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Brian Cox Update

Good afternoon,
I am writing you on behalf of HEO Brian Cox to give you an update on his condition and treatment. Brian has been receiving bi-weekly treatment for stage 4B Hodgkin Lymphoma. Initially, the chemotherapy appeared to be working based on test results although fatigue and other expected side effects were occurring as expected. After the 10th treatment, a new lump had formed in Brian’s neck which required another biopsy and PET scan. Positive test results meant the cancer was returning and more intensive treatment will be required. A new inpatient chemotherapy regimen has begun that results in different and harsher side effects. The new treatment may have some undesired or serious long lasting effects. He will do this treatment for two or three cycles. During that time he will undergo a Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Transplant.

Brian needs more days as his timeline is extended until July, at minimum (He currently has days donated until April 10th) . As we head deeper into spring and summer, please consider stopping by the union hall and donating days (and helping each other with trades). I know Brian and Shalon appreciate everything we have done for them, including the days already given. Brian is looking forward to defeating the cancer and getting back to fixing his ankle, which still requires surgery.

Brian also has a blog to post about his progress. You can find that link here.
If you have any questions, please contact me (or Brian - bricox79@gmail.com) .
Thank you,
FF/P Michael Burke

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Invitation from American Legion Post

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Homes for Heroes Program

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9-11-16 STANDING FOR THE FALLEN Memorial Tribute VIDEO is finished!!

It’s READY!!

After sorting through thousands of photos and videos from our 9-11-16 BOOKS FOR BRAVERY and STANDING FOR THE FALLEN Memorial Tribute Events, the video tribute is ready for you to watch!

Also exciting news...Madison Rising has graciously allowed us to use their song, Star Spangled Banner, in the video…so make sure your speakers are turned up! It would not be weird to rock out in the middle of the video.

We’re super excited and grateful to YOU for helping make the 15th Anniversary of 9-11 an outstanding display of unity.

Please feel free to share the video :)

Video Link: https://youtu.be/TiYmYlvOt9k

With Gratitude,

Mollie Manhattan
+ Founder, On Purpose Journey Inc.
Website: www.OnPurposeJourney.com
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) # 97433
**Now Part Of The Milwaukee Combined Giving Campaign—please donate and support BOOKS FOR BRAVERY & STANDING FOR THE FALLEN, educating our youth, honoring our fallen, and promoting unity! Write in On Purpose Journey Inc. or use code: 1299

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Derek Geppert Update

Sisters and brothers,

Melissa Geppert wanted me to inform the membership that her husband, our Brother, Derek Geppert, suffered a medical setback last evening. He is resting comfortably in the hospital and she asks that, as of right now, that visitation be delayed until further notice. We will keep the membership informed as much as possible throughout and ask that our thoughts and prayers are with the Geppert family. Brother Geppert is still participating in the Time Donor Program and is still in need of days. Melissa also wanted me to express her deep gratitude, that is ongoing, from the Milwaukee Fire Family.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to call me.

Sisters and Brothers,

As a follow up to the email sent earlier this morning, Brother Cox is accepting donations at any time at the union hall. Please make sure that it is funneled through the union hall offices. Also, when filling out the time donor form, please identify what it is you are actually donating. The form that is current has a slot identified as "TVA." None of our members have a "TVA." The only thing you can donate is Vacation, Holiday and Compensatory Time. When donating Vacation or Holiday time, please make sure that you identify the date in which you are donating to Brother Cox or Brother Geppert. Brother Geppert can still receive donations for calendar year 2016. Brother Cox can start receiving days from members that are in calendar year, 2017.

On behalf of Brother Cox and Brother Geppert, thank you for your thoughtfulness, generosity as well as defining the terms of sisterhood and brotherhood.

If you have ANY questions or need any help in participating in this program, please call.


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Accrued Time-Off Donor Program

Copy and paste to go to the "gofundme" page for Derek and his family: https://www.gofundme.com/2fukd48s

Sisters and brothers,

This message comes to you as one of our own needs ALL of our help.

Brother Derek Geppert has been approved for the Accrued Time-Off Donor Program through the DER. This program allows his brothers and sisters of the MFD, as well as the entire city workforce, to donate earned off time to him to keep him on the payroll and secure his health insurance benefits for a total of 1 year.

Many of you know of Brother Geppert's situation. He has just over five years with the MFD and does not have much of his own earned off time left. Brother Geppert and his family face many obstacles and challenges and this Donor Program will allow his extended family of the MFD to help him in his greatest time of need.

