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By John Jacobsen
find it interesting that life catches you by surprise the most when you
are least expecting it. Yes, I know the definition of surprise and no,
I am not trying to woo you with some philosophical rhetoric, but this
is the simple truth. We all have experienced it, both good and bad, but
isnt this what keeps us going? The old clich Plan for the worst and
hope for the best is what a lot of us have done both on the job and in
our personal lives.
At various intervals over the past several years, your Board of
Trustees has gotten together for the purpose of Strategic Planning. We
have attempted to lay out the road map for the organization for a given
period of time. Much of the discussion around goals for the Relief As-
sociation is derived from membership feedback, changes in the world,
economic climate and at least 23 personal opinions on a myriad of sub-
jects. It is encouraging to say that your Board continues to dig in with a
great deal of enthusiasm towards ensuring that we prepare for the future
of the organization. This has provided us with the clarity and consensus
to be able to deliver these goals. There is an old saying that goes If you
dont know where youre going, any road will take you there. We are
getting better at picking the road.
This is the time of year that the Pension Board determines
what level of Medical Subsidy increase will be approved for the Non-
Medicare retirees (those without Medicare). The Board has the authority
to approve a 7% increase to ensure that benefts keep up with the cost of
medical trending, which is currently measured at slightly greater than
9% by The Segal Company (LAFPPs Consultant). For all intents and
purposes, this should be a no-brainer decision based on the numbers pro-
vided. The guidance language for this health subsidy increase is spelled
out in the Administrative code. As of this writing, the amount of increase
has yet to be approved and it appears this will continue to be a conten-
tious discussion. This potential increase will take effect in July of this
year and should not be confused with the Medicare Retirees subsidy that
was changed in January. The unfortunate delay means that for our Open
Enrollment, we need to make an educated guess at what the increase
in subsidy will be. I would encourage everyone to actively involve
yourself in following the hows and whys as to the decision ultimately
rendered. Medical costs are continuing to rise and keeping pace from
year to year is a constant challenge that we will continue to face.
Open Enrollment will be during the month of April for those of
you looking to come on board to our LAFRA PPO Medical Plan. During
Open Enrollment you can enroll for coverage or make changes to your
coverage, such as adding or deleting dependents. Please take the time to
read through the materials and make yourself aware of all aspects of the
plan. Of considerable note and a reminder is our 7 year provision
for those of you who plan on taking our PPO plan into retirement.
It essentially states that in order for you to get the applicable group
rate in retirement, you need to have been covered under the plan for
84 months as an active frefghter. If you havent been on the PPO
plan for 7 years prior to retirement, you will pay a higher subscriber
rate until you reach the 7 year landmark. For those of you within
7 years of leaving the job (DROP years count towards fulflling this
requirement), now would be the time to ensure your best option
by enrolling. Throughout the year there are several requests to add or
delete a dependent outside of the Open Enrollment period. There are
few exceptions that can be granted and are regulated by IRS qualifying
events. A couple of examples that are acceptable would be the addition
of a newborn child or an addition of a spouse. You have 60 days from
the date of birth or marriage to notify LAFRA and provide the necessary
Now lets talk about a spouse being removed from the LAFRA
Medical Plan. It is sad to hear when a marriage is over, but certain re-
sponsibilities for the member still exist. Your spouse ceases to be eligi-
ble for the plan effective the date of your divorce. You are responsible
to notify LAFRA and for providing this documentation immediately.
If you dont notify us and your now ex-spouse continues to utilize the
medical benefts, you will be fnancially responsible to any providers
that were seen by your ex-spouse going back to the date of divorce. I am
pointing this example out because it continues to be a problem and it has
put several people in a diffcult position. A phone call to our Members
Services may eliminate some additional grief in an already troubling
time. Once we are notifed and receive all that is necessary, an offer
of COBRA coverage will be sent out. If they elect to pay the COBRA
premiums they can be covered for up to 36 months.
Thank you to all that took the time to read and verify the recent
Member Beneft Summary that was sent out. It seems to have provided
its purpose in that the responses to have information corrected or updated
have been steady. Having accurate and current information will allow us
to do our best for you and your family.
Last, but certainly not least. A special congratulation goes
out to Bobby Mihlhauser for being selected as the Firefghter of the year.
Way to go Bob, you deserve it.
John E. Jacobsen
(323) 259-5200
6 April 2013
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Each year your Relief Association awards college scholarships
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April 2013 7
ese include:
Te Leo K. Najarian Memorial Scholarship of $5,000
Te Bill Goss Scholarship of $2,500
Relief Scholarship awards of $2,500
Memorial Scholarship of $5,000
Download application at
Each year your Relief Association awards college scholarships
to the children of deserving members.
**Scholarship Dates & Deadlines**
Completed application due in oce: April 15
(no post-dated mail will be accepted)
Application evaluation & testing: May 4
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have had the great pleasure of being the
cadet post advisor at Fire Station 47 for
close to two years now. I had been in-
volved with the cadet program at my previous
assignments, however I was never the advi-
I grew up involved in Fire Explorers.
I know the impact that it had on me and my
pursuit of this career. If I ever run into my men-
tors, I am sure to thank them for being such
a positive infuence in my life. They not only
taught me about frefghting, they instilled in
me the core values that I believe as frefghters,
we all possess. I hope I have been able to pass
these along to the cadets of Post 47.
I would like to take this opportunity
to talk about these amazing young adults. I am
writing to recognize them all for their contin-
ued dedication to this fre department. These
are the kids that show up before we do for our
shift, and stay up after we have all gone to bed.
They are the ones making sure the coffee is
fresh and that the kitchen is clean. These are
the kids that are here to be guided and men-
tored. They are probably the hardest working
members at any fre station in the city. And they
are doing all of this for free - and in hopes that
someday they will be given the opportunity to
prove themselves amongst the rank and fle of
this fre department.
For two years now our post has
continually grown. We have meetings every
Tuesday night and hold a new recruit class
every thirteen weeks. No kid is turned away
if they meet the requirements. They are held
accountable to not only an attendance record
but must complete all tests with a 70% or better
accumulative GPA. Then they must pass an in-
ventory exam to become certifed to ride along.
The young adults of Post 47 not
only put time in at the fre station, but they are
committed to volunteering within the fre
department and outside of it. They have contin-
ued to be involved with organizations such as
The Best Day Foundation where they give up
their Saturdays and Sundays to spend the day
with kids that have special needs. They spend
the day kayaking, body-boarding, surfng,
stand-up paddle, or just being a beach buddy
to these wonderful kids. Without the continued
support from Post 47 the Best Day Founda-
tion might not run as smoothly as it does. We
are continually thanked by the board members
of this foundation for our attendance and for
the work that the post does while present at all
their events.
They also volunteer their time for
Complete Cambodia Foundation. This is
a foundation that is committed to bringing
awareness to the issues of unexploded land-
mines in Cambodia. They have on a number
of occasions put in endless hours gathering and
packing bags that are handed out to the villag-
ers in Cambodia that live in affected areas. I
know personally the impact that they have
made on the other side of the globe.
If called upon, I know these amaz-
ing kids are willing to do whatever is asked of
them. They give so much of their own time to
not only this fre department, but to their fellow
man. While we are committed as advisors to
mentor our cadets and assist them in becoming
the future of our fre department, we are also
developing responsible young adults of high
moral character. We are their example and they
are a refection of this department, and their
post. I personally want to acknowledge each
and every cadet in the City for their dedication
and commitment to not only learning what it
takes to get and perform at this profession, but
for their willingness to give back. Giving
back is what our profession is based upon, and
its refreshing to see amongst the young people
of Post 47.
Thank you all for making being an
advisor so enjoyable.
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n January 9th, 2011, Engine 1 respond-
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o conduct an oriented search in a ware-
house type occupancy, lets consider a
structure similar to Figure 1 that would
be similar to numerous types of occupancies
that have either tiered storage or aisles between
display counters such as Wal-Mart, Costco, su-
permarkets, hardware stores, and so on. Before
we consider a search in these types of occupan-
cies, it is important to realize that the size and/
or floor plan will likely consume an inordinate
amount of time (particularly if visibility is min-
imal or non-existent) and negate a meaningful
and timely search. Therefore, in these types of
structures, it is again important to evaluate the
difference between a search and a recovery.
To begin the oriented search in Fig-
ure 1, assume the visibility is minimal at best,
there are several occupants who are unaccount-
ed for, and a search team of three will be uti-
lized. First, it is important to ensure or initiate
some type of ventilation to improve the interior
environment and visibility. Second, the search
team would frst develop an initial line (1) from
the front to the back of the structure (1) that
would be used as a reference point during the
search. Some prefer a search line and some
advocate stretching a hose line as a reference
point. Although stretching a search line would
be quicker, it could be pulled in the direction of
a secondary line which could create unneces-
sary problems during a search. Conversely, if a
hose line (1 or 2 -inch) is stretched as a ref-
erence point, it would take more time and per-
sonnel to develop but it would be more secure
against unwanted movements and maintain its
relative position during the search.
After the reference line has been de-
veloped, the three person search team would
enter the building and search along the initial
line to the frst aisle (the offcer would stay
on the line with a frefghter to either side. If
necessary, the frefghters could use a tether to
maintain contact with the offcer). When the
search team reaches the frst aisle, the offcer
would direct one frefghter to search the left
aisle and the other frefghter to simultaneously
search the opposing aisle while the offce re-
mains on the reference line. Prior to searching
the aisles, each frefghter would attach a tag/
search line to the reference line (2) and begin
the search. This process allows each frefghter
to confdently search to the end portion of the
aisle and then return to the reference line/off-
cer. When both frefghters have returned to the
offcer, the team moves towards the next aisle
to repeat the same type of search. This method
would be repeated until all aisles have been
searched. The search team would then follow
the reference line back out of the structure. Al-
though this method would require some setup
time, the actual search would be coordinated
and timely under demanding conditions.
Nozzle Fan Search
Although this procedure is rarely
ever used, it is included as an option
that can allow a search to be
used for two attack frefght-
ers who may be found
on a hoseline or at the
end of a nozzle. This
method was success-
fully used to search
for two frefghters
on a nozzle that were
suddenly caught in a
fashover in the Proud
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LAX airport some years ago.
This procedure will utilize two
personnel to conduct a utilizing a nozzle for
a reference point and methodically searching
away from the nozzle if necessary (Figure 2):
The search team follows the hoseline
to end of nozzle. If necessary, the team leader
can maintain contact with the hoseline and
tether the other frefghter to the most appro-
priate side of the line as they advance forward,
searching the area around the hoseline.
Leader stays at nozzle to maintain
point of orientation.
Search person gives tether or tag line
bag to leader. Person who will search away
from the nozzle removes approximately 4 to
6-feet of line and will loop line over itself and
attach to a hand with a half hitch.
Keeping tension on line, member
will search the area around the nozzle (A - frst
perimeter search).
If search is unsuccessful, person on
nozzle will remove another 4 to 6-feet of line,
and repeat the operation as necessary (B - sec-
ond perimeter search, etc). This system allows
two persons to systematically search an area,
maintain contact with each other, maintain
contact with their exit point of reference (hose-
line), and expand as necessary.
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Well, after a few months of hiberna-
tion, Big Ones inbox had a massive infux of
emails shortly following the captains exam.
Now we all know by now that every member
on this fre department was qualifed (cover
this later), and met the basic requirements to
apply for the captains promotional exam. City-
wide, dedicated members spent countless hours
studying both on and off duty for months on
end. As the numbers show, its gonna be a great
list to be on. Our veteran members are packing
their lockers up one last time, and making way
for the new leaders of this department.
When the job bulletin was an-
nounced, three pages of detailed instructions
accompanied the bulletin, explaining step by
step on how to fll out the job application. As
a potential future company commander, one
would think that if the instructions were not
followed, that would be cause for disqualifca-
tion from the process. Personnel lent a helping
hand, and allowed incomplete applications to
be corrected after the fling date. STEP 1, fol-
low directions.
History has shown that many mem-
bers sign up to VOTE. No study program,
just show up for the exam to see what is on the
test. With more than 1,000 members applying,
the city found it impossible to hold one session.
