Brothers and Sisters,

I know earlier in the week I sent the notice of the passing of Brother Truevillian from Chicago, L2. Brother Truevillian, 55, passed away on December 17th from COVID-19. I know that in that notice, you were all told his services were incomplete and that a memorial service would take place at a later date.

Since that notice, we have received additional information. On the orders of President Sullivan, the AFFI Honor Guard has been activated. I know this is short notice, but I hope you will all do whatever you can to help us honor Brother Truevillian, his family, and his Local.

His services are as follow:

VISITATION: Sunday, December 27th, 2020 at Russo Hillside Chapels- 4500 Roosevelt Rd. Hillside, IL 60162 from 1500-2000hrs. There will be a fire department walk-thru at 1900hrs. Honor Guard members are asked to arrive no later than 1830hrs. Please make sure you have a plain black mask to wear. We ask that you remain outside until the walk-thru, and maintain appropriate social distance.

SERVICE: Monday, December 28th, 2020 at Russo Hillside Chapels- 4500 Roosevelt Rd. Hillside, IL 60162 at 1100hrs. Services will be streamed at:

INTERMENT: Monday, December 28th, 2020 at Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery- 4301 W. Roosevelt Rd. Hillside, IL 60162 immediately following the service.

If you have any questions, please route them thru the Honor Guard Chain of Command. I know that even in these difficult times, and under these circumstances, we will all do “Whatever it Takes” to Honor, Cherish, Remember, and Salute Brother Truevillian, his family, and his Local.

Jay Coburn, State Commander
Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Honor Guard
927 S Second St
Springfield, IL  62704
(708) 927-6568

The AFFI is saddened by the news of the passing of Central District Vice President Emeritus Joe Garrison. Joe was a proud member of Champaign Firefighters Local 1260. His service will be Tuesday, December 29th from 5p-7p at the Morgan Funeral Home in Savoy.

Members who experience a high-risk exposure should notify their department in accordance with their exposure control plan and be placed in quarantine for 14 days and get a COVID-19 test if you show signs and symptoms. If asymptomatic for 14 days, you are eligible to return to work. If members test positive, they should be isolated and follow the guidance below for returning to work.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

This is the online form locals may complete to participate in the direct debit of your per cap.  Please submit the completed form to Sue at

Other AFFI Vouchers and Duty Relief forms can also be found HERE

By orders of AFFI President Chuck Sullivan, the AFFI Honor Guard has been activated for the line of duty death of South Holland Local #4109 Firefighter/Paramedic Dylan Cunningham. Brother Cunningham passed on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 after suffering a medical emergency during a training exercise.  Brother Cunningham was a member of the AFFI Honor Guard, having been inducted in 2019.

Please bring local flags, pikes and axes for use at the services. As previously directed, all Honor Guard members should wear a plain black mask at all times.  Additional precautions for each facility will be discussed prior to the services.

Arrangements for Dylan Cunningham are as follow:

Visitation:  Tuesday October 6 from 1pm – 8pm at Smits Funeral Home located at 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane in Dyer, IN 46311

Firefighter Walk-Thru:  Line up at 6:00pm, walk thru at 7pm

Funeral Service: Wednesday, October 7 at 11:00am at Smits Funeral Home. Honor Guard members should assemble no later than 10:00am.

Procession to South Holland Station 43 then to St. John Catholic Church in Glenwood.

Jay Coburn, State Commander
Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Honor Guard
927 S Second
Springfield, IL  62704
(708) 927-6568

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