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Presidents Message ................................................................................05
Election Information ..................................................................................06
Editors Desk .............................................................................................07
Chaplains Corner
Negrete speaks at memorial ceremony .................................................08
Battalion News ..........................................................................................11
Retired Guys .............................................................................................19
LAFD Handball
Venice Beach 3-Wall Tournament ..........................................................19
Personal Finance
Helping to care for aging parents ..........................................................20
Personal Fitness
The benefts of exercise ........................................................................23
Firehouse Challenge
The LA Times sponsors a cooking competition .....................................25
Department In Action
Sylmar Structure Fire .............................................................................26
Northridge Traffc Accident & Extrication ................................................28
Van Nuys Wildfre ..................................................................................30
Station Fridge ...........................................................................................32
60th Anniversary
Retired member celebrates 60 years of marriage .................................33
LAFD Golf Club
Info for perspective new members .........................................................35
Mailbox .....................................................................................................36
Retirement Dinner Announcements ...........................................................38
Retirement Dinner Celebrations
Wes Shundo .........................................................................................39
Memorials .................................................................................................41
Search & Rescue
Mittendorf reveals more techniques ......................................................43
Dollars & Sense ..........................................................................................47
LAFD-HS History
9-11 LAFD response .............................................................................49
Minutes of the Board of Trustees ..............................................................52
Classifeds ................................................................................................57
Tailboard ...................................................................................................61
VOL. LXXXIX SEPTEMBER 2012 NO. 02
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By John Jacobsen
I
hope the summer months continue to fnd you and your families well.
There have been plenty of changes going on around here. If youre
like me, most change is frst received as bad news. Then it soaks in,
the pros and cons are sifted through and sometimes, like it or not, the
change is for the better. I think it is just our nature to be comfortable with
what we have and anything different is met with as a little threatening.
The whole country has been on a roller coaster for what seems like a
small eternity and weve all been impacted by one thing or another.
A few questions routinely come up from our members that sur-
round eligibility for children and our Medical Plan. Let me touch on a
few of the highlights that might help clear some of this up without you
having to read an encyclopedia.
BEFORE HEALTH CARE REFORM
children covered up to age 25
children must be unmarried
children age 19 and older must be full-time students
children must be fnancially dependent upon Member
(NOW) AFTER HEALTH CARE REFORM
children covered up to age 26
children can be married
children age 19 not required to be full-time students
children not required to be fnancially dependent upon
Member
Some have asked if the spouse of their adult child or the chil-
dren of their adult child can be covered. The answer is no.
How many of you have traveled outside of the country and
thought about getting treated by a doctor? Have you made a quick trip to
Mexico for a few days? It would be prudent to bring an emergency credit
card (with a signifcant limit) if possible. Many other countries demand
payment prior to service or at the very least prior to leaving the facility.
Unfortunately this is something that is usually not negotiable and has
caused signifcant issue for some. This would include almost all foreign
counties and even treatment on a Cruise Ship. (Please read the article
from the Editors Desk for additional details) On the good side, getting
reimbursed for this care is relatively painless. It requires you flling out a
form and submitting the receipt and summary of charges to LAFRA. The
form is available on www.lafra.org in the Member Benefts/How to File
a Claim or call (866) 995-2372.
Elections are knocking at the door. This year will be the frst
time our election process refects the change in by-laws that the member-
ship voted in last year. There will be (6) six Active and (1) one Pension
Trustee spot up for election and this refects 1/3 of the Board. All the
Trustees are elected representatives of the membership and are responsi-
ble to the Association as a whole. The more actively involved our mem-
bership is with their Trustees, the better the Board can serve to take care
of its members. Take the time to reach out to any of the current Board
members to fnd out what is going on, what we can do better, and how
we can best serve the Association. Your current Board members have
done a great job of continuing the traditions of this organization. Any
candidate you consider should be someone you can count on to represent
the membership and dedicate the time that is required to do the job.
Many are not aware of the specifc details of how we provide
service to our members. Some of our older members and/or widows need
someone to lean on or to provide help with some essentials of daily liv-
ing. One in particular comes to mind and her story needs to be shared.
One of our elderly widows had an electrical system in her home that was
in desperate need of attention. The original wiring was such that it would
not run a toaster or even a ceiling fan on a given day. The Relief, through
a visitation with the widow, saw the need for assistance and sprang into
action. The electrical service was brought up to snuff and we addition-
ally fxed the locks on her doors that werent working. Now you may
ask yourself, Why wouldnt they just have called someone to have this
done? The trust factor that our members have with us is something that
not everyone else has. The advice and direction that they will take from
us is usually uncontested in these matters. There are no ulterior motives
or what not, just a willingness to be their advocate that can be counted
on. We are routinely thanked, but the simple fact is that it is our member-
ship that should be recognized. It is usually our own members that go out
of their way to help one another and that is something that should never
be discounted.
See you all at the LAFD Golf Invitational on 9/24.
Respectfully,
John E. Jacobsen
(323) 259-5200
president@lafra.org
6 September 2012
LOS ANGELES FIREMENS RELIEF ASSOCIATION
ELECTION OF TRUSTEES, 2012
Andrew Kuljis, Chairman, Election Committee, LAFRA
E
lection time again is bearing down upon us. Elections are a
very important aspect for the life and health of your Relief
Association. It is now time to nominate members of the
Association for the offces of six Active Trustees and one Pension
Trustee positions.
This is the frst year of use of the new Trustee election process that
was approved by the membership in December, 2011. From now on
there will be six (6) Active Trustees elected at-large by Active mem-
bers and one (1) Pension Trustee, elected by Pension members, for
three year terms. If more than six actives run, the six with the most
votes will elected.. If more than one pensioner runs, the one with
most votes will be elected.. If no more than six active members and
no more than one pension member runs, there will be a white ballot
declared by the Board and those running will be deemed elected.
As stated in the Bylaws, Article VII, Chapter I, Section 7136, The
Trustees shall attend all meetings of the Board, unless excused, visit
the sick and injured members in their respective districts, report
upon all matters coming within their scope of assignments and re-
sponsibilities, and perform such other duties as may be assigned to
them by the Board.
The Trustees are the elected representatives of the membership of
the Association, who are responsible to their constituency and to
the Association as a whole. A conscientious effort must be made
by each Trustee to be knowledgeable of the Associations By-Laws
and their responsibilities to the members of the Association. The
Association is governed, and its business conducted by the Board
of Trustees. Dissemination of information relative to the Associa-
tion and to its membership is conducted primarily by the Trustees.
Conversely, opinions, requests and suggestions are channeled to the
Board, through the Trustees. A close liaison with the membership is
paramount to the performance of the duties of a Trustee.
Nominations are open September 1 through October 15, and will
close at the end of the business day on October 15, 2012.
Only members of the Association in good standing may serve as
an Offcer or Trustee. The commitment of a Trustee position is for
three years.
Please Mail, FAX or Email a letter in the following format, with
a recent picture of yourself and a short statement/bio, by close of
business on October 15, 2012.
I ___________________________________, do here by submit my name as a candidate
for the position of (select Active or Pension) _________________________________ on
the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association.
This letter is valid only for the General Election of 2012. Mail or FAX to:
ANDREW KULJIS, SECRETARY
Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association
815 Colorado Bl., 4th foor, Los Angeles, CA. 90041 FAX (323) 259-5204 AKULJIS@LAFRA.ORG
September 2012 7
You may have heard about another member of ours who had
a dirt bike mishap in Baja recently. His buddies discovered that for our
south-of-the-border neighbors, the guarantee of payment is required be-
fore hospital treatment is rendered . . . and your bill better be paid in
full or you wont be going home. In the end, all of this members actual
medical bills were covered 100% - including the air ambulance - by the
LAFRA Medical Plan. It was the added helicopter take-off fee, the
in-fight fee, the landing fee - and the let your family out of the
country fee - all government imposed, that were not covered. In addi-
tion, here at home, a LAFRA team was standing by, ready to assist the
familys efforts to get the member back to Los Angeles.
Its important to remember that your LAFRA medical plan
pays 100% of the costs associated with an injury, accident or admission
to a hospital through the emergency room - anywhere in the world you
happen to be. This includes ambulance transportation, anesthesia, labs,
hospital services including room and board in an ICU or coronary care
unit, and all other medically necessary services and supplies.
In another incident that occured a little closer to home, a mem-
ber spouse was admitted through the emergency room of Antelope Val-
ley Hospital exhibiting some serious signs and symptoms. The doctors
in A.V. immediately recognized that she needed to be to transferred to
Cedars-Sinai for surgery. When the surgeon at Cedars heard that she was
covered by the LAFRA Medical Plan, he didnt hesitate to immediate-
ly schedule the emergency procedure. She was airlifted by Mercy Air
across the desert to West LA, and Im happy to report that she made a full
recovery.
M
y wife and daughter wanted to spend a week in Paris this sum-
mer but I convinced them that Quebec was just as French
and a much shorter plane ride. I told them that Montreal has
a Notre Dame Cathedral (not quite as old as the one in France), and that
the pommes frites at the McDonalds in old Quebec City were better than
what you could get on the Left Bank.
The trip was going well - with a bicycle tour through Montreal
and a whitewater kayak trip in the mountains to the north when disaster
struck. A sudden fare-up of a recurring infection required us to seek im-
mediate medical care for my daughter. Out of the U.S. (is Canada really
a foreign country?) and knowing little of how their medical care system
worked (socialized medicine?) caused us some concern. We soon dis-
covered that Canadian pharmacies do not carry the OTC medicine that
works so well for her at home, and that she would need a prescription for
an antibiotic. After waiting three hours in our room for the doctor that the
hotel said they had on-call, we decided to strike out on our own.
I found the Centre de sant et de services sociaux de la Vie-
ille-Capitale (Centre for health and social services of the old capital) in
a Google search, just ten minutes from the hotel. The building had no ar-
chitectural style but was utilitarian and very clean (everything in Canada
is very clean). The receptionist, who spoke perfect English, gave us some
simple paperwork (in English) to fll out. A nurse, who spoke less Eng-
lish than the receptionist, triaged my daughter almost immediately. After
a 45 minute wait she was in with the doctor, who spoke the least English
of all, and 20 minutes later had her prescription.
I handed my trusty Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association
Medical Plan card to the cashier on the way out, but she just smiled and
said, Je suis dsol Monsieur. Une carte de crdit si vous plait. Even
I could fgure out what she wanted, forking over my Capital One plastic
instead.
The best part of the story? When I got home, I presented the
bill (in French) to our medical plan and within a week I received a refund
for 80% of the $267 cost of the visit to the clinic.
Other Relief members have had much more harrowing medi-
cal emergencies in foriegn lands. One members 14 year-old son was
struck by a motorcycle on the streets of Mazatlan. After a Mr. Toads
Wild ride to the hospital in the back seat of a police car, the youth was
admitted and treated by a surgeon who had luckily received his trauma
certs in San Diego. The member only needed to confrm payment with
his credit card, as his LAFRA Medical Plan card was accepted, and the
payment from the Relief Association was paid through an exchange the
next day. His only cost was a $50 currency exchange fee.
The price tag for the Mercy Air transport? $31,000. When the
LAFRA Medical Plan paid half the transport bill, the member thought
they would have to pick up the other $15,500. Not! Mercy Air accepted
the LAFRA payment as full payment for their services.
So whether youre heading out on a surfng safari to the Gold
Coast of Austrailia or planning a shopping expedition to Dubai, there are
a few cards you should have in your wallet. A credit card with no foreign
transaction fees is an international travelers best friend. Experienced
travelers also know that getting cash from an ATM machine is cheaper
than getting it from travelers checks or by currency exchange (make
sure you let your card companies know where you are going before you
leave). And maybe most importantly, youll need your LAFRA Medical
Plan card to keep you safe in an emergency. Even if its not accepted at
as many locations as your Visa card, it has all the telephone numbers
youll need to get help from back home should you need it.
8 September 2012
E
ach October, LAFD members and fami-
lies gather at our Fallen Firefghter Me-
morial to remember those that made
the ultimate sacrifce. Chaplain Negrete was
honored to say the following words at the cer-
emony a few years ago.
On behalf of the LAFD Chaplain
Corps I want to welcome you here. To the fam-
ily members, friends and co-workers present
whose loved ones gave their lives while serv-
ing as frst responders, I want to thank-you for
your sacrifce, to offer you our condolences and
as a chaplain, to offer you our continued sup-
port.
It is a privilege to join with you at
this special memorial for our fallen frefghters
and paramedics. For me personally, the senti-
mental value represented here is huge.
Today Im speaking as a man grateful
to have been born and raised in the strip of the
City of Los Angeles along Vermont Avenue. In
fact, as a youth I once worked along side the
local frefghters from Fire Station 79 helping
extinguish a small fre in my own backyard.
Unfortunately I had caused the fre while play-
ing with matches and gasoline so it wasnt
something that I ever included on my resume.
The other experience with the crew from FS
79 has to do with this scar on the underside of
my chin. The report reads something like this:
while engaging in reckless bicycle riding on
private property w/o permission, patient lost
control and after being thrown
from bike landed chin frst on a
pile of discarded cement. Pt. Sus-
tained a 4 laceration at chin with
heavy bleeding and partial loss of
tooth patient to follow up with
personal Dr., so, I am quite grate-
ful to have grown up protected by
our capable LA City resources.
Today Im also speaking
from the perspective of a grate-
ful American citizen who lived
through 9/11/2001. This was an
occasion where America and the
world caught a glimpse of what
frst responders are trained to do,
and committed to do, every day.
In fact, many LA City resources,
including the chaplains, respond-
ed days after 9/11 to assist in the
recovery effort. I am here as an
American who recognizes the need for, appre-
ciates the service of, and admires the people
called frefghters and paramedics.
Im also here as a former LA City
frefghter, and as such, having worked with
and for some of the best frefghters and para-
medics around, this is a proud moment. As a
rookie I remember working right here at old
27s, and later as an engineer I was twice as-
signed to new fre station 27 what a joy, and
always a challenge.
While this is a proud day it is also
an emotional one, in one sense, because of the
individuals being remembered and the profes-
sion they represent, its easy for me to be here
to commemorate, honor and acknowledge the
memory of those who paid the ultimate sacri-
fce. Twelve of the names on the wall for line
of duty deaths occurred during my career. That
number does not even include the many active
duty deaths many of those deaths directly
related to duty connected illness and disease.
You see the risks frefghters and paramedics
endure include high stress, hazardous materials
and communicable diseases theyre exposed to
daily.
And, of course, Im also here as a
chaplain. Ive been practicing the Christian
faith for 25 years. I consider that my main iden-
tity and the source of the compassion I have for
people in need. Eight years ago, in a matter of
weeks LA City lost four members: Captain Joe
Dupee in a structure fre, A/O Mike McComb,
FF/Paramedics Eric Reiner and Michael Butler
in the helicopter crash of Fire 3. It was shortly
after that I joined the ranks of the LAFDs vol-
unteer chaplains. The compassion and strength
September 2012 9
that God gives enables me to serve my Fire De-
partment family with great pleasure and zeal.
Have you ever stopped to think of
what the word memorial means? In the literal
sense the word memorial can be defned as:
a monument or holiday designed or established
to serve as a remembrance of a person or an
event. Today is a solemn remembrance of those
brothers - and a sister, who along with their
loved ones paid the ultimate price of duty. By
our presence here today we are saying that the
lives we lost were special and that the causes
they died for were - and always will be - mean-
ingful.
But there is another meaning, just
as signifcant, for todays memorial. While the
memorial is designed to honor the dead, ulti-
mately it is for the living. This memorial, or
any commemoration like it, has the potential
to teach those of us that remain the virtue and
gift of gratitude. Today, as we mourn the loss
of our loved ones and coworkers let us also, at
the same time, remember the risk and high cost
of public safety and thank God for those who
served with honor.
As we consider the memory of our
fallen comrades let us also ponder their legacy.
A legacy is defned as something handed down
from an ancestor, or predecessor from the past.
Today it would be good for us to consider what
gift our fallen comrades might have left us. We
should ask ourselves the question - What can
we learn?
In order to reap the full beneft of
the life of those who have gone before us we
should reach beyond the memory of how they
gave their lives, to study how they lived their
lives. We dont want to miss seeing what we
might borrow from the past to effect the present
and also shape our future.
As I draw to a close I want share
with you four characteristics that comprise
what I will refer to as the Firefghter Legacy.
