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Next 4 Unit meeting dates
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: 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

Greeting to everyone,

I would like to thank every one of the 140 people that attended our banquet this year. This year’s honoree was our Chaplain, Larry Baker. Larry’s family was also in attendance which included his son and grandson (both in the fire service) along with his wife and granddaughter and more friends and family. Congratulation to Larry, and thanks for all you continue to do for our members and their families.

This year we changed the caterer and believe the diner was much better. Bob Elflein was the Chairman of the Banquet and it was about as seamless as you could get. A few small problems to work on for next year. Thanks to Bob and his wife (we all know she did most of the work) for a job well done. We have so many great people that help out and get involved in the banquet every year. Thanks to everyone that helped!

At our June meeting the election of officers was held. I am pleased to announce that we have several members take positions on the Executive Board. Bernie Cattrell is our new Treasurer. He retired from Washington Township. He also worked for Clinton Twp. as a Lieutenant/Paramedic. Bernie’s resume shows that he was very involved during his career and he is qualified for this position. He will be working with Jerry Mason over the next few months to learn this difficult position. Mike Peery ask to be replaced as Sgt.at Arms. Mike has served us well for over 10 years in this position as well as working with Barry Tresner on the banquets. Mike’s position as Sgt.at Arms was assumed by Bill Hanf. That left us needing a new Trustee, Bill had held that position for 3 years. Gary Wells, one of our newest members, stepped to the plate and is our newest Trustee. Gary retired a few months ago from Columbus Fire. Gary was very active with the department and Local 67. He was our go to guy at the union hall and was instrumental in setting up the Picnics and the Banquets at Station 67. Gary is a hands on guy and a great new addition to the Executive Board. Thanks to everyone, those that are taking a break after many years of dedicated service to 4 Unit. And to those for accepting positions that will assure that 4 Unit continues to grow.

Healthcare is still a hot topic, and we are in search of someone to take over Gary Siniff’s position. While it will be hard to find someone with Gary’s knowledge we need to fill this position. Gary’s expertise in insurance questions and problems will surely be missed.

Director John Gallagher, Ohio Police and Fire Pension Board has agreed to attend our August meeting. He will be there to discuss some of the recent changes to our healthcare. I am asking all of our members to be respectful to the director and act with decorum. I have learned while attending the healthcare meetings that they are working to keep our health insurance as long as possible. I may have stated that our insurance was going away. I hope that it is not, I believe that we will have insurance, but it will be different. The details are being worked on at the Pension Board, our insurance is not guaranteed. I do feel that the Pension Board is working for our best interest. If they do nothing we are surely doomed, we are not the only ones facing healthcare issues, almost everyone across this nation is caught up with this same concern.

The picnic will soon be upon us and as always we need help with gifts for the raffle. Tex Bennett is already out shaking the bushes for donations. But we cannot have a raffle without your help. Please get involved!

We also have the Ohio Fire and EMS Expo coming to Columbus in September. I am looking for a several members to help 4 Unit at the Expo. We will have a booth set up to hand out information about 4 Unit. More details to come.


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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