Saturday, November 03, 2012

CFD Line of Duty Death

  • The anxious firefighters who filled the emergency room heard the horrible news from the doctors who couldn’t save their friend.

    Fire Dept. Capt. Herbie Johnson, 54, a larger-than-life personality, a guy who was the central figure both in his Beverly neighborhood and on the job, was dead.

    Johnson, the father of three, perished from injuries suffered Friday evening while battling a house fire at 2315. W. 50th Place, becoming the first Chicago firefighter to die in the line of duty since 2010.
Deepest sympathies from everyone here to our fellow first responders for their loss.

Prayers only for the family in this thread.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deepest sympathy and prayers for the CFD family and the firefighter family and friends. Never a good moment. Keep his memory alive

11/03/2012 12:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Maximo said...

R.I.P. Herbie

Prayers to Family and CFD.

11/03/2012 12:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart bleeds for him and his family. It's like losing a part of my family. God bless his family

11/03/2012 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathy to the grieving family and friends of this heroic first responder who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of his duty.

We go forth into the jaws of death on a daily basis. My God have mercy on this public servant as he approaches the pearly gates.

CPD retired.

11/03/2012 12:30:00 AM  
Blogger kateykakes said...

My heart goes out to the family for this tragedy. I'm so very sorry for their loss - both the Captain's CFD family & his immediate family.

I thank him for all the sacrifices this hero has made.

May Captain Johnson R.I.P. :(

11/03/2012 12:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11/03/2012 12:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry I never had the privilege of meeting the Captain -- I just saw a picture of him taken "at work," all sooty, and he looked like a hell of a guy and a natural-born character too.

Thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends. This is really everyone's loss.

Try to remember the good times. God bless.

11/03/2012 12:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deepest sympathy to all friends and loved ones......
Capt. had at least one brother on our job, real good people......


11/03/2012 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the pleasure of working with Herbie for five years on 51st St. What a guy, can't say enough about him. This is a tragic loss.

11/03/2012 01:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad day for both CFD and CPD... Great fun loving family from top to bottom! He will truly be missed by everyone who ever crossed paths with him. God Bless!

11/03/2012 01:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rip sir

11/03/2012 01:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you and your family! RIP

11/03/2012 01:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blessed are the true heros!

11/03/2012 01:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers go out to his family as well as his "brothers".

11/03/2012 02:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May our God always walk with you,your wife and kids and the CFD.......from a CPD member

11/03/2012 02:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the hearts of the brave bleed red blood tonite over the death of a first responder who died doing what he loved--- 33 years on the job and still strapping the gear on and doing the job--- it is sad that we only acknowledge a hero when they die and not beforehand--- a model firefighter well respected by his peers died today doing his job--- a moment of silence for a real hero who put it all on the line for his fellow firefighters and the citizens who he swore to protect....

11/03/2012 02:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Lee Bielecki said...

RIP Herbie ... you will be missed

11/03/2012 03:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot if people say; "God be with you."

Now we can say, Your with God!

God grant your family the peace they need now.

11/03/2012 03:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sad, hearing about the loss of a fellow first responder.
May he remain in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.
Rest in Peace Our Brother.

11/03/2012 04:23:00 AM  
Anonymous A CPD wife said...

My sympathy and best wishes to the family and friends of Capt. Johnson.

11/03/2012 04:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Johnny, Jimmy & Terry:

I've had the pleasure of working with each of you and I had the even greater pleasure of knowing Herbie through Holy Name softball.

I'm so saddened by his untimely loss.

You are all in my prayers.

May God bless you.

11/03/2012 05:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11/03/2012 05:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Herbie was a GREAT firefighter & a GREAT human being. To the CFD family & the CPD family my thoughts and prayers go out to you.

R.I.P. Brother.

11/03/2012 06:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11/03/2012 07:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrible news. I will pray for him and his family.

11/03/2012 07:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for the loss of Capt. Herbie Johnson and my deepest condolences to his family. My husband is retired after 37 yrs. on CFD, knew Herbie, worked with Herbie and when news of his death reached us, the "retiree" was very, very much affected. Our prayers go out to Capt. Johnson's family, and to all members of our CFD family. May Herbie's soul rest in peace.

11/03/2012 07:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Herbie. Our thoughts and prayers to your family.

11/03/2012 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts to & prayers to all the family. The CFD are held in the highest regard by this PO. May you find a level of comfort believing your Captain is at peace. I am praying for each one of you.

11/03/2012 08:21:00 AM  
Anonymous RIP Herbie Johnson said...

RIP Capt Johnson. He has family members who are CPD and one brother who resigned from the CPD a couple years ago. Prayers to his family, his wife, daughter and two sons and to all his brothers and sisters. Prayers and strength also to all our brothers and sisters at the CFD, we feel your pain.

11/03/2012 08:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God speed brother.

11/03/2012 08:23:00 AM  
Anonymous 29 and a day said...

Terrible Seemed like a great guy Prayers to the family and friends

11/03/2012 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless the firemen, their families and the police and their families.


11/03/2012 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God bless the Captains' family during this tragic time.
Bless his CFD family.

11/03/2012 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless You Herbie, you were truely one of a kind. The neighborhood will miss you, but always remeber you. Prayers for his family. R.I.P

11/03/2012 08:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers from Minnesota....take good care and honor his memory. Make him proud and carry on his example.

11/03/2012 09:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers are with the family and friends. May he rest in paradise and his family find peace in his memories.

11/03/2012 09:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for the family and the departed.

11/03/2012 09:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers are with the family and friends. May he rest in paradise and his family find peace in his memories.

11/03/2012 09:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathies and condolences, you've shown a lot of class during our losses, and I wish that we didn't have to repay you that courtesy this way.

