Ignite the Spirit

Ignite the Spirit Ignite the Spirit is a charity that has been around since 2003 and has helped over 500 families in need. Ignite the Spirit has donated over a million dollars to ease the hardship of Chicago Fire Department families.
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Ignite the Spirit began in 2003 when a meeting of the minds came together to create an organization that would help others in need; our brothers and sisters on the job that have fallen victim to life’s unjust hardships. Those of you that are familiar with Ignite the Spirit and its mission have already known the numerous times we’ve been there when needed. There are several members in the department that have received assistance from us; many heartbreaking stories we cannot tell. Not only do we respect each other’s privacy, we also respect each other’s pride. Perhaps our pride as men and women on the job is what keeps Ignite the Spirit in the shadows for many of you. If you’ve known a family that needed us and didn’t know where to turn, you’ve seen the effects of Ignite the Spirit and how proud it makes someone to be a member of the Chicago Fire Department. The support we have given has been significant; the overwhelming amount of gratitude given back is priceless. The feelings are similar to witnessing the birth of a child – Awestruck and speechless. Have you ever walked into a stranger’s house, handed them a check, said a few kind words, a hug ensuring things will get better and just leave? We have. Daily. Ignite the Spirit continues on without fanfare every day and lives true by the slogan, “We’re HERE When You Need Us”.

Operating as usual

Merry Christmas 🎅🏼🎄❤️
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas 🎅🏼🎄❤️

12/12/2020
Update: We are sold out!!! Thank you❤️❤️❤️Christmas is fast approaching! Give the gift of this special ITS Whiskey for s...
12/07/2020

Update: We are sold out!!! Thank you❤️❤️❤️

Christmas is fast approaching! Give the gift of this special ITS Whiskey for someone and at the same time help our mission. Email [email protected] to place your order today! 🎅🏼🎄🚒🚑

Please help us honor Retired Lt. Dwain Williams. Please continue to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏻😢
12/06/2020

Please help us honor Retired Lt. Dwain Williams. Please continue to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏻😢

FF Eli Alcauter of Truck #7 suddenly lost his wife due to COVID this week. He has two 13 year old children and his fathe...
12/03/2020
Meal Train for Eli Alcauter Family

FF Eli Alcauter of Truck #7 suddenly lost his wife due to COVID this week. He has two 13 year old children and his father in law lives with them. Let’s show him our love and support. Please click on the link to help. ❤️

Eli Alcauter is a Chicago Firefighter at truck #7. He was formerly a marine and a sheriff. He lost his wife suddenly this past week. He and his wife Yolanda have two 13 year old children. A daughter named Isaly and a son named Logan. Their father in law also resides with them. Eli wanted to be sure....

We wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for the support throughout this year!
11/26/2020

We wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for the support throughout this year!

Ignite the Spirit
11/23/2020

Ignite the Spirit

Vick Shah, owner of Norwood Royal Cigars, gave us a great donation from the design and sale of a challenge coin. Stop in...
11/23/2020

Vick Shah, owner of Norwood Royal Cigars, gave us a great donation from the design and sale of a challenge coin. Stop in at 6046 Northwest Highway, say thanks and buy a cigar or two!

11/03/2020
10/22/2020

The final CFD walk out! Congrats Rich! We look forward to see all the amazing things you are going to do for ITS in retirement!

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10/20/2020

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We can’t say enough about Rich Pinskey !!!! When we met this man in 2013 at Engine78 while heading to a Cubs game it changed our lives. His guenine heart and respect grab us and a friendship was born. It was shortly after this encounter that Ignite the Spirit Leamington/Kingsville was born!!! Thank you Rich for the opportunity to help others. Happy retirement from CFD and can’t wait until we can see you face to face brother !!! Cheers from the great north!!