As a chaplain, for the last nine years it has been
my responsibility to come along side frefght-
ers, their families, their co-workers in times
of great celebration and also during severe
tragedy; from weddings to funerals, to baby
dedications and drill tower graduations, our
services run the gamut of occasions and emo-
tions. In order to do a better job serving De-
partment members, active and retired, I have
made it my job to study the person behind the
badge. Having lived together in frehouses with
the women and men of the LAFD for nearly
28 years I have gained insight into some com-
mon characteristics that our members possess.
Whether I was working along side them at the
scene of an emergency or whether I was walk-
ing along side them as a chaplain Ive discov-
ered an incredible group of people. Certainly
we are not perfect the members themselves as
well as their families would be the frst to tell
you that, but at the same time, there is a part of
each of us which sets us apart in a good way.
I have been impressed in my person-
al faith as a Christian as I have watched the fol-
lowing characteristics displayed time and again
by Department members. Below are qualities
identifed in the bible which frefghters and
paramedics consistently exercise:
1) Act selfessly: the bible says Let noth-
ing be done from selfsh ambition or con-
ceit, but in lowliness of mind let each es-
teem others better than himself. Let each
of you look out not only for his own inter-
ests, but also for the interests of others.
*(Phil. 2:3-4)
* FFs daily put the needs of the public
before themselves.
* While the FFs loss of life may be an ac-
cident, what got them there was an inten-
tional commitment to service above self
2) Live as servants: whoever desires
to be frst among you let him be your ser-
vant and Just as the Son of Man did not
come to be served but to serve and to give
His life a ransom for many. (Matt. 20:26
& 28)
3) Respond sacrifcially: After the com-
mand that we are to love one another verse
13 states: Greater love has no one than
this, than to lay down ones life for his
friends. *(John 15:13)
* Firefghters/paramedics provide their
services for strangers at all hours of the
day and night!
4) Live in Humility: We are to be clothed
with humility, for God resists the proud,
but gives grace to the humble. *(1Peter
5:6-7)
* At a wildland fre, the chief delivering
meals on wheels
* Captains helping to load hose or cook-
ing the day before inspection
* In all my years I am proud to say that
I have never heard a frefghter or medic
boasting about saving a life I like that,
theyre just doing the job God has given
them to do.
Today as we remember our loved
ones let us remember to be thankful for what
they have done and how they have lived. Lets
face tomorrow having picked up the legacy
passed on to those left behind. In doing so,
as we intentionally act upon things they have
taught us, life will be better and the contribu-
tion of the fallen will continue to live on.
Psalm 46 verse one says this: God
is our refuge and strength. A very present help
in trouble. Sometimes even the frst responder
needs help, so dont forget that you can look
to God and if theres anything that we can do
just call us, and let us come along side you -
after all thats what families do for one another.
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10 September 2012
September 2012 11
The views expressed by the Battalion News writers do NOT necessarily refect those of the Firemens Relief Association
Greetings once again from the sin-
ners and the saints of the Second Battalion...
Lotsa comings and goings this
month as pool people seek permanent homes,
others search for a change in scenery, some are
grasped by the cold claw of special duty, and
an era comes to an end with a retirement.
Well start with CII/PM Mary Zahyna who
leaves 12s for EMS 4, CII Paul Ponce can
now be found at FPB Legal Research instead
of Lincoln Heights, Engineer Mark Stafford
gets a permanent home with the opening of
Engine 105, FF Nigel Francis will hone his
frefghting skills and continue his engineer
study program at 34s . . . and an era comes
to an end as CII Dave Soto gets to check the
retired box on all future questionnaires. Thirty
fve years of service, the last ten spent keeping
order in the Second Oldest Fire Station in the
City. Thank you for making it look easy . . .
the great ones always do. Your crew really ap-
preciated your cooking a prime rib dinner on
the last day, a pleasant surprise from the burnt
chuck roast soaked in Ragu that never got you
out of the cooking rotation. Enjoy retirement,
youve earned it.
To ease the pain of our loss we
congratulate CI/PM Timothy Werle on his
promotion to CII/PM Timothy Werle and wish
you luck in flling some big shoes in Lincoln
Heights. Other comings include CII Paul
Ybarra slipping from the icy grasp of the FPB
Legal Research Unit to lead the brave at Ones
on the C, FF/PM Derek Moran leaves RA/
AE 96 for RA 55, FF Bobby Kassaie gets out
of the pool at 74s to call 44s home . . . and
last only alphabetically, FF Luibomir Zagorac
(spell check went crazy on that one) leaves the
pool position at 18s on the A for the stability
of a permanent spot at 44s on the B.
Remember... we start off liking you,
youll have to do something to change that.
No story this month . . . I want to
leave some room for pictures.
the weakest link
Send your version of the truth, or the
story you promised me about how 12s RE-
ALLY found the winning recipe for deep fried
Twinkies for the Hope for Firefghters Charity
Cookoff to battalion7news@yahoo.com.
doNt let that sMile fool you. the eNd of aN era.
the lovely virgiNia takes Care of busiNess oN daves last day.
12 September 2012
battalioN 5 CoMpaNies respoNded to aN apartMeNt house fire oN kiNgsley ave oN July 16, 2012 aNd had diffiCulty gettiNg up the steep aNd Narrow roads of eCho park at a fire iN a three-story hillside hoMe oN laNda street oN July 21st.
Last month Metro Fire Control put
us onto radio watch (again). The fellas at 37s
divided up the night by one hour watches, but
apparently there is one engineer that feels he
is too good for radio watch. He tried very hard
to argue why he should be sleeping while the
lowly frefghters should stay up listening for
the next auto alarm. The whining sounded like
this - But the A/O doesnt have to do it?
Thats because he knows your job better than
you! the guys told him. Maybe he should
have spent the time from 2300 to midnight
studying his job/district/logbook.
A few days later, with no one look-
ing, the same engineer decided he was gonna
tough talk a cup of coffee. Look left, look
right, all clear, time to peacock up! Well, the
coffee cup showed him, scalding his hand and
tapping out the peacock.
Speaking of 37s, new kid on the
block Matt (zero handball experience) Romo
decides he is gonna throw a handball chal-
lenge to the veteran Doug (B player on his
best day) Noonan. The catch, Doug has to
wear full turnouts. 42 unanswered points later,
young Romo is buying Yogurtland for the
Task Force. It wouldnt be fair to say Matt
never touched the ball, because Doug actually
hopped the ball into Matts body/belly a few
times.
Hey, speaking of Battalion 9, wed
like to extend a warm, empty, doughnut-less
hand to welcome our newest member to the
battalion. Just a friendly reminder chief, since
we know its been several years since youve
been in the feld, but certain things havent
changed. One of which is to purchase and
bring some doughnuts on your frst day. A
simple introduction would have been nice too.
Its not personal, its just business
Ministry of Misinformation
ninewriter@yahoo.com
September 2012 13
battalioN 5 CoMpaNies respoNded to aN apartMeNt house fire oN kiNgsley ave oN July 16, 2012 aNd had diffiCulty gettiNg up the steep aNd Narrow roads of eCho park at a fire iN a three-story hillside hoMe oN laNda street oN July 21st.
This battalion has some of the busi-
est companies in the city, but that didnt keep
them from working hard and making a very
favorable impression on Annual Inspection.
The crews pulled out all the stops for weeks
before the big event. By inspection time all the
rigs were tricked out and the frehouses were
ready for HGtv cameos. Great job!
Over at 88s, someone got to the
PRBs just prior to the inspection and made
a few new entries on some of the members
F-732s the Skills and Training page. Under
Primary Skills for A/O Jason Mastro the
ESB chief read chewing gum while driv-
ing and yelling at paramedics. Engineer
Derrick Goldsteins primary skill extreme
couponing. Insanity workout was inserted
for Engineer Kameron Carlis, while tinker-
ing and whining flled the slot for FF Brett
Porter. FF Liz Currys primary skill best
truck frefghter at 88s.
Fire Station 39 was the frst house
inspected on the frst day of Annual. The guys
at 88s thought it might be a good idea to call
over there and fnd out what they could expect
later in the day. When they discovered that the
chief was quizzing members about the hydro
foam equipment, 88s engineers gave the guys
a quick refresher drill on the nozzle to make
sure everyone was up to snuff. Sure enough,
when the chief reached the compartment with
the hydro foam equipment, he asks one of the
frefghters to show him how to put it together.
To everyones surprise, this one-stripe fre-
fghter tells the chief fat out, No, I cant do
it. What?!!?
This same one-stripe frefghter has
a trade payback coming up on a Friday that
he just cant work you see, he tells everyone
hes got a big party to go to that night. A week
in advance he hits up everyone on the other
shifts, begging them for a TS 12 guarantee for
the night of the big party. With no guarantee,
he shows up for work. That evening Engine
88 is out on a rescue call when they hear the
Beverly Park mansion fre going down. LF 88
photos by ryaN babroff, epN
14 September 2012
Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association Medical Plan may
cover this examination. Contact your plan provider to verify.
September 2012 15
is part of the initial assignment and the engine
now prepares for the additional companies
dispatch. But wait! Our one-striper gets a cell
phone call and tells the captain he has to go
home FI. What?!!?
Heres a captains test question for
all you studiers: A member wakes you up at
0300 hours and tells you he cant sleep. He
shows you his medical marijuana card and
says he needs to use his medication to help
him relax. What do you do? (Editors Note:
While this story made the rounds around the
battalion, it has since been proven false but
it is an interesting question)
New B/C on the A shift, Tim
Kelly (welcome chief), is quite the energetic
type. He counts himself into the cooking
rotation (thanks boss) and gets around to all
the weekend drills. When the guys at 39s
discovered that he was still in TFC mode
and loading his axe into the sedan each shift,
they decided to modify the axe to better suit
his new job requirements (see photo on left).
Send all your news and photos to:
batt10writer@gmail.com
My family and I would like to thank
everyone that participated in the breakfast for
our son Dean Hirsch. And our special thanks
to the members at Fire Station 6.
Dean was diagnosed with lymphoma
shortly after his 10th birthday. It turned our
lives upside down. One minute he is play-
ing soccer and going to school, the next we
were being told he has cancer. Fortunately,
the prognosis is good. He has been respond-
ing well to the Chemotherapy treatments.
We are overwhelmed by the outreach and
support from everyone. We
wish we could thank every-
one personally for all that has
been done and continues. We
appreciate all the prayers and
well wishes. Please feel free
to follow Deans journey at
caringbridge.org and be sure
to check out our Team Dean
Kickin Cancers Booty video
on YouTube.
Again, from the bot-
tom of our Hearts, Thank you
Shane Hirsch, Engineer 6-A
Greetings from the Battalion that never sleeps!
With as warm as its been, I hope
by now everybody has done their annuals on
their brush turnouts, web gear, and brush bags.
These summer months bring warm temps and
low humidity which give us an opportunity
to fght a few brush fres, but mostly to go
camping in other peoples neighborhoods, four
to eight ridges away from the nearest fames,
while sleeping on well polished diamond plate
and staying ready for deployment at a mo-
ments notice.
Luckily, on our off time, this warm
weather also allows us to head to the beaches,
mountains, or local golf courses. Speaking of
golfng, a few members of the LAFD were
recently spotted at one such local golf course
up in Palos Verdes . . . at mid-day in the
middle of the week . . . with a few city sedans
(must have been take-home cars) parked in the
parking lot. Anyway, after some light stretch-
ing and a few buckets on the driving range,
these chiefs (whoops, did I forget to mention
that at the beginning?) were lined up at the
frst tee box and ready to go . . . well almost.
The starter came over and reminded them that
even though they were chief offcers, they still
had to pay for every member golfng. Turns
out, eight had shown up and only six had paid.
Another day in the life of Department Brass
- I thought you got it? Nope I thought you
got it? . . . Just sayin
Apparently over at 95s, either their
equipment is showpiece quality and shouldnt
get used or is completely inoperable and
shouldnt get used. From the story I heard,
they were called in after a signifcant explo-
sion incident to relieve the companies that had
been there for a few hours. Because the street
was blocked off, they were able to park LF-95
right on the other side of LF-64 and right
behind LF-26. One of the frst tasks they were
assigned to was putting some blowers into
operation. As they walk out to LF-64 and start
taking the blowers off of that truck, one of the
64s members asks them why they dont use
their own? The response was that they didnt
want to go ALL the way over to the other
side of LF-64 to reach their truck and then
walk ALL the way back. Also, something was
mentioned about it being City equipment and
that everybody can use it. I know the general
rule is to strip the rig in front of the incident,
but it seems like in non-emergency operations,
and also as relief showing up to the incident,
that unless youre a mile away you would use
the equipment that you know works because
you checked it out that morning . . . you did
Attention past and present members of Fire Station 15: Plans are in the works for a reunion before the old fre house is closed. Please
call 15s with your contact info so you wont be left out. Call 213-485-6215 or 213-745-8841 for more info.
16 September 2012
check it that morning right? Anyway, they
scampered ALL the way over to their truck
and ALL the way back over to the incident
when they were then told to get a breather as
well. Now the dilemma . . . do they go ALL
the way back to LF-95 to get one of their own
or go take one off E-226, but not let anybody
from 26s know? If you answered E-226, then
you chose correctly. Unfortunately, they didnt
. . . Just sayin
From what I hear, if youre working
SOD at 21s and you want a reprieve onto the
truck, then all you have to do is hope that one
of the members assigned to 21s doesnt com-
pletely perform all their duties and perform
them correctly at an incident. Recently at a fre
at a single family dwelling, a few members
assigned to the truck didnt complete all their
assigned SOGs. After the fre was extin-
guished safely and overhaul was complete,
RA-821 was dispatched as additional to the
fre scene. Thinking that maybe they had to
transport an injured member to the hospital,
they suited up and scrambled over to the inci-
dent. Imagine their surprise when they showed
up and were told that they were being put on
the truck and that two other members previ-
ously assigned to the truck were being detailed
to the BLS RA. Oh yeah and it was 2:30am . .
. the walk of shame.
And fnally we get to 65s, although
Im not sure which story to go with. Do I go
with the one where the member wouldnt go
into the house because hes allergic to cats and
said that he could die if he goes in (true story);
or the one with same member where he just
left the scene of a BLS call without letting the
medics know? Granted, it was 5:30 am and he
probably wanted to get back to his captains
study program, obviously demonstrating
great leadership options with these other two
stories. Alas, the fnal story is neither of these
but instead about the FLSA King. Appar-
ently through this last FLSA period, a certain
member assigned to the green days, worked
and worked and worked until he achieved a
FLSA total of 505 hours. Working almost ev-
ery day, he could be heard bellowing through
the halls about how much this next paycheck
could be, especially after claiming exempt.
You can do the math. During this time, the
other guys would let him sleep in the morn-
ings, nap in the afternoon, and go to bed early,
all the while covering his housework and
other assigned duties since he was working
so much. Seems only fair that he would buy
the station some cream, not only as a thanks
for helping carry him through, but also since
its a tradition. Turns out, not so much. When
asked about the station cream, this member
replied, I would love to, but I dont have my
wallet with me and besides I only want to buy
for the C shift. Two weeks later apparently
he still hasnt found his wallet. Hopefully he
has direct deposit! Seems odd to me that he
would only want to buy for the C shift when it
was the other shifts that allowed him to amass
most of those 505 hours. Oh well Gary, Im
sure you will do the right thing, and good luck
fnding your wallet.
Times are getting better and morale
is going up little by little, but some things still
arent right. I know a second R/A was put in at
64s for the high call load and some workload
relief, but when Im still getting pictures like
this sent to me, it speaks volumes. These guys
are running more and more calls and being so
tired that they can fall asleep on an 8 wide
wooden bench (although Im told that this
member can fall asleep anywhere). Just goes
to show that we still need to take care of each
other since nobody else is.
Thats all Ive got for this month
and stay safe out there . . . and remember, 2+2
makes sense, play nice, know your audience,
get a cool nickname, fgure out which formula
to use before the media gets a hold of it, you
get out what you put in, and keep tradition
alive!
Keep sending your stories to:
wattsfre@gmail.com
oN July 25, 2012 CoMpaNies froM battalioN 17 took Just over
30 MiNutes to CoNtrol a stubborN blaze iN a large, siNgle faMily
dwelliNg iN the hills above tarzaNa.
photos by gaviN kaufMaN, ff/pM, fs 93
September 2012 17
Hello again from the 18th hole. Hope every-
one has been enjoying the summer. Well here
we go . . .
