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Notice: Production of The Firemen’s Grapevine magazine is very expensive, and while your dues serve to underwrite a portion of the magazine’s costs, the bulk of funding comes from advertisers. Many businesses advertise in the Grapevine. This does not mean that LAFRA endorses these advertisers. Use of a Grapevine advertiser is at the risk of the member. If you are interested in any of the advertisements, we urge you to use any and all means at your disposal to investigate them.

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By John Jacobsen W ell, here we are at the end of another calendar. It’s been
By John Jacobsen W ell, here we are at the end of another calendar. It’s been
By John Jacobsen
By John Jacobsen
By John Jacobsen W ell, here we are at the end of another calendar. It’s been

W ell, here we are at the end of another calendar. It’s been a year- long roller coaster ride for most of us, but we made it. I want to take the time to thank each of you who have reached out

to us here at the Relief Association. We certainly appreciate the positive feedback that is given routinely, but the constructive criticisms are taken just as seriously. While not every issue is greeted with open arms or a race to act upon, we truly appreciate the interest put forth to better our Association. Many of the personal experiences that you have brought to the table have caused us to look at what we are currently doing and sometimes more importantly, where are we going. I hope each of you have a wonderful holiday season.

Elections have been the topic of conversation around here for what seems like a small eternity. The presidential election has con- sumed much of our time, opinions, concern and curiosity. The smoke has cleared and we will be in for four more years of similar ideology from our top commander. The Affordable Healthcare Act has a new breath of life and will seem to gain an all new excitement. But let me be as clear as mud - the hazy language and ambiguous provisions that we have been trying to work out will require an even greater attention to detail as the legislation comes to fruition. A 2,700 page document with potentially disastrous regulations and restructuring has kept most healthcare plans on the edges of their seats. It is our hope that the key components will be brought forth in a way that can be fully evaluated so we can plan for the impact it will have on our health plan. This has been our position since the introduction of the Affordable Health Care Act. One story that has spread virally has to do with the increase of your Medicare B premiums increasing. I can assure you that your Medi- care premiums are on the up-swing, but the widely distributed e-mail that declares that you will be paying as much as $247 is clearly an old sea story. As for the future, nobody can say with precision what the basic Part B premium will be next year or the year after, let alone in 2014. The premium is set each year at a level calculated to pay for 25 percent of the cost of the coverage. Medicare officials do keep close watch on the trends, however. And when we contacted Medicare’s Office of the Actuary, we were given these projections — the most recent available — which are current as of the president’s budget for fiscal year 2012 issued in mid-February:

Medicare Part B Standard Premium (projected, February 2011)

2012 - $108.20

2013 - $112.10

2014 - $117.10

Source: Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary (Note: These figures are unpublished but publicly available on request from the Office of the Actuary)

The actual premiums could turn out to be higher or lower than our table shows, but not by a lot. One major uncertainty is whether Con- gress will allow scheduled cuts in payments to physicians and other pro-

viders to take effect. Congress has already postponed those cuts every year since 2003, and did so again after the trustees issued their August report. The cuts have now been delayed until the end of this year at least. The projected premiums are based on assumptions that build in a “mar- gin” to account for the high likelihood that Congress will not allow phy- sician cuts to take effect, however. CMS has an actuarial study that they must provide to establish these premiums and it’s available on-line for your reading. I believe it indicates that the next adjusted rate would be at $112.10. The point is, there has been a substantial amount of inflam- matory information (both right and wrong) pushed out to our people. Anything with merit and the probability of being implemented will be thoroughly vetted out and planned for. Any of you who are 60 years young and have had Chicken Pox, a Shingles vaccination may be in your future. Ask your doctor about it and get it done. More often than not you will have to get this shot at a drugstore (Walgreens, Target, etc.) and then fill out a reimbursement form with your receipt at the Relief. It is simple, we will get you your money back ASAP and you may be protected from a terribly painful disease.

Our Relief Association Trustee elections went as smooth as pie. I say this merely because a white ballot was declared due to the only candidates who submitted were your existing representatives. While it is somewhat disappointing that no new blood was introduced into the Board of Trustees, it is comforting that the dedicated personnel in place will remain here to serve our membership until the next election. Juan Albarran will remain as our Vice President for another year and I am honored to serve as your President for one more term. We will be facing some uphill challenges to our healthcare, our pension benefits and an overall coordinated effort to unwind the retirement benefits that we all have based our lives upon. There are plans and ballot initiatives pointed directly at us and if they get even a small level of traction our future could be dramatically different than we have envisioned. Take the time to read what Riordan is pushing forward as a ballot measure and share your knowledge with all that you know. I’m looking forward to this next year. I believe we will have many challenging situations to deal with, but I know we will come out on top. We will continue to do our best for our members and their families with whatever hand we are dealt.

Respectfully, , John E. Jacobsen
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“I’ve spent the last 15 years Rodriguez. “I hope that this experience will benefit LAFRA and
“I’ve spent the last 15 years Rodriguez. “I hope that this experience will benefit LAFRA and
“I’ve spent the last 15 years Rodriguez. “I hope that this experience will benefit LAFRA and
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Rodriguez. “I hope that this experience will benefit LAFRA and its members.” Waiting for Maria to come home each night is her faithful companion “Cutie,” an 11 year-old Shih Tzu. In addition to power walks with Cutie, Maria sweats through Bi- kram yoga sessions and heats up the floor in group Zumba classes to stay in shape. But her favorite activity is rolling out her quad or dirt bike and heading for the dunes. “I grew up rid-

ing with my brother and sister,” she recalls. “I’m an outdoor person, and love camping and riding in the desert.”

Maria, along with Ana Salazar, is available to help you in any way she can, so don’t hesitate to contact LAFRA’s Member Services. Maria can be reached at (323) 259- 5222 or mrodriguez@lafra.org and Ana can be reached at (323) 259-5223 or asalazar@ lafra.org

W hen she’s not out riding her quad

on the Glamis sand dunes, Maria

Rodriguez will be happy to answer

your questions about LAFRA’s Life and Acci- dent Fund, help you enroll in Long Term Care, explain your sick and injury benefits, or lend a hand with whatever member service you might need. After all, she is a Member Services Spe-

cialist

. . .

and your Relief Association’s newest

employee. Maria was enjoying her job as a “provider data associate” at Cigna in Glendale – until her job was outsourced right out of the country. Well their loss is our gain, because she comes with a busload of experi- ence. Prior to her stint at Cigna, she was a customer service rep for Integrated Insurance Services in Pasadena, helping employers find the right health and dental in- s u r a n c e coverage for their employees. At Integrated, Rodriguez liaised with providers, fielded employee phone calls, tackled medical claims issues and even helped out in the ad- vertising department. Prior to that, she gained one-on-one counseling experience as a voca- tional rehab counselor, helping injured workers with re-training and job placements. Her broad experience was the reason she was brought on board and the reason you should fell right at home when Maria takes your call.

learning all sides – the employee, em- ployer and the provider sides – of the benefits industry,” says

“I’ve spent the last 15 years Rodriguez. “I hope that this experience will benefit LAFRA and
“I’ve spent the last 15 years Rodriguez. “I hope that this experience will benefit LAFRA and
“I’ve spent the last 15 years Rodriguez. “I hope that this experience will benefit LAFRA and

6 • December 2012

E ach October, LAFD members and their families gather in Holly- wood at the Fallen Firefighter
E ach October, LAFD members and their families gather in Holly- wood at the Fallen Firefighter

E ach October, LAFD members and their families gather in Holly- wood at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial just outside of the LAFD Museum. Firefighters speak. Taps are played. Bells are rung and

names are read. And we remember. We remember and memorialize those members of the department who gave their lives so that others might live.

This year’s ceremony, on Saturday, October 13, included an excellent speech and a special presentation by Jessica Urquiza, daugh- ter of Firefighter Ralph Urquiza, who passed away in 2009. Also, the names of Glenn Smith and Eric Shepard were added to the Memorial Wall, which lists the names of every known department member who died while at an incident or as a result of a duty-related cause. The LAFD Historical Society volunteers and the Fire Cadets from 27’s worked hard to make this year’s event a success, and donations made by our LAFD organizations and other individuals helped to make the event possible. Thanks to all and lets’ remember the sacrifice that 263 LAFD members have made in the service to the city.

E ach October, LAFD members and their families gather in Holly- wood at the Fallen Firefighter
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O ctober 4th through 7th marked the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial event which was held in
O ctober 4th through 7th marked the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial event which was held in
O ctober 4th through 7th marked the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial event which was held in

O ctober 4th through 7th marked the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial event which was held in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to honor all fire service personnel that were killed in the line of

duty in 2011. Firefighter/Paramedic Glenn L. Allen, who was assigned to Fire Station 97, was tragically killed in a Hollywood Hills fire in Febru- ary of 2011. The Memorial was attended by Glenn’s wife, Melanie, and Debbie and Tom Abrams, Glenn’s sister and brother-in-law. On Thurs- day, a wreath was laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arling- ton National Cemetery in Washington DC in remembrance of our fallen brother and sister firefighters. Friday was Family Day where surviving family members could attend support workshops and decorate luminar- ies, which were illuminated during the Candlelight Vigil, to honor their fallen firefighter. The Candlelight Vigil was held Saturday evening fol- lowing the Red Helmet Ride, where hundreds of men and women rode in on their motorcycles to honor the fallen firefighters and to also pay tribute to their survivors. The private ceremony was attended by friends and families, each lighting a candle in honor of their loved one. On Sunday, the Memorial service was held paying tribute to 85 fallen firefighters that paid the ultimate sacrifice performing their du- ties in 2011. A United States flag, red rose and a ceremonial badge were presented to Melanie to honor Glenn. Also in attendance at the Memorial from the LAFD was Fire Chief Brian Cummings and retired Fire Chief Douglas Barry. For those of you who would like to see additional photos and videos of the National Fallen Memorial event, go to www.firehero.org

O ctober 4th through 7th marked the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial event which was held in
O ctober 4th through 7th marked the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial event which was held in
O ctober 4th through 7th marked the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial event which was held in
O ctober 4th through 7th marked the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial event which was held in
O ctober 4th through 7th marked the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial event which was held in

8 • December 2012

The trustees ac- company families to relieve some of the emotional burden. “We want to make
The trustees ac- company families to relieve some of the emotional burden. “We want to make
The trustees ac- company families to relieve some of the emotional burden. “We want to make
The trustees ac- company families to relieve some of the emotional burden. “We want to make

The trustees ac- company families to relieve some of the emotional burden. “We want to make sure that no one feels like they are going through this alone. Family mem- bers can count us to be right there with them,” said Firemen’s Relief President John Jacob- sen, who accompanied families at the 2011 cer- emony. “We act as the family’s ambassador.” Jeanne said, “Once we were inside the hotel, [the trustees] were checking on us to make sure we had ev- erything we needed.” Albarran said, “We assist UFLAC and the families in providing support for the at- tendees. This includes being there to help with the formal presentation of flags as well as coor- dinating the gatherings that are to be attended by all participants.” But, the families aren’t the only ones impacted by this moving tribute. Relief Trustee

Bob Steinbacher worked and was great friends with honoree Glenn Smith. Bob made the trip to Colorado at the request of Glenn’s son Steve. “It hit a little closer to home,” Steinbacher said. “It was nice to be there for Steve.” The 2012 event was his second trip assisting families at the memorial ceremony. He admitted that as the names are read and the bell tolls for each fallen hero, everyone shares the grief. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. We say, ‘We’re here for you,’ but this is one of the toughest things emotionally that we do.” Bob added that upon returning from the trip, he checks his firefighting gear a little more carefully, just as he did when he returned from the previous trip. He said, “It gives you a sense of reality.” While on the trip, the trustees ar- ranged group dinners so the families could meet and share a sense of community. And building that community is one of the things the organization does that can’t be quantified. “We’re not just about medical claims, we’re not just about financial assistance,” Bob said. “It’s about being there.” For more information about the Fall- en Firefighter’s Memorial and the International Association of Fire Fighters, visit iaff.org.

S ometimes helping out means just being there. That’s why Jeanne Urquiza was grateful to have trustees from the Los

Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association accom- pany her and our other LAFD families as they made the somber pilgrimage to the Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Colorado Springs. At the annual ceremony, the Inter- national Association of Fire Fighters adds the names of brave heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to the Wall of Honor, which rests in the shadow of Pike’s Peak. This time the name of Jeanne’s husband, Ralph Urquiza, and three other LAFD members were added to the me- morial - Keith Kroll, Eric Shepherd, and Glenn Smith. Firemen’s Relief Vice President Juan Albarran and Trustees Bob Steinbacher and Kurt Stabel—all active duty firefighters them- selves—accompanied family members. Jeanne didn’t know much about the Relief or the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund before the death of her hus- band. Now she knows the trustees, staff and volunteers are there for her, no matter what she needs. “It’s a huge family,” she said. “It’s one of those places that has an open door.”

The trustees ac- company families to relieve some of the emotional burden. “We want to make
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10 • December 2012

For many living in the L.A. area, even a hint of rain is enough to keep

For many living in the L.A. area, even a hint of rain is enough

to keep them indoors. The same can’t be said for golfers. Luckily,

the initially overcast sky did little to dampen the spirits of those

participating in this year’s Arson Shoot-Out golf tournament. Held

on October 22nd at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, the tourna-

ment boasted 106 golfers who came out in support of the Widows,

Orphans & Disabled Firefighters Fund.

