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
Arvin Hoxworth $100



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

In the August Newsletter we reported that Megan had sent a letter to 84 members who had not paid their 2012 and 2013 annual dues. We want to thank the 37 members who responded to the letter. Two letters were returned by the post office marked “undeliverable.” We posted the names of the 47 members that did not respond and asked “Have you seem them?” We received a call to notify us that one member had died and gave us an e-mail address for his widow. We also received a call from a spouse of a deceased member. The third call was from a member who complained about posting the names in the Newsletter. After explaining that we had sent a personal letter without a response, we wanted to reach out to the membership for assistance in locating these members before canceling their membership and the Newsletter. This was not meant to embarrass anyone. It was a last attempt to locate the members to notify them that for whatever reason we had not received their dues. The caller was more understanding when I explained that we had first sent a letter to each member although he did not remember receiving a letter.

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


We received a question from RFFOW member Frank McJunkins regarding SFD radio codes. Does anyone remember radio codes #22, #33 and #44? The only radio codes we can remember are code green, code yellow and code red. Tapper code was used in the street fire alarm boxes. Let us know if you remember those radio codes!

We will have a guest speaker at our September 10th meeting. Earl Johnson author of Stairwell to Heaven: A 9-11 World Trade Center Survivors Story



September RFFOW Meeting

On September 10th, 2014
11 AM; Luther Memorial Church Greenwood Ave N & N 132nd Street Seattle, WA


September Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

On July 3, 2014 the Illinois State Supreme Court filed an opinion on a case titled Kanerva v. Weems, 2014 IL 115811. The facts of the case follow:

On July 1, 2012, State of Illinois’s Public Act 97-695 took effect. It eliminated the statutory standards for the State of Illinois’ contributions to health insurance premiums for members of three of its retirement systems and established, instead, a new system under which the Director of the Department of Central Management Services would make an annual administrative determination as to the amounts to be charged to the State and to its retirees. This statute thus fundamentally altered the State of Illinois’s obligations to contribute toward the cost of group health insurance benefits for these retired state employees.

Four putative class actions were filed challenging the validity of this legislation under, among other things, the pension protection clause of the Illinois Constitution of 1970. They were consolidated in the circuit court of Sangamon County. The circuit court dismissed each of them for failure to state a cause of action, without certifying any classes. The Illinois Supreme Court allowed direct appeal. This is an issue of first impression.

(For September 2014 pension report, click here)


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Donald Denis passed away on 6/12/14.

Shirley Saxby wife of Donald Saxby passed away on 7/2/14.

Harold Downie passed away on 7/4/14.

Donny Roberts passed away on 7/5/14. Donny was a Tacoma Firefighter for 30 years. He was 71.

Jean Skaret passed away on 7/21/14.

Charles Riblet passed away on 7/28/14.

Walt Griffith died peacefully on August 6th at Sun Lakes Resort, his favorite annual vacation spot. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years Barbara; son Steve; daughter Debby; daughter Sally, widow of Brooks Bouillon SFD. Walt retired as a Lieutenant from the Seattle Fire Department and was an active member in the RFFOW. Per Walt's request, there will be no service.

James Harvey passed away on 8/14/14

Carol Boitano wife of Louis Boitano passed away on 8/1/14.

Carol Leonard wife of James Leonard passed away on 8/23/14.

Barbara Micheau wife of Larry Micheau passed away on 8/6/14.



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