Please keep the following members in your prayers:
Robert S. (Steve) Adams
Robert "Bob" Baker
James M. Bojalad
James C. Fineran
James M. Greco
Michael J. Malone
Kenneth B. Propst, Jr.
Paul C. Schmidl
James A. Soderberg
William "Bird" Taylor
Wallace H. Adkinson 10-12-19
Craig S. Callaway 10-9-19
Henry J. Ford 9-15-19
Robert F. "Tank" Miller 9-14-19
John J. Grolig 8-17-19
James R. Eschbacher 8-13-19
Alvin A. Fenwick 8-1-19
Edwin G. Beer 7-7-19
George E. Pettit 6-4-19
Charlie Perkins 6-2-19
Joseph A. Quander Jr. 5-31-19
Richard M. Hubscher 5-29-19
William I. "Bill" Dawson 5-13-19
Donald "Donnie" C. Capps 5-10-19
Bernard A. "Al" Jameson 5-9-19
Alpheus C. "Chandler" Dunston 4-30-19
Zimmerman K. "Oral" Roberts 4-23-19
Venizelos "Jello" Lagos 3-17-19
Leonard A. Johnson Jr. 3-14-19
Gerald J. Petras 3-13-19
Francis J. Gray 3-3-19
Robert Harrington 3-2-19
Robert F. West 2-20-19
Clinton H. Howland 2-10-19
Clarence "Al" Size 1-23-19
William "Bill" Casey 1-10-19
Raymond "Red" Smith 1-10-19
John "Jack" A. Orange 12-17-18
Raymond G. Johnson 12-14-18
Frederick D. Hoffman 11-6-18
William H. Bateman 9-29-18
Joseph A. Francella 9-23-18
James P. Seavey Sr. 9-4-18
Norman J. "Jack" Miller 9-4-18
William S. Wilson 8-16-18
John E. Frye 7-29-18
Edward M. Adams 7-24-18
Michael D. Briggs Sr. 7-16-18
James E. "Beetle" Bailey 7-13-18
John M. Morgan 7-12-18
Richard J. Zegowitz Sr. 7-8-18
Charles E. Jones 6-26-18
Ted Livesay 5-27-18
Vincent E. Austin Jr. 5-29-18
Raymond P. Scherl 5-16-18
Ronald W. Smith 4-21-18
Ronald M. Agriesti 4-17-18
Stephen F. Burke 3-25-18
Eugene B. Cahill 3-15-18
Charles A. Kramer 3-12-18
Eugene A. Coxen 3-10-18
Tom Conner 3-7-18
Charles "Mike" Garrott 1-27-18
William J. "Bill" Kelly 1-22-18
Clifford L. Bates 1-20-18
FOR YOUR INFORMATION AND PRAYERS
Sick List Updates:
Past RFA President Joe O'Neil had a mini stroke last Wednesday Sept. 18. He is home recovering. He would be happy to hear from people.
Dave Norton, had back surgery on September 13th. He has been released from the hospital but is now going through rehabilitation
President Tom Scherer is feeling fine, and wanted to be taken off the sick list!!
Sept. 7, 2019
Sick List Addition:
Jeffrey Brown , member retired from E-26 technician on April 7, 2012. He was flown by helicopter from Calvert to Washington Hospital Center after suffering a heart attack. He is in unit 4 NE room 4 of the CCU. He is having a catheritization done on Monday. Please keep Jeffrey in your thoughts and prayers.
Sept. 6, 2019
Sick List Update from Jay Hencken:
Update on my cancer as of today my colin cancer results after surgery came back clear margins and nothing in my limp nodes fine, will have to monitor only. My prostate cancer as of today, I have 30 more treatments of radiation, so far I feel fine and have no side effects doctor and I are hoping for a good prognosis. Thank you for all the prayers and support!
July 29, 2019
Sick List Addition:
RFA President Tom Scherer is having knee replacement surgery tomorrow July 30th. Tom hopes to be back on his feet in about 2 to 3 weeks.
