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VOL. XCII

JULY 2016

NO. 11

FEATURES
Lane Kemper Classic Softball Tournament

The Kemper Softball Classic may be a bit different today


than the Bats and Beer Tournament of yesteryear, but Lane
would surely have to smile at the friendly competition
happening on the ball fields and the significant proceeds
generated for the WODFF .....................................................06

Great Turnout at the Pechanga Reunion

Firefighters turned out in droves for the annual reunion


held at the Temecula resort. A BBQ feast, wine tasting
tour and martini competition were just a few of the
weeks highlights ..................................................................11

CONTENTS
Presidents Message ..........................................................................05
Battalion News ...................................................................................15
LAFD Golf Club
New Active Duty Golf Ladder .....................................................34
The Retired Guys ...............................................................................35
Department in Action
Sunland brush fire ........................................................................36
Boat and Ski Club ................................................................................38
Station Fridge .......................................................................................39
Retirement Dinner Announcements ...................................................41
Mailbox ...............................................................................................42
In Memoriam
Captain II Sean Stilson ..................................................................45
The LAFD Patch
The story of the uniform shoulder patch ........................................47
Memorials ...........................................................................................49
Dollars and Sense
What is a Credit Union? ................................................................50
LAFD History
Fire Protection in the Los Angeles Harbor ..............................51
Minutes of the Board of Trustees .....................................................54
Classifieds ...........................................................................................56
Tailboard
Engine 9 and Triple 9 ......................................................................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.

July 2016 3

FIREMENS GRAPEVINE
owned and published by the

Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association


7470 N Figueroa Street, Los angeles CA 90041

EDITORIAL STAFF
Dave Wagner Editor..........................................................editor@lafra.org
Eric Santiago Creative Editor.....................................esantiago@lafra.org
Display Advertising....................................(323) 259-5200 ext. 231 or 232

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Mike Mastro, Frank Borden, Michael Stefano, Monte Egherman, Steve Ruda

PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Steve Gentry, Juan Guerra, Brian Haimer, Gavin Kaufman, Ryan Ling, Rick McClure,
Mike Meadows, Lloyd Payne, Jeff Zimmerman, Yvonne Griffin, Laura Lichter.

LOS ANGELES FIREMENS RELIEF ASSOCIATION

Robert Steinbacher................................................President
Jeff Cawdrey ..................................................Vice-President
Andrew Kuljis ........................................................Secretary
BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Chris Hart
Chris Stine
Craig White
David Ortiz
David Peters
Doak Smith
Frank Aguirre

Gene Bednarchik
Joe Vigil
John Jacobsen
Juan Albarran
Mark Akahoshi
Mike Sailhamer
Rick Godinez

Steve Berkery
Steve Ruda
Steven Domanski
Tim Freeman Jr.
Tim Larson
Tyler Tomich

SUPERVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

Barry Hedberg
Dave Lowe

Dennis Mendenhall
Jim Coburn

Tom Stires

CHAPLAINS

To contact a chaplain, please call Senior Chaplain Rick Godinez at (213)


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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

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Relief Association Toll Free Number .........................(800) 244-3439
Relief Medical Plan ................................................. (866) 995-2372
Fax Number ..............................................................(323) 259-5290
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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
Bob Dillon Operations Manager..............................(323) 259-5233
Marlene Casillas Development & Marketing Director(323) 259-5217
Ana Salazar Member Services Coordinator.............(323) 259-5223
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THE FIREMENS GRAPEVINE (USPS 191-060) is published monthly by the Los Angeles Firemens
Relief Association, 7470 N Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90041. Annual $24 Subscription
included with Association membership; Non-members: $36. Single issues $3 postpaid. Back issues $6
postpaid. Periodicals postage paid at Los Angeles, CA and at additional mailing office. POSTMASTER: Send
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the official views of the Los Angeles City Fire Department or the Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association.

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Welcome Quintilis month!



I wanted to take some time to explain the retirement planning process. When a member is in their last three months of service, they need to contact the Dept of Pensions, Personnel Services Section, UFLAC, Deferred Comp and the Credit Union. Each
of these organizations will have some type of paperwork for you
to fill-out and file.

The Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association also needs
to be contacted. We will send a payroll deduction card for the
LAFRA monthly dues deduction and the Relief Association Retirement Checklist form. The typical scenario is that the member
calls the Relief Association, or comes in and fills out all the paperwork needed to convert their status from active to retired. This
is the time when we would also like you to verify and ensure that
all your information is correct and accurate. Some of the specifics
that will be needed are:
actual retirement date
last assignment
post-retirement contact information
updated beneficiary information
retirement celebration information

Your Relief Association provides each member with a retirement badge you can choose between gold or silver. You can
also buy a spouse badge for a nominal charge.

We will post your retirement celebration information in the
Grapevine and on our website. If you have a retirement flyer we
will also post that on the web. Plan to have this information to us
at least 60 days prior to your dinner date.

After this initial gathering of information its always helpful to call back and check the status of everything a few weeks
before your retirement date. Arrangements also need to be made
to pick up your badge and Red Book and have them brought to
your dinner.

The best place to get started with all this is at the Retirement Corner tab on lafra.org. In the How to Retire section
youll find a comprehensive guide called the Service Pension
Checklist. Theres also the Plan a Retirement Event section
with some online forms and a downloadable Plan a Retirement
Checklist. While youre there you can also check the listings of
your friends, classmates and co-workers retirement parties.


Contact LAFRA Member Services at memberservices@
lafra.org, or call (323) 259-5200 to get the retirement process
started or with any questions.

You should also consider joining the Los Angeles Retired
Fire & Police Association. Both firefighters and cops are eligible,
retirees and actives with 20 or more years of service. This is a social welfare organization that operates for the benefit of pensioners. You can find out more about them at larfpa.org and can even
sign-up directly from their website.

Special thanks to LAFRA Event Coordinator Juliet Brandolino and the whole Hope Committee for an outstanding Hope
for Firefighters 2016. This was our 19th year running! Props to
all the fire stations that participated and the whole host of volunteers that made it such a successful event. This event has been a
tremendous benefit to our Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund over the years, and this year was no exception. I hope
everyone had a great time out on Hope Street and we will see you
back next year.

The Relief Association PPO Medical Plan has made a few
improvements that we will be rolling out July 1, 2016. We will
be providing an enhanced body scan benefit from contracted provider Medical Imaging Center of Southern California, which includes (at no out-of-pocket expense):
MRI abdomen and pelvis scan for liver, kidneys, adrenals,
pancreas and spleen
Heart scan, including calcium score and CT coronary angiogram
Low-dose Lung CT - lung cancer screening

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There will also be new oral devices available for sleep apnea. And your Lasix surgery benefit will increase to $1000 for
each eye.
Be safe and be kind to each other.
Robert D Steintalker Steinbacher
president@lafra.org
(323) 259-5200

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t is hard to believe
that on September
12 it will have been
ten years since Lane
Kemper left us. It was an
unfinished life. Those
of us who worked
and played with
him
remember
a talented man
of competence,
camaraderie
and compassion.
He
epitomized
all that a fireman
should be.

From the time Lane started as a student worker in the firehouse, and well into
his achievements as a respected LAFD fireman
and officer, his work ethic and passion put him
a cut above most. His career-long study and
understanding of forcible entry - and exit - and
situational awareness, along with his willingness to share and teach, led him into national
prominence. His contributions likely fueled
early discussions of what we now know as fire
ground survival.

Lane always wanted to share his enthusiasm with his fellow firemen, especially in
the form of friendly competition. He knew
that mixing up the cast of characters found
in firehouses all over the city in some form
of friendly physical competition . . . no
badges or stripes . . . is an effective way
to blow off steam and reinforce the bonds
that come with our unique profession.
From an early age, due to tragedy in
his own family, Lane realized the value of
helping those in need. When his father, an
LAFD fireman, became disabled their fam-

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ily found needed support from his extended fire


family through the LA Firemens Relief Assn.
Lane never forgot that. He was directly responsible for raising awareness and a lot of money
for LAFRA. He wasnt a bean counter but he
knew every little bit counts.

