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On the cover:
Structure Fire - Sun Valley
Photo by:
Mike Meadows
2013 Hook and Ladder enduro
Originated in the 1970’s, resurrected in 2010 and now in its fourth
year, the family event saw 540 riders, drivers and passengers
enjoy warm temps and dusty trails in the California desert. • . . . 06
Finding a Cure For CHiLdHood CanCer
Scores of brave LAFD and LAPD members joined forces for the
10th year running to produce another successful St. Baldrick’s
fundraiser at Fire Station 89. • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
46tH annuaL FireFigHter oF tHe Year
The LA City Firefghter’s Association elected Captain II Bobby J.
Mihlhauser as the 2012 Firefghter of the Year and honored him
with a luncheon in Downtown LA. • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 09
taking over WHere tHe Budget Cuts LeFt oFF
The non-proft MySafe:LA helps take the load off fre
companies by delivering fre and life safety programs
to the community. • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
President’s Message • ................................................................................05
Battalion News • ..........................................................................................13
Retired Guys • .............................................................................................27
Department in Action • ................................................................................28
LAFD Boat and Ski Club
2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS• ......................................................................33
Search and Rescue
VICTIM REMOVAL TECHNIQUES • ......................................................................35
Retirement Dinners
ALAN SCHATZ • ...........................................................................................38
HENRY AMPARAN • .......................................................................................39
Retirement Dinner Announcements • ..........................................................40
Mailbox • .....................................................................................................42
Station Fridge • ...........................................................................................45
Memorials • .................................................................................................47
Dollars & Sense
THE RV LIFESTYLE • ..................................................................................49
LAFD History
THE FIRST INTERSTATE HIGH RISE FIRE • .........................................................50
Minutes of the Board of Trustees • ..............................................................54
Classifeds • ................................................................................................57
Tailboard • ...................................................................................................61
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May 2013 • 5
By John Jacobsen
W
e are inching closer to the halfway mark for yet another year
gone by. It doesn’t seem to matter if you are having fun or not,
the clock keeps on ticking at a rapid pace. How many have
said that I am going to . . . and then that window of opportunity passed
and you didn’t? I have heard many say “I’m counting in on everything,
every trip, anything and everything until I can’t.” It seems like some-
thing that most of us would love to be able to do, but other factors make
that sometimes impossible. Money, family, time and other responsibili-
ties take precedence over everything else for most of us. “I’m not here
for a long time, just a good time” has great wisdom, well beyond the guy
that I’m quoting, but it is still one of my favorites because one of them is
within your control and the other isn’t.
We just are fnishing up the process of Open Enrollment. The
same questions come up routinely and we do our best to explain them in
the simplest fashion possible. Codes and rate buckets are diffcult at best,
so a phone call is sometimes necessary. The Open Enrollment booklet is
nice to look at, but it serves several necessary purposes. We are required
by law to send the notices located in the back of the book at least once a
year to our plan participants. It is also geared to be a quick reference for
benefts at a glance, guide your eyes possibly to some new benefts you
may not be aware of, and of course, the all-important price for coverage.
Always check the Summary Plan Document on www.lafra.org for the
specifc beneft description you need or call (866) 99-LAFRA for some
personal assistance.
I think it is safe to assume that the majority of us help manage
medical care and prescriptions for the family and not just for ourselves.
But it is not uncommon for a spouse to refll a prescription, manage the
paperwork or follow-up on a care related detail. In the current age of
HIPPA and privacy constraints, a certain amount of authentication and
designation is necessary. If you wish to name a family member or other
individual to interact with Express Scripts on your behalf, here’s im-
portant information on how to designate them and what they’ll need to
know:
>First, what is a designated Caregiver?
This is a person designated by an individual, in writing or via
the Express Scripts website (www.express-scripts.com), to act on the
individual’s behalf regarding prescription beneft services provided by
Express Scripts. The designated caregiver can be a family member, a
court-appointed legal guardian, or other personal representative who the
individual authorizes to act on his or her behalf.
>HOW DO I ESTABLISH A DESIGNATED CAREGIVER?
Log in at www.express-scripts.com and select “Caregiver”
under the “Help & Preferences” heading on the left side of the screen.
Follow the instructions on screen. If you would like to fll one out and
send it back in, then select the option to download a blank form. (This
form may still have “Medco” branding, but will still work)
>HOW DOES IT WORK WHEN A DESIGNATED CAREGIVER
CALLS EXPRESS SCRIPTS ON AN INDIVIDUAL’S BEHALF?
Customer service representatives will need to authenticate the
caller by confrming certain information including the member’s name
and the member ID number. If a designated caregiver has not been estab-
lished, a few more items of information will need to be provided;
• Patient’s address
• Patient’s date of birth
• Name of a medication obtained in the last 18 months
I know this sounds like a circus act, and for the most part it is,
but this is what is needed to manage prescriptions for others in today’s
day and age. If you have been fortunate enough to slip through all of this
previously, you will more than likely be required to participate from here
on out.
For those of you who haven’t followed our LAFPP Pension
department happenings recently, there are a few notable items. The
Pension Board unanimously selected a candidate as the new Gener-
al Manager a few months back. The Mayor elected to disapprove the
Board’s selection, citing no specifc reason. The Board with the help
of the Personnel Department and a professional executive search frm
engaged in another candidate search and interview process. Again, the
Board selected a candidate and the Mayor disapproved the selection a
second time. One might ask why a Mayor, who is termed out in two
months, would disapprove (twice) the top candidate as determined by the
LAFPP Board? As always, there are many more details to this situation
than the majority of us will ever know, but it is more than unsettling to
hear this type of political positioning at the expense of our pensioners.
I wanted to relay a special thank you to Bruce Galien (AKA
Dick Burleson with his new Husqvarna), Craig White and all of you who
worked your tails off putting together another great family weekend. The
Hook and Ladder Enduro was another great success and brought a very
healthy contribution to our Widow’s, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s
fund. I hope everyone who attended enjoyed themselves. Great job guys!
Hope for Firefghters is June 6th and we hope to see you there.
Respectfully,
John E. Jacobsen
President@lafra.org
(323) 259-5200
6 • May 2013
C
alifornia City, CA.
the site of this year’s
Hook and Ladder
Enduro - Originated in the ear-
ly 70’s by the Pasadena Fire
Dept, kept alive by members
of the LAFD in the late 70’s,
and resurrected once again in
2010, now in its fourth year.
This year was no different from past
years as the weather is always a variable. We
had high winds on and off during the week
leading up to the event. Temps were warm,
skies from cloudy to clear. The morning of
the event saw crystal clear blue sky with not
a breath of wind - beautiful to see, unless you
were riding in the early classes as the dust was
just hanging in the air. The riders were spaced
out at one minute intervals to allow the dust to
settle between riders. California City has seen
drought type conditions the last few years, and
the desert is bone dry, with the trails turning to
silt under the heavy pressure.
Dust aside, it appeared that all 540
riders, drivers and passengers had a good time
and they just kept coming to the start line. That
was due to Roy Prince and his group keep-
ing the registration going smoothly. My wife
Debbie handled the T-shirt sales, cashiers and
raffe, in addition to being the IC. With the frst
class leaving the line at 0830 at one minute in-
tervals, there was hardly a break for fve hours.
Mike Reitmayer and his group of sweep riders
kept everyone on track and safe. Mike and Stan
Horst set up communications that covered the
entire course.
The Picnic Class was by far the most
popular (maybe due to free hot dogs) and it took
a full 90 minutes to get all the entrants through
the start line. The Stones and Nowells, along
with Judy Teter, and their group did an out-
standing job again this year at Teter’s Trailer.
The guys at the start line did a great job and had
fun doing it. How could they not with names
like Doak, Psycho and Brewco. The fnish line
is always a hard spot to fll but Lon Roberts and
his crew of conscripted volunteers worked for
six hours until the last rider came in at 3:05 pm.
The White girls - Tori, Riley and Makenna - did
a great job handing out the fnisher pins.
Friends of Craig
Teter’s Trailer Girls
May 2013 • 7
The raffe and trophy presentation
was held at 4pm. Trophies were awarded to frst
to third places in six classes. In addition, a tro-
phy for the Probationary Class (youngest rider)
and Vintage Class (oldest rider(s)/vehicle) were
awarded. See the inset for winners. Thanks to
all our sponsors who donated product, prizes
and money to make the raffe and silent auc-
tion a success. A special shout-out goes to Kim
Harris of Kawasaki who generously donated
a Terex for us to use at the event. Let’s not
forget Frank Cassola for a great job with the
raffe. Thanks to Pam Pascolla and her friends
for setting up a great Silent Auction - which
added signifcantly to the bottom line.
This year all of you gave generously
to the LAFRA Widows, Orphans and Dis-
abled Fireman’s Fund. You dug deep and
generated almost $25,000 in gross receipts.
As we said at the event, we will be donating a
portion of the proceeds to Derek Vehling and
his family to help with his expenses.
A few years ago I was trying to col-
lect money for one of our frefghters. As I was
giving my spiel a wise old engineer said “We
only need to know two things - one, that he is
a freman, and two, he needs help!” All of us at
the Hook and Ladder Enduro want to thank you
for answering that call for help.
Youngest rider
8 • May 2013
Toluca Lake Pancake Breakfast
Join us and enjoy a heaping helping of pancakes,
kids activities, rae prizes and more ...
Saturday, May 11, 2013
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fire Station 86
4305 Vineland Avenue
Toluca Lake CA 91602
benetting your
in celebration of Fire Service Day
Andy Gump
Arrow Fence and Lumber
Awards, Trophies & Treasures
Baja Designs
Barnyard Signs
Banzai Brothers Racing
Cycle Gear
Costco
Davi Milsaps
Dunlop
DVS
Firemans Brew
EVS
Factory Effex
Farmer John
Fickewirth Benefts Advisors
Gaerne Boots
Global Anatomical
Gold Lee – L.M.W.S.&L, LLP
Greg and Suzi Stone
Hook and Ladder Winery
Jason Knight – Fire Axe Inc.
John and Karen Nowell
Kawasaki Motor Corp. Kim Harris
LAFD Chief Offcers Association
LA Firemen’s Relief Association
LA Firemen’s Credit Union
Jason Torrey-Payne
Matrix
Maxima Oils
Mechanics Wear
Mike Jacalone
Mike Kiedrowski
Pit Pro MX
PJH BRANDS - PJ 1 Oils
Renthal
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC
Riders Choice Performance
Rivalry Clothing – Matt Lundgren
Ryan Villapoto
Steve Romas
The Outdoor Recreation Group - TORG
TRE – The Racers Edge
Toyota Racing Development
United Firefghters Local 112
VAN LEEUWEN Distributing
Valencia Time Center
Yankee Candle – Valencia
Thank you to our sponsors!
Hook and Ladder Enduro continued...
Vintage Award
May 2013 • 9
I
n November of last year, a committee of 12 current and retired fire-
fighters from the LA City Firefighter’s Association elected Captain II
Bobby J. Mihlhauser as the 46th Firefighter of the Year. A luncheon
honoring Milhauser was held on March 6, 2013 at the Double Tree Hil-
ton in Downtown LA.
“It’s really a signifcant honor,” said association president Da-
vid Frelinger. “Out of the thousands of people that have come through
our doors, we’ve only given out 46 of these awards.”
The Firefghter of the Year recognition is given to a member of
any rank, who, not by any single act, has distinguished himself as one of
outstanding character, dedication, and loyalty to the Department, the Fire
Service, and to the citizens of the community.
Mihlhauser, who has been with the department for more than
30 years, was selected for his leadership, volunteerism and compassion
for those he serves, Frelinger said. The association has been honoring the
top frefghter of the year since 1967.
10 • May 2013
O
n Saturday March 16th the brave mem-
bers of the LAFD and LAPD joined
together for the 10th year to produce
another successful St. Baldrick’s fundraiser to
find a cure for childhood cancer at Fire Sta-
tion 89. Like this year’s participants, LAFD
Co-Organizers Engineer Sean Kennedy and
Firefighter Danny Wu, and LAPD organizer
Lieutenant Greg Doyle (again along with his
cancer survivor son Will) shaved their heads to
support kids with a similar “baldness” in ex-
change for pledges from family and friends. In
the process of losing their hair along with other
“shavees” they help find a cure for a disease
that sadly takes the lives of more U.S. children
than any other illness.
With generous donations by Jay
Leno/JDM Foundation, UFLAC Local 112,
and the Los Angeles Firemen’s Credit Union,
the 10th anniversary of this event has already
raised more than $93,000 thus far! Leading the
charge was Fire Chief Brian Cummings who
shaved his head and also remained at the event
to encourage others and interact with the at-
tendees. Councilperson Dennis Zine and actors
Mark Rhino Smith, Jason Winston George, and
Angeline Rose Troy also attended the event as
celebrity barbers and helped assist the barbers
in shaving more than 250 heads throughout the
day!
This year’s event included the usual
generosity of International House of Pancakes
and Starbucks with 89’s own Apparatus Op-
erator Lee Hazelquist helping cook over 600
plates of pancakes and sausage on UFLAC Lo-
cal 112’s M.O.A.B. Face painters and Magic
Castle magicians entertained the crowd while
tunes were provided by Justin Wilford and
KPWR 105.9 FM. Fire Attire quenched the
public’s thirst for LAFD fre apparel, and next
to him, Kelly Khoury from USA/Shell/KENK
Inc. satisfed everyone’s appetite with drinks
and snacks. For those staying through lunch,
gourmet food trucks created delicious meals
while contributing a portion of their proft to
St. Baldrick’s—as did all the vendors includ-
ing Jamba Juice and MaxLove. America’s Best
Karate Northridge put on a brilliant display of
children’s martial arts and throughout the day
the Providence Blood Mobile collected more
than 40 pints of blood to full capacity of their
“Bloodmobile”!
LAFD wife Maggie Compton shined
again as she used her creativity towards recog-
nizing all the “honored kids” at the event—with
over 30 kids being introduced to the crowd on
stage and each being given a distinctive St.
Baldrick’s “HONOREE” t-shirt and gift bag
sponsored by MaxLove—including her en-
thusiastic son Ryan as he brought her LAPD
husband Jason in tow! She also organized a
successful raffe/silent auction with amazing
donated items from organizations such the
City Employees Club. And Laura Lichter of
“Precious Pix Photography” snapped pictures
throughout the whole day and raised even more
money with a small photo booth for children to
be taken with fre and police items.
Thanks to all that participated and
supported the annual LAFD/LAPD St. Bal-
drick’s Fundraiser.
