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Funeral Planned for Fallen Firefighter

Mayor Daley praises firefighter for ultimate sacrifice



    Funeral Planned for Fallen Firefighter
    Fire Dept.

    The Chicago firefighter who died Monday battling a restaurant fire will be laid to rest later this week.

    Chris Wheatley, 31,  was ascending a ladder carrying equipment to battle a grease-chute fire that broke out at Avec Restaurant, 615 W. Randolph St. around 12:30 when he fell three or four stories.

    Visitation is scheduled for 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd St., reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

    A service will be held at the funeral home Friday at 9 a.m. before a 10:30 a.m. mass is offered at St. John FisherRoman Catholic Church, 10234 S. Washtenaw.

    "Our first responders put their lives on the line every day to uphold the law and protect the public safety of our residents,"  Daley said at a press conference on Tuesday  "We're very thankful to them and we must remember their sacrifices."

    "We all mourn and pray for the loss of Firefighter Christopher Wheatley, a dedicated employee and a family man. Our condolences and prayers go out to Chris' family, his fiancee, his brothers and sisters in the Chicago Fire Department,” said Daley.

    Wheatley  is the first Chicago firefighter to die in the line of duty in three years. 

    The 31-year-old firefighter is survived by his mother, father, sister and fiance.