Newsletter Archive

July 2017 Newsletter

Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends, 

Words from Fr. Tom:

Dear Sisters and Brothers:
I’m not sure there are enough words to express my gratitude for the tremendous outpouring of friendship, love, and support that I have received during these closing days of my tenure as your Chaplain. The highlight was last Thursday’s retirement party…I have never been so touched by everything that happened that night.  It was quite a party, to be sure. I will have much more to write in the upcoming edition of The Sounder, but I do want to express my great thanks for your phone calls, cards and letters, generous gifts, and final meals at so many of your firehouses.  It has been a joy spending time with so many of you.

In a special way I want to acknowledge and thank the wonderful Committee that planned such an incredible retirement party.  I believe that in my haste to get the bar open in a timely fashion (lest there be a riot) I omitted thanking them for their hard work putting the party together.  Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

And, to all of you who attended the party, purchased an ad, or bought a challenge coin I thank you form the bottom of my heart.  I will forever cherish the wonderful memories of that night.

Fr. Tom

On Wednesday, July 12th, 18th Annual CFD vs CPD Charity Baseball Game @ Guaranteed Rate Field 7:00 p.m. Tickets are  available through for $5.00, or please contact Ted at this address, 708.979.5317. 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. Please see attached flier.

On Sunday, July 16th, a gathering for GBS families is being organized at the CFD Fallen Firefighter/Paramedic Memorial Park beginning at 1:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Picnic/pot luck style. Share a favorite recipe. Please bring your own water, soda, liquid refreshment. Lakefront Center will provide tables and chairs. Or, you may choose to bring your own comfy chair. Parking will be available next to the park. Please RSVP to Eileen by July 9th. This is a wonderful time to enjoy both this beautiful park on the lakefront and each other’s company!

 Save the Date!!

*Sunday, July 23rd, Sunday Funday with Ignite the Spirit at Firewater Saloon with performance by Smokin Gunz~ $40.00 per person includes beer, wine, and mixed drinks For more information please go to

*Saturday, August 19th, E124 100th Anniversary Open house beginning at 10:00 a.m. located at 4426 N. Kedzie Ave. All are welcome.

*Thursday, September 7th, The Illinois Annual Survivors Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites of Carol Stream. For more details please contact Eileen at 708-560-5792 or

*Wednesday July 12th CFD vs CPD Annual Charity Baseball Game Guaranteed Rate Field 7:00 p.m. Tickets are  available through ($5.00 presale or $10.00 day of) As always, volunteers always needed. Please contact Ted Johnson via cell or at this address.

 Calling All Golfers! 

~ Chaplains Ministry/ Fr. Mulcrone’s Golf Outing Wednesday, August 8th (1a-2)


~ Ignite the Spirit Annual Golf Outing in Lake Geneva, WI. Monday, August 10th (3b-4)

~CFFU Burn Foundation Golf Outing Thursday, August 24th (2b-2)

There are two charity golf outings this year in Illinois to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. For further information on how to participate by either golfing or donating, please visit On a national level, there may be one near you. The NFFF has done so much to support CFD duty deaths families in recent years and they deserve our support.

*August 5th, 12:00pm – 5:30pm
Bliss Creek Golf Club – 1 Golf View Dr.
Sugar Grove, IL

*Friday September 8th
Glendale Lakes Golf Course
Glendale Heights, IL.

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

~CFD Gold Badge is proud to announce 2017 Scholarship Recipients~

*Helen Lydon Miller Memorial HS
Reagan Jankovic, Max Lacey, Nicholas Cairo, and John Perovic

*FF. Francis Joseph Foley HS    
Diego Galloza, and Grace Rowan                                                              

*FF Patrick Cramer College
Matthew Donnelly 

*FF/PM Christopher D. Wheatley College
Ian Kaufamann, and Brendan Quinn 

*CFD Gold Badge Society College
Reid Burens, Kyle Doherty, MaryClare Donahoe, and Thomas Flynn

*FF/PM Christopher D. Wheatley HS
John Kraak

* Lt. /EMT John Leonard HS
Cara Crosse, and Anna Greifelt

* James J. McLaughlin College
Sklyar Battistella, and Shannon Borner

*FF Walter Patmon, Jr. College
Brandon Pazmino, Madeleine Murphy, and Sam Algas

Thank you again to all donors, supporters, and committee of GBS scholarships for without you these wonderful opportunities would not be possible. Congratulations!!

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.

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

CFD Monthly Mass 2015 Dates

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

May 21(3e-3) Mother’s Day Celebration

July 16 (2d-3)
August 20 (1e-2)
September 17 (3b-1)
October 15 (1a-1)
November 19 (2a-1)
December 17 (3e-1)

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