The remains of Tony Rose, a firefighter who was killed battling a wildfire in Arizona are return to the Chicago area to a Hero’s Salute in Waukegan.
Most of the men and women gathered tonight didn’t know the young firefighter personally. But they showed up in strong numbers at Waukegan National Airport in support of him and his family.
23-year-old Anthony Rose was one of 19 firefighters killed while battling a wildfire in Arizona last month.
Tonight his body, which had been cremated, arrived from Arizona on a chartered flight.
Rose grew up in Beach Park, where his family still lives.
The Beach Park Fire Dept led the effort to organize tonight’s ceremony.
Firefighters , along with several local police officers, lined the entrance to the main runway, saluting as Rose’s remains were escorted off the plane and into the care of his family.
Even though Rose never served in Illinois, firefighters say it’s important that he be honored.
More than 40 surrounding fire departments from Illinois and Wisconsin were here to pay their respects.