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:

Myra Mitchell in memory of late husband Bob Mitchell $243

Robert Watson $200

Rosemary King $200

Sally Bouillon in memory of mom and dad Walt & Barb Griffith $200

Ronald Wold $200

Anonymous $200

Ronald Hiraki $150

Joyce Straka $143

Tom Grier in loving memory of Marcia Grier $143

Douglas Easter $136

Cleo Maloney $120

Joseph Bennett $103

Herbert Brooks $103

Julie Woodward $103

Myron Schmidt $103

Brent Chomos $103

William Bush $103

Richard Egeck $100

Sharyn Evans $100

Dennis Gill in memory of brother Sid Gill $100

Marion Herth $100

Evelyn Ferguson $100

Evelyn Minea $100

Dolores Hanson $100

Dennis Weaver $100

Dan Doles $100

Richard Schmidt $100

Donald Rogers $100

William Bush $100

Charles King $100

Dave Campbell $100

John Ellis $100

AD Vickery $100

Dorothy Grier $100

Mary Sholdra in honor of late husband Ted Sholdra $100

Robert Bennett $63

Chuck Seeman $63

Sandra Adams $43

Evelyn Ferguson $43

Michael Krutsinger $43

Ron Larkin $43

Hugh Bond $43

Galyn Sortor $43

Charles Kahler $43

Robert Swartout $43

Gloria Thompson $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 we begin the New Year we want to extend to all of you our best wishes for a happy, healthy and safe New Year. We also want to remember all of those who have fallen from our ranks, unfortunately too many to list.

I want to thank all of you for your membership and support as we work to protect the benefits that we earned during our careers in the fire service. We also want to acknowledge and thank you for the cards, notes and kind words you have forwarded to us during this holiday season.

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


Annual Arizona Firefighter Reunion

You are invited to our annual celebration hosted by: Sharon Herth, Bill Donohoe, Bernie Stender and Dave Birmingham

Where: 11008 N Balboa Dr. Sun City AZ 85351

When: February 8, 2019

Time: 1200hrs

We will provide a full BarBQue lunch, some soft drinks, water. We accept cash donations to help with the cost.


You bring some stories, your wife/husband/other and a smile.

Please RSPV to: donohoe.46@hotmail.com


Retirement Party notice for Rod Hewitt (retiring after 41 years!)

Saturday Feb 9th 6pm-12am.

Ballard Eagles (5216 20th Ave NW Seattle WA)

Dinner buffet provided - cash bar. $40 per person if you pay in advance or $45 at the door. Pay to paypal redleg5@yahoo.com. Please note if you want roast beef or chicken with payment. - any questions please call Lieutenant Kevin Dean 206-933-8465



February RFFOW Meeting

On February 20, 2019
11 AM; Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA


January Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:


A decade after the last major recession of the U.S. economy, many have been convinced that the current environment is the new normal. Soaring equities and low interest rates have been predominant features of investments; rising Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation premiums, artificially smoothed discount rates and increasing settlement activity have also been present. While some of these features might become part of a new normal, some might be cyclical. To understand the future, we need to examine the past. In this paper, we will look at 10 investment actions and discuss what they mean for future planning.

1. Avoid surprises.
During the global financial crisis (GFC), the average plan saw its funded ratio fall by 25%. Businesses were stressed, and those with large pension obligations got an extra kick in the shin as they were forced to source extra cash for their plan. The good news is there are still tools that can be used to simulate different economic environments to help clients better understand the potential impacts of financial risks and develop strategies to manage them.

(For January 2019 pension report, click here)


Click Here
to download the Personal Information Packet



Retired Seattle Firefighter Philip Sacco passed away on 10/12/2018. The family will be having a private service.

Mickey Beauclair spouse of retired Seattle Battalion Chief Don Beauclair passed away on 10/20/2018.

Quentin Darby Retired Seattle Firefighter passed away on 10/25/2018.

Stanley Brunsvold, retired Seattle Firefighter, passed away on 10/11/18.

Sandy Tonseth passed away November 11th , after a 6-year battle with ovarian cancer. She is survived by husband Ed--a retired Seattle firefighter--Sons Brandon (Becca) and Devin (Mattie), grandchildren Owen, Ella, Jackson, and Charlotte. She is loved by all who knew her. Artistically talented, Sandy attended the UW and later became an international buyer for Nordstrom.

Harry Babcock, retired Seattle Firefighter, passed away on 11/12/2018. No further information is available at this time.

Gloria Gray, widow of deceased Seattle Firefighter Alan Gray, passed away on 11/29/2018

Marcia Elayne Grier, wife of retired Seattle Firefighter Tom Grier, passed away  11/10/18 at home in  Shoreline Washington her memorial service was  26th at Evergreen Washelli Aurora Ave.

Joseph C. Coleman retired from Mountlake Terrace FD passed on 11/8/18.

William S. Nelson retired Seattle Captain passed away on 12/7/18.

Mark J Fitzgerald, Retired Fire Chief King Co Fire Dist 20-Skyway, served more than 30 years and served as Fire Chief 1994 to 2009, died on 12/5/18, of a cardiac incident in his car on the side of local highway. Services were Dec 20th.

Gordon Ochs, retired Seattle firefighters, passed away on 12/22/18.

Yvonne Dezarn, widow of retired Seattle lieutenant Darrell Dezarn, passed away on 12/17/18.

Active Seattle Firefighter Kim Staats passed away at his home 11/13/18. Memorial service January 22 at 11am Marlatt Funeral Home 713 Central Ave N Kent, WA 98032. Class A uniforms authorized

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



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Questions or Comments? Email at: info@rffow.org