When a tree falls in the forest, does anybody
see it or hear it? Well if its Capt Alexander,
you can bet your last dollar youre gonna see
it and hear it. While on scene at a stabbing
in the Mid City area with the LAPD, I was
told that Capt Alexander was trying to give
a helping hand with patient care and tripped
over the gurney and crashed to the ground. He
hit the ground with a mighty THUMP, and
Firefghter Smith said it looked like someone
shot Bigfoot. Well thats just one part of the
story. After hitting the ground, all of the cops
ran over to Alexander and said, Thats IOD.
Ill give you my serial number. Ill be your
witness. WHAT? They know our system
just as well as we do. Of course Capt tried to
fght back, but really, the damage was done. I
was told this was the second time that he has
hit the ground. Smith just happened to be on
scene that time also, so talk to him for all the
details.
The C shift at 61s (the new 14s) got their
new, self-appointed bull fremen Ray Topete.
He has been trying to whip the C shift into
shape, but has his work cut out for him on
this one. One night the truck gets a structure
call and one member, who was in the shower,
comes running out and has some trouble
getting on his socks because he is still soapy.
Needless to say, the truck was a little delayed.
Well if you know Capt Martinez, that doesnt
sit well with him, so Topete told tells the slow-
poke that this was unacceptable and he needs
to tell his relief what happened so he can learn
from it. Huh? Then have a drill on how to get
dressed coming out of the shower. What?!?
No word on when the drill is yet. I guess there
will be a Training Bulletin # 150 coming out
soon.
Thats all for this month.
Be safe out there.
Batt18news@yahoo.com
oN saturday, July 21, 2012 battalioN 18 CoMpaNies respoNded iNto
hollywood wheN More thaN 400 patroNs at the avaloN NightClub
were seNt sCraMbliNg for the exits after a large voluMe of CarboN
dioxide used as a theatriCal foggiNg effeCt filled the veNue. the
iNCideNt esCalated iNto a Multi-patieNt, hazardous Materials iNves-
tigatioN, briNgiNg 70 lafd persoNNel aNd allied ageNCies to the
sCeNe.
photos by riCk MCClure, epN
18 September 2012
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Join us for the largest board meeting in the Fire Service! This annual fundraiser brings
nearly 300 firefighters and their families to Californias Premier Long Board Beach.
All proceeds to benefit the
The day includes a delicious breakfast, sand, sun, a great BBQ lunch and our exciting Raffle!
19th Annual
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Dont forget to tell the Retired Guys!
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$50 = Sweatshi rt, Meal & Dri nk
$65 = Tshi rt, Sweatshi rt, Meal & Dri nk
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Paul Reyes - FS 106
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Wild Bill James - FS 64
Keith Kenoi - FS 63
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ly friendly and decided this would be the start of
our new and excitin life. We bought it.
Ive never lived across the street from
a public park, but with its tranquil scenery,
lush green grass and beautiful walnut trees I
fgured only 14s frst-in would come close to
a match. And how nice its been to walk across
the street with our portable BBQ, spendin the
day with family and friends, and gettin flled
up on chicken, ribs and potato salad.
Its been a few months now, but
Mayberry has changed. Instead of lookin out
my front window and seein them lovely maple
trees and green grass, I now see litter strewn
about, dogs runnin loose and people workin on
their cars. Yea, changin their oil, waxin their
chrome wheels and listenin to their loud music.
Im not sure how much longer I can endure this
buffoonery, but Ive decided to take charge of
this unpleasant situation.
Ive promoted myself to Park Ranger/
Monitor. Now, instead of just lookin out my
front window with crossed arms, Im standin
on my front lawn and yellin at these people to
pull their heads out from where the sun dont
shine. If I see people walkin their dogs without
a leash, discardin trash on the grass or involved
in any unlawful activity, they get a loud and im-
mediate tongue lashin. Im mad as hell and Im
not goin to take it anymore.
Its kind of like road rage without
the cars, but in an odd way, its given my life
real purpose. And best of all, them Retirement
Blues are history. However, my wifes a bit
concerned that I might upset or anger some of
these people by yellin at them. She says theres
lots of nutty people out there who might re-
taliate and throw a rock, or worse, through our
front window.
I told her not to worry. If someone is
dumb enough to challenge my authority, Ill just
pull out my trusty .50 caliber machine gun and
unleash a volley of hot lead across their bow.
Problem solved.
COWBOY HUMOR
The local news
station was interview-
ing an 80 year old lady
because she had just got-
ten married for the fourth
time. The interviewer
asked her questions about
her life, about what it felt
like to be marrying again
at 80 and then about her new husbands occupa-
tion. Hes a funeral director, she answered.
He then asked her if she wouldnt
mind telling him a little about her frst three hus-
bands and what they did for a living. She paused
for a few moments, needing time to refect on
all those years. After a short time a smile came
to her face and she answered proudly, explain-
ing that she had frst married a banker when she
was in her 20s, then a circus ringmaster when
in her 40s, a preacher when in her 60s and
now, in her 80s a funeral director.
The interviewer looked at her quite
astonished and asked why she had married four
men with such diverse careers.
She smiled and explained, I married
one for money, two for the show, three to get
ready and four to go.
KEEP SMILIN!
AC
choppedup@att.net
I
m gettin a little bored with retire-
ment. Ive only been retired a few
years but Im kinda runnin out of
things to do. Ive submitted employment ap-
plications at several businesses, but
my uncontrolled rants durin the
interviews about how the Fire
Department held me
back and didnt
promote me to
Captain II may
be part of the
hirin glitch.
No
matter, I gave
up job huntin.
I fgured out that
movin to a different
neighborhood would chase away my Retire-
ment Blues. While fippin through the real
estate section in my local newspaper, I noticed
a beautiful house in an area my wife and I both
love, directly across the street from a public
park. We went through an Open House, met
most of our new neighbors, who were extreme-
20 September 2012
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Consumer Reports Complete Guide to
Health Services for Seniors: What Your
Family Needs to Know About Finding
and Financing Medicare, Assisted Living,
Nursing Homes, Home Care, and Adult
Day Care, 592 pages, Three Rivers Press,
2000.
There are other online support services,
publications, and resources available that
may meet your needs. Check you local
library or senior services agency for infor-
mation.
HELPFUL RESOURCES
There are many resources that can
help you by providing valuable information
and referrals. In addition to the resources listed
below, your place of worship, local hospital,
and senior services groups and agencies may
also be helpful.
THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION
OF HOMES AND SERVICES FOR
THE AGING
(www.aahsa.org or 202-783-2242) offers
information on how to choose a nursing
home or assisted-living facility, a direc-
September 2012 21
Its a motto reghters live and breathe. The moment someone is
hurt, sick or passes away, everyone wants to know How can I help?
By making a planned gift.
Ive been so impressed with the Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemens Fund, I made a charitable gift through my Estate Plan. Giving
through a trust is aordable and I know my contribution will make a
positive impact.

The Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund has helped LAFD
families for more than a century. Now you can help make sure it is here
to protect your family and friends for another 100-years, by donating
through your will or trust.
Family first
For information call
(323) 259-5217 or email MCasillas@LAFRA.org
- Marlene Casillas, Development & Marketing Director
tory of continuing-care retirement com-
munities, and information on long-term
care insurance.
FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE
(www.caregiver.org; 415-434-3388) of-
fers information for caregiver concerns,
newsletters, fact sheets (English, Span-
ish, and Chinese), and an online support
group.
THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR
CAREGIVING
(www.caregiving.org) is a national re-
source center that provides information on
elder-care conferences, books, and train-
ing for professionals.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
AREA AGENCIES ON AGING
(www.n4a.org; 202-872-0888), an advo-
cacy group for local aging agencies, offers
The Eldercare Locator (800-677-1116)
or www.eldercare.gov, a service that puts
you in touch with a local resource-and-
referral organization, which, in turn, will
recommend home health care aides.
There are other online support services,
publications, and resources available that
may meet your needs. Check you local
library or senior services agency for infor-
mation.
POINTS TO REMEMBER
1. As the population ages, many baby
boomers may be called upon to care for an ag-
ing parent.
2. There are a range of options avail-
able to senior citizens, depending on their cir-
cumstances and the degree of care they require,
including continuing-care retirement commu-
nities, moving a parent into the childs home,
or modifying a parents home to make it safe.
3. Certain tax breaks may be available
if you can claim your parent as a dependent.
4. Research all your options, and con-
sult the various resources available for the el-
derly.
for More iNforMatioN
If youd like to learn more, please
contact Jodie Cohen, (800) 247-2265,
fa.smithbarney.com/jodie_cohen
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of nor affliated with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (MSSB).
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September 2012 23
I
f you can devote four hours a week, you
can give yourself the body youve always
dreamed of having. Its unnecessary and
even counterproductive to spend hours at the
gym or doing endless aerobics. Most frefght-
ers train while at the frehouse, either before
or during their shifts. Usually a long arduous
workout isnt even possible between alarms,
and the equipment can also be limited. Here are
a few of the benefts you can expect to achieve
with just a minimal amount of time and effort.
REDUCED BLOOD PRESSURE, BODY
FAT & CHOLESTEROL
The leading cause of line-of-duty
death for frefghters across the country is heart
attack. While tragic burns and other serious
injuries have taken the lives of many brave
frefghters, cardiovascular incidents account
for about half of all job-related fatalities. Ac-
cording the USFA Firefghter Fatality study, in
2011 there were 83 on-duty frefghter deaths.
48 of these fatalities were classifed as sudden
cardiac deaths.
We perform our job under the most
arduous conditions, enduring high heat and ox-
ygendefcient environments. Compound this
with an intense level of mental stress, and you
can see the importance of keeping the cardio-
vascular system in tip-top shape.
Heart disease is also the leading
cause of death for the general public, and what
most of us dont realize is that we all endure
and react to extreme stress in our lives every
day, whether it be mental or physical. Its been
proven that exercise has a positive impact on
the effciency of the heart-lung system and its
ability to handle these stresses. Exercise also
lowers serum cholesterol levels, triglyceride
levels, and blood pressure, thereby reducing
the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and osteopo-
rosis (a real problem for women as they age).
INCREASED STRENGTH, ENDURANCE,
& LEAN MUSCLE MASS
For frefghters, the benefts here
are obvious. Carrying heavy equipment to the
scene of a fre or up many fights of stairs while
clad in suffocating, insulated clothing and then
being required to perform at full capacity puts
tremendous demands of strength and endurance
on the human body. For the average individual,
lifes everyday tasks get easier. Packages begin
to feel lighter, and there is suddenly a spring in
your step. Your clothes begin to ft differently,
and people ask what youve been doing to look
so good. Fat melts away, and missing the eleva-
tor and taking the stairs doesnt seem like such
a big deal any more. Once you get used to this
new stronger you, youll never want to go back.
Worth a mention here is the fact that
a strong, lean body is also more effciently able
to cool itself down and warm
itself up, making you less
susceptible to the rav-
ages of extreme heat or
cold.
INCREASED FLEX-
IBILITY, BALANCE &
COORDINATION
I cannot emphasize
enough the importance of a solid
fexibility routine as part of your
complete workout. Keeping joints,
tendons, ligaments, and muscles
limber will prevent injury, period.
Ive seen it a thousand times in the
fre service the more range of motion
you have about a joint, the less chance
of injury when you over extend yourself.
Children, the best example of fexibility, appear
to be made of clay the way they can bend and
twist without injury. While we, as adults, may
never again have the fexibility of a 12-year-
old child, the fact remains that the more we can
bend, the less well get hurt.
Flexibility training combined with
strength and endurance work also increases
athletic performance and
circulation, deliver-
ing more vital nu-
trients to the cells
of the body. Bal-
ance, posture, and
body awareness
are all enhanced.
Figure 7 Fatalities by Cause of Fatal Injury (2011)
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70
Out of Air
Collapse
Struck By
Other
Fall
Caught/Trapped
Stress/Overexertion
Vehicle Collision 5
50
10
6
4
4
1
3
Number of Fatalities
Source: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/ff_fat11.pdf
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C
ongratulations are in order for two of our frefghters who
emerged victorious after participating in a preliminary Firehouse
Challenge cook-off on August 2, 2012. The Firehouse Challenge
is part of The Taste, an annual event put on by the Los Angeles Times
that showcases Southern Californias best with a mix of tastings, cook-
ing demos, competitions and panels.
The idea is to create the kind of meal that is made at a fre sta-
tion for a typical crew to eat. Theres a catch - the meal needs to be made
for the same cost, averaging only $10-15 a day for lunch and dinner per
member.
Nearly three dozen
interested frehouse chefs
from various local Fire De-
partments inquired, however
only eight provided their best
entre to be judged at the pre-
liminary cook-off.
Two of L.A.s brav-
est stood victorious, Captain
Mark Curry and Firefghter
Cruz Macias. These two fnal-
ists were chosen for a grand,
head-to-head cook-off to be
held on Labor Day.
The big fnale will
be held on stage at Paramount
Studios in Hollywood as part
of the annual food festival, a
spectacular three-day event on
Labor Day weekend, Septem-
ber 1-3. The event will bring
together world-renowned
chefs like Thomas Keller and
Nancy Silverton, along with our local frehouse gourmets, and backyard
burger champs to share their common love of good food and cooking.
Feel free to buy a ticket to join in the fun! Latimes.com/thetaste
by ff erik sCott, pso
photos by Capt JaMie Moore, pio
CaptaiN Mark Curry (left), l.a.
tiMes steve lopez (CeNter) aNd
firefighter Cruz MaCias (right)
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Photos by Rick McClure, EPN
oN July 23, 2012, six fire CoMpaNies aNd two resCue aMbulaNCes respoNded to
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September 2012 29
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30 ACRE WILDFIRE
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September 2012 31
More thaN 100 firefighters respoNded by grouNd aNd air to battle a
fast-MoviNg thirty-aCre grass fire iN the sepulveda basiN reCreatioN area oN
MoNday, July 16, 2012. light but variable wiNds faNNed flaMes iN three-foot tall
grass that led to thiCker aNd More volatile vegetatioN, as the fire quiCkly grew.
City CoMpaNies were sooN JoiNed by five laCofd haNdCrews aNd aN laCofd he-
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firefighters suspeCt that a radio-CoNtrolled Model airCraft froM the
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iN the tiNder dry grass, sparkiNg the blaze. los aNgeles poliCe offiCers iNter-
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September 2012 33
F
ire Chief Brian L. Cummings surprised
retired Engineer Duane Feltman with a
special Challenge Coin and a letter of
congratulations on his 60th wedding anniversa-
ry at a July 4th gathering. The Feltmans, Duane
and wife Beverly, were totally surprised, as
they had no idea of the celebration and thought
they were going to an annual gathering they
attend of friends of their church fellowship.
The event was two months in the planning by
their daughter Susan Waldrop and friend Betty
Nielsen.
Everyone enjoyed a great potluck
before moving to the main sanctuary where a
video was shown, which included cameo com-
ments from local church members and also con-
gratulations from Chief Cummings. You can
see the video at http://youtu.be/g_4WdtV5JDw
Duane met his future wife Beverly at Cham-
berlain High School in South Dakota where he
was born and raised. He later moved to Cali-
fornia to work for Lockheed, but returned to
South Dakota for Beverly. They were married
on July 8, 1952. Feltman, now with a wife and
infant daughter, moved back to California in
late 1953.
Feltman worked for General Controls
until he was appointed to the LAFD on January
28, 1957. At the drill tower while preparing for
graduation, he was picked to rappel down the
side of the tower. When he landed, he broke his
ankle. The next day during graduation he was
on crutches in uniform and the chief engineer
pinned on Feltmans badge.
The Feltmans lived in Sun Valley for
10 years and then bought acreage in Canyon
Country and built a house for themselves.
In 1963 Duane promoted to engineer.
He worked as a Green Hornet at 23s, old 28s
on Figueroa, at stations in Hollywood and the
Valley, and fnally retired out of 98s in 1979.
Beverly and Duane belonged to the boat ski
club, a slow pitch baseball group, and enjoyed
taking a vacation to Spain with members of sta-
tion 98s, including Leo Najarian, Paul Ferkin-
hoff and C.J. Curtis and their wives.
Since retirement, the Feltmans have
enjoyed traveling with several RVs, seeing all
50 states. During one trip they were rear-ended
by an 18 wheeler which totaled out the trailer
and truck. Duane and Beverly came away with-
out a scratch to the amazement of many.
