MaShawn Plummer, 30, died last month after battling a fire in the northwest part of the city that also killed a civilian.
Family, friends and colleagues in full uniform poured into the House of Hope church on the Far South Side. The funeral will be followed by a procession to Oak Woods Cemetery on 67th Street.
“He certainly dedicated his life to the city and to helping others and he will be missed in his family and community and all,” said Kevin Graham, former FOP president. All first responders were a bit sad today,” said Kevin Graham, former FOP president.
A Chicagoan who grew up in Englewood, Plummer is also a college graduate who studied pre-law but ultimately decided to join the fire department.
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His family said he was elated when he received the call.
“It was the happiest day of our lives. It was what he wanted. It was what he strived for and it is something that no one can take from him,” said great uncle Willie McCline. .
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Plummer’s collapse while fighting a fire in the Belmont-Central . neighborhood back on December 16. He was in the basement of a building on North Mamora and was towed out and taken to the hospital, where he later died of his injuries just over two weeks ago. One resident of the building was also killed in the fire.
Plummer’s funeral included traditional Chicago Fire Department ceremonies, dedicated to those who died in the line of duty.
Those who know and love him say Mashawn lives to serve others and that he deserves the honor.
“Mashawn was a wonderful person. It is an unfortunate loss that we are experiencing today that we celebrate his life, but for all this attention, he deserves every penny. It’s not even enough,” said family friend Chonte McClain.
“He’s just someone to love. That’s his aura, you can’t help but love him,” said family friend Beverly Hudson.
Plumme left behind loving parents, sisters and large family. He is a member of the Engine 94 fire station in Portage Park. He just celebrated his first anniversary as a firefighter/EMT in December.
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