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Short Term Disability

Special Enrollment
Starts Oct. 1, 2013
No Medical Exams to Complete
Guaranteed Coverage of Short
Term Disability Insurance
Available to all active City
CALL US - (213) 225-1792
City Employees Club
311 S. Spring St. Ste 1300
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Arlene Herrero
(213) 225-1792
Offer Ends
DEC 31, 2013
Should you get injured from a covered injury or illness outside
of work, your short term disability insurance will pay you a
cash payment to spend on day-to-day expenses like housing,
food, car payments, and even additional medical costs not
covered by your health insurance. You wont have to worry
about using your savings or incurring additional debt.
No medical exams to complete
Benefts of Short Term Disability Insurance Why You Need a Short Term Disability Plan
Not a Club Member, but want to enroll?
Covers of-the-job injuries and illness
Cover you up to 60% of your monthly income
If you leave or retre from the City, you can take
your coverage with you.
Guaranteed renewable to age 70
12 month beneft afer 14 day eliminaton period
Receive a cash beneft paid directly to you
*Enrollee must be an actively working City Employee and a City
Employees Club Member in good standing as of September 9, 2013.
Joining the Club is easy and benefcial. For more information, please
contact us and well be glad to help you get started.


Short Term Disability
Special Enrollment
Starts Oct. 1, 2013
No Medical Exams to Complete
Guaranteed Coverage of Short
Term Disability Insurance
Available to all active City
CALL US - (213) 225-1792
City Employees Club
311 S. Spring St. Ste 1300
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Arlene Herrero
(213) 225-1792
Offer Ends
DEC 31, 2013
Should you get injured from a covered injury or illness outside
of work, your short term disability insurance will pay you a
cash payment to spend on day-to-day expenses like housing,
food, car payments, and even additional medical costs not
covered by your health insurance. You wont have to worry
about using your savings or incurring additional debt.
No medical exams to complete
Benefts of Short Term Disability Insurance Why You Need a Short Term Disability Plan
Not a Club Member, but want to enroll?
Covers of-the-job injuries and illness
Cover you up to 60% of your monthly income
If you leave or retre from the City, you can take
your coverage with you.
Guaranteed renewable to age 70
12 month beneft afer 14 day eliminaton period
Receive a cash beneft paid directly to you
*Enrollee must be an actively working City Employee and a City
Employees Club Member in good standing as of September 9, 2013.
Joining the Club is easy and benefcial. For more information, please
contact us and well be glad to help you get started.

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The Reliefs Scholarship Awards Program offers fnancial
assistance to those who exemplify academic and personal
achievements. And this years group of winners embodies
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The Firefghters Olympics began in 1970 as an opportunity
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By John Jacobsen
hope the summer months continue
to find all of you well. There have
been plenty of changes around here.
If youre like me, most change is first re-
ceived as bad. As it soaks in, the pros and
cons are sifted through and sometimes,
like it or not, the change is for the better.
It is just our nature to be comfortable with
what we have - anything different seems
threatening. The whole country has been
on a roller coaster for what seems like a
small eternity and weve all been impacted
by one thing or another.
The Affordable Care Act is ev-
erywhere in the news almost 24/7. The
components are a moving target, but I
would like to elaborate on a few areas that
will affect us all, but havent been given
much press.
Anyone heard of the Patient-
Centered Outcomes Research Institute?
There is a fee assessed on self-insured
health plans that helps to fund this insti-
tute. The institute will assist, through re-
search, patients, clinicians, purchasers and
policy-makers in making informed health
decisions by advancing the quality and rel-
evance of evidence-based medicine. The
institute will compile and distribute com-
parative clinical effectiveness research
fndings. LAFRAs medical plan will pay
$1 per covered life this year ($12,000), $2
in 2014 ($24,000) and until October, 2019,
this number will be adjusted to refect in-
fation in National Health Expenditures.
This is one of the more minor fees that
we will be burdened with.
How about something called
a Transitional Reinsurance Fee? This
program is designed to help stabilize
premiums in the individual health insur-
ance (not group) market for those with
pre-existing conditions. The money paid
from our LAFRA plan will fund state
nonproft reinsurance entities, which will
establish high-risk pools for the individual
market. How much are we talking about?
