Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin

Bosanko Brother's Fisheree

 Bosanko Brothers For Charity

2015 Fisheree

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

At Sportsman’s Landing, on Wind Lake

Off Hwy 36, 25313 W Loomis Road, in Wind Lake

Registration $25 Advanced, $30 At The Door

Included in cost food all day,

beer and soda, and launch

$20 Beer & Soda Visitor Package

Boat Launch &Bait Shop on site


This Year’s Fisheree Benefits:

Lt Scott Schumacher Memorial Fund

Kenosha L-414FIREFIGHTER who lost a long and courageous battle

with cancer on 2-25-2015
Check-In 8AM – 10AM Judging at 3:30PM

Trophies awarded for numerous categories


Thursday May 1st (Advance Price)


Dave (Mr Boz) at 262-902-6000 Email:

Or Phil (Rambo) at 630-306-3962

Make checks payable to “Bosanko Brothers For Charity” mail to

Dave Bosanko, 1716 Colony Drive, Mt Pleasant, WI 53406

 Don’t fish? Or just sit and play some cards or
weather permitting, go for a pontoon boat ride!

Come out and support one of our own, 
 A fallen fire fighter’s family!


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On 2-25-2015, Lieutenant Scott Schumacher (Shoe), 41 years of age, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. For a number of years, Lt. Schumacher has battled bouts of cancer with ultimately succumbing to his cancer today. Scott began his career with the Kenosha Fire Department on September 1, 1998. He was promoted to Lieutenant February 1, 2010. Throughout Scott's career he was an active union member, serving a number of years on Kenosha Local 414's Executive Board. He leaves behind his wonderful wife and 3 young children. Please keep Scott's family, in your thoughts and prayers. RIP Brother Schumacher.

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MILWAUKEE -- Three firefighters were injured battling a fire on Milwaukee's north side Tuesday night.
The fire started around 10 p.m. on an upper floor of a eight unit building near Sherman Boulevard and Villard Avenue. Officials said the blaze quickly engulfed the rest of the building.
As many as eight people lived inside and they all made it out. According to the Milwaukee Fire Department, residents living the second floor had to jump out of windows, including resident Trevone Trunwell, who cut his hand.
"We couldn't see nothing because the smoke was getting darker and darker," Trunwell said. "I had my phone, so I called the fire department. We tried to get the window up but we couldn't get the window up...we did it with all of our might."
The three firefighters were taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 
A cause of the fire has not been determined
Video link HERE

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Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin and Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation are proud to announce Engine House 19 Fire Brewed Ale.

A portion of every barrel sold will be donated to the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation.

Attendee's of the PFFW Wisconsin Affiliate Leadership Training Summit will be enjoying a Beer Launch Party on Tuesday, September 9th @ The Merchant 121 N. Pinckney St. Madison, WI.

Hope to see you there!

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PFFW Delegation with IAFF General President. Great job Cincinnati IAFF Local 48


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2014 W.A.L.T.S.
Wisconsin Affiliate Leadership Training Seminar

September 8-10, 2014 in Madison, WI @ The Concourse Hotel


Please CLICK HERE for new registration information and details

Whether you are an experienced or new affiliate leader, there is always something to learn.
At WALTS, the focus is on helping affiliate leaders strengthen their skills
and grow as leaders through education and safety.

This education conference offers:

· Tools to improve your union leadership skills and knowledge

· Information on important issues facing the PFFW and your local

· Updates on current trends & issues

· Customized training for new and experienced leaders

· High quality education at a very reasonable cost

· High-quality instruction by distinguished guest presenters and PFFW leadership

· Opportunities to network and share experiences with leaders from across the


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Welcome to the 79th PFFW Convention hosted by Sheboygan Firefighters IAFF Local 483 in beautiful Sheboygan, WI


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Eau Claire firefighters mourn loss of crew member after fight with cancer

Eau Claire (WQOW) - With flags at half-staff, the Eau Claire Fire Department is remembering one of its own.

Denise Waterman, a 16 year veteran of the fire department, lost her battle with cancer yesterday. To her firefighter brothers and sisters, Denise was known for her kind and generous spirit.

Described as an artist by her colleagues, who say her love of animals, especially dogs and horses, drove her compassion in her career. She spent much of her Eau Claire career as an engineer and paramedic on Medic 10.

"Our firefighters have been there with her husband and her family throughout the whole thing so it has been something that has impacted everyone quite greatly. Now, with the loss of her, that impact is felt even more deeply," Allyn Bertrang, Deputy Chief with the Eau Claire Fire Department says.