It’s been ten years since the last Arson Shoot-Out was held.

The Shoot-Out started two decades ago as simply a fun day of golf

for the members of the LAFD Arson Squad. Due to the fantastic

turnout, it was quickly decided that the event would become an

annual one and that all the money raised would be donated to the

Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. Before the annual

LAFD Invitational golf tournament came on the scene, the Arson

Shoot-Out was the big golf fundraiser that firefighters looked for-

ward to participating in each year. In its previous incarnation, the

tournament boasted as many as 288 golfers in a given year.

Putting on such a sizable tournament is a massive undertak-

ing, particularly when only two or three people were managing

all of the details. After ten years, the tournament was put on hold.

However, with organizer Mike Camello only a few months away

from retirement, it was decided that the Arson Shoot-Out should

be brought back for at least one more year. This year, the tourna-

ment was managed by Camello and Tim Crass. Many of the par-

ticipants in the 2012 Shoot-Out were retired firefighters who had

For many living in the L.A. area, even a hint of rain is enough to keep

fond memories of the tournaments in years past. There were also

active firefighters, construction and renovation companies, people

from the insurance industry and attorneys.

The format of the tournament was a two-person scramble.

Dave Lowe, a member of the Relief Association’s Board of Trust-

ees and part of the Flight C 2nd place team, spoke highly of the

event and the golf course. “The Arson Shoot-Out is phenomenal .

. .

and we’re glad it’s back. It couldn’t be for a better cause.” Ac-

cording to volunteer Rose Franco, it seemed that all of the golfers

enjoyed themselves. “They were just mellow, kicking back. Over-

all, a lot of fun, a very great event.”

l ow Gross: Richard Hernandez & Ray Peralta (67) Flight A 1st Place: Paul Gamez &

l ow Gross: Richard Hernandez & Ray Peralta (67)

Flight A 1st Place: Paul Gamez & Gerry Malais (63)

Flight A 2nd Place: Marc Striegel & Jeff Buffington (64.5)

Flight A 3rd Place: Joseph Salvagio & Dale Faerber (65)

Flight B 1st Place: Mike Camello & Jim Camello (65)

Flight B 2nd Place: Pete Kulzer & Glen Nahmids (66)

Flight B 3rd Place: Pat Mcosker & Alan Black (66.5)

Flight C 1st Place: Jim Ullrich & Keith Miler (68)

Flight C 2nd Place: Randy Laur & Dave Lowe (69.5)

Flight C 3rd Place: Peter Haviland & Bruce Carter (69.5)

l ow Gross: Richard Hernandez & Ray Peralta (67) Flight A 1st Place: Paul Gamez &
l ow Gross: Richard Hernandez & Ray Peralta (67) Flight A 1st Place: Paul Gamez &
l ow Gross: Richard Hernandez & Ray Peralta (67) Flight A 1st Place: Paul Gamez &
l ow Gross: Richard Hernandez & Ray Peralta (67) Flight A 1st Place: Paul Gamez &

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l ow Gross: Richard Hernandez & Ray Peralta (67) Flight A 1st Place: Paul Gamez &
l ow Gross: Richard Hernandez & Ray Peralta (67) Flight A 1st Place: Paul Gamez &
l ow Gross: Richard Hernandez & Ray Peralta (67) Flight A 1st Place: Paul Gamez &

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Monarch Beach Golf Links, Dana Point

Miramonte Resort & Spa, Indian Wells

Indian Wells Golf Resort, Indian Wells

Morongo Golf Resort, Tukwet Canyon

JW Marriott, LA LIVE

Yard House Restaurant, LA LIVE

Sycuan Golf Resort, El Cajon

Primm Valley Resort, Primm, NV

Omni Hotel, Los Angeles

Temecula Creek Inn, Temecula

Temecula Creek Golf Resort

Embassy Suites, Temecula

Embassy Suites, San Luis Obispo

North Ranch Country Club, Westlake

The Legends Golf Club at Temeku Hills

Montebello Country Club, Montebello

Brookside Golf Club, Pasadena

Coyote Hills Golf Course, Fullerton

PGA West, Greg Norman

Mission Trails Golf Course, San Diego

Universal Sheraton Hotel, Universal City

Universal Studios, Universal City

Catalyst lending, Anthony Ciuffo

California United Bank, Richard Hernandez

Hornblower Cruises & Events, San Diego

Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Dodgers

Los Angeles Kings

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

House of Trophies, Los Angeles

Border Grill, Los Angeles

Dillon’s Irish Pub, Hollywood

Magic Castle, Hollywood

Havana Cigars, Studio City

Samy’s Camera, Pasadena

Best Buy, Van Nuys

The day wasn’t over after the tour- nament play ended. The silent auction was held before

The day wasn’t over after the tour-

nament play ended. The silent auction

was held before dinner and boasted an

impressive selection of items. Perhaps

the most exciting was a guitar signed by

the members of the band KISS, donated

by Paul Stanley. Other items included a

cymbal and drum skin signed by Tommy

Lee, a 42” HDTV, a set of Taylor Made

clubs, and signed sports memorabilia.

The dinner crowd was boisterous, a

strong sign that regardless of the scores

and the winners, everyone was having

fun. The sound of conversation never

dropped off, even in the midst of eating.

The two Budweiser girls who helped

sell raffle tickets to the crowd were a hit,

particularly with the first-place winners

who got to pose for photos with them.

Overall, this year’s event raised

$10,000 for the Widows, Orphans &

Disabled Firemen’s Fund. This is es-

pecially impressive when you consider

that the $100 entry fee for the golfers

was used in its entirety to cover the

cost of the golf, the food and the prize

money for the winners. “All the money

we made was generated from sponsors,

from contributions, from the silent auc-

tion and the raffle. We had a great year,”

Camello told us. It was clear that being

able to support Widows and Orphans

meant a lot to him. “I think, and I know

Tim feels the same way, it’s near and

dear to our hearts. We have close friends

who passed away and their families are

struggling. Anything we can do to help

the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Fire-

men’s Fund was kind of the initial in-

tent.”

What does the future hold for the

Arson Shoot-Out? While the 2012 tour-

nament was originally intended as a “fi-

nale” event of sorts, it is possible that

we will see the tournament again in fu-

ture years. No decision has been made

as of yet. However, there’s no denying

that this year was a tremendous success.

Sam’s Club, Sylmar

Ace Beverage Company, Los Angeles

Sylmar Distributing Company, Sylmar

Mark Gozawa (In Memory of Kevin Price)

Stone Brewery, Billy Thost

Firemans Brew, Woodland Hills

Barbara Berkowitz

Baida Jewelry

Elizabeth Taylor Trust

Belding Golf Bags

Tommy Lee of Motley Crue

Pelican Products

Brooke Shields

H & H Builders & Restoration, Inc.

Tim Allen

C & M Fire Investigations, Inc.

Paul Stanley of KISS

HP Associates, Inc.

Dr. Ali Sadrich

Earthly Body Products

Kevin Wright

LAFD Sertoma

Rod Carew

Olive Garden Restaurant

Bobby Crosby

The Phoenician, Scottsdale

Roger Dunn Golf, North Hollywood

Fire Attire

Golfsmith, Pasadena

Phenix Technology- Leather Fire Helmet

Krikorian Theatres

In & Out Burger

United Firefighter’s of Los Angeles

Gavina Coffee

Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association

Rachel Lawrence

Los Angeles Firemen’s Credit Union

Maggipinto Family

Har-Bro Construction Company, Inc.

The day wasn’t over after the tour- nament play ended. The silent auction was held before

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December 2012 • 13

by Mike Mastro, President/CEO Los Angeles Firemen’s Credit Union T hank you for your continued membership!
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by Mike Mastro, President/CEO

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by Mike Mastro, President/CEO Los Angeles Firemen’s Credit Union T hank you for your continued membership!

T hank you for your continued membership! 2012 proved to be a great year for Los Angeles Firemen’s Credit Union and its mem- bers.

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As the economy continues to recover, no matter what else hap- pens in the world, LAFCU’s core purpose remains the same – to be your trusted financial partner. We have exceptional members, many of whom are deep-root- ed for generations as firefighters and first responders. We literally have life-long members. They refuse to have accounts anywhere else because it’s the fire family who continues to take care of itself for the benefit of the entire family. Integrity, trust, and the delivery of exceptional member value remains a cornerstone of our service philosophy. We appreciate your ef- forts, your friendship, and your loyalty as a fire professional and a mem- ber of the Los Angeles Firemen’s Credit Union. Should you have any questions about your accounts, please do not hesitate to contact us. Credit Union Representatives can be reached at (800) 231-1626.

The more business we do together as a Fire Family, the greater the finan- cial reward will be for all of us.

Happy Holidays and we look forward to assisting you in the New Year.

by Mike Mastro, President/CEO Los Angeles Firemen’s Credit Union T hank you for your continued membership!

Mike Mastro

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14 • December 2012

the views expressed by the battalion News writers do Not necessarily reflect those of the Firemen’s

the views expressed by the battalion News writers do Not necessarily reflect those of the Firemen’s Relief Association

Members from Fire Station 17-C go pink for breast Cancer Awareness
Members from Fire Station 17-C go
pink for breast Cancer Awareness
the views expressed by the battalion News writers do Not necessarily reflect those of the Firemen’s
IAFF President Harold Schaitberger recently had lunch with the crew at Fire Station 2 Photos by
IAFF President Harold
Schaitberger recently
had lunch with the
crew at Fire Station 2
Photos by Adam VanGerpen,
the Los Angeles Firefighter
December 2012 • 15
Merry Christmas and Happy Holi- days from the sinners and the saints of the Second Battalion.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holi- days from the sinners and the saints of the Second Battalion.

Well, Annual Inspection for our be- loved battalion has come and gone. A sincere “thank you” to all of you who let your pride show for all of your hard work. It gives me hope for the future.

Buuut

. . .

a story did make its way

to me. Turns out every gold badge except one that came to visit the Second Oldest Fire Station in the City was aware of the current cutbacks and increased workloads, acknowl- edging all of the hard work and were fine with the fact that some of it had been done a week or more prior - and not redone. A lot of hard work had to be overlooked by a battalion chief in order to focus on a little oil seepage on the crankcase of Engine 201. Fortunately the TFC had enough experience as a driver to point out to the observant battalion commander that the missed mist was not uncommon and did not constitute a “major oil leak.” Attempts were also made to point out that it was just one spot and focus should return to all of the work that was done.

You may remember two years ago, at Annual Inspection, the “worst apparatus

in the battalion” story and more recently the “if I didn’t see you take the EEOC training I can’t be sure” story. Yes, there is a common denominator here. So I direct my comments to you studiers out there. When you assume your position of power, and you will, try not to overlook hard work in order to focus on minu-

tia in an attempt to show

heck I’m not sure

. . . what you’d be trying to show. We appreciate a thorough inspection and by all means point out all deficiencies, but if hard work has been done - don’t ignore it. I thank all of the upper brass that did notice all of the effort even with the new re- configuration and made it a point to acknowl- edge it. You studiers should learn from them.

Studiers ... there’s a lot more oil on the ground with “a major oil leak.
Studiers
...
there’s a lot
more oil on the ground
with “a major oil leak.
Here’s a picture of the regularly assigned engineer for Engine 401 with the new reconfiguration plan.
Here’s a picture of the regularly assigned engineer
for Engine 401 with the new reconfiguration plan.
Yes, somebody got it ready for inspection after a two
day deployment. Congrats on finding some missed
oil mist on 201.
dirt from torn up streets in your district will make oil seepage on the crankcase look
dirt from torn up streets in your district
will make oil seepage on the crankcase
look worse than it is
. . .
just FYI.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holi- days from the sinners and the saints of the Second Battalion.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holi- days from the sinners and the saints of the Second Battalion.
Studiers, don’t over- look the hard work that was done.
Studiers, don’t over-
look the hard work
that was done.

the weakest link

Send your version of the truth to:

battalion7news@yahoo.com

Firefighters from battalion 2, Los Angeles County, Glendale and Pasadena fought this six acre brush fire in the hills above Eagle Rock on october 30th.

Photo by Rick McClure, EPN

16 • December 2012

Jenifer (FS 62-B) and Daryl Landis welcomed their first child, a baby boy on Sep- tember

Jenifer (FS 62-B) and Daryl Landis welcomed their first child, a baby boy on Sep- tember 13, 2012. Drennan Jarrett Landis came into this world at 8 lbs and 7 ounces. Being up nights tending to Drennan’s needs is not a problem for Jenifer. “It’s like a busy night on the rescue, except I have the same patient over and over, and I don’t have to transport,” she says.

