Final Goodbye to Fallen Firefighters

Edward Stringer and Corey Ankum died last Wednesday when battling a fire on the South Side

By Sandra Torres
|  Monday, Dec 27, 2010  |  Updated 8:53 AM CDT
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Several firefighters hit a Pilsen store to get new uniforms for the funerals of their fallen brothers.

Several firefighters hit a Pilsen store to get new uniforms for the funerals of their fallen brothers.

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Family and friends prepare to say goodbye to two beloved Chicago Firefighters who died battling a fire in the South Side last week.

Corey Ankum and Edward Stringer were killed last Wednesday when a wall collapsed at a building at 75th and Stony Island while the men were searching for vagrants. 

Visitation is scheduled for Edward Stringer Monday between 3p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Blake Lamb Funeral Home in Oak Lawn. His funeral is planned for Tuesday at 9 a.m at St. Rita of Cascia Chapel in Chicago, followed by his burial at the Beverly Cemetery in Blue Island.

Meanwhile, a wake is set for Wednesday for firefighter Corey Ankum at Apostolic Church of God from 2 - 8 p.m. His funeral is Thursday morning.

Both firefighters died last Wednesday while fighting a blaze inside a vacant laundry in the South Side. Fire officials say a roof collapsed on them when they were searching to make sure there was nobody left in the building. The accident also injured 17 other firefighters.

Fire officials now say the fire grew from wood or trash burning in the rear portion of the building.

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