A couple of weeks ago we told you about a group of firefighters who are running in the Eau Claire marathon on Sunday in full gear to raise money for cancer research. Those firefighters say they will be running in Denise's honor.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) - A federal judge in Milwaukee struck down Wisconsin's voter identification law Tuesday, declaring that a requirement that voters show a state-issued photo ID at the polls imposes an unfair burden on poor and minority voters.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman sided with opponents of the law, who argued that low-income and minority voters aren't as likely to have photo IDs or the documents needed to get them. Adelman said the law violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection. He also said the law appeared too flawed to be fixed by legislative amendments.

Adelman's decision invalidates Wisconsin's law and means voter ID likely won't be in place for the fall elections, when Republican Gov. Scott Walker faces re-election. While Walker last month committed to calling a special legislative session if the law were struck down in court, his spokeswoman wouldn't commit to that Tuesday.

"We believe the voter ID law is constitutional and will ultimately be upheld," Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said in an email. "We're reviewing the decision for any potential action."

The ruling could set a precedent for similar legal challenges in Texas, North Carolina and elsewhere. There are 31 states with laws in effect requiring voters to show some form of identification, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Seven states have strict photo ID requirements similar to the one a state judge struck down in Arkansas last week; that decision has been appealed to the Arkansas Supreme Court. Pennsylvania's voter ID law has been put on hold because of court challenges.

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama waded into the voter ID debate, accusing Republicans of using restrictions to keep voters from the polls and jeopardizing 50 years of expanded voting access for millions of black Americans and other minorities.

A Dane County judge had already blocked Wisconsin's law in state court. The state Supreme Court heard arguments in two separate lawsuits in February, although it's not clear when the justices will issue a ruling. For voter ID to be reinstated, the state's high court would have to rule that it doesn't violate the state constitution, and Adelman's decision would have to be overturned on appeal.

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On March 20, 2014 Sheboygan Fire Fighters Charities, IAFF local 483, was awarded the 2014 Wisconsin AFL/CIO Community Services Project Award for the "Fire Engine Co #1" exhibit at the Above and Beyond Children's Museum.  The Wisconsin State AFL/CIO each year presents a project award to an affiliate that has made a unique contribution to the community through volunteer service and innovative efforts.  The Fire Engine CO #1 exhibit at the Above and Beyond Children's Museum was a collaborative effort of Sheboygan Firefighters Charities, Above and Beyond Children's Museum and Sheboygan Area Businesses.   Accepting the award on behalf of the charity were Sheboygan Fire Fighters Nic Noster and Jamon Ingelse at a ceremony held at the Concourse Hotel in Madison, WI. 

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Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters


It is with a heavy heart that the OAPFF sends thoughts and prayers to Toledo Local 92 following the Line of Duty Deaths of two of our brother fire fighters.

President Sanders has been in contact with Local 92 leadership and expressed our deepest sympathies and assured them that the OAPFF and our members stand ready to assist our brothers and sisters through this difficult time.

We understand that many of our members and the general public are interested in supporting the families of these fallen fire fighters. We ask for your understanding and patience, as well as respect for family privacy as additional details are released.

May our Brothers Rest In Peace and their families find comfort in this difficult time.


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Winter in to love it.


Click picture for article from Milwaukee Journal


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It is with great sadness that the Grand Chute Fire Department announces the passing of Fire Prevention Specialist Jesse T. Pickett.

Jesse and his family were involved in motor vehicle crash while returning from a family gathering in the Wisconsin Dells area on Sunday December 8, 2013. As a result of injuries sustained in the crash, Jesse passed away at the scene. His wife and two daughters were also injured and transported to a Madison area hospital.

Jesse began his career with the Grand Chute Fire Department in February, 2009 as our Fire Prevention Specialist. Jesse was the department's Public Information Officer and was instrumental in working with the media. His tremendous passion for promoting public education in our schools and at many community events was evident through his dedication and strong commitment to his firefighting career.

Our department, the community, and his many friends are at a deep loss with his passing. Our hearts go out to his wife, children, extended family, and the many others which are affected as a result of this tragedy.

Grief counselors will be available to meet with firefighters and Town employees. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.

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SouthShore Restructuring there fire department 

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Today a proposal was presented to the Public Safety and Welfare Committee to ADD 6 additional firefighter positions to the 2014 operating budget, without adding any increase to the current proposed tax levy. Kenosha Firefighters Local 414 worked closely with a number of aldermen on this proposal. We URGE EVERYONE to contact their Alderperson and voice your support for increased public safety with no added cost to the taxpayer.

