"Honoring the Past, Committing to the Future"
The Vigiles Story:
The Vigiles was established by Caesar Augustus in 6 AD after a particularly disastrous fire in Rome, thus was born the first organization of firefighters. The Corps of Vigiles was comprised of seven thousand freed slaves who would win citizenship after six years service in Vigiles. After a century, freed men would enter the service of the Vigiles merely for the prestige that came with the service. Thus the fire service was born. Members of the Vigiles Societas honor the past and pledge their commitment to th future of the fire service.
The Vigiles Societas is composed of a group of men and women who believe in our commitment to the fire service by: providing immediate financial assistance to families of firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty; providing educational seminars and workshops for firefighters, EMT's, paramedics and other first responders; developing public relations programs to promote and raise public awareness of Florida's fire and emergency services; assisting other related organizations in the development and implementation of public education programs; and providing grants to fire and emergency service organizations.
The Vigiles Societas is a program which builds in long range stability for the foundation through inclusion in one's estate planning. You can become a member of the Vigiles Societas by including our foundation in your long range plans. By doing this now, the possible tax advantages to you can increase the value of your estate; most people have worked hard to build an estate. If you would like to leave something to the Vigiles Societas, we will make certain it continues to work hard in your name.
Three ranks were identified with the Corps of Vigiles:
The Uncinarius: The firefighter who was a "hook" man, who carried a large fire hook for pulling off burning roofs.
The Siphonarius: The firefighter who was responsible for the supervision and operation of the water pumps.
The Aquarius: The firefighter whose main duties were the supply of water to the siphos or pumps and the organization of "bucket chains".
The Emperor: Although not formally identified, one could assume that he was the first person to hold the title of Fire Chief.
How to Qualify for our Society:
To become a member of the Vigiles Societas, pledge your support to the fire service by committing to one of the options below and receive a custom made 18K gold fire ax lapel pin with one or more precious stones.
Make an outright gift (minimum $1000.00) to our Foundation, of money, land or other real estate, stocks, bonds, life insurance or other investments.
Include the Foundation for a percentage, fixed dollar amount, or contingency beneficiary in your will.
Name our organization a a Primary or Secondary beneficiary in a life insurance policy.
Make an outright cash gift to our Foundation (minimum $250.00)
Levels of Membership:
Uncinarius - $250.00 gift - Receive an 18K gold fire ax lapel pin encrusted with a ruby.
Siphonarius - $500.00 gift - Receive an 18K gold fire ax lapel pin encrusted with a ruby and sapphire
Aquarius - $750.00 gift - Receive an 18K gold fire ax lapel pin encrusted with a ruby, sapphire and diamond.
Emperor - $1000.00 gift - Receive an 18K white gold fire ax lapel pin encrusted with three diamonds.
Registration Form [Click Here]
Note: All gifts should be made payable to the Florida Fire & Emergency Services Foundation (*These amounts can be gifted over time)
*Advancement to subsequent levels available by a cumulative gift.
Current Vigiles Societas Members
Emperor - $1000 Level
Anthony Apfelbeck, CFPS, CBO, CFO, FM
Julius E. Halas, CFO
Warren G. Patterson
Mark Souders, CFO
E. Laney Stearns III, CFO
Ray T. Weeks
Aquarius - $750 Level
Jim Dixon, CFO
Mayor Wayne Poston
Siphonarius - $500 Level
Uncinarius - $250 Level
Barry Baker, CFO
Gary Jordan, CFO, CFOS, CFEI
Will Gray May
Gary Weiss, CFO, EFO
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