Now in a city 475 square miles, there was not
one location to house this many members?
Members received a letter from per-
sonnel citing the time and location of the test.
Included in this document, word for word,
As the test began, members were allowed to
silence their cell phones, and were allowed
one by one to use the restroom if needed. Once
again, cell phones should not have been si-
lenced, because they were NOT ALLOWED in
the testing room. According to some sources,
some members have bladders so small to have
to use the rest room multiple times during the
short testing duration.
Additional directions: No member
shall talk or share information about the test
afterwards, due to the fact of a second session
coming in the afternoon to take the SAME test.
Now heres where the plot thickens.
As session two was about to begin, members
were seen and heard in the parking lot looking
up POTENTIAL answers that may be seen on
the test. Including two very important questions
pertaining the core values of this department.
Number 1 is S.P.I.R.I.T. (Service, Profession-
alism, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, Trust).
Number 2, TO EACH OTHER, we owe each
other a working environment characterized by
trust and respect for the individual, fostering
open and honest communication at all levels.
The communication part of this core value does
not mean sharing the questions on the test. You
signed up for the CAPTAINS test. Is it fair
for the members who spent all the long days
and nights, away from their families, and ev-
ery little moment of silence at the fre station
to prepare. INTEGRITY is found inscribed on
every apparatus in the city.
For the members who prepared for
this test, and all others who held your integ-
rity, you know who you are. Everyone in the
fre stations knows who you are. Whether or
not you were in the morning, or afternoon test
session, take pride in knowing that you did
your best, and in the continued process of this
exam, your hard work and dedication is going
to separate you from the rest. For all the others,
go back and read the core values of the depart-
ment, and then decide whether or not youre
ready to be a leader on this fre department. At
least read them prior to an interview, they just
might show up again.
Now on a positive note, Congratula-
tions to all members who are joining retirement
and leaving the First Battalion one last time.
Captain Rivas from 25s, Captain Balzano
from 17s, and to all the members department
wide. Enjoy retirement.
The B shift also lost Chief Hissong
who has gone on to tackle the task of heading
up the drill tower. Battalion 1 would like to
thank you for leading the battalion, and good
luck in your new endeavor. Maybe day one of
the drill tower, incorporate the CORE VAL-
UES of this department to the new recruits.
Station #2 has been put into battle
more frequently since acquiring Capt Quan
on the A-shift. The drought of structure fres is
over, but rumor has it, it has taken over the B-
shift at 14s. Now if I am not mistaken, Captain
Perez left the A-shift at 2s to go to 14s. Must
just be a coincidence.
That is all for this month. Make sure
to take care of one another, but not too much -
by letting the test information out. As the year
progresses, more and more vacancies are go-
ing to appear, SOD will be back, as will assign
hires. If youre not hiding out for assign hire,
you might be trying to dodge the special duty
bullet. Keep the emails coming like this month,
some stories just need to be heard.
Happy Easter and beware April
Fools Day from the sinners and the saints of
the Second Battalion.
First a tearful goodbye to FF Pat-
rick Turner who leaves the Second Oldest Fire
Station in the City to continue his captains
study program in Harbor City under the tute-
lage of Lincoln Heights alumnus Capt. John
Cappon. Good luck on your quest, your spot in
the cooking rotation will be hard to fll.
My hope this month is that the
proposed fex staffng with the housing of
Rescue 816 in Light Force Ones quarters is
just a cruel April Fools prank. For those of
you on the outside looking in . . . Light Force
One was once Task Force One until Engine
One was permanently closed due to budget
cuts. So now with 40% of the work force
gone, the plan is to house an 800 ambulance
there to be staffed in the event that there
should be a surge in BLS calls, which would
result in the manning of Rescue 816, Engine
201 and the closing of Truck One - eliminating
half of the trucks in the battalion. This allows
the transport of non-emergency patients . . .
at the expense of a truck company that, dare I
say it comes in VERY handy when someone
is clinging to life after an auto accident or an
engine company is trying to make fre attack
in a hot and smoky environment.
This is one of those ideas that kinda
sounds good on paper and Im sure gains
bonus points with bean counters, but in the
real world has the potential for disaster as an
already depleted work force is stretched even
thinner. Ever stretch a rubber band until it
breaks? It really stings when it does.
Send your version of the truth to:
Battalion News 2 continued on the next page
14 April 2013
FF/PM Steve Addleman fnds himself off Rescue
One for a shift and shows hes still got it.
truck 12 prepares for rain after ventilating this single
family residence at 642 Avenue 60 on February 8, 2013.
Photo by Yvonne Griffn, EPN
Engine 62 was one of the companies that handled
this structure fre at 12612 Indianapolis Street on
February 8, 2013. Photo by Yvonne Griffn, EPN
April 2013 15
Battalion 10, Group #2 poses for a photo after an
ESB drill at Drill tower 81. Photo by David Blaire
Engine 109 extinguished a fre in a trash truck
on Casiano Road. Photo by David Blaire
FF/PM Bob Steinbacher proves that
anyone can have a Napoleon Complex.
16 April 2013
Firefghters from Battalions 12 and 14 worked throughout
the night on a fre in a scrap yard at 8720 San Fernando Rd.
on January 31, 2013. Photos by Rick McClure, EPN
Battalion 11 companies (with some help from Battal-
ion 5) extinguished a fre at 1415 S. Oxford Ave on
February 13, 2013. Photo by Yvonne Griffn, EPN
April 2013 17
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18 April 2013
Engines 74, 24 and 98 handled a fre in a big rig that ran off
the freeway. Photo by Doc DeMulle, the Foothills Paper
the Foothills Paper ran a caption contest with this photo
and Damn it Capt, that was a great party last night won
the prize. Photo by Doc DeMulle, the Foothills Paper
Engine 7 responded when a trash truck dumped its load on
Van Nuys Blvd. Photo by Mike Meadows
Greetings from the Battalion that
never sleeps!
Let me start out with a few congrat-
ulations! First, congratulations to all the recent
retirees! Enjoy the beginning of the rest of
your life. Along with that comes a congratula-
tions to Dave Wagner, the editor of the Grape-
vine, who himself recently pulled the plug. I
hear that retired people often wonder how they
did it while they were working, because some-
how life gets busier when you retire. Anyway,
good luck and were glad youre still working
Second, congratulations to the over
13,000 Entry Level FF candidates that were
able to take the test at the beginning of last
month. From the way things have been going
(i.e. assign hires on a random Tuesday in Feb-
ruary), these rookies will be a nice and much
needed relief to the rest of the feld by the time
they make it out. On that note, sometimes its
good to remind yourself of the words that you
told your interview panel when you were try-
ing to get hired. Im sure they sounded some-
thing similar to, Yes, if I was to get hired,
I would work whenever and wherever the
LAFD needs me . . . With that in mind, dont
make yourself a LIAR when the battalion EIT
gives you a call to deliver the bad news.
Speaking of making yourself a
LIAR . . . Congratulations to everybody who
qualifed to be able to take the captains writ-
ten. Although, while everybody that signed
up was qualifed, somehow some still didnt
qualify (what is that saying about where this
is headed?). I know it can be tough to follow
written directions, but somehow a bunch of
Future Dept Leaders werent able to read
posted directions and do exactly as they say
. . . hmmmm, maybe a 3 whole score ques-
tion? Luckily the Personnel Dept. allowed the
unqualifed to try again and submit a proper
The next issue is the rumor of a few
people going off IOD coincidentally a few
weeks prior to the written. Now, if Im not
mistaken, not only is that fraud and costs the
department money, but doesnt that go against
what a leader should be doing? Delving
deeper into this subject, another rumor was
that members were excusing themselves to
use the restroom during the test 2, 3, 4 times
and blatantly using their cell-phones under
the guise of going potty while the test is
going on. Beneft of the doubt says that they
were checking in on a loved one during this
brief break, but reality says that they were
blatantly cheating. My question is to anybody
that noticed this, why arent we holding them
accountable? I think the obvious answer is that
anybody that devoted the time and effort to
study and make themselves a qualifed candi-
date wasnt using the restroom during the test.
If any of these rumors are true, then some of
our members need to take a good look in the
mirror. While theyre at it, they might want to
take a quick gander at the four poster boards
mounted in every LAFD station that lay out
what we should be all about and what we are
here for. Im curious what theyre going to try
and do during the interview - phone-a friend?
Bluetooth? OK sorry, I just couldnt believe
some of the things I was being sent regarding
this offcers test. To all those who actually
spent the time and did the right thing, Nice
Moving on. Not long ago a Special
Duty Captain II was hired for SOD. As he
showed that AM bright and early . . . or at 6:30
to FS 64, he unloaded his gear from his sedan,
and replaced the off-going captains gear with
his own. Next he sauntered over to the front
offce to make relief and fnd out what the
plans were for the day. It was at that point
that he wondered who the wise guy was that
messed with the F-11. Oddly, his name wasnt
on it . . . not in the spot where he was sup-
posed to be or in any other spot on the roster.
Hmmmm? Well anyway, he hung out in the
offce listening to four captains making usual
morning relief in the offce for a few minutes
when someone fnally asked why he was
there? Something going on in their B build-
ing or still unfurnished Conference Room?
Nope. SOD day here today, was the reply.
After a bit more investigation, they found out
that the SOD day was at . . . yep, you guessed
it 94s. I know, 64s, 94s, 4s, 54s (good thing
he didnt show up there!), theyve all got 4s
in them. I guess when youve been assigned
to both 64s and 94s in your career it can be
a bit confusing. Well, Captain Reddix made it
over to 94s and all went well the rest of the
day. I just hope in the future they are able to
get Network Staffng installed in those Special
Duty computers or at least an app you can put
on your phone for the daily F-11......
Recently all of 21s, 33s and 14s responded
to a Reported Smoke. As was usual, T 21
took a spot to throw the aerial and the rest of
the truckies started throwing ladders to the
building. Unfortunately, the perfect spot they
chose to throw the 35 was the same perfect
April 2013 19
spot the A/O wanted to stick the aerial. The
A/O gently and helpfully encouraged the
members to move the ladder to a more ap-
propriate area of the dwelling. Under a bit
of urgency and duress, the members used a
technique that has never before been seen or
practiced to get the 35 into its new position.
Unfortunately, down went a fully extended
35x, and some within the vicinity may have
heard a cracking noise as it crashed to the
ground. Wanting to get this means of access/
egress back to the roof, a few guys from 33s
ran over to help with putting the ladder back
up. Without a safety inspection, they didnt
feel comfortable with this ladder so they
decided it would be better to bed it and get
the other 35. After lowering the fy and upon
removal from the building, they once again
didnt have anybody at the base and the 35 did
a full teeter-totter motion and came crashing
down again. Finally they were just able to get
the thing on the truck and prevent any further
damage. With an acting captain on the truck,
Im sure they came up with a great story to
tell the skippers how this tragedy happened.
I hope it wasnt the Permanent Truck FFs or
Permanent Squad FFs that were throwing the
ladder, otherwise if Capt. Kemp found out, he
might banish them to hard time on the 800
or Engine and that would really mess up the
rotation for the Permanent 800/Engine FFs .
. . maybe its time to put the gas meters down
and get back to the basics . . . just sayin
Lastly, Im looking for quotes to put
with this amaz-
ing Baseball
Card of one of
Batt. 13s own.
Any sugges-
tions? All I
came up with
way to the fre?
or Elvis with
an axe. Hunka
hunka burnin
Rankin. Send em if you got em...
On a fnal serious note, a real con-
grats to all the members that took the recent
captains exam. We all know this Battalion
always turns out extremely qualifed individu-
als! And on a not so serious note, Im told that
one of the guys from FS 65 spouted off that he
personally guarantees at LEAST fve captains
will be made off this list from 65s . . . ok . . .
any questions, feel free to call FF/PM Barnes
at 65-B.
Well thats all Ive got for this
month. Stay safe out there and remember: 2+2
makes sense, play nice, know your audience,
get a cool nickname, fgure out which formula
to use before the media gets 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
Structure fre at 6011 S Rimpau Bl in 66s district on March 1, 2013.
