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2012 MDA Fundraising

The Oak Lawn Firefighters Local 3405 would like to thank each and every one who donated to help make the 2012 MDA Fundraising effort such a success! MDA Fill the Boot campaign worked in conjunction with Jewel Food stores this year. We raised over $4,300.00 the first weekend of October, 2012.  Check out the photo's on the Photo Gallery, tab down to MDA.


Real Oak Lawn Firefighters Wear Pink

By Lorraine Swanson October 10, 2012

Oak Lawn firefighters are selling pink duty shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds will be donated to Advocate Christ's Center for Breast Care in Oak Lawn.

Oak Lawn’s bravest are wearing pink this week in a show of solidarity with breast cancer patients and their families, as well as those who have succumbed to the disease.

Through the end of this week, members of the Oak Lawn Professional Firefighters Association Local 3405 will be selling the custom pink t-shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which falls in October.

“Many of our union members’ families have been affected by all different kinds of cancer, including breast cancer,” OLFD Lt. Vince Griffin said, vice-president of Local 3405. “We’re trying to support people who support us in the community. It’s only right for us to give back.”

Proceeds from the shirts—which sell for $15—will go toward Advocate Christ’s Cancer Institute and Center for Breast Care in Oak Lawn for development and purchase of education materials for cancer patients. The firefighters’ union hopes to raise $3,000 to donate to the center.

The custom pink duty shirts feature the OLFD logo on the front, and on a breast-cancer awareness design on the back.

Oak Lawn firefighters are selling the shirts this Friday, Oct. 12, at the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care in Oak Lawn. The firefighters will also be taking part in a ceremony in which some 3,000 tulip bulbs will be planted in honor of all those whose lives have been touched by cancer at the center.

In the spring, after the flowers have bloomed, the bulbs will be unearthed and given to those who purchased them, according to an Advocate Christ press release. Unclaimed bulbs will be distributed to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients for planting in their personal gardens.

“For cancer survivors, newly diagnosed patients and families, the flowers that sprout from the bulbs represent hope and courage,” said Peggy Kupres, RN BSN, coordinator of survivorship and external relations for the Cancer Institute, and an 11-year breast cancer survivor. “Just as the bulbs must survive the winter in order to bloom, so patients must go through oftentimes difficult treatments before they can blossom in freedom from cancer.”

Bruno Galatte Landscape of Tinley Park, donated the tulip bulbs for the ceremonial plantings.

More information about Advocate Health Care’s fight against breast cancer is available on Advocate’s Facebook page.


Easter Seals Autism

Check presentation to Easter Seals Autism for $2408 from the 8th Annual Oak Lawn Fire/ Police Hockey Game(OLFD Wins!!!) Thanks to the OLFD/OLPD hockey teams!


2012 Oak Lawn Baseball Association Donation

The Oak Lawn Fire Fighters Local 3405 giving their donation to the Oak Lawn Baseball Association for $750.00


2012 Guns & Hoses Hockey Tournament

Congratulations to the Oak Lawn Professional Fire Fighters Local 3405 for winning the Guns & Hoses Hockey Game this year!  The final score was 7-3.  Charities benefited are Easter Seals Autism and Make a Wish Foundation.  Thanks to all who came out and had a great time!


West Side Baseball Donation

Local 3405 President Scott Tsilis and EMS Director Gary Bettenhausen along with Lt. Ron Schneiwind & 36th Dist State Rep Kelly Burke present our donation to West Side Baseball in Oak Lawn. The money went to sponsoring the league for 2012 and to purchase a new awning to cover the concession stand. It should be installed very soon.




The Oak Lawn Professional Firefighters Local 3405 is a proud sponsor of MDA. Local 3405 would like to thank you for your continued support when you see us out "Filling the Boot for MDA." The IAFF has partnered with the MDA for nearly 60 years now.





2012 Duck Race

The 2012 firefighters duck race was brought to you by Advocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Hospital serving the community for over 50 years! Our 2012 Event sponsor.
Kudos to our partners at Advocate Christ, we work all year along side their amazing ED staff and are proud to be teaming with them to give back to the community we both serve. Thanks Christ

Thanks to all our sponsors: These community businesses and organizations help make this a great family event.

Mike Haggerty VW and Buick our Sno-cone sponsor, because of them they were FREE and helped cool all of us down in this crazy heat!

Hilton of Oak Lawn our Race sponsor, best rooms in town and a cool place to get a drink in this heat. Special thanks to the Hilton's Lori Jadzak for wanting to team up with us in the fight against cancer. Something we take special pride in. Don't forget Relay for Life July 21st at the Pavilion not too late to make a donation... just saying

Themed Ducky sponsors:

Reporter ducky sponsored by our very own Oak Lawn Patch and editor Lorraine Swanson. Thanks madam editor and keep all the news that's fit to "post" in OL coming through the world wide web. Don't forget to LIKE the Patch on Facebook ya'll!

Dr. ducky sponsored by Little Company of Mary Hospital. Thanks to another great medical facility and tremendous ED staff, we also want to mention that they will soon be opening the new 3 story Care Station on the North side of 95th street West of Ridgeland later this year. Another great addition to the already amazing medical infrastructure in Oak Lawn. Thanks LCM!!!

Lady Liberty ducky sponsored by our brothers and sisters of the Oak Lawn Fire Department Club. This organization is made up of current and retired Oak Lawn Firefighters including volunteers' from back in the day. They help our department purchase much needed equipment that doesn't make the final cut during budget hearings. We are a little biased but they rock! (that ones for you Steve).

