December Newsletter 2018

December Newsletter 2018

Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends,  Wishing everyone a joyous Christmas Season! Chicago Fire Department & Gold Badge Family has been cordially been  invited to participate in the Superintendent & Commissioner’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 14th(2a-3),  at Public Safety Headquarters located at 3510 S. Michigan Ave beginning at 12:00 p.m. Please join in assisting the Gold Badge & Gold Star Families in wrapping donated gifts and writing cards for children of domestic violence and other law enforcement families across the country that have lost a loved one in 2017 starting at 10:00 a.m. A tradition of an annual tree lighting started by the CPD at their headquarters, which is now shared with the CFD, has always included GBS Christmas ornaments. We now have the opportunity to personalize those ornaments. If you would like to include an ornament with your beloved firefighter/pm’s name included, mail it to our address by 12/7th, or plan to attend the event.  Please contact Eileen at this address or via cell number for any questions or planning on attending. We are not being asked to bake for the December meeting but hoping to see everyone during this Christmas Season at the CFD monthly mass at 8:30 and GBS monthly meeting following mass on Sunday Dec. 16th at Holy Family Church. As we are always in the process of updating the GBS’s membership, we are asking if you have any new information that you would like us to have i.e. an updated e-mail, address, phone number or any other contact information that we would need to contact members, please let us know at this address or contact Eileen via cell number. As much as we like to include any events, updates etc. through the newsletter, many come up through the month and we would like to keep the membership updated the best that we can. Any help on this matter, would be appreciated. With the Christmas season fast approaching please consider, Amazon is one of the most widely used websites in the world. Customers can now elect to donate 0.5% of their purchase to the charity of their choice. This […]

November 2018 Newsletter

Thank You Veterans! Happy Thanksgiving! Daylight Savings time ends Sunday, November 4th. Perfect time to change your batteries in your smoke and co2 detectors. On Tuesday, November 20th(2c-3), CFD Graduation at 6:00 p.m. held at Navy Pier. All welcome to attend. Please contact Eileen by email or phone. We will be placing a Gold Badge Society nametag order on Friday, November 9th.  Hopefully, they will be ready for distribution at our November 18thmeeting.  If receiving a nametag for the first time, consider it a gift.  If you are ordering a replacement, there will be a $10.00 charge.  Please include exactly how you would like your name printed.  The nametags are magnetic so as not to damage clothing.   Please send your request to our email address or text 708.560.5792. A tradition of an annual tree lighting started by the CPD at their headquarters, which is now shared with the CFD, has always included GBS Christmas ornaments. We now have the opportunity to personalize those ornaments. If you would like to include an ornament with your beloved firefighter/pm’s name included, mail it to our address by 12/7, bring to the November meeting (11.18th), or plan to attend the event. The date of the tree lighting is TBA. As we are always in the process of updating the GBS’s membership, we are asking if you have any new information that you would like us to have i.e. an updated e-mail, address, phone number or any other contact information that we would need to contact members, please let us know at this address or contact Eileen via cell number. As much as we like to include any events, updates etc. through the newsletter, many come up through the month and we would like to keep the membership updated the best that we can. Any help on this matter, would be appreciated. With the Christmas season fast approaching please consider, Amazon is one of the most widely used websites in the world. Customers can now elect to donate 0.5% of their purchase to the charity of their choice. This is all made possible by shopping […]

October 2018 Newsletter

Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends,  Congratulations to newly appointed CFD Commissioner Richard C. Ford II. Thank you being a support to the CFD Gold Badge Society and look forward to working with you. Thank you to Local 2, especially Public Relations Director, Dave Quintaville for celebrating the CFD family with the CFD Picnic held at Memorial Park on Sunday September 23rd! What a beautiful day! The hard work and dedication of so many made this day possible. Thank you for all whom attended the Annual Rosehill Memorial Ceremony honoring all deceased CFD Local 2 Members throughout the year. A special remembrance was given to the Bucio Family. On Sunday, October 7th (2b-3), The National Fallen Firefighter Foundation will be hosting their annual Memorial Ceremony in Emmittsburg, MD. Safe travels all whom are traveling and please know that all of them are in our thoughts and prayers. Please join us for our monthly meeting held at Holy Family Church following 8:30 a.m. mass on Sunday, October 21st in the basement of the church. Please know that you do not need to attend mass for meeting is followed after refreshments and fellowship. Many important items will be discussed. Please keep GBS Member Grant Bahr, son of Lisa Grant and nephew of LODD Billy Grant in your thoughts and prayers. Grant is battling cancer; please consider looking at his page to hear more about his story. www.gofundme.com/kickgrantscancer As we are always in the process of updating the GBS’s membership, we are asking if you have any new information that you would like us to have i.e. an updated e-mail, address, phone number or any other contact information that we would need to contact members, please let us know at this address or contact Eileen via cell number. As much as we like to include any events, updates etc. through the newsletter, many come up through the month and we would like to keep the membership updated the best that we can. Any help on this matter, would be appreciated. With the Christmas season fast approaching please consider, Amazon is one of the most […]