Jenifer (FS 62-B) and Daryl Landis welcomed their first child, a baby boy on Sep- tember
A transit bus side- swiped a driverless dump truck before colliding with a sedan on Hollywood
A transit bus side-
swiped a driverless dump truck
before colliding with a sedan on
Hollywood boulevard on octo-
ber 23, 2012, sending thirty-five
people to the hospital.
Photos by Mike Meadows, EPN
the crew from 27’s handles a auto
vs motorcycle at Santa Monica and
Highland on october 13, 2012.
Photo by david blaire
Firefighters extricated a female who was trapped
after her vehicle she struck another car and a
building at Franklin and Cahuenga on october
13, 2012. the vehicle was being pursued by
LAPd officers for moving violations.
Photo by Rick McClure, EPN

December 2012 • 17

two medics from RA 100 were in- jured when their ambulance was struck by a civilian
two medics from RA 100 were in-
jured when their ambulance was
struck by a civilian vehicle then
struck a telephone pole on White
oak Ave. on october 30, 2012.
Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
battalion 10 companies helped to
extinguish a greater alarm fire in a
florist shop at 13838 Ventura bl on
october 7, 2012.
Photo by Juan Guerra, EPN
juanguerra.smugmug.com
uSAR task Force 88 participated
in its annual confined space entry
training deep in the bowels of the
uSS Iowa on october 29th.

18 • December 2012

the crew from Engine 83-A met ac- tor Edward James olmos at a com- munity fundraiser.

the crew from Engine 83-A met ac- tor Edward James olmos at a com- munity fundraiser.

the crew from Engine 83-A met ac- tor Edward James olmos at a com- munity fundraiser.

LF 90 handled this hydrant at Roscoe and Ventura Canyon on october 15, 2012, with the temps hovering around 95 degrees.

Photo by Mike Meadows, EPN

Family first

By making a planned gift. positive impact.” through your will or trust. through your will or
By making a planned gift.
positive impact.”
through your will or trust.
through your will or trust.

It’s a motto re ghters live and breathe. The moment someone is hurt, sick or passes away, everyone wants to know “How can I help?”

“I’ve been so impressed with the Widows, Orphans & Disabled

Firemen’s Fund, I made a charitable gift through my Estate Plan. Giving

through a trust is a ordable and I know my contribution will make a

- Marlene Casillas, Development & Marketing Director

The Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s 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

For information call

We are privileged to have received gifts from these individuals and families. Other dedicated members preferred
We are privileged to have received gifts from these individuals and families. Other dedicated
members preferred to remain anonymous. Each has chosen to leave their legacy with the Los Angeles
Firemen’s Relief Association’s Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund.
Albert A. Spohler & Family
Alice Keillor
Bernard Subkoski & Celeste Dickinson
Callahan Estate
Claiborne Estate
Don Cate
Ernest C. Bilsland
Evalyn Mae Phillips
Harold & Isabella Schargitz
James & Dorothy Loughran
Kurt Stabel
Leroy Estate
Marlene Casillas
May C. Parks
Robert & Jean Board
Ruthford Christensen Crandall
Jerry & Nina Sullivan
Gary & Mary Klasse
Frank Leavitt & Family
A non-profit 501(c)(3). Tax ID #95-6205446
www.LAFRA.org

20 • December 2012

An argument between party crash- ers outside a Halloween bash at uSC ended with a shooting

An argument between party crash- ers outside a Halloween bash at uSC ended with a shooting that wounded four people and triggered a campus-wide phone-email-text alert for students to shelter in place.

Photos by Jeff Zimmerman, EPN

Congratulations to Chris and Vivian beaty (Fire Station 11- A) on the birth of their first child. Caleb Randall beaty was born on July 4, 2012 and weighed in at 8 pounds and 2 ounces.

An argument between party crash- ers outside a Halloween bash at uSC ended with a shooting
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two club riders hit potholes on the 210 free- way, lost control of their bikes, hit

two club riders hit potholes on the 210 free- way, lost control of their bikes, hit each other and went down, sustaining broken legs and pavement burns. Engines 77 and 24 handled with Glendale Fire.

Photo by doc deMulle’, the Foothills Paper

on october 6, 2012, battalion 12 companies found 30 cars burning in a junkyard on branford
on october 6, 2012, battalion 12 companies found 30 cars
burning in a junkyard on branford St. Firefighters poured
water on the burning junk for over an hour as workers in
the yard pulled the burning cars apart.
Photos by Mike Meadows, EPN
22 • December 2012
Greetings from the Battalion that never sleeps! Well, I hope that everybody had a great Thanksgiving

Greetings from the Battalion that never sleeps! Well, I hope that everybody had a

great Thanksgiving and ate their fill of turkey, tofurkey, turducken, or turbaconducken (go ahead and look it up. It’s real and it’s bound to be a Firehouse Challenge one of these days) along with all the fixin’s. Now’s where it gets tough. Time to see how many things can be done with the leftovers. It becomes like Bubba from Forrest Gump: Turkey sandwich, turkey

soup, turkey kabob, turkey shrimp

. . .

ok you

get the picture. The real reason for the holiday is to express what we have to be thankful for and mine is for my family, my friends, my

job, and all you guys in this Battalion that bust your butt day-in and day-out and get little-to- no thanks for your efforts. So on my behalf, I’m thankful to work next to each and every one of you! OK, now that the sappy stuff is out of the way, we can get into the real stories. Congratulations to FS64 on their Grand Open-

ing. I know it’s only been a few months since

they’ve been open but

. . .

Oh wait, haven’t

they been at the new station for over three years? Maybe Grand “Status Quo-pening” or Grand “Keep on keepin’ on”? I’m told that since some of their lights are out, toilets are broken, conference rooms are still UN- furnished, some phones haven’t been installed, and A/C is broken - that once all that gets fixed they’ll have another Grand Opening. Keep your calendars open for 2022. Anyway, apparently the day went well. Many com- munity members showed up for the festivi- ties, food, bounce house, helicopter fly-overs, music, and Wilshire the Fire Dog. From what I’m told, there were many speeches made by dignitaries, chiefs, the Mayor, council members, and even a council deputy who kept saying how proud he was to work with FS 65. Whoops, maybe he should give a map drill. On a side note, LAFD’s biggest follower (literally), Terrence West, was honored with a special plaque recognizing all his time spent racing to-and-fro across the City, many times beating companies to runs (mainly fires). Congratulations T-Bone, you will be missed and good luck in Ohio. You’d better get some knobby tires for the snow there! A huge “thank you” goes out to all the people that helped put the day together and made it run smoothly. Thanks to LF 33 for helping with crossed aeri- als. Thanks to LF 26 and RA 257 for taking all the calls in the district so that MOST of 64’s could attend (more on that later) Thanks to all the outside groups that coordinated supplies, personnel, and know-how in order to make this event work. And finally, thanks to all

the Explorer’s (both LAFD and LAPD) who volunteered their time to help out in every way possible. Anyone else I missed I’m sorry and “thanks!” to you too! Recently at 57’s, the House Due’s guy got an earful from one of the members regarding the skin lotion he was buying. Apparently after a tough workout, one of the guys goes and showers up to get ready for the day. Prior to getting dressed, this hard- bodied individual decided to give his skin a little “thanks!” and put some lotion on. After applying it to his entire being, he heads over to the mirror to admire his Adonis-like body.

Noticing some dry spots FF Vriens added a bit more of the soothing balm and proceeded to really work it in. After a few minutes of try- ing, he wasn’t having any luck. No matter how hard he tried it just wasn’t soaking in. Luckily another FF came in and pleaded with him to put on some clothes and then asked him why he was applying hair conditioner all over his

body

Hmmm maybe next time he will read

before applying

or maybe not.

Speaking of reading the directions . Before last month’s inspection with all the

. . hustle and bustle, cleaning and polishing, and taking runs in-between, an out-of-house SOD guy decided to do his part and take care of RA 21. He vacuumed the inside, put some floor

wax in the back, washed it and got ready to put a coat of wax on Lil’ Big Red. Not know- ing the location of all the supplies in the sta- tion and not wanting to disrupt anybody else’s hard work, he found the closest sponge and bottle of wax and got to work. After some seri- ous elbow grease and muscle put into the job, FF Needham stepped back to admire his work. “Hmmmm, why isn’t this soaking in? The fin-

ish almost looks dull, pitted, and swirly

Let’s ...

see, the sponge I used has a soft side which we normally use for applying soap to dishes and a scratchy Brillo-type side that we normally use to get rid of tough stuck on food, etc.” I’m sure by now you can figure out which side

he decided to use and you can imagine what the “wax” job looked like. Luckily he was able to contact a local detailer and get some assistance mostly “un-Brillo-ing” the RA and getting close to where it was before he started. The crew at 21’s was thankful for all his hard work, and even more thankful he was working a SOD day so that he could afford to hire a detailer. After this, he may change his sign-ups to Station Only! Over at 64’s there’s been quite an uproar over the whole “Organized Mess” thing. Apparently, they’re in the middle of a double whammy. There’s “Captains decide that they’re out of the cooking rotation always, including shift before inspection-GATE”, which shouldn’t really need an explanation. And also there’s “Stop Stealing my recipe!- GATE”. Seems 64-B had an unwritten (now written) rule that once a member claims a

Greetings from the Battalion that never sleeps! Well, I hope that everybody had a great Thanksgiving

certain meal as their own, no other member can cook that meal. It’s kind of like call- ing “Shotgun!” Period, end of conversation! Anyway, a certain FF/PM decided to ignore this rule and still cook a meal that another

member had previously “claimed.” Even after the tons of heckling for cooking the Chicken Parmesan (it doesn’t matter if it’s better!), he had the nerve to cook it a 3rd time! Well this was enough and FF Quealy, the original chef of the Chicken Parmesan, had reached his boiling point! It was his fair and square. He had the original calling of it, so at 6 pm the doorbell rang at 64’s. Standing there was the local pizza guy holding a personal “protest” pizza in boycott to the STOLEN meal. Luckily everybody is thankful that in three segments when FF/PM Bellendir is back on the truck, he has a whole bunch of other recipes to pilfer

and cook

. . .

even if they do taste better when

he makes them. Just what I heard. Being a Task Force Station, 33’s is generally called on for move-ups when signifi- cant incident happen and Metro needs cover- age. Such a move-up happened recently after E 14 had a fire out on the Ponderosa. Being the GG’s they are, E 33 moved over and cov- ered 14’s district for a bit. E 14 came available and it wasn’t until E 33 got all the way back

to their own quarters that they realized they were missing a piece of equipment. You know, that yellow and black 1-3/4” nozzle with the new-fangled sissy pistol grip. So they jumped

back in their rig and headed back to 14’s and

picked it up. End of story

. . .

Oh wait, NOPE!

They called 14’s and asked if RA 814 could drop it off at FS 33. Not wanting to deny an engine company that squirts water from hoses

a piece of equipment needed to squirt water from a hose, they finished up lunch and drove it over there. As 814 was walking up to the

door to drop it off, E 33 was pulling out of quarters. So they came to a complete stop, set the maxi’s, and thanked the members from

814 for bringing it back

. . .

Oh wait, wrong

again! Apparently, it was more of a slow roll

down the apron, a member from the backseat rolled down his window, grabbed the nozzle and away they went. Unfortunately, the guys

from 14’s never got a “Thanks,” no cream, no nothing. So much for Tradition! Just what I heard ...

Finally, Carmageddon II

. . .

Re-

ally? Why on super busy days are we getting RA 844 from quarters to this Battalion but we decide to send what seems like 1/3rd of the City to a fairly static event that generates 10-15 runs over a three day period? Recently during the Grand Opening Ceremony at 64’s, RA 64 was sent up to cover the area “effected” by “Carmageddon II” and there was no getting out of it. Then in their infinite wisdom, they send RA 257 to cover FS 64’s district while all of 64’s is NAV during the ceremony, even further depleting FS 57’s district. I realize that it’s a coverage issue, but it seems as if there are two rescues in certain districts for certain reasons. We might just have to file this in the “questions with no apparent answers” category, accept the fact that this is the way it goes, and move on. Just doesn’t make any sense and I’m sure that’s why we will continue to do it.

That’s all I’ve got for this month. I hope all of you have a safe and memorable Christmas and Holiday Season! Stay safe out there and remember- 2+2 makes sense, play nice, know your audience, get a cool nick- name, figure out which formula to use before the media gets ahold of it, “You get out what you put in,” “FI-1,” and read the label! Take care of each other!

Keep sending your stories to:

wattsfire@gmail.com

Engine 46 at broadway and 47th Street, the wind blowing a palm tree and rubbish fire
Engine 46 at broadway and 47th
Street, the wind blowing a palm
tree and rubbish fire out of con-
trol.
Photo by Jeff Zimmerman, EPN
battalion 13 companies responded to a reported palm tree fire at 1441 E 53 Street and
battalion 13 companies responded to a reported
palm tree fire at 1441 E 53 Street and found fire
boiling out the back of a home.
Photo by Jeff Zimmerman, EPN

24 • December 2012

A semi carrying limes overturned on the W/b 101 Freeway on october 18th, to which a
A semi carrying limes overturned on the W/b 101 Freeway
on october 18th, to which a greater alarm assignment was
dispatched to wash down the crushed citrus.
Photo by Mike Meadows, EPN
Engine 102 participated in the Auto Club teen driving Safety Fair at Notre dame High School
Engine 102 participated in the Auto Club teen
driving Safety Fair at Notre dame High School
on october 20, 2012.
Photo by david blaire
Members from Fire Station 105 go pink for breast Cancer Awareness. three people were injured when
Members from Fire Station
105 go pink for breast Cancer
Awareness.
three people were injured when a
bMW drove through a set of doors
at the target Store in Canoga Park
on october 20, 2012.
Photos by Rick McClure, EPN
Members from Fire Station 105 go pink for breast Cancer Awareness. three people were injured when

Hello from the 18th hole again. Hope everyone had a great Halloween and Thanksgiving. Sorry I was away last month, but I’m back now so let’s get started. Annual has come and gone I want to thank all the members for the hard work

they put in. It was a lot different from the last annual we had - in and out in 15 minutes, that

was some bull . . OK lets’ get started. Over at 43’s it seems that Engineer
was some bull
.
.
OK lets’ get
started. Over at
43’s it seems that
Engineer Resen-
dez has a problem
with curbs. While
stopped at a 7/11
store to get a
Slurpee, he
failed to see
a large piece
of metal
sticking out
from the
curb and
“POW” there
goes the
right front.