Midnight Blue and White

11/03/2012 10:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sympathy to his family and fire fighter family...God Bless

11/03/2012 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sympathies and prayers for the Captain, to his family, and to the CFD. When you lose one, we all lose one. Thank you for 33 years of honor, pride, and service.

ISP Chicago trooper and Chicago resident

11/03/2012 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Captain Herbie Johnson

11/03/2012 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Richard said...

My heart breaks for the family of a first responder. 3 kids now without a dad. I did not know the man, but the smile says it all. God bless your family and CFD.
Love and sympathy, Richard

11/03/2012 10:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are saddened to hear about our fellow brother. our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and co-workers. you will be missed beyond words can describe.

11/03/2012 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace Capt. My thoughts and prayers to his family and his brothers and sisters of the CFD.

11/03/2012 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP HERBIE........going to a better place.It's terrible when we lose a REAL boss. GOD BLESS from an old CPD grunt.

11/03/2012 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God bless the family for his act of valor and all that come to aid the public! Soon retired cpd

11/03/2012 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You fine sir and your family will be in our hearts,thoughts and prayers. God bless you. GodSpeed.

11/03/2012 01:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Capt. Johnson may you Rest in Peace. What a sad loss. My prayers to his family and CFD family.

11/03/2012 01:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Dave in Albany Park said...

When it comes to deserving to be called "heroes" firefighters are second to none. Sad and horrible.

11/03/2012 02:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a special place in heaven for heroes who lay down their lives while protecting us. My sincere condolences to his family and the entire Chicago Fire Department. May God Bless each and every one of you.

11/03/2012 02:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't know the captain, but I've heard so many wonderful things about him, I only wish I had known him. It sounds like he touched a lot of people in his life. It sounds like an unbearable loss. I will pray for him and his family as well.

11/03/2012 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a special breed of human who is willing to face the dangers that others may run from.

Capt. Johnson was one such person.

For 33 years, he was always ready to risk his life so that others could be safe and secure....

And he did so willingly.

He is a prime example of all that is good and decent in human nature.

R.I.P sir.

To the family and friends of Capt. Johnson and to the members of CFD and CPD, you have my deepest sympathies.

11/03/2012 03:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Capt. May St. Florian meet you at the Gates of Heaven.
Prayers for the Family have been said.
CPD (Ret)

11/03/2012 03:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad day for CFD. My thoughts and prayers go out to all his brothers and sisters on the department and his family.

11/03/2012 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Prayers to his family...

11/03/2012 03:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thoughts and prayers to his family and ALL those at CFD. CPD mourns with you.

11/03/2012 04:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julie, Johnny, Jimmy, and Terry - You and your family are in our prayers. We are all so saddened by this tragic loss of such a wonderful and devoted man. May your memories be forever.
CPD family member

11/03/2012 04:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The kind of family that made America great:
One son is in college and the other in the U.S. Marine Corps. Three brothers are Chicago police officers, a sister is a retired Chicago cop and another brother is a Chicago firefighter.
So very sad, sending prayers to the family.

11/03/2012 04:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Condolences to the family. Sacrifice so others may live.

11/03/2012 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Kevin Duffin said...

Just seeing Herbie approach always brought a smile to my face because I knew he would have a great joke or story to tell. I will miss him very much. RIP my friend!

11/03/2012 06:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace Herbie, we will all miss your laughter.

11/03/2012 08:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God comfort the family, friends and co-workers of Chicago Fire Department Captain Herbie Johnson. May he rest in peace. He must have been quite a man given what I've read about him.

11/03/2012 08:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is some sad news. May the Good Lord watch over his family as they grieve. My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his family.

11/03/2012 08:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sympathies go out to the entire Johnson family. One of the all around classiest families I've ever met.

11/03/2012 10:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are in our prayers Herbie

11/03/2012 11:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Captain!

You wen't out like the hero you were!

God Bless the family!

11/04/2012 12:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know the Johnson Brothers from the job and they're all good people... I can only assume the Captain was cut from the same cloth... Godspeed Sir...

11/04/2012 12:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathy to Captain Johnson' Wife, children and his entire family. All Chicagoans should be sad for your loss and for the City's loss. Captain Johnson made the ultimate sacrifice and is now watching over all. Deepest sympathy to all his friends and family in the CFD and CPD. God Speed.

11/04/2012 01:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sympathy and prayers to the Johnson Family. God's Blessings to all CFD.

A Suburban Brother

11/04/2012 01:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Speed Sir.

11/04/2012 06:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To his family, friends and co-workers, I am deeply saddened for your loss. From all of the comments it is obvious that he was a very descent man and a very brave man at that. I'm a cop that could never imagine doing the job of a fireman, I respect what they do, even though I may rib them a bit here and there. CPS and CFD have always poked fun at each other but today we stand with you, in awe of what you do, and saddened by your loss. God Bless.

11/04/2012 08:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My very deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and the CFD. I pray that his family will eventually be comforted by their loving memories.

11/04/2012 08:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless this man and his family. He died a hero and we are all better off because of his sacrifice.

11/04/2012 08:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Sir. Peace to your family, friends and fellow Fire Fighters. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to the great city of Chicago, Second to None. GodSpeed.

Police Officer NYPD (ret)

11/06/2012 07:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rip Sir. Peace to your family, friends and fellow Fire Fighters. Thank you for your service to the city of Chicago, Second to None. GodSpeed.

NYPD (ret)

11/06/2012 07:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Sir. Peace to your family, friends and fellow Fire Fighters. I thank you Sir for your Service and Sacrifice to the great city of Chicago and the Chicago Fire Department, Second to None. GodSpeed.

NYPD PO (ret)
THEE Rant.

11/07/2012 02:54:00 PM  

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