James Vincent Verone, June 12, 2022

The WSCFF grieves the passing of Mason County Local 2394 retiree James Vincent Verone on June 12, 2022, in Olympia, Washington, his home for 43 years. Jim started his career as a paramedic in 1980 and was awarded the 1986 Paramedic of the Year. He worked as a fire fighter/paramedic for Mason County Fire...

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...

Ed Foster, July 26, 2020

With deep regret, IAFF Local 29 Spokane and the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters report the death of retired member Ed Foster. Ed retired on June 25, 2020 and died on July 26, 2020, due to complications from a cardiac event. Ed joined the Spokane Fire Department in March of 1993. As he...

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...

Jay Wheeler, March 4, 2020

With deep regret the WSCFF reports the death of Lieutenant Jay Wheeler,  Local 27 Seattle Fire Fighters Union, who passed away March 4, 2020, from cancer. Jay was surrounded by friends and family.  He was a firefighter on Rescue 1 before promoting to lieutenant. He was also a Seattle police officer before joining the...

Kenneth Strong, December 29, 2019

With deep regret the WSCFF reports the passing of retired Spokane Fire Department member Kenneth Strong on December 29, 2019 at the age of 91. Ken was hired by the Spokane Fire Department in 1958 and retired as a Lieutenant out of Station #17 in 1987. He served as Local 29 President for over...