05/16/2022 Gifting in Buda, Texas

Yesterday our President flew down to Buda Texas to gift FF/EMT Jason Eckstrom. There was an incredible show of community support evident by Buda Fire Department and neighboring departments.
It was truly an honor to help out Jason, his loving wife Megan, and their family of 7.
Special thank you for the warm Texas welcome. They were generous enough to give rides to and from the Austin airport and treat our President to a proper Texas BBQ.
We loved to see the brotherhood in action this weekend seeing hundreds and hundreds of firefighters throughout the state support one of our own.
For Love of Family & Brotherhood

Join us May 14th at the 23rd Annual Gurnee fire expo! There will be many exciting exhibits, including the Tunnel to Towers Foundation with their 9/11 mobile exhibit!

“Enjoy family-friendly activites, food, fire safety tips & demonstrations and more at this FREE event brought to you by the Lake County Fire Departments. Plus, don’t miss the NEW 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit.” -Gurnee Mills Poster

 

We were excited to have Grayslake Fire District FF/Paramedic Sean Bergstrom represent us at SMOKE & GUNS. He won in a unanimous decision. Take a look at why he chose to represent us :

“I want to thank the @shield23foundation for allowing me to represent their foundation at Smoke and Guns this past weekend! This is a foundation that I believe in and that is doing really great things for Firefighters battling cancer across the country. I grew up with the Constantino family. They have been close family friends since Ryan and I were in diapers. They started this foundation to Honor Ryan’s father Russ Constantino who passed away from job related cancer. Some of my earliest memories are of Russ showing us the trucks and bunker gear and his collection of old nozzles and other fire service memorabilia in the basement. I don’t think I would have found the fire service without Russ and it was such an honor to fight with his badge number on my shorts. If you feel so inclined please go to their website shield23foundation.org/donate and help them help the next firefighter family that has to go through the hardest moments of their lives. “For the love of family and brotherhood” #firefightercancersupportnetwork #firefighter #firefightercancerawareness #shield23foundation #smokeandguns918” –  Sean Bergstrom

We were honored to be invited to speak at the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois district 5 meeting today.
Thanks to your help we have been able to donate $22,458 to firefighters with cancer and their families that fight beside them since November of 2021.
Today, we were honored to be at the North Chicago Fire Department to present Deanna Peacy, wife of Firefighter Keith Peacy who recently passed away from cancer, with a gifting.
Keith was our first gifting recipient and over the years we have grown close to the Peacy family. Deanna please know that you and your family will forever be a part of our family.
Today we were honored to present a gifting to Lt. Keri Pacelli of the University Park Fire Department.
Please join us in wishing her encouragement and strength in her battle.
If you are interested in donating directly to her and her family her go fund me is linked below.
It was quite the honor to be invited into Station 21 of the Fairburn Fire department (Georgia) to present a Gifting to FF Taylor Pinyan
It was a pleasure to stand by many of Taylor’s brother and sister FFs in a heartfelt show of support and encouragement for Taylor’s cancer battle. Taylor is our youngest gift recipient at 29. We welcome Taylor, his family, and Fairburn FD into the S23F family.
Initially requested on his behalf by Piedmont Cancer Center Oncology Nurse Navigator Stephanie Martin Rohling, it was a pleasure to stand alongside Stephanie and her colleagues. Thank you for being an advocate for Taylor.
We were honored to meet and present a Gifting to Firemedic Frank Nunez of the Itasca Fire Protection District.
Please join us in wishing him encouragement and strength in his battle with cancer.