Navy SEAL Among Those Injured in Upper Moreland Explosion

A man returning from Afghanistan and his friend suffered serious burns at a homecoming party on Broadway.

OUTSIDE PHILADELPHIA, PA -- A Navy SEAL returning home from Afghanistan and his friend suffered serious burns from an explosion that occurred at a homecoming party on Friday night. 

According to ABC.com, the 31-year-old Navy SEAL Pasquale Troisi will be in a medically induced coma for three weeks and is expected to remain at Temple University Hospital for three months with 77-percent of his body burned. 

The friend, 26-year-old Stephen Klink, suffered injuries while trying to extinguish the flames.

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According to police, a freestanding front-loading fireplace exploded at the party on the 2700 block of Broadway in Upper Moreland, setting the man on fire. Investigators say someone had poured gasoline onto the fire to get the wet logs to burn.

Troisi had just returned to his hometown of Warminster on Thursday night, according to the ABC report.

Troisi graduated from Archbishop Wood High School in 2001.

Jason Padilla February 26, 2013 at 04:12 AM
I stand corrected, I re-watched the video and it does not appear to be a trident nor jump wings. At first glance it looked to be but upon pausing the video they clearly are not. Anyway, not important, just wish him well!
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Beth February 26, 2013 at 10:18 AM
Because before he was a SEAL, he was a Religious Program Specialist serving with the Marines. They are Chaplain's Bodyguard in Combat zones. When Sailors serve with Marines, they are authorized to wear several Marine Corps uniforms, if they elected to hold Marine Corps regulation in physical fitness and standards.
Beth February 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM
For all of you saying that Navy personnel don't wear USMC uniforms check out the Asst Chief of Chaplains, RADM M. Kibben. She is a Navy officer assigned to be the Chaplain of the Marine Corps and she wears USMC uniforms (Alpha, Bravo, Charlies and MARPAT cammies). No one other than a Marine can wear their Dress Blue uniforms.
Flagrante Delicto February 26, 2013 at 11:22 AM
rex February 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM
The voice over sews person DEFINITELY said Broadway AVENUE, Robert Gross is correct
Abw February 26, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Wow- you people are heartless, bored, and sick! This is a friend of mine and you are arguing with eachother over street names, uniforms, etc- may god have mercy on your mindless heartless souls and grant you some knowledge and common sense. For those of you praying- thank you
John Preite February 26, 2013 at 02:34 PM
UNBELIEVABLE--- There is a young man that lay in a hospital who's world was turned upside down. this young man as well as the others that were hurt are suffering from extreme pain and will have the thoughts of this accident running through their minds the rest of thier lives. Who the hell cares at this point about the uniform? Are you idiots? There is a time and place and THIS IS NEITHER OF THEM! Grow up. If you want to address this go sit with your friends and talk about it but don't bring this to this public site where his family who is already suffering watch him get butchered. Either way no matter what uniform he has on he has done something positive with his life and not one of you self proclaimed DIVINE JUDGES have mentioned that. And I will bet that doesn't even bother you. If your life is that sad --KEEP IT TO YOURSELF---But in the meantime KEEPP THIS YOUNG MAN IN YOUR PRAYERS!
Cindy Halpern February 26, 2013 at 03:41 PM
So sad that he survived Afghanistan only to be seriously injured at home. Fate is not always kind.
Richard Poulton February 26, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Mr. Gross is correct. Even though the Patch article has it correct, the TV station reporter, Ken Moton, had it wrong. He is the one who used the phrase Avenue in his story.
Bob H February 26, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Wow, He better go back over there. They don't have front loading stoves.
SuppoUSN February 26, 2013 at 11:18 PM
I cannot believe all of these PETTY RIDICULOUS KNOW IT ALL COMMENTS about street names, uniforms, insignia, branch and proving how smart you are by providing a link and making threats about how he will get in trouble, ect. I am a USN Officer and cannot stand people who need to make themselves feel important by commenting on things they know nothing about or that doesn't matter. He is an RP2 serving with the 1st Marines and has had 5 tours in Combat. The PRESS got his info wrong. They mostly always do as they normally have no clue! Do you really think he gave any type of interview?? And he is a local man, his Mom is local and the family is devastated. Stop being Blowhards and just be quiet. Pretty pathetic some of you are so intent on examining his insignia and uniform. Pathetic!!
Patty February 27, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Part one of two comments---Im so angry right now by some of the comments here your an embarressment! There was miscommunication from the media and his grandfather who is 93 years old and is proud as can be of his grandson WHO DID GO THRU 4 YEARS OF TRAINING WITH THE NAVY SEALS! He did go through training with the SEALS for 4 years! Plus the link someone provided was from 2005! Do your research right if you want to snoop! Here is part of another article from Philyburbs.com on this Hero explaining why he stopped his SEAL training: He started training for the Navy SEALs in 2008. He quit after four years because he kept getting injured. Troisi had to pass a rigorous screening test that weeded out all but the brightest and most physically fit. The subsequent schooling involved tasks such as 4-mile swims in the ocean, long-distance runs in harsh conditions and team activities that pushed the young men to their limits. During one such activity, teams of seven carried half a telephone pole uphill, lifted it overhead and used it to do sit-ups and push-ups. During the training, Troisi suffered injuries to his spine. He lost 70 percent of the strength in his right arm and had to undergo neurosurgery; the surgeon took out some bones along his neck and replaced them with titanium. So there ya go people! Happy now? Does it matter if Pasquale was a Private or a Navy SEAL for you to show some compassion!?
