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Fair RETIRE Act (Fair Return for Employees on Their Initial Retirement Earned), S-29
Allow permanently sick or disabled Firefighters to keep special retirement coverage
Official Time Reform Act of 2017, HR 1364
Any day where 80% of work day is spent on Union representational duties would not count toward retirement
PAGE Act (Promote Accountability and Government Efficiency)
Make all Government employees "at will" with no appeal rights, forfeit pensions for felony convictions, eliminate all Union official time. This Bill has not yet been re-introduced into the 115th Congress
Federal Firefighters Fairness Act (Presumption), H.R. 1884
Creates presumptive legislation for certain types of cancer and disease linked to firefighting duties.
Federal Firefighter Pay Equity Act H.R. 4729
Change our retirement calculation to include our regularly scheduled overtime This Bill has yet to be re-introduced into the 115th Congress
Federal Firefighters Flexibility and Fairness Act, H.R. 1363
Will allow increased flexibility regarding trade time agreements
Our Deepest Sympathies
Updated On: Nov 12, 2021

Passing of Fire Inspector Frank Butler's Father-In-Law. Please keep Frank and his family in your thoughts & prayers


Edmund Beekman, 71, of Union Beach, passed away Friday, November 5th. Edmund was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, a son of the late Daniel and Mabel (Nelson) Beekman. He served in the US Army and was stationed in Korea.  After the war, he returned to Brooklyn where he met his future wife. They settled in Union Beach in 1976, where they would raise their family. Edmund was an elevator mechanic at Miller Elevator which then became Schindler Elevator in New York City, for many years.

    He attended King of Kings Lutheran Church in Middletown and belonged to the American Legion. He enjoyed spending time at the Union Beach post. Edmund was a movie buff and especially fond of movies starring Hayley Mills. He loved music and was an amazing pianist as well as guitarist. He enjoyed shooting pool and looked forward to Friday nights when he would play video games with his son and grandsons. Edmund was good with all things electronic. He was always tinkering with all sorts of gizmos and gadgets around the house. Edmund might be most known for his enthusiastic support for Donald Trump and his one regret might be that he is not able to vote for him in the next election. "Make America Great Again!" Edmund will always be fondly remembered as a loving father and grandfather. 

    Edmund is survived by his two children; Hayley (Frank) Butler, of Hazlet; and Drew (Alicia) Beekman, of Michigan. Three grandchildren; David and Cody Beekman and Avery Butler, along with his former wife and forever friend, Elizabeth Beekman, he also leaves behind two sisters, Mabel (Giulio) Colangeli and Irene Ellis; his Aunt, Doris Borelli; many cousins, nieces and nephews along with great nieces and nephews.

 Edmund was predeceased by his brother Daniel Beekman; sister, Martha Henretty and Aunt, Martha Petrozzo.

Friends and relatives may pay their respects on Friday from 4 - 8 pm  at Scott & Kedz Home for Funerals. A Service will conclude the evening and a private cremation will follow.

A special thank you to NYU Langone L-VAD team for the support, compassion, and love they have shown and given the past 2 years. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to NYU Langone Health, in recognition of Edmund Beekman VAD care team. Contributions may be made in memory of Edmund online at, or by mail to NYU Langone Health Office of Development, One Park Avenue 5th Floor, New York, NY 10016.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Edmund Beekman, please visit our floral store.

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