The form is available on our web site in the Resource Library under "Forms and Applications". It is titled "Accrued_Time-Off_Donor". Click on the link below to download the form. This form is to be filled out and submitted to DER. It is self explanatory in so much as what can be donated and where to submit the form.

More details about Derek and paper copies of the donation form will be available at the union meetings next Monday and Tuesday.

I am extending the deepest appreciation for all of your consideration on behalf of Derek and Melissa in advance. We will continue to provide any and all assistance to the Geppert's in whatever capacity we can meet.

David R. Seager
President Local 215

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Brian Cox's Recovery Fund by Michael Thurow - GoFundMe

I met Brian Cox while training in the fire academy three years ago. While being pushed every day to the breaking point during the academy, Brian was always upbeat and motivated. I learned the full extent of how great a guy Brian is once we were stationed together at the same firehouse. Everyday as a firehouse cub is a rollercoaster. Amidst the runs, learning the expectations of your crew, cleaning, dealing with strains the job puts on family life, and races to the front door, it can be overwhelming. Brian was always there to help talk it out, let me vent, and a lot of the time, show me how things needed to get done. I always heard firefighting was a brotherhood, and working with Brian proved it.

Anybody that knows Brian, knows he has been through a great deal since coming on the job. He has been subject to injury, illness and family loss. Amazingly, he remains resilient and inspiring. Many would crumble under the weight of what Brian has been tested by. He continues to be the same upbeat, funny, and good-natured guy he has always been as well as a terrific partner to Shalon and caregiver to her two girls. And, until recently, he continued to show up for work everyday at the firehouse and provided the same amazing service to the city in spite of tough circumstances.

The reason for this GoFundMe post is because Brian is being tested again. He has been diagnosed with Classical Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Given the aggressive nature of the cancer, he has already begun chemotherapy treatments. He will be unable to work for an indeterminate amount of time and doesn’t meet eligibility requirements for the presumptive cancer disability benefit that would keep him on payroll. People are working to donate hours to help cover some of this shortfall, but it won’t be enough. I am hoping we can pool together and help support him and his family during this rough time. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated and couldn't go to a better cause.
Help spread the word!

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The following correspondence is from MaryNell Regan, Executive Director of the Fire and Police Commission to the Labor Leaders in the City of Milwaukee.

This information is very specific to the 15 mile residency requirement that is going to be effective October 11th. This information will also be available via the FPC website.

To further elaborate, the requirement is effective on October 11th. It goes further to state, according to the Commission update, “THAT ANY INCUMBENT EMPLOYEE HAS 6 MONTHS FROM OCTOBER 11th, 2016 TO BE IN COMPLIANCE, OR MAY PURSUE EXTENSIONS AND HARDSHIP EXCEPTIONS WITH THE FPC.”

Any and all information is provided on the FPC Website as well as a “map” the the city/FPC will utilize to determine the 15 mile requirement. Please read.


On July 26, 2016 the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee adopted legislation that imposes a residency requirement on law enforcement, fire, and designated emergency personnel to reside within 15 miles of the jurisdictional boundaries of the City. This charter ordinance, adopted pursuant to Wis. Stat. Sec. 66.0502 (4)(b), applies to all sworn members of the departments and provides that the Fire and Police Commission (FPC) designate “emergency personnel.” This legislation will become effective October 11, 2016.

The FPC recently updated its rules to be in compliance with the charter ordinance. The following positions have been designated as emergency personnel: Police Information Systems Director, Emergency Communications Manager, Communications Systems Manager, and Police Facilities Manager; and Fire Technical Services Manager, Fire Dispatch Manager, Fire Equipment Repairs Manager, and Fire Equipment Repairs Supervisor. The positions of Police Aide and Fire Cadet are also designated as emergency personnel.

All employees hired into a position subject to this residency requirement, any incumbent sworn employee, or any civilian who at any time has his/her position designated as subject to this residency requirement, shall be granted a period of time not to exceed six months from the date of hire or the date upon which the designation becomes effective to become compliant with the requirement. This means that any incumbent employee has 6 months from October 11, 2016 to be in compliance, or may pursue extensions and hardship exceptions with the FPC.

