HINSDALE — Area firefighters honored their brethren who died in the line of duty with a silent parade of fire department vehicles Friday evening.
The silent parade started at 7 p.m. at the Hinsdale Fire Station, at 121 Symonds Drive, and continued west on Chicago Avenue, ending in Lisle.
About 50 vehicles from 50 different communities, including Chicago, Western Springs, LaGrange, Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Westmont, Romeoville and Lisle-Woodridge Fire District, participated in the parade.
Citizens, though fewer than in previous years in Hinsdale, respectfully watched from the sidewalk as the emergency responders passed.
“They are my heroes,” said Cindy Killips of Hinsdale, who watched with her husband Kevin. “They go in when everybody else is going out.”
“I’m a teacher and a caretaker,” Killips said. “I always thought firefighters were the greatest people in the world.”