August 2018 Newsletter

Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends,  On Tuesday, August 21st, 10:00 AM, we will gather at the Quinn Academy to honor FF/EMT, ASR, Juan Bucio.  A replica badge will be unveiled in the badge case in his honor.  From there we will travel to the CFD Fallen Firefighter/Paramedic Memorial Park for the honorary installation of a commemorative paver in the Ceremonial Plaza.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend. On Monday, August 27th, 10:00 AM, FF/EMT, ASR, Juan Bucio will be honored with the inclusion of his name to the Memorial Wall at the Stockyard Memorial Monument. Again, all are welcome to attend. Thank you to CFD Bravest and Finest for a fun filled night at Guarantee Rate Field for the Annual Classic Baseball Game on Wednesday July 18th. Thank you to all volunteers who helped throughout the event especially Ted Johnson. Congratulations to one of our members Colleen O’Connor, granddaughter of Capt. Richard and Shirley O’Connor whom won not the 1stSplit the pot but the 2ndas well. Buffalo Wings & Rings is celebrating their 10thanniversary in business and would like to give back to the community. Saturday, August 11th,is being designated as CFD Gold Badge Society Day.  They will donate 10% of net sales to us starting at 11:00 AM.  We are looking for volunteers to help represent the GBS or would just love to see you stop by and support their efforts and generosity. Location is at Buffalo Wings & Rings 3434 South Halsted, Chicago. Please contact us if can volunteer by Wednesday August 8th. Eric Greswold and members of Engine 71 are planning to honor the 3 LODDs of members from that Company.  They include Capt. Thomas Conway, 1932, Walter Schlueter, 1959, and Bernard Izban, 1955.  They are hoping to locate family and friends to participate in this tribute.  Please let us know if you can assist in this effort. Save the Date: ~ On Saturday, September 8th (1a-4), The Illinois Annual Survivors Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites of Carol Stream. Please note that in the past this conference was the day before the NFFF […]

July 2018 Newsletter

Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends,  Thank you to the Battle of the Badges Boxing Committee for the proceeds shared with the GBS from the annual CFD vs CPD Boxing Tournament. We also want to extend our gratitude to the many who attended this event which supports both our Scholarship Program and stewardship of the Memorial Park.  Congrats to the CFD who took home the trophy. On Wednesday, July 18th (3a-2), 19thAnnual CFD vs CPD Charity Baseball Game @ Guaranteed Rate Field 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available for $5.00,please contact Ted at this address, 708.979.5317 or please check our website www.cfdgoldbadge.orgto purchase. This is a wonderful event for all ages!! Tickets will also be available in Lot B before the game for $10.00. Volunteers are needed. Please contact Ted if can volunteer or need tickets.  CFD FF/EMT Air and Sea Rescue Juan Bucio will be honored during this game with VIP seating offered to his family only.  CPD Commander Paul Bauer will also be honored. Save the Date: ~ On Wednesday, July 18th (3a-2), CFD vs CPD Annual Charity Baseball Game held at Guaranteed Rate Field 7:00 p.m.  As always, volunteers needed before, during, and after game. Please contact Ted Johnson via cell or at this address. ~ On Saturday, September 8th (1a-4), The Illinois Annual Survivors Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites of Carol Stream. Please note that in the past this conference was the day before the NFFF golf outing, new this year it will be the day after. More details to follow. ~ Local 2 has contacted GBS in an effort to reinstitute celebrating the Chicago Fire Department family with having a Family Picnic at Memorial Park on Sunday September 23rd. Planning is still in the early stages, more details will follow next month. *Helen Lydon Miller Memorial HS   Courtney Chrysty, Patrick Galeher, Redmond Murphy and Kaleigh Sheerin  *FF/PM Christopher D. Wheatley HS Aiden Johnson *FF. Francis Joseph Foley HS     Ian Morris, and Anthony Procaccio * James J. McLaughlin College  Jennifer Perez, and Sean Pergams  *FF Patrick Cramer College   Michael Fitzpatrick * FF Walter […]

