April 18, 2017 – Walter (Walt) Dix, president of Broward County, FL Local 4321, was officially sworn in at IAFF headquarters by General President Harold Schaitberger as the new 12th District Vice President, replacing Larry Osborne who has retired after 10 years of distinguished service on the IAFF Executive Board.
The International conducted special election nominations to fill Osborne’s seat. As the only person nominated for the position, a single ballot was cast for Dix and he was acclaimed as 12th District Vice President.
“I am confident that Brother Dix will follow the great legacies of all our past 12th District Vice Presidents and will serve our members in an outstanding manner,” says Schaitberger. “I know we all look forward to working with him on behalf of our great union.”
He adds, “On behalf of General Secretary-Treasurer Edward Kelly and myself, I congratulate Larry Osborne for an incredible career working on behalf of our great membership and for a long deserved retirement.”
Dix says, “I am extremely honored and humbled to follow such strong union leaders like Larry Osborne, Dominick Barbera and Charlie Hall. For more than 45 years, the 12th District has had the absolute privilege of being represented by good men who are union to the core. I believe that my time spent working alongside these great union leaders will serve me well in representing the 12th District.”
As a native of South Florida, Dix has spent his career of 37 years with Broward County Fire Rescue, serving as president of Local 4321 for the past 26 years. During his tenure as president, Dix helped orchestrate the merger of nine locals to form Local 4321 and spearheaded several municipal mergers with Broward County Fire Rescue.
In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious IAFF Leadership Award. In 2009, he was named the state of Florida Professional Firefighter of the Year.
Dix has also joined disaster relief efforts for major hurricanes, establishing IAFF disaster relief operations centers for Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita and Super Storm Sandy.
With more than 30,000 members, the 12th District is the third-largest district in the IAFF.