CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of mourners packed a chapel for the funeral of a Chicago firefighter who died after falling down an elevator shaft while battling a warehouse fire.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke Friday morning at services at St. Rita High School for 42-year-old Daniel Capuano. The 15-year department veteran fell Monday as he searched for the source of the fire. He died hours later.
Emanuel told mourners, including Capuano's wife Julie and their three children, that Capuano was "a big guy who had even a bigger heart" and "put his duty above danger."
Capuano's fire helmet with "Tower Ladder 34" written on it sat on a table during the funeral. Firefighters lined up in cold weather to honor Capuano and a fire truck was covered with purple bunting and flowers.