Storify: Covering the funeral of Chicago Fire Capt. Herbie Johnson

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Chicago Sun-Times reporters Lauren FitzPatrick, Stefano Esposito and Tina Sfondeles were on hand as the city laid hero firefighter Capt. Herbie Johnson to rest today.

FitzPatrick and Sfondeles covered the scene through words and images on Twitter. Click through to see their observations and a look at some of the responses and prayers offered up by Chicagoans paying respect to Capt. Johnson.

Laying Chicago Fire Capt. Herbie Johnson to rest

Herbie Johnson was more than a firefighter. He was beloved. He was a hero. and he was mourned by hundreds on Thursday after being killed last week in a South Side fire. Reporters Lauren FitzPatrick and Tina Sfondeles were on hand to witness.

Storified by Chicago Sun-Times · Thu, Nov 08 2012 14:17:49

#ripherbieTaylor Craven

From the reporting of Sfondeles and FitzPatrick

Hundreds gather to bid farewell to fallen firefighter, 'a bully for love' - Chicago Sun-TimesA sea of blue uniforms gathered under a slate gray sky Thursday morning as hundreds of firefighters from around the country joined the fa...
Hundreds gather to bid farewell to fallen firefighter, 'a bully for love' - PhotoGallery - Chicago Sun-TimesA sea of blue uniforms gathered under a slate gray sky Thursday morning as hundreds of firefighters from around the country joined the fa...
#RIPHerbie 79th street full of uniformed firefighters, police walking to the funeral.Lauren FitzPatrick
Mayor Rahm Emanuel arrives at funeral, shakes hands out front #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
"I went to the station house, Tom," mayor says to union prez. #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
Apparently stars of TV show Chicago Fire just went into St Rita's. #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
Award for farthest travel currently goes to gentlemen from Montreal #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
How I knew I was walking the right way #ripherbie http://pic.twitter.com/3GAqKfiELauren FitzPatrick
#mre here to offer condolences #ripherbie http://pic.twitter.com/N9JpzQgDLauren FitzPatrick
#ripherbie http://pic.twitter.com/A65s2IPqLauren FitzPatrick
Mayor. #ripherbie http://pic.twitter.com/Ze4G56wpLauren FitzPatrick
Lining every pole and tree on S Western Ave near 79th #ripherbie http://pic.twitter.com/q2lvcoIFLauren FitzPatrick
Awaiting hearse #ripherbie http://pic.twitter.com/8Lvr70wyLauren FitzPatrick
"Officers, front of the line, let's go! Drop the sunglasses, get rid of the smokes!" #RIPHerbie http://pic.twitter.com/pvMwtwFhLauren FitzPatrick
Handmade posters with pictures of fallen firefighter Herbie Johnson lining St. Rita church. #RIPherbieTina Sfondeles
Lining up now. Orders coming to fall in. #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
A sea of Chicago firemen and police officers lined up outside the church. #RIPherbieTina Sfondeles
Inside st Rita's: handmade posters with family pics, including Herbie & sue celebrating their 25th anniversary in Ireland #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
Instructions being given now to lines of firefighters: when to stand at attention, when to dismiss #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
Bagpipes started. Chatter silent now. #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
One poster full of pictures of Herbie and his wife Sue celebrating their 25th anniversary in Ireland. #RIPherbieTina Sfondeles
Outside. sorry, got no names yet. #ripherbie http://pic.twitter.com/YPsRgjPZLauren FitzPatrick
Scene outside St. Rita. Bagpipes beginning to sound. #RIPherbie http://pic.twitter.com/OkBk0scyTina Sfondeles
Front lines holding flags, ceremonial axes #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
Row saved for Chicago Fire tv show out of respect to CFD. They've been consulting cast for months . #RIPherbieTina Sfondeles
They're here. Filing north on Western Ave. motorcycles, fire trucks, funeral procession. #ripherbieLauren FitzPatrick
Johnson family arrives. Silence. #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
"Uniformed members attention!" And bagpipes. #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
Procession approaches. Flags in front, flashing lights farther back. #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
"Uniformed members salute!" #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
Sound of bagpipes outside now filling the church as mourners sit in silence. #RIPherbieTina Sfondeles
#RIPHerbie brother in front line of bagpipesLauren FitzPatrick
Engine 123 here now. Fetching casket from back of truck #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
Only noise is rhythm of marching feet and an overhead chopper. #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
Casket draped in Chicago flag going in #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
Piano plays inside as mourners file in #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
Sound being piped outside for the rest of us who won't fit. #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
"Come follow me and I shall give you rest," #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
"Uniformed members, fall out!" They hurry inside. #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
#ripherbie http://pic.twitter.com/gajmmHjfLauren FitzPatrick
"I have loved you with an everlasting love, I have called you and you are mine." #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
The firefighters were lined up by battalion behind flags. Herbie's was closest to steps to greet his family #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
Capt. Johnson's fire helmet on front pew with the mayor, and CFD commissioners. #ripherbieTina Sfondeles
Herbie was a bully for love and life, his priest at St. Rita said. #ripherbieTina Sfondeles
Mayor Emanuel to Herbie's family: "your city is there for you." #ripherbieTina Sfondeles
"Our city was richer. Our city was greater because of Herbie Johnson," the mayor says. #ripherbieTina Sfondeles
Some 5400 firefighters walked through viewing last night, priest says #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
The Axemen are here from Detroit. Firefighter motorcycle club? #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
Axemen in from Detroit #ripherbie http://pic.twitter.com/1p9K55DhLauren FitzPatrick
New York firefighter just got one from LA a ride to bourbon st afterward #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
Lining up again for the recessional. #ripherbie http://pic.twitter.com/4GKnRMhgLauren FitzPatrick
Bell rung #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
"Then sings my soul, my savior God to thee, how great thou art, how great thou art" #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
"When Irish eyes are smiling sure they'll steal your heart away" #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
Recessional #ripherbie http://pic.twitter.com/5dkgidroLauren FitzPatrick
"Uniformed members, attention!" #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
#ripherbie engine 123 http://pic.twitter.com/inI8tTFsLauren FitzPatrick
Exit mayor. #RIPHerbieLauren FitzPatrick
CFD Commissioner Jose Santiago getting laughs and applause saying Herbie was there, saying "sucks to be you right now Jose." #ripherbieTina Sfondeles
Capt. Johnson's casket wrapped in Chicago flag, on his way to his final resting place, atop a fire truck. #ripherbie http://pic.twitter.com/QRHOmetCTina Sfondeles
"Mom and dad, Herbie's home"- his brother John says. #ripherbieTina Sfondeles

