Archive for October 3rd, 2020

South Holland Fire Department news (more)

By orders of AFFI President Chuck Sullivan, the AFFI Honor Guard has been  activated for the line of duty death of South Holland Local #4109  Firefighter/Paramedic Dylan Cunningham. Brother Cunningham passed on  Wednesday, September 30, 2020 after suffering a medical emergency during  a training exercise.  Brother Cunningham was a member of the AFFI Honor  Guard, having been inducted in 2019.
Please bring local flags, pikes, and axes for use at the services. As  previously directed, all Honor Guard members should wear a plain black  mask at all times.  Additional precautions for each facility will be  discussed prior to the services.
Arrangements for Dylan Cunningham are as follow:
Visitation:  Tuesday October 6 from 1pm – 8pm at Smits Funeral Home located at 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane in Dyer, IN 46311
Firefighter Walk-Thru:  Line up at 6:00pm, walk thru at 7pm
Funeral Service: Wednesday, October 7 at 11:00am at Smits Funeral Home. Honor Guard members should assemble no later than 10:00am.
Procession to South Holland Station 43 then to St. John Catholic Church in Glenwood.
Jay Coburn, State Commander
Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Honor Guard

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Chicago Fire Department news

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The Chicago Fire Department is joining the American Cancer Society to launch Breast Cancer Awareness month starting Thursday, October 1.  Chicago says it has the largest number of women serving as firefighters and paramedics in the United States.

Residents will see Chicago firefighters wearing pink t-shirts, gloves, masks and gear to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research.

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Des Plaines FD news (more)

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At 11 a.m. Friday (Oct. 2), the family of a Des Plaines Firefighter/Paramedic Paul Miller, Jr., who perished in a tragic accident, will meet one of several individuals he saved. Paul served both the McHenry Township Fire Protection District and the Des Plaines Fire Department before he died from injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident last April.

After Miller’s family learned he would not be able to recover from his injuries, they fulfilled his wish to become an organ donor. According to his mother, donations have gone to at least nine recipients through the Gift of Hope organization.  As patients began to receive the donations, she made sure to send them letters. However, because Gift of Hope has to work with other organizations to match organs and recipients, there were some communication challenges. 

Leo Forster, a man in his 70s who did not expect to get a new set of lungs due to his age, was so surprised and thankful that he also made an effort to contact Miller’s family. Eventually, Forster and the Millers were able to speak.  Forster and his wife travelled from their home in Cheboygan, MI, to McHenry so they could meet the Miller family in front of Paul Miller’s memorial globe on the McHenry Riverwalk. 

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