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:

Eileen Lewis $300

Randy Christensen in memory of Pat Powers Seattle FD $300

Anonymous $286

Lt. Col. Donald Holtine $200

Adrienne Hager in memory of husband Bob Hager Tacoma FD $200

Ron Wold $200

Edwin Gibson $200

Maxine Morgan $200

Frank Bladen $200

Ken Carrol $200

Robert Wickham $200

Marvin Berg $200

Bob West $150

Donald Hoffman $103

Burt Pack $100

Steven Phelps $103

Russell Hill $100

Richard Forth $100

John Rickert $100

Sigrid Worland $100

Mona Landers in memory of dear husband Bill Landers $100

Vick Knight $100

Mark Langhans $100

George Jacobson $100

Merl Weatherhogge $100

Richard Schmidt $100

Pat O'Brien $100

Robert Synstad $100

Doug Craig $63

Gale Emens $60

Hubert Crawley $53

John Berge $50

Jim Morton $50

David Lukin $50

Coleen Wisenor $43

John Ellis $43

Bill Roberts $43

Lucille Thrasher $43

Ruth Walsh $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

Megan keeps reminding me that my article is due for the March Newsletter. Maybe I should remind Megan who is the President, ONLY KIDDING!!

There has been a lot going on in the halls of the legislature but first I have to address some other issues we have been attending to.

For the first time in several years the City of Seattle, without the knowledge of the Seattle Firefighters Pension Board, prepared and mailed out IRS forms #1099. These forms are always forwarded to all members who retired under the Prior Act on a service pension because a service pension is taxable. This year they sent form 1099's to all members under the Prior Act who retired on a disability pension. This is unnecessary because as you know the disability pension is tax exempt. We have always discouraged the retirement board from issuing this 1099 for several reasons.

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


Our RFFOW monthly membership meeting has changed to the third Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be April 19th. Same time and location.


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)



April RFFOW Meeting

On April 19, 2017
11 AM; Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA


March Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

PUBLIC PENSION FUNDS CONTINUE RECOVERY FROM RECESSION: It is well-known that public pension funds took a major hit during the financial crisis. National Public Pension Coalition has written before about the steep drop in funding levels from 2008 to 2009 when the economy was crashing due to Wall Street greed and incompetence.

The story that is less well-known is that the majority of public pension funds continue to recover from the depths of the recession, as a recent report from the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS). The link for the reporting portal can be found at: http://www.ncpers.org/files/NCPERS%20Public%20Retirement%20Systems%20Study.pdf.

(For March 2017 pension report, click here)


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to download the Personal Information Packet



Jerome Wachsmuth retired Seattle Captain passed away on 2/1/2017.

Leota L. Kelley widow of Seattle BC Loren P. Kelley passed away on 01/15/17.

Delores Bosse widow of John Bosse Ret. Seattle Fire Dept. and mother of Mike Bosse Ret. Seattle Fire Dept. passed away 1/30/17.

Thomas G, Myers, retired Sumner Fire Chief, passed away 2/10/17.

Mary Turpin, widow of deceased Seattle firefighter, William Turpin, passed away on 2/25/2017.

Irene McNerney, widow of deceased Seattle firefighter John McNerney, passed away 2/26/17.

John McDonald, retired Seattle firefighter, passed away on December 18th, 2016.

Gary Brakken retired Seattle firefighter passed away on March 11, 2017. Services for Gary Brakken will be on 3/24/17 Burial @ Washelli at 11 AM Service @ 1 PM Phinney Ridge Luthern on 75th & Greenwood in Seattle

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.



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