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:

Jack Day $1,000

Roy Teter Jr $360

Chris Morrill $343

Randall Christensen $300 in memory of Howie Cannon

Beverly Anthony $300

Robert Wickham $200

Rod Hutchison $200

Kenneth Beach $200

Larry Crane $200

Don Wyvel $150

Rory Vance $150

Mary Sholdra $150 in memory of husband Ted Sholdra.

Carlene Labrec $100 in memory of husband Kenneth LaBrec

Bruce Phillips $100

Rod Brecht $100

Russell Hill $100

Charles Sangder $100

Dennis Harwood $100

Michael Yager $100

Steve Bailey $100

Lewis Eyman $100

Jim Fisher $60



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

I am very happy to report that our Vice President Jim Fossos has made a tremendous improvement in his recovery from a major stroke. I visited Jim in Harborview Hospital about three days ago and was delighted to see his improvement since my last visit about a week ago. Jim is more alert, can whisper more than two words, almost a complete sentence and is receiving food and water by mouth. When I told him that he looked good and twenty years younger he whispered “you look good Dick.” I was told that he was holding a pencil in an attempt to scratch something as he often did when sitting at a table during a meeting. His doctor said that he anticipates Jim to make a complete recovery. Megan, our Administrative Assistant who works at Seattle Children’s in the Neurosurgery Department said that doctors don’t usually say that unless that are quite positive as they don’t want to give false hope.

I am saddened to report that we have to say goodbye to Megan as our very capable and appreciated Administrative Assistant this month. This will be Megan’s last Newsletter. Megan has been with us for six years. She accepted a promotion at Seattle Children’s Hospital as Manager of Surgery Coordination and is in charge of fifteen people which can be quite stressful at times. Megan has taken us into the twenty-first century in record keeping. She has all the computer programs set up to handle all of the business and retain all necessary records. Megan informed me last November that she would stay until we found a replacement. To tell you the truth I didn’t look very hard. Finally, feeling a little guilty I mentioned this in the Newsletter and began looking around. It’s a hard position to advertise as it’s only part time work and you have to find someone who can work from home, is qualified, a self-starter and lives near the President. The last time we advertised on Craigslist we received responses from as far away as Bellingham to the north and Chehalis to the south. I was a little worried at first because of some past experiences but happy to report that we have found an excellent replacement for Megan. I truly believe another Megan!

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


The purposed LEOFF I - LEOFF II merger has been cancelled. A big thank you to everyone that wrote to Senator Van De Wege!

Dear LEOFF Merger Stakeholders,

This is to let you know that the proposed LEOFF 1 and 2 merger will not be moving forward for the 2019 session. There will be no more stakeholder meetings. The meeting this Friday, March 29th, is cancelled. I would like to thank everyone for the willingness to come together and work on this issue.

While I have been involved in merger proposals and discussions in the past, I have never led the effort. I found all of the parties to be working in a respectful manner which I greatly appreciate. I particularly would like to thank two staff members who worked on this effort. Amanda Cecil and Steve Nelsen are both professional and knowledgeable and have put a lot of work into this legislation. We are all indebted to the work they do and what has been accomplished.

As of now, there are no plans to do any interim work on a merger proposal. This issue has already been studied to the point of exhaustion. I have already conveyed my desire with the stakeholder groups about coming together. I am concerned that merger could easily happen and no stakeholder groups will see any benefits and be stuck with a costly court battle. I do not see myself working directly on merger in the future and wish all of you the best of luck.

Thank you,

Kevin Van De Wege

State Senator 24th LD



May RFFOW Meeting

On May 15, 2019
11 AM; Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA


April Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

More than two-thirds of retirees say they live as well or better in retirement as they did when they were working, according to a recent study focused on retirees conducted by T. Rowe Price. Meanwhile, only 39 percent of current workers believe they will live as well or better in retirement. The study, “Retirement Savings and Spending: Behaviors and Attitudes Toward Retirement,” also found that retirees are generally optimistic about retirement, with 84 percent agreeing that their retirement has turned out to be just as good or better than expected, and 80 percent agreeing that they are enjoying retirement more than their primary working years.

