A Sunday service honors first responders

KYW Staff
September 22, 2019 - 3:33 pm
First responders walking into the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for Blue Mass.

Charlotte Reese/KYW Newsradio


By Charlotte Reese 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In honor of law enforcement officers, firefighters and first responders, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul held a special mass Sunday morning. 

The Blue Mass celebrates those that serve to protect the community everyday, and Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy says being recognized is just an added bonus. 

"It just touches a certain place in my heart that we never ask for any type of recognition, that's not what we do. We do what we do because that's a calling to what we do. It's just nice to recognized," said Murphy.

This year's mass was arranged by the League of the Sacred Heart, which looks to bring first responders together in a spiritual way. 

Captain Lou Campione of Philadelphia's 1st District understands that importance.

"We're sharing our faith with others and that presents a fraternity, a camaraderie and helps each other as we do our daily assignments," Campione said. 

At the end of the service, people shook hands and thanked those who came wearing their uniform.