Patty February 27, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Part Two of two---Darn some of you people are ignorant and rude considering this horrible accident that happened to anyone, let alone someone just returning from combat!! And to that jerk that posted, “now he knows what the children in Vietnam and Afghanistan feels like” , YOU cannot be an American Citizen, and if you are, it is evident no one in your family has such the bravery, or can handle such personal sacrifices it takes to serve our country!! You are clueless! Pasquale is a member of our Armed Forces that just returned from Afghanistan! He was looking forward to being with his family and now is holding onto his dear life! Prayers are needed and support is needed, and if you’re an ignorant ungrateful American then shame on you! This young man no matter what his rank, signed on the dotted line to continue to fight for the freedoms most of you take for granted! God Bless all our Military and their families
Patty February 27, 2013 at 02:05 AM
@SuppoUSN Pathetic isn't a strong word for some of these morons! Thank you for being much kinder with your words that I wanted to be. Darn shame I coudn't blast them all a new one! This is what our Heroes like yourself have to deal with! Ungrateful, ignorant, obnoxiously rude Americans (if they are legal) citizens. I have been talking to a friend of his mothers as the community wants to help send support in any way possible. I do want to speak to someone on where the support is needed the most. If you have such info Im well aware of The Privacy Act and only need general info. I am president of America 4R Marines NPO if you have such info please call me at 215-659-0311 God Bless Semper Fortis! Thank you for your service to our great country!
John Smith February 27, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Yeah the multiple adults (18+) that live in this house on bunk beds mooching off a single women have no brains and have never had to make any responsible decision in their lives. They are mainly bartender career type, in a local area because with multiple DUI's they cant drive... poor soldier :(
Barb Eisenhardt March 02, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Tried to call to give you (Susan Benson) contact info. but the number you posted is incorrect. Barb
Barb Eisenhardt March 02, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Thanks Patty for your comments. I left you a voice mail message with the name and number for the benefit/fundraiser coordinator.
Patty March 02, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Thanks Barb! I have been talking to your sister since last week. We have some financial help on the way to Pasquale's family. I'm praying like there is tomorrow that he makes it through this crucial stage. I can not imagine the stress and worry his family is going through. The least we can do is make sure their daily needs are met to help them along. Thanks so much for your response! God bless you and yours Patty
TommyO March 05, 2013 at 03:49 PM
It's a shame that you cannot reply to a reply...but I guess John Smith already knew that. That is why he put his gutless little post up as a reply to an unrelated post. John Smith...Let me ask you...What is your real name? I would love to know who you are so we can discuss this issue. You see, as it turns out you are completely wrong, Little John. I know this family well. Now they may not have had the wealth and priveledges that you so obviously enjoy...But they are both a loving and a hard working family. Each family member works in different fields and each has had either some post secondary education or has completed their post secondary education. Now i don't know why I felt the need to disclose that, but I guess I just wanted to get it across that you are the only one with no brains here. Beyond that they have been through more tragedy than any family I have known and have pulled through with a faith and love that is an inspiration to me and most people who really know them. John Smith...You sit behind your little computer using a fake name, and try to pass judgement on others without any knowledge of the people nor their situation. That makes you a small, little person in my eyes...and to most that are reading this post. I hope this response to your misrepresentation of this great family is read by many people. Because the more people realize how much of a chump you are the better.
TommyO March 05, 2013 at 04:31 PM
As people read the posts below try to realize that these are great people who just experienced a horrible tragedy. I don't get why people feel the need to sit behind their (or mommy's) computer and either pass judgement on people, bicker over the rank of the officer, or even try to claim expert knowledge of the name of the street. Get a life. A great family decided to throw a welcome home party to a soldier and a hero. A tragedy happened and the families involved have to pick up the pieces and move on with their lives...each recovering from thier own personal trauma from this horrible incident. So when they start to read the pettiness, rudeness, and cowardess of some of the people on these websites it only makes them lose faith in human beings. If you are all reading this know...These are not human beings. They are fake people using fake names providing false bravado while sitting behind a computer. These people would never say anything like this if they were face to face with you...your family...or any of those involved in this tragedy. They would simply cower, bow their heads, and walk away. That's the way these people live. They try to make up for their lack of a real life...a lack of true heroism...a lack of any semblence of courage...by sitting behind their (or their mommy's) computer and pretend that they are real men. But they are not. So soak in the love...You deserve it. Accept the prayers...You can use them...And ignore the pettiness...<3