Enter the Lane Kemper Softball Classic. The modern, high tech, big dollar softball
tourney that bears his name has evolved into
a months long preparation involving scores
of volunteers. Lane may be rolling his eyes at
the complexities in todays world but surely he
smiles down at the simple, friendly competition between fire laddies and lassies happening on the ball fields. And surely he approves
that the significant proceeds generated by the
event will benefit needy members through the
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund.
Most of all, surely he is pleased to witness actual firehouse camaraderie supported by volunteers from friends and family.

With recent tragic losses of active
members we are reminded that
the importance of connection
and support in times of need
cannot be overstated. We need
to be vigilant and informed
in order to be effective in
dealing with tragedy when
it strikes. And it will strike
again. Lane Kemper is
gone but he left us with
such good examples of
how to live with passion
and purpose. It is on us to
carry the torch.

So, here we go! On
Wednesday, May 11, 2016,
cool, overcast skies prevailed
over a gathering hundreds of

By Mr. Jim Stiglich


players and volunteers in Lane Kempers name
for a day of fun- raising and fundraising. Not
quite the old cooler of beer and bring your
own bats days but a significant gathering,
nonetheless.

The now familiar task force of rolling
BBQs from Mark Curry, Eric Stevens and
Greg Pascola were lined up and lit in preparation of Currys award winning ribs n slaw. The
well-uniformed cast of servers efficiently doled
out the portions.

Valerie Lawrence and her wonderful staff of volunteers from LAFRA, sponsor
groups and friends organized the raffle, silent
auction, T-shirt sales and other support and services that makes the fundraising so successful.

Keith Bandy, the new IC, coordinated
the competition with help, or hindrance, from
lame duck leader, Bill Bringas. Rick Denning

took on the thankless and hazardous task of


arranging umpires for each field. Other volunteers, new and old, scurried about ensuring
fields were ready and things and people were
where they needed to be.

The action was kicked off with a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem by Gedina Bergstrom from the City Employees Club,
reminding us how fortunate we are to be part of
this grand place we call America. Bill Bringas
was honored with a presentation and special
award recognizing his efforts to keep Lanes
idea alive.

After emotions settled down, rules were
reviewed, fields were assigned, the green light
given and with a silent Play Ball from above,
the floodgates of fun were opened. 22 teams
from all corners of the city came to play. Some
came with nice uniforms, some came with cos-

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Fire Station 33 - Th

Fire Station 98

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tumes. A can of
LAFD red, a cardboard
stencil and a white vneck did it for some.
Some settled for old tattered jump-jumps. Some
came to win. Some
were happy with the
old 2 and BBQ theory. Every team was
supposed to get three
games. Hopefully, everyone remembered the
objective was FUN.

Competition was at times intense,
clumsy, lop-sided and comical. There may be
some more accurate or colorful adjectives,
but there was no shortage of entertainment. It
was great to see some retired guys hanging it
out there with the kids. Seems like there were
more strikeouts this year. Was it the old timers
pitching, the cheap a*% mushroom balls or
something in the air? As always, there is some
incredible talent out there as well as some unbelievable luck. The perennial powerhouses as
well as some welcome sleepers made the elimination rounds interesting. 22 teams were winnowed down in some very competitive contests
resulting in four of the best in the semi-finals.
33s beat 10s in a hard fought contest in the
first semifinal game and 98s bested 37s by the
mercy rule in the second semifinal. All played
tough but the long day took its toll. Finally,
those who stayed got to watch the young bucks
from 33s show off the advantages of youth and
strength to a willing but weary 98s team, resulting in a not- so-surprising three-peat win.
So trophy and bragging rights stay at 33s . . .
for now.

With that, thanks
to all who participated
in the 2016 Kemper
Classic.
Sponsors,
supporters, volunteers
and especially players
joined, once again, to
honor Lane Kemper and
the spirit of brotherhood in
the LAFD. Together, you
made a difference.

Fire Station 93

Drill Tower 40

Fire Station 10

Fire Stations 1 & 90

Fire Station 88

Command Staff
Keith Bandy IC
Steve Romas
Bill Bringas retired IC
Larry Hoerner
Jim Stiglich

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Fire Station 11

Fire Stations 68 &

34

Fire Station 27

Fire Station 64

Fire Station 15

Fire Station 52

Fire Station 9

Fire Station 61

Fire Station 29

Fire Station 66

Fire Station 26

Fire Station 37

BBQ Team

Curry Pitmaster
Pascola

Malais
Fratianne

Johnson
Nielsen

Smith
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Fire Hogs

Fire Station 35

Fire Station 39

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The Umpires
Rick Denning head umpire/coordinator
Craig Fletcher
Dick Markota
Joe Kovacic
Frank Aguirre
Ted Nonini
Kurt Wyrick
Jeff Rickey
Jon Jelle
Tim Larson
Joe Oliveri
Bob Bellar
George Clock
Rick Villata
Tom Czubek

Bill Bringas is recognized for his efforts.


Ed and Juanita Diaz were celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary at
the Reunion. They met while frequenting Sunday tardeadas (an early afternoon
dance) in their L.A. neighborhood in 1940. It wasnt long after that they married on
July 5, 1941, in Las Vegas.

Ed was working on P38s at Lockheed when he was drafted into the Navy in
1944. He went to Norman, OK where he further trained as an aircraft mechanic. He
was mustered out in 1945 and joined the LAFD in 1948. He retired with 30 years of
service in January of 1978.

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All were invited to the Martini Competition out front
of Magas trailer on Thursday evening. There was quite a selection of entries from the usual Violet and the Pomegranate to
the unique Pineapple Upside-Down Cake and Key Lime Pie, all
the way to Caramel Cinnamon Toast. With that said, the handsdown winner was a familiar favorite, Daves Dirty Martini.
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A subdued crowd piled onto the
trolley on Wednesday morning for a tour of the
Temecula Valley. After visiting three wineries
and a micro-brewery, the decibel and merriment
levels were quite the opposite when they returned to the clubhouse that afternoon. Couldnt
make out exactly what song they were crooning
but Im pretty sure it was Bruce Galien who was
doing pull-ups from the trolley rafters.

Command staff takes a UFLAC

Curry, Sampson, & Lilly (2009) - Lilly (1980)

Evans (2007) and Evans (86-A)


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Balz tells about the one that got away


LAFRA Trustee Tim Larson doubled down on
the opportunity of a captive audience and an open mic
to explain the inner workings of the Widows, Orphans
& Disabled Firemens Fund. The appreciative crowd
ended up buying $3200 of Golf Drop tickets, sales of
which directly benefit the WODFF.


On Thursday morning the duffers rousted themselves from their racks for an early round
at Journeys, Pechangas award winning links. Tim
Larson was NOT arrested for fishing in the lake
this year but the boys were pretty tight-lipped
about their golfing adventure. I guess whatever
else Terry Depackh, Jim Morrow, Gib Martin, Bob
Steinbacher and Barry Hedberg did on the course,
will stay on the course.


Your Relief Association hosted dinners at the clubhouse on
both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Tuesday was a beer and wine
party with pizza, and Wednesday was a beer and wine party with BBQ
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FF/PM Alfonso Gonzalez (with TF10)


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as Paramedic of the Year.

Greg Galvez promoted to Captain II at FS 9-C

Matthew Bonafede promoted to Captain I at FS 9-C


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FS 3 members make an appearance


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On 4/28/16, 48 recruits graduated from DT 81. Photos by Mike Meadows

Firefighters found a baby in a vehicle that struck a hydrant


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Firefighters and cadets demonstrate


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Dustin Clark promoted to Captain I at FS 26-C

Firefighters fight a brush fire above


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Alfred Balestra promoted to Engineer at FS 13-C

TF 98 works a T/A on Foothill Bl on


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Companies found stacks of pallets on fire on San


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30 July 2016

On 6/3/16, firefighters extinguished a fence fire in


the 16000 blk of Lassen St. Photos by Greg Doyle

87s handled a T/A with a chemical


spill on 6/3/16. Photos by Greg Doyle
July 2016 31

Firefighters prepare to enter a burning house


in the 17100 blk of Chatsworth St. 5/2/16.
Photo by Rick McClure

LF 87 handles a hydrant on 05/21/16.


