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.


Jay Coburn, Commander
AFFI Honor Guard

The fiscal year (FY) 2021 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program application period will open on Monday, January 3 at 8:00 a.m. ET and will close on Friday, February 4 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

For information on how the IAFF can help your department draft the most complete and competitive application prior to submission, visit the IAFF Grants Administration Department website or email  [email protected]

At the upcoming Affiliate Leadership Training Summit/Human Relations Conference, the Grants Administration Department will be conducting a SAFER workshop on January 12 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. and an Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) workshop from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

For additional information, visit the IAFF Grants Administration Department website, email [email protected] or call (202) 824-1559

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.