Contributions to the Legislative Fund can be made at any time, with a separate check made payable to:

RFFOW Legislative Fund 9134 207th Place SW , Edmonds, WA 98026.


Thank you to the following members who sent separate donation checks.

We would also like to thank all the members who make a $3.00 contribution when paying their annual dues via check or by payroll deduction. Your contribution allows our voice to be heard and is very much appreciated!! We only list the amount if the donation is above $25.00:

Paul Schneider $200.00
Roy Teter Jr $150.00
Myra Mitchell $105.00
Helen Bontemps $ 100.00
Rory Vance $100.00
Charles Petherick $ 100.00
AD Vickery $100.00
Don Wyvel $100.00
Bill Hoppe $100.00
William Hull $100.00
Mona Landers $100.00
Marty James $30.00



Whether you're Prior Act, LEOFF I, LEOFF II, Federal or Private, the Retired Firefighters of Washington is for YOU!

The Retired Firefighters of Washington is the only politically active organization dedicated to, and representing, the interest of all retired firefighters of Washington State and their families. Countless hours are spent in Olympia, on behalf of retired firefighters, working with our state's Representatives to maintain, secure, and improve our pensions as they apply to the retired firefighters, their families and surviving spouses.

In addition to this serious work, The RFFOW provides a means for retired firefighters and their spouses to keep in touch with each other, pass along information and have some fun! We have monthly meetings, held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except June, July & August) where members have the opportunity to not only meet old friends, but to hear the latest regarding pension issues.

So, if you're not already a member of the Retired Firefighters of Washington, we encourage you to join. There is strength in numbers. We are already a powerfull voice in Olympia but the greater the numbers the louder the voice to be heard.

To join, just print and fill out a membership application. Print and fill out this payroll deduction form if you are already a member and want to pay dues via payroll deduction.

Mail Applications to:
Retired Firefighters of Washington
9134 - 20
7th Place SW
Edmonds, WA 98026

Questions? (425) 775-9080 info@rffow.org


President’s Message

By Richard C. Warbrouck

As of March 30, 2015 we have reached the seventy-eighth day of the one hundred five day Legislative Session. The last day of the regular session is April 26, 2015. Some of the bills that we have been monitoring are now dead as they failed to pass the first cut off. March 11th was the last day to consider bills in the House of origin. House bills that were not passed by the House and Senate bills that were not passed by the Senate will no longer be considered unless they are being considered by a House Fiscal committee, the Senate Ways and Means or Transportation committee. The two bills, SB 5873 that we had introduced and HB 1194 that we have been lobbying are moving and still under consideration.

SB 5873 is in the House Appropriations committee chaired by Representative Ross Hunter. SB 5873 will reopen the window period for those members who married after retirement to select a survivor benefit for their spouse. The bill was amended when it passed out of the Senate. The amendment will allow a surviving spouse of a now deceased member who was denied the survivor benefit and exhausted all remedies by appealing to the Department of Retirement Systems and denied in a Superior Court lawsuit, to file for a survivor benefit.

(For more of the President's Message, click here)


Dear Mr. Warbrouck,

Thank you for your time this afternoon. It was a pleasure speaking with you. As discussed, I am forwarding along some additional information on our company and the opportunity at the US Open.

Our company, Fugazy Sports & Entertainment, has been selected by the USGA to manage the sponsor vehicle fleet at the upcoming U.S. Open. We have worked with the USGA since 2007 and managed all of the transportation at Chambers Bay for the US Amateur back in 2010. Additionally we manage transportation for Major League Baseball, the NFL,ESPN,the US Open (tennis) tournament and many other sports events at various venues around the country. More information about us can be found on our web site (www.fugazy.com).

We have always enjoyed working with retired and/or active Law Enforcement and Firefighter personnel to serve as drivers and staff for the sponsor vehicle programs. Several members of your organization worked with us in 2010. We have found retired Officers/Firefighters to be professional and keenly familiar with both traffic and knowledge of the geographical area. Once again, our sole purpose for working with retired Officers/Firefighters is solely the professionalism and local knowledge they provide, as well as many having a passion for golf. We are seeking approximately 40-50 individuals who would be interested in working during the tournament. In addition to a competitive rate plus applicable overtime, each person would be issued a credential, which allows them access to the course, where they will be able to enjoy watching the tournament as well. We can provide your organization with references from the various Law Enforcement agencies, PBA's etc. that we work with annually nationwide.

