From: Henry Trevino - Retirees Health Benefit Trustee
Subject: Have You Prepared ?
Attached below is a an article from one of our Fire Retiree Health trustees. What have you done to prepare?
Our SAPD Benefit Trustee is Alex Perez, ( email@example.com )
From: Harry Griffin
Subject: Pension Fund COLA-San Antonio Fire & Police Pension Fund
The CPI-U (COLA) for calendar year 2018 has been released and is 1.9%. This COLA increase will be effective as of January 1, 2019. For those who retired effective 9/30/99 or earlier you will receive a 1.9% increase in your monthly pension check.
For those who retired from 10/01/99 through 1/01/2018 you will receive a 1.4% increase in your monthly pension check.
Finally, for those who retired in 2018, you will receive a prorated share of the 1.4% amount based on full moths retired in 2018. You will see the increase in your January 2019 check.
Harry Griffin, Board Member
Fire and Police Pension Fund
From Smitty: 12-28- 2018(William C. Smith, Retired SAPD)
As I write this brother Rick Garro is lying in a surgical suite at Austin's main Seaton Hospital while a large team of surgeons are transplanting a new heart into his body. He received THE call at his home in San Angelo yesterday evening that he had been waiting over a year for and insisted on driving himself to the hospital, since Airlife was grounded due to severe weather. I know that he can drive faster than any ambulance and had a couple of deep talks with him along the 200 mile trek. I already knew that God's plan and Rick's great spirit has gotten him to this chapter, and he is very well prepared for any eventuality that lies ahead. Karen and I spent some time on our knees last night knowing that he made it safely, and plan to hit the road for Austin this morning to be by his side. I'll keep you posted here and his wife Billie will likewise post on her page. God is good.
Just got the greatest news from Billie Garro...Rick's surgery has been completed and he now has his new heart beating away inside of him. The surgeon said that the procedure went very well with no surprises and has a very positive prognosis going forward....after all, Rick has been somewhat of a poster child for the Austin transplant program...and they all love him. He will be taken to an ICU room in a couple hours and most likely be unconscious until sometime later today. He can now begin another journey of healing and rehabilitation that will take several months and a lot of effort...all of which I know he will conquer, as he has already done to get to this moment. Many prayers have been offered up to help insure that God's plans for him will prevail, and I can tell you firsthand that Rick and Billie are so very grateful for such tremendous support from so many dear friends and family. I think that we can now have a restful sleep knowing that all is well. God is awesome. Good night.
Update from Smitty, 12-31- 2018
Quick update on Rick...I just talked with him and learned that due to some problem on the donor side (he joked that it was an Uber delay) , they had to postpone the transplant til 5 PM today. He has now been waiting for 14 hours, but remains in great spirits. Looks like they will be working on him thru the stroke of 2019...a pretty nice way to ring in the New Year (hope the docs postpone any libations), although he will be out of it for a couple days. Will keep ya posted...
Current Update on Brother Rick Garro, 01-02-2019
Just spoke with Rick's wife Billie and her daughter Roxanne, who reported from his bedside that he is doing well but still pretty much in a twilight state, as the powerful drugs slowly dissipate from his body. Rick now has a real heartbeat to replace the hum of his LVAD heart pump...So very awesome. The Docs are very positive, since his heart rate and blood pressure are doing well as the best indicator of the transplant itself; and his kidneys are slowly coming back as they filter all the meds that he has been infused with. No visitors yet, but we are awaiting the green light when Rick gains enough strength to socialize without draining his precious energy, which may take some time. Then...road trip to Seton Hospital in Austin. Billie is holding up well with her daughter at her side...what angels they are. I'll keep y'all posted, as prayers are still important.
William C. Smith, Retired SAPD
San Antonio, Texas 78260
I met Rick a few times on different occasions. He was on the SAPD until the late 70’s. He went to Rope unit as a patrolman. Made DI and worked Narc’s. He left, not retired, the PD and went to work with DEA along with Little Joe Losoya. Always kept in touch with the PD guys, parties, cookouts, weddings, etc.
Retired from DEA went to live in Sanderson, Tx. On a ranch he bought. Many of the guys stayed at his home on the way to Big Bend, I did. His door was always open to any LE that came by.
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Update Jan 06, 2019
Rick Garro is starting to stroll the hall ways. Great milestone, and how wonderful the past 48 hours has been for him. Now that he can begin eating solid food, we should see many of the myriad of connecting tubes and wires become unnecessary. His awesome spirit will continue to strengthen him in the long weeks and months ahead, 'til he becomes untethered and free. Blessings Abound.
William C. Smith, Retired SAPD
San Antonio, Texas 78260
Anderson Park – Medina Lake
When cleaning out the barbecue pits, please dump the ash and coals in the burn ring.
