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:

AD Vickery $250

Kathi Hall $203

Michael McGovern $200

Nancy Nance $160

Christina Hamilton $103

Tom Trunk $103

Robert Gear $100

Grant Newell in memory of David Olsen $100

Ed Henderson $100

Charles Wright Jr $100

Sylvia Scherer in memory of Wally Scherer $100

Jean Hunt in memory of husband Les Hunt $100

Thomas Maxwell $100

Elair Singer $50

Suzanne Norman $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

When I was in Olympia on February 21, 2019 for a Hearing on two bills SB 5920 to expand the eligibility to serve on Prior Act Pension boards and LEOFF I Disability Boards and SB 5894 dealing with funding for Prior Act Pension boards I was advised that I should schedule a meeting with Senator Kevin Van De Wege. Director Roy Orlando and I attended a meeting with Senator Van De Wege, Steve Nelsen, the Executive Director of the LEOFF II Retirement System and Amanda Cecil, a Sr. fiscal analyst for the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Much to our surprise we were advised that they have been working on a LEOFF I – LEOFF II partial merger. Why I say partial merger is that this is a little different than the previous LEOFF I – LEOFF II and LEOFF I- teachers merger in that it would only merge or comingle the LEOFF I – LEOFF II retirement funds into one LEOFF Retirement Fund. I don’t use the word “only” to infer that this merger is insignificant. The LEOFF I Disability Boards would be maintained and the LEOFF I governance would remain under the Select Committee on Pension Policy (SCPP) with all of the other state retirement systems except LEOFF II system that is governed by the LEOFF II retirement board. They passed out a single page outline of what would be in the bill and noted that the bill will be introduced on or about March 18. I will list other proposed changes as I continue.

The motivation is to transfer the thirty-one percent LEOFF I surplus estimated to be one billion 280 million to LEOFF II and the new LEOFF Retirement Fund. This would allow the transfer of 321 million dollars from the LEOFF II trust fund into the LEOFF II Benefit Improvement Account. The LEOFF I surplus would backfill the hole created by the transfer from the LEOFF II Fund to the LEOFF II Benefit Improvement Account. The State would discontinue the State Contribution into the LEOFF II Fund from the State General Fund saving 295 million in 2019 – 2021 and 2021 – 2023 and later phasing out all future contributions and transferring the total cost to the LEOFF II members and employers in 2030, 55% members, 45% employers.

(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



April RFFOW Meeting

On April 17, 2019
11 AM; Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA


March Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

In November 2018 the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) and the National Association of State Retirement Administrators (NASRA published a report titled, “Balancing Objectives in Public Employee Post-Retirement Employment Policies: Reassessing Barriers to Continued Work”, with the following introduction.

Depending on applicable state law or the policies of a particular public retirement system, returning to work with a government agency after retirement can either be permissive or restrictive, and may further depend on the characteristics of individual employers and retirees.

Much of the attitude of policymakers and the public toward such post-retirement employment stems from perceptions that public sector workers, either in general or in certain high-profile cases, have taken advantage of loopholes by being paid a pension benefit as a retiree while still drawing a salary. A common term for cases like these is “double dipping.” Concerns also have been expressed about “revolving door” agreements, wherein an employee approaching retirement may be promised a position post-retirement without first fulfilling an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or retirement system required break in service.

(For March 2019 pension report, click here)


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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.

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

Donald Shaver, retired Seattle Firefighter, passed away on 12/7/18

Lucy Sloan, widow of retired Seattle Firefighter Jack Sloan, passed away on 12/30/18.

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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