FEMA has released the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the FY 2021 AFG Program. The funding notice and technical assistance documents for this program are available at www.grants.gov and on the FEMA website.

Deadline to apply: Friday, December 17, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET. 

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

Brothers and Sisters,

It is with great sadness I inform you of the passing of Battalion Chief Gavin Hayes of the Geneva Fire Department. B/C Hayes was a charter member of Local 4287, and previously served on their Executive Board.

Although this is NOT an activation, Geneva is asking for Honor Guard attendance at B/C Hayes’ services. His services are as follows:

Wake: Friday October 22, 1500hrs-2000hrs at Chapelstreet Church- 3435 Keslinger Road, Geneva IL 60134. There will be a fire department walk through at 1900hrs. Honor Guard members should arrive no later than 1830hrs.

Service: Saturday October 23, 1200hrs at Chapelstreet Church- 3435 Keslinger Road, Geneva IL 60134.

Fire Department Honor Procession: Immediately following the service, to Oak Hill Cemetery-  799 N Bennett St., Geneva, IL 60134. Please contact the Geneva Fire Department if fire service apparatus will be participating in the procession.

Any questions should be directed to B/C Rod Johnson at Geneva Fire, (224) 760-9535.

Please do what you can to attend and show B/C Hayes, his family, and his department 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 that I inform you of the Line of Duty Death of Brother Michael R. Pickering of Chicago, Local 2.

The AFFI Honor Guard has been activated by order of President Chuck Sullivan.

Brother Pickering was 45 years old and passed away October 8, 2021 after contracting COVID-19.

His Services are as follows:

VISITATION: Friday, October 15, 2021 from 1500-2000hrs at Hann Funeral Home- 8230 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, IL 60455. There will be a Firefighter Walk-Through at 1900hrs. Honor Guard members should arrive no later than 1800hrs.

SERVICE: Saturday, October 16th, 2021 at 1000hrs at Hann Funeral Home- 8230 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, IL 60455. Honor Guard members should arrive no later than 0900hrs.

INTERMENT: Saturday, October 16th, 2021 immediately following the services, at Resurrection Cemetery- 7200 Archer Rd., Justice, IL 60458.

Please bring tools and Local flags to use as requested and please make sure you have a plain black mask for all services.

I know, like always, you will all do Whatever it Takes to Honor, Cherish, Remember, and Salute Brother Pickering, his family, and his Local.

Fraternally,

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

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