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Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Rochester Police Department Officer Kelly O'Hara with daughter Luna Grace Kephart-O'Hara.  On her arm is her father, Captain Shaun O'Hara of the Rochester Fire Department.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Yet another Tournament! Wednesday, April 30th at the St. Paul Exempt, 690 Thomas Ave. 6 p.m. shuffle up and deal. $40 Buy in! Pizza and snacks provided. Bring ANYONE!
Rochester: March 11, 2014. Predeceased by his father, Samuel Montanarella, & brother, Lee Mitcheltree. Survived by his daughters, Gina (Jason McKinney) Montanarella, & Kara (Rob) Kuehne; his mother, Betty (Norm) Mitcheltree; brother, Dan Montanarella; sisters, Lynn (Eric) Farnung, Patty Montarella, Angela (Victor) Witenzen; granddaughters, Cecelia, Lila, Harper & Quinn; also nieces, nephews & cousins. Sam was an Army veteran, & served 29 years with the Rochester City Fire Department retiring as a Captain. Please join the family to share memories on SUNDAY from 1-4 PM at Crawford Funeral Home (495 N. Winton Rd., between Browncroft & Humboldt). Sam's funeral will follow calling Sunday at 4 PM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery MONDAY 10 AM - Meet at Lake Ave. Gate. Please consider honoring Sam with a donation to the Open Door Mission. Online Condolences welcomed at:
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Rochester: February 4, 2014, age 66 passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Donna (Muscolo); daughters, Nija (Matt) Branca-Bilofsky, Talya (Ben) Sirianni; grandchildren, Ethan Robert, Hudson Thomas, William Matthew; brothers, Dominic Brancatisano, Nicholas (Marge) Branca, Philip (Joanne) Branca; sisters-in-law, Janice (Roy) Scalera, Sharon (Harry) Gersey, Jean (Rick) Thomas; several beloved nieces and nephews. Bob was a Vietnam Vet and a lieutenant with the Rochester Fire Dept. Calling hours Friday 4-8 at Falvo Funeral Home, Webster, 1295 Fairport Nine Mile Point Rd. (Route 250). On Saturday please meet the family at Spiritus Christi Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh St., Rochester, 14614 for his Funeral Mass at 10AM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to School of the Holy Childhood in his memory. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Wilmot Cancer Center, especially Dr. Michael Becker, Laura Kassel and Mary Dibley. - See more at:
Monday, January 20, 2014
On Monday, Feburary 17th, President's Day, the RFBA will be hosting a Texas Hold'em Tournament at the St. Paul Exempt on 690 Thomas Ave. There is a $40 buy in, with pizza and snacks provided. There is a 6 p.m. shuffle up and deal deadline. Anyone can attend, not just Firefighters.

Click here for the link to the poster.

Brenda Leuzzi has been diagnosed with a rare form of uterine cancer that the doctors cannot currently get into remission. As a result, she has to go to Roswell for a fourth surgery and continued chemo trials. she is asking for donations to help with travel, time lost from work, and medical expenses. I have a beautiful 3 year old daughter that I would like to see grow up. Please click on the link to see the site :
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Please see the link below for a message from Cpt. Jim Ryan for information on the 2013 Holy Childhood Party!

Holy Childhood Party Information Link
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Lt. Clayton Eckerd Retired on November 16, 2013 after joining the Rochester Fire Department on May 4, 1987. Clayton Eckerd was promoted to Lieutenant on February 28, 2005. Congratulations to Clayton Eckerd and his family.

Listen to the dispatchers send off!
On Thursday, December 5th 2013, the Rochester Fire Retirees' will be having their annual Christmas party. It will be held at Rick's Prime Rib House -- 898 Buffalo Road at 1pm. Dishes to be served are Roast Beef, Chicken French, or Tilapia.

Please contact: Bruce F. Celento (585) 247 - 1966

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Rochester: Passed away on July 28, 2013 at age 86. Tony was predeceased by his daughter, Constance DiGiovanni; brothers, Ernest, Lucien, & Robert. He is survived by his loving bride of 63 years, Jean; his children, Regina (Edward) Swart, Mark (Beth), & Andrea (John) Wheatley; grandchildren, Kim (Ray) McEvily, Christian Eshelman, Jason (Jessica) Swart, Laura (Anthony) McFarlane, Mara DiGiovanni, & Ian Wheatley; great-grandchildren, Nicole & Zachary McEvily, Ella McFarlane, & Jaedyn Swart; sister, Mary Robinson; brother, Daniel; several nieces & nephews. Tony proudly served in WWII and retired from the South Avenue Fire Station after 33 years of service with the Rochester Fire Department. For more information about Tony, visit www.aliferemembered.comVisitation will be 2-4 & 7-9 PM on Wednesday at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Ln (between 390 & Long Pond Rd). Tony's funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM on Thursday at St. Leo's Church, 167 Lake Ave, Hilton. Entombment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Those wishing to continue Tony's tradition of donating bread each day may do so to St. Peter's Kitchen, 681 Brown Street, Rochester, NY 14611 or donations may be made to the Hilton Ambulance, in Tony's memory.



About the RFBA

The Rochester Firefighters' Benevolent Association membership is comprised of The City of Rochester NY Fire Department active and retired firefighters. This website is here to assist the RFBA membership on keeping them informed about the organization, its members, events, and pertinent topics and or information as it may relate to the RFBA, the Rochester Firefighters Retirees, the City of Rochester NY Fire Department, and its community. Please take time to visit here often to see what's happening and to stay updated of RFBA topics. Remember, all meetings are open to the general membership every month and the tenative times, dates, and locations will be posted on this website as well as the firehouses.


Remember to always keep your benefits beneficiary designations up to date! Send or call any changes or updates to the RFBA office.

Call the office at (585) 325-4949 and leave a message or attend a monthly meeting if you have any questions about your membership.

Rochester Firefighters' Benevolent Association
P.O. Box 31764
Rochester, New York 14603-1764

Phone -or- Fax : 585-325-4949