the building collapse yesterday at the intersection of 22nd and Market streets. Report of the collapse came in to 911 at 10:43 a.m. on Wednesday. Within minutes, a search and rescue mission began.
“Today, we mourn the loss of six Philadelphians who perished in the terrible tragedy at 22nd and Market streets on Wednesday. Our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of the deceased,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “I ask all Philadelphians to remember those who perished and their families in their prayers and thoughts.”
The following individuals died in the collapse: Kimberly Finnegan, Borbor Davis, Juanita Harmin, Mary Simpson, Anne Bryan and Roseline Conteh.
The following individuals were injured in the collapse: Susan Randall, Betty Brown, Shirley Ball, Linda Bell, Jennifer Reynolds, Nadine White, Margarita Agosta, Richard Stasiorowski, Rosemary Kreutzberg, Rodney Geddis, Felicia Hill, Daniel Johnson and Myra Plekan.
Mayor Nutter praised the rapid response and prolonged effort of the city’s first responders as well as those citizens who selflessly entered the demolition site in the minutes after the collapse to help in the search for survivors. “Reports yesterday identified a number of individuals who took quick action, including Jordan McLauglin, Ray Kauffman, Bill Roam, Patrick Glynn and Brian Mullins. On behalf of the City, I want to thank them for their quick thinking and courage,” Mayor Nutter said.
The Mayor asked that the media respect the privacy of the families of the victims and the injured by not contacting them during the grieving process. “I understand the media’s desire for information, but during this very painful period of grief, I ask the media to respect the privacy of the families who have lost loved ones in this tragedy and the people who were injured,” the Mayor said.
The Mayor stressed that there are a number of active investigations under way, including the Philadelphia Fire Department, the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the Philadelphia Police Department and OSHA. “We will fully investigate this tragedy and get to the bottom of what happened, how, when and why. We will determine further actions that must be taken to prevent such tragedies in the future. The safety of our citizens must always be our No. 1 priority,” Mayor Nutter said.