By Tim McNicholas and Charlie De Mar
CHICAGO (CBS) – The Chicago Fire Department visited Tuesday night to mourn the loss of one of its own.
MaShawn Plummer died just days after being seriously injured in a fire in the Belmont Central neighborhood.
On Tuesday evening, the motorcade drove Plummer’s body from Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, 2121 W. Harrison St.
As CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported, Plummer’s family were also present as a solemn display was held in the medical examiner’s office. Meanwhile, Chicago Fire Department officials said Plummer had fought the right fight.
An American flag was displayed above outside the medical examiner’s office on Tuesday evening. It’s the heaviest flag a firefighter will ever carry, and the climb to hoist it is possibly the steepest.
Wide stripes and shining stars proudly wave for Plummer.
Meanwhile, a group of firefighters made sure Plummer was not alone as he completed his final run. They lined the entrance to the medical examiner’s office as her body was carried there, as “Amazing Grace” played the bagpipes.
“A special goodbye – the best that could be,” said Shirley Simmons.
The cold wasn’t going to take Simmons, a longtime family friend, away.
“He got off doing something he loved,” Simmons said.
The motorcade departed from Loyola University Medical Center, where Plummer had been fighting for the past week.
The 30-year-old man was injured while fighting a fire at 3138 N. Marmora Ave., in which another person died in the fire and two others were seriously injured …
“I’m injured,” Simmons said. “My heart is heavy. “
On Tuesday evening, banners hung from engine 94 at 5857 W. Grace St., where Plummer was parked and had just celebrated his first full year with the department.
But the time spent at work didn’t matter. What mattered to those closest to him was the man in uniform.
“I’m so proud of him. I’ve never been so proud of him in my life,” Simmons said. “Rest, MaShawn.
Plummer is survived by his parents and four sisters.
A prayer and memorial vigil will also be held from 7:50 am to 8:30 am Wednesday in front of the Plummer fire station, Engine Co. 94. Organizers are asking people to bring flowers, red ribbons, and their love and their support.