Photo by Adam VanGerpen

Benjamin James was born on 03/14/16, son of


Engineer Dan (FS 70-C) & Maxie Leddy. nephew
of Captain Curtis Leddy (FS 13-C) and grandson of
retired Engineer, Pat Leddy.

32 July 2016

Rollover at La Brea and Coliseum on 5/22/16.


Photo by Yvonne Griffin

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34 July 2016

n May 19, 2016, the Los Angeles Fire


& Police Pension board dedicated the
Sam Diannitto Boardroom. This is a
great tribute to Sam Diannitto who has tirelessly worked as our LAFD pension commissioner
for more than forty years, and hes currently the
pension commissioner for us retired guys.

I met Sam Diannitto in the late 70s
when I was a fireman at FS 64. I wasnt too far
removed from being off probation and anyone
wearin a gold badge was not only respected,
but somewhat feared. I also remember when
the aide (adjutants now) and the chief drove
up to the station apron, soundin the horn to
alert us to his arrival, even our TFC at the time
shook in his boots.

Sams outward appearance gave all
of us the impression that he was all business
and was also someone who expected all of us
to perform to the best of our abilities and in a
professional manner. It was more than just an
appearance. But Sam was also a gentleman
regarding how he treated people. There was no
bravado with Sam. He never put himself above
anyone and he was always lookin out for our
best interests.

So it wasnt good news for us to hear
that Chief Diannitto had been transferred to
Battalion One. It wasnt long afterwards that I
was notified that I had been transferred to FS
9. I wondered how that was possible since I
had never put in a transfer request, but B/Cs
had serious powers back then. But I got a call
from Sam explainin the transfer. He thought
it was time for me to expand my horizons. I
disagreed. Sam told me to pull my head out of
the sand and come to 9s. I did and I thoroughly
enjoyed my time there.

Sam then asked me to be his adjutant.
It was a great eight year run. I learned much
from Sam and still feel honored that I had his
confidence.

Sam Diannitto is a rare individual. He
doesnt expect anything but he gives so much
and has served the members of the LAFD well,
through his determined efforts as our pension
representative. Most of us will never know
what Sam Diannitto has done for us and our
families. Our pension system is among the best
in the country. Its health and well-being are a
direct result of Sam Diannittos persistent efforts to continually maintain and improve our
benefits.


Also, many of you may not be aware
that our pension department recently purchased
its own buildin. Naturally, Sam Diannitto was
very instrumental in ensuring the pension department had its own home. This is a four-story
buildin at 701 E. 3rd St., in beautiful downtown Los Angeles. Another benefit to havin
this buildin is the fact that the three remainin
floors will be rented out. This is another sound
investment for our pension system.

While I was workin I never gave much
thought to my pension or the benefits. It wasnt
until after I had retired that the light came on
and I realized how fortunate I was. I also never
realized the important role that Sam Diannitto
was playin, not just for me but for all of us.
Our future had been in good hands. And Im
sure I speak for everyone when I say, Thank
you Sam, for all of your time and effort in what
you have done for all of us durin the last 40+

years. And because of your efforts, there will


continue to be generations of firefighters that
unknowingly reap the benefits of your dedicated service.

Thanks for everythin Sam, its an honor to have you as mentor and a friend.
COWBOY HUMOR
So I was sittin in a bar
havin drinks with a friend. I casually pointed to two old drunks
sittin across the bar from us and
said, Thats us in ten years.
My friend said, Thats a
mirror, you idiot.
AC
KEEP SMILIN!
choppedup@att.net

LAFPPs new building


at 701 E 3rd Street

Sam & Alice Diannitto

July 2016 35

BRUSH FIRE
Sunland

Photos by Jeremy Oberstein, Mike Meadows,


David Gardner and Hans Gutknecht


At 2:20 PM on May 23, 2016, companies responded to the 11000 block of Wheatland Ave to find
five acres of medium brush rapidly burning uphill,
pushed by winds gusting to 19 mph. LAFD, ANF and
LACoFD resources worked together to battle the fire.

36 July 2016

July 2016 37

Come join the us at beautiful Lake McClure


in Snelling, California

For some great family fun!

Mark you calen


dars
for the August
outing
July 28th - Aug
ust 5th

For Information Contact


Gary Maga
(661) 755-6072
Dane Jackson
(805) 341-3614
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July 2016 39

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40 July 2016

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

visit:
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JAMES MEDLEY, Inspector I,


FPB-West Industrial Unit
FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016
Ports OCall
1200 Nagoya Way, Berth 76, San Pedro CA

DAN D-ROD RODRIGUEZ,


Captain II, FS 69-B
FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016
Odyssey Restaurant
15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills CA
Social Hour: 11:00 AM

Luncheon: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Buffet - $50 includes tax & tip


Casual Attire (Hawaiian)
Call Fire Station 69 - (310) 575-8569.
Spouses welcome. RSVP by June 20, 2016

Social: 6:00 PM

Dinner: 7:00 PM

Chicken or Steak - $60 includes tax, tip & gift


Call Verna Roy - (213) 473-7700
RSVP by June 30, 2016

STERLING JOHNSON, Captain I, FS 61


SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2016
Malarkeys Grill
168 N Marina Drive, Long Beach, CA
Luncheon: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

DARYL ARBUTHNOTT, Deputy Chief LAFD

Buffet Style - $50 includes tax, tip & gift

FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016

Call Fire Station 61 - (213) 485-6261


Families are welcome!

CBS Studios
4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City CA
Social: 6:00 PM

Dinner: 7:00 PM

$65/person
Call Leticia - (213) 447-4280
or Aggie - (818) 756-8638

SCOTT AKAHOSHI, A/O, FS 15-B


TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2016
Automobile Driving Museum
610 Lairport Street, El Segundo CA
Social Hour: 5:00 PM

Dinner: 6:00 PM

Hawaiian Buffet - $60 includes tax & tip

MIKE MONROY, Engineer, FS 48-C

Casual Hawaiian Attire - Bring your hot rods and bikes

FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016

Call Fire Station 15 - (213) 485-6215

Top of the Fish Market


1190 Nagoya Way, Berth 78, San Pedro CA
Social Hour: 6:00 PM

Dinner: 7:00 PM

Buffet - $55 includes tax, tip & gift


Call FS 48 - (310) 548-7548

MICHAEL GREENUP, Battalion Chief,


Batt 4-C
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2016
Brookside Country Club
1133 Rosemont Avenue, Pasadena CA

MIKE PALMA, Firefighter III, MFC-C


ROBERT GONZALEZ, Firefighter III, MFC-A
RICHARD NEWTON, Firefighter III, MFC-A
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2016

Social Hour: 5:00 PM


Dinner: 6:00 PM
Buffet - $40 includes tax, tip & gift
Call FS 5 - (213) 485-5205
or Linda Greenup - (805) 573-9723
or email: greenup0420@sbcglobal.net

Knollwood Country Club


12024 Balboa Blvd, Granada Hills, CA
Social Hour: 5:00 PM Dinner: 6:00 PM
Buffet Style - $60 includes tax, tip & gift
Call Natalie Goshi - (213) 576-8900
RSVP by July 22, 2016

GREG MALAIS, Captain II, FS 11-C


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
Odyssey Restaurant
15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills CA
Social Hour: 11:00 AM
Luncheon: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Buffet - $50 includes tax, tip & gift
Call Mark Carcamo at FS 11 - (213) 485-6211
Casual Attire. RSVP by September 1, 2016

July 2016 41

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

To Our Fire Family at the Firemens


Relief Association,
LAFRA:

Please accept this donation to the
WODFF in memory of Bob Furr. I worked
with him at Old 61s which at that time
was a gathering of very talented men who
meshed into a hardworking, fun loving
bunch who I had the pleasure to be part
of. Bob held high standards and to work
for him brought out the best in you. I knew
him both on and off the job and enjoyed all
of it. It was a time that never will be again,
I raise my glass of Tanqueray (which we
both liked) it was a pleasure to know
you!
Norm Stephens
Lake Havasu City, AZ

immediate family, and his large extended


family. He was a great role model and will
leave a large void in the Kirkpatrick family.
John Harrold

God bless you all!


