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:

Jay Echols $1000

Barbara Karger $200

Connie Sample $200

AD Vickery $125

Elmer Fleury $100

Jeri Gough $100

Anonymous $100

Brad Pendleton $100

David Moen $53

Valerie Pelk $50

Warren Aspden $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

As I write this article on June 11, 2017 we are approaching the end of the second special session on June 21, 2017. State government will shut down on July 1, 2017 if they have not passed a budget bill. The problem is how to raise the additional three billion dollars in the next two- year state budget mandated by the Supreme Courtís McCleary decision.

The court ruled in the McCleary decision that the stateís current school funding policy is unconstitutional and perpetuates education inequity across the state. The court ruled that the legislature must fully fund K thru 12 education and has since imposed a fine of $1,000 a day until education is fully funded. As of June 11, 2017 the fine totals $76,800.000. The saving grace is that the fine can be included in the amount needed to fully fund education.

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



I am pleased to notify you that the recent budget proposal (June 22, 2017) ) to merge the LEOFF I and LEOFF II Retirement Systems has been withdrawn. No merger is being considered at this time.

Dick Warbrouck


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please turn on Channel 13 at 9:00 pm tonight (July 19 ) to view the story of the USS Bunker Hill an aircraft carrier. Al Skaret an RFFOW member who was assigned to Ladder I at Station 10 Seattle Fire Dept. was stationed on the Bunker Hill in WW II when it was hit by a Kamikaze Japanese torpedo plane. There was a large fire and the ship was without power for days. Al was credited with saving the life of a shipmate. That shipmate, after all these years with the help of a Chicago radio station, was able to locate Al here in Seattle. Both men are now in their 90's. Tune in for the rest of the story. Dick Warbrouck



September RFFOW Meeting

On September 20, 2017
11 AM; Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA


June Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

PENSIONERS MAY LIVE LONGER, RESEARCH FINDS: The life expectancy of people with defined benefit pensions appears to be improving at a faster rate than that of the rest of the population, research by the Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI) has revealed.

According to the latest CMI Mortality Projections Model, increases in life expectancy have slowed down across the population since 2011 and continued through 2016, after a decade of marked improvement.

(For June 2017 pension report, click here)


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Retired Seattle Captain Wallace Scherer passed away on 5/10/2017. When services are planned will forward information.

George Tarrant, retired Seattle Captain, passed away on 4/29/2017. No services.

Lelan Drew, retired Seattle firefighter, passed away on 5/3/2017. No services.

Lonnie McLean, Seattle retired firefighter, passed away on 5/13/2017. No services are planned.

Maxine Morgan, widow of retired Seattle Lieutenant Robert Morgan, passed away on 5/5/2017. No further information is available.

Sigrid Worland, widow of retired Seattle Firefighter Byron Worland, passed away on 5/25/2017. No further information is available.

Rosemary Byrnes, widow of retired Seattle Lieutenant William Byrnes, passed away on 5/18/17.

Linda Shankland, wife of retired Seattle Captain Richard Shankland, passed away on 6/5/17.

Ethan Allen, retired Seattle Captain, passed away on 6/6/2017.

Maxine Allan, widow of retired Seattle Captain James Allan, passed away on 07/11/2017.

Lynn Hicks retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 7/19/2017



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