The whole intersection came to a stop from the sound of the explosion, people were ducking behind cars, women were screaming, kids were cry- ing. FF Vance Burnes was, let’s just say, all over Resendez. While waiting for the tire guy

26 • December 2012

from the shops to come out and change the

tire, 92’s came into the district a couple of times covering 43’s, giving them that “look.”

You know the look

. Everyone knows over at 68’s things are kinda crazy but I’ve been told that ev- erybody is working hard on getting ready for annual, except one shift. I guess their thinking is if they failed annual, they (the department) will bring back the RA 868. Every station has a shift that just wants to be different and 68’s

. .

has the “B.” I know, you can’t make this stuff

consisting of their family and friends at Drill Tower 40 on July 22, 2012. Fire Chief Cum- mings came out and spoke to all the cadets and their family and friends, and thanked them for their hard work. A special thanks also goes out to UFLAC for making a generous donation to Post 94.

Well that’s all for this month, and

let’s be safe out there

. .

.

batt18news@yahoo.com

up.

Well over at 61’s it seems they have a love/hate relationship with electricity. While cleaning the aerial ladder getting ready for an- nual, the ladder was rotated (while extended) into the power lines behind the station. We’re happy that

no one was killed or injured during this mishap and hope that we can all learn a lesson from this. It’s about time that some good news come out of 94’s rather than CTS complaints. With the help from the guys and gals from 94’s and the leadership from FF Paul Wingate, who is the battalion post

advisor, 94’s hosted an event called “A Day in the Life of a Cadet.” This showcased all the hard work and dedication that the cadets have endured over the years. The cadets exhibited the skills attained at Fire Station 94 in front of a crowd

Members from Fire Station 105 go pink for breast Cancer Awareness. three people were injured when
Members from Fire Station 105 go pink for breast Cancer Awareness. three people were injured when
I got an e-mail, in a round-about sort of way, about retired B/C Frank Brown. You
I got an e-mail, in a round-about sort of way, about retired B/C Frank Brown. You
  • I got an e-mail, in a round-about sort of way, about retired B/C Frank Brown. You guys remem-

ber him? My interest in the e-mail was sparked by an attached picture of
a fire helmet with “Engine 14” on the shield. Thus I deduced that retired B/C Frank Brown must have been one of the good guys on our Department. So, after
I launched an intense and laborious in- vestigation I discovered that Chief Mc- Cormick, the Fire Chief of the Santa Rose Fire Department, is a friend of Frank
Brown. After talkin’ with Chief McCor- mick, I was able to get a phone number and talk directly with Frank. Here’s some information about him I thought would be interestin’ to everyone. Retired B/C Frank Brown was ap- pointed to the LAFD in 1946. He retired in 1976, from a “Labor Relations” position at Department Headquarters. Frank eventually promoted to Captain and was assigned to various stations in Battalion 3 and 8, includin’ 14’s, 21’s, 22’s and Fire Station 30. In 1966 Frank promoted to B/C and was assigned to Battalion 3, which was then headquartered at FS 34. Frank was also a B/C in Battalion 6 and 16, both in San Pedro. As stated above, one of Frank’s as- signments was as a Captain at FS 14. He worked at 14’s for approximately eight years. During this time, 14’s was a 2-piece Engine

I got an e-mail, in a round-about sort of way, about retired B/C Frank Brown. You

Company. Frank reminisced about his time in Battalion 3 and 8, and fondly remembered his years at 14’s, sayin’ that Fire Station 14 was always his favorite station. Frank and his wife are currently liv- in’ in Santa Rosa. This past July, Frank and his wife celebrated their 69th weddin’ anniversary. Congratulations Frank, on your mile-stone anniversary and your years of service to the LAFD. By the way, for those of you livin’ in Montana, Colorado, Texas and Broke Fork Junction, Santa Rosa is located in California!

I got an e-mail, in a round-about sort of way, about retired B/C Frank Brown. You
I got an e-mail, in a round-about sort of way, about retired B/C Frank Brown. You

COWBOY HUMOR

A True Story about Engine 14

I got an e-mail, in a round-about sort of way, about retired B/C Frank Brown. You

One dark night, within the first-in dis- trict of Fire Station 14, a fire started inside a local chemical plant and in a blink of an eye it exploded into massive flames. The alarm went out to several stations in Battalion 3. When the first firefighters appeared on the scene the chemi- cal company president rushed to the Incident Commander and said, “All our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved. I will give $50,000 to the fire company that brings them out intact.” But the roarin’ flames held the fire- fighters off. Soon more companies were dis- patched as the situation became desperate. As various companies arrived, the president shout- ed out that the offer was now $100,000 to the company who could bring out the company’s secret files. From the distance, a lone siren was heard as another fire engine approached the in- cident. It was E-14, who had just become avail- able from an EMS incident (I told you this was a true story!) To everyone’s amazement, E-14 roared right past all the other companies that were positioned outside the plant. Without even slowin’ down, E-14 drove straight into the middle of the inferno. Outside, the other companies watched as them oil drinkin’, cigar chompin’ cowboys jumped off right in the middle of the fire and started extinguishin’ the flames. It was a performance and effort never seen before. Within a short time, the crew of E-14 completely extinguished the fire and saved the secret formulas. The grateful chemical company president announced that for such a superhuman feat he was uppin’ the reward to $200,000. He walked over to personally thank each brave member of E-14. The local TV news reporter rushed in to capture the event on film, askin’ E-14’s Captain, “What are you goin’ to do with all that money?”

The Engine Capt. replied, “Well the first thing we’re gonna do is get them dang brakes fixed!”

KEEP SMILIN’!

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A fire burning inside a scrap yard on october 28, 2012, sent a huge plume of smoke over the eastern San Fernando Valley. Seventy-two firefighters confined the flames to scrap vehicles, debris and tires within the junk yard in just over an hour. the fire was caused by a cutting torch used by workers.

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Firefighters responding to a reported structure fire on october 9, 2012, at 9:57 PM discovered heavy fire to the rear of a tri-level multi- tenant commercial building at 1625 Palo Alto Street. With vegetation and the structure burning intensely on the north side of the building, teams of firefighters made forcible entry from the east and west to search the prem- ises and protect contents while mounting an interior offense on the flames with handlines. to assist the firefight and limit the spread of flame, more than a dozen LAFd personnel took to the building’s 80’ x 100’ roof with chainsaws to vent heat and smoke, in an attempt to stem the forward progress of the fire and make the building’s interior more tenable for their colleagues below fighting flames and salvaging business record It took the combined effort of 125 firefighters less than two hours to fully extinguish the flames. the fire was confined to the structure of ori- gin, with the bulk of fire damage limited to the attic, entire third floor and a portion of the second floor.

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on october 2, 2012, one adult female escaped without serious injury after the car she was

on october 2, 2012, one adult female escaped without serious injury after the car she was driving went off the road and struck a tree on the N/b 101 Fwy at the Highland Ave offramp.

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Send your letters & comments to the editor at: editor@lafra.org Dear LAFD Family: This being the
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Dear LAFD Family:

This being the month of giving thanks and thinking of our loved ones, I wanted to take this time to thank you all for your love and support. July 18, 2011 was a traumatic day that altered our lives forever. We lost the most important piece of our family puzzle, Eric D. Shepherd. Although our whole family dynamic changed in an instant, I was comforted by the outpouring of support that I received from all of you. You made our lives a little easier. I don’t remember much of last year, everything was happening so quickly, but I do remember the overwhelming feeling of being extremely loved and cared for. I received support from people I’ve never even met before. Words cannot express how much I appreciate the Los Angeles City Fire Department. The things that the Department has done to honor Eric have been nothing more than extraordinary. I always knew how special Eric was to our family, but I had no idea how special he was to all of you. The BBQ organized by Station 29, Ephfriam Ford, Russell Shields and Kairi Brown, was just the beginning of many great tributes to Eric. Eric was also honored at tributes in Colorado by IAFF and by California Fire Foundation in Sacramento. Additionally, I’m truly grateful for the show of support by Station 29’s, Chief Kelly, as well as family and friends for joining us-in Sacramento to honor Eric. Being able to share that experience with all of you was a wonder! As time goes by, I sometimes worry that

Sarai will not know how great of a man her

father was, but all of you have done such an amazing job keeping his memory alive. The movie made for Sarai was incredible; thank you all for taken the time out of your busy lives show Sarai what a day as a firefighter is like. I am so blessed and proud that Eric was part of such a remarkable organization.

Send your letters & comments to the editor at: editor@lafra.org Dear LAFD Family: This being the

Eric had many great friends and to Eric, if he called you his friend, he considered you family, so I would like to thank you all for welcoming me and Sarai into your family. We deeply appreciate and thank you for your expression of sympathy in any form that it came in; a card, a letter, a poem, a movie or a prayer. Thank you for the flowers and thoughtfulness. Most importantly, thank you for the gift of friendship and family.

From the Shepherd Family

Special thanks to: John Jacobsen, Chief Kelly, H. Kim, J.Castillo, E. Ford, R. Shields, Thomas Wichie, Robert Sherwin, Chief Clark, C. Caldwell, Gabriela Gonzalez and my Gulfstream Family.

John Jacobsen,

During your many years of service at the Relief I am certain that you have heard about or personally read some of the many cards of gratitude that arrive daily. I am also certain that not enough people will pause long enough to share their appreciation – so here I am. As you know I have been caring for my elderly father for some time. You also know that in early October he passed away peacefully in his sleep. Thanks for your kinds words at the LAFD Memorial and also thanks to all for the beautiful wreath of flowers presented at his funeral. On behalf of the remaining Negrete

family, please accept and convey our deepest

gratitude. My sisters and I were surprised and touched by the generous and timely gesture. Thanks so much for being with us at such a critical family marker.

God bless you, George Negrete, LAFD Chaplain

Dear John,

It was one year ago today that my wife Glenda was involved in a horrific head-on collision with a semi-truck. After spending two months in the hospital and another several months in physical therapy, I am happy to say she has been able to return to the somewhat

normal lifestyle she once enjoyed. Today she is able to do most anything she wants, albeit with the aid of a cane. All this would not have been possible without the unbelievable support of you and the many staff members of LAFRA that work so hard day in and day out to assist us all. The multitude of necessary medical equipment that was provided without question for Glenda’s recovery was beyond our wildest expectations. Friends and neighbors who witnessed this generosity are still astounded at our good fortune to belong to such a wonderful organization. Please accept this small token of our appreciation as a way of saying “THANK YOU” for all that the LAFRA does and continues to do on a daily basis.

Sincerely, Roger and Glenda Gillis Lake Arrowhead, CA

P.S. Please give an extra thanks/hug to Andy Kuljis for his updates on Glenda’s condition this past year and his continued friendship.

LAFRA

Thank you to all the staff and volunteers at LAFRA. You have all been so wonderful.

Thank you for the medical supplies, power of

attorney

I could go on and on so I’ll just say

thank you!

Krys and Don Gillenwater, LAFD retired Los Angeles, CA

Relief Association:

Enclosed is a donation to the Widows and Orphans Fund in memory of my wife and precious bride, Gloria V. Ortiz, who loved the LA City Fire Dept. and the wonderful people she had met and associated – both firemen and wives.

Rick Ortiz, LAFD retired Los Alamitos, CA

Los Angeles Firemen’s relief Assn

This contribution is in the memory of Gerald D. Baird who passed on July 20, 2012. I remember when his probationary assignment was Engine 27, Battalion 5. I had made auto fireman and was assigned to Squad 27. He was a n aggressive firefighter so they kept him in

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Battalion 5. That speaks a lot about gerald’s character. Mae and I would meet with Gerald and wife Paula and have lunch at a famous restaurant overlooking the Colorado River and the famous London Bridge.

Sincerely, Thomas Crockatt Bullhead City, AZ

Relief Association:

Enclosed is a donation for the Widows and Orphans Fund. In 1986 when my husband Tom Cox died of cancer, the LAFRA was such a help providing the necessary medical equipment. I’m thankful I’m now able to give back a bit for this cause.

Sincerely, Rae Knoch Pismo Beach, CA

LAFRA,

Please accept these checks in memory and honor to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund. Ed Burnham – a great guy to be around and a close brother Jack Hill – I worked with him at 44’s Dona and Leo Dempsey – were good friends together on the Colorado River, and both were in our boat when it “developed” a hole and sunk. We had great fun out there together.

Sincerely,

Bill Apperson

Alpine, AZ

Andy Kuljis,

Please accept this donation to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund in memory of Frank Cutter. Frank was one of the pioneers of the Grass valley reunion. I had the honor of going to the Reunion for the first time in 1982 as V.P. of the Relief Association. Every year that I went, I was always treated wonderfully by Frank and all the guys and gals that ran the show. It was an honor and a privilege to have known Frank.

