Cook County, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Firefighters in the South Chicagoland area and beyond will be ringing the bell for one of their own soon. The Southtown Star reports that a Homewood man who was in a wheelchair and a firefighter were killed in a house fire Tuesday night. The ceremonial ringing of the bell in memory of those who died in the line of duty is a tradition of the Fire Services that dates back over 150 years.
Another firefighter suffered severe burns fighting the blaze and is hospitalized in critical condition, the Star reports.
The fire was reported about 9 p.m. in the 17600 block of Lincoln Avenue.
Wendell Elias, 84, was dead on the scene, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.
The man, who was in a wheelchair when found by firefighters, died shortly after he was pulled out of his home, officials said.
Firefighter Brian Carey, 28, of Evergreen Park, died at South Suburban Hospital.