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On the cover: Major Emergency Structure Fire - Glassell Park

Inset photo by: Rick McClure


Structure Fire - North Hills
2 March 2016

Photo by: Mike Meadows

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VOL. XCII

MARCH 2016

NO. 7

FEATURES
Buzzard Bait Family Fun Ride
Mother Nature sent a little rain that provided for a dust-free
playground for the 19th annual event that benefits WODFF. More
than 100 LAFD families and friends enjoyed the MLK weekend
event near Anza-Borrego this year. .........................................06

Medal of Valor
Three firefighters were awarded this high honor for demonstrating
courage and bravery at a traffic accident with a dangerous and
tragic twist. ............................................................................08

CONTENTS
Presidents Message ..........................................................................05
Healthcare Without the Hassle
Live Health Online makes it easy ..................................................11
Battalion News ...................................................................................13
The Retired Guys ...............................................................................31
Department in Action
Glassell Park major emergency commercial .................................32
Granada Hills structure fire ..........................................................34
Retirement Dinners
dLisa Davies .................................................................................36
Retirement Dinner Announcements .................................................38
Station Fridge ......................................................................................39
LAFD Golf
Tijeras and Moorpark tournament results ....................................41
Carb Cycling
Lose fat, build muscle and boost metabolism .................................42
Mailbox ...............................................................................................44
Memorials ...........................................................................................47
Dollars and Sense
Dont wait to get flood insurance ................................................49
LAFD History
In memory of Tom Taylor ..........................................................51
Minutes of the Board of Trustees .....................................................54
Classifieds ...........................................................................................57
Tailboard ...........................................................................................60
Notice: Production of The Firemens Grapevine magazine is very expensive, and while your dues
serve to underwrite a portion of the magazines costs, the bulk of funding comes from advertisers.
Many businesses advertise in the Grapevine. This does not mean that LAFRA endorses these
advertisers. Use of a Grapevine advertiser is at the risk of the member. If you are interested in any
of the advertisements, we urge you to use any and all means at your disposal to investigate them.

COPYRIGHT 2016

Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association.


No material may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher.

March 2016 3

FIREMENS GRAPEVINE
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LOS ANGELES FIREMENS RELIEF ASSOCIATION

Robert Steinbacher................................................President
Jeff Cawdrey ..................................................Vice-President
Andrew Kuljis ........................................................Secretary
Barry Hedberg
Chris Hart
Chris Stine
Craig White
David Ortiz
David Peters
Doak Smith

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Frank Hernandez
Frank Aguirre
Gene Bednarchik
James E. Coburn
Joe Vigil
Juan Albarran
Mark Akahoshi

Mike Sailhamer
Rick Godinez
Steve Berkery
Steve Ruda
Steven Domanski
Tim Larson
Tyler Tomich

CHAPLAINS

To contact a chaplain,
Please call Senior Chaplain Rick Godinez at (213) 797-2404
or the MFC Floor Captain at (213) 576-8920
Greg W. Gibson...................Chaplain
Danny Leon..........................Chaplain
George A. Negrete...............Chaplain
Aquil F. Basheer..................Chaplain
Tim Werle............................Chaplain

Hershy Z. Ten.......................Chaplain
Roger Fowble.....................Chaplain
Mark R. Woolf.....................Chaplain
Jesus Pasos.........................Chaplain
Craig Poulson.....................Chaplain

TELEPHONES
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Todd Layfer Executive Director..............................(323) 259-5243
Becky Valverde Human Resources Administrator.....(323) 259-5247
Liberty Unciano Controller/Treasurer...................(323) 259-5225
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Good Month of March Members,



I am not sure how aware the membership is of some of our internal workings here at LAFRA. About 25 years ago, a program was
put into place to better serve you and your family by accounting for and
streamlining all of your personal information. Now the Firemens Relief
Information Tracking System (FRITS 2) has evolved into a very sophisticated tool. All of your information is safely stored, sorted, categorized
and organized so that we can serve you in the most efficient manner. But
the final product (the FRITS 2 database) is only as good as the information that goes into it. So if the address, phone number, email, dependents,
or beneficiaries that you last reported to us have changed or are not current, please notify us immediately.

Sometime towards the end of the month you will be receiving
your Member Summary Report from the FRITS system. PLEASE look it
over. Your beneficiaries are important to you. Please verify that we have
the correct information on your sheet. At least once a month we receive
a call about a member passing and because his/her information is not
up-to-date, the benefits end up going to someone who is not the current
spouse or significant other.

Take a moment and look at your donations to the Widow, Orphans, and Disabled Firemens Fund (WODFF). Enclosed with the survey will be a donation card for WODFF. The last time we had an annual giving campaign was four years ago. So for those of you giving
ZERO, please consider $25 a paycheck. For those of you already giving,
THANK YOU and please consider increasing by another 25 bucks.

On the subject of knowing your benefits, it is important to take
responsibility and understand your medical and pharmacy benefits. Before undergoing a medical procedure, please refer to the Summary Plan
Description (SPD) which can be found at www.lafra.org or call HealthSCOPE benefits, our third party administrator, at 866-955-2372 to confirm coverage. Understand that some benefits have visit or dollar maximums and if the limits are exceeded, you will have the liability.

With that being said, one of the issues last month was an increase
in members utilizing outpatient surgical facility benefits. If you go to
a non-contracted facility, you pay the $30 copay and then the benefit
allows 80% of the charged amount, up to $2,780. Members have been
surprised when these facilities charge up to $40,000 and the member
ended up being responsible for the balance. A letter from Anthem that
says your procedure is deemed Medically Necessary, does not mean
that the procedure is an approved benefit on our plan. If you have any
questions, call us. Do not just ask at the kitchen table.

By now I am sure you are all aware of the LAFRA Health and
Wellness Fair that we are holding here on April 20 and 21. This free
event was planned with you in mind - to help you and your family better
understand your medical benefits. Youll be able to have face-to-face
consultations with HealthSCOPE, Express Scripts, Body Scan, VSP,
Unum and all your other benefits providers. It should be a fun couple
of days with lots of activities, demonstrations and even some raffle and

door prizes. And if you RSVP and attend the event, youll have a chance
to win a Garmin GPS Sports watch. I understand that it has Smartwatch
functions that will work with either your iPhone or Android. See the ad
on page 1 of this issue for details.
Please mark your calendars for these upcoming LAFRA events:
March 19 and 20 Hook and Ladder Enduro
April 20 and 21 LAFRA Health and Wellness Fair
May 11 Lane Kemper Softball Classic
May 23 27 Pechanga Reunion
June 2 Hope for Firefighters

Be safe and be kind to each other!

Robert D Steintalker Steinbacher


president@lafra.org
(323) 259-5200

Bob attended the Buzzard Bait event held on MLK weekend.

March 2016 5

LK weekend 2016 where were


you? If you werent in the AnzaBorrego desert at the Buzzard Bait
Family Fun Ride you missed out. This annual
event to benefit LAFRAs Widows, Orphans
and Disabled Firemans Fund was a good one
this year.

Started nineteen years ago by Mike Reitmayer (CII @ 29-C) and Doug Weber (C1 @
17-C) as an off road trip with six families, it
has blossomed over the years
to include more than 100
LAFD families and friends.
Mike and Doug have done
a great job overcoming the
ever changing bureaucratic
hurdles necessary to access
our state and federal open
areas.

This year Mother Nature provided us with a dust
free playground as recent

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rains had passed through the area. But when


you have rain, you have mud, and two days prior to the event the course was almost impassable in places. But a day or two of wind and
sunshine, dried the course out enough to make
it an epic event.

The 23 mile long course was laid out
over fast sand washes, a fun mud section, very
few whoops, and a twisty, hilly, slot canyon
section. Along the way we found sites where

rockets had landed or crashed. If you looked


hard enough you could find tiny, little aliens
buried in the sand. Each site had raffle tickets
which were brought back to camp and dropped
in the box for the raffle. This year the raffle included stays in a Colorado condo, a Mammoth
condo and a fire axe with scabbard.

We want to thank all our friends and
sponsors for donating items for the raffle to
make this year another successful one. In addition, the new President of
LAFRA, Bob Steinbacher,
and his flunky Tim Larson, showed up and spent
the weekend supporting the
event. Tim posted some nice
pictures on Facebook as well.
A big THANK YOU to all
the participants who come
out to support Widows and
Orphans and make this a successful event!

March 2016 7

n the evening of August


22, 2012, Task Force and
Rescue 60 responded to
a reported traffic accident on
Magnolia Blvd near Ben Ave
in North Hollywood. When
they arrived on scene, they
found that an auto had sheared
a fire hydrant and a street light
standard before coming to rest
nearby. They also found two
female victims, lying motionless on the sidewalk beneath
the water cascading from the
hydrant. A crowd of onlookers
had gathered, a few shouting
that they had tried to rescue
the women but had received
shocks. The sheared light
standards live wires were
energizing the surrounding
water.


The firefighters were informed that the
victims in the water were witnesses to the incident and were attempting to assist the auto
accident victims when they went down. The
husband of one of the would-be rescuers had
entered the water but was forced to retreat
when he was shocked. An agitated crowd of
about eighty citizens was swarming the scene,
simultaneously yelling at the firefighters to
not touch it, its energized and get in there
and do something.

Despite the dangerous situation, the
captains made a calculated decision to attempt

8 March 2016

Andrew Ebli

Dominic Ibarra

Arturo Martinez

Cristian Granucci

Jeffrey Ochoa

Jeffrey Brown

Robert Dale Shrode

Ryan Jensen

Steve Avedissian

Timothy Togneri

Michael Adams
a rescue of the victims. Using full PPEs including turnout boots, gauntlet gloves and reaching
tools, Engineer Andrew Ebli, Firefighter Michael Adams and Firefighter Dominic Ibarra
entered the danger zone. Moving gingerly
through the ankle-deep, electrified water, they
used slow, careful shuffle steps to reach the
downed victims. Adams touched the first victim with the back of his hand, and not feeling
any electricity, the three firefighters proceeded
to remove the victims from the water. Because
of the significant caution required, it took
several long minutes to make the rescues.

