Monthly Newsletter

Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends, 

As you can see we are going a new route in getting the newsletter and other distributions to our members and friends. We are hoping this will be a smooth transition. As of July 2019, our AOL account will be null and void. All correspondences will be through Go Daddy.

Thank you to all whom have supported the GBS Scholarship Program. All applications were due on March 31st. Recipients will be awarded during June’s monthly mass.

50659860 1202707359892680 6041361669261623296 nOn Friday, April 12th (1e-2), 14th Annual Battle of the Badges Boxing Expedition will take place at De LaSalle Institute located at 3455 S. Wabash @ 7:00 p.m. This is always a fun time and the generous proceeds from this event have supported the GBS tremendously throughout the years. We can’t thank them enough. GO CFD!!

SFMMemorial-PortraitOn Tuesday, May 14th (3a-2), The State of Illinois Medal of Honor and Memorial will take place. This year the State of Illinois Fire Marshall’s office will be honoring Chicago Fire Department LODD, FF/EMT/ARS Juan Bucio at the Memorial Ceremony. The memorial will be held in Springfield 10:00 a.m. at the State of Illinois Firefighter Memorial Site. More information will be given in next month’s newsletter but if interested in attending, please contact us at or Eileen via cell number.

Commissioner Ford has granted the GBS permission to use the Community Room at Eng. 18, 1360 South Blue Island Avenue. This is only a few blocks from Holy Family Church and there is available parking. It is yet to be decided how often we will meet and whether or not we will meet on Saturdays or Sundays. We will remain at Holy Family for April, May, and June. April 21 is Easter, so there will be no formal meeting, just an informal sharing of information following the mass.

juanrace~ Saturday, June 29th (1a-4), The Garfield Ridge Stars and Stripes 5K Run honoring FF/EMT/ARS Juan Bucio beginning at 8:00 a.m. Registration fee $25 adults $15 children price increase June 1st. For more information, please visit

1stannaulbaseball~Friday, July 12th (2a-1), Inaugural First Responders Charity Baseball Game by the CFD and CPD Baseball Club at Impact Field in Rosemont, Il. beginning at 6:30 p.m. $5.00 presale $10.00 at the gate.

cfdbaseball~Tuesday, July 16th_
(3a-2), 20th Annual CFD vs CPD Charity Baseball Game @ Guaranteed Rate Field 6:00 p.m. More information on tickets sales etc will be upcoming.

Please support/attend these events. Not only are they fun, the Gold Badge Society benefits from the proceeds.

Members News

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2014 GBS Families gathering at the CFD Picnic!

Our bi-annual Board Elections were scheduled for February. This did not happen because we did not have enough members willing to serve nor enough members in attendance to take a vote. There is a need to make some transitions. Without fresh voices with fresh ideas, it is difficult to move forward. We are looking at ways for both the board and our committees to operate more efficiently and share tasks. Our mission is to support each other and most definitely support new families that we encounter. We cannot afford to be burdened with operational difficulties if we are to fulfill our mission. Please let us know if you want to be part of the conversation.

At this time, we are looking for anyone who has skills with Access or is willing to learn the program. We have an extensive membership data base that was created for us, we need someone to manage the data base.



2019 Memorials

September 21st- International Association of Firefighters Annual Memorial, Colorado Springs, CO. Visitwww.iaff.orgfor further information.

September 29th- CFFU Local 2’s Rosehill Cemetery Annual Memorial, Chicago, IL.

October 6th- National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Annual Memorial, Emmittsburg, MD Visitwww.firehero.orgfor further information.

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

CFD Monthly Mass 2019 Dates

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

April 21 (1c-3)
May 19 (2c-3) Mother’s Day Celebration

Annual Memorial Day Mass
Monday, May 27, 2019 (1e-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 16 (3b–3) Father’s Day Celebration
July 21(2d-2)
August 18 (3c-2)
September 15 (1b-2)
October 20 (3d-1)
November 17 (1c-1)
December 15 (2c-1)

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