Post Office Named for Fallen Chicago Firefighter

  • Source: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
  • Published: 12/22/2015 12:00 AM

The Mount Greenwood post office was renamed Sunday the "Captain Herbert Johnson Memorial Post Office," in honor of a beloved fallen Chicago firefighter. It was a ceremony to rename his neighborhood post office. Herbie Johnson was an Illinois Medal of Honor winner for rescuing several children from a burning building, and was well known and well liked in the department and in his South Side community. The Mt. Greenwood post office is officially named after fallen Chicago Fire Department Captain Herbie Johnson. "I look forward to getting my mail every day from Herbie's post office," said Susan Johnson. "No bills I told him." Humor was a big part of Johnson's life and no one, including his wife, was afraid to use it Sunday for this dedication ceremony. Known for his larger than life personality and smile, the 32-year Chicago Fire Department veteran was killed while battling a blaze three years ago. Commissioner Jose Santiago had known Johnson well since 1980. "He left a good legacy and we now we are paying a little bit back to Herbie," Commissioner Santiago said. "How fitting an actual federal building names after Herbie Johnson."


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