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Please Help Firefighters Who Lost Homes in Santa Rosa and Napa

Official fund raising platform for firefighters who've lost their homes in the Sonoma and Napa firestorm of 2017, managed by IAFF Local 1775

October 9, 2017, a wind driven firestorm enveloped dozens of communities in Sonoma and Napa counties, California.  Scores of homes were destroyed, and as of October 10, the fires are still largely uncontained, threatening thousands more.  As firefighters risk their lives working to protect civilians, many have learned that their homes were consumed as well.

This fund, managed by Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775 ( is the official fundraising platform to assist firefighters and their families who've lost their homes.  Funds raised here will be distributed equally among those in need - currently at least 40 firefighter families affected from IAFF Locals 1401 (Santa Rosa Firefighters), 1775 (Marin Professional Firefighters), 55 (Oakland Firefighters), 798 (San Francisco Firefighters), 1415 (Petaluma Firefighters), and several other smaller agencies and locals.

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Chris Mahoney, Ross Valley Fire Department


San Anselmo, CA. August 3, 2017.

It is with profound sorrow that Ross Valley Fire Department announces the unexpected passing of Ross Valley Fire Department Engineer/Paramedic Chris Mahoney, age 39.

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Marin Firefighters to "Fill The Boot" for MDA in April

Marin Firefighters to "Fill The Boot" for MDA in April

Marin firefighters will "Fill The Boot" for MDA April 14, 20, 22, and 23!  Help us help local families fighting neuromuscular disease! You can drop a donation into our boots at any one of our other roadside locations.  We need your help to break our record and help more families than ever in 2017!

LOCATIONS & DATESFRIDAY, APRIL 14TH 8AM-1PMSAN RAFAEL: Grand Ave. at 2nd & 3rd Street!THURSDAY, APRIL 20 8AM-1PMSAN ANSELMO: Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at the Hub!SATURDAY, APRIL 22 9AM-2PMNOVATO: Rowland Blvd & Vintage Way!SUNDAY, APRIL 23 9AM-2PMTIBURON: Tiburon Blvd at Main Street!SAUSALITO: Bridgeway at Princess Street!


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Michael Thomas Ortelle, Sr., 4/14/1960 - 1/2/2017

Michael Thomas Ortelle, Sr.,  4/14/1960 - 1/2/2017
Mike Ortelle

Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775, regrets to inform our membership and families of the passing of Brother Michael Thomas Ortelle, Sr. (Mill Valley Fire Department, Alto Richardson bay Fire Protection District, Southern Marin Fire Protection District).  Mike continued to represent and serve his brothers and sisters in the fire servcie after his retirement as he battled ALS, becoming a spokesperson for MDA, the IAFF's primary charitable cause, and helping thousands struggling with ALS and Muscular Dystrophy.

Born April 14, 1960, the son of the late John and Evelyn Ortelle, Mike passed peacefully, January 2, 2017 surrounded by his wife and children.  Michael served his community at Wilmar Volunteer Fire, Mill Valley Fire, Alto Richardson Bay, and Southern Marin Fire Districts for over 25 years and continued that service in retirement as a Police Chaplain for the Petaluma Police Department, serving with his brothers in blue up until his very last days.  Mike also served his church family at Calvary Chapel Petaluma for many years.  Mike’s greatest joys were his family and friends.

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Tiburon Firefighters Vote to Affiliate with Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775

Tiburon Firefighters Vote to Affiliate with Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775

The Tiburon Firefighters Association voted to affiliate with Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775.  The Tiburon Firefighters will now be recognized as the Tiburon Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775.

The Tiburon Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775 are the last professional firefighter Association in Marin to affiliate with the Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775.

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Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775

P.O. BOX 15, FAIRFAX, CA 94978
(415) 459-4058 ·  FAX (415) 459-8009