Mount Greenwood Post Office Renamed in Honor of Fallen Chicago Firefighter Captain Herbie Johnson
Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) was joined this afternoon by the family of Captain Herbie Johnson, Chicago 19th Ward Alderman Matt O’Shea, and representatives from the Chicago Fire Department and U.S. Postal Service to officially rename Chicago’s Mount Greenwood Post Office the Captain Herbert Johnson Memorial Post Office Building. The 32-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department and resident of Chicago’s Morgan Park community died on November 2, 2012, at the age of 54, while battling flames in the attic of a two-story home in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. The name change was made possible through a bill authored by Lipinski.
“Herbie Johnson served heroically and selflessly,” Rep. Lipinski said. “Naming a postal facility honoring Captain Johnson is not just a tribute to him and his family, but to all first responders who bravely put their lives on the line every day, often for people they don’t even know. I am proud and honored to have worked on this lasting tribute to someone who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting others from harm. An outgoing, caring, and dedicated public servant, Herbie Johnson was and is a hero.”
Captain Johnson learned public service from his family. Three of his brothers are Chicago police officers, a sister is a retired Chicago police officer, and another brother is a Chicago firefighter. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Susan; two sons, Thomas and Michael; and daughter, Laurie.
Over the years, Johnson served in almost every Chicago neighborhood as a firefighter. He taught over one thousand recruits as an instructor at the Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy. After the terrorist attacks on 9-11, he volunteered with the rescue efforts in New York City. In 2007, he received the state’s highest award for firefighters, the Illinois Medal of Honor, for rescuing several children from a burning apartment.
Johnson was well liked throughout communities on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Almost every year he drove the fire truck down Western Avenue for the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He also was known to cook for various charity events and offer his time at a camp for young burn victims.
“Renaming this post office ensures that Captain Herbie Johnson, his family, and the sacrifices of all first responders will always be remembered and appreciated, and will hopefully serve as a powerful source of inspiration in the community,” Lipinski stated.
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