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Chicago firefighter dies after cardiac arrest

CHICAGO – A 61-year-old Chicago firefighter has died, just days after the funeral of another veteran firefighter who was killed while responding to an extra-alarm blaze.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Will Knight says Walter Patmon Jr. went into cardiac arrest shortly after returning from a fire call late Sunday.

Knight said Patmon was cleaning his equipment when he began to feel short of breath. The 18-year fire department veteran later was pronounced dead at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park.

His death comes after Capt. Herbert Johnson's death Nov. 2. The 32-year department veteran suffered inhalation injuries while responding to an extra-alarm fire.

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