As Ebli, Adams and Ibarra were working to rescue the victims, A/O Steve Avedissian, along with Captain Dale Shrode, was able
to successfully shut down the hydrant. As all
the involved members continued to search for
the source of the electricity, the scene was made
even more chaotic with an emotional crowd of
onlookers adding to the confusion.

After rescuing the victims, the firefighters surveyed the bystanders to see if anyone else had injuries. Six additional patients,
including an LAPD officer, were treated
for various levels of electrocution. The two
women who were removed from the water
received ALS treatment on the scene. Sadly,
both died from their injuries.

Although all Task Force 60 members
took calculated risks throughout the incident,
Elbi, Adams and Ibarra took extreme personal
risk in making initial contact with the electrocuted victims. They demonstrated courage and
bravery, risking a lot to save a lot, and were
each awarded with the Departments highest
honor, the Medal of Valor.

For having demonstrated conspicuous
acts of bravery with calculated personal risk,
A/O Steve Avedissian, Captain Jeffrey Brown,
Captain Robert Shrode, FF/PM Jeffrey Ochoa,
Engineer Timothy Togneri, Captain Cristian
Granucci, Firefighter Ryan Jensen and FF/
PM Arturo Martinez were awarded Medals of
Merit.

March 2016 9

10 March 2016

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March 2016 11

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12 March 2016

Keith Bandy, FS 64A (714) 745-7078

Steve Romas, FS 73B (818) 800-0486 Additional Contact: Bill Bringas, FS 23C (805) 660-7473

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75 firefighters handled a fire at 2191 E Whittier Bl on 1/22/16.


Photos by Rick McClure

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Hiroshi Haskett promoted from FF to A/O at FS 9

Arturo Martinez promoted from FF/PM to Engineer at FS 25


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14 March 2016

Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association Medical Plan may


cover this examination. Contact your plan provider to verify.
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On 1/7/16, companies rescued four dogs from a fire on Sunset Bl


Hello Angelinos, Carlos Danger here
with a brief column - just made it back across
the border. Appears Im not the only one. I saw
El Nino over there and he said we best get our
raincoats out and swift water gear ready because hell be coming soon.

First lets start off by saying our Farewells and Welcomes. Retiring from 50-A is
Firefighter Ricardo Reyes, and also Captain II
Myron Moss who dropped off chocolate cakes
around the Battalion - class act Myron! Adios
to A/O Cecola heading off to become a Flyboy
@ 90s. The men at 12-A will be waiting for
you to come back for your promotional dinner
soon. Next is Engineer Walker, leaving 42s
and going back down south to 65s. Your crew
and captain will miss you dearly. Lets not forget Firefighter Godoy, leaving his own shift at
44s to go to another - still there but thought
Id just mention that! Finally, welcome to Battalion 2 from Battalion 13: A/O Austin Herrington going to 1-C and A/O Patrick Kitranee

Austin Herrington promoted from FF to A/O at FS 1


March 2016 15

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16 March 2016

to 12-C. These boys had their fair share of fires


they wont forget already! Last but not least,
welcome back to 12-A TFC Marceus Toledo,
back from IOD after a devastating knee blow
out, and Captain Victor Aguirre from 105s - finally a complete front office. Oh Yeah, lets not
forget, Battalion 2-B is losing Chief Perez and
gaining Chief Mean Gene Bednarchik. Wonder
if that bunny is still around?

Recently in the Battalion, there has
been a lot of Handball talk about the A doubles champs Sergio and Tony Arnado at FS 50,
but that was shut down real quick then the Old
Timers Silver Fox 1 and 2, Tim Aguayo and
Ernie Reyes, handed a good old fashion whupping on the young bucks. That might shut up

Tony for about an hour or just raise more excuses why he lost.

Lets not forget the Greater Alarm in
Glassell Park. Battalion 2 with another commercial going like a bomb! Good job men!

FS 1 Bull Fireman is taking pride doing PMs on the RAs. Brother, someone has
got to do it, showing the young calves how we
do things here! The boys at the oldest Fire Station know how to keep tradition alive!

FS 12 has been getting ready for the
heavy rains and swift water down in the Arroyo
with some 12-B Swift Water Ops. Also, the
boys on the B did a drill on the steepest street
in the city (Soda Bet!)

Also, if youre going to leave the sta-

Bone run turns out to be palm tree fire

Serious handball at 50s

tion, make sure you let your captains know,


especially if youre going to get a haircut. But
I guess thats an ongoing trend just like that FF
on the C did at his last assignment - way to go
future locker room leader!

Now at FS 16s first-in, they think
theyre going on a bone run when they got a
palm tree fire. LF 1 and LA County Engine 105
came in to save the day!

That was a quick down and dirty. All
members remember - stay safe, keep the stories coming, and in the words of Retired Captain II Myron Moss, You are your Brothers in
Arms!

Carlos Danger out!

carlosdangerbatt2@gmail.com

The Bull Firemen handles the PM

12-A members comfortable for a rookie drill


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18 March 2016

Classmates Myron Ross and Ricardo Reyes retire with 35 years of service

Ready for El Nino at 12s


Fire Station 82 held a pancake breakfast
to congratulate Chief Rueda on his future endeavors and to thank him for being such a great
leader over the years with the LAFD. Many
supporters showed up for a one day doubles
handball tournament. Although Chief Rueda is
a handball champion, this day he was not victorious. Engineer Ryan Chance and Captain Joe
Steiner were the tournament winners. It was a
great battle and even better day filled with camaraderie as we all wished the chief a farewell.

Once again, thank you Chief for all that
you have done for this department and we wish
you all the best as you move forward with the
Tri-Cities.

Pancake breakfast and handball


tournament for Chief Rueda
76s and 86s worked a multi-vehicle T/A on
Barham Blvd on 1/5/16. Photo by Rick McClure

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March 2016 19

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20 March 2016

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Captain Amador Fraire celebrated 28 years on the job, his last shift, and his daughters
birthday all in one big bash on January 31st at FS 100. Salud y felicidad Amador y Christine!

March 2016 21

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Companies found fire through the


roof in the 15900 blk of Gresham St
on 1/10.16. Photo by Rick McClure

39s and 90s handle a physical on


Vanowen St. Photo by Mike Meadows

E 81 responded to a call for two autos on


fire on 1/15/16. Photo by Rick McClure
March 2016 23

On 1/23/16, 26s responded to a T/A on


Washington Bl. Photo by Rick McClure

How many Albarrans does it take to . . .


24 March 2016

77s and HR 56 responded to a T/A on Laurel


Canyon on 12/29/15. Photo by Rick McClure

On 1/18/16, 75s handled an auto.


Photo by Rick McClure

98s and 75s handled an overturned big rig on the


118 Freeway on 1/21/16. Photo by Mike Meadows
March 2016 25


Firefighters are called upon to
perform many functions. Sometimes
we mimic other City services. Apparently, in 102s district, a big red fire
engine, with its array of lights flashing, is not enough to stop oncoming
traffic! In the accompanying photo,
Firefighter Varnum utilizes the universal sign to erase any doubt as to what
drivers are to do whilst a fire engine
backs into quarters. Rumor has it, he
is the best yard duty aide and crossing
guard in his hometown of Thousand
Oaks.

E 64 handled an auto at 109th and Grand


on 1/16/16. Photo by Tod Sudmeier

FF Varnum in the street

TF 66 extinguished a small structure fire at 58th


and Denker on New Years. Photo by Mike Meadows
26 March 2016

Companies found an SFD with a fully involved attached garage


in the 12300 blk of Sylvan St on 1/2/16. Photo by Rick McClure

On 1/9/16, a motorist exited their vehicle after a crash


and was struck on the 118
Fwy. Photo by Rick McClure
This is what happens when you
have too much time on your hands

FF/PM Paul Finger resuscitated a rescued feline and brought it back to life.
Photo by Rick McClure
Companies worked a broken water main on
Alcove Ave on 1/3/16. Photo by Rick McClure

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28 March 2016

TF 105 found one unit of a strip mall well involved on 12/31/15. Photo by Rick McClure

E 93 extinguished an auto fire on


1/6/16. Photo by Rick McClure

Captain I P/M Linda Ullum retired


last month with 31 years of service.
March 2016 29

The US Federal reServe bringS an end


To a Seven-Year Period oF virTUallY
Zero inTereST raTeS
The Federal Reserves interest rate hike and subsequent increases will be a serious test for
financial markets. Higher interest rates are expected to put pressure on emerging markets through
a rising dollar and increased borrowing costs. How markets perform with the specter of higher
interest rates will likely be the most important factor to watch in 2016. The extended duration of
the Feds zero interest rate policy will likely make the transition to a more normal interest rate
environment a bit more difficult. Other central banks around the world are actually becoming more
accommodative while the Fed is tightening financial conditions. Going forward, how these divergent
central bank policies will play out is a distinct variable in the global economic outlook.

Heading toward retirement?


Call or email us to discuss how you should be positioned going into 2016.
www.ai-mgmt.com 562 - 433 - 1400 kurt@ai-mgmt.com
5941 Naples Plaza Long Beach, CA 90803
information above shall not be used as financial advice. It is intended as general information only.
30 March The
2016
when considering different investment strategies.

Always consult a financial advisor

lmost every business that you make


verbal contact with sends out an e-mail
survey afterwards wantin to know
your positive or negative experience with the
service provided by their employees. The questions range from wantin to know how many
times you were transferred to another person
before your problem was solved to askin
if youd recommend their company to your
friends. Most of the time I ignore these surveys
but sometimes I cave in, especially after an individual reminds me to give him/her positive
comments. I think theyre tellin me theyll get
a raise or promotion if I give them a high score.

