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By John Jacobsen
I
ve received some great feedback on the workings of the Associa-
tion over the last few months. The best test of our effectiveness as
an organization is without a doubt, How are we doing in the eyes
of our membership? We strive to continue to maximize our efficiency
and keep up with the world around us, yet not ever forget where we
started from. It is a constant and delicate balance that we walk in our
daily efforts and also in planning for our future. Im flattered to say that
the positive feedback we receive is a great validation of the current state
of affairs.
Some of you have taken on the responsibility of doing fund-
raising on our behalf. The dedication of time and effort from each of you
does go a long way towards not only assisting fnancially, but keeping
the Relief Association and its core mission alive with our membership.
The Relief is run by our people for our people and that certainly includes
all of you who volunteer your time and efforts. The Hook and Ladder
Enduro is coming up quick on March 23th. This is a family oriented
event that was frst introduced to us almost 40 years ago. Some of us
(myself included) rode their frst race at this event in the early 1970s. It
was a milestone back then, as bikers were considered the scourge of the
earth and to have them involved in a charity was mind boggling. Roger
Decoster and Malcolm Smith were around for the awards banquets, so it
also had some celebrity clout. Here we are many years later and a whole
new group of families and friends will get to share in the experience. I
hope all of you will make it out to California City for a great weekend.
We have started an overhaul of our internal data and informa-
tion system. FRITS (Firemens Relief Information Tracking System) is
the backbone or platform that all of our day to day operations are derived
from. The level to which it interacts with all our related entities, tracks
and accounts for benefts, transmits for subsidies, and organizes informa-
tion is more than this writer could do justice. It was developed several
years ago and has been built upon ever since. Being such an important
piece of our infrastructure, we needed to do a couple of things to secure
it for the future. The current state of programming (all inclusive) has
been memorialized should it ever need to be recreated. Secondly, we are
updating the entire system to ensure its compatibility and stability with
the future technologies projected. I understand that what I just said might
be a little too techy for some (myself included) but essentially we are
doing a lot of preventative maintenance to keep what we have working
smoothly and be one step ahead of the game for the future.
Medicare and its coordination with our members and their
spouses is sometimes a challenge. The reasons are various and wide-
spread, but essentially verifying this information has been slightly more
diffcult in the past. Changes have sometimes been made and not re-
ported. We recently put into place a system that is an electronic cross
walk between our information fles and those at Medicare. What this
means is that now, monthly, we can compare our eligibility information
against what Medicare has on fle and ensure that there is a match. This
is extremely important to have accurate information because the amount
of subsidy you receive and premiums paid will vary, or some have even
lapsed coverage depending on what this says. While it is only a very
small minority of our members that have had issue in this area, this is a
signifcant addition that is going to be of great value to all. The ability to
deal with any issue in a timelier manner is of huge beneft to the Relief
Association and its affected members.
We have been discussing several issues regarding Workers
Compensation and all that surrounds it. The City had announced several
months back that the current TPA (TriStar) was going to be replaced.
They even had gone so far as to identify the replacement companys
name (AIMS). Several start dates have been pushed back since then. As
of this writing, the City has provided notice that this transition to another
W/C vendor has been halted until further notice. Tristar is still in place
as the LAFD sworn W/C vendor until we hear different. Our hope is that
if and when any transition does take place, we will have plenty of notice
to let all of our members know all of the particulars.
Healthy Heart month is a kindly reminder to keep all of us
working toward better health. We have all seen the tips before, but heres
to redundancy.
Know your numbers-Be sure to get your preventive care
exams, and know the numbers from your biometric screenings.
Get moving- Keeping your body active is a great way to stay
as healthy as possible. If you are using a pedometer, aim for
10,000 steps per day. If not, try to get 20-30 minutes of
moderate activity every day. Remember that it can be broken
up into 10 minute increments.
Get your friends and family on board- Healthy behaviors are
good for everybody. When you are taking a walk, grab a
family member or friend and get them involved too.
Sales pitch over. Do the best for yourself and your family
wherever you can and whenever you can.
Respectfully,
John E. Jacobsen
President@lafra.org
(323) 259-5200
6 March 2013
C
aptain I Derek Vehling sustained a se-
vere spinal cord injury in 2009 while on
an Urban Search and Rescue incident.
Since then Derek has undergone numerous sur-
geries, countless hours of therapy and hundreds
of doctors appointments.
On January 22, 23 & 24, 2013 a work
party was held to help Derek and his family.
During this three-day event, more than 300
people came out to show their support and
tackled numerous projects that Derek has been
unable to complete, as well as projects that fo-
cused on improving the quality of life for both
him and his family.
Over the past 17 years, Derek was
devoted to giving to the LAFD and its mem-
bers. Derek was instrumental in providing
training that undoubtedly has resulted in safer
operations at brush incidents. He worked fever-
ishly to procure equipment and deliver train-
ing that has taken the LAFD to new levels in
Wildland Firefghting. Additionally, Derek cre-
ated and launched the Crew 3 Cadet Program,
which has grown to provide a valuable resource
while providing aspiring frefghters the ability
to receive invaluable training and experience
through the LAFDs volunteer hand crew. Even
after Dereks injury, he continued his commit-
ment to the members by writing grants that to
date, continue to provide training and purchas-
ing of equipment to further grow the LAFDs
Urban Search and Rescue program.
In mid-November, we started to for-
mulate a plan to organize a small work party
to clean and organize Dereks garage and also
take care of a few items that were in disrepair.
From the beginning, the plan was to focus on
how make everyday life around the home eas-
ier for Derek and his family. Quite rapidly, the
number of people asking to be includ-
ed in these plans increased. With this
display of interest, the many talents
of the individuals offering assistance
also increased. An extensive walk-
through was completed to closely
examine the needs of the family.
Numerous projects were added to
the list, many were things that Der-
ek would have done himself over
the last few years.
Beyond the support that
we were going to provide through
the work party, it was evident that
both Derek and his family were
going to have long term needs. We
contacted the Los Angeles Firemans
Relief Association to inquire on as-
sistance available to the Vehling Fam-
ily. Instantaneously, Vice President
Juan Albarran made contact and met
with both Derek and his wife. Through
numerous meetings and visits, Presi-
dent John Jacobsen and Juan Albarran
have been able to provide much needed
assistance through the Relief and the
Widows, Orphans and Disabled Fire-
mens Fund. In addition to the long
term planning and assistance LAFRA
has provided, they have been instru-
mental in assisting us in providing
funding for Dereks needs.
As the plans came to-
gether, a fundraising campaign was
launched to provide funding for these
projects. The outpouring of support
and generosity was mind blowing!
Beyond our original plans, individ-
March 2013 7
uals, stations and battalions sponta-
neously started large scale projects
that needed to be completed prior to
the three-day event. Some of these
included pouring a concrete access
ramp, rebuilding of a block wall,
replacing fencing and removing a
large tree that threatened retaining
walls and the homes foundation.
On the morning of Janu-
ary 22nd there was no turning
back. The turn out was amazing!
As quickly as people showed up
they were put to work with the nu-
merous Project Managers that had
specifc goals and objectives to ac-
complish over the three days. With
no shortage of work, the enthusiasm
quickly turned to progress and nu-
merous projects were well underway.
The momentum continued throughout the three
days with representation from retired members
to cadets and every rank in between!
On January 25th, the Vehling Family
returned to settle into their home. Everywhere
they looked they were able to see the effort that
was put forth throughout the work party. Ev-
ery obstacle, concern or issue was addressed. A
handful of projects remain and will be wrapped
up in the weeks to come with the continuing
offers of assistance.
The LAFD family came together and
took care of Derek and his family. It was an ab-
solute honor to work with everyone that made
this idea come to fruition. Thank you to the Los
Angeles Firemens Relief Association, United
Firefghters of Los Angeles City, Los Angeles
Firemens Credit Union and for the generosity
of the individuals that donated and participated
in this extraordinary show of support.
8 March 2013
by Greg Holly and Jody Garfeld,
long-time friends. They were deter-
mined to streamline the garage so that
our endless boxes of holiday decora-
tions could be more accessible. In
an effort to gain support and bring
together a few of the LAFD mem-
bers closest to Derek, they decided
that a traditional Work Party would
be appropriate. With Dereks hesi-
tant support, the planning began!
And then . . . The Vehling Project
went viral. Support poured in and
the project soared beyond anyones
expectations.
Understandably so, Derek
battled with accepting all of the in-
credibly generous support. The proj-
ects focused on transitioning our
home to be safer and more comfort-
able for Derek with his wheelchair and
specialized needs. Additional projects
that made the list were tasks that Derek
would have worked on himself in the
past four years. Derek was incredibly
handy and built our master bedroom
in 2005. House upkeep and improve-
ments to help keep the Vehling fam-
ily going were a part of the list, but as
support grew . . . so did the list.
In addition to Greg and
Jody and the other Vehling Project
leaders, the Los Angeles Firemans
Relief Association has been a valu-
able resource to our family. Their
genuine support throughout this
transition has assisted our family
F
irefighters are fearless and driven to do
the job to the fullest. Of course, there
is the possibility of getting injured or
even losing your life, but you and your family
accept these risks. Dereks injury has been dev-
astating to his career, to our family, but most of
all, to Derek. We have faced challenges with
his multiple surgeries, hundreds of doctor ap-
pointments and the progressive nature of his
incomplete spinal cord injury - but the toughest
transition has been redefining his identity.
It didnt take long after the acci-
dent on May 14, 2009, that our family needed
support around the house. A handful of close
friends were consistently supportive and would
answer the call every time. The call never came
from Derek, it was always too much for him
to ask for help. But soon we had four young
babies and needed assistance.
Dereks pride and desire to fnd a
way to maintain his value with the LAFD
forced him to keep the progression of his injury
very private. Derek was granted his medical
pension in December and now he is able to be
more honest about his physical limitations.
Our children have been resilient
throughout Dereks transition, but there have
been unavoidable setbacks. The LAFD love
was frst demonstrated on Christmas Eve when
105s rolled up with Santa Claus (Joe Kovacic)
and a sleigh-full of gifts. Cori Tipton led the
effort, along with Steve Ruda and the Spark of
Love Toy Drive. It was completely overwhelm-
ing and the children will never forget this in-
credible afternoon. It will forever be their most
memorable Christmas . . . hands down!
The Vehling Project was conceived
March 2013 9
in so many ways. LAFRA
also stepped up quickly to
support with funding for The
Vehling Project.
January 22, 23 and 24 have left
us without words. We cannot possi-
bly express our gratitude. When more
than 100 supporters volunteered on
the frst day, we were overwhelmed.
Everyone tackled multiple projects
simultaneously. There was no turning
back! Day 2 brought over 130 volun-
teers and the excitement only grew!
It rained and poured on Day 3, but
we were thrilled to have more than
80 people wrapping up projects in
every corner of the house. The list
of completed projects was impres-
sive, but seeing all of the faces and
reconnecting with so many friends
was inspiring. Hearing everyones
Derek story brought positive
energy to this monumental Work
Party and it was rewarding to have
Dereks impact on the department
re-enforced by so many.
The incredible display of
support was proof that the LAFD is
a family and will truly take care of
each other. My children will never
forget the support that the LAFD has
provided. Even at ages 8, 6, 4 and 2,
they are proud of their father and his
work with the Fire Department. Even
more important, Derek is proud to be
a part of the LAFD and this will be a
lifelong source of honor.
Quality of life for Derek and the en-
tire Vehling family is now exponen-
tially improved. We do not know how
we will ever be able to thank all of the
volunteers for what they have done
for our family. This week has changed
our lives forever. Greg Holly, Jody
Garfeld, Kameron Carlis and Tom
Kitahata have wowed us with their
hours of energy and planning. Fire
Commissioner, Steven Fazio, vis-
ited during the Day One and gen-
erously coordinated accommoda-
tions for our family for the week.
UFLAC and Stonefre Grill were
won-
derful do-
nors and added to the success of the project.
Additional MVPs were Greg Ikeda, Chris
Baker, Jared Bennett, Steve Berkery, Jan Ber-
nard, Rick Denning, Paul Egizi, Bill Finn, Tom
Henzgen, Al Hewitt, Bill Hertz, Victor Ramirez
and Jim Stiglich, who also went well above
and beyond and exceeded expectations to help
guarantee that each project was completed.
You never think that you will be
on the receiving end of such generosity. Ulti-
mately, Derek was able to accept The Vehling
Project because he would have been one of the
frst to volunteer if the tables were turned. Dur-
ing the past month, we have been encouraged
to hear that for as much as our home makeover
would beneft us, the members were also ben-
efting from a morale boost and this project
was helping to bring everyone together. We
were impressed with the span that was covered
by the volunteers - Crew 3 members working
along the side of well-respected retired leg-
ends. It is our hope that this morale boost will
continue in the near and distant future for the
LAFD.
If you have visited our home during
this adventure, thank you. If you shared your
loved one with us, thank you. We truly value
the time that you invested to improve our lives
and we will never forget it.
Derek and I are working hard to tran-
sition and adapt our family, so that when our
four children are old enough to understand the
magnitude of Dereks injury, they will know
that their father was a well-respected Fire Cap-
tain for the LAFD who survived a tragic acci-
dent . . . but at the end of the day, it is our hope
that they will feel that their lives were normal.
The lasting impact of The Vehling Project and
the lifelong support of the LAFD will make this
goal a reality.
Mollie Vehling, Proud Wife
10 March 2013
O
n the weekend of Janu-
ary 18-20, Mike Reit-
mayer and Doug We-
ber kicked off the 16th Annual
Buzzard Bait Family Fun Ride.
More than 250 entrants found
Chamber of Commerce weather
at the Ocotillo Wells Off Road
Vehicle Area. Every conceivable
type of off-road motorcycle, side
by side, dune buggy and baja
bug (except Dougs) could be
seen plying the trails looking for
the hidden sites.
March 2013 11
This years theme revolved around
the beaches and oceans. One site was set up to
dig for sand crabs, bringing the lucky fnder a
bonus at the raffe. Another area was set up as
an underwater canyon with a thousand jellyfsh
(at least) foating just overhead. A couple of
other sites just sported some buckets to play in
the sand. The park had recently graded a few
new trails which Mike and Doug put to good
use. The course kept things interesting without
overwhelming the kids too much.
Of course what would a Buzzard Bait
event be without mention of the Paone family?
In years past the children were accused of be-
ing devil children. Well, now I see where
they got it! I think they should be called the
Devil Family. Not only did they put a spell on
my dog, causing it to go crazy, and bite just
about everybody, but they were passing out a
magic devils potion causing all that drank it to
become sick! Matt was pretty low key until he
augured in while twistin it on his new fuel
injected, turbo powered, crotch rocket. Stacy
came up with a new nickname double tweet
and Daran briefy explored the other side.
At the end of the day the raffe was
held with lots of great prizes and gifts. The
raffe awards were given out to various par-
ticipants. The youngest award was given to .
. . Name withheld due to age and HIPPA laws
. . . see the picture of the young lady wearing
the oversized shirt. The Old Buzzard award
went to Steve Lorenze as the oldest rider. The
Stuckest award went to Cary Steiner, the off-
road racer, who buried her motorhome and re-
quired assistance to get out.
Doug and Mike had plaques made
for a couple of deserving individuals. First,
Bob Munoa and family were given a plaque to
thank them for their generosity over the years,
giving unselfshly to Widows and Orphans for
many years. Secondly, there was a plaque for
Rob Frick of Reach Air, a medical evacuation
company. Rob donated all the shirts to be sold
at the event, which helped to bring the total
proceeds to over $10,000 for the WODFF.
Again, we had a great turnout with
lots of fun and camaraderie. Just remember, if
we want to continue this worthwhile cause we
need to follow the rules. The Park Rangers are
very serious about their jobs and expect us to
set the example.