The Feltmans purchased a Mom &
Pop store which kept them busy for ffteen
years. Changing pace but not slowing down,
they sold the store in 1991 and were ordained
AOG Evangelists at the Village Church in Ne-
whall. For 20 years they have ministered in
convalescent homes, senior centers and assist-
ed-living homes.
When asked, Whats the secret to
staying together for this many years? Feltman
laughed and smiled. Just remember YOU are
not always right.
Duane and Beverly have one daugh-
ter, Susan; grandson, Adam; granddaughter,
Priscilla; grandson in-law, Scottie; a great
granddaughter, Angelina; and a great grandson,
Sol.
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September 2012 35
T
his information notice is directed to prospective new mem-
bers, active or retired L. A. City Firefghters, who would
like to join our golf club. Applications for membership will
be accepted from September 1st through December 1st, 2010. The
dues for the membership are $75.00 per year. This will entitle the
member to participate in all LAFD Golf Club functions, which in-
cludes 2 to 3 one day tournaments per month, 2 major tournaments
(the Memorial Club Championship in May and the Partners
Championship at the Singing Hills at Sycuan Resort in Septem-
ber, and 4 Southern California Firefghters Golf Association major
tournaments (Palm Springs in March, Primm Resort (Nevada) in
May, Lake Tahoe in August, and Pebble Beach in November). It
will also establish a handicap index with the Southern California
Golf Association.
To apply, please send a check for $75.00 made out to the LAFD
Golf Club. Or go to our website at: http://lafdgc.com
Click on the new member link and fll out the applica-
tion. The information will be forwarded to me for processing. If
you decide to use regular mail please include a short note with your
present assignment, home address, phone number, email address,
your member number and club name (if a member of another club),
and any scorecards from the last six months to establish a starting
handicap. Mail this information to:
Noel Murchet
16301 Gentry Lane
Huntington Beach, Ca. 92647
Cell Phone #714-330-3477
Email:murchet@earthlink.net
36 September 2012
LAFRA:
Enclosed is a donation to the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund in
memory of Jim Costello. I frst worked with
Jim at old Fire Station 66 in the mid 1970s. The
way he ran his crew and the encouragement he
showed to all three shifts played a big part in
so many promotions from 66s. Two years later
Jim asked me to come to Fire Station 39 as his
Captain I. My promotion to Captain II was a
direct result of working with him. Thanks Jim.
Tom Drake
Tucson, AZ
L.A. Firemens Relief Assn.
Dear Sirs;
Please fnd enclosed a contribution in the
memory of Jerry Simon. Jerry will always be
remembered for his loyal friendships, great
loyalty to the Department and the wheeler
dealer of all that met him.
He and his wife Fran were special people to
my wife and I as we knew them both on the
Department and off the job as neighbors. He
was always cheerful and full of deals for his
friends at all the stations where he worked as
well as when he was driving the chief. He will
be missed by all those that had the privilege of
knowing him.
Sincerely,
Chris and Don Beaver
Monarch Beach, CA
Dear Andy,
Please accept the following donation to the
Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens
Fund in memory of my long time careful driver
and aide Jerry Simon. For several years, he was
a careful driver. We never even had a fender
bender. He was also my competent aide and a
close family friend. He often mentioned I have
a deal and many fremen families purchased
appliances such as stoves, ranges, TVs and
other items. He was a joy to work with and
always had a positive, enthusiastic attitude.
Sincerely,
Al Weaver
Sherman Oaks, CA
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the editor at: editor@lafra.org
Dear Relief Association,
Enclosed please fnd a donation in honor
of Gerald Simon. Also I would like to thank
you for the beautiful fowers you sent and a
special thanks to Danny Leon for doing such a
wonderful job at the service.
Thank you,
Francis Simon
Newbury Park, CA
Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association,
I would like to make a donation to the
Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens
Fund. This donation is in memory of Chief
Pilot Don Carter and of Battalion Chief Clark
Cornwell.
Jerry Cook, LAFD Pilot, retired
Hamilton, MT
Dear Andy Kuljis,
This is a long overdue letter of gratitude for
your help during and after my husband Carl
Rasmussons passing almost two years ago. I
am so grateful for the Relief Association and
all the benefts you provide.
I am enclosing a donation for the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund in
memory of my beloved husband Carl. He held
many positions throughout the Department,
the last of which was the Arson Squad before
retirement.
I also must thank you for the beautiful
plant which is thriving and reminding me
how blessed I am for the LAFD and all the
wonderful memories we had throughout the
years.
Gratefully,
Janet Rasmusson
Tucson, AZ
Dear LAFRA,
Please accept this donation to the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund in fond
memory of a special lady. Laverne Boyle was
the proud mother of Jim and Steve, both LAFD
frefghters, and daughter Terry who works
with the Beverly Hills P.D. She was truly an
angel that will be deeply missed.
Sincerely,
Al and Chris Wobig
Ventura, CA
September 2012 37
LAFRA
Heres a donation for the Widows, Orphans
and Disabled Firemens Fund in memory of
Reno Zuliani and Stancil Stan Jones, two
great harbor guys. I came on the job with Reno
and we departed at the same time.
God bless,
Werner Wahlers
Oxnard, CA
Dear Staff:
Please accept this donation as an expression
of our appreciation for the wonderful life
provided by my husband, Fred Croghan,
throughout his career on the LAFD. As sad as
we are, there have been many blessings as we
go through this time of adjustment.
Sincerely,
Loretta Croghan and family
Dear Los Angeles Firemens Relief
Association.
Please accept this donation in memory of
Arnold L. Osburn and Gerry A. Golding who
both passed away recently.
I worked with Arnold at old 87s
around 1971-73 when I was a young freman
and was a seasoned veteran with around 10
years on the job.
I also worked with Jerry (Gerald Walters
back then) at old 17s when I was a new auto
freman and he was a slightly younger freman.
As often happens, we worked together for a
while, although on different shifts, and then
went in different directions, although we did
run across each other every now and then.
As always, its sad to see former workmates
and friends passing away, and always it causes
me to look back in time and reminisce about
the times and places and others that we worked
with together.
Sincerely,
Richard Watters, LAFD retired
Agoura Hills, CA
Secretary Andrew Kuljis, LAFRA
Please accept our personal and heartfelt
thanks for your assistance with the funeral of
our father, Stancil Jones. Your coordination of
the US fag raising/lowering at Fire Station 112,
funeral formalities and other accomplishments
during our period of grief cannot be
undervalued. There are not enough words to
express the familys gratitude to all involved.
The kind words and compassion expressed by
all of Stans fre department family is sincerely
appreciated, particularly Chaplain George
Negrete, Fire Chief Brian Cummings, Asst
Chief Ralph Terrazas, B/C Graham Everett,
Captains John Gonzales and Steve Tessier, and
Fire Station 112 members who lined up during
the fag raising. Also, Stans friend and former
boss, retired Asst Chief Louis Roupoli. All of
the family was honored and touched by the
presence of many active and retired frefghters,
many interrupting their busy schedules, others
traveling considerable distance, who attended
the funeral. Thank you.
Many people have a fond memory of Stan,
and he will be remembered as a special friend
to many. Please accept a donation in tribute to
all past and present board members, chaplains,
and staff for their work and dedication to the
Relief Association and its members.
On behalf of the family.
Sincerely,
Dory Jones, LAFD retired
San Pedro, CA
Dear LAFRA,
Please accept the enclosed donation in the
name of Carl A. Carlson, retired engineer from
FS 5-A. Carl was appointed on May 13, 1947,
and pensioned on January 1, 1978. He passed
away on July 21, 2012.
Thank you,
Richard and Linda Reynolds
San Clemente, CA
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O
n June 28, 2012, a true San Pedro LEGEND, and also a Captain
I at Fire Station 101-B started the good-bye retirement process.
Captain Wes Shundo, with thirty-one and a half years on the
LAFD, began his last shift. By dinner time, ffty of his closest friends,
relatives and neighbors arrived to remember and break bread with him
on his last shift. The theme of the day was to take a last photo of Wes
and a guest by the tailboard of Engine 101. The obvious highlight of the
evening was having the love of his life, Rachel, and his two children,
Nick and Jillian, there for his last day on the LOS ANGELES CITY
FIRE DEPARTMENT. His Engine Crew and Paramedic Team did an
excellent job setting everything up. They truly sent their boss out on a
positive note.
Well that is only half of the story. On July 28, 2012, Captain
Wes Shundo had a retirement party at the San Pedro Elks Lodge #966.
The weather was clear, bright and sunny. The lodge sits on a bluff with a
commanding view of Long Beach, San Pedro Harbor to Downtown Los
Angeles. More than two hundred people arrived to join Wes for his re-
tirement celebration. Numerous members, current and retired were pres-
ent. This writer believes Wes was shocked to see how many old friends
came to celebrate with him. He was really honored that his Junior High
School Vice-Principle, Mr. Ogle, was also present. The event started off
to a surprise by Wes paying for everyones lunch. Retired Captain II,
John White blessed the food, the event and the day in general. The food
and company were great.
The after lunch ceremonies were started by the Master of
Ceremonies, Captain Mike OGorman. He just so happened to be Wes
childhood best friend and fellow frefghter. He was funny and engaging.
Wes had several drill tower classmates in attendance. Two drill tower
classmates made presentations: Captain Sterling Johnson presented the
service pin and Assistant Chief John Vidovich presented the Certifcate
of Appreciation. Former 101-B Engineer Stan Matesich presented Wes
with his PRB. Also presenting were Jim Dolan for CSFA, Brian Hishinu-
ma for UFLAC and Ron Roemer presented a Fire Helmet on behalf of
Charlie Pallares from the Shops.
The numerous presentations paled in comparison to his lovely
Rachels presentations. She missed her calling as a stand-up comedian.
She introduced the crowd and fre department to a new color in the shift
calendar, THE PINK SHIFT. She indicated that fve days a month some-
body had to come and get Wes so she could have the time to herself. She
made several other presentations that had the crowd in stitches.
Finally, Wes took the microphone. He thanked numerous peo-
ple that helped to put this celebration together. He choked up on some
memories. I talked to him later. He denied that he cried. He said, I just
paused to catch my breath. Yeah right.
His biggest moment was reserved for thanking Rachel for set-
ting up the golf and cigar themed party decorations and just being in his
life. He presented her with a specially made badge for all the hard work
she performs as a LAFD civilian. He then thanked his kids, Nick and Jil-
lian. There was a video presentation of his life. The party was a love fest
and you could feel the warmth in the room.
The evening ended with cigars out on the patio with Wes and
his cousin Judge Lance Ito and some of his closest friends. The party was
great and a good time was had by all.
by
Charles beNNett
lapd retired
40 September 2012
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MEMBERS
LYNDALL A. BOWERS, Firefghter. Appointed October 13, 1941.
Retired on a service pension October 01, 1961 from FS 12-C. Passed away July 05, 2012.

ARNOLD L. OSBURN, Engineer. Appointed March 10, 1962.
Retired on a disability pension October 04, 1978 from FS 89-A. Passed away July 12, 2012.

JOHN E. POLLOCK, Fire Inspector. Appointed February 04, 1961.
Retired on a service pension July 11, 1982 from VALLEY FPB. Passed away July 19, 2012.
ALAN A. VORGITCH, Firefghter III. Appointed April 17, 1971.
Retired on a disability pension July 05, 2000 from S&M. Passed away July 20, 2012.

GERALD D. BAIRD, Firefghter. Appointed February 01, 1955.
Retired on a service pension November 06, 1980 from FS 19-A. Passed away July 20, 2012.

CARL A. CARLSON, Engineer. Appointed May 13, 1947.
Retired on a service pension January 01, 1978 from FS 5-A. Passed away July 21, 2012.

JAMES A. GRAHAM, Firefghter. Appointed April 01, 1957.
Retired on a disability pension February 01, 1974 from FS 42-A. Passed away July 23, 2012.
ROBERT H. WICKORD, Fireman. Appointed September 23, 1947.
Retired on a service pension October 01, 1967 from FS-3. Passed away July 27, 2012.
JACK D. HILL, Firefghter. Appointed June 16, 1955.
Retired on a service pension June 01, 1980 from FS-40. Passed away August 01, 2012.

FAMILY
DARLENE LANSING, spouse of Roland Lansing. passed away July 09, 2012.
MARY A. PALMER, surviving spouse of John T. Palmer passed away July 16, 2012.
VIVIAN J. LINVILLE, surviving spouse of Ralph C. Linville passed away July 17, 2012.
ESTHER D. ANTISDEL, surviving spouse of William R. Antisdel passed away July 24, 2012.
LOUVICIA WOODSON, spouse of Murray M. Woodson passed away July 29, 2012.
DONA R. DEMPSEY, spouse of Leo Dempsey passed away July 30, 2012.
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Search personnel should keep contact with each other to
ensure team effectiveness and integrity. This can be accomplished by
visual contact, voice contact, hand contact, or maintaining contact with
a tether. Combine the noise of an incident with heat and smoke, a lack
of visibility, excitement, time constraints, a separation of 4 or 5-feet
between team members, a difference in sense of direction between
personnel, and the potential for a problem can be signifcant.
Searching for an activated personal alarm device (PAL) on
a missing frefghter can present several different considerations as
compared to searching for civilians. First, the general location of the
missing frefghter may be known, and secondly, the search team is
searching for a sound from a PAL device. Therefore, to assist in fnding
the PAL device and/or determining the direction of the sound:
1. Only the lead team member should determine the direction of
the search.
2. Opening and closing doors can be helpful in isolating the
direction of sound.
3. Plugging one ear can also be helpful in determining the direc-
tion of sound.
While searching (particularly in minimal visibility), open
shafts, stairwells, loading docks, weak areas, and other similar hazards
are dangerous to personnel. Therefore, sound the area in front of the
path of travel with a tool or leg. Sounding can be accomplished by
personnel moving forward on their hands and knees instead of moving
upright. Although this method can be effective, personnel must realize
that the head is positioned downward and the weight of the person can
be shifted forward. As an alternate method, personnel can also move
forward while simultaneously keeping a leg in front of the body. This
method allows personnel to lead with their leg as they move forward,
keeping the balance of weight rearward and the head in an elevated
position. This method is explained in detail in the February 1996 issue
of Fire Engineering magazine.
Search personnel are normally positioned on the foor while
searching. Take the opportunity to mentally and physically think about
the condition of the foor. Examples are a hot foor is an indicator of fre
underneath search personnel, a tile foor in a residential occupancy is an
indicator of a bathroom or an entry in an upscale home and aisle-ways
in commercial structures, and carpet is an indicator of living areas in a
residential structure and sales areas in commercial structures, etc.
Search personnel should periodically stop, cease breath-
ing for a few seconds, and listen for sounds that could assist a search
operation (cries for help, moans, PAL device, muffed portable radio,
SCBA alarm bell, etc). Combine the noise of an incident with personnel
breathing from their SCBA, and the ability to recognize faint sounds
can be diffcult at best. Additionally, periodically looking out of a win-
dow (if possible) can assist with orientation within a structure.
To indicate an area is being searched, has been searched, and
to minimize duplication, doors can be marked with chalk as follows:
1. A door with no markings indicates a room has not been
searched.
2. Upon entering an unsearched room, make a diagonal chalk
line across the door. This indicates the room is being searched.
3. After searching the room, cross the diagonal line on the
closed door to form a large X, put the company identifcation on the
door, and close the door. This indicates the room has been searched and
who conducted the search. When heavy or greasy smoke is present,
consider marking the bottom portion of a doorway where there is mini-
mal smoke. Railroad or builders chalk is large, easy to use, and if kept
in a plastic container, will stay dry and ready for use.
Should a search team start a search by forcing entry as close
to the seat of a fre as possible, start a search by entering through the
entrance opening used by attack personnel (which is normally away
from the fre), or enter a window above a fre (on multiple story build-
ings) and search the rooms that are easily accessible from the exterior
of a building? Although each of these methods have their advantages
and disadvantages, the easiest explanation may be the To/From-From/
To principle and is summarized as follows:
1. On the fre foor, go To the fre and search From it to your
exit (or your entrance point). The advantages of this principle are the
search team spends the minimal amount of time in the most dangerous
area, the search team will be at their best during the early stage of their
search, victims closest to the fre area are in the most danger, the search
team will be advancing away from the fre and towards the exit open-
ing, and in most cases, the search team will be advancing and retreating
in close proximity to an attack line. The obvious disadvantage is the
search team must advance to the fre area and then retreat back towards
their exit opening.