Calendar Year 2014 (FY15) will cost us
just about $380,000. The next two years
are slightly diminished to an estimated
$271,000 (FY16) and $181,000 (FY17).
Im not sure that the next bit is
good news, but certainly a postponement
of another provision that will be detri-
mental to our Medical Plan. Earlier this
week, the Federal government announced
a delay, until 01/01/2015, in one of the
key consumer protection provisions of the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act (PPACA). Originally, PPACA speci-
fed that there must be an overall limit on
a consumers annual out-of-pocket costs
for deductibles, co-payments, and co-
insurance. The new out-of-pocket annual
limits are $6,350 per year for individuals,
with a maximum of $12,700 per year for
families. The one-year postponement of
the consumer out-of-pocket limits applies
only to group health plans which use mul-
tiple independent administrators to handle
health insurance benefts. In the case of
our PPO plan, we use HealthSCOPE Ad-
ministrators to administer the medical por-
tion of our plan and Express Scripts (ESI)
to administer the pharmacy benefts; con-
sequently, this deferred implementation
date will apply to our plan.
WhAT dOes ThIs meAn FOR YOu?
Effective with claims incurred
(and prescriptions flled) on or after
01/01/15, the PPO Medical Plan will in-
clude an Out-of-Pocket (OOP) maximum
on services rendered by PPO providers.
An Out-of-Pocket (OOP) maximum refers
to the maximum amount that you will have
to pay for eligible plan expenses covered
under the PPO Medical/Rx plan. The max-
imum is the sum of all payments, made by
you, which apply to any deductibles, co-
pays and coinsurance. The OOP calendar
year maximum will be $6,350 per year for
members, not to exceed $12,700 per year
for you and all covered family members.
As expected, this change will have a f-
nancial impact on the Plan, in the form of
higher claim payments.
I apologize for the droning on,
but I dont believe everyone has been giv-
en the specifcs (certainly not all of them)
of how Obamacare is affecting you and
your family personally. In a nutshell, each
one of these taxes, fees or provisions will
equate to our need to pay a higher premi-
um. We have been in overdrive attempting
to lessen the impact of these fnancial bur-
dens and will certainly continue to do so.
How many of you have traveled
outside of the country and thought about
being treated by a doctor? Made a quick
trip to Mexico recently? There are a few
service companies that, for a small fee,
can be a tremendous help with your emer-
gency needs in a foreign country. It would
be prudent to bring an emergency credit
card (with a signifcant limit) if possible.
Many countries (and even some cruise
ships) demand payment prior to service or
at least prior to leaving the facility. This is
not usually negotiable and has caused sig-
nifcant issue for some. On the good side,
getting reimbursed is relatively painless.
Just submit a form, the receipt and sum-
mary of charges to LAFRA. The form is
available on in the Mem-
ber Benefts/How to File a Claim or call
(866) 995-2372.
Elections are knocking at the
door. There are (6) six Active and (1) one
Pension Trustee spots up for election (1/3rd
of the Board). Trustees are representatives
of the membership and are responsible
to the Association as a whole. The more
involved our membership is with their
Trustees, the better the Board can serve its
members. Take the time to reach out to any
of the current Board members to fnd out
what it going on, or let them know what
we can do better. Your current Board has
done a great job of continuing the tradi-
tions of this organization. Any candidate
you consider should be someone you can
count on to represent the membership and
dedicate the time required to do the job.
Next month the information for nomina-
tion will be posted.
My family and I joined some
good friends and fellow fremen at the 43rd
Mammoth Mountain Fire Department
Canoe Race and Picnic. Quite a number
of our members were there for racing, and
some camaraderie. Please take the time to
enjoy life to its fullest, as no one knows
what tomorrow will bring - certainly in the
life of a freman.
Hope to see you all at the LAFD
Invitational on 9/23.
