WORTH — A memorial to fallen Chicago firefighter Daniel Capuano of Mount Greenwood now graces a billboard seen by drivers headed southbound on Interstate 294.
The digital billboard is anchored at 6559 W. 111th St. in south suburban Worth. It recognizes Capuano's career as a fireman as well as his work as an off-ice training instructor for the St. Jude Knights Hockey Club.
"Rest in peace," it says, next to a red candle.
Capuano's two sons play travel hockey for the club. Their dad worked to maintain a workout facility adjacent to the Knight's home rink — Southwest Ice Arena in suburban Crestwood.
Calls to Impact Outdoor Inc., which manages the digital billboard and also operates as Chicagobillboards.com, were not returned.
Capuano, a 15-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department, was killed Dec. 14 after falling two stories down an elevator shaft at a burning South Chicago warehouse. He leaves a wife, Julie, and three children behind — Amanda, 16, Andrew, 13, and Nicholas, 12.
Capuano, 42, was buried on Friday in a ceremony that included friends, family and thousands of fellow firemen. A funeral procession filled with emergency vehicles and stretching miles long ended at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum in Alsip.
The fallen fireman's grave is about a half-mile from the billboard.
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