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Fallen Brothers» Charles Brace and Richard Stefanakis

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Brace family, the Stefanakis family, and the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau of Pennsylvania. Battalion Chief Charles Brace, 55, and FireFighter Richard Stefanakis, 51, both 30 year veterans of the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau died Saturday March 13, 2004. Both firefighters were dousing hot spots in the basement of Ebenezer Baptist Church, a 131 year old 75x75 church, when the roof and steeple of the church collapsed. They were trapped in the basement during the collapse and 25-30 firefighters on the ground were injured from the falling debris. Five other firefighters were seriously injured during a flashover that occured prior to the roof collapse.

     A funeral mass for both firefighters will be held Thursday March 18, 2004 12PM at Saint Paul's Cathedral in Pittsburgh.

     A viewing will be held for Charles on Tuesday March 16th and 17th, 2004 2-4PM and 7-9PM at Bienhauer Funeral Home in Pittsburgh. Charles will be interred at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

     A viewing will be held for Richard on Tuesday March 16th and 17th, 2004 2-4PM and 7-9PM at Kanai Funeral Home in Pittsburgh. Richard will be interred at Calvary Cemetery.

     A memorial fund has been established for the families and donations can be made to:

Brace and Stefanakis Family Fund
c/o Pittsburgh FireFighters IAFF Local 1
P.O. Box 8468
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
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