Emerald Society Firefighters of Washington, DC

Emerald Society Firefighters of Washington, DC Family--Fraternity--Tradition--Charity The Emerald Society formed as a fraternal organization and is composed mostly of Firefighters many with an Irish background.
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An Irish background has never been a requirement to be a member, nor is being a DC Firefighter required. Our ranks are open to all members of all Fire Departments in the DC Metro area and their families. We are listed and incorporated as the Emerald Society of Washington DC. The Emerald Society is very proud of its openness to all members of all departments be they Firefighters, EMS-personnel, Communications, Apparatus Support Units or anyone who wants to be a member with Irish or Fire related interest. Our motto has always been that the Emerald Society is the one organization that all can join. Our membership in the 1980’s was about 100 and has grown to over 800 in the 1990's. We have members from virtually all fire departments in the metro area. A great mixture of ethnic backgrounds, with a central core of Irish Ancestry as the driving force of our activities. This Irish organization’s main objective is to promote friendship through family unity and involvement. We are a social group that takes no political positions in the fire department or government policy but rely on and support our Firefighters Union Local 36. We feel there is great need to bring families together and our success in this area has been overwhelming. The Emerald Society supports many activities during the year including our St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Party, crab feasts/family picnics, fishing tournament, softball and bowling leagues, golf tournaments, ski trips and ending our year with a Christmas party. We work with and support charities such as HEROES, Washington Hospital Center Burn Center, Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, Muscular Dystrophy and of course we support our troops at Walter Reed National Medical Center. In the past years the Society has donated well over $50,000 to these worthwhile charities and given thousands of hours of their time

We are proud of the DC Fire Department and thank them for the strong support they have given us since 1979 and we are looking forward to many more years of friendship and cooperation. We stand ready to lend support where it is needed to keep the family spirit alive, and to help provide our members the opportunity to meet with people with similar interest in other departments. One of the most important things this Society can do is to help keep the morale high by keeping the lines of communications open. Only by working together can we all move forward. The membership of the Emerald Society is proud of its Irish heritage and proud of the many accomplishments and contributions that the Irish have brought to the fire service and to this great country. Compiled June 4, 1996 by Bill Kelly, DCFD-Retired, Emerald Society Historian

Operating as usual

Great work by Cindy McGrew and the whole crew at Operation Second Chance in opening this wonderful retreat for our wound...
05/01/2021

Great work by Cindy McGrew and the whole crew at Operation Second Chance in opening this wonderful retreat for our wounded and their caregivers. The Emerald Society is proud to be a small part of supporting this.

04/03/2021

Again our hearts are heavy with the loss of another United States Capitol Police officer. Rest in peace, Officer William 'Billy' Evans.

04/02/2021

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Operation Second Chance has earned our fifth consecutive 4-star rating. This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Operation Second Chance exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work. Only 17% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 5 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Operation Second Chance outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Operation Second Chance apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

The Jameson-Harrison American Legion Post in Hughesville, MD has raised thousands of dollars for our Wounded Warrior fun...
03/30/2021

The Jameson-Harrison American Legion Post in Hughesville, MD has raised thousands of dollars for our Wounded Warrior fund through their great St. Patrick's Day dinners. Most of that money has gone to support Operation Second Chance. At the dinner on March 20th, President Jim Reilley presented the Legion cooking crew a Thank You letter from Operation Second Chance which is proudly displayed by Charles Goldsmith. Great job to the kitchen crew and everybody at the Hughesville Legion who has helped with this event over the years!

The Jameson-Harrison American Legion Post in Hughesville, MD has raised thousands of dollars for our Wounded Warrior fund through their great St. Patrick's Day dinners. Most of that money has gone to support Operation Second Chance. At the dinner on March 20th, President Jim Reilley presented the Legion cooking crew a Thank You letter from Operation Second Chance which is proudly displayed by Charles Goldsmith. Great job to the kitchen crew and everybody at the Hughesville Legion who has helped with this event over the years!

03/24/2021

Well, it's about time! The first Emerald Society meeting since the Corona struck will be Monday March 29th at 1900, Rosensteel Knights of Columbus Silver Spring MD. We hope to see you there!

It's time to get out and have some fun!  The Fishing Tournament is a go, so get your boats and crews together and come o...
03/21/2021

It's time to get out and have some fun! The Fishing Tournament is a go, so get your boats and crews together and come on out! And its for a good cause.

It's time to get out and have some fun! The Fishing Tournament is a go, so get your boats and crews together and come on out! And its for a good cause.

03/17/2021

Happy St. Patricks Day to one and all!

