Chad Mittleider, December 2, 2021

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Local 2639 Aberdeen member Chad Mittleider. Chad passed away suddenly on December 2 after experiencing a medical emergency. Chad served the Aberdeen Fire Department for 22 years and was a beloved member of Local 2639. There will be a public memorial service on...

Jay Schreckengost, November 14, 2021

With great sadness, the WSCFF reports that Seattle Fire Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost was found deceased in the Cliffdell area on August 14, 2021, twelve days after he was reported missing on a hunting trip.  Brother Schrekengost, IAFF Local 2898, Seattle Fire Chiefs,  was a husband, a father, and a friend to all and...

Cody Traber, August 26, 2021

With deep regret, the WSCFF announces the line-of-duty death of Local 2916 member Cody Traber on August 26, 2021. Cody was operating at the scene of a reported brush fire when he was fatally wounded.  Cody was an 18-year veteran of Spokane Fire District 9. He also served with Stevens County Fire, Cheney Fire...

Eliza Hoover, July 26, 2021

It is with great sadness, the WSCFF announces the line-of-duty death of Local 3390 member Eliza Hoover on July 26, 2021. Eliza Hoover joined Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One in 2009. She was the department’s first career female fire fighter and paramedic, EMS Provider of the Year, an instructor for the Advanced Cardiac...

Charles C. Hawkins, June 4, 2021

The WSCFF is sad to announce the death of retired firefighter Charles C. Hawkins on June 4, 2021. Charles served as WSCFF 11th District Representative and as President of Local 27 Seattle Fire Fighter Union from 1999-2002. Charles was also a member of the Seattle Black Firefighters Association. He retired from Local 27 in...

Jack Lambert, June 3, 2021

It is with great sadness that the WSCFF and Local 469 Yakima announce the passing of retired firefighter Jack Lambert on the morning of June 3, 2021. Jack was a 5-year veteran of the Yakima Fire Department before he was severely injured in the 1975 fire in Yakima’s Capitol Theatre. Jack was hit by...

Kelly Marie Walsh, April 8, 2021

With deep regret and broken hearts, the WSCFF reports the death of Kelly Marie Walsh, the beloved wife of IAFF District Vice President Ricky Walsh. After a nearly three-year battle with cancer, Kelly passed away peacefully on April 8, 2021, surrounded by family and friends. A celebration and memorial of a life well-lived will...

LODD-Darlene Gail Raffelson, December 17, 2020

MEMORIAL SERVICE AND PROCESSION INFORMATION With great sadness, IAFF Local 2409 Tumwater Fire Fighters and the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters report the Line-of-Duty Death of retired member Lieutenant Darlene Gail Raffelson on December 17, 2020, after a courageous battle with duty-related cancer. Darlene began her fire service career in 1978 as a volunteer...