LAFRA
My sincere and deep condolences
to all of Gordys friends and family. I enjoyed every minute I spent being around
him. One of the good guys. When I think
of all the great times at 2s, I think of Gordon McLeod.
Rafael Rodriquez

Dear Jim,

LAFRA -


What a lovely surprise to receive
the framed flag plaque in honor of husband Bob Furr. He loved his career with
the LA City Fire Department and would
be touched by this gesture. Also my thanks
for the beautiful plant sent by the Relief
Association Family.


The people of Los Angeles were
well served by Bob, whose ready smile,
hearty laughter and commitment to helping those in need, made us each understand and embrace the diversity of our
daily challenge and of our workforce.

My sincere thanks,
Carolyn Furr and the Furr Family
Visalia, CA
LAFRA
Jim [Kirkpatrick] was one of my
favorite relatives by marriage. His wife
Camilles was a first cousin and I made
many trips when visiting SoCal to see
them in Camarillo. My last person to person visit with Jim was in 2008 in his Camarillo home. A class act, dedicated to his
42 July 2016


Thank you for the beautiful flowers
in remembrance of our dad Ralph Nelman.

Andy, Thank you for all of your assistance to our family and also for attending our dads service. We greatly appreciate your care and concern for all of us.

Rest in Peace Sir.


Brian Humphrey, PSO
LAFRA

I am heartbroken to hear that Capt
Linnell has passed. I met Bob 20 years ago
and he encouraged me to join the LAFD.
Through the years he would stop by and
visit with me and my family. We considered him part of our family. My kids called
him Uncle Bob. I truly will miss him.
Matt Petersen

Chris, Carl, Karen and the entire


Nelman Family
Tucson, AZ
Andy,

How can I begin to thank you for all
of the services your organization provided
to my Aunt Venita. It was very comforting
to know that you were only a phone call
away.

Create a Legacy

Thanks to everyone who came to
the burial and for the beautiful flowers,
Please stay in touch. My heart will forever
be full with gratitude.
Fondly,
Belita Bischoff
Grand-niece of Venita Picinich
Editors note: Venita Picinich recently
passed away on April 1, 2016. She was
the oldest LAFD surviving spouse at 108
years old. Her husband, Louis C. Picinich
retired on Sept 8, 1960, with 31 years of
service, and died on 11/14/84. Venita lived
on her own in a house in Eagle Rock right
up until her death. She was able to live
independently with the assistance of the
Relief Association and the occasional help
from her local firehouse.

42s crew with Venita

The Eternal Flame Society is a special group of firefighters, family, friends and
supporters who have included a gift to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund in their Estate Plans.
Theyre visionary and uncommonly dedicated. Their kindness has helped our
firefighter families overcome unexpected challenges for more than a century.
We invite you to join these dedicated individuals helping to secure the future of
your firefighter family. With your help, the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Funds second century will be as extraordinary as its first.
Planned gift arrangements include:
Bequest through a will
Gift through a living trust or other non-charitable trust
Gift of life insurance, real estate or other assets
Beneficiary designation in retirement plans

For information call


Marlene Casillas, Relief Association Development & Marketing Director, at

(323) 259-5217 or email me at MCasillas@LAFRA.org

July 2016 43

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Born: February 19, 1972

Appointed LAFD: August 18, 1995

Died: April 22, 2016

ean was the first of a set of identical twins


born to Judy and John Mike Stilson. He
and brother Todd began a lifetime of
shared experiences and competitive achievements. They constantly challenged each other,
stretching their skills to the limit and working
toward their dream of becoming firefighters.

Sean was inspired by the careers of his
father, B/C Mike Stilson, who retired in 1999,
his uncles Captain Patrick Stilson and Engineer Timothy Stilson both retired and his
grandfather, Captain John Stilson, who retired
in 1978.


Joining the LA City Fire Explorers in
1986, Sean remained involved until 1990 when
he entered the Allan Hancock Fire Academy,
where he graduated first in his class. He took a
position at the Santa Clarita Ambulance Company and enrolled in the Daniel Freeman Paramedic School. He worked for Hall Ambulance
and AMR after earning his Paramedic Cert.

With his eye on the end goal, Sean accepted a position with Hermosa Beach Fire until he was finally hired by the LAFD in 1995.

Sean met his wife Debbie Kennedy
during a short stint working at Costco. They
were married in 1996. Their family grew with
the birth of Tyler Kennedy in 1997, and then
brother Cole Michael in 1999.

Sean worked hard, kept focused, and
continued to enjoy a friendly but competitive
professional relationship with his brother. Todd
was hired by Burbank Fire and then moved
to LA County Fire. Each class and promotion
found them working and studying to be the best
both of them completely dedicated to the careers they had chosen.

In 2000, Sean promoted to A/O and
then Captain I in 2008. He was selected for pro-

motion to Captain II in 2014 and was assigned


as the Drill Master at DT 81. He oversaw the
training and graduation of two classes in his
time there.

Son Tyler is fortunate to begin his service this season with the US Forest Service.
With the encouragement, support and guidance
of family and friends, Tyler will continue in his
fathers footsteps. Cole continues at Saugus
High School and will graduate in 2017.

Seans dedication to his career and his
equally strong dedication to his family were
well known by all who knew him. He earned the
respect of his fellow firefighters and the love of
the many friends whose lives he touched along
his journey through life. Sean will be missed by
all that knew and loved him.

July 2016 45

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46 July 2016

n August of 2003, the Fire Department asked UFLAC for input on suggestions for a new shoulder patch design for the LAFD uniform. Interested members were encouraged to submit suggested designs to the
UFLAC office.

I had always considered designing a patch since my tenure began in
August of 1980. I had worked for two other departments prior to the LAFD,
and these and other departments had a shoulder patch along with wearing a
badge. The LAFD was unique in that we only wore a badge. Unless someone saw you stepping off an engine, truck or ambulance, they had to get
close to you to observe what the badge actually represented.

Most California departments used a Shell Design for their official
patch. I wanted to design something very unique in the shape of our patch,
along with the patch detail. Initially the center of the patch had the official
City Seal, but the company I was working with said the seal had a lot of detail and the patch size was too small to embroider it. I then used our LAFD
Phoenix with Los Angeles Fire Department Founded 1886 inside the
Maltese Cross. The addition of the cross axes was to represent our departments history of truck work on the fire ground.
The next challenge was that I had Los Angeles Fire Department to finish
off the patch, and the Fire Chief at the time, William Bamattre, suggested
LAFD at the top of the patch. So it was put to a vote of Department members and they chose the wording Los Angeles Fire Department.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is one of the top rated fire departments in the world. Our Department is also unique in that our chief
officers and captains wear black and non-officers wear navy uniforms.
I designed a patch for both color schemes that would accommodate both
uniforms.

My whole intent with this design was to design a patch to make our
firefighters more visible, and to instill Department pride.

