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To: Pension Recipients
A state law was passed in 1937 creating a statewide network for firefighter pension plans. This network included about 38 fire departments known today as TLFFRA or the Texas Local Fire Fighters Retirement Act. The Austin firefighters officially joined this group in 1942 establishing the Austin Firefighters Relief and Retirement Fund. In 1975, a bill was passed in the State Legislature which created the pension plan that pertains only to the Austin firefighters which we currently operate under today.
The first fund administrator was Mr. Frankie Raymond who was an Austin firefighter "assigned" to this position by his fellow firefighters on the pension board in 1953. Mr. Raymond retired as an Austin firefighter in 1973 and continued as the administrator until 1985. Bill Stefka was hired in 1985 to take Mr. Raymond's place as the fund administrator.
*Data is scarce for these years. Some figures are approximate, based upon best available information.