It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Brother Kevin Hargis of Joliet Fire Officers, Local 2369. Brother Hargis passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 29th, 2024. Brother Hargis was 52 years old, and is survived by his wife.
Although this is NOT an activation, Joliet Officer’s Local and Brother Hargis’ family would like to have Honor Guard members participate at his services. His services are as follows: 
Visitation: Monday, July 8th, 2024, from 1500hrs to 2000hrs at Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home- 2320 Black Rd., Joliet, IL 60435. There will be a uniformed personnel walk-through at 1830hrs. Honor Guard members should arrive no later than 1800hrs.
Services: Tuesday, July 9th, 2024, at 1000hrs at Cathedral of St. Raymond- 604 N. Raynor Ave., Joliet, IL 60435.
Burial: Tuesday, July 9th, 2024, immediately following the services at Woodlawn Memorial Park II- 23060 W. Jefferson St., Joliet, IL 60431. 
Please do what you can to attend and honor Brother Hargis, his family, and Local 2369.
Fraternally,
Jay Coburn, Commander
AFFI Honor Guard

 

Brothers and Sisters,

 

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the duty related death of Brother Tim S. Evans of Mt. Prospect Firefighters, Local 4119. Brother Evans passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 30th, 2024. Brother Evans was 60 years old, and is survived by his wife, Sandy, and children Cole and McKenna.

 

By orders of AFFI President Chuck Sullivan, the AFFI Honor Guard is activated.

 

Brother Evans’s services are as follows:

Visitation: Thursday, April 4th, 2024, from 1500hrs – 2000hrs, at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home- 112 W. Main St. PO Box 1048, Peotone, IL 60468.

Uniformed Personnel Walk-Through: Thursday, April 4th, 2024, at 1830hrs at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home- 112 W. Main St. PO Box 1048, Peotone, IL 60468. Honor Guard personnel should arrive no later than 1730hrs for the walk-through.

Funeral Service: Thursday, April 4th, 2024, at 2000hrs, at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home- 112 W. Main St. PO Box 1048, Peotone, IL 60468.

Parking will be at 311 W. Corning Ave., Peotone, IL 60468.

Gathering for the walk-through will be at Christ Community Church- 103 W. Corning Ave., Peotone, IL 60468.

Mt. Prospect’s Local may need assistance with Casket Guard, and Door Guard. 5th District Commander, Leon Lake, is working with the Local to see what we will need to support them.

 

Please plan on attending. Please bring tools for the services. I know, as always, you will all do Whatever It Takes to Honor, Cherish, Remember, and Salute Brother Evans, his family, and his Local.

 

 

Fraternally,

 

Jay Coburn, Commander

AFFI Honor Guard

(708) 927-6568

[email protected]

affi1935.org/honorguard

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Captain Dan Kilian of the West Dundee Fire Department. Captain Kilian was a charter member of the West Dundee Professional Firefighters Union, Local 4882, and was a past President as well. Captain Kilian passed away on March 10th, from cancer. Captain Kilian was 46 years old, and is survived by his wife, Kristin and his six-year-old son, Noah.

Although this is NOT an activation, West Dundee’s Local and Captain Kilian’s family would like to have Honor Guard members participate at his services. His services are as follows:

Visitation: Friday, March 15, 2024, from 1600hrs to 1900hrs at First Congregational Church of Dundee- 900 S. 8th, St., West Dundee, IL 60118. There will be a uniformed personnel walk-through at 1900hrs. Honor Guard members should arrive no later than 1830hrs.

Visitation & Funeral Visitation: Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 1030hrs at First Congregational Church of Dundee- 900 S. 8th St., West Dundee, IL 60118.

Funeral Procession: Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 1130hrs from First Congregational Church of Dundee- 900 S. 8thSt., West Dundee, IL 60118.

 

Please do what you can to attend and honor Captain Kilian, his family, and Local 4882.

 

Fraternally,

Jay Coburn, Commander

AFFI Honor Guard

 

Brothers and Sisters,

 

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the Duty Related Death of Firefighter/Paramedic Thomas “Tommy” Sinclair of Oak Brook, Local 4646. Brother Sinclair passed away Friday, February 9th, 2024, after a battle with leukemia. Brother Sinclair was 37 years old. He is survived by his wife, Natalie, and sons Oliver and Mateo Garcia.

By orders of AFFI President Chuck Sullivan, the AFFI Honor Guard is activated.
Brother Sinclair’s services are as follows:

Wake: Thursday, February 15th, 2024, from 1500hrs – 2100hrs, at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home and Crematorium- 7861 88th Ave., Justice, IL 60458.

Uniformed Personnel Walk-Through: Thursday, February 15th, 2024, at 1900hrs, at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home and Crematorium- 7861 88th Ave., Justice, IL 60458. Honor Guard members should arrive no later than 1830hrs.

Please plan on attending. I know, as always, you will all do Whatever It Takes to Honor, Cherish, Remember, and Salute Brother Sinclair, his family, and his Local.

