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May 04, 2016
What's New at IAFF 244
2016 Public Safety Basketball and Pingpong Tournament
Local 1619 Member Shot While Responding to Call
It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Lieutenant John E. "Skillet" Ulmschneider, a member of Prince George's County, MD Local 1619. Brother Ulmschneider, 37, was killed Friday, April 15, 2016, from a gunshot wound while responding to an emergency call.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at St. John's Parish, 43950 St. John's Road, Hollywood, Maryland, (301) 373-5212. The Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. also at St. John's Parish.

Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the local can be sent to IAFF Local 1619 at 16701 Melford Boulevard, Suite 124, Bowie, MD 20715-4452.
Brother Martinez' Family Hardship

IAFF Brother Manuel Martinez's mother Dorothy Baca-Martinez will be undergoing surgery next week in Minnesota. Mrs. Martinez has been battling Pancreatic Cancer since her diagnosis in August 2015.  After multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, Mrs. Martinez has received the amazing news that a Dr. and his team will perform surgery in an attempt to remove her tumor.  She and members of the family, including Manuel, will stay in Minnesota for six weeks during her recovery.  All donations raised will assist her with out of pocket surgery costs and travel/housing expenses. The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board is asking the membership to donate to the Martinez family and pray for a successful recovery. Please click link below to make a donation:

5th Annual 'Swing for Survivors' Golf Tournament
On Saturday, April 9th 2016, the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters will host the 5th Annual ‘Swing for Survivors’ Golf Tournament to Benefit the IAFF Local 244 Firefighters Survivors Fund (FSF). The FSF provides financial assistance to firefighters, spouses and children of firefighters stricken with life threatening medical conditions. The tournament will take place at the Desert Greens Golf Course in Paradise Hills located at 10035 Country Club Lane, NW, Albuquerque, NM. Shotgun start at 9:00a.m. Click on link below for the registration form. Contact Martin Salazar at for more information.
Download: Benefit Golf_Tournament_2016 1.pdf
Homecoming Reception for Brothers Joseph Allred, Ronald Benavidez and Zack Menzie - March 19, 2016
On Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 5:00pm the IAFF Local 244 will host a homecoming reception for Brothers SGT Joseph Allred, SSG Ronald Benavidez and SSG Zack Menzie. These Brothers serve the US Army National Guard and represent the IAFF with pride and honor. All IAFF members are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. Call Sergeant at Arms Miguel Tittmann with any questions.
City Chapter Contract Negotiations Informational Meetings Scheduled for March 17 & 21

City Chapter Contract Negotiations Informational Meetings are scheduled for March 17 & 21, 2016 at the Union Hall. The purpose of these meetings will be to discuss upcoming negotiations related to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the IAFF Local 244 and the City of Albuquerque, to include membership recommendations.

The March 17, 2016 meeting will start promptly at 10:00a.m.

The March 21, 2016 meeting will start promptly at 7:00p.m. 

Membership Assistance Program Revisions
Please log in and click on the "Const./Bylaws" link on the left column to view the letter from President Arencón reference the MAP revisions adopted by the membership. Also, review the newly adopted 2015 IAFF Local 244 Constitution & Bylaws in its entirety. Printed copies are in production and will be distributed to the stations very soon. 
Ontario Introduces Legislation to Recognize Post-Traumatic Stress as Occupational Illness
Ontario has become the latest province to formally recognize the serious toll that working as a first responder can take on a person’s mental health. Read More...
IAFF Members Build Houses for Wounded Soldiers
A Soldier’s Journey Home (ASJH), a non-profit group that builds houses for wounded soldiers, was a long time in the making. Read More...
Fund Raiser
Brothers & Sisters, This event is this weekend. Come out and support a great event! We are holding this event to raise money for the Survivor's Fund and the Membership Assistance Program. Read More...
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