We would like to thank everyone for
coming out this year to support the LAFRA
Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemans
Fund.
12 March 2013
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the views expressed by the battalion News writers do Not necessarily refect those of the Firemens Relief Association
More than 90 frefghters battled a Greater Alarm structure
fre in an open air market in the downtown Produce district
on February 03, 2013. Crews arrived at 853 South Central Av-
enue to fnd a 20 x 30 two story concrete, commercial build-
ing with fre through the roof. Photos by Yvonne Griffn, EPN
14 March 2013
Greetings once again from the sin-
ners and the saints of the Second Battalion.
A tearful goodbye to Chief Ward
who leaves our beloved battalion to take the
reigns at Air Opps. It was fun while it lasted.
Speaking of battalion chiefs, while
no stories have made their way to me, I have
heard of the occasional lament regarding mail
service at the battalion level. Now, as diffcult
as it is for me to side with upper management,
I cant help but do the math. I realize with
less battalions, those that remain have more
stations, and of those that remain most dont
have Staff Assistants/EITs. You add in the in-
creased driving distances, all of the paperwork
involved in running a battalion, special
projects assigned by someone even higher up
the food chain and the all too regular investi-
gations regarding CTS complaints/not playing
well together and one can see how the B/Cs
day would just fy by and the mail would take
a low priority.
So my suggestion would be this .
. . give battalion a courtesy call if you have
important department mail and are feeling
neglected. In the unlikely chance he/she is just
channel surfng, ask nicely if you could be
worked in between reality shows. If their work
schedule wont allow a visit that suits your
needs . . . its a beautiful day for a drive.
Trust me, its just crazy enough to
work.
Send your version of the truth to
battalion7news@yahoo.com
Light Force one and task Force
12 get dispatched to the same
incident and the race is on.
It took 42 frefghters just 28
minutes to extinguish this
stubborn basement fre in
Highland Park on January 4.
Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
44s thinks outside the
box to generate revenue
to restore companies.
March 2013 15
Members of the LAFd underwater Search and
Rescue dive team spend a day training at the
Catalina Island hyperbaric chamber.
16 March 2013
the 405 Freeway corridor through the Sepulveda Pass creates unique circumstances for frst
responders and often a parking lot for commuters. Photos by Mike Meadows
battalion 12 companies found a small marijuana
farm in a burned out residence on January 26, 2013.
Photos by Rick McClure, EPN
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task Force 39 and uSAR 88
handled this car that ran into an
El Pollo Loco restaurant at Van
Nuys bl. and Kittridge St.
battalion 12 companies found a small marijuana
farm in a burned out residence on January 26, 2013.
Photos by Rick McClure, EPN
Members from Engine 98 battle a stolen
vehicle fre in Pacoima on January 16.

Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
18 March 2013
on december 29, 2012, 24s and 74s responded to a FedEx van that
slid off a private road in the rain. A drag line was attached and the
FFs used cribbing and an air bag to pull the van back onto the road.
Photo by david doc deMulle, the Foothills Paper
Greetings from the Battalion that
never sleeps!
Another January has come and gone,
and with that another year of Hose Testing
and Hydrants. Luckily, with this new Hydrant
tracking program on the computer, the LAFD
Bureau of Redundancy Bureau has come up
with another way to have its members in the
feld spend some time doing the same thing
twice . . . So we go out and run around the
district armed with a spanner, a test cap, and
a hydrant map page and start twisting some
stems, jogging from block to block playing
Frogger around cars and across streets.
Then we mark each one off on the sheet and
head back to the station and again mark each
one off on the computer? OK got it. Hope-
fully everybody was safe while out testing full
complements of hose at once! You know, eight
gated wyes assembled onto one 4 discharge
all the while testing the whole 4 and 2-1/2
bed in a fve minute span. Oh well, and until
next January.
Our frst story involves 65s out
of 46s. How is this possible you ask? Well
it happened at FS 46 but the key player is
from 65s. So anyway, a Captain was hired
for a NSOD (Non-Scheduled Overtime Day)
and reluctantly headed a bit to the northeast
of home to FS 46. They had a fairly busy
day as usual and went into the night with
their Chi centered. Around 3 am they were
dispatched to a structure fre in their district.
Engine 46 was frst on-scene to a gas station at
the corner of King and Denker with the mini
mart/cashier portion well involved. Being the
early Christmas hour that it was, the building
was completely buttoned up with multiple
locks and security doors. As E46 took its spot,
the symphony of movements commenced.
Doors few open and each member went
about their business like it had been drilled a
thousand times. The Engineer hooked up and
started pulling handles and knobs while the
Hydrant member began forcible entry to gain
access to the involved portion of the building.
The Nozzle member pulled the appropri-
ate line and had everything in place to make
an effective Fire Attack. Everything was
working in perfect synchronization with the
Captain orchestrating all the movements . .
. (insert record scratch here) that is until the
Maestro ordered the Nozzle member to cease
the fre attack operation and to immediately
throw a ground ladder to the single story (now
even more well involved) structure. As odd
as it seemed, the Nozzleman complied with
this order and placed the 20X in the best spot
available and hurried back to re-commence the
fre attack operation since they still were the
only company on-scene. The Hydrant member
put the fnishing touches on a diffcult, yet
stellar forcible entry operation and the fre
attack team made entry and extinguished the
blaze. Upon exiting the structure, they came
across their once beautifully varnished 20ft
extension ladder and noticed that the fy sec-
tion could now be described in the meat eating
world as medium well. I guess thats why
we have Engine SOGs and Truck SOGs and
usually everything takes care of itself (and if
it doesnt, then it usually ends up here). Well
at least they can now claim to have put both
First Water On The Fire and First Wood On
AND In The Fire! On a side note, when the
Offcer left the frehouse following relief on
Christmas morning, he had the misfortune of
leaving his standard department issued work
gloves. Luckily, the guys were able to return
them, but not before decorating them with a
commemorative mural so that he will always
remember his 2012 Christmas fre at the
House Of Pain.
Now I know that FS 79 is no longer
in Battalion 13 and went to the much more
appropriate run count of Battalion 6 . . . but
unfortunately for them boundary lines dont
discriminate and they still have the opportuni-
ty to run some Batt. 13 calls. On the fip-side,
when they get busy, Batt. 13 companies get
the opportunity to handle some FS 79s calls.
Recently, an early morning T/A occurred on
the S/B 110 at Redondo Beach. As TF 64
pulled on-scene, Engine and RA 79 were just
coming on-scene as well . . . facing N/B on the
S/B lanes. I guess desperate times call for des-
perate measures and when youre about to get
beat again into your district you do whatever
it takes to get there . . . Anyway, patients were
sorted out and it was decided that there was
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really only one patient in this whole fasco and
traffc stoppage. TF 64 was cancelled and 79s
was going to handle. As the light force was
leaving, they were fagged down by CHP with
a possible 2nd patient. RA79 packaged up
their patient and were getting ready to exit the
freeway. On their way out, they stopped at the
light force and asked if they needed any help.
Assuming they stopped since they had a stable
BLS patient on-board, LF 64 members asked
if RA79 could handle this C-spine patient
as well. Before the question made it all the
way out, RA79 put the kabosh on that idea.
From what Im told, words such as trauma
criteria, unstable patient and could die any
minute were thrown out quicker than they
could say where are we eating out for lunch
and dinner, and they headed off the freeway
with their obviously unstable, critical patient
on the way to get proper medical attention
from a trauma team and not be wasting time
being assessed on a gurney in a gas station
parking lot (oh wait, that mightve happened).
Well, apparently an 800 was ordered and after
battling through all the backed up traffc, they
were fnally able to make it on-scene a handful
of minutes later. Their patient was placed in
all C-spine precautions and transported to the
MAR. About fve minutes after the RA 864
had dropped of their patient at Gardena Me-
morial and were in the middle of re-dressing
the gurney, RA 79 comes casually rolling into
the parking lot. Fortunately for the patient
he was stable and didnt have to worry about
getting to the Trauma Center in a timely
fashion and even more important RA 79 was
able to get back and get a few more winks of
sleep before making relief. Although Im told
that Hans was pretty excited at the incident
and probably told anybody that would listen
his side of the story, I hear that there was an
ear-bleeding epidemic at FS 79 on the red
days for a few shifts after . . . Just what I
hear.
Well thats all Ive got for this
month. Luckily I think the Rubbish/Christmas
Tree season is about to come to a close. Hope-
fully everybody flled their tags, and if you
didnt theres still some stragglers hanging out
on curbs and in alleyways. Stay safe out there
and remember: 2+2 makes sense, play nice,
know your audience, get a cool nickname, fg-
ure out which formula to use before the media
gets ahold of it, you get out what you put in.
FI-1, read the label, and if youre tired - sleep
in! Keep sending your stories to wattsfre@
gmail.com
Companies overhaul the remains
of a garage on South Victoria Ave
on November 12, 2012.
Photos by Yvonne Griffn, EPN
20 March 2013
on January 28, 2013, truck 89 frefghters
used the Jaws of Life and power cutters
to extricate a male patient.

Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
New standards in patient care.
Photo by Adam VanGerpen, Editor,
the Los Angeles Firefghter
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teamwork is a well worn tradition with
companies in battalion 14.
Photos by Mike Meadows &
Juan Guerra, juanguerra.smugmug.com
A portion of fre-related
jewelry profts donated to
the Widows, Or phans and
Disabled Firemens Fund.
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It took 32 frefghters to knock down
this small blaze in Granada Hills on
January 24.
Photos by Rick McClure, EPN
task Force 87 assisted with a physical rescue on
balboa blvd south of Roscoe on January 27, 2013.
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24 March 2013
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Hello from the 18th hole and I hope
everybody is having a great year so far.
Okay, lets get started. You all know
we have a lot of guys on the job with vacation
homes all over the place and on occasion we
rent them out to fremen. Big mistake. Well at
43s Brian Quinn has a place up in Running
Springs (nice place) and he decided to rent it
to Jeff Robles and his family. Now heres the
problem: While Quinn was still there, taking a
walk with his family, he comes back and fnds
theres a lady parked in his driveway. She says
Oh hello, Im a friend of Jeff. Is he here yet?
Quinns wife goes through the roof. Yeah, I
think Jeff tried to sneak an extra day in at the
cabin without Quinn knowing about it. Typical
fremen. Give em an inch and theyll take a
mile.
Also at 43s, it seems Capt Alexan-
der is enjoying new accommodations in the
Palms area. The other day the shower head
broke off in his dorm bathroom, so he went
to replace it. He comes back with a $75.00
shower head and asked for a reimbursement
from house dues. Yeah - $75 bucks! Well the
comments start fying like, Whats a $75.00
dollar shower head gonna do for you Capt?
And of course there were a lot more I cant say
. . . this is a family magazine. Well, long story
short, Dan Martinez (house dues man) went
and got Capts money back and purchased a
shower head for about $20.00 dollars. Still
guys are asking Capt Alexander, Why do you
need a $75.00 shower head? Whats it gonna
do for you Capt?
As you know the C shift at 68s
has had a few vacancies for some time now.
While on a SOD day at 68s on the C shift,
there were only two members assigned to 68s
that day . . . again! Knowing that the cooking
rotation was very short at 68s, a member from
43s was quick to jump on the grenade at line
up! Good for you 43s and Batt 18, that was a
veteran move by a veteran member. Remem-
ber guys, it would be big for the guys and gals
at 68s to cook them a meal. Besides, youre
getting time and a half, And its not only the
C shift, but on the A and B things are
crazy over there too. Okay everybody, thats
all for this month, be safe out there. See you
next month . . .
Batt18news@yahoo.com
Now some good news - we want to welcome a new addition
to the battalion. I introduce to you Jason William Phillips,
born January 5, 2013 and he weighed in at 8lbs, 5 oz. His
proud parents are Shawn and Sarah Phillips.
over at 61s they welcomed a new arrival, danny Gonzalez (61A) and wife berna-
dette welcome their 2nd son into the world. Ezekiel Rey Gonzalez born 12/20/12,
7lbs, 21. baby and mom are doing fne.
Now outta FS 58-b more baby news, Shannon
Lombard and his wife Stephanie Michelle are
proud 1st time parents to Nina Sophia Lombard
born August 3, 2012, 6lbs, 12oz.
At 43-A, Engineer Nitin Kumar, with wife Arti, and
kids dev and Anjali welcome a new addition to
their family, Krish Akshay Kumar born November
10, 2012, 8 lbs. 6oz 23 inches.
26 March 2013
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I
bet you cant think of a better
way to get in the Christmas spirit
than a party with a group of Fire
Station 14 alumni! And because Bob
and Kris Byron felt the same way, they
had their annual Christmas brunch, with
an invited group that included Dinko
and Marty Klarin, Rod Felix, John and
Ilona Pecel, Tom Kenyon, Bill and Pam
Finn, and Don and Jeannie Wallace. Kris
Byron really laid out a delicious spread
of food, which was rumored to be bet-
ter than the previous year. Upon learnin
of this delectable news and not wantin
to be second in line, Dinko showed up to
the party a week early. Thats right! Now
I know a party involvin 14s is always ex-
citin, but showin up a week early usually
means youre real hungry or youve got an out-
dated calendar. However, the story I heard was
that Dinkos watches, clocks and calendars are
set to Yugoslavian time, which is exactly a week
behind ours. You know, them retired Captain IIs
always have logical reasons for what they do!
Anyway, with the party in full swing
and with a few drinks under everyones belts, the
stories began. You know, Remember when we
cut that hole in the roof so the engine company
could fnd the fre? And, Remem-
ber when the truck turned the
wrong way, oops, I wasnt
supposed to mention that!
Actually, most of the
stories were ones
that were told at last years party, but nobody
could remember them so they had to be repeat-
ed this year.
Tom Kenyon was at the
party by himself because he ticked off his girl-
friend. I was shocked when I heard that, but
then can you imagine Tom NOT gettin his
girlfriend angry? I wonder what dastardly deed
he was accused of? No matter. But Ill bet when
Tom told his side of the story he had everyone
doubled over from laughter!
Well, it was another suc-
cessful party and Im sure next years will be
even better. I just hope Kenyon has enough
time between now and then to make things
right with his girlfriend! Hey Tom, I know a
good jeweler if that will help you.
COWBOY HUMOR
A Spanish teacher was explainin to
her class that in Span-
ish, unlike English,
nouns are designated
as either masculine
or feminine. House
for instance, is femi-
nine: la casa. Pen-
cil, however is mas-
culine: el lapiz. A
student asked, What
gender is computer?
Instead of givin the answer, the
teacher split the class into two groups, male
and female and asked them to decide for them-
selves whether computer should be a mascu-
line or a feminine noun.
The mens group decided that com-
puter should defnitely be of the feminine
gender because: 1) No one but their creator
understands their internal logic. 2) The native
language they use to communicate with other
computers is incomprehensible to everyone
else. 3) Even the smallest mistakes are stored in
long term memory for possible retrieval later,
and 4) As soon as you make a commitment to
one, you fnd yourself spendin half your pay-
check on accessories for it.
The womens group, however, con-
cluded that computers should be masculine be-
cause: 1) In order to do anythin with them, you
have to turn them on. 2) They have a lot of data
but still cant think for themselves. 3) They are
supposed to help you solve problems, but half
the time they ARE the problem, and 4) As soon
as you commit to one you realize that if you
had waited a little longer, you could have got-
ten a better model.
The women won.
KEEP SMILIN!
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28 March 2013
R
ookie to the front office,
the TFC barked into the P.A.
Yes sir, wheezed the breathless
boot, standing at the offce door just a few sec-
onds later.
