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Chicago Firefighter Dies After 4-Story Fall from Ladder

Chicago Firefighter Dies After 4-Story Fall from Ladder

Associated Press

August 09, 2010

CHICAGO – A Chicago firefighter was killed this morning after a he fell from a ladder while fighting a grease-chute fire at a West Looprestaurant.

He’s been identified as 31-year-old Christopher Wheatley of Chicago. He was pronounced dead at 1:19 a.m.

Chicago Fire Department Commissioner spoke outside Stroger Hospital this morning. He said the firefighters were at Avec Restaurant at 615 W. Randolph Street aound 1:30 a.m. to put out a small fire when Wheatly slipped and fell from a ladder that extended to the roof of the structure.

“They had to go up to the roof to open the area where the grease chute extended through. Firefighter Christopher Wheatley was making his way up to the roof on a ladder that was attached to the building carrying his equipment. Apparently he slipped and fell to the ground causing critical injuries.”

“Firefighter Christopher Wheatly was carrying his equipment when he was making his way up . He slipped and fell to the ground. They worked to save his life, but it was too late. Firefighter Chris Wheatly was assigned to Truck 2. He left a mother, father, a sister, and a fiance. He was one of our finest, and that’s all I can say for right now.”

Hoff continued, “He was very well-liked, he was a paramedic, he always had a smile on his face. He was one of our best.”

The fire department formed a convoy to escort Wheatley’s body to the morgue. Police cars, their blue lights flashing, lined the street as Ambulance 15 carried Wheatley’s body to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Officers saluted.

Hoff said Wheatley came to the fire department in 2000 as a paramedic and became a firefighter in 2008. The source said he had a fiance.

Wheatley is the last firefighter to die in the line of duty since 2008. Firefighter William Grant was killed when a school bus struck the fire truck he was on.