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To: Firefighter Retirees
From: Bill Stefka
Date: June 25, 2004
Re:General Update/Survivor Benefits/Eric Pederson
Replaces Gary Pounds For Benevolent Fund Services

Dear Retirees:

Since our last update on May 25, 2004 we have lost the following retirees:


Date Deceased
Robert (Buddy) Spears (86) 06/06/04 Yes N/A

(Earlier this year we lost):
Johnie Hodnett, Sr. (97)
01/06/04 Yes Yes/Eslie
Woodrow Banner (87) 02/02/04 Yes Yes/Dorothy
Willie S. Wilson (73) 02/02/04 Yes Yes/Erma
Milton M. Basey (87) 04/12/04 Yes Yes/Jane
William J. Pugh (86) 04/27/04 No N/A
Jesse D. Halm (78) 05/16/04 Yes Yes/Marjorie

We also lost our good friend Virginia Murphy who passed away March 9, 2004, at the age of 69. The best way to make benevolent fund payments is to mail them to Eric Pederson at Fire St. 20(A-Shift), 6601 Manchaca Rd., Austin, TX 78745. Eric has taken Gary Pounds' place for this service. Make the checks out to the Austin Firefighters' Benevolent Fund.

This update is also to remind our retirees about survivor benefits available in certain situations to retired firefighters and active firefighters who are eligible for retirement. The firefighters (retired or eligible for retirement) who are unmarried, with no spouse or children eligible for benefits, can now leave a "survivor" benefit to a designated beneficiary under Section 7.09 of our pension statute. Please see the separate notice in our "Pension Notes" for more details.

Please don't forget about our AFD museum committee seeking memorabilia for the 150th anniversary in 2008. You can contact museum chair, Firefighter Jerry Cohen, at Station 7: (512) 477-6939, at home: (512) 449-8565, or Email: The retiree breakfast group meets the second Wednesdays (8 a.m.) at Owens Restaurant near IH35 and Hwy 290 E.

If you have any questions, please contact our office.


William E. Stefka