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Chicago firefighter Christopher Wheatley, 31, was responding to a grease-chute fire at Avec, a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100501259300" title="West Loop" href="/topic/us/illinois/cook-county/chicago/west-loop-PLGEO100100501259300.topic">West Loop</a> restaurant, when he slipped while carrying up to 75 pounds of equipment, officials said. Wheatley was carrying an ax and a hose up a ladder at the restaurant when he fell about 35 feet around 12:30 a.m., according to Fire Cmsr. Robert Hoff. "He slipped and fell to the ground. They worked to save his life, but it was too late," Hoff said. "He left a mother, father, a sister, and a fiance. He was one of our finest."

( Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune / August 9, 2010 )

Chicago firefighter Christopher Wheatley, 31, was responding to a grease-chute fire at Avec, a West Loop restaurant, when he slipped while carrying up to 75 pounds of equipment, officials said. Wheatley was carrying an ax and a hose up a ladder at the restaurant when he fell about 35 feet around 12:30 a.m., according to Fire Cmsr. Robert Hoff. "He slipped and fell to the ground. They worked to save his life, but it was too late," Hoff said. "He left a mother, father, a sister, and a fiance. He was one of our finest."

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