Street named for WWII veteran

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A World War II veteran had a street sign dedicated to him on the Southwest Side Saturday morning.

Eighty-nine year old Hank Rutkowski was a prisoner of war for a year after his plane was shot down over Europe in 1944.

Everyone on the plane survived - except for one soldier, who's parachute didn't open.

Rutkowski has gone to mass at St. Bruno Catholic Church on the Southwest Side every December 6 for the last seventy years to pray for that soldier.

And that's where the street sign will hang with his name - on a section of 48th Street and Harding Avenue.

Rutkowski called the event a huge honor, but noted that it's important to honor those that didn't come back from the war.


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