However, what really bothers me is
how over-the-top nice most of these phone
answerers are. Oh, Im so sorry to hear your
phone doesnt work, or Dont worry, youre
a valued customer and this problem will be
corrected right away. I think its a bit creepy
and definitely unnatural to be that nice. I dont
need nice, just fix my problem. You know, it
wouldnt surprise me if these people were serial
killers on their days off. Of course I shouldnt
complain because talkin to a real person is
much better and more productive than repeatin
myself to a male or female robot.

And who ever invented the automated
phone answerin VOICE should be strung up
by their thumbs. I usually just push 0 on my
phone until the VOICE figures out that I want

AFPP will be open for business at our


new location on March 21, 2016. The
new address is 701 East 3rd Street (NE
corner of East 3rd Street & Alameda Street) in
the downtown Arts District. The actual move
will occur from Friday to Sunday, March 1820, 2016.

We occupied our current offices in the
Brunswig Building in Little Tokyo for nearly
30 years. The new headquarters building purchased by LAFPP is a 54,000 square foot fourstory office building that was constructed in
1924. LAFPP will occupy floors 2 through 4
and plans to lease out the 1st floor. The building has undergone a number of tenant improvements since it was purchased and will feature:

Energy and Environmental (Green)
Design to reduce operating costs in the future
and benefit the environment.

to talk to a live person. But some of these companies have taken it a step further by abruptly
endin the call if you dont listen to and obey all
their commands.

Even MY credit union makes me jump
through the phone answerin hoops by givin
me a laundry list of phone options before Im
finally able to speak to a real person. And after
bein kept on hold the VOICE promises that my
call will be returned if I choose. Dont bet on it.
Enough with the VOICE. The VOICE is nothin more than a middle-man thats wastin my
time.

Im not big into sports but I was wonderin why Major League Baseball is the only
sport where the managers wear the club uniform durin a game? In the NFL most head
coaches strolled along the sidelines in a suit
and tie. Remember Tom Landry, Hank Stram,
Bud Grant and Marv Levy? Now most NFL
coaches wear sweat suits or casual lookin joggin apparel. However, the NHL, NBA and
WNBA coaches still wear suits on game day.

Of course there was a time if you
walked into FHMTC (Frank Hotchkins Memorial Trainin Center) you were expected to wear
a collared shirt. Is that rule still in the books?
I never quite understood that requirement but I
guess it made perfect sense to those wearin a
gold badge.


Enhanced security to include key
card access to office space and a security guard.

More and larger counseling rooms
for private individual appointments with members.

Upgraded Board Room with technology to offer all stakeholders the benefits of
improved viewing and audio of Board meetings. This room will also be used for training
sessions for both members and staff.

Ergonomic workstations that offer
employees the ability to sit or stand while they
work.
New LAFPP Phone Numbers

All LAFPP phone numbers, including
our toll-free number, will change when we
move on March 21. Please take time to update
your records.


I also wouldnt be surprised if the boys
with the gold badges sat down with major
league sports owners and developed their current dress codes for coaches and managers.
COWBOY HUMOR
It is a known fact that the
penguin is a very ritualistic bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life. The penguin is
very committed to its family and will mate for life, as
well as maintainin a form of compassionate
contact with its offspring throughout its life.

If a penguin is found dead on the ice,
other members of the family and social circle
have been known to dig holes in the ice, usin
their vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is
deep enough for the dead bird to be rolled into
and buried.

The male penguins then gather in a circle around the fresh grave and sing, Freeze a
jolly good fellow, freeze a jolly good fellow.
KEEP SMILIN!
AC
choppedup@att.net


We will keep you up to date on the details of our upcoming move and new phone
numbers through our website, newsletters,
emails and other mailings to your home. Our
website at www.lafpp.com will always have
the most current information. We look forward
to serving you at our new offices in March
2016.

March 2016 31

MAJOR EMERGENCY STRUCTURE FIRE


Glassell Park

Photos by Mike Meadows and Juan Guerra


Info by Erik Scott, PSO


At 5:18 am on February 1, 2016, two employees notified 9-1-1 that there was a fire at 3019 N Fierro Street in Glassell Park. Firefighters arrived on scene to
find a large industrial/commercial area with outdoor combustible storage and a corrugated steel building well involved in fire.

Firefighters were met by 25 mph wind gusts fueling the flames and affecting hose streams, large piles of combustible storage (predominately boxed plastic
straws), propane cylinders, and high voltage power lines. Waves of additional firefighters were requested. A defensive firefight commenced, pouring copious amounts
of water from the exterior.

Approximately 150 firefighters fully extinguished the fire in one hour and 40 minutes.

At least three nearby structures on the property were damaged, however firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading beyond the property.

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March 2016 33

STRUCTURE FIRE
Granada Hills

Photos by Rick McClure


It took 41 firefighters 48 minutes to extinguish a fire in a two-story Granada Hills home on January 4, 2016. The house at 17442 W. Blackhawk St. was fully involved when the first companies arrived on scene. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was not immediately
determined but a large Christmas tree was found burned inside the residence.

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t was quite evident that the event held November 14, 2015, was a family affair when
200 family, friends, current and past staff
members celebrated dLisa Davies retirement
after 31 years of service at the Friendly Hills
Country Club in Whittier.

The Davies family migrated from
Tucson, Arizona in 1968. The oldest of eight
children and quite the tomboy, dLisa enjoyed
the city life and the ability of girls to enjoy
sports. dLisa displayed her skills in basketball,
volleyball and softball throughout high school
and college. During her time in the military,
she was a member of the Heilbronn Germany
womens basketball team and 7th Corp championship for two years straight as a starting forward.

dLisa, an Army veteran, came to the
LAFD after working in the military as a Telecommunication Specialist. After the birth of
her first and only child, Jafna Fawn, dLisa
answered an ad in the L.A. Times to recruit
women into the LAFD. In 1984, at the prime
age of 30, dLisa became the FIRST African
American female firefighter for the City. Davies commented, . . . the drill tower and basic training were not that hard, but the military
had live ammo and weapons training, an area
she proved to be very adept at in regards to the
M-60 machine gun and the L.A.W.

dLisa spent the next 22 years on the
tailboard, serving the high incident areas of
South Central, Lincoln and Boyle Heights, and

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Highland Park at Stations 46, 34, 26, 15, 17,


1, 12s and one day at 44s (ask how that happened!) During this time she experienced several large scale incidents such as the Baldwin
Hills, Union Bank, Salvation Army building
and 1st Interstate fires.

Always looking to assist with recruitment, the Recruitment Unit was a perfect fit.
There dLisa developed programs to assist
in the recruitment of women and minorities,
but overall was instrumental in the successful
recruitment of all needing help. dLisas successes included bringing CPAT to the City,
developing large scale recruitment expos, military recruitment, mock oral preparation and
mentoring programs. Later she went on to be a
voice of the department or PSO.

In 2005, dLisa was recruited for the
CPF-JAC Commission to Recruit Women. The

Commission has been praised for its successful development of tools to assist in the recruitment, retention and promotion of women and
minorities. dLisa was then recruited by Chief
Antoine McKnight to assist as an instructor
for the Metro F.I.R.E. Academy, a high school
program that teaches basic firefighting skills to
inner city youth.


In 2009, dLisa promoted to captain
and assigned to the FPB supervising the Environmental Unit/CUPA and the Legal Liaison Unit. During her tenure at Legal Liaison,
working with City Attorney Serena Christion,
the dynamic duo was able to collect $2.9 million in penalties, fines due to the City. dLisa
developed policies to assist in the collection of

investigative costs incurred by the Unit, a concept never attempted previously. The policies
developed were recognized and mimicked nationwide. The work with outside agencies such
as L.A. Co. Health, the FDA, and USDA was
recognized as high up as the POTUS, who sent
a personal thank you for positive inter-agency
cooperation in the form of a letter presented at
the dinner.

dLisa was inducted into the Ford Motor
Company Traveling Freedom Sisters Museum,
which recognizes SoCal women for leadership
and community service. After a fruitful and satisfying 31year career, dLisa said goodbye to
the LAFD on October 30, 2015. Even on her
last day, she was recognized for her efforts and
leadership with an award ceremony in Council
Chambers where Councilwoman Martinez presented a proclamation.


Emcee extraordinaire, Armando Hogan, kept the festivities fun and filled with
laughter. Family and friends traveled from as
far as Arizona and Texas to celebrate. Presenters for the evening included long-time associates in recruitment Elena Mattox the Relief
Association Red Book, Michelle Banks the
retirement badge, Antoine McKnight the 30
year pin, Richard Fields the Stentorians, Stacy Gerlich Women in the Fire Service, Monte
Buckner CSFA, Joseph Johnson the PRB,
Don Donester Certificate of Retirement and
Andrew Fields UFLAC axe. To round out
the presentations, Serena Christion made presentations on behalf of the Office of the City
Attorney, the Mayors office, the City Council,
Diane Feinsteins office and President Barack
Obama!

The highlight of the dinner was the dessert you had to be there. Chocolate covered
strawberries that sported flames, helmets and
the City Seal! The only person to not see and
taste the delicacies was the honoree herself
shoulda been a lot quicker Mom! The festivities could not end without family, friends and
softball coach reminiscing about dLisa and
some of her escapades. Other highlights were
commentary by upcoming comedian Shanna
Christmas and a very interesting PowerPoint
by yours truly!

From what I heard at the dinner, my
Mom will be missed and not easily replaced.
Enjoy retirement!

March 2016 37

ERIC STEPHENS, Captain I, FS 70-C

MARIO D. RUEDA, Chief Deputy,


Emergency Operations

SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2016

THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016

LAFD Museum & Memorial


1355 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA
Social: 5:00PM - 6:00PM

Dinner: 6:30 PM

Italian Buffet - $45 includes tax, tip & gift


Reservations Contact: FS 70 - (818) 756-7670
or Jason Haney - (626) 216-8069

CHRISTOPHER J. HARE, Captain II, FS 5-A


SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016
Tierra Rejada Ranch, Walnut Grove
3370 Sunset Valley Rd
Moorpark, CA
Luncheon: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Santa Maria BBQCost: Free
Call FS 5 - (213) 485-6205 or Tina Hare - (805) 509-2838
Families invited!