Johnson, said the deuce, Im
cooking today and I need your help. Go into
the vacant lot next door and gather some
greens for tonights salad. Theres always some
chickweed growing along the chain-link fence
in the back. There will be dandelions every-
where, but dont pick the ones closest to the
sidewalk thats where all the neighborhood
dogs piss. And I think I saw a nice patch of sow
thistle next to the plating works building but
be careful, they were cited for dumping toxic
waste twice last year. Ill see you in the kitchen
in half an hour I gotta get that tofu-loaf into
the oven by 4:30.
Sound anything like whats for din-
ner at your frehouse? No?!? Then you havent
worked at Fire Station 64 lately. Marcues
Toldeo and several of his A shift crew have
embraced the Engine 2 Diet, giving up meat-
loaf and mashed potatoes for something a little
more green.
I just wanted off my cholesterol
medicine, remarked Marcues. He dropped 20
pounds in the frst month and his total choles-
terol fell 42 points using the Engine 2 program.
Im more energetic now, I never feel bloated
anymore and my digestive system is working
great!
The Engine 2 Diet is a low-fat, plant
strong program created by Rip Esselstyn, an
Austin, Texas frefghter and former world-
class swimmer and triathlete. Understand
that plant strong translates to vegan. Most
dieters start with his fre cadet program (the
28-Day Challenge) and ease themselves off of
all animal products and processed foods over
a month. The four-week program works this
way: Week one - dairy products and processed
foods are ditched. Week two dump all animal
products, including fsh and eggs. Week three
lose the oils (all oils including olive, grape
seed and even fax seed oil). Week four stay
on the diet.
Over at Fire Station 88, Tom Henz-
gen started the diet because he wanted to lose
weight without having to count calories. He
liked the fact that he could eat as much as he
wanted of all of the approved foods. When
pressed to come up with any negatives Tom re-
plied, I cant come up with anything bad about
it. Unless you dont like fruits, vegetables and
whole grains. Then maybe its not for you.
The book is divided into three
major sections. In part one, Esselstyn
tells his own story (his
great-grandfather co-founded the Cleve-
land Clinic, and his father, a surgeon and
former Olympic rower, led research on the
reversal of heart disease through a plant-based
diet), explains the philosophy of the Engine 2
Diet citing research studies documenting the
health benefts of a vegan diet, and a review of
exercise benefts. The second section lays out
the 28 day plan, how to make the diet work to
improve your life, and how to read and under-
stand labels on food products. Part three is all
hands on recipes, meal plans, kitchen prep,
ingredients to keep on hand and those to reject.
To some, the Engine 2 program pres-
ents a radical diet and lifestyle change - no
meat, no artifcial foods, no white four, no
white pasta, no sugar, no dairy, no oil. Mike
Jacalone at Fire Station 39 had read the book
and watched the videos but still couldnt get
motivated to start. I didnt think I could do it,
he recalls. I didnt think I could give up meat.
Three months later Mike has lost 30
pounds, his cholesterol has dropped from 209
to 125 and his acid refux has disappeared.
Turns out that I didnt miss the meat that
much. It was the dairy and the cheese that were
the hardest to give up. He did say that over the
holidays he fell off the wagon and enjoyed tur-
key, stuffng and desserts. But he jumped right
back into the program after the new year with
no reservations.
Both Jacalone and Toledo bring their
own food to the station but count in to parts of
the mess whenever possible. If the guys are
making something I can have, like vegetables
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got dangerously low. I tried going back to a
little red meat but found taking supplements
worked best for me to correct the imbalance.
While the Engine 2 Diet may
demand signifcant changes from its follow-
ers, the benefts revealed by LAFD members
and others are hard to dispute. But is the lost
weight, lowered cholesterol and improved
overall health worth what you have to give up?
For Henzgen, the answer is easy. I got used to
eating this way pretty quickly and the old stuff
just doesnt taste good anymore.
or salad, then I count in, said Toledo. At home,
Jacalone has got his wife to participate on
occasion. Sometimes she will join in, some-
times not. But shes cut way back on red meat.
Scott Hambly manages to squeeze
in a few shifts at FS 19 between his marathon
road workouts. Hes been a vegetarian for
seven years and a vegan for the last two. This
kind of diet is very effective, Scott says, it
gives you a wiry energy. But Hambly did have
one problem and it had nothing to do with pro-
tein. It was my iron and magnesium levels that
To see if a plant-strong eating program is right for you,
try out this Engine 2 favorite at your frehouse tonight.
Raise the Roof Sweet Potato Lasagna
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Serves 12
Ingredients:
1 onion, chopped
1 small head of garlic, all cloves chopped or pressed
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 head broccoli, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 can corn, rinsed and drained
1 package Silken Lite tofu
teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon rosemary
2 jars Engine 2 approved pasta sauce
Preparation:
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Saut the onion and garlic on high heat for 3 minutes in a wok
or nonstick pan.
Add the mushrooms and cook until the onions are limp and
the mushrooms give up their liquid.
Remove them to a large bowl with a slotted spoon.
Reserve the mushroom liquid in the pan.
Saut the broccoli and carrots for 5 minutes and add to the
mushroom bowl.
Saut the peppers and corn until just beginning to soften. Add
them to the vegetable bowl.
Drain the silken tofu by wrapping in paper towels. Break it up
directly in the towel and mix into the vegetable bowl.
Add spices to the vegetable bowl and combine.
To assemble the vegetable lasagna :
Cover the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch casserole with a layer
of sauce.
Add a layer of noodles.
Cover the noodles with sauce. This way the noodles cook in
the oven, saving time and energy.
Spread the vegetable mixture over the sauced noodles.
Cover with a layer of noodles and another dressing of sauce.
Add the spinach to the second layer of sauced noodles.
Cover the spinach with the mashed sweet potatoes.
Add another layer of sauce, the fnal layer of noodles, and
a last topping of sauce. Cover the lasagna with thinly sliced
roma tomatoes.
Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
Remove the foil, sprinkle with the cashews, and return to the
oven for 15 minutes. Let lasagna sit for 15 minutes before
serving.
2 boxes whole grain lasagna noodles
16 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained
2 sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
6 Roma tomatoes, sliced thin
1 cup raw cashews, ground
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CliFF ReSCue
HollywooD Hills
on January 23, 2013, frefghters responded to a car over the side on Mulholland
dr at Skyline dr in 97s/108s area. A car with a young female had gone about
250 feet over the side on a rainy morning. Firefghters found her hanging upside
down by her seatbelt. Carefully extricating her and packaging her up, they made
the long climb up the muddy hillside to a waiting RA who transported her in
stable condition to a local hospital. the rescue took about one hour.
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Photos by Mike Meadows
CliFF ReSCue
HollywooD Hills
on January 23, 2013, frefghters responded to a car over the side on Mulholland
dr at Skyline dr in 97s/108s area. A car with a young female had gone about
250 feet over the side on a rainy morning. Firefghters found her hanging upside
down by her seatbelt. Carefully extricating her and packaging her up, they made
the long climb up the muddy hillside to a waiting RA who transported her in
stable condition to a local hospital. the rescue took about one hour.
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Firefghters quickly knocked down a blaze in one unit
of a 48 unit apartment building and then rescued a
young adult male occupant on January 23, 2013. He
was initially in cardiac arrest, but frefghter/para-
medics were able to resuscitate him and transport to
a local hospital. unfortunately, he died two days later.
Cause of the fre is under investigation and the loss
estimate was not yet determined.
36 March 2013
PHIllIP WEIRETER, Firefghter III / Staff Assistant
North Division A-Platoon
FRIdAy, MARCH 15, 2013
The odyssey Restaurant
15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills CA 91344
Social Hour: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
dinner Buffet - $50 per person, including tax, tip & gift
Call North Division - (818) 756-8638
RICH HERNANdEZ, A/O, Fire Station 27-B
FRIdAy, MARCH 08, 2013
lAFd Hollywood Museum
old 27s - 1355 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood CA 90028
Social Hour: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
BBQ dinner - $50 per person, including tax, tip & gift
Call FS 27 - (213) 485-6227
THoMAS A. REyES, Captain I, Fire Station 70-C
SATuRdAy, MARCH 09, 2013
Porter Valley Country Club
19216 Singing Hills Drive, Northridge CA 91326
Social Hour: 5:30 PM Dinner: 6:30 PM
Tri-Tip or Chicken Marsala - $50 per person, including tax, tip & gift
Call FS 70 - (818) 756-7670 or email: lawrence.jackson@lacity.org
Dress code: Informal
dEAN STIVASoN, Captain I, Fire Station 40-B
SATuRdAy, APRIl 13, 2013
San Pedro Elks lodge, #966
1748 Cumbre Drive, San Pedro CA 90732
Lunch: 12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM
Buffet (Prime Rib & Salmon) - $35 per person, includes tax, tip & gift
Call Fire Station 40 - (310) 548-7540 or Rachel at Harbor FPB (310) 732-4593
AlAN l. SCHATZ, Apparatus Operator,
Rescue Maintenance C Platoon
THuRSdAy, MARCH 14, 2013
Saddle Ranch Chop House - 100 Universal City Plaza, LA CA
Social Hour: 6:00PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
Buffet (Marinated Grilled Chicken or BBQ Baby Back Ribs)
$50 per person, includes tax, tip & gift
Call Rescue Maintenance - (213) 485-6121 or 6122. Attire: Hawaiian
RoBERT l. HERNANdEZ, Arson Investigator
33 years of service
SATuRdAy, MARCH 16, 2013
Knollwood Country Club
12024 Balboa Blvd, Granada Hills CA 91344
Social Hour: 3:00 PM Luncheon: 4:00 PM
$40 per person, including tax, tip & gift
RSVP in person or by mail: FHMTC Arson Offce
1700 Stadium Way, Suite 109, Los Angeles CA 90012. Call (213) 893-9850
ToNy TC CAMPoS, Captain I
Fire Station 21-B
FRIdAy, MARCH 22, 2013
The odyssey Restaurant
15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills CA 91344
Social Hour: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
Music & Dancing: 8:00 PM - Midnight
dinner Buffet - $60 per person, including tax, tip & gift
Call FS 21 @ (213) 485-6221 for details
or email: nlsnjoo@yahoo.com or brett.merrell@lacity.org
RICHARd d. RIVAS, Fire Station 25-B
38 years of service
WEdNESdAy, MARCH 27, 2013
Stevens Steak House
5332 Stevens Place, Commerce CA 90040
Social Hour: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
Shrimp Scampi, New york Steak & Chicken Breast combination
$55 per person, including tax, tip & gift
Call FS 25 @ (213) 485-6225 or (323) 517-9058. Personal gifts (please do!)
RSVP by Monday, March 25, 2013
JoHN P. MIllER, Battalion Chief, Batt. 17-A
FRIdAy, APRIl 12, 2013
The odyssey
15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills CA 91344
Social Hour: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
Buffet - $50 per person, including tax, tip & gift
Call Lydia Luna, Community Service Unit (213) 978-3825
or e-mail at lydia.luna@lacity.org. Spouses are welcome!
RoGER duKE, Captain I, FS 98-A
TuESdAy, MARCH 05, 2013
The odyssey
15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills CA 91344
Social Hour: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
dinner Buffet - $50 per person, including tax, tip & gift
E-mail steven.marquez@lacity.org or Call FS 98 - (818) 756-8698
March 2013 37
KENNy MyERS & ERNIE NAVARRo, Fire Station 55-B
Lead Paramedic & Firefghter III
SATuRdAy, MAy 11, 2013
Newport Beach Vineyards & Winery
2128 Mesa Drive
Newport Beach CA 92660
Dinner: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Taco Bar - No Cost
Call Joe at (909) 225-5945 or email: fre91789@yahoo.com
RSVP by May 3
JoHN WolFENSTEIN, Captain I, Fire Station 97
SATuRdAy, APRIl 20, 2013
Antelope Valley Country Club
39800 Country Club Drive, Palmdale CA 93551
Social Hour: 6:00PM Dinner: 7:00 PM Music & Dancing: 8:00 PM
Steak or Chicken - $60 per person, includes tax, tip & gift
Call FS 97 - (323) 656-0395
RoGER CAMuNAS, Engineer, Fire Station 50-A
FRIdAy, APRIl 26, 2013
Quiet Cannon - 901 N Via San Clemente, Montebello CA
Social Hour (Appetizers): 6:30PM Dinner: 7:30 PM
Chicken Breast or Ny Strip - $45 per person, includes tax, tip & gift
Call FS 50-A for attendance and choice of entree - (213) 485-6250
Spouses are welcome!
RICHARd Rich/Rick/Marty Martinez, Captain I
Fire Station 106-C
FRIdAy, MAy 31, 2013
The Castaway Restaurant
1250 E Harvard Road, Burbank CA 91501
Social Hour: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
dinner Buffet - $55 per person, includes tax, tip & gift
Leilia Martinez at (818) 437-7556 or FS 106 (818) 765-8606
or email: leiliamartinez@sbcglobal.net - RSVP by May 24, 2013
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Check out LAFRA.ORG for more details on the above.
For reservation and information call (323) 259-5202 after FEBRUARY 1st
SAVE YOUR HOTEL SPOT! SAVE YOUR SPACE!
SAVE THE DATE!
SAVE TIME FOR:
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May 29, 2013 @ 2PM (check-in) June 02, 2013 @ 12PM (check-out)
:: LAFRA (MEDICAL & RELIEF)
:: LAFCU
:: LAFD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
:: LAFPP (PENSION)
:: UNUM (LONG TERM CARE)
:: EXPRESS SCRIPTS
IN BEAUTIFUL
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March 2013 39
Dear John Jacobsen,
Please accept these funds for the WODFF
in the name of Ronald C. Robey, engineer
retired. He was the hardest working frefghter/
engineer I have had the pleasure of knowing
and working with, on and off the job. Always
willing to help anyone asking, non-judgmental,
skillful at anything he did. If he didnt know
how to do something, he studied and practiced
until he not only could do it, but do it better
than most others. A quiet, humble gentleman.
Don Bayer, LAFD retired
Westlake Village, CA
Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens
Fund:
Please except the attached donation in
memory of retired Battalion Chief Alvin S.
Weaver. I frst met Al during my pre-fre
department days at Fire Station 60 where he
was assigned as a captain. He was a mentor to
me. Anyone who knew him knew he was a very
special person who cared well for his friends
and personnel. In my promotional efforts I had
interviews with him to get his perspective on
his methods of supervision, which assisted me
in attaining my own goals during my career. He
will be missed by those who knew him and had
the pleasure of working with him.
Bob MacMillan, LAFD retired
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association
Thank you for all you accomplish for our
members. Please accept this donation for the
Send your letters & comments to the editor at: editor@lafra.org
Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens
Fund to continue your fne work. We appreciate
the help you gave our family recently with the
DME. Please extend our gratitude to the staff
and volunteers of the association.
Sincerely,
Sherry and Dennis Frazier
Costa Mesa, CA
LAFRA.
Please accept this donation in memory of Gil
Maga. Gil was one of those special persons
you ever had the privilege of knowing. Aside
from being a good friend, he was dedicated and
professional frefghter, a great husband and
father, and was one of the greatest handball
players our fre department ever had.
We will all miss him.
Jack Kirkorn
Huntington Beach, CA
Dear LAFRA;
Please accept the accompanying donation to
the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens
Fund in memory of Richard H. Downey.
Dick was not only an excellent engineer, but
he was also one of the best craftsmen with a
hammer and saw I ever knew. Duck Downey
was always a pleasure to be around, a person
of strong opinions who never abandoned his
standards. He will be missed by those who
knew him.
Sincerely,
Willis M. Martin
Chattanooga, TN
LA Firemens Relief Association,
Your thoughtfulness is appreciated. Thank
you so much.
