Honorary Street Sign Dedicated to Fallen Firefighter

Ceremony To Be Held Tuesday, August 2nd at South 54th St. & Oak Park Avenue


An honorary street sign will be dedicated to fallen firefighter Edward J. Stringer, Sr. who died in service on December 22, 2010 when a roof collapsed in an abandoned building onChicago’sSouthShore.  The fire was the most fatal Chicago Fire Department tragedy in recent years, killing two and sending dozens of firefighters to area hospitals, many in critical condition.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011



Corner of South 54th Street andOak Park Avenue


11th Ward Alderman, James Balcer will dedicate the street sign in the company of Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Robert Hoff; Local 2 Union President Tom Ryan; members of the Stringer family; and dozens of Chicago Fire Fighters who were on duty during the December 2010 tragedy.  The dedication was coordinated in part by volunteers from the Gold Badge Society.


“Ed was a part of his community in many ways, first and foremost through his service as a firefighter,” says Tom Ryan, president of the Chicago Fire Fighters Union Local 2.  “This sign will be a very visible reminder to the community of Ed’s enduring love of his City and the sacrifice that he made in service to it on behalf of his family, friends and neighbors.”


Chicago Fire Fighters Local 2 is the second oldest firefighters and paramedic union in the nation.  Its approximately 5,000 members provide around-the-clock professional fire safety and emergency medical services to nearly 3,000,000 Chicagoans spread out across 234 square miles.  The union provides non-emergency fire prevention educational services to hundreds of Chicagoschools and community centers, and annually raises several hundred thousand dollars for various nonprofit causes.  For more information visit: or become a fan at

ABOUT The Gold Badge Society

The Chicago Fire Department Gold Badge Society is comprised of the widows and families of firefighters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line of duty.  Founded in 1991, the society’s purpose is to offer support and comfort for those affected by such tragic loss of life.

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