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UPS driver Pete Hlavaty was in the midst of his deliveries Wednesday at the John Hancock Center when he paused at a memorial wall in the building's lobby dedicated to Chicago firefighters killed on the job.

"It's a lot of history," said Hlavaty, studying one section with a description and photos of last month's blaze at an abandoned laundry business in which firefighters Edward Stringer and Corey Ankum were killed when the roof collapsed. "I didn't realize how many guys had been killed in the line of duty."

The mobile memorial, made of a plastic material and 40 feet long and 6 feet high, is modeled after a permanent memorial near the scene of the Union Stockyards fire that killed 21 Chicago firefighters in 1910, said Tim O'Brien, spokesman for Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2.

One side of the mobile memorial resembles granite and lists the names of 513 Chicago firefighters killed in the line of duty since 1865. The other side contains descriptions and photos of six major fatal fires in the city's history, ranging from the Union Stockyards fire to last month's fatal blaze.

The memorial was created to honor the 100th anniversary of the Union Stockyards fire and was initially intended to be used for union-related activities, but the outpouring of public support after the deaths of Stringer and Ankum prompted the union to put the memorial on public display, O'Brien said.

The memorial will remain in the Hancock lobby until Feb. 19, and union officials are working with managers of other downtown buildings to schedule additional showings, O'Brien said.

"The goal is history, education and respect for our fallen," O'Brien said. "We're happy that people are taking an interest."

The memorial was unveiled Wednesday during a brief ceremony that also honored fire Lt. Edmond Coglianese, 42, who died exactly 25 years earlier after helping rescue two people and then returning inside the smoke-filled Mark Twain Hotel at 111 W. Division St.

Coglianese's daughter, Allyson Coglianese Murphy, 37, said the ceremony was a fitting tribute to her father, who died when she was 12.

"I have a lot of pride in my father and a lot of memories that keep me going," she said.

rhaggerty@tribune.com

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