The majority of the work is performed the week of the tournament (June 15- 21), with additional limited needs (June 12- 14). Participants will be allowed access to the site all week, to walk around and follow the action. Responsibilities include transferring players and their families, USGA executives and/or VIPs to/ from the airport, hotel and course. Lexus is the "Official Vehicle" of the USGA and each member of our team will be utilizing these vehicles for the duration of the tournament and based on availability may be able to keep them to commute to/from their home, including gas and tolls paid by Fugazy.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact me at (212) 661-4155 or via email at your earliest convenience.

Once again, thank you for your time and we look forward to hopefully working with your organization and you.

Roy D. Fugazy

Fugazy International 1270 Avenue of the Americas New York, N.Y. 10020 (212) 661-4155



May RFFOW Meeting

On May 13th, 2015
11 AM; Luther Memorial Church Greenwood Ave N & N 132nd Street Seattle, WA


April Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

The National Institute on Retirement Security has released a new nationwide public opinion research report entitled “Retirement Security 2015: Roadmap for Policy Makers/Americans’ Views of the Retirement Crisis.”

It states the evidence is clear that United States is on the precipice of another financial threat—older Americans lacking sufficient income to be self-sufficient as they move out of the workforce. Despite improvements in the market, the typical working age American household is far off-track toward accumulating ample savings to maintain their current living standard, and many will be challenged to have the resources to pay for their basic needs in retirement.

Looking back, there was a time when the U.S. had a stronger retirement infrastructure in place. Middle class Americans could maintain their standard of living in retirement with three key sources of income: Social Security, defined benefit (DB) pension plans and defined contribution (DC) individual savings accounts like 401(k) plans.

(For April 2015 pension report, click here)


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Retired Firefighter Jack Brown passed away on 2/4/2015.

Retired Firefighter Joe Riseland passed away on 2/5/2015.

Retired firefighter John Maulsby passed away on 2/23/15. A celebration of life will be held Saturday March 7th at 4:30pm Bayside Marine 1111 Craftsman Way, Everett, WA 98201. Potluck style.

James Charleston passed away on 2/16/15.

Stanley Mork Passed away peacefully in his sleep Monday, February 23, 2015, at the age of 68. He had a wonderful career, working for the Tacoma fire company at Station Two. Stan went on to become the Deputy Harbormaster in charge of the fireboats. Stan retired from the Fire Department in 2000. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sharon, his children Ryan Mork (Ruth), Aaron Mork (Rhyana), and Tim Mork.

Stephen Wayne Olson passed away 2/28/15 from a 9 month battle with Lung cancer. He retired as the Lieutenant of Station 8 in 1994 after 27 years in SFD. Steve is survived by his wife Mary Jean and 3 children. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Nile Golf & Country Club on April 6th at 2 pm.

Clyde R. Wisenor lost his battle with Myeloid Leukemia on March 15, 2015, due to a staph infection. Clyde was a retired Division Chief for the Spokane Valley Fire Department. He is survived by his wife Coleen; sons Ken/Tina and Kevin/Carrie Wisenor; stepchildren Ron/Sherri Thies, Henry/Julene McGuire and Terry/Darla Kopczynski all of Spokane, WA. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the Spokane Valley Fire Department Benevolent Fund, P.O. Box 1364, Spokane Valley, WA 99037 or Cancer Care Northwest, 1204 N. Vercler Rd., Spokane Valley, WA 99216. A memorial celebration will be held at Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, 1306 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA on Friday, March 27th at 2:00pm.

Harold Richard Graddon passed away on March 7, 2015 in Bellevue, Washington. He is survived by his loving wife, Donna Graddon, family & friends. He will be very dearly missed by all who knew him. Service and Life Stories information is being developed by the family and will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

James Finnie retired Firefighter passed away on 3/30/2015. No information on services at this time.



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