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:

Bob Anderson $303

Donald Fronsdahl $303

Sally Bouillon in memory of husband Brooks and her parents $300

Ethan Allen $253

Roy Teter $250

Chris Morrill $243

Michael Brooks $203

Gordon Lewis $203

Frank Harshfield $203

George Moody $203

B.L Hansen $200

Ken Beach $200

Marion Herth $200

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

Bonnie Carpenter in memory of loving husband Earl Carpenter $153

Mary Sholdra $150

Pauline Kirlin $150

Melvin Sowards $150

Wayne Johanson $103

Charlotte Clark $103

Dan Zlock $103

William Hull $103

Lewis Eyman $103

Rod Hutchison $103

Herbert Brooks $103

Georgiana Nielsen $103

Steven Bailey $100

Robert Swartout $100

Richard Egeck $100

Donald Rogers $100

Robert Watson $100

David Campbell $100

Elynor Roehr $100

Robert Mesneak $100

Stewart Rose $100

Kay Shank $93

Christine Maloney $63

Mary Jane Tinsley $53

Elair Singer $50

Bob Canfield $43

Chuck Seeman $43

Rhonald Holm $43

Monte Harrison $43

Richard Myers $43

Dennis Weaver $43

David Ridgway $43

Robert Breda $43

Richard Gelstin $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

I want to thank all of you who pay your annual dues by check for your quick response to our 2017 dues payment notice. The dues payments are coming in at a faster rate than ever before, with about ninety percent returning the dues payment form that was in the December and January Newsletters. Returning the dues payment form allows us to update our information regarding your membership. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is when we go to the membership roster for a phone number, address or email address and there is no phone number or email address. More inconvenience when we are notified of a death and we turn to the roster for the name of the spouse to express our condolences and there is no name and no notation if there is a spouse.

We appreciate the complementary notes and donations to the legislative fund. We do keep a record of the donations. If we ever have to turn to the members for an assessment we would ask those who have not made a donation first. A good way to remember a friend or a loved one is to make a donation in their name to the legislative fund. Seeing their name allows us to affirm that they are never forgotten.

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


Our RFFOW monthly membership meeting has changed to the third Wednesday of the month, starting in March. Our next meeting will be March 15th. Same time and location.


Retirement party for Lt. Jeff Milton and BC Rich Schultz Saturday March 18, 2017 at 6pm Aerie Eagles #1 8201 Lake City Way NE Seattle, WA 98115 Cost includes dinner, beer and wine. $40 if paid before March 1st, $50 after March 1st. Please RSVP by March 8th. Checks to Luke Schultz at 8202 132nd Place SE Snohomish, WA 98296. For additional info contact Luke Schultz at 206-349-8361



If you are on a duty disability retirement and have never received a 1099R from the city but did just receive one for 2016 that was a mistake from the city. It looks like we have a solution and I will be sending out a letter explaining the situation. Anyone who received this in error please do not do anything as far as your taxes until you receive the letter. The letter will go out hopefully tomorrow. The resolution we are working on is that the IRS may not have received the 1099R but we are waiting to verify. If that is the case then when you do your taxes you can disregard the 1099R but we will have a final determination hopefully by tomorrow. Thanks for your patience.

Steve Brown

Fire Pension



In Yuma

Seattle Firefighter Luncheon

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

When: 11:30 to 2:30

Where: Mandarin Garden, 12415 S. Frontage Road

Going on: A gathering of retired and active firefighters and their guests; Chinese buffet lunch includes non-alcoholic drinks, tax and tips; no-host bar of beer and wine available.

Cost: $13.00 each, cash only

Info: RSVP to Dennis Bonner at (928) 345-1336 or cell (206) 229-2259



March RFFOW Meeting

On March 15, 2017
11 AM; Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA


February Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

WHY PENSIONS ARE IMPORTANT: Here are some important facts provided by penionrights.org:

The average monthly Social Security benefit paid to retired workers in 2016 is $1,350.64, or $16,207.68 a year.

The average monthly Social Security benefit paid to widows & widowers is $1,294.04, or $15,528.48 per year.

The average monthly Social Security benefit paid to disabled workers is $1,166.46, or $13,997.52 per year.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Assuming that there are 2080 work hours in a year (40 hours per week x 52 weeks per year), a worker making the federal minimum-wage would earn $15,080 in one year.

(For February 2017 pension report, click here)


Click Here
to download the Personal Information Packet



Retired Seattle Lt. Edward (Pat) Powers passed away on January 6, 2017.

John (Randy) Simonsen retired Seattle Lt. passed away on 1-15-2017.

Jerome Wachsmuth retired Seattle Captain passed away on 2/1/2017. Services are February 11, 2017 as follows: Grave site: 9:00 AM at Hawthorne Memorial Park, Mt. Vernon, WA. Memorial service: 10:00 AM at Mt. Vernon First Lutheran Church, 2015 E. Blackburn RD.

Leota L. Kelley widow of Seattle BC Loren P. Kelley passed away on 01/15/17. No information on services at this time.

Delores Bosse widow of John Bosse Ret. Seattle Fire Dept. and mother of Mike Bosse Ret. Seattle Fire Dept. passed away 1/30/17.

Thomas G, Myers, retired Sumner Fire Chief, passed away 2/10/17.



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