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Hundreds Pay Respects to Fallen Firefighter
Hundreds of people are in Springfield paying their final respects to Sean Sloe, the Chicago firefighter with Springfield ties who was killed in a motorcycle accident last week.
It was a solemn gathering at St. Aloysius Parish for the 37-year-old hero taken too soon.
“I remember Sean Sloe as the kid from Springfield," Chicago Fire Department Captain Pat Sweeney said. "First came into the firehouse quiet, but always had a big smile."
Sweeney worked alongside Sloe for five years. He said Sloe’s dedication to his family here locally and his friends, both in and out of uniform, is something many will not forget.
“Sean strived to be better," Sweeney said. "He took all kinds of classes and is just a fine individual."
A fine individual with a smile that could light up a room. A man who loved more than saving lives and riding his beloved motorcycle.
“[We’d] fish and boat together," Chicago firefighter William Ranker said. "We spent a week together out on the water last summer. We were going to do the same thing this year."
But something stronger than the bravery of the entire Chicago Fire Department took that away. Sloe's fellow firefighters are now left without a friend, a community without a hero.
"He's the kind of guy that you would want to show up at your house if you had a problem," Ranker said. "Smart, articulate, good heart."
The funeral for Sloe is at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Aloysius Parish. There will then be a procession from the church to Roselawn Cemetery. The public is encouraged to line the route to the cemetery to pay tribute to this fallen firefighter.