elcome 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.
Important Update 8-13-16 Trial Delay Message From Tom Caton Regarding the Arredondo Case:
A jury trial in the 16-firefighter Arredondo case was scheduled to begin on Monday, August 15, 2016. On Thursday, April 11, 2016, the trial judge met with lawyers for the firefighters and City and determined that a postponement of the trial was warranted. The court and parties had been unable to meet before Thursday to work through a number of significant pre-trial issues, which was going to slow the trial and waste jurors’ time. The court informed the parties to plan for trial in Arredondo before the close of 2016.
Tom Caton, Waxahachie, Texas
Posted 7/30/16 New Message From Tom Caton Regarding the Second Driver Lawsuit:
(The information posted below is from the Collin County Attorney handling the Collin County litigation of the “Second Driver Lawsuit.”)
–Today, the trial judge signed orders on the motions argued Friday and Monday in the four Collin County cases. The orders are attached. Her rulings were in our favor and keepArredondo on track for an August 15 jury trial. Postponed — See Notice Above
–The City had moved for a summary judgment, claiming it was entitled to judgment that the plaintiffs did not have an enforceable contract with the City. In that same pleading, the City tried to set up another immunity appeal, which would have delayed the case for years. We asked Judge Tucker to defer ruling on that motion and proceed to trial. She accepted our suggestion.
–Additionally, as you know, the Pension System intervened in the four cases to sue 16 City officials, who asserted immunity. The officials immunity argument was heard Monday. We were concerned that no matter how the judge ruled on the immunity question, either the City or the Pension System would appeal, thus delaying the cases for years.
–We asked Judge Tucker to reconsider her prior ruling, and to sever the Pension System v. City officials’ claims into separate cause numbers. If severed, an appeal in the fight between the Pension System and City would not affect our cases. Again, Judge Tucker accepted our suggestion. The Pension System’s lawsuits against the City officials have been removed from our cases. This action moots the mandamus petition that is presently pending in the Texas Supreme Court, and I will file a pleading informing the Court tomorrow.
–In a nutshell, the City (collaborating with the Pension System, in my view) had managed to set up two possible avenues for another immunity appeal. Judge Tucker’s rulings block both avenues. The City may try to find another avenue for appellate review, but today’s orders substantially narrows the City’s ability to delay trial.
Retiree Meetings or Luncheons
Ray McCormack memorial Breakfast, held at the Circle Grill, 3701 Buckner Blvd and I-30.
The new 2016 Breakfast Schedule:
April 2, June 4, August 6, October 1 and December 3
North Texas DFD Retirees Luncheon, held at 12 noon, at the Golden Corral Restaurant in Sherman, TX 75092, 900 Hwy 82. Scheduled for 12 noon on the 1st Monday of the last month of each quarter, i.e., March, June, September, and December. The only exception will be in September when that date falls on Labor Day and then the luncheon will be held on the second Monday.
Larry Abbott is the coordinator.
Garland Area DFD Retirees Luncheon, held at the Furr’s Restaurant, 1540 Eastgate Dr., Garland, TX. Scheduled for 1100 hours on the 2nd Tuesday of odd numbered months.
Rockwall Area DFD Luncheon, held at Luigi’s Italian Café, 2002 South Goliad Hwy 205 – just north of I-30, near Hobby Lobby)
Scheduled for 1100 hours, on 2nd Thursday of each month.
Bill Crow is the coordinator and can be reached at 903-439-7530 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 27: Southern Sector of DFD Retirees LuncheonSouthern Sector DFD Retirees Luncheon, held at the Waxahachie Country Club, 1920 W. Hwy 287 Business, Waxahachie, TX. Scheduled for 1100 hours on last Wednesday of odd numbered months month.
Coordinators are Don Green and Denny Burris.
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