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CFD LODD anniversary – Firefighter Ed Coglianese

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The same day the Chicago Bears won Super Bowl XX, the city lost Chicago Fire Lt. Edmond Coglianese.

Coglianese, 42, of Mount Greenwood, died while fighting a fire at the Mark Twain Hotel. He saved two elderly residents who were caught on the third floor of the residential hotel at 111 W. Division St. before he went back into the five-story building to search for more survivors. The 12-year veteran was later trapped by flames and died of smoke inhalation on Jan. 26, 1986.

A bell-ringing ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. Tuesday at Coglianese’s firehouse — Engine Co. 98 at 202 E. Chicago Ave. in the Gold Coast. The hardworking father left behind his wife, Eileen, and two children, Allyson and Matt.

In all, 35 senior citizens were rescued from the burning hotel using ladders. Another 100 people came out of the building through stairways.

Allyson Coglianese was just 12 years old and in the seventh-grade at St. Christina School when her father died. Her brother, Matt, was 9 years old and in the fourth-grade at the Catholic school in Mount Greenwood.

Coglianese carries memories with her as a member of the Gold Badge Society of Chicago. Allyson Coglianese serves as vice president of the group that helps support the families of fallen firefighters.

Her mother, Eileen Coglianese, is president of the society. Among their most gut-wrenching duties is to arrive at the hospital and later at the homes of families who are mourning the sudden loss of a firefighter or paramedic who has died in the line of duty.

Their shared experience is meant to help ease the overwhelming emotional toll that is suddenly thrust upon the family. They also help with the finer details such as funeral arrangements, media requests and other issues that come along after such a tragedy.

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Of interest … the Axemen

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It seems only appropriate that the emblem for the Chicago Axemen be surrounded by flames. After all, the motorcycle club is almost entirely composed of area firemen.

The Axemen will host an Octoberfest fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at O’Rourke’s Office in Morgan Park. The event last year raised $7,000 for the Gold Badge Society of Chicago, which supports families of fallen firefighters.

It costs $10 to attend the benefit at 11064 S. Western Ave., and this time the proceeds support the Ignite the Spirit Fund. About 150 people are expected, according to Larry Anoman, also known as Dog. He is president of the inaugural Illinois chapter of the Axemen. The upcoming fundraiser aims to help the families of firefighters in need. The chapter also hosts an annual birthday party to raise money for charity.

Anoman’s chapter has about 20 members. All club members must own a motorcycle, and 80 percent of the club is required to be made up of active or retired union firefighters. Other members tend to be nonunion firefighters and other biker buddies.

The group gathers to ride for charity events almost every weekend. Often, they ride to support fundraisers held by surrounding Axemen chapters or charities that speak to the group’s overall mission to help the less fortunate, police officers and firefighters, veterans, and others, Anoman said.

Among the frequent rides this summer was a trip to the Original Island Shrimp House in south suburban Palos Park. These monthly cruise nights raised money for the Ende, Menzer, Walsh & Quinn Retirees’, Widows’ and Children’s Assistance Fund, which provides financial support to widows and orphans of the Chicago Fire Department members.

Anoman’s group was the first in the state to align with the Axemen in 2008. The Axemen’s national club was founded March 1, 1998, in Detroit. There are now four Illinois chapters — 27 overall in 11 states, according to Anoman, a Morgan Park resident.

Axemen from Detroit showed up in force for a 2001 fundraiser for the family of Lt. Scott Gillen, who was killed after being struck by a car on the Bishop Ford Expy. The 14-year fire department veteran was married and had five daughters.


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