PETERSBURG – Michael Goff was Petersburg Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services’ first and, so far, only firefighter to die in the line of duty.
He died March 19, 1982.
Local firefighters, city leaders and members of the community gathered at the corner of Sycamore and Franklin streets Monday morning to remember their fallen comrade and the more than 30 other firefighters who were injured, many seriously, that fateful day.
Many attending the 30th anniversary ceremony remembered the day as if it were yesterday: They remembered a light rain was falling. They remembered the initial call was for smoke coming from the basement of a building at 101-103 N. Sycamore St. that housed a restaurant and apartments above.
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