Newsletter Archive

February 2019 Newsletter

Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends, 

CFD Gold Badge Society Scholarship applications for the Class of 2019 graduating (qualified) 8thgrade 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 www.cfdgoldbadgesociety.orgfor application, or request an application by e-mail at

*All applications must be postmarked no later thanMarch 31, 2019.
Please note envelope, ATTN:  Scholarship Committee and mail to

CFD Gold Badge Society
C/O Donna Gasior
5410 West 84thPlace
Burbank, Illinois 60459

Applications for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 2019/2020 Scholarships will be accepted January 1 – April 1, 2019. All the details are available here:

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation offers financial assistance for post-secondary education and training to spouses, life partners, children and stepchildren of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Children and stepchildren must be under age 30 and have been under age 22 at the time of the firefighter’s death.

On Friday, February 22nd (3d-4), a Unity Brunch celebrating Black History Month will take place at Apostolic Church of God located at 6320 S. Dorchester Ave. in Chicago 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with the theme of Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. Tickets are $35.00. For more information, please contact Arriel Gray Jr. BC Citywide Rel. 773.574.3837.

Other Scholarships 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

Save the Date:

~ Friday, April 12th (1e-2) CFD vs CPD Battle of the Badges Charity Boxing Exhibition held at De La Salle HS beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Not only does February mark our 28thanniversary, 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 www.cfdgoldbadgesociety.orgin the give central section,

Board elections are up next month, positions include president, vice president, treasurer, corresponding secretary, recording secretary, program director, and historian. If interested in any of these positions, please contact us at this address or Eileen.

It is time to renew our committees as well.  They consist of Scholarship, Monthly Mass Hosts, Memorial Park, and CFD VS CPD Charity Baseball Game.  If interested in joining any of these committees, please let us know.

At this time, we are also looking for anyone whom has skills with Access or willing to learn to help GBS maintain membership database would be appreciated. Please contact us via email or contact Eileen for more information.


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

February 17 (1b-4)
March 17 (2b-4) Patrick /St. Joseph’s Celebration
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.