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4 Unit Snow Emergency Policy

4 Unit has established a policy for days that the City of Columbus has imposed a level 2 or above snow emergency. If a 4 Unit meeting falls on that day the meeting will be postponed or cancelled for that month. Business will resume as usual the next month.



Next 4 Unit meeting dates

Apr. 4, 2018 -VFW

May 2, 2018 – Local 67
Jun. 6, 2018 – VFW
Jul. 4, 2018 – VFW
Aug. 1, 2018 – VFW
Sep. 8, 2018 – Picnic
Oct. 3, 2018 – VFW
Nov.7, 2018 – VFW
Dec. 5, 2018 – VFW


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4unit@centohretfirefighters.com with comments, questions,
news items or events of interest to the  4 Unit membership.
4 Unit dues are due each year by January 1st. You can mail
your dues to Treasurer Bernie Cattrell at the address listed on
the membership/renewal enrollment form here:
2018 4 Unit Application for Membership

** Medical Insurance Income Tax Deduction Info **

$3000 Gross Income Exclusion for Federal Income Tax



Current Officers:

President: Gary Church
Vice President: William Balthaser
Secy/Treasurer: Bernie Cattrell
Recording Secy: Darylee Foertsch

Sgt. At Arms: Bill Hanf


Albert Allen
Dale Miller
Gary Wells


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

Hello to all,

I would like to start off by telling you all that I have made a mistake in the last Presidents Report regarding some insurance terminology. I would like to take this opportunity to straighten it out. The company that will be handling our new insurance program is Anon and they are the exchange. They will be helping our members with making the correct choices with the new insurance companies. Whatever insurance company you choose you will be locked in for one year. I am new to this insurance game, I am trying to learn about the changes being made. I apologize for any confusion I may have caused our members.

Rich Luzader and I attended a Retreat that the Pension Board held on March 1, 2018, it is a very slow process to say the least. Anon also had members present at the Retreat. Three different scenarios are being developed, with the first giving our members a higher stipend. It was reported this could continue our insurance approximately 15 years into the future. The next would pay a lower stipend that could last 20 years. And lastly the third scenario would pay an even lower amount that they estimate could make our insurance last 25 years. When I ask the question, have any future healthcare cost for example. Increases in prescription cost been figured into this. They answered no. We will continue to try to keep the members as informed as possible.

Karen Turano was invited to attend our February meeting to discuss changes in the cancer laws in the State of Ohio. Due to bad weather I cancelled that meeting and rescheduled it for the March meeting. Karen gave a brief history and a time line needed to file a claim. She then answered questions from members present. We have several members that are currently dealing with cancer issues. She also stated that there is a lot of paperwork involved and it requires help.

Russ Kravig and Tom Christ gave a brief report on the HOST program and wanted to let all our members know that the Pension Board requires a Marriage Certificate to be on file at the Pension Board. (not a Marriage License) They shared a story of a member that did not have this on record and after the death of the spouse there was a delay in benefits being paid in a timely manner. If you are not sure, please check with the Pension Board.

Lastly, for those of you that are not aware, Ron Casto will be leaving the Firefighters VFW to start anew in Florida in the next few months, he is planning to land somewhere around Punta Gorda. He has sold his house and he and his wife will be looking for a place. I can’t say enough good things about Ron. I know he was a great firefighter, former Marine who served in Viet Nam. Has worked very hard to build our VFW into what it is. He has helped veterans, whether while working with the USO at Port Columbus or by organizing hunting and fishing trips for wounded and disabled veterans. Ron has always lead by example. He has been a great friend to 4 Unit. Ron will be missed by us all. Wishing you and Rita the best of everything. Time to enjoy your retirement.


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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