Family--Fraternity--Tradition--Charity The Emerald Society formed as a fraternal organization and is composed mostly of Firefighters many with an Irish background.
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
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.
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Happy New Year from the Emerald Society Firefighters of Washington!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Please be safe out there.
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.
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 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 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
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.
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 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
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.
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 have enough crabs for everybody.
Today at noon the LODD memorial service for Detroit Firefighter Sivad Johnson will Live stream at www.wxyz.com
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/
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!
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
OUR RECORD GOES UNTARNISHED FOR ANOTHER YEAR!
But seriously folks, stay safe out there.
Cancellation of the 47th Annual IAFF MDA Softball Tournament
As we continue to deal with the challenges of COVID-19 and how to safely adapt large gatherings and events, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 47th Annual International Association of Firefighters Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Softball Tournament that was slated to take place on September 10th through 13th, 2020.
In partnership with the IAFF MDA Softball Championship Committee, The Maryland National Park and Planning Commission, IAFF Local 1619, and Prince George’s County leadership, the decision was made as a necessary step to protect the health and welfare of all participants.
Any team that has already registered and paid can have their registration fee returned or held for next year’s tournament.
We look forward to seeing you next year! In the meantime, please continue to keep yourselves safe and healthy.
For more information please contact: Christian Wargo @ 301-399-9559
The Irish Channel family has been awarded the James E. Reilley Innkeeper’s Award multiple times as a great supporter of the Emerald Society.
A Washington, D.C. restaurateur fears his pandemic struggle is far from over. Tom Stack shares his story and it might just break your heart.
Please have a safe Memorial Day, and remember those who have sacrificed so much.
Here's a Thursday throwback for everyone who misses baseball. We believe the statute of limitations is up on all hijinks and shenanigans which may have allegedly happened on the bus, in the stadium or in and around greater Baltimore before, during or after the game.
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A throwback picture courtesy of Bill Taylor
Rest In Peace, brother McRae.
Kevin A. McRae
Engine Company #6
May 6, 2015
Died as a result of cardiac arrest after extinguishing a high-rise apartment fire at #1330 7th St. N.W., 2nd Alarm on Box 264.
The Irish Channel has been one of the biggest supporters of the Emerald Society in recent years. Here's a chance to let them know it works both ways. Please mention the Emerald Society if you choose to donate.
Irish Channel Staff Financial SupportAs you know, the closures have been extended until, at… Sean Tomas needs your support for Irish Channel Staff Relief Fund
The Tune Inn has always supported the Emerald Society and DCFD, here's a chance for a little payback.
Please mention the Emerald Society
Due to the lockdown, our favorite watering hole has been temporarily closed. … James Allen needs your support for Chip in or Tune out- Help the Tune Inn Staff
“Bagpipes in hand, one firefighter travels the Washington, D.C., area to offer appreciation for the front line heroes working tirelessly throughout this crisis: a moment to “enjoy the music and try and forget.” https://t.co/yux2GU3mAA”
D.C. firefighter Jim Mazzara plays his bagpipes in front of hospitals, embassies and monuments to help people take their mind off the coronavirus pandemic.
DC Fire And EMS
In a symbol of hope and inspiration, DC Firefighter Jim Mazzara has traveled DC with his bagpipes, playing symbolic tunes at key locations around the city.
His efforts did not go unnoticed by the staff at the Embassy of Ireland.
Firefighter Mazzara is a member of DC’s Bravest Rescue Squad 1, and plays with the DCFD Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band.
Here are the WINNERS of the Emerald Raffle!!!
$1000 -- FREDDY WOOD SELLER $100 $11O0
$ 500 -- BURN FOUNDATION SELLER $50 $550
$ 300 -- ERICA CAVE $300
$ 150 -- DAVID POWER $150
$ 100 -- JOHN & CATHY COLLINS $100
$ 100 -- JOHN BURGER $100
$ 100 -- REX SCHROYER $100
$ 100 -- MARY GOOD $100
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