Please accept this donation in memory of
Gil Maga. Our deepest gratitude for all your
kind assistance during some diffcult times.
Sincerely,
Donna, Ron and Gary Maga
Valencia, CA
Gentlemen,
Best wishes for the holidays and for health
and happiness throughout the year.
This is in memory of my husband Arnold E.
Tucker. Thank you for taking such good care of
we old girls.
Most sincerely,
Doris Tucker
Banning, CA
Firemens Relief Association
We are making this donation in memory
of our father Robert C. Hedges. He was a
frefghter for Los Angeles in the harbor area.
He believed strongly in the mission of the
Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens
Fund.
Sincerely,
Bob and Carmen Hedges, Long Beach
Dwayne and Karen Larson, Long Beach
Kris and Kenneth Herth, Ventura
LAFRA
It is hard to say goodbye . . . to our buddy, a
friend and our neighbor. He was one of a kind,
someone you could always count on to watch
your back. He will be greatly missed.
Jack and Marge Ross
Paso Robles, CA
Check out LAFRA.ORG for more details on the above.
For reservation and information call (323) 259-5202 after FEBRUARY 1st
SAVE YOUR HOTEL SPOT! SAVE YOUR SPACE!
SAVE THE DATE!
SAVE TIME FOR:
:: Catching Up With Friends
:: Hot-Air Balloon Rides/Festival
:: Wine Tasting
:: Round of Golf
:: Local Area Casinos
:: Old Town Temecula
SAVE QUESTIONS FOR
REPS ATTENDING FROM:
ONLY 25 LAFRA RV SPOTS AVAILABLE
*After the 25 spots are filled, RESERVE YOURS by
calling Pechanga R.V. Resort (877) 997-8386
Resort/Hotel Reservation
call (888) 732-4264
May 29, 2013 @ 2PM (check-in) June 02, 2013 @ 12PM (check-out)
:: LAFRA (MEDICAL & RELIEF)
:: LAFCU
:: LAFD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
:: LAFPP (PENSION)
:: UNUM (LONG TERM CARE)
:: EXPRESS SCRIPTS
IN BEAUTIFUL
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visit:
www.LAFRA.org
mail:
P.O. Box 41903
Los Angeles CA
90041
phone:
(800) 244-3439
MEMBERs
CHARLES W. BAKOVIC, EnginEEr. Appointed July 02, 1951.
RetiRed on A disAbility pension JAnuARy 02, 1973 fRom fs 38-C.
Passed away January 08, 2013.
ALVIN S. WEAVER, Battalion ChiEf. Appointed oCtobeR 13, 1941.
RetiRed on A seRviCe pension novembeR 01, 1975 fRom bAtt 9-C.
Passed away January 13, 2013.
EUGENE B. HOPKINS, Captain ii. Appointed oCtobeR 21, 1946.
RetiRed on A seRviCe pension ApRil 01, 1977 fRom fs 61-b.
Passed away January 22, 2013.
ROBERT E. LOWE, firE inspECtor. Appointed July 14, 1947.
RetiRed on A seRviCe pension septembeR 01, 1969 fRom ARson seCtion.
Passed away January 23, 2013.
FAMiLY
JEAN BOARD, suRviving spouse of RobeRt J. boARd, Passed away January 09, 2013.
WINIFRED DENNING, suRviving spouse of WilliAm e. denning, Passed away January 12, 2013.
BONNIE J. KAYSER, suRviving spouse of JAmes W. KAyseR JR., Passed away January 17, 2013.
SIBYL L. HAROLD, spouse of RobeRt d. HARold, Passed away January 20, 2013.
EDITH A. WILLOUGHBY, suRviving spouse of Wesley l. WillougHby, Passed away January 27, 2013.
42 March 2013
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March 2013 43
A
n oriented search incorporates some of
the methods of the standard and team
searches but with one major exception
- one member (normally the crew officer) does
not search but becomes the orientation point
for the other team searchers during the search
operation. The advantages of this method are
(1) safety of the search team during the search,
(2) multiple areas (or rooms) can be searched
simultaneously, (3) the search operation is di-
vided into command and search which allows
the search office/leader to focus on the search
crew, environment, exit options, and also al-
lows the searchers to focus on the search while
being monitored. The disadvantages are the
responsibility that is placed on the oriented
person and cooperation between all search
members. To conduct an oriented search, lets
consider a center hallway residential structure
and a large warehouse type occupancy.
In Figure 1, assume a center hallway
type structure with a fre in one unit as illus-
trated, the hallway is charged with smoke, and
the search team consists of three personnel.
Ventilation of the frst foor hallway should be
mandatory before, and not later than during a
search operation. This will provide immediate
relief from the heat and smoke in the hallway
and enhance the effectiveness of the search op-
eration. Why spend additional time conducting
a search in a hot environment with minimal vis-
ibility, when a few minutes devoted to improv-
ing the environment can reward a search team
with the opportunity to conduct a search in less
time and with improved safety? The search
team would enter the hallway by the fre and
proceed to a spot in the hallway adjacent to the
frst rooms (1). The offcer would direct one of
the searchers into the room on the left and the
other searcher to the room on the right. As the
rooms are simultaneously searched, the offcer
would stay in the hallway between the rooms
until both searchers returned from completing
their searches. The team would then advance
to the next room which is adjacent from the fre
(2) and direct both searchers into the room on
the right to search that room. Again, the off-
cer would stay in the hallway adjacent to the
room until both searchers returned. If it was not
possible to stay in the vicinity of area marked
(2) due to the illustrated fre, the search team
would move to the next set of rooms. In either
case, the team would advance to the next set of
rooms (3) and then (4) to repeat the previous
oriented search method that was accomplished
at position (1) and then in this case, exit at the
far end of the building.
This type of search would accom-
plish the following objectives:
Opposing rooms would be quickly
and simultaneously searched in a
progressive order, starting from the
area closest to the fre and advancing
to the other end of the building.
The offcer would lead and direct
the search and also maintain a
position of safety and control outside
of the rooms being searched.
This type of search would conform to
the two-in/two-out requirement.
The search team would mark appro-
priate doors of rooms being searched with a
diagonal line and cross the line when fnished
searching the rooms. This indicates rooms to be
searched (no marking), being searched (diago-
nal line), and rooms that have been searched
(crossed diagonal line with company designa-
tion). Utilizing this method, additional search
personnel can be inserted into a search plan,
know where to start, and will not duplicate
previous searches. Additionally, after the fre
is knocked down, the ability to review search
operations is enhanced.
In our next article, we will apply a
Team Search to a warehouse type occupancy.
44 March 2013
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Make plans to join us for the 3rd Annual Firefighters River Ride and BBQ. The ride
will take us in and around the NW corner of AZ and finish at the first Annual LEATH-
ERHEADS Presidential Bash BBQ. The ride and BBQ are open to ALL professional
firefighters, friends, and family of firefighters are invited to attend the ride as well as the
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March 2013 45
46 March 2013
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All active and retired LAFD Players and friends are welcome to play. Los Cab has donated 12 courts for our use. A social is an opportunity to play as
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March 2013 47
COMe & HOnOR
tHe
2012
Firefighter of the Year
Captain ii
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 @ 12 PM
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Downtown Los Angeles
120 South Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles CA 90012
Please RSVP to (213) 386-3316 by March 3, 2013
Tickets are available for $36.00 per person.
Tables of ten are available for $350.00
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March 2013 49
by Mike Mastro, President/CEO
Los Angeles Firemens Credit Union
The April 15 tax fling deadline is fast approaching. While we may be
focused on gathering our W2s, W4s, Form 8379, receipts, and other documents,
have you ever thought how income taxes got started in the United States?
In 1862, Congress enacted the nations frst income tax law. The Tax
Act of 1862 supported Civil War spending. It specifed that people who earned up
to $10,000 be required to pay the government three percent of their income; those
who made over $10,000 would pay fve percent of their income. In 1866, internal
revenue collections reached more than $310 million. Today, the U.S. government
collects over $2.4 trillion in taxes. Thats a lot of zeros.
Learn more about the history of taxes at http://history1900s.about.
com/od/1910s/a/incometax.htm.
GETTiNG sTARTED
Whether you decide to complete your own taxes or seek assistance,
Ive assembled some tips to help you through the process.
TACKLiNG iT YOURsELF
Preparing your own taxes can be the most economical way to get
the job done. Tax-preparation software can walk you through the process, while
offering money-saving tax tips. When using your PC consider the following:
Most current software programs have the appropriate IRS forms in
electronic format. When the form is completed, you can fle it
electronically, or print it out and mail it to the IRS.
Tax-preparation software computes the math for you. It will even
review your return and alert you to possible mistakes or missed entries
that could trigger an audit.
Tax-preparation programs are designed in an easy, question-and-
answer format. As you answer questions, the program flls in the
appropriate tax form for you.
As an added convenience for LAFCU members, Turbo Tax is
accessible in FIRE OnLine Home Banking. If youve completed your
taxes within FIRE OnLine before, youll be able to access your
previous flings, making this years tax process even easier. Depending
on your fnancial situation, different versions of Turbo Tax are
available at a discounted rate. Turbo Tax is also available for state
flings.
CHOOsiNG A TAx PREPARER
Expert tax help can be especially benefcial if you are retired, a small
business owner, or have income from sources other than wages and tips.
According to the IRS, taxpayers should only use preparers who sign
the returns they prepare. They should also enter their Preparer Tax Identifcation
Numbers (PTINs). Additional tips are below.
Check the persons qualifcations. New regulations require all paid tax
return preparers to have a Preparer Tax Identifcation Number (PTIN).
Check the preparers history. Check to see if the preparer has a clean
history with the Better Business Bureau. Check for any disciplinary
actions too.
Find out about their service fees. Avoid preparers who base their fee
on a percentage of your refund or those who claim they can obtain
larger refunds than other preparers.
Ask if they offer electronic fling. Any paid preparer who prepares and
fles more than 10 returns for clients must fle the returns
electronically, unless the client opts to fle a paper return.
Make sure the tax preparer is accessible. Make sure you will be able
to contact the tax preparer after the return has been fled, even after the
April due date, in case questions arise.
Provide all records and receipts needed to prepare your return.
Reputable preparers will request to see your records and receipts.
Theyll ask multiple questions to determine your total income,
qualifcations for expenses, deductions and other items.
Never sign a blank return. Avoid tax preparers that ask you to sign a
blank tax form.
Review the entire return before signing it. Before you sign your tax
return, review it and ask questions.
Make sure the preparer signs the form and includes his or her preparer
tax identifcation number (PTIN). A paid preparer must sign the return
and include his or her PTIN as required by law. Although the preparer
signs the return, you are responsible for the accuracy of every item on
your return.
Read the complete IRS article at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tips-for-
Choosing-a-Tax-Return-Preparer.
TAx-ADVANTAGED iNVEsTiNG
There are a variety of ways to avoid, defer or reduce your taxes with
different types of investment strategies. Fortunately, the investment products
and services provided by CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (CFS) at FIREHOUSE
Financial, can help.*
Government Bonds
Municipal Bonds
Annuities
IRAsROTH, Traditional, SEP
401k and 457 Plans
Educational Accounts
Schedule an appointment with a CFS Financial Representative at
FIREHOUSE Financial by calling (800) 231-1626, Option 6.
GET YOUR REFUND FAsTER WiTH DiRECT DEPOsiT
Opt to direct deposit your refund and youll get it faster and safer
than if it was mailed to you. To set up direct deposit for your refund, make sure
you provide both your LAFCU account number and our routing number in the
REFUND section of your tax return. LAFCUs Routing Number is 322078341.
At LAFCU, frefghters come frst. For your convenience, you can
access your year-end account information in FIRE OnLine Home Banking at
www.lafrecu.org. Should you have any questions about your accounts, please
contact a Credit Union Representative at (800) 231-1626.
The more business we do together as a Fire Family, the greater the
fnancial reward will be for all members!
Have a safe month.
Mike Mastro
*Non-deposit investment products and services offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (CFS), a registered-broker dealer (Member FINRA/SIPC) and SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Products offered through
CFS: are not insured by American Share Insurance (ASI) or otherwise federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of the Credit Union, and may involve investment risk including possible loss of principal.
Investment Representatives are registered through CFS. Los Angeles Firemens Credit Union has contracted with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and services available to its members.
For specifc tax advice, please consult a qualifed tax professional.
50 March 2013
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LaFd History
tHe story oF tHe tank sHiP sansinena exPLosion
Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS
LFDHistorical Society
T
here are, in the history of every fire
department, disasters which create a
mystique of their own. One of those oc-
curred in the Los Angeles harbor some 36 years
ago. This was a significant incident for many
reasons. It was a major emergency of great
magnitude, with heroic deeds by our members.
The incident resulted in new safety regulations
that exist today
On December 17, 1976, the tanker
Sansinena was tied up at Berth 46 loading
on bunker fuel and ballast. It had just fnished
discharging 20 million gallons of light crude oil
and was preparing to depart when vapors from
the fuel ignited. The massive explosion blew
the 810-foot ship in half and caused damage
in a six-mile radius. The entire deck and deck
house blew 750 feet in the air and landed on the
dock 200 yards away, crushing a guard shack
and the security offcer inside. There was fre
on the water around the vessel and on the dock
when the frst land companies and freboats ar-
rived with many crewmembers in the water and
the fre threatening to spread to the San Pedro
Boat Works. The blast shattered six windows
on the second foor at FS 48 in San Pedro and
was felt by our members in all the surrounding
stations including Fireboat Pilot Bill Dahlquist
who was at Boat 2s quarters when he saw the
freball.
The companies arriving on the dock
had to make their way through debris to get into
position to fght the fre. Wagon 48 was out on
a rubbish fre at the time of the blast when they
felt the shock wave and saw the freball and
mushroom cloud. The Acting Captain radioed
the dispatch center saying We had a hell of
an explosion in the harbor. The initial assign-
ment of companies was doubled immediately.
The two Battalion Chiefs from the harbor, John
Moore and Gene Schmitz, were 20 miles away
at a Chiefs meeting at Division Headquarters
when the ship exploded.
Task Force 48 arrived at the entrance
to Berth 46 and was confronted by fame run-
ning across a huge parking lot into the San
Pedro Boat Yard. Debris from the tanker - in-
cluding pieces of 10-inch steel pipe 12 to 15
feet long, were scattered in their path. Captain
Christensen set up a command post at the gate
entrance to Berth 46. The crew from Task Force
48 took a hydrant near the entrance, pulled an
inch-and-a-half and a foam eductor, and start-
ed working with Light Water up the boat yard
fence. The yard was flled with sail boats and
private motor craft, all in dry dock. The explo-
sion had littered the boat works with pipe and
rubble, but none of the small boats had been
knocked off their stands. They successfully cut
off the fames into the boat yard - with about 20
feet to spare. Oil continued to run into the yard,
and flled a small turn-table 200 feet inside.
Light Water Tender 85 from Harbor
City was sent on the initial alarm, and Chris-
tensen sent them into the main fre. Firefghters
walked in front of the rig to clear and pick a
pathway through the debris. It wasnt until min-
utes after frst arrival that frefghters learned
that they had more than a ship on fre- that the
entire center portion of the super-tanker had
been blown onto the wharf and was ablaze in
the parking lot.
The frst freboat to arrive was Boat
5, berthed about a half mile from the ship. As
the three-man crew arrived at the Sansinenas
stern, Fireboat Mate Walter Ball and Firefght-
ers John Kemperman and Forrest Taylor heard
cries for help coming from somewhere inside
the smoke blanketing the blazing stern section.
