Newsletter Archive

March 2018 Newsletter

Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends, 

On February 13th, Commander Paul Bauer died in the Line of Duty from the Chicago Police Department. Commander Buaer leaves behind his wife Erin, and daughter Grace. We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to them, their families, and the Chicago Police Department.

CFD Gold Badge Society Scholarship applications for the Class of 2018 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, 2018.
Please note envelope, ATTN: Scholarship Committee and mail to

CFD Gold Badge Society
C/O Donna Gasior
541 West 84th Place
Burbank, Illinois 60459

On Saturday, April 14th (1d-3), The Chicago Fire Department Firefighter and Paramedic Retiree Memorial will be dedicated beginning at 10:00 a.m. held at Quinn Fire Academy 558 W. De Koven. All are welcome.


Save the Date:

~ Friday, April 13th (3d-2) CFD vs CPD Battle of the Badges Charity Boxing Exhibition held at De La Salle HS beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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 did February mark our 27th 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


As we begin a new year, a friendly reminder, you do not need to be Catholic to attend the CFD monthly Mass and fellowship that follows. Also, you do not need to attend mass and fellowship in order to attend GBS meetings. The meeting starts about 10:00 a.m. (depending on the level of socializing), these meetings generally last for about an hour and there is always someone looking to go out to lunch afterwards. Attending meetings is the best way to keep informed and we are always open to fresh faces and new input.

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

March 18 (1e-4) Patrick /St. Joseph’s Celebration
April 15 (2e-4)
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

June 17 (2a–3) Father’s Day Celebration
July 15(3e-3)
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