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Chicago (WLS/CNN) - Hundreds of people came together in Chicago Monday morning to say goodbye to a man they say "had their back."

Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Thomas Flahive died last week from complications caused by the West Nile Virus.

Flahive was bitten by a mosquito while on vacation weeks earlier. When he got back home he developed flu-like symptoms and later fell into a coma.

While in the coma, he suffered permanent brain damage and later died.

He is survived by his wife and three grown sons who have decided to donate some of his organs to further West Nile Research.