An ominously loud hiss-
ing strongly suggested the
probability of more explo-
sions. Oblivious to the threat of explo-
sions and the fre, Mate Ball b r o u g h t
the boat in close as Fire- f i g h t e r s
Kemperman and Taylor res- cued four
crewmen from the water and saved 14
others who had slid down ropes or
jumped into the freboat. Ball sped
to Berth 55 where Engine 101 had
set up a medical command post for
rescue-ambulance personnel who were triaging
victims before they were sent to hospitals. Ball,
Kemperman and Taylor were awarded Medals
of Valor for saving the 18 crewmen at great risk
to themselves.
Boats 2, 4, 3 and 1 also arrived and
started to work to halt the spread of fre into
the channel, which contains thousands of small
pleasure boats. Boat 2 (the Ralph J. Scott) used
its large turret to blanket the cabin area with
spray. They knew this was the area which hous-
es the crew. Pilot Dahlquist said that he brought
the boat up at the stern frst using the turrets on
the cabin area, and then hitting the fre on the
water and on the dock.
Boat 4 worked its way between the
hull, which had been shoved 70 feet out into
the channel, and the wharf, and took hose lines
onto the wharf. They applied foam under the
wharf and onto the burning sections in the wa-
ter and dockside. Boat 3 moved between the
bow and stern portions searching for victims.
A frefghter used a pike pole to feel the depth
as they moved over the wreckage. They pulled
one man to safety. The boats laid a foam belt
in the water to prevent oil and fre from moving
the s.s. sansinena at Berth 46, san Pedro, BeFore the exPlosion.
FireBoat 2 in oPeration adJaCent to the shiP
using the turret and PuMPing into handlines.
the shiPs deCK landed on the wharF with a
MaJor Fire oF several hundred Feet.
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into West Channel and an oil boom was laid to
contain the oil on the water around the vessel.
the sansinenas suPerstruCture FroM the
Middle oF the shiP was Blown onto the doCK
landing on a guard shaCK and MaJor PetroleuM
PiPelines. squrt 29 is in the BaCKground.
FireBoat 2 tied uP to the doCK aFter the First
attaCK on the Fire and oPerated adJaCent to
the shiP whiCh Can Be seen on the leFt oF the
Photo (Bow and stern).
Rescue Ambulance 38 had been or-
dered by Captain Christensen to set up as a
medical triage team at nearby Berth 55. The
force of the blast led frefghters to believe that
they probably would fnd numerous casualties.
There were only a few at the blast site, oth-
ers, with cuts and lacerations, were reported
throughout the harbor area. The Countys Med-
ical Alert Center swung into action, and Dr.
Richard S. Scott sent three doctor-nurse triage
teams to the scene, and formed a resource pool
of 12 ambulances, city and private.
Major fear at the main fre site was
that sections of cherry red steel which had been
a portion of the deck would twist and fall onto
the main manifold valving system at dock-
side. Here were the valves and exposed 30 and
36-inch mains which carry crude oil from the
ship during off-loading to storage tanks a mile
away. A rupture could bring thousands of gal-
lons of high-grade crude pouring onto the fre
ground. What was not immediately known was
that the pipes had been ruptured underground
by the bridge and deck portions of the ship
which landed on the paved wharf parking area.
The fre was knocked down once,
and then fashed over, nearly trapping a num-
ber of frefghters. It was this, the discovery that
a great quantity of fuel was coming up under
the mass of twisted steel that led commanders
to realize they had a constant fow of fuel into
the fre. They already had used AFFF, high-
expansion and protein foam in knocking down
the main fre, but it fashed back each time they
thought they had full extinguishment. The deci-
sion was made to let the bridge area burn - and
it did until four days later when valves were
placed in position in the line near the fre. More
than a half million gallons of crude was cap-
tured in the large mains when they were sev-
ered.
Chief Engineer Kenneth R. Long
arrived by helicopter early in the evening and
took command. The fre was offcially knocked
down at 10:20 p.m. The fre never extended be-
yond its original perimeter upon arrival of the
fre department.
At the time of the explosion some of
the 32-member crew had gone ashore. Most
others were eating dinner in the stern cabin
portion. Some were blown into the water, oth-
ers jumped or fell or even climbed down from
the stern on sheets tired together after the blast.
Battalion Chief Larry Schneider led a team of
frefghters through the aft crews quarters and
compartments searching for any survivors left
on the ship. They got onto the deck using the
articulated arm and basket that was on Boat 2
at the time.
Nine people were killed and 46 in-
jured with a loss of over $21 million. This inci-
dent resulted in a regulation that all tank ships
coming into the Port of LA will be inspected
before permitting unloading.
At the time of the incident, I was a
Battalion Chief assigned to the FIRESCOPE
Program. We were just about to implement the
Incident Command System (ICS) for all inci-
dents so I was assigned to respond to all ma-
jor emergencies to observe and provide input
to our Incident Commander and General Staff
on ICS. The incident was organized using ICS
with a land and sea operation. The freboats
were formed into a Marine Division. A great
start to the implementation of a system that has
had such a signifcant impact on fre depart-
ments across our country and is now the model
mandated by the federal government known
as the National Incident Management System
(NIMS). Again our Department led the way in
effective emergency operations.
The following story was written by retired
Assistant Chief Lou Roupoli who responded
to the incident as a frefghter.
Do you remember 36 years ago, De-
cember 17, 1976? I was a young frefghter, just
fnishing my probation, assigned to Fire Sta-
tion 45 located near Olympic and Crenshaw.
We felt the blast and within minutes we were
being dispatched to the explosion in the
Harbor. In those days frefghters stood on the
tailboard of the apparatus while enroute to an
incident. As we traveled down the freeway, I
was thinking about my family and hoped they
were safe. This was 1976, so cell phones did
not yet exist and I had no way to contact them.
As we approached the entrance to San Pedro
and traveled along Gaffey Street, I observed
shattered windows from businesses on both
sides of the street, glass litering the road. It
was a sight I will never forget. We laid out long
hose lays across an oil slicked yard where we
worked vigorously to cut off spreading fre be-
fore it jumped over into the adjacent San Pedro
Boat Works, where many vessels were moored.
We remained at the fre for three days
where I witnessed heroic rescues and frefght-
ing. While debris rained down and damaged
over 260 pleasure boats in a nearby shipyard,
windows aboard the S.S. Princess Louise shat-
tered and pelted the onboard partygoers with
glass. Early on, Fire Boat Firefghters rescued
18 ship personnel from the water with much of
the water covered with fames and smoke all
around them. The frefghters received the med-
al of valor for their courageous rescue efforts.
The aftermath was staggering. Cars
and homes had drops of oil splattered on them
as if the heavens sprinkled black oil through-
out the harbor communities. Glass companies
could not keep up with the demand for hun-
dreds of needed glass window replacements.
The clean-up took months.
the Photo shows the tanKer sansinena Blow in
halF with soMe residual Fire still on the doCK that
was Caused By a severed PetroleuM PiPeline. Fire-
Boats 2 inside and FireBoat 4 outside oF the stern.
Boat 2 has the BasKet uP to the deCK For aCCess.
with the Fire Finally Controlled, a MeMBer oF FireBoat 2
stands on the Bow oBserving the wreCK oF the sansinena.
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Immediately following the disaster,
the Los Angeles Fire Department and the Unit-
ed States Coast Guard developed a new regu-
lation and procedure for handling hazardous
cargo coming into the Port of Los Angeles. This
program is in effect today and requires every
tank ship entering the harbor to be inspected
by Fire Department personnel prior to approval
of offoading or taking on fuel. The inspection
program has also benn implemented in the Port
of Long Beach by their fre department, creat-
ing a safer overall environment, in both ports.
During my 34 year career, I am proud
to have served the citizens of Los Angeles and
especially the Harbor Communities where I
was born and raised. Harbor communities are
safer today due in part to the coordination of
the Area Maritime Security Committee com-
prised of the U.S. Coast Guard, various Fed-
eral and State agencies as well as local law
enforcement agencies and frst responders in a
coordinated effort to provide an emergency ac-
tion plan. This coordinated effort was designed
to prevent or assist in mitigating similar cata-
strophies as the S.S. Sansinena, and provide
security to the citizens.
Remembering Captain Lane Kemper A
True Hero of the LAFD
Lane joined the LAFD in 1976 (the
same year the Sansinena exploded), twenty
years after his father John was placed on a dis-
ability pension from the LAFD after a major
off-duty injury.
Lane hit the ground running, enjoying
every day as a frefghter but always in the back
of his mind was the goal to give back to the Fire
Department Family. With a group of equally
enthusiastic young frefghters, he began to get
interested in Firemens Musters. They began
competing as a team in Hose Cart competitions
and became noticed by season veterans from
Northern California. A rivalry erupted between
two upstart teams from SoCal; the LA County
FD team and the LAFD team. Lane saw this
as a golden opportunity to eventually have
a muster to raise money for the Widows and
Orphans Fund. In 1979, Lane volunteered to be
the chairman of the Los Angeles Fire Depart-
ment Muster Association and they submitted a
bid to host the 1981 State Championship Mus-
ter at Dodger Stadium. Lane and his teammates
traveled all
over the state,
c o m p e t i n g
and building a
reputation as
winners. It got
to be routine
at the musters
when the City
and County
f i r e f i g h t e r s
would battle
it out for frst
place.
In 1981, Los Angeles hosted what
is probably the largest muster in the history of
the state. It was estimated that twenty thousand
people attended the event. The proceeds from
the event and others to follow were donated to
the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens
Fund. This was one of the frst and probably the
largest event Lane was responsible for organiz-
ing with fellow frefghters. His fngerprints
have been on virtually every major fundraising
event for the Widows and Orphans Fund since
then.
Lane was appointed captain 1989
and he married his wife Rose in 1993. In 1997,
Rose delivered twin girls; Kaylen and Kelsey.
Along with his involvement in fund-
raising, Lane worked with fellow frefghters
to develop techniques for forcible entry. Work-
ing together, Lane and others shifted the focus
from forcible entry to forcible exiting with the
emphasis being on frefghter safety and sur-
vival. As a young fre captain Lane became a
nationally recognized authority, teaching semi-
nars on the subject and training rookie classes
at the Drill Tower.
Lane credits his success on the Fire
Department to the support of his mother and
father and his early days at Fire Station 10
where he was exposed to a unique mix of fre-
fghters and offcers who worked as a team
without boundaries between the three platoons;
everyone sharing ideas as well as the burdens
and responsibilities.
It had not been all work and no play
for this young lion; along the way he was a
master of the Seven Feats of Strength at Fire
Station 10. Lane was used as bait for newcom-
ers to the station by being touted as a cham-
pion while he would appear barely conscious
in his undershirt with a cigar butt in his mouth.
The bet would be to push the
close button on the apparatus
doors and then run across the
street, around the fre hydrant,
and get back inside the station
before the doors closed. No self
respecting frefghter would let
such a slovenly character beat
them, so the contest was on. The
newcomer would be humiliated
as Lane transformed his body
into a tissue thin state and slide
through the narrow opening as
the doors banged shut.
Along with all of
his activities, Lane had been
involved in fre equipment
restoration from the begin-
ning. Inspired by the amazing
restored apparatus at the mus-
ters in Northern California, he
brought his enthusiasm and
leadership to the table in the
restoration of the Fire Depart-
ment Steamer. Our steamer,
fully restored, pumped at the
LAFD Muster in 1986 and Lane was the last
licensed steam engineer on the LAFD. The
famous Kurtz steamer is on display in the
LAFD Hollywood Fire Museum. He inspired
the members of Fire Station 17 to take on res-
toration projects for the Historical Society that
are also currently on display at our museum.
Lane Kemper, with his boundless
energy and fearless acceptance of responsibil-
ity, has raised over a million dollars for Fire
Department charities and his quiet leadership
style, leading from the front, made him a true
asset to the Fire Department and the entire
Fire Department Family. Lane had been a tire-
less benefactor to the Widows, Orphans and
Disabled Firemens Fund for his entire career
and he is a role model for all young frefghters
today.
Unfortunately Lanes active and
productive life was cut short by cancer which
was determined to be duty related. He passed
away in 2006. His name is now on the LAFD
Wall of Honor in the Memorial Plaza. We
should never forget the contributions Lane
made to the LAFD and his fellow members and
his outstanding character and integrity.
March 2013
April 2013
CaPtain lane KeMPer.
laFd MeMorial and wall oF honor at the
hollywood Fire MuseuM old Fs 27.
54 March 2013
LOS ANGELES FIREMENS RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
January 09, 2013
CALL TO ORDER
President John Jacobsen called the
meeting of the Board of Trustees of the
Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association
to order at 10:05 a.m.
ROLL CALL
MEMBERs PREsENT:
John Jacobsen, President
Juan Albarran, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Chris Hart
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee Doak Smith
Trustee Francisco Hernandez
Trustee Robert Steinbacher
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Steve Tufts
Trustee Kurt Stabel
Trustee David Ortiz
Trustee David Lowe Pension
Trustee Barry Hedberg Pension
Trustee Tim Larson Pension
David Ned Smith - Executive Director
Controller Todd Layfer
MEMBERs ABsENT:
Trustee Michael Overholser
Trustee Mark Akahoshi (Excused)
Trustee David Peters (Excused)
Trustee Craig White (Excused)
GUEsTs:
Jim Dolan, Asst. Secretary

iNVOCATiON & Flag salute
Rick Godinez led the invocation. Chris
Hart led the fag salute.
RATiFiCATiON OF MiNUTEs
John Jacobsen entertained a motion to
ratify and dispense with the reading of the
minutes of the Board of Trustees meeting
held December 5, 2012. David Ortiz so
moved. Rick Godinez seconded. There
was no further discussion or objections.
Motion carried to ratify and dispense
with the reading of the minutes of the
Board of Trustees held December 5,
2012.
PREsiDENT REPORT
1) Jacobsen informed that he will
be scheduling a separate Building
Committee meeting to discuss their
options and specifc goals to move
forward. He mentioned that the lease with
the Credit Union expires in two years.
Kurt Stabel indicated that after speaking
with the realtor, they feel that the market
is tight. He mentioned that he attended a
real estate conference about two months
ago and indicated that one of their topics
was that if a building has been for sale
and hasnt sold, theres a reason for it.
Steve Domanski stated that the committee
discussed a few areas; however they
should consider the employees because of
their day to day drive to the offce.
2) Jacobsen asked Trustees to do their
best and try to check their emails
often and get back to the staff within a
reasonable time. He indicated that the
majority do respond rapidly, but some
lack on responding. He also asked that
they update their contact information if
necessary.
3) Jacobsen asked Andy Kuljis to pass out
the Oath of Offce pledge forms for those
Trustees in Group 1. Andy proceeded to
swear-in those Trustees that were part of
the Group 1 White Ballot election in
November 2012.
4) Jacobsen referred to the FRITS update
and indicated that the consultant doing
the work is coming along quicker than
what was anticipated. He mentioned
that they have placed an RFP for the
remainder of the work to ensure that they
are meeting their fduciary responsibility.
David Smith indicated that he spoke with
the consultant and he stated that it was
going to cost a substantial amount of
money and about two years to complete
the work. Jacobsen indicated that it was
work in progress and will bring back to
the Board for a decision.
5) Jacobsen referred to the Member
Beneft Summary sent to the members
about 18 months ago and indicated that
they received a lot of them back that
needed to be updated. He suggested
that they send another beneft summary
because LAFRA has had some things
changed or added such as the Long-term
Care beneft.
