Welcome to the AFFI Honor Guard

Providing honorable services for fallen AFFI members.

 

Oath:

Honor Guard Oath

Written by Thomas J. Matousek Jr. Forest Park Local #2753

demoTO HONOR, TO CHERISH, TO REMEMBER, TO SALUTE, WITH OVERWHELMING PRIDE FOR YOU, MY COMRADE I WILL.

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Monday, May 5, 2014 10:00am Commanders Meeting AFFI Headquarters Springfield, IL
Tuesday, May 6, 2014  HG Members to be there no later than 09:00 Memorial begins at 10:00 am
Illinois Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Springfield, IL THIS IS AN UPDATED DATE, PLEASE
MARK CALENDARS!

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Monday, May 5, 2014 10:00am Commanders Meeting AFFI Headquarters Springfield, IL
Tuesday, May 6, 2014  HG Members to be there no later than 09:00 Memorial begins at 10:00 am
Illinois Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Springfield, IL THIS IS AN UPDATED DATE, PLEASE
MARK CALENDARS!

 

Our Mission

The Mission of the AFFI Honor Guard shall be to Promote the Associated Firefighters of Illinois, the Locals therein, and the fire service as a whole, to the public, in a positive and proper fashion. To Provide, as a line of duty death benefit, dignified, honorable services for fallen AFFI members, their surviving family members, and union brothers and sisters through organization of and participation in funeral and memorial services.

Our Oath:


AFFI Honor Guard Oath: The AFFI Honor Guard Oath was written by former State Commander Thomas J. Matousek Jr., a retired member of Forest Park Local #2753. He was asked by the Honor Guards first State Commander Jay Bishop of Springfield Local #37 to come up with an Oath for the Honor Guard. The Oath is memorized by each and every Honor Guard Member who swears to uphold the traditions which are exemplified by the words written in this oath.

TO HONOR, TO CHERISH, TO REMEMBER, TO SALUTE, WITH OVERWHELMING PRIDE FOR YOU, MY COMRADE I WILL: These are the words that help guide each Member of the AFFI Honor Guard as they train, teach, and finally assist in services for our fallen Comrades.

 

 

 

 

Welcome

 

 

 

Training Reminder::

This is a reminder that if you will need to complete 3 required trainings (One can be Convention), prior to October 31, 2014 in order to qualify to go to Convention in 2015. Please go to the Districts page to see upcoming drills in your area to meet your required trainings for the year. If there are any questions as to what these requirements are, please refer to the By-Laws.  Remember, you can always attend another District's Drill location if it is closer to your home.

 

Welcome to the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Honor Guard!

 

On January 24-26, AFFI members gathered at the Sheraton Hotel & Resorts in Lisle, IL for the 22nd Annual AFFI Honor Guard Convention. Naperville Local 4302 hosted this years event and did an outstanding job. Our sincere thanks and appreciation goes out to Committee Chairman Jim Kabinski, Convention Committee Members and volunteers for all their time and planning to host a great event. In front of close to 800 guests who were in attendance, 82 new inductee's took the oath to Honor, Cherish, Remember and to do "Whatever It Takes". This years Honored Guest was Eamonn Walker (aka, Battalion Chief Wallace Boden) from the hit TV series Chicago Fire. He was joined by fellow cast member David Eigenberg ( aka, Herman). Eamonn addressed the guests by telling them about his story of Steve Chikerotis from the Chicago Fire Dept. He spoke of how Steve is an advisor for the show and taught all of them the basics of firefighting. He spoke of the camaraderie that the fire service has and the close ties of being a family. And in good times and bad, it's family that sticks together. Eamonn spoke of Captain Herbie Johnson from Tower Ladder 39 in Chicago, who was a close friend to Steve Chikerotis and who paid the ultimate sacrifice on November 2, 2012. Eamonn and others on the show knew that they needed to be there for their friend so they stopped filming the show and went to the funeral to bestow the dignity and honor to Captain Johnson, and to show their support for Chikerotis. That was the reason they went to Herbie's service, Walker passionately stated. Walker concluded his speech with reciting the Firefighters Prayer.
 

(photo courtesy of Stephan Bates)

Eigenberg also touched on the family theme and compared it to his days serving his country in the USMC. He also reflected back when his father passed away years ago; who also was a Veteran and it was the Honor Guard that stood shoulder to shoulder to pay tribute to his father. He also rendered a final salute to his father, honoring, remembering his service to his country.

As a tradition in honoring our fallen Brothers & Sisters from the previous year, a black ribbon was tied into the Honor Guard flag in the memory of District 7 Commander Daniel J. Bower, Freeport L-441, a red ribbon for HG Member Chris Brown, Bloomington L-49 who lost their lives in 2013. May their memory live on forever in our hearts.