Dumping them on the ground or at the base of a tree can start a fire. Pictures attached above.
Caretaker and Reservation Information
Dan Higginbotham is the caretaker and point of contact for picnic, pavilion, and campsite reservations for premium weekend of Labor Day.
He may be contacted at (210) 870-9484 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefit Fund Members and Retirees must reserve the picnic/campsites at James Anderson Park in advance.
Members may call thirty days prior to a holiday starting at 8:00 a.m. Campsites 1 – 6, 13, and 15 all now have concrete RV pads.
If you have any other questions or concerns about the park, please contact Officer Travis Reich at (210) 428-0380.
Remember: The Park gate is to remain closed and Locked at all times.
Members and their guest must ensure the gate is CLOSED and LOCKED after entering or leaving the park
From: Mona Lopez
Subject: SAPD female retirees
So I hope everyone had a spectacular Christmas and New Years. Here’s hoping we all can make this year even better.
We will meet for January’s luncheon on Wednesday January 15 at 11:30 at Tony Garcia’s place, bubba-q; 11089 New Sulphur Springs road.
Hope to see you there.
Mona Lopez, Retired SAPD
From: Veronica Rabey [mailto:email@example.com]
Subject: Requesting your support
This event is being conducted to support the designated charity of the Texas State Council Women’s Project, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA Co-Sponsored Seminarian program.
This event will take place on Monday, February 4, 2019 at Top Golf of San Antonio. Time: 900pm – 1200pm.
Your sponsorship towards this event would be greatly appreciated. You can help us by becoming a monetary sponsor of an event bay. There will be tables available to display information about your organization and the bay you sponsor will have the name of your organization clearly displayed within the bay. Sponsorship contribution for an event bay to be in the amount of$200.00.
A donation of merchandise, a service or gift certificate would also be appreciated.
Your donation and support is vital to assuring continued support for seminarians destined for military service is available.
For questions or to arrange a pickup of a donation please contact us at 210-526-1044 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request. God Bless You.
Sincerely, Veronica Rabey
From: Charles Ross
Subject: Ernie Riojas
Retired SAPD Ernie Riojas had a bad Motorcycle Accident on the way to run an Funeral Escort. It happened near Loop 410 and Babcock.
His rear tire blew out and he went down. He is at home now, but will need a Skin Graft in about 2 to 3 weeks. His biggest bruise was on his left knee on the inside of his leg.
They had to remove some skin, which left some " raw meat" exposed, which is why he needs a skin graft. He will be out for two to three months.
Lets all offer up some prayers for a full and speedy recovery.
The Commander Bill Smith of VFW 8541 has reached out to all in helping celebrate the 96th Birthday of a US Navy Pearl Harbor survivor, Clyde Eidson
All are invited:
Time 7oopm. Friday, January 11, 2019 at 5:00PM
Where: VFW 8541 , 2222 Austin Hwy
Also in attendance will be another Pearl Harbor survivor from the USS Midway.
Let’s make it a GREAT SHOWING
Please Pray for all our Brothers and Sisters in Blue that are Sick and face other problems. Keep all our SAPD family and friends in the Hands of the Lord.
Christmas and New year are among the two most popular occasions around the world. On this day everyone looks forward to starting this year with positivity and enthusiasm
and wish that the coming year brings them peace, harmony, happiness, and wealth.
My wishes for you are not limited to just the next year but to all the years that you will experience in your lifetime.
I am fortunate to have friends who bring so much joy and craziness to this life.
It is that time when family and friends get together to greet each other.
So let the old year take away all the sickness and sorrows from our lives and welcome Christmas and New Year with a smile and a hug with loved ones.
Armando Ynostrosa, Retired SAPD
Ernestine Bruner, Wife of Retired SAPD Officer Ron Bruner
She joined her Lord and Savior on December 24, 2018 in Bulverde, Texas at the age of 63.
Ernestine “Tina” Bruner was born to Ernest A. & Mary M. (Moczygemba) Krska in Edinburg, Texas on January 1, 1955.
She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Ronald D. Bruner of Bulverde, Texas; son, Ryan Bruner & wife Kristin of Severn, Maryland; step-daughter, Shannon Smith & Husband TY of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Carson Bruner, Weston Bruner and Everson Smith; sisters, Peggy Hall & husband John of Austin, Texas and Joyce Alblinger & husband Steve of New Braunfels, Texas.
A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels, Texas from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM with a Rosary to begin at 6:00 PM.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels, Texas.
A procession will follow service to Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery for burial.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations may be made to the Lupus Foundation at www.lupus.org.
Full Obit attached below.