May 2013 • 11
IN THE TEN YEARS OF THE EVENT
MORE THAN $650,000 HAS BEEN
RAISED AND COUNTLESS HEADS
SHAVED!
You can still donate online at www.stbal-
dricks.org/events/lafdlapd and help fnd a
cure for childhood cancer!
A special mention should be made to our
supporters who have helped our event grow
over the years:
• The Doyle and Compton Families
• Suzanne Piniarski and Dale Holmes of
International House of Pancakes, North
Hollywood
• Susan Hibarger of Providence Holy Cross
• Kelly Khoury of USA/Shell/KENK Inc.
• Jay Leno and JDM Foundation
• UFLAC Local 112
• Los Angeles Firemen’s Credit Union
• City of Los Angeles Employee’s Club
• Barbers Nancy Robbins, Angela Sabetta,
and Deby Herdrich
• Facepainter Betsy Quezada
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Over the past couple months, the
members of Battalion 1 have been working
countless hours in preparation for annual in-
spection. All stations take pride in going above
and beyond to make every crack and crevice
clean in the fre station and on the apparatus
too. The work was particularly exemplary at
10’s, where they completely remodeled the
front offce, and even hand painted a mural
above the custom cabinetry.
Now it’s obvious that Turnout World
would get ransacked days prior to Annual
by members scrambling to replace gear, all
to look like a lineup of bumble bees for the
chiefs. At one particular station, a special duty
chief who was working SOD, wanted a hand-
ful of turnouts condemned hanging up on the
wall. When he approached a hooked labeled
“IKEDA,” he wanted to know who this guy
was. When he was told that member was
retired, his reply was “I want those turnouts
removed by end of shift so know one mistak-
enly grabs them and goes on a run.”
Congrats to Captain Telles from
14-C on his promotion to Capt II, and to
Johnnie Green entering the battalion to lead
the brave of 9-C. With the pay grade advance-
ment, hopefully Capt Telles can dig deeper in
the pockets and not leave just $2 dollars for
SOD.
Not much has changed in the de-
meanor of new captain at 4’s, known as “K$”
(Yes, this is actually how he initials his name).
He is still demanding his OWN parking space,
and if you are the lucky one to fnd that space,
you will be asked to move your vehicle from
“HIS” space. At a recent ePCR class, he was
asking so many questions and had sooooooo
much input. What does he care? He NEVER
does the ePCR. I thought that was a captain’s
duty on EMS runs . . . documentation, right?
The frefghters will do it to be GGs. But when
there is a critical patient and the freman hands
the ePCR to the captain and asks, “hey Cap,
do you mind getting some info please so I can
help the medic?” “Nah, I don’t do that.” And
puts his hands up. Maybe he SHOULD just
stay on the rig, like his old routine at 68’s.
This is surprising behavior coming from a
graduate of the LAFD’s Leadership Academy.
These are a couple things to be heads up about
if you are oh so lucky to work at 4’s. Just
beware that he tends to use the phrase “don’t
make me blow these bugles” as he points at
his collar ornaments. If the stories continue,
K$ might get a permanent spot in the Grape-
vine.
Members department wide are still
anxiously waiting for results from the cap-
tain’s exam. The rumor mill just continues to
expand, putting all the pressure on Personnel.
From what I’ve heard, Personnel sees no prob-
lem with the process so far, and that the LAFD
needs to take a better look at its members
within.
Well, that is all for this month. Keep
the stories coming in, some stories just needto
be told.
big1writer@gmail.com
Engine and Rescue 3 handle an
auto/ped at 5th and Flower on
April 2, 2013.
Photo by Yvonne Griffn, EPN
14 • May 2013
Greetings and happy Cinco De
Mayo from the sinners and the saints of the
Second Battalion.
Only a few comings and goings this
month. We start with a fond farewell to Ernie
Navarro, who leaves the confnes of Highland
Park to spread his wings and enjoy retirement.
Yours will be big shoes to fll . . . and pants . .
. and shirt . . . your ready smile made it hard to
have a bad day. There’s also a lateral move as
FF/PM John Reyes leaves Lincoln Heights to
call 55’s home, and coincidentally the honey
consumption at One’s has dropped signif-
cantly. There’s even talk of lowering house
dues. Last, but certainly not least, Capt. Duc
Nhuyen (spell check went crazy on that one
Duke) leaves the serenity of El Sereno for the
Bureau’s High Rise Unit.
To ease the pain of our loss we
welcome Capt. Kevin Hamilton who leaves
the cowboys at 14’s to wrangle emergencies in
Mt. Washington, FF/PM Mikel Mattison gets
out of the pool at 72’s for a permanent home
at the Second Oldest Fire Station in the City
on the ‘A’ and FF Kenneth Williams leaves
89’s to continue his engineer study program in
Lincoln Heights on the ‘B’.
Remember . . . we start off liking
you, you’ll have to do something to
change that.
There was a rumor of a
story coming from the station looking
up at Mt. Washington, but as you can
see by the length of this column it
never got past the rumor stage. Now,
before any of you express disappoint-
ment and attempt to assign blame, I
must point out that nobody sent any
stories. Happily the heroes of High-
land Park were gracious enough to
send a very nice group photo of Ernie
and his crew at their last fre, and it seems
everyone else was on their best behavior . . .
even upper management. Sometimes no news
is good news.
While on the subject of 44’s, thank
you for your generous contribution to the
freezer at One’s. You may consider the matter
offcially closed.
Send your version of the truth to
battalion7news@yahoo.com
Ernie Navarro and the Protec-
tors of Highland Park capture
the moment one last time.
Luckily Light Force One wasn’t shut down to man
Rescue 816 during the fu season so this patient was
on his way to the hospital in a timely manner.
May 2013 • 15
Well it’s been a few months and but
I fnally got some stuff to write about!
Let’s start by saying goodbye to Bat-
talion 5 Chief Jeff Elder and welcome to Chief
Dave Frelinger. Also, going are two captains
at Fire Station 27’s. Capt II Mike Castillo
is heading to the tarmac at 80’s and Capt II
Vince (DOG) Manzo is heading back to school
at USC – 15’s. Good luck to all of you guys at
your new assignments.
Also would like to welcome back
into the battalion A/O Dane Jackson going to
27’s and on the same note say goodbye to A/O
Richie Hernandez from 27s. Richie enjoy your
retirement.
Rumor has it that a certain captain
at 56’s asked the PM intern to cook because
he said that he was CLEANSING and could
not cook (or eat) that day. The company was
pretty busy in the morning, and at 12:30 was
making their way back to the frehouse when
this same captain tells them to stop at the gro-
cery store. The guys are getting pretty hungry
and want to get back for lunch, but what can
they do? Maybe cap is buying dessert? He
fnally comes out of the store 45 minutes later
with bags and bags of groceries?!? He tells the
guys on the engine that it’s all for the guys at
52’s . . . and he’s going to cook there the next
day because he has been working there a lot.
That’s taking care of YOUR crew!
The guys at 56’s would also like to
say goodbye to FF Steve Dickinson and want-
ed to pass on that the last meal you cooked
refected on your time there – it sucked! Also
in the news at 56’s is that if you are looking
for a deal on diesel fuel, contact Ray Hoffman
on the Hook!
Now at 35’s there are two guys leav-
ing. Mario Guillen is heading out to get closer
to home and the guys wanted to thank him for
cooking the great dinner on his last shift and
keeping up with tradition.
Things to say hummmm! Did FF
Crandell ever kick the feld goal? And is FF
Primosch saving water and not taking show-
ers? Also in the news is that Robert Hinojosa
has a new friend that he saved on TV. We
also hear that there are two captains at 56’s
that have not done SPECIAL DUTY if you’re
looking for a spot!
So if you hear any good stories,
e-mail us at batt5news@gmail.com
At a recent frehouse retirement din-
ner, it was discovered that the tradition of cor-
ing the cake is alive and very well! The wife
of an almost retired captain was perplexed
when she discovered the cake had a hole in it.
She was visibly shaken since she had went to
a celebrity bakery to have this cake made. Her
frst thought was that the cake was defective
because the center collapsed! Then it was ex-
plained to her that the cake had been cored. As
she inspected the cake, she was intrigued by
the perfection of the core, and she wondered
how they did it. Did they push it through the
cake? The engineer who performed the precise
surgical procedure needs to be commended
because she did not know how he could be so
precise without messing up the cake. So will
someone please contact Fire Station 49 and
take credit for keeping this tradition alive. If
we cannot identify the surgeon, I am sure PSD
will fgure it out? It might take them a while
if past practice is any indication. Keep a fre
department tradition alive - core a cake today!
Dateline – Westwood, CA: Dan
Beaty (37-B, college athlete, son of Chief
Randy Beaty) lost to a girl.
And top story this month: The fellas
at the Three Seven say that Capt Holguin’s
handball and gambling have both takin’ a turn
for the worse. Word on the street is he has lost
a few $200 games to the A/O’s. Apparently
he is in deep with the Russian Mob with his
handball and gambling problem He’s up to a
$2K a week addiction and the juice is running!
If he asks you for a game, help him and say
“NO”
Finally: Battalion 9 got a new sedan.
They based the size of the vehicle on the
amount of work done . . .
It’s not personal, it’s just business
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16 • May 2013
Battalion 10 companies handle a
vehicle that veered off the 101 Fwy
on March 3rd in Sherman Oaks.
Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
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May 2013 • 17
Firefghters found an attached
garage fully involved and fre
extending into the attic at 8606
Glencrest Dr. on March 16, 2013.
Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
Don Witty hasn’t put in too many
transfer requests over the years, but after
twenty years at Fire Station 20, he felt it was
time for greener pastures. So he put in an F-18
for 49’s, and sure enough, he got the spot.
Now according to the photo sent in by son
Matt (at FS 10), there will be one more boat in
addition to Boat 4 and Boat 3 when Don gets
on down to FS 49. The guys at 20’s turned
Don’s Jeep into a pirate ship! Hope you had a
memorable last shift at 20’s Don and hope you
enjoy your new assignment.
Battalion 12 frefghters extricated and
transported three patients on a rainy
morning on LaTuna Canyon Rd.
Photo by Mike Meadows
On February 25, 2013, a small child and his
mother were airlifted to UCLA after a T/A.

Photo by Mike Meadows
18 • May 2013
May 2013 • 19
Greetings from the Battalion that
never sleeps!
Let me start off with an apology. It
was brought to my attention that I may have
mislead some readers with last month’s article,
and if so, I’m sorry. I mentioned a story with
a 35x mishap and at the end of the story
mentioned Captain Kemp’s name. I’d like to
set the record straight by saying that Captain
Kemp was not involved with that incident at
all.
With that, let’s move on to our frst
story. On a recent Friday, nobody wanted to
work on RA 264. While they were scouring
the department for a suitable member, the RA
had to go to the downtown shops for a quick
tire repair. The lone member suited up and
tried calling the shops but no one there an-
swered and he was unable to leave a message.
Our Hero was obviously frustrated, so one of
the other members decided to “lend a hand”
and let him in a little secret. He was going to
give our Hero the super-secret-shops-direct
phone number. Cell phone in hand, he was
ready to fnally get through. Now I’m not sure
if I should do this, but here goes . . . I’m going
to give everybody the super secret number, so
get your pens and paper ready . . . 8 6 7 - 5 3
0 9. Our Hero quickly dialed the number and
when someone answered, he was ecstatic. Un-
fortunately the person on the other end of the
line had absolutely no idea what FF/PM De
La Torre wanted. After a few more phone calls
to the same number with no luck he fnally
gave up and just headed up there. Apparently
when the song was played over the speaker
at dinner, he then wondered who this “Jenny”
was and why they were singing a song about
the super-secret-shops phone number . . . just
what I heard.
Now this next one is almost unbe-
lievable. Yes I said “almost,” but unfortunately
it really happened. Recently during a hostage
stand-off, LAFD was called to standby during
the operations to handle the MEDICAL side of
the incident. On-scene of the incident, but out
in the safe zone, the crews formulated a plan
for if/when they had a patient. Fortunately,
a real decision maker showed up and that’s
when things got weird. This chief decided that
our LAFD members, who haven’t had any
LAPD tactical training, aren’t issued a frearm,
and are frefghters not police offcers, were
going to staff an RA flled with six fully-
armed and body-armored SWAT members.
Now last time I checked, we’ve never staffed
any police cruisers and responded to auto fres
or structure runs. So our guys got suited up
in their vests, highly visible brush coats, and
yellow helmets, and loaded up and drove the
SWAT members into the unsecure deployment
area. The SWAT members did their thing and
the scene was deemed safe. Now I know that
most of the members of the LAFD don’t mind
putting themselves in harm’s way to protect
the life and property of the citizens of Los
Angeles, but this operation seems to be a little
beyond our “scope” (isn’t that the term they
always use when you work outside of your
knowledge base?). All I’m saying is that we
work hard to earn the public’s trust and once
we start deploying SWAT members out of the
back of a Fire Department vehicle, they may
think twice next time an RA comes rolling
down the street. Not to mention the safety of
two members in an unsecure zone. So next
time you’re in a LAFD apparatus and you look
over at your partner and he’s not your partner
but instead a SWAT offcer that’s locked and
loaded with his AR-15, you might be in the
wrong spot and you can thank Chief Little . . .
just sayin’.
This next one is for all you stud-
iers. There’s a math problem for the engineer
candidates and an incident situation for the
captain candidates. Engine 64, RA 64 and RA
264 were dispatched to a shooting call with
two patients. After arriving on-scene, they
triaged both patients and the “Immediate”
was transported right away with one Engine
FF driving the RA and one in the back to as-
sist the medics. The other patient was stable
but the medics still needed a driver. So frst
the math problem: There are four members
on an engine company and one rescue takes
two, which leaves you with? If you answered
that there were two left, then congrats, you
passed. Now on to the captain’s portion: If
there are two people left on an Engine Co.
and the other rescue needs only one driver,
what do you do? Well, if you answered that
obviously the captain will drive the rescue to
the hospital to keep as many other resources
available as possible; and moreover, he has to
go there anyway to pick up the other members
off his engine, well then yes, that would be
the correct answer. On the other hand, if you
answered that the captain would ask Metro
for an 800 to respond to the scene so they
could take a member off the 800 to drive the
RA and the captain could sit in the seat of the
engine for the ride to the hospital, then you
answered the same way the captain on this call
On March 10, 2013 Battalion 13 companies
participated in an exercise simulating a leak-
ing tank car in the Alameda Corridor trench.