Photos by Yvonne Griffn, EPN
task Force 64 used the thermal imager to
fnd and rescue a dog on February 13, 2013.
Photo by Jeff Zimmerman, EPN
33s stopped this fre from extending into
the adjacent commercial building on Flor-
ence Ave. in February.
Photo by Jeff Zimmerman, EPN
20 April 2013
Greetings to all from the mountains
and lowlands of the 14th Battalion!
We have not had an article for a
while and I know it is not for a lack of activity
out here. Remember to send in your stories so
we have material to write about.
Lets get to it. First of all, we have a
few members leaving the battalion. Farewell
to Captain Crogan FS 108-A. Spending his
last few years up on Mullholland Dr, he pro-
tected and served well. Slept well too. But in
his last segment, he showed that he is a class
act. His note to all the Battalion read, Last
Segment, First Retirement and with it was
pies for the entire battlion. Class Act Captain
Crogan . . . Happy Retirement and Thanks.
Also leaving the battalion from 78s are both
Mike Camello and Bob Hernandez from the
Arson Unit. Both guys were great to have
around the station and would help anyone at
the drop of a hat. We want to wish them both a
happy retirement as well.
Our frst story comes from 60s.
One of the ambitious members at the Big 60
was overly excited to change the oil on the
rescue after months of not being able to - due
to full oil containers (which, by the way, isnt
a shock that they were full and no one came
to take them. Companies actually expect to be
paid by the City for the services they provide.
Go fgure). He tried all day to get permission
through Metro but was denied several times.
Finally after dinner, Metro was able to give
them a quick window to change the oil. So the
Rescue got pulled to the side yard and they let
er rip. The oil started coming out and flling
the pan. And flling and flling and flling. Oh
crap, how much oil is in this thing!!!! This
yelling started to attract a crowd. We dont
want to name names, but as others came to
help this guy, they all wondered why he was
draining the transmission fuid!!! Cant make
this stuff up. Needless to say, on his way back
from Pep Boys, he stopped at B&R to keep
tradition alive.
Out of 78s we have a unique situ-
ation that has arisen more than a few times.
During the holidays many members secure
time off to spend time with their families and
friends. Members of all ranks - top to bottom -
are taking off, trading and picking up SOD to
help each other out. Unfortunately sometimes
guys get assign hired. On this day we are
talking about a frefghter was assign hired and
showed up with a smile and a great attitude on
a day he would have rather had off. As much
as we all felt bad for our brother out here in
the trenches with us, something stuck out that
day like a sore thumb. Where was the EMS
captain? His rig had not moved for two days.
You might call the group that was then formed
a frefghter posse to investigate why no one
was manning that unit. The rig showed NAV.
The F-11 showed someone off and a blank
space. Turns out they could not get anyone to
work - so what do the higher ups do? Close
it for the day. Wait . . . two days. This left all
of us a bit upset to say the least. I suppose to
some a frefghter getting assign hired and not
a captain is no big deal. Unless you are that
Things have been going well in the
battalion, and good stories happen every day.
Make sure you send them to batt14buzz@ so we can keep up the news out
Engine 89 handles an auto on the N/B 5
Fwy near Osborne St. in February.
Photos by Bernie Deyo, EPN
April 2013 21
A wrong way driver crashed head-on on the 101 freeway.
Photos by Mike Meadows
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Well, hello from the 18th hole and
wishing everyone good health.
Okay lets get started with a story
outta 68s. We want to wish a hearty congratu-
lations to Engineer Eric Morda 68 B and FF
Nicole Richards 34 B who became husband
and wife not too long ago. Congrats. Hey I
didnt get an invite, I dont think 34s got one
Okay, now let me get this straight
- on SOD days we can use the plug buggy, or
a reserve (battalion) sedan from the station?
Really? Wow, I would love to see that Depart-
ment Bulletin - must be new, ink is not dry
yet. Well, I guess thats the norm over at 68s,
or maybe its just for the battalion offce. It
seems that a member out of the battalion offce
had a SOD day outta of house and didnt want
to drive their personal vehicle to the valley.
So the battalion offce used its, and I quote,
Im exercising my authority, and the member
took the reserve battalion sedan. Cant wait
to get a SOD day outta house, so I can drive
the plug buggy at my station for a SOD day.
So guys and gals dont forget to use that plug
buggy, exercise your authority . . .
So good news from 94s. FF Paul
Wingate, who runs the cadet post at 94s and
the members from 94s are doing good things
with the young men and women there. One of
the cadets has been nominated for the ABC
Channel 7 Cool Kids. He is Cadet Carlos
Herrera. We wish him all the luck in the
good stuff from
61s, Captain
Andy Raya is
back to duty and
feeling fne. Af-
ter being off for
about 10 months
he suffered the
usual memory
loss, things like
usernames and
passwords for logging on, and how to make
outta area phone calls. I think it took him
around lunch time before he got his e-mails
straighten out. Welcome back Capt.
Okay, its the Man-Up award time,
and it goes to EMS 9. EMS 9 got a fat tire the
other day and had to have an engine company
out to help him change a fat tire on his sedan.
Come on dude, man up, 43s had to come out
and change your tire? Really . . .
Well, I wish you all good luck on
the recent captains exam that many of you
participated in. Go hard or go home cause
everybody else is going HARD . . . I guess
it depends on what time you took the test
because the guys and gals that had the morn-
ing session arent too happy about the testing
process - Im sure there will be some backlash.
Good luck to all.
Finally, it seems the love affair
between 61s and the local community is
going as strong
as ever. This
Valentines Day
card to the guys
at 61s shows
the love the
community and
First-In Fire
Foundation has
for the members
of their fre sta-
tion. Have you
seen the new
workout area,
now thats love.
Be safe from the 18th hole . . .
24 April 2013
April 2013 25
You know, Costco pizza aint bad ei-
ther, but you may need another 3-ring binder.
When I pulled
in to my local hard-
ware stores parkin
lot I noticed a bumper
sticker on the car next
to me that read, I
miss Detroit.
So I broke a
window, stole the ra-
dio, shot out two of the tires and left a note that
read, I hope this helps!
heres nothin better then
comin across a story about
a retired LAFD chief. Of
course stories about active chiefs
are much better, but since Im out of
that business I found this story very
humorous and worthy of sharin with
I think this individual might have
been in my Drill Tower class, but be-
cause Im only 98% certain, Im not
goin to divulge a name. Besides, Im
not here to embarrass or belittle anyone.
Geez, can you believe I just said that? I
hate myself.
Anyway, this retired chief is a man
of many interests and talents. He enjoys
the great outdoors, includin fshin, hun-
tin, wood workin, metal workin, weldin,
buildin homes and garage workshops. He also
has a home out-of-state which provides access
for many of his outdoor sportin interests. No,
it aint John Comerford.
However, like many of us, this in-
dividual sometimes runs out of things to do.
Heck, you can only fsh, hunt, build homes and
make custom cabinets for so long and then its
time for a new adventure, right? And if he had
asked me, I wouldve suggested gettin into RC
helicopters, but unfortunately I
never got that cry for help.
So, his new en-
deavor? Well, its
to visit every Cost-
co store in every
state and to get a receipt for each hot dog pur-
chased. In addition, he also has a Costco 3-ring
binder to keep records of where hes been and
the correspondin hot dog receipts. Whew,
this aint no adventure, this is a full time
You know, Ive been jokin about the
exorbitant pension checks that are sent
out to them retired Captain IIs. However, I
think I need to recaluculate my thinkin.
With gasoline over 4 bucks a gallon and
the risin cost of hotel rooms, this chief
must be spendin . . . Aw, whats the use.
Good for you chief. Maybe if I had stud-
ied harder and made Captain II, I wouldnt
be so jealous and I could be lookin forward to
eatin a Costco hot dog in Hawaii! Hey, wait a
minute. I had a hot dog at the Costco on Oahu
and it tasted like the one I had in San Francisco!
Chief, cross Oahu off your list.
Retired Guys Too
By Craig Fletcher
hile reading through The Firemens
Grapevine several months ago, the
post on the Refrigerator request-
ing help for the Derek Vehling work party
caught my eye. It said to contact Jody Garfield
or Greg Holly. These two individuals were at
Dereks home awhile back and had an idea
to help him out by cleaning out his garage so
they might be able to get a car inside. If anyone
reading this article may not know, Derek suf-
fered a career ending spinal cord injury while
working at USAR 88.
After making a few phone calls, I
signed up to work the frst day - January 22. I
wanted to bring some of my tools, so I loaded
up my truck and headed out. I was thinking
maybe 10-15 people would show, but when I
arrived at 7:45 a.m., I was absolutely amazed.
There were at least 60-70 people already there,
ready to go to work. The amount of tools and
equipment already laid out on driveway looked
like a Home Depot Tent Sale. Around 0800, all
in attendance were called to the driveway for a
line-up. Derek thanked all for coming and the
work party was a go. Greg Holly had a list of
projects that needed to be started and all were
given jobs. Each group had an experienced
work project leader who gave the volunteers
individual tasks. Every imaginable type of
home project kicked into full gear.
What started as an idea to clean up
the garage grew leaps and bounds. The wheels
were really turning full steam ahead. The smart
guys that they are began looking within the
LAFD for help. The work experience came in
all ranks and ages. Members of our new Cadet
Crew 3 and sons and daughters of active and
retired also were present. Also at the party was
retired LAFD - now LACoFD - Larry Horner. I
heard he may come back and try to get into our
DROP program.
I came home that afternoon and
called another retired guy and told him how
proud I was to once be a member of the LAFD.
The group of people we had that all contrib-
uted to the work party cant be covered in this
article. Its great to see that some things havent
26 April 2013
April 2013 27
ire Station 66 has challenged
Fire Station 92 for the Top
Station trophy. The members
of Fire Station 66 made a strong
showing in the last Department
Singles Tournament. Johnathan
Stevens, Alex Garcia, Trevor In-
sley and John Garnica are leading
the challenge against the defending
champions. Stay tuned for the chal-
lenge results.
Team LAFD is competing in the South-
ern California Handball Association Winter
League. The team is lead by Chris The
Giant Yokoyama and Joe Castro, and with a
record of 9 wins and 3 losses is tied for frst
place with 9 matches left to play.

The LAFD Spring Doubles Tournament will
be starting in Mid-April. Pick your partner and
start practicing.
All members, active and especially retired that have been assigned to
F.S. 102 in the past are encouraged to join us for this Alumni BBQ.
Get a hold of your buddies and come by for a great time. Lunch will
be provided for all those attending this event. Parking will be directly
across the street at Valley College.
Where: Fire Station 102
When: April 13, 2013 (C Shift)
Time: 1100-1600 hours
PRICE: Active = $5.00
Retired = Free
RSVP: Grapevine (818)785-3222
(or just stop by)
WANTED: Bring your 102s items
and photos of past crews, fres, as-
signed rigs, etc. for display in order
for us to have a complete history of
the of the house!!
Any profts from this event beneft the
Los Angeles Fire Department
4029 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90010
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
8:00 a.m.
Honored Guests: Councilmember Tom LaBonge, CD4
Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas, LAFD
Ceremony and Pancake Breakfast co-sponsored by FIRST-IN FIRE
FOUNDATION, Friends of the Fire Department & Fire Service,
Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society & Museum, and
Windsor Square Association, in cooperation with the Los Angeles
Fire Department and with Battalion 11.
RSVP to Capt. Mark Curry, Fire Station 29
28 April 2013
April 2013 29
On March 4, 2013 a man driving a Corvette escaped serious injury
after his vehicle slammed into the rear of a moving van on the S/B
405 Fwy. It took frefghters 20 minutes to pull the vehicle from
under the truck and extricate the driver. He was transported to a
local trauma center.
APArtMent FIre
Valley Village
Photos by Rick McClure, EPN
30 April 2013
It took more than 170 Los Angeles frefghters near-
ly 90 minutes to tame a blaze that damaged nine
units of an apartment building at 5260 Bellingham
Ave on February 13, 2013.
