The Mission of the AFFI Honor Guard shall be to Promote the Associated Firefighters of Illinois, the Locals therein, and the fire service as a whole, to the public, in a positive and proper fashion. To Provide, as a line of duty death benefit, dignified, honorable services for fallen AFFI members, their surviving family members, and union brothers and sisters through organization of and participation in funeral and memorial services.
Honor Guard Oath
WITH OVERWHELMING PRIDE
FOR YOU, MY COMRADE
Written by Thomas J. Matousek, Jr.
5 firefighter/paramedics from the Park Ridge Fire Department have joined the AFFI Honor Guard over the past 4 years. Dave Malcomson, Tim Schneider, John Piltaver, Bill Smaha, & Chris Cleary are our most current members.
Below is a message from former AFFI Honor Guard State Commander Thomas J. Matousek, Jr.
Welcome to the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Honor Guard!
With the beginning of a new decade, The AFFI Honor Guard will be starting its 18th year in existence. Back on January 30th 1993, 69 members of the Associated Fire Firefighters of Illinois formed the 1st ever statewide Honor Guard. Today our current membership is nearing 500. We all take great pride in being a member of this organization, one that I would say is a step above the norm.
This Honor Guard has been called on several times to honor our fallen comrades. Our first obligation is to our own AFFI Sisters and Brothers. However, we have shared in ceremonies to honor comrades who have fallen throughout our great Nation. It is truly a heartfelt experience to bestow final honors to those that have given their all.
The Fire Service is based on tradition. The Honor Guard has established several traditions within the group. When we become members we take an oath To Honor, To Cherish, and To Remember those that have gone before us. We will always do “ Whatever it Takes” to uphold the tradition and integrity of this Honor Guard. Faces and names change, but the Guard will ALWAYS remain the same!
I invite everyone who visits our site to enjoy and to absorb all of the useful information.
Thomas J. Matousek Jr.
Former State Commander
AFFI Honor Guard