Chicago firefighter badge added to Wall of Fallen Heroes

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Chicago -- A Chicago firefighter who was killed in the line of duty has had his badge added to the Wall of Fallen Heroes at the Chicago Fire Academy.

Captain Herbert T. Johnson died while fighting a house fire in the Gage Park neighborhood in November of 2012. A federal investigation later determined poor communication at the fire in the 2300 block of West 50th Place was a factor in Johnson's death.

Johnson was with the Chicago Fire Department for 32 years. He'd just been promoted to Captain several months before he died.

“The men and women of the Chicago Fire Department represent the highest values of the City of Chicago, having dedicated themselves to serving the people of our great city,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “They truly are Chicago’s bravest, and nobody embodied that spirit more than Captain Herbie Johnson.”

Public safety service is a tradition in the Johnson family. Mayor Emanuel's office says one of the Captain’s brothers serves as a firefighter, three brothers serve as Chicago Police Officers, and his sister is a retired Chicago Police Officer.

Johnson's badge is now up at the Robert J. Quinn Chicago Fire Academy, where a ceremony was held Saturday. It's along side the badges of 566 other Chicago firefighters and paramedics who were killed in the line of duty.

“Captain Johnson’s badge will remain here in a place of honor,” said Commissioner Jose Santiago, who was a personal friend of Captain Johnson. “We will always remember his service, his humor and his smile, we have truly lost a piece of our family.”

 

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