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about the last captain’s test, things may be a
done a bit different. Instead of doing more
with less, they managed to do less with more.
Final tally was six people needed to do the
work of three. Hmmmmm . . .
Our fnal “spot” goes to the County.
On a recent Structure Fire dispatch, TF 33 and
TF 64 responded to Avalon and 82nd, located
well within the City limits. Upon arrival they
reported a detached garage fully involved with
exposures and quickly went into fre attack.
As they attempted to make their way to the
alley to extinguish the fre and to protect the
exposures, they encountered a huge obstacle.
Now normally these alleys are loaded with
trash and this one wasn’t any different, except
for the large red Squad parked directly in front
of the engines’ access point. At the other end
of the alley blocking all access from the 81st
St. side was a County engine who had a bunch
of hose off. Unfortunately they didn’t lay in
to the huge loom-up or “header” - depending
on which apparatus you rode in on. After a
minute or so, the County engineer had to bring
his supply line back to the City pump that was
sitting on the hydrant and ask for water. For-
tunately the crews put the fre out, even with
the “obstacles” placed in their path. I guess the
lesson that you can take away is that if you’re
not bringing water or tools to the scene, then
maybe you should park out of the way . . . just
sayin’.
Well that’s all I’ve got for this
month. Stay safe and remember that 2+2
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to use before the media gets ahold of it, “you
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Photo by Yvonne Griffn, EPN
LF 66 members instruct a cadet at
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Photo by Yvonne Griffn, EPN
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M
y third house on probation was Fire
Station 64-C. Up until this point my
probation had gone well and I was
excited about going to 64’s, knowing I only had
a short time to go in completin’ my probation.
However, Charles W. Porter happened to be the
“C” shift TFC at 64’s and had other ideas about
what would happen before I completed proba-
tion.
After being indoctrinated as to my
duties and responsibilities at 64’s, Captain
Porter also personally introduced me to all the
toilets, sinks, showers, foors, brooms, mops
and counter brushes that he said we’re also my
responsibility to operate. I think he wanted to
insure I understood the need for cleanliness!
His wrath was dished out equally to
others as well. I didn’t view him as a mean guy,
just a bit on the high-strung/grumpy side. I was
told he was also havin’ some diffculties with
a certain B/C, which only added to the tension
that hung heavy over the “C” shift. Luckily,
Engineer James “Doc” Dougherty was also as-
signed there and because he was a happy-go-
lucky individual and one of the fnest charac-
ters I’ve ever met, he made an uncomfortable
situation tolerable.
but I’m sorry I never did.
I would have enjoyed sittin’ down
with him and talkin’ about the times at 64’s.
Charlie Porter was a good man.
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He said that since late
last night the snow
has been nearly waist
high and is still fal-
lin’. The temperature
is droppin’ way below
zero and the north wind is increasin’ to near
gale force.
His wife has done nothin’ but look
through the kitchen window and just stare.
He says that if it gets much worse,
he may have to let her in.
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However, after completing my pro-
bation, a switch was fipped and Capt. Porter
transformed into one of the nicest individuals
I’ve had the pleasure of working for. There was
a cast of characters at 64’s and lot’s of fond
memories. Charlie Porter was one of those
characters who made comin’ to work pleasur-
able. He eventually transferred to FS 89 and I
never saw him again.
Sadly, on October 24, 2012 Charlie
Porter passed away. He was appointed to the
LAFD on 4/20/1948 and retired on 6/29/1980.
That’s 32 years of Department service and
32 years of a well earned retirement. I guess
it don’t get much better than that. He was 91
years old and still had a hairline that practically
touched his eyebrows. I don’t remember there
bein’ a retirement dinner for him and I never
saw him at any Department functions, although
I was told he did lots of travelin’ and went to
the Grass Valley reunion many times. I con-
templated contactin’
him many times,
Charlie Porter is the gentlemen in the checker-board
patterned jacket. James “Doc” Dougherty is the one
with the drink in hand and that’s Ray Donckels in the
leisure suit! This was at a Dodger game, June 1976.
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28 • May 2013
LAFD was frst summoned by an alarm service on March
3, 2013 to investigate a sensor activation in a building
at Sun Valley High School. Firefghters arrived to fnd
fames showing from a one story structure containing two
classrooms. Forcing entry into the well secured building,
frefghters found a fast-moving blaze in a storeroom be-
tween art and flm classrooms that had taken hold of the
structure’s shallow attic.
STRUCTURE FIRE
Sun Valley
Photos by Mike Meadows and Rick McClure, EPN
May 2013 • 29
30 • May 2013
May 2013 • 31
Photos by Rick McClure, EPN
EXTRICATION
BuBank near Woodley
One person was injured when her vehicle went off
the road and overturned on Burbank Blvd. near
Woodley Ave. Firefghters had to cut and peel the
top of the auto down to get the driver out.
32 • May 2013
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May 2013 • 35
T
he following rescue methods are exam-
ples that can be utilized by personnel to
remove victims to a safe location in a
timely and effective manner and are presented
for thought and discussion:
• Cross Arm Method (fg. 1):
The rescuer crosses their arms
around the chest of the victim and walks back-
wards. This methods works best for civilians as
SCBA on a frefghter victim makes this opera-
tion diffcult.
• Mattress-Rubbish Carrier (fg. 2):
Two rescuers can use a mattress car-
rier, rubbish carrier, sheet, bedspread or other
similar device to carry a victim. Some depart-
ments also use this method to remove uncon-
scious or overweight persons from a structure
in EMS incidents.
• Chairs (fg. 3):
Chairs can be effectively utilized to
carry a victim up or down a stairway if other
methods prove diffcult.
• Down Ladders (fg. 4):
Using a nylon strap, join the victim’s
wrists together. One rescuer then takes a posi-
tion at the top of a ladder. Another rescuer re-
mains in the room to assist with placement of
victim onto ladder. Rescuer will grasp rungs
with both hands and position a knee up high
to create a straddle effect. Victim is positioned
on ladder, face to face with rescuer, strapped
wrists over rescuers head and resting on rescu-
ers knee. Rescuer will descend ladder slowly,
keeping the victim between the rescuer and the
ladder while main-
taining constant
pressure with
the straddle
knee. This
procedure
will lower
victim in
a secure
ma n n e r
with little
strain or
risk to the
rescuer.
36 • May 2013
I
t’s eight
thirty in the
morning,
and the stu-
dents at Hooper
Avenue School
are finding
their seats in
the school au-
ditorium. Fire-
fighters from
Fire Station 21
are gathered
at the front of
the auditorium,
and MySafe:LA instructors Chris Nevil and
Bill Whitney are lining up the materials to be
handed out. Within the hour, MySafe:LA and
the LAFD will reward 77 students who have
completed a multi-stage education program
designed to get functional smoke alarms into
homes and apartments in this at-risk neigh-
borhood. The students will be the first in the
city to become “Junior Fire Inspectors” for
MySafe:LA, and each will receive a custom-
ized identification card highlighting their
achievement.
These energetic students, who often
live in out-of-code apartments or overcrowded
homes are taught the key points to inspecting
a home for working smoke alarms including
knowing when to change batteries, and how
to plan and practice a family escape plan.
MySafe:LA provides free alarms and batteries
to students who request them. With less than
ten percent of targeted schools completed,
more than 200 smoke alarms have been deliv-
ered. Most of the students have also created
their own “family escape plans” using tem-
plates provided by MySafe:LA. “We may be
able to double the original estimate and get up
to 2,000 alarms installed in just this phase of
the grant period,” said Executive Offcer Da-
vid Barrett. The 2013 smoke alarm program is
supported by FEMA via a Fire Prevention and
Safety grant.
MySafe:LA delivers a number of
fre and life safety programs. The non-proft
organization is the fre and life safety partner
of the LAFD. Operating since 2009, the orga-
nization includes a combination of frefghters,
civilians, CERT coordinators, and paramedics.
According to Education Director Cameron
Barrett, “public education has always been
a part of the department’s mission. When we
started working with the LAFD more than a
decade ago, fre department education resourc-
es were already under threat, not only due to
budget constraints, but by the administrative,
training, and response load that fre companies
were facing.”
The education that MySafe:LA de-
livers is unique - combining video, graphics,
role-playing, live demonstrations, online learn-
ing, and formal analysis. More than 140,000
students have experienced live presentations
in just the past few years. “Now that I’ve seen
a number of these presentations, it’s truly sat-
isfying to see our frefghters so well received
by the students, and the education product
MySafe:LA delivers is frst rate,” said Battal-
ion Chief Joe Castro.
The organization is managed by
a board of directors, including both sworn
May 2013 • 37
and retired LAFD frefghters and offcers, as
well as experts in training, media, marketing,
and education. Retired Assistant Chief Dean
Cathey, and recently retired Captain Steven
Owens are board members. Active Captain
Wayne Johnson, Firefghter and K9 Handler
Margaret Stewart and Paramedic Jayson John-
son also serve on the board. The organization’s
executive director, David Barrett, as well as
Director Cameron Barrett, have been support-
ing the LAFD with training and education ma-
terials, video, and consulting for more than a
decade.
The collaboration between
MySafe:LA and LA Firefghters is a clas-
sic example of a public/private partnership.
MySafe:LA develops the curriculum and
manages all of the logistics. Los Angeles Fire-
fghters attend specifc classroom or recreation
center presentations, and are presented as the
“frst-in” heroes to the kids.
The result is a highly effective meth-
od of teaching not found anywhere else. “We
do the heavy lifting,” Instructor Bill Whitney
says of the collaboration. “The frst-in fre com-
panies are presented to the kids, and they sup-
port the educational process. At the same time,
we keep the impact on fre companies and their
members at a minimum.” Typically, companies
remain available and often depart mid-session
to respond to emergency calls.
In their absence, the MySafe:LA
instructors are able to maintain a seamless pre-
sentation. “Time is extremely valuable to LA
public schools, as testing and state scoring are
so essential in today’s classrooms,” said in-
structor Chris Nevil. “We’re fortunate to get
even an hour of class time, and we must use
that time to the maximum.”
School administrators and princi-
pals are essential partners in the education
process. “I really can’t say enough about the
MySafe:LA program” said Sylmar Elementary
School Coordinator Heinrich Sartin. “Our 4th
and 5th grade students learned so much about
the importance of being prepared for a fre. A
critical part of the program was having students
create a family escape plan. And interacting
with frefghting personnel made such a differ-
ence in boosting their motivation to learn.”
MySafe:LA instructors go thru an
ongoing series of training certifcations, includ-
ing EMS, ICS, CERT, EVOC, and fre educa-
tion courses. According to David Barrett, “our
members know they aren’t frefghters, but they
are fre educators, so there is a responsibility to
be capable of supporting a fre company upon
request. Because MySafe:LA is a FireCorps
auxiliary organization, our role is clearly de-
fned as being supporters, not responders.”
Adding tremendous value to the
relationship with kids to whom MySafe:LA
delivers its programs, Olympian and NBA two-
time Champion Pau Gasol is the organization’s
Ambassador to Children. Pau participates
in Public Safety Messages, classroom train-
ing videos, and every year takes time out of
his schedule to visit schools with the LAFD
and MySafe:LA. Says Cameron Barrett, “Pau
Gasol is one of the kindest and most sincere
community-minded people I have ever met.
You would think that a man who is seven feet
tall would be a little intimidating to a child. But
I have never seen a kid, no matter how small,
shy away from him. There’s just something
magical about him. We’re so fortunate to have
someone so special as our ambassador.”
Now entering its ffth year, the orga-
nization’s focus is on improving its training,
expanding programs to include older adults,
developing a permanent exhibit at a museum in
concert with their partner the Children’s Burn
Foundation, and integrating with the communi-
ty and the fre department more effectively. “As
we move forward, we’re going to up the bar for
fre safety education,” Director Dean Cathey
said. “In doing so, we’re going to increase the
potential for survival of any child, family, and
older adult who takes part in a MySafe:LA
program.”
38 • May 2013
A
lan Lee Schatz was born in Evans-
ville, Indiana and grew up in Sun
Valley, California. Before coming to
the LAFD in 1978, he worked at a Volkswagen
dealership – starting a life-long love affair with
V.W.’s. Al made A/O in 1986 and worked at
11’s and 92’s before moving over to the Heavy
Rescue in 1993, and finally to Rescue Mainte-
nance in 2008.
Dozens of frefghters, friends and
family gathered at the Saddle Ranch Chop
House to honor Al’s 35 year career. After
enjoying a BBQ buffet and brownies for
dessert, everyone settled in for the festivities.
Jess Pasos started the evening with
an invocation. He was Al’s drill tower peer
group instructor and later Al was a rookie under
A/O Pasos at FS 26.
Domingo Albarran was the emcee
for the evening. Schatz’s relief on the Heavy
Rescue, he said Al was the one who “taught
him all the tricks of the trade.”
LAFRA V.P. Juan Albarran presented
the retirement badge. Juan said he met Al back
at 92’s and over the years was always thankful
for the help at physical rescues and for getting
all those broken things fxed.
Ray Hoffman, the guy who drove Al
off the Heavy Rescue after being his partner for
only six months, gifted a H.R. bracelet, made
from solid silver chains and cables.
Ken Cassidy, a retired captain out of
56’s, handed over the Fire Chief’s certifcate.
Joe Hill – the only one not wearing a
Hawaiian shirt – presented the PRB. He praised
Al’s work ethic and said that “he always got the
job done.”
Dane Jackson boasted that he taught
Al everything he knew – and then some. He
reminisced about the two of them pulling a D8
dozer out of Brown’s Canyon and working the
Glendale Metrolink crash together.
Frank De La Rosa from Rescue
Maintenance gave Al a poster-size caricature
drawn by John Alvarez.
Russ Nakamura and Robby Stover
bestowed Al with a heavy-duty lamp they made
with a “hook” base and an SCBA cylinder
body. Russ stated that the bottle was not stolen
from the shops but was donated by Sperian. He
also said that the lamp was built at home be-
cause everyone knows that you can’t weld at an
oxygen pumping station. Nak was Schatz’s last
partner at Rescue Maintenance and complained
that he always got chewed out by the captain
for things that Al did. He also said that Al was
a real automatron: turn him on and let him go –
but be prepared for collateral damage.
Jay Turner, Al’s last B/C in Battalion
2, told of how Al would hide candy bars in the
Heavy Rescue for the chief to fnd during in-
spection – the H.R. never failed! Turner pre-
sented the 30 (35) year pin.
