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Tribute to Broad Shoulders

On November 2nd 2021, Ed Twohey and Jack Callahan of BBA Architects attended the annual Tribute to Broad Shoulders event, at the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant in Chicago, hosted by the  The Chicago Fire Department Foundation ( CFDF). BBA is proud to support the foundation, of which principal Ed Twohey AIA has served on the board of directors since the foundation’s inception.

The event recognized Chicago Fire Department Firefighters and Paramedics for their bravery in action in the past year. Special awards were also given to People's Gas, and to the developers at Ogilvy, who created our virtual reality fire safety education program. Special thanks to UL CEO Jenny Scanlon, Peoples Energy CEO Charles Matthews, Ed Wehmer of Wintrust Financial, and all Foundation Luncheon Co-Chairs for their continued support of the CFD .

See the full list of awards

This year, we reflect on the 150th anniversary of the Chicago Fire. An event that re-built our city, and provided an opportunity for unprecedented advancements in building technology and building safety. The Chicago Fire Department Foundation continues this historic mission and supports CFD initiatives for education, fire prevention, training and equipment needs that are not funded through city, state or federal budgets. The Foundation also assists the firefighters/paramedics and their families in times of need. Major initiatives in the last couple of years have included handing out hundreds of smoke detectors with 10 year batteries in Chicago’s most fire prone and economically challenged neighborhoods, a new Virtual Reality fire safety program to be presented in the schools, and purchasing drone aircraft, as well as finding drone pilot training. 

Co-Chairs for this years event included:
Greg Brown, Chairman & CEO, Motorola Solutions Inc.
Davis Casper, U.S. CEO of BMO Financial Group.
Scott Santi, Chairman and CEO of ITW
Jennifer Scanlon, President and CEO of UL Inc. 
Edward Wehmer, Founder and CEO Wintrust Financial. 

We encourage you to support the CFD. Donate here.