Welcome to the AFFI Honor Guard

Providing honorable services for fallen AFFI members.



Honor Guard Oath

Written by Thomas J. Matousek Jr. Forest Park Local #2753



Here's what's new:

2019 Daniel J. Bower Commitment To Excellence Award was awarded to Leo Riley Local #3033 .


Watch for events.

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Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial & Medal of Honor May 14, 2019 Springfield

 Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial September 19-21, 2019 Colorado Springs, CO



Our Mission

The Mission of the AFFI Honor Guard shall be to Promote the Associated Firefighters of Illinois, the Locals therein, and the fire service as a whole, to the public, in a positive and proper fashion. To Provide, as a line of duty death benefit, dignified, honorable services for fallen AFFI members, their surviving family members, and union brothers and sisters through organization of and participation in funeral and memorial services.

Our Oath:

AFFI Honor Guard Oath: The AFFI Honor Guard Oath was written by former State Commander Thomas J. Matousek Jr., a retired member of Forest Park Local #2753. He was asked by the Honor Guards first State Commander Jay Bishop of Springfield Local #37 to come up with an Oath for the Honor Guard. The Oath is memorized by each and every Honor Guard Member who swears to uphold the traditions which are exemplified by the words written in this oath.

TO HONOR, TO CHERISH, TO REMEMBER, TO SALUTE, WITH OVERWHELMING PRIDE FOR YOU, MY COMRADE I WILL: These are the words that help guide each Member of the AFFI Honor Guard as they train, teach, and finally assist in services for our fallen Comrades.






Thank you:

Commanders Coburn, Moss, Moffitt,

I wish to inform you of a particularly outstanding group of AFFI Honor Guard members who exemplified our motto, "Whatever It Takes," in preparation for the funeral of Godfrey L-1692 Captain Jake Ringering. On Thursday, March 7, at 2005 hours, I sent an email to District 1 requesting help at Godfrey Station 2 the following Sunday, March 10, at 1300 hours to teach Godfrey FD members casket guard. After casket guard training, some instructors were asked to relocate to Alton Station 1 for casket handling, caisson loading, and flag folding and others relocated to East Alton FD to train their on-duty members who were unable to attend the training. At this time, brothers District 1 had less than 3 days notice. On Friday March 8 at 1622 hours, I sent a text message to Commanders Moffitt, Dunn, and Meyer, requesting additional assistance for the Sunday training from Districts 2 and 3. Districts 2 and 3 had less than 48 hours notice. In spite of the short notice, NINETEEN people answered my call for help. They were:

Desmond Allen, Patrick Jackson: EStL L-23

Curt Moffitt, Kurt Leonard: Springfield L-37 (87mi)

David Zahn, Eric Kuhl (new inductee): Belleville L-53

Matt Wiwczaroski: Granite City L-253

Justin Bownfield, Gary Gundy: Decatur L-505 (109mi)

David Eckhouse: Alton L-1255 Retired

Rodney Hall, Mark Mayfield, Todd Holder: Edwardsville L-1700

Courtney Looft: Carbondale L-1961 (125mi)

Travis Burdick: East Alton L-2333

Bill Hall: Wood River L-2371

John Canull: Collinsville L-2625

Bob Dunn: Taylorville L-3144 (82mi)

Bobby Williams: Metropolis L-3367 (172mi from teaching in Champaign)

Commanders, I do not have the words to express my appreciation for the outpouring of help I received from these outstanding brothers and sister. Their dedication and professionalism was nothing short of impressive. We trained over 60 firefighters in casket guard in a few short hours, then spent a few more hours training the pall bearers in casket handling, flag folding, and caisson loading. The fruit of these instructors labor was on display at the wake and funeral. I would also like to mention that during training at Godfrey FD, we were visited by Jake's widow, Allison, who was extremely impressed with what she witnessed. In my sixteen years in the Honor Guard, this will long remain as one of the most amazing things I have seen. I plan to contact those nineteen members personally to thank them as well. Feel free to forward this to whomever you feel appropriate.


Steve Perry,

District 1 Commander




All members must insure their contact information is up to date with the AFFI Office to insure timely notification.

In the event of a Line of Duty Death within a Local, the Local President must notify the AFFI President, and request the participation of the AFFI Honor Guard. The AFFI President will then notify the State Commander and notice of the details will be sent to all members via email blast and the Chain of Command.

This home page will be the place for finding information about line up, visitation, and/or funeral arrangements. Information is posted here as quickly and as accurately as possible. E-mails are also blasted to members via the AFFI blast e-mail system as well as on the above Newsletter list. Please keep in mind that although there may be a firefighter death, the AFFI Honor Guard is only activated when it is requested by affected Local.

Training Reminder:

This is a reminder that if you will need to complete 3 required trainings (One can be Convention), prior to October 31, 2019 in order to qualify to go to Convention in 2020. Please go to the Districts page to see upcoming drills in your area to meet your required trainings for the year. If there are any questions as to what these requirements are, please refer to the By-Laws.  Remember, you can always attend another District's Drill location if it is closer to your home.


2019 AFFI Daniel J. Bower Commitment To Excellence Award

Congratulations to Lt. Leo W. Riley (r), Skokie L3033 for being chosen to receive the AFFI Honor Guard Daniel J. Bower Commitment To Excellence Award which was presented at the 2019 AFFI Honor Guard Annual Convention.

In 2013, the Honor Guard created the AFFI Honor Guard Commitment To Excellence Award for commitment & dedication above and beyond. An individual who lives the motto “Whatever It Takes” and realizes the purpose of the Honor Guard is bigger than any one individual. An individual that embodies the selfless spirit of the Honor Guard Family. That award was presented to Dist. 7 Commander Daniel J. Bower, Freeport L-441. Brother Bower died November 12, 2013 due to complications with cancer.

In 2014, The Command Staff unanimously decided to rename and dedicate the award in the memory of our fallen Brother.




Honor Guad Jersey's

For Memebers looking to get an AFFI Honor Guard Jersey, please visit our Member's Section.



2019 Honor Guard Photo's

You are invited to view photographs from my "AFFI HONOR GUARD CONVENTION 2019" group.
They are now up.
Please feel free to share it with friends and family.

Thanks again to Stephan Bates for taking photo's at the convention again this year.  Here is his information:

WCS Photography
1215 E. Wilson Ave
Wheaton, IL 60189


Mission Statement

The Mission of the AFFI Honor Guard shall be:

A.    Promote the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, the Locals therein, and 
        the fire service as a whole, to the public, in a positive and proper fashion.

B.     Provide, as a line of duty death benefit, dignified, honorable services for 
        fallen AFFI members, their surviving family members, and union brothers
        and sisters through organization of and participation in funeral and 
        memorial services.


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