Support Your Firefighters
Ignite The Spirit is a charity established by the Chicago Fire Department to help provide funding and resources to our Brothers & Sisters as well as our community in time of need. We make this happen through fundraising events and donations. You too can get involved in this unique and impactful effort by volunteering, attending upcoming events or by making a tax deductable donation.
Since 2003, Ignite the Spirit has helped over 500 families in need and we are still going strong. Over one million dollars in donations has been generously provided to ease the hardship of Chicago Fire Department families. We understand what it means to give back to the less fortunate. It is never good to see strong, brave people who protect and help the public every day in such despair, often with nowhere to turn. It is through Ignite The Spirit that we turn to you—none of this would be possible without your generous help.
A Gentle Giant
Who would think that a man referred to as a gentle giant was once selected in the ninth round as a linebacker in the 1973 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles? His stature and presence were hard to miss, yet he was such a genuine, unassuming leader of the Chicago Fire Department.
John Nokes didn’t just come to work for 24 hours. He was a teacher, mentor, confidant, friend, and a true example of “Do the right thing.” John loved to share his knowledge with his Fire Department family. He helped countless members prepare for promotional exams, he took the time to connect with them and educate them every chance he had. Every situation resulted in a learning experience. He was a natural leader. The real kind that will stand next to you and behind you, but never in front of you.
When a person like John Nokes walks this earth, it is instantly a better place. The people who know him are better people because of him. John’s commitment to helping our members both personally and professionally inspired the creation of Ignite the Spirit. His giving spirit has had a cascade effect on so many of our members and will continue to do so for many years.
The 6’3” gentle giant is no longer physically on this earth, but the residual effects of his life, love, friendship, and spirit are all around us. If you talked to him once, you were affected by him. If he helped you study, you were affected by him. If he was your mentor, you were affected by him. If he was your friend, you are forever grateful for him.
When a man leaves a legacy of kindness coupled with teaching, no matter the subject, he is forever alive. We carry his spirit with us and share his education and selflessness with others.
John Nokes you are alive and well in the hearts and minds of the Chicago Fire Department.
Rest in peace.
– Pattie (Wood) McIntosh
It is with a very heavy heart that we share the news that the Chicago Fire Department has lost a strong member to COVID-19. Please keep all that knew and loved Mario in your thoughts and prayers.
It is with a very heavy heart that we share the news that the Chicago Fire Department has lost our second brother to COVID-19. Edward Singleton joined the department in 1987 and was assigned to Midway Airport. Please keep all that knew and loved Edward in your thoughts and prayers.