ViCE PREsiDENT REPORT
Juan Albarran referred to the LAFRA
Reunion at the Pechanga RV Resort
and indicated that they have 25 spots
reserved. He also indicated that they have
several rooms available at the Pechanga
Hotel. He stated that they will place ads
in the Grapevine and indicated that they
have scheduled for May 29th through
June 2nd. He stated that they are going
to try and coordinate a golf tournament
and wine tasting event. Jacobsen
indicated that they will also try to include
the LAFCU, Unum, Pensions and the
LAFRA staff.
iNVEsTMENT REPORT
Robert Steinbacher stated that their
investment meeting is still scheduled for
February 11th. He mentioned that Garth
Flint will report on February 6th Board to
report on the 4th quarter investments for
2012.
ExECUTiVE DiRECTORs REPORT
1) David Smith reported that Todd Layfer
is currently working on the 2013 budget
which will be presented frst to the
Administrative Committee, then to the
February 6th Board meeting for approval.
2) David Smith reported on the website
and stated that they have received all
the fnal wireframes for the LAFRA.
org website. He indicated that they have
made a few changes and are working to
fnalize the project.
ADMiNisTRATiVE COMMiTTEE
REPORT
Robert Steinbacher presented the
March 2013 55
following motions.
The committee recommends and I so
move to pay the usual and customary bills
in the amount of $762,893. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the usual and
customary bills in the amount of
$762,893.
The committee recommends and I so
move to pay the professional fees in the
amount of $26,976.03. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the professional
fees in the amount of $26,976.03.
MEDiCAL COMMiTTEE REPORT
Barry Hedberg presented the following
motion.
The committee recommends and I so
move to approve the medical bills. There
was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the medical
bills.
The committee recommends and I so
move to accept the applications to the
Medical Plan. There was no discussion
and no objections.
Motion carried to accept all applications
to the Medical Plan.
RELiEF COMMiTTEE REPORT
James Coburn presented the following
motion.
The committee recommends and I so
move to pay:
The Sick & Injury benefts in the amount
of $32,112.62
The Estate Planning beneft in the amount
of $4,800,
The Relief Death Benefts in the amount
of $49,500.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the above Relief
benefts.
James Coburn read the names of
members who recently passed and asked
for a moment of silence from the Board.
MEMORiALs
Jack T. Sperow
Marvin N. Conley, Jr.
Remo J. Tersolo
Charles W. Porter
William M. Apperson
Walter M. Moore
George V. Guidera
Ronald C. Robey
Sisto Sedillos
Jerva D. Harris
William L. Hostetter
AssisTANCE COMMiTTEE
James Coburn presented the following
motions.
The committee recommends and I so
move to accept the donations in the
amount of $13,643.57 to the Widows,
Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to accept the donations
in the amount of $13,643.57 to the
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund.
The committee recommends and I so
move to approve the fnancial assistance
applications for surviving spouses, active
and retired members. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the fnancial
assistance applications for surviving
spouses, active and retired members.
EMERGENCY ADVANCEMENTs
James Coburn presented the following
motion.
The committee recommends and I
so move to approve the emergency
advancement applications for active and
retired members. There was no discussion
or objections.
Motion carried to approve the
emergency advancement applications for
active and retired members.
GRAPEViNE/WEsBiTE REPORT
Chris Hart mentioned that the Grapevine
staff asked that the Trustees talk to
members at their stations for possible
Battalion writers.
AUDiT COMMiTTEE REPORT
Doak Smith informed that they will have
an Audit Committee meeting on January
29th.
sETTiNG OF DATEs
1) Buzzard Bait Family Fun Ride
January 18 21
2) Hook & Ladder Enduro March 23rd
RETiREMENT DiNNERs

1) Michael Camello January 25th
Brookside Golf Club (Kuljis)
2) Tony Varela January 31st Frank
Hotchkin Memorial Training Center
(Ortiz)
3) Henry J. Amparan February 16th Fire
Station 49 (Hedberg)
4) John L. Pecel February 20th
Sportsmens Lodge (Jacobsen)
5) Mike Brehm February 23rd Ports
OCall Restaurant (Bednarchik)
6) Dave Wagner February 24th LAFD
Museum Old 27s (Godinez)
7) Robert Barocas February 27th
Odyssey Restaurant (Steinbacher)
8) Roger Duke March 5th The Odyssey
Restaurant (White)
9) Rich Hernandez March 8th LAFD
Museum Old 27s (Hedberg)
10) Alan Schatz March 14th Saddle
Ranch Chop House (Albarran)
11) Phil Weireter March 15th Odyssey
Restaurant (Ortiz)
12) Dean Stivason April 13th San Pedro
Elks Lodge #996 (Kuljis)
13) Roger Camunas April 26th Quiet
Cannon (Bednarchik)
ADJOURNMENT
John Jacobsen entertained a motion to
adjourn. David Lowe so moved. Gene
Bednarchik seconded. There was no
discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
Trustees meeting adjourned at 11:02 am.

John Jacobsen, President
56 March 2013
donations to Widows, orphans & disabled Firemens Fund
January 2013
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LLC FOR THE BuZZARD BAiT
EVENT
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FOUNDATiON
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ROBERT J. MUNOA FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
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DANiEL LEON
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BAiT EVENT
JULiE A. APODACA FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
DONNA L. MAGA IN MEMORY OF MY
HUSBAND GiL MAGA
JEANNE M. JUNGERs FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
GERALD M. PAiz FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
GEOFFREY D. LiTE FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
BRADLEY GROssMAN FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
LAWRENCE M. FiORi FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
JOsEPH M. OGORMAN FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
MARK B. sTAFFORD FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
KAREN A. LARsON, KRis HERTH &
BOB HEDGEs IN MEMORY OF OUR
FATHER ROBERT C. HEDGES
BARBARA J. COY FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
KAREN WALLER FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
DONALD J. PAONE FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
GERALD E. JEFFREY JR. FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
ALAN L. sCHATz FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
DONNA MATTHEWs FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
JOsEPH Di sTEFANO FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
HELEN sCHULTz
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EMPLOYEEs COMMUNiTY FUND
OF THE BOEiNG COMPANY
DENNis E. FRAziER IN GRATITUDE
TO THE LAFRA STAFF FOR THEIR
ASSISTANCE WITH DURABLE
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT
JOsE FLOREs IN GRATITUDE TO
JAMEs DOLAN FOR HIS
ASSISTANCE
DONALD C. BAYER IN MEMORY OF
RONALD C. ROBEy
DORis s. TUCKER IN MEMORY OF
MY HUSBAND ARNOLD E. TuCKER
ROLLGiViNG AT THE BEQUEST OF
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ROBERT M. DEAN FOR THE
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CAREY R. sTEiNER FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
ROsA MERCADO FOR THE
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BRENT M. BALiCH FOR THE
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BARBARA J. COY FOR THE
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TERENCE F. DEPACKH FOR THE
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DAYNA TOLsON FOR THE
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RAYMOND L. LAFONTAiNE ii FOR
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JONNiE L. LANGFELDER FOR THE
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JAMEs B. BAiLEY FOR THE
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HAROLD J. REYEs FOR THE
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JULiE A. APODACA FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
GREGORY E. NEWLAND FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
sYLViA s. DELGADO FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
JACK ROss
JOHN F. KiRKORN IN MEMORY OF
GiL MAGA
KEN KRUPNiK
CHRisTiNA MCKiLLiP IN MEMORY
OF TONy, ANTOiNETTE & TONy
JR. DiDOMENiCO
GARY BOWiE
iRWiN MiLLER, CAROL MiLLER
& FAMiLY IN MEMORY OF
TERESA CAWTHON
NORMA LAiNE IN MEMORY OF
CHARLES BAKOViC
DANiEL J. KEMP
ROBERT C. VOWELs FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
JAMEs B. BAiLEY FOR THE
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ViCTORiA GARCiA FOR THE
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BRENT M. BALiCH FOR THE
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DAYNA TOLsON FOR THE
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JOANNE M. BARTHELEMY FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
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sONNY J. GARRiDO IN MEMORY OF
GiL MAGA
THELMA M. MACHALE IN MEMORY
OF DAViD SiMS
JiLL A. CAWTHON IN MEMORY OF
TERESA CAWTHON
LOTTiE M. HERiNG IN MEMORY OF
JAMES L. MuSHANEy
ROBERT J. MAC MiLLAN IN
MEMORY OF RET. BATTALION
CHIEF ALViN S. WEAVER
DONALD E. WiTTY FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
JOHN BANTLE FOR THE
BuZZARD BAiT EVENT
WiLLis M. MARTiN IN MEMORY OF
RiCHARD H. DOWNEy
sTEPHEN s. GLAs
MARLENE WiDAWER
LAWRENCE s. FRANKEL
CAPRiCE CARTiER IN MEMORY OF
ALL LA CiTy FiREFiGHTERS
RALPH E DAVis sR. AS A THANK
YOU FOR ALL THE ASSOCiATiON
DOES FOR ALL OF US
BRUCE DODD IN MEMORY OF
TiTO SiDiLLOS
GiL EsPiNOzA
BRUCE FRAsHURE IN MEMORY OF
GiL MAGA
sUsAN GREGORY IN MEMORY OF
ANSEL BOyCE
JAMEs & MARiE HAWORTH IN
MEMORY OF GiL MAGA
EDWARD HOLLAND
AUsTiN HAJJAR IN MEMORY OF
ANSEL BOyCE
JOE EDWARDs/HEALTHsCOPE
BENEFiTs
VALERiE LAWRENCE IN MEMORY
OF JOHN LAWRENCE
RON & sTACY LEYDECKER IN
MEMORY OF BRENT LOVRiEN
KEN WiGCHERT
RON & sTACY LEYDECKER
IN MEMORY OF MEL & DiANE
LEYDECKER
NANCY MARTiN IN MEMORY OF
RAyMOND P. MARTiN
LYNETTE MCARTHUR IN MEMORY
OF WiLLiAM & PEGGy DuRKEE
JANET MORRis IN HONOR OF THE
MEMBERS OF FS 35
CRAiG NiELsEN IN MEMORY OF
GiLBERT MAGA
DON & DARAN PAONE
JAMEs POGUE IN HONOR OF ALL US
THAT SERVED
PAUL QUAGLiATA IN MEMORY OF
GiL MAGA
ALLEN RABiN IN HONOR OF THE
PARAMEDiCS AT FS 104, 103, & 107
ROsE sNOW IN HONOR OF RiCK AND
LORi MALE
R. DENNis sTRONG
RUTH TAYLOR IN HONOR OF
KEN BuZZELL
RiCHARD THOMAs
LAWRENCE AND VAL WHiTiNG
DOUGLAs KiRBY IN MEMORY OF
GiL MAGA
MiKE CONOLLY IN MEMORY OF
GiL MAGA
BRiAN HAMMOND
MiCHAEL HERiNG IN MEMORY OF
JAMES MuSHANEy
EDWARD HOLLAND IN MEMORY OF
WiLLARD BiLL KNECHT
KATHLEEN HOsTETTER IN MEMORY
OF BiLL RED HOSTETTER
WAYNE HUDDLEsTON IN HONOR OF
FiRE STATiON 43
O. LEWis
sHERRiE MARTiN IN MEMORY OF
CAPTAiN FRED MARTiN
KENNETH NELsON IN MEMORY OF
TERESA MARiE CAWTHON
CAsEY PATRiCK
ROBERT PRiCE
JOsEPH WiLKiNsON IN MEMORY OF
ESTHER WiLKiNSON
CAROL YANEz IN MEMORY OF
THOSE KiLLED iN NEWTOWN,
CONNECTiCuT
HUNG Yi
March 2013 57
MERCHANdISE
FoR SAlE
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.
2008 FlEETWood PRoVI-
dENCE. 40X 360HP Diesel
Cummings 8.3 L, 5 speed Allison
Transmission, 35000 miles with 3
slide outs, 5 TVs. Many upgrades,
Vacuum, exterior entertainment
Center w/TV and BBQ, Cameras,
Spot light w/remote Control, VSD
Compass & Temp monitor System,
Custom Cover, Tow Bar. $145K
Mike White FS 108-B, 661-904-
2234 cell.
REAl ESTATE
FoR RENT
HoRSE PRoPERTy, lAKE
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 Pedros
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.
THIS CHARMING SPACIouS 2
BEdRooM HoME is centrally
located in the heart of Encino.
Features hardwood fooring
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.
REAl ESTATE
FoR SAlE
2400 SQ FT oCEANFRoNT
TWo-SToRy HouSE in Camalu,
Mexico. 3 bed 2 bath 2 freplaces,
10000 sq ft lot. 4 hours south of
the border on the sparkling Pacifc
Ocean. Surf, fsh, and beachcomb
right from your own backyard.
$179,000 including property, and
insured by First American Title.
Will consider some fnancing,
trade, or fractional ownership.
818-636-5054, Details at: www.
elencantoalmar.com
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 graffti on the build-
ings and very little traffc. And then
think about a lovely 6 bedroom
home with two (2) dining rooms,
two (2) very large family rooms, an
exercise room, an offce and an
oversized kitchen, ft 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
Pacifc fyway, 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
the Hall Boys, LAFD (805) 985-
2982.
klippnessbnb.com
BEAuTIFul, SINGlE lEVEl
HoME available in Mill City,
Oregon. Single owner, retired L.A.
Fireman, now deceased. Quiet
neighborhood on dead end street.
Built among trees, gorgeous
meadow behind, unequaled view
of the Cascades. 3 Bdrm, 2 1/2
baths. Natural landscape with
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
BEAuTIFul SuN lAKES
CouNTRy CluB HoME in Riv-
erside County Quiet-Friendly-Se-
cure-Retirement Paradise! Lovely
single-story, 2 bedroom 2.5 bath,
family room, offce and more, with
2,219sq.ft. of living area. Open
foor plan, with 2.5 attached ga-
rage parking. This home is in good
move-in condition. Located in a
gated senior community, with 2 18
Hole Golf courses, 3 Club Houses,
one with a Restaurant/Bar/Library/
Craft Room , 6 Tennis Courts,
3 Pools, Spas, Gym and more!
Close to shopping and freeways.
$299,000. Contact Roderick (213)
400-3364 or Kevin (310) 850-2217
email bydesignappraisal@road-
runner.com
CuSToM loG HoME- Kings
Canyon Sequoia Area. 4200 sq
ft, 2 story, 3 bedroom/2.5 baths.
Master bed has walk in closet w/
French doors and deck. Large
game room w/bar and wood burn-
ing stove. Huge gourmet kitchen
w/six burner professional Garland
range, Sub-Zero freezer and re-
frigerator. Hard rock maple coun-
ters and maple cabinets. Large loft
with library and offce overlooking
great room with vaulted ceilings
and riverrock freplace. Pella win-
dows and doors. Hardwood foors
throughout, tile in kitchen, laundry
and baths. Central vac. Deck on
three sides. 15 acres fenced.
Tennis court, pool, 2 car garages,
40X60 metal bldg. Septic and 40
gpm well. $650,000. Contact Ray
Oster (559) 338-2220 or email
rsoster1@dishmail.net for more
info and photos.
FoR SAlE. 2 bedroom, 2 bath
condo fully furnished in Barra de
Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico. Short
walk to small fshing village,
beach, restaurants, etc. LAFD
retired. (909) 392-8941.
loVEly 2800 SQ FT 3 bedroom,
2 bath home on Marrowstone
Island near Port Townsend,
Washington. Sits on 4 plus partical
wooded acres with Puget Sound.
230 foot waterfront view. Has barn
for RV storage. City water, oil heat
in foor. Past home of LAFD get
together. Call Vonnie Rogers (360)
385-7544.
MAMMoTH CoNdo - Cozy 2
bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished,
WIFI, 3 TVs, pool, spa, tennis,
walk to shuttle. Old Mammoth
area. Winter $115, Summer $90,
plus maid $126. Includes linens.