Bill Burnidge Lake Havasu City, AZ

Dear John Jacobsen,

Dear Stephen Ruda,

It was my good fortune to be at the Grass valley Reunion where I donated to the WODFF. In return, I received balls for the LAFD Invitational Golf Ball Drop. I am not a golfer but when I was informed I was the grand prize winner – that was like a hole in one for me. This donation to the WODFF is in thanks

On behalf of the Thousand Oaks Republican Women, Federated, we wish to present this check to you in your honor, Stephen K. Ruda Los Angeles Battalion Officer, to be presented to the Firemen’s Widows and Orphans Fund. Thank you for your bravery in all you do to keep everyone safe.

for my good fortune.

Bless you all, Guy Miller Anderson, CA

Cordially, Rosemary Licata, Co-President

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U nless Congress and the President can agree on a compromise before the year ends, the

U nless Congress and the President can

agree on a compromise before the year

ends, the Bush-era tax cuts will expire

on Jan. 1, 2013—potentially exposing millions of individuals and families to higher tax rates. This is not the first time in recent memory that Americans have faced heightened tax uncer- tainty. In 2010, policymakers ultimately de- cided to extend the Bush tax cuts by two years. Now that we are well into 2012, this topic is once again in the spotlight. It is important to grasp both the potential implications for and the options available to investors in the event that the tax code changes.

FACiNG tHE FiSCAL CLiFF: WHAt HAPPENS iF tHE tAx CUtS ExPiRE?

If the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of 2012 as scheduled, most taxpayers will face some combination of higher tax rates on their incomes, dividends and capital gains in 2013. In addition, high earners will pay an additional 3.8% tax on their investment income and a 0.9% higher Medicare tax as legislated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (better known as “ObamaCare”). The top tax rate on dividends, 39.6% before Bush and 15% for qualified dividends now, could become 43.4% (39.6% plus 3.8%) in 2013 if nothing is changed. The long-term capital gains rate, 20% before Bush and 15% now, could increase to 23.8%. The estate tax, 55% before Bush, 0% in 2010 and now 35% could return to 55%. Finally, the estate and gift tax exemption, which before Bush was $675,000 for married individ- uals and is now $5.12 million, is scheduled to go back to $1 million. (President Obama and Mitt Romney also have made proposals.)

tEN StRAtEGiES FOR NAviGAtiNG AN UNCERtAiN LANDSCAPE

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increases. Listed below are 10 tax-smart strat- egies you may want to consider that can help better position your portfolio against potential tax changes before year-end:

  • 1. MAx OUt REtiREMENt PLANS.

Whether or not taxes increase, it may make sense to fully fund your company retire- ment accounts and/or IRAs. One of the prima- ry advantages of participating in a Traditional IRA or an employer-sponsored retirement plan such as a 401(k) is that the money you contrib- ute in a given year may be tax deductible. And because these are tax-deferred accounts, you do not pay income taxes on any earnings on your investments until you withdraw funds.

  • 2. CONSiDER A ROtH iRA

CONvERSiON.

While income limits may preclude some investors from contributing to a Roth IRA, anyone can do a Roth Conversion by converting eligible funds from a Traditional IRA or employer-sponsored retirement plan to a Roth IRA. (Roth IRA contributions are made with after-tax dollars, and qualified with- drawals in retirement are tax free. 1 When you convert, you must pay taxes on the amount converted as ordinary income for that year.) Converting to a Roth IRA can provide tax-free income in retirement, and now could be an ide- al time to convert some of your assets—before a potential increase in income tax rates, which may come next year.

  • 1 Restrictions, penalties and taxes may apply. Unless certain criteria are met, Roth IRA owners must be 59 ½ or older and have held the Roth IRA for five years before completely tax/ penalty-free withdrawals are permitted.

    • 3. REviEW HiGHLY APPRECiAtED

ASSEtS.

If the capital gains tax rate increases from 15% to 20%, investors will pay a third more in taxes on both liquid and illiquid as- sets in 2013. Evaluate stocks, mutual funds and even privately held businesses – with an eye

to future performance – and consider capturing current gains before any potential rate hikes go into effect.

  • 4. GivE iNCREASED AttENtiON tO

BUY-AND-HOLD StRAtEGiES.

If the tax rate on capital gains increases, the tax benefits of buy-and-hold strategies can become more valuable. Simi- larly, it becomes more important to harvest tax losses in order to shelter gains that otherwise would be taxed at the higher rate.

  • 5. AUGMENt YOUR tAx-ADvAN-

tAGED iNvEStMENtS WitH MUNiCi- PAL BONDS.

Since municipal bonds are federally tax-free and generally free from state and local taxes, they are one of the most efficient invest- ments available for defending against current and potentially higher tax rates. If income tax rates do rise, interest income earned on munici- pal bonds will feel little if any impact.

  • 6. CONSiDER REDEPLOYiNG ASSEtS

tO A vARiABLE ANNUitY.

In a rising tax environment, the tax- deferral feature of annuities becomes increas- ingly valuable. Diversifying your retirement portfolio with a variable annuity can provide tax-deferred growth potential, guaranteed life- time income, increased retirement savings, equity upside potential and a death benefit for named beneficiaries. Remember, withdrawals from variable annuities will be taxed as ordi- nary income.

  • 7. CONSiDER PROFESSiONALLY

MANAGED AND tAx-ADvANtAGED

iNvEStMENt StRAtEGiES.

Now is a good time to evaluate the

overall tax efficiency of investments in your accounts. Beyond municipal bonds, consider tax-efficient mutual funds or separately man- aged accounts (“SMAs”) that are managed to limit the number of taxable events within your portfolio. These may include tax-managed funds and tax-exempt or low-turnover index funds with minimal capital gains distributions.

  • 8. REviEW DiviDEND DiStRiBUtiONS

OF YOUR CURRENt PORtFOLiO.

Dividend income will potentially

receive the most dramatic impact if higher tax rates go into effect. If the top qualified dividend tax rate rises from 15% to 43.4% as suggest- ed—a 189% increase—you will want to look closely at your dividend income and consider

realizing gains now to take advantage of lower tax rates.

  • 9. ENGAGE iN GiFtiNG AND LEGACY

PLANNiNG.

After 2013, unless there is legislation to the contrary, estate and gift taxes are sched-

uled to return to rates that are higher than they have been for many years. If you plan to leave an estate to your heirs, you may want to con- sider strategically transferring assets this year as part of your overall plan. With the gift tax rate at an all-time low and the exemption at an all-time high, 2012 may be a good year to con- sider larger gifts, even taxable ones.

10. FOCUS ON YOUR GOALS FiRSt.

As critical as it may be to understand the potential effects of possible tax increases, it is even more important not to make tax plan- ning the sum total of your planning. First and foremost, you should focus on what you want most for yourself and your family now and in the future. Keeping those primary objectives always in the forefront, turn to your financial professional to see how you can best achieve them in the most tax-efficient manner. With changing markets and political pressures affecting the economy—specifically tax legislation and income tax rates—now is the time to be especially vigilant in reviewing and adjusting your overall financial strategy to keep investments aligned with your financial goals.

If you’d like to learn more, please contact Jodie Cohen-Potter, CFP®, CRPS® First Vice President, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley, Las Vegas, Nevada, (800)

247-2265

This material does not provide individually tai- lored investment advice. It has been prepared without regard to the individual financial circumstances and objectives of persons who receive it. The strategies and/or investments discussed in this material may not be suitable for all inves- tors. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC recommends that investors independently evaluate particular investments and strategies, and encourages investors to seek the advice of a Financial Advisor. The appropriateness of a particular invest- ment or strategy will depend on an investor’s individual cir- cumstances and objectives. Tax laws are complex and subject to change. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (“Morgan Stanley”), its affiliates and Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors and Private Wealth Advisors do not provide tax or legal advice, are not “fiduciaries” (under ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code or otherwise) with respect to the services or activities described herein, and this material was not intended or written to be used, and it cannot be used, for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer. Individuals are urged to consult their tax or legal advisor before estab- lishing a retirement plan or to understand the tax, ERISA and related consequences of any investments made under such plan and to understand the tax and legal consequences of any actions, including implementation of any estate planning strategies, or investments described herein. Asset allocation and diversification do not as- sure a profit or protect against loss in declining financial mar- kets. Companies paying dividends can reduce or cut payouts at any time.

Interest in municipal bonds is generally exempt from federal income tax. However, some bonds may be sub- ject to the alternative minimum tax (AMT). Typically, state tax-exemption applies if securities are issued within one’s state of residence and local tax-exemption typically applies if securities are issued within one’s city of residence. The tax-exempt status of municipal securities may be changed by legislative process, which could affect their value and marketability.

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FAMiLY

MEMBERS

Paul a. Orduna, AssistAnt Chief. Appointed September 23, 1957. retired on A Service penSion JAnuAry 27, 1990 from trAininG. Passed away OctOber 05, 2012.

Kenneth G. SKerSicK, fire inspeCtor ii. Appointed october 13, 1941. retired on A Service penSion februAry 01, 1962 from fire prevention. Passed away OctOber 07, 2012.

rObert J. bOard, firefighter. Appointed June 10, 1947. retired on A Service penSion JAnuAry 01, 1973 from fire boAt 5-c. Passed away OctOber 07, 2012.

richard h. dOwney, engineer. Appointed december 14, 1948. retired on A Service penSion JAnuAry 01, 1974 from fS 69. Passed away OctOber 15, 2012.

rOdney G. cObb, firefighter iii. Appointed April 18, 1977. retired on A Service penSion June 10, 2007 from fS 63-A. Passed away OctOber 24, 2012.

remO J. terSOlO, fire inspeCtor ii. Appointed July 02, 1951. retired on A Service penSion mArch 01, 1977 from fpb. Passed away NOvember 01, 2012.

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To John Jacobsen and the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association: We would like to thank you
To John Jacobsen and the Los Angeles
Firemen’s Relief Association:
We would like to thank you from the bottom
of our hearts for all the love and support you give to
our family year after year. We are truly blessed to
have friends and family like you! Thank you all very
much and we hope to see you next year.
Love,
The Craig Alder Family,
Buffy, Craig, Jake and Wyatt
December 2012 • 41
N inety six of the LAFD’s finest active and retired golfers converged on Sycuan Re- sort
N inety six of the LAFD’s finest active and retired golfers converged on Sycuan Re- sort
N inety six of the LAFD’s finest active and retired golfers converged on Sycuan Re- sort
N inety six of the LAFD’s finest active and retired golfers converged on Sycuan Re- sort

N inety six of the LAFD’s finest active and retired golfers converged on Sycuan Re- sort in El Cajon for the LAFD Golf Club

Annual Partners Championship. As per the usual we had our LAFD Golf Club annual membership meeting following the first day of golf at Steele Canyon that included a great barbeque lunch. We play two-man teams, playing three different formats, on three different courses, in four handicapped flights. The three formats played were: scramble played at Steele Canyon Country Club, best-ball played at Sycuan Resorts Oak Glen course, and Pinehurst (modified alternate shot) played at Sycuan Resorts Willow Glen course. It is a true team format in that you are really relying on the good play of your partner. For those of you that are prospective members, this is considered by the membership as our best tournament of the year. In the “A” flight the team of the brothers Garcia, Rick and Carlos, were winners for the first time. Rick and Carlos made a great comeback after the first day when they missed out on the Horse Race with a fantastic score of 61 on the second day and 65.8 to win the championship. The team of Ladd Stilson and Randy Yslas finished in sec- ond by just 2.6 shots. In the “B” flight the team of Todd Tsu- jimura and Larry Kemp won for the second year in a row. They officially have a target on their backs for next year. Last year they ran away with a 7.8 shot win. This year it was closer, only 2.5 shots over their closest competition of Joe Zabalza and Mike Proffitt. In the “C” flight the team of Paul Gamez and Steve Stigall squeezed out a 2.4 shot victory of their closest competitors of Joe Luna and Evan Dixon.

In the “D” flight Tom Lambert and Larry McAndress cruised to a 4.3 stroke win over a cou- ple of youngsters, Gene “Country” Allen and Bud Zink.

