Long-time Oak Lawn family boasting six generations is honored by renaming section of Cook name 'Philbin Way.'
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Long-time Oak Lawn family boasting six generations are honored by renaming portion of Cook Avenue "Philbin Way."
At one point there were 240 extended members of the County Cork Philbins living in Oak Lawn. They laid track for the Wabash Railroad, served as the first church organist for St. Gerald's, fought fires and drove ambulances for the Oak Lawn Fire Department, and helped dig out survivors of the 1967 Oak Lawn Tornado bare-handed, six days after arriving home from the Vietnam War. Sign up for the Oak Lawn Patch newsletter and breaking news alerts. Six generations of the Philbin Family were remembered last Saturday when Mayor Dave Heilmann and Trustee Bob Streit (Dist. 3) dedicated a portion of Cook Avenue between 97th and 98th Streets that will now forever be known as Philbin Way. "When I think of St. Gerald’s, thanks to your family there’s a …