Breaking news was that a Chicago firefighter had died. I thought I was hearing old news.
This was another one gone.
Chicago firefighter, Walter Patmon Jr., 61, an 18 year veteran, suffered a heart attack after returning from a kitchen fire. He was cleaning his equipment and had that shortness of breath so feared, and was rushed from his Station House in the 1700 block of West 95th Street to Little Company of Mary Hospital, just a few blocks away.
He was soon pronounced dead.
I did not know Patmon, whose nickname was "Bubble", but the whole city feels it. Especially when it is in your neighborhood. Again.
Just last week around here, the flags were at half-staff and, later, roads were blocked as another veteran firefighter, Herbie Johnson, was laid to rest. His name is still on the bank signs and store signs and on the bars and restaurants, and now there will soon be a second name.
Patmon was known as a firehouse cook who did barbeque up right. It was said that he should open his own joint after he retired.
That retirement will be on another plane, and I'm sure the Patmon --"Bubble"-- will be serving up some grateful heavenly hosts.