The online apparel store of the 2023 AFFI Honor Guard Convention is now open. Orders will be placed through U.S. Safety Products.

Deadline for orders is December 20th, 2022.

 

Follow the link here: https://affiapparel.itemorder.com/shop/home/

Bartlett Professional Firefighters Local 3982 are proud to host the 30th Annual AFFI Honor Guard Convention on Jan. 27-29th, 2023 in Lombard.

While the registration packets are not available yet, the host is opening up sponsorships for the event. The current economic situation will no doubt make hosting this endeavor more expensive than previous years so please share with your Local leadership and any potential sponsors

Refer questions to the contacts listed on the form.

 

Thank you!

 

Download here:

Honor Guard Sponsorship 2023 .pdf

 

Brothers and Sisters,

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the Line of Duty Death of Engineer Jami Lusher of Pekin, Local 524. Brother Lusher passed away Monday, October 17th from colon cancer. Brother Lusher was 49 years old. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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

Although this is an activation, the family has asked that the services be of a more private nature, with participation being limited to local departments and first responders. For this reason, we are asking that only 3rd District membersof the AFFI Honor Guard attend.

Brother Lusher’s services are as follows:

Visitation: Friday, October 21st, 2022, from 1600hrs to 1900hrs at Henderson Funeral Home- 2131 Velde Dr., Pekin, IL 61554. There will be a uniformed personnel walk through at 1800hrs. 3rd District Honor Guard members should arrive no later than 1700hrs.

Funeral: Saturday, October 22nd, 2022, at 1300hrs at Henderson Funeral Home- 2131 Velde Dr., Pekin, IL 61554. The family has asked that the service be limited to local surrounding departments.

Please do whatever you can to attend as requested and honor the family’s wishes. Make sure you have a plain black mask. I don’t know if there will be any restrictions in place, but everyone should be prepared. I know, as always, you will all do Whatever It Takes to Honor, Cherish, Remember, and Salute Brother Lusher, his family, and his Local.

Fraternally,

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

Brothers and Sisters:

I am happy to announce we have a signed contract with the hotel for the 30th Annual/Anniversary Honor Guard Convention and Induction Ceremony! The event will be held at the Westin Chicago Lombard, 70 Yorktown Center Dr. in Lombard, January 27-29, 2023.

I’m sorry it took so long to get official information out. I wanted to wait until the contract was signed to make the announcement. As you’re all aware, prices on everything have gone up, and availability of many items has gone down. The AFFI and host local Bartlett have been working hard to get the best contract possible. That process was more involved, and took longer than it has in the past. But, it’s done and we can move forward with plans for a memorable 30th anniversary event.

Please make sure you get your required trainings in so you can attend. This should be a weekend you don’t want to miss.

If you have any questions, feel free to get ahold of anyone on the Command Staff. Stay safe!

Fraternally,

Jay Coburn, Commander
AFFI Honor Guard

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.