Today is our Ignite the Spirit founder's last day with Chicago Fire Department!  Congratulations Rich for your incredibl...
10/19/2020

Today is our Ignite the Spirit founder's last day with Chicago Fire Department! Congratulations Rich for your incredible career! Stop by and say hello today or tomorrow at Firewater Saloon.

Ladies and Gentlemen!!!! It’s calendar time!! The Ignite the Spirit Calendar will be available beginning in November. It...
10/15/2020

Ladies and Gentlemen!!!! It’s calendar time!! The Ignite the Spirit Calendar will be available beginning in November. It’s the perfect gift for Christmas. This calendar highlights 12 amazing and heroic Chicago Firefighters & Paramedics while helping raise funds for our organization.

Our page is getting close to 10,000 fans!  Please invite your friends to LIKE our page.  Our fans are how we can continu...
10/14/2020

Our page is getting close to 10,000 fans! Please invite your friends to LIKE our page. Our fans are how we can continue spreading our mission. THANK YOU!

It’s Fire Safety Week! Please share this important safety tip.
10/09/2020

It’s Fire Safety Week! Please share this important safety tip.

Meal Train for Tsokolas Family
10/08/2020
Meal Train for Tsokolas Family

Meal Train for Tsokolas Family

To support our neighbors, the Tsokolas Family, as they navigate through the devastating loss of their amazing wife and mother, Mary Jo, we request that anyone who would like to drop a meal off please sign up on the calendar. Freeze ahead meals are welcomed. If you don’t have time to cook and still...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month🌸💕
10/01/2020

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month🌸💕

Congratulations!!!
09/21/2020

Congratulations!!!

Please welcome our new Firefighter graduates as they prepare to go out and serve your community!

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#ChicagoFireDepartment #ChicagoFire #Firefighter #CFD #Chicago #FireAcademy #Graduation #Graduates

Our friends at the Edison Park Chamber of Commerce are selling raffle tickets for a bottle of Pappy's Bourbon.  Today is...
09/16/2020

Our friends at the Edison Park Chamber of Commerce are selling raffle tickets for a bottle of Pappy's Bourbon. Today is the last day for your chance to win. They will announce the winner on Facebook Live at 3:30pm on their Edison Park page. Clcik on the link to buy a ticket....https://www.edisonpark.org/strike-big-in-edison-park

Big announcement!!! Our founder and president, Rich Pinskey, is retiring with 32 years of service! Come celebrate this m...
09/15/2020

Big announcement!!! Our founder and president, Rich Pinskey, is retiring with 32 years of service! Come celebrate this man who has done so much for so many❤️❤️❤️
Send him some well wishes in the comments!

Keeping all of our brothers and sisters in our prayers ❤️
09/14/2020

Keeping all of our brothers and sisters in our prayers ❤️

As if our job is not dangerous enough, this morning Engine 71 quarters was hit by gunfire. Thankfully all our members are safe.

Never forget 🇺🇸🙏🏻
09/11/2020

Never forget 🇺🇸🙏🏻

On this night nineteen years ago, 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went t...
09/10/2020

On this night nineteen years ago, 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to sleep in preparation for work in the morning tomorrow. 343 firefighters went to sleep in preparation for their morning shift. Sixty police officers went to sleep in preparation for morning patrol. Eight paramedics went to sleep in preparation for the morning shift of saving lives. None of them saw past 10:00 AM on Sept 11, 2001. In one single moment life may never be the same.

