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Next 4 Unit meeting dates
Oct. 4, 2017 – VFW
Nov. 1, 2017 – VFW
Dec. 6, 2017 – VFW




Please contact any 4 Unit officer or committee chairman at –
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

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$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


At our August meeting we had invited Mr.Gallagher from Ohio Police and Fire Pension Board to attend and inform our members about the upcoming changes to our healthcare. I was not able to attend that meeting, but most of the people that I spoke with thought the meeting was informative and cleared up a few issues. As I stated in the last report, we are not the only ones dealing with changes to our healthcare. No one likes the uncertainty or change, but if they do not try to keep our healthcare running as long as possible by trying some other form, we would surely loose it all. Hind sight being 20/20 we now know, that what we thought would last forever is just not sustainable. On the up side the Pension Board did vote to not make any increases to our premiums for the upcoming year.

At our June meeting a motion was made to donate $300.00 to prepare and serve dinner to the people staying at Ronald McDonald House. These are parents of very sick children at Children’s Hospital. The members involved were, Bob and Barb Cloud, Mike and Hilda Murphy, Rich and Char Murphy, Dan and Elli Smith, Dave and Sue Fleischer, Gene Carty and Sam Cox. On August 5, 2017 these members prepared a diner for approx. 150 parents, served the meal and then cleaned everything up. Many thanks to those members that took their time for this worthy cause and made us all look good by giving back to our community. (Continuing to Serve). We received a very nice letter thanking us for our efforts.

With our elections in June a new Treasurer was elected, Bernie Cattrell. Jerry Mason has been working with Bernie over the past few months for a smooth transfer. At the end of August the books were transferred to Bernie. Bill Balthaser, Dale Miller and myself conducted an exit audit , we found everything to be correct. I am looking forward to working with Bernie in the future and welcome him to the Executive Board. We will start back up with 2018 Membership Applications in October. Please remember to send your membership dues to Bernie. Your PFRO dues should also be sent along with your application for 2018, this makes things much easier for our new treasurer.

This year’s picnic was a huge success, the weather was about as perfect as you could get. We had about 110 members and their families in attendance. This year the food was prepared by Charlie Campbell, Steve Clemons and Jim Wintering. Brats, hot dogs, baked beans, pasta salad, chips and assorted deserts. The beer was provided by the Firefighter’s VFW Post 3426. Thanks to Ron Casto for keeping the beer flowing for many years. Special thanks to Barry Tresner and Mike Perry for their expertise in the transport and dispensing of this valuable elixir. I can’t say enough about Forrest Bennett, who without his help in collecting items for the raffle, we would not have had much to give out. In the past members have all helped to bring in items but over the past few years that has fallen off. I had collected items from Local 67 and CME. It is hard to approach private businesses with your hand out. But Forrest does it year after year, all while taking care of his wife who has some serious health issues. I do worry about having enough items ever year and then one of our members said if they are coming for the prizes they are coming for the wrong reason. Just seeing everyone together should be the best prize ever. Please help out next year if you want to keep the raffle going. Charlie Campbell is stepping down as Chairman of the picnic. Thank you for all your help over the past few years. Fireman’s Park has never looked so good. Next year our Chairmen for the picnic will be Gary Wells. Gary is one of our newest members. Recently retired from Columbus Fire where he was very active in the union office. He was also my go to guy with the Banquet and the picnic at Station 67. Gary is not afraid to jump in with both boots, he also took a trustee’s position. We need more members like that.

Thanks to CME and Local 67 for their continued support of 4 Unit. Please help support those that support us. Local businesses that helped us out this year. Kroger’s, Dairy Queen, PAPA Johns Pizza, Bob Evans, Zettler Hardware and Fire House Subs.

I would also like to thank the Officers that helped with the collection of money for the meals, 50/50 and the raffle. As well as keeping the picnic running smoothly. I could not have done this without the help of Bill Balthaser, Dale Miller, Larry Baker and my riding buddy Jim McVay. Special thanks to my daughter, Katie (Church) Houghton, for helping her old dad out.

Lastly we have many members and friends that live in Texas and Florida. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. And if able please donate to some reputably charity to help provide for those affected by the storms.


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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