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.

demoClick HERE to view our upcoming events for the year.


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.





2019 AFFI Honor Guard Convention:

Brothers and Sisters,

Another successful Convention has come and gone. Thank you to Dave Zahn, Steve Perry, the entire Convention Committee, and all of District 1 for the work you put in to welcome the rest of the Guard, and to show us all a great time.

If you were able to join us, I hope you enjoyed yourself. If you didn’t make it, I hope we’ll see you next time. This year’s event marked the turning of another page in the history of the AFFI Honor Guard. We were joined by new members, and saw some long-time friends step down from their positions. This meant people moving into new positions in order to keep the Guard moving, and fulfilling our mission.

Welcome to our 61 New Inductees. And, welcome back to our two re-inductees. These new members are the future of our organization. Without them, this Guard would eventually fade. The task we have all taken on is far too important for any of us to ever let that happen.

Thank you to those members who served in Command positions and have stepped down: Bill Lambert, Training First Shirt; Tom Murphy, Commander District 8; and Jeff Bruno, State Commander. Your work has been instrumental in bringing the AFFI Honor Guard to our current level. We can never thank you, and your families, enough for the time and dedication you gave to all of us, and to those we have promised to honor.

And, good luck to the members who have stepped into the vacancies left. Courtney Looft, District 1 First Shirt; Mike Johnson, District 4 First Shirt; Mike Dickinson, District 8 First Shirt; Matt Wiwczaroski, Training First Shirt; John Merino, Commander District 4, Andy Winckler, Commander District 8; Tim Moss, Northern Deputy State Commander, and Jay Coburn, State Commander. We all have a challenge now to continue the legacy of those we follow.

It is an exciting time to renew our oath To Honor, To Cherish, To Remember, and To Salute our comrades who have gone before us, and those they’ve left behind. I look forward to continuing to do Whatever it Takes, with all of you, to serve the AFFI Honor Guard, AFFI members who give their lives, and their families.

Jay Coburn, State Commander
AFFI Honor Guard

Commander Jeff Bruno passes the Command Guidon to incoming Commander
Jay Coburn.

Current State Commander Jay Coburn, 3rd State Commander Jeff Bruno, 2nd State Commander Tom Matousek,
1st  State Commander Jay Bishop.

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.


Mailing List

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Activation Notification

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 Coburn.





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