Derrick marched in the PAL Cadets and Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps; he played a Contrabass Horn.
Found this quote by Derrick, in a Philadelphia Daily News article titled "Mummers' Strut's A Winner in Fla.", dated Monday, August, 19 1974. "I prayed a lot" said horn player Derrick Harvey, 15, of North Philadelphia. The quote was pertaining to winning the 1974 American Legion Jr. Drum Corps National Championship. He will always be a champion to those who marched with him.
Derrick was 45 years old at the time of his death, a Lieutenant and fourteen year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department. He succumbed to injuries suffered while fighting a fire at 9th St. and Lindley Avenue.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends and the entire drum corps and fire fighting families.
You will be missed Derrick.Condolence Guestbook for Derrick Harvey
Memorial donations can be made to the Hero Scholarship Fund of Philadelphia, 1617 JFK Blvd., Suite 933, Philadelphia 19103.
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