FI­NAL SALUTE

UP­PER DARBY DED­I­CATES ROAD TO MEM­ORY OF FALLEN FIRE­FIGHTER MICHAEL MOR­GAN

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Tustin ktustin@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com

UP­PER DARBY >> A for­mer Up­per Darby fire chief who died in the line of duty will be for­mally rec­og­nized Satur­day morn­ing in the Drexel Hill com­mu­nity.

A por­tion of Gar­rett Road in the town­ship will be honor­ably named The Deputy Fire Chief Michael P. Mor­gan Memo­rial High­way in honor of the over 30-year vet­eran of fire­fight­ing in the town­ship. Mor­gan died in June 2016 af­ter be­com­ing sick fol­low­ing his re­sponse to two fire calls on May 3.

The hon­orary high­way dis­tinc­tion will run on Gar­rett from Bur­mont Road to Lans­downe Av­enue, an area im­me­di­ately ser­viced by Mor­gan and his fel­low fire­fight­ers of the Gar­rett ford Drexel Hill Fire Co.

“We have lim­ited places where we can honor peo­ple,” said state Rep. Jamie San­tora, R-163, of Up­per Darby, who wrote the bill that was signed into law to grant the hon­orary des­ig­na­tion. “Do­ing an hon­orary road nam­ing on a state road is sig­nif­i­cant. It’s not tem­po­rary, it’ll be there for­ever.

“It will al­low his name to be promi­nently dis­played in an area where he gave back to his com­mu­nity.”

Mem­bers of Mor­gan’s fam­ily, fire­fight­ers from town­ship fire de­part­ments and neigh­bor­ing de­part­ments, town­ship of­fi­cials and the com­mu­nity-at-large are ex­pected for the grand un­veil­ing of the memo­rial high­way sign ded­i­ca­tion on Satur­day at 11:30 a.m. The cer­e­mony will take place at the cor­ner of Gar­rett Road and Ed­monds Av­enue.

Mor­gan was pre­vi­ously hon­ored posthu­mously in the town­ship in Septem­ber 2016 when his name was added to the wall of heroes at the Drexel Hill Mid­dle School Heroes Court­yard. The name of a hero to the Up­per Darby com­mu­nity is added ev­ery year as a trib­ute to those who died in the 9/11 at­tacks. Mor­gan’s mother, Geral­dine, re­ceived a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque on her son’s be­half at that heroes cer­e­mony.

In 2013, Mor­gan was named the town­ship’s fire­fighter of the year.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

The fu­neral pro­ces­sion car­ries the body of Mike Mor­gan to his fi­nal rest­ing spot.

Mike Mor­gan

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