Designs that didnt make the cut

July 2016 47

Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund


May 2016

ALFRED LEROY TRUST/WELLS


FARGO WM-PHILANTHROPIC
WEST
ANONYMOUS DONATION in
memory of John Verdone, Severino
Trapletti, Sam Mundt, Benjamin E.
Scheerer, Robert Morrison, Thomas
E. Laski and Richard L. Kampff

FERNANDO DE LOS COBOS


Proceeds from Buckle Sales
MARTHA MILIAN/LAFD WIVES
from the LAFD Wives
WALMART
ROBERT J. MUNOA for
87s Pancake Breakfast
MARZENA GOLAWSKA for
87s Pancake Breakfast

BEVERLY BERGMANN
KIRK P. BINGHAM from the
Firefighters Breakfast in
Thousand Oaks

FIRE STATION NO. 98 from the


Firefighter Extinguisher Fund
FRED A. MILLER for the
Lane Kemper Softball Classic

HELEN L. SCHULZ C/O SUSAN SCHULZ-WIXOM

SAMUEL L. SERRA in memory of


Clair Buskirk

DENNIS L. COVILLE in memory of


Tom Laski, Penny Peck and
Dick Nunnally

STUART & FRANCES RIDGEWAY

RICHARD L. DENNING JR. for


87s Pancake Breakfast

DON L. GILLETT in memory of


Irene Mcleod

GREGORY J. CUETO for the


Lane Kemper Softball Classic

DON L. GILLETT in memory of


Dick Mandichak

CARRIE E. KONJOYAN for the


Lane Kemper Softball Classic

PHYLLIS R. STAPEL in memory of


51st Wedding Anniversary to
Clay Stapel

BETTY MURDOCK INS LLC for the


Lane Kemper Softball Classic
JAMES E. GILLUM from the
Simi Valley Breakfast Club
FIRE STATION NO. 92 from the
Fire Extinguisher Fund

TIMOTHY B. LARSON

ARCHER R. MORGAN in memory of


Gene Mahoney
ARCHER R. MORGAN in memory of
Bob Furr
PLEDGELING FOUNDATION

STEVE W. ROMAS for the


Lane Kemper Softball Classic

DARIO O. REYES for the


Lane Kemper Softball Classic

BOB L. STEPHENS in memory of


Bob Furr

RALPH BOWMAN for the


Lane Kemper Softball Classic

YVONNE HOERNER in memory of


Milly Johnson

PAUL D. SCHORI for the


Lane Kemper Softball Classic

VALERIE J. LAWRENCE for


87s Pancake Breakfast

JOHN F. KIRKORN in memory of


Retired Battalion Chief
Eugene F. Mahoney

ANA G. SALAZAR for the


Lane Kemper Softball Classic

WILLIAM A. FINN for


87s Pancake Breakfast

TERRENCE L. MACIAS for the


Lane Kemper Softball Classic

VALERIE J. LAWRENCE for the


Lane Kemper Softball Classic

RAYMOND ANDREWS for the


Lane Kemper Softball Classic

FIRE STATION NO. 92


from the Fire Extinguisher Fund

GREGORY J. CUETO for the


Lane Kemper Softball Classic

TERI BENESCH/JOHNSON FAMILY


TRUST in memory of Millie Johnson
ROBERT C. KLOPFENSTEIN from
the Kern County Breakfast Club
ANONYMOUS DONATION in
memory of G. Mahoney & R. Rojo

48 July 2016

TERRENCE L. MACIAS for the


Lane Kemper Softball Classic
GEORGE W. JAMES
TERRENCE L. MACIAS for the
Lane Kemper Softball Classic

MEMBERS
Robert H. Linnell, Captain. Appointed October 20, 1974.
Retired on a service pension January 2, 2010 from FS 59. Passed away May 4, 2016.
James A. Kirkpatrick, Engineer. Appointed July 14, 1947.
Retired on a service pension July 1, 1977 from FS 75. Passed away May 5, 2016.
William E. Summers, Captain. Appointed December 17, 1951.
Retired on a service pension June 15, 1980 from FS 96. Passed away May 12, 2016.
Jerry E. Smith, Captain. Appointed February 4, 1961.
Retired on a disability pension May 26, 1975 from FS 6. Passed away May 13, 2016.
Loland C. Driggs, Fireman. Appointed April 14, 1947.
Retired on a service pension July 1, 1972 from FS 47. Passed away May 13, 2016.
Robert M. Gonnoud, Fire Inspector. Appointed June 10, 1947.
Retired on a service pension June 1, 1977 from FPB. Passed away May 17, 2016.
Raymond W. Abernathey, Captain. Appointed July 23, 1946.
Actively on duty at Drill Tower 81. Passed away April 22, 2016.
Oliver C. Harris, Jr., Fireman. Appointed April 1, 1957.
Retired on a disability pension May 1, 1979 from FS 99. Passed away May 26, 2016.
Carlton W. Kennedy, Fire Inspector. Appointed November 1, 1956.
Retired on a service pension January 4, 1982 from FPB Building Standards. Passed away June 4, 2016.
John W. Brady, Engineer. Appointed April 14, 1947.
Retired on a service pension April 1, 1977 from FS 60. Passed away June 9, 2016.

FAMILY
Lillian L. Parker, surviving spouse of Robert Parker, passed away April 1, 2016.
Connie Stewart, spouse of Monroe R. Stewart Jr., passed away April 21, 2016.
Jean M. Rieger, surviving spouse of Robert E. Rieger, passed away May 5, 2016.
Betty M. Jenison, surviving spouse of Cleo P. Jenison, passed away May 9, 2016.
Claudia D. Guertzgen, spouse of Melvin E. Guertzgen, passed away May 13, 2016.
Sylvia F. Ware, surviving spouse of Clarence C. Ware, passed away May 26, 2016.
Harriet May, surviving spouse of Carl R. May, passed away May 31, 2016.
Christine Weber, spouse of Joe S. Weber, passed away June 1, 2016.
Darlene J. Choner, surviving spouse of James L. Choner, passed away June 3, 2016.
Martha S. Fregoso, surviving spouse of Pedro Fregoso Jr., passed away June 4, 2016.
Ruth H. Adams, surviving spouse of Emerson S. Adams, passed away June 6, 2016.

July 2016 49

Mike Mastro, President/CEO


Firefighters First Credit Union

redit Unions are member-owned


cooperatives. A cooperative relies
on mutual assistance in working
toward a common goal. At Firefighters
First, our common goal is to improve the
financial lives of our fire family. And as
many of you know, it started with a few
LA City firemen in a room above old Fire
Station 28 in 1935. Member ownership is
what differentiates us from the local Wells
Fargo, Bank of America, and Chase.

As member-owners of this organization, you have a voice. You can reach
out to the CEO via email, website, or even
make a phone call (very different from traditional banks). You can reach out to any
member of our Board of Directors and/or
request a meeting with them through our
credit committee should you be denied
for a loan. Your Board of Directors is always looking out for the organizations
best interestevery time a new product/
service is introduced, a new technology is
deployed, etc. Our primary role is to ensure that this Credit Union (cooperative)
supports our fire families for generations
to come.

Our cooperative brings the fire family togetherwe are the largest, exclusive,
by firefighters for firefighters, financial
institution - in the nation. Our firefighter
family of savers allows the firefighter family of borrowers to reach their dreams and
provide for their families. It all stays here

50 July 2016

What is a Credit Union?


and helps our entire fire community become stronger so they can provide for the
next generation of firefighters.
Will mistakes be made?

Yes. As most institutions, and as
humans, we have and will make mistakes.
Due to the ongoing complexity within the
financial services industry, many of our
products/services/systems are best delivered through partnerships with vendors.
We have and will continue to attempt to
select the best partners (and work through
issues when they arise), seek improvements (because change is constant), and
will always have the best of intentions
when it comes to serving our fire families.
So whats in it for you?

The answer is exclusive membership in an organization that is ethical,
service oriented, and trustworthy. An organization that is built on integrity. As a
credit union, we dont pay taxes, and we
dont have shareholders. So our profits
go directly back to the membership in
the form of lower rates on loans, higher
rates on shares, an ATM rebate program
that allows you to access any ATM up to
five times per month with direct deposit,
nearly non-existent fees, an Interest Refund/Extraordinary Dividend Bonus at the
end of the year, investment services, insurance services, business services, newly

launched solar loans and Apple Pay, free


online services including person to person payments, remote check deposits, bill
pay, etc. and an employee base that understands your culture. And most importantly,
you get to help other firefighter families in
the process.

Back in 1980, when I first joined
the Credit Union, there were over 23,000
credit unions nationwide. Today, there
are about 6,000, and due to ever increasing regulations within the industry, we are
prohibited from going back to the hand
shake days of doing business. However,
we have and will continue to focus on
making our products and services convenient and easy to use.

