Father, Son Who Drowned in Creek Laid to Rest

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    A father and his 13-year-old son who drowned in the Wissahickson Creek last week have been laid to rest.

    Family and friends gathered at the Christ Church on Venango Street in South Philadelphia this morning to remember Peter Luciana and his son Jordan.

    The father and son died in the waters known as "Devil's Pool" in Pennsylvania last Friday afternoon as three of Pete's other children watched.

    Luciano, of Gowen Street in the Cedarbrook section of Philadelphia, was at Wissahickon Creek with his children around 2:40 p.m. when Jordan Luciano began to have trouble swimming. Luciano jumped in to help his son but both Lucianos didn't resurface.

    "Our dad went to get him and he didn't come out," said Jordan's brother, Justin Luciano.

    Luciano's other children ran to nearby Valley Green Inn to get help but by the time the police marine unit arrived it was too late, according to Philadelphia Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan.

    The bodies of the teen and his 41-year-old father were pulled from the creek near Valley Green Road and Forbidden Drive just after 4 p.m.

    "Jordan was my baby," Michelle Luciano said. "My sweetheart. He would wake up every morning and say good morning. I will always be indebted to him. In life and memory. He risked his life to save our baby."

    The Wissahickon Creek runs about 22 miles long from Lansdale in Montgomery County into Philadelphia where it flows into the Schuylkill River. It is illegal to swim in the section of the creek where the man and his child drowned.
     

     


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