Welcome to the Dallas Retired Firefighters Association Website. The DRFFA is made up of Dallas Firefighters who have retired from the Dallas Fire Rescue Department. This website was created to keep our members informed and to help foster a sense of community.
Retirees are active in the community and serve as a great resource for our on duty members. Retirees help with recruit training, serve on the pension board, serve as critical incident stress volunteers and many other functions. There are groups of retirees who travel together and meet regularly for information and fellowship. Welcome to our website.
34th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend:
Every October, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation sponsors the national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. This year, Fire Rescue Officer William Scott Tanksley will be honored during the Memorial weekend, October 4, 2015 in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
The weekend features programs for family members, survivors, and co-workers. There will be two public ceremonies. A special group session for firefighter co-workers and their families will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Then, there will be a candlelight service that will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Memorial Service will take place on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Thousands attend the Memorial weekend annually. The weekend allows us to pay special tribute and respect to fallen firefighters from across the country. For more information concerning the Memorial weekend, please visit the following website:
http://weekend.firehero.org/ or contact Chaplain Elaine Maddox at 469-323-5891.
The Memorial Service will be available to view on-line, October 4, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Please refer to www.firehero.org for location of on-line telecast.
2015 Yearbook Update/Headshot Photo Orders
The 2015 Yearbook Committee is winding down its work and all materials are soon to be turned over to the publishing company for layout, design and printing. Early December 2015 is targeted for distribution of the book at the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department Training Center or via home delivery if chosen as method of delivery. Photographer Glen Ellman and his associates took headshots during the various sessions scheduled earlier this year. Glen has now placed headshot photos on his website so that members who desire purchase may do so by clicking on the following link:
The pictures are arranged in alphabetic order by first letter of the members’ last name. Glen named the picture files in accordance to paperwork completed during photo sessions and the yearbook committee is currently proofing/validating correct name spellings. Members are reminded that the deadline to order 2015 Yearbook(s) has been extended until June 30, 2015 and that the Department has no plans to order extra yearbooks.
Injured firefighter Estaban Maldonado Assistance:
Message from Chaplain Services:
Estaban Maldonado (45 C) was recently injured in an off duty motorcycle accident which required hospitalization and multiple surgeries. He will undoubtedly face a massive amount of financial strain as a result of the injuries. Consequently, we would like to rally around our brother by showing our support. An on-line fund has been established so that members who desire to help Estaban can do so. Please click on the following link to show your support during Estaban and his family’s time of need:You Caring Link
Message from Tim Seymore Regarding Recent Retiree Tracy Beard:
Tracy recently had to cut his career short and retire after 26 years with the DFD. Tracy was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) less than a year ago. This disease is rapidly taking over his muscle control and he has already lost the use of his right arm. His right leg is now affected and he has to use a walker or cane. At this point Tracy is still caring for himself but is confined to home when Sherry, his wife, is at work. He recently sold his pickup because he was having trouble getting in and out of it and he needed money for a down payment on a handicap van.
Tracy has been a giver all of his life. He and his family are now burdened with a multitude of medical bills, non-covered medication expenses, and the need for handicap accessories not covered by insurance. His immediate need is a handicapped van.
Tracy has been selected as the beneficiary firefighter by the organizers of the 3rd annual Firefighters Ball at the Rockwall Hilton on August 29th of this year. This formal function consists of a Dinner, Casino, Live Music, and Silent / Live auctions. Proceeds from the auction will go to Tracy. This is a fun event to attend. We will be selling tickets to this event in a couple of weeks, anyone is welcome to attend.
For this event WE NEED AUCTION ITEMS or CASH DONATIONS to purchase AUCTION ITEMS. WE ALSO NEED SPONSORS (see attached sponsorship levels) I am sure most if not all of you have been to a function like this…..the auction items can be big or small….services, vacation packages, guns, tools, jewelry or just about anything ,,,,
We have also set up a cash fundraiser at www.gofundme.com/tracybeard.
Please click on the link below to see a video about Tracy…….Check out the cool photo at the beginning of the video………that is Tracy at one of the last Fires that he was able to fight.
Here is a link to go online to purchase sponsorships and tickets to the event via credit card.
You can contact me about auction items that you may donate. I will arrange to get them picked up. Attached is an auction item form that you can fill out for us to send you a tax form so you can write off the donation.
If you cannot do anything else……please purchase a ticket and attend……it is a fun night.
Tim Seymore, 214-803-2763, www.timseymore.com
Retiree Meetings or Luncheons
Next Ray McCormack Memorial Breakfast at Circle Grill:
“The next Ray McCormack Memorial Breakfast at the Circle Grill will be on September the 12th at 7:30 AM. The date had to be changed from Saturday the 5th because that is the Labor Day weekend, and several retirees may have other plans and may not be able to be there. I also found out that Circle Grill is having a large group that is scheduled at 9:00 A.M., Saturday the 12th, so I felt that we should begin our retire breakfast around 7:30 A.M. that morning in order that the restaurant could be prepared for the other group arriving at 9:00 A.M. Please notify all those who do not use the internet, concerning the date and time change. I would also like to thank Charlie Gale for reminding me about the first Saturday being Labor Day. Looking forward to seeing a great turnout. Circle Grill, 3701 N Buckner Blvd.”
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