Dinner: 5:00 PM
$55 includes tax, tip & gift
Call Lora Benavidez @ EOPS - (213) 978-6322 or email:
lora.benavidez@lacity.org or Yvonne Ruiz @ OCB (213) 580-0062 or email: yvonne.ruiz@lacity.org

MICHAEL WHITE, Captain I, FS 108-B


SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016
Bishop Alemany High School Rec Center
11111 N Alemany Drive, Mission Hills, CA
Cocktail Hour: 5:00 PM

Dinner: 6:00 PM

Chicken or Salmon - $35 includes tax, tip & gift


Call FS 108 - (310) 274-2618
RSVP by March 5, 2016

RUBEN TERRAZAS, FF/PM, FS 42-C

CLINT ARRIGONI, Captain I, FS 15-C

SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2016

TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016

Brookside Golf Club


1133 Rosemont Ave, Pasadena, CA
Golf (Optional)
Social Hour: 5:00

Dinner: 6:00 PM

BBQ Buffet - $50 includes tax, tip & gift


Call FS 42 - (213) 485-6242

STEVE SCHROBSDORF, Engineer, FS 109-C


SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2016
La Crescenta Womens Club
4004 La Crescenta Ave, La Crescenta, CA
Luncheon: 12:00PM - 6:00PM
Taco Bar: 12:30PM - 3:30PM - No Cost
Call FS 109 - (818) 756-8609 or
Denise (wife) - (818) 917-9443
Casual Attire - Spouses welcome - RSVP by April 7, 2016

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Brookside Golf Club


1133 Rosemont Avenue, Pasadena, CA

Odyssey Restaurant
15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills, CA
Social: 6:00 PM

Dinner: 7:00 PM

$60 includes tax, tip & gift


Call FS 15 - (213) 485-6215 or Brett Davis - (805) 807-0626
RSVP by April 2, 2016

HUGH GIB MARTIN, FF/PM, FS 109-A


CHARLES BUCHER, Captain I, FS 109-A
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016
Fire Station 109
16500 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA
Social Hour: 3:00 PM

Dinner: 4:00 PM

Dinner & Dessert - No cost


Call FS 109 - (818) 756-8609 or Grapevine - (310) 476-0272
Casual Attire

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Turning their individual passion into action, the members of the


Eternal Flame Society are helping our friends and comrades
overcome unexpected tragedies and challenges.
By including a gift in their will or trust to your Widows, Orphans
& Disabled Firemens Fund, these special donors are making
an investment in our reghter family.
These bequests come in all shapes and sizes, including:
A specic dollar amount
A percentage of the estate
A residual gift (whatever is left over after other bequests are distributed)
Join these extraordinary members of the Eternal Flame Society by including a gift in
your estate plan and contacting Relief Association Development & Marketing Director
Marlene Casillas at (323) 259-5217 or mcasillas@lafra.org.
March 2016 41

What is Carb Cycling?


Carb cycling is simply alternating between low and high-carb eating days. There are
many different styles and variations of carb cycling, but each program should be based on the
individuals lifestyle, eating habits, food preferences . . . and will power! As with almost any
objective, preparation is the key for success.

Whats in your food?


Before you begin, it is important that
you understand the macronutrients found in
your food and why they are important in your
body. The primary macronutrients are; protein,
fat, and carbohydrates.

Protein is the most satiating macronutrient, meaning it leaves you feeling the fullest for
the longest. It functions in building, rebuilding
and repairing muscle tissue in the body and can
be found primarily in meat, fish, and poultry.

Fat is second to protein in satiety, it
comes in good and bad forms. Good fat is mono
or poly-unsaturated fat, it is necessary for brain
function, lubricates joints and organs and can
be found in things like nuts, seeds, peanut butter and avocados. Bad fat is saturated - it has
no beneficial purpose and is not necessary in
any quantities whatsoever. It is found in fried,
greasy, processed foods.

Carbohydrates are the preferred source
of immediate energy for the body and they

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come in two forms: simple and complex. Complex carbohydrates are slower digesting, stabilize blood sugar levels, provide satiation and
can be found in foods such as sweet potatoes,
quinoa, whole grains and whole wheats. Simple carbohydrates break down fast, spiking and
dropping blood sugar levels leading to crashes
in energy and spikes in appetite. Simple carbs
can be found in foods high in sugar such as
candy or sweets, white rice, enriched and processed foods.

Benefits of a Carb Cycling diet


Choosing to cycle your carbs can have
many positive impacts on your body composition, overall health, energy levels, and fitness
goals. As a personal trainer I have had great
success for my clients (who vary in age from
adolescence to 60+) as well as myself with
body transformation utilizing carb cycle variations.


Carb cycling has become popular with
those wishing to drop body fat. This method
of dieting is effective in facilitating the loss of
body fat while simultaneously building lean
muscle mass and strength. This unique method
of controlled eating allows you to enjoy foods
that you prefer, without restricting or going
hungry. You will likely notice an increase in energy levels while attaining a freedom from that
annoying body fat that is weighing you down!
By taking the time to plan out your meals, you
will surely learn more about the foods you are
eating, and how to make better choices in the
future to help keep the body you desire.

Starting a Carb Cycle program


Whenever beginning a new diet or
training program, its best to apply the KISS
principle: Keep It Simple Stupid. The most basic form of a carb cycle diet alternates every
day from high to low carb. If youre wondering how to figure out what constitutes a high
or low day follow these guidelines: on a high
carb day you can eat between 1-3 grams of carbohydrates per pound of your bodyweight, and
on a low carb day you can consume just .75
grams or less per pound of bodyweight. Start
at a range that is reasonable for you to achieve,
and increase the intensity over time to keep you
progressing forward. In the template below I
have outline a beginners carb cycle plan, in-

cluding 2-3 cheat meals throughout the week to


keep you enjoying your guilty pleasures while
still having success in losing weight! If you are
already familiar with carb cycling or are presently more advanced in your fitness journey,
the advanced carb cycle may be a better option
for you.

Some rules for success

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Beginning a new way of eating is an
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Without preparation you are almost sure to
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prepare and a majority of your meals for the
week ahead. If your goal is weight loss, be sure
that your total calories consumed are less than
the calories you burn on a daily basis. If you
eat more calories than you burn, you will not
lose weight regardless if you cycle your carbs
or not.

We should all be drinking 80-100 oz. of
water every day. When trying to lose body fat it
is particularly important to keep well hydrated.
The body cannot efficiently metabolize fat if
you are dehydrated, so try to drink a gallon a
day.

Plan four to six smaller, appropriately
portioned meals per day. Eat breakfast within
an hour of waking; it is important to kick start
your metabolism for the day ahead. Try to
space your meals so that youre eating every 2
- 3 hours. Portions should be small enough

so you can eat every few hours without exceeding your daily calorie limit.

Last but not least, try to avoid carbohydrates in your last meal of the day, unless they
come from a vegetable source. Follow these
simple rules while implementing your carb cycling routine, and watch the fat melt off your
body!

Beginner Carb Cycle

Matt Mickey earned a Bachelors of Exercise


Science (with a Minor in Nutrition) from West
Chester University of Pennsylvania. He certified as a personal trainer with the American
College of Sports Medicine and the National
Strength and Conditioning Assn. You can reach
Matt at mmickey15@gmail.com

Advanced Carb Cycle

Monday low carb

Monday high carb

Tuesday high carb

Tuesday low carb

Wednesday low carb

Wedensday low carb

Thursday high carb + cheat meal

Thursday high carb

Friday low carb

Friday low carb

Saturday high carb + cheat meal

Saturday low carb

Sunday high carb + cheat meal (opt) Sunday high carb + cheat meal

Author and Personal Trainer Matt Mickey will be available


at the LAFRA Health and Wellness Fair on April 20 & 21
for one-on-one fitness and exercise consultations.

March 2016 43

Send your letters & comments to the editor at: editor@lafra.org

Hey Dave,
Another great Grapevine! (February 2016).
You should sponsor a caption contest for
the photo on pages 2 and 3. Something like
Nows your chance, get the Chief!
One other note - I notice that sometimes the
company number is not visible on some apparatus photos such as the inset in the Battalion 1 News section of page 11. Inquiring
minds want to know. It would probably be
a good idea for the Department to get good,
easily visible I.D. on all rigs. Helps with the
fog of war.
Davy Davidson
LAFRA

Enclosed is a check in memory of
F.F. Willy Kesson of old Fire Station 2s.
He and I worked together my last 3
years. He was really a firemans fireman.
Good at everything and a pleasure to have
on the crew.
God bless,
Jack and Barbara Chell
San Clemente, CA
Dear Mr. Jim Dolan & Staff,

My family and I thank you very
much for the beautiful flag in the frame
with information on the plaque about Walter (Sorenson) and his service while on the
LAFD. He would be happy to know it flew
over his last place of duty, Fire Station 84
(which in his day they called the retirement house). The flag is on the desk in the
den where hangs his badge, Medal of Valor,
the story of how he received the medal and
other memorabilia.

Walt loved being a fireman and enjoyed the camaraderie of his brethren. We
heard many stories some happy and fun-

44 March 2016

ny, and some (he rarely revealed) not so.


He missed being a fireman for a long time
after he retired. Some of his dear friends
Cameron Fullmer, Carl Quatrechi and Bill
Rosolett went before him. Im sure they are
all having a good time reminiscing now in
Paradise!

We had a good marriage of nearly 68
years, reared two sons and two daughters,
all of whom are good citizens of this great
land of ours.

Thank you again for all the cards,
letters and especially the flag.
Carol R. Sorenson,
the Walter K. Sorenson family
Post Falls, ID
LA Firemens Relief Association
Words cannot express how grateful
I am for the love and support you continue
to show my family. Year after year I am reminded of how much I love my fire family. Thank you very much for the generous
check and wonderful card I received in the
mail. Jessica Urquiza

I cannot begin to explain how grateful I am for the constant love and support
we receive from the Relief Association.
Me, my sister and mother have been able
to live an amazing life thanks to all your efforts. For this I am eternally grateful. TroyUrquiza
Love,
The Urquiza Family
Newbury Park, CA
Dear LA Firemens Relief Association;

Please accept this donation to the
Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens
Fund in memory of John D. Moore, Alan
R. Broude and Richard L. Kampff, all of
whom passed away recently.