2. On the foor above a fre, search From the entrance To the
occupancy or area to be searched. In this principle, the search team
begins to immediately search either to a secondary exit or back to the
primary entrance opening. The advantage of this principle is a search
can be conducted in a short amount of time and in some cases by not
entering the fre foor to access the upper foor to be searched. This is
accomplished by laddering and entering an exterior window to begin
the search.
44 September 2012


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Monday, October 22, 2012, 6:30 AM Check-in & 7:30 AM Shotgun Start
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to first 144 players. Contact Mike Camello or Tim Crass at (213) 893-9850 for additional information
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September 2012 45
O
n November 28, 2012, the Los Angeles City Firefghters
Association will vote on this years 2012 Firefghter of the
Year. This honor of distinction and recognition is given to
a member of any rank, who, not by any single act, has distinguished
him/herself as one of outstanding character, dedication, and loyalty
to the Department, the Fire Service, and to the citizens of the com-
munity.
To be eligible for consideration, nominees must have been an ac-
tive LAFD member for at least one day during the nominating year,
and a member of the California State Firefghters Association/Los
Angeles City Firefghters Association.
Candidates will be judged on an overall career and life that exem-
plifes the best qualities of those who are honored to be part of the
fre service.
If you know of such a person, and would like to nominate him/
her for this prestigious award, submit your application NO LATER
than November 26, 2012, to any one of the nominating committee
members listed below. The nomination must include the nominees
name, rank, assignment and a statement of why the member should
receive the award. Photos and other documentation may also be
submitted.
Please attend the Los Angeles City Firefghters Association meet-
ing on November 28, 2012 at 0830 Hours, Fire Station 59 Training
classroom, 11505 Olympic Blvd. and present your nomination IN
PERSON. All Los Angeles City Firefghters Association members
are welcome, and encouraged to attend the meeting and presenta-
tions, and to show support for the individuals being nominated.

Presentations may be subject to time limits depending on the num-
ber of nominations received in order to provide fairness to all nomi-
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November 28, 2012 membership meeting and will be strictly en-
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The election will be held in closed executive session following the
nominations, and only members of the Los Angeles City Firefght-
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Reminder, applications must be submitted no later than
November 26, 2012.
Following personal notifcation of the winner by the Vice President, public announcement will be made by Department teletype.
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by Mike Mastro, President/CEO
Los Angeles Firemens Credit Union
THE PAYDAY LOAN TRAP
O
ver the past few years, the ability for
many people to meet monthly fnan-
cial obligations has become tougher
and tougher. Our outgoing cash fow seems to
exceed our incoming cash fow. Many time,
payment due dates may be just before your
next paycheck. If only the payment date was
a few days after payday, then paying bills on
time wouldnt be such a problem.
Unfortunately, this has been the case
for many Americans. Not having enough mon-
ey for monthly bill paying has left consumers
to turn to paying their bills with their credit
cards, lines of credit, or worse - payday loans.
For this months article, Id like to discuss the
pitfalls of payday loans.
Lets face it. Who really likes to pay
bills? Its a time when monthly expenses and
that Hawaii vacation catch up to us. We may
have had a great vacation, but its now just a
memory that were reminded of when we open
our credit card statement.
For those consumers who fnd them-
selves in a diffcult cash fow situation, turning
to payday loans may seem like a logical solu-
tion to get through a rough patch. It may seem
like a short, one-time occurrence, but indi-
viduals suddenly fnd theyre using the service
more often than expected. The bottom line: you
need to have money in your account to make
your payments. Living off of payday loans is a
warning sign for trouble.
SO, HOW DOES A PAYDAY
LOAN REALLY WORK?
Payday loans are short-term loans.
They are designed to help consumers get out of
a jam. Most consumers fnd that they may only
need a few hundred bucks to meet their fnan-
cial obligations. Although they think they can
repay the loan by the due date or by payday, the
reality of it is that it often doesnt happen that
way.
The cost of a payday loan is typically
$20 per $100 borrowed. If the loan cannot be
paid by the due date, it can be renewed or rolled
over for another two weeks.
Consider the following example:
If you want to borrow $300 from a
payday lender, you pay a fee, usually $20 per
$100 that you borrow. So you write a check to
the payday lender for $360.
At the end of the two weeks, you
could pay it off. Or, if youre like most people,
you roll the loan over for another two weeks
and pay another $60. The $120 you pay to
borrow $300 for one month translates into a
520% Annual Percentage Rate (APR). The
APR is calculated on the cost of rolling the loan
over every two weeks, for a year.
This is calculated by multiplying
the two-week interest charge ($60) by 26 two-
week periods per year ($60 x 26 = $1,560). You
would pay $1,560 to use $300 for one year.
Yikes!
To fgure out the APR, divide the
amount youd pay for the loan in a year, by the
loan amount: $1,560 / 300 = 5.2. Multiply by
100 to get 520%.
Some sources say theyve seen
payday loans with APRs as high as 7,000%!
AVOID THE TRAP!
Payday loans are addicting. While it
may be a convenient source of money, dont fall
for the payday loan trap. These lenders dont
really care about your fnancial situation. They
just want you to continue borrowing. Rolling
over your payment to another term helps them
raise money and generate more fee income.
Before you know it, youll owe hundreds of
dollars in fees. Thats how these lenders get
such a bad reputation.
LAFCU doesnt want you to fall into
the vicious cycle of payday lending. When its
diffcult to make ends meet, there are alterna-
tive borrowing options you can consider, like
a short-term, fxed loan or line of credit. At
LAFCU, we offer a SafetyLine Line of Credit
and a Signature Loan. Both feature a low, fxed
APR that can provide you with peace-of-mind
borrowing. For additional details and to apply,
please contact a Credit Union Representative at
(800) 231-1626.
Please note: If you should ever fnd
yourself having diffculty making ends meet,
contact the Credit Union. We offer value-added
products and services tailored to your needs.
Additionally, we offer confdential counseling
to help with fnancial planning and budgeting.
To learn more about our no-obligation, conf-
dential counseling service through Balance,
visit our website at www.lafrecu.org/balance.
The more business we do together
as a Fire Family,
the greater the fnancial reward will be
for all members!
Have a great month!
Mike
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9-11 LAFD Response Let Us neveR FoRget
Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS
LFDHistorical Society
The terrorist attack on the United
States and the brutal murder of three thousand
and ffty six men, women and children was
an unprecedented event in American history.
Equally unprecedented in American history
was the unbelievable heroism of hundreds of
New York Firemen, Policemen, Port Author-
ity personnel and numerous other heroes, now
know only to God, who charged into the burn-
ing World Trade Center for the sole purpose of
rescuing other peoples lives.
Equally unprecedented again has
been the response of people from all around the
world. Immediately after the attack thousands
of people, many of them rescue workers them-
selves, descended upon the disaster site in New
York to help with the rescue. Thousands more
came to attend funerals and memorials and
just to show support. Millions of people from
around the world raised money for the families
of the victims. This event has become a world
event.
The Los Angeles Fire Department,
like so many other departments across the land
responded to the disaster in New York. The in-
cident has become part of our history.
The events of September 11, 2001
reinvigorated Americas gratitude for all fre-
fghters efforts. In response to the terrorist at-
tacks that destroyed the World Trade Center,
the Los Angeles City Fire Department deployed
Urban Search & Rescue Task Force CA-TF 1
with 70 members and a Critical Incident Stress
Management Team (CISM). Their mission in-
cluded search and rescue, body extrication, and
assistance in the use of canine search teams. In
addition, many LAFD members responded on
their own to assist their FDNY brothers. The
CISM mission evolved into a completely un-
precedented Firefghter Assistance Program,
which was delivered at and near ground zero
as well as at various FDNY fre stations and
other sites. Working with many other agencies
for the frst-time, FEMA honored the combined
efforts by making the teams the frst FEMA
sponsored program in the history of CISM.
Several LAFD offcers were also sent as a part
of the Incident Support Team for the task forc-
es sent to the disaster.
The following is a letter sent to all
LAFD members by Chief Bamattre:
From the offce of
the Fire Chief . . . . .
September 19, 2001
TO ALL MEMBERS
SUBJECT: THE WAR AGAINST
TERRORISM
In the wake of the incomprehensible
events of last week, we as a nation, a Depart-
ment, and as individuals fnd ourselves fo-
cusing on the short-and long-term impact of
terrorism on American soil. As news commen-
tators have repeated over the last several days,
life as we knew it will never be the same and the
extent of this change will only be determined
over time. The attacks on our nation have left
us feeling potentially vulnerable to the evil
whims of eccentric extremists and never in our
lifetime have we had to deal with such uncer-
tainty. Regular activities such as reporting to
work or outings with family members will now
be undertaken amidst concerns for safety and
security.
As a nation, we are now awaiting
our governments response to last weeks ter-
rorist attacks. Most certainly, our lives will be
affected regardless of where or how our lead-
ers choose to respond. Not since World War II
have Americans been called upon to think of
the national interest, but we undoubtedly will
be forced to. With approximately one-third of
Department members under age 40, our na-
tions inevitable military action will be a new
phenomenon. Over the past several days, we
have witnessed demonstrations of patriotism
and pride in unprecedented proportion. We
will, however, need to maintain that national
loyalty while remaining steadfast in our vigi-
lance.
The fury of events on the morning of
September 11th thrust our Department into a
state of heightened readiness. Our feld mem-
bers, staff members, and civilian members were
all impacted by our immediate need to ensure
the protection of the City of Los Angeles. While
I frmly believe that our preparations were ad-
equate, I believe areas in need of improvement
were uncovered. Issues such as the deployment
of personnel, the staffng of resources and the
transportation of our civilian members to an-
other work site showed that operational plans
need to e re-evaluated and updated immedi-
ately, not in the near future. I call on our De-
partments top managers to lead and respond
accordingly. And I expect all members to co-
operate fully while remaining focused on the
potential problems that may occur within our
City. As members of the Los Angeles Fire De-
partment, we are charged with protecting the
City of Los Angeles and faltering in this man-
date will not be tolerated.
Our Department has over a cen-
tury of rich history where we have responded
to the needs of those who called upon us. As
always, we shall continue to provide the fnest
fre, emergency medical, and rescue services
available. However, due to the ultimate brav-
ery and supreme sacrifces made by the New
York Fire Department - our profession is now
in the worlds spotlight and we must respond by
showing our strength in unity, calm, and pro-
fessionalism. Never before has the Fire Service
attained such a pedestalled position and we
must remain vigilant of that fact and conduct
ourselves accordingly.
As individuals, these catastrophic
events are indeed troubling for everyone. As
emergency responders, our families face the
added burden of concern for our safety while
we perform our duty to the public. At this time,
we do not know how our when our nation will
respond, only that it will. Therefore, we must
prepare ourselves, our families, and our house-
holds for the unforeseen which may be lengthy
and diffcult.
Together, we shall face whatever
crises are forced upon us. And, as always, we
shall remain strong, vigilant, and prepared.
WILLIAM R. BAMATTRE
Fire Chief
a large seCtioN of the world trade CeNter
staNds as a MoNuMeNt at the lafd traiNiNg
CeNter to those who perished oN 9-11.
50 September 2012
As a tribute to the courage, commit-
ment, and sacrifce of those involved in the
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the LAFD
raised a memorial in 2003. A volunteer team
brought in a 3-ton steel column from the base
of the World Trade Center. The 20-foot column
was originally part of the lobby structure and
is the largest remnant of the attacks outside of
New York City.
The LAFD remembers the sacrifce
of 343 FDNY members every September 11th
and continues the motto Never Forget. Each
year a ceremony is held at the LA Fire Museum
and Memorial starting at 0700 on Sept. 11th
followed by an LAFD and City of LA ceremo-
ny at the Frank Hotchkins Training Center.
LAFDHS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The LAFDHS membership has
elected members to the Board of Directors last
month. We have two new members: Tom Bren-
nan, Retired LAFD Battalion Chief and active
LAFD member Firefghter Ryan Penrod. Mem-
bers re-elected for a one year term are: Dave
Cox, Don Nash, Ben Holder and Joe Ortiz. The
following members will continue serving a one
year term: Don Dodd, Jim Finn, Walt Jaeger,
Tim Kennoy, Tom Moran, Bill Rolland and Bill
Dahlquist.
Here is some background informa-
tion on Board Member Don Nash:
Don Joined the LAFD in 1990. Dur-
ing that time he has been assigned to fre sta-
tions 61, 94,89,13,64,63,71,55, and 51. Before
that he was an LAFD explorer scout at old 66s
from 1985 to 1990. Don grew up in the shadow
of the LAFD, living in 46s frst in during the
1970s. With all the structure fres during that
era, you didnt have to walk too far to be able to
touch a fre apparatus or paramedic rescue. Don
picked up on it and at an early age decided that
being a frefghter was an endeavor to pursue.
He has been volunteering for the
LAFDHS since 2010 and obtained board mem-
ber status in 2011. Don works primarily in the
photo archive department with Walt Jeager at
Old FS 27 digitizing and preserving over a hun-
dred years of LAFD history by scanning and
enhancing many of the images with Photoshop
in his spare time. Don also manages a fickr.
com web page to display some of the photos.
To see some of these historic photographs log
onto www.fickr.com/photos/lafdhs.
Don is a very busy engineer at Fire
Station 51 at LAX and an active board mem-
ber and volunteer with the LAFD Historical
Society. He is a real asset to our society and
our members in supporting our mission to pre-
serve, educate and memorialize the history of
the LAFD.
Just a note to those of you who are
members of the LAFDHS and retire your
membership stops at retirement so to continue
you need to apply again. Go online for mem-
bership at our website, or call for a form or visit
the museum. You can also go on payroll deduc-
tion.
three MeMbers of lafds urbaN searCh &
resCue task forCe stop for a photo dur-
iNg the respoNse operatioNs. the MeMbers
of our task forCe were iN the first plaNe
iN the air after the attaCk CarryiNg NoN-
Military persoNNel.
bob defeo iN the red vest was oNe of the lafds task forCe
leaders at grouNd zero. iN the baCkgrouNd oNe of fdNys
rigs that was Crushed by the Collapse of the towers.
a uNique view of the destruCtioN of the world trade
CeNter. photo by CaptaiN paul sebourN, lafd.
eNgiNeer doN Nash at the lafd harbor
MuseuM iN froNt of old eNgiNe 36, a fully
restored 1923 seagrave. doN Nashs real eNgiNe 51 at lax.
September 2012 51
CALENDAR for September & October 2012
September 2012
A SPECIAL VISITOR TO
LAFD FIREBOAT 2
As a Plank Owner of the USS
Iowa, I went on an early tour of the ship and
was privileged to meet World War II veteran
and crew member of the Iowa in the South
Pacifc, John Wolfnbarger. John was on deck
meeting the visitors and telling stories about
the ship and his experiences. As we were talk-
ing he asked me if he could take a look at our
freboat at FS 112. When John was available
from his volunteer duties on the Iowa, I met
him at 112s for a great tour by Firefghter/
Paramedic Rey Lavalle, FS 112-A. Rey and
John hit it right off since Rey was also in the
Navy serving as a corpsman in the 1970s. John
wanted to see everything and was so impressed
with it all. He was especially impressed with
the special chrome plated tools, and of course
the engine room. John was assigned to the en-
gine room on the Iowa. John said he never slept
a day in his bunk below deck because it was too
hot so he slept on the top deck under the rear
16 inch gun turret. John loves the old battle-
ship and supported all the efforts to turn it into
a museum for all to learn and enjoy a part of
our naval history.
October 2012
firefighter paraMediC rey lavalle
aNd JohN iN the eNgiNe rooM of the
fireboat where JohN was astoNished
at how beautiful the eNgiNes were.
JohN staNds proudly at the bow
of his battleship the uss iowa
bb61 at its berth iN saN pedro.
uss iowa wwii veteraN JohN
wolfiNbarger holdiNg oNe of
the ChroMe plated haywards
oN his visit to fireboat 2.
52 September 2012
LOS ANGELES FIREMENS RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
July 11, 2012
CALL TO ORDER
President John Jacobsen called
the Meeting of the Board of
Trustees of the Los Angeles
Firemens Relief Association to
order at 11:20a.m.

