Welcome to the AFFI Honor Guard
Providing honorable services for fallen AFFI members.
Honor Guard Oath
Written by Thomas J. Matousek Jr. Forest Park Local #2753
TO HONOR, TO CHERISH, TO REMEMBER, TO SALUTE, WITH OVERWHELMING PRIDE FOR YOU, MY COMRADE I WILL.
Here's what's new:
Honor Guard Convention, January 24-26, 2014
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.
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.
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!
2013 AFFI Honor Guard Commitment To Excellence Award
This year the Honor Guard created a new award. 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. With his Family by his side, the award was presented to District 7 Commander Daniel Bower (Freeport L-441). Congratulations to Dan for going above and beyond and doing "Whatever It Takes" he is a role model for others to follow. Commander Bower's battle with cancer ended on November 12, 2013. Rest in peace Brother Bower.
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 2013 Honor Guard Convention
Here is the link to view and order photo's from the
21st AFFI Honor Guard Convention.
Thanks again to Stephan Bates for taking photo's at the convention again this year. Here is his information:
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
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.
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.