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September 2015 Newsletter

September 2015
Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends,

The CFD Picnic 13th Annual Family Day was held on Sunday August 9th. This is always wonderful event for all to enjoy the beautiful park with family, old and new friends. We remembered our friend and founding committee member Lt. John Leonard during the family blessing whom was missed dearly. Thank you to all whom make this day a success.

Shout out to Joel Murray and friends for inviting us to Canal Shores Charity Golf Invitational on Sunday August 9th, honoring First Responders!!

Through the cooperation of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, there will be an opportunity for survivors of fallen firefighters from the State of Illinois, to get acquainted, support each other, and share some good times. It will be held on Thursday September 10th in Carol Stream. This is an adults only retreat for parents, widowed, siblings, and children. For further information, please contact Eileen.

On Friday September 11th, CFD FF Brian Clarke is doing an event in honor of 9/11 that will benefit both the GBS and the Police Memorial Foundation. It is a Cross Fit event, held at a Cross Fit facility located at 1444 West Willow rear unit Chicago 60642. This event begins at 12:00 p.m., looking for a few volunteers to attend this event to show our appreciation as well as distributing literature about the GBS. If you can attend, please let Eileen know either at this address or cell number by Monday September 7th.

On Sunday September 19th, the International Association of Firefighters will have their annual memorial held in Colorado Springs, CO with them remembering many of our Chicago Fallen Firefighters/Paramedics. Safe travels all whom are traveling and please know that all of them are in our thoughts and prayers.

On Sunday September 27th, the 33nd Annual Rosehill Memorial Ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the monument of the CFFU Local 2 at Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 North Ravenswood Avenue.

On Saturday, October 3rdThe National Fallen Firefighter Foundation will be hosting their annual Memorial Ceremony in Emmittsburg, MD. FF/PM Fidel G. Serrano Jr. will be honored and many members for the CFD and GBS will be there to offer support. Please keep the Serrano Family in your thoughts.

Save the Date!!

*Saturday October 3rd, our friends at the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago will hold a fundraiser at 115 Bourbon Street.

Please see attached flyer for more information.

Calling All Golfers!!!

There are different charity golf outings this year in Illinois to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. They are working on having at least one in every state of the Union, and they have been quite successful. For further information on how to participate by either golfing or donating, please visit There may be one in your area. The NFFF has done so much to support CFD duty deaths families in recent years and they deserve our support.

*Friday September 11th
Glendale Lakes Golf Course
Glendale Heights, IL.

**If interested in playing any of these tournaments, please contact Eileen**

A new opportunity for GBS donations is Give Central, in which the site up and running! Here is the link; also direct link off our website

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 on If you already shop on Amazon, or if you’re looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, we invite you to shop at and choose CFD Gold Badge Society as your charity of choice.

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

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.

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.