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2018 Day at the Races

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Assistant Chief Hayes

Former 506 Union President / Deputy Chief Tom Hayes was promoted to Assistant Chief of the Berwyn Fire Department. An exemplary leader at every stage and role in his career.

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Molinaro Proclamation

Last night’s city council was eventful for the Berwyn Fire Department. Former 506 Union President/Assistant Chief Sam Molinaro received a proclamation from Mayor Robert Lovero for his years of dedicated service to the Berwyn Fire Department. Salvatore "Sam" Molinaro has served the Berwyn Firefighters Local 506 Executive Board and as Union President. He has spent a career looking out for his fellow firefighters and we wish him the very best as he takes the helm at Tri-State Fire Protection District.

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2018 AFFI Endorsements

The Berwyn Firefighters Local 506 are proud to announce the unanimous endorsements of AFFI VP at Large Russ Hunt, District 1 VP Danny Fortuna, and Northern District Trustee Eric Habercoss for their upcoming re-elections.

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Farnsworth Retirement Proclamation

A proclamation tonight (penned by the master wordsmith A/C Sam Molinaro) at Berwyn City Council celebrated the career of Jim Farnsworth. Your family here at the BFD wish you nothing but happiness as you venture into your retirement.

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12th Annual Sailors for Christmas

Giving a warm Berwyn FD and Berwyn Firefighters Local 506 welcome to the men and women of the Great Lakes Naval Academy for the 12th Annual Sailors for Christmas.

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2018 Local 506 Christmas Baskets

This morning, our off-duty 506 Members helped out Berwyn families in need right before the holidays with our annual 506 Holiday Box Delivery filled with food & treats ??
Our community was filled with appreciative residents. A very special thanks to Meijer for donating the holiday boxes and supplies and to Executive Board Secretary Bob McCorry for leading the charge again.

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Increased Services with BLS Engines

Berwyn Firefighter/Paramedics Dom Licato & Brian Madden check out our new EMS bags. As of today, the Berwyn Fire Department staffed with the full time career professional firefighters provided by Berwyn Firefighters Local 506 has just enhanced their services to the residents by making all of our engines equipped to handle Basic Life Support (BLS) calls at no additional cost to our taxpayers

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2017 Tree Lighting

What a huge success our inaugural 6th Ward Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony was at the 16th street fire station! We hope all the Berwynites liked the hot chocolate provided by on & off duty members of Local 506. A special thank you to Alderman Alicia Ruiz for letting us be sponsor and be a part of this great event!

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Hobby Day Parade 2017

We are tremendously humbled to have been recognized and celebrated at this year's Hobby Day Parade alongside our brothers at Cicero Local 717. Thank you to the people of Berwyn and Cicero for this honor.

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Oktoberfest 2017

Thank you to everyone who came out to this year's Oktoberfest event. We hope that you enjoyed our savory menu filled with Potato Pancakes and delicious Beer Brats.

Together, we were able to have our most successful year to date. The funds we were able to generate will help us and our partnership with "Operation warm" to distribute even more winter coats to children of Berwyn.

We would like to send out a heart felt thank you to our sponsors Turano Baking Co, and Rose Packing. And give special recognition to the members of Berwyn Firefighters Local 506 and their family members who came out and volunteered time.

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Jefferson Student wins coloring contest, and much more

Congrats to Jefferson Elementary student, Ailton Ramon, for winning 1st place in our Berwyn Fire Department coloring contest during Fire Safety Week.  One of the perks of winning the contest included a ride to school with the firefighters on Berwyn Engine 903. 

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Tim Berwick Promoted to Engineer

On May 9th, Tim Berwick was sworn into his new rank as Engineer for the Berwyn Fire Department.Congratulaions to Tim and the entire Berwick Family!

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Enginer John Janata Retires

Congratulatory cake and coffee coupled with some kind words in regards to the career of Engineer John Janata during his last shift. We wish you nothing but the best in retirement.

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Thank you for another successful event!

We would like to thank everyone that attended this year's Day at the Races event as well as those that weren't able to make it out but have sponsored, donated, and otherwise supported our organization.

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Berwyn 506 supports Team Lovero

506 is proud to support the members of the Democratic Citizens of Berwyn (DCOB) slate of candidates for the April 28th primaries.

