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December 01, 2015
What's New at IAFF 244
The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board would like to wish the very best to all IAFF families this Thanksgiving. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend. 
IAFF Local 244 Upcoming Events

IAFF Local 244 Announcement:

Early voting for the 2015 IAFF Local 244 General Election will be held Dec. 1st through Dec. 3rd at the Union Hall only from 9am to 3pm. The General Election will take place on Dec. 8th from 7am to 7pm at Station 8, Station 17 and the Union Hall.

The IAFF Local 244 Christmas Party will be held on Saturday December 19th at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Downtown. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at the Union Hall Monday through Thursday from 10am to 4pm. Please ensure you book your hotel room before Dec. 12th (breakfast included). Nominations for Fire Fighter of the Year to be honored at the Christmas Party are due by December 10th.

The Children's Christmas Party will be held on Sunday December 6th at ITZ starting at 10am. You must RSVP will Kelly before December 1st for your family's reservation. 

Honoring Our Veterans

General President Harold Schaitberger pays tribute to military veterans who have served across the United States and Canada with strength and courage. 

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2015 Proposed IAFF Local 244 Constitution & By-laws Draft

Brothers & Sisters,

This is the official announcement for 2015 Proposed Constitution & By-law changes to be voted upon during the December 2015 General Election/Vote. Log in and click on the Const./By-laws tab on the left column to review the draft changes. Call any Executive Board Officer with questions. 

IAFF Local 244 Christmas Party

The Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters Christmas Party will be held on Saturday December 19, 2015 at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at the union hall Monday through Thursday from 10am to 4pm. Please ensure you book your hotel room on or before 12/12/15. For more information call Kelly @ 505-288-2313.

Reservations can be made via passkey reservation web link that is set to the special discounted room rate of $99 & includes free breakfast:

Please submit nominations for Fire Fighter of the Year to: or in person at the General Meeting on December 10, 2015 for the Executive Board to consider. We will honor one member from each chapter with the Fire Fighter/Paramedic of the year and one general member for the Outstanding Leadership award.

The Children's Christmas Party will be held on Sunday December 6, 2015 at ITZ starting at 10am please call/text Kelly @ 505-288-2313 before December 1, 2015 for your family's reservation, an RSVP is required.

Fallen Brother In Blue

The IAFF Local 244, along with the APOA, Albuquerque Police & Fire Departments, NMSP, BCSO, the City of Albuquerque and the countless citizens’ lives he touched are deeply saddened with the passing of Officer Daniel Webster on October 29, 2015. Officer Webster sustained gunshot wounds a week prior at a traffic stop in SE Albuquerque. That fateful night Daniel Webster simply was doing what he loved and did every other night he put that uniform on- made Albuquerque a better place to live and work and keep us all safe. Over the 9 years Officer Webster was with APD, he was a true ambassador for public safety, even becoming one of the most popular and respected officers by AFD members who routinely were on scene with him. He is best remembered by the SE crews for his professionalism, the calmness he brought to a situation and his genuine interest in making each situation better through his unending compassion and empathy. Officer Daniel Webster exemplified the motto "To protect and serve".

He was not just a local hero, he proudly served America in the U.S. Army for 20 years and was an Army Ranger prior to joining the APD family. Daniel Webster was a husband (wife Michelle is a deputy with BCSO), a father to 3 daughters, a grandfather, a friend and mentor.

 Brother Webster, while we are all angry, sad and confused over the loss of you, most of all we are lucky for having known you and worked with you. 

Thank you for you selfless bravery. 

Rest in Peace Brother.

IAFF Local 244 General Election

The IAFF Local 244 General Election will be held December 8, 2015 from 7am-7pm

Nominations for the 2015 General Election officially opened at the General Membership Meeting on September 10, 2015 and will close at the General Membership Meeting on November 12, 2015.

In accordance with the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters IAFF Local 244 Bylaws: Article X, Officer Elections Contract Voting, Section 4. Elected Officer Terms all ‘Odd Year’ positions will be up for election in 2015In addition Sergeant at Arms & City Chief Steward positions will be up for election for a one year term.

Please refer to the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters IAFF Local 244 Bylaws: Article X, Officer Elections Contract Voting, Sections 1-13 for additional information including Eligibility Requirements. 

To view the listing of nominations to date please login to the member’s area & click on General Election 2015.

GENERAL PRESIDENT                                  GENERAL SECRETARY

SERGEANT AT ARMS (1-year term)              COUNTY CHIEF STEWARD

COUNTY 1ST STEWARD                                COUNTY 3RD STEWARD

COUNTY 1ST TRUSTEE                                 CITY VICE PRESIDENT

CITY CHIEF STEWARD (1-year term)            CITY 1ST STEWARD

CITY 3RD STEWARD                                     CITY 5TH STEWARD


Informal County Chapter Meeting – October 28, 2015

A County Chapter Informal Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28, 2015. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss consideration/concerns related to County Chapter Commanders’ dual roles and responsibilities to include reasonable membership expectations. The meeting will start promptly at 11:30am.



Attention IAFF Local 244 Members:

PERA Chief Investment Officer Jon Grabel and staff will be at the Union Hall on Thursday October 22, 2015 at 3:00p.m. to discuss investments and deferred compensation plans.

All members are welcome to attend this informational presentation. If you have any questions please feel free to contact an Executive Officer.

Two Kansas City, MO Local 42 Members Killed in Building Collapse
The IAFF is saddened to report that Kansas City, MO Local 42 members Larry Leggio, 43, and John Mesh, 39, died in the line of duty October 12 as they were rescuing residents from an apartment building fire. Two other fire fighters – Chris Anderson and Dan Werner –were injured and are being treated at a local hospital.“Brothers and Leggio and Mesh were two of our best and will be missed by everyone who knew them well,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.”

IAFF 2nd District Vice President Mark Woolbright is in Kansas City, along with state and local leaders. “We are doing whatever we can to assist the families of our fallen and our injured during this difficult time.”

On the night of October 12, multiple units were dispatched to a massive apartment fire in the northeastern side of Kansas City, Missouri. Fire fighters, including Leggio, Mesh, Anderson and Werner, immediately upon arrival began rescuing the building’s trapped occupants. But, it soon became clear that the structure was rapidly deteriorating. All fire fighters were ordered to evacuate. Moments later, a portion of the east side of the building collapsed, trapping four fire fighters.

Fire fighters outside the building rushed to pull the four out, but Leggio and Mesh’s injuries were too severe. Both were pronounced dead at the hospital. Anderson and Werner were also transported to the hospital with injuries, but they were expected to recover. Leggio, a 17-year veteran, is survived by his wife, mother and several other family members. Mesh, an 11-year veteran, is survived by his wife, four daughters, mother and other family members.
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