Newsletter May 2018

Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends,  On Tuesday May 8th, the State of Illinois 25th Annual Medal of Honor and Memorial Ceremony. The memorial will be held In Springfield at the State of Illinois Fire Fighter Memorial Site with Medal of Honor ceremonies held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center beginning at 10:00 a.m. It has been discovered by the family of Captain Patrick Deasy, LODD May 15, 1921, that we had the wrong date of death, both in the badge case and in the park.  Of course, this needs to be rectified.  It was determined that it would be a nice gesture on our part if we did what has become a tradition and do an unveiling both of the badge case and the brick at the park.  On Tuesday, May 15th (2e-2) beginning at 11:00 a.m., we will gather at the Academy for that unveiling and then travel to the park.  All are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to Eileen as parking is at times an issue. Chicago Fireman’ American Legion Post #667 presents the 84th Annual Memorial Day service to be held at Holy Family Church located 1120 W. Roosevelt on Monday, May 28th (3d-3). Assembly of uniform and Post 667 members at 9:00 a.m., followed by a short parade at 9:30 a.m. Mass and service at 10:00 a.m. with awarding of Post #667 scholarships at the end mass. This will be followed by a 21 gun salute, taps and flag raising ceremony outside of church. A continental breakfast will be served in the church basement. This annual Memorial Day mass is in honor of personnel and GBS members that have passed away in the last year. On Wednesday, May 23rd, (1b-2) EMS Day held at the Quinn Training Facility 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Volunteers needed to represent the GBS table. If interested, please contact us at this address or Eileen via cell. Save the Date: *On Saturday, June 16th (1e-2), 24th Annual Swap Meet and Fire Engine Rally held at Quinn Fire Academy 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. *On Wednesday, July 18th (3a-2), CFD vs CPD […]

April 2018 Newsletter

Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends,  Thank you to all who have supported the GBS Scholarship Program. All applications were due On March 31st. Recipients will be awarded during June’s monthly mass. On Friday, April, 13th (3d-2) CFD vs CPD Battle of the Badges Charity Boxing Exhibition held at De La Salle HS beginning at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, April 14th (1d-3), The Chicago Fire Department Firefighter and Paramedic Retiree Memorial will be dedicated beginning at 10:00 a.m. held at Quinn Fire Academy 558 W. De Koven. All are welcome. Chicago Fireman’ American Legion Post #667 presents the 84th Annual Memorial Day service to be held at Holy Family Church located 1120 W. Roosevelt on Monday, May 28th (3d-3). Assembly of uniform and Post 667 members at 9:00 a.m., followed by a short parade at 9:30 a.m. Mass and service at 10:00 a.m. with awarding of Post #667 scholarships at the end mass. This will be followed by a 21 gun salute, taps and flag raising ceremony outside of church. A continental breakfast will be served in the church basement. This annual Memorial Day mass is in honor of personnel and GBS members that have passed away in the last year. Save the Date: ~ On Saturday, September 8th (1a-4), The Illinois Annual Survivors Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites of Carol Stream. Please note that in the past this conference was the day before the NFFF golf outing, new this year it will be the day after. More details to follow. ~News from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation~ Young Adult Retreat (18-25 yrs.), August 2nd – August 4th, Airlie Center – 6809 Airlie Road, Warrenton, VA. NFFF contact Bev Donlan, bdonlan@firehero.org. Hal Bruno Camp for Kids (4-6 yrs.), June 29th – July 1st in Boulder,Colorado. NFFF contact Eric Nagle, enagle@firehero.org. Outward Bound for Young Adults (18 -25 yrs.), June 9th – June 15th at Outward Bound Base Camp, Appalachian Trail, PA. NFFF contact Eric Nagle, enagle@firehero.org. ** please note that these programs are available to all whose firefighter has been honored at the National Memorial. Amazon is […]

March 2018 Newsletter

Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends,  On February 13th, Commander Paul Bauer died in the Line of Duty from the Chicago Police Department. Commander Buaer leaves behind his wife Erin, and daughter Grace. We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to them, their families, and the Chicago Police Department. CFD Gold Badge Society Scholarship applications for the Class of 2018 graduating (qualified) 8th grade and High School senior children of active, retired, disabled, or deceased firefighters/paramedics of the Chicago Fire Department are now available. If your child or the child of someone you know qualifies. Please go to www.cfdgoldbadgesociety.org for application, or request an application by e-mail at cfdgoldbadge@aol.com. *All applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2018. Please note envelope, ATTN: Scholarship Committee and mail to CFD Gold Badge Society C/O Donna Gasior 541 West 84th Place Burbank, Illinois 60459 On Saturday, April 14th (1d-3), The Chicago Fire Department Firefighter and Paramedic Retiree Memorial will be dedicated beginning at 10:00 a.m. held at Quinn Fire Academy 558 W. De Koven. All are welcome.   Save the Date: ~ Friday, April 13th (3d-2) CFD vs CPD Battle of the Badges Charity Boxing Exhibition held at De La Salle HS beginning at 6:00 p.m. Other Scholarship Opportunities Available…… The National Fallen Firefighter Foundation~ visit www.firehero.org ~ benefits are available to spouses, life partners, children, and step-children of fallen fire heroes. Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2~ visit www.iaff-local2.org ~ benefits available to dependents of CFD firefighters and paramedics International Assoc. of Fire Fighters~ visit www.iaff.org ~ benefits available to dependents of fire service departments belonging to the IAFF. Illinois Firefighters Memorial Foundation~ visit www.state.il.us/osfm/ ~ benefits available to dependents of active, disabled, line of duty fire service members Not only did February mark our 27th anniversary, it is also the time that annual member dues of $10 are owed. Remember, if you are under 21 or over 65 you may waives dues but please inform us that you would like to be considered or remain a member. Dues and/or notification of waiver of dues in writing may be mailed to the […]