Update: Thank you to all participants that opted to particpate in the election process and congratulations for the candidates that have won their respective offices. Let's move forward together to create a better Berwyn.

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AFFI District 1 Fall Meeting

We are proud to be hosting the Associated Firefighters of Illinois (AFFI) District 1 Fall meeting. The meeting will be held at:
Paisan's Pizzeria
6226 West Ogden Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402

You can register online by clicking the link below:

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2016 Thanksgiving Baskets

This year, Berwyn Firefighters' Association IAFF Local 506 has partnered with Meijers again to put together a Thanksgiving care basket for Berwyn families in need of a little extra help this holiday. The care baskets included a sizeable turkey and a gift card to be used to fill out the rest of the table.

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AFFI in Support of Mayor Lovero

Associated Firefighters of Illinois (AFFI) standing tall with Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero.

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Local 506 Endorse Mayor Lovero and the DCOB Slate

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OktoberFest 2016

We are happy to announce that we will once again be setting up shop at Berwyn's Depot District Oktoberfest.  Like last year, we will be offering Potato Pancakes, Bratwurst, and high quality H2O.  So come on down and enjoy a delicious staple of our local cuisine.... the Potato Pancake


Click the link below for more information

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Light the Lamp for Burn Camp - 2016

Light the Lamp for Burn Camp is back.  This year you will be treated to an "original 6" matchup as the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Toronto Mapleleafs on Saturday, October 22nd.  Tickets to the event are limited so act fast!

Click Link Below For More Information

Light The Lamp for Burn Camp Page

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Thank you for another great softball Tournament

     The Berwyn Firefighter’s Union Local 506 would like to thank everyone involved with the 8th annual sofball tournament. The teams of partcipants who spent a very long day playing and the volunteers who helped make another year possible are a testament to the commitment that the public service has to this community. 
     This tournament could not happen without the help of businesses who share in our drive to help the children of our community stay warm through the winter. The generosity of MacNeal Hospital, The Berwyn Recreation Department, Michael Anthony’s Pizza, Lagunitas Brewing, BuckleDown Brewery, Urban Legend Brewery, Maggianos of Oak Brook, The Clubhouse Oak Brook, Ditka’s of Oak Brook, Streamlight, MSA, Menards, Target of Broadview, Kane County Cougars, Schaumburg Boomers, and Phoenix Fire Systems is what allows this tournament to raise enough money to contnue to exceed the previous year’s total and continue to grow. These donatons show that when a community comes together for our children, great things can be accomplished. Thank you again to all involved and we look forward to an even bigger and better event next year.

-- Scott Waszak

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8th Annual Softball Tournament

For 8 years, we have organized this softball tournament to generate funds to donate to "Operation Warm", a program designed to give the gift of warmth to children of Berwyn by supplying those in need with American made winter coats to help brave the harsh chicagoland area weather.  As winter appraoches, our firefighters will hand deliver the special gifts, personally fitting each child with a new coat and helping them to write their name in the interior tag which reads, “Made Especially for You.” Beyond warmth, Berwyn Firefighters hope that this will boost self-esteem, keep children in school, and create memories that will last much longer than the life of a coat.

A special thank you to all of the career professional labor organizations that have particpated in the tournament since its inception.  Also to all of the local businesses that have made contributions and donated time.  If you want to learn more or would like to offer a donation please click on the banner below

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506 Collecting for MDA

This June, Berwn Firefighters Local 506 is taking to the streets of Berwyn to collect for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).  We will be out 3 consecutive Saturdays this june including June 11th, June 18th, and June 25th.  Please keep an eye out for us.  

If you arent able to help us "Fill the Boot", you can click the link below to make an online donation.  It's that easy!  Help us give muscular dystrophy the boot!


Berwyn Firefighters Local 506 MDA Donation Page

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We will be proudly serving our World Famous Potato Pancakes this weekend at Berwyn's 15th Annual Oktoberfest located along Windsor and Stanley Ave. Stop on by and pick up 2 for $5.00 and a helping of sour cream and/or applesauce. All proceeds will benefit Operation Warm.

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Dinner with the Firefighters - The Lugay Clan

We are happy to entertain the Lugay Clan after they earned the top bid at the 2015 PAV YMCA Teeter Award for "Dinner with the Firefighters". Brought to you by Berwyn firefighters Local 506 with dinner prepared by Mario Manfredini.