July 26, 2019
Sick List Changes:
William Strohm off sick list pace maker working fine
Wally Adkinson added to the sick list. Wally has 4th degree kidney failure and congestive heart failure.
July 24, 2019
Gary Holmberg to the rescue!! See below for the story!
I saw that you all had a recent update on Gary Holmberg. I thought you'd be interested to know he's not as retired as you might think. One of the residents at Spring Arbor took a spill and Gary was right on top of things from initial assessment, to stabilization, and finally helping her regain her confidence and get on with the day. Gary was a hero to everyone in attendance that day. Like they say in that country song, he's not as good as he once was, but he's as good once as he ever was.
Sgt Ray Moran, Mont Co Police Ret.
July 19, 2019
Sick List Update:
Tony DelGrosso let the RFA know that he is feeling fine, and wanted to be taken off the sick list!!
Sick List Addition:
Jay Hencken has been diagnosed with Stage 1 prostrate cancer. He will begin treatment soon. Please keep Jay in your thoughts and prayers.
June 4, 2019
Update on Gary Holmberg:
After being in rehab at Homewood in Frederick, MD in early May for low BP and sodium, along with dehydration he is now settled into a new community, Spring Arbor, in Frederick MD off English Muffin Way. He's in the "Cottages" which is basically a fancy name for "memory care unit." He's doing well and can still remember past events and family and friends. He has trouble with directions/instructions/timing/money/recall of conversations and slightly unsteady on his feet. He's looking forward to being at the next gathering at Champions next week. His cell phone is the same and enjoys phone calls since he often has a hard time working his phone.
June 1, 2019
Sick List update:
John Grolic is back in the Washington Hospital Center for his 4th hip replacement. He has had some issues with infection. Please keep John in your thoughts and prayers.
May 13, 2019
Sick List Addition:
William Strohm retired 1978 5 BFC aide in hospital got a pacemaker, everything ok
April 22, 2019
Sick List Addition
Update on Tony DelGrosso April 25, 2019
Tony had his surgery April 24th. He is in intensive care for the next couple of days, but is resting comfortably.
From Don Scalise
Just heard on on 4-22-19, that retired Chief Tony DelGrosso is having heart surgery this week at WHC. Best wishes to my old buddy and dear friend and Godfather to two of my kids. If anyone has any updates, please let me know. tks.
March 26, 2019
Another Update on Bill Dawson by Rip Gardiner
"I just left Bill. He said he thought he was going to die. I did too but I didn't t ell him. He will be transfered back to the Charleston at 1pm today"
March 25, 2019
Update on Bill Dawson from Greg Turnell:
Just wanted to give you guys an update on Bill Dawson. Bill is at La Plata Hospital and not doing well. He has pneumonia and very weak. They have decided to send him back to his place at the Charleston in Waldorf this week under hospice care. He seems to do much better when visitors stop in to engage in conversation. Right now he is in room #3606 east wing at La Plata. Not sure when this week they are sending him back to The Charleston. My girl Jeanne made him some home made custard, his favorite. Spoke to his Dr last night and he said it could be a few weeks or a few months, I guess it all depends on his will to live right now but I can tell you as much as he wants to go, he is getting tired. Hope guys can make it in there to see him, he would love that.
March 23, 2019
Sick List addition:
RFA LM Harry Twigger has been moved to a nursing home. He is suffering from severe dementia.
Jan. 11, 2019
A message from John and Linda Doherty
John and I visited Charlie Perkins today at Dover Place, Senior assisted living! 1203 space Walker Road Dover, DE 19904. Charlie has been there for about seven months. He seemed to really enjoy our visit and hopefully you can get this information out to some of the firefighters. We know that he would enjoy a visit from anyone and everyone. He says he’s very happy and he appears to be enjoying his stay there.
It took a while for him to recognize us but I think seeing John’s Fire Department sweatshirt helped a little.