No pets, no smoking. Call (310)
540-4648.
oREGoN RIVER PRoPERTy
Chiloquin, Rustic homestead on
73 wooded acres, bordered by
turquoise, clear Spring Creek
river. Artesian well produces 200
gpm. Block built 1926 sq.ft. home,
2BD 2BA, large garage, shops,
barn on private, level land. Boat
house w/boat. Near Williamson
and Sprague Rivers; world famous
trout streams. $625,000 www.
survivalacreageoregon.com
RIVER PARCElS. Three 20 acre
Klammath River frontage parcels
in beautiful Northern California- 30
miles from Oregon. Electricity and
telephone available. Rarely used
County-maintained road runs
through. Very private. 6 miles from
Happy Camp. Each parcel has
more than 700 front feet of river.
$195,000 - $295,000. Contact Troy
Bonar, LAFD retired. PO Box 466,
Happy Camp, CA 96039 or call
(530) 493-2453 or fax (530) 493-
2589 or email: troy@sisqtel.net
SKI THE SuMMIT! BIG BEAR,
4+2, 5 minutes from snow sum-
mit, downtown and the lake. Locat-
ed in the desirable Fox Farm area.
2 story-upstairs 2+1, downstairs
2+1 turn key condition, ready to
enjoy. Fully furnished. Investment
Vacation or Retirement. $359,000
Call Therese (818) 216-4628 or
theresewyman@msn.com
THE lAST BEST PlACE. Own
a piece of Montana. Panoramic
views of Flathead Lake. 3 acres
with a great building site. Adjacent
to forested public land. Access to
fshing , summer water sports and
winter skiing. Owned by retired
LAFD. Listed with Riverbend Re-
alty. Keith at 406-837-1501. www.
riverbendbigfork.com
TRuST SAlE, VAlyERMo, CA
2/3 completed home located on 20
acres. The house is 2 bedroom, 3
bath, approximately 2000 Sq. Ft.
It is completely framed (metal stud
construction) and enclosed. Rough
electrical and rough plumbing
completed. Solar power and well
with 10,000 storage tank in place.
Large 24 X 30 storage building
adjacent to the house. In addi-
tion there are approximately 150
acres connected to this property.
$240,000 takes all. For information
contact; Jim Duzick @ Prudential
Troth Realitors. (661) 547-9750 or
Bill Stires (661) 252-2299 or Tom
Stires (818) 240-7153
WATER ANd MouNTAIN VIEW
HoME near Mutiny Bay on Whidbey
Island, Washington State. Custom 4
bedroom/2.75 bath home w/daylight
basement on 7+ acres. Views of
Mutiny Bay, shipping lanes, Olympic
Mountains and sunsets. Turn-key
opportunity w/new exterior paint;
hardwood Pergo foors; Corian
countertops and full landscaping.
Two car attached garage PLUS a
3-bay detached garage and shop.
Convenient access to sany Mutiny
Bay Beach. $552,000. Seller is
retired fre inspector. Tom Jensen,
agent (425) 359-8598.
ClaSSiFiedS
58 March 2013
SERVICES
A VETERAN FoR HIRE - Brush
clearance, clean ups, grad-
ing, rototill, new lawns, tree and
shrub shaping, stump removals,
concrete, asphalt and dirt removal,
trench footings, auger holes and
more! Full line of equipment.
Thanks! Larry (818) 489-5126
BoAT & PWC SToRAGE
Firemens discount. 10% off frst
months rent & no deposit re-
quired. Winter rates available. Lo-
cated on the Colorado River, close
to launch ramps. All Seasons
Storage 800 North K St., Needles,
CA 92363. (760) 326-2001.
BoB SouTHWood o.C CoN-
CRETE Specializing in all concrete
needs: Slabwork foundations,
Patios, Driveways, Private Road-
ways, Retaining Walls and Built in
BBQs.Proudly serving Police and
FIre with service and quality for
over 40 Years. We will work with
you! CALL FOR AN ESTIMATE !
CALL BOB @ (949) 697-4864
BuIldING PlANS. Residential:
patios, decks, additions/remodel-
ing, repairs, new construction,
design. Commercial: tennant im-
provement, ADA compliances and
more. George Lavallee (805) 532-
1905 offce. cre8iveanswers@
hotmail.com
CHooSE youR dREAM
CRuISE - Princess Cruises, Royal
Caribean, Holland American,
Carnival and more... 3 to 21 day
getaways to Alaska, Hawaii, The
Bahamas and many other exciting
destinations. Call Patricia at (661)
265-9440 or toll free at (877) 7HI-
SEAS, or email pliefeld@qnet.
com wife of LAFD Mechanic,
sister of LAFD Captain.
CRAIG SANFoRd HEATING &
AIR - Free estimates, residen-
tial, commercial. Great rates for
LAFD and LAPD. Toll free (877)
891-1414, (661) 298-3070, FAX
(661) 298-3069. State License No.
527114
CRANE SERVICE All kinds of
lifts - A/C Units, Spas, Construc-
tion, Beams, Poles, Appliances,
Man Baskets available. Insured
and bonded. Leonard Campbell
Owner/Operator (818) 340-8907
dJ FoR All oCCASIoNS - You
name it, I play it!! Call Frank (818)
554-7273. Serving San Fernando
Valley over 20 years! Firefght-
ers are my family.
doES ANyTHING BoTHER
you? Anything at all? Mental,
emotional or physical? Dr. Bob
Price, psychotherapist. LAFD
retired, has developed a model
that puts the fre out fast. It allows
you to overcome almost anything
that bothers you rather quickly.
My book, Speed Healing, & DVD
is available at www.priceparts-
model.com. Telephone sessions
granted quickly. Call for telephone
appointment. (619) 461-9527
dRyWAll SERVICE, new
construction, remodel, repair,
acoustic ceilings removed. All
types of textures. Licensed, bond-
ed and insured. Gregg Avery, F.S.
66 A residence (805) 494-9037.
FIREFIGHTERS TAXES - Are
you getting the most from your tax
returns? I am a wife of a frefghter
and specialize in their returns, with
60% of my clients being frefghter
families. Taxes done at you con-
venience; my offce or by phone.
Available year-round. TaxPro,
Barbara Ravitz, 661-257-7606.
FIREFIGHTER dISCouNTS. At
Farmers Insurance Group, I can
assist you in deciding what options
best meet your insurance needs.
Free competitive quotes available
for homeowners, auto, life, RVs,
boats motorcycles and more. As a
former LAFD and LAPD Commis-
sioner, and coming from a family
of frefghters (3 brothers and 1
nephew), I understand your need
for an agent that can make your
life a little easier. For a free quote,
please call the Corina Alarcon
Insurance Agency at (818) 263-
1723.
FIREMAN dESIGN & lANd-
SCAPE. Free design and
estimate. Landscape/irrigation/
sod/stamped concrete/concrete
foundations/patio covers/turf/
rockscape. I will beat all written
estimates. Serving all areas. LAFD
96-B Eric Mendoza. (760) 221-
1912 cell. (661) 480-2202 offce.
www.fremanlandscape.com
Lic#857078. Insured and bonded.
GARAGE dooR INSTAllATIoN
& SERVICE. Garage doors and
openers. Need to replace your
broken springs? or does your
door need repair, even replaced?
We do it all from new product to
repairing old. Call (661) 860-4563
Grassroots Garage Doors, Inc.
Lic# 950020. Son of 35 year vet-
eran freman.
ITS TAX TIME AGAIN! Special-
izingin fre, police and paramedic
returns. Also preparing partner-
ship returns, payroll and sales tax
reports. With 30 years experience
in taxes and accounting. Call early
for your appointment around your
schedule. Robert Sanchez- LAFD
retired. (818) 367-7017. Cell (818)
216-1040.
REAl ESTATE FINANCING.
Interest rates are at All-Time-Lows.
Refnance & Purchase Loans,
Investment/Second Home Loans/
Equity Lines/2nd Trust Deeds, No
Points/No Fees Loans, VA, FHA,
Conventional Loans, Lending
in many other states. Mortgage
lending with exceptional customer
service, integrity, strength and ex-
perience. For your Free Mortgage
Analysis, call (714) 469-8900. Jay
Trementozzi, Mortgage Banker.
DRE# 01113819, NMLS# 241591.
REAl ESTATE SERVICES - Start
a new life in the gorgeous commu-
nities of Temecula and Murrieta.
Top rated schools, world renowned
wineries, numerous golf courses,
lakes, shopping and a great family
atmosphere. Located 78 miles
from HQ between Los Angeles
and San Diego. Call Mike Utley at
(951) 775-8491 (LAFD Retired).
REBECCA MARTIN lANd-
SCAPE. Architectural landscape
design and installation. A full ser-
vice design/build landscape frm
that creates unique custom exte-
rior environments that will increase
the value of your home and bring
you years of outdoor enjoyment.
Rebecca Martin, LAFD wife. (818)
216-3637. Lic# 936577. rebecca-
martinlandscape@gmail.com
TAX AlERT FoR FIREFIGHTERS
Dont lose thousands of dollars
during your professional career to
the IRS! Let HEWITT FINANCIAL
GROUP, the specialists in fre-
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tax return and review your prior
years tax returns. We specialize
in tax planning and preparation for
frefghters. We also offer FREE
REVIEW of your last four years of
tax returns. Call us today at (800)
573-4829 or visit our website at
www.alhewitt.com
WINdoWS & PATIo dooRS
- vinyl replacement windows &
Patio doors. I also carry aluminum,
wood and entry door systems.
Rick Brandelli, Capt. LACoFD,
FS 8-C (800) 667-6676. www.
GeeWindows.com
VACATIoN
RENTAlS
4 BEdRooMS, 4 BATHS, Game
Room, 3000 sq. ft. upscale BIG
BEAR lAKE CABIN. Pool table,
foosball, darts, ping-pong, gas
BBQ. Private road close to lake,
Village. Walk to Snow Sum-
mit, great for summer. Accom-
modates 13. Until November:
Midweek-$250; Weekends: $295.
For summer specials or holiday/
winter rates call (949) 683-3028.
steps2summit.com
ARE you IN NEEd oF A VACA-
TIoN? We have $49-$79 Cruises
a Monthly! $149 and up ALL
INCLUSIVE! Join our Travel Club!
Go to: www.WvMovie.com or
YouTube JoeTraveler and Cabo
Dreamtrip (661) 993-9476 call/
text fremedic311@gmail.com
FF/PM Peter Mills 100-A
BIG BEAR CABIN - All season,
restful views from decks. Two
story, sleeps 6, half mile to lake,
two plus miles to slopes. Fire-
place/Wood, cable TV/DVD/VCR.
Full kitchen, completely furnished
except linens. Pets ok. $95/$105
(two day minimum). $550/$600
a week, Beep or Donna Schaffer
1+(760) 723-1475.
www.schaffercabin.com
BIG BEAR CABIN. 2 bedroom, 2
bath, 2 story. Sleeps 8. Near ski
slopes & lake. Fireplace/wood,
cable TV, DVD,VCR, full kitchen.
Completely furnished. $85/$95 per
night. Minimum 2 nights. Holidays
extra. Weekly available. All Sea-
son. Sheri (909) 851-1094 cell or
(760) 948-2844 home.
BIG BEAR lAKES FINEST-
Deluxe lakeside townhouse, 2
bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable TVs,
HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood burning
freplaces, laundry room, tennis
court, indoor pool, sauna, spa,
boat dock. Fully equipped, includ-
ing all linens. Sleeps 6. 310-541-
8311 or email cindy14@cox.net
BIG BEAR VINTAGE CABIN. 2
minute walk to village. 5 minute
drive to both slopes. Lake view.
2 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 6. Contact:
bigbearescapes.com/pikes-
place
Owned by LAFD member.
BullHEAd/lAuGHlIN. Large
new Custom 3 bedroom/2 bath
home 4 minutes from the casinos
and close to Katherines Landing.
Quiet cul-de-sac. All amenities.
Everything is new. 60 TV in living
room. TVs in all bedrooms. Large
formal dining room. BBQ and large
patio overlooking the mountains.
35 ft X 3-1/2 car garage w/ gym
equipment. Wireless internet w/
on site computer. $150 per night
+ $75 cleaning fee. No smoking
or pets please. Scott at 805-208-
1598 or h2oratscott@aol.com.
CATAlINA BEACH CoTTAGE
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block
to beach, view, fully equipped
housekeeping unit. Marci (818)
347-6783 or Clarence (310) 510-
2721.
dEluXE lAKESIdE ToWN HoME.
2 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 freplaces,
washer, dryer, gas barbeque. Indoor
pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, locker room with
shower. Tennis court, boat dock, cable
TV, HBO. Fully furnished including
linens. 3 miles from Snow Summit.
Sleeps 6 max. (310) 541-8311
March 2013 59
dESERT CoNdo Rancho Mirage
(near Palm Springs), 2 bedrooms,
2 bath, fully furnished condo &
WiFi Internet. Also 2 bedroom
and den, 2 bath, TV and VCR,
pools, spas, tennis courts, gated
community. From $110 per night.
No pets or smoking. Barbara (626)
798-2484.
FoRMER l.A. FIREFIGHTER
and Family offering gorgeous Baja
Mexico Property for rent. Coast-
side Gated Community with pool/
spa, surfng, and loads of fun. 4
Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms. Fully
Equipped Kitchen. Call Kathy at
510-468-5003 for more informa-
tion. Go to: lasgaviotas.com/
Hse_toscana.htm for pictures,
availability calendar, and informa-
tion on the area.
GolFERS-BoATERS-oTHERS!
SAVE $$$ oN HoTEl RATES!!
Luxury condo rental - Direct from
Owner. One bedroom two bath
luxury condo located in Mexican
resort area of Nuevo Vallarta, just
15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta
Intl Airport. Unit is part of Grand
Marina Villas, part of the Para-
dise Village Hotel complex, and
includes use of 18 hole El Tigre
Golf Course. Weekly or monthly
rates. For info: Web site: homepage.
mac.com/edynichols
e-mails: edynichols@mac.com or
(310) 395-7804.
HAVASu lANdING - Waterfront
on Lake Havasu. 3 bedroom, 3
bath. Boat mooring out front. Fully
furnished. Direct TV, WiFi, BBQ,
Casino, new grocery/meat market.
No pets/smoking (310) 418-1577.
JuNE lAKE CABIN - Scenic
2br/2ba cozy, cabin with views.
5 minutes from Fishing and Ski-
ing. Fully furnished. Wood Deck,
Sleeps 8, wood burning stove,
full kitchen, cable Tv/Dvd, stereo,
phone. Detached garage/room
for boat. Call for summer/winter
rates. Cleaning fee applies. Jeff
Easton 105-A, (805)-217-5602 -
junebound@gmail.com
KAPAluA, MAuI. Luxurious
ocean view Kapalua Ridge 1 and
2 bedroom villas from $145/$250,
7th night FREE. Fully equipped
with washer/dryer, Hi speed inter-
net, Wi-Fi, cable TV, free resort
shuttle, minutes from ocean. Fea-
tures 3 white sand beaches includ-
ing BEST BEACH in the world,
Kapalua Bay Beach, 100 miles of
hiking trails, 2 golf courses with
great discounts, 10 tennis courts,
zip lines, 2 spas, golf academy,
horseback riding, snorkeling,
swimming, surfng, kayaking,
shops, restaurants. Contact Terry
or Diane @ 800-326-MAUI (6284).
www.kapaluavacations.com/
the_ridge.asp or email info@
kapaluavacations.com
lAKE ARRoWHEAd Blue Jay
cabin charming two-story with
creek, large deck, two baths,
complete kitchen, TV,VCR/DVD,
freplace, washer and dryer, walk
to Blue Jay Village. Sleeps 6. $90/
night. NO PETS! Bruce or Sue
Froude, (805) 498-8542.
lAKE HAVASu BEACH
FRoNT. Located at HAVASU
LANDING RESORT a gated com-
munity on the California side of
Lake Havasu. Swim, Ski or fsh
from the front yard. Buoys in front
of home for overnight boat(s) tie-
ups. No need to launch boat each
day. Walking distance to a CASI-
NO, restaurants and grocery store.
