BY ELYSSA KAUFMAN
CHICAGO (CBS)– A firefighter has died after battling a fire in Lincoln Park Monday morning.
The fire broke out at Lincoln Station, 2430 Lincoln Avenue, and residents were evacuated from the apartments above the bar around 6 a.m.
According to the Chicago Fire Department, the firefighter, identified as Andrew Price, was treated at Illinois Masonic Hospital after being pulled from the fire. He later died at the hospital.
Price, 39, had been with the Fire Department since March 2009, and most recently was assigned to Truck 44.
Fire Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt confirmed Price was on the roof of the four-story building when he fell through a light shaft. Battalion Chief Mike McCormick confirmed Price was responsive when firefighters first reached him.
Nance-Holt said Price, known widely as “Drew,” was a “workout nut” and a “great leader.”
McCormick said, “everybody loved him.” He called him “just a wonderful young man.”
“Illinois Masonic, they did everything they possibly could,” Nance Holt said. “…he will be missed by all.”
The owner of Lincoln Station said, “It’s devastating.”
Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.
This is the fourth Chicago firefighter death in the line of duty death in 2023.
Lt. Kevin Ward, 59, died in August, two weeks after he was injured during a blaze on the city’s Northwest Side.
In April, two Chicago firefighters were killed in the line of duty. Firefighter Jermaine Pelt was fighting a house fire in West Pullman and Lt. Jan Tchoryk collapsed while fighting a fire in a Gold Coast high rise.
According to the Illinois Fire Service Institute, 589 Chicago firefighters have died in the line of duty since the first one was recorded in 1857. Nine have between 2012 and 2022. It’s rare to have two deaths in an entire year, let alone four.