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PHOTOS: Community pays tribute to Chicago firefighter Walter Patmon Jr.

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Firefighters, friends and family members paid their final tributes Tuesday at a visitation for fallen Chicago firefighter, Walter Patmon, who died in the line of duty after returning from a fire nine days ago.

On Wednesday, hundreds of firefighters wearing dress uniforms and other mourners attended Apostolic Church of God on the city's South Side for the funeral of Walter Patmon Jr. Sadly, many firefighters who might have flown in from out of state to pay their respects, were unable to get to Chicago because all the flights are booked due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

At Tuesday's visitation, the Chicago Fire Department brass led the official walk through for Patmon, with dress uniforms covering heavy hearts for their 61-year-old fallen comrade.

"We didn't take a run without his direction, we didn't fry eggs without his instructions, he was the heart and soul, he meant so much to everybody on that platoon," said Lt. Arnett Cornell of the Chicago Fire Department.

Among the rank and file in the formation was Teddy Johnson, whose brother, Captain Herbie Johnson, died in the line of duty earlier this month.

Patmon's wife and three daughters gathered their emotions and shared memories to help them cope with their loss.

"Our dad was really great," Patmon's daughter, Kirby, said. "He was very supportive of all the things we wanted to do and he was always proud of us, always told us how beautiful we were, always told us how great we were doing in school or whatever we wanted to go for in life."

Their mother reflected on the incredible outpouring of support from the fire department.

"They've brought food and comfort and love, you know lots of hugs and it's just been great, the outpouring of love that I've seen," says Diane.

Patmon is also remembered as a man with a great sense of humor.

"How giving and caring and helpful he always wanted to be to everyone," says Ova Carter, a friend of the family.

As they grieved the death of a loved one and friend, those who gathered Tuesday night, also celebrated.

"It was just great to have him as a father, and I'm really gonna miss him," says Kirby. ‘We all are."

 

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