Brothers and Sisters,

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of retired Firefighter/Paramedic Michael R. “Mike” Baldwin of Downers Grove, Local 3234. Brother Baldwin retired about two months ago to become a pediatric nurse. He passed away Saturday, January 22nd. Brother Baldwin was 39 years old and was previously an active member of the AFFI Honor Guard. He leaves behind a wife and four children.

Although this is NOT an activationBrother Baldwin’s family and Local have requested Honor Guard attendance at his services. His services are as follows:

Wake: Thursday, January 27th from 1500hrs to 2100hrs at Malone Funeral Home- 324 E. State St., Geneva, IL 60134. There will be a Fire Department walk through at 1830hrs. Honor Guard members should arrive no later than 1800hrs. There is limited room inside the funeral home so please plan on remaining outside except for the walk through (forecast calls for a low of 7o Thursday). Local 3234 may be looking for assistance with Casket Guard. More information will follow if they need support.

Funeral Service: Friday, January 28th at 1100hrs at Chapelstreet Church- 3435 Keslinger Rd., Geneva, IL 60134. Honor Guard members should arrive no later than 1000hrs.

Please do what you can to attend and honor Brother Baldwin, his family, and his Local. Please make sure you have a plain black mask. I don’t know if there will be restrictions in place, but everyone should be prepared. Please bring tools and Local flags Friday for the services.

Fraternally

Jay Coburn, Commander
AFFI Honor Guard

For those attending the 2022 AFFI Honor Guard Convention, the deadline to order convention apparel is Monday, January 3, 2022, at 10 a.m.
**Please note, if you are not attending, items can be shipped to you.

Dear Local Officer:

Bloomington Firefighters Local 49 and Normal Firefighters Local 2442 are beyond excited to co-host the 29th Annual AFFI Honor Guard Convention. The event is being held in Uptown Normal January 21-23rd, 2022.

The Convention Committee, made up of members from Local 49 and Local 2442, the Honor Guard Command Staff, and the AFFI Staff are working tirelessly to ensure that our organization is provided with an event like we’ve never seen before. Previous hosts have placed the bar high and we intend to raise it.

Like everything in the current pandemic environment, rising costs and supply shortages are presenting challenges with hosting an event of this magnitude. No matter what, we will provide an amazing experience for our members and their families, as well as the families and departments of our fallen members.

We humbly ask for your support in this endeavor so that we can accomplish our goal. Please review the attached sponsorship form, consider supporting the event, and share with other potential supporters of the AFFI and the Honor Guard.

Thank you and we hope to see you all in Uptown Normal this January.

Sincerely,

 

Matthew Hill

Co-Chairman

Local 2442

 

Jim Buenostro

Co-Chairman

Local 49

For Convention inquiries, email [email protected]

 

Brothers and Sisters,

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Firefighter/Paramedic Alexander Gard of Naperville, Local 4302. Brother Gard passed away October 30th in a vehicle accident.

Although this is NOT an activation, Naperville and Brother Gard’s family are asking for Honor Guard attendance at his services. His services are as follows:

Mass: Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 1000hrs. There will be a fire department walk through only. Honor Guard members should arrive no later than 0900hrs- Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, St. Julian Eymard location, 601 Biesterfield Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Please do what you can to attend and show Brother Gard, his family, and his Local your respect.

Fraternally,
Jay Coburn, Commander
AFFI Honor Guard
(708) 927-6568
[email protected]
affi1935.org/honorguard

 

Brothers and Sisters,

It is with great sadness I inform you of the passing of Firefighter/Paramedic Tom Bauer of the Des Plaines Fire Department.

Although this is NOT an activation, Des Plaines is asking for Honor Guard attendance at FF/PM Bauer’s services. His services are as follows:

Wake: Thursday, October 28th, 1300hrs-2000hrs at Oehler Funeral Home- 2099 Miner St., Des Plaines, IL 60016. There will be a fire department walk through at 1900hrs. Honor Guard members should arrive no later than 1830hrs.

Wake/Service: Friday, October 29th, 0900-1000hrs with a service at 1000hrs at Oehler Funeral Home- 2099 Miner St., Des Plaines, IL 60016.

Procession: Immediately following the service, to Memory Gardens Cemetery- 2501 East Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, IL 60004. Graveside service upon arrival.

Please do what you can to attend and show FF/PM Bauer, his family, and his department your respect.

Jay Coburn, Commander
AFFI Honor Guard
(708) 927-6568
[email protected]
affi1935.org/honorguard