A maintenance worker in a third foor apartment re-
ported hearing a smoke alarm in an adjacent room,
where he found active fre. He was able to safely
exit and alert others. the fre gained a strong foot-
hold prior to the Fire Departments arrival, spread-
ing to the apartment above and threatening all eight
adjoining units.
Photos by Mike Meadows & Rick McClure, EPN
APArtMent FIre
Valley Village
April 2013 31
It took more than 170 Los Angeles frefghters near-
ly 90 minutes to tame a blaze that damaged nine
units of an apartment building at 5260 Bellingham
Ave on February 13, 2013.
A maintenance worker in a third foor apartment re-
ported hearing a smoke alarm in an adjacent room,
where he found active fre. He was able to safely
exit and alert others. the fre gained a strong foot-
hold prior to the Fire Departments arrival, spread-
ing to the apartment above and threatening all eight
adjoining units.
Firefghters used ground ladders to safely rescue two residents from a smoke-charged third level balcony, as
their colleagues extended multiple hoselines through the interior hallways to battle the fames. Preliminary loss
from the fre is estimated at $250,000 ($175,000 structure and $75,000 contents). the cause of the mid-morning fre
remains under active investigation.
32 April 2013
Structure FIre
Boyle HeigHts
Photos by Rick McClure, EPN
On February 4, 2013, the LAFD responded to 3521 East Whittier Bl to fnd fre showing from a two-story of-
fce building. While advancing hoselines through the building, frefghters discovered a lifeless 54-year old
man. the fames were brought fully under control in 41 minutes. No other injuries were reported. Monetary
loss from the fre has been estimated at $60,000 ($45,000 structure & $15,000 contents.
April 2013 33
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34 April 2013
n Friday, January 25th, a group of
friends descended onto the Brookside
Country Club in Pasadena to play a
round of golf to celebrate the retirement of
LAFD Firefighter/Arson Investigator Michael
G. Camello. All went well until the 16th hole
when the skies opened and rain shortened our
playing time. This gave us more time to clean
up and prepare for the evenings festivities in
the facilitys banquet room.
At 1800 hours, the doors of the
Brookside Country Club banquet room were
offcially opened, allowing more than 100
friends and family members to gather around
and socialize. It was a time to renew old friend-
ships and to reminisce about the good ol times
of the Los Angeles Fire Department - when PC
was not necessarily the norm. After an hour
of fraternizing and exaggerations, Master of
Ceremony, Battalion Chief Steven Ruda called
for civility in the crowd announcing the begin-
ning of the evenings festivities. Its no won-
der Ruda did so well on his promotional oral
interviews, as his communication skills were
as witty and humorous as usual. Ruda began
with the Pledge of Allegiance and introduced
the guest of honor, Michael G. Camello, aka:
the Giver or Hollywood Mike. After paying
homage to our fag, Department Chaplin, Greg
Gibson led us in prayer and soon directed us to
the all-you-can-eat buffet line. After everyone
disregarded their diet, the ceremony began.
Ruda cited Mikes assignments,
which didnt take long as he was assigned to
Arson just over three years after joining the
Department in November of 77. Mikes tenure
in the law enforcement side of the Fire Depart-
ment proved to be ideally suited for him and
the Department, where shortly thereafter, he
amassed notable fres on his list of professional
accomplishments. There was the Dorothy Mae
fre, the Library fre, the First Interstate fre, the
John Orr Case and the Peernock Murder Case,
just to name a few. You wouldve thought he
was the only Arson Investigator in the Unit
and was single-handedly conducting all the
investigations. His Hollywood Mike side land-
ed cameos in the movies: On Fire, Two Days in
the Valley and Collateral Damage. In addition,
he was the technical advisor and had speaking
parts in 15 Minutes, Point of Origin and SIS.
A truly diversifed individual with a SAG card.
Mike was pleased to the see fre-
fghters from his early days on the job and was
astonished by the large contingency of frefght-
ers from Fire Stations 25, 78, and 99, locations
of past and present A-Unit quarters. Among
the distinguished guest list were three Superior
Court Judges, a representative from the District
Attorneys Offce, personnel from the Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, LAPD, past
legends of the Arson Section and friends from
the private sector. Their presence was a true
testimony of his dedication towards investigat-
ing, arresting, processing and suppressing the
crime of Arson within the City of Los Angeles.
Ruda commenced with the custom-
ary awards portion of the dinner with inter-
val speakers. First on the list was the present
Arson Section Commander, Mike Greenup,
who presented Mikes PRB. A past Arson Cap-
tain, now Assistant Chief, Pat Butler read and
delivered the City Resolution. UFLAC repre-
sentatives Steve Tufts and Domingo Albarran
spoke highly of Mike and the Arson Section
and presented him with the customary axe and
medallion plaque. Other past Arson Captains,
Dennis Frazer, handed out the CSFA award,
while the happiest man on earth, Mark Gozawa
issued the Citys three Cullinan-size diamond
service pin, acknowledging over 30 years of
service. Relief Association Ambassador Andy
Kuljis presented the retirement badge and
retired Senior Investigator Bill Cass bestowed
the Arson Counter Terrorism Section plaque to
the Giver.
Between the award presentations,
stories of Mike were told by a few of the past
and present Investigators, Supervisors and
friends. We heard Gerry Country Mathews
tell his story of receiving a full blown heart
attack after Mike convinced him to purchase a
suit from Armani of Beverly Hills to improve
his image as an LAFD Arson Investigator.
Recent retiree, Garry the Dude Ingham, few
in from Idaho specifcally to attend the dinner
and recalled a story relating that Mike knew
everyone. A story (a long one) that ended
with Mike on the balcony of the Vatican with
the Pope and people asking, Who is that
guy standing next to Mike? Joann Daggett
from the San Fernando District Attorneys of-
fce wanted to present Mike with a plaque of
appreciation but it had not shown up prior to
the dinner. She emphasized that she and her
co-workers appreciated the professionalism of
Mike and the team of Arson Investigators that
fle felony complaints in her offce. LAPD Sci-
entifc Division Forensic Expert Peggy Fiderio
spoke of the camaraderie and relationships she
had developed over the years with the Arson In-
vestigators and understood the signifcance and
the importance of identifying an Arson suspect
early on versus non-priority cases her Division
would receive. Tim Crass, Mikes brother-in-
law, took to the microphone and cleared up any
discrepancies of how Mike had met his sister,
Sue. Tim confrmed the rumor that his suc-
cessful completion of his Arson probationary
April 2013 35

period was dependent on an introduction
of his training offcer to Sue. BATF Agent
John DAngelo recalled Mikes frst day
as a detailed LAFD Investigator assigned
with the Feds and how he advised John
on how to organize their daily routine.
He noted that Mike could start his day at
0630 hours, do the mandatory wellness
program, go to lunch and by the time it
was time to go out in the feld, it was time
to go home. Rick Chew took to the stage
and cited one of his many conversa-
tions with Mike regarding one of his C
shift jobs as a movie star. Chew opined
that Mike reminded him of that famed
Italian actor, John Travolta and proceed-
ed to show on the big screen, a clip of
Vinnie Barbarino of the Welcome Back
Kotter Show. Dan Gaytan then took cen-
ter stage and mimicked Mikes theatrics
and acting ability as he stood inside a 7-11
convenience store window gesturing to
Dan, sitting in the A-Unit suburban out-
side. Dans skit, complete with props, was,
according to Dan, about Mike offering to
buy him an ice cream cone but seemed
more like an audition for Mikes next
movie. From laughter to profoundness,
Mikes three sons, Mike Jr, Matt and Jim
expressed their love and affection to their
dad and thanked him for his guidance and
devotion to the Camello family.
At last, it was time for the Giver -
Mike Camello - to take to the lectern. He
immediately refuted Gaytans recollec-
tion of the 7-11 story. He stated that Gay-
tans entire story was obviously bogus
and cited the fact that there was no way
Dan could have made those observations
since he cant see over the dashboard. He
appreciated those that attended and gave
recognition to the three Rosas and others
in the Arson Section for organizing and
assisting with the dinner. He emotionally
expressed his gratitude to all of the attend-
ees and made it perfectly clear who the real
heroes were - those station house Firefght-
ers. Mike specifcally recognized his wife,
Sue and her parents, Rita and Roy, for all
that they had done for him while he was
away at work. Mike ended the evening by
echoing the famous Red Skelton with a
Good Night and God Bless.
Congratulations Mike on your
35 years of serving the Citizens of Los
Angeles and working for the fnest Fire
Department in the world. Always remem-
ber your extended family and may you,
Sue and your family enjoy and prosper
during the Golden Years ahead.
Complimenti amico mio . . . con-
gratulations my friend.
36 April 2013
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The Old Fire Station 27 Museum turned
out to be the perfect venue for a retirement
party. Scores of frefghters, family and
friends helped Dave Wagner celebrate his
retirement after 35 years on the LAFD.
A portion of fre-related
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April 2013 39
he Los Angeles Chief Officers Associa-
tion honored three more recently retired
LAFD Chief Officers at Taix French
Restaurant in Los Angeles. The lineup: Manny
Lafarga, Mike Rhodes, and Jim Gaffney. It was
an interesting night and the turnout of retired
and active members was pretty much a split
decision, which is somewhat rare considering
the retirees usually win by a notable margin.
Just a mention of some of the guests
that attended the dinner: Jack Kirkorn, Bob
Defeo, Roger Gillis, Armando Hogan, Dave
Badgett, Dave Frelinger, Al Hernandez, Wil-
fred Bisson, Mike Greenup, Brian Schultz,
Glenn Miyagishima, Tom Brennan, Mario
Rueda, Dean Ulrich and Denny Willahan. The
COA staff would like to give special thanks to
John Martinez and Don Frazeur for their excel-
lent photography work at these events.
COA President Corey Rose began
the presentations following a festive social
hour. Steve Ruda led the fag salute followed
by a moment of silence for our retired COA
members and active members who recently
passed Battalion Chief Ray Martin, Assistant
Chief Franklyn Leavitt, Assistant Chief Paul
Orduna, Inspector Jerald Coates and Firefghter
Stephenie Glas.
Manny Lafarga entered Drill Tower
89 on April 20, 1980. He was assigned to Fire
Stations 33, 64, and 66 for his rookie rotation.
Manny also worked Fire Station 79 before
becoming a dispatcher at OCD in November
1982. He later served assignments at Fire Sta-
tions 38, 49, 13, 33 and 25. On September 4,
1994, Manny promoted to fre captain and was
assigned to Fire Station 21. Four years later,
he served some special duty time at the Drill
Tower. On June 18, 2000, Manny promoted to
Captain II and served as the Task Force Com-
mander at Fire Station 38. Five years later,
Manny found himself running the High Rise
Unit. On June 24, 2007, Manny promoted to
Battalion Chief and was assigned to Battalions
6, 3, 7, and 2. On June 30, 2012, Manny com-
pleted 32 years of service on the Department,
including 18 years as an offcer.
Dave Yamahata presented Manny
with his COA retirement watch followed by
Dean Ulrich and Armando Hogan present-
ing special COA plaques. Each one of these
presenters spoke of Mannys valuable accom-
plishments while serving the LAFD. They also
confrmed that Manny was one of those genu-
inely nice guys. Manny then spoke of his
wonderful career and how much he enjoyed his
32 years on the Department.
Mike Rhodes joined the LAPD on
October 18, 1982, exactly 30 years ago. About
a year later, on December 18, 1983, Mike
entered Drill Tower 89 and served his rookie
rotation at Fire Stations 60, 86, and 102. Mike
also was assigned to Fire Station 64 where he
earned the reputation as the best burrito chef
on the Department (really?) Well, he did make
them every shift for three years! On July 31,
1988, Mike was assigned to Battalion 7 as a
Staff Assistant before promoting to Appa-
ratus Operator about a year later. Mike was
assigned to Fire Station 37 for almost fve years
then promoted to Captain on October 17, 1993.
Mike was assigned to Fire Station 13 and later
to Fire Station 89. On February 15, 1998, Mike
promoted to Captain II and was assigned to
Fire Station 5 then later back to Fire Station
89. He also served special duty at Operations
as an Advocate. On September 7, 2003, Mike
promoted to Battalion Chief and was assigned
to Battalions 13 and 12. After three years in
the feld, Mike found himself at OCD were he
completed his last six years on the job. Mike
retired on October 17, 2012 serving 30 years
for the City, and 19 years as an offcer.
