IAFF 9th District Vice President Passes Away
9, 2012 -- The IAFF is saddened to learn of the untimely passing of IAFF 9th
District Vice President and Colorado Professional Fire Fighters (CPFF) President
"This is a very sad and profound loss for all of Randy’s family, including his
brothers and sisters throughout his District and the entire IAFF membership,"
says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. "We will do everything we can
to honor his service and duty, as well as celebrate his life consistent with the
wishes of his family."
There will be a wake honoring Atkinson's life on Monday, October 15, 2012,
beginning at 7:00 p.m. The family has asked that members share stories about him
and how he impacted your life. The wake will be held at the Cowboy Lounge
located on 1941 Market Street, Denver, Colorado. The restaurant is located seven
miles from several hotels.
Transportation to the wake will be provided
beginning at 6:15 p.m. from the Sheraton Denver Tech Center.
The memorial service will be held on Tuesday,
October 16, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., at the Denver First Church of the Nazarene
located on 3800 East Hampden Avenue, Denver, Colorado. All sworn personnel are
asked to wear Class A Uniforms. The church is 16 miles from the hotels.
Immediately following the church service, there
will be a procession to the Crown Hill Cemetery at 7777 West 29th Avenue,
Wheatridge, Colorado for interment. The cemetery is 16 miles from the church.
Limited rooms are available at the Sheraton
Denver Tech Center Hotel at 7007 South Clinton Street, Greenwood Village,
Colorado. Call (303) 799-6200 for reservations. Reservations can also be made a
the Marriot Denver Tech Center located 4900 South Syracuse Street, Denver,
Colorado by calling (303) 779-1100. The Sheraton is offering a fire fighters
rate of $149.00.
Atkinson began serving his community in 1972 at the age of 19 when he joined the
Denver Fire Department and Denver Local 858.
Eight years later, Atkinson was ready to contribute more, jumping into the labor
movement with both feet. He served as a lobbyist and legislative consultant for
the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters and Denver Local 858. Almost
simultaneously, he began serving on Local 858’s Collective Bargaining Committee.
He was elected president of the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters in 1995 and
elected IAFF 9th District Vice President in 2007. Atkinson held both of those
positions until his death.
Offices outside the IAFF include: Vice President of the Colorado AFL-CIO
(1985-2007) and the Fire and Police Pension Board of Directors (1987-2001).
Over the course of his decorated career, Atkinson worked hard to protect fire
fighter pensions, increase death and disability benefits, keep Right-to-Work out
of Colorado, defeat pay check deception legislation, author and pass Hepatitis C
presumptive legislation for fire fighters and many other accomplishments.
Members of the IAFF’s 9th District will remember him as a mentor and true
unionist who never wavered from his dedication and determination to fight for
what was best for fire fighters and paramedics.
Atkinson is survived by his son, Randy Atkinson Jr., and two daughters, Brenda