Jesse Franco built a table for Al with
a heavy apparatus wheel base, and chains and
hooks for legs. He built most of it at the station
. . . until he was told that the frehouse was not
a hobby shop.
Greg “Stretch” Grewal told of how he
and Al were DT classmates – at different tow-
ers, worked together at 26’s, was Al’s perma-
nent tillerman at 92’s, and wound up Schatz’s
partner on HR 56. Despite Al’s extremely loud
snoring keeping him awake at night, Greg said
that he was “the best partner a guy could have.”
Liz, representing all the ladies from
S&M (and don’t call her a secretary – she’s
a senior clerk typist), presented Al with a fsh
plaque. When Al retired, nobody fed the pet
fsh at Rescue Maintenance . . . and it died.
They dried it out, spray painted it red, and stuck
it on a plaque.
Dave Burwell, Al’s relief at Rescue
Maintenance, told of his “let’s do it right now”
attitude, and how he was always helpful and
always ready to teach. Dave did mention that
he always wore two sets of ear protection when
he had to sleep next to Schatz.
It was getting late when Al fnally
took the microphone. He said he was very
grateful to have been a part of the LAFD
for 35 years. He said he was also grateful to
have worked for all three of the department’s
best captains – Dingwall, Phil “Quart-Low”
Williams and Joe Hill (you shouldn’t have
cut-out early Joe!). He thanked all of his guests
for coming and for their kind words, and told
Russ, Frank and the S&M ladies that he appre-
ciated the dinner and program they put together
for him.
Good luck Alan. Have a long and
healthy retirement.
May 2013 • 39
C
ongratulations to Henry J. Amparan
on his retirement from the Los Angeles
Fire Department after a 35-year career!
His retirement party was held at Station 49,
home to the historic Boat 4 “Bethel F. Gifford,”
on Saturday February 16, 2013.
As I arrived early to photograph this
special event for my longtime friend, I had to
quickly grab my camera and start photograph-
ing the moments. From early on his colleagues
and friends started arriving to what was to
be a fun and meaningful celebration. The at-
mosphere was very welcoming and everyone
seemed to be friends, including the civilian
friends that attended. It didn’t take long to hear
the different stories and memories that people
were sharing as the day continued.
One of the highlights was the boat
ride on the Bethel F. Gifford as we toured
the Port of Los Angeles. It was a once in a
lifetime experience from a perspective many
won’t ever see. Passing next to the huge con-
tainer ships was incredible - the containers
were stacked at least six high. We passed un-
der the Vincent Thomas Bridge and a few of
us were wondering how high the bridge was
- not sure if we ever got the answer. As we ap-
proached our turnaround at Station 112, home
to the Warner L. Lawrence, we passed the USS
Iowa and were in awe of its heroic appearance.
The cameras came out as we focused on the
magnifcent 16-inch cannons - what a sight!
By the time we pulled back into the
station, the amount of guests that were wait-
ing to see Henry seemed to have doubled.
It was great timing though, dinner was just
about ready and we were hungry. Dinner was
great and at the table where I was eating, Tim
Larsen was telling us about Henry’s cake be-
ing “cored.” He was the only freman at our
table so he had to explain to the group what
it meant when a cake was cored. I thought he
was kidding me so I had to investigate and
photograph the cake. To my surprise, he was
not kidding and the cake was indeed cored!
I think this means that they really like Hen-
ry or that someone wanted the middle of the
cake really bad. I heard that when Henry’s
wife Allison saw it, she thought that the cake
had fallen and somehow sunk in the middle.
If someone has the “core of the cake,” please
mail it back to Allison.
The biggest highlights of the eve-
ning were when Captain Amparan was pre-
sented awards and recognitions. Many of his
fellow comrades came up and shared some
stories of past events that they had with Hen-
ry. Most were hilarious and true; it made it a
fun and lighthearted presentation. Tim Larsen
explained about the effects that a 35-year ca-
reer in the LAFD could do to your body as he
pointed our attention toward Henry. We were
all laughing. Jose Martinez (aka The Count)
shared that when Capt. started in 1978 he
weighed 175 pounds, and that the LAFD will
make you twice the man; again our attention
was pointed towards Henry. There were also
many heartfelt and meaningful stories, like the
story Greg Thomas shared about when they
were youths in Boy Scouts and how Henry is
still that same person. Captain Amparan spoke
kind words during his time at the microphone
and presented his wife Allison with her own
Retirement Badge. She truly deserved it!
Being part of Captain Amparan’s
party was a great experience. I was up close
and personal to his family, fellow fremen,
and friends. Everybody talked and seemed to
know each other and I believe that this was a
refection of the man that we all came to see
and celebrate with on his retirement. I will still
see Henry on a regular basis and knowing his
friends, I have a feeling that they will too - re-
tirement doesn’t mean that you disappear. We
know where to fnd him!
40 • May 2013
KENNY MYERS & ERNIE NAVARRO, Fire Station 55-B
Lead Paramedic & Firefghter III
SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013
Newport Beach Vineyards & Winery
2128 Mesa Drive
Newport Beach CA 92660
Dinner: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Taco Bar - No Cost
Call Joe at (909) 225-5945 or email: fre91789@yahoo.com
RSVP by May 3
RICHARD “Rich/Rick/Marty” Martinez, Captain I
Fire Station 106-C
FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013
The Castaway Restaurant - 1250 E Harvard Road, Burbank CA 91501
Social Hour: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
Dinner Buffet - $55 per person, includes tax, tip & gift
Leilia Martinez at (818) 437-7556 or FS 106 (818) 765-8606
or email: leiliamartinez@sbcglobal.net - RSVP by May 24, 2013
WILLIAM E. THOST JR., Firefghter/Investigator
FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013
Quiet Cannon
901 N. Via San Clemente, Montebello CA
Social Hour: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
Chicken Marsala, Braised Beef or Pacifc Snapper
$50 including dinner & gift
Call Arson Offce - (213) 893-9850
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.
visit:
www.LAFRA.org
mail:
P.O. Box 41903
Los Angeles CA
90041
phone:
(800) 244-3439
May 2013 • 41
BOBBY “MOOSE” MIHLHAUSER, Captain II
Fire Station 73-A
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013
Marriott Warner Center
21850 Oxnard Street, Woodland Hills CA
Social: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
Chicken or Tri-Tip - $50 includes dinner & gift
Call Fire Station 73 - (818) 756-8673. RSVP by July 17, 2013
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42 • May 2013
Dear John,
Please accept the enclosed donation in
memory of Dana Laine. He was one of my
drill tower captains as well as my captain at
Fire Station 11 where I spent much of my early
years. I’ve been blessed to have worked around
so many fne individuals during my career,
few of a higher quality than this “outstanding”
man. He taught me so many fne lessons
both professionally and personally. May his
wonderful wife Norma fnd comfort in the
many lives he touched for the better.
Sincerely,
John and Anita Ziola
Murrieta, CA
Andy,
Thanks so much for being there when
I needed you, and for being there when so
many others needed you too. You took care
of everything for me and made it all so much
easier.
I hope you realize how important you are to
everyone and how your calming infuence is
there when it’s needed the most.
I also hope I don’t have to bother you again,
but it’s nice to know that you are there at the
other end of the phone, just in case.
Most sincerely,
Donna Miller
Valencia, CA
Dear Los Angeles Firemen’s
Relief Association,
Please accept this donation to the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund in
memory of Maxine Nowell. Maxine was the
wife of Louie Nowell and the mother of John
Nowell, both retired from the LAFD. John
and Karen Nowell are our dear friends and we
want to honor John’s mom with this donation.
Maxine was a remarkable woman who gave so
Send your letters & comments to the editor at: editor@lafra.org
much to her family and all those around her.
She was a true frefghter’s wife and mother!
Thank you for all the wonderful things you do
for our LAFD family!
Thanks again,
Greg and Suzi Stone
Thousand Oaks, CA
LAFRA –
Please accept this donation to the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund in
memory of my father, Clarence W. Bonesteel
AKA “Boney,” Captain II retired. Dad loved
the job and served the LAFD well over his 29
year career. He believed strongly in the mission
of the LAFRA and also supported the Historical
Society of the LAFD.
Thanks especially to Andy Kuljis, who not
only was a friend of dad’s but was there to
provide assistance to my mother on behalf of
the LAFRA. You will never know how much it
meant to me, my two sisters and mom.
Sincerely,
Mike (retired LAFD) and Terry Haytack
Orange, CA
To: LAFRA Widows, Orphans and
Disabled Firemen’s Fund
Please accept this donation in memory of
Neil Bullock. I was shocked when I heard of his
passing. Besides being a good friend, he was
also very effective when facing a working fre.
An example of that was the Fickett Towers high
rise fre in Van Nuys. Chief Bullock organized
the lobby area of the fre and prevented the
occupants from exposure to the fre, smoke and
fames.
May the Lord Jesus Christ watch over his
family and comfort them during this time of
sorrow.
Sincerely,
Jack Bennett
Bluffton, SC
Widows, Orphans and Disabled
Firemen’s Fund.
Please accept this donation in memory of
Captain II William Kearns. We have been
friends for over 60 years – family gatherings,
kid’s birthdays, golf outings and trips. The time
has gone too quickly. Thanks for the memories.
Jack and Barbara Chell
San Clemente, CA
Dear John:
Please put this donation to the Widows and
Orphans fund in the memory of Neil Bullock.
I knew Neil for quite a while and had the
privilege of working with him in Battalion 17.
A good man, good offcer, and one that was
well thought of by all. Lots of fun to be around
too.
Sincerely,
John Adams
Camarillo, CA
Dear Sirs:
Please accept this donation in honor of Bill
Kearns, my good friend and golfng buddy. Bill
was always a joy to be around with his quick
wit and laughter. My wife and I took a great
cruise with Bill and Mary to Australia and New
Zealand a few years back. Most enjoyable trip.
We shall miss him.
Respectfully,
Hank Huizinga
Reedley, CA
Hi Andy,
This donation is in the memory of Roger
(Alvin) Ruddick who I worked with on Truck
3, and Clarence Bonesteel who I worked with
on Engine 28. Thanks for all the good work you
people at the Relief Association do.
Jim Haw
Reno, NV
May 2013 • 43
LA Firemen’s Relief,
I am sending you a donation in memory of
Al Weaver. My husband Jerry drove Al when
chiefs had drivers way back then. Rest in peace
Al . . .
Fondly,
Frances Simon
Newbury Park, CA
Hello John,
The breakfast gang got together again and a
good time was had by all. Collected $74 bucks
from the guys to give to you. I want to thank
you for placing the ad in the Grapevine about
our get-together. Thanks for all you do.
Happy motoring,
Jim (Gillum)
Newbury Park, CA
Dear Sir or Madam:
In honor of all the brave men and women
serving the City of Los Angeles, especially my
late uncle Captain Marion A. Haguewood, I
would like to make a donation to the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund.
Regards,
Brad Bullington
Foothill Ranch, CA
Dear Andy –
Please accept this donation to the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund in
loving memory of my dear husband Captain II
Robert Brewis. Thanks to you and LAFRA for
all the good work you do.
Sincerely,
Patricia Brewis
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MEMBERS
NEIL E. BULLOCK, BATTALION CHIEF. Appointed MArch 10, 1962.
retired on A service pension July 14, 1991 froM BAtt 17-B. Passed away February 27, 2013.
JERRY R. BRADY, FIREMAN. Appointed August 01, 1965.
retired on A disABility pension deceMBer 01, 1974 froM fs 98. Passed away March 07, 2013.

RAYMOND C. BERTOLO, FIRE INSPECTOR II. Appointed July 10, 1946.
retired on A service pension septeMBer 25, 1966 froM fpB. Passed away March 12, 2013.

RONALD P. MARANO, FIRE INSPECTOR II. Appointed septeMBer 01, 1962.
retired on A service pension JAnuAry 28, 1990 froM fpB. Passed away March 12, 2013.
FRANK C. GEYER, FIREFIGHTER. Appointed septeMBer 23, 1957.
retired on A service pension July 15, 1979 froM fs 79-A. Passed away March 19, 2013.
CHARLES W. JOHNSON, ENGINEER. Appointed June 16, 1953.
retired on A service pension June 01, 1978 froM fs 90. Passed away March 23, 2013.
FAMILY
PEARL M. DONAHER, surviving spouse of phillip A. donAher, Passed away February 19, 2013.
CLEO J. SEYMOUR, surviving spouse of roBert l. seyMour, Passed away February 22, 2013.
MATTYE ROBERTS, surviving spouse of ernest roBerts, Passed away February 28, 2013.
GLORIA S. TYLER, surviving spouse of rAyMond e. tyler, Passed away March 06, 2013.
MAXINE NOWELL, surviving spouse of louis r. nowell, Passed away March 06, 2013.
CARMELLA J. CRONK, spouse of lloyd r. cronk, Passed away March 07, 2013.
PAULINE F. LEWIS, surviving spouse of richArd A. lewis, Passed away March 08, 2013.
CAROL L. VAN EATON, spouse of JAck f. vAn eAton, Passed away March 13, 2013.
ELISABETH Y. BRIFFETT, spouse of John r. Briffett, Passed away March 13, 2013.
LORNA MCMANIGILL, spouse of howArd McMAnigill, Passed away March 16, 2013.
GERALDINE MAW, surviving spouse of fred J. MAw, Passed away March 18, 2013.
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A recreational vehicle or RV, according to the Recreation Vehicle In-
dustry Association, is a motorized or towable vehicle that combines
transportation and temporary living quarters for travel, recreation, and
camping. An RV, according to Los Angeles Firemen’s Credit Union,
however, is any type of vehicle that can help you enjoy the outdoors –
motor homes, travel trailers, campers, boats, personal watercraft, ATVs,
and dirt bikes!
Basic types of vehicles to go RVing
There are two basic types of RVs – motorized and towable vehicles.
Motorized versions have a self-propelled engine and drive train that
combine transportation, living quarters, and sleeping areas all in one
unit. Motorized versions consist of Class A, Class B, and Class C motor
homes.
Towable RVs on the other hand, are designed to be towed by a motor-
ized vehicle (i.e. SUV, pick-up truck, or car). Towable versions include
pop-up campers, pick-up campers, and travel trailers (also known as ffth
wheel trailers).
Very popular among frefghters (off-roaders and dirt riders too) are toy
haulers. Toy haulers feature a separate compartment to store ATVs, dirt
bikes and other equipment. It’s like having a garage in your RV. Toy
haulers are available in both motor home and travel trailer versions.
