Pilsen street renamed to honor late Chicago firefighter who died of cancer months shy of retirement

Pilsen street renamed to honor late Chicago firefighter who died of cancer months shy of retirement

CHICAGO (TOC) — A particular ceremony was held Saturday for one among Chicago’s fallen heroes.

Bobby Herrera’s title is now cemented on a avenue close to 18th Road and Carpenter Avenue. The identical block he grew up on in Pilsen.

“That is Roberto’s block,” mentioned Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez, twenty fifth Ward.

Bobby’s engine, Truck 32, posted on the block with a the flag draped over it as metropolis leaders joined Herrera’s household and mates for the massive reveal, honoring the late Chicago firefighter.

“I am fairly speechless,” mentioned Herrera’s youngest daughter, Bianca Herrera.

“This signal might be an instance for all of the firefighters which are at present engaged on the longer term firefighters be like Bobby, proper? Give it your all, give it your finest,” added retired CFD firefighter, Don Hroma.

Herrera served for many years earlier than dying from throat most cancers final yr, simply two months after he retired.

His legacy now etched on the Pilsen nook without end for household and mates to have a continuing reminder in Herrera’s hometown, highlighting the type of man he was.

Family members mentioned his heroic work went far past the road of responsibility.

“Not solely did he encourage us, however he truly impressed lots in Mexico,” Bianca mentioned. “He went to completely different states or Mexico to offer tools to all these firefighters, completely different firehouses that did not have something to simply attempt to assist them out.”

Now, the Pilsen neighborhood is giving again to one among its personal, with Herrera without end smiling down.

“I am truly actually honored and privileged to name him my father,” Bianca “He have to be smiling up there. I am positive he’s. I am very, very completely happy for him, he loves the highlight.”

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