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Fallen firefighter's jacket returns to Lemont

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 6:00 a.m. CDT
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Lemont resident Mary Wheatley was presented with her son's first firefighter jacket on Sept. 28 at her home.

LEMONT – Lemont resident Mary Wheatley, the mother of fallen Chicago firefighter Christopher Wheatley, was surprised by the presentation of her son's first firefighter jacket on Sept. 28 at her home.

The delivery was made by members of the Chicago Fire Department, Chicago Police Department, Lemont Police Department and Illinois State Troopers, as well as a group of motorcycle riders.

Wheatley said her son's jacket had been donated for fire departments lacking gear and had made its way to Mexico, then Montana.

She said a firefighter in Montana saw the name "Wheatley" written on the jacket and called up the Chicago Fire Department because he knew they had lost a firefighter named Wheatley.

Wheatley said firefighter Tim Dodero had told her the story and she originally thought she was going to receive a photo of her son's jacket, but instead was presented with the real thing.

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