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:



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

We have scheduled a special RFFOW Directors meeting on October 11, 2018 with Jerry Taylor, President of the Retired Seattle Police Officers Association and Ken Crowder, Retired Snohomish County Deputy Sheriffs Association. The meeting is to continue the discussion on the future representation for the retired fire and law enforcement officers of Washington, LEOFF I and perhaps LEOFF I and LEOFF II. We have also scheduled a meeting on October 25, 2018 with Dennis Lawson, President of the Washington State Council of Firefighters (WSCFF) to discuss the future representation for the Retired Firefighters of Washington, LEOFF I and perhaps LEOFF I and LEOFF II. I have addressed the problem and the options in past Newsletters and have discussed this issue with individual RFFOW members and also members of other city police and fire retiree groups. Everyone agrees that there is a problem but none have a solution. Perhaps they are waiting for us as elected representatives to make a recommendation. Our board is still seeking information in order to make a recommendation. I personally feel that the Directors should make a recommendation and we should list two options with additional information for a referendum vote of our membership.

One of the options previously discussed was to form a statewide retired police and law enforcement officers association with a dues structure, by-laws, elected officers and proper authorization to represent their members similar to the Retired Firefighters of Washington (RFFOW). I have discussed this option with some regional law enforcement groups with no success. No group has shown any interest in administrating a statewide law enforcement retiree organization. We have met with several of these groups from time to time, they are more social in nature than political. They are pleased with what we do, very supportive, eager for information and occasionally make a small donation to help with our expenses.

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



There will be NO November RFFOW meeting. We are going to cancel since it was the day before Thanksgiving. Our next meeting will be in January, Wednesday 1/16/19.


Some dates to remember:

RFFOW Annual Christmas Luncheon Friday December 7th. Get your reservations in ASAP.

Annual Retired Firefighters Breakfast Tuesday December 11th, at Denny's in Edmonds 9:30am.



January RFFOW Meeting

On January 16, 2019
11 AM; Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA


October Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

The Physicians for a National Health Program have published an August 4, 2018 report titled “Graying of U.S. Bankruptcy: Fallout from Life in a Risk Society”. Below is a recap of this interesting report.

The social safety net for older Americans has been shrinking for the past couple decades. The risks associated with aging, reduced income, and increased healthcare costs, have been off-loaded onto older individuals. At the same time, older Americans are increasingly likely to file consumer bankruptcy, and their representation among those in bankruptcy has never been higher. Using data from the Consumer Bankruptcy Project, we find more than a two-fold increase in the rate at which older Americans (age 65 and over) file for bankruptcy and an almost five-fold increase in the percentage of older persons in the U.S. bankruptcy system. The magnitude of growth in older Americans in bankruptcy is so large that the broader trend of an aging U.S. population can explain only a small portion of the effect. In our data, older Americans report they are struggling with increased financial risks, namely inadequate income and unmanageable costs of healthcare, as they try to deal with reductions to their social safety net. As a result of these increased financial burdens, the median senior bankruptcy filer enters bankruptcy with negative wealth of $17,390 as compared to more than $250,000 for their non-bankrupt peers. For an increasing number of older Americans, their golden years are fraught with economic risks, the result of which is often bankruptcy.

(For October 2018 pension report, click here)


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Tom Szalay, retired Seattle Firefighter, passed away on 8/11/2018

Leonard Leach retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 8/18/2018.

Peter Chudecke retired Seattle Battalion Chief passed away on 7/7/2018. No services planned.

Robert Mills Jr. retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 8/23/2018.

Sidney (Sid) Gill Retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 8/29/2018.

Richard Byrd Retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 9/8/2018.

Richard Zwaller, retired Seattle Battalion Chief, passed away on 9/13/2018. The service is family only.

Donald E. Henley, retired Seattle firefighter, passed away on 9/29/2018. There is no service information at this time.

Dorothy Barich, widow of retired Seattle Captain William Barich, passed away on 9/23/2018.

Retired Seattle Firefighter Philip Sacco passed away on 10/12/2018. The family will be having a private service.

Mickey Beauclair spouse of retired Seattle Battalion Chief Don Beauclair passed away on 10/20/2018. No information on services at this time.

Quentin Darby Retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 10/25/2018. There is no service information.

Stanley Brunsvold, retired Seattle Firefighter, passed away on 10/11/18. A memorial service will be held Friday, November 9th at 2pm at Floral Hills in Lynnwood, WA with reception following.



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