First up, Randy Beaty presented
Mike his COA plaque and acknowledged his
work as the COA Social Director. Randy also
couldnt wait to mention witnessing Mike
playing guitar at his own promotional party
sounding somewhat like Eddie Van Halen!
Next up, Dave Badgett, whom Mike drove
back in the late 80s, presented the beautiful
retirement watch. Dave did mention some of
the good times working at FS 2 (but we will not
disclose at this time). John Martinez, Mikes
relief at OCD and fshing buddy, presented
a helmet plaque. Mike then got up and men-
tioned how it all started by joining the LAPD
and waiting to get hired for the LAFD. He said
when the notifcation did come through, he
wasnt sure he wanted to start over and go
through another probation. Mike ended by say-
ing he made his fnal decision having coffee at
FS 72 when an old timer showed him a colorful
platoon duty calendar!
Jim Gaffney entered Drill Tower 89
on May 15, 1977 and was assigned to Fire Sta-
continued on page 41...
40 April 2013
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:
RSVP by May 3
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
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!
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 Spouses are welcome!
JAMES F. CAIRNS, Battalion Chief, Batt. 9-A
SATURdAY, JUNE 15, 2013
Mountain Gate Country Club
12445 Mountaingate Drive, Los Angeles CA 90049
Social Hour: 5:30 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
Mountaingate Buffet - $40 all included
Call FS 37 - (310) 575-8537
or Battalion 9 - (310) 575-8509. RSVP by June 9, 2013
Spouses are cordially invited.
P.O. Box 41903
Los Angeles CA
(800) 244-3439
April 2013 41
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
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: - RSVP by May 24, 2013
tions 71, 37, 59 for his rookie rotation. Jim was
also assigned to Fire Stations 50, 44, and 4. On
September 5, 1982, Jim promoted to Engineer
and was assigned to Fire Station 35, 59, and 20.
On August 18, 1985, Jim promoted to Fire Cap-
tain and served his frst assignment at Fire Sta-
tion 43. He was also assigned to Fire Stations
58, 15, 89, 27, which included special duty at
the Valley Public Safety Section. On January
21, 1996, Jim promoted to Captain II and was
assigned to Fire Station 80, 63, Disaster Pre-
paredness, and 27s. On July 11, 2004, Jim pro-
moted to Battalion Chief and was assigned to
Battalion 17, 7, and 9. On April 28, 2012, Jim
retired with 35 years on the Department includ-
ing 27 years as an Offcer.
Evan Williams got up and presented
Jim a nice helmet plaque. Eve also told a cou-
ple old stories that had everyone, at one point,
on the edge of their seats. These two worked
together at 89s and fshed at the Good Ol
Boys too. Next, Roger Gillis presented Jim
his retirement watch. Roger brought back
some fne memories and ended with saying, I
worked with Jim at some challenging fres and
I got to say Jim was an awesome freman!
John Martinez took the podium
and spoke highly of Jim and, of course, just
scratched the surface with a good story. You
see, John is another Good Ol Boys fsherman
that has seen Jim in action over the many years
at this event. Jim fnally got his turn at the po-
dium and went around the room acknowledg-
ing a few attendees. Jim brought up a few past
memories during his 35 years on the job, and it
was all good!
The Los Angeles Chief Offcers As-
sociation would like to congratulate all our re-
tirees and wish them and their families the best
for years to come!
COA Retirement Dinner continued...
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LA Firemens Relief Association.
Please accept this check in memory of my
wife Laura Archiblad and gratitude to the Relief
Association for the assistance you provided
during her battle with cancer. The assistance
provided was so smoothly accomplished it
made our journey so much easier. She was truly
impressed with our frefghter family. Bless you
William E. Archibald
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Dear Sirs,
Please accept my donation in memory of my
husband Robert Naegle, our good friends
Frank Cutler, Chester Willey, Marge Wixon
and Howard Kelly with whom we spent many
a Klamath fshing trip.
Catherine Naegle
Roseville, CA
Dear Andy,
On behalf of my sister Margaret and my
brother Tim, I wanted to say thank you for
your support in making the memorial for our
father, Al Weaver, so special and meaningful.
Longtime friends and family were gathered at
the First Presbyterian Church of Sherman Oaks
on February 9th to pay tribute to the passing of
a remarkable man, a leader in the community
and retired battalion chief of the Los Angeles
Fire Department.
With your help it was a true celebration
marking his contributions. The presence of
LAFD Engine Company 88 captain and
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crew properly set the stage. The family was
honored by your presentation of a fag fown
over his last duty station. The stirring rendition
of Amazing Grace expertly performed by Mr.
John Keys, the offcial Bag Piper of the LAFD,
sent a chill down the spine and a tear to the eye.
The family sincerely appreciates your
efforts and would like to donate in the name
of Alvin S. Weaver to the Widows, Orphans
and Disabled Firemens Fund. The love that
we have for our father will always be felt in
our hearts and his legacy will live on in bright
memories and strong family ties.
Terry L. Weaver
Sherman Oaks, CA
Dear Andy,
I want to thank you for all the kindness
you gave me during such a terrible time in my
life because of Bills passing. You are such a
wonderful person and loved by so many.
With much gratitude,
Barbara Apperson
Oakhurst, CA
Dear John,
Please deposit the enclosed to the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund in
memory of Ron Robey. He was a good freman
and chef. Really just making jerky from deer
that had been hit and killed on Mulholland
Albert Abel
Northridge, CA
Dear John Jacobsen,
Enclosed you will fnd my completed
Authorization for Payroll Deduction card. It
is my honor to return this card to you.
At this time to sincerely thank the Los
Angeles Firemens relief Association again
for the funds you gave me at the time of my
husband Bob Cullens death, September 1,
2009. This was at a time when I didnt know
if I would get his pension or not. Thankfully,
with the help of many people throughout the
LAFD active and retired, I was able to get
Bobs pension. However, without the Relief
Associations help, I could have had a very
diffcult time.
Thank you for all you do.
Rosalee Cullen
Eugene, OR
Please accept the enclose check in memory
of Clarence Bonesteel, a retired LA City
freman. My husband Bob Brown and Bony
went on the department together in 1957. He
was a dear and very special friend.
Barbara Brown
Grass Valley, CA
Dear Andy,
Thanks so much for all you did for my
dads (Charles Bakovic) funeral. Our family
sincerely appreciated all your efforts.
Marsha Davis and Mark Bakovic
Oceanside, CA
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P.O. Box 41903
Los Angeles CA
(800) 244-3439
Marvin n. Conley, Captain i. Appointed July 23, 1946.
RetiRed on A seRvice pension FebRuARy 1, 1976 FRom Fs 85-b. Passed away OctOber 19, 2012.
earl J. Heinritz, EnginEEr. Appointed mARch 15, 1948.
RetiRed on A seRvice pension ApRil 14, 1973 FRom Fs 23. Passed away January 31, 2013.

ClarenCe W. Bonesteel, Captain ii. Appointed JAnuARy 28, 1957.
RetiRed on A disAbility pension octobeR 29, 1986 FRom Fs 15-b. Passed away February 05, 2013.

WilliaM P. Kearns, Captain ii. Appointed FebRuARy 27, 1950.
RetiRed on A seRvice pension June 01, 1978 FRom Fs 49-b. Passed away February 16, 2013.
Dana r. laine, Captain ii. Appointed ApRil 14, 1974.
RetiRed on A disAbility pension JAnuARy 29, 1997 FRom Fs 66-A. Passed away February 17, 2013.
Douglas B. evans, Captain ii. Appointed mAy 02, 1950.
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April 2013 49
by Mike Mastro, President/CEO
Los Angeles Firemens Credit Union
Presented February 21, 2013 at the Annual Meeting
Los Angeles Firemens Credit Union (LAFCU) is a member-
owned, fnancial co-operative that is very different from other fnancial
institutions. Firefghters First defnes who we proudly and exclusively
serve. Its Yours refects your ownership and our intent to provide you,
the member with value-added premier products and services and drives
our continuing intent to share our growing success with you.
2012 marked a year of service accomplishment, fnancial
success and a deepening focus on value return for member-owners of
LAFCU achieved very good proftability this past year with a
net income of $7,034,118.
We were very pleased to again provide members a substantial
give back in the form of a Loan Interest Refund and Extraordinary
Dividend Bonus of more than $1 million dollars. Interestingly enough,
that is only one of several additional give backs that are provided to
LAFCU members. We also paid out the following:
Classic Visa Cash Refund $ 222,355
Value of Platinum Visa Rewards used by members $ 317,777

In addition, in an environment when other fnancial institu-
tions were raising fees, your Credit Union eliminated a large number of
fees in 2012:
Wires, Stop Payments, and more $ 13,000
Three (3) ATM withdrawals are now free per month per account in
addition to the thousands of free CO-OP ATMs $ 58,832
The grand total of all returns to the member $ 1,672,706
Our intent in taking member focus to the next level is driven
by the Credit Unions Strategic Roadmap to provide nothing less than
Legendary Service and Financial Success underpinned by a founda-
tion of performance excellence.
To that end, we are pleased to report that the Credit Union also
implemented the following enhancements in 2012:
First LAFCU Regional Offce established in San Bernardino/
Mobile Notary
Point of Sale limit increases on our debit card program
Pending info now showing on FIRE OnLine
Signifcant improvement in quality service
The Financial Services Industry continues to be challenged by
regulatory, technological and competitive challenges. In addition, the re-
maining impacts of the recent recession will have lingering impacts on
members as well as the Fire Service. Having said that, your Credit Union
has accumulated more than $85 million in fnancial reserves and ended
2012 with a capital ratio of 10.23%. Regulators consider 7% as well
Another element of our success is represented by the robust
growth and member value of our other businesses.
FIREHOUSE Financial (Assets under Management) $ 123,308,878
FIREHOUSE Business Services (Business Loans) $ 69,494,616
Firefghter Insurance Services (Accumulated premiums) $ 2,535,582
2013 will be another year of moving forward. We expect to
continue to enhance delivery channels, improve products (i.e. implement
personalized pictures on credit and debit cards as well as instant issue for
ATM/Debit cards).
Many thanks to LAFCUs Board, Supervisory Committee and
staff for their talents, dedication and deep care and concern for our mem-
bers. Our volunteers put in many unpaid and uncompensated hours in
their quest to serve our very special members.
Thank you again for your loyalty, your business and especial-
ly for being an important part of this very special Fire Family. Its our
promise to you that this organization will always run in a safe and sound
manner, and with the trust and integrity that is so much a part of who our
members are.
Respectfully submitted,

Gerald Horwedel
Board Chair
by Gerald Horwedel, Board Chair
Los Angeles Firemens Credit Union
The more Business we do together as a Fire Family
the greater the fnancial reward will be for all LAFCU members.
Michael L. Mastro
50 April 2013
LaFd HistOry
tHe LOs angeLes centraL Library Fire
Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS
LFDHistorical Society
wenty-seven years ago the LAFD expe-
rienced a fire that was considered one of
the most difficult to control in our 127
year history. There are in every firefighters
career those fires that are extraordinary and un-
forgettable from the standpoint of their threat to
life and the extreme challenges presented. The
fire in the Los Angeles Central Library on April
29, 1986 was certainly one of those historic in-
cidents. The Central Library was built in 1926
and designed based on the 1893 Library of Con-
gress. It was and it is now one of L.A.s cultur-
al treasures and among the Nations foremost
repository of books, newspapers, magazines,
art, photos, recording and patents. The heavy
construction concrete and steel walls, roof, and
floors with minimal windows made firefighting
operations extremely difficult. It was almost
11:00a.m.on when an arsonist started a fire on
the fifth tier of the northeast stacks. Books and
documents were stored in large 49 by 43 foot
stacks with narrow aisles and stairway access.
OCD was notified that smoke detector bells
were ringing and they dispatched Task Forces
3 and 9, Engine 10, Squad 4 and Battalion 1.
