CHICAGO — A Chicago firefighter who died after battling a blaze on the city’s North Side last week was laid to rest on Monday.
39-year-old Andrew Price died after he fell through a light shaft while battling a fire that broke out at a tavern in Lincoln Park on Monday.
Family, friends, and hundreds of Chicago firefighters gathered at Navy Pier on Monday to honor and remember the life of the fallen firefighter.
A procession from the North side of Navy Pier to the east end was held before private visitation began at 9 a.m.
A service was then held at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom.
Following the service, a graveside assembly took place outside on the east end of the pier and the procession then moved in reverse, from the east end to the north.
The 39-year-old firefighter, who was known as “Drew” by co-workers, joined the department in March 2009 and was assigned to Truck 44 in 2015. Co-workers described him as a health nut who loved his job.
A GoFundMe fundraiser that was created for price surpassed its goal of $35,000 and raised over $73,000 by Sunday. Family members say the donations will go towards supporting Price’s family and “contribute to an investigation and safety initiatives.”