Captain Pete Stavros, who served on the OCFD from 1953 to 1984, passed away on Jan. 28, 2015 at age 83.
Stavros was one of the men responsible for forming Local 1524 (now Local 157) and later became the third person to be President. He was also the prominent point person, as the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association Legislative Director, in all of the firefighter legislation that passed the State Capitol between 1985 – 1999 (and contributed heavily prior to that time).
These were the years when some of the most beneficial firefighter legislation to date was enacted. Pete was instrumental in the adoption of the original Plan B legislation that eventually led the current Back Drop. He was instrumental in saving the pension benefits when the Legislature was dead set on taking many of them away by burying them deep in a bill that was run at the last minute of session. Pete approached the House Speaker and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and got those benefits reinstated. He also was the point in obtaining raises for the retired firefighters many times over the years.
He assisted the PFFO in lobbying for binding arbitration which ensures a fair method for firefighters to work out their contracts with the cities. And Pete, along with his wife Lela, formed the Pete and Lela Stavros Scholarship Fund to help the children and grandchildren of Oklahoma Firefighters obtain a college education. The Oklahoma City Fire Department and the Oklahoma Fire Service has lost one of its best.
Charitable donations can be made to the Pete & Lela Stavros Scholarship Fund at www.occf.org/stavros.