Reactions and prayers from Chicagoans for Herbie

RT @Came2MARTY: Only true heroes get a wake and funeral like that #ripHerbiefiona haran
Heroes are Remember, but Legends never Die #ripHerbieMark Robinson
RT @SaweetLee: I can only wish to receive a decimal of the send off Herbie just got #RIPHerbieJoe B
RT @wheres_OSWALDo: So as we go from day to day and pray to God above, say a prayer for your local fireman- he may save the ones you love. #CFD #RIPHerbieColleen Fashing
RT @Chris_Crossxx: the amount of support at today's funeral was unbelievable #ripherbie http://instagr.am/p/RyCOb3BoAy/fiona haran
Only true heroes get a wake and funeral like that #ripHerbieMarty Napleton
Can't believe how big the funeral was.#amazing #hero #RipherbieCharlie Pienta
RT @Mayor_Daly7: A fallen hero of the Chicago Fire Department #RIPHerbie #SouthSideHero #CFD http://pic.twitter.com/lkXRlYipBrian Neumann
So as we go from day to day and pray to God above, say a prayer for your local fireman- he may save the ones you love. #CFD #RIPHerbieTaylor
RT @dhett2: After watching the funeral online I am so blessed to come from such a great family, friends, and community #RIPHERBIE #restinpeaceDelanie Garrett
#CFD #RIPHerbieColin Michael
western avenue doesn't get shut down for just anybody! #ripHerbieBobby Gallagher
"@Sandylikeabeach: & moments like these are why I'm proud to be from the Southside #cfd #RIPCaptainJohnson http://pic.twitter.com/CvGy1uaz" RIPHerbieBecky Bernard
RT @tr0picHANNAH: My heart goes out to the Johnson family. #RIPHerbie #truehero #CFDBrianna Gyrion
RT @l0UB_me_UP: when irish eyes are smiling #RIPHerbieCaity
Didn't know him, but still makes me cry. RIPHerbie http://pic.twitter.com/AKMhg3kVNancy Edwards
Watching the funeral online seeing everyone come together makes me grateful to be a part of such a great community #southside #RIPHERBIEJake Thome
Prayers go out to the #cfd and friends/ family of Mr. Johnson #RIPherbieJames Stillson
That mass was just one of those had to be there moments #unreal #RIPHerbieJimmy Smolik
My heart goes out to the Johnson family. #RIPHerbie #truehero #CFDhannnnnah ludwigggg~
#RIPHerbieKalin Burke
RT @NEUM_onia: I love seeing things like this #respect #cfd #RIPHerbie http://pic.twitter.com/NZneBzAmP.J. Murphy
Its amazing how many people are here right now #cpd #ripherbieJake McGowan
RT @Cowboywayne5: #RIPHerbieMaura Harrington
watching some of the funeral coverage for the CFD captain killed last week in a fire. :-( RIPHerbieDani

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