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August 31, 2014
What's New at IAFF 244
Giving Muscular Dystrophy the Boot
The year was 1954. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the White House home, a gallon of gas averaged 22 cents, and the television show “Father Knows Best” kept Americans captivated with Hollywood’s version of the perfect family. Read More...
The IAFF Local 244 General Election will be held December 9, 2014 from 7am-7pm
Nominations for the 2014 General Election officially open at the General Membership Meeting on September 11, 2014 and will close at the General Membership Meeting on November 13, 2014. In accordance with the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters IAFF Local 244 Bylaws: Article X, Officer Elections Contract Voting, Section 4. Read More...
Annual AFD/IAFF Softball Game - Alarm Room vs. Station 13

On August 17, 2014, IAFF members and their families gathered for the annual AFD Alarm Room Softball Game. Members from Station 13 and several retirees played in this year’s games.  This year was a huge success with a record turnout! A special thank you to Brother Johnny Sedillo for his work in organizing this event.  

Celebrating Lt. Johnny Walker's Career

Lt. Johnny Walker has had an exemplary career with BCFD and is a proud and loyal member of the International Association Fire Fighters. He served the department as a Lieutenant and a Wildland Task Force Leader. Today he was recognized by Fire Chief Barka for his meritorious service at the Thompson Ridge Fire in 2013. President Arencón, Vice-President Sanchez, Chief Steward Asi and Steward Lujan were in attendance alongside several members to honor him for his last shift.

Brother Walker thank you for your leadership!

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Special Meeting Announcement for August 5, 2014
On Tuesday, August 5, 2014 the IAFF Local 244 Executive Board will present the City Chapter Paramedic/Arson Investigator Incentive Pay MOU for approval by the membership pursuant to Article V, Section 6 Special Meetings & Article II, Section 4 Memorandums of Understanding of the Constitution & Bylaws. The meeting will begin promptly at 5:30pm.
Delegates Make History at IAFF Convention
Delegates at the IAFF 52nd Convention left Cincinnati armed with tools and resources to navigate in these challenging times after making tough decisions on a number of resolutions - including one

resolution that called for a roll call vote for the first time since 1982.

In case you missed it, visit for coverage, photos and videos.

Tiger Toya Fundraiser/Raffle

Message from BCFD Administrative Officer Theresa Otero-Bustamonte:

My name is Theresa Otero-Bustamante and I am a Bernalillo County Fire Department Employee: On Sunday July 20th, 2014 Tiger Toya who is like my son was intentionally run over while riding his mountain bike near Broadway. Tiger was placed on a ventilator due to required multiple surgeries to repair the damage sustained. I have known Tiger and his family since he was in middle school, Tiger lived with me and my family while he attended High school, he is a kind and great young man who is an important part of my family. Tiger will require lots of rehab and will likely miss the start of his College classes next month. It is unknown at this time if the person who ran Tiger over is insured and therefore my family and I will be having a Fund Raiser/raffle to help raise money for Tiger?s needs & medical expenses. The items to be raffled are still being gathered(Please be assured that the prizes will be awesome). The raffle ticket price will be $2.00 each; drawings will be 1st 2nd and 3rd place. We would greatly appreciate your purchase of the raffle tickets in support of Tiger. Tickets can be purchased from me at the Training Academy on Broadway. I will also make my way to the stations and Atrium in the coming week. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have at (505) 468-1312.  Thank you!

Reminder: Benevolent and TV Fund Deductions
Brothers and Sisters, please be advised that payroll deductions for Benevolent and TV Fund will be withheld this pay period. Call any of your Executive Board Officers with questions.
One Year Ago: 19 Fall in the Line of Duty Fighting Yarnell Fire

June 30, 2014 – The IAFF is remembering the loss of 19 Prescott, Arizona fire fighters killed battling a fast moving wildfire near Yarnell on June 30, 2013. The deaths mark the greatest loss of fire fighter lives in a single incident since September 11.

The fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots are: Robert Caldwell, Travis Clay Carter, Eric Marsh, Jesse Steed, Travis Turbyfill, Clayton Whitted, Andrew Ashcraft, Dustin DeFord, Christopher MacKenzie, Grant McKee, Sean Misner, Scott Norris, Wade Parker, John Percin Jr., Anthony Rose, Joe Thurston, William Warneke, Kevin Woyjeck and Garret Zuppiger. “We will never forget this elite group of men, for they were not just fire fighters, but also husbands, fathers, sons and friends,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. “All of them were very young and had much more to do in their lives. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the families today.”

The 20-member Granite Mountain crew was working hard to contain the fire when the fast-moving fire overtook their position. Brendan McDonough survived the incident as he was on lookout duty in a separate location. In the emotional final moments of the memorial service honoring the 19 fallen brothers, McDonough, delivered the Hot Shot’s Prayer. “I miss my brothers,” he said. “I would like to thank my family and everyone else for supporting me.”

Several public remembrances are planned. Additionally, Local 3066 and the 100 Club -- a charity that assists families of fallen fire fighters and police officers -- will be hosting a closed ceremony at the Arizona ¬Pioneer Home Cemetery for the families and area fire fighters.

‘Honoring Our Own’ – For an Act of Bravery on April 9, 2014

On April 9, 2014, Lt. Edward Nieto was a member of the 3 member flight crew which crashed and caught fire on the roof of UNM during takeoff. Lt. Nieto injured his back and legs and lost consciousness. Upon regaining consciousness he discovered one member had evacuated, he was exiting himself when he noticed the pilot was buckled in and still unresponsive.  With complete disregard for his own safety, Lt. Nieto crawled back into to helicopter, removed the pilot and carried him on his shoulders to safety. We are happy to report, that as a result of Lt. Jimmy Nieto's bravery all crew members have made a full recovery including himself. He continues to serve his community on life saving EMS flights when he is not serving with AFD.

The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board recognized Brother Nieto at AFD Station 17 with an Honoring Our Own ceremony on June 29, 2014. 

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