First arriving companies had nothing showing
but the 400 library workers and patrons were
evacuating. As firefighters were making their
way through the labyrinth of books to the fire,
they encountered heavy smoke and heat.
The frst alarm assignment was aug-
mented by one of the largest commitment of
resources to a structure fre in the history of the
LAFD: 60 fre companies, including 21 task
forces, 23 single engines, 9 paramedic ambu-
lances, 3 helicopters, 2 emergency air units, 4
salvages, Heavy Utility 27, and nearly 350 fre-
fghters. Almost half of the on-duty frefghters
in the City were at the incident. Deputy Chief
Don Anthony was on scene and in charge and
he realized that protecting the librarys collec-
tions from water would be as integral part of a
battle as frefghting and ventilations.
The fre, heat, and smoke rapidly
spread upwards through the tiers. When the
heat and smoke reached the six-inch concrete
foor at the third level it started banking down.
Temperatures in the northeast stack reached
over 2,000 degrees. Firefghters were using
their breathing apparatus air supply in only ten
minutes due to the tremendous exertion need-
ed to get lines in place. Heavy Utility 27 was
called in to jackhammer ventilation holes into
the concrete third foor. Firefghters continued
to enter the heat and smoke after rotating out
for a new air bottle. Nearly 1,400 air bottles
were used. At 5:00 p.m., after over fve hours
of extreme frefghting operations, a knock
down was declared. The overhaul and salvage
operations lasted for fve days and the library
staff and volunteers worked for weeks to save
the damaged collections. Our frefghters ex-
hibited tremendous courage and determination
in battling the fre under the most extreme and
dangerous conditions while keeping losses in-
credibly low. (This story was taken from Paul
Ditzels outstanding version of the event in
LAFD Century of Service)
Fire Suppression Actions - Central Library
Fire - Excerpts from the LAFD Report
An estimated loss of $2 million to the struc-
ture and $20 million to the contents occurred.
The more important fact is that 85% of the total
value of the structure and contents were saved.
This, in a building that the national experts on
library fres, as well as a former L.A. City Fire
Department Chief Engineer, predicted would
be a complete loss if a fre of this type ever oc-
curred. One factor that helped prevent the loss
from being larger was the recognition and im-
plementation of salvage operations early in the
fre. Out of over 1.2 million books that were in
the library at the time of the fre, only 350,000
received any fre or
water damage.
The following,
in a chronological or-
der, are the events that
took place from the
receipt of the alarm
at 1052 hours until
Knock Down at
1830 hours:
1052 - 1130 Hours
First-in E-4 laid
a line from 5th Street
and Grand to the front
of the library and sup-
plied lines to members
on the roof at the east end of the building. The
crew went inside to the 3rd foor where they
joined E-6 in an attempt to bring lines down
into the fre area from the 3rd foor. E-6 spotted
their apparatus to the hydrant at 5th Street and
Grand Avenue and pumped to E-4. The crew
of E-6 provided lines off of E-4 to the east end
of the building to LF-11, who drop-bagged
them up to the 3rd foor. E-6 then joined E-4
and LF-11 on the 3rd foor in an effort to bring
lines down into the fre area from the 3rd foor.
The attempt to attack the fre from above was
abandoned when it was discovered that they
were opposing the lines coming in from the
2nd foor roof and up the stack stairways from
below the fre. E-29 arrived on the south side
of the library and provided a supply line to the
2nd foor to supplement the standpipe system.
E-29 was then assigned as Water Control Of-
fcer to insure that all of the standpipes were
loaded. TF-15 arrived at the fre and raised their
aerial to the roof on 5th Street west of the main
entrance. All of TF-15 was then assigned to fre
attack in the northeast stack.
At 1127 hours, Chief Anthony ar-
rived on scene and took charge from Battalion1
Chief Don Cate. He requested that 5 battalion
chiefs be assigned to the fre. It was at approxi-
mately this time that the fre attack teams in the
northeast stack began to experience tremen-
dous amounts of heat and heavy smoke on the
6th and 7th tiers. The heat became so great that
the attack teams were unable to advance hand
lines further into the fre area.
A view of the library fre looking west on 5th street.
April 2013 51
This was the start of one of the most
serious problems that would hamper frefght-
ing efforts. Because of the construction and
design of the building, there was no practical
way to ventilate the heat and smoke from the
involved areas. This and the fact that the build-
ing itself acted as a heat sink to hold the heat
long after the fre was out, combined to make
penetration into the fre areas extremely diff-
cult. Access to the tiers where the fre was lo-
cated was limited to four narrow, 36-inch wide
stairways and one window. At 1130 there were
22 fre companies, 8 command and staff off-
cers, and 1 rescue ambulance committed to the
1130 - 1200 Hours
At this time it appeared that the fre
was contained in the northeast stack. The three
major problems were to provide ventilation for
the fre area, rotation of members of the fre
attack teams and salvage below the fre area.
Ventilation Division under Chief Mello contin-
ued efforts to ventilate the northeast stack area.
Windows and skylights were opened or broken
out to effect ventilation with little or no posi-
tive results. The 16-inch thick reinforced con-
crete walls, 6 thick reinforced concrete roof
and foors, combined with a lack of vertical or
horizontal passages made ventilation almost
impossible. Salvage operations were started on
the 1st and 2nd foors and in the northeast stack
area beneath the fre area on the 1st through 5th
tiers. Polyethylene plastic and salvage covers
were used to cover book shelves and furniture.
Sawdust was used to direct water out of the
building. At this time there was no standing
water problem in the basement. At 1145 hours
a Medical Division was established. The en-
trance to an underground garage was used to
provide shelter for the medical division opera-
1200 - 1230 Hours
At 1201 hours, Chief Mello reported
that there wass fre in the wall on the 3rd foor.
Chief Creasy reported that the fre attack com-
panies were experiencing a serious banking
down problem of heat and smoke due to re-
stricted ventilation of the fre area and concerns
of a possible fashover due to the tremendous
heat buildup in the northeast stack area below
the third foor. Crews had to be rotated every
15 to 20 minutes due to the heat. All members
were taking a beating in their effort to reach
the fre. Whenever a fre attack team opened a
nozzle, they were driven back by super heated
1230 - 1300 Hours
The fre has now spreading through
the hall connecting the northeast and northwest
stacks. Fire attack teams were directed up the
stairs in the northwest stack to attack the fre
from below. There were reports from mem-
bers of the attack teams that the metal of the
bookshelves was bright red from heat. 2-1/2
lines were being used to fght the fre. 1-1/2
lines were being used to protect the members
on the 2-1/2 lines. Teams were taking a real
beating from the heat and had to be rotated ev-
ery 10 to 15 minutes. Fire was now visible in
the west windows of the Patent Room on the
mezzanine level. The fre had extended almost
300 feet on the second foor. From the northeast
stack through the connecting hall into the north-
west stack and out the window on the west end
of the building. A plan is developed to attack
the fre alternating between heavy streams to
cool the fre, and an interior attack to extinguish
it. Companies and attack teams are moved into
position in anticipation of implementing the
above plan. At 1314 hours, Heavy Utility 27 is
called as the need to open up walls and roofs
with jackhammers becomes more apparent. A
2nd helicopter is ordered for observation pur-
poses. The fre in the northeast stack area is
being controlled with only spot fres and deep
seated hot spots left. The hallway connecting
the northeast stack to the northwest stack is too
hot for members to enter, even in full protec-
tive gear. It is estimated that the temperature in
the hallway area has reached between 2000 and
2500 degrees F.
At 1344 hours, Operations gives the
order to remove everyone from the area in the
northwest end of the building for heavy streams
operations. A portable monitor is placed in the
east end of the hallway connecting the north-
east and northwest stacks. It is being used to
cool the area and to prevent fre from being
pushed back into this area when the heavy
streams are used on the west end of the build-
ing. Even with a portable monitor and hand
lines in operation, the connecting hall will re-
main too hot for members to safely work in for
several more hours. Engine 29s wagon battery
and Truck 75s ladder pipe are positioned for a
heavy stream attack. A coordinated attack alter-
nating between exterior heavy streams and in-
terior hand lines continues until approximately
1400 hours, when all fre that can be reached
by exterior heavy streams has been knocked
1400 - 1420 Hours
The interior attack in the northwest
stack is renewed with 2-1/2 inch and 1-1/2
inch hand lines. The connecting hall is still too
hot for companies to advance from the east.
This method of attack is to continue until HU
27 can use jackhammers to ventilate the stack
area through the 3rd foor. As additional re-
sources became available they are assigned to
ventilation and salvage divisions. De-watering
efforts are renewed on the 1st foor. Five Task
Forces are requested to provide emergency re-
lief to fre crews at the fre. A knock down was
called on the northwest stack. The fre has been
stopped from entering the southeast stack.
1430 - 1500 Hours
Fire Attack continues. Crews are ro-
tated every 15 minutes and very slow progress
is made due to extreme heat and limited ac-
cess into the fre area. More emphasis is being
placed on ventilation and on salvage efforts.
There are now 50 fre fghting companies com-
mitted to this incident.
1500 - 1530 Hours
All spread of the fre has been
stopped. The fre that remains is located in the
northeast stack. The concrete walls continue
to retain heat even in areas where the fre has
been knocked down. Very little progress can be
made in reaching the seat of the fre. HU 27 is
Members of truck 75 prepare
for a ladder pipe operation.
truck Company members loaded
with gear to work on ventilation.
52 April 2013
The Next Day
I was assigned to Division 1 and
came to work the next day and responded to
the Library to oversee the LAFD operations in
dewatering and overhaul. The Library staff had
already arranged for contractors and volunteers
to begin the process of saving the printed docu-
ments damaged by fre and water. The materi-
als were taken by the truck load to a location
to be processed and restored. This operation
went on for several days. (Frank Borden, Asst.
Chief, Retired)
Profle Don Cate, LAFD Battalion Chief
retired and LAFDHS
You may have noticed Don Cates
name in the response to the Library Fire. He
was the frst-in B/C and frst Incident Com-
mander of the incident. Don has the historic
distinction of being the frst-in B/C to two other
major emergency fres: the Fickett Towers fre
in 1984 and the First Interstate Bank High Rise
Fire in 1988. Don was born on August 21, 1928
in Sacramento, CA and moved south to attend
Long Beach Poly High and Harbor College. He
served in the US Navy for three years and was
appointed to the LAFD on 2-1-55. He promot-
ed to Auto-freman, Engineer, Captain, Captain
II and in 1978 to Battalion Chief. He retired
on 6-20-90 and later became a volunteer at our
Harbor Museum where he enjoys working to
restore various pieces of equipment like lad-
ders, including a 35 foot extension ladder and
hose carts. At age 84, Don is in great shape, still
playing tournament softball in a senior league,
enjoying life and constantly taking on new
projects at the museum. THANK YOU DON!!
knocked down and crews are being removed.
Salvage operations are continued below the fre
area in the basement and on the frst and second
1630 - 1700 Hours
There is still fre in the northwest
stack. The fre has been stopped from entering
into the southwest stack, except for a few rows
of books on the 6th and 7th tiers. The fre in the
northeast stack - 5th, 6th and 7th tiers, the con-
necting hallway, the Patent Room and the two
offce areas on the 3rd foor are fully contained.
The Mayor and the Chief Engineer are briefed
for a press conference.
1700 - 1730 Hours
The northwest stack remains the only
area with uncontrolled fre. Hand line crews
are continuing their advance slowly into the
fre area. Relief companies began to arrive on
scene. Companies are being released from the
fre to go to the Bonaventure Hotel for dinner.
Salvage operations has replaced fre fghting
operations in all areas except the northwest
stack. A plan is also developed for relief of
all personnel. There are now 60 fre fghting
companies, 40 command and staff personnel,
11 support apparatus, 9 rescue ambulances, 3
helicopters and one Arson Unit assigned to this
1730 - 1800 Hours
The fre in the northwest stack is
90% knocked down and hand lines are being
advanced as quickly as the area can be cooled
down. Salvage operations are being given the
highest priority. As relief crews arrive, compa-
nies are rotated to the Bonaventure Hotel and
Red Cross area to be fed.
