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Silent parade of fire trucks and vehicles honors fallen firefighters

The American flag hangs from the aerial ladders of fire trucks parked at Chicago Avenue and Washington Street in Hinsdale for the Silent Parade Friday evening. | Kimberly Fornek/Sun-Times Media  Oct. 11, 2013
Firefighters hang the American flag  from the aerial ladders of their  fire trucks at Chicago Avenue and Washington Street in Hinsdale prior to the start of the Silent Parade Friday evening. | Kimberly Fornek/Sun-Times Media  Oct. 11, 2013
Western Springs Fire Capt. Steven Heinzelman and Firefighter William Tomczyk lay down firefighters’ jacket and boots to represent those who lost their lives fighting fires. | Kimberly Fornek/Sun-Times Media Oct. 11, 2013
People gather near Chicago Avenue and Washington Street in Hinsdale Friday evening to watch the annual Silent Parade of fire department vehicles, that honors fallen firefighters. | Kimberly Fornek/Sun-Times Media  Oct. 11, 2013
The headlights and emergency lights of fire trucks heading west on Chicago Avenue cast a rosy glow on the spectators in Hinsdale who gathered Friday evening to watch the annual Silent Parade. | Kimberly Fornek/Sun-Times Media  Oct. 11, 2013
A red convertible with American flags flying follows an ambulance west on Chicago Avenue in HInsdale in the annual Silent Parade that honors fallen firefighters and the victims of fire. | Kimberly Fornek/Sun-Times Media  Oct. 11, 2013

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.”

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