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:

Barbara Griffith $350 in memory of loving husband Walt Griffith
Camille Richards $160 in memory of loving husband Jack Roberts
Yvonne Dezarn $100 in memory of loving husband Darrell Dezarn
Randy Christensen $100
Jack Davis $100
Myrtle McLean $100
Eveline Henderson $100
Steve Burwash $100
Ron Hiraki $100
Barbara Henning $25



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 we put up the outdoor Christmas lights and count down the shopping days to Christmas we want to extend to all of you and your families a Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year. Christmas is recognized as a time for giving. Remember that all Christmas gifts are not in the shape or form of a package or basket. A gift to someone in a nursing home or to an elderly person still in their own home can be a phone call or a visitation, an invitation for coffee, a trip to the mall or to have lunch with them if they are in a facility where this is permitted. A gift of this kind would be very inexpensive, only take a little time and would bring great joy to the recipient. The ear can hear someone crying for help, the eyes can see someone who needs help, but unfortunately the mind can’t always tell the body to extend a hand. Please remember the men and women in the military. Extend a kind word. Pick up a lunch or dinner check, send a gift or make a donation to an appropriate organization. Those of you who have served know that even the military people who are not overseas or in a place of danger can become very lonely at Christmastime. It is a far cry from working at a local fire station on Christmas Eve or Christmas. Day.

It will be nice to see all of you who will attend the Christmas Luncheon on December 10th at the West Seattle Golf Course. We will miss those of you who have always joined us in the past and for some reason are no longer able to attend. We will also miss those of you whom we have not seen for so long. We always try to do little things to entertain and make the luncheons enjoyable. When we ask for suggestions many members say the social hour before the meal is served is the most enjoyable time. It’s unfortunate that our retired members from departments and fire districts across the state and those who worked in the greater Seattle area who have moved away are not able to attend. We would like to have some sort of events around the state, picnics, campout or whatever but can’t come up with the right idea. Some of the Directors and I have travelled to different locations by invitation, Renton, Aberdeen, Yakima, and Tacoma to meet with their retiree groups We have enjoyed these visits and their hospitality. I always feel that even if you don’t want to see anyone, there are a lot of people who would like to see you!

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




January RFFOW Meeting

On January 14th, 2015
11 AM; Luther Memorial Church Greenwood Ave N & N 132nd Street Seattle, WA


December Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

A federal judge, who earlier ruled CalPERS pension contracts can be overturned in bankruptcy, yesterday outlined the difficulty of cutting pensions while approving Stockton’s plan to exit bankruptcy with pensions intact. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein issued a ruling on Oct.1 that CalPERS pensions, despite attempted safeguards in state law, can be cut in a municipal bankruptcy much like any other debt.

“Nobody should think that Chapter 9 (municipal bankruptcy) is an easy or inexpensive process,” Klein said yesterday, one of several remarks aimed at any thought that bankruptcy might be a painless way out of financial problems. Judge Klein said some press reports of his earlier ruling did not pick up the “triangular arrangement” of the Stockton pension contracts, which was described in briefs submitted by the retiree committee and other parties. “We have a triangle of bilateral relations in the law,” he said.

The contract between the city and its employees for pay and pensions is “the basic pension contract.” A second contract is between the city and CalPERS, which is the one the judge ruled, can be rejected. Another leg of the triangle is the relationship between CalPERS and the city employees, who are “third-party beneficiaries” under the law with rights enforceable as contracts. To cut pensions, said the judge, the city would have to reject its contract with CalPERS and “more importantly” its contract with employees. Pensions are part of total pay, and while in bankruptcy Stockton negotiated contracts with unions.

(For December 2014 pension report, click here)


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Harold Ingersoll passed away on 10/12/14.

Les “Bud” Eaton passed away on 10/4/14.

Joe Williams passed away on 11/3/14.

Carl Gagnat passed away on 11/8/14.

Charles Mahler passed away on 11/9/14.

Eugene Armour passed away on 11/19/14.

John Shoemaker passed away on 11/23/14.

Max Hayes passed away on 12/5/14.

Frankie Goodrich passed away on 10/20/14, wife of Emery Goodrich.

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. Funeral services were Jan. 3, 2015. Burial was in the Sunnyside Cemetery.



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