We keep hearing how politicians want to increase public safety but even when an opportunity exists to add additional staffing WITHOUT increasing the cost to the tax payers, their actions prove otherwise!

Special thanks to Aldermen Kevin Mathewson, David Bogdala, G John Ruffolo and Steve Bostrom for your efforts and approaching us with a potential solution. We hope others are willing to step up at the next committee meeting!


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Please read and share this outrageous story of killing the American dream

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Great story with lots of pictures.  Another great community program from the PFFW

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Attendees of the PFFW local officers meeting in Madison 10/15/2013


President Mitchell and PFFW E-Board member Rich Gee explaining new PAC program

Legislative update with PFFW lobbyist Joe Strohl


Contract bargaining updates with Atty Tim Hawks

Pension Overview by Bob Conlin, ETF/WRS 


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Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin at the State Fire Fighters Memorial 10/12/2013.

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WSFM Final Alarm Ceremony and Final Alarm Procession is scheduled for

October 12, 2013

On October 12, 2013 the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial, Inc. Board of Directors will be honoring fallen firefighters from the State of Wisconsin by sponsoring the annual Final Alarm and Roll Call Ceremony and the Final Alarm Procession in Wisconsin Rapids. We respectfully request your presence at our ceremonies as we pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities as members of the Fire Service. The Final Alarm and Roll Call Ceremony will be conducted at the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Park. It is located on 2nd Street South in Wisconsin Rapids beginning at 3:33 PM. At that time a memorial service will be held to honor the memories of the 268 firefighters who have died in the line of duty in the State of Wisconsin. The names of all Fallen Firefighters listed on the Memorial Wall will be read along with the tolling of the Memorial Bell for each.

This year we will be recognizing five members of our fire service community who have made this ultimate sacrifice since our 2012 ceremony:

HEO/Paramedic Joseph Floryance, Milwaukee Fire Department, 10/05/2012
Chief Steven Fritz, Rothschild Fire Department, 12/10/2012
Chief Philip Mortensen, Brooklyn Fire & EMS Protection District, 12/23/2012
Firefighter John Soukup, Sturgeon Bay Fire Department, 03/27/2013
Lieutenant David Cooper, Pleasant Prairie Fire Department, 04/28/2013

This is a very moving ceremony and a wonderful way to honor those members and their families. Prior to, or at the conclusion of the Final Alarm Ceremony, you are invited to check out the exhibits located within the WSFM visitor center.

At 6:30 P.M. Fire Department drivers planning to participate in the Final Alarm Procession are asked to assemble at the park in preparation for the 7:00 P.M. start of the procession. This procession makes a winding tour through the streets of Wisconsin Rapids and terminates with a drive-by of the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Park.

For those of you planning an overnight stay in Wisconsin Rapids on October 12th, we have included a listing of the many local hotels.

3018 8th St. South
Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494

Hotel Mead
451 East Grand Av.
Wis. Rapids WI 54494
715-423-1500 or 800-843-6323

Quality Inn
3120 8th St. South
Wis. Rapids WI 54494

America's Best Value Inn
3480 8th St. South
Wis. Rapids WI 54494

Motel 6
911 Huntington Av.
Wis. Rapids WI 54494

Rodeway Inn
3300 8th St. South
Wis. Rapids WI 54494

Sleep Inn & Suites
4221 8th St. South
Wis. Rapids WI 54494

If you need additional information, please contact me by phone at (414) 771-6794, via email at
or send a note to WSFM at P.O. Box 248 Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-0248. Updates will also be posted on the Memorial web site located at

The W.S.F.M. offers our thanks for your continued support of the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial park.

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Please watch the short video from Kenosha IAFF Local 414 and there position for adding additional resources we so desperately need.

We are pleased to announce that IAFF Local 4724 (Representing New Berlin and Town of Brookfield) has joined the PFFW tonight with 24 full time members. We are very glad to have you and excited to have the PFFW continue to grow. Thank you for allowing us to present information amd Welcome to the PFFW.

Pictured are PFFW Officers and Board Members with members of IAFF Local 4724 our newest Local.IAFF Local 4724 members with PFFW Board Members at our meeting after our vote to join the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin. Monumental moment for our Local and we are proud to join with Locals across the State of Wisconsin. Thank you to the PFFW Board Members for attending our meeting to discuss the benefits.

PFFW supporting MDA with James jones of the Green Bay Packers.

3rd Annual MDA Wisconsin Muscle Team Gala

Athletes and sponsors flex their muscles for the families of MDA






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