Newsletter Archive

March 2016 Newsletter

March 2016
Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends, 

CFD Gold Badge Society Scholarship applications for the Class of 2016 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 for application, or request an application by e-mail at

*All applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2016. Please note envelope, ATTN: Scholarship Committee and mail to:
CFD Gold Badge Society,
3400 West 111th Street PMB 356
Chicago, IL 60655.

Other Scholarship Opportunities Available……

The National Fallen Firefighter Foundation~ visit
~ benefits are available to spouses, life partners, children, and step-children of fallen fire heroes.

Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2~ visit
~ benefits available to dependents of CFD firefighters and paramedics

International Assoc. of Fire Fighters~ visit
~ benefits available to dependents of fire service departments belonging to the IAFF.

Illinois Firefighters Memorial Foundation~ visit
~ benefits available to dependents of active, disabled, line of duty fire service members.

Not only does February mark our 25th 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 address on the left or may contact us at Dues can now be made through our website in the give central section,

Plans are under way in planning of Gold Badge Society 25th Anniversary which will take place on April 17th following monthly meeting. We look forward to spending this milestone with everyone. More information will follow when plans are completed.

This month the CFD Monthly Mass will be celebrating St. Patrick and St. Joseph on Sunday March 15th at Holy Family Church at 8:30 a.m. Any soda bread and other goodies would be appreciated by Fr Mulcrone, especially soda bread.

On Saturday, March 5th, come out to show your support for the 2-time APSL Champions and 4-time 1st Responders Champions, Chicago Fire Dept’s Blaze Football Team, as they kick off the 2016 Season.k off our 2016 season.

The Junction Chicago – Union Station, 222 South Riverside Plaza Chicago 60606. Tickets are $35 for prepay (before 2/28) or $45 at the door which includes food and drinks from 7pm-10pm

2016 Memorials

May 10th- State of Illinois Medal of Honor/Memorial Ceremony Springfield, Illinois

September 17th- International Association of Firefighters Annual Memorial, Colorado Springs, CO  Visit for further information.

September 25th- CFFU Local 2’s Rosehill Cemetery Annual Memorial, Chicago, IL.

October 9th – 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

 Save the Date!!

*Friday April 15th~ 14th Annual Battle of the Badges Boxing Expedition
De LaSalle Institute located at 3455 S. Wabash @ 7:00 p.m.

*Saturday April 16th~ CFD Blaze Football Dan Capuano Memorial Game
Evergreen Park Community HS Dist. 231 @ 2:00 p.m.

*May 13-14~ The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) is pleased to announce a new event this year, a Wellness Conference for Survivors. This conference will be held May 13-14, 2016, in Portland, Oregon. The theme for the conference is “Setting a Course for the Road Ahead.” For spouses, life partners, parents, adult children and siblings, this conference is designed to address physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The focus of this conference may especially appeal to those whose firefighter died within the past five years. The conference will begin with a welcome reception on Thursday, May 12 beginning at 7:00pm. Friday and Saturday will be filled with informational guidance and tips focusing on how to take care of your physical body, your mind and emotions. View the entire conference agenda SURVIVOR-WELLNESS-CONFERENCE AGENDA.

CLICK TO REGISTER HERE –  There is space for 100 attendees, on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to register is April 15, 2016.

For more information of if you have any questions please contact Bev Donlon at

CFD Monthly Mass 2015 Dates

8:30 a.m.
Holy Family Church
1120 W. Roosevelt Road

March 20 (2c-4) Patrick /St. Joseph’s Celebration
April 17 (3b-4)
May 15 (1a-4) Mother’s Day Celebration

Annual Memorial Day Mass
Monday, May 30, 2016 (1a-3)
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 19 (3c-3) Father’s Day Celebration
July 17 (1b-3)
August 21 (3d-2)
September 18 (1c-2)
October 16 (2c-2)
November 20 (1d-1)
December 18 (2d-1)

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

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