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:

John Dale $500
Kathryn Hall $303
Thomas McNerney $300
Ken McAllister $286
John Livers $200
George Tibeau $200
John Brooks $200
Richard Boswell $150
Rudy Wallace $150
AD Vickery $150
Ronald Eckerman $103
Ed Henderson $100
Ron Profit $100
Charles Wright Jr $100
Donald Wyvel $100
Michael Yager $100
Charles Petherick $100
Fred McPherson $50
Brent Chomos $43
Ron Larkin $43



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

Please review the changes in the RFFOW bylaws as outlined in this Newsletter. This is the first posting of the proposed changes. The second posting will be in the May Newsletter as required in the current bylaws. The first reading and the announcement of the bylaw changes was at the March meeting. The second reading will be at the April meeting and the bylaw amendments will be voted on at the May meeting.

We received a letter, a question and perhaps a suggestion from a member regarding the RFFOW dues structure. See the letter posted in this Newsletter. In answer to the question, we only have one membership dues for both the retired member and the spouse. Upon the death of the retired member the spouse becomes the primary member and recipient of the pension. He or she will have to continue paying the dues, receive the Newsletters, attend meetings when possible and vote in any RFFOW elections. When a retired member dies who is paying the dues by payroll deduction from the retirement check, the payroll deduction stops. If the spouse wants to continue paying the dues by payroll deduction he or she must sign up with the Department of Retirement Systems in Olympia, contact us by phone or email to assist and file the appropriate form. If preferred, the spouse can pay the annual dues by check or money order. I want to thank Kris for asking

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


The By-Laws of the Retired Firefighters of Washington were revised by the Board of the Directors. To review the By-Laws and see the changes please click the link below, changes are in RED.

(For the By-Laws, click here)


Chief Kahler’s Retirement Party

“47 Years on the line”, Serving Seattle and South King

Please join us on May 6th 2017 @ 6:00pm Emerald Queen Casino Ballroom and conference center building – Pacific Hwy E. in Fife.

Please RSVP by May 2nd to Stacy @ SCKAHLER@hotmail.com

*Full Buffet Dinner (salmon and tri tip) No host bar.*



May RFFOW Meeting

On May 17, 2017
11 AM; Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA


April Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

From a March 8, 2017 article posted by Charles Pineles-Mark titled “Options for Social Security”.

While delivering testimony at Congressional hearings in February, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director was asked a number of questions about potential changes to Social Security. Because answers during hearings are inherently brief, this blog post provides some additional information.

What Are CBO’s Projections for Social Security?

(For April 2017 pension report, click here)


Click Here
to download the Personal Information Packet



Gary Brakken retired Seattle firefighter passed away on March 11, 2017.

Roberta Herold, widow of retired Seattle firefighter Robert Herold, passed away on 3/10/17.

Naomi Ruthstrom, widow of retired Seattle lieutenant Stanley Ruthstrom, passed away on 2/7/2017.

Amy Paton, widow of retired Seattle firefighter James Paton, passed away on 1/20/2017.

Frank Drange, retired Seattle Captain, passed away on 3/28/17. No service.

Shirley M Phillips, widow of retired Seattle firefighter Arville L Phillips, passed away on 4/4/2017.

It is with great sadness that we notify you that Joe Fischnaller passed away today, Sunday April 9th unexpectedly. Those of you who knew Joe, knows that he was an attorney and great friend of the firefighters. He couldn’t do enough for us and the Retired Firefighters of Washington. Joe tried and won several LEOFF I landmark lawsuits throughout the State of Washington. Joe was a non-LEOFF I county deputy sheriff while attending Gonzaga law school. After receiving his law degree he opened a law firm and for many years he was the lead attorney for the Masters, Mates & Pilots national union. Joe was a great friend and one who we could contact as any time with a question. He was a renowned attorney and a giant of a man. His death is our loss but his legacy will carry on.
- Richard Warbrouck President RFFOW

Adrian R Trammell, retired Seattle firefighter, passed away on 4/9/2017. No services.

Henry Cockerman, SDF who passed away on 11/09/2016, funeral service will be held at Evergreen Washelli on Saturday, 6/3/2017 at 1:00 pm. Any questions please contact his son, James Cockerham at 206-545-8020. Evergreen Washelli address: 11220 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133



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Questions or Comments? Email at: info@rffow.org