ROLL CALL
MEMBERS PRESENT:
John Jacobsen, President
Juan Albarran, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee Doak Smith
Trustee Steve Tufts
Trustee Chris Hart
Trustee Craig White
Trustee Francisco Hernandez
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Michael Overholser
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Gary Matsubara
Trustee Kurt Stabel
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee David Peters
Trustee Barry Hedberg
Trustee David Lowe
Trustee Tim Larson
David Ned Smith - Executive
Director
Todd Layfer - Controller
MEMBERS ABSENT:
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
(Excused)
Trustee Robert Steinbacher
(Excused)
Trustee David Ortiz
(Excused)
GUESTS:
Bob Olsen - Retired Fire & Police
Assoc.
Lee Kebler - Retired Fire &
Police Assoc.
INVOCATION & Flag Salute
Andy Kuljis led the invocation.
David Lowe led the fag salute.
RATIFICATION OF
MINUTES
John Jacobsen entertained a
motion to ratify and dispense
with the reading of the minutes
of the Board of Trustees meeting
held June 6, 2012. Tim Larson so
moved. David Peters seconded
the motion. 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 June 6, 2012.
PRESIDENTS REPORT
1) Jacobsen asked the Board to
stand and recognize the 2012
Scholarship Award winners. He
along with Doak Smith and Rick
Godinez presented each winner
with their checks and had their
pictures taken to be placed in the
Grapevine Magazine and LAFRA
Website. He also thanked Doak
and Rick for running the program
this year and indicated that it was
very successful.
2) Jacobsen mentioned that
the Pension Department has
appointed Bill Raggio as the
Interim General Manager because
the mayor would not agree to
his confrmation as the new
permanent G.M. and the mayor
requested a national search.
Their Board and City Personnel
Department are in process of
communicating back to the mayor
stating that they did a national
search and Raggio was the
successful candidate.
3) Jacobsen indicated that at the
next Board meeting, according
to the by-laws the Board is to
nominate the President and
Vice President for the Relief
Association. He also stated that
the seven Group 1 Trustees will
be up for election. He reminded
that the Trustee election process
was changed to the By-laws last
year.
4) Jacobsen informed that they
have requested a list of all
members on the medical plan
that have opted out of the 2%
payroll contribution who will be
eligible for the healthcare subsidy
increases from Pensions. He
indicated that they will need to
work on the system programming
for those affected because subsidy
categories will change.
5) Jacobsen reminded the Trustees
of the 58th Annual IFEBP
Employee Benefts Conference
in San Diego this coming
November. He encouraged any
new Trustees to attend as well as
those interested. He also indicated
that most of the hotel blocks for
this conference are fully booked.
VICE PRESIDENT REPORT
1) Juan Albarran stated that
initially, they had missed the
July 6th deadline to place Eric
Shepherds name on the Fallen
Firefghter Memorial Wall,
however, they were able to get
an extension through UFLAC
and indicated that his name will
be placed. He also indicated
that he will be gathering all the
information and will report back
to the Board.
AUDIT COMMITTEE
REPORT
Doak Smith referred to the
recent audit and mentioned that
the committee has discussed
areas of improvement for the
fscal responsibility at LAFRA
and necessary guidelines.
He indicated that they have
researched books written for
non-proft organizations and
found guidelines for audit
committees and how they should
do things. He stated that the Audit
Committee will come up with
some type of charter to maybe
include into the Policy Book.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
REPORT
1) David Smith referred to the
Hope for Firefghters event
and indicated that we will net
over $95K for this years event
verses last year at $80K. He
also mentioned the upcoming
Golf Tournament and reported
that we currently have $68K
in sponsorships and 88 golfers
signed up for the event.
2) David Smith reported on the
website status and stated that they
have now changed over from
Trellon to CodeSpoke for hosting
the website.
ADMINISTRATIVE
COMMITTEE REPORT
David Peters presented the
following motions.
The committee recommends and
I so move to pay the usual and
customary bills in the amount
of $1,024,532.54. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the usual
and customary bills in the
amount of $1,024,532.54.
The committee recommends and
I so move to pay the professional
fees in the amount of $117,345.
There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to pay the
professional fees in the amount
of $117,345.
The committee recommends
and I so move to approve the
contract with the Rule Company
for issuing liability and other
insurance coverage with a 1.2%
increase in the cost compared
to the previous year. He stated
that the total amount was
$144,346.80. There was no
discussion or objections.
September 2012 53
Motion carried to approve the
contract with the Rule Company
with the amount stated.
The committee recommends and
I so move to approve the changes
made to the Policy Book. There
was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the
changes made to the Policy
Book.
EXECUTIVE SESSION
The Board entered into Executive
session at 11:32am.
The Board adjourned from
Executive session at 11:43am.
The committee recommends and
I so move to approve the action
taken during Executive Session.
There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to approve
the action taken during the
Executive Session.
MEDICAL COMMITTEE
REPORT
David Peters presented the
following motions.
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.
David Peters informed the Board
that Medco will soon rebrand
itself as Express Scripts and
stated that the membership will
begin to see the change in various
communications. Jacobsen
mentioned that they will also
notify the membership by sending
an e-blast as well as posting
notifcation on the website.
Jacobsen mentioned that Tristar
will no longer work with the
Citys workers comp issues for
frefghters as of November 2nd.
He indicated that a new contract
has been given to a company
called AIMS to deal with
frefghter claims. He stated that
when he gets more information
from the personnel department he
would notify the Board.
RELIEF COMMITTEE
REPORT
James Coburn presented the
following motion.
The committee recommends and I
so move to pay:
The Sick & Injury benefts in the
amount of $21,388.84
The Estate Planning beneft in the
amount of $3,500
The Relief Death Benefts in the
amount of $31,500
There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to pay the above
Relief benefts.
James Coburn read the names of
members who recently passed
and asked for a moment of silence
from the Board.
MEMORIALS
Richard J. Glielmi
Gerritt J. Vrieling
Fred D. Croghan
Allan A. Nelson
Alan R. Fulkerson
Frank J. Leone
Robert W. Birnie
ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE
James Coburn presented the
following motions.
The committee recommends and
I so move to accept the donations
in the amount of $6,396.51 to the
Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemens Fund. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to accept the
donations in the amount of
$6,396.51 to the Widows,
Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund.
The committee recommends
and I so move to approve the
fnancial assistance applications
for surviving spouses, active and
retired members. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the
fnancial assistance applications
for surviving spouses, active and
retired members.
EMERGENCY
ADVANCEMENTS
James Coburn presented the
following motion.
The committee recommends
and I so move to approve
the emergency advancement
applications for active and
retired members. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve
the emergency advancement
applications for active and
retired members.
GRAPEVINE/WEB
COMMITTEE REPORT
Chris Hart requested that any
Trustees that have photos that
they have taken for events to
submit them to the Grapevine
department so that they could
possibly place them in the
magazine. He mentioned
that later in the day, they will
have a website meeting to
review different layouts for the
Grapevine on the website.
SECRETARYS REPORT
Andy Kuljis mentioned that
they have been investigating
complaints calls coming from
members and/or families calling
on behalf of members in regards
to inappropriate treatment in
facilities or if the members are
ailing and need assistance. He
also asked Trustees to stop by his
offce and pick up some fags if
needed.

SCHOLARSHIP
COMMITTEE REPORT
Doak Smith mentioned the
Scholarship Program and stated
that everything went well. He
mentioned that Rick Godinez
would take over the program and
handle next years Scholarship
awards.
NEW BUSINESS
Jacobsen referred to the Estate
Planning beneft and indicated
that there have been quite a
number of members gifting a
portion of their estate to the
WODFF. He mentioned that they
were going to begin pushing
the payroll deductions for the
WODFF and indicated that we
are currently at less than 50%
participation. He stated that their
goal was to achieve 100%.
SETTING OF DATES
1) Over the Line Tournament
September 12th
2) LAFD Invitational Golf
Tournament September 24th
3) IFEBP Annual Employee
Benefts Conf. November
11th 14th
4) LAFRA Open House
December 1st
RETIREMENT DINNERS

1) Scott Ames July 12th
Knollwood Country Club
(Lowe)
2) Don Cascio and John Rojas
July 19th Los Robles Greens
Golf Course (Albarran)
3) Wes Shundo July 28th Elks
Lodge #966 San Pedro
(Larson)
4) Alan Bush August 11th
Scarlett Belle, Oxnard (Doak/
Lowe)
5) Dave Soto August 24th Ports
OCall Restaurant (Bednarchik)
6) Tom Lambert September 8th
Ports OCall Restaurant (Hart)
7) Michael Whitehouse October
2nd Odyssey Restaurant
(Peters)
ADJOURNMENT
John Jacobsen entertained a
motion to adjourn. David Lowe
so moved. Tim Larson seconded.
There was no discussion and no
objections.
Motion carried to adjourn.
The Board of Trustees meeting
adjourned at 12:12pm.

John Jacobsen, President
54 September 2012
MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL
BOARD MEETING
CALL TO ORDER
President John Jacobsen called the Meeting of
the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Fire-
mens Relief Association to order at 9:14a.m.
This special Board meeting had been noticed
on June 21, 2012.
ROLL CALL
MEMBERS PRESENT:
John Jacobsen, President
Juan Albarran, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Chris Hart
Trustee Doak Smith
Trustee Robert Steinbacher
Trustee Francisco Hernandez
Trustee Michael Overholser
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Gary Matsubara
Trustee Kurt Stabel
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee David Peters
Trustee David Ortiz
Trustee Barry Hedberg
Trustee Tim Larson
David Ned Smith - Executive Director
Todd Layfer - Controller
MEMBERS ABSENT:
Trustee Gene Bednarchik (Excused)
Trustee David Lowe (Excused)
Trustee Chris Stine (Excused)
Trustee Steve Tufts (Excused)
Trustee Craig White (Excused)
GUESTS:
Roger Burton - Healthcare Actuaries
Dawna Gray - Bradawn Inc.
John Jacobsen informed the Board that there
would be two topics of discussion for the
Special Board meeting agenda. He stated
that the frst topic of discussion would be the
Relief Beneft Study prepared and presented
by Roger Burton of Healthcare Actuaries,
and the second topic would be Mr. Burtons
analysis of the seven year requirement for the
Medical Plan.
RELIEF BENEFIT STUDY
Todd Layfer briefy commented that he had
worked with Roger Burton in providing him
with census data of the membership and the
history of benefts paid to members over the
last several years. He indicated that they made
projections and best guess scenarios based on
current circumstances and assumptions.
Roger Burton presented an overview of the
study and reviewed the investment balances
by fund. He then reviewed the results of the
study and addressed the assumptions that went
into the study. The report showed projected
future beneft payout for the Relief Fund, L
& A and the WODFF. It also gave fve-year
projections on both revenue and how revenue
compared to expenses.
After review of the study, it was the Boards
opinion to not add or increase benefts at this
time. The report was provided to the Relief
committee for their use. After evaluation, the
Relief committee has the option of recom-
mending changes to benefts if they feel they
are needed and affordable.
Medical Plan 7-year Stipulation Analysis
Jacobsen informed the Board that this analysis
was in regards to the requirement that a
member be in the PPO Medical Plan for seven
years while they are active fremen prior to re-
tiring in order to have the best retiree premium
rate. Those who retire without seven years in
the PPO Medical plan will be charged a higher
premium of approximately 200% until they
reach the seven year requirement.
Dawna and Roger reviewed the best case and
the worst-case scenarios for modifying the
7-year requirement. She also reviewed the
assumptions and discussed healthcare reform
and how it would impact the Association.
After review of the analysis, it was the Boards
opinion to refer the issue back to the Medical
Committee for further review.
ADJOURNMENT
The Special Board of Trustees meeting ad-
journed at 12:16pm.
John Jacobsen, President
visit:
www.LAFRA.org
mail:
P.O. Box 41903
Los Angeles CA
90041
phone:
(800) 244-3439
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Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund
June 2012
YAEL ROSENBLOOM FROM THE KINDERGARTEN TZEDAKAH
PROGRAM
ROGER H. CURRY IN MEMORY OF MY FATHER ALLAN A. NELSON
& MY MOTHER ZELLA M. NELSON
WALMART
ANGELINA M. KING IN MEMORY OF MY HUSBAND CAPT BILL KING
JOHN J. ADAMS IN GRATITUDE FOR THE DURABLE MEDICAL
EQUIPMENT
GARY T. SHELFORD IN GRATITUDE FOR THE DURABLE MEDICAL
EQUIPMENT
GARY RODRIGUEZ PROCEEDS FROM FIRE SERVICE DAY
BAYWATER HOMEOWNERS ASSOC IN MEMORY OF IRENE THERMOS
COPPEROPOLIS VOLUNTEER FIRE ASSOC. IN MEMORY OF WALT BALL
DOROTHY J REED IN MEMORY OF RENO ZULIANI
FRANK COSOLA PROCEEDS FROM T-SHIRT SALE
FIRE STATION NO. 112 FROM THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER FUND
KAREN HORELLY IN MEMORY OF HERB TOURTILLOTT
JOHN E. KESLER JR IN MEMORY OF FRED CROGHAN
ROBYN ROSENFELD IN GRATITUDE TO FIRE STATION NO. 109
BETTY V. LARSON IN MEMORY OF MY HUSBAND GENE LARSON
SONIA CUNDY IN MEMORY OF ALBERT LOEWE
HELEN L. SCHULZ
LAVONNE ABNEY IN MEMORY OF IRENE THERMOS
BETTY J. VRIELING IN MEMORY OF MY HUSBAND GERRIT J. VRIELING
BETTY J. VRIELING IN MEMORY OF MY HUSBAND GERRIT J. VRIELING
GEORGE & SHIRLEY VRIELING IN MEMORY OF MY BROTHER GERRITT
JUNIOR VRIELING
RICH VALLIN PROCEEDS FROM FIRE SERVICE DAY 2012
THOMAS G. CROCKATT IN MEMORY OF ALAN R. FULKERSON
ANN ZULIANI IN MEMORY OF MY HUSBAND ANGELO ZULIANI
DELBERT C. THOMPSON IN MEMORY OF STAN JONES
DELBERT C. THOMPSON IN MEMORY OF RENO ZULIANI
FIRE STATION NO. 100 FROM THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER FUND
UNITED WAY INC
ADAM D. GILL
ROY TRACHSEL IN MEMORY OF FRED D. CROGHAN
EVANGELINA GONZALEZ
GERALD R. KISECKER IN MEMORY OF RENO ZULIANI
PETER R. LUCARELLI IN MEMORY OF EDWARD DREHER
JERRY KING IN MEMORY OF ALAN R. FULKERSON
KAREN SIEGLER IN MEMORY OF FRED CROGHAN
WILLIAM CRISS IN MEMORY OF FRED CROGHAN
ANN NIX IN MEMORY OF MRS. IRENE THERMOS
GOLDIE ROE IN MEMORY OF FRED CROGHAN
LAVERNE M. MC LEOD IN MEMORY OF BARBARA GILLETT
DON R. DE JESSE IN MEMORY OF FRED DANIEL CROGHAN
ARLENE REISSIG IN MEMORY OF GARRY VRIELING
JOE BALDO IN MEMORY OF FRED CROGHAN
MARCIA L. MORROW IN MEMORY OF ALBIN S. LIS
CLIFFORD & RITA HARVEY IN MEMORY OF IRENE E. THERMOS
JAMES D. POGUE IN HONOR OF HERBERT TOURTILLOTT
BARBARA J. BROWN IN MEMORY OF JAMES COSTELLO
JACK A. BENNETT IN MEMORY OF HERBERT TOURTILLOT
JAMES E. GILLUM FROM THE BREAKFAST CLUB
LOIS JONES IN MEMORY OF GERRIT VRIELING
ROBERT J. ENGELKE IN MEMORY OF GARRY VRIELING
HELEN D. GILLETTE IN MEMORY OF FRED CROGHAN
INTUIT FOUNDATION ON BEHALF OF PAMELA ABBOTT
ANSELMO SONNY GARRIDO IN MEMORY OF JAMES R. COSTELLO
HELEN L. MEGORDEN
ARLENE HAMILTON IN MEMORY OF RENO ZULIANI
ANN M. ZULIANI IN MEMORY OF RENO ZULIANI
LOIS E HEIDNER IN MEMORY OF RENO ZULIANI
LOUIS P. ORIGEL
DANIEL CROGHAN IN MEMORY OF FRED CROGHAN
RAUL MIRANDA HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY!!