9/11/01. Never forget. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

09/09/2020
09/07/2020
Prayers to our brothers in blue who were shot last night🙏🏻 We stand with our brothers and sisters in blue 💙❤️
08/30/2020

Prayers to our brothers in blue who were shot last night🙏🏻 We stand with our brothers and sisters in blue 💙❤️

Prayers for our brothers and sisters in Fire Department City of Kenosha. They have been working tirelessly these last co...
08/26/2020

Prayers for our brothers and sisters in Fire Department City of Kenosha. They have been working tirelessly these last couple days.🙏🏻

The Henry Schueler 41 & 9 Foundation
08/22/2020

The Henry Schueler 41 & 9 Foundation

And they’re off 🚴🏻‍♀️ 🚴🧡💙 #cycleforacure #hsf419 #henryschueler #fightleukemia #fightcancer #fightmicormycosis #staystrong

Please share:Lake Effect Brewing Company LLC First Responder Brew will be making an appearance at Murray Bros Caddyshack...
08/21/2020

Please share:

Lake Effect Brewing Company LLC First Responder Brew will be making an appearance at Murray Bros Caddyshack Rosemont at 9546 Balmoral Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018.

Stop in on Saturday, August 22 for lunch or dinner. A portion of the proceeds for the First Responder Brew will be donated to The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and Ignite the Spirit.

#SupportBlue
#SupportRed

08/18/2020
96•11 flowers

Thank you to our Business of the Month! We appreciate your support of our mission! Please give their page a LIKE to help us say thanks.

providing affordable flowers & event planning for intimate weddings, events or those "just because" moments... bringing your vision to perfect bloom!

The Henry Schueler 41 & 9 Foundation
08/09/2020

The Henry Schueler 41 & 9 Foundation

Take a walk down memory lane with us as we head out later this month on our TENTH ride Cycling for a Cure to Pediatric Leukemia.

2010 - CFD around Lake Michigan
2011 - To St. Louis via Indy
2012 - Cross country ride
2013 - Ride hiatus
2014 - Wrigley to Fenway
2015 - Chicago/Foster Beach to Estabrook in Milwaukee
2016 - Ryan Field to Holiday Inn in Milwaukee
2017 - Ryan Field to Holiday Inn in Milwaukee
2018 - Loyola Academy to Westin in Milwaukee
2019 - Loyola Academy to Westin in Milwaukee

#hsf419 #henryschueler #fightcancer #fightleukemia #fightmucormycosis #cfd #ignitethespirit #cycleforacure

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08/08/2020

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6400 N Northwest Hwy
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Thank you Ignite the Spirit for making this birthday boys day. He was so surprised and loves his new bike. We are beyond appreciative. Thank you for your generosity and service. You are the best!!
THANK YOU Ignite the Spirit for making 2 birthdays extra special during our lockdown! You made the day for my 14 year old son and 12 year old daughter. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! You are THE BEST! -The Morris Family
Chicago Fire Department 2019 calendar and still not available on your website. Any update? Thanks, asking for a friend! 😆
Thank you Ignite The Spirit for your support!!!
Frontline OCR is honored to announce an additional mission of support for the 3rd Wave in October 27th in Byron, IL. The Frontline is partnering up with Ignite the Spirit, the Chicago Fire Department's Charity, in order to help the surviving family members of fallen Chicago Fire Department Diver, Juan Bucio. Use Code IGNITETHESPIRIT and Save 15%. Frontline will donate 10% each time this code is used. As you know, Frontline OCR is dedicated to first responders and the military. The 3rd Wave will feature a medal representing our Firefighters. Below is the prototype. The real version will be as brilliant as our previous two law enforcement medals. Medal Monday has arrive early folks. Please share this. Register Here: https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Byron/FrontlineOCR2
Looking forward to seeing you all at #ChicagoPolarPlunge this Sunday @ North Avenue Beach - your tent is ready and waiting
EMT-B Competency Test Prep Con Ed’s are available. Click on Sign up button on FB page to pick a date to attend and pay. Cost if Class is $50 for 4 hours of Con Ed. Hands on skills included. Any questions please email [email protected]
EMT-B classes begin: 10/17/17 for the Tuesday/Thursday Class, Time 6pm-10pm. 10/21/17 for the Saturday Class, Time 9am-5pm. Applications will be available starting 9/16/17 in person at 4004 N. Nashville Ave. Chicago,IL. 60634. email Chris Hansen for appointment at [email protected]