It's coming up soon so contact Ricky Moore to get in on the limited seating available!
03/15/2021

It's coming up soon so contact Ricky Moore to get in on the limited seating available!

It's coming up soon so contact Ricky Moore to get in on the limited seating available!

03/14/2021

Today would have been a great day for a parade!

03/13/2021

What are you doing on St Patrick’s day? Did you know the state of Maryland is loosening covid restrictions. Why is that important?
Because you can come see the band play at Garry’s grill & catering in Severna Park. We’ll be there from 3-8 pm. Can’t wait to see you all out there. We have missed playing for you. So come on out for a pint and some good ole pipe band music. Sláinte.
#Garrysgrillandcatering
#dcfdpipesanddrums
#stpatricksday #march17th #goirish
#ireland
@garry's grill & catering
Garry's Grill & Catering

Our friends at the Hughesville American Legion have decided to go ahead with their St. Patrick's Day dinner after all.  ...
03/04/2021

Our friends at the Hughesville American Legion have decided to go ahead with their St. Patrick's Day dinner after all. Inside seating will be limited but there will be plenty of carry out available. Contact Rick Moore (202-359-0013) for tickets or information

Our friends at the Hughesville American Legion have decided to go ahead with their St. Patrick's Day dinner after all. Inside seating will be limited but there will be plenty of carry out available. Contact Rick Moore (202-359-0013) for tickets or information

02/26/2021

Just because there's no D.C. St. Patrick's Day Parade this year, doesn't mean you can't celebrate St. Patrick's Day-Weekend with us! Irish bars + community pubs will be celebrating a socially-distanced St. Patrick's Day over the next 2.5 weeks. We will be sharing events and updates between now and then on Facebook and email.

The St. Patrick's Parade Committee is well represented throughout the DMV, and we can't wait to join you for a pint! See you at one of the bars or events over the next 2.5 weeks! Slainte!

02/17/2021

HAPPY 30 DAYS TO ST. PATRICKS DAY!

An update from the AA Co. Emeralds
02/14/2021

An update from the AA Co. Emeralds

01/22/2021

Grand Reopening “Again”

Saturday 4pm-10pm

01/17/2021

The DC Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee has officially cancelled the 2021 parade. This was due to the Corona virus and DC government rules. The parade is expected to resume again in 2022. We're disappointed but understand that they were forced into the decision.

01/01/2021

Happy New Year from the Emerald Society Firefighters of Washington!

11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Please be safe out there.

11/02/2020

The Pipes and Drums will hold their weekly practice tomorrow at the Irish Channel. Come on out and join the fun and show some support for a pub which always helps the Emerald Society. The fun starts around 4 pm and rolls on!

Rest in peace, Brother Graham.
10/27/2020

Rest in peace, Brother Graham.

Today at the training academy we gathered to honor the life of Firefighter/Technician Alex Graham, of Engine 21. A fire alarm call box was dedicated to his memory on site. He died in the Line of Duty a year ago as the result of a medical emergency incurred at the Training Academy.

The Emerald Society was proud to present a check for $20,000 to Operation Second Chance to help provide emergency assist...
10/18/2020

The Emerald Society was proud to present a check for $20,000 to Operation Second Chance to help provide emergency assistance to our wounded warriors. OSC President and Founder Cindy McGrew accepted the check and gave us a rundown on all the great things they are doing, including the beginning stages of turning an old farm they obtained through an estate into a wonderful retreat for our troops. Less than 10% of OSC's funds go to overhead so almost everything is used for our fighting heroes. A large part of this donation was made possible by the members of the Jameson-Harrison Post 238 of the American Legion in Hughesville through their annual St. Patrick's Day dinner. A huge shout out to the Legionnaires!

Congratulations to Rocco Baldino who was presented our prestigious Guy Moorman Gaelic Man of the Year Award at the Crab ...
10/18/2020

Congratulations to Rocco Baldino who was presented our prestigious Guy Moorman Gaelic Man of the Year Award at the Crab Feast. Rocky is one of those low-key guys who is always there to help no matter what the task and asks nothing in return. At every event he is there helping out with whatever needs to be done. Members like him are what keeps our Emerald Society going. Thanks Rocky for all you do!

DC Fire And EMS
10/14/2020

DC Fire And EMS

The DC Fire and EMS Department is mourning the passing of Walter L. Gold, a longtime supporter of the agency.

Mr. Gold passed away on October 12th after a brief illness. At the time of his death, he was serving as Treasurer for the Friendship Fire Association, a volunteer group that supports our department by providing canteen service at incident scenes and maintaining the DC Fire and EMS Museum. He joined that organization in 1992, and previously served as either president or vice-president for 17 years.