Due to our strategic changes over
the years, and with your continued support, we are positioned to thrive. Thank
you for making your Credit Union safe
and strong and for allowing the next generation of firefighters and their families the
ability to reap the benefits of ownership
for years to come.
Have a safe month!

Mike Mastro
President/CEO
Material provided is for your information and convenience only.

Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD History - A History of Fire Protection in Los Angeles Harbor Part I (1542 - 1984)
By William E. Dahlquist, Pilot, Fireboat 2 C
Franks note: This story was written by Bill in
1984 when he was a Pilot on Fireboat 2, The
Ralph J. Scott. It is part of the new exhibit
funded by the Port of Los Angeles through a
grant in the LAFDHS Harbor Fire Museum
titled The History and Evolution of Fireboats
in the Port of Los Angeles. This visual interactive exhibit opens this month. Part II of Bills
story will continue in the August Grapevine.
Bill, now retired, volunteers his time supervising the restoration of Old Fireboat 2 on the
dock in San Pedro next to Fire Station 112. The
work is done by volunteers and the funds are
from donations.

The Beginning

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo gets credit for
starting it all with his discovery of the swampy
marshland he called the Bay of Smokes in
1542. This indentation in the California coast
drew other explorers and by 1781, when the
pueblo of Los Angeles was founded, San Pedro
Bay was well recognized as a Spanish trading
port.

The first of the Yankee trading ships
showed up in 1805 and by 1850, when the City
of Los Angeles was incorporated, cargo was
moving between San Pedro and Los Angeles
by ox-cart on a regular basis. With the founding
of New San Pedro (Wilmington) by Phineas
Banning in 1857, the rough-cut Port of Los
Angeles was becoming clearly discernable.
The Early Days

It is difficult to determine exactly how
or when fire fighting began in the harbor, but it

Pilot Bill Dahlquist at the helm of Boat 2.


Introduction

One of the largest and most successful
man-made harbors in the world, the Port of Los
Angeles recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. With 28 miles of waterfront, this dynamic
center of the Southern California economy is
still growing and changing to meet the challenges of the coming century.

Today, the harbor is ringed by six landside fire stations, two fireboat stations, and two
combination land and boat stations. There are
68 firefighters on duty on each 24 hour shift to
respond to port emergencies. There is a fleet of
two large fireboats and three smaller fire/rescue
boats to protect waterfront facilities. Specialized foam apparatus are positioned strategically at various harbor stations. It has been a
long struggle achieving the high level of fire
protection we now enjoy, and this is the story
of how it occurred.

The San Pedro Volunteer Fire Department.

Firefighting tug boats The Warrior and Falcon

is safe to say that bucket brigades provided


the first means of extinguishing unwanted waterfront fire. Wooden ships, wooden wharves,
lumber storage and cargoes of hides, tallow and
other combustibles must have provided some
serious fire situations on occasion. One of the
first recorded maritime disasters was the explosion of the steamer Ada Hancock April 27,
1863, killing 26 passengers and injuring 26 including Banning and his wife.

A conflagration destroyed part of Front
Street San Pedro in 1888. This contributed
to the formation of the organized San Pedro
Volunteer Fire Department in 1895 with 65
members divided into five companies. The
hand powered apparatus included three hose
companies, ahook and ladder and one chemical engine. Wilmington had its own volunteer
department. In addition, many of the large corporations owning wharves had firefighting apparatus of their own to assist the volunteers.
The Century Turns

Construction of the great Federal breakwater began in 1899 and this had a dramatic
effect on port activities. The population of San
Pedro doubled to 6000 between 1902 and 1905.
The Main Channel was dredged to a minus 18
feet, permitting cargo ships to penetrate deep
into the inner harbor. Los Angeles annexed a
strip of land a mile wide and 16 miles long in
its march to the sea and established a community called Harbor City.

That the local people were pleased with
their volunteers is quite evident as a 1905 souvenir booklet pointed out, But the fact that the
department is one of the most complete organizations of the kind on the coast and the men
among the most efficient in their line of duty is
the secret that saves money for the insurance
companies and makes San Pedro so proud of
her Fire Department. It was not an altogether
accurate assessment of conditions however. Although they probably did not realize it, the days
of the volunteers were numbered.
The City Takes Over

August 28, 1909, the City of Los Angeles annexed the communities of San Pedro,
Wilmington and East San Pedro (Terminal Island) inheriting a minimum of land based fire

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protection, all hand drawn, and eight miles of


waterfront hazards with no fireboat protection.

Even though the LAFD was a paid
department, the volunteers did not disappear
overnight and continued to serve the harbor
communities until the early Twenties. John C.
Baly, the chief of the San Pedro volunteers,
became a captain on our department and some
years later would return to the harbor as a Battalion Chief.

Chief Engineer Walter Lips visited the
harbor and immediately recommended acquiring a fireboat capable of throwing 6 four-inch
streams to protect the lumber yards. No action
was taken on this proposal however.

The appointment of Archie J. Eley as
Chief Engineer in May of 1910 was a turning
point in improved fire protection for the harbor.
He would lead the port from hand powered to
motor powered fire apparatus, without the need
for horses, as he began the motorization of the
LAFD.

In office only 30 days, his first annual
report asked for temporary fire vessels until the
City could purchase one of its own. He proposed a fire service pipeline equipped with
inlets and outlets to be laid from the waterfront
to the business district of San Pedro and along
the residence front on Terminal Island, so that
fireboats could pump saltwater into these mains
in case of fire.
We Begin to Move

On Chief Eleys recommendation, the
city soon contracted for the services of two
privately owned passenger tugs with some firefighting capability named the Warrior and
the Falcon. They were leased from the Wilmington Transportation Company on a monthly
basis. No firefighters were assigned to these
vessels, but firefighters from land-based stations went to work aboard them at the scene of
fires.

One of the benefits of annexation was
the eventual providing of two new motorized
fire stations for the harbor area. In San Pedro,
Auto Chemical Hose #6 was located in the old
city hall on Beacon Street. It would be replaced
by Engine 36 in 1915 and later moved to the
new city hall on 7th and Harbor Blvd. That
same year a frame house was built in Wilmington for an auto chemical hose company. This
was replaced in 1918 by Engine 38 located on

LAFDs first fireboat the Aeolian 1916


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the same site as new Fire Station 38 is today at


124 East I Street.

During this period harbor development
shifted into high gear as the first $3 million
general obligation bond was voted for improvements. Main Channel was widened and
deepened to minus 30 feet. Southern Pacific
built the first major wharf in San Pedro and Los
Angeles became the largest lumber importing
port by volume in the world.
The Fireboats Appear

There still was a need for a more versatile fire attack from the water side, especially
when the Falcons services were discontinued
in 1915. This prompted the securing of the
first city owned fireboat, the Aeolian (a low,
narrow-beamed, wooden vessel about 20 feet
long, built in Seattle in 1916). It had a covered
foredeck and an open cockpit aft. With a 60
gallon chemical tank, it had a hose reel on the
stern and a small roof ladder on the bow.

When the Warriors contract was ended
in 1917, a steam pumper was mounted on a
barge and the company was attached to Engine
36. At one time a second steamer was added to
increase the water output.

Chief Eley continued to crusade for a
large capacity city owned fireboat, placing it in
the budget each year until 1919 when Fireboat
Number 1 was built at a cost of $33,000. Although he had proposed a steel boat of 9000
GPM, the new fireboat was made of wood and
pumped about 2000 GPM. It was 65 feet long

LAFD Steamers were placed on a barge to provide


for additional firefighting hose streams. Notice the
Captains helmet shield 36

Fireboat No. 1 in 1919 later named


the Archibald J. Eley.

with a 17-1/2 foot beam, had four gasoline engines and no pilot house. She had three turrets
and a large reel of 2-1/2 inch hose which was
located near the stern.

