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

 

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]

 

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the Line of Duty Death of Firefighter/EMT Jermaine A. Pelt  of Chicago, Local 2.  Brother Pelt passed away Tuesday, April 4th while battling a house fire. Brother Pelt was 49 years old and is survived by two children.

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

Brother Pelt’s services are as follows:

Visitation: Thursday, April 13th, 2023, from 1500hrs to 2200hrs, at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home 4727 W 103rd St Oak Lawn IL  60453. There will be a firefighter walk-through at 1900hrs. Honor Guard members should arrive no later than 1830hrs.

Service: Friday, April 14th, 2023, at 1100hrs, at House of Hope 752 E 114th St. Chicago, IL 60628.

Interment: Friday, April 14th, 2023, following the service, at Lincoln Cemetery 12300 S. Kedzie Ave. Blue Island, IL  60406.

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 Pelt, his family, and his Local.

I know you all understand this means we’ll be carrying out our commitment Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week.  I know this is tough, but it’s what we all took an oath to do.  Please look out for each other.  I’ll see you all in a few days.

Fraternally,

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

 

 

Brothers and Sisters,

I know most of you are already aware of the tragedies that struck Chicago, Local 2 this week. Two brothers gone in two days, on separate incidents. We have the arrangements for Lieutenant/EMT Jan Tchoryk. As soon as we get the information for Firefighter Jermain Pelt, I will forward it.

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the Line of Duty Death of Lieutenant Jan M. Tchoryk of Chicago, Local 2.  Brother Tchoryk passed away Wednesday, April 5th while battling a high-rise fire. Brother Tchoryk was 55 years old and is survived by his wife and three adult children.

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

Brother Tchoryk’s services are as follows:

Visitation: Wednesday, April 12th, 2023, from 1500hrs to 2100hrs, at Cumberland Chapels- 8300 W. Lawrence Ave., Norridge, IL 60706. There will be a firefighter walk-through at 1930hrs. Honor Guard members should arrive no later than 1900hrs.

Service: Thursday, April 13th, 2023, at 1000hrs, at St. Joseph Ukrainian Catholic Church- 5000 N. Cumberland Ave., Chicago, IL 60656.

Interment: Thursday, April 13th, 2023, following the service, at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery- 8851 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL 60631.

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 Tchoryk, 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 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 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: vimeo.com/494181537

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.

Fraternally,
Jay Coburn, State Commander
Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Honor Guard
927 S Second St
Springfield, IL  62704
(708) 927-6568
[email protected]
affihonorguard.com