Gold, a retired journalist, was a familiar sight at incident scenes at any time of the day or night, after having responded with the canteen. In addition, his vision led to the establishment of the DC Fire and EMS Museum at Engine 3 on Capitol Hill.

At the time, the top floor of the firehouse was in decrepit condition and covered in pigeon droppings. Walter Gold overcame numerous bureaucratic challenges in order to obtain possession of this area and to have it cleaned and repaired. It now serves as Museum space where visitors can learn the history of the department. Gold also provided funding from his father's estate to help keep the museum funded.

Mr. Gold was also instrumental in the creation of the DC Fire and EMS Foundation, and served as Executive Director and chief fundraiser. The Foundation was created to provide financial assistance to the Department when needed. Foundation projects included buying mattresses for our firehouses some years ago, and providing catering at events such as graduations and awards ceremonies.

In addition, he supported the agency by producing videos at the production company he owned. These included "Holding Out For a Hero", one of the earliest music videos showing firefighting action, and "When Seconds Count, You Can Count on Us", to help garnish public support for the department's budget needs during a time of fiscal austerity.

Walter Gold was honored for his service to the department in 2009 when he was presented with a white helmet and designated Honorary Fire Chief by then Fire Chief Dennis Rubin.

A public outside funeral service will be held on Sunday, October 18th, 1 PM, at King David Memorial Gardens, 2725 Hollywood Road, Falls Church Virginia.

The Department extends deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of Honorary Fire and EMS Chief Walter L. Gold.

10/14/2020
Friendship Fire Association

Walter Gold was one of the most active members of the FFA and supported every mission of the DCFD for many years.

It is with regret and sadness the Friendship Fire Association announces the passing of longtime member Walter Gold. Walter was a dedicated member of the association holding many offices and board positions. Funeral Arrangements are as follows: Sunday October 18th at 1pm at King David Cemetery 7482 Lee Highway Falls Church, VA

Just a little over a week until we get together for the festivities at the crab feast!  In case you're not familiar with...
10/09/2020

Just a little over a week until we get together for the festivities at the crab feast! In case you're not familiar with Circle D Farm it's an outdoor event and they have a large covered pavilion where we can chow down. Circle D operates under Maryland and Howard County guidance for Corona virus. Get your tickets on line or at the door.

DC Fire And EMS
10/04/2020

DC Fire And EMS

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is streaming a special presentation today at 10AM.

One of those being honored is @dcfireems fallen Firefighter/Technician Alex D. Graham

Watch it on firehero.org, NFFF Facebook or NFFF YouTube.

#firehero2020 #NFFFTribute

Tis himself, our own John Barry
10/01/2020
Face Behind the Mask: Visit Annapolis Ambassador, John Barry - Annapolis Discovered

Tis himself, our own John Barry

John Patrick Barry is an Irishman through and through. He hails from County Kerry, Ireland and came to the U.S. sixty years ago. John has lived in Anne Arundel County for 11 years. Currently, he works as an Ambassador for Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Visitors Center. On Fridays and Sunday...

It's on!!!  Corona can't keep us down forever so come out and join the fun.  Please let us know if you're coming so we h...
09/16/2020

It's on!!! Corona can't keep us down forever so come out and join the fun. Please let us know if you're coming so we have enough crabs for everybody.

Today at noon the LODD memorial service for Detroit Firefighter Sivad Johnson will Live stream at www.wxyz.com
08/31/2020

Today at noon the LODD memorial service for Detroit Firefighter Sivad Johnson will Live stream at www.wxyz.com

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
08/28/2020

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Help Needed: Please help spread the word about this year's Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters (9/27-10/4). Share the flyer and encourage your local fire departments and community buildings to shine their light to honor fallen firefighters. #nffflightthenight2020

Download the flyer and sign up for Light the Night Here: firehero.org/events/memorial-weekend/about/light-night-fallen-firefighters/

08/27/2020

Emerald Society Members,

Exciting news! With the PG MDA softball tournament being cancelled along with just about everything thing else for the year 2020. Montgomery County Md Firefighters is holding a small softball tournament to keep the spirit of FUN in fundraising alive.

On Sept 11th located at the Carroll County Sports Complex 2225 Littlestown Pike, Westminster, MD 21158

The Emerald Society is compiling a members for a team. No Experience necessary.

Please contact President Jim Reilley ASAP!

08/03/2020

The Annual Golf Tournament to benefit ALS has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus. We're looking forward to holding the Tournament next spring.

Throwing this out for Throwback Thursday but Tuesdays could be pretty rough back in the days of the bowling league
07/16/2020

Throwing this out for Throwback Thursday but Tuesdays could be pretty rough back in the days of the bowling league

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