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Du Quoin Firefighter Remembered

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Firefighter memorialized

DU QUOIN, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners gathered in southern Illinois for a memorial to a 22-year-old firefighter who died last week in a Pinckneyville blaze.

Corey Shaw was the son of Du Quoin Fire Chief Bob Shaw. He had started as a volunteer firefighter in Du Quoin last year. Corey Shaw died in a Friday fire that destroyed the Pinckneyville Antique Mall and the Kunz Opera House.

Authorities say falling bricks killed Shaw while he was fighting the fire.

On Wednesday, emergency vehicles from as far away as Chicago and St. Louis were part of a procession for Shaw. City residents lined the streets and bagpipe players came from Canada.

A siren rang and radio called out during a graveside service.

Shaw is survived by his wife and 3-year-old daughter.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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