Health and the cost of health care are the top concerns leading into retirement, followed closely by assets lasting in retirement. Nearly 70 percent of retirees feel somewhat or very concerned about both their health and the cost of health care heading into retirement, followed by 65 percent of retirees reporting concerns about their assets lasting. The top three spending concerns in retirement all relate to health care. Seventy-two percent say long-term care services, like a nursing home, is the top spending concern in retirement, followed by health insurance premiums (64 percent) and out-of-pocket health care expenses (64 percent). Despite the concern for the cost of health care, a majority of retirees have enough money to pay for it. Seventy-seven percent of retirees say that they have enough money to pay for health care and this belief increases with the number of years spent in retirement: 71 percent of recent retirees say they have enough money for health care, compared to 81 percent of retirees 11 years or more into retirement. Conversely, only 46 percent of current workers believe they will have enough money to pay for health care in retirement. “It’s interesting to see the significant contrast between the perception of living in retirement versus actually living in retirement. This contrast suggests that there is a mini-lifecycle in retirement; the initial anxieties and concerns many people have leading into retirement fade as they move through retirement and they learn to adjust and finally get comfortable with their new lifestyle,” said Sudipto Banerjee, senior manager of thought leadership at T. Rowe Price. “It seems that retirement is like any other unknown; the perception of it changes with actual experience.”

(For April 2019 pension report, click here)


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William Halbert retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 1/13/19

Beatrice Castona, widow of retired Seattle firefighter Hervey Castona, passed away on 2/1/2019.

Michael Horat, retired Seattle Lieutenant, passed away on 2/1/2019. Memorial service will be April 25, 2019 at 2:00 pm, Inglewood Golf Club 6505 Ingelwood Rd NE Kenmore, WA 98028

Mary Grafalo, widow of retired Seattle Lieutenant Albert Grafalo, passed away on 12/26/2018.

Michael Rebar, Retired Tacoma Fire Captain, passed away on January 19. A Celebration of Life will be held from 1-4pm on Saturday February 23 at the Tacoma Firefighters Hall 1109 So 50th.

Daniel Roulst, retired Seattle Firefighter, passed away on 2/12/19. A burial service for will be held this coming Thursday 2/21 at Tahoma National Cemetery at 11:30. Address is 18600 SE 240th ,Kent WA. And a celebration of life gathering afterwards at St John the Baptist Church Hall, 25810 156th Ave SE Covington WA.

Merle Anderson, widow of retired Seattle Firefighter Merrill Anderson, passed away on 2/8/19.

Ronald L. Hoyt Retired Chief of Central Pierce Fire and Rescue died in Tacoma, February 17, 2019. Memorial Services to be held at Eastside Community Center, 1721 East 56th St, Tacoma WA, February 24th 2019 at 2:00pm.

June Whelan, widow of retired Seattle firefighter James Whelan, passed away 1/7/19.

Ronald Hoffer, retired Seattle Firefighter, passed away on 1/14/2019.

James D. Yocum, retired Seattle Firefighter, passed away on 03/29/2019. There will be a graveside service on Friday April 19 th at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery located at 205 NE 205 th street , Shoreline WA 98155 at 10:00. There will not be a reception following the graveside service.

Gerald J. Habel, retired Seattle Firefighter, passed away on 03/31/2019.

Donald A. Peterson, retired Seattle Captain, passed away on 04/01/2019.

Dale Ebeling, retired Seattle Lieutenant, passed away on 4/03/2019.

Robert Herman retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 4/6/2019. Services will be held Saturday May 11th at 2:00 at Trinity Presbyterian Church located at 1315 N 160th, Shoreline, WA 98133.

Dorothy Downie widow of Retired Seattle Lt. Harold Downie passed away on 4/13/2019.

Joyce Haas Straka widow of Retired Seattle Lt. Donald Haas passed away on 4/10/2019.

Victor Knight, retired Seattle Firefighter, passed away on 4/5/2019.

Robert Herman retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 4/6/2019. Services will be held Saturday May 11th at 2:00 at Trinity Presbyterian Church located at 1315 N 160th, Shoreline, WA 98133.

Michael Zylinsky, retired Seattle Firefighter, passed away on 4/14/2019. A private family burial was held earlier this week.

Claudia Eitelberg, widow of retired Seattle Lieutenant Richard Eitelberg, passed away on 04/17/2019.



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