Newsletter Archive

August 2018 Newsletter

Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends, 

On Tuesday, August 21st, 10:00 AM, we will gather at the Quinn Academy to honor FF/EMT, ASR, Juan Bucio.  A replica badge will be unveiled in the badge case in his honor.  From there we will travel to the CFD Fallen Firefighter/Paramedic Memorial Park for the honorary installation of a commemorative paver in the Ceremonial Plaza.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

On Monday, August 27th, 10:00 AM, FF/EMT, ASR, Juan Bucio will be honored with the inclusion of his name to the Memorial Wall at the Stockyard Memorial Monument. Again, all are welcome to attend.

Thank you to CFD Bravest and Finest for a fun filled night at Guarantee Rate Field for the Annual Classic Baseball Game on Wednesday July 18th. Thank you to all volunteers who helped throughout the event especially Ted Johnson.

Congratulations to one of our members Colleen O’Connor, granddaughter of Capt. Richard and Shirley O’Connor whom won not the 1stSplit the pot but the 2ndas well.

Buffalo Wings & Rings is celebrating their 10thanniversary in business and would like to give back to the community. Saturday, August 11th,is being designated as CFD Gold Badge Society Day.  They will donate 10% of net sales to us starting at 11:00 AM.  We are looking for volunteers to help represent the GBS or would just love to see you stop by and support their efforts and generosity. Location is at Buffalo Wings & Rings 3434 South Halsted, Chicago. Please contact us if can volunteer by Wednesday August 8th.

Eric Greswold and members of Engine 71 are planning to honor the 3 LODDs of members from that Company.  They include Capt. Thomas Conway, 1932, Walter Schlueter, 1959, and Bernard Izban, 1955.  They are hoping to locate family and friends to participate in this tribute.  Please let us know if you can assist in this effort.

Save the Date:

On Saturday, September 8th (1a-4), The Illinois Annual Survivors Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites of Carol Stream. Please note that in the past this conference was the day before the NFFF golf outing, new this year it will be the day after. More details to follow.

On Sunday September 15th, 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.

Local 2 has contacted GBS in an effort to reinstitute celebrating the Chicago Fire Department family with having a Family Picnic at Memorial Park on Sunday September 23rd. Planning is still in the early stages, more details will follow next month.

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 2018 Dates

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

May 20 (1a-3) Mother’s Day Celebration

Annual Memorial Day Mass
Monday, May 28, 2016 (3d-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

August 19 (2b-2)
September 16 (3a-2)
October 21 (2c-1)
November 18 (3b-1)
December 16 (1a-1)

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

2018 Memorials

September 15th– International Association of Firefighters Annual Memorial, Colorado Springs, CO Visit for further information.

September 30th– CFFU Local 2’s Rosehill Cemetery Annual Memorial, Chicago, IL.

October 7th – 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