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:

Anonymous In Memory of Mother Lillian $1,000.00
Ron Wold $150.00
Ted & Mary Sholdra $125.00
Wayne Johanson $105.00
Anonymous $100.00
Richard Wirtz $100.00
Lois Johnson $100.00
Dave Hajny $100.00
John Livers $100.00
Al “Roy” Orlando $100.00
Edwin Jackson $100.00
Lawrence Wick $100.00
Kathryn Shank In Memory of husband Robert Shank $100.00
Evelyn Ferguson $100.00
Pauline Kirlin $100.00
Michael Krutsinger $100.00
Rhonald Holm Sr. $100.00
Gail Swan $100.00
Alfred Baker $100.00
Harold Webb $100.00
Lewis Eyman $100.00
Glen Clarke $100.00
Jerry Davis $100.00
Alan Collinson $100.00
Myron Schmidt $100.00
Julie Woodward $100.00
Gary Barrett $55.00
Harold Minea $25.00



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

I hope you all had a nice Christmas with family and friends. Today being New Year’s Day we want to extend our best wishes for a safe, healthy and Happy New Year.

I want to thank all of you for your membership for it is you as a member who make this organization possible. I also want to thank those of you who pay your dues by payroll deduction and pay the extra $3.00 per year into our Legislative Fund and those of you who pay your dues by check and include the $3.00 donation to the Legislative Fund. A special thanks to you who made a personal contribution to our Legislative Fund. These contributions to the Legislative Fund enable us to be seen and heard in Olympia. The Legislative Fund also allows us to make small donations to candidates running for office and to legislators who are running for re-election. We donated $5,250.00 for the November 2014 election to various candidates and legislators. This of course does not buy us anything, it only allows us to thank a legislator who has helped us in the past or to encourage a candidate if elected to give us the opportunity to explain our position on a bill or issue. This allows us to be recognized as a professional organization and a group that can be contacted for information or questions on other legislative issues. Quite often a legislator will ask me to stop by to answer a question or to give our opinion on a bill that does not directly affect us as the Retired Firefighters of Washington. Sometimes a newer legislator may have a question about the Prior Pension Act, how or why the LEOFF I Retirement Act was created and why the LEOFF II retirement program was developed. Sometimes they have a question on the COLA, the Surviving Spouse or medical benefits. Any question or inquiry gives us a platform to discuss pension funding, the Backenhus decision and why the LEOFF II Retirement System is inadequate. I can honestly say I have never had a legislator disagree with me when I have given my reasons as to why firefighters and law enforcement officers should not be under Labor & Industries Workers Compensation. The only reason or example one should have to give is the 911 disaster

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





February RFFOW Meeting

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


January Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

The Callan Investments Institute has released a study put together by Ronald D. Peyton, Callan’s Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, and Karen Harris, ASA, CFA, Senior Vice President/consultant in the Capital Markets Research group. The study is “Saving Public Defined Benefit Plans”, and can be accessed in its entirety at https://www.callan.com/research/files/881.pdf.

The funded status of public employee defined benefit (DB) retirement plans continues to garner great debate in the industry and press. DB plans are the primary vehicle for ensuring retirement income security for public workers, and Callan believes these plans are viable and necessary in this sector. In 2011, Callan published a report to initiate discussions around what went wrong in the past that left many of these plans woefully underfunded. We suggested ways to nurse them back to health by promoting DB plans and providing them with ongoing support. We revisit the topic in 2014, but now with a more urgent goal of saving public pensions amid persistent low funded levels and a burgeoning movement to disassemble them. The following talking points will help to move the discussion forward around the importance of DB plans.

We expand on each point and support our assertions with research, data, and actuarial considerations.

(For January 2015 pension report, click here)


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Max Hayes passed away on 12/5/14.

Bob Church passed away on 12/1/14. He was the Tacoma Fire Marshall and died at 91 years old.

Michael L. Nugent, 72, died December 11, 2014 in Yakima. Mr. Nugent was born in Yale, Okla. He was employed with the Yakima Fire Department for 25 years retiring in 1991 as a Battalion Chief. Survivors include a son, Michael Nugent; two daughters, Janay Thorne and Clarissa Wolfe; and three brothers, Don Nugent, Steve Nugent and Gordon Nugent.

Keith Johnson passed away 12/16/14.

Randall Roy passed away on 12/25/14.

Gladys Drugge passed away December 27, 2014 at the age of 94. Gladys was born May 8, 1920 in Seattle to Gustaf and Anna Person and graduated from Franklin High School. She married Axel Drugge September 14, 1940 and raised two sons. She worked for the Seattle Public School system for 29 years, where she managed the cafeteria operations at Brighton Elementary. Gladys was famous for her cooking, loved to garden and enjoyed spending time with friends. She was a skilled card and game player with a strong memory. Gladys loved to travel and founded the Retired Seattle Fire Fighters' Travel Club. She was also an avid member of the Seward Park Walkers. Gladys fought and beat ovarian cancer for three and a half years and her case became a teaching tool, whereby her doctor instructed other physicians that it is not the age of the patient that matters, but rather their attitude. Gladys is survived by Axel, her husband of 74 years; two sons, Allen and Stephen (Pamela); three grandchildren, Stephanie Henderson (Todd), Erica Evans (Jeffery) and Jonathan Drugge (Janel); and five great grandchildren, Allison, Ella, Elsa, Nora and Theodore.

Kenneth Buckley, retired Captain, passed away on January 22, 2015. Services will be held on Tuesday, January 27th, at 2:00 pm at Evergreen Washelli. Address is 11111 Aurora Ave N., Seattle, WA 98133.

Al Stephens passed away 1/10/13. Elsie Stephens passed away 12/29/14. There will be a Celebration of Life for Elsie and Allen Stephens on January 31st from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 4456 42nd Ave. SW, Seattle. Please RSVP to Linda (Marcie) at 805-797-3170.

Donald Leroy Smith passed away 1/13/15.



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