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Philly firefighter dies suddenly while on duty at airport

March 20, 2019 - 12:38 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia firefighters are mourning the death of one of their own.

Michael Bernstein, 46, suffered a "medical emergency" while on duty at Philadelphia International Airport Wednesday, according to a statement from the Philadelphia Fire Department

He was rushed to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, where he later died.

All City of Philadelphia flags will be flown at half-staff for 30 days.

"Michael bravely served our city for 22 years and served our country in the U.S. Navy," said Mayor Jim Kenney in a statement. "We are humbled by his dedication, and we will always remember his sacrifice."

"Each emergency responder stationed at the Airport is a part of our family," added Chellie Cameron, CEO of Philadelphia International Airport, in a statement, "and we stand by to support our colleagues during this time of loss."

Bernstein worked at several companies around the city during his 22-year career. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, and other family members.

Fire officials say funeral arrangements are pending.