Boat 1 was stationed at the foot of First
Street in San Pedro. The firefighters lived in
tents on the site as a new station was built to
house the boat and its crew. In 1924 the ferry
crashed into the firehouse and demolished a
large portion of the front room. The boat was
not damaged.
A Great Leap Forward

The same year that Boat 1 opened on
Main Channel, the old Hose Company #5 firehouse on Vernon Avenue (later 46s site) was
moved to 324 Tuna Street on Terminal Island
becoming Engine 40. This completed a circle
of fire companies around the rapidly expanding
port.

The new chief engineer was Ralph
J. Scott, a man who would soon come to be
known as one of the most progressive fire
chiefs in the nation. With World War I behind
and the Panama Canal open to shipping, the
harbor and the fire department embarked on a
period of extensive expansion and prosperity.
With Chief Scotts support, a $2-1/2 million
bond issue was passed in 1922 providing for 14
new stations, including three more in the harbor area and a new fireboat.

Engine 48 and Truck 14 opened for
business at 16th and Grand in 1924 along with
Engine 53 in a remodeled Edison substation at
438 North Mesa. Engine 49 opened in Wilmington near the entrance to Mormon Island.
Apparently funds were used up on the new
stations and in May of 1924 another $400,000
bond was passed to build the new fireboat and
station.

It was the era of large capacity fireboats. Every port city worth its salt wanted a
fireboat capable of dealing with the kind of disaster potential encountered in an active harbor.
On October 20, 1925, Fireboat Number 2 was
launched at L.A. Shipbuilding and Drydock
(later Todd Shipyard) at a cost of $214,000. At
99 feet and 13,500 GPM, she was a beautifully
engineered wrought steel, gasoline powered
vessel. With five large turrets and up to a 6 inch
tip, she had six pumps, three propellers, nine
engines and a 44 foot high elevating turret, the
first of its kind in the nation.

In the spring of 1926, finishing touches
were put to a magnificent boat house and fire
station to accommodate the new seagoing super-pumper. Located at Berth 226-227 on Terminal Island, it occupied a strategic position
near the geographical center of the harbor. The
hose tower was topped with an elegant cupola
which allowed excellent visibility all over the
harbor.

May 2, 1927, Fireboat 1 was relocated
to a new station in Fish Harbor where it eventually had a pilot house installed. This left Boat 2

to protect the full length of Main Channel and it


was felt that a smaller, faster vessel was needed
for some types of emergencies. Built at a cost
of $10,000, Fireboat Number 3 was commissioned March 13, 1928. It was a 38 foot wooden launch with a 10 foot beam and had a single
275 hp engine which drove both the propeller
and a 290 GPM pump. With a crew of two, it
was moored outside on the north side of Boat
2s quarters.
Part II of Bills story will continue in the August Grapevine

Boat 2 doing a beautiful water display


HISTORICAL SOCIETY EVENTS

Fireboat No. 2 under construction at


L.A. Shipbuilding in San Pedro 1925.

The Lulubelle Returns



Our 1937 American LaFrance engine
is back in the Hollywood Fire Museum after
being restored by Bowdy Strouds shop in Sunland and featured on the TV show American
Restoration. This beautiful engine is unique
since it was the first enclosed cab rig purchased
by the LAFD. It was first assigned as Engine
68 located at 5213 W. Pico. Comparing this
body style with apparatus before it shows how
streamlined it was for its time.


It has an American LaFrance V12 engine (that runs) and pumps 1250 gpm. It carried
21/2, 11/2 hose and a 1 red line on a reel
with an extension ladder and assorted tools.

The LAFD purchased four of these
rigs in 1937 and they were the first apparatus
bought since 1933 due to the Great Depression.
We proudly display this piece of LAFD history
for all to see and appreciate.

Calendar for July 2016

Engine 68 Shop #1072 with A platoon crew taken


in 1939.

* Fridays from 0800 to 1200 are work days on the Ralph J. Scott Fireboat

The restored Engine 68 Lulubelle in front of the


Hollywood Museum - Old Fire Station 27.
July 2016 53

LOS ANGELES FIREMENS RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES


May 4, 2016
CALL TO ORDER
President Robert Steinbacher
called the meeting of the Board
of Trustees of the Los Angeles
Firemens Relief Association to
order at 10:08 a.m.
ROLL CALL
MEMBERS PRESENT:
Robert Steinbacher, President
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee Juan Albarran
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Tim Freeman
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Chris Hart
Trustee John Jacobsen
Trustee David Ortiz
Trustee David Peters
Trustee Mike Sailhamer
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee Tim Larson Pension
Trustee Tyler Tomich
Trustee Craig White
Trustee Steven Domanski Pension
Todd Layfer - Executive Director
Liberty Unciano Controller Treasurer
MEMBERS ABSENT:
Trustee Steve Berkery (Excused)
Trustee Frank Aguirre (Excused)
Trustee Joe Vigil (Excused)
Trustee Doak Smith Pension
(Excused)
Trustee Steve Ruda (Excused)
GUESTS:
Dave Wagner, Grapevine Editor
Robert Olsen, L.A. Retired Fire &
Police Assoc.
Jim Dolan, Asst. Secretary
INVOCATION & Flag Salute
Mike Sailhamer led the invocation.
Tyler Tomich led the flag salute.
RATIFICATION OF MINUTES
Robert Steinbacher entertained a

54 July 2016

motion to ratify and dispense with


the reading of the minutes of the
Board of Trustees meeting held
April 6, 2016. Gene Bednarchik
so moved. Tim Freeman seconded.
There was no further discussion or
objections.

Robert Steinbacher informed that


the L.A. Retired Fire & Police
Associations Annual BBQ will be
on June 1st.

Motion carried to ratify and


dispense with the reading of the
minutes of the Board of Trustees
meeting held April 6, 2016.

Rick Godinez presented the


Scholarship Award winners to
the Board. He thanked all those
that participated in the program
and congratulated them on their
efforts.

PRESIDENT REPORT
Robert
Steinbacher
referred
to the Fire Family Foundation
Poker Tournament on May 21st
and asked if any Trustees were
interested in attending.
Robert Steinbacher referred to the
Bylaws and indicated that there
had been some proposed changes
for the committee to review.
Robert Steinbacher reported on the
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
on April 30th and indicated that
they honored all of the LAFRA
volunteers.
Robert Steinbacher reported on
the Pension subsidy meeting
and indicated that Ken Buzzell
objected to the 6.5% increase
voted by the Pension Board and
asked for the actuarial report for
the medical trend which stated a
6.8% increase. He indicated that
the issue was tabled for the next
meeting and indicated that there
will be a recommendation of a
6.75% increase.

SCHOLARSHIP
COMMITTEE REPORT

AUDIT COMMITTEE
REPORT
Tonetta
Connor
from
the
Harrington Group presented the
LAFRA Audit Report for fiscal
year 2015. She reported that
overall, there were no significant
deficiencies or weaknesses in the
overall operations and indicated
that the process and procedures
in place are functioning well. She
stated that the funds are safely
guarded and properly reported.
She stated that they have issued
an unmodified opinion on the
organizations audit report.
Tim Larson motioned to adopt and
accept the Audit Report presented
by the Harrington Group. Juan
Albarran seconded. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to adopt and
accept the Audit Report presented
by the Harrington Group.
VICE PRESIDENT REPORT

Jeff Cawdrey reported on the


Drill Tower Graduation on April
28th and indicated that there were
approximately 48 graduates.

Jeff Cawdrey referred to the


Morningstar conference in June
and indicated that they will be
sending four individuals.

Juan Albarran referred to the


Pechanga Reunion and indicated
that they are on track with the
planning. He reported that most
RV spots were already taken.
Tim Larson indicated that they
will have three foursomes of golf
planned for Thursday morning.

