Chicago gave a hero’s farewell to Capt. Herbert Johnson, a firefighter of 33 years, reports NBC 5 Chicago.
“This is as bad as it gets, the loss to the family and the entire community is incredible,” said family friend Kathleen Moritz.
Johnson’s family said he died Friday doing what he loved. The captain was fighting a house fire when the roof of the wood-framed structure collapsed. Johnson was pulled from the wreckage and later died in a local hospital from smoke inhalation.
“It’s very tough,” said Chicago Fire Department Lt. Jake Jakubec before the funeral. “We’re smiling right now, but there are tears and there is hurt and everybody’s feeling it.”
Chicago Firefighters Union president Tom Ryan described Johnson as “a master fireman.”
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