1800 - 1830 Hours
The fre in the northwest stack is
knocked down. Hand lines are used to cool the
area so that entry can be made. Chief Anthony
and staff tour the building and declare a knock
down at 1830 hours. Operations are scaled
down as companies pick up their equipment
and are released from the incident.
Two B/Cs and six fre companies
are to remain on the scene for overhaul and
investigation. In order to prevent the possible
destruction of evidence and to prevent further
damage to the library, overhaul is limited too
digging out hot spots and extinguishing them
with small quantities of water. Hot spots will
continue to be found in the piles of burned
books up to fve days.
A joint investigation by the LAFD
Arson Unit and the Alcohol, Fire Arms and
Tobacco Department determined the fre was
incendiary and began on the 5th tier of the
northeast stack.
positioned for jack hammer operations on the
west end of the building, 400 of 1 compressor
hose is laid out.
1530 - 1600 Hours
HU 27 continues jack hammering
holes through foor on the 3rd foor to venti-
late the fre area. As each hole is opened large
volumes of heat and smoke are released under
pressure. Members working on the jackham-
mers are required to wear full protective gear
including breathing apparatus and ear muffs.
Blowers are used for cross ventilation to help
keep the smoke and heat away. The foors were
so hot that when water was applied to cool the
area down, the water would actually boil. Dis-
tributors were placed into some holes to cool
the areas below. Eighteen holes were eventual-
ly jack hammered through the 6 inch thick con-
crete steel reinforced foor. At approximately
this same time, crews in the Patent Room used
sledge hammers to break the wall into the 7th
tier level of the northwest stack. The 6th and
7th tiers have collapsed in a large area inside
of the northeast stack. As the ventilation efforts
start to become effective, fre attack teams are
able to make slow progress into the fre area.
1600 - 1630 Hours
The only uncontrolled fre that re-
mains is located deep inside of the northwest
stack. Ventilation efforts are paying off, how-
ever advancement of hand lines is very slow
due to the tremendous heat that is being re-
tained in the fre areas. Divisions B, C and
D report that all fre in their areas have been
two frefghters in the stack area survey the
area for a major overhaul.
Captain tony DeDominico examining some
of the documents on the book shelves. thou-
sands of documents were saved even though
they were damaged by fre, smoke and water.
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April 2013
April & May 2013
Don showing some
aspiring frefghters
how to scrape and
sand a ladder.
the 35 foot extension ladder that
was totally redone, hangs over
the head of Mark Howell who
helped Don with the project.
Don is happily grind-
ing the rust off the
hose cart wheel in
front of the Harbor
the beautifully fnished
hose cart outside the
front apparatus doors
is a real attraction to
the visitors.
May 2013
- Annual LAFDHS Pancake Breakfast
Museum 27, Sat. 5/11
- LAFD Retired Member Luncheon
Museum 27, Thur. 6/20
- LAFDHS Annual Memorial Golf
Tournament, Mon. 6/17
- Cars and Stripes Event Port of LA - TBD
San Pedro
*Event to be Determined
- Annual 9-11 Memorial at LAFD Memorial,
Wed. 9/11
- LAFD Memorial at LAFD Fallen Fire-
fghters Memorial, Sat. 10/12
- Fireboat 2 Ralph J. Scott 88th Birthday at
San Pedro
- Marine Corps Anniversary at Museum 27,
Sun. 11/10
- Hollywood Christmas Parade- Sun. 11/24
- HS Annual Holiday Party at Museum 27,
Sat. 12/14
The Hollywood Museum is located in Old
Fire Station 27 at 1355 No. Cahuenga, Hol-
lywood, CA 90028. The Harbor Museum is lo-
cated in San Pedro City Hall at 638 S. Beacon
St., San Pedro CA 90731.
Anyone interested in joining our great cause
by becoming a member, or volunteering to
work, or make a donation of money or an
LAFD item may contact us by mail:
LAFDHS Museum & Memorial
1355 No. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone: 323 464 2727. But remember we are
currently staffed part time, so leave a message
and we will return your call. The fax number is
323-464-7401. Our E-mail is: LAFDHS27@ Web site at If
you want to look at some great LAFD history
check and check the LAFD
web site for information and events at www. We look forward to hearing from
you and seeing you at the Museum.
The Los Angeles Fire Department Historical
Society is a non-proft 501 (C) (3) organiza-
54 April 2013
February 06, 2013 & February 20, 2013 (Special Board Mtg)
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.
John Jacobsen, President
Juan Albarran, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Chris Hart
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 Barry Hedberg Pension
Trustee Tim Larson Pension
David Ned Smith - Executive Director
Controller Todd Layfer
Trustee Michael Overholser (Excused)
Trustee Mark Akahoshi (Excused)
Trustee David Peters (Excused)
Trustee Craig White (Excused)
Trustee Rick Godinez (Excused)
Trustee David Lowe Pension (Excused)
Trustee James Coburn (Excused)
Dennis Mendenhall, Retired
Lee Kebler, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
Bob Olsen, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
Mark Breller, Beacon Pointe Advisors
INVOCATION & Flag Salute
Tim Larson led the invocation. Chris Hart led the
fag salute.
John Jacobsen entertained a motion to ratify and
dispense with the reading of the minutes of the
Board of Trustees meeting held January 9, 2013.
Tim Larson so moved. David Peters 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 January 9, 2013.
1) Jacobsen informed the Board that Steve Ruda
has offered to join the LAFRA Board as Trustee. He
stated that he would like to appoint Steve Ruda as
a new active Trustee which is in the current vacant
Kurt Stabel motioned to approve the appointment of
Steve Ruda as a new active Trustee. Jeff Cawdrey
seconded. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to appoint Steve Ruda to the vacant
active Trustee position.
Andy Kuljis proceeded to administer the Oath of
Offce to Steve Ruda.
2) Jacobsen referred to the new site
and stated that this site is separate from the LAFRA.
org member site and indicated that it has been built
by the LAFRA marketing staff. He indicated that
the site will be primarily for the public
and outside donors. Marlene Casillas stated that
this site is for our non-member supporters where
they can learn about our charity and how they can
get involved. She indicated that this site enables
them to write stories and give acknowledgements
to our donors and supporters. She stated that this
has been a huge team effort with the marketing staff
with support from leadership. She indicated that
the Wordpress platform has made it much easier
to make changes and keep up with the technology.
She also mentioned that they are in the process of
posting on social media networks, such as YouTube
and they are producing monthly newsletters for both
members and the public.
3) Jacobsen informed the Board that the Strategic
Planning Session will be held March 11th and 12th
at the Universal Sheraton. He mentioned that a
facilitator has been contracted and indicated that
they will distribute the agenda for the meeting at the
March Board meeting.
4) Jacobsen informed the Board that the Buzzard
Bait event had netted a proft of $10K for the
WODFF. He thanked Mike Reitmayer and Doug
Weber for their efforts and hard work.
5) Jacobsen referred to the 2% opt-in/opt-out
Pension issue and indicated that there have been a
couple of legal actions brought by the L.A. Retired
Fire & Police, PPL and ULFAC. He stated that it has
been declared that because they signed a 2% letter
of agreement, the City or the Pensions Dept. would
be obligated to give a 7% health subsidy increase if
the medical infation rate was that high or greater.
He stated that they sent the agreement for an early
ruling with a judge to determine the specifcs. Lee
Kebler of the L.A. Retired Fire & Police indicated
that they have a court date set and have obtained an
6) Jacobsen referred to the building search and
indicated that they need to get together to determine
which direction to go. He mentioned that some
information was pending and indicated that once
they receive it, it will help decide on whether to
continuing leasing or move in the direction of a
1) Juan Albarran mentioned the LAFRA Reunion
at the Pechanga RV Resort and stated that the dates
are May 29th through June 2nd. He indicated that
the planning is coming along and stated that they
already have 20 RV spots reserved for the event.
Robert Steinbacher presented the following motions.
The committee recommends and I so move to pay
the usual and customary bills in the amount of
$949,756.48. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the usual and customary
bills in the amount of $949,756.48.
The committee recommends and I so move to pay
the professional fees in the amount of $112,814.03.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the professional fees in the
amount of $112,814.03.
The committee recommends and I so move to enter
into three year contract with Alternate Solutions
at their current rate. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to enter into three year contract
with Alternate Solutions.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve the contract with Wil Hentzen at $250K
for the remaining work on the FRITS platform
conversion. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the contract with Wil
Hentzen at $250K for the remaining work on the
FRITS platform conversion.
The committee recommends and I so move to
sponsor the Firefghters Quest Golf Tournament and
purchase a foursome and tee sign. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to sponsor the Firefghters Quest
Golf Tournament and purchase a foursome of golf
and tee sign.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve the proposed budget for 2013 presented by
Todd Layfer. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the proposed budget for
2012 presented by Todd Layfer.
1) Todd Layfer presented the 2013 proposed budget
for the Boards approval. He referred to retirements
and the fact that the Fire Department had no drill
towers in fve years. He mentioned how the wage
increase affects the sick and injury benefts. He
stated that the budget refects multi-year trends and
compares them with one-time occurrences for both
expenses and revenue. He reported that the Relief
April 2013 55
dues were down about $8K for the year because of
the loss of members and those retiring from active
duty. He reported on the Grapevine budget along
with the Sick & Injury and Relief benefts. He stated
that the medical budget will refect the premium
increase approved by the Medical Committee of
3.79% for actives and 5% for retirees. He stated
that included in the budget were a full year of
premiums for the increased coverage of the D & O
and liability. He mentioned that the salaries were
budgeted at a 4% increase pool and also included
is a full year of employee benefts and salary for
the new employee hired in October of 2012. He
reported that the overall revenue and operations
budget was 3% higher than last year. The budget is
2) David Smith mentioned that a LAFRA employee
has scheduled her retirement date for March 8th.
He stated that they will not replace her position and
indicated that they will reallocate her duties among
the current staff.
3) David Smith informed that the Summary of
Benefts mailing will be going out to the members
next week.
Barry Hedberg presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move to accept
the applications to the Medical Plan. There was no
discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to accept all applications to the
Medical Plan.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve a premium increase of 3.79% for actives
and 5% for retirees. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to approve a premium increase of
3.79% for actives and 5% for retirees.
The committee has decided to use the ERRP funds
to apply to PPO offce visit co-pays until the funds
are exhausted. Barry Hedberg stated that LAFRA
will reimburse member co-pays once the fnal dollar
amount of the ERRP funds has been depleted.
Mark Breller of Beacon Pointe Advisors presented
the 4th quarter investment performance for 2012.
He reported that the total composite return for
the quarter was 1.7% which outpaced the policy
and allocation index. He stated that the 12-month
period for 2012 was up 12%. Kurt Stabel asked if
Beacon Pointe was planning on speaking with St.
James and Symons about their lower performance.
Mark Breller indicated that it was their intention on
speaking with the two managers.
Tim Larson presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move to pay:
The Sick & Injury benefts in the amount of
The Estate Planning beneft in the amount of $5,325,
The Life & Accident withdrawals in the amount of
The Relief Death benefts in the amount of $22,500.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the above Relief benefts.
Tim Larson read the names of members who
recently passed and asked for a moment of silence
from the Board.
Gilbert L. Maga
Willard C. Knecht, Jr.
William W. Kirkendall
William D. Sims
Howard L. Kelley
Tim Larson presented the following motions.
The committee recommends and I so move to accept
the donations in the amount of $21,771.82 to the
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to accept the donations in the
amount of $21,771.82 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.
Tim Larson 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
Jacobsen mentioned that they are in the fnal phases
of the wire frames for site.
Andy indicated that have been busy and have been
working with the new program for sending death
notices. He stated that so far, it is working well.
Andy also asked that Trustees respond to his emails
when he needs assistance in fying memorial fags
for members.
Kurt Stabel mentioned that the Audit Committee
met with the auditors to start this years audit
review. He stated that they will report back to the
Board when the audit is completed.