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MDA Goodwill Ambassador Lizzie Chamberlain

Berwyn Firefighters Local 506 welcomed MDA Goodwill Ambassador Lizzie Chamberlain and her family for lunch at the firehouse. #AFFIStandWithLizzie #FillTheBoot #TogetherWeAreProgress

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2015 Fill the Boot for MDA

Our 2015 Fill the Boot for MDA has ended! Berwyn Firefighters hit the streets the first 3 Saturdays of June and helped raise an AMAZING $20,989.40 to help provide hope to families living in the Chicagoland area, including many who live in Berwyn. The funds raised this year will go towards providing clinic visits, support group sessions, sends kids to summer camp, funds vital, life-saving research which leads to new treatments and therapies to help those affected by neuromuscular disease.

A special mention to members Christy, Dan & Dominick for all of your hard work helping to coordinate this year’s Fill the Boot for MDA!

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John Novacek Day!

Henceforth, April 14th, 2015 shall be known as John Novacek day in Berwyn! Congratulations to our own Engineer John Novacek who received a proclamation during the 4/14 Berwyn City Council meeting in regards to his retirement. John has served the City of Berwyn in many capacities and has always been a model for his dedication to public safety.

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District 1 Hockey Team

4 members of Berwyn Firefighters Association Local 506 (Jay Diebold, Derek Mijares, Dan Ploskonka, and Maximus Campo) play hockey for the AFFI District 1 Hockey team. The team traveled to the Quad Cities to participate in the Quad Cities Annual Benefit game. AFFI District 1 won the game in overtime. Congratulations gentlemen.

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Thank you for another great event!

Berwyn Firefighters Local 506

32nd Annual


Saturday March 21st, 2015

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On February 10th, 2015, members of Berwyn Firefighters Local 506 (Black Shift) were acknowledged during the City Council meeting. The firefighters received "Honorable Mention" awards for actions taken during a fire the morning of Jan 7th.
A number of Berwyn Police officers were also acknowledged during this same council meeting for the same fire. This is a shining example of what our two agencies can accomplish when we come together for the common purpose of public safety and protecting the residents of Berwyn.

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Christmas Baskets 2014

Berwyn Firefighters Local 506 partnered again this year with Meijer grocery store to put together Christmas baskets for Berwyn families. 30 baskets were put together and included items like a turkey, ham, milk, bread, etc and everything needed for a delicious Christmas feast.

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Thanksgiving Day 2014

Berwyn Firefighters Local 506 members standing proud with Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero at Liberty Cultural Center on Thanksgiving Day. As they do every year, the City of Berwyn makes sure that every family in town has the opportunity to enjoy a hot Thanksgiving dinner. Berwyn Firefighters Local 506 is proud to help feed those less fortunate Berwyn residents. This 2014 Thanksgiving event helped to provide and serve over 300 dinners.

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Operation Warm 2014

BERWYN – While it may be easy to take a warm coat for granted in the winter, for others it's a luxury they can't afford.

More than 100 first-grade-students at Prairie Oak Grammar School will be wearing brand new winter coats to brave the winter, compliments of Berwyn firefighters....

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RB Landmark 11/14/14

Village distorts firefighter picture

Opinion: Letters to the editor

Once again, Mayor Hermanek has sent out letters to the North Riverside residents amazingly fraught with distortions, half-truths and lies, at the taxpayers' expense, I might add. Let me take the time to share with you some of his fairy tales.

For years, the Village of North Riverside have been protected by professional full-time union firefighters, who have to be certified by the Illinois State Fire Marshall's Office, test for the position, go through a background check and a physical agility test. 

They train daily; they give back to the community and care about each and every resident. Yes, they have had to work alongside numerous part-time PSI employees, who work for a for-profit company, whose only concern is their own bottom line....

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge 8/18/14

MDA President and CEO Steve Derks takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with the help of Berwyn Firefighters in front of Berwyn FD Station 3. 
The ice bucket challenge has been gaining popularity as it strives to raise awareness and donations to support MDA and the fight against ALS. Berwyn Firefighters Local 506 is proud to continue supporting this noble cause!

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