Photojournalism Student Takes Final Picture of Fallen Firefighter

Takashi Aoyama '14 (Photography) captures striking image of Philadelphia Fire Department Captain Michael Goodwin just before his death

April 9, 2013

Photojournalism student Takashi Aoyama '14 (Photography), who was shooting pictures of a three-alarm fire at a South Philadelphia fabric store on April 6, captured a striking photo of Philadelphia Fire Department Captain Michael Goodwin as he entered the burning building.

That image turned out to be the final photograph taken of the 29-year veteran, who later died when the roof of the three-story building collapsed beneath his feet, followed by the subsequent collapse of a second-floor roof and two walls.

Philadelphia's CBS 3 TV is using the image on its broadcasts about Goodwin, a fitting tribute to the 53-year-old Ladder 27 captain.

The Photography junior was covering the fire as part of a Photojournalism class taught by Master Lecturer Peter Tobia.

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