Jeff Cawdrey referred to the


Communication and Tech Institute
in Boston and asked if there was
any interest from Trustees to
attend.
Jeff Cawdrey referred to the
Colorado Springs Memorial on
September 18th and indicated

that they have several Trustees


showing interest in attending this
event.
Jeff Cawdrey indicated that they
have decided to send two Trustees
to the Washington Legislative
Update in Washington D.C., May
23rd & May 24th.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
REPORT
Todd Layfer referred to the Golf
Tournament and reported that we
have just over $19K in pledges
so far. He indicated that the Golf
Committee has asked that we
produce a raffle style mulligan
ticket which enables better
tracking.
Todd Layfer referred to the
LAFRA Health Fair and reported
that there were approximately 120
attendees. He indicated that it was
a great turn out and stated that we
came in under what was budgeted
for the event.
Todd Layfer referred to Hope for
Firefighters and reported that all
the food booths have been filled
by Fire Stations and the LAFD
Fire Hogs. He indicated that they
have two beverage booths that
need to be filled. He reported
that we purchased four new mini
iPads to use at Hope and other
events for processing credit card
transactions. He indicated that
Ralphs and Food 4 Less have
donated $25K in gift cards to use
at the Hope for Firefighters. Also,
US Bank has returned as a $15K
sponsor for Hope.
Todd Layfer reported that there
were a net total of 73 individuals
added to the Medical Plan during
Open enrollment.
Todd Layfer referred to the Lane
Kemper Softball Tournament and
reported that there are 21 teams
signed up to play.

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE
REPORT

Motion carried to accept all


applications to the Medical Plan.

Garth Flint presented the 1st


Quarter Performance Review
on the LAFRA investments. He
reviewed the current market
performance and whats anticipated
going forward. He reported on the
manager performance relative to
the benchmark and indicated that
Wedgewood has been struggling
and has been placed on an extended
watch list. He also reported that
Fixed Income and Hedge Funds
under performed this quarter.

David Peters reported that the


committee voted to enforce the 60day COBRA limitation when there
is a change of status on dependent
medical coverage.

ADMINISTRATIVE
COMMITTEE REPORT
Tyler Tomich presented
following motions.

the

The committee recommends and


I so move to pay the professional
fees in the amount of $64,763.35.
There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to pay the
professional fees in the amount
of $64,763.35.
The committee recommends and
I so move to pay the usual and
customary bills in the amount
of $861,001.62. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the usual
and customary bills in the amount
of $861,001.62.
The committee recommends and
I so move to pay the overage
of $221 for the Color Guard
uniforms. There was no discussion
or objections.
Motion carried to pay the overage
of $221 for the Color Guard
uniforms.
MEDICAL COMMITTEE
REPORT
David Peters presented
following motion.

the

The committee recommends and I


so move to accept the applications
to the Medical Plan. There was no
discussion and no objections.

RELIEF COMMITTEE
REPORT
James Coburn presented
following motion.

the

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 pay:

No Advancements to report for the


month.

The Sick & Injury benefits in the


amount of $28,623.84
The Estate Planning benefit in the
amount of $13,800,
The Life & Accident Withdrawals
in the amount of $3,160
The Relief Death Benefits in the
amount of $27,000

GRAPEVINE/WEBSITE
COMMITTEE REPORT

There was no discussion or


objections.
Motion carried to pay the above
Relief benefits.
James Coburn read the names of
members who recently passed
and asked for a moment of silence
from the Board.
MEMORIALS

Chris Hart reported that the


committee met last week and
discussed possibly decreasing
the amount of issues Grapevine
published each year. He indicated
that they decided to keep the once
per month publishing as is because
it is considered a benefit to the
membership. He indicated that
they are working on increasing the
advertisements to bring in more
revenue.
SECRETARIES REPORT
Andy Kuljis reported on the status
of a surviving spouse.
SETTING OF DATES

Thomas E. Smith
William L. Rowe
Eugene F. Mahoney
Reynoldo T. Rojo
Daniel A. Pitt
Robert S. Furr

The committee recommends and


I so move to accept the donations
in the amount of $4,735.08 to the
Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemens Fund. There was no
discussion or objections.

Lane Kemper Softball Tournament


May 11th B
LAFD EXPO May 21st FS 59
Fallen Firefighter Memorial Golf
Tournament May 23rd
LAFRA Pechanga Reunion
May 23 May 27
LARFPA Annual BBQ - June 1st
Hope for Firefighters - June 2nd
LAFD Fire Hogs Fallen Heroes
Memorial Ride June 25th
Colorado Springs Memorial
September 15th 18th
LAFD Invitational Golf
Tournament September 19th
LAFRA Holiday Party
December 17th

Motion carried to accept the


donations in the amount of
$4,735.08 to the Widows, Orphans
& Disabled Firemens Fund.

RETIREMENT DINNERS

Brett Davis Saturday May 7th B
@ Davis Residence (Albarran)

ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE
James Coburn presented
following motions.

the

Kirk Olson Friday, May 20th B


@Fire Station 65 (Bednarchik)
Robert Rosario Saturday
May 21st C @ 94th Aero
Squadron (White)
Radley Wong Wednesday,
May 25th @ FHMTC
(Bednarchik)
Dan McCarthy Tuesday,
May 31st A @Lost Canyons
Golf Club (White)
Bruce Burkhart Saturday,
June 4th A @ Fire Station 48
(Larson)
Mike Bowman & Tom Ottman
Saturday, June 4th A @
FS 4 (Bednarchik)
Art Burgess Monday,
June 6th C @ Odyssey
Restaurant (Steinbacher)
Paul R. Nelson Friday, June 10th
C @ Odyssey Restaurant (Hart)
Andy Vidovich Monday,
June 20th A @ Dalmatian
American Club (Kuljis)
Phil Bernal Saturday, June 25th
B @ The Bernals
Craig Nielsen Wednesday,
June 29th A @ Intercontinental
Hotel (Hart)
Peter Pulido, Robert Brown &
Mark Gozawa Thursday,
June 30th (Steinbacher)
Dan Rodriguez Friday, July 1st
A @ Odyssey Restaurant
(Godinez)
Mike Monroy Friday, July 29th
B @ Top of the Fish Market
(Larson)
Mike Palma/Robert Gonzalez
Sun., Aug. 7th B @ Knollwood
Country Club (Bednarchik)
ADJOURNMENT
Robert Steinbacher entertained
a motion to adjourn. Tim Larson
so moved. Craig White seconded.
There was no discussion and no
objections.
Motion carried to adjourn.
The Board of Trustees meeting
adjourned at 12:25p.m.

Robert Steinbacher, President

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Patio doors. I also carry aluminum,
wood and entry door systems.
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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
a week, Beep or Donna Schaffer
1+(760) 723-1475.
www.schaffercabin.com
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. Very close
to the 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
sugarloafcabin@cox.net
sugarloafcabin.com
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.
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
KONA HAWAII - One bedroom
condo. Sleeps 4. Available July 15
through August 13. Nice clean unit
overlooking the pool and gazebo
area. Maid service available.
Walking distance to restaurants
and entertainment. $500/week
or $1900/mo. Contact Seferino
Godinez (951) 277-4044 or email
sef9250@yahoo.com
LAKE HAVASU BEACH-FRONT
HOUSE. Panoramic view, lawn to
water, boat tie up. 4 bedroom, 2
bath, sleeps 10, nicely furnished
house and patio. gas BBQ, A/C,
pool table, 3 TVs/DVD, WiFi,
complete kitchen with microwave.
Washer & Dryer. Gated resort.
No pets. No smoking. Bud Bowen
bud@egbowen.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. 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
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 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
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 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 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
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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.


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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
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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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On November 1, 1960, Engine and Squad 23 were moved to Fire Station 9. I was working on Engine 28 at the
time and was later transferred to Squad 9 (FS 9 had an engine and a squad).

On June 1, 1966, Truck 24, Pump 24, and Salvage 28 were moved to Fire Station 9; Squad 9 was disbanded; and
Chief Hill formed the LAFDs first task force.

This photo was taken shortly after that and is the A shift of the two engine companies. That was Engine 9 and
Triple 9, not Engine 209 as it was later called. Engine 9 had a captain and Triple 9 had acting captains on all three shifts.

Pictured in the photo are top row, l to r, Me (Jim Haw), Don Greissinger, Dave Parsons, Ben Dix and Harry
Marple. Front row, l to r, Dale Hendersheid, Alex Sarris, Bill Middleton and Frank Accardo. Capt Leo Ford is standing
Submitted by Jim Haw
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