WBEZ | Herbert Johnson http://www.wbez.org/tags/herbert-johnson Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Thousands gather for Chicago firefighter's funeral http://www.wbez.org/news/thousands-gather-chicago-firefighters-funeral-103762 <p><p>A 32-year-veteran of the Chicago Fire Department who was killed battling a house fire is being laid to rest.</p><p>Thousands of uniformed firefighters and police officers and scores of friends and family members of Herbert &quot;Herbie&quot; Johnson watched as a fire truck bearing Johnson&#39;s casket pulled in front of a church on the city&#39;s Southwest Side on Thursday.</p><p>There, Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined firefighters as the casket, draped in a Chicago flag, was lowered from the truck.</p><p>One after another, firefighters talked of the immensely popular 54-year-old father of three, who seemed to know everybody in the department.</p><p>The day before, mourners filed into the same church for a wake, some waiting in line for nearly an hour to get inside to pay their respects.</p></p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 15:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/thousands-gather-chicago-firefighters-funeral-103762