Sadly, the city of Chicago lost another hero last night. Chicago Fire Department Captain Herbert Johnson passed away Friday night from injuries received in the line of duty while battling a fire on the south side of the city. It’s a sad reminder of how dangerous it is protecting and serving this city.
In memory of all the fallen Chicago firefighters and paramedics, the Gold Badge Society sponsored the installation of the Chicago Firefighter/Paramedic Memorial on Chicago’s lakefront. It’s a very peaceful and scenic park just south of McCormick Place that features bronze sculptures of firefighter’s helmets and boots as well as paver stones inscribed with the names of over 500 of Chicago’s bravest who lost their lives in the line of duty.
I’ve stopped to visit this memorial several times as I’ve ridden my bike up and down the lakefront path. It’s easy to miss if you’re not looking for it so I wanted to post some photos I’ve taken of the sculptures just to showcase this great memorial in one of Chicago’s most beautiful locations. I strongly recommend checking it out one day to pay respect to the fallen.