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
TO HONOR, TO CHERISH, TO REMEMBER, TO SALUTE, WITH OVERWHELMING PRIDE FOR YOU, MY COMRADE I WILL.
Here's what's new:
2017 Daniel J. Bower Commitment To Excellence Award was awarded to Chris Coomes, Lombard Local #3009.
Watch for events.
Click HERE to view our upcoming events for the year.
May 8, 2017 Medal of Honor Ceremony Practice PCC 13:00
May 9, 2017 Medal of Honor Ceremony, Springfield
IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Colorado Springs, CO September 14-16, 2017
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.
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.
2017 AFFI Honor Guard Convention Recap
Words cannot express my sincere appreciation to the Convention Committee, District 2 & Spouses for hosting the 25th Annual AFFI Honor Guard Convention & Induction Ceremony. Job well done my friends.
As a tradition in honoring our fallen Brothers & Sisters from the previous year, we tied ribbons into the Honor Guard flag in memory ofKenneth Harris L-95 & Michael Pontius L-441, and all IAFF Fire Fighters who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2016. May their memory live on forever in our hearts.
This year we welcomed 68 new inductees and recognized our Charter Members for laying the ground work that we have today. In a coincidence that was not unnoticed, we had 343 registered members for the 25th Annual AFFI Honor Guard Convention. Helmets were presented to the AFFI Executive Board for their commitment & leadership.
Distinguished guest speakers were our Illinois State Fire Marshall Matt Perez, as well founding Commander Jay Bishop & 2nd Commander Thomas J. Matousek. The AFFI Honor Guard Daniel J. Bower Commitment To Excellence Award was presented to 8th District Pipe Major Chris Coomes, Lombard Local #3009. Chris is truly a role model for all of us to follow in doing “Whatever It Takes”. Our 2017 Knockdown winners were CJ Coburn & Mike Dickinson.
We made history by celebrating 25 years of something they said could never be done. To all past & current Honor Guard members, I salute you for your dedication and devotion in honoring our fallen for the the past 25 years. Let us never forget sacrifice and honor their memory. To Bruce Brown, Bob Welch & Derek Foster who traveled from California, New Hampshire, Minnesota, thank you for being part of our HG Family. To Commander Lauren Constantino of the Girl Scouts Honor Guard for fallen fire fighters, it's been our pleasure to assist you and the Girl Scouts for the past few years. But most importantly, our congratulations to you on being awarded the Gold Award for establishing your HG. The highest award given within the Girl Scouts. I know your father is looking down with a huge smile on his face.
We made new friends and rekindled memories with old friends. Our HG family continues to grow each year and what a great family we are. Honoring, Cherishing, Remembering and doing "Whatever It Takes" for our fallen Brothers & Sisters. Until we meet again, take care of one another, stay safe.
Jeff H. Bruno, State Commander
This is a reminder that if you will need to complete 3 required trainings (One can be Convention), prior to October 31, 2017 in order to qualify to go to Convention in 2018. 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.
2017 AFFI Daniel J. Bower Commitment To Excellence Award
AFFI Honor Guard Daniel J. Bower
Commitment To Excellence Award was presented to
8th District Pipe
Major Chris Coomes, Lombard
Local #3009. Chris is truly a role model for all of
us to follow in doing “Whatever It Takes”.
AFFI Honor Guard Jersey's
For Memebers looking to get an AFFI Honor Guard Jersey, please visit our Member's Section.
Photo's are available from the 2017 Honor Guard Convention
Here is the link to view and order photo's from the 24th AFFI Honor Guard Convention.
Thanks again to Stephan Bates for taking photo's at the convention again this year. Here is his information:
2015 IAFF Fallen FF Memorial
Friends, co-workers and family members arrived in droves on buses, in vans and a thundering caravan of motorcycles in the northwest corner of Memorial Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to honor all of the IAFF members who have perished in the line of duty since 1918, the year of the International’s original charter.
The crowd of more than 6,000 stretched up the park’s sloping hill, sat and stood facing the rebuilt Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial with Pikes Peak gracing the western horizon. The circular Family Band of the new memorial, with its foundation of repurposed granite walls from the previous Memorial, surrounded the families of those fallen in the past year.
The new Memorial, constructed over the past nine months, now includes the names of 7,352 IAFF members -- fire fighters and paramedics -- who have died in service to their communities since 1918.
“We have now placed all of our union’s fallen -- dating back to our founding -- in the memory of the living, by engraving these hallowed walls with the stories of their service and sacrifice, and by reading their names for all to hear to, memorializing them for eternity," General President Harold Schaitberger said.
The Memorial service included a recommissioning of the new Memorial and all of the traditional elements of past services, such as the posting of colors, the Honor Guard and pipe and drum, the laying of the Memorial wreath, the reading of names with a ringing of the bell, and a prayer from IAFF Chaplain Father Thomas A. Mulcrone.
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
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When a Line of Duty Death of any Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Member occurs, 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 on the above Newsletter list, as well as the AFFI blast e-mail system. Please keep in mind that although there may be a firefighter death, the AFFI Honor Guard is only activated when it is requested by the family. A request from that members Union President goes to AFFI President Pat Devaney, who then activates the AFFI Honor Guard through State Commander Bruno.