Driving tips
Just like driving a fre engine and ladder truck, the size and weight of an
RV will affect its drivability. You should always: adjust all rear and side
view mirrors before leaving on a trip – for better rear visibility consider
50 • May 2013
LaFd history
the First interstate high rise Fire
Submitted by Frank Borden • Director of Operations, LAFDHS
LFDHistorical Society
Frank Borden’s Recollections:
Those of us on the Department in
1988 remember the First Interstate High Rise
Fire very well. I was the Assistant Chief as-
signed to the Disaster Preparedness Division
then and surveyed the building with Captain
Ed Stephens. The elevators were not working
so we climbed all 62 stories to the roof. The
fre foors were a total burn out. It was amazing
that the upward extension was stopped at the
16th foor. The steel columns withstood tem-
peratures estimated at 2,000 degrees without
deforming because of a heavy protective coat-
ing applied during construction. When I went
to the Mexico City earthquake in 1985 with a
City Team to survey the disaster, I saw a high
rise offce building that had literally broken off
at the third foor and fell to the ground like a tall
tree. My thoughts looking at the steel columns
on the fre foors were that this structure could
have collapsed at one of the fre foors due to
the weakened steel. That would have been one
of the worst disasters in our City’s history given
the size of the building and its proximity
to other structures.
I also remember seeing an
offce on the 37th foor above the fre
where two occupants had been trapped.
There were smoke stains on everything
in the room. They had written “help”
messages on the glass windows. I can
imagine what they went through until
they were rescued by the frefghters
searching every space above the fre.
Last month I wrote about an-
other major fre in our history. The Cen-
tral Library where Battalion Chief Don
Cate was the frst-in B/C. Well, he was
again the frst in B/C to the First Inter-
state fre. Not sure if that is good luck or
bad luck, but Don sure has some stories
to tell.
LAFD EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
FIRST INTERSTATE BANK
BUILDING FIRE
The Fire:
On May 4 and 5, 1988, the
Los Angeles City Fire Department re-
sponded to an extinguished the most
challenging and diffcult high-rise fre in the
City’s history. The fre destroyed fve foors of
the First Interstate Bank Building, which some
experts say could mean the loss of the entire
structure. It was the high-rise fre that “you
can’t put out.”
It took a total of 383 Department members to
do the job. They fought the blaze for three
hours and 39 minutes to knock it down. In the
process, they fowed one-half million gallons
of water through 10,000 feet of fre hose and
literally fought their way onto the fre foors
from the hot, crowded, smoky stairwells.
In addition, during the course of the First In-
terstate Fire, the Los Angeles City Fire Depart-
ment responded to 87 other incidents which
included 74 emergency medical service re-
sponses - eight of which were heart attacks, and
three structure fres.
Donald O. Manning, Fire Department Chief
Engineer and General Manager, managed all
Department operations during the entire inci-
dent. Through the personal skills, knowledge,
dedication, and perseverance of all members,
and the Chief Engineer’s guidance and conf-
dence, the First Interstate Bank building fre
was brought to a successful conclusion.
The First Interstate Bank Building,
completed in 1973, is a 62-story structural steel
offce building with glass curtain walls. The
building contains approximately 17,500 square
feet of offce space per foor built around a
central core and contains four main stairwells.
Each stairwell contains a combination stand-
pipe with a pressure reducing valve at each
landing. The four standpipes are supplied by
two stationary fre pumps, one diesel and one
electric. Each pump is rated at 750 gpm at 585
psi. A fre sprinkler system was being installed
in the building. It was approximately 90 per-
cent completed at the time of the fre.
At 2222 hours, the building’s two fre
pumps were shut down by the sprinkler con-
tractor, and the combination standpipe system
was drained down to the 58th foor level to fa-
cilitate connecting the new sprinkler system to
the standpipe at that level. Three min-
utes later, at 2225 hours, an employee
of the sprinkler system contractor heard
glass falling and saw light smoke at the
ceiling level. A manual pull alarm on the
5th foor was pulled and after sounding
for two seconds, went dead.
At 2230 hours, a smoke detector on
the 12th foor was activated. It was reset
by security company personnel. At 2232
hours, three smoke detectors on the12th
foor were activated. They were again
reset by security personnel. At 2234
hours, four smoke detectors on the 12th
foor were activated and again reset by
security personnel.
At 2236 hours, multiple smoke de-
tector alarms from the 12th to the 30th
foors activated. A maintenance employ-
ee took service elevator #33 to the 12th
foor to investigate the source of the
alarms. The employee died in the eleva-
tor.
At 2237 hours, OCD received three
separate 911 calls from persons outside
of the First Interstate Building reporting
a fre on the upper foors. At 2238 hours,
OCD dispatched a Category “B” assign-
ment to Wilshire and Hope Streets.
Light Force 11
Engine 11
Task Force 33
Light Force 15
Engine 17
Light Force 26
Engine 26
Task Force 20
Task Force 29
Light Force 2
Light Force 14
Task Force 92
Engine 47
Engine 12
Task Force 70
Task Force 88
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It took two minutes for Battalion
Chief Don Cate to reach the First Interstate
Bank Building. While en route, he observed
and reported a large “loom-up” in the general
area of the building. When he arrived on the
scene, he observed the entire east side and
three-fourths of the south side of the 12th foor
fully involved with fre. Cate called for ffteen
additional fre companies and fve additional
Chief Offcers. He then directed his initial as-
signment of six companies to attack the fre and
began to set up the High Rise Incident Com-
mand System. Engine 3, Engine 9, Task Force
10, and Squad 4 were directed to proceed aloft
and attack the fre. Engine 3 and Engine 9 at-
tacked the fre on the 12th foor form the south-
west stairwell using two, 2-inch lines. They had
low water pressure on those lines for several
minutes. Fire Department pumping apparatus
on 6th Street pumped into the combination
standpipe systems. Once the building’s fre
pumps were placed back in service, the lines
produced good streams.
Task Force 10 attacked the fre on the
12th foor from two locations using Stairwells
6 and 6-A, located in the northeast and north-
west portion of the building. Squad 4 joined
forces with Task Force 4 to attack the fre from
Stairwell 5-A, which provided access to the
southeast portion of the 12th foor.
By 2330 hours, the initial alarm as-
signment was conducting simultaneous fre
suppression operations from four different
stairwells on the 12th foor. Light Force 9 set up
lobby control on the frst foor and Light Force
3 set up staging on the 10th foor. Engine 9, En-
gine 209, and Engine 210 were positioned on
the north side of the building on 6th Street and
supplied water to the combination standpipe in-
lets. The total Fire Department commitment to
the fre at 2242 hours was one A/C, six B/C’s,
seven Task Forces, seven Engine Companies,
one squad and two helicopters, for a total per-
sonnel complement of 118 members.
Assistant Chief Jerry Schnitker, Di-
vision I, “C” Platoon, arrived on the scene at
2246 hours. He provided OCD with a com-
plete size-up of the fre and, after conferring
with Battalion 1, established the ICS organiza-
tion:
At 2249 hours, Wilshire IC requested
OCD to double the present assignment of 21
companies for a total of 42 companies assigned
to the incident. As the major emergency com-
panies arrived on the scene, they were sent to
staging and given the following assignments by
Operations.
Many of the frst arriving companies
attacked the fre four and fve times form differ-
ent locations. They were resupplied and reas-
signed in staging.
At 2305 hours, Wilshire IC assigned
Engine 17 the task of turning the building’s fre
pumps back on. Engine 17 and a Water System
Engineer entered the building and reactivated
the fre pumps at approximately 2320 hours.
At 2309 hours, Wilshire IC directed
Battalion 5 to set up Air Operations at Temple
and Grand Avenue. Air Operations supported
the activities of Airborne Engine Companies
78 and 100 on the roof and the four helicopters
that were assigned to the fre. Air Operations
ground support activities we3re provided by
Engine 37 and Light Force 85 and 102.
At 2315 hours, Chief Manning ar-
rived at the incident. He was instrumental in
developing the strategy that eventually brought
the First Interstate Bank Fire to a successful
conclusion. At 2322 hours, Deputy Chief Don
Anthony arrived on scene and took command
of the fre.
Two major problems produced nega-
tive impacts on fre suppression efforts at 2400
hours. The frst was overloaded radio commu-
nications between IC, Operations, and Division
Commanders. The second was the logistical
problem of supplying staging with needed air
bottles, hose, and other equipment. At 0010
hours, Battalion Chief Alan Schroeder was as-
signed to work with Operations as Communi-
cations Offcer. At 0030 hours, stairwell sup-
port was initiated with the assignment of the
frst of nine companies to that function under
the direction of Chief Rummell in lobby con-
trol.
At 0130 hours, the 15th foor was
fully involved with fre and was starting to ex-
pose the 16th foor. The offces in the north end
of the 16th foor were starting to burn due to
extension of the fre through the space between
the foor and the glass curtain wall exterior. Di-
vision 3 and Battalion 10 (Chief Perez) direct-
ed Engine 12, Engine 47, Task Force 70, and
Task Force 88 in protection of the 16th foor as
the companies working below made an all out
assault on the 14th and 15th foors.
The fre was offcially declared
“knocked down” at 0219 hours. At that point,
water control and salvage operations were
started under Chief Vega and Chief Young’s
directions. Search and rescue efforts continued
until all people were removed from the build-
ing and transported to local hospitals.
Search and Rescue
Approximately 50 occupants were
inside the building and above the 12th foor
when the fre broke out. These occupants in-
cluded cleaning and maintenance workers, the
sprinkler ftters, and a few tenants who were
working late in offces. The occupants became
aware of the fre as smoke entered the areas
where they were working.
Five of the occupants from upper
foors went to the rooftop and were rescued
by helicopters. Others attempted to exit via
elevators, some successfully and some unsuc-
cessfully. At least one group found themselves
on the 12th foor and had to crawl to an exit
stairway in dense smoke and heat. Most of the
occupants successfully exited via the stairs and
encountered frefghters coming up the stairs as
they descended.
Light Force 11
Engine 11
Task Force 33
Light Force 15
Engine 17
Light Force 26
Engine 26
Task Force 20
Task Force 29
Light Force 2
Light Force 14
Task Force 92
Engine 47
Engine 12
Task Force 70
Task Force 88
Relieved Task Force 10
Relieved Engine 3
Fire Attack - 12th Floor
Relieved Task Force 4 and Squad 4
Water Supply
Fire Attack - 12th Floor
Fire Attack - 14th Floor
Relieved Task Force 33
Fire Attack - 12th Floor
Fire Attack - 13th & 14th Floors
Fire Attack - 14th Floor
Fire Attack - 14th Floor
Exposure Protection - 16th Floor
Exposure Protection - 16th Floor
Exposure Protection - 16th Floor
Exposure Protection - 16th Floor
The Towering Inferno” was a spectacular
and scary sight for fre fghters from the out-
side. On the inside was the real battle to stop
the fre from going all the way to the roof.
52 • May 2013
The Fire Department was able to
account for all except three known occupants
of the building by comparing names with the
sign-in sheets maintained by security person-
nel. Two of these occupants were on the 37th
foor and one was on the 50th foor. Helicopter
crews were able to locate all three at windows.
Due to the heavy smoke and heat
conditions in all four stairways, it was impos-
sible to send search and rescue crews to the up-
per foors until the fre was knocked-down at
0219. The Airborne Engine Companies were
unable to penetrate from the rooftop until this
time and were successful in rescuing the 50th
foor occupant at approximately 0230.
Crews working from below found
the two occupants of the 37th foor at approxi-
mately the same time. One of these occupants
was unconscious and had to be carried down
the stairs to the ground level.
The Aftermath
The overhaul was an enormous task.
The building owner quickly hired private com-
panies to begin trying to save the offce equip-
ment and furnishings and restore the building
to open for business.
The foors below the fre received
massive water damage, and those above were
heavily damaged by heat and smoke. During
the fre, no efforts were directed toward prop-
erty conservation as all available frefghters
were committed to stopping the progress of the
fre. After the fre, the building remained closed
for several months while the structure was in-
spected, and a large force of clean-up contrac-
tors worked through the building. The efforts to
save property were conducted on a very large
scale as virtually every part of the building was
damaged by fames, heat, smoke, or water. (As
part of the cleanup, 250,000 cloth diapers were
used.) The property loss has been estimated at
over $200 million, without taking into account
the business interruption loss.
In spite of the total burnout of four
and a half foors, there was no damage to the
main structural members and only minor dam-
age to one secondary beam and a small number
of foor pans. Although there was concern for
structural integrity during the incident, post fre
analysis indicates that there was no danger of
major or minor structural collapse. It was noted
that quality control in the application of the
sprayed-on fre protection was unusually good.
What’s New at The Hollywood Fire Museum
We are remodeling the kitchen cabi-
nets sink and counter tops after over 60 years
of constant use at Old Fire Station 27. The old
sink and cabinet areas were wearing out so the
Board decided it would be a good idea to re-
place them since we constantly use the kitchen
to prepare meals for our volunteers and for
Tim McHenry, our hard working
volunteer, continues to amaze us with his res-
toration projects. He is in his groove when he
comes to the museum. He starts work on vari-
ous pieces of equipment that look like they are
ready for scrap and turns them into beautiful
items for us to display.
The old kitchen cabinets and sink were
removed to make way for the new ones.
Much of the plumbing and electrical had
to be replaced. The cabinets on the south
wall will be remodeled also.
This beautiful pump restored by Tim is
the exact same type as seen in the framed
photo on the front of the small fre engine.
events. We will install new cabinets and stain-
less steel sink and counter tops. That should
last another 60 years or so.
On Fire Service Day, Saturday, May 11th we will be
having our Annual Pancake Breakfast and this time
a new addition - a “Yard Sale” of LAFD and other
fre department memorabilia. Should be fun!
The Ralph J. Scott Fireboat Restoration
Project
We are continuing our work to re-
store the boat for its grand entry into its mu-
seum building. Every Friday (weather permit-
ting) a group of volunteers meet at the Grinder
restaurant in San Pedro at 0700 for breakfast
and at 0800 start work on the boat until about
noon. The members of Fire Station 112 have
been helping us in many ways and all of those
efforts are really appreciated. We should be re-
ceiving a full canopy covering and protecting
the boat from the weather as we continue our
work. We are probably two years away from
the big move to the museum building to be con-
structed just south of Fire Station 112. If you
are interested in volunteering or donating to the
project, please let us know.
This beautiful
pump restored
by Tim is the
exact same type
as seen in the
framed photo
on the front of
the small fre
engine.
