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Chicago firefighter dies at firehouse

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A 51-year-old veteran Chicago firefighter died of apparent natural causes after being found unresponsive at his firehouse quarters on the South Side Saturday morning.

Lt. Patrick Hannon was given Advanced Life Support care and was taken to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center where he died, according to Fire Media Affairs Dir. Larry Langford. He was on-duty and was found unresponsive in his firehouse quarters Saturday morning.

Hannon was pronounced dead at the hospital at 7:25 a.m. after being found unresponsive at 2534 S. Throop St., the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said. He died of apparent natural causes.

Hannon worked for Truck 8 in the South Side Bridgeport neighborhood, Langford said. He joined the Chicago Fire Dept. in December 1988 and turned 51 last month. He is married and has two children, Langford said. His wife is a firefighter paramedic within the department.

“Fire Commission Robert Hoff and the command staff, as well as rank and file of the Chicago Fire Dept. express our sorrow at this loss of one of our own,” Langford said.

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