LAURIE PEEL IN MEMORY OF FRED CROGHAN
ISABELLA SCHARGITZ IN HONOR OF HAROLD SCHARGITZ
DANIEL LEON IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM WILLARD
56 September 2012
September 2012 57
MERCHANDISE
FOR SALE
1996 BMW RT1100 MOTORCY-
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40+MPG, always covered and ga-
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$5000 OBO. Retired LAFD Paul T.
Papp. (818) 437-4781
2000 HARLEY-DAVIDSON ROAD
KING. Beautiful Bike! 95-inch mo-
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rack (10K in chrome), 16,000
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MOTORCYCLE GOGGLES,
OILS & LUBRICANTS - ALL Fire
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Fire Fighter must placeorder to
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verizon.net PH: 661-492-4097
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professional Garland range, Sub-
Zero freezer and refrigerator. Hard
rock maple counters and maple
cabinets. Large loft with library
and offce overlooking great room
with vaulted ceilings and riverrock
freplace. Pella windows and doors.
Hardwood foors throughout, tile in
kitchen, laundry and baths. Central
vac. Deck on three sides. 15 acres
fenced. Tennis court, pool, 2 car
garages, 40X60 metal bldg. Septic
and 40 gpm well. $650,000. Contact
Ray Oster (559) 338-2220 or email
rsoster1@dishmail.net for more
info and photos.
EXCEPTIONAL LAKE ARROW-
HEAD HOME. Located in a seclud-
ed private community just steps
from the lake, this 4 bdrm 3&1/2
bath spacious custom home has
all the amenities to compliment the
4 season mountain living of Lake
Arrowhead! Family living centered
around the inviting quality-plus
kitchen & great room with warm &
cozy freplace, to the large master
suite featuring its own freplace & 3
more beautifully decorated bdrms.
for family & guests. A fremans
dream garage with room for all the
toys & an adjoining RV covered
port that must be seen to appre-
ciate. The landscaping & views
from the decks surrounding this
magnifcent one of a kind home are
an entertainers delight! Call Dick
Alder at 909 553-2757, <r_alder@
yahoo.com> or Mt. Co. Realty at
909 337-2414 to view this special
home. Offered at $695,000, visit
our web-site at www.MCR.com
FOR SALE. 2 bedroom, 2 bath
condo fully furnished in Barra de
Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico. Short
walk to small fshing village, beach,
restaurants, etc. LAFD retired.
(909) 392-8941.
GREAT VACATION/FISHING
HIDEAWAY - SEA OF CORTEZ,
LORETTO, BAJA. 2200 sq. ft.
house. 3 levels. Attached small
apartment. 1/2 block from marina
& seafront. Buyer would hold title
through 50 yr bank trust. $250K
OBO. May consider trade for So
Cal property. Rita Galvin 760-945-
3080.
LOVELY 2800 SQ FT 3 bedroom,
2 bath home on Marrowstone
Island near Port Townsend,
Washington. Sits on 4 plus partical
wooded acres with Puget Sound.
230 foot waterfront view. Has barn
for RV storage. City water, oil heat
in foor. Past home of LAFD get
together. Call Vonnie Rogers (360)
385-7544.
MAMMOTH CONDO - Cozy 2
bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished,
WIFI, 3 TVs, pool, spa, tennis,
walk to shuttle. Old Mammoth
area. Winter $115, Summer $90,
plus maid $126. Includes linens.
No pets, no smoking. Call (310)
540-4648.
OREGON RETREAT. Chiloquin,
Rustic homestead on 73 wooded
acres, bordered by turquoise, clear
Spring Creek river. Artesian well
produces 200 gpm. Block built
1926 sq.ft. home, 2BD 2BA, large
garage, shops, barn on private,
level land. Boat house w/boat.
Near Williamson and Sprague
Rivers; world famous trout streams.
$625,000. www.survivalacrea-
georegon.com
RIVER PARCELS. Three 20 acre
Klammath River frontage parcels
in beautiful Northern California- 30
miles from Oregon. Electricity and
telephone available. Rarely used
County-maintained road runs
through. Very private. 6 miles from
Happy Camp. Each parcel has
more than 700 front feet of river.
$195,000 - $295,000. Contact Troy
Bonar, LAFD retired. PO Box 466,
Happy Camp, CA 96039 or call
(530) 493-2453 or fax (530) 493-
2589 or email: troy@sisqtel.net
SKI THE SUMMIT! BIG BEAR,
4+2, 5 minutes from snow summit,
downtown and the lake. Located
in the desirable Fox Farm area.
2 story-upstairs 2+1, downstairs
2+1 turn key condition, ready to
enjoy. Fully furnished. Investment
Vacation or Retirement. $359,000
Call Therese (818) 216-4628 or
theresewyman@msn.com
THE LAST BEST PLACE. Own
a piece of Montana. Panoramic
views of Flathead Lake. 3 acres
with a great building site. Adjacent
to forested public land. Access to
fshing , summer water sports and
winter skiing. Owned by retired
LAFD. Listed with Riverbend Re-
alty. Keith at 406-837-1501. www.
riverbendbigfork.com
SERVICES
A VETERAN FOR HIRE - Brush
clearance, clean ups, grad-
ing, rototill, new lawns, tree and
shrub shaping, stump removals,
concrete, asphalt and dirt removal,
trench footings, auger holes and
more! Full line of equipment.
Thanks! Larry (818) 489-5126
AA FREE CONSULTATION
at the Law Offces of EDWARD R.
DANOFF - Located in Santa Anas
original FIRE STATION NO. ONE.
We provide services for SERIOUS
PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS
including auto, boat, motorcycle
accidents, dog bites, and wrong
death cases. DIVORCES, including
custody, support, modifcations and
restraining orders. REAL ESTATE
- BANKRUPTCY - CRIMINAL -
CLASSIFIEDS
58 September 2012
DUI - TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT
HOURLY DISCOUNT RATE TO
FIREFIGHTERS. Thirty years ex-
perience. Former volunteer freman.
Orange and Los Angeles Counties
call (714) 972-8355 - Inland Empire
and Palm Springs/ Desert Area call
(800) 794-5297.
ALTERNATIVE TERMITE Treat-
ments: ECOLA Services, Since
1983. Fumigation/ tenting is NOT
your only option. Direct heat,
environmentally caring, no poison
gas, no need to vacate for days.
Electro-Gun/ Microwave/ Tim-Bor.
2 year written warranty on all work
performed. Lifetime renewal option
available. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Call Susan Fries (800) 332-BUGS
(2847). Firemans wife.
BOAT & PWC STORAGE
Firemens discount. 10% off frst
months rent & no deposit required.
Winter rates available. Located on
the Colorado River, close to launch
ramps. All Seasons Storage 800
North K St., Needles, CA 92363.
(760) 326-2001.
BUILDING PLANS. Residential:
patios, decks, additions/remodel-
ing, repairs, new construction,
design. Commercial: tennant im-
provement, ADA compliances and
more. George Lavallee (805) 532-
1905 offce. cre8iveanswers@
hotmail.com
CHOOSE YOUR DREAM
CRUISE - Princess Cruises,
Royal Caribean, Holland American,
Carnival and more... 3 to 21 day
getaways to Alaska, Hawaii, The
Bahamas and many other exciting
destinations. Call Patricia at (661)
265-9440 or toll free at (877) 7HI-
SEAS, or email pliefeld@qnet.
com wife of LAFD Mechanic,
sister of LAFD Captain.
CRAIG SANFORD HEATING &
AIR - Free estimates, residen-
tial, commercial. Great rates for
LAFD and LAPD. Toll free (877)
891-1414, (661) 298-3070, FAX
(661) 298-3069. State License No.
527114
CRANE SERVICE All kinds of
lifts - A/C Units, Spas, Construc-
tion, Beams, Poles, Appliances,
Man Baskets available. Insured
and bonded. Leonard Campbell
Owner/Operator (818) 340-8907
DJ FOR ALL OCCASIONS - You
name it, I play it!! Call Frank (818)
554-7273. Serving San Fernando
Valley over 20 years! Firefghters
are my family.
DOES ANYTHING BOTHER
YOU? Anything at all? Mental,
emotional or physical? Dr. Bob
Price, psychotherapist. LAFD
retired, has developed a model
that puts the fre out fast. It allows
you to overcome almost anything
that bothers you rather quickly. My
book, Speed Healing, & DVD is
available at www.pricepartsmodel.
com. Telephone sessions granted
quickly. Call for telephone appoint-
ment. (619) 461-9527
DRYWALL SERVICE, new
construction, remodel, repair,
acoustic ceilings removed. All
types of textures. Licensed, bond-
ed and insured. Gregg Avery, F.S.
66 A residence (805) 494-9037.
FIREFIGHTERS TAXES - Are
you getting the most from your tax
returns? I am a wife of a frefghter
and specialize in their returns, with
60% of my clients being frefghter
families. Taxes done at you conve-
nience; my offce or by phone. Avail-
able year-round. TaxPro, Barbara
Ravitz, 661-257-7606.
FIREFIGHTER DISCOUNTS.
At Farmers Insurance Group, I can
assist you in deciding what options
best meet your insurance needs.
Free competitive quotes available for
homeowners, auto, life, RVs, boats
motorcycles and more. As a former
LAFD and LAPD Commissioner, and
coming from a family of frefghters (3
brothers and 1 nephew), I understand
your need for an agent that can make
your life a little easier. For a free
quote, please call the Corina Alarcon
Insurance Agency at (818) 263-1723.
FIREMAN DESIGN & LAND-
SCAPE. Free design and estimate.
Landscape/irrigation/sod/stamped
concrete/concrete foundations/
patio covers/turf/rockscape. I will
beat all written estimates. Serving
all areas. LAFD 96-B Eric Men-
doza. (760) 221-1912 cell. (661)
480-2202 offce. www.fremanland-
scape.com Lic#857078. Insured
and bonded.
FLOWERS FOR ALL OCCA-
SIONS. La Petite Florist offers
only the fnest foral arrange-
ments, plants and gifts delivered
in Orange County and nationwide
through Telefora. Family owned
and operated since 1976. Browse
our website for hundreds of ideas
at www.lapetiteforist.com or call
(800) 682-3327. Gina Cawdrey,
LAFD wife.
HAI TECH LASERS INC. - For
all your engraving needs. X-mas
gifts, Retirement etc. Friend of the
LAFD. Hai Tech Lasers Inc., 25026
Anza Dr., Santa Clarita CA 91355.
(661) 775-0210
REAL ESTATE FINANCING.
Interest rates are at All-Time-Lows.
Refnance & Purchase Loans,
Investment/Second Home Loans/
Equity Lines/2nd Trust Deeds, No
Points/No Fees Loans, VA, FHA,
Conventional Loans, Lending
in many other states. Mortgage
lending with exceptional customer
service, integrity, strength and ex-
perience. For your Free Mortgage
Analysis, call (714) 469-8900. Jay
Trementozzi, Mortgage Banker.
DRE# 01113819, NMLS# 241591.
REAL ESTATE SERVICES - Start
a new life in the gorgeous com-
munities of Temecula and Murrieta.
Top rated schools, world renowned
wineries, numerous golf courses,
lakes, shopping and a great family
atmosphere. Located 78 miles from
HQ between Los Angeles and San
Diego. Call Mike Utley at (951)
775-8491 (LAFD Retired).
REBECCA MARTIN LAND-
SCAPE. Architectural landscape
design and installation. A full
service design/build landscape frm
that creates unique custom exterior
environments that will increase
the value of your home and bring
you years of outdoor enjoyment.
Rebecca Martin, LAFD wife. (818)
216-3637. Lic# 936577. rebecca-
martinlandscape@gmail.com
TAX ALERT FOR FIREFIGHTERS
Dont lose thousands of dollars
during your professional career to
the IRS! Let HEWITT FINANCIAL
GROUP, the specialists in fre-
fghter tax services, prepare your
tax return and review your prior
years tax returns. We specialize
in tax planning and preparation for
frefghters. We also offer FREE
REVIEW of your last four years of
tax returns. Call us today at (800)
573-4829 or visit our website at
www.alhewitt.com
WHETSEL TAX SERVICES - Spe-
cializing in law enforcement and
frefghter tax preparation. Call or
fax Mari Whetsel at (661) 360-8707
or visit at 27726 Briarcliff Place,
Valencia CA 91354.
WINDOWS & PATIO DOORS
- vinyl replacement windows &
Patio doors. I also carry aluminum,
wood and entry door systems. Rick
Brandelli, Capt. LACoFD, FS 8-C
(800) 667-6676. www.GeeWin-
dows.com
VACATION
RENTALS
ARE YOU IN NEED OF A VACA-
TION? We have $49-$79 Cruises
a Monthly! $149 and up ALL
INCLUSIVE! Join our Travel Club!
Go to: www.WvMovie.com or
YouTube JoeTraveler and Cabo
Dreamtrip (661) 993-9476 call/
text fremedic311@gmail.com
FF/PM Peter Mills 100-A
4 BEDROOMS, 4 BATHS, Game
Room, 3000 sq. ft. upscale Big
Bear Lake cabin. Pool table, foos-
ball, darts, ping-pong, gas BBQ.
Private road close to lake, Village.
Walk to Snow Summit, great for
summer. Accommodates 13. Until
November: Midweek-$250; Week-
ends: $295. For summer specials
or holiday/winter rates call (949)
683-3028. steps2summit.com
BEACH FRONT SUNSET BEACH
OAHU, HAWAII - North Shore
at Sunset Beach. Two separate
homes 2+ den, 2ba, sleeps 8. $225
per day and 2br + 1ba, sleeps 6.
$200 per day! Both share large
tropical yard. View 7 surf breaks
from backyards to pipeline. Contact
Betty at (808) 372-7558 or Barker
LAFD retired (805) 985-4001.
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. $95/$105 (two day mini-
mum). $550/$600 a week, Beep or
Donna Schaffer 1+(760) 723-1475.
www.schaffercabin.com
BIG BEAR CABIN. 2 bedroom, 2
bath, 2 story. Sleeps 8. Near ski
slopes & lake. Fireplace/wood,
cable TV, DVD,VCR, full kitchen.
Completely furnished. $85/$95 per
night. Minimum 2 nights. Holidays
extra. Weekly available. All Sea-
son. Sheri (909) 851-1094 cell or
(760) 948-2844 home.
BIG BEAR LAKES FINEST-
Deluxe lakeside townhouse, 2
bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable TVs,
HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood burning
freplaces, laundry room, tennis
court, indoor pool, sauna, spa, boat
dock. Fully equipped, including all
linens. Sleeps 6. 310-541-8311 or
email cindy14@cox.net
BIG BEAR VINTAGE CABIN. 2
minute walk to village. 5 minute
drive to both slopes. Lake view.
2 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 6. Contact:
bigbearescapes.com/pikes-place
Owned by LAFD member.
BULLHEAD/LAUGHLIN. Large new
Custom 3 bedroom/2 bath home 4
minutes from the casinos and close
to Katherines Landing. Quiet cul-
de-sac. All amenities. Everything is
new. 60 TV in living room. TVs in all
bedrooms. Large formal dining room.
BBQ and large patio overlooking the
mountains. 35 ft X 3-1/2 car garage
w/ gym equipment. Wireless internet
w/ on site computer. $150 per night
+ $75 cleaning fee. No smoking or
pets please. Scott at 805-208-1598
or h2oratscott@aol.com.
CATALINA BEACH COTTAGE - 3
bedrooms, 1 bath, one block to
beach, view, fully equipped house-
keeping unit. Marci (818) 347-6783
or Clarence (310) 510-2721.
September 2012 59
DELUXE LAKESIDE TOWN
HOME. 2 bedrooms, 3 baths,
2 freplaces, washer, dryer, gas
barbeque. Indoor pool, sauna,
Jacuzzi, locker room with shower.
Tennis court, boat dock, cable TV,
HBO. Fully furnished including
linens. 3 miles from Snow Summit.
Sleeps 6 max. (310) 541-8311
DESERT CONDO Rancho Mirage
(near Palm Springs), 2 bedrooms,
2 bath, fully furnished condo & WiFi
Internet. Also 2 bedroom and den,
2 bath, TV and VCR, pools, spas,
tennis courts, gated community.
From $110 per night. No pets or
smoking. Barbara (626) 798-2484.
FORMER L.A. FIREFIGHTER
and Family offering gorgeous Baja
Mexico Property for rent. Coast-
side Gated Community with pool/
spa, surfng, and loads of fun. 4
Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms. Fully
Equipped Kitchen. Call Kathy at
510-468-5003 for more information.
