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



Here's what's new:

2018 Daniel J. Bower Commitment To Excellence Award was awarded to John (Kevin) Hauber Local #3177 .


Watch for events.

demoClick HERE to view our upcoming events for the year.


AFFI 27th Annual Honor Guard Convention,Collinsville  IL January 25-27, 2019

Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial September 19-21, 2019 Colorado Springs, CO



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.




New Commanders

September 24, 2018

It is with great pride that we announce the following members who were selected by the Principal Commanders to the position of Northern Deputy State Commander & Pipes & Drums Commander.

*Northern Deputy State Commander-Tim Moss, Oak Forest L-3039

*Pipes & Drums Commander- Andy Winckler, Naperville L-4302

We would like to thank all of those who submitted a letter of interest for these positions. We are confident that Tim & Andy will continue to set the example for others to follow. Feel free to contact both of these gentlemen and extend heartfelt Congratulations in their new positions. The official Change of Command will take place on Saturday January 26, 2019 in Collinsville.

Colorado Springs Information

Brothers and Sisters:

Thank you to all who made the trip to Colorado Springs. It was great to see so many AFFI Honor Guard members out there to honor those who gave their lives, and pay respect to the families they left behind.

The IAFF is trying to get a count of members who attended but did not receive their memorial coin. If you registered on the IAFF website prior to the trip but didn’t get a coin, please contact CC Debold. You can reach him by phone at: 815-405-5785 or by email at: c.debold1@gmail.com

Thank you all again for your attendance.

Fraternally, Jay


Letter of Thanks

Click Here to read the thank you letter from Chief Peter Van Dorpe, Algonquin Lake in the Hills.


Letter of thanks

Commander Bruno,

I would like to say thank you and the AFFI Honor Guard, from the bottom of my heart, and my families, for the love and support everyone from the AFFI Honor Guard showed my family, myself, Kevin’s daughters and wife, and most importantly Kevin! My family and friends were beyond impressed with the incredible send off for Kevin there was both at the wake and funeral. It was a tough two days, especially seeing everyone walk up in their Class As because I knew what that meant. So I would like to apologize if I came across rude at any point. When seeing everyone walk up I would get choked up and could not talk at times. The emotions would come flooding in and then disappear. Kevin’s daughters were able to see the respect and love everyone had for Kevin and I think there could not have been a better way for them to be Proud of their Dad. The AFFI Honor Guard truly made a lasting impression on ALL of Kevin’s co-workers, friends, and most importantly, our family! I am really going to miss my brother, especially coming into work and not seeing him occasionally coming off shift. We had our differences but I loved my brother. But the members of the AFFI Honor Guard has definitely made it easier. I am very proud to be a Member of this Honor Guard.

Thank you all, Jim Hauber and family


Training Reminder:

This is a reminder that if you will need to complete 3 required trainings (One can be Convention), prior to October 31, 2017 in order to qualify to go to Convention in 2018. 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.


2018 AFFI Daniel J. Bower Commitment To Excellence Award

AFFI Honor Guard Daniel J. Bower Commitment To Excellence Award wa presented to 5th District Drill Captain Shawn Collins for John (Kevin) Hauber of Buffalo Grove Local #3177 who could not be in attendance, as he is on hospice. During Kevin's difficult battle with cancer, he made sure that he was available to make drills or activations, even when he struggled with his own health issues.  Kevin is truly a role model for all of us to follow in doing  “Whatever It Takes”.

Sadly, on January 27, 2018 Brother John (Kevin) Hauber lost his battle with cancer.  May he rest in eternal peace.

Photo by Larry Shapiro.


Honor Guad Jersey's

For Memebers looking to get an AFFI Honor Guard Jersey, please visit our Member's Section.



2018 Honor Guard Photo's

Here is the link to view and order photo's from the 26th AFFI Honor Guard Convention. http://wcsphoto.zenfolio.com/f700260597

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


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.


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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 Coburn.





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