The Chicago Chapter recognizes outstanding achievement by means of two awards. The Joseph B. Finnegan Award, named in honor of the long- time head of the fire protection engineering curriculum at Armour Institute and Illinois Institute of Technology, is presented to a person in the Chicago metropolitan area in recognition of outstanding contributions or long devoted service to the field of fire protection engineering. The Lew Freeman Service Award, named after one of the Chapter founding members, is presented to a member who has rendered long and extraordinary service to the Chapter.

YearFinnegan Award WinnersFreeman Award Winners
1962Elmer Reske
1964Dale Auck
1965Albert Steiner
1966Chester Hauth
1967Abel Gent
1968Baron Whitaker
1969Robert Schirmer
1970Edwin Searl
1971Charles Shukes
1972Louis Thoelecke
1973Gerald Maatman
1974Chester Schirmer
1975James Nolan
1976John Ahern
1977 Willis LabesLewis Freeman
1978Robert DukeHoward Smith
1979Rolf JensenCharles Shukes
1980Jack BonoJames Nolan
1981Tom LyonRobert Duke
1982Walter SwinglerRandy Tucker
1983Boyd HartleyRonald Schneider
1984Dean JohnsonCarl Olson
1985Albert ArnoldGerald O’Rourke
1986Carl OlsonRoland Bellman
1987Richard OsmanAlbert Smith
1988Roland SpencerRaymond Wiegand
1989Manuel DeLernoTom Lyon
1990Edward PrendergastDaniel O’Connor
1991Tom CastinoRichard Solomon
1992William ChristianRichard Osman and Tom Miller
1993Richard SolomonGlenn Evenson
1994David GruppJames Hurst and James Gallup
1995William CareyJoseph Talbert
1996Edward LeedyWilliam Stelter
1997Bill ThomasGeorge Krabbe
1998Todd SchumannGeorge Laverick
1999Walter DamonKim Mnizewski and Scott Howell
2000James ConnollyJeff Harper
2001David NugentBill Siebenaler
2002Roger BassettScott Grieb
2003Tom GrayPaul Hart
2004Bernie BischoffAnne Guglielmo
2005Joseph TalbertTom Fangmann
2006Brian DenkDennis Banschbach
2007George LaverickBert Cohn
2008Kerry BellTerrance Pintar
2009Carl BaldassarraJim Lemanski
2010Jim BeyreisMarty Pabich
2011Paul HartJessica Hubert-Dahl
2012Bert CohnDeAndrea Cooley
2013Robert PikulaRobert Pikula
2014Jeff HarperBrian Denk
2015William StelterEd Prendergast
2016Jim Regan Nicholas Ozog