Evanston Retired Fire Fighters Association


Union Meeting:

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 7:30pm
Via teleconference


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and Retired Members so that
you don't miss important
announcements such as retirements,
funerals, current events, etc. 
Too many times Brothers and
Sisters miss out on these events
due to a Kelly Day, vacation day,
etc.  By joining the list, I will be
able to send out a notification to
each member who signs up to keep
you all better informed as to what
is going on.  To help in that, if you
have information about a funeral
notification or event, please e-mail
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know the information
so it can be passed along.

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In Loving Memory:

Never Forget

Firefighter Fred McGowan
April 22, 2020

Fire Chief Glen W. Ayers
April 16, 2019

Captain James C. Edwards, Jr.
April 4, 2019

Firefighter Roger Lecey
February 27, 2019

Firefighter Jerry "Ski" Czarnowski
January 4, 2019

Captain George Neuhaus
July 31. 2018

Firefighter Jerry Heber
July 29, 2018

Captain James McIntyre
June 25, 2018

Firefighter Neal Smithweck
March 29, 2018

Captain Robert Wagner
March 22, 2018

Chief Sanders "Sam" Hicks
June 16, 2017

Captain Edward Frank
June 14, 2017

Captain Ron Shulga
May 11, 2017

Captain George Strom
April 4, 2017

Division Chief James Mersch
March 30, 2017

Firefighter/Paramedic Gary Hilbert
March 21, 2017

Firefighter Thomas N. Kostopoulos
December 8, 2016

Captain Peter Erpelding
October 11, 2016

Firefighter Tomas Simpson
July 11, 2016

Assistant Fire Chief Thomas Hanson
January 10, 2015

Firefighter Kenneth Holmes
Sept. 2015

Firefighter/Paramedic Joseph F. Hayes
November 24, 2014

Captain James A. Cox
May 13, 2014

Captain Roger J. Pettinger
April 17, 2014

Firefighter Dave Henderson
December 9, 2013

Firefighter James M. Keaty
July 25, 2013

Firefighter William Lemieux
May 10, 2013

Firefighter Ben Ghiselli
February 27, 2013

Shift Chief James "Gov" Whalen
January 26, 2013

Assistant Fire Chief

Willard Thiel
January 4, 2013

Captain William L. Moore
August 16, 2012

Firefighter Bernard Burczak
January 5, 2012

Captain Bob Schwarz
November 30, 2011

Captain Daniel Lorden Sr.
June 24, 2011

Assistant Fire Chief
Edward E. Pettinger
November 12, 2010

Division Chief
David Franzen
July 29, 2010

Captain Mike Lass
May 28, 2010

Firefighter Richard G. Ruley Sr.
April 1, 2010

Firefighter/Paramedic Pat Reif
January 18, 2010

Captain Joe Planos
June 13, 2008

Assistant Fire Chief
Richard G. Schumacher
May 29, 2008

Firefighter Norman Peterson
April 13, 2008

Firefighter Stanley J. Broslovik
January 2, 2008

Firefighter Mike "Mickey" Ryan
December 27, 2007

Firefighter Bob Godemann
April 3, 2007

Chief John Wilkinson
November 29, 2006

Captain Joseph Burton
August 31, 2006

Captain LeRoy O. Dullin
March 19, 2006 (Past Union President)

Captain Ernest W. Bongratz
February 9, 2006

Captain Harold E. Cowell
January 24, 2006

Captain Peter Hanchar
January 6, 2006

Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Dwyer
May 18, 2005

Captain William Best
February 15, 2003

Captain William C. Currie
May 24, 1997

Marty Leoni
July 22, 1985

Firefighters Craig and Stiles
December 13, 1905




Evanston Retired Fire Fighters Association

Membership Information:

In order to make sure your information is up to date, please click on the Membership Information HERE. This will insure that you are kept up to date on all of our information, meetings, and lunches.

New T-shirts and Hats

Evanston Retired Fire Fighters Association has hats and shirts for sale.

The T- Shirts come in Dark Gray and Light gray. $10.00 each 2Xl $12.00 each

Hats are black with logo embroidered on front. $15.00 each

Men’s classic Izod golf shirts Gray and ocean blue. $30.00 each

Contact Ronn Gannon for further information.

Letter from the ERFFA:

Evanston Retired Fire Fighters Association

Bob Nelson - Firefighter Retired President

Ronn Gannon - Division Chief Retired Secretary

Mailing address:


Bob Nelson

354 S. Dryden Pl.

Arlington Heights, IL 60005


To All E.R.F.F.A. Members:

On November 30, 2011 we lost our good friend and president Bob Schwarz. We all know how much Bob loved the Evanston Fire Department and E.R.F.F.A. He (Margaret) was the one that kept E.R.F.F.A. going over the years. We all will remember Bobs love of a good joke and some that were not so good. He had a real love for life and family. Please keep Bob and his family in your prayers.

At the winter luncheon in December Ronn Gannon and I volunteered to take over E.R.F.F.A. I will be President and Ronn will be the Secretary. We both look forward to the challenge and will do are best for E.R. F.F.A. If you have any suggestions or information, jokes, etc. please sent them to me.

If you go on Local 742 web site at, on the left side go to Local 742, drop down to Retiree’s and E.R.F.F.A. Information will be on there.

Looking forward to the spring luncheon.

Click HERE to view the ERFFA Newsletter & Fire Lines



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