CHICAGO
12/30/2010 06:44 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Thousands Gather For Fallen Firefighter's Funeral

Mayor Richard Daley knew fallen firefighter Corey Ankum well.

"Corey was a true defender in every sense of the word," Daley said at the funeral for the fallen firefighter Thursday. " He was devoted to protecting everyone. All the time, every time I spoke to him, the first thing he said: 'I love the fire department.' It wasn't just a job for him, it was a way of life."

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