There were some fireworks on day one with Larry McAndress making a hole-in-one at Steele Canyon. It wasn’t just the hole-in-one that caused the fireworks, but perhaps the delay in the tradition of buying a drink for everyone at the bar following the day’s play. I know my pal Larry, he was waiting until everybody was thirsty. The second day of the tournament pro- vides some real entertainment at the Horse Race Derby. This format is made up of the six leading teams in each flight. The remainder of the field, and the participants, then make pari-mutuel bets

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“A” Flight
“A” Flight
A FLIGHt PARtNERS GRoSS & NEt CHAMPIoNS Rick Garcia & Carlos Garcia
A FLIGHt PARtNERS
GRoSS & NEt CHAMPIoNS
Rick Garcia & Carlos Garcia
“b” Flight
“b” Flight
b FLIGHt PARtNERS GRoSS & NEt CHAMPIoNS Larry Kemp & todd tsujimura
b FLIGHt PARtNERS
GRoSS & NEt CHAMPIoNS
Larry Kemp & todd tsujimura
“C” Flight
“C” Flight
C FLIGHt PARtNERS GRoSS & NEt CHAMPIoNS Steve Stigall & Paul Gamez
C FLIGHt PARtNERS
GRoSS & NEt CHAMPIoNS
Steve Stigall & Paul Gamez

A/b Flight Horse Race Champions

A/b Flight Horse Race Champions C/d Flight Horse Race Champions “d” Flight d FLIGHt PARtNERS GRoSS
A/b Flight Horse Race Champions C/d Flight Horse Race Champions “d” Flight d FLIGHt PARtNERS GRoSS
A/b Flight Horse Race Champions C/d Flight Horse Race Champions “d” Flight d FLIGHt PARtNERS GRoSS

C/d Flight Horse Race Champions

A/b Flight Horse Race Champions C/d Flight Horse Race Champions “d” Flight d FLIGHt PARtNERS GRoSS
A/b Flight Horse Race Champions C/d Flight Horse Race Champions “d” Flight d FLIGHt PARtNERS GRoSS
A/b Flight Horse Race Champions C/d Flight Horse Race Champions “d” Flight d FLIGHt PARtNERS GRoSS
A/b Flight Horse Race Champions C/d Flight Horse Race Champions “d” Flight d FLIGHt PARtNERS GRoSS
A/b Flight Horse Race Champions C/d Flight Horse Race Champions “d” Flight d FLIGHt PARtNERS GRoSS
A/b Flight Horse Race Champions C/d Flight Horse Race Champions “d” Flight d FLIGHt PARtNERS GRoSS
“d” Flight
“d” Flight
d FLIGHt PARtNERS GRoSS & NEt CHAMPIoNS tom Lambert & Larry McAndress
d FLIGHt PARtNERS
GRoSS & NEt CHAMPIoNS
tom Lambert & Larry McAndress
Gross Champions
Gross Champions
FIRSt PLACE GRoSS A FLIGHt CHAMPIoNS dale Gant & Jeff Halloran
FIRSt PLACE GRoSS
A FLIGHt CHAMPIoNS
dale Gant & Jeff Halloran

on their picks of the best teams. This year the “A and B” flight and the “C and D” flight played in four man teams. In the “A and B” flight Gary Klasse, Jim Meacham, Jeff Simon and Eric Dil- lon came out on top. In the “C and D” flight the team of Tom Brennan,

HoLE-IN-oNE WINNER Larry McAndress
HoLE-IN-oNE
WINNER
Larry McAndress

John Ware, Mike Dodd, and Vince Cardinale were the winners. This is the second consecutive year that Mike Dodd and Vince Cardinale were a part of the winning Derby team. This year we added a new winning cat- egory in each flight. This is a “Net” championship and there was some grumbling that certain teams couldn’t win their flight. So we added a “Gross” category in each flight and we had about 50% par- ticipation. This year we paid out 1st place only. Next year we’ll pay out more places and hopefully we’ll get 100% participation. As it was last year we had a lot of new players at this year’s tournament. As a club we’re getting a bit older and need an infusion of new and young players. If you younger ones had as good a time as I think they had, then, I hope they will spread the word and get more players next year. The club would like to thank Alan Sheer of Steele Canyon Golf Course and Jason Schneider of Sycuan Resort for their generous donations for our raffle at the annual membership meeting. A good time was had by all and I hope to see you again next year.

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Hart, Libby, Castillon L AFD players have continued to make an impact in the handball community.
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Hart, Libby, Castillon
L AFD players have continued to make an impact in the handball
community. John Libby (FS-3-B), Christopher Hart (FS-26-C)
and Salvador Castillon (FS-26-B) recently represented LAFD
Handball in Ireland at the Handball World Championship. Current 45
and over U.S. National Champion John Libby took second place.
Tati Silveyra (FS-69-C) returned to professional handball for
the Simple Green U.S. Open of Handball and defeated a top team from
Ireland to win the Men’s Open Division with Naty Alvarado Jr. This
tournament has the largest purse in handball and is one of the most pres-
tigious titles. Ryan Chance (FS-82-C) made the final of the “C” Division
but lost to 14-year-old Coleman “The Fireman Killer” McGrath, who
also defeated Joe Steiner (FS-92-B) and Brett Klemme (FS-64-B) en-
route to the title.
Chris Yokoyama (FS-92-B) and Roy Harvey (FS-92-B)
won the “A” Division of the Southern California Handball Hall
of Fame Tournament in September, and Sergio Guzman (FS-
72-B) - with civilian Marco Coromac - won the “B” Division.
There is a new player on the LAFD Handball Ladder.
Chad Rolish (FS-92-B) knocked Craig Nielsen (FS-92-C) off of
the Ladder and took position #20.
The finals of the LAFD Fall Singles Tournament is
December 6th, 2012 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Everyone
is invited.
& Coromac
Guzman
Harvey
& Yokoyama
Chance & McGrath
tati Silveyra with Naty
Alvarado Jr. and irish
Opponents

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T his year the Los Angeles Fire Depart- ment Scholarship Fund awarded five - $5000 scholarship
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T his year the Los Angeles Fire Depart- ment Scholarship Fund awarded five - $5000 scholarship
T his year the Los Angeles Fire Depart- ment Scholarship Fund awarded five - $5000 scholarship
T his year the Los Angeles Fire Depart- ment Scholarship Fund awarded five - $5000 scholarship

T his year the Los Angeles Fire Depart-

ment Scholarship Fund awarded five

- $5000 scholarship grants. The Merit

Scholar Awards are cash grants, made possible through the Jean Perkins Foundation, of up to $20,000 ($5,000 per year while the student continues to be enrolled and making normal progress toward a college degree). To be eli- gible, a student must be the child or stepchild of an active or fallen LAFD sworn employee. The eligible student must be a high school se- nior or college freshman, who will be enrolled in the fall as a full-time student in an accred- ited college or university. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit. The single most important factor is academic achievement, but the all-civilian Selection Committee consid- ered other relevant criteria, including personal character and extracurricular accomplishments. This year’s awardees were students who demonstrated excellence in academic studies, good character, high moral standards, leadership, distinction in extra-curricular activ- ities, personal accomplishments and a potential for future success. The selection committee

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reviewed each application which consisted of; two essays, school transcripts and two letters of recommendation. Of the 47 eligible applicants, 12 fi- nalists were selected to interview and continue the process. Each of the 12 finalists were sub- jected to two 30 minute interviews. The combi- nation of excellent applicants and a determined board resulted in the selection of five 2012 Merit Scholar winners. A ceremony to recog- nize this year’s winners was conducted by BC Armando Hogan at FHMTC on June 6, 2012. This year’s seven Runner-Up Award winners are to be congratulated for their out- standing merits. Each received a one time grant of $2,500. They are Jason Avina, Megan Berk- ery, Meghan Bloch, Max Casanova, Antonino Lovato, Shelbi Salinas, and Denise Torres. New this year is an award of $2,500 for “Best Essay.” This award was generously spon- sored by the LAFD Foundation. Karen Wagener, President LAFDF, presented the award to this year’s winner, Max Casanova.

T his year the Los Angeles Fire Depart- ment Scholarship Fund awarded five - $5000 scholarship

The five 2012 award recipients and their bios are as follows:

T his year the Los Angeles Fire Depart- ment Scholarship Fund awarded five - $5000 scholarship

Matthew Cam-

ello is a freshman at UCLA and the son of Investigator Michael Camello, Arson Unit (34 ½ years LAFD). Mat- thew has a double major in Psychol- ogy and Literature, and a minor in Film and Television Studies. He is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. This freshman honor society is based on academic achievement. He is also a member of the Na- tional Society of Collegiate Scholars. NSCS participants are committed to leadership, ser- vice and scholarship. Matthew is also engaged with UCLA Project Literacy. This club seeks to teach inner-city children how to read and write. When Matthew is not working on campus proj- ects he enjoys being a member of the UCLA Men’s Rowing Novice Team. Matthew is also the only cartoonist admitted to the “Daily Bru- in” for the Winter Quarter. He currently main- tains a 3.5 GPA. Kevin Dumler attends the Uni- versity of California, Davis, and is the son of Engineer David Dumler, Fire Station 23 (31 years LAFD). Kevin’s major is Civil and En- vironmental Engineering. Kevin is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He

T his year the Los Angeles Fire Depart- ment Scholarship Fund awarded five - $5000 scholarship

is also a member of “Engineers With- out Boarders” and serves as the Bolivia team leader. Since 2009, Kevin has been involved with the United States Adaptive Recreation Center. As a Dis- abled Sports Volun- teer, he continues to teach disabled participants snow and water sports and camping. Kevin has enrolled in the UC Davis Honors Challenge, an honors program for highly motivated students who want more challenging course work. Kev- in’s academic achievements include Dean’s Honor List, 2012, while continuing to maintain a 3.9 GPA.

T his year the Los Angeles Fire Depart- ment Scholarship Fund awarded five - $5000 scholarship

Brianna Lil-

lenberg is a gradu- ating senior from Santa Clarita Chris- tian School, and the daughter of Engi- neer Kevin Lillen- berg, Fire Station 97 (31 years LAFD). Brianna will be at- tending Baylor Uni- versity and majoring in Nursing. Over the past four years, Brianna has been actively involved in a variety of charities. She has assisted with food drives for senior citizens and instructed them on their home computers. She is also an avid participant in orphanage outreach pro- grams, and assists in beach clean-ups. Brianna has demonstrated her leadership skills by initi- ating two school-wide fundraisers, “Operation Gratitude” for our soldiers and a clothing drive for the underprivileged. Brianna’s academic awards include Principal’s Honor Roll for 4 yrs., California Scholarship Federation Presi- dent’s Award and Scholar Athlete for Volley- ball. She has served as Vice President of CSF

in 2011 - 2012 and President in 2010 – 2011. She has also received four Distinguished Stu- dent Awards, and Christian Character Award. Brianna graduates with a 3.9 GPA.

T his year the Los Angeles Fire Depart- ment Scholarship Fund awarded five - $5000 scholarship

David Phillips

is a graduating se- nior from Classi- cal Academy High School (CAHS), and the son of FF/ PM Steven Phillips, Fire Station 71 (24 years LAFD). He will be attending UCLA majoring in Communication Studies. He plays numerous instruments and plays them passionately. Da- vid has written scripts for i-SAFE, a non-profit foundation, with a mission to educate and em-

power youth to make their internet experiences

safe and responsible. As President of CAHS Cinema Club, the club has produced two award winning short films. David’s athletic honors include 1st Team Defense, Coach’s Choice Award, and Scholar Athlete for football. Da- vid is a member of the National Honor Merit Scholar Society. His academic honors also in- clude the President’s List 2011– 2012 and All- Academic Team Award in 2012. David gradu- ates with a 4.1 GPA.

safe and responsible. As President of CAHS Cinema Club, the club has produced two award winning

Mark torsten-

bo is a freshman at California State Polytechnic Univer- sity, Pomona, and the son of Captain I Ross Torstenbo, Fire Station 42 (27 ½ years LAFD). Mark’s major is Aerospace Engi- neering. Upon entrance to Cal Poly Pomona (CPP), Mark applied and was admitted into the Kellogg Honors College (KHC) Program. This Honors program is only open to high achieving applicants. Requirements for KHC students are 3.30 CPP GPA, civic engagement, and full time enrollment. He volunteers for “Matt’s Run,” a scholarship fund for CPP students, the Foothill Unity Center Food Drive, and CPP Campus Crusade for Christ, assisting with projects such as painting locker rooms for middle schools in the City of Compton. He is also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society. Mark is on the Dean’s Honor List and maintains a 3.9 GPA at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

This year we were honored to have four of our past scholarship recipients attend the awards ceremony: Molly Casanova ’07, Christina Johnson ‘07, Michael Rodriguez ’08, and Savanah Villaubi ‘11. They shared their college experiences and provided words of en- couragement to our 2012 winners.

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We would like to thank Mr. James Carroll III and Mr. Joe Connolly, Executive Board Members of the Jean Perkins Founda- tion and, the LAFD Merit Scholarship Fund’s Board of Directors, Dick Barrett, Barbara Bagley, Ron Fujikawa, G. Louis Graziadio, Tom Mizo and Robert Nicholas for their dedi- cation and support. We are also grateful to the LAFDF for their sponsorship of the “Best Es- say” award and to the LAFD Sertoma Club, the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, LAFD Historical So- ciety and the Los Angeles Firefighter’s Association,

who sponsored the awards reception, “Thank You” for your continued support. The announcement for the 2013 competition should be posted early January 2013, at www.lafd.org/scholarship. Thank you again, and we look forward to the seventh LAFD Merit Scholarship competition.

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LAFD Historical Society Submitted by Frank Borden • Director of Operations, LAFDHS “t he m illiON

Submitted by Frank Borden • Director of Operations, LAFDHS

“the milliON dOllar Pier Fire

September 4, 1912

Vintage post card of Fraser’s Million dollar Pier before Sept. 4, 1912.
Vintage post card of Fraser’s Million dollar Pier before Sept. 4, 1912.

Newspaper Headlines: Ocean Park, Cal., Sept. 4. -- 1000 ARE HOMELESS; LOSS THREE MILLIONS. DISASTROUS FIRE SWEEPS OCEAN PARK -- LOS ANGELES FIREMEN STILL WORKING ON THE RUINS -- CITY IS NOW UNDER MARTIAL LAW. ONE KNOWN DEAD -- ELEVEN ARE STILL MISSING.