Adjacent to miles of off-road desert
trails, great for ATVs, 4 wheel-
ers and Motorcycles. Beautiful
landscaping with a lawn from the
home to the lake. Covered patio
with furniture and a gas BBQ. Four
bedrooms with beds for 10.Two full
bathrooms. Check Craigslist for
pic. $350. Per night 10% discount
for a week. For Reservations call
Bud @ 818 352-4422
lAKE HAVASu BEAuTy FoR
RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 sq.ft.
Fully furnished with all ameni-
ties- Laundry & BBQ. 13,000 sq.ft.
lot. 3 car boat-deep garage. 3
miles from launch ramp. Close to
downtown shops & restaurants.
View of the lake. Quiet street in
good neighborhood. No pets. No
smoking. Snowbird rates. Call
Mike (661) 510-6246
lAKE HAVASu CITy. New Cus-
tom 3 bedroom/2 bath home on
lake side of Hwy 95 north side of
town. Quiet street. All the amenti-
ties. 60 TV in living room. TVs
in all bedrooms. Wireless internet
with on site computer. BBQ on
large patio. Swimming pool. Near
marinas and restaurants. $150
per night. $85 cleaning fee. No
smoking or pets please. Scott at
805-208-1598 or h2oratscott@
aol.com.
lAKE HAVASu HoME for rent.
Built in 2004. 1800 square feet,
3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Newly/
fully furnished w/all amenities of
home. Large garage 20x32 with
tall doors. Large area for guest
parking. Located less than a mile
from lake on a quiet cul-de-sac!
RV hookups. Ask for FF discount.
Call Ryan Penrod (310) 804-1801
or Nicole (909) 263-8177.
lAKE HAVASu HoME - Beautiful
3 bed, 2 bath home that sleeps
8. Lake view, RV access, boat
parking, everything is new. Quiet
street in great neighborhood, just
minutes from London Bridge. Call
John for pricing at (323) 449-4473.
Snow-bird rates and fremen dis-
count available.
lAKE HAVASu Landing Cali-
fornia. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, wif,
DirecTV, BBQ, full laundry, slip-in
marina included, just steps away.
180 degree view of lake and your
boat in slip. Huge covered patio.
No pets. No smoking. Larry Mc
Andress ret 112A (714) 963-9344
or (714) 393-1464.
lAKE HAVASu VACATIoN
HoMES for rent. Each fully fur-
nished with all amenities of home.
Every home has a lake view, pool,
RV access, boat parking, ample
guest parking and sleep up to 8
people. Check out our website @
werenthavasu.com or call (928)
855-5848 or (661) 212-3191.
lAKE NACIMIENTo. Oak Shores
gated community. 3 bedroom, 2
1/2 bath, large loft. 3 minute drive
to main marina in Oak Shores.
Large driveway. Fully equipped
kitchen, BBQ, washer/dryer, TV/
DVD. No cable. No pets/smok-
ing. $165.00/night. Call Ben (805)
444-2264.
lAKE TAHoE GETAWAy 3
bedroom, 2 bath home with
all of the amenities complete
kitchen, washer/ dryer, TV/ VCR.
Quiet neighborhood near the lake,
casinos and ski slopes. Call for
rates. Call Cal or Linda @ (805)
584-2718.
www.sltgetaway.com
lAKE PoWEll HouSEBoAT.
68 Sumerset. 2 staterooms, 2
cuddy cabins, 2 baths. Will sleep
10 to 12. 2 ref. fully equipped
kitchen, BBQ, TV, DVD, Twin A/C.
Party top, fybridge, V8 drives, 12
KW ge., 100 gal. aux. fuel tank
with pump. Dan Coyle (805) 494-
8854.
lA QuINTA - Gated community,
fully furnished deluxe home, three
bedrooms, three baths on the
10th fairway of the Dunes Golf
Course in La Quinta Country Club.
Two car garage, large patio with
barbecue. No pets, no smoking.
$200/night - 2 week minimum, plus
refundable security deposit. Call
(323) 254-3874
MAMMoTH CoNdo-CHAMoNIX.
2 bedroom & large loft, 3 full
baths, sleeps 8. 5 minute walk to
Canyon Lodge. Fully furnished,
TVs, VCR/DVD, pool, spa, rec
room, sauna, linens included.
Winter $175, $195-weekdays/holi-
days; summer $125, plus cleaning.
No smoking; no pets. Craig Yoder
(909) 948-3659.
MAMMoTH CoNdo Cozy 2
bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished,
WIFI, 3 TVs, pool, spa, tennis, walk
to shuttle, Old Mammoth area. Win-
ter $115, Summer $90, plus maid
$126. Includes linens. No pets, no
smoking. Call (310) 540-4648.
MAMMoTH CoNdo NEXT To
THE GoNdolA VIllAGE Fully
furnished, three bedroom, two
bath with towels and linens, fully
stocked kitchen, internet and cable
TV, pool and Jacuzzi. Walk to the
gondola, shops, restaurants and
ski in on the new comeback trail.
Parking at the front door. Winter:
$225/night. Summer $150/night.
Holidays $275/night. Cleaning is
included. Call Mike Whitehouse,
Retired, 805-987-6122, email:
btkwhitey@yahoo.com or Bruce
Galien, Retired, 661-645-7448,
email: luvbaja2@aol.com
MAMMoTH CoNdo Fully fur-
nished, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps
6. Close to Canyon Lodge, pool,
spa, recreation room, laundry fa-
cilities, condo has been beautifully
remodeled, photos available, $225
a night winter - $125 a night sum-
mer + $150 cleaning fee. 3 night
minimum. Call for holiday pricing.
Joe Angiuli, North Division (626)
497-5083.
www.discoveryfour.com
MAMMoTH CoNdo - Fully
furnished, 1 bdrm, loft, 1 1/2 baths,
sleeps 4. On shuttle route. All
amenities: Sauna, Pool, laundry
on premises. Fall/Winter prices.
$100/night. Spring/Summer $85/
night. One time $70 cleaning fee.
No smoking, no pets, contact:
Julian Edwards (909) 573-3815
MAMMoTH - 1 bedroom Sum-
mit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient
underground garage parking,
jacuzzis, gym (pool, tennis in
summertime), shuttle right outside!
Across from chair 15. Winter $110
per night, Summer $80 per night
plus $65 cleaning fee per stay. All
linens included. Drew or Nancy
Oliphant (661) 513-2000.
MAMMoTH CoNdo - MAM-
MoTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA, fully
furnished, linens, full kitchen, TV/
DVD, stereo, freplace, pool ,
jacuzzi, sauna. 2 blocks from gon-
dola village. 1 block to ski shuttle.
Winter $330/night, Summer $215/
night, plus cleaning. Includes
city bed tax. No pets, no smok-
ing, sleeps 8. Dory Jones (310)
918-0631 or Kelly Corcoran (310)
619-5355.
MAMMoTH CoNdo - 2 bdrm, 2
bath, 2 TVs, phone, garage, pool,
jacuzzi, fully furnished - exept
linens. Near shuttle/chair 15.
Winter $125/night. Weekends and
Holidays $110 midweek. Summer
$95/night. $495/week. No smok-
ing. No pets. Jim Johnson (818)
992-7564, FS 80C.
MAMMoTH CoNdo - Sierra
Manors Sleeps 7. 3 bedroom 2 1/2
bath. Fully furnished except linens.
2 TVs/VCR/DVD, stereo/CD.
Dishwasher, microwave, sauna,
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jacuzzi, pool. No smoking/No
Pets. Shuttle at door. Winter $155/
night, Summer $100/night, Plus
$80 cleaning fee and City Bed
Tax. Brian & Karen Salvage LAFD
Retired (805) 499-7752.
MAMMoTH lAKES - One bed-
room, extremely charming wild-
fower condo. Full amenities, close
to shuttle. Antiques, art, satellite
TV, freplace. Sleeps 4. Winter
$110, Summer $85 plus cleaning
fees. Call (818) 371-6722
Email: shakesong@aol.com
MAMMoTH SKI & RACQuET:
Southwestern decor. Sleeps 4.
King bed. Full Kitchen, TV, VCR,
DVD. Garage parking. 5 min walk
to Canyon Lodge. Winter $155/
nite, $175 Fri, Sat, & Holidays;
Summer $100/nite. 2 nite min.
addl nites less. Jeff & Lisa Moir.
LAFD Air Ops (661) 254-5788
MAMMoTH CoNdo Wildfower,
1 bedroom sleeps 4, king bed and
queen sofa bed. Fully furnished,
freplace, dishwasher, stereo, TV/
DVD, phone, spa, sauna, pool and
tennis court. Linens and clean-
ing fee. On shuttle route. Winter
rate $100/night, summer rate $70/
night. Mike Greenup (805) 583-
8239 or cell (805) 338-9955.
MAMMoTH SKI & RACQuET:
Walk to Canyon Lodge. Studio loft
sleeps 4. Queen beds, full kitchen,
2 baths, garage parking, TV, VCR,
DVD. Winter Sun-Thurs $100.nite;
Fri & Sat $115/nite plus cleaning
fee $100. Non smoking complex.
Joel Parker, LAFD retired. email:
cat25sailor@juno.com or (213)
399-6534.
MAMMoTH. SKI IN - SKI ouT
at lift 15, 2 bedroom including
master suite, 2 bath condo. TV/
DVD in living room. Good sound
system. Gym, spa, freplace, very
roomy, underground parking,
tennis courts, pools, and outside
BBQ area. (310) 476-4784. Email:
barbarawinters@yahoo.com or
visit website:
www.mammothrental.com
MAuI BEACH FRoNT CoNdo
oN NAPIlI BAy - 50 from water.
Studios and 1 bdrm. Luxury
furnishings + full kitchen. All the
amenities! Mauis best snorkel-
ing/beach. All island activities &
Kapalua within 4 minutes. 5-day
minimum, from $150 per night
(regularly $310 night). Call Sherrie
or Bill for info/reservations (805)
530-0007 or email: pmimaui@
aol.com
or visit: www.napilibaymaui.com
MAuI CoNdo 1 ANd 2 BEd-
RooMS. Centrally located on
beautiful Maalaea Bay. Excellent
swimming and snorkeling; white
sandy beach. Minutes from golf,
tennis, fshing, shopping, airport
and resort areas. Marsha Smith or
Jeanne McJannet. Toll free (800)
367-6084. www.maalaeabay.com
MAuIS MoST BEAuTIFul
BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful
furnished condo with kitchen and
daily maid service. 15% discount
off already lowest prices in the
area. Don Sprenger (949) 548-
5659 or (800) 336-2185.
NICARAGuA SuRF CoNdo -
Enjoy UNREAL surf in a FRIEND-
LY SAFE COUNTRY. Golf a new
course and hang out by the pool.
Walking distance to beach. 3 bed-
room 2 bath. See for yourself at:
nicasurfnturf.com. Contact Chris
Hart (714) 742-3325 or email:
Chrismhart22@verizon.net
oXNARd CA - SIlVER STRANd
BEACH - Beach house vaca-
tion rental. 3 story, fully furnished
3br/2ba main house+1br/1ba
guest house, sleeps 8-12. Linens
included, wireless internet, cable
tv/dvd, washer/dryer, bbq, ping-
pong, bikes, boogie boards, beach
chairs, large decks, and views. 1
small block to beach. (805) 241-
7221
www.BeachHouseOxnard.com
www.VRBO.com/111325
PAlM dESERT. 3 bedroom, 2
bath. Fully furnished. All new.
Direct TV and WiFi all bedrooms.
Private patio with BBQ. Private
60 unit complex with 2 pools, 2
jaccuzzis, 2 tennis courts. Near
College of the Desert. One level.
(310) 418-1577.
PGA WEST (lA QuINTA) TPC
STAdIuM GolF CouRSE
CoNdo. Luxurious 3+2 lake front
condo on the 11th green of the
world famous Stadium Course.
Gated, community pool & spa,
4 TVs/cable/dvd, washer/dryer,
BBQ, garage, no smoking or pets
please. $150/night w/6 night min. +
cleaning. Seasonal/extended stay
discounts. Buzz - LAFD (949) 322-
7979 PGAWestVacation.com
RANCHo MIRAGE 2-2, gated
complex, double garage, tennis,
pools, spa, bikes, cable tv/vcr,
microwave, bbq, washer/dryer,
decorator furnished. Close to golf,
restaurants, and shops. $90/night.
Margo Idol (805) 498-1513 or Ruth
(805) 498-4616.
RoSARITo BEACH Cottage.
Charming 2 br./2 ba beach cottage
(not a condo) located in the Quinta
Del Mar project approximately 25
miles south of San Diego. 24-hour
security, lg. patio w/ocean view,
bbq, freplace, cable TV, micro-
wave, 3 pools, jacuzzi, tennis,
horses, 2 rest. (music and danc-
ing), ride the waves, off-track bet-
ting, golf nearby. 2-day min, $95
day. Midweek/weekly rates avail-
able. Photos and info @ Lockhart
(619) 429-4060. choice1.com/
rosaritobeachcottage.htm
SAN ClEMENTE BEACH
HouSE - Two bedroom fully
furnished private home. Sleeps 6
laundry, wireless internet, tv/dvd,
movie channels. Enough off street
parking for 4 SUVs, large en-
closed backyard, 3 minute walk to
pier. 5 minute walk to downtown,
pet friendly. David Laub, LACOFD
(949) 306-5532 or dlaub@aol.
com or vrbo.com/93330
SAN ClEMENTE BEACH. This
stylish 1 bedroom/1bath rental is
only 200 yards from the beach
and a 10-minute walk to the pier or
downtown. The unit is beautifully
decorated and has all the comforts
of home. Includes large plasma
in living room and smaller TV in
bedroom. See more info and pho-
tos @ VRBO.com/344173. Rates:
Oct - Apr $150/night (2 night min.)
weekly $850. May - Sept $200/
night (2 night min.) weekly $1150.
Non refundable cleaning fee $100.
Call Ron or Kathy (949) 831-7693
or email klm318@cox.net
SKI-IN/ouT 2 BEdRooM, 2
bath across from Eagle express
chairlift (CHAIR 15). Has TV in
Living room and Bedroom, very
spacious unit, freplace, dining
area, Gym, spa includes jacuzzi &
sauna. Exterior of complex totally
refurbished. Underground parking.
www.mammothrental.com. (310)
476-4784.
SKI THE GREATEST SNoW oN
EARTH In Park City, Utah and
avoid the 5 hour grueling drive
to Mammoth. 2 bedroom/2 bath.
Tri-level townhome. Located a
short drive to three world-class ski
resorts. (Deer Valley, PC Mountain
Resort, The Canyons) $1100/week
- $1600/ Holiday. Call Ron (310)
415-6788
SouTH lAKE TAHoE Romantic
Chalet Family getaway. 3 bed/2 bath
plus loft. Sleeps 810. Cable TV,
washer/dryer, microwave, woodburn-
ing stove. 7 minutes to casinos and
Heavenly. Located in Tahoe Para-
dise. Call Shawn or Rose Agnew at
(661) 250-9907 or (661) 476-6288.
VACATIoN RENTAl - So Lake
Tahoe, 3 Bd 2 Ba home with
all amenities. Close to Lake,
Casinos and Ski Slopes $650 wk
or $130 nt $100 Cleaning. www.
SLTgetaway.com. Call Cal or
Linda @ 805 584-2718 or email
LSchlotzhauer@gmail.com
VACATIoN
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