1) Estate Planning Seminar February 27th
2) Strategic Planning Session March 11th & 12th
3) Hook & Ladder Enduro March 23rd
4) LAFD Foundation Open House April 13th
5) Corbin Bowl April 28th
1) Henry J. Amparan February 16th Fire Station
49 (Hedberg/Larson)
2) John L. Pecel February 20th Sportsmens
Lodge (Jacobsen)
3) Mike Brehm February 23rd Ports OCall
Restaurant (Bednarchik)
4) Dave Wagner February 24th LAFD Museum
Old 27s (Godinez)
5) Robert Barocas February 27th Odyssey
Restaurant (Steinbacher)
6) Roger Duke March 5th The Odyssey Restaurant
7) Rich Hernandez March 8th LAFD Museum Old
27s (Hedberg)
8) Thomas Reyes March 9th Porter Valley
Country Club (Peters)
9) Alan Schatz March 14th Saddle Ranch Chop
House (Albarran)
10) Phil Weireter March 15th Odyssey Restaurant
(Ruben Navarro)
11) Robert Hernandez March 24th Knollwood
Country Club (Tufts)
12) Tony Campos March 22nd The Odyssey
Restaurant (Akahoshi)
13) Richard Rivas March 27th Stevens Steak
House (Albarran)
14) Dean Stivason April 13th San Pedro Elks
Lodge #996 (Kuljis)
15) Roger Camunas April 26th Quiet Cannon
16) Kenny Myers & Ernie Navarro May 11th
Newport Beach Vineyards (Bednarchik)
17) Richard Martinez May 31st The Castaway
Restaurant (Larson)
Jacobsen entertained a motion to approve up to $350
to purchase a table at the Firefghter of the Year
Luncheon. David Ortiz so moved. Jeff Cawdrey
seconded. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to purchase a table for the
Firefghter of the Year Luncheon.
John Jacobsen entertained a motion to adjourn.
David Peters so moved. Frank Hernandez seconded.
There was no discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of Trustees
meeting adjourned at 11:59 am.
John Jacobsen, President
56 April 2013
Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund
February 2013
DANIEL HATTON in memory of cLarence ParsOns
WILLIAM E. ARCHIBALD in memory of my wife Laura arcHibaLd
TERRY WEAVER in memory of my father aL weaver
BARBARA J. TOBECkSEN in memory of my huband biLL aPPersOn
BETTY J. HALL in memory of my husband caPt. JOsePH P. HaLL
VIOLA R. MARTIN in memory of huband and father Fredrick Martin on the 2
year anniverary of his passing
FIRE STATION NO. 68 from the Fire extinguisHer Fund
FUMIkO HUMBERD in memory of my husband JOHn HuMberd on his birthday
February 1st.
MARSHA R. DAVIS & MARk BAkOVIC in memory of our father
cHarLes w. bakOvic
BARBARA J. BROWN in memory of cLarence bOnesteeL
DOROTHY J. WEAVER in memory of aL weaver
FIRE STATION NO. 14 from the Fire extinguisHer Fund
CATHERINE NAEGLE in memory of my husband rObert naegLe & gOOd
Friends Frank cutter, cHester wiLLey, Margie wixsOn & HOward keLLey
MR. & MRS. RICHARD SUMMERS in memory of danny HundLey
ALBERT C. ABEL in memory of rOn rObey
BRUCE E. GALIEN in memory of giL Maga
DONNA M. zAHNER in memory of cLarence bOne bOnesteeL
TERENCE HALL in memory of rObert LOwe
AVIS M. HAYTACk in memory of cLarence w. bOnesteeL
DOROTHY HOWARD in memory of James (Jim) Mushaney
JOHN J. METkOVICH in memory of JaMes MusHaney
JEANNE M. ADAMS in memory of JaMes MusHaney
ELEANOR URRICARIET in memory of JaMes MusHaney
ANSELMO J. GARRIDO in memory of dana Laine
ROGER POWERS in memory of bOb LOwe
LAURIE DION in memory of earL J. Heinritz
LYNDA THOMPSON in tribute and memory of aL weaver, a fne frefghter,
husband, father, grandfather and friend to so many. He will truly be missed but
his spirit and goodwill will live on in those that knew him.
Board Minutes continued...
SPECIAL BOARD - February 20, 2013
President John Jacobsen called the special meeting
of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Fire-
mens Relief Association to order at 9:35a.m.The
meeting had been noticed to the Board on February
14, 2013.
John Jacobsen, President
Juan Albarran, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Jim Dolan, Assistant Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Chris Hart
Trustee Craig White
Trustee Doak Smith
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Robert Steinbacher
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee Francisco Hernandez
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Kurt Stabel
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee David Ortiz
Trustee Barry Hedberg
Trustee David Lowe
Trustee Tim Larson
David Ned Smith - Executive Director
Todd Layfer - Controller
Trustee Michael Overholser (Excused)
Trustee David Peters (Excused)
Trustee Steve Tufts (Excused)
Building and Lease Options
John Jacobsen called the Special Board Meeting to
discuss LAFRAs options of purchasing a building
or continuing to lease with LAFCU. He asked that
the items discussed in the meeting be kept confden-
tial. He indicated that they have been working with
realtor Steven Gelber in searching for properties.
David Smith also informed that he and John had met
with Mike Mastro regarding the lease and requested
a new long term lease at a lower rate. He stated that
the Credit Union has not gotten back with them on
pricing new proposal.
John and David presented information on a specifc
property that meets our requirements. Preliminary
cost estimates were reviewed.
Barry Hedberg motioned to move forward with the
option to purchase a building by executing a non-
binding Letter of Intent. Chris Stine seconded. After
further discussion of leasing options and invest-
ments, there were no objections. John stated that we
would bring back more details to the Board on both
options when they become available.
Motion carried to move forward with the option to
purchase a building.
The Special Board of Trustees meeting adjourned at
John Jacobsen, President
April 2013 57
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
Cummings 8.3 L, 40X 360HP 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.
VIEW HoME.Two separate living
areas, each with own kitchen.
2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath upstairs, 1
bedroom 1 1/2 bath downstairs.
Take one or both foors. 1500 sq.
ft. view deck. Two Seados and ski
boat available. Call 310.283.8975
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)
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.
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.
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:
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-
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
Riverside County. Quiet-Friendly-
Secure Retirement Paradise!
Lovely single-story, 2 bedroom, 2.5
bath, family room, offce and more,
with 2,219sq.ft. of living areal
Open foor plan, with attached 2.5
car and golf cart garage parking.
Located in a gated, senior commu-
nity, with Two-18 hole golf courses.
One championship. One execu-
tive. Three Club Houses, one with
a Restaurant-Bar-Library-Craft
Room. Six Tennis courts, Three
Pools, Spas, Gym and more!
Close to shopping and freeways.
Contact Broker: Kevin (310) 850-
2217 or Firemans Son Roderick
(213) 400-3364 or email:
HoUSE. 4000 Sq Ft., 4 bedroom,
3 bath, prime view with Foothills
Nature Reserve (BLM) trails over
back fence, 15 minutes from air-
port, 40 minutes from ski slopes,
overlook downtown. $569, 900
online. MLS# 98505356. Contact
agent at (208) 870-8292.
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 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)
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.
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:
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
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.
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
HoME near Mutiny Bay on
Whidbey Island, Washington
State. Custom 4 bedroom/2.75
bath home w/daylight basement
58 April 2013
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. Con-
venient access to sany Mutiny Bay
Beach. $552,000. Seller is retired
fre inspector. Tom Jensen, agent
(425) 359-8598.
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
Firemens discount. 10% off frst
months rent & no deposit re-
quired. Winter rates available. Lo-
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to launch ramps. All Seasons
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Free competitive quotes available
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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-
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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.
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.
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
minute walk to village. 5 minute
drive to both slopes. Lake view.
2 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 6. Contact:
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
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block
April 2013 59
to beach, view, fully equipped
housekeeping unit. Marci (818)
347-6783 or Clarence (310) 510-
HoME. 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2
freplaces, washer, dryer, gas
barbeque. Indoor pool, sauna,
Jacuzzi, locker room with shower.
Tennis court, boat dock, cable TV,
HBO. Fully furnished including
linens. 3 miles from Snow Summit.
Sleeps 6 max. (310) 541-8311
dESERT CoNdo Rancho Mirage
(near Palm Springs), 2 bedrooms,
2 bath, fully furnished condo &
WiFi Internet. Also 2 bedroom
and den, 2 bath, TV and VCR,
pools, spas, tennis courts, gated
community. From $110 per night.
No pets or smoking. Barbara (626)
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:
Hse_toscana.htm for pictures,
availability calendar, and informa-
tion on the area.
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.
e-mails: or
(310) 395-7804.
terfront, steps to the water. Boat
mooring out front, off-road desert
behind house. 3 bed/3 bath, fully
furnished w/linens. Direct TV/DVR,
BBQ, Casino, Grocery/Meat Mar-
ket, Launch Ramp, Marina with
Boat House, Gated Community.
No pets/smoking. $350 Dan Cook
310 418 1577.
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 -
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).
the_ridge.asp or email info@
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.
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
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
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@
lAKE HAVASU HoME for rent. Built
in 2004. 1800 square feet, 3 bed-
rooms, 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.
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 @ or call (928)
855-5848 or (661) 212-3191.
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)
bedroom, 2 bath home with all of
the amenities complete kitchen,
washer/ dryer, TV/ VCR. Quiet
neighborhood near the lake, casi-
nos and ski slopes. Call for rates.
Call Cal or Linda @ (805) 584-
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-
lA QUINTA - Gated community,
fully furnished deluxe home, three
bedrooms, three baths on the 10th
fairway of the Dunes Golf Course
in La Quinta Country Club. Two car
garage, large patio with barbecue.
No pets, no smoking. $200/night - 2
week minimum, plus refundable se-
curity deposit. Call (323) 254-3874
MAMMoTH CoNdo 2 bedroom, 2
bath, Sleeps 5. Beautifully remod-
eled. No pets, no smoking. 150.00
weekdays, 175.00 weekends.
Contact Scott at 310-562-1366 or
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, walk to
shuttle, Old Mammoth area. Win-
ter $115, Summer $90, plus maid
$126. Includes linens. No pets, no
smoking. Call (310) 540-4648.
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: or Bruce
Galien, Retired, 661-645-7448,
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)
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 $135 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.
ESTATES, 4BR/3BA, fully furnished,
60 April 2013
linens, full kitchen, TV/DVD, stereo,
freplace, pool , jacuzzi, sauna. 2
blocks from gondola village. 1 block
to ski shuttle. Winter $330/night,
Summer $215/night, plus clean-
ing. Includes city bed tax. No pets,
no smoking, 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,
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
Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed,
sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR,
DVD. Garage parking. Walk to
Canyon Lodge. Ski back wall. 2
night minimum. Winter $100/nite,
$126 Fri, Sat & Holidays. Summer
$50/nite. Plus $95 cleaning &
linens. 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.
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: or (213)
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: or
visit website:
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@
or visit:
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)
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.
Enjoy UNREAL surf in a FRIEND-
course and hang out by the pool.
Walking distance to beach. 3 bed-
room 2 bath. See for yourself at: Contact Chris
Hart (714) 742-3325 or email:
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-
PAlM dESERT-3 bed/2bath,
one level. New re-model, fully
furnished w/linens. Cable TV/DVR,
Private Patio, BBQ, Laundry, Ga-
rage, Gated Community, 2(Pools,
Jacuzzis, Tennis Courts). Near
College of the Desert. $175 Dan
Cook 310 418 1577.
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-
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.
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.
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
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 @ 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
SKI-IN/oUT 2 BEdRooM, 2 bath
across from Eagle express chairlift
(CHAIR 15). Has TV in Living room
and Bedroom, very spacious unit,
freplace, dining area, Gym, spa
includes jacuzzi & sauna. Exterior
of complex totally refurbished.
Underground parking. www.mam- (310) 476-4784.
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.
Tahoe, 3 Bd 2 Ba home with
all amenities. Close to Lake,
Casinos and Ski Slopes $650 wk
or $130 nt $100 Cleaning. www. Call Cal or
Linda @ 805 584-2718 or email
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