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Restored, rededicated mural honors fallen Chicago FFs

The 38-year-old mural of the three members of Truck 58 had begun to fade and peel



By Bill Carey

CHICAGO — Three Chicago firefighters killed in the line of duty in 1985 were remembered when a mural depicting their image was rededicated.

Captain Daniel Nockels, Firefighter Michael Forchione and Firefighter Michael Talley, from Truck Company 58 were killed in a fire on Milwaukee Avenue. Their mural in Fireman’s Park in Logan Square faded and peeled over time. A new muralist was hired to restore and improve it, Fox32 reported.

“Thirty-eight years, five months, eight days. For those of us who survived the tragedy of that frigid cold night, the space of time is hard to comprehend,” Firefighter Paul Nockels, the son of Daniel Nockels said. “I miss my father every day.”

Artist Damon Lamar Reed was commissioned for the new mural, WLS reported.

“As an artist, for me, this is what it’s all about, uplifting people and using art to change lives,” Reed said.

“Despite the passing of time from the tragedy that took our brothers Nockels, Forchione and Talley 38 years ago, we are here to remind the families and the community that we will never forget the sacrifices of CFD’s own, whose selfishness and courage will always shine brighter,” Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Annette Nance Holt said.