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Next 4 Unit meeting dates
Dec. 7, 2016 – VFW


Jan. 4, 2017 – VFW
Feb. 1, 2017 – VFW
Mar. 1, 2017 – VFW
Apr. 5, 2017 – VFW
May 3, 2017 – VFW
Jun. 7, 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


As the cold weather approaches I know our snowbirds are heading south. Last year the calendars were late for our November meeting and boy did I get an earful. As luck would have it, this year they were delivered just before the November meeting and all is well. I hope everyone who is headed to a warmer area will have a safe journey.

Most of you know we will be facing many changes with our Healthcare in the New Year. We did let the powers to be know that we were not happy with the proposed changes. I wanted to thank all of our members that attended the meetings. I did reach out to the active members of Local 67 and the active members of the FOP to try to muster some support for our cause. This did not happen and sadly so.

Last year we had decided to get involved with the Firefighters 4 Kids program after hearing about them running short of items for very young children and young teens. We have several members who are still very active in this program and donate their time for this worthy cause. It helps us all as firefighters to still be active in our communities. This year 4 Unit donated $300.00 to this program and after the November meeting had donations of another $150.00. I am so proud of our members for helping out the kids. I hope we can build on this in the future.

A motion was brought to the body to make a donation to the Columbus Firefighters Memorial. For the two years or so has been going thru a much needed overhaul. Much of this work has to be done by licensed contractors, gas lines, and concrete surfaces. Some of the finished work like landscaping can be done by firefighters. After some deliberation the members voted to support this renovation and have donated $1000.00 to help with expenses. This was done thru the Columbus Firefighters Foundation.

At our November meeting and its close proximity to All Saints Day, we have as a tradition had Larry Baker read the name and a bell is sounded for each of our Brothers and Sisters that have passed on to 5 unit. This year we had 28 members pass away.

John C. Ivory, Billy R. Clark, Carl W. Siders, James O. Zwayer, Wilber H. Bills, Lawrence J. Schreller, Garry J.Keefer, Robert “Bob “ Carter, Keith J. Mcdowell Stephen T. Mills, James E. Manring, Donley J. Miller, William S. Buker, Donald Grieshop, Clifford Wheate, Brian K. Davis, Clarence Russell, Tony Treschvski, John “Jack” D. Phillips, Charles R. Easter, Mark A. Wilson, William J. Zugschwert, Edward N. Ongaro, Gene A. Pierce, Harmon J. Dutko, Philip Wright, Richard B. Webb, Stu Tudor. Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers during the holiday season and throughout the year. Pray for AMERICA!!


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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