November 21, 2015 — It is with regret and sadness that the IAFF announces the passing of Charlie Hall, who served as 12th District Vice President from 1968-1980. His service and sacrifices will forever be immortalized in the many fire service leaders he mentored and trained.
Hall was a 27-year veteran fire fighter with the City of Miami, serving from April 18, 1952 until March 5, 1979.He was known most of all for his never-ending sacrifices as a union leader in fighting for fire fighters’ rights and benefits.
“Charlie’s hard work improved the lives of his brothers and sisters, and made the frontline safer,” says General President Harold Schaitberger. “We honor his service and duty and celebrate his life.”
Hall was president of Miami, FL Local 587 from 1966 to 1970, and IAFF district vice president representing all members in Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
He successfully fought for the right for public employees to collectively bargain in Florida in 1969, and was elected to and served as a Florida legislator in the state House of Representatives from 1980-1982. In addition, Hall was the first fire fighter to serve on the Miami Firefighters and Police Officers Pension Board, and for 15 years led the Pension Board with great distinction.
He later became a grievance arbitrator and college professor and was one of the first members of the Miami Dade Commission on Ethics. Hall personally mentored every Local 587 union officer to serve after him in the past 40 years.
After moving from Miami to Tallahassee Florida in 2001. Tallahassee Firefighters Local 2339 opened their arms and hearts to Charlie and his wife, Cindy. Charlie spent the last 14 years working closely with Tallahassee Firefighters Local 2339 assisting them in their bargaining, grievance arbitration and mentorship.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy, and five children who gave endless support to Hall so that he could serve.