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.
Posted 5/22/15 Message From Chaplain Services re: Van-Tornado Recovery Assistance:
Our hearts go out to the Van community for the loss of lives and property. While none of our members experienced loss of life, some sustained damage of personal property along with property of the family members. Many of our members have stepped up to aid their community during this time of tragedy. Please keep the Van community in your thoughts and prayers as they recover. An account has been established at the Austin Bank to help the Van community. Please designate that the donations be applied to the Van Community Ministry Tornado Relief Fund. The address for the branch in Van, which is fully operational, is 766 West Main Street, Van, Tx 75790.
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
The DFFA is hosting another Auction style fundraiser for Tracy at the Truck Yard (5624 Sears St., Dallas TX 75206) on Sunday June 7th from Noon – 6pm. You are welcome to attend this event as well….just show up!
DPFP RECEIVES FINAL JUDGMENT! DPFP received today (April 14, 2015) the signed final judgment from the court in the DROP Plan Amendment litigation. The judgment declares that the DROP Plan amendments and withdrawal provisions contained in the 2014 Plan amendment do not violate Article 16, Section 66 of the Texas Constitution.
The Board will meet on Thursday, April 16, 2015, to determine when and how to implement the changes including your opportunity to revoke (undo) your prior DROP enrollment. More information will be provided as available.
Item Posted 03-30-15 — Reminder: Dallas Fire-Rescue Department’s Annual Awards Banquet:
The Dallas Fire-Rescue Department’s Annual Banquet, honoring members of our department, will be held on Saturday, May 30 2015, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, Texas. A hospitality area will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dinner will begin promptly at 6:30 and the awards presentation will follow.
Retirees should have received a letter from Chief Bright inviting them to join the active members for this occasion. Enclosed with the letter was a form to be filled out and returned by May 2nd, if you plan to attend. Tickets for retirees and spouses may be reserved with a good faith deposit of $23.00 per ticket. Your deposit will be returned to you when you pick up your tickets at the Banquet. The Dallas Fire Fighters Association is sponsoring retirees and spouses. Tickets may be purchased for additional guests at the cost of $23.00 each. This year, your reservations are being handled by the Dallas Retired Fire Fighters Association. Checks should be made payable to “Fire Department Awards Banquet” and mailed to Pat Warnock, 2947 Sinbad Circle, Farmers Branch, TX 75234-4940. Your tickets will be held for you at the banquet Registration Desk and may be picked up when you arrive. If you have any questions about the registration process, you may contact Pat Warnock at 214-695-1466, 972-620-4956, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Item Posted 03-21-15 — Request from Wendi Tanksley, Widow of Scott Tanksley:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, marked the one-year anniversary of the LODD of William “Scott” Tanksley. On that date, members from Fire Station 12, with the assistance of other department personnel, hosted a ceremony celebrating the life, and honoring the sacrifice, of the late FRO Scott Tanksley.
While the familiy was honored by the turnout, they also understood that not everyone who would have liked to attend was going to be able to attend. That said, Wendi Tanksley, Scott’s Wife, asked that a request, she made to those at the ceremony, be echoed to the rest of the department:
Help share the memories of daddy at work with the children of Scott Tanksley by sharing any stories or pictures you think they would cherish. Send to Wendi Tanksley, at P.O. BOX 242, Kemp, TX 75143. Please include your name and contact information.
The Scott Tanksley family
Thank you all for your time and attention…
Retiree Meetings or Luncheons
Message from Charlie Pitman Regarding DFD Retirees East Texas Luncheon:Just a reminder of the luncheon in Quitman on May 21 at 10;30 am. Had a very good turnout last month but had to do a lot of shoveling after everyone left. Same ‘ol same ‘ol.
BTW–location is “Texas Tea Room” off Hwy 37 in Quitman and behind the Electric Co-op (right side)—did I confuse you?
’cause I stay confused. *** Tommy Hughes and CRPitman”
Message from Frank Dorough Regarding the North Texas DFD Retirees Luncheon:
On Thursday, May 21 the North Texas Dallas Fire Department Retirees Luncheon will be at 12:00 noon, at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 900 East US Hwy 82, Sherman, TX. 75090. 903-892-3366.
We look forward to seeing all that can make it.
Item: (Posted 11-01-2014) Please notify Pat Warnock at email@example.com to request calendars or automobile decals.