100 Club of Chicago

First Responder Profile:
Chicago Fire Department
Captain/EMT Jeff Lyle


What does being a member of the CFD community mean to you?

“Growing up in Chicago, it’s nice to be able to give back. But people come from all over to take the test because there’s a lot of history and tradition. Whether it’s the movies and things like that, people, they look at it like, “I’m a fireman.” Not only that, but I’m a Chicago fireman. There’s a lot of honor, tradition and pride that goes into that and they do a fine job at the academy giving the history and laying it out so that when you step out the door, you’re proud to put on that uniform and walk into the firehouse for the first time. I think every once in a while I have to sit back and think, “I can’t complain about much,” because there are a lot of people that would give a lot to have that opportunity and here I’ve been fortunate myself to first of all get hired, and then have opportunities throughout.”


The 100 Club of Chicago provides for the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This membership based organization offers several forms of financial assistance, access to resources and moral support. All sworn federal, state, county and local first responders stationed in Cook, Lake and McHenry Counties are included.

Your contribution to the 100 Club of Chicago helps provide for the dependents of fallen first responders. We are grateful for your support.

Our Membership Program provides various membership options to choose from in order to support our 100 Club Families.

Read what the 100 Club has been up to in our latest edition of The Siren.


Since its inception, the 100 Club of Chicago has served 273 families with more than $11 million through our programs. Through First Response Assistance, Educational Assistance and our Gold Shield Partners, we are able to provide for our families.

When tragedy strikes in Cook, Lake or McHenry County, the 100 Club of Chicago immediately responds with financial support to help lessen the devastating effects.

Education Assistance is available to the spouses and children of fallen first responders for higher education, including trade and vocational schools, colleges and universities. Grants and scholarships are both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Gold Shield Partners work with the families of the fallen to provide them with pro bono professional support in the areas of Counseling, Law, Finance and Education.

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Fallen Heroes

The 100 Club of Chicago honors the brave men and women who serve in public safety, police and fire departments throughout Cook, Lake and McHenry Counties, who risk their lives on a daily basis so that we can be safe in our homes, workplaces and communities. We honor the fallen by hosting a roll call of our public safety professionals who lost their lives in the line-of-duty. Fallen Heroes