Fallen Hero – Capt. Herbert "Herbie" Johnson – Funeral at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine
Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 5:00 pm
Funeral for fallen firefighter: 'Our family has lost a real hero' Chicago Tribune – Michael Holtz and Jennifer Delgado www.chicagotribune.com Led by the slow march of a drum and pipe corps, a fire truck pulled up to a Southwest Side church today bearing the flag-draped casket of Capt. Herbert "Herbie" Johnson, a 32-year veteran who died battling an extra-alarm fire. As firefighters in dress uniforms stood at attention under dark skies, Johnson's casket was brought into St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel past his family and hundreds of friends and colleagues. Johnson's younger brother, John, a Chicago police officer, struggled through tears as he spoke. "Mom and dad, Tommy's home," he said, calling his brother by his middle name. "He was a firefighter to the end," he said. "Herbie, I could not be prouder of you." ohnson's brother, Ted, who also is a Chicago firefighter, said the tragedy still seems surreal. His family is struggling to deal with the loss but grateful for the outpouring of support from across the country, he said. "I'm going to have to carry my brother's body to his grave," Johnson said on Wednesday. "But I'm going to have over 4000 brothers and sisters right there with me." Johnson's widow greeted well-wishers as she stood next to the dark wooden casket holding the body of her husband who was in his dress uniform with a gold cross beside him. A medal for his heroism in the Fire Department also lay in the casket, which was adorned with pink roses. Johnson, 54 <b>…</b>
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