Chicago Firefighters Honor Fallen Comrades

Sunday, Sep 25, 2011  |  Updated 3:42 PM CDT
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Firefighters hold a memorial for their fallen comrades at the Volunteer Firefighters Memorial in the Rosehill Cemetery.

Firefighters hold a memorial for their fallen comrades at the Volunteer Firefighters Memorial in the Rosehill Cemetery.

A light rain seemed fitting for the somber mood at Sunday's service honoring Chicago firefighters and paramedics -- both active and retired -- who've died during the past year.

The memorial took place at the Volunteer Firefighters Monument inside Rosehill Cemetery, in the Lincoln Square neighborhood.

This was the 20th year for the event, sponsored by the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2. Local 2 is the second-oldest firefighters and paramedics union in the nation, according to a release.

The memorial comes in the wake of a federal investigation into a blaze that killed two firefighters last December.  The report found that found that communication problems contributed to the deaths.  The Chicago Fire Department disputed that, but said it has already made changes to incorporate many of the report's findings.

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