Glenn Wilkinson is painting the engine
room hatch cover after taking it down to
bare metal. A major job he took on himself.
Behind him is Walt Jaeger working on a
ventilator.
May 2013 • 53
June 2013
Calendar for
May & June 2013
May 2013
Get your Estate Planning “Getting
Started Kit” today by calling
Marlene Casillas, Development &
Marketing Director, at
(323) 259-5217 or email at
MCasillas@LAFRA.org
Experts say it is in your best interest to review
your Estate Plan every ve years.
Reasons to update your Estate Plan:
• Marriage or divorce
(yours or a benefciary’s)
• Additions to your family
• Have you bought or sold a house or other
property?
• Change in fnancial situation or assets
• Have you recently sold stock or other
assets?
• Change of state residence
• Change in tax laws
Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association members
are entitled to a one-time, reimbursement Estate
Planning Benet of up to $600.
PLANNED EVENTS FOR 2013
July
-Cars and Stripes Event Port of LA - TBD–
San Pedro
-Fireboat 2 Ralph J. Scott Fundraiser - TBD
August
-Event to be Determined
September
-Annual 9-11 Memorial at LAFD Memorial,
Wed. 9/11
October
-LAFD Memorial at LAFD Fallen
Firefghters Memorial, Sat. 10/12
-Fireboat 2 “Ralph J. Scott” 88th Birthday at
San Pedro
-Harbor Museum Group Tour, Fri. 10/11
November
-Marine Corps Anniversary at Museum 27,
Sun. 11/10
-Hollywood Christmas Parade- Sun. 11/24
December
-HS Annual Holiday Party at Museum 27,
Sat. 12/14
54 • May 2013
LOS ANGELES FIREMEN’S RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
March 06, 2013
CALL TO ORDER
President John Jacobsen called the meeting
of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles
Firemen’s Relief Association to order at
9:12 a.m.
ROLL CALL
MEMBERS PRESENT:
John Jacobsen, President
Juan Albarran, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Chris Hart
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee Doak Smith
Trustee Francisco Hernandez
Trustee Robert Steinbacher
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Steve Tufts
Trustee Craig White
Trustee Kurt Stabel
Trustee David Ortiz
Trustee Barry Hedberg – Pension
Trustee David Lowe – Pension
Trustee Tim Larson – Pension
David Ned Smith - Executive Director
Controller – Todd Layfer
MEMBERS ABSENT:
Trustee Michael Overholser (Excused)
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey (Excused)
Trustee David Peters (Excused)
INVOCATION & Flag Salute
Rick Godinez led the invocation. Chris Hart
led the fag salute.
RATIFICATION OF MINUTES
John Jacobsen entertained a motion to ratify
and dispense with the reading of the minutes
of the Board of Trustees meeting held
February 6, and the Special Board Meeting
minutes held February 20, 2013. Steve
Domanski so moved. Tim Larson 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 February 6, and February 20,
2013.
PRESIDENT REPORT
1) Jacobsen referred to the potential building
purchase and credit union lease options and
indicated that they have received information
back from the Credit Union. He stated that they
will bring all the information in its entirety to
discuss at the strategic planning session. He
stated that they will also hold a Special Board
Meeting on March 12th to possibly make a
decision.
2) Jacobsen referred to the member beneft
summary mailed to the members and indicated
that there were calls concerning the category
of members children and step children. He also
indicated that there were questions about date of
births, benefts and effective dates for Medicare.
He stated that they are trying to simplify the
format so it will be easier for members to
understand next time. There was considerable
valuable information received updating the
accuracy of member information on fle.
3) Jacobsen informed the Board that they
received a check for the WODFF for more than
$200K from a member’s estate. Andy Kuljis
mentioned that he had previously spoken with
the member and asked if he would consider
leaving some of his assets to the WODFF. He
stated that the member recently passed and left
the Association a substantial amount. Jacobsen
mentioned that this member’s family was one of
the frst to sign up for LAFRA’s legacy program.
VICE PRESIDENT REPORT
1) Juan Albarran referred to the LAFRA
Reunion and indicated that all the RV spots
have been taken, however they are in the
process of reserving ten additional spots.
He also mentioned that they have found
other hotels around the area that may be less
expensive than rooms at the Pechanga Resort.
INVESTMENT REPORT
1) Steinbacher mentioned that they met with
Beacon Pointe Advisors on February 11th to
discuss the portfolio and manager performance.
He indicated that they asked Garth Flint to look
into the Bravo 2 Fund.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
1) David Smith informed the Board that they
will hold safety compliance training for the
LAFRA employees. The goal is to reduce the
frequency of workers comp accidents. He also
indicated that they have fnalized an employee
safety manual.
2) David Smith mentioned that they have
begun the Hope for Firefghters event planning
this week. He indicated that they have ten fre
stations signed up to cook and mentioned that
they will hold the practice picnic on June 1st.
ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE
REPORT
Robert Steinbacher presented the following
motions.
The committee recommends and I so move
to pay the usual and customary bills in
the amount of $891,010.79. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the usual and
customary bills in the amount of
$891,010.79.
The committee recommends and I so move
to pay the professional fees in the amount
of $59,537.42. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to pay the professional fees in
the amount of $59,537.42.
Robert Steinbacher informed that the
committee has decided to sell the black truck.
Jacobsen indicated that we incur maintenance
and insurance costs every year and stated that
we maybe use the van twice per year. He stated
that they will pull comparable fgures with the
blue book and set a price.
MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT
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.
RELIEF COMMITTEE REPORT
James Coburn presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move to
pay:
The Sick & Injury benefts in the amount of
$33,602.94
The Estate Planning beneft in the amount of
May 2013 • 55
$5,168,
The Life & Accident withdrawals in the
amount of $2,096
The Life & Accident Death benefts in the
amount of $24,000
The Relief Death benefts in the amount of
$36,000.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the above Relief benefts.
James Coburn read the names of members who
recently passed and asked for a moment of
silence from the Board.
MEMORIALS
Robert L. Wheeler
Duane N. Thackeray
James L. Mushaney
John R. Lewandowski
Eugene B. Hopkins
Charles W. Bakovic
Dana R. Laine
Earl J. Heinritz
ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE
James Coburn presented the following
motions.
The committee recommends and I so move to
accept the donations in the amount of $13,429.75
to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s
Fund. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to accept the donations in
the amount of $13,429.75 to the Widows,
Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve the fnancial assistance applications for
surviving spouses, active and retired members.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the fnancial
assistance applications for surviving spouses,
active and retired members.
EMERGENCY ADVANCEMENTS
James Coburn presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move
to approve the emergency advancement
applications for active and retired members.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the emergency
advancement applications for active and
retired members.
GRAPEVINE/WESBITE REPORT
Chris Hart stated that he has asked members on
how they could save money on the printing of
the Grapevine. He also asked them how they
would feel having only ten or six printed per
year. He stated that most members felt that they
would prefer to continue receiving the magazine
once per month.
SECRETARY’S REPORT
Andy thanked the Trustees for assisting with
the fying of the fags.
AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT
Todd Layfer stated that the auditors have been in
the offce all week and indicated that they will be
done this week. He mentioned that they will hold
an Audit Committee meeting the week of April
15th to review the fnal audit results.
SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT
Rick Godinez informed that they have placed an
ad in this month’s Grapevine for the Scholarship
Program. He mentioned that the deadline is April
15th to submit their applications. He indicated
that they are working to schedule the exam for
May 4th. He stated that they have decided to add
another category to the Scholarship program that
caters specifcally to leadership for those that
wish to be a frefghter, police offcer or military.
The committee recommends and I so move
to add another category of Leadership to the
Scholarship Program in the amount of $2,500.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to add another category of
Leadership to the Scholarship Program in
the amount of $2,500.
SETTING OF DATES
1) Strategic Planning Session – March 11 & 12
2) Hook & Ladder Enduro – March 23rd
3) Corbin Bowl – April 28th
RETIREMENT DINNERS
1) Rich Hernandez – March 8th LAFD
Museum Old 27’s
2) Thomas Reyes – March 9th Porter Valley
Country Club
3) Alan Schatz – March 14th Saddle Ranch
Chop House
4) Phil Weireter – March 15th Odyssey
Restaurant
5) Tony Campos – March 22nd The Odyssey
Restaurant
6) Robert Hernandez – March 24th Knollwood
Country Club
7) Richard Rivas – March 27th Steven’s Steak
House
8) John P. Miller – April 12th The Odyssey
Restaurant
9) Dean Stivason – April 13th San Pedro Elks
Lodge #996
10) John Wolfenstein – April 20th Antelope
Valley Country Club
11) Roger Camunas – April 26th Quiet
Cannon
12) Kenny Myers & Ernie Navarro – May
11th Newport Beach
13) Richard Martinez – May 31st The
Castaway Restaurant
14) James F. Cairns – June 15th Mountain
Gate Country Club
IN-PERSON APPEAL
Jacobsen informed the Board that they have an
in-person appeal from a suspended member that
is requesting reinstatement as a member of the
Relief Association. He reported that the member
had been suspended because he defaulted on
the terms of an advancement. Jacobsen referred
to the previously set terms by the Board for the
member to follow in order to be considered for
reinstatement.
The suspended member appealed his case
to the Board. He indicated that his fnancial
situation has not improved, but indicated that
he is addressing it. He mentioned that he has
been continuing to make his payroll deduction
payments to the Relief Association as per their
agreement.
The member was told that the Board would
further discuss his issue and inform him of their
decision.

Jacobsen stated that the member has been
suspended for about one year now and is asking
to be reinstated and lift the current suspension.
Chris Stine motioned to allow the member to be
reinstated to the Relief, if he doubles his monthly
payroll deduction toward the advancement and
pays back dues from time of suspension. Gene
Bednarchik seconded. On the question there
were objections. Sixteen voted in favor of the
motion, two voted opposed.
Motion carried to allow the member to
be reinstated to the Relief Association if
he doubles his monthly payroll deduction
toward the advancement and pays back dues
from time of suspension.
ADJOURNMENT
John Jacobsen entertained a motion to adjourn.
Barry Hedberg so moved. Chris Stine seconded.
There was no discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
Trustees meeting adjourned at 11:08 am.
John Jacobsen, President
56 • May 2013
Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund
March 2013
ROBERT & JEAN BOARD
BRAD A. BULLINGTON in memory of my uncle Captain
MARION A. HAGUEWOOD
PATRICIA A. BREWIS in memory of my husband Captain
ROBERT M. BREWIS
STEPHEN I. COPEN, MD
CHRISTINE A. LACELLOTTI in memory of GLORIA TYLER
FRANK GOLAY in memory of NEIL BULLOCK
MICHAEL R. HAYTACK in memory of mt father CLARENCE W. BONESTEEL
LEIGH ANH NGUYEN C/O Dolores Heinritz in memory of EARL HEINRITZ
ALFRED D. BREKKE
HELEN L. SCHULZ
WALTER R. BREY in memory of ROB LOWE
ANTHONY E. GIORDANO in memory of NEIL BULLOCK
HOWARD R. DUNFORD in memory of MAXINE NOWELL,
mother of John Nowell
JOHN J. ADAMS in memory of NEIL BULLOCK
MUKESH T. PATEL - Hoteliers for Charity
GREGORY & SUZI STONE in memory of MAXINE NOWELL
VIRGINIA TURLEY
DONNA L. MAGA in memory of NEIL BULLOCK
FIRE STATION NO. 89 from the FIRE EXTINGUISHER FUND
FIRE STATION NO. 35 from the FIRE EXTINGUISHER FUND
JAMES E. GILLUM from the “SIMI VALLEY BREAKFAST CLUB”
STEVEN SMITH - AT&T Employee Giving Campaign
EVANGELINA GONZALEZ NESTLE in memory of
Captain JAVIER L. PEREZ
GENE R. MILLER in memory of CLARENCE “BONE” BONESTEEL
JACK D. CHELL in memory of Captain II WILLIAM KEARNS
HENRY O. HUIZINGA JR in honor of BILL KEARNS
STEVEN D. & DIANE LILIENTHAL in honor of
DAVID WAGNER’S RETIREMENT
VIOLA R. MARTIN in memory of NEIL BULLOCK
JACK BENNETT in memory of NEIL BULLOCK
SANDRA L. GRANGE in memory of ROBERT EUGENE LOWE
VIOLA R. MARTIN in memory of DANA LAINE
LAVONNE ABNEY - Wives of Firemen/San Pedro Group in memory of
LAURA KORCHAK
JAMES R. HAW in memory of ROGER RUDDICK AND CLARENCE BONESTEEL
FRANCES B. SIMON in memory of AL WEAVER
THOMAS MURO in memory of BILL KEARNS
AVIS M. HAYTACK in memory of CLARENCE W. BONESTEEL
ENRIQUE BORBOA
ANSELMO GARRIDO in memory of DANA LAINE
ANSELMO GARRIDO in memory of NEIL BULLOCK
EVANGELINA GONZALEZ NESTLE in memory of
Captain JAVIER L. PEREZ
JOHN W. LEICHTFUSS in memory of AL WEAVER
ARCHER R. MORGAN in memory of ROBERT LOWE and
our many years together at Old 28’s
DONALD CATE in memory of my wife LOIS CATE
AT&T United Way/Employee Giving - STEVE SMITH
MRS. TED WOLFE
JACQUELINE L. RECHSTEINER in memory of ROBERT LOWE
ANTHONY & LINDA WILLIAMS in memory of ROBERT LOWE
ARTHUR LEAL in memory of GIL MAGA
ARTHUR LEAL in memory of NEIL BULLOCK
CHRIS COOLEY in memory of NEIL BULLOCK
JASON TORREY-PAYNE from HOOK AND LADDER ENDURO
JEANINE BENNETT in loving memory of my dad Captain TONY IONATA
JOANNE THRASHER in memory of NEIL BULLOCK
JODY SHERMAN in memory of NEIL BULLOCK
RAY AND VIRGINIA KNAUSS in memory of a very special couple,
EARL AND GLORIA TYLER
RICK THRASHER in memory of NEIL BULLOCK
ROSE KEMPER is memory of LANE KEMPER
GLEN PRINE
HUGH G. MARTIN III
SEBASTIAN VELA
ROBERT G. GONZALEZ
BONNIE J. ROWE
DONALD R. BEAVER
May 2013 • 57
MERCHANDISE
FOR SALE
2000 HARLEY-DAVIDSON ROAD
KING. Beautiful Bike! 95-inch mo-
tor, includes seat back and chrome
rack (10K in chrome), 16,000
miles. Asking $9,500. Also for sale,
2004 Honda XR650R, good condi-
tion. HR hop up kit, runs excellent.
