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Thousands Gather for Chicago Firefighter's Funeral

  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Published in Chicago
    HonoringHerbie
    HonoringHerbie

    CHICAGO (AP) — A 32-year-veteran of the Chicago Fire Department who was killed battling a house fire is being laid to rest.

    Thousands of uniformed firefighters and police officers and scores of friends and family members of Herbert "Herbie" Johnson watched as a fire truck bearing Johnson's casket pulled in front of a church on the city's Southwest Side on Thursday.

    There, Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined firefighters as the casket, draped in a Chicago flag, was lowered from the truck.

    One after another, firefighters talked of the immensely popular 54-year-old father of three, who seemed to know everybody in the department.

    The day before, mourners filed into the same church for a wake, some waiting in line for nearly an hour to get inside to pay their respects.

    Read more http://www.chicagodefender.com/index.php/news/city/15125-thousands-gather-for-chicago-firefighter-s-funeral

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