Chicago fire lieutenant fell victim to West Nile, laid to rest - FOX 32 News Chicago

Chicago fire lieutenant fell victim to West Nile, laid to rest

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The funeral for fire lieutenant Thomas Flahive ended around noon on Monday. He was bitten by a mosquito while on a family vacation, and died as a result of West Nile virus last Thursday.

Family and friends said goodbye to the beloved Chicago firefighter Monday. His Engine Company 108 family remembered him as a big, strapping guy, with a big personality, who was always willing to help.

Flahive was laid to rest at St.Thecla Catholic Church on West Devon.

Flahive had been sick for a couple weeks with an infection, slipped into a coma, and suffered irreparable brain damage before he died.

He's survived by his wife and three adult children.

Flahive was 58, and had been with the Chicago fire department since 1989.

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