Go to:
lasgaviotas.com/Hse_toscana.
htm for pictures, availability calen-
dar, and information on the area.
GOLFERS-BOATERS-OTHERS!
SAVE $$$ ON HOTEL RATES!!
Luxury condo rental - Direct from
Owner. One bedroom two bath
luxury condo located in Mexican
resort area of Nuevo Vallarta, just
15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta
Intl Airport. Unit is part of Grand
Marina Villas, part of the Paradise
Village Hotel complex, and includes
use of 18 hole El Tigre Golf Course.
Weekly or monthly rates. For info:
Web site: homepage.mac.com/edynichols
e-mails: edynichols@mac.com or
(310) 395-7804.
HAVASU LANDING - Waterfront
on Lake Havasu. 3 bedroom, 3
bath. Boat mooring out front. Fully
furnished. Direct TV, WiFi, BBQ,
Casino, new grocery/meat market.
No pets/smoking (310) 418-1577.
JUNE LAKE CABIN - Scenic
2br/2ba cozy, cabin with views.
5 minutes from Fishing and Ski-
ing. Fully furnished. Wood Deck,
Sleeps 8, wood burning stove,
full kitchen, cable Tv/Dvd, stereo,
phone. Detached garage/room
for boat. Call for summer/winter
rates. Cleaning fee applies. Jeff
Easton 105-A, (805)-217-5602 -
junebound@gmail.com
KAPALUA, MAUI. Luxurious
ocean view Kapalua Ridge 1 and 2
bedroom villas from $145/$250, 7th
night FREE. Fully equipped with
washer/dryer, Hi speed internet,
Wi-Fi, cable TV, free resort shuttle,
minutes from ocean. Features
3 white sand beaches includ-
ing BEST BEACH in the world,
Kapalua Bay Beach, 100 miles of
hiking trails, 2 golf courses with
great discounts, 10 tennis courts,
zip lines, 2 spas, golf academy,
horseback riding, snorkeling, swim-
ming, surfng, kayaking, shops,
restaurants. Contact Terry or Diane
@ 800-326-MAUI (6284). www.
kapaluavacations.com/the_ridge.
asp or email info@kapaluavaca-
tions.com
LAKE ARROWHEAD Blue Jay
cabin charming two-story with
creek, large deck, two baths,
complete kitchen, TV,VCR/DVD,
freplace, washer and dryer, walk
to Blue Jay Village. Sleeps 6. $90/
night. NO PETS! Bruce or Sue
Froude, (805) 498-8542.
LAKE HAVASU BEACH FRONT.
Located at HAVASU LANDING
RESORT a gated community on
the California side of Lake Havasu.
Swim, Ski or fsh from the front
yard. Buoys in front of home for
overnight boat(s) tie-ups. No need
to launch boat each day. Walking
distance to a CASINO, restaurants
and grocery store. Adjacent to
miles of off-road desert trails, great
for ATVs, 4 wheelers and Motor-
cycles. Beautiful landscaping with
a lawn from the home to the lake.
Covered patio with furniture and
a gas BBQ. Four bedrooms with
beds for 10.Two full bathrooms.
Check Craigslist for pic. $350. Per
night 10% discount for a week.
For Reservations call Bud @ 818
352-4422
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 neigh-
borhood. No pets. No smoking.
Snowbird rates. Call Mike (661)
510-6246
LAKE HAVASU CITY. New Cus-
tom 3 bedroom/2 bath home on
lake side of Hwy 95 north side of
town. Quiet street. All the amenti-
ties. 60 TV in living room. TVs in
all bedrooms. Wireless internet with
on site computer. BBQ on large pa-
tio. Swimming pool. Near marinas
and restaurants. $150 per night.
$85 cleaning fee. No smoking or
pets please. Scott at 805-208-1598
or h2oratscott@aol.com.
LAKE HAVASU HOME for rent.
Built in 2004. 1800 square feet,
3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Newly/fully
furnished w/all amenities of home.
Large garage 20x32 with tall doors.
Large area for guest parking.
Located less than a mile from lake
on a quiet cul-de-sac! RV hookups.
Ask for FF discount. Call Ryan
Penrod (310) 804-1801 or Nicole
(909) 263-8177.
LAKE HAVASU HOME - Beautiful
3 bed, 2 bath home that sleeps
8. Lake view, RV access, boat
parking, everything is new. Quiet
street in great neighborhood, just
minutes from London Bridge. Call
John for pricing at (323) 449-4473.
Snow-bird rates and fremen dis-
count available.
LAKE HAVASU Landing California.
3 bedroom, 2 bath, wif, DirecTV,
BBQ, full laundry, slip-in marina
included, just steps away. 180 de-
gree view of lake and your boat in
slip. Huge covered patio. No pets.
No smoking. Larry Mc Andress
ret 112A (714) 963-9344 or (714)
393-1464.
LAKE HAVASU VACATION
HOMES for rent. Each fully fur-
nished with all amenities of home.
Every home has a lake view, pool,
RV access, boat parking, ample
guest parking and sleep up to 8
people. Check out our website @
werenthavasu.com or call (928)
855-5848 or (661) 212-3191.
LAKE TAHOE GETAWAY 3 bed-
room, 2 bath home with all of the
amenities complete kitchen, wash-
er/ dryer, TV/ VCR. Quiet neighbor-
hood near the lake, casinos and ski
slopes. Call for rates. Call Cal or
Linda @ (805) 584-2718.
www.sltgetaway.com
LAKE POWELL HOUSEBOAT. 68
Sumerset. 2 staterooms, 2 cuddy
cabins, 2 baths. Will sleep 10 to 12.
2 ref. fully equipped kitchen, BBQ,
TV, DVD, Twin A/C. Party top, fy-
bridge, V8 drives, 12 KW ge., 100
gal. aux. fuel tank with pump. Dan
Coyle (805) 494-8854.
LA QUINTA - Gated community,
fully furnished deluxe home, three
bedrooms, three baths on the 10th
fairway of the Dunes Golf Course
in La Quinta Country Club. Two car
garage, large patio with barbecue.
No pets, no smoking. $200/night - 2
week minimum, plus refundable se-
curity deposit. Call (323) 254-3874
MAMMOTH CONDO Cozy 2
bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished,
WIFI, 3 TVs, pool, spa, tennis,
walk to shuttle, Old Mammoth
area. Winter $115, Summer $90,
plus maid $126. Includes linens.
No pets, no smoking. Call (310)
540-4648.
MAMMOTH CONDO Fully furnished,
2 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 6. Close to
Canyon Lodge, pool, spa, recreation
room, laundry facilities, condo has
been beautifully remodeled, photos
available, $200 a night winter - $125
a night summer + $150 cleaning fee.
Call for holiday pricing. Joe Angiuli,
South Division (626) 497-5083.
MAMMOTH CONDO - Fully
furnished, 1 bdrm, loft, 1 1/2 baths,
sleeps 4. On shuttle route. All
amenities: Sauna, Pool, laundry on
premises. Fall/Winter prices. $100/
night. Spring/Summer $85/night.
One time $70 cleaning fee. No
smoking, no pets, contact: Julian
Edwards (909) 573-3815
MAMMOTH - 1 bedroom Sum-
mit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient
underground garage parking,
jacuzzis, gym (pool, tennis in
summertime), shuttle right outside!
Across from chair 15. Winter $110
per night, Summer $80 per night
plus $65 cleaning fee per stay. All
linens included. Drew or Nancy
Oliphant (661) 513-2000.
MAMMOTH CONDO - MAM-
MOTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA, fully
furnished, linens, full kitchen, TV/
DVD, stereo, freplace, pool ,
jacuzzi, sauna. 2 blocks from
gondola village. 1 block to ski
shuttle. Winter $330/night, Summer
$215/night, plus cleaning. Includes
city bed tax. No pets, no smok-
ing, sleeps 8. Dory Jones (310)
918-0631 or Kelly Corcoran (310)
619-5355.
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 - Clean 1
bedroom, 2 bath. Sleeps 6. Walk
to Village and Gondola. Shuttle
out front. Close to Canyon Lodge.
Fully furnished, spa, ski locker,
underground parking and wireless.
Midweek special. No pets. No
smoking. $120 winter, $90 summer.
$65 cleaning fee, includes linens.
Jeff or Tonya Clemens (805) 499-
8160.
MAMMOTH CONDO - Sierra Man-
ors 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 Sal-
vage LAFD Retired (805) 499-7752.
MAMMOTH LAKES - One
bedroom, extremely charming
wildfower condo. Full amenities,
close to shuttle. Antiques, art, satel-
lite TV, freplace. Sleeps 4. Winter
$110, Summer $85. Call (818)
371-6722
Email: shakesong@aol.com
MAMMOTH RENTAL BY OWNER
- Studios 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom
rentals, budget to luxury rates,
fully furnished, stocked kitchens,
bedding, towels, all locations,
some pet friendly, complimetary
WiFi. Mammoth Rental by Owner
60 September 2012
affliated with Mammoth Lodging
Association, high standard clean-
ing, maintenance, 24/7 emergency
contact. Visit www.Mammoth-
RentalByOwner.com mention
fre8. Contact us info@mammoth-
rentalbyowner.com or call (818)
883-2488 or (888) 472-5777.
MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
Southwestern decor. Sleeps 4.
King bed. Full Kitchen, TV, VCR,
DVD. Garage parking. 5 min walk
to Canyon Lodge. Winter $155/nite,
$175 Fri, Sat, & Holidays; Summer
$100/nite. 2 nite min. addl nites
less. Jeff & Lisa Moir. LAFD Air
Ops (661) 254-5788
MAMMOTH CONDO Wildfower,
1 bedroom sleeps 4, king bed and
queen sofa bed. Fully furnished,
freplace, dishwasher, stereo, TV/
DVD, phone, spa, sauna, pool and
tennis court. Linens and cleaning
fee. On shuttle route. Winter rate
$100/night, summer rate $70/night.
Mike Greenup (805) 583-8239 or
cell (805) 338-9955.
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. SKI IN - SKI OUT at
lift 15, 2 bedroom including master
suite, 2 bath condo. TV/DVD in
living room. Good sound system.
Gym, spa, freplace, very roomy,
underground parking, tennis courts,
pools, and outside BBQ area. (310)
476-4784. Email: barbarawin-
ters@yahoo.com or visit website:
www.mammothrental.com
MAUI BEACH FRONT CONDO
ON NAPILI BAY - 50 from water.
Studios and 1 bdrm. Luxury
furnishings + full kitchen. All the
amenities! Mauis best snorkel-
ing/beach. All island activities &
Kapalua within 4 minutes. 5-day
minimum, from $135 per night
(regularly $310 night). Call Sherrie
or Bill for info/reservations (805)
530-0007 or (800) 889-8641 toll-
free or email: pmimaui@aol.com
or visit: www.napilibaymaui.com
MAUIS MOST BEAUTIFUL
BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful fur-
nished condo with kitchen and daily
maid service. 15% discount off
already lowest prices in the area.
Don Sprenger (949) 548-5659 or
(800) 336-2185.
NICARAGUA SURF CONDO -
Enjoy UNREAL surf in a FRIENDLY
SAFE COUNTRY. Golf a new
course and hang out by the pool.
Walking distance to beach. 3
bedroom 2 bath. See for yourself
at: nicasurfnturf.com. Contact Chris
Hart (714) 742-3325 or email:
Chrismhart22@verizon.net
OAHU, HAWAII NORTH SHORE
at Sunset Beach. Two ocean front
houses on large tropical yard. 2
bedroom and den, two baths and 2
bedroom, 1 bath. Each looking at the
sunset break. Completely furnished.
Contact Betty Suratt regarding
Barker Houses (805) 985-4001 or
(808) 372-7558.
OXNARD CA - SILVER STRAND
BEACH - Beach house vaca-
tion rental. 3 story, fully furnished
3br/2ba main house+1br/1ba guest
house, sleeps 8-12. Linens in-
cluded, wireless internet, cable tv/
dvd, washer/dryer, bbq, ping-pong,
bikes, boogie boards, beach chairs,
large decks, and views. 1 small
block to beach. (805) 241-7221
www.BeachHouseOxnard.com
www.VRBO.com/111325
PALM DESERT. 3 bedroom, 2
bath. Fully furnished. All new.
Direct TV and WiFi all bedrooms.
Private patio with BBQ. Private
60 unit complex with 2 pools, 2
jaccuzzis, 2 tennis courts. Near
College of the Desert. One level.
(310) 418-1577.
PGA WEST (LA QUINTA) TPC
STADIUM GOLF COURSE
CONDO. Luxurious 3+2 lake front
condo on the 11th green of the
world famous Stadium Course.
Gated, community pool & spa,
4 TVs/cable/dvd, washer/dryer,
BBQ, garage, no smoking or pets
please. $150/night w/6 night min. +
cleaning. Seasonal/extended stay
discounts. Buzz - LAFD (949) 322-
7979 PGAWestVacation.com
RANCHO MIRAGE 2-2, gated com-
plex, double garage, tennis, pools,
spa, bikes, cable tv/vcr, microwave,
bbq, washer/dryer, decorator fur-
nished. Close to golf, restaurants, and
shops. $90/night. Margo Idol (805)
498-1513 or Ruth (805) 498-4616.
ROSARITO BEACH Cottage.
Charming 2 br./2 ba beach cottage
(not a condo) located in the Quinta
Del Mar project approximately 25
miles south of San Diego. 24-hour
security, lg. patio w/ocean view,
bbq, freplace, cable TV, micro-
wave, 3 pools, jacuzzi, tennis, hors-
es, 2 rest. (music and dancing),
ride the waves, off-track betting,
golf nearby. 2-day min, $95 day.
Midweek/weekly rates available.
Photos and info @ Lockhart (619)
429-4060. choice1.com/rosarito-
beachcottage.htm
SAN CLEMENTE BEACH HOUSE
- Two bedroom fully furnished
private home. Sleeps 6 laundry,
wireless internet, tv/dvd, movie
channels. Enough off street park-
ing for 4 SUVs, large enclosed
backyard, 3 minute walk to pier.
5 minute walk to downtown, pet
friendly. David Laub, LACOFD
(949) 306-5532 or dlaub@aol.com
or vrbo.com/93330
SAN CLEMENTE BEACH. This
stylish 1 bedroom/1bath rental is
only 200 yards from the beach
and a 10-minute walk to the pier or
downtown. The unit is beautifully
decorated and has all the comforts
of home. Includes large plasma
in living room and smaller TV in
bedroom. See more info and pho-
tos @ VRBO.com/344173. Rates:
Oct - Apr $150/night (2 night min.)
weekly $850. May - Sept $200/
night (2 night min.) weekly $1150.
Non refundable cleaning fee $100.
Call Ron or Kathy (949) 831-7693
or email klm318@cox.net
SKI-IN/OUT 2 bEDROOM, 2 bath
across from Eagle express chairlift
(CHAIR 15). Has TV in Living room
and Bedroom, very spacious unit,
freplace, dining area, Gym, spa
includes jacuzzi & sauna. Exterior
of complex totally refurbished.
Underground parking. www.mam-
mothrental.com. (310) 476-4784.
SKI THE GREATEST SNOW ON
EARTH In Park City, Utah and
avoid the 5 hour grueling drive
to Mammoth. 2 bedroom/2 bath.
Tri-level townhome. Located a
short drive to three world-class ski
resorts. (Deer Valley, PC Mountain
Resort, The Canyons) $1100/week
- $1600/ Holiday. Call Ron (310)
415-6788
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. Call Shawn or
Rose Agnew at (661) 250-9907 or
(661) 476-6288.
VACATION RENTAL - So Lake
Tahoe, 3 Bd 2 Ba home with
all amenities. Close to Lake,
Casinos and Ski Slopes $650 wk
or $130 nt $100 Cleaning. www.
SLTgetaway.com. Call Cal or
Linda @ 805 584-2718 or email
LSchlotzhauer@gmail.com
VACATION
VEHICLES
AMERICA TRAVELER RV RENT-
ALS - We rent motor homes and
travel trailers. Special discount
for Fire and Police. Check out our
sales department. (661) 273-7479.
MOTOR HOMES FOR RENT:
Several 2006 Class A 32 Foot Mo-
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Kit, Camping Kit, Discount Prices
Starting at $150.00 to $180.00 per
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LAPD , LASD, IPD, OXPD, OX
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ask for our 25% off weekly rental
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