Just two days after burying one of their own the Chicago Fire Department is honoring another.
Firefighter Dan Capuano, 42, was killed early Monday while battling a blaze at a vacant warehouse in the South Chicago neighborhood where alleged “unauthorized work” was being done. He was searching through heavy smoke on the second floor when he fell down the elevator shaft into the basement.
Sunday afternoon friends, family and colleagues of Captain Herbert “Herbie” Johnson filled the street in front of the Mt. Greenwood post office for a dedication ceremony.
With the help of U.S. Congressman Dan Lipinski, the Mt. Greenwood post office was renamed the “Captain Herbert Johnson Memorial Post Office."
“Almost a year ago today we got it passed signed into law by the President,” said Congressman Lipinski.
Johnson became a firefighter in 1980 and served for 32 years until he died on November 2, 2012 fighting a house fire in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood.
Those that knew him said he had a larger than life personality and a smile that could and did light up a room.
“It couldn’t be more fitting and actual federal building named after Herbie Johnson,” said Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago laughing. “It took an act of Congress.”
The Johnson family thanked the community for the love and support shown over the past three years and shared.
“I now look forward to getting my mail from Herbie's post office,” said his wife Susan.
Johnson left behind two sons, one is a Marine and the other is a Chicago police officer. He also has a daughter and now a granddaughter.
The plaque will be mounted in the lobby of the post office.