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2017 Daniel J. Bower Commitment To Excellence Award was awarded to Chris Coomes, Lombard Local #3009.

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IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Colorado Springs, CO September 14-16, 2017

 

 

 

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23rd Annual IL Fallen FF Memorial & Medal of Honor Ceremony

The Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Honor Guard was present to honor 4 families who's loved ones were honored in Springfield on May 10, 2016. The Duty Death Gold Badge is an award of Honor given to the family of a firefighter deceased in, or as a result of, the performance of duty. Those Honorees were:


Firefighter/Paramdeic Daniel V. Capuano, Chicago Fire Department
Firefighter/Paramedic Fidel G. Serrano Jr. Chicago Fire Department (2012)
Firefighter/Paramedic Mark A. Zielinski, Sr., Matteson Fire Department
Chief Kenneth J. Lehr, Mendora Fire Protection District


Congratulations also go out to all of those who were honored for going above and beyond in their call of duty, as they were honored at the Medal of Honor Ceremony as well. A huge thank you to the Girl Scouts, who have joined us to honor these families today.




























The Girl Scout Honor Guard for Fallen Fire Fighters

 

Lauren Constantino is looking to ask Girl Scout's to become Members of and participating in the Girl Scout Honor Guard for Fallen Fire Fighters (GSHGFFF). The GSHGFFF is the Girl Scout Gold Award Project of me, Gold Award Candidate Lauren Constantino. The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl can get in Girl Scouting.

I have a special relationship with the Gurnee Fire Dept. because my father, Russell S. Constantino, was a Fire Fighter/Paramedic there for 20 years until he passed away due to an active duty death in November 2009. My father had helped to form the GFD Honor Guard, served with the AFFI (State of IL) Fire Fighter Honor Guard, and participated in the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Ceremony in Colorado Springs, CO. I was even at some of those ceremonies, including making an appearance at only three weeks of age in 1999 at the Illinois Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, and of course when my father’s name was added to the IAFF Memorial Wall in 2010. So I will always hold a special place in my heart for the Fire Service, the FF Honor Guard, and the families of fallen fire fighters. In the true spirit of the brother- and sisterhood of the fire service family, the members of the Gurnee Fire Dept, Local 3598, and the GFD Honor Guard, have graciously thrown their support behind me in this first-of-its-kind Girl Scout Honor Guard for Fallen Fire Fighters. To read more, click here. To read her flier, click here. She held her first meeting and training at Gurnee Fire Station 2 with the regularly scheduled Honor Guard Drill.  Below are some pictures from the event.

 

 

 

Group photo of the 8th District at the 2006 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial May 11, 2006

AFFI Honor Guard State Commander Jay Bishop receives a leather helmet for his 12 years      of dedicated service with the Honor Guard, 2004.

 December 16, 2006 Mock LODD Multi-District Training Glenview, IL

IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, Colorado Springs 2002


 

 

 

 

 

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