The House of Representatives Monday passed Congressman Dan Lipinski’s (IL-3) bill, H.R. 3085, renaming Chicago’s Mount Greenwood post office as the Captain Herbert Johnson Memorial Post Office Building.
Johnson, known as “Herbie,” died on November 2, 2012, at 54, while battling flames in the attic of a two-story home in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. The building is located at 3349 West 111th Street in Chicago. H.R. 3085 now moves on to the Senate.
“Capt. Johnson heroically served in the Chicago Fire Department for over 32 years,” Lipinski said in a news release. “He learned public service from his family. Three of his brothers are Chicago police officers, a sister is a retired Chicago police officer, and another brother is a Chicago firefighter, so his family knows the dangers of being a first responder.
“Capt. Johnson served in almost every Chicago neighborhood as a firefighter, but his heart belonged to the Southwest Side.”
Over the years, Johnson taught over 1,000 recruits as an instructor at the Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy. After the terrorist attacks on 9-11, Johnson went to New York City to volunteer with the rescue efforts. In 2007, he was awarded the state’s highest honor for firefighters, the Illinois Medal of Honor, for rescuing several children from a burning apartment building.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Susan, two sons, Thomas and Michael, and daughter, Laurie. During a speech on the House floor, Congressman Lipinski said that the outpouring of grief after Herbie’s death demonstrated the impact he had on so many people.
“Naming a postal facility honoring Fire Capt. Johnson is just a small tribute of our appreciation not only for him, but all first responders who bravely put their lives on the line every day for people they don’t even know,” Rep. Lipinski stated. “This post office naming will insure that Capt. Herbie Johnson, his family, and the sacrifices of all first responders will always be remembered and appreciated, and will hopefully serve as a powerful source of inspiration in the community.”