Peter Thompson March 12, 2013 at 03:03 AM
I wish I would have learned more about you. It's unfortunate that it takes a situation like this for me to see how many great things you have accomplished in your life. I wish I had found more training for you to do. I know how much you like training. You were very passionate about it. I remember how good it felt to see that you came back from your deployment. I wish I had at least spoken to you more than I did the day I saw you standing in the doorway at the CAS. To some it may not be much, but I know that you were guaranteed to say hello even if it was in passing. Most people that say hi to me do so because they were trained to do so. You said hello out of camaraderie. For that I give you much respect. I know there is much more in a hello now because of you. I hope you and your entire family will get through this time with the same strength and courage that made you the man that you are today. We also look forward to the day when we can see you back in the gym wearing out the Chaplain ensuring he can stays in shape. All of our prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family during this challenging time. From all of us here at 1st Radio Battalion to you and yours, Sincerely Staff Sergeant Thompson USMC.
Patty March 12, 2013 at 05:37 AM
OORAH SSgt. Thompson. As you have just shown us family also includes Pasquale's extended family- his Brothers in Arms. The bond whether attached to 1st Radio Battlaion for 6 months or a year there is a strong bond thats formed. You always have each other backs in good times and in times such as the Troisi family is going through now. Pasquale is a tough as nails and we know that will help him in the days that lie ahead. Our continued prayers will give strength to Pasquale as well as all the Troisi family. Semper Fidelis says it all
John Preite March 12, 2013 at 06:14 AM
This kid is a tough kid and there are some derogatory comments on here that should not be here. This is tough situation for a great young man and his family.If you have a comment other than you wish the family the best or he and the family are in your prayers than shut the @@@@ up. He has served and is a brave kid.His Family is hurting and deserves all of our prayers. If you have love and prayers for this family than post it. If you have a stupid comment post it with your picture so we know who to look for.
Patty March 12, 2013 at 06:37 AM
I agree John. I am very disappointed that Patch evidently does not monitor the comment Section. Granted Americans are fortunate to have Freedom of Speech because of brave young men and woman like Pasquale, those that made just plain disrespectful comments should be deleted and banned.
Amanda March 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM
May you all be at peace knowing that Pasquale passed away. Some of you should be ashamed of yourselves with the things you said, insinuated, and argued about while Pasquale was fighting to live. How dare you. I've never seen such idiocracy! Those who decided to mock, judge, name call, and add pain to this family, might want to say a prayer for a grieving family.
Patty March 19, 2013 at 02:30 AM
OMG! I'm in tears here! I was praying beings he made it this long he'd make it. But God had another plan. Im sure with the severity of his burns it works have been a long painful process. Rest in Peace dear Pasquale. I'm sure all your brothers and sisters that served and oassed before you met you at heavens gate. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and Brothers In Arms Semper Fortis.
Carla Blizzard March 19, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Looking at most of the comments, because I was done reading the stupid ones...he fought for his country, came home and died in an accident...it doesn't natter the exact street address, the acts of others or anything else. He defended us, came home finally and died here. It is so sad. He deserves all the respect all Americans have.
Censorship Sucks March 19, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Kate March 19, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Our hearts are truly broken to hear that RP2 Pasquale Troisi has passed away leaving behind his loving family, fiancee, children and so many friends. My husband, CDR Val J. Jensen and Pasquale served together during their deployment with the Marines to Iraq in 2005 and 2006. Pasquale was my husband's bodyguard and his assistant as his Religious Program Specialist. Both of them were an "Energy Team" because you could see how well they worked together to provide support for their fellow Marines and Sailors while serving in Iraq and upon their return to Camp Pendleton. They had a great sense of humor especially when it came to football season. The Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers and the Philadelphia Eagles were a favorite topic as to who would end up with a winning season. Pasquale always spoke highly and lovingly of his family and we knew that they were supportive of him as he served God and his country. How deeply saddened we are to hear this tragic news. We extend our deepest love and sympathy for his dear family, fiancee and children. Those little ones were the pride in his eyes. Pasquale always exhibited his concern for the welfare of those with whom he served. We consider it an honor to have been in his presence during our time together and he will be sorely missed. Our love and our prayers are extended to all who are grieving over this terrible, tragic loss. CDR and Mrs. Val J. Jensen (Kate), CHC, USN(Ret), Kristen Clark-Hassell and Val II


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