Asking $2,500. (909) 838-5929.
LACO Captain, John Mark FS
135-C.
2008 PROVIDENCE DIESEL
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.
FOR SALE: Full slate pool table
with subway return. Original cost
$5000. Asking $1500 with all ac-
cesories (wall mounted rack for
balls, cue sticks, etc.) including
over table billiard light. New felt
table top plus new padded cover.
Price includes a Sears incline ad-
justable Proform Crosswalk 400e
treadmill. Call: (310)738-3465.
REAL ESTATE
FOR RENT
FOR RENT. NEW LAKE POWELL
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
HORSE PROPERTY, LAKE
VIEW TERRACE - Near FS24. 3
bedroom, 2 bath, newly remodeled
kitchen with granite countertops
and stainless steel appliances.
Formal living room, plus family
room. 3 pipe corrals, arena, 2
barns, trail access. Motor home
and horse trailer parking. Gar-
dener included. Available October.
$2800/month. Eng. Ames (818)
257-4549.
LOVELY 110 YR. OLD HISTORIC
HOUSE to share in San Pedro’s
historic waterfront dist. Private
bedroom with private full bath-
room, kitchen, laundry, air condi-
tioning, spacious back yard, sorry,
no private parking, $700 month.
“Cindy” 310 831-0926.
THIS CHARMING SPACIOUS 2
BEDROOM HOME is centrally
located in the heart of Encino.
Features hardwood fooring
throughout with a large master
suite, bath, cathedral ceilings and
walk-in closets. The upstairs can
be separate with its own entrance.
Downstairs is a bedroom, full bath
and powder room. Big backyard,
garage and additional parking
for RV. $2500 for the above, or
rent just the master suite, $1000,
downstairs for $1500 a month. Call
Tracy (818) 704-9592.
REAL ESTATE
FOR SALE
BEAUTIFUL, SINGLE LEVEL
HOME available in Mill City,
Oregon. Single owner, retired L.A.
Fireman, now deceased. Quiet
neighborhood on dead end street.
Built among trees, gorgeous
meadow behind, unequaled view
of the Cascades. 3 Bdrm, 2 1/2
baths. Natural landscape with
150 yr. old Maple in the side yard.
Plenty of room for RV, boat, trailer
etc. Contact Judy Quillin, 503
559-8643;
email: JudyQ@equitygroup.com
MLS#640292
BEAUTIFUL BOISE IDAHO
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
rsoster1@dishmail.net for more
info and photos.
FOR SALE. 2 bedroom, 2 bath
condo fully furnished in Barra de
Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico. Short
walk to small fshing village,
beach, restaurants, etc. LAFD
retired. (909) 392-8941.
LOVELY 2800 SQ FT 3 bedroom,
2 bath home on Marrowstone
Island near Port Townsend,
Washington. Sits on 4 plus partical
wooded acres with Puget Sound.
230 foot waterfront view. Has barn
for RV storage. City water, oil heat
in foor. Past home of LAFD get
together. Call Vonnie Rogers (360)
385-7544.
OREGON RIVER PROPERTY
Chiloquin, Rustic homestead on
73 wooded acres, bordered by
turquoise, clear Spring Creek
river. Artesian well produces 200
gpm. Block built 1926 sq.ft. home,
2BD 2BA, large garage, shops,
barn on private, level land. Boat
house w/boat. Near Williamson
and Sprague Rivers; world famous
trout streams. $625,000 www.
survivalacreageoregon.com
RIVER PARCELS. Three 20 acre
Klammath River frontage parcels
in beautiful Northern California- 30
miles from Oregon. Electricity and
telephone available. Rarely used
County-maintained road runs
through. Very private. 6 miles from
Happy Camp. Each parcel has
more than 700 front feet of river.
$195,000 - $295,000. Contact Troy
Bonar, LAFD retired. PO Box 466,
Happy Camp, CA 96039 or call
(530) 493-2453 or fax (530) 493-
2589 or email: troy@sisqtel.net
SKI THE SUMMIT! BIG BEAR,
4+2, 5 minutes from snow sum-
mit, downtown and the lake. Locat-
ed in the desirable Fox Farm area.
2 story-upstairs 2+1, downstairs
2+1 turn key condition, ready to
enjoy. Fully furnished. Investment
Vacation or Retirement. $359,000
Call Therese (818) 216-4628 or
theresewyman@msn.com
THE LAST BEST PLACE. Own
a piece of Montana. Panoramic
views of Flathead Lake. 3 acres
with a great building site. Adjacent
to forested public land. Access to
fshing , summer water sports and
winter skiing. Owned by retired
LAFD. Listed with Riverbend Re-
alty. Keith at 406-837-1501.
www.riverbendbigfork.com
TRUST SALE, VALYERMO, CA –
2/3 completed home located on 20
acres. The house is 2 bedroom, 3
bath, approximately 2000 Sq. Ft.
It is completely framed (metal stud
construction) and enclosed. Rough
electrical and rough plumbing
completed. Solar power and well
with 10,000 storage tank in place.
Large 24’ X 30’ storage building
adjacent to the house. In addi-
tion there are approximately 150
acres connected to this property.
$240,000 takes all. For information
contact; Jim Duzick @ Prudential
Troth Realitors. (661) 547-9750 or
Bill Stires (661) 252-2299 or Tom
Stires (818) 240-7153

SERVICES
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clearance, clean ups, grad-
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shrub shaping, stump removals,
concrete, asphalt and dirt removal,
trench footings, auger holes and
more! Full line of equipment.
Thanks! Larry (818) 489-5126
BOAT & PWC STORAGE
Firemen’s discount. 10% off frst
month’s rent & no deposit re-
quired. Winter rates available. Lo-
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com wife of LAFD Mechanic,
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CRAIG SANFORD HEATING &
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CRANE SERVICE All kinds of
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CLASSIFIEDS
58 • May 2013
DJ FOR ALL OCCASIONS - You
name it, I play it!! Call Frank (818)
554-7273. Serving San Fernando
Valley over 20 years! “Firefght-
ers are my family.”
DOES ANYTHING BOTHER
YOU? Anything at all? Mental,
emotional or physical? Dr. Bob
Price, psychotherapist. LAFD
retired, has developed a model
that puts the fre out fast. It allows
you to overcome almost anything
that bothers you rather quickly.
My book, “Speed Healing,” & DVD
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model.com. Telephone sessions
granted quickly. Call for telephone
appointment. (619) 461-9527
DRYWALL SERVICE, new
construction, remodel, repair,
acoustic ceilings removed. All
types of textures. Licensed, bond-
ed and insured. Gregg Avery, F.S.
66 “A” residence (805) 494-9037.
FIREFIGHTERS TAXES - Are
you getting the most from your tax
returns? I am a wife of a frefghter
and specialize in their returns, with
60% of my clients being frefghter
families. Taxes done at you con-
venience; my offce or by phone.
Available year-round. TaxPro,
Barbara Ravitz, 661-257-7606.
FIREFIGHTER DISCOUNTS. At
Farmers Insurance Group, I can
assist you in deciding what options
best meet your insurance needs.
Free competitive quotes available
for homeowners, auto, life, RV’s,
boats motorcycles and more. As a
former LAFD and LAPD Commis-
sioner, and coming from a family
of frefghters (3 brothers and 1
nephew), I understand your need
for an agent that can make your
life a little easier. For a free quote,
please call the Corina Alarcon
Insurance Agency at (818) 263-
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FIREMAN DESIGN & LAND-
SCAPE. Free design and
estimate. Landscape/irrigation/
sod/stamped concrete/concrete
foundations/patio covers/turf/
rockscape. I will beat all written
estimates. Serving all areas. LAFD
96-B Eric Mendoza. (760) 221-
1912 cell. (661) 480-2202 offce.
www.fremanlandscape.com
Lic#857078. Insured and bonded.
GARAGE DOOR INSTALLATION
& SERVICE. Garage doors and
openers. Need to replace your
broken springs? or does your
door need repair, even replaced?
We do it all from new product to
repairing old. Call (661) 860-4563
Grassroots Garage Doors, Inc.
Lic# 950020. Son of 35 year vet-
eran freman.
REAL ESTATE FINANCING.
Interest rates are at All-Time-Lows.
Refnance & Purchase Loans,
Investment/Second Home Loans/
Equity Lines/2nd Trust Deeds, No
Points/No Fees Loans, VA, FHA,
Conventional Loans, Lending
in many other states. Mortgage
lending with exceptional customer
service, integrity, strength and ex-
perience. For your Free Mortgage
Analysis, call (714) 469-8900. Jay
Trementozzi, Mortgage Banker.
DRE# 01113819, NMLS# 241591.
REAL ESTATE SERVICES - Start
a new life in the gorgeous commu-
nities of Temecula and Murrieta.
Top rated schools, world renowned
wineries, numerous golf courses,
lakes, shopping and a great family
atmosphere. Located 78 miles
from HQ between Los Angeles
and San Diego. Call Mike Utley at
(951) 775-8491 (LAFD Retired).
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LAFD)
REBECCA MARTIN LAND-
SCAPE. Architectural landscape
design and installation. A full ser-
vice design/build landscape frm
that creates unique custom exte-
rior environments that will increase
the value of your home and bring
you years of outdoor enjoyment.
Rebecca Martin, LAFD wife. (818)
216-3637. Lic# 936577. rebecca-
martinlandscape@gmail.com
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WINDOWS & PATIO DOORS
- vinyl replacement windows &
Patio doors. I also carry aluminum,
wood and entry door systems.
Rick Brandelli, Capt. LACoFD,
FS 8-C (800) 667-6676. www.
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VACATION
RENTALS
4 BEDROOMS, 4 BATHS, Game
Room, 3000 sq. ft. upscale BIG
BEAR LAKE CABIN. Pool table,
foosball, darts, ping-pong, gas
BBQ. Private road close to lake,
Village. Walk to Snow Sum-
mit, great for summer. Accom-
modates 13. Until November:
Midweek-$250; Weekends: $295.
For summer specials or holiday/
winter rates call (949) 683-3028.
steps2summit.com
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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.
www.schaffercabin.com
BIG BEAR CABIN. 2 bedroom, 2
bath, 2 story. Sleeps 8. Near ski
slopes & lake. Fireplace/wood,
cable TV, DVD,VCR, full kitchen.
Completely furnished. $85/$95 per
night. Minimum 2 nights. Holidays
extra. Weekly available. All Sea-
son. Sheri (909) 851-1094 cell or
(760) 948-2844 home.
BIG BEAR LAKE’S FINEST-
Deluxe lakeside townhouse, 2
bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable TVs,
HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood burning
freplaces, laundry room, tennis
court, indoor pool, sauna, spa,
boat dock. Fully equipped, includ-
ing all linens. Sleeps 6. 310-541-
8311 or email cindy14@cox.net
BIG BEAR VINTAGE CABIN. 2
minute walk to village. 5 minute
drive to both slopes. Lake view.
2 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 6. Contact:
bigbearescapes.com/pikes-
place
Owned by LAFD member.
BULLHEAD/LAUGHLIN. Large
new Custom 3 bedroom/2 bath
home 4 minutes from the casino’s
and close to Katherine’s Landing.
Quiet cul-de-sac. All amenities.
Everything is new. 60” TV in living
room. TV’s in all bedrooms. Large
formal dining room. BBQ and large
patio overlooking the mountains.
35 ft X 3-1/2 car garage w/ gym
equipment. Wireless internet w/
on site computer. $150 per night
+ $75 cleaning fee. No smoking
or pets please. Scott at 805-208-
1598 or h2oratscott@aol.com.
CATALINA BEACH COTTAGE
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block
to beach, view, fully equipped
housekeeping unit. Marci (818)
347-6783 or Clarence (310) 510-
2721.
DELUXE LAKESIDE TOWN
HOME. 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2
freplaces, washer, dryer, gas
barbeque. Indoor pool, sauna,
Jacuzzi, locker room with shower.
Tennis court, boat dock, cable TV,
HBO. Fully furnished including
linens. 3 miles from Snow Summit.
Sleeps 6 max. (310) 541-8311
DESERT CONDO Rancho Mirage
(near Palm Springs), 2 bedrooms,
2 bath, fully furnished condo &
WiFi Internet. Also 2 bedroom
and den, 2 bath, TV and VCR,
pools, spas, tennis courts, gated
community. From $110 per night.
No pets or smoking. Barbara (626)
798-2484.
FOR SALE 5 SHARES 18’x70’
2008 houseboat on Lake Powell.
1 master suite & 3 staterooms 2
full bathrooms and 1 1/2 bath. 2
large residential refrigerators in
the kitchen/salon and 1 refrigera-
tor & freezer on the topdeck. Top
deck has 36’ of hard cover and
full bar, BBQ and lounge seating.
2 LCD televisions with Direct TV
and VCR’s. Pictures on request.
Weeks available are week 1 (Fri
after Memorial Day), Week 12
(Aug 17-24), Weeks 14-16 (late
Aug into Sept). These dates vary
from year to year. We are an LLC
corporation incorporated in AZ.
$25,000 annual dues are also ap-
plicable. Call (661) 547-4205.
FORMER L.A. FIREFIGHTER
and Family offering gorgeous Baja
Mexico Property for rent. Coast-
side Gated Community with pool/
spa, surfng, and loads of fun. 4
Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms. Fully
Equipped Kitchen. Call Kathy at
510-468-5003 for more informa-
tion. Go to: lasgaviotas.com/
Hse_toscana.htm for pictures,
availability calendar, and informa-
tion on the area.
GOLFERS-BOATERS-OTHERS!
SAVE $$$ ON HOTEL RATES!!
Luxury condo rental - Direct from
Owner. One bedroom two bath
luxury condo located in Mexican
resort area of Nuevo Vallarta, just
15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta
Int’l Airport. Unit is part of Grand
Marina Villas, part of the Para-
dise Village Hotel complex, and
includes use of 18 hole El Tigre
Golf Course. Weekly or monthly
rates. For info: Web site: homepage.
mac.com/edynichols
e-mails: edynichols@mac.com or
(310) 395-7804.
May 2013 • 59
LAKE HAVASU LANDING-Wa-
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.
JUNE LAKE CABIN - Scenic
2br/2ba cozy, cabin with views.
