PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Hundreds gathered Wednesday to start to pay their final respects to fallen Philadelphia Fire Captain Michael Goodwin.

Goodwin, a veteran of 29 years, died Saturday while battling a fire in the city’s Queen Village neighborhood. (see related story).

On Wednesday, hundreds gathered to pay their respects at the first of two viewings held at John F. Givnish Funeral Home in Northeast Philadelphia.

Another viewing will be held Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m.

Goodwin’s life celebration is set for 12:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, located at 2139 E. Cumberland Street. He will be laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery, in Roslyn, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Captain Goodwin’s memory to the Firefighters Widow Fund c/o Local 22, 415 N. 5th Street Philadelphia, PA 19123 would be appreciated.

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