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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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Lappert's Ice Cream and Marin Professional Firefighters Partner for Breast Cancer Awareness in Marin.

Lappert's Ice Cream and Marin Professional Firefighters Partner for Breast Cancer Awareness in Marin.

Marin Professional Firefighters brought the 3rd annual Scoop night to Lappert's Ice Cream Parlor in Sausalito, raising awareness and funds to help fight Breast Cancer.  The IAFF's October Breast Cancer Awareness program is chaired in Marin by Jeff Endaya of San Rafael Fire Department.  Volunteering with Jeff this year are Andrew Lappert, Jordan Russell (Corte Madera FD), Ryan Day (Larkspur FD), Nick Gonzalez-Pomo, and Esteban Cespedes (San Rafael FD.)

Lappert's Ice Cream was a great host for the Scoop Night. Marin's Firefighters thank Michael Lappert for his support an generos\ity to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness!

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Retirement Party for Mike Giannini & Larry Thompson (MCFD) May 27

Retirement Party for Mike Giannini & Larry Thompson (MCFD) May 27

Marin County Fire Department retirement party honoring Mike Giannini & Larry Thompson

Friday, May 27th 2016 at 1700 hrs

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Marin Firefighters File Federal Lawsuit to Settle Overtime Dispute

44 firefighters from the Southern Marin Fire District recently filed suit in federal court over the District's failure to properly calculate overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Although the violation goes back decades, the firefighters seek only three years of backpay.

Under federal law, overtime must be based on the "regular rate of pay" which has to include premiums and other forms of remuneration.  The District had not been including holiday pay, educational premiums and working out of class pay.  The Southern Marin Professional Firefighters' Association, which represents the firefighters, had been trying to resolve the matter for more than a year before the lawsuit was filed.  The firefighters hope that the filing of the lawsuit conveys how important it is for employers to comply with federal law requirements.

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