John Moore was the C shift B/C
in Battalion 7 at old 17s in the mid 70s.
I remember him as very practical and also
a guy who went on dirt bike rides with the
guys from 17s.

Alan Broude was a classmate of
mine who also worked at old 17s on the
B shift for a time. I also remember him as
a M/C rider, but on the street. I remember
one ride we went on, on the Angeles Crest,
he rode a Triumph Bonneville and I was on
a 450 Honda.

Richard (Rick) Kampff was at old
29s when I transferred there from old 4s
(seems like a lot of old stations in this
letter) in the late 70s. If I remember correctly he promoted to A/O and went to old
5s. Later in the mid 80s we were reliefs as
Captain Is at 10s.
Richard Watters, LAFD retired
Agoura Hills, CA
LA Firemens Relief Association,

Thank you for the always incredible
and generous Christmas gift. I have been so
blessed to have the support and love from
each of those in the LA firefighter community and the Relief Association. Your kindness and generosity do not go unnoticed.
Happy New Year!
With gratitude,
Jessica Reiner, daughter of Eric F. Reiner
Austin, TX
Hi Andy!

Im sending this donation in emory
of an outstanding retired TFC, Severino
Trapletti, who passed away December
11th. We have been fast friends with Rino
and Pat and family since our kids were in
St Paul High School together in the 70s.
We will always treasure our Easter Vacation boat trips, Hope all is well with you
and your family.
Love,
Marylou Malais
Las Vegas, CA

Dear Relief Assn,



My father, William J. Hertan Jr.,
passed away February 9, 2015. He was a
supporter and member of the Box 15 Club
and was a fire warden for L.A. City Fire
in the sixties I believe. I am a firefighter in
Smith County, TN and I would like to continue to receive the Firemens Grapevine.
Please find a check for the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund in my
fathers memory.
Sincerely,
Barry J. Hertan
Rock City/Rome Fire
Lebanon, TN
LA Firemens Relief.

Please accept this memorial donation to remember Robert Bruce Morrison.
Although I never met Bob, I am honored
to share a glimpse of his life through his
son, Craig Morrison. I imagine the apple
does not fall far from the tree. Craig is truly
a man of high moral character, kindness
and generosity. Without a doubt he learned
many of these things from the remarkable
man who was his father.
Sincerely,
Gordon and Nancy Kimball
Santa Paula, CA
Dear Andy

Mary and I have a special place in
our hearts for Eldon Lobdell. As you know,
you and I worked with Eldon at old 66s
in the early 80s. What a great man and
leader! Toni (Eldons deceased wife) and
Eldon joined Mary and I on srval golf trips
to New Zealand, Scotland and water ski adventures. They both shall be missed.

If I handwrite a will,
isnt that good enough?
Anyone can write out a will, but
> it is subject to probate court's validation
> if assets exceed $150,000 your beneficiaries face
greater financial fees and penalties
> if NOT done properly, the will may be deemed invalid

God bless,
Mary and Gary Klasse
San Clemente, CA

Create an estate plan


Ask for a Getting Started Kit
Email MCasillas@lafra.org or call (323) 259-5217
March
2016 45
Marlene Casillas, Relief Association Development
& Marketing
Director

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phone:
(800) 244-3439

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mail:
P.O. Box 41903
Los Angeles CA 90041

visit:
www.LAFRA.org

MEMBERS
Willard Willie L. Kessen, Fireman.
Appointed March 17, 1947.
Retired on a service pension September 10, 1978 from FS 2.
Passed away January 1, 2016.
Richard D. Preston, Fireman.
Appointed September 23, 1957.
Retired on a disability pension January 31, 1962 from FS 55.
Passed away January 10, 2016.
Jack K. Sutton, Fire Inspector II.
Appointed October 21, 1946.
Retired on a service pension February 21, 1972 from FPB ENGINEERING.
Passed away January 16, 2016.
Benjamin E. Scheerer, Captain.
Appointed May 1, 1950.
Retired on a service pension June 1, 1978 from FS 95.
Passed away January 21, 2016.
Dwight W. Miller, Firefighter III.
Appointed May 12, 1962.
Retired on a service pension January 28, 1991 from FS 96.
Passed away January 29, 2016.

FAMILY
Betty M. Willard, surviving spouse of William R. Willard, passed away December 28, 2015.
Beatrice Wolfe, surviving spouse of Ted L. Wolfe, passed away January 20, 2016.
Betty V. Larson, surviving spouse of Gene E. Larson, passed away February 16, 2016.

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SCHOLARSHIPS
Each year your Relief Association awards
college scholarships to member dependents.
These include:
The Leo K. Najarian Memorial Scholarship of $5,000
The Bill Goss Scholarship of $2,500
Relief Scholarship awards of $2,500
Memorial Scholarship of $5,000

Complete online application at


www.lafra.org/scholarships

Scholarship Dates & Deadlines


DEADLINE | Tuesday, March 24, 2016
Application evaluation & testing
Saturday, April 9, 2016

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Questions? Email: scholarship@lafra.org

es

by Mike Mastro, President/CEO


Firefighters First Credit Union

El Nino is here . . . Dont wait to get flood insurance!

evastating floods related to Hurricane


Katrina in 2005, the Mississippi River
in 2011, and Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 raised awareness of
the dangers and costs of flooding. Such a disaster is among the most common and expensive
natural disasters in the United States with average annual economic losses of $50 billion. And
with the presence of an El Nino, its effects
can significantly influence weather patterns,
providing warm weather for some, yet wreaking havoc for others.

If you currently have flood insurance,
this may be a good time to review your coverage, especially with program changes made in
2015. If you are not insured for potential flood
damage, you may want to consider appropriate coverage for your situation. Nearly 25% of
federal flood insurance claims are filed outside
of high-risk areas.

From the ground up


Damage due to water in your home
from a leaking pipe or a hole in your roof
water that comes from the top down is typically covered by your homeowners insurance
policy. However, damage from water that enters from the ground up is excluded from most
homeowners policies and requires a separate
flood insurance policy.

In many communities, flood insurance
can be purchased through the federal governments National Flood Insurance Program
(NFIP), either directly or more commonly
from private insurance companies who
work with the NFIP. An NFIP policy provides
up to $250,000 in replacement cost coverage to
rebuild the structure as it was before the dam-

age, while possessions are covered for up to


$100,000 of their actual cash value (replacement cost minus depreciation). Renters may
purchase a policy that covers only their belongings. Some private insurers might offer coverage with higher limits.

To be considered a flood for insurance
purposes, water must cover at least two acres or
affect two properties. Typically, there is a 30day waiting period before flood coverage goes
into effect, so property owners should not wait
until there is an imminent threat to buy flood
insurance.

Assessing the risk


Although floods caused by big storms,
hurricanes, and raging rivers tend to get the
headlines, floods may also result from other,
more common factors including blocked drainage systems, spring snow thaw, ice jams, and
even a hard rain.

Of course, some areas are more likely
to flood than others. The Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) calculates the
degree of risk in your community based on assessments of rainfall, topography, tidal surge,
flood control measures, and other variables.
Flood-hazard maps (many of which are currently under review) are used to help communities identify the risk levels, depicting areas
of high risk, moderate to low risk, or undetermined risk. Flood insurance premiums are
based on the level of risk indicated on FEMAs
flood-hazard maps.

Better safe than sorry


Although the benefits of insurance cannot be felt until after an unfortunate event, it

is better to overestimate the coverage on your


insurance now than risk the possibility of being
financially responsible later. By taking steps to
review your insurance policies and make adjustments (if needed), you have the ability to
stop a bad situation from getting worse.

Let Firefighter Insurance Services
(FIS), Firefighters First Credit Unions insurance agency (created specifically to benefit our
members), evaluate your insurance coverage
to verify if you are adequately protected, at the
right price. The professionals at FIS can also
assist you with your auto, RV, motorcycle, life,
and business insurance needs. Contact an FIS
Representative at (800) 231-1626 or visit www.
firefighterinsuranceservices.com, or stop by the
main office.
The more business we do together
as a Fire Family,
the greater the financial reward will be
for all members!
Have a safe month!

Mike Mastro
President/CEO
Firefighters Insurance Services, License # 0G87848
Material provided is for your information and convenience only.

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THE APRIL ARTICLE
IN MEMORY OF APPARATUS OPERATOR TOM TAYLOR TRUCK 60

January of 1981 turned out to be a very
sad time for the LAFD and our extended family with the loss of Apparatus Operator Tom
Taylor. It is hard to believe that was 35 years
ago because the incident is still etched in the
minds of those who were there and those who
were on the job at the time, and of course the
Taylor family. It was shortly after 3:30 a.m.
when the members of FS 60 in North Hollywood were awakened by a person reporting
a fire at Cugees restaurant at Lankershim and
Weddington. OCD dispatched Task Forces 60
and 102, Engine 86, Squad 39 and Battalion
14. Upon arrival firefighters encountered heavy
smoke but little flame as Truck 60 raised the
aerial to the roof and the engine laid lines to
the fire. Access to the roof was complicated by
the faade which extended well above it. A roof
ladder was brought up so that the ventilation
team could get down onto the roof. The roof
seemed solid as the team proceeded testing as
they went to a point where Tom Taylor began
opening up with a chain saw. Tom was starting
his second cut when at 3:46 a.m. the roof sud-

denly separated from the north wall and collapsed. Captain Mike Reagan and Firefighter
Burton Sander made it through thick smoke to
the roof ladder, climbed over the parapet and
hung there as firefighters rushed to get a ladder
to them. Battalion 14 Aide Ron Leydecker and
Firefighter Tom Shrout from Engine 60 quickly
climbed up the aerial ladder. Leydecker helped
Firefighter Coleman Lawson onto the aerial,
while Shrout reached for Taylor who had slide
down the slope of the collapsed roof. Straddling the rail of the aerial ladder with his foot,
Shrout reached down to grasp Taylors outstretched hand. Their hands touched several
times, but neither man could get a sufficient
grip for Shrout to pull Taylor out. Seconds
later Taylor fell into the fire and was killed.
Captain Reagan, his hands burned and his turnouts smoldering from the flames was forced to
release his grip on the parapet and fell to the
sidewalk. Firefighter Sander also fell and became entangled in the ladder being raised to
save him. As they were being treated for their
injuries, the south side of the restaurant faade
fell outward sending bricks and debris onto
the firefighters. Captain Reagan suffered burns
to both hands and other injuries, Firefighter
Sander a fractured left arm, Firefighter Lawson
smoke inhalation, and Firefighter Garry Ingham of Squad 39 a fractured kneecap.