· Any employee subject to this residency requirement who believes it may be necessary to request an extension of the time period for establishing residency, or who believes that it may be necessary to request a temporary exception from the residency requirement, shall file such request in writing with the Fire and Police Commission, together with copies of all supporting documentation, at least fifteen (15) calendar days prior to the date on which the extension or temporary exception is anticipated to begin. Failure to file the request on a timely basis, absent extraordinary circumstances, shall be grounds for denial. The requestor shall forward a copy of the request to the Chief of the respective department.

· Any request for an extension or temporary exception shall specify, in detail, the reason(s) for the request and shall be accompanied by copies of all documentary evidence in support thereof including, but not limited to, real estate listing contracts, apartment leases, medical reports, educational reports, etc. Failure to supply appropriate supporting documentation together with the request shall be grounds for denial of the request. The burden of proof regarding whether or not a request for an extension or temporary exception should be granted shall at all times be on the requestor.

Additionally, a searchable map was developed by the FPC and the City’s Information Technology Management Division depicting the 15 mile boundary and may be accessed on our website. Any questions about the map should be sent to our Research Policy Analyst at his email address dgeltin@milwaukee.gov until further notice.

Thank you,

MaryNell Regan | Executive Director | Fire and Police Commission
200 E Wells Street, Suite 706A | Milwaukee, WI 53202 | Direct line: 414.286.5054 | Work cell: 414-708-5787
EMail: mregan@milwaukee.gov

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Please Report Your PO Loss Hardships

Please utilize the "Contact Us" link to report circumstances of hardship caused by the loss of your scheduled PO's. Thank you.

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Current Events

Please print and share the Metcalfes 5% discount coupon

with all your friends, family, and neighbors.

Let's help the PFFW Charitable Foundation raise money

for all their worthy projects while you save money shopping!


The September 2016 issue of The Register has been posted.

You can find it in the Members drop down menu.

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Workers Compensation Disclosure of Healthcare Information Form

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Early Intervention PT Clinic Expanding to Mondays

Due to increased demand, the City’s Early Intervention Physical Therapy Clinic is expanding! Starting Monday, July 11th the Clinic will be open two days a week, on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This service is FREE to employees and spouses/partners. You do not need to be enrolled in the City’s health insurance to utilize this valuable benefit.

The Physical Therapist offers the following services:

Perform screening, consultation, and education services to prevent and treat potential musculoskeletal injuries.
Address pains, strains and potential issues that occur at work or home before it becomes a health care claim or injury.
Plan interventions, including specific stretching, strengthening and/or conditioning exercises.
Make recommendations for self-management of symptoms or provide education in proper postures and body mechanics for performing tasks safely.
Call 414-777-3413 to schedule an appointment. Drop-ins are welcome but calling ahead is recommended to ensure there are clinic openings.

The Early Intervention PT Clinic is located in the City’s Wellness Center in the Zeidler Municipal Building at 841 N. Broadway (enter through Market St.).

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Three Boston Firefighters Recall Colleagues Who Died From Occupational Cancer

Three city firefighters painted a grim portrait as they sat in front of a wall plastered with images of their fallen comrades. These colleagues did not perish in a raging fire or after falling into a collapsing building. They all succumbed to cancer.

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Workplace Clinic Expanded Hours

Due to increased demand, the City’s onsite Workplace Clinic is adding additional hours and will be open 40 hours a week beginning Monday, May 2nd.

The clinic is located in the Zeidler Municipal Building and services are available to City employees and their spouses/partners, regardless of whether employees are enrolled in the City’s Health Insurance coverage. Services offered at the Workplace Clinic continue to be FREE for City of Milwaukee employees/spouses.

New Expanded Workplace Clinic Hours:

Monday – 7 AM to 3 PM
Tuesday – 7 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday – 9 AM to 5 PM
Thursday – 7 AM to 3 PM
Friday – 7 AM to 3 PM
Calling 414-777-3413 to schedule an appointment is recommended. The clinic will take walk-in appointments if there are openings or will schedule walk-ins for the next available open time slot.

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ERS Retirement Calculator

Did you know that you can see your contributions to date into the Employee Retirement System and your current Service Credit? Did you know that you can also create a benefit estimate any time you want to?

Go to the ERS Login page (below). If you do not remember your login information, click on the "Forgot User Name and / or Password" link to retrieve it.

After you log in, click on "Member Account Summary". Your numbers will pop up. Look for a link called "Benefit Estimates". Click on that.

The Pension Benefit Calculator page will then appear. Read about what can and cannot be done with this tool. Then scroll down to click on the "I Agree" tab.

You're finally there! Fill in the blanks and see what your future holds!

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