PPFFA
Officers & Staff
President
JT Pennington

Email:

Phone:
(724) 777-6644

J.T. Pennington is a retired Captain with the Aliquippa Bureau of Fire with over 16 years of union experience. He formally served as a 4th District Service Rep for the IAFF and as the President of Aliquippa Local 802. He has concurrently risen through the ranks of the PA Professional Fire Fighters Association, being elected to the position of Trustee at the 42nd Convention and then to the position of Western Vice President and as Secretary/Treasurer. JT formally served 10 years in the Army and is a disabled veteran.


Secretary-Treasurer
Patrick Martin

Email:

Phone:
717-729-6527


Recording Secretary
Kevin Ressler

Email:

Phone:
717-669-7838

Kevin was elected Recording Secretary of the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association in 2019 at the 46th Bi-Annual Convetion in Erie.  Prior to his election as Recording Secretary he served as a Legislative Assistant for the PPFFA.  Kevin recently completed his fourth and final term as President of the Lancaster Professional Firefighters Association Local 319. Prior to being president for eight years he held the office of Recording Secretary at Local 319.  He just entered his 21st year as a firefighter in the City of Lancaster where he holds the rank of Captain.


Western Vice President
Patrick Miller

Email:

Phone:
814-934-9459

Patrick was elected to the position of Western Vice President at the 2019 PPFFA Convention held in Erie. He is starting his 14th year with the City of Altoona Fire Department and is currently an Engineer on E312. With the start of 2020, he was re-elected as President of Altoona Firefighters L-299 for his 3rd term and as of October 2020 an IAFF 4th District Service Representative.


Eastern Vice President
Robert Brooks

Email:

Phone:
484-357-4955

Bob became the Eastern Vice President in 2020.  He has been a firefighter with the City of Bethlehem, where he has worn many hats since February of 2005.  A proud member of Local 735 where he has held the positions of President, Secretary, Vice President, Trustee and Roster Duty Chairman.  Bob has considerable experience in dealing with issues, including but not limited to - contract negotiations, arbitrations/mediations, safety concerns, healthcare, Heart & Lung panels, disciplinary hearings, political and legislative aspects - to name a few.  Bob has now also held multiple positions within the PPFFA as he was the Northeast District Field Service Representative before being elected at a special election meeting to The Vice President Role.  His knowledge and relationships he has built across the state will go a long way with helping us move our union forward.  

He was raised in North Adams, Massachusetts and made his way to PA in 1992. Bob currently lives in Nazareth with his wife Jen, his son Austin a student at Penn state and stepson Hunter a student and football player at Widener University.  His other son Keith is a 911 dispatcher for Lehigh County and his other stepson Mason is staff sergeant in the United States Airforce stationed in Cheyanne Wyoming.  Bob, also known as Brooksy has been coaching baseball at many levels, most recently for Nazareth Area High School for the last 5 years, retiring from the position after last season


Northwest District Service Representative
Andy Moore

Email:

Phone:
(814) 706-9705


Southwest District Service Representative
Jim Kaufman

Email:

Phone:
724-822-2568


Central Pennsy District Service Representative
Fred DeSantis

Email:

Phone:
717-318-8027


West Central District Service Rep
John Munsie

Email:

Phone:
412-512-1746


Del-Val District Service Representative
Ed Reilly

Email:

Phone:
484-479-4574


Northeast District Service Representative
Jack Gaffney

Email:

Phone:
(570) 499-0587

Jack became the Northeast PPFFA District Service Representative in 2020.  He has been a firefighter with the Bureau of Fire in Scranton, where he holds many accreditations, since February of 2003.  He has been a proud member of Local 60 where he has held the positions of Vice President and President.  Jack has considerable experience in dealing with issues, including but not limited to - contract negotiations, arbitrations/mediations, safety concerns, healthcare, Heart & Lung panels, disciplinary hearings, political and legislative aspects - to name a few.  As a previous Legislative Assistant within the PPFFA, Jack has made numerous relationships within the IAFF, PPFFA and throughout the Pennsylvania state legislature.  These relationships have proven to be a successful tool in securing the necessary needs of locals in the state.  Jack will bring energy and determination to the DSR position.  

Jack currently lives in Scranton, where he was born and raised.  He lives with his wife Amy and their three daughters - Abigail, Nicole and Molly.  In his spare time, Jack is a registered PIAA basketball official since 2001, where he serves on his chapter board as the Director of Official’s Development.  He was also a NCAA basketball official for many years.

DSR Gaffney looks forward to working with all of the locals in the Northeast!  Please feel free to reach out to him for any of your concerns and/or questions!




Administrative Assistant
Sally Kohr

Email:

Phone:
717-221-8800

Sally joined the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association staff part-time as the Office Administrator in May, 2015.   Sally retired from the Senate of PA after a 36 year career at the Capitol.   During her long legislative career, she worked as a legislative staffer in the House of Representatives and served as a Chief of Staff during her Senate years.    Sally resides in the Harrisburg area and has two grown daughters. 





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