Last year the Honor Guard created a new award, the AFFI Honor Guard Commitment To Excellence Award for commitment & dedication above and beyond. An individual who lives the motto "Whatever It Takes" and realizes the purpose of the Honor Guard is bigger than any one individual. An individual that embodies the selfless spirit of the Honor Guard Family. That award was presented to Dist 7 Commander Daniel J. Bower Freeport L-441. Brother Bower died November 12, 2013 due to complications with cancer. The Command Staff overwhelmingly decided to rename and dedicate the award in memory of our fallen Brother. This year the AFFI Honor Guard Daniel J. Bower Commitment To Excellence Award was presented to outgoing Northern Deputy State Commander Joseph Baumgartner Bolingbrook L-3005, for his many years of loyal and dedicated service in honoring our fallen comrades. Joe is a true role model for others to follow in doing "Whatever It Takes".

The AFFI Honor Guard is over 650 strong consisting of dedicated members that continuously train throughout the year, with the commitment to Honor, Cherish and Remember our Brothers & Sisters when they make the ultimate sacrifice.

We will continue to be there for you in your time of need.

Jeff H. Bruno, State Commander
AFFI Honor Guard

2014 AFFI Daniel J. Bower Commitment To Excellence Award

 
Departing Northern District Commander Joe Baumgartner is
embraced by Commander Jeff Bruno.
(photo courtesy of Stephan Bates)

This year the Honor Guard renamed the AFFI Honor Guard Commitment To Excellence Award to the Daniel J. Bower Commitment to Excellence Award. Former Northern District Commander Joe Baumgartner was chosen to receive this years award. The award is given to those who exhibit the following: For commitment & dedication above and beyond. An individual who lives the motto "Whatever It Takes" and realizes the purpose of the Honor Guard is bigger than any one individual. An individual that embodies the selfless spirit of the Honor Guard Family. Congratulations to Joe for going above and beyond and doing "Whatever It Takes" he is a role model for others to follow.

 

AFFI Honor Guard Web Site Wins IAFF Media Award



The International Association of Fire Fighters has an annual competition for best Media. The AFFI Honor Guard web site was tied for first place in the Best Affiliate Website Produced by Jeff Bruno and Jeff Boetto, in the 2013 IAFF Media Awards. The awards were announced in the Fall 2013 IAFF Fire Fighter Quarterly magazine. It is another recognition for the largest Honor Guard in the International Association of Fire Fighters. It is a tribute to each of you who make this great organization what it is.

 

Women in Fire & Emergency Services Article

Click Here to read the article by Commander Jeff Bruno about the women of the AFFI Honor Guard. Please scroll down to page 5 of this issue of Fire Work from April 4, 2012.

 

Photo's are available from the 2014 Honor Guard Convention

 

Here is the link to view and order photo's from the 22nd AFFI Honor Guard Convention. http://wcsphoto.zenfolio.com/p1012426650
 Thanks again to Stephan Bates for taking photo's at the convention again this year.  Here is his information:

WCS Photography
1215 E. Wilson Ave
Wheaton, IL 60189
630-253-5441
sales@wcsphoto.com 
www.wcsphoto.com 

 

Mission Statement

The Mission of the AFFI Honor Guard shall be:

A.    Promote the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, the Locals therein, and 
        the fire service as a whole, to the public, in a positive and proper fashion.

B.     Provide, as a line of duty death benefit, dignified, honorable services for 
        fallen AFFI members, their surviving family members, and union brothers
        and sisters through organization of and participation in funeral and 
        memorial services.

 

Mailing List

Please sign up on our Mailing List. Hopefully, this option will make notifications of LODD's much faster. This is a free service with a maximum of 500 subscribers, so please only sign up if you are a current Active AFFI Honor Guard Member. If you know members who are not subscribers, please e-mail or call them if a LODD notification comes to your e-mail. I will also send out notifications for events, parades, etc. You can also sign up to be on the AFFI Honor Guard mailing list on the AFFI web site when you register, just mark that you are an AFFI Honor Guard Member in the check boxes that are presented when you register. REMEMBER- if you change your e-mail address, to register again on this site, as your notifications will no longer be sent to your new address unless you have updated the information.

 

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Activation Notification

When a Line of Duty Death of any Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Member occurs, this home page will be the place for finding information about line up, visitation, and/or funeral arrangements. Information is posted here as quickly and as accurately as possible. E-mails are also blasted to members on the above Newsletter list, as well as the AFFI blast e-mail system. Please keep in mind that although there may be a firefighter death, the AFFI Honor Guard is only activated when it is requested by the family. A request from that members Union President goes to AFFI President Pat Devaney, who then activates the AFFI Honor Guard through State Commander Bruno.

 

 

 

 

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