John e. Jacobsen
(323) 259-5200
6 September 2013
he Reliefs Scholarship Awards Pro-
gram offers financial assistance to those
who exemplify academic and personal
achievements. Created specifically for depen-
dents of members, the grants go to graduating
high school students who aspire to continue
their education. And this years group of win-
ners embodies the perfect combination of drive
and achievement.
KAYCee ChIng
Leo K. Najarian Memorial Scholarship
Kaycee Ching, winner of the Leo
K. Najarian Memorial Scholarship, was an ac-
tive student. She participated in many clubs
and played basketball for 12 years. In the fall,
shell start her college education at UC Berke-
ley where she intends to major in psychology.
After that, she hopes to go to medical school.
Receiving the award humbles her. She said,
Its a great honor Im thankful the Relief
Association was able to do that.
With the burden of raising tuition
eased, she plans to contribute to the communi-
ty. Because I dont have to maybe work, she
said, I can do other things like help at the hos-
pital or be a part of community service clubs.
AdAm gueRReRO
Bill Goss Scholarship
Headed for Loyola Marymount Uni-
versity, Bill Goss Scholarship award winner
Adam Guerrero would ultimately love to be a
sports agent. He studied hard at Mission Vista
High School in Oceanside, taking advanced
placement calculus, physics, English and psy-
chology, but he plays hard too. On campus
Adam was a JV and varsity member of both the
baseball and football teams. Off campus hes a
sometime surfer and oft time skateboarder.
At Loyola, Adam will major in eco-
nomics and minor in philosophy. His favor-
ite philosopher is Alan Watts, appreciated for
bringing Eastern philosophy to a Western audi-
ence. He wants to study economics because he
believes that society is economics based. If not
as a sports agent, Adam will use his education
to advance in the corporate feld.
When not tearing up the ball feld,
shredding half-pipes or cramming for exams,
Adam volunteered with his church group, lend-
ing a hand on the nearby Pala reservation. Dur-
ing the year he helped to distribute food to the
needy, and helped to organize the toy drive dur-
ing the holiday season.
Knowing he has a tough and ex-
pensive road ahead, Adam, son of 25-year
LAFD veteran Ralph Guerrero, applied for the
LAFRA scholarships to ease the fnancial bur-
den for his parents. He said, I was thankful
that scholarships are granted by LAFRA. Its
really diffcult for middleclass families to af-
ford higher education these days.
Relief Scholarship
As a cross-country runner (and one
of a set of triplets), Michael Togneri knows
about stamina. Not only did he compete
in foot races, but he also was part of
his high schools mountain bike team,
for which he participating in races and
competitions all over California. He
also served as a leader for his schools
incoming freshman, assuring they had a
smooth transition, and arranged student
retreats. In addition, hes a Post Leader
Assistant in the Los Angeles County
Explorer Program and is preparing to
become certifed.
Hell attend Loyola Mary-
mount Universitys Business School.
After college, he wants to become a
frefghter, a profession hes already
familiar with thanks to his family and
his fundraising efforts for the Widows,
Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund.
Winning the scholarship
will make things easier on his family
fnancially. We have three children all going
to college at the same time, he said. So, its
defnitely going to help [my parents].
The grant will help him add extra
classes and for that, hes very grateful. For him,
its just another reminder that receiving and
giving go hand-in-hand. He said, Im going to
continue to give back to my community.
Relief Scholarship
Throughout high school, Aaron
Vilaubi was part of the baseball program and
the Beach Club, which organized shoreline
cleanup efforts. He also participated in the
Hugh OBrian Youth Leadership, a foundation
that pairs high school sophomores with men-
tors and advisors to give them leadership skills
students can use in their schools and communi-
Aaron will study Business Admin-
istration at Chapman University and hopes to
minor in Public Relations. Because of his love
of music, hed eventually like to get into the
music industry as a manager for a record label.
When citing the reasons hes
achieved the things he has, Aaron lists his re-
lationship with his mother as the main driver.
And receiving the scholarship highlights for
him the importance of family. He said, That
relationship I have with my mother is so spe-
cial. And to receive this from Widows & Or-
phans, it reminds me that Im truly blessed to
have that relationship with my mother.