LAFD Historical Society Submitted by Frank Borden • Director of Operations, LAFDHS “t he m illiON

Photo taken at the start of the fire.

The speed with which the LAFD’s first motorized apparatus could get to a fire was impressively demon- strated late on the after- noon of September 4, 1912, when Chief Eley was notified that Ocean Park’s famous Fraser’s Million-Dollar-Pier was burning. Ocean Park, Santa Monica and Venice firefight- ers needed the LAFD’s help. The gigantic amusement pier was more than 14 miles from headquarters. Horse-drawn equipment could not possibly make the run. Eley ordered the nearest motorized pumper - Engine 26’s Rob- inson - to respond along with Hose 5 at 1409 West Vernon Avenue and Engines 4 and 13 from downtown. Heading out Washington Boulevard to the beach, Eley and the four motorized companies fought heavy traffic as thousands of spectators were driving toward the awe- some thick black cloud of smoke that was obscuring the setting sun. Eley arrived and all four companies were operation in less than 27 minutes after the chief engineer was called

at headquarters. The long wooden pier and

its many attractions - the famous observation ballroom, the Crazy House, Dragon’s Gorge and the auditorium- dance pavilion - were doomed. Without fireboats, there was absolutely no way to make an attack on the fire and it was too dangerous to bring men and apparatus onto the pier. Fraser’s Million- Dollar-Pier was written off as lost while the stiff breeze from the ocean drove thick smoke and heat directly at firefighters. Flames firebrands and radiant heat

joined together as the fire jumped the Ocean

LAFD Historical Society Submitted by Frank Borden • Director of Operations, LAFDHS “t he m illiON

the Venice Volunteer Fire department in 1925. the City annexed Venice in 1925 so the volun- teers who wanted to join became members of the LAFd and the new station became Fire Station 63.

Front traffic way and began gnawing into blocks of buildings in an area encompassing Ashland Avenue on the north, Rose Avenue on the south and Trolleyway (Speedway) on the east. Jam-packed among these narrow streets were six blocks of wooden cottages, brick ho- tels, apartment houses, stores and commercial buildings.

Eley and his four companies, as- sisted by LAFD volunteers from stations in the western section of the city, set up a battleline on Pier Avenue to protect the Auto Inn Garage, despite warnings that a 300-gallon storage tank of gasoline was inside. (Note: Venice was annexed by the City of Los Angeles on Nov. 25, 1925). After an hour-long battle, radiant heat ignited the garage and bulled firefighters backward. The tank exploded and skyrocketed over their heads. Paul Shoup, president of the Pacific Electric Railway, sent word to Eley that he had a train of flat cars standing by to rush more fire engines to the beach. Eley gratefully accepted. By night fall, the glare and flames could be seen from most parts of Los Angeles. The observation balloon’s tie-down ropes burned away. Lifting skyward, the ropes snagged the burning flagpole atop the dance pavilion and carried it upward. The blaz- ing balloon was blown far inland by the stiff ocean wind and then came crashing down 40 miles away in San Dimas. The conflagration raged for nearly four hours as it wiped out the pier, everything on it and destroyed or damaged 225 struc- tures in a six-block area of almost complete devastation. One man was drowned when he jumped off the end of the pier into heavy surf and 15 other persons were missing by mid- night. Losses were set at $3 million. The site would one day become the Pacific Ocean Park amusement center which itself would become the site of several severe fires.

Hose Co. No. 5 circa 1914. Fireman ted Schneider, standing on the running board third from the right. Next to him, just to his right is Fireman J. J. terrell, future best man at ted’s wedding.

LAFD Historical Society Submitted by Frank Borden • Director of Operations, LAFDHS “t he m illiON

A view from the beach as the Fraser Pier burns.

A view from the beach as the Fraser Pier burns. Source: LAFD CENTENNIAL by Paul Ditzel

Source: LAFD CENTENNIAL by Paul Ditzel pp 83-84.

Hose Company No. 5, Originally a horse drawn company, was motorized in 1911. The apparatus was a Gramm Auto/Fire Extin- guisher Combination Hose Wagon and along

with Engine Company No. 26 was one of the first motorized companies on the LAFD. In those years Vernon and Normandie, as well as most streets in the out laying areas of Los Angeles, were unpaved. The firemen installed chains on the rear tires of the apparatus to add

traction for driving through the dirt and

mud.

.

A Hose Company did not have a fire pump. It carried 650 feet of 2 ½” hose, 100’ of 1” rub- ber hose loaded on a hose reel and connected to a 60-gallon soda/acid water tank and several small portable fire extinguishers. If the small hand held extinguishers could not control a fire, a fireman would activate the soda/acid tank by turning a lever on the side of the tank. This caused a small container inside the tank containing bicarbonate soda and acid to mix. When these chemicals mixed they created a gas that would pressurize the tank and provide a water stream for the rubber hose. For larger fires, the company would lay a 2 ½” line off the nearest fire hydrant and utilize hydrant pressure for its fire stream. On September 4, 1912 a fire broke out on the famous Fraser’s Million Dollar Pier

in Ocean Park. Fanned by a strong westerly breeze, the fire soon threatened the city of Venice. Chief Engineer Eley answered the request of the Venice Fire Department and the Santa Monica Fire Department and dispatched the motorized companies, Engine Company 26 and Hose Company 5, and the horse drawn companies, Engines 4 and 13 from downtown. Hose 5 responded west on Vernon and soon encountered heavy traffic as thousands of spectators headed to the coast to watch the fire. Fireman Ted Schneider said that it was the longest run of an LAFD company at the time. Ted happens to be retired B/C Larry Sch- neider’s father and Captain Larry Schneider’s grandfather. When they arrived they found six city blocks in the vicinity of Rose Avenue and Trolleyway (Speedway) fully involved with fire. Chief Eley ordered the LAFD companies

to attack the fire on Pier Avenue. Engine 26 broke out a plate glass window of the “Indoor

Plunge” and using their hard suctions, drafted from the enormous pool. After an hour of battling the fire, a 300-gallon gasoline tank exploded and skyrocketed over their heads. Operating off hydrant pressure, Ted and his crew fought the fire one block at a time. After knocking the fire in front of them, they would use their Hose Wagon or Pacific Electric Red Cars to drag their 2 ½” fire hoses to the next block. Then hook to a hydrant and continue fighting fire. The fire burned for nearly four hours and destroyed the pier and damaged or destroyed 225 structures.

The pier was rebuilt again and in

looked like all of Ocean Park was threatened. Rumors that they were going to use dynamite scattered the huge crowd that lined up on ev- ery street and on the beach to watch. Ten fire companies fought the blaze. Luckily the Dome Theater’s concrete structure at the northeast corner of the pier contained the fire, and prevented it from leaping across Ocean Front Walk. The fire was contained by 11:45 A.M. The losses were enormous, $2,000,000 with only $100,000 insured. Both the Rosemary and Dome Theaters were de- stroyed (the later a $500,000 loss) and all the pier’s rides and attractions. Only the sea end of Prior and Church’s brand new Giant Dipper roller coaster remained. The POP Ocean Park Pier in Santa

  • 1914 had another fire shutting it down. In

Monica had several fires in the late 60’s, a

  • 1922 the new Lick Pier in Venice had been

completed and opened with new rides includ- ing the 85 foot Giant Dipper roller coaster. Unfortunately the new roller coaster didn’t last very long as a fire on Sunday morning Janu- ary 6th destroyed the pier. Although the fire started at 9:30 A.M. in the Ritz Cafe kitchen, it didn’t explain how the fire spread so quickly. Some thought that rubbish was set ablaze beneath the pier near the restaurant.

major fire in 1970 that the LAFD assisted with mutual aid and others in 1971 until it was totally destroyed and demolished.

Who is New at the Museum?

We have a new volunteer that joined us in October. Gordon Briggs retired from the LAFD in 1984 and later joined the Disney Fire Department where he spent 13 years and retired to immediately start helping us at the Harbor Fire Museum. Gordon has learned a variety of skills through the years. I worked with him at FS 50 in the mid- 1970’s and remember that he was a great cook, but along the way he has learned to expertly use the computer. This will be a big help because he is starting a major job of photo inventorying

Post Card beach view of the Lick Pier. – 1922
Post Card beach view of the Lick Pier. – 1922

In 1924 two piers had been combined and soon burned. Aerial view of the 1924 Pickering / Lick Piers at the height of the fire.

A view from the beach as the Fraser Pier burns. Source: LAFD CENTENNIAL by Paul Ditzel

When firefighters arrived, they laid hoses, but before the water could be turned on, flames burst up from beneath the pier and the hoses burned. Another fire truck broke and the water stopped. The wind was blowing and it

all items on display at the Harbor Museum. He will also be making flyers and brochures along with being a docent in the museum. We were

all impressed when after his first Saturday in the museum, he came to work on the “Ralph J. Scott” fireboat the following Friday and then showed up to work in the museum the next day. Welcome aboard Gordie!!!!

A view from the beach as the Fraser Pier burns. Source: LAFD CENTENNIAL by Paul Ditzel

our newest “Rookie” Gordie gets his museum orientation from tom Moran.

52 • December 2012

April *Event to be Determined May -HS Annual Pancake Breakfast at Museum 27, Sat. 5/11 June
April
*Event to be Determined
May
-HS Annual Pancake Breakfast
at Museum 27, Sat. 5/11
June
-LAFD Retired Member
Luncheon – Museum 27,
Thur. 6/20
-LAFDHS Annual Memorial
Golf Tournament, Mon. 6/17
July
-Cars and Stripes Event Port of
First work day on the
fireboat painting a venti-
lator. Multi-talented do-
cent, computer whiz and
craftsman.
LA - TBD– San Pedro
August
*Event to be Determined
September
-Annual 9-11 Memorial at
LAFD Memorial, Wed. 9/11
Planned Events for 2013
October

January

-Annual Volunteer of the Year

Brunch, Sun. 1/13 or 1/20

February

-LAFD 127th Year Anniversary, Sat.

March

-LAFD Annual Batt. 6 Pancake Breakfast & Car Show @ Museum 36 TBD -St. Patrick’s Day Event @ Nokia Center, Sun. 3/17

-LAFD Memorial at LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial, Sat. 10/12 -Fireboat 2 “Ralph J. Scott”

88th Birthday at San Pedro

November

-Marine Corps Anniversary at

Museum 27, Sun. 11/10 -Hollywood Christmas Parade- Sun. 11/24

December

-HS Annual Holiday Party at

Museum 27, Sat. 12/14

April *Event to be Determined May -HS Annual Pancake Breakfast at Museum 27, Sat. 5/11 June

December 2012

April *Event to be Determined May -HS Annual Pancake Breakfast at Museum 27, Sat. 5/11 June

January 2013

April *Event to be Determined May -HS Annual Pancake Breakfast at Museum 27, Sat. 5/11 June

LOS ANGELES FIREMEN’S RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

october 03, 2012

CALL tO ORDER

President John Jacobsen called the

meeting of the Board of Trustees of the

Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association

to order at 10:15 a.m.

ROLL CALL

held September 5, 2012. Tim Larson so

moved. Frank Hernandez seconded. There

was no further discussion or objections.

Motion carried to ratify and dispense

and interviews, they have hired Maria

Rodriguez. He stated that she will start on

October 9th and comes with experience in

health care administration, workers comp.

and insurance brokerage.

with the reading of the minutes of the

Board of Trustees held September 5,

5) Jacobsen referred to the Express

  • 2012. Scripts-Medco merger and indicated that by the first of the year, all Medco labeling

MEMBERS PRESENt:

PRESiDENt REPORt

will be gone. He asked the Trustees to

John Jacobsen, President

explain to the members that there should

Juan Albarran, Vice President

1) Jacobsen asked the Board to welcome

be no changes with contact information or

Trustee Jeff Cawdrey

the three new Chaplains to represent the

member disruption.

Trustee Gene Bednarchik

LAFD and LAFRA. He introduced Craig

Trustee James Coburn

Poulson, Tim Werle, and Roger Fowble,

viCE PRESiDENt REPORt

Trustee Gary Matsubara

and indicated that they will be taking over

Trustee Chris Stine

for three of the current Chaplains who are

1) Juan Albarran mentioned the

Trustee Rick Godinez

retiring. He thanked the three Chaplains

Firefighter Memorial in Sacramento

Trustee Doak Smith

for their service assisting with the fire

on October 19th & 20th and indicated

Trustee Francisco Hernandez

families.

that we have two members going on the

Trustee Mark Akahoshi

Memorial Wall: Eric Shepherd and Glenn

Trustee Robert Steinbacher

2) Jacobsen mentioned that Garth Flint

Smith. He asked for those interested in

Trustee Steven Domanski

provided the Investment Committee

attending the event to let him know so

Trustee David Peters

with a quick snapshot of what fees are

that he can make travel arrangements.

Trustee Steve Tufts

paid to which funds as well as costs

Trustee Kurt Stabel

incurred by LAFRA. He mentioned that

SECREtARY’S REPORt

Trustee David Ortiz

the Investment Committee will have an

Trustee David Lowe – Pension

offsite meeting in February at Beacon

David Smith reported on behalf of

Trustee Barry Hedberg – Pension

Pointe.

