Monday, November 12, 2012
An 18-year veteran Chicago firefighter died overnight after going into
cardiac arrest within hours of responding to a blaze on the South Side Firefighter Walter Patmon Jr was 61 years old, according to
the Cook County medical examiner's office. His name has not been
released pending notification of family members.
The firefighter responded to a
fire in a kitchen about 10 p.m. Sunday in the 1500 block of West 99th
Street, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Will Knight said.
returning to his firehouse, the firefighter experienced shortness of
breath while cleaning equipment, Knight said. He was taken to Little
Company of Mary Hospital, where he went into cardiac arrest and was
pronounced dead at 11:21 p.m.
The firefighter's body was taken
early Monday to the medical examiner's office, accompanied by a
procession of fire and police vehicles.
Dozens of firefighters
and police officers lined the streets outside the office and saluted as
the procession passed under an American flag hanging from an extended
fire truck ladder.
With many bowing their heads and removing
their helmets, the firefighters then gathered for a communal prayer
before the firefighter's body was taken inside.
The death came
three days after the funeral of Capt. Herbert "Herbie" Johnson, a
32-year fire department veteran who died while battling an extra-alarm
blaze. Johnson was remembered Thursday during an emotional service
attended by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and hundreds of firefighters at a
Southwest Side church.