CHICAGO – A fallen Chicago firefighter who died on the job virtually seven years in the past was honored in a particular ceremony on the South Aspect Saturday.
The memorial at King Lockhart Park within the metropolis’s Beverly neighborhood is devoted to the entire Chicago first responders who went to assist in New York at Floor Zero after 9/11.
On Saturday a crowd gathered to recollect beloved Chicago Fireplace Captain Herbert “Herbie” Johnson and to witness an unveiling that has been a very long time coming.
In 2001, Johnson traveled with dozens of different first responders from Chicago to New York to help within the aftermath of the September 11th assaults. He cast deep friendships with New York Metropolis firefighters and following Johnson’s loss of life in 2012 after battling a blaze in Gage Park, these firefighters gave the town metal from the fallen towers in Johnson’s identify.
The reward sat in storage for years.
Terrence Karpowicz was the artist who created the sculpture.
“It’s a beautiful day,” Karpowicz stated. “I’m elated and it’s tribute to each New York and Chicago firefighters and it’s going to face perpetually. I do know Herbie is wanting down with an enormous smile on his face.”
Johnson’s household labored to boost cash to make the memorial a actuality.
Johnson’s daughter Laurie Johnson stated she was very moved by the artwork and occasion.
“It’s an attractive sculpture. I like it,” she stated. “And I need to say thanks in the beginning to the firemen that drove it in. It’s an enormous honor that they did this for us.”