CHICAGO — Funeral services for Chicago firefighter MaShawn Plummer were held Thursday morning.
The funeral began at 11 a.m. with hundreds in attendance, not only to pay their respects but to remember the fallen firefighter.
“I thank God once again for MaShawn,” said aunt Gwendolyn Martin. “MaShawn was my gentle giant.”
“MaShawn was an extraordinary gift from God and raised in Englewood,” said another aunt Flora Leavy.
Officiating at the service, Pastor Michael Simmons, who knew Plummer and his family from a young age, called the fallen firefighter a superhero for his courage and concern for others.
“I thank God for his heart,” Simmons said.
Plummer died five days after suffering critical injuries in a fire last month in Belmont Central on the city’s Northwest Side.
During the fire, two men were transported to Resurrection Hospital after receiving burns and one of them was later pronounced dead. A woman was also injured.
On Wednesday night, firefighters stood single file to say goodbye to Plummer, a man who friends say was always ready to stand up to help others.
Plummer was stationed in Portage Park and was with the department for just a year. He grew up in the Englewood neighborhood, played football at Quincy University and became the first in his family with a college degree. Plummer studied pre-law but his heart led him to the Chicago Fire Department.
He is survived by his parents and four sisters.
It may take months before a report is done detailing exactly what happened the night of the fire.