The tragic fire was an arson for fraud
and a large number of LAFD Arson and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms investigators worked
together to solve the crime and arrest those who
were found guilty of arson and homicide.


The LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial was constructed by the Historical Society
with donations from many to remember and
honor members of the LAFD like Tom Taylor.

The Annual LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial ceremony is held in October of each year to honor
those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Capt Reagan and FF Sanders on the parapet while


S/A Ron Leydecker helped FF Lawson onto the ladder. You can see FF Tom Shrouts hand reaching
down for A/O Tom Taylor. Photo by Mike Meadows

Capt Reagan and FF


Sanders on the parapet while S/A Ron
Leydecker helped FF
Lawson onto the ladder. You can see FF Tom
Shrouts hand reaching down for A/O Tom
Taylor. Photo by Mike
Meadows
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52 March 2016

INVITATION TO THE ANNUAL LAFDHS MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT


Dear Friends,

It is planning time for the 2016 Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society Golf Tournament. This well-attended event is once again
being hosted at the Porter Valley Country Club in Northridge, California.
Please save the date and join us on May 23, 2016 at 7:00 AM.

The LAFDHS holds this important tournament to generate financial assistance for the Fallen Firefighters Memorial located in Hollywood.
The Memorial and both LAFD Museums are maintained and managed by the LAFD Hisorical Society.

The LAFD Historical Society is a 501c(3) public charity. It is managed by volunteers and governed by active and retired LAFD members,
as well as dedicated civilians. As a donor to the LAFD Historical Society, know that 100% of the net proceeds will go directly to the Memorial
Plaza.

The Fallen Firefighters Memorial offers an ongoing, living tribute to those Los Angeles firefighters who gave their lives while in the service
of the City. No matter the time of year, there is no better investment than in their memory and in reminding every resident that all Los Angeles
firefighters will lay down their lives to protect them, their families and their property.

Please visit our website, www.lafdmuseum.org for further information, and I hope to see you on the 23rd of May.
Sincerely,
James Finn, President
Tournament Co-Chairs:
William Bamattre, LAFD Fire Chief (Retired)
Tom LaBonge, Councilmember CD-4 (Retired)
The LAFD Historical Society is a 501 c (3) Public Charity California Corporation
Tax ID Number 95-4680410
LAFD 2016
FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL
GOLF TOURNAMENT

DATE:

PLACE:

TIME:

COST:

MONDAY, May 23rd, 2016


PORTER VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB NORTHRIDGE, CA
0700 0830 CHECK IN / 0900 SHOTGUN START
$150 PER PLAYER
INCLUDES GOLF, CART, RANGE BALLS, GIFT BAG, BOX LUNCH, TEE PRIZES,
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*Note: $50 of entry fee goes directly to the Fallen



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NAME ON TEE SIGN:
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LOS ANGELES FIREMENS RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES


January 6, 2016
CALL TO ORDER
President Juan Albarran called the meeting
of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles
Firemens Relief Association to order at
10:49 a.m.
ROLL CALL
MEMBERS PRESENT:
Juan Albarran, President
Robert Steinbacher, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Joe Vigil
Trustee Craig White
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Doak Smith
Trustee Chris Hart
Trustee Frank Aguirre
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Mike Sailhamer
Trustee Steve Berkery
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Francisco Hernandez
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Barry Hedberg Pension
Trustee Tim Larson Pension
Todd Layfer - Executive Director
MEMBERS ABSENT:
Trustee Tyler Tomich (Excused)
Trustee David Ortiz (Excused)
Trustee Chris Stine (Excused) Trustee David
Peters (Excused)
Trustee Steve Ruda (Excused)
GUESTS:
Dave Wagner, Grapevine Editor
Dennis Mendenhall, Retired
Tom Stires, Retired
Bob Olsen, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
Lee Kebler, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
INVOCATION & Flag Salute
Rick Godinez led the invocation. Jeff Cawdrey
led the flag salute.
RATIFICATION OF MINUTES
Juan Albarran entertained a motion to ratify
and dispense with the reading of the minutes of
the Board of Trustees meeting held December

54 March 2016

2, 2015. Chris Hart so moved. Frank Aguirre


seconded. There was no further discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to ratify and dispense with
the reading of the minutes of the Board of
Trustees meeting held December 2, 2015.
Juan Albarran thanked the Board and the
LAFRA staff for their support during his
service as President of LAFRA.
Bob Steinbacher presented Juan Albarran with
a gift and thanked him for his service and
dedication to the Relief Association.
OATH OF OFFICE
Andy Kuljis certified the election results for
2016.
Andy Kuljis proceeded to give the Oath of
Office to Bob Steinbacher and Jeff Cawdrey as
President and Vice President.
Andy Kuljis gave the Oath of Office to the
Group 1 Trustees and Mike Sailhamer.
PRESIDENT REPORT
1) Bob Steinbacher referred to the 2016
LAFRA Committees list and indicated that
once finalized, he will present it at the February
Board meeting.

2) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the LAFRA Health


Fair and indicated that it has been scheduled
for April 20 & 21. Dave Wagner informed that
hes made contact with HSB, VSP, Unum &
Express Scripts and indicated that they have
agreed to attend. He stated that some of the
Grapevine advertisers will also attend and
provide free sample products. He indicated
that they need to place marketing materials in
Grapevine, website and social media.
3) Jeff Cawdrey informed that the LAFRA
Holiday party is tentatively scheduled for
December 10th in the Downtown L.A. area.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS REPORT
1) Todd Layfer informed that a new Trustee
Expense Voucher has been emailed out to
the Trustees and indicated that there is a new
mileage reimbursement rate of $.54 per mile as
of January 1, 2016.
2) Todd Layfer informed that the Audit
Committee planning meeting is scheduled for
Thursday, January 28th at 8:30am.
3) Todd Layfer indicated that he is currently
putting together the operating budget. He
indicated that he will first present it to the
Administrative Committee on January 20 th
and then to Board for full adoption on February
3rd.

2) Bob Steinbacher referred to the Medicare


subsidy and indicated that they received word
that it has been lowered by $36 per month.
He indicated that we have received some
calls from members in regards to the medical
premium changes.

4) Todd Layfer referred to the Investment


Allocation Policy review and indicated that on
January 21st, Beacon Pointe will come down to
the LAFRA office. He indicated that they will
discuss how market conditions have changed
and if the LAFRA investment formula still
makes sense with the current conditions.

3) Bob Steinbacher informed the Board that we


have six Drill Tower classes scheduled for this
calendar year. He indicated that they have the
dates for these classes and asked if any Trustees
were interested in attending.

5) Todd Layfer indicated that each year, they


have an onsite investment committee meeting
at the Beacon Pointe office in Newport Beach.
He indicated that it is scheduled for February
23rd.

VICE PRESIDENT REPORT

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE
REPORT

1) Jeff Cawdrey informed the Board that


the Board Educational Offsite is scheduled
for Wednesday, March 2nd (A Shift) at the
Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Jeff Cawdrey presented the following motions.


The committee recommends and I so move to
pay the usual and customary bills in the amount

of $1,019,281.60. There was no discussion or


objections.
Motion carried to pay the usual and customary
bills in the amount of $1,019,281.60.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve a foursome of golf and tee sign for the
Firefighters Quest Charity Golf Tournament.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve a foursome of golf
and tee sign for the Firefighters Quest
Charity Golf Tournament.
The committee recommends and I so move
to approve up to $500 for the Drill Tower 40
Graduation ceremony. There was no discussion
or objections.
Motion carried to approve up to $500 for the
Drill Tower 40 Graduation Ceremony.
MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT
Barry Hedberg presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move to
accept the applications to the Medical Plan.
There was no discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to accept all applications to
the Medical Plan.
Barry Hedberg informed that the Medical Plan
renewal meeting is scheduled for January 19th.
Todd Layfer informed the Board that the IRS
and U.S. Dept. of Treasury have extended
the Employer Mandate reporting deadline.
He indicated that Healthcare Reform requires
that employers have adequate medical care for
employees.
RELIEF COMMITTEE REPORT
James Coburn presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move to
pay:
The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount of
$43,983.06
The Estate Planning benefit in the amount of
$4,800,
The Life & Accident Death Benefits in the
amount of $24,000
The Life & Accident Withdrawals in the
amount of $5,634
The Relief Death Benefits in the amount of
$22,500

There was no discussion or objections.

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT

Motion carried to pay the above Relief


benefits.

Rick Godinez informed that they have targeted


April 9th to conduct the essays and indicated
that the mailers will be sent out very soon. He
stated that they have been working on changing
the application process because of previous
complications.

