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.
Annual Business Meeting of DRFFA Scheduled for Tuesday September 19, 2017:
The annual business meeting of the Dallas Retired Fire Fighters Association has been scheduled for 10:00 AM, Tuesday, September 19, 2017. The meeting will once again be held at the Dallas Police & Fire Pension System offices, 4100 Harry Hines Boulevard, Ste. 100, Dallas, Texas 75219. Meeting attendees are to park and enter the building on the second level.
Three DRFFA Board positions are up for election:
President, currently held by Don Howard, III
Secretary, currently held by David Baker
Trustee, currently held by L. J. (Sparky) Smith
A Bar-B-Q lunch will be served.
We hope to see you there.
PS: This meeting is in place of the regularly scheduled luncheon at the Furr’s Restaurant in Garland.
David Baker, Secretary
Dallas Retired Fire Fighter Association
36th 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, Driver Engineer Marco Davila will be honored during the Memorial weekend, October 7-8, 2017, in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
The weekend highlights programs for family members, survivors, and co-workers. There will be two public ceremonies. A special group session for firefighter coworkers and their families will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Then, there will be a Candlelight Service that will begin at 6:00 p.m. The Memorial Service will take place on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Thousands attend the Memorial weekend annually. This commemorative weekend allows us to pay special homage to fallen firefighters from across the country. For more information concerning the Memorial weekend, please visit the website at https://www.firehero.org/events/memorial-weekend/; or you may contact Chaplain Elaine Maddox at 469-323-5891 or Chaplain Ray Schufford at 469-323-5890. The Memorial Service and Candlelight Service will be available to view on-line at www.firehero.org.
David Coatney, Fire Chief
Dallas Fire-Rescue Department
Star of Texas Award – Chris Pham:
The Texas Legislature created the Star of Texas Award to honor peace officers, firefighters, and emergency medical first responders who were killed or sustained serious injuries in the line of duty. Firefighter Chris Pham will be honored posthumously with the award. The ceremony will be held in the Texas House of Representatives Chamber inside the Texas State Capitol, located at 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701 on Monday, September 11, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. Should you desire to attend, guest seating will be available in the House Chamber Gallery on the third floor of the Capitol building. Accessible parking is available in the Capitol Visitors Parking garage on East 12th Street, where it is free for the first two hours. For further inquiries concerning the event, please contact Chaplains Ray Schufford at 469-323-5890 or Elaine Maddox at 469-323-5891.
Please be aware that members must utilize leave (through their respective supervisor) to attend if they are scheduled to be on-duty on September 11, 2017. If you are unable to attend, the live ceremony can be viewed on-line by going to Texas Legislature Online.
David Coatney, Fire Chief
Dallas Fire-Rescue Department
August 14, 2017 Message From DRFFA Board Regarding The DPROA Federal Lawsuit:
The DRFFA Executive Board met on August 11, 2017. The focus of our meeting was to continue the discussion regarding our participation in supporting the Lawsuit filed in Federal Court by several DPD plaintiffs (now joined by fire fighter Steve McBride). This lawsuit demands the release of DROP accounts to the named owners. Currently the DPROA (Dallas Police Retired Officer Association) has provided most of the funding for this suit. We, the DRFFA, have invested $10,000 in support of the lawsuit.
The lawsuit is a fact of life – nothing we do can or will stop it. We know a faction of our membership did not participate in DROP and believe a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs will severely damage the pension. Others who have participated in DROP feel strongly that the money in their DROP account is theirs.
The position we have adopted is that we will support the lawsuit to the extent that our members will provide money specifically earmarked for the lawsuit. We will not use your regular monthly dues for this effort. Thus far the response to our request for lawsuit funds has been lukewarm. We are making one further appeal for donations. We have suggested $500-$1000, but any amount will help. We will be guided by your response.
Mail checks to:
P.O. Box 831666
Richardson, TX 75083-1666
Make check payable to DRFFA, note “Lawsuit Fund” in memo field.
We also urge our members to contribute to the DRFFA PAC or Political Action Committee Fund. This fund is used to fund campaigns of politicians who are friends of the DRFFA.
Mailing Addresses for DRFFA PAC Fund:
PAC Fund checks should be sent to:
DRFFA PAC Fund
PO Box 850863
Mesquite, TX 75185
For the PAC Fund, please make an entry in “Memo” line of your checks that it is for the PAC Fund. For legal reasons and required record keeping we have to keep PAC Funds separate from General DRFFA Funds
Thank you one and all who have made contributions already. It is a start.
Christian Firefighters Breakfast – Thursday, August 31st:
The Christian Fire Fighters Association will host a breakfast on Thursday, August 31, 2017 beginning at 0800 hours. The breakfast will be hosted at Station 10 on A-Shift, located at 4451 Frankford Rd. Captain Ken Clower and his crews have cordially volunteered to be our gracious hosts for this breakfast. We would like to welcome everyone to attend so they can start their day with a wonderful breakfast and Christian fellowship. For further information please contact Suzanne Braddick at (469)323-5931, Chaplain Elaine Maddox at (469)323-5891 or Chaplain Ray Schufford at (469)323-5890.
Retired Dallas Firefighters are encouraged to join the Dallas Retired Firefighters Association. An application can be downloaded by clicking DRFFA Application
Reminder of North Texas DRFF Luncheon Monday, Sept 11, 2017:
The next North Texas DRFF Luncheon will be held on Monday, Sept 11, 2017, 11:30 AM at the Golden Corral Restaurant at 900 E US Hwy 82, Sherman, TX 75092. As always, please help in notifying our members who do not use e-mail.
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