CFD Lt. Leonard passed away in North Carolina while receiving treatment. It was time for him to be brought home to the Northwest side of Chicago. Michael Gibbons worked with a funeral home in North Carolina to bring Lt. Leonard home, working with his son John Leonard in Chicago. John knew his father was coming home for his celebration of life.
What John didn’t know was that Michael Gibbons would drive the hearse directly onto the tarmac at the airport and be greeted by Fire Trucks with their ladders crossed and dozens of CFD members in Dress Uniforms standing at attention honoring the arrival of their brother FireFighter, John’s dad. Engine Lights lit, CFD provided a motorcade to Gibbons Family Funeral Home on Irving Park Road.
“It was something we didn’t know about, didn’t expect and really very cool”, recalls John Leonard, regarding his father’s arrival.
The Gibbons knew. Because First Responders have a special place at Gibbons Family Funeral Home and always have. “Our history is rich with tradition with CFD and CPD, taking care of the families of the men and women who serve the City of Chicago” says Michael Gibbons. Both the Chicago Fire Department and Chicago Police Department consider their fellow officers as family, and that tradition starts from the first day of service onto when a member dies, be it on duty, off duty or in retirement. The moment when they say farewell to a fallen brother or sister and send them home is a triumphant tribute.
For the Gibbons Family, it is an honor and a privilege to be among the people who serve as First Responders. There’s no effort too great to take special care of the people who protect us every day.
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