September 2013 7
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The fnancial assistance
also reminds him to pay it forward.
Im aware of my roots and I know
its important to give back, he said,
I cant for get where I came from.
Memorial Scholarship
Like Mozart, Beethoven,
and Chopin before her, Memorial
Scholarship winner Kenna Arana
admires the structure of the works
of Johann Sebastian Bach. And
in just six years of piano practice,
Kenna has achieved a Level 10
certifcate of merit from the Music
Teachers Association of Califor-
nia. This program requires students
to strive for excellence in perfor-
mance, technique, ear training, sight
reading/singing, and music theory.
Kenna is graduating from
St Lucys Priory High School in
Glendora. There shes a member
of the Regents cross country team
who compete at nearby Bonelli
Park. Her best time on the three
mile course is 21.03.
Heading for the Morn-
ingside Heights neighborhood of
New York City, Kenna will make
the campus of Columbia University
her home for the next four years.
I loved the campus there and the
academic program that encourages
student exploration, she said.
Kenna is thinking of
majoring in English and minoring
in music at Columbia. She took a
class in government in high school,
which peaked her interest in the law
and hopes to continue to law school
after she earns her bachelors de-
Off campus, Kenna has
engaged in volunteer work. The
highlight was helping to organize
and recruit for the Jackie Bristow
Memorial Foundation 5K charity
In addition to LAFRAs
Memorial Scholarship, Kenna
earned a Spanish scholarship from
St. Lucys to help make her aca-
demic dreams a reality.
Memorial Scholarship
As an upperclassman,
Allison Piccione helped mentor
the freshman at her high school. In
fact, she was the secretary for the
program. But, her leadership skills
didnt stop at showing the new folks
the ropes. She was also the Creative
Writing Editor of the schools lit-
erary magazine. Outside of school,
she helped put on Valentines Day
and Christmas dances for those
with special needs and raised mon-
ey for various charities.
Shes going to Cal State
San Marcos for her frst two years
of college, and then plans to trans-
fer to San Diego State. By major-
ing in Mass Media and minoring in
Film Production, she hopes to kick
off a career in marketing.
Shes thankful for re-
ceiving the scholarship and for her
father, who led by example. She
said, I feel incredibly grateful to
this organization. Im really proud
that my father was involved in an
organization like [Widows & Or-
The experience inspired
her to continue helping others.
Hopefully, what has been giving
to me, she said, I can someday
give back donating to other people
and donating to organizations.
Her long-term plan involves cre-
ating her own scholarship fund to
help others like her.
JessICA uRquIzA
Memorial Scholarship
As a cheerleader, Jes-
sica Urquiza helped lift the spir-
its of those at her high school for
four years. When the Relief rallied
around her family after he fathers
death, it inspired her to look for
ways to help off the feld.
At Cal State San Mar-
cos, shell study nursing. Her
long-term goal includes getting a
Masters degree so that she can be-
come a Nurse Practitioner.
She was honored to re-
ceive the scholarship award and
acknowledged the blessing of be-
ing chosen out of the many ap-
plicants. For her, the money will
offset costs of books and classes.
She feels the best way
to show her appreciation, is to
give back to the community. I
would defnitely like to volunteer
to thank the people who did award
me this scholarship.
The Relief wishes them
and other winners Andrew Apo-
daca and Marissa Casanova good
luck as they continue learning and
growing. More information about
the Relief Scholarship opportu-
nities can be found at
8 September 2013
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September 2013 9
n Tuesday July 9, 2013, the country mourned the loss of 19 brave
men from the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The memorial for
these firefighters reminded this nation of what the fire depart-
ment family is all about. If it were not for the support of Greg Holly, Juan
Albarran, and Domingo Albarran, the opportunity to represent the LAFD
in Arizona would not have been possible. Working with these men, I
realized that when meeting just a few members on this department that
want to do the right thing, no obstacle is too big.
