City of Champaign September 11 Memorial Ceremony on 9/11/2023.

Honor Guard

The Champaign Fire Department Local 1260 Honor Guard was loosely formed in the late 1980’s by a group of Firefighters to present or post our Nation’s Colors and Honor our Fallen Firefighters.  In 1993, the Associated Firefighters of Illinois (AFFI) formed the State Honor Guard in which AFFI Firefighters from across the State of Illinois joined.  Subsequently, several Champaign Firefighters officially joined the State Honor Guard in 1995.  After September 11, 2001, our Honor Guard grew to 9 members, and currently has a roster of 18 Firefighters.   Each member is required to be a member of the AFFI Honor Guard and maintain strict adherence to attendance and training requirements.

The Honor Guard regularly presents and posts our Nation’s Colors at various local functions, marches in the Community’s 4th of July Parade, and conducts an annual memorial ceremony for September 11th and an annual memorial remembering CFD’s only Line of Duty death.  The Honor Guard also answers the call when activated by the AFFI, and attends Line of Duty Deaths of Firefighters across the state.