Last week, a burning building that had been vacant for years became engulfed in flames. Crews responded to the scene, and several firefighters entered the structure just in case squatters started the blaze and were trapped inside.
Then, a wall and the roof of the building collapsed–trapping four firefighters under debris. Edward Stringer, 47, a 12-year department veteran, and Corey Ankum, 34, who joined the department a little over a year ago, died in the incident.
On Tuesday, more than 1,000 friends, family members and fellow firefighters gathered at St. Rita of Cascia Chapel in Chicago to say goodbye to their friend and colleague, Edward Stringer.