Secretary Andy Kuljis’ absence that as

Trustee Tim Larson – Pension

of yesterday, they have six active and

David Ned Smith - Executive Director

3) Jacobsen referred to the worker’s

one retired Trustees that have submitted

Controller – Todd Layfer

comp. situation and indicated that the

their intent to run for the open Trustee

SB 863 legislation that was passed had

positions. He stated that unless someone

MEMBERS ABSENt:

significant changes for the firefighters and

else submits their intent to run before

Trustee Michael Overholser (Excused)

the LAFRA health plan. He mentioned

the October 15th deadline there will be

Trustee Craig White (Excused)

that it deals specifically with the process

a “white ballot.” He also stated that the

Trustee Chris Hart (Excused)

of how members obtain treatment

Board had previously agreed that they

Andrew Kuljis, Secretary (Excused)

through the system. He indicated that

would not send a ballot out for a vote for

most agree that the current process is

minor proposed changes to the Bylaws.

GUEStS:

difficult and feel that it may get worse.

Bob Olsen, L.A. Retired Fire & Police

He also stated that there will be changes

ExECUtivE DiRECtOR’S REPORt

Lee Kebler, L.A. Retired Fire & Police

to current mechanisms in place for

Jim Dolan, Asst. Secretary

LAFRA’s self-funded plan that will

1) David Smith reported on the results of

make it difficult to get reimbursed for

the Golf Tournament and stated that the

iNvOCAtiON & Flag Salute

presumptive conditions unless treatment

total net income for the event was $92K.

is preauthorized by the City. He indicated

He thanked all that participated before,

Rick Godinez led the invocation. David

that they have attorneys looking into

during and after the event. He mentioned

Lowe led the flag salute.

where LAFRA can navigate through the

that they will have a Golf Committee

new legislation and will report back once

meeting later in the day to discuss

RAtiFiCAtiON OF MiNUtES

the information is available.

possible improvements for next year.

John Jacobsen entertained a motion to

4) Jacobsen referred to the Member

ratify and dispense with the reading of the

Services position and informed the

minutes of the Board of Trustees meeting

Board that after several applicants

54 • December 2012

ADMiNiStRAtivE COMMittEE

REPORt

Robert Steinbacher presented the

Motion carried to accept all applications

to the Medical Plan.

Motion carried to approve the financial

assistance applications for surviving

spouses, active and retired members.

following motions.

RELiEF COMMittEE REPORt

EMERGENCY ADvANCEMENtS

The committee recommends and I so

James Coburn presented the following

James Coburn presented the following

move to pay the usual and customary bills

motion.

motion.

in the amount of $731,986.77. There was

no discussion or objections.

The committee recommends and I so

The committee recommends and I

move to pay:

so move to approve the emergency

Motion carried to pay the usual and

advancement applications for active

customary bills in the amount of

The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount

and retired members. There was no

$731,986.77.

of $21,990

discussion or objections.

The Estate Planning benefit in the amount

The committee recommends and I so

of $6,600,

Motion carried to approve the

move to pay the professional fees in the

The Relief Death Benefits in the amount

emergency advancement applications for

amount of $37,135.29. There was no

of $36,000

active and retired members.

discussion or objections.

There was no discussion or objections.

Motion carried to pay the professional

fees in the amount of $37,135.29.

The committee recommends and I

so move that based upon our benefit

attorney’s recommendation that we

increase the Fiduciary and the Director’s

& Officer’s liability coverage for LAFRA

to $6 million. He indicated that this will

Motion carried to pay the above Relief

benefits.

James Coburn read the names of

members who recently passed and asked

for a moment of silence from the Board.

MEMORiALS

SEttiNG OF DAtES

1) LAFD Memorial – October 13th

2) Firefighter Memorial Sacramento –

October 19th & 20th

3) Arson Shoot Out – October 22nd

4) Mayo Classic – November 7th

5) IFEBP Annual Employee Benefits

Conf. – November 11th – 14th

6) LAFRA Open House – December 1st

increase the annual premium $31,540

George D. Doerfler

prorated for ten months. There was no

Irving M. Anear

RETIREMENT DINNERS

discussion or objections.

Gerald D. Baird

Stancil G. Jones

1) James Stine – October 20th – Victoria

Motion carried to increase the Fiduciary

Jack D. Hill

Country Club (Stine)

and the Director’s & Officer’s liability

Karl L. Smith

2) Brian Rubino – November 13th

coverage for LAFRA to $6 million.

Raymond P. Martin

Knollwood Country Club (Peters)

Franklin N. Leavitt

3) Paul Ortega – November 16th

The committee recommends and I so

move to approve up to $500 in seed

money to Fire Station 87 for the car

show event. There was no discussion or

objections.

ASSiStANCE COMMittEE

James Coburn presented the following

motions.

Motion carried to approve up to $500 in

seed money to Fire Station 87 for the car

show event.

The committee recommends and I so

move to accept the donations in the

amount of $38,930 to the Widows,

Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund.

MEDiCAL COMMittEE REPORt

David Peters presented the following

motion.

There was no discussion or objections.

Motion carried to accept the donations

in the amount of $38,930 to the Widows,

Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund.

The committee recommends and I so

move to accept the applications to the

Medical Plan. There was no discussion

and no objections.

The committee recommends and I so

move to approve the financial assistance

applications for surviving spouses, active

and retired members. There was no

discussion or objections.

Brookside Golf Club (Bednarchik)

4) Joe Porras – November 17th –

Knollwood Country Club

(Steinbacher)

5) Michael Camello – January 25th

Brookside Golf Club (Kuljis)

6) Mike Brehm – February 23rd Ports

O’Call Restaurant (Bednarchik)

ADJOURNMENt

John Jacobsen entertained a motion to

adjourn. Gary Matsubara so moved.

Tim Larson seconded. There was no

discussion and no objections.

Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of

Trustees meeting adjourned at 11:24 am.

John Jacobsen, President

donations to Widows, orphans & disabled Firemen’s Fund

October 2012

holley l leavitt in MeMory oF FRANKLIN LEAVITT

Keith n leavitt in MeMory oF FRANK LEAVITT

traCy leavitt in MeMory oF FRANKLIN LEAVITT

rae C. KnoCh

Melanie K. allen in Honor oF My HuSBand GLENN ALLEN’S BIRTHDAY

Fire station 98 FroM tHe FIRE EXTINGUISHER FUND

JeFFrey KresheK FroM our “end oF SuMMer” leMonade Stand

JaMes e. gilluM FroM tHe “BREAKFAST GANG”

Fire station 73 FroM tHe FIRE EXTINGUISHER FUND

steve sMith

riChard laMBine

evangelina gonZaleZ in MeMory oF JAVIER L. PEREZ

Charlotte ruddiCK in appreciation For tHe Support & aSSiStance oF tHe RELIEF ASSN.

roseMary liCata in Honor oF Battalion cHieF STEPHEN K. RUDA

John & Janie Connors in MeMory oF GEORGE D. DOERFLER

roger g. gillis in gratitude For LAFRA

guy C. Miller in gratitude For tHe work oF LAFRA

raChel aBad FroM our dec. 21, 2011 Holiday luncHeon

Justgive in Honor oF ANNE BUCHANAN & HECTOR HERNANDEZ

Fire station 109 in celeBration oF CARMAGEDDON II

williaM M. aPPerson in MeMory oF ED BURNHAM

williaM M. aPPerson in MeMory oF DONA DEMPSEY

williaM M. aPPerson in MeMory oF JACK HILL

thoMas g. CroCKatt in MeMory oF GERALD D. BAIRD

helen l. sChulZ

Marlene h. lovett in MeMory oF CHUCK NIELSEN

ronald g. Maga & FaMily in MeMory oF CHUCK NIELSEN

Betty yonCiCh in MeMory oF My HuSBand PETER YONCICH

John w. Potter in MeMory oF MRS. LEO DEMPSEY

MarCia h Brewer in MeMory oF captain CHARLES (CHUCK) NIELSEN

riCardo J. ortiZ in MeMory oF My wiFe GLORIA V. ORTIZ

Kenneth l. daMeron in MeMory oF GEORGE DOERFLER

Karen horelly in MeMory oF ANNIE SALAZAR

Fire station 87 FroM tHe FIRE EXTINGUISHER FUND

Fire station 36 FroM tHe FIRE EXTINGUISHER FUND

BarBara l. awerKaMP in MeMory oF JERRY BAIRD

evangelina gonZaleZ in MeMory oF capt. JAVIER L. PEREZ- Forever loved!

riChard C. Pearson

williaM a. Burnidge in MeMory oF FRANK CUTTER

Mary Beatty in MeMory oF CHUCK NIELSEN

eleanor M Brown in MeMory oF CHARLES “CHUCK” NIELSEN

donald l. Cate in MeMory oF My wiFe LOIS CATE

helen Megorden

JaMes r. Miller in MeMory oF FRANK LEAVITT

howard a. Jensen in MeMory oF CHUCK NIELSEN

donald r tanner in Honor oF CAPT & MRS. GILBERT REYNA 60tH wedding anniverSary

werner h. wahlers in MeMory oF My BrotHer HEINZ WAHLERS

lillian witte in MeMory oF CHARLES NIELSEN

Fire station 65 FroM tHe FIRE EXTINGUISHER FUND

56 • December 2012

tuCKer B. grant in MeMory oF CHARLES “CHUCK” NIELSEN

Maxine oishan in MeMory oF CHUCK NIELSEN

todd Kovler

williaM M. woodson

CLASSIFIeDS

Washington State. 10 acres with views of water, neighboring islands and Mt. Baker. $550,000. Retired Capt II LAFD (360) 378-2190. Ask for Wendy.

MERCHANDIsE FoR sAlE

  • 1997 37’ REDUCED sAFARI

sERENGETI diesel pusher motorhome with slider ONLY 75,000 miles! Onan generator, W/D combo, Allison trans, levelers, convection oven, ice maker, vanity table, awnings, flatscreens, solar panels, oak cabinets, skylight shower, private commode, GPS, sleeper sofa, mirrored closets, back-up camera, auto steps, $35K obo, Lindy (310) 890-4235.

  • 2000 HARlEy-DAVIDsoN RoAD

KING. Beautiful Bike! 95-inch mo- tor, includes seat back and chrome rack (10K in chrome), 16,000

miles. Asking $9,500. Also for sale,

  • 2004 Honda XR650R, good condi-

tion. HR hop up kit, runs excellent.

Asking $2,500. (909) 838-5929. LACO Captain, John Mark FS

135-C.

MoToRCyClE GoGGlEs, oIls & lUBRICANTs - ALL Fire Fighters,Friends & Family receive 50% OFF EKS Brand Motorcycle Goggles and Accessories(www. eksbrand.com). Also Receive 50% OFFall Kal-Gard Oils and Lubricants (www.Kalgard.com). Fire Fighter must placeorder to receive discount. Please contact Steve Goldberg Email: steve-o1@ verizon.net PH: 661-492-4097

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VIEW TERRACE - Near FS24. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, newly remodeled kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Formal living room, plus family room. 3 pipe corrals, arena, 2 barns, trail access. Motor home and horse trailer parking. Gar- dener included. Available October. $2800/month. Eng. Ames (818)

257-4549.

loVEly 110 yR. olD HIsToRIC

HoUsE to share in San Pedro’s historic waterfront dist. Private bedroom with private full bath- room, kitchen, laundry, air condi- tioning, spacious back yard, sorry, no private parking, $700 month. “Cindy” 310 831-0926.

Features hardwood flooring throughout with a large master suite, bath, cathedral ceilings and walk-in closets. The upstairs can be separate with its own entrance. Downstairs is a bedroom, full bath

and powder room. Big backyard, garage and additional parking for RV. $2500 for the above, or rent just the master suite, $1000, downstairs for $1500 a month. Call Tracy (818) 704-9592.

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ATTN: FIREFIGHTERs AND/

oR PolICE oFFICERs: Are you thinking about retiring soon? Think about Klammath Falls, Oregon. Think about quiet, peaceful surroundings. Beautiful

  • 100 foot tall pine trees, deer and

fox roaming on your one (1) acre property. No graffiti on the build- ings and very little traffic. And then think about a lovely 6 bedroom home with two (2) dining rooms, two (2) very large family rooms, an exercise room, an office and an oversized kitchen, fit for a gourmet chef. All this plus more (2 lofts a wet bar, a hot tub, 136 feet of decking around the house, leading to a large patio off the master bed- room. The home has an attached 2 car garage, a detached 1 car ga- rage and a 24’ by 40’ RV parking garage completely enclosed. Now add the unsurpassed view of the largest lake in Oregon, (Klamath Lake) which is directly beneath the Pacific flyway, and your retirement is complete. However, if you want something to do, we are currently an operating Bed and Breakfast,

the only one in Klamath Falls. $495,000. Jerry Klippness, LAPD 7649 and Helen Hall, mother of

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loVEly 2800 sQ FT 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on Marrowstone

  • 2982. 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 floor. Past home of LAFD get together. Call Vonnie Rogers (360)

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BEAUTIFUl, sINGlE lEVEl

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  • 150 yr. old Maple in the side yard.

Plenty of room for RV, boat, trailer

etc. Contact Judy Quillin, 503 559-8643; email: JudyQ@equity- group.com MLS#640292

385-7544.

MAMMoTH CoNDo - Cozy 2 bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished, WIFI, 3 TV’s, pool, spa, tennis, walk to shuttle. Old Mammoth

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