Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The grand marshals of the 2013 parade will be local first responders and the families of those recently lost in the line of duty.
It will be a fitting way to start the 2013 parade. The South Side Irish Parade Committee announced Tuesday that this year's grand marshal will be local first responders and the families of those lost in the line of duty. At a press conference Tuesday afternoon local officials and parade committee members honored those who lost loved ones in the line of duty. The families of Fire Captain Herbie Johnson, Police Officer Michael Flisk and Firefighter Walter Patmon, Jr. gathered at King-Lockhart Memorial Park on Western Avenue to participate in the ceremony. It was a meaningful location for all those in attendence. "It was 15 years ago last night that we had the tragic fire at this very location where we stand today," said Ald. Matt O'Shea…
Friday, February 1, 2013
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Monday, November 26, 2012
A Saturday afternoon fire left almost 70 Morgan Park residents without a home or personal belongings. Find out how to help your neighbors in need.
Almost 70 residents of a Morgan Park condo building have been left without homes after a Saturday fire. The 3-11 alarm blaze caused the partial collapse of large portions of the 34-unit building's interior. Over 120 firefighter responded to the fire at 2030 W. 111th Street around 2:20 p.m. on Nov. 24. Read: UPDATED: 5-Story Morgan Park Condo Building Gutted By Fire Local officials are calling on area residents to pitch in and help those affected by the blaze. Ald. Matt O'Shea of the 19th Ward and State Rep. Monique Davis are working together to collect donations for those who have been displaced from their homes. Donations of gift cards good at stores like Target, Kohl's, Jewel, Walgreens, or general Visa gift cards are being collected…
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The Chicago firefighter died Nov. 11 at the Beverly Firehouse after responding to a small fire.
In a procession that stretched for blocks, the body of fallen Chicago Firefighter Walter Patmon Jr. was escorted to its final resting place. Patmon, 61, died on Nov. 11 after suffering what was believed to be a heart attack at the Beverly fire house. He had recently returned from a call. The 18-year veteran of the department is survived by his wife and three daughters. The Wednesday funeral was held at Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester, and Patmon was buried at Restvale Cemetery in Alsip. The procession made its way down 119th Street Wednesday afternoon. A fund has been established for his family. Donations can be made at any BMO Harris Bank location. Checks can be made payable to the Walter Patmon Memorial Fund. The account …
Friday, November 16, 2012
A funeral and wake will be held next week. A fund has been established to help the veteran firefighter's family.
Funeral arrangements have been set for Walter Patmon, Jr, CFD Truck 40. Patmon, 61, an 18-year veteran of the department died on Nov. 11 after collapsing at the Beverly firehouse after returning from a fire. Visitation will be held at Leak Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, on Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 4p.m. to 9 p.m. A final salute will take place at 6 p.m. The funeral will take place at the Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The church will open at 10 a.m. for a wake. Patmon will be buried at Restvale Cemetery, 11700 S. Laramie, in Alsip. A fund has been established for his family. Donations can be made at any BMO Harris Bank location. Checks can be made payable to the Walter Patmon Memorial …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Chicago firefighter Walter Patmon Jr., 61, suffers cardiac arrest after responding to small kitchen fire on Sunday evening.
Less than a week after the funeral for CFD Capt. Herbie Johnson, another Chicago firefighter from Beverly has died in the line of duty. Firefighter Walter Patmon Jr, 61, suffered a heart attack after responding to a small kitchen fire on Sunday evening. According to Chicago Breaking News, Patmon experienced shortness of breath after returning to his firehouse in the 1700 block of West 95th Street. He was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park where he was pronounced dead at 11:21 p.m. Patmon was an 18-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department. Known by his childhood nickname of “Bubble,” he was just a few years shy of retirement, ABC News-Ch. 7 reported. Patmon is a resident of the Burnside neighborhood. Early Monday …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Read all of Patch's coverage of CFD Capt. Herbie Johnson.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Donations can be made to the fund and will go directly to the Johnson family.
Thousands of mourners filled the Saint Rita Shrine Chapel and thousands more lined the streets of Beverly to pay their final respects to a fallen firefighter and beloved neighbor.
The rows of firefighters stretched on for as far as the eye could see. Flags flew and bagpipes played as the casket of one of their own was raised into Engine 123, one last ride for the fallen hero. Capt. Herbie Johnson, 54, died after injuries sustained while battling a fire on Nov. 2. He was laid to rest on Thursday after an overflowing crowd at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel remembered the man they knew and loved. "I can stand up here for a year and talk about the fun, the laughter and the tears that we all shared," said his brother John Johnson while delivering a eulogy for his older brother. Read More: Neighborhood Says Goodbye to Herbie Johnson Johnson is survived by his wife Susan and children Thomas, Laurie and Michael "Mickey…
Beverly and Mt. Greenwood residents and schoolchildren turn out to say goodbye to CFD Capt. Herbie Johnson on Thursday. View the photo gallery and watch the video.
An American flag draped Herbie Johnson’s regular seat at the Cork and Kerry Pub on Western Avenue. An open bottle of Johnson's favorite beer--Bud Light--sat on the bar top. Connect with Patch: Beverly-Mt.Greenwood / Oak Lawn / Evergreen Park “There’s a lot of flag draped chairs in bars all over this neighborhood,” a patron cracks wise about fun-loving Herbie, the bigger-than-life, CFD fire captain who died in the line of duty on Nov. 2. Bartender Debra dabs her eyes with a napkin as she watches Johnson’s funeral on one of the many flat-screen TVs in the bar. “I knew Herbie for ten years. He came in here every Friday that he wasn’t on duty and sat in that chair over there,” she says, pointing to the flag-draped stool in the corner beneath …