Newsletter Archive

April 2015 Newsletter

April 2015
Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends,

GBS member, Susan Leonard passed away on March 21st, Susan is the daughter of LODD FM Richard Franzen whom died on April 14th, 1965 and MaryCae Reidy. Please keep Susan and her family in your prayers.

As we move toward our 25th Anniversary, we recognize the need to do some organizational restructuring. Our mission remains the same, to be a source of emotional support and comfort to LODD families of the CFD and to advocate for them through their journey of grief.

We would like to see more of our families involved and are now taking the time to reiterate that we are a family organization. That means we are inclusive of surviving spouses, children, parents, siblings, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, significant others, etc. So yes, this does include males.

A committee has put together a survey through an online site called Monkey Survey. It is a survey that can be completed on line if you have computer access. For those who receive their newsletter through the USPS, you may complete the hard copy and return through the mail or email. This survey takes only a few minutes to complete.

The survey can be accessed at the following link
Please follow link to complete. Thank you in advance.

We would like to see the surveys completed by April 10th so that they can be evaluated before our April meeting, but please return even if you miss the deadline, we would love to hear from you.

We hope that through this survey we can determine if the GBS is or is not a viable resource to your family, determine if there is a way or better way, we could be that resource and ask if you would like to be involved in helping make that happen for other families.

On Friday April 24th, Battle of the Badges 7:00 p.m. at DeLasalle HS will be held. $20 at the door. GBS has benefitted from this wonderful event since its beginning.
Let’s go CFD!!

On Sunday April 26th, a candlelight bowl will be held benefitting The Illinois Survivors Conference at Rolling Lanes 6301 Joliet Road in Countryside from 3 to 8 p.m. $30 per person which includes food and 2 drink tickets.

Questions or to RSVP please contact TomTaff @630.546.8518 or Attached is the flier for this event.

On Wednesday May 20th, EMS Day will take place at the Quinn Fire Academy at 558 West DeKoven Street. The theme is “EMS STRONG”. GBS has been asked to be a participating Response Partner and will have a table in the drill hall. Volunteers will be needed. Set up will be between 8 and 9am. If you would like to volunteer, please email or call Eileen by Friday May 15th.

Save the Date

*June 28th to July 1st
NFFF Fire Service Survivors Conference
Annapolis, Maryland
For more information, please visit 

*CFD Picnic 13th Annual Family Day
Tentatively scheduled for Sunday August 9th (3c-4)

A friendly reminder, you do not need to be Catholic to attend the CFD monthly Mass and fellowship that follows. Also, you do not need to attend mass and fellowship in order to attend GBS meetings. The meeting starts about 10:00 a.m. (depending on the level of socializing), these meetings generally last for about an hour and there is always someone looking to go out to lunch afterwards. Attending meetings is the best way to keep informed and we are always open to fresh faces and new input. These next few meetings will be important so hoping you can attend.

CFD 2015 Memorials

September 19th- International Association of Firefighters Annual Memorial, Colorado Springs, CO  Visit for further information.

September 27th- CFFU Local 2’s Rosehill Cemetery Annual Memorial, Chicago, IL.

October 11th- National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Annual Memorial, Emmittsburg, MD Visit for further information.

Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Eileen at (708)560.5792 or

CFD Monthly Mass 2014 Dates
8:30 a.m.
Holy Family Church
1120 W. Roosevelt Road

April 19 (2a-4)
May 17 (3e-4) Mother’s Day Celebration

Annual Memorial Day Mass
Monday, May 25, 2015 (2c-4)
9:30 a.m. ~ Parade of uniformed members
10:00 a.m. Memorial Mass
11:00 a.m. ~ Raising of Flag, 21 gun salute and taps

June 21 (2b-3) Father’s Day Celebration
July 19 (3a-3)
August 16 (1e-3)
September 20 (3b-2)
October 18 (1a-2)
November 15 (2a-2)
December 20 (1b-1)

The Gold Badge Society members meeting is held following the CFD Monthly Mass in the basement of Holy Family Church.