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Walter Patmon Jr. second Chicago firefighter to die in 10 days. Became ill after fire.

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Adam Sege & Nancy Stone, The Chicago Tribune:

For the second time in little more than a week, Chicago firefighters made a sad procession to the morgue today to honor a fallen colleague.

Walter Patmon Jr., 61, an 18-year veteran, died late Sunday night after going into cardiac arrest within hours of responding to a small kitchen fire in the 1500 block of West 99th Street, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Will Knight said. The firefighters discovered meat burning on a stove, officials said.

After returning to his firehouse, Patmon experienced shortness of breath while cleaning equipment, Knight said. He was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital, where he went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at 11:21 p.m.

WGN-TV:

Firefighter Walter Patmon Jr., 61, was an 18-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department.  He worked out of Engine Company No. 121 at 1700 West 95th Street.

Patmon returned to his firehouse last night after responding to a small kitchen fire in a home on West 99th Street.  He said he felt short of breath and was rushed to Little Company of Mary Hospital.  On the way he went into cardiac arrest and later died.

Patmon is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Jessic D’Onofrio, WLS-TV:

“Walter was a super dude. I mean, every day when we see him, he always got a smile,” said the Chicago Fire Department’s Michael Griffin.

Patmon, who was known by his childhood nickname “Bubble,” was just a few years away from retirement.

“I used to say, ‘Walter, you’re kind of in a busy fire house. Isn’t it time to kind of slow down?’ He said, ‘No, I’m not going anywhere. I love this fire house. I love this department, and I’m staying where I’m at,'” retired senior firefighter Irving Brown said.

Patmon’s death comes three days after the funeral of Cpt. Herbie Johnson, also of the Chicago Fire Department. 

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  • Chief 62

    Rest Easy Bubble for you have done the good work, you may now Stand Down. You got your crew back home safe and sound.

    Condolences once more to my Brothers/Sisters at CFD
    who are dealing with their second LODD in a week. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go forward, and may you once more celebrate the life and work of another good man taken too soon.