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Chicago firefighter, 61, suffers fatal heart attack after responding to Beverly fire

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Walter Patmon, 61. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Fire Media via Twitter). Walter Patmon, 61. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Fire Media via Twitter).
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

For the second time this month, Chicago Firefighters have lost one of their own. 61-year-old Walter Patmon suffered a heart attack and died after returning from a call Sunday night.

At the firehouse where Walter Patmon served as a driver for truck 40, he was remembered as a mentor and a friend who made a tough job just a little easier for others.

"He was a great guy to know and you always wanted to be around him so when you knew you were working with him, you knew you were going to have a good day," said fellow Firefighter Dave Beason.

Sunday night, after returning from a run on a minor kitchen fire, while he was cleaning his equipment, Patmon began experiencing shortness of breath. He was rushed to Little Company of Mary Hospital where he was pronounced dead from a heart attack.

His wife of more than 30 years said Walter, or Bubble as he was known, fulfilled a lifelong dream when he joined the fire department at age 43.

"He really wanted to be with the firefighters and that's what he wanted to be just where he could help people the most," said Widow Diane Patmon.

Patmon helped his fellow firefighters with his skill in the kitchen. He was known for his "Bub Rub" barbeque.

"He loved to cook we would get into arguments about cooking," retired Sr. Captain Irving Brown said. "I would cook it my way, he says, 'you don't know what you're doing.'"

Patmon was top chef at home too, praised as a great father and husband.

"He always cooked some delicious meals; he always had something good for me when I came from school, something he wanted me to taste, and something he had gotten off Paula Dean's show," Patmon said.

Just last week, Patmon attended the funeral of Captain Herbie Johnson. But Diane Patmon said in 18 years, she never worried about her husband's safety.

"I didn't have a concern cause it's in God's hands, whatever happens is always in God's hands," says Patmon.

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