Newsletter Archive

Newsletter May 2018

Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends, 

On Tuesday May 8th, the State of Illinois 25th Annual Medal of Honor and Memorial Ceremony. The memorial will be held In Springfield at the State of Illinois Fire Fighter Memorial Site with Medal of Honor ceremonies held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center beginning at 10:00 a.m.

It has been discovered by the family of Captain Patrick Deasy, LODD May 15, 1921, that we had the wrong date of death, both in the badge case and in the park.  Of course, this needs to be rectified.  It was determined that it would be a nice gesture on our part if we did what has become a tradition and do an unveiling both of the badge case and the brick at the park.  On Tuesday, May 15th (2e-2) beginning at 11:00 a.m., we will gather at the Academy for that unveiling and then travel to the park.  All are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to Eileen as parking is at times an issue.

Chicago Fireman’ American Legion Post #667 presents the 84th Annual Memorial Day service to be held at Holy Family Church located 1120 W. Roosevelt on Monday, May 28th (3d-3). Assembly of uniform and Post 667 members at 9:00 a.m., followed by a short parade at 9:30 a.m. Mass and service at 10:00 a.m. with awarding of Post #667 scholarships at the end mass. This will be followed by a 21 gun salute, taps and flag raising ceremony outside of church. A continental breakfast will be served in the church basement. This annual Memorial Day mass is in honor of personnel and GBS members that have passed away in the last year.

On Wednesday, May 23rd, (1b-2) EMS Day held at the Quinn Training Facility 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Volunteers needed to represent the GBS table. If interested, please contact us at this address or Eileen via cell.

Save the Date:

*On Saturday, June 16th (1e-2), 24th Annual Swap Meet and Fire Engine Rally held at Quinn Fire Academy 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

*On Wednesday, July 18th (3a-2), CFD vs CPD Annual Charity Baseball Game held at Guaranteed Rate Field 7:00 p.m.  As always, volunteers needed before, during, and after game. Please contact Ted Johnson via cell or at this address.

*On Friday, June 29th (2e-3), Herbie Johnson Golf Outing. Please go to for more information.

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.

 ~News from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation~

~Young Adult Retreat (18-25 yrs.), August 2nd – August 4th, Airlie Center – 6809 Airlie Road, Warrenton, VA. NFFF contact Bev Donlan,

~Hal Bruno Camp for Kids (4-6 yrs.), June 29th – July 1st in Boulder, Colorado. NFFF contact Eric Nagle,

~Outward Bound for Young Adults (18 -25 yrs.), June 9th – June 15th at Outward Bound Base Camp, Appalachian Trail, PA. NFFF contact Eric Nagle,

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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

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