Jan. 7, 2019
Update: Gary Holmberg is staying at the Country Meadows Retirement Community, same place John Grolig resides. Although he doesn't like to share his condition, he was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia a couple years ago and has shown a steady decline since December of 2017.
He has a very hard time operating his phone so I'm sure he would love to hear from his friends if you have a moment. His cell phone has stayed the same and should be in the directory. If you don't have his number feel free to message me through FB. I'm his daughter :) Tracy Shavell
Feb. 27, 2018
Jeff Burriss has been diagnosed with
Pulmonary Fibrosis (lung scarring). On oxygen 24/7
Oct. 14, 2019
The RFA regret to announce the death of Wallace H. Adkinson. Brother Adkinson passed away Sat. Oct. 12, 2019. Brother Adkinson was 81 years old. Brother Adkinson was appointed to the DCFD on 11-9-1959 to T-5 and retired on 8-30-1980 from FB #1
This note was posted on his Facebook page by his daughter:
For the friends on this page, this is Wally's daughter, Kelly. My wonderful father passed away on Saturday evening. He had his dinner, scotch, and a cigar before settling into his recliner to watch television. He fell asleep and died peacefully from a heart attack.
He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery; however, the process takes 12-18 months. Please keep our family, especially my mother, in your prayers. Our family is forever changed and the heartbreak is beyond words for his wife and children.
Oct. 10, 2019
The RFA regret to announce the death of RFA member Craig S. Callaway. Brother Callaway passed away suddenly last night. Brother Callaway was 60 years old. Brother Callaway was appointed to the DCFD on 9-30-85 to E-16 and retired on 3-1-12 as EMS BFC-2
Funeral arrangements will be posted as soon as they are available.
The understanding is Brother Callaway took his own life. The IAFF has several resources available. Please don't suffer in silence. It's OK to ask for help!!
For Suicide Prevention Please call
For substance abuse, behavioral health please call
Sept. 23, 2019
The RFA regret to announce the death of RFA Life Member Henry J. Ford. Brother Ford passed away on Sept. 15, 2019. Brother Ford was appointed to the DCFD on July 6, 1950 - Truck 6 and retired: July 30, 1980 – 6th BFC
Services have been completed
Sept. 14, 2019
The RFA regret to announce the death of Robert F. "Tank" Miller. Brother Miller passed away today 9-14-19 at the age of 77. Brother Miller was appointed to the DCFD on 11-08-1964 to T-15 and retired on 4-11-1998 from E-26 WD.
September 20, 2019
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Gasch's Funeral Home, P.A.
4739 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781
September 20, 2019
Gasch's Funeral Home, P.A.
4739 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781
Aug. 19, 2019
The RFA regrets to announce the death of RFA member James R. Eschbacher. Brother Eschbacher passed away on Aug. 13, 2019 after a long illness. Brother Eschbacher was 81 years old. Brother Eschbacher was appointed to the DCFD 7-31-1960 and retired on 7-30-1980 from E-19
The funeral has already taken place.
Aug. 17, 2019
The RFA regrets to announce the death of RFA member John J. Grolig. Brother Grolig passed away this morning (8-17-19) after several hip replacements and problems with infection. Brother Grolig was appointed to the DCFD on 1-16-1964 and retired 10-1-1984 from E-3 WD
Viewing will be Wednesday 8-21 from 3-6 PM.at Pumphreys Funeral home 300 W Montgomery Ave Rockville MD 20850 Funeral service at First Baptist church Rockville Md at 10:00 am on 8-22. The church is located at 55 Adclare Rd Rockville MD.
Burial following the service will be at Parklawn cemetery 12800 Viers Mill rd Rockville MD, 20853
Aug. 8, 2019
The RFA regrets to announce the death of RFA Life Member Alvin A. Fenwick. Brother Fenwick passed away on Friday Aug. 1, 2019 at the age of 100!. Brother Fenwick was appointed to the DCFD on 03-10-1943 to E-4 and retired 08-01-1970 E-3 A/Capt.