 

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 Duty Related Death of Firefighter/Paramedic Brad “BB” Belanger of Sycamore, Local 3046. Brother Belanger passed away Friday, December 22nd after a battle with cancer. Brother Belanger was 45 years old. He is survived by his wife, Jamie, and sons Dakota (24), and Hunter (16).

By orders of AFFI President Chuck Sullivan, the AFFI Honor Guard is activated.

 

Brother Belanger’s services are as follows:

 

Visitation: Saturday, January 6th, 2024, from 1100hrs – 1500hrs, at Sycamore Community Center- 480 Airport Rd., Sycamore, IL 60178.

 

Uniformed Personnel Walk-through: Saturday, January 6th, 2024, at 1600hrs, at Sycamore Community Center- 480 Airport Rd., Sycamore, IL 60178. Honor Guard members should arrive no later than 1530hrs and stage at the ball fields across the street.

Please plan on attending, and please bring Local flags and tools for the services. I know, as always, you will all do Whatever It Takes to Honor, Cherish, Remember, and Salute Brother Belanger, his family, and his Local.

Fraternally,

Jay Coburn, Commander

AFFI Honor Guard

(708) 927-6568

[email protected]

affi1935.org/honorguard

 

 

A message from AFFI Honor Guard Commander Jay Coburn:

 

Brothers and Sisters,

With great sadness, I want to inform you all of the passing of Brother Steven Diehl, South Elgin Professional Firefighters, Local 4833 (Retired). Brother Diehl was an active member of the AFFI Honor Guard.

Shortly after retirement, Brother Diehl was diagnosed with ALS. He succumbed to his disease early this morning. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Ar Deis Dé go raibh a ainm Dilís.

Fraternally,

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

 

For those attending the services for Local 2 Brother Andrew Price on Monday, parking for services at Navy Pier will be at the north end of the South Lot at Soldier Field. Local 2 will provide shuttle busses from the lot to Navy Pier and back to the lot between 8:00am – 3:00pm.

 

Brothers and Sisters,

 

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the Line of Duty Death of Firefighter/EMT Andrew “Drew” Price of Chicago, Local 2.  Brother Price passed away on Monday, November 13th, from injuries sustained while battling a structure fire. Brother Price was 39 years old. He is survived by his wife.

 

By orders of AFFI President Chuck Sullivan, the AFFI Honor Guard is activated.

 

Brother Price’s services are as follows:

Venue: Monday, November 20th, 2023, Navy Pier Aon Grand Ballroom- 600 East Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.

Arrival of Procession: 0845hrs. Honor Guard members should arrive no later than 0815hrs.

Private Visitation: 0900hrs-1000hrs

Visitation: 1000hrs-1130hrs

Walk-thru: 1130hrs. Honor Guard members should be in place no later than 1100hrs.

Moments of Remembrance: 1200hrs

Interment: Private.

 

Please plan on attending, and please bring Local flags and tools for the services. I know, as always, you will all do Whatever It Takes to Honor, Cherish, Remember, and Salute Brother Price, his family, and his Local.

 

Fraternally,

 

Jay Coburn, Commander

AFFI Honor Guard

(708) 927-6568

[email protected]

 

Brothers and Sisters,

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the Line of Duty Death of Lieutenant/EMT Kevin P. Ward of Chicago, Local 2.  Brother Ward passed away on Monday, August 28th, from injuries sustained while battling a house fire on August 11th. Brother Ward was 58 years old.

By orders of AFFI President Chuck Sullivan, the AFFI Honor Guard is activated.

Brother Ward’s services are as follows:

Visitation: Wednesday, September 13th, 2023, from 0900-1100hrs, at Fourth Presbyterian Church- 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611. There will be a firefighter walk-through at 1030hrs. Honor Guard members should arrive no later than 1000hrs.

Service: Wednesday, September 13th, 2023, at 1100hrs, at Fourth Presbyterian Church- 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611

Interment: Private.

Please plan on attending, and please bring Local flags and tools for the services. I know, as always, you will all do Whatever It Takes to Honor, Cherish, Remember, and Salute Brother Ward, his family, and his Local.

Fraternally,

Jay Coburn, Commander
AFFI Honor Guard
(708) 927-6568
[email protected]

Brothers and Sisters,

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Firefighter/Paramedic Jacek Brylewski of Rolling Meadows Firefighters and Paramedics, Local 3075.  Brother Brylewski passed away unexpectedly Thursday, August 24th. He is survived by his wife, Tana, and five children.

Although this is NOT an activation, Brother Brylewski’s family and Local have asked for Honor Guard attendance at his services.

Details for Brother Brylewski’s services are as follows:

Memorial Service: Wednesday, September 6th, from 1600hrs-2000hrs, at Meadows Funeral Home- 3615 Kirchoff Rd., Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. There will be a Fire Department/First Responder walk through at 1900hrs. Honor Guard members should arrive no later than 1830hrs.

Please do what you can to attend and honor Brother Brylewski, his family, and his Local.

Fraternally,

Jay Coburn, Commander
AFFI Honor Guard
(708) 927-6568
[email protected]