Representing the LAFD family, 40 men gave up a full day
away from their families, second jobs, and other responsibilities to sup-
port the loved ones that the guardians of Yarnell now leave behind. These
members were willing to drive more than 16 hours to attend the two-hour
memorial in Prescott Arizona. Furthermore, it gave each of us the oppor-
tunity to refect on the things that are truly important. There are no words
to describe what this service meant to me and the 40 LAFD members
who rode the bus into Prescott. However, every member understands
that the commitment we made to show we care will comfort the families
through this diffcult time.
10 September 2013
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September 2013 11
ario passed away July 25, 2013 in San Pedro. He was born
October 9, 1956 in San Diego and was a 54 year resident of
San Pedro. Mario attended Leland elementary, Dana Middle
School and graduated from San Pedro High School in 1975. During his
three years at San Pedro High he was a varsity starter and MVP on the
football team. After graduating Mario pursued a degree in Fire Science at
Harbor Community College. Mario went on to join the Fire Department
in 1980, later becoming a paramedic in 1982. Because of his skill and
devotion to his job and to helping others he was promoted to Captain.
The LAFD was his life that he graciously served for 33 years. Mario
loved to travel and it didnt matter whether it was to the other side of
the world to ski with his son or to New Mexico on his Harley David-
son motorcycle with his buddies. Mario is survived by his son, Eric
Martinez; his beloved dog, Sasha; siblings, Mark and Theresa Chavez,
Melinda Martinez, Cynthia and David Fees, Sergio Martinez, and Moni-
ca Martinez; nephews, Mark, Jr., and Raul; nieces, Adrienne, Jacqueline,
Desiree, Julia, Justina, Rachelle, and Marie; and also his brothers and
sisters in the Los Angeles Fire Department.
12 September 2013
To sign up and compete
or buy tickets,
contact Derek Vehling at
or (818) 635-3601
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
(incl: 3 tacos with Hot Stuff Salsa, 1 photo)
(incl: 1 taco or 1 cheese quesadilla, rice & beans, 1 drink)
September 2013 13
To sign up and compete
or buy tickets,
contact Derek Vehling at
or (818) 635-3601
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
(incl: 3 tacos with Hot Stuff Salsa, 1 photo)
(incl: 1 taco or 1 cheese quesadilla, rice & beans, 1 drink)
Ian Van Gerpen and Eric Mattson
work at the same station, on the same shift and
live in the same Huntington Beach neighbor-
hood and now have added to the growing list of
their similarities. The two just welcomed their
frst-born daughters on the same day at the
same hospital. Mattson and his wife, Robyn,
expected their daughter on July 6. Van Gerpen,
and his wife, Erika, had a July 29 due date. But
baby Mary was 10 days late and baby Doro-
thy was delivered a week-and-a-half early. The
parents say plans for a joint frst birthday party
are already in the works, and joint trips to the
park are a given.
FS 3s Eric Mattson, with daughter Mary left
and Ian Van Gerpen, with newborn dorothy
task Force 10 responded into 33s district
on June 15, 2013 for a commercial fre at
57th and Main. Photo by Mike Meadows
Companies overhaul a
blaze at Crocker and 6th
Street on July 23, 2103.
Photo by Yvonne Griffn
14 September 2013
September 2013 15
task Force 12 and HR 56 han-
dled an auto vs. commercial
building on corner of Avenue
52 and Figueroa St on July 17,
2013. No injuries were reported.
Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
It took more than 200 frefghters to fght a blaze that consumed
a big rig combo hauling 8,500 gallons of gasoline in a tunnel on
the transition between the northbound Glendale (SR-2) Freeway
and the northbound Golden State (I-5) Freeway on July 13, 2013.
Photos by Ryan babroff
16 September 2013
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Engine 76 found one room on the 2nd foor of a dwelling well involved
at 3414 blair drive on July 12, 2013. Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
Contrary to popular belief I will
report a positive story when its presented. This
months feel good story comes from Battalion
Chief Al Ward. On his last day at Battalion 9,
A-Dub cooked an outstanding dinner for the
station and took the Task Force out for frozen
yogurt. Then on top of that, he gave a goodbye
speech, thanking 37s for putting up with
Battalion in the station and making him feel
welcome. A lot of chiefs have come though
Battalion 9 in the last few years and the only
other one to do anything like this was Graham
Everett (another class act). Good luck at Bat-
talion 11 A-Dub.