Friday Aug. 9, 2019
11:30 to Noon
St. George Catholic Church
Valley Lee, MD
Mass of Christian Burial:
July 8, 2019
The RFA regrets to announce the death of RFA Member Edwin G. Beer. Brother Beer passed away yesterday July 7, 2019 after a battle with Lung Cancer. Brother Beer was 82 years old. Brother Beer was appointed to the DCFD on 3-26-63 and retired on 2-29-88 as the 3rd BFC.
There will be a grave side service on Wednesday July 10, 2019 at 2 PM at the Heavener Cemetery in Buckhannon W.VA
Brother Beer's Obit is below
June 6, 2019
The RFA regrets to announce the death of RFA Life Member George E. Pettit. Brother Pettit passed away on June 4, 2019. Brother Pettit was 92 years old. Brother Pettit was appointed to the DCFD on 07-01-1950, and retired on 10-1-1975 from T-15.
Brother's Obit is below:
George Edward Pettit passed away at the age of 92 on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in Roswell, Georgia. He passed peacefully and surrounded by family. He will be remembered as a loving husband and father, a devoted civil servant, a wise adviser, and a compassionate man.
George was born on July 27, 1926 in Washington D.C. He met the love of his life, Gwendolyn Brooks Pettit, after serving in the Army Air Corps in World War II. George and Gwen married on September 26, 1953 and remained together for 56 years until Gwen's passing in 2009. George worked as a firefighter in Washington D.C. for 25 years. After retiring as a firefighter, he continued to work as a construction safety inspector until the age of 84. He moved from Wilmington, North Carolina to Roswell, Georgia in 2014 so he could be near family. While in Georgia, he became a member of St. David's Episcopal Church.
George is survived by his daughter, Carol Del Campo and husband Mike, and his son, George E. "Chip" Pettit and wife Robbie. He is also survived by four grandsons: Maj. Chris Del Campo, USAF and wife Laura, M. Ryan Del Campo, Brooks Pettit, and Clayton Pettit. His memory will be cherished by his sister Elizabeth Allen, his great-grandson Joseph Del Campo, and dear friend Genie Orr. George will also be remembered by his nieces and nephews, numerous friends, and the countless others whose lives he positively affected.
Family and friends are invited to gather at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Northside Chapel at 12050 Crabapple Road in Roswell GA. The gathering will be followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. and a reception at the Chapel. George's ashes will be interred along with those of his beloved Gwen at Georgia National Cemetery in July, with additional details to follow.
Flowers and condolences may be sent to Northside Chapel or NorthsideChapel.com. Or donate to one of George's favorite charities, the Wounded Warrior Project, through WoundedWarriorProject.com
June 5, 2019
The RFA regrets to announce the death of RFA member Joseph A. Quander Jr. Brother Quander passed away on May 31, 2019. Brother Quander was 77 years old. Brother Quander was appointed to the DCFD on 2-2-1964 to E-26 and Retired on 01-01-1999 as the Asst. Fire Chief.
Funeral Arrangements are as follows:
Services for Joseph A. Quander, Jr.:
Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Venue: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church - 1600 Morris Road, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20020
Viewing: From 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Funeral: Starting at 11:00 AM
Internment will follow at - Lincoln National Cemetery - Repast following grave side service, at the (Church) in it's Panorama Room
May 29, 2019
Here is pic of a group of active and retired SEALS with Austin Smith at Bill Dawson’s funeral.
May 22, 2019
Update, obit, and funeral arrangements below
The RFA regrets to announce the death of RFA Life Member William I. "Bill" Dawson. Brother Dawson passed away today May 13, 2019 at 11:00. Brother Dawson just turned 94 years old. Brother Dawson was appointed to the DCFD on 1-13-1949 E-7 and retired on 05-01-1971 from E-8. Brother Dawson was the last remaining member of the first Navy Frogman Class (now know as SEAL's)
Obit and Funeral Arrangements below:
William L. Dawson, U.S. Navy veteran WWII and retired Firefighter of Washington D.C. Fire Department passed away peacefully at his home in Waldorf, Maryland on May 13, 2019. He was 94 years old.
