Firefighter Gabriel Lee, who died during a night shift in North Philadelphia Saturday, was a kind and soft-spoken father of three who had worked in the department for more than 20 years, his family said Sunday.
Lee, 42, of East Germantown, was also an accomplished amateur boxer, said his mother-in-law Faustine Myers, and he was recently baptized at Second Baptist Church of Germantown, the same church where his son sings in a choir.
“He was a wonderful man,” Myers said.
The medical examiner is conducting an autopsy on the body of a Philadelphia firefighter who died Saturday night.
Fire officials identified the fireman as Gabriel Lee of Ladder Company 12.
He was found at the Engine 50 Firehouse located in the 1300 block of West Cambria Street.
Officials say Lee responded to a fire earlier in the day, and had returned to the firehouse to work the night shift.
At some point, fellow firefighters found him unresponsive in the gym in the basement of the firehouse.
Gabriel Lee of Ladder Company 12 died while working a night shift, according to officials. Sources told NBC10 Lee was found unresponsive in the basement at Engine 50 on 1325 W. Cambria Street. He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney visited Temple University Hospital to pay his respects to Lee. The Philadelphia Police Highway Patrol escorted Lee’s body from the hospital to the Medical Examiner’s Office.