It has come to my attention that
there are some hurt feelings at 19s about last
months article. Good! Maybe it will shame
those members into doing the right thing.
You have enemies? Good. That
means youve stood up for something, some-
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battalion 10 frefghters prevented fames from a fully engulfed motor
home from causing damage to adjacent homes on July 6, 2013.
Photos by Steve Gentry
LF 39 (moved-up to 89s) battled a fully involved toyota
tacoma on Sherman Rd. Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
September 2013 19
on July 6, 2013, on Sepulveda bl near Getty Center dr, E-109, LF-78
HR-56, uR-88 and RA-99 worked to extricate the woman from her auto.
Photo by Mike Meadows
Cartoon by Joe Magana, FF/PM, FS 83
20 September 2013
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Arleta to replace the 63-year-old facility. The
$20.8 million plan to build a 16,000-square-
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September 2013 21
our station number when the chief arrives!
Everybody is doing a great job preparing for
Annual, it just doesnt make sense why
some of these projects only happen every
other year and not during a normal segment.
Is this really a good evaluation of how the
apparatus, quarters, and records are kept on
a day-to-day basis when you know that An-
nual is happening every other year at around
the same time? Seems kinda like a pop-quiz
that you know all about months ahead of time.
. .
Speaking of Annual, over at 64s
everyone is in full swing prepping for the
three day event when the exterior plumbing
fails. Now were not talking about a 3/4
sprinkler line, this is a 3 main-line pipe for all
the irrigation that surrounds the station. No big
deal right? Shut the line down, send in a repair
request, and a day later GSD shows up and it
might be fxed . . . Only this leak is affecting
the newly planted sod that all the members
chipped in and paid for out of pocket. Appar-
ently, a few phone calls were made to try and
expedite the repair. General Services, Parks
and Rec, along with a few other City services
that could possibly be respon-
sible showed up and fxed
the problem right away . . .
actually thats when the fnger
pointing began. The end result
was that nobody was going to
fx it due to lack of prior-
ity and funds within the city
budget . . . As luck would have
it, 16 wanna-be plumbers were
willing to take on the chal-
lenge in-between runs, lunch,
and dinner, and all the other
projects around the station.
After all was said and done,
Welcome to the Battalion that never
Hopefully everybody had a safe
and sane 4th of July and were able to enjoy
Americas day of Independence, either at
work or home. It seems as if the residents
living within the battalion didnt get the memo
about freworks being ILLEGAL in the City
of Los Angeles. There were some absolutely
amazing, non-sanctioned shows in full 360
degree-vision from the rooftop viewing area.
Maybe we need bigger signs to hang on the
front of the fre stations and more of those
awesome magnets on the side of our fre en-
gines and rescues in order to keep everybody
informed! Next year?
Id also like to commend the powers
that be on the partial recall on the 4th. Im
curious how a captain that has already worked
nine days in a row gets held over, which now
puts him on 14 days in a row? With the whole
fre department that was held over until 0800,
there was nobody else to fll that spot? I mean
with all the Captain I vacancies, who really
could have foreseen this happening?
And fnally before we get started,
congrats to all the captain candidates that will
be moving on. Not sure when the process
will be proceeding, but the good thing is that
we really dont need to fll those vacancies
- especially with a few major holidays right
around the corner. On a good note, Im sure
well have a new B/C and Captain II list any
day now. We might as well give another A/O
test because theres only a few guys left in
pool spots . . . just sayin
Annual (anyoo-el) adj. 1 Return-
ing, performed, or occuring every year (I
feel like this could be the start of one of my
term papers). For a department that loves
to use proper terminology, we havent
really grabbed hold of this one yet. Anyway,
here we are again, getting ready for Annual
Inspection. Seems like two years ago that
we just had it. . . Its that beautiful time of
year that everybody seems to go absolutely
nuts at the mere mention of the word: fttings
and appliances that only get used on drills
get stripped and re-painted, kitchen tables get
completely sanded down and re-varnished,
and your PRB and fle gets completely cleaned
out, along with your certifcation list getting
flled up. Plug buggy-check. Battalion sedan-
check. Ready Reserve 800-check. Annual
is the one time every other year that crazy
projects get brought up and somehow get
done! Lets trim the bushes in the shape of a
Task Force! Lets polish all the metal bowls,
cups, and utensils in the station! Lets train
a gaggle of geese to fy over in the shape of
the leak was found 5 below ground, where the
pipes had to be cleaned, cut, and repaired. A
huge shout out and thank you goes to all the
members willing to take ownership in their
own houses. Moreover, it goes to show that
frefghters are willing to take a stab at fxing
anything no matter how tough the challenge.
