Jeff Conover, October 5, 2022

With deep regret, IAFF Local 3520 East Pierce and the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters report the death of Jeff Conover. Jeff passed away unexpectedly during an off-duty incident on October 5, 2022. Jeff began his career in the fire service with the Sumner Fire Department, an East Pierce legacy department, in April...

Jeffrey L. Byrd, October 31, 2022

With deep regret and heaviest of hearts, IAFF Local 1604 Bellevue and the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters report the sudden and unexpected passing of Jeffrey L. Byrd on October 31, 2022.

John Garner, December 14, 2022

It is with great sadness that the WSCFF and Pierce County Professional Firefighters and Central Pierce Fire & Rescue Local 726 announce the passing of John Garner. John passed away at his home early Wednesday, December 14, 2022, as he was preparing for work. John worked as a Firefighter/Paramedic where he has served the...

Chad Cate, January 12, 2023

With great sadness, the WSCFF reports the death of Captain Charles “Chad” Cate, Local 2933 Clallam County #3. Brother Cate was discovered deceased in his bunk by members of his crew when they attempted to wake him on the morning of January 12, 2023. He had responded to a fire activation at a commercial...

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...