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Mourners remember firefighter with Illinois ties

Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 11:02 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 12, 2013 11:03 p.m. CDT

ZION – Hundreds of mourners, including firefighters from Illinois and Wisconsin, paid their final respects to a 23-year-old elite firefighter who died last month in Arizona.

Anthony Rose was one of 19 firefighters who were killed during an out-of-control wildfire north of Phoenix on June 30. His funeral was held Thursday evening in the northern Illinois community of Zion, a day after his cremated remains were flown back to the region.

Rose's family lives in the Lake County community of Beach Park.

Thursday's solemn service included a single-file procession by uniformed firefighters and an honor guard. His family also received a flag and a Medal of Life from the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association.

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