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:

Claude Harris $303

Barry Newcomb $200

Michael Rebar $200

Marc Tillson $103

Georgiana Nielsen $100

Charles Petherick $100

Ed Henderson $100

Richard Koppe $100

Thomas Malone $86

Marty James $50

Carl Jackson $36



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

The Seattle Firefighters Union, Local 27 is making the final plans and arrangements as host of the 2018 International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Convention. The convention will be here in Seattle from August 6th to August 10th 2018. This convention is special as this is also the 100th year anniversary of the IAFF. In our April Newsletter we featured a photograph taken in 1978 of myself and Ed Wedikend, a former Seattle firefighter and Charter Member of Local 27 and the IAFF. Mr. Wedikind was 91 years old when I located him here in Seattle. I was able to escort him to the 1978 IAFF Convention in Las Vegas as a guest of the IAFF.

The host hotels are the Westin and Sheraton Hotels in downtown Seattle. There will be several events scheduled, some open to retired firefighters and other guests. There will also be a need for volunteers. If you would like to volunteer please contact Local 27 at 206-285-1271. We will try to post dates and times that volunteers will be needed.

(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




September RFFOW Meeting

On September 19, 2018
11 AM; Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA


June Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

The U.S. Census Bureau sponsors and conducts this Quarterly Survey of Public Pensions as authorized by Title 13, Section 182, United States Code.

The survey collects and publishes data on the financial holdings and activities of the 100 largest public employee retirement systems based on total cash and security holdings as identified in the most recent Census of Governments: Finance Component. Financial holdings data show assets in various types of securities such as stocks, bonds, federal notes, and mortgages. Revenue data consist of earnings, as well as contributions from governments and employees. Expenditure data consist primarily of administrative costs and payments to beneficiaries.

(For June 2018 pension report, click here)


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to download the Personal Information Packet



Regina “Reggie” Roberts, wife of Bill Roberts retired Tacoma Fire Department and former director of the RFFOW, passed away 5/3/18 after a long illness.

Laurann Radosevich, widow of retired Lt. John Radosevich, passed away on 5/19/2018.

Ruth Taylor, widow of deceased Battalion Chief James Taylor, passed away on 5/14/18.

Rex Johnson, L27 Ret. Passed away on June 6th in Port Angeles/Joyce. Apparently from an unwitnessed heart attack. Rex retired as the regular driver for L12 at station 28 on C shift. A service will be held on August 18th, at 1:00 pm, at Whiskey Creek Beach Park at 1385 Whiskey Creek Beach Rd Port Angeles WA 98363.

Gordon Kinsman retired Tacoma Fire Department passed away on July 2, a Celebration of Life was held July 6th in Tacoma.

Sandra Synstad, wife of retired Seattle Firefighter Robert Synstad, died this morning. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Rose of Lima Parrish at 11 AM, Friday July 13th. 460 N 5th St Cheney, WA 99004

Sharon Rebar, wife of retired Tacoma Fire Captain Mike Rebar, passed away on June 28. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 21, from 1-4 pm at the Tacoma Firefighters Union Hall.

Cora Sevilles, widow of retired Seattle Firefighter George Sevilles, passed away on 5/28/2018.

Lila Gilbert, widow of retired Seattle Firefighter Lewis Gilbert, passed away on 6/30/2018.



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