Chicago firefighter dies after responding to fire

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Chicago, IL, United States (4E) – A 61-year-old Chicago firefighter died on the job Sunday night after suffering a heart attack.

According to officials, the unnamed firefighter, who was an 18-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department stationed at the Beverly fire house in West 95th Street, died Sunday after going into cardiac arrest within hours of responding to a fire on the city’s South Side.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Will Knight said the firefighter’s identity was not published pending notification of family members.

Commissioner Jose Santiago revealed the firefighter helped extinguish a kitchen fire on West 99th Street.

Santiago added that upon arriving to the fire house and while cleaning the equipment, the firefighter experienced shortness of breath.

He was brought to the Little Company of Mary where he went into cardiac arrest and was declared dead around 11 p.m.

His body was transported early Monday from Little Company of Mary to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, escorted by a convoy of fire and police vehicles while the several firefighters and police officers lined the streets.

The incident happened three days after the funeral of Captain Herbert “Herbie” Johnson, a 32-year fire department veteran who died while struggling with an extra-alarm blaze in the Gage Park area last Thursday.

Flags were lowered Monday to honor the firefighter who died over the weekend.

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