Philly firefighter dies suddenly while on duty at airport

Philadelphia Fire Department patch for Engine 78.
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
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."

The PHL community sends its heartfelt sympathy to Michael Bernstein's loved ones and to his colleagues at the Philadelphia Fire Department. Each emergency responder stationed at the airport is a part of our family and we stand by to support our colleagues during this time of loss https://t.co/HqIygXNanr

— PHLAirport (@PHLAirport) March 20, 2019

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.