As the Bensalem community mourns the loss of a Philadelphia firefighter, the township is accommodating his funeral procession. Bensalem notified residents late Monday and has arranged school dismissals and road closures for Tuesday, March 26.
Michael Bernstein, 46, passed away Mar. 20 after serving with the Philadelphia Fire Department for 22 years. While on duty with Engine 78 at the Philadelphia International Airport, Bernstein suffered a medical emergency. He passed away at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.
For Bernstein’s procession, a large group of vehicles will be traveling west from the Street Road/ I-95 interchange. The motorcade will then turn northbound on Hulmeville Road up toward Resurrection Cemetery.
Bensalem Township is expecting the motorcade between 2 and 4 p.m. and asks motorists to adjust accordingly.
Additionally the Bensalem School District is issuing staggered early dismissals. Bensalem High School is letting out at 11:15 a.m., middle schools at 12:00 p.m., and elementary schools at 1:00 p.m.
All after school activities are cancelled, but evening activities will proceed as normal.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney released the following statement the day of Bernstein’s passing.
“I’m deeply saddened by the death of Philadelphia firefighter Michael Bernstein who passed away this morning.” Kenney said. “Michael bravely served our city for 22 years and served our country in the U.S. Navy. We are humbled by his dedication, and we will always remember his sacrifice. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, and fellow firefighters. Please keep his loved ones in your hearts and prayers during this very difficult time.”
Bernstein is survived by his wife, three children, and parents.