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:

Jerry Davis $300

Ted Pederson $300

Larry Wick $300

Kathi Hall in memory of husband James Hall and dear friend Bonnie Carpenter $300

Gordon Lewis $250

Randal Christensen $203

Lewis Eyman $200

Larry Rankin $200

Donald Sharp $200

Mary Jean Olson in memory of Lt. Stephen Olson $200

George Moody $200

Michael Krutsinger $200

Donald Ullom $200

Jerald Rogers $200

Marion Herth $200

Ron Hiraki $157

Kenneth Beach $150

Norm Kestle $150

Thomas Maxwell $150

Connie McGrath $143

Elynor Roehr $125

Robert Robillard $120

Pearl Young $103

Edwin Jackson $103

Marvin Berg $103

Monte Harrison $103

Ralph Maughan $103

Jeanine McAndie $103

Dwayne Paul $100

Richard Myers $100

Roger Keller $100

Ken Bohren $100

John Simmons $100

Wayne Johanson $100

Doris Hunter $100

Joseph Bennett $100

Coleen Wisenor $100

Dan Zlock $100

Alan Collinson $100

David Campbell $100

William Bush $100

Myron Schmidt $100

Glen Clarke $100

Jean Hunt $100

Donald Wyvel $100

Brian Henderson $100

Herbert Brooks $100

Russell Hill $100

Elmer Seeman $100

Terry Davis $100

Curtis Johnson $100

Robert Gear $100

William Hull $100

Jim Morton $100

James Richeson $100

David Hajny $100

Michael Yager $100

Ronald Eckerman $100

Mary Jane Tinsley $50

Robert Ely $50

Thomas Trunk $50

Steven Beaumont $50

Ray Wiggs $50

Thomas Grier $50

Gloria Thompson $45

Brent Chomos $43

Robert Breda $43

Warren Aspden $43

Patricia Burns $43

Terril Ollis $43

Richard Gelstin $43

Hugh Bond $43

Uwe Viergutz $43

Ron Larkin $43

Donna Brais $43

Bill Roberts $43

Lucille Thrasher $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 for our February Newsletter we have reached the thirty-fifth day of the sixty day 2018 Legislative Session. There are a number of bills that we are monitoring that would if passed, impact the LEOFF I and LEOFF II Retirement Systems.

• HB 2719 would change the threshold from a population of 20,000 to 30,000 to require the city to create a LEOFF I Disability Board.

• SB 6300 would create a property tax exemption for spouses of military members and first responders killed in the line of duty. This would apply to LEOFF I and LEOFF II.

• HB 2645 clarifies armed conflicts related to determining eligibility for certain pension related military service benefits for members of retirement systems.

• SB 6213-HB 2633 Addressing the presumption of occupational disease for purposes of workers’ compensation by adding medical conditions to the presumption and extending the presumption to certain publicly employed firefighters and investigators and law enforcement.

• SB 6214 Allowing industrial insurance coverage for post-traumatic stress disorders of law enforcement officers and firefighters. If enacted, this measure would create a presumption, with regard to firefighters and law enforcement officers.

• HB 2693 Just for you information, HB 2693 would raise the mandatory age from 65 to 68 for the Washington State patrol officers.

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



You may have received a letter or email from the Department of Retirement Systems in Olympia regarding W-4P (IRS withholding). This only applies to those members who are on a service pension retirement and want to change their IRS withholding due to the changes in the Federal IRS tax code.

Those on a disability pension can disregard this completely.

Richard Warbrouck President RFFOW



And we have a retirement banquet to announce:

A retirement banquet honoring fireboat engineer Dick Chester

45 years of loyal service

Sunday March 25, 2018 5:30pm

Salty's on Alki

1936 Harbor Ave SW Seattle 98126

RSVP by March 6th to chesterkathryn@outlook.com

Plated dinner will be served. $50 per person




March RFFOW Meeting

On March 21, 2018
11 AM; Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA


February Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

Here is an interesting summary of retirement benefits for members of the United States Congress.

Prior to 1984, neither federal civil service employees nor Members of Congress paid Social Security taxes, nor were they eligible for Social Security benefits. Members of Congress and other federal employees were instead covered by a separate pension plan called the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). The 1983 amendments to the Social Security Act (P.L. 98-21) required federal employees first hired after 1983 to participate in Social Security. These amendments also required all Members of Congress to participate in Social Security as of January 1, 1984, regardless of when they first entered Congress. Because CSRS was not designed to coordinate with Social Security, Congress directed the development of a new retirement plan for federal workers. The result was the Federal Employees’ Retirement System Act of 1986 (P.L. 99- 335). Members of Congress first elected in 1984 or later are covered automatically under the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS). All Senators and those Representatives serving as Members prior to September 30, 2003, may decline this coverage. Representatives entering office on or after September 30, 2003, cannot elect to be excluded from such coverage. Members who were already in Congress when Social Security coverage went into effect could either remain in CSRS or change their coverage to FERS. Members are now covered under one of four different retirement arrangements:

(For February 2018 pension report, click here)


Click Here
to download the Personal Information Packet



Murphy Anthony, retired Seattle Captain, passed away on 12/03/2017. He was preceded in death by his wife Gloria and sister Delorah. He is survived by his son, Randy Anthony, (Kathy) his Grandchildren, Raina, Cory (Anna) and Joshua (Lindsey), great grandchildren Caitlin, Peyton, Rayne and Ruby Rae. He is also survived by his brother Bill Anthony, sisters Lynne Fremont and Verla Jerde (David), numerous nieces and nephews and longtime companion Bertha Wright. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

David Wayson retired Seattle dispatcher passed away on 12/22/2017

Kenneth Labrec, Retired Seattle Firefighter, passed away on 12/29/2017.

Dorothy Lavassar widow of retired Seattle Firefighter Richard Lavassar passed away on 1/7/2018.

Bonnie Carpenter, widow of retired Seattle Captain Earl Carpenter, passed away on 1/14/18.

Mary A. Daniels, passed on January 19, 2018 in Kirkland, Washington. She was 94 years old. Mary's husband was retired Seattle Captain Robert (Bob) Daniels.

Helen Inks, widow of retired Captain Galen Inks, passed away on 1/13/2018

Robert A. Jones retired Seattle fire department passed away on 2/3/18.

John Sannar, retired Seattle Firefighter, passed away on 2/14/18.

Robert McGinty, retired Clinton Captain, passed away on 2/18/18.

Houston Willis, retired Seattle firefighter, passed away on 2/15/18.

Marie Doherty, widow of deceased Seattle Firefighter Donald F Doherty, passed away on 2/16/2018.

Mary R Gronnerud, widow of deceased Seattle Firefighter Henry Charles Gronnerud, passed away on 2/15/2018.



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