Float/Parade Sponsors:

Blake Lamb Funeral Parlor Thanks for all you do for our brothers and sisters who die in the line of duty and for taking care of all the families who have lost loved ones. A truely compassionate place and intregral part of our community.

Les Brothers Rest. Family owned and operated and those Les Brothers can play a little golf too. Both years we hosted our charity golf outing the Les Boys won!
Kelly Nissan Thanks to the Kelly Nissan family for your generous support! Last year they sponsored the prizes this year the float you guys are a great community car dealer.

Prize Sponsors:

FreshLine Foods best groceries in town and great family and staff. Located right across the street from Firehouse 3 we are frequently seen shopping at this fine family establishment. Thanks

Pazzo's salon and spa its were our duckies go to get primped before the big race.

Palermos Pizza -Tony your too good to us and our waist lines prove it. We better start working out more cause Tony ain't going anywhere and we cant stop eating his pies. Thanks for donating the pizzas for the Slumber Party package. (Slumber party package includes a sleep over for up to 20 of your closest friends at the Childrens' Museum)
Tuziks Bakery - Thanks to the Tuzik family those kids at the slumber party are going to enjoy some homemade cupcakes after all that yummy pizza from Palermos.
Oak Lawn Park District Wow what a great group we have over at the park dist. Awesome fireworks display and their Star Spangled Celebration is fun for the whole family. Glad we could team up on the Treasure Hunt this year. The park district generously donated a Private Pool party at either Centennial or Central pool. Great time of year to take advantage of that prize!
Andy's Custards thanks to the good people at Andy's those kids cooling off at the pool party will also be chilling on some of Andy's cold delights!
Birthday Party or just any excuse to get up to 20 family and friends together for a private party at the Children's Museum.
Velvet Bakery These Eastern European bakers have donated the cupcakes for those kids partying it up at the Children's' Museum.
Special Thanks to Steve Barrett and his Public Works departments streets, water, and summer help for all they did to help prep the race site. Jerry Chicarillo and his sign shop guys for helping to publicize the race with those bright bill boards.
Oak Lawn Park District and Joel Craig for letting us have free reign at LakeShore Park and for cleaning up the creek so the duckies can swim worry free.
All of our Village co-workers and elected officials for the support they gave us this year to put on a successful and fun family event for the residents whom we have sworn to protect.

I can't forget our members who sweated, sweated, and even bled a little clearing the race site, walking the creek, working the parade, selling tickets, soliciting sponsors, setting up and running this event. Thanks Local 3405 Oak Lawn Firefighters. We will return next year...

Congrats Lt. McCastland

Congratulations to Lieutenant Michael McCastland on being awarded the Medal of Honor Award from the State of Illinois.  The Medal of Honor is the highest award given by the state of Illinois to a firefighter for an act of outstanding bravery or heroism, by which the firefighter has demonstrated in great degree the characteristics of selflessness and personal courage above and beyond the call of duty, under adverse conditions, with the possibility of extreme personal risk.

Congratulations to Firefighter/Paramedic Keith Giles on being awarded the Medal of Valor Award from the State of Illinois.  The Medal of Valor award is given by the state of Illinois to a firefighter for an act of heroism or bravery that clearly demonstrated courage and dedication in the face of danger while in the performance of duty.

Both Lieutenant McCastland and Firefighter/Paramedic Giles were honored on May 13, 2010 in Springfield at the Seventeenth Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Firefighter Medal of Honor Awards Ceremony.

2011 Duck Race

President Scott Tsilis and Local 3405 member Mike Boubel present a check for $6,000 to Adam Woodworth (Director) and members of the Children's Museum Board. Local 3405 raised these funds during it's inaugural 4th of JULY Duck Races!

Winners of our 2011 4th of JULY Firefighters duck races.

1. Garry Bettenhausen= Apple I-PAD II
2. Chris O'Grady= Wii game system and accessory package
3. Joe Vogrich= Apple I-POD Touch
4. Ava Cipriani= Slumber party at the children's museum
5. Ryann Houmboldt = Birthday party at the children's museum
6. Jacob Sadaro= firefighter for a day
7. Jimmy Moore= firefighter for a day
8. Stephen Dawson= ride to school on a fire truck and membership to children's museum
9. Dawn Nelson= ride to school on a fire truck and membership to children's museum
10. Gabriella Marceilla= ride to school on a fire truck and membership to children's museum

We raised $6,000 for the Children's Museum of Oak Lawn.
Thanks to everyone who bought a duck and came out for the race! Looking forward to doing it again next year... only bigger and better!

Thanks to Oak Lawn Park district and Oak Lawn Public Works department for helping us to host this inaugural event!
A SPECIAL THANKS to all our sponsors!!!
Event sponsors:

Mancari's Chrysler - Jeep - Dodge - Ram
Hawk Ford
Charmel, Charone, Widmer, Moss, and Barr Ltd. attorneys at law

Parade Float sponsors:

Blake-Lamb Funeral Home
Shirey Cadillac
Les Brothers Rest.
Little Company of Mary Hospital
Del-Mar Funeral Home

Platinum Duck Prize sponsor:

Kelly Nissan

Golden Duck sponsors:

Hills Family Drug Centers***Harris Bank***Papa Joes***Georges Lounge***Thompson & Keunster Funeral Home
LintFighters*** Kenwood Liquors***Freshline Foods***Pazzo Salon & Spa***World Travel Mart

Silver Duck sponsors:

Napleton Honda***Gateway Motel***Hot Corner***New Day Spa & Salon
NMS construction***JJS construction***Tone Productions***Budget Sign





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