100 Club of Chicago

First Responder Profile:
Chicago Fire Department
Deputy District Chief, Coordinator of Special Events,
Department Liaison Curtis Hudson


How do you teach camaraderie to a new firefighter/paramedic candidate?

“In the academy, we try to teach that. It starts off when we train. When the candidates first get there, they all think of themselves as an individual. But we have to teach them how to become one. One team. We have a lot of different training aids, training techniques that we use for getting them to work together to become a team. Like in the beginning, we’ll have them in the drill hall and we’ll give them a minute for everybody to get out of the drill hall and into the cafeteria. It can be done. It can be 150 candidates in that room and they can all be out of there in a minute. IF they all work together. And we just tell them, “You got 1 minute to get out of the drill hall and into the cafeteria. Begin.” And then we count them down, 10…9…. If they didn’t make it, we put them in an exercise position, like a push up, talk to them and tell them to get back in there and we keep doing it until they get it done.”

Why is something so simple like that difficult?

“Because everyone is just thinking about themselves to get out of the room. If they all just took their time and came together, lined up, it’s easy.”

Is that the key then, to line up?

“Yup. To come together, look out for each other. No pushing, no shoving. Just you all work together and get out of there.”


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 and Lake 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.

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Since its inception, the 100 Club of Chicago has served 270 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 or Lake 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 and Lake 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