Chicago Firefighter Dies After South Side Fire

Capt. Herbert Johnson, a 32-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department, died Friday night fighting a South Side fire, reports the Chicago Tribune. Another firefighter was also injured.

Johnson apparently went into cardiac arrest when intense heat from the flashover damaged his airways and he died at the University of Chicago emergency room, officials said.

A mayday was called and Johnson was carried out of the building as paramedics performed CPR on him, said Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

He had suffered second- and third-degree burns, officials said. A second firefighter was in good condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, officials said.

Johnson is survived by his wife, Susan, a daughter and two sons, Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said outside the hospital hours after the fire. One son is in college and the other in the U.S. Marine Corps. Three brothers are Chicago police officers, a sister is a retired Chicago cop and another brother is a Chicago firefighter.

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