James Coburn read the names of members who


recently passed and asked for a moment of
silence from the Board.
MEMORIALS
Earl H. Darnold, Jr.
John Verdone
John K. Malahni
Oliver R. Hill
Ernest C. Wonnacott
ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE
James Coburn presented the following motions.
The committee recommends and I so move
to accept the donations in th e amount of
$49,866.37 to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemens Fund. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to accept the donations in the
amount of $49,866.37 to the Widows, Orphans
& Disabled Firemens Fund.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve the financial assistance applications for
surviving spouses, active and retired members.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the financial
assistance applications for surviving spouses,
active and retired members.
ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT
The committee recommends and I so move
to advance funds for both active and retired
members. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to advance funds for both
active and retired members.
GRAPEVINE/WEB COMMITTEE
REPORT
Chris Hart indicated that they need to work on
pushing the social media aspect for LAFRA
news and events. He encouraged the Trustees
to create a Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram
page for themselves.

NEW BUSINESS
Rick Godinez presented a video produced by
Marketing & Development that focuses on the
PPO Medical Plan. He indicated that the video
will be shown on the LAFRA website and
social media.
SETTING OF DATES
1) Buzzard Bait January 16th 18th
2) Investment Re-allocation Meeting
January 21st
3) Investment Committee Meeting @
Beacon Pointe February 23rd
4) Investment Institute; Las Vegas
March 14th 16th
5) Hook & Ladder March 18th 20th
6) LAFRA Health Fair April 20th & 21st
RETIREMENT DINNERS
1) Linda Ullum - Wednesday, January 27th
C @ FHMTC
2) David Liske Wednesday, January 27th
C @ Grace E. Simons Lodge
3) Eileen McInerney Saturday, January 30th
A @ Saddleback Ranch Universal City
4) Mark Flot Saturday, February 20th
B @ African American Firefighter Museum
5) Fernando de los Cobos Sunday, Feb. 28th
C @ Fire Station 109
6) Christopher J. Hare Saturday, March 19th
C @ Tierra Rejada Ranch
7) Steve Schrobsdorf Saturday, April 16th
A @ La Crescenta Womans Club
ADJOURNMENT
Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion to
adjourn. Chris Hart so moved. Barry Hedberg
seconded. There was no discussion and no
objections.
Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
Trustees meeting adjourned at 11:45a.m.
Bob Steinbacher, President

March 2016 55

Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund


January 2016

ANONYMOUS DONATION
BUZZARD BAIT PROCEEDS
2016 EVENT
MILLER KAPLAN ARASE LLP
from the Buzzard Bait Event
PETER & TERI BENESCH in honor
of the Past & Present Pilots & Aircrews
assigned to LAFD Air Ops
DANIEL LEON
KENNETH M. BRASS in gratitude for
the work of LAFRA
ROBERT J. MUNOA for the
Buzzard Bait Event
CATHERINE DEVINE in memory of my
husband Captain Bill Andy Devine
FAY D. SMITH in memory of our daughter
Christine Coles birthday in
January 2016

BBL TRUCKING COMPANY for the


Buzzard Bait Event

PATRICK LEWIS for the Buzzard


Bait Event

ARCHER R. MORGAN in memory of


Bob Morrison

KRISTY M. SANCHEZ for the


Buzzard Bait Event

DALE J. SMITH for the Buzzard


Bait Event

PATRICIA TRAPLETTI in memory of


John Verdone

BARBARA J. COY for the Buzzard


Bait Event

FIRE STATION NO. 70 for the Fire


Extinguisher Fund

JOHN BANTLE for the Buzzard


Bait Event

BRADLEY N. GROSSMAN for the


Buzzard Bait Event

BARBARA COY for the Buzzard


Bait Event

MICHAEL & PHYLLIS STRAUSS

FIRE STATION 100 from the Fire


Extinguisher Fund

JOSEPH M. OGORMAN for the


Buzzard Bait Event

LISA D. STEFANO for the Buzzard


Bait Event

KEVIN S. ELLEDGE for the Buzzard


Bait Event

FUMIKO HUMBERD in memory of my


husband John Humberd Jr.

MELISSA L. LANDIS for the Buzzard


Bait Event

NICHOLAS TUZZOLINO/LINDA
RIEMERS in gratitude for the work
of LAFRA

FIRE STATION NO. 114 from the Fire


Extinguisher Fund

BRIAN E. ALLEN in memory of


Dan Mattox
GARY R. BOWIE in memory of
Doug Murphy
GARY D. CRAMER in memory of
Rino Trapeletti
GARY D. CRAMER in memory of
Robert Morrison
DAN & ANGELA DEBASSIO in memory
of Robert Morrison

JAMES P. LANGSFELD

DONALD J. PAONE for the Buzzard


Bait Event

GORDON & NANCY KIMBALL in


memory of Robert B. Morrison

JUSTIN D. MORGAN for the Buzzard


Bait Event

ANDREA M. HANSEN in memory of


Richard L. Empie

JULIE A. APODACA for the Buzzard


Bait Event

MARY L. MALAIS in memory of


Serverino Trapletti

DANIEL J. KEMP

ROBERT & SHERI JONES in memory


of John Lawrence

HELEN L. SCHULZ

PATRICIA J. FOSTER in memory of


Captain Jack Robinson

GERRY R. MALAIS in memory of


Severino Trapeletti

ROBERT M. DEAN for the Buzzard


Bait Event

GARY & MARY KLASSE in memory of


Eldon Lobdell

DANIELLE MC BREATY in memory of


Robert Morrison

BRUCE E. GALIEN for the Buzzard


Bait Event

JACK & BARBARA CHELL in memory


of Firefighter Willy Kesson

GREG NEWLAND in memory of


Bob Morrison

RICHARD T. SAKURAI

GERALD E. JEFFREY JR. for the


Buzzard Bait Event

EVE THOMPSON in honor of


Bob Morrison Our hero

THOMAS STOLP in memory of Carroll


Hoppy Hopkins

GEOFFREY D. LITE for the


Buzzard Bait Event

DALE M. ROBINSON for the Buzzard


Bait Event

SYLVIA S. DELGADO for the Buzzard


Bait Event

DAVID & RUTH TAYLOR in tribute to


Ken Buzzell

JOHN BANTLE for the Buzzard


Bait Event

ROBERT C. VOWELS for the Buzzard


Bait Event

ALBERT HEREDIA for the Buzzard


Bait Event

BARBARA GARCIA in memory of


Robert Noel

MARGARET M. LEAHEY in memory of


my husband Ronald T. Pierce

ROSA MERCADO for the Buzzard


Bait Event

FIRE STATION NO. 84 from the Fire


Extinguisher Fund

KARYN GROSS in honor of Gerry Malais

MARK B. STAFFORD for the


Buzzard Bait Event

KAREN WALLER for the Buzzard


Bait Event

KEITH W. SZALONEK for the Buzzard


Bait Event

INSTALLATION SERVICES for the


Buzzard Bait Event

RYAN E. WALLACE for the Buzzard


Bait Event

FIRE STATION NO. 74 from the Fire


Extinguisher Fund

RYAN TOLSON for the Buzzard


Bait Event

JAMES E. GILLUM from the Simi Valley


Breakfast Club

PAMELA J. ABBOTT for the Buzzard


Bait Event

LOUIS J. CROGHAN in honor of the


Peel & Croghan Families

JULIE A. APODACA for the Buzzard


Bait Event

FIRE STATION NO. 75 from the Fire


Extinguisher Fund

SCOTT D. MITCHELL for the


Buzzard Bait Event

KRISTY M. SANCHEZ for the Buzzard


Bait Event

BARRY J. HERTAN in memory of my


father William J. Hertan Jr.

RAY LA FONTAINE for the Buzzard


Bait Event

ERIN E. FOELLMI for the Buzzard


Bait Event

PHYLLIS R. NOEL in memory of


Robert L. Noel

WILLIAM E. SUMMER
JULIE A. APODACA for the
Buzzard Bait Event
DOMINIQUE ROY for the
Buzzard Bait Event
JOSEPH M. OGORMAN for the
Buzzard Bait Event
RICHARD L. WATTERS in memory of
John D. Moore, Alan r. Broude &
Richard L. Kampff
BRIAN K. HISHINUMA for the
Buzzard Bait Event

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CAMERON FITHIAN in honor of


Gary Cooper
BOB & MARGO HEIDEMANN in
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VACATION
RENTALS
BIG BEAR CABIN - All season,
restful views from decks. Two
story, sleeps 6, half mile to lake,
two plus miles to slopes. Fireplace/Wood, cable TV/DVD/VCR.
Full kitchen, completely furnished
except linens. Pets ok. $100/$110
(two day minimum). $550/$650
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BIG BEAR CABIN. 2 bedroom,


2 bath, 2 story. Sleeps 6-8. About
6 miles from ski slopes & lake.
Fireplace/wood, cable, full kitchen
- furnished. $100 per night M - Th.
$110 per night F-Sun. Weekly
available. Sheri (909) 851-1094 or
(760) 948-2844.
BIG BEAR LAKES FINESTDeluxe lakeside townhouse, 2
bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable TVs,
HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood burning
fireplaces, laundry room, tennis
court, indoor pool, sauna, spa,
boat dock. Fully equipped, including all linens. Sleeps 6. 310-5418311 or nmbigbear@gmail.com
BIG BEAR CABIN. 4 Bdrm, 2
Bath 1,850 sq ft home on the
Eagle Point peninsula. Two miles
from lake, ski slopes, downtown
and grocery stores. Sleeps 9
comfortably. 50 cable TV, DVD,
VHS, WiFi, wood burning stove,
fireplace, fire pit, fire wood, BBQ,
laundry. 2 night min. Winter $160/
night. Summer $130/night. +$90
Cleaning. (4 days+ = no cleaning
fee) Some holiday rates apply.
Tony Zermeno (805) 625-1192
BIG BEAR CABIN - Sugarloaf Cozy upgraded 2 bedroom cabin.
Sleeps 8. Fireplace, deck, Wifi internet and cable TV. On a large
lot with sled hill. Fully furnished
except linens. $125 Winter $100
summer. Details and availability,
Call/text Jessica (949) 874-5294
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CATALINA BEACH COTTAGE
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block
to beach, view, fully equipped
housekeeping unit. Marci (818)
347-6783 or Clarence (310) 5102721.
CATALINA CONDO - HAMILTON
COVE. Ocean front, 1 bed, 1 1/2
bath, sleeps 4. Steps to beach,
pool, gym, putting course, tennis
and more. Newly refurbished,
fully equipped. Includes golf cart,
WiFi. Contact Bart @ (310) 5100190. Hamiltoncove.com. Ask
for LAFD 8-89 discount. Owner
active LAFD.
DESERT CONDOS, RANCHO MIRAGE (near Palm Springs). 2 bed,
2 bath. Fully furnished condo, TV,
internet, pools and spas. Gated
community from $115/night. 3
bed from $125/night. No smoking.
Barbara (626) 798-2484.

