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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Firefighter/EMT
Age: 39
Year of Death: 2023

Andrew “Drew” Price

“Mahalo!” he’d say, as he gave the hang-loose hand symbol and a smirk. Always expressing gratitude was his way of life.

Andrew Benjamin “Drew” Price was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on January 7, 1984. He lost his life in the line of duty serving with the Chicago Fire Department on November 13, 2023, at the age of 39.

Drew fulfilled his childhood dream when he graduated from the Chicago Fire Academy in 2009, giving 14 years of dedication and service to the Chicago Fire Department. He truly treasured being a fireman and instructed new candidates at the academy. He was proud to represent the department and was a player on the Chicago Blaze football team.

As the most senior member of his truck, Drew drove Truck 44 with pride and rode alongside Engine 55. He never hesitated to help a new candidate, take on extra responsibilities, shoulder the grunt work of the job, and above all else, ensure his members’ safety. He loved his company like family, and he felt privileged to work alongside them, protecting and serving their community. Despite the unknown dangers they faced, Drew kept things positive and made sure to have some fun every day.

Drew had a unique ability for making people feel special. He was always the first person to open the bay doors and welcome members of the community into the firehouse for a tour. He’d leave notes for his wife to wake up to on shift days, knowing tomorrow wasn’t promised. He’d quickly text you after leaving, saying how nice it was to see you, whether it was a short visit or a night out together. And no matter how busy life got, he always remembered the little things that mattered to his loved ones. He called, he texted, he checked in, and he genuinely cared. His love was consistent, real, and sincere.

A solo trip to Hawaii shaped Drew’s life and the way in which we’ll remember him. He adopted the saying “Mahalo,” which the locals there use to express gratitude. Now we express our own gratitude for having known Drew. He touched the lives of so many and reminded us to love harder, be kinder, and search for joy in every moment.

Mahalo, Drew. We love you.

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