Ritchie - Director , off-site operations

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 11

Ritchie joined the organization in 2013.  Ritchie has held additional roles as:

  • Sector Commander, International Association of Firefighters Honor Guard.

  • ​Deputy Commander, Local 83 Honor Guard.

Todd - instructor

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 9

Todd  joined the organization in 2018.  Todd has held additional roles as:

  • Commander, Local 5 Honor Guard 

  • Sector Commander, International Association of Firefighters Honor Guard 

  • Media Director, Colorado Honor Guard Association 

MikE - instructor

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 11

Mike joined the organization in 2013.  Mike has held additional roles as:

  • Deputy Sector Commander, International Association of Firefighters Honor Guard.

  • ​Deputy Commander, Local 83 Honor Guard.

BRENT - FOUNDER

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 18

Brent founded the organization in 2005.  Brent has held additional roles as:

  • Deputy Commander, International Association of Firefighters Honor Guard.

  • Commander, Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin Honor Guard

  • Commander, Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Funeral Guard

  • Commander, Milwaukee Firefighters Honor Guard, Inc

  • ​U.S. Marine Corps (0331) Veteran

BRYAN - instructor

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 20

Bryan joined the organization in 2018.  Bryan has held additional roles as:

  • Commander, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority Honor Guard

  • Honor Coordinator, Indiana Fire & Emergency Services Memorial Team

  • Coordinator, International Association of Firefighters Local L.O.D.D. Response Team

OUR INSTRUCTORS

BRUCE - instructor

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 26

Bruce joined the organization in 2017.  Bruce has held additional roles as:

  • Commander and Founding Member of the Orange County Fire Authority Honor Guard.

  • Commander, California Professional Firefighters Memorial Honor Guard

  • Commander, International Association of Firefighters Honor Guard

  • ​U.S. Air Force Veteran 

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Deb - co-director of Health & Safety 

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 8

Deb joined the organization in 2016.  Deb has held additional roles as:

  • Commander, Dane County EMS Honor Guard

  • Deputy Commander, Wisconsin Fallen Firefighter Memorial Funeral Guard.


Additionally, Deb has been in the medical profession since 1997 as licensed Physicians Assistant.



CHRIS - instructor

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: ??

Chris joined the organization in ????.  Chris has held additional roles as:

  • Additional Bio Information Pending

Our organization was founded in 2005 by members of the City of Milwaukee Fire Department Honor Guard and North Shore Fire Department Honor Guard with the specific mission of training and educating members of the fire service and other emergency service honor guards.

Over the last 14 years we have stayed true to the traditions that our clinic was founded on "Family, Honor, Respect and Compassion".  In addition to these traditions we also remain deeply rooted in the traditions created by our brothers and sisters over the last 335 years.

Since our inception in 2005 our core curriculum has remained very much the same.  However each year we continue to refine the skills we teach and on occasion add new skills based on operational experiences of our instructors who come from diverse departments from across the United States and Canada.  Some of these instructors are Commanders or Deputy / Co-Commanders of their respective local honor guard units, state honor guard units and the IAFF Honor Guard.

Several of our instructors have been honored to take part in scheduled memorials across the United States including the IAFF Fallen Fighters Memorial and the Wisconsin Fallen Firefighters Memorial,  with several holding leadership positions.  In addition to taking part in these scheduled memorials, members of our instructor staff have been invited to assist in fully coordinating line of duty death funerals for our fallen brothers and sisters across the United States.

Since 2014 we have had the benefit of having brothers and sisters attend our clinic from outside the United States.  These brothers and sisters have allowed our instructors to learn more about how other honor guard units from outside the United States operate.

It is our belief that because of the combined number of years of experience that our instructors have, with on-going training and real world honor guard operations, coupled with several social events in the evening during our clinic that allow for those attending our clinic to not only receive expert classroom and practical instruction but also socialize and network with other honor guard unit members from across the United States and Canada that we provide the most well rounded and complete honor guard training experience available.

SCOTT - director, finance & registration

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 17

Scott joined the organization in 2007.  Scott has held additional roles as:

  • Executive Board Member, Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin Honor Guard

  • Commander, Port Washington Fire Department Honor Guard

  • District Commander, Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Funeral Guard

September 2018

MATT - Co-director, health & safety

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 18

Matt joined the organization in 2006.  Matt has held additional roles as:

  • Deputy Commander & Commander, Milwaukee Firefighters Honor Guard Inc

  • Assistant Sector Commander, International Association of Firefighters Honor Guard

OUR ATTENDEES

blake - quartermaster

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 9

Blake joined the organization in 2013.  Blake has held additional roles as:

  • Deputy Commander, Milwaukee Firefighters Honor Guard Inc

  • Assistant Sector Commander, International Association of Firefighters Honor Guard.

  • ​U.S. Army (13B) Veteran

OUR History

Derek - instructor

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 10

Derek joined the organization in 2016.  Derek has held additional roles as:

  • Quartermaster, Calgary Fire Department Honour Guard.

  • Deputy Commander, Calgary Fire Department Honour Guard

  • Assistant Sector Commander, International Association of Firefighters Honor Guard

DAvid - instructor

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 25

David joined the organization in 2013.  David has held additional roles as:

  • Commander, Lincoln Fire-Rescue Honor Guard

  • Sector Commander, International Association of Firefighters Honor Guard

  • Board Member, Nebraska Serious Injury & Line of Duty Death Response Team.

aaron - instructor

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 18

Aaron joined the organization in 2005.  Aaron has held additional roles as:

  • Secretary, Milwaukee Firefighters Honor Guard, Inc.

About Us

jake - instructor

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 18

Jake joined the organization in 2005.  Jake has additional roles as:

  • Deputy Commander & Training Officer, Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin Honor Guard.

Keven - director, milwaukee operations

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 15

Keven joined the organization in 2006.  Keven has held additional roles as:

  • Co-Commander & Commander, Local 1440 Honor Guard.

  • Commander, Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Honor Guard​

  • District 1 Training Captain, Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Honor Guard.

  • ​U.S. Marine Corps (0341) Veteran

Family - The families of our fallen are the very reason we exist.  It is our job as the Honor Guard to care for them and assist them through their time of need


Honor - It is the core value of any Honor Guard.  Everything we do should be done honorably.


Respect - Respect the family and what they are going through.  Respect our fellow brothers and sisters.


Compassion - We must have compassion as a member of the Honor Guard and have compassion for the families and members of the department that have suffered the greatest loss.



Derrick - instructor

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 16

Derrick joined the organization in 2015.  Derrick has held additional roles as:

  • Sector Commander, International Association of Firefighters Honor Guard.

  • U.S. Army (19E) Veteran

MARK - instructor

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 17

Mark joined the organization in 2007.