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Next 4 Unit meeting dates
Jun. 7, 2017 – VFW
Jul. 5, 2017 – VFW
Aug. 2, 2017 – VFW
Sep. 9, 2017 – 4 Unit Picnic
Oct. 4, 2017 – VFW
Nov. 1, 2017 – VFW
Dec. 6, 2017 – VFW




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Current Officers:

President: Gary Church
Vice President: William Balthaser
Secy/Treasurer: Jerry Mason(*WE NEED HELP FOR THIS POSITION)
Recording Secy: Darylee Foertsch

Sgt. At Arms: Mike Peery


Albert Allen
Dale Miller
Bill Hanf


Larry Baker

 4 Unit Logo designed:

Bill Carl


Executive Board


Larry Baker Chaplain, Bill Balthaser V. President, Gary Church President, Bill Hanf Trustee, Albert Allen Trustee, Mike Peery Sgt. at Arms
Committee Chairs


Seated L-R  Cecil Goodrich – FD News,  Gary Siniff – Benefits, Bill Wells – Picnic

Standing John Simkins and Albert Allen – Website.






Presidents Report

Greeting to everyone,

We just held our monthly meeting at Station 67, and once again the Firefighters from Columbus outdid themselves. We were treated to a delicious lunch, brats, burgers, beans all the trimmings and deserts courtesy of our friends at Columbus Municipal Employees Credit Union. We had 145 members present along with ladies from CME who also brought along gifts for our members. Lt. Dan Schafer was in charge of keeping us happy this year. He along with his crew went above and beyond in their service to us. I am still trying to compile a list of the names of everyone who helped serve us and will post them when complete. I did not want to leave anyone out. Thanks to President Dave Montgomery and everyone that helped out.

As everyone is aware of Health Care is the hot topic in the Nation these days. We as firefighters never thought that we would see such drastic changes to ours. With Gary Siniff stepping down we are not as privileged as we once were. I checked with the PFRO prior to the May meeting and there was no meeting in April. So I have no new information to report other than the report that everyone should have received from the Police and Fire Pension Board that said they were working on it. Charlie Burkhart seems to be the only person that has any experience with a similar system, PERS. Charlie predicted these changes a few years ago and he was correct. It may not be as bad as we suspect, Charlie thinks it is working out very well for him. But we all have different health care needs and what works for one may not for another. Only time will tell. We are not the only people in the nation dealing with healthcare issues.

We are also working on the upcoming Banquet. The date will be June 15, 2017 at Station 67. Time: Meet and Greet 5PM – 6:30PM. Diner 6:30. In an effort to make the banquet better we have changed the caterer and we now have a different menu. This year we will have as our Honoree, Mr. Larry Baker, aka. Chaplain Baker. Larry might be the hardest working retired guy I know. He does an awful lot for this organization, visits to our families, attending funerals, making hospital and nursing home visitations, he even makes time to do a little fishing. Congratulations to Larry.

As most of you know that attend our monthly meetings we are in need of filling key positions within 4 Unit, we are still looking for a replacement for Jerry Mason who has moved to Florida. Jerry has done a great job but it’s time for him to enjoy his retirement. We also have upcoming elections for Sgt. at Arms, Trustee, and President. Not to mention Gary Siniff’s position. Please get involved, we have even attempted to get some of our active brothers and sisters involved if they are in the drop program.

Also remember to pay you PRFO dues thru us, it makes things much easier to process and please let Terry Hetzer know if you have any changes, phone numbers ( home or cell ) email address or home address, so he can keep our data base updated.


Gary A. Church.

4 Unit President.






Charlie Burkhart and Jerry Mason receive plaques for their service to 4 Unit Retired Firefighters.







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