William L. Dawson was born April 18, 1925 in Washington, D.C. Bill attended Chamberlin H.S. in S.E. and worked at the Washington Navy Yard as a young teenager. It was at the Washington Navy Yard, December 7, 1941 at the young age of 17, where Bill made the decision to join the war effort of WWII.
Bill completed his basic training in 1943 in Bainbridge, Maryland. After an unsuccessful attempt to enlist in submarine duty, Bill snuck into a line of applicants who were volunteering for a yet unnamed outfit that involved, “explosives and distant, hazardous duty”. Bill was among 42 Navy men chosen and assigned to Ft. Pierce, Florida that made up a small amphibious unit called The Naval Combat Demolition Unit, later referred to as Frogmen. These men formed the first class of NCDU and underwent intense training at Ft. Pierce, Florida. The training came to a pinnacle during a week the men described as “A week of Hell”. This term stuck and still today Hell Week remains the final component to BUD’s training for U.S. Navy SEAL’s. Bill Dawson and his fellow Frogmen were tasked with clearing the beaches for General MacArthur’s island-hopping campaign northward through the western Pacific towards his return to the Philippines. From 1943 to 1945 Bill and his small team of Frogmen, NCDU #2 & #3 led by LT. (jg) Kain, made 12 invasions in the Pacific theater, from New Guinea, through the Philippines to Borneo.
These early amphibious warriors have evolved into and paved the way for nine Navy SEAL teams. Up until his death, Bill was the last surviving member of Class #001 NCDU Frogmen.
After his discharge from the Navy, Bill longed for a job that resembled the excitement and brotherhood of his Navy days. He found this career with the D.C. Fire Department. Bill served with the D.C.F.D. Engine 8, from 1949 until his retirement in 1971. Bill married his wife Eva Hoffman in 1964 and became an instant father to five stepchildren. They resided in Mt. Carmel, Maryland where they remained a couple for nearly 50 years. In 2015, with the help of Commander Tom Hawkins, USN. Ret., and good friend Lisa Merriam, Bill authored a book entitled, “Before They Were SEALs, They Were Frogs”. Through the course of several decades, Bill faithfully attended annual SEAL musters and reunions at Ft. Pierce, FL and Virginia Beach, VA, along with monthly D.C.F.D. retirement luncheons.
His wife Eva who passed away in 2013 and 1 stepdaughter Barbara who passed in 2010 preceded Bill in death. Also preceded in death are his father William A. Dawson, mother Elizabeth Howard Dawson, and sister Ruth.
Four remaining stepchildren, grandchildren and great grandchildren survive Bill along with several nieces and nephews.
Bill led a life of service in both wartime and peacetime. His small team of “Naked Warriors” paved the way for future Frogmen and they left a wake of history and legacy at the stern. Bill enjoyed God’s beauty in everything, and he enjoyed all that life had to offer. He struggled with life issues but at the end of the day, he found his peace with God. It is only fitting to close his obituary with the final words penned from his book.
“I am blessed to have had the opportunity to stand next to the greatest of men and to call them friends and brothers. Though my time with the Navy was short, it cast a long, bright glow over my whole life. The Navy SEAL Ethos talks about being “forged by adversity”. I know we had plenty of that. Yet, adversity is not what endures in my heart. For me, what endures is the legacy of my teammates, the character and honor of good men whom I came to know well and to trust to the ends of the earth. They have steadied me in the worst moments, and our life long bond will sustain me to my final day”.
William “Bill” Dawson. …Rest in peace Frogman…
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 10AM until time of service at 11AM at Raymond Funeral Service, P.A., 5635 Washington Avenue, La Plata, Maryland 20646.
Interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Nov. 10, 2015
Marion Sanchez has finished his list of our oldest members. Click on the link below to see the whole list.