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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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS/REMINDERS: 

Item Posted 09-12-14 Assistance Opportunities for Family of David Leos:
David Leos, a 33-year veteran Dallas firefighter, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on August 7, 2014. Doctors at Medical City Dallas say David will be spending the majority of the next year in the hospital, requiring multiple rounds of chemo and possibly a stem cell transplant. David’s wife, Carol, and three young daughters live in Lindale, Texas (over 90 miles from the hospital). The family is facing not only mounting medical bills, but also transportation and lodging costs. They must completely redo major portions of their home to ensure David’s immune system is not compromised in the upcoming year. We have TWO opportunities to lend a hand to the Leos family, to support a brother who has dedicated his life to helping others.

On September 14th, from 1-5pm, the Dallas Hispanic Firefighters Association, in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus, will be hosting a fundraiser pool party at the KayCee Club Pool on 10110 Shoreview Drive in Dallas. This will be a fun, family-friendly event with food and beverages (of the child and adult variety). Donations will be accepted and all proceeds and sales will go to assist the Leos family with expenses to help in his fight against cancer. Please put this event on your calendar and come out for some fellowship, food, and fun.

We have another great opportunity to help as well. The Dallas HFFA has developed a Go Fund Me internet based assistance tool on behalf of David and it is up and running. We ask that you consider making a contribution in whatever capacity you can. These are the times we have a chance to step up and come together to directly take care of of a fellow afflicted with a serious medical condition. The fight against Leukemia is all too personal for me and my family, and I can tell you firsthand, these support systems make a world of difference. Giving is easy and just takes a few clicks. Please click on the link below to assist David during these trying times.
http://www.gofundme.com/David-Leos-DFD

Thank you for your generosity and support. And please pass this information along to anyone who may be able to help or would like to join us at the Pool Party.

Cristian Hinojosa, President, Dallas Hispanic Firefighters Association

Pool Party Fundraiser Details:
WHERE: Knights of Columbus KayCee Pool (10110 Shoreview Dr.)
WHEN: Sunday, September 14, 1-5pm.
WHY: To support David Leos while having food, fun, and fellowship

Item Posted 09-08-14 From the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System
Member Meetings The Pension System has scheduled Member meetings to discuss proposed changes to the plan.
More on our website here: http://www.dpfp.org/2014/Member_Meetings-Sept-2014-a.html
Pensioner Benefits and Estate Planning Class
The printed version of the September Retiree Outlook included the wrong date for the Pensioner Benefits and Estate Planning Seminar. It will be held on Wedneday, October 23.
More on our website here: http://www.dpfp.org/2014/Pensioner_Seminar.html

Item Posted 09/08/14 Annual Meeting of Burial Fund and Election of Fund Trustees:
Message from Denny Burris:
I received an e-mail from Battalion Chieft Nathan Dower announcing the election of Trustees for the Board of the Otis E. Buck Banks Burial Fund. There are three positions that are to be elected. Anyone wishing to place their name in the hat may do so by writing a memo to me by letter or by e-mail and I will forward it to the right place. The pertinent details of the election of fund trustees are included below.

The annual meeting of the Otis Banks Burial Fund has been scheduled for October 3, 2014 at 0830. The meeting will take place in the Building A, Conference Room, 5000 Dolphin Road. The Board of Trustees will be accepting nominations for three positions on the board that will expire December 31, 2014. Active & retired uniformed members in the OBBF for a minimum of six month and in good standing are eligible for nomination. Trustees serve three year alternating terms. Selection as a trustee entails meeting biannually to discuss administrative issues governing the burial fund and interacting with the membership.
Otis Banks Burial Fund, Board of Trustee terms:
Jan 1, 2012 to Dec 31, 2014
Nathan Dower, B06C
Jason Smithey, 783A
Willie Reynolds, Training
Jan 1, 2013 to Dec 31, 2015
Denny Burris, Retired
David Lindsey, S37C
Tom Caton, Retired
Jan 1, 2014 to Dec 31, 2016
Jesse Bean, Retired
Charles Pitman, Retired
Richard Wachsman, Retired

The Board of Trustees would like to thank the membership for your consideration and contributions this past year. If you would like addition information on membership or Board of Trustee responsibilities please contact one the Otis Banks Burial Fund, Board of Trustees.

Item posted 08-30-14 Annual Business Meeting of DRFFA Scheduled For September 15, 2014
The annual business meeting of the Dallas Retired Fire Fighters Association will be held at 09:00 a.m. on Monday, September 15, at the Pension System Building, 4100 Harry Hines Boulevard in Dallas. Please park in the upper lot, which is the second Throckmorton Street entrance from Harry Hines Blvd. (there will be signs to direct you to parking).

Lunch will be served immediately following the meeting. Several important issues will be discussed including next year’s budget. Representatives from the Dallas Fire Museum, Office of the Chief of Dallas Fire-Rescue and the Pension System will be there.

Also, elections for officers of the association will be held. The following offices are up for election this year: First Vice President (currently held by Tom Taylor), Treasurer (currently held by Ennis Hill), Third Vice President (currently held by David Gibson), and one Trustee position (currently held by L. J. “Sparky” Smith).

(A Reminder from the Constitution and By-Laws of the DRFFA:
Membership of this Association shall consist of retired employees of the Dallas Fire Rescue Department and their spouses and widow/widowers of retired employees of the Dallas Fire Rescue Department. Membership is a family membership. Each membership has one vote in the conduct of the business of this Association.)

Item Posted 08-02-14 — Tanksley Family Receive Star of Texas in Event
Scott Tanksley was posthumously honored by the State of Texas tomorrow, September 3 at the Capitol in Austin. The Tanksley family received the Star of Texas Award from Governor Perry. You may view this service by going to http://governor.state.tx.us/video/audio

Item Posted 09-08-14 Information on Monthly Retiree Meetings
Amended Information About Retiree Luncheons & The Circle Grill Breakfast:
At this time there are two regular scheduled luncheons and one breakfast.
1. There is a monthly luncheon, The East Texas Luncheon, held on the third Thursday of each month at the Rancho Country Buffet located at the intersection of Hwy. 69 & 37 in Mineola at 11:00 am. Contacts for this luncheon are Tommy Hughes who can be reached at 903-763-4674 or C. R. Pitman at honeydale@tx.rr.com.
2. There is an every other month on the second Tuesday (in odd numbered months Jan., Mar., May., etc.) luncheon at Furr’s Restaurant, 1540 Eastgate Dr., Garland at 11:00 am. The only exception to this luncheon is in November of each year when the Museum holds the Hamburger Luncheon at the Dallas Firefighters Museum.
3. The Circle Grill Breakfast is held at 08:00 am on the first Saturday of odd numbered months.
There is also a North Texas Luncheon held at the Golden Corral in Sherman on an irregular basis. When I receive notification of a planned luncheon it will be put out to the retirees.

Item: (Posted 03-29-2014) Several members have asked why they haven’t been receiving the “Fire Line” published by the Dallas Fire Fighters Association. We have been informed that the DFFA has suspended publication until further notice. No other information available at this time.

Item: (Posted 04-24-2014)  Please notify Pat Warnock at patwarnock@tx.rr.com to request calendars or automobile decals.