5 minutes from Fishing and Ski-
ing. Fully furnished. Wood Deck,
Sleeps 8, wood burning stove,
full kitchen, cable Tv/Dvd, stereo,
phone. Detached garage/room
for boat. Call for summer/winter
rates. Cleaning fee applies. Jeff
Easton 105-A, (805)-217-5602 -
junebound@gmail.com
KAPALUA, MAUI. Luxurious
ocean view Kapalua Ridge 1 and
2 bedroom villas from $145/$250,
7th night FREE. Fully equipped
with washer/dryer, Hi speed inter-
net, Wi-Fi, cable TV, free resort
shuttle, minutes from ocean. Fea-
tures 3 white sand beaches includ-
ing “BEST BEACH” in the world,
Kapalua Bay Beach, 100 miles of
hiking trails, 2 golf courses with
great discounts, 10 tennis courts,
zip lines, 2 spas, golf academy,
horseback riding, snorkeling,
swimming, surfng, kayaking,
shops, restaurants. Contact Terry
or Diane @ 800-326-MAUI (6284).
www.kapaluavacations.com/
the_ridge.asp or email info@
kapaluavacations.com
LAKE ARROWHEAD Blue Jay
cabin charming two-story with
creek, large deck, two baths,
complete kitchen, TV,VCR/DVD,
freplace, washer and dryer, walk
to Blue Jay Village. Sleeps 6. $90/
night. NO PETS! Bruce or Sue
Froude, (805) 498-8542.
LAKE HAVASU – BEACH
FRONT. Located at HAVASU
LANDING RESORT a gated com-
munity on the California side of
Lake Havasu. Swim, Ski or fsh
from the front yard. Buoys in front
of home for overnight boat(s) tie-
ups. No need to launch boat each
day. Walking distance to a CASI-
NO, restaurants and grocery store.
Adjacent to miles of off-road desert
trails, great for ATV’s, 4 wheel-
ers and Motorcycles. Beautiful
landscaping with a lawn from the
home to the lake. Covered patio
with furniture and a gas BBQ. Four
bedrooms with beds for 10.Two full
bathrooms. Check Craigslist for
pic. $350. Per night 10% discount
for a week. For Reservations call
Bud @ 818 352-4422
LAKE HAVASU BEAUTY FOR
RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 sq.ft.
Fully furnished with all ameni-
ties- Laundry & BBQ. 13,000 sq.ft.
lot. 3 car boat-deep garage. 3
miles from launch ramp. Close to
downtown shops & restaurants.
View of the lake. Quiet street in
good neighborhood. No pets. No
smoking. Snowbird rates. Call
Mike (661) 510-6246
LAKE HAVASU CITY. New Cus-
tom 3 bedroom/2 bath home on
lake side of Hwy 95 north side of
town. Quiet street. All the amenti-
ties. 60” TV in living room. TV’s
in all bedrooms. Wireless internet
with on site computer. BBQ on
large patio. Swimming pool. Near
marinas and restaurants. $150
per night. $85 cleaning fee. No
smoking or pets please. Scott at
805-208-1598 or h2oratscott@
aol.com.
LAKE HAVASU HOME for rent.
Built in 2004. 1800 square feet,
3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Newly/
fully furnished w/all amenities of
home. Large garage 20x32 with
tall doors. Large area for guest
parking. Located less than a mile
from lake on a quiet cul-de-sac!
RV hookups. Ask for FF discount.
Call Ryan Penrod (310) 804-1801
or Nicole (909) 263-8177.
LAKE HAVASU HOME - Beautiful
3 bed, 2 bath home that sleeps
8. Lake view, RV access, boat
parking, everything is new. Quiet
street in great neighborhood, just
minutes from London Bridge. Call
John for pricing at (323) 449-4473.
Snow-bird rates and fremen dis-
count available.
LAKE HAVASU Landing Cali-
fornia. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, wif,
DirecTV, BBQ, full laundry, slip-in
marina included, just steps away.
180 degree view of lake and your
boat in slip. Huge covered patio.
No pets. No smoking. Larry Mc
Andress ret 112A (714) 963-9344
or (714) 393-1464.
LAKE HAVASU VACATION
HOMES for rent. Each fully fur-
nished with all amenities of home.
Every home has a lake view, pool,
RV access, boat parking, ample
guest parking and sleep up to 8
people. Check out our website @
werenthavasu.com or call (928)
855-5848 or (661) 212-3191.
LAKE NACIMIENTO. Oak Shores
gated community. 3 bedroom, 2
1/2 bath, large loft. 3 minute drive
to main marina in Oak Shores.
Large driveway. Fully equipped
kitchen, BBQ, washer/dryer, TV/
DVD. No cable. No pets/smok-
ing. $165.00/night. Call Ben (805)
444-2264.
LAKE TAHOE GETAWAY 3
bedroom, 2 bath home with all of
the amenities complete kitchen,
washer/ dryer, TV/ VCR. Quiet
neighborhood near the lake, casi-
nos and ski slopes. Call for rates.
Call Cal or Linda @ (805) 584-
2718. www.sltgetaway.com
LAKE POWELL HOUSEBOAT.
68’ Sumerset. 2 staterooms, 2
cuddy cabins, 2 baths. Will sleep
10 to 12. 2 ref. fully equipped
kitchen, BBQ, TV, DVD, Twin A/C.
Party top, fybridge, V8 drives, 12
KW ge., 100 gal. aux. fuel tank
with pump. Dan Coyle (805) 494-
8854.
LA QUINTA - Gated community,
fully furnished deluxe home, three
bedrooms, three baths on the
10th fairway of the Dunes Golf
Course in La Quinta Country Club.
Two car garage, large patio with
barbecue. No pets, no smoking.
$200/night - 2 week minimum, plus
refundable security deposit. Call
(323) 254-3874
MAMMOTH CONDO 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
at sdefoe313@msn.com
MAMMOTH CONDO-CHAMONIX.
2 bedroom & large loft, 3 full
baths, sleeps 8. 5 minute walk to
Canyon Lodge. Fully furnished,
TVs, VCR/DVD, pool, spa, rec
room, sauna, linens included.
Winter $175, $195-weekdays/holi-
days; summer $125, plus cleaning.
No smoking; no pets. Craig Yoder
(909) 948-3659.
MAMMOTH CONDO Cozy 2
bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished,
WIFI, 3 TV’s, 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.
MAMMOTH CONDO NEXT TO
THE GONDOLA VILLAGE – Fully
furnished, three bedroom, two
bath with towels and linens, fully
stocked kitchen, internet and cable
TV, pool and Jacuzzi. Walk to the
gondola, shops, restaurants and
ski in on the new comeback trail.
Parking at the front door. Winter:
$225/night. Summer $150/night.
Holidays $275/night. Cleaning is
included. Call Mike Whitehouse,
Retired, 805-987-6122, email:
btkwhitey@yahoo.com or Bruce
Galien, Retired, 661-645-7448,
email: luvbaja2@aol.com
MAMMOTH CONDO Fully fur-
nished, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 6.
Close to Canyon Lodge, pool, spa,
recreation room, laundry facilities,
condo has been beautifully remod-
eled, photos available, $225 a night
winter - $125 a night summer +
$150 cleaning fee. 3 night minimum.
Call for holiday pricing. Joe Angiuli,
North Division (626) 497-5083.
www.discoveryfour.com
MAMMOTH CONDO - Fully
furnished, 1 bdrm, loft, 1 1/2 baths,
sleeps 4. On shuttle route. All
amenities: Sauna, Pool, laundry
on premises. Fall/Winter prices.
$100/night. Spring/Summer $85/
night. One time $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.
MAMMOTH CONDO - MAM-
MOTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA, fully
furnished, linens, full kitchen, TV/
DVD, stereo, freplace, pool ,
jacuzzi, sauna. 2 blocks from gon-
dola village. 1 block to ski shuttle.
Winter $330/night, Summer $215/
night, plus cleaning. Includes
city bed tax. No pets, no smok-
ing, sleeps 8. Dory Jones (310)
918-0631 or Kelly Corcoran (310)
619-5355.
MAMMOTH CONDO - 2 bdrm, 2
bath, 2 TV’s, 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
Email: shakesong@aol.com
MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed,
sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR,
DVD. Garage parking. Walk to
Canyon Lodge. Ski back 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,
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freplace, dishwasher, stereo, TV/
DVD, phone, spa, sauna, pool and
tennis court. Linens and clean-
ing fee. On shuttle route. Winter
rate $100/night, summer rate $70/
night. Mike Greenup (805) 583-
8239 or cell (805) 338-9955.
MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
Walk to Canyon Lodge. Studio loft
sleeps 4. Queen beds, full kitchen,
2 baths, garage parking, TV, VCR,
DVD. Winter Sun-Thurs $100.nite;
Fri & Sat $115/nite plus cleaning
fee $100. Non smoking complex.
Joel Parker, LAFD retired. email:
cat25sailor@juno.com or (213)
399-6534.
MAMMOTH. SKI IN - SKI OUT
at lift 15, 2 bedroom including
master suite, 2 bath condo. TV/
DVD in living room. Good sound
system. Gym, spa, freplace, very
roomy, underground parking,
tennis courts, pools, and outside
BBQ area. (310) 476-4784. Email:
barbarawinters@yahoo.com or
visit website:
www.mammothrental.com
MAUI BEACH FRONT CONDO
ON NAPILI BAY - 50’ from water.
Studios and 1 bdrm. Luxury
furnishings + full kitchen. All the
amenities! Maui’s best snorkel-
ing/beach. All island activities &
Kapalua within 4 minutes. 5-day
minimum, from $150 per night
(regularly $310 night). Call Sherrie
or Bill for info/reservations (805)
530-0007 or email: pmimaui@
aol.com
or visit: www.napilibaymaui.com
MAUI CONDO 1 AND 2 BED-
ROOMS. Centrally located on
beautiful Maalaea Bay. Excellent
swimming and snorkeling; white
sandy beach. Minutes from golf,
tennis, fshing, shopping, airport
and resort areas. Marsha Smith or
Jeanne McJannet. Toll free (800)
367-6084. www.maalaeabay.com
MAUI’S MOST BEAUTIFUL
BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful
furnished condo with kitchen and
daily maid service. 15% discount
off already lowest prices in the
area. Don Sprenger (949) 548-
5659 or (800) 336-2185.
NICARAGUA SURF CONDO -
Enjoy UNREAL surf in a FRIEND-
LY SAFE COUNTRY. Golf a new
course and hang out by the pool.
Walking distance to beach. 3 bed-
room 2 bath. See for yourself at:
nicasurfnturf.com. Contact Chris
Hart (714) 742-3325 or email:
Chrismhart22@verizon.net
OXNARD CA - SILVER STRAND
BEACH - Beach house vaca-
tion rental. 3 story, fully furnished
3br/2ba main house+1br/1ba
guest house, sleeps 8-12. Linens
included, wireless internet, cable
tv/dvd, washer/dryer, bbq, ping-
pong, bikes, boogie boards, beach
chairs, large decks, and views. 1
small block to beach. (805) 241-
7221
www.BeachHouseOxnard.com
www.VRBO.com/111325
PALM DESERT-3 bed/2bath,
one level. New re-model, fully
furnished w/linens. Cable TV/DVR,
Private Patio, BBQ, Laundry, Ga-
rage, Gated Community, 2(Pools,
Jacuzzi’s, Tennis Courts). Near
College of the Desert. $175 Dan
Cook 310 418 1577.
PGA WEST (LA QUINTA) TPC
STADIUM GOLF COURSE
CONDO. Luxurious 3+2 lake front
condo on the 11th green of the
world famous Stadium Course.
Gated, community pool & spa,
4 TV’s/cable/dvd, washer/dryer,
BBQ, garage, no smoking or pets
please. $150/night w/6 night min. +
cleaning. Seasonal/extended stay
discounts. Buzz - LAFD (949) 322-
7979 PGAWestVacation.com
RANCHO MIRAGE 2-2, gated
complex, double garage, tennis,
pools, spa, bikes, cable tv/vcr,
microwave, bbq, washer/dryer,
decorator furnished. Close to golf,
restaurants, and shops.
$90/night. Margo Idol (805)
498-1513 or Ruth (805)
498-4616.
ROSARITO BEACH Cot-
tage. 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, mi-
crowave, 3 pools, jacuzzi,
tennis, horses, 2 rest.
(music and dancing), ride
the waves, off-track betting,
golf nearby. 2-day min, $95
day. Midweek/weekly rates
available. Photos and info
@ Lockhart (619) 429-4060.
choice1.com/rosarito-
beachcottage.htm
SAN CLEMENTE BEACH
HOUSE - Two bedroom
fully furnished private
home. Sleeps 6 laundry,
wireless internet, tv/dvd,
movie channels. Enough off
street parking for 4 SUV’s,
large enclosed backyard,
3 minute walk to pier. 5
minute walk to downtown,
pet friendly. David Laub,
LACOFD (949) 306-5532 or
dlaub@aol.com or vrbo.
com/93330
SAN CLEMENTE
BEACH. This stylish 1
bedroom/1bath rental is only
200 yards from the beach
and a 10-minute walk to the pier or
downtown. The unit is beautifully
decorated and has all the comforts
of home. Includes large plasma
in living room and smaller TV in
bedroom. See more info and pho-
tos @ VRBO.com/344173. Rates:
Oct - Apr $150/night (2 night min.)
weekly $850. May - Sept $200/
night (2 night min.) weekly $1150.
Non refundable cleaning fee $100.
Call Ron or Kathy (949) 831-7693
or email klm318@cox.net
SKI “THE GREATEST SNOW ON
EARTH” In Park City, Utah and
avoid the 5 hour grueling drive
to Mammoth. 2 bedroom/2 bath.
Tri-level townhome. Located a
short drive to three world-class ski
resorts. (Deer Valley, PC Mountain
Resort, The Canyons) $1100/week
- $1600/ Holiday. Call Ron (310)
415-6788
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE Romantic
Chalet Family getaway. 3 bed/2
bath plus loft. Sleeps 8–10. Cable
TV, washer/dryer, microwave,
woodburning stove. 7 minutes to
casinos and Heavenly. Located
in Tahoe Paradise. Call Shawn or
Rose Agnew at (661) 250-9907 or
(661) 476-6288.
VACATION RENTAL - So Lake
Tahoe, 3 Bd 2 Ba home with
all amenities. Close to Lake,
Casino’s and Ski Slopes $650 wk
or $130 nt $100 Cleaning. www.
SLTgetaway.com. Call Cal or
Linda @ 805 584-2718 or email
LSchlotzhauer@gmail.com
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