Local residents are stepping out to help 70 residents displaced by fire that destroyed Morgan Park condo building on Nov. 24.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
A Saturday afternoon fire left almost 70 Morgan Park residents without a home or personal belongings. Find out how to help your neighbors in need.
Almost 70 residents of a Morgan Park condo building have been left without homes after a Saturday fire. The 3-11 alarm blaze caused the partial collapse of large portions of the 34-unit building's interior. Over 120 firefighter responded to the fire at 2030 W. 111th Street around 2:20 p.m. on Nov. 24. Read: UPDATED: 5-Story Morgan Park Condo Building Gutted By Fire Local officials are calling on area residents to pitch in and help those affected by the blaze. Ald. Matt O'Shea of the 19th Ward and State Rep. Monique Davis are working together to collect donations for those who have been displaced from their homes. Donations of gift cards good at stores like Target, Kohl's, Jewel, Walgreens, or general Visa gift cards are being collected…
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Firefighters put out a fire that left three floors collapsed Saturday afternoon and dozens homeless.
No injuries have been reported in a fire that left the interior of a 32-unit Morgan Park condo building partially collapsed. The fire broke out around 2:20 p.m. at 2030 W. 111th Street, according to Chicago Fire Department officials. Chicago Deputy Fire Commissioner John McNicholas said the 3-11 alarm fire has so far caused minor injuries to four people who were treated at the scene but declined to go to the hospital. Roddric Sims lives on the third floor of the building and was home with his son Ryan, 7, when the fire broke out. "The alarm went off, someone was outside yelling 'Fire!'," Sims said. "I walked out of my son's room and saw black smoke coming out of the vent." Sims then picked up his son and ran to the end of the hallway …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The Chicago firefighter died Nov. 11 at the Beverly Firehouse after responding to a small fire.
In a procession that stretched for blocks, the body of fallen Chicago Firefighter Walter Patmon Jr. was escorted to its final resting place. Patmon, 61, died on Nov. 11 after suffering what was believed to be a heart attack at the Beverly fire house. He had recently returned from a call. The 18-year veteran of the department is survived by his wife and three daughters. The Wednesday funeral was held at Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester, and Patmon was buried at Restvale Cemetery in Alsip. The procession made its way down 119th Street Wednesday afternoon. A fund has been established for his family. Donations can be made at any BMO Harris Bank location. Checks can be made payable to the Walter Patmon Memorial Fund. The account …
Friday, November 16, 2012
A funeral and wake will be held next week. A fund has been established to help the veteran firefighter's family.
Funeral arrangements have been set for Walter Patmon, Jr, CFD Truck 40. Patmon, 61, an 18-year veteran of the department died on Nov. 11 after collapsing at the Beverly firehouse after returning from a fire. Visitation will be held at Leak Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, on Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 4p.m. to 9 p.m. A final salute will take place at 6 p.m. The funeral will take place at the Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The church will open at 10 a.m. for a wake. Patmon will be buried at Restvale Cemetery, 11700 S. Laramie, in Alsip. A fund has been established for his family. Donations can be made at any BMO Harris Bank location. Checks can be made payable to the Walter Patmon Memorial …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Chicago firefighter Walter Patmon Jr., 61, suffers cardiac arrest after responding to small kitchen fire on Sunday evening.
Less than a week after the funeral for CFD Capt. Herbie Johnson, another Chicago firefighter from Beverly has died in the line of duty. Firefighter Walter Patmon Jr, 61, suffered a heart attack after responding to a small kitchen fire on Sunday evening. According to Chicago Breaking News, Patmon experienced shortness of breath after returning to his firehouse in the 1700 block of West 95th Street. He was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park where he was pronounced dead at 11:21 p.m. Patmon was an 18-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department. Known by his childhood nickname of “Bubble,” he was just a few years shy of retirement, ABC News-Ch. 7 reported. Patmon is a resident of the Burnside neighborhood. Early Monday …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Thousands of mourners filled the Saint Rita Shrine Chapel and thousands more lined the streets of Beverly to pay their final respects to a fallen firefighter and beloved neighbor.
The rows of firefighters stretched on for as far as the eye could see. Flags flew and bagpipes played as the casket of one of their own was raised into Engine 123, one last ride for the fallen hero. Capt. Herbie Johnson, 54, died after injuries sustained while battling a fire on Nov. 2. He was laid to rest on Thursday after an overflowing crowd at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel remembered the man they knew and loved. "I can stand up here for a year and talk about the fun, the laughter and the tears that we all shared," said his brother John Johnson while delivering a eulogy for his older brother. Read More: Neighborhood Says Goodbye to Herbie Johnson Johnson is survived by his wife Susan and children Thomas, Laurie and Michael "Mickey…
Beverly and Mt. Greenwood residents and schoolchildren turn out to say goodbye to CFD Capt. Herbie Johnson on Thursday. View the photo gallery and watch the video.
An American flag draped Herbie Johnson’s regular seat at the Cork and Kerry Pub on Western Avenue. An open bottle of Johnson's favorite beer--Bud Light--sat on the bar top. Connect with Patch: Beverly-Mt.Greenwood / Oak Lawn / Evergreen Park “There’s a lot of flag draped chairs in bars all over this neighborhood,” a patron cracks wise about fun-loving Herbie, the bigger-than-life, CFD fire captain who died in the line of duty on Nov. 2. Bartender Debra dabs her eyes with a napkin as she watches Johnson’s funeral on one of the many flat-screen TVs in the bar. “I knew Herbie for ten years. He came in here every Friday that he wasn’t on duty and sat in that chair over there,” she says, pointing to the flag-draped stool in the corner beneath …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
With a line that stretched around Saint Rita, thousands of well-wishers came to pay their respects to fallen firefighter Capt. Herbert Johnson.
Two ladders stand tall and an American flag hangs in between. Below, the line of firefighters in uniform, neighbors and friends stretches around the Saint Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel. They are all here to pay their respects to Capt. Herbie Johnson and share their condolences with his family. "It's a great send off for a true hero," said Ted Johnson, Herbie's younger brother. Those who knew Johnson describe him as a fun-loving man who was devoted to his family and the department. "I think my brother a true hero," said John Johnson, another brother and member of the Chicago Police Department. The mood inside was described as very solemn by Dan McMahon, Johnson's brother-in-law. Photos are displayed and an American flag that was present …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
The fallen firefighter will be waked at Saint Rita of Cascia High School on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Wake and funeral arrangements for Chicago Fire Department Capt. Herbert Johnson have been released. The wake will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Shrine Chapel of Saint Rita of Cascia High School, 7740 South Western Avenue. A funeral Mass will also be held at Saint Rita on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. Johnson will be interred at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The following is Johnson's death notice: Captain Herbert T. Johnson "Herbie" (CFD); Devoted husband of Susan, nee McMahon; Loving father of CPL Thomas (USMC), Laurie, and Michael "Mickey"; Dear brother of Julie (the late Douglas) Marcinek, Mary Cay, Peggy (Dave) Ladd, John, James (Theresa), Ted (Ruth), and Terry; Cherished son of the late Herbert J. and Joan; Dear …