On Wednesday April 24th, 2013, the Chester County Leadership Council in partnership with the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Chapter hosted the Chester County Heroes Breakfast. The Heroes Breakfast recognizes and celebrates heroes in Chester County who have saved lives, committed selfless acts of courage or compassion and exemplified the mission and qualities of the Red Cross. This year’s honoree was Captain Chris Good, a dedicated fire fighter at the Good Will fire Company in West Chester who lost his life to cardiac arrest, shortly after responding to a house fire in West Goshen Township.
Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner, Edward Mann, gave the keynote address at what became an emotional ceremony. His remarks emphasized how rare but important it is to give formal recognition to firefighters who lose their lives protecting their communities. He praised the efforts of SEPA and its sponsors to celebrate the contribution of Chris Good, a career firefighter. He said, “There are not a lot of organizations who take the time to recognize somebody who died in the line of duty in our business . . . my hats off to the Red Cross and all of you who helped sponsor this event.”
Other speakers at the event were West Chester Borough mayor, Carolyn Comitta and Pennsylvania State Senator Andy Dinniman. Both praised the contributions of Chris Good and others who volunteer their services to mitigate disasters and alleviate suffering. Mayor Comitta said, “I am always inspired and moved to see the firefighters do their job and then to see the Red Cross come right in and help the families with everything that they need. It’s an inspiring partnership.”
Chris Good’s widow, Jessica, and mother of his three children, was on hand to accept the awards and express gratitude of the recognition of her husband. In a moving speech, she spoke about Chris’s passion for his work and his commitment to being an “outstanding” firefighter. “I thank you from our children, myself, his parents and his family for honoring Chris: a dad, husband, son, fireman and captain, who will forever be our hero.”