Two Chicago Fire Department firefighters, Edward Stringer and Cory Ankum died in the line of duty today in a building collapse in a warehouse blaze.
ABC News reports;
Two Chicago firefighters were killed and more than a dozen injured Wednesday after they became trapped in a building while battling a warehouse blaze. Rescuers dug frantically to free the two, who were among at least four firefighters trapped inside the building. At least 15 other firefighters were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the deaths just before 11 a.m. Eastern time.
“Without warning the roof collapsed trapping four firefighters,” Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Huff said at a press conference. “Despite our best efforts at the scene and in the hospitals, two firefighters succumbed to their injuries.”
Hoff identified the dead firemen as Edward Stringer and Cory Ankum. Stringer was a 12-year veteran firefighter.
Ankum, a 38-year-old father of three, was a three-year veteran of the Chicago police force when he switched careers and joined the fire department 16 months ago. His youngest child is just one year old.
Condolences to the families of Firefighters Edward Stringer and Cory Ankum. Too close to Christmas and children must be told their fathers are gone. This is the extreme definition of tragedy. R.I.P. Brothers.