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!


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.


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.

Dear Local Officer:

Bloomington Firefighters Local 49 and Normal Firefighters Local 2442 are beyond excited to co-host the 29th Annual AFFI Honor Guard Convention. The event is being held in Uptown Normal January 21-23rd, 2022.

The Convention Committee, made up of members from Local 49 and Local 2442, the Honor Guard Command Staff, and the AFFI Staff are working tirelessly to ensure that our organization is provided with an event like we’ve never seen before. Previous hosts have placed the bar high and we intend to raise it.

Like everything in the current pandemic environment, rising costs and supply shortages are presenting challenges with hosting an event of this magnitude. No matter what, we will provide an amazing experience for our members and their families, as well as the families and departments of our fallen members.

We humbly ask for your support in this endeavor so that we can accomplish our goal. Please review the attached sponsorship form, consider supporting the event, and share with other potential supporters of the AFFI and the Honor Guard.

Thank you and we hope to see you all in Uptown Normal this January.



Matthew Hill


Local 2442


Jim Buenostro


Local 49

For Convention inquiries, email [email protected]


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.

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