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.
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.
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
Reminder: Next Ray McCormack Memorial Breakfast Will Be On July 11:
Just a reminder: The next Ray McCormack Memorial Breakfast at the Circle Grill will be held Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 0800.
Because July 4 is the first Saturday in July the breakfast has been scheduled for the second Saturday, July 11.
The address for those who haven’t attended before is 3701 N Buckner Blvd, Dallas, TX 75228
We hope to have a good turnout this next breakfast, please remind all your friends. All DFD retirees and family are welcome.
Item: (Posted 11-01-2014) Please notify Pat Warnock at firstname.lastname@example.org to request calendars or automobile decals.