Friday, November 09, 2012

CFD Funeral

  • 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.

    "He was a bully for love and life," the Rev. Thomas McCarthy said during the packed funeral. "And for us, his friends, we are so lucky.

    "He was there when anyone needed him," he said. "To go into a burning building and not think of yourself, that was Herbie Johnson."
Final prayers and remembrances here only.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP and God Bless!

This FF is the embodiment of self-sacrifice and doing the work of God!

May we all emulate the Captain and his devotion to serve!

11/09/2012 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God speed Herbie. Was a pleasure to know ya.

11/09/2012 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tommy Skelly, the retired homicide detective and FOP trustee passed away yesterday.

11/09/2012 12:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was a sad day in chicago as we buried one of our native sons struck down in the prime of his life doing what he was put on this earth to do--- he was put on this earth to be a fireman, make no doubt about it--- his zeal and zest for the job were evident by his actions and hunger for the chance to serve both his fellow firefighters and the citizens of this city--- sleep well my prince as you have brought a tear to the eye of a hardened soul who has walked down your road many times before....

11/09/2012 01:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace Herbie. 3-3-5

11/09/2012 07:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Herbie!! What a pleasure it has been to have known you!

11/09/2012 08:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless Herbie......

11/09/2012 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to all the different fire and police departments for your support for the family and help with the procession.


11/09/2012 11:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words cannot express the sympathy offered to the family for their loss.


11/09/2012 03:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Tom Skelly from cpd/ helped me a lot early cpd years

11/09/2012 05:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rest in peace herbie. my condolences again to terry, jim johnnie and herbies sisters and brothers... especially herbies kids. A hell of a guy taken too early. Johnny, great speech about your brother.... sorry though john, the glasses dont make you look any smarter ;). Hopefully the family is not forgotten because they will need the support system by the fire department and the police department. you will be remembered herbie.. to the johnson family, jimmy terry and johnny hang in there were behind ya.

11/09/2012 07:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Photographer Todd Sherman was talking pictures during the funeral. He took one on 111th street that shows the long blue line, Honoring the thin Red line.
Thank you CPD!

11/10/2012 02:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to honor of knowing Herbie for some 30 years. It was a huge honor to see 5400 firefighters(all in dress uniform) walk by his body single file to salute his body. It was an amazing site to see the class and dignity that the CFD does for their fallen brother.
Herbie you truly were larger then life.

11/10/2012 01:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you ,you are what it means to be a hero

11/11/2012 12:41:00 AM  

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