NEWS 2016 - DEC 11 - Wilmington Firefighter Ardythe Hope Funeral

The body of Wilmington Senior Firefighter Ardythe Hope is carried into The Chase Center On The River Front Sat, Dec. 11, 2016, in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Newark – Many came from far and wide to gathered at the Chase Center on the Riverfront to pay respect to the Hope family, and attend the funeral for Firefighter Ardythe Hope.

Wilmington Senior Firefighter Ardythe Hope a 20 plus year veteran died Dec. 1 from injuries suffered battling a fire on September 24th that was ruled arson. She’d been in the hospital ever since with burns over 70 percent of her body.

NEWS 2016 - DEC 11 - Wilmington Firefighter Ardythe Hope Funeral

Fire chief Anthony Goode gets emotional during Wilmington Senior Firefighter funeral services Sat, Dec. 11, 2016, at The Chase Center On The River Front in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Fire Chief Anthony S. Goode announced during services that Ardythe Hope would receive the Medal of Honor and valor. Fire Chief Goode also announced that Hope was being promoted to lieutenant.

Making Ardythe Hope the first female african-american lieutenant associated with the Wilmington Fire Department, The only paid unit in New Castle County.

NEWS 2016 - DEC 11 - Wilmington Firefighter Ardythe Hope Funeral

First responders salute as Wilmington Senior Firefighter Ardythe Hope body is put into engine number five at The Chase Center On The River Front Sat, Dec. 11, 2016, in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Several state officials, example. The Honorable Dennis Williams, Governor Jack Markell, US congressman and governor elect John Carney, congressmen Chris Coons and Tom Carper gave remarks including Vice President Joe Biden who couldn’t attend the service like he wanted to, but sent a video recording offering his condolences to the Hope family.

NEWS 2016 - DEC 11 - Wilmington Firefighter Ardythe Hope Funeral

Vice President Joe Biden gives remarks via video during Wilmington Senior Firefighter funeral services Sat, Dec. 11, 2016, at The Chase Center On The River Front in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Several members of Hope’s family including  brother-in-law Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings told stories about growing up with Ardythe and what she meant to them.

NEWS 2016 - DEC 11 - Wilmington Firefighter Ardythe Hope Funeral

Family members of Wilmington firefighter Ardythe Hope, surrounds daughters Ardavia Lee as she gives remarks about her mother during Senior Firefighter Ardythe Hope funeral services Sat, Dec. 11, 2016, at The Chase Center On The River Front in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Wilmington Fire Chief Anthony S. Goode said he expects additional murder charges to be filed against the woman accused of starting a deadly row-home fire that led to the death of Senior Firefighter Ardythe Hope – the third firefighter fatality from the Sept. 24 blaze.

Investigators have charged 27-year-old Beatriz Fana-Ruiz with two counts of first-degree murder; one count of first-degree arson; four counts of second-degree assault in the injuries of other firefighters involved; and seven counts of reckless endangerment.

NEWS 2016 - DEC 11 - Wilmington Firefighter Ardythe Hope Funeral

Primary Pall Bearers Wilmington fire department class of 1993 carries the body of Wilmington Senior Firefighter Ardythe Hope Funeral to engine number five Sat, Dec. 11, 2016, at The Chase Center On The River Front in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

She told investigators she was drunk and on anxiety medication when she became angry early Sept. 24 and set fire to the basement of the row-home.

I offer my sincere condolences to the Hope family.

 

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