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JUNE LAKE CABIN - 2BR/2BA


cabin with Carson Peak view. Close
to fishing & skiing. Furnished, wood
deck, equipped kitchen, wood
burning stove, tree swing, cable /
DVD/phone. Garage/ample parking.
$95/night plus cleaning fee. Email
for pictures. Jeff Easton 93-A (805)
217-5602. junebound@gmail.com
LAKE HAVASU LANDING-Waterfront, steps to the water. Boat
mooring out front, off-road desert
behind house. 3 bed/3 bath, fully
furnished w/linens. Direct TV/DVR,
BBQ, Casino, Grocery/Meat Market, Launch Ramp, Marina with
Boat House, Gated Community.
No pets/smoking. $350 Dan Cook
310 418 1577.
LAKE HAVASU BEAUTY FOR
RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 sq.ft.
Fully furnished with all amenities- Laundry & BBQ. 13,000 sq.ft.
lot. 3 car boat-deep garage. 3
miles from launch ramp. Close to
downtown shops & restaurants.
View of the lake. Quiet street in
good neighborhood. No pets. No
smoking. Snowbird rates. Call
Mike (661) 510-6246
LAKE NACIMIENTO. Oak Shores
gated community. 3 bedroom, 2
1/2 bath, large loft. 3minute drive
to main marina in Oak Shores.
Large flat driveway. Fully equipped
kitchen, BBQ, washer/dryer, TV/
DVD. No cable. No pets/smoking.
$185/night. 3 night minimum. Call
Ben (805) 444-2264.
MAMMOTH - 1 bedroom Summit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient
underground garage parking.
Jacuzzis, gym (pool/tennis in
summertime), shuttle right outside!
Across from Eagle Lodge, Winter
$110 per night, Summer $80 per
night plus $65 cleaning fee and
13% tax. All linens included. Drew
or Nancy Oliphant (661) 513-2000
or mammoth241@aol.com
MAMMOTH CONDO - CHAMONIX. 2 bedroom & large loft, 3 full
baths, sleeps 8. 5 minute walk to
Canyon Lodge. Fully furnished,
TVs, VCR/DVD, pool, spa, rec
room, sauna, linens included. Winter $175 weekdays, $195-weekends/holidays; summer $125, plus
cleaning. No smoking; no pets.
Craig Yoder (909) 948-3659.
MAMMOTH CONDO. 2 bedroom,
2 bath, sleeps 6. Near Canyon
Lodge. Newly remodeled recreation room with pool and spa.
Laundy facilities, condo has been

beautifully remodeled. Photos


available on website. Winter $300 per night, Summer - $150
per night. $150 cleaning fee. Call
for holiday terms and pricing.
Joseph Angiuli (626) 497-5083.
www.discoveryfour.com

wildflower condo. Full amenities,


close to shuttle. Antiques, art,
satellite TV, fireplace. Sleeps 4.
Winter $110, Summer $85 plus
cleaning fees. Call Bill Clark (818)
371-6722
Email: shakesong@aol.com

MAMMOTH CONDO - 2 bdrm, 2


bath, 2 TVs, phone, garage, pool,
jacuzzi, fully furnished - exept
linens. Near shuttle/chair 15.
Winter $125/night. Weekends and
Holidays $110 midweek. Summer
$95/night. $495/week. No smoking. No pets. Jim Johnson (818)
992-7564, FS 80C.

MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:


Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed,
sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR,
DVD. Garage parking. Walk to
Canyon Lodge. Ski back trail. 2
night minimum. Winter $100/nite,
$125 Fri, Sat & Holidays. Summer
$60/nite. Plus $120 cleaning &
linens. Jeff & Lisa Moir (661) 2545788.

MAMMOTH CONDO NEXT TO


THE GONDOLA VILLAGE Fully
furnished, three bedroom, two
bath with towels and linens, newly
remodeled kitchen, internet and
cable TV, pool and Jacuzzi. Walk
to the gondola, shops, restaurants
and ski in on the new comeback
trail. Parking at the front door.
Winter: $250/night. Summer $150/
night. Holidays $300/night. Cleaning is included. Call Mike Whitehouse, Retired, 805-987-6122,
email: btkwhitey@yahoo.com
or Bruce Galien, Retired, 661-6457448, email: luvbaja2@aol.com
MAMMOTH CONDO Cozy 2
bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished,
WIFI, 3 TVs, pool, spa, walk
to shuttle, Old Mammoth area.
Winter $115, Summer $90, plus
cleaning fee $139 and 14% city
tax. Includes linens. No pets, no
smoking. Call (310) 540-4648.
MAMMOTH CONDO AT MAMMOTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA,
sleeps 10, fully furnished, 2
TVs, DVDs, WiFi, towels/linens,
fireplace. Full kitchen. Walk to
Gondola Village and shuttle. Complex has pool, spa, sauna, laundry.
Winter $335/night, Summer $215/
night, plus cleaning. Includes city
bed tax. No pets, no smoking.
Dory Jones (310) 918-0631 or
Kelly Corcoran (310) 619-5355
MAMMOTH CONDO - Sierra
Manors Sleeps 7. 3 bedroom 2 1/2
bath. Fully furnished except linens.
2 TVs/VCR/DVD, stereo/CD.
Dishwasher, microwave, sauna,
jacuzzi, pool. No smoking/No
Pets. Shuttle at door. Winter $155/
night, Summer $100/night, Plus
$80 cleaning fee and City Bed
Tax. Brian & Karen Salvage LAFD
Retired (805) 499-7752.
MAMMOTH LAKES - One
bedroom, extremely charming

MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:


Walk to Canyon Lodge. Studio loft
sleeps 4. Queen beds, full kitchen,
2 baths, garage parking, TV, VCR,
DVD. Winter Sun-Thurs $100.nite;
Fri & Sat $115/nite plus cleaning
fee $100. Non smoking complex.
Joel Parker, LAFD retired.
email: cat25sailor@juno.com or
(213) 399-6534.
MAMMOTH CONDO- SEASONS
FOUR RESORT. Charming and
cozy furnished 1 Bedroom sleeps
5. Updated unit with amenities
including wifi, sauna, jacuzzi,
phone, rec room, 2 flat screens ,
DVD players. W/D on site. Shuttle
stop. Walking distance to village.
$120/night + $80 Cleaning fee
Bobby@310-350-5552.
MAUI BEACH FRONT CONDO
ON NAPILI BAY - 50 from water.
Studios and 1 bedroom. Luxury
furnishings + full kitchen. All the
amenities! Mauis best snorkeling/beach. All island activities &
Kapalua within 4 minutes. 5-day
minimum, from $150 per night
(regularly $310/night). Call Sherrie
or Bill for info/reservations (805)
530-0007 or email: pmimaui@aol.
com or visit:
www.napilibaymaui.com
MAUI CONDO 1 AND 2 BEDROOMS. Centrally located on
beautiful Maalaea Bay. Excellent
swimming and snorkeling; white
sandy beach. Minutes from golf,
tennis, fishing, shopping, airport
and resort areas. Marsha Smith or
Jeanne McJannet. Toll free (800)
367-6084. www.maalaeabay.com
MAUIS MOST BEAUTIFUL
BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful furnished condo that sleeps 4. Lanai/
balcony, full kitchen, king bed, flat
screen TVs/DVD, ACs free WiFi

(internet), complimentary maid


service, complimentary coffee
every morning and breakfast on
Fridays. Special firefighters discount - Best value in West Maui!
Nice pool & BBQ area - Close to
beach! (800) 336-2185 www.
napilivillage.com
Don Sprenger - retired LAFD
(949) 929-0989
MONTANA ROCKY MT. FRONT
GETAWAY - 80 miles south of
Glacier Natl Park, in the foothills
of the Rockies, mountain and
canyon views. 1,000s of miles of
trailheads, fishing, etc. 2 bedroom,
1.5 bath, dining, living, kitchen
& washer/dryer. SatTV, wireless
internet. $125.00 night + cleaning.
Call Dan (805) 279-8143 or www.
VRBO.com (#494959)
PALM DESERT-3 bed/2bath,
one level. New re-model, fully

furnished w/linens. Cable TV/


DVR, Private Patio, BBQ, Laundry,
Garage, Gated Community, two
(Pools, Jacuzzis, Tennis Courts).
Near College of the Desert. $175
Dan Cook 310 418 1577.
SEE NEW ORLEANS MARDI
GRAS. Beautiful 2 BD - 2BA with a
sauna. Hillcrest Villas. Next to golf
course in Adita Springs, LA. Only
$450/week. Feb 13th thru Feb
20th. (562) 799-1134
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. Romantic
Chalet Family getaway. 3 bed/2
bath plus loft. Sleeps 810. Cable
TV, washer/dryer, microwave,
woodburning stove. 7 minutes to
casinos and Heavenly. Located in
Tahoe Paradise. $105 per night
plus cleaning. Call Shawn or Rose
Agnew at (661) 250-9907 OR
(661) 476-6288.

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Out front of the Plaza Fire Station in late 1978 after youngest brother Ray was appointed Battalion Chief. Walter, the patriarch of the family, had already
been retired for a few years, but suited up for the photo op with his boys. From the left: B/C Robert L. (Bob) Olsen, B/C Raymond A. (Ray) Olsen, B/C
Walter E. (Walt) Olsen, and B/C Richard E. (Dick) Olsen.
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