Tony Rose memorial held at Winthrop Harbor Skate Park

July 10, 2013 9:41:35 AM PDT
A memorial was held Tuesday night in the far north suburbs for Tony Rose, one of 19 firefighters killed while battling a wildfire in Arizona.

Rose grew up in Lake County and friends say he frequently visited the Winthrop Harbor Skate Park, where the memorial was held.

"It gives me pride to see this turnout and to see everybody here like this. Anthony would have been proud of it," Michael Sperry, father, said.

Rose attended Zion-Benton Township High School before moving to Arizona when he was sixteen. Family members say he found his calling when he became a firefighter.

Police will escort Rose's body to a Zion funeral home, where services will be held on Thursday evening.