Leave it better than you found it! I know
thats what we were taught in the drill tower,
maybe if some of these other City departments
used the same slogan, some of these problems
wouldnt be going unaddressed . . . or not.
If youve havent had the opportuni-
ty, I highly recommend checking out the new
Bed and Breakfast over at FS 64. Apparently
one of the guys
was having a bit
of anxiety when
the lights and
dispatch voice
came over the
intercom at night,
all the time. So
he decided to
and instituted a
calming aspect
to his routine.
According to the
photo, he started
bringing in his
own eye-cover. I
hear he was even
seen using aromatherapy and a white noise CD
in the dorm at night. I hope his scents were
better than the normal aromatherapy cloud
that seems to lurk around the sleeping quarters
in most dorms. If youre in need of some good
get-away time, Im told you should contact
FF Newon. Just what I heard and pictures
dont lie!
Well thats all Ive got for this
month. Oh yeah, I almost forgot - with the re-
cent captains test results, FF Barnes from FS
65 had previously, personally guaranteed fve
offcers promoting from that station. Turns out
that his personal guarantee may not be one
that you can take to the bank as only three
members are moving on. Congrats to those
three, and good luck!
22 September 2013
Remember to check your sign-ups
and take care of one another. If theyre assign
hiring now, imagine what its going to be like
later on. Please dont mess up someone elses
plans because you are irresponsible and didnt
take care of your business.
OK, thats really all Ive got! Stay
safe and remember that 2+2 makes sense,
play nice, know your audience, get a cool
nickname, fgure out which formula to use
before the media gets ahold of it, you get out
what you put in, FI-1, read the label, if youre
tired sleep in, when in need of a driver call an
already overworked 800 to do your job, and
watch out for irony!
Keep sending your stories to:
tF 66 overhauls a fre on 7th Ave on July 21, 2013.
Photo by Yvonne Griffn
Fire companies took 48 minutes to control a blaze at
Mission Valley Sanitation, 9364 Glenoaks blvd. on July
30, 2013. Photos by Rick McClure, EPN
Companies from 89s and 60s assisted the air crew with
a boy who had been struck by a car on June 24, 2013.
Photo by Mike Meadows
Engine 89 found fre through the roof of
this bowers ambulance on June 17, 2013.
Photos by Rick McClure, EPN
September 2013 23
21 patients were evaluated after a chemical spill oc-
curred at Medtronics Labratory at 18000 devonshire
St. on July 22, 2103. Photos by Rick McClure, EPN
tF 87 extricates the victim of a traffc accident.
Photo by Adam Van Gerpen
Chief Saxelby observes tF 87s roof
cutting drill on his last day on the job.
Photo by Adam Van Gerpen
24 September 2013
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two people were killed and four others injured after three cars collided at tampa
Ave. and Roscoe blvd on July 3, 2013. one of the vehicles overturned and another
careened onto the sidewalk, striking pedestrians. Photos by Rick McClure, EPN
tF 93 found a roof to cut.
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Firefghters handle a car fre at Venice and Fair-
fax on July 20, 2013. Photo by Yvonne Griffn
Mark Whatley celebrated his last day on the job with a breakfast at
Fire Station 26 on July 26, 2013. Prior to the breakfast, Mark invited
all comers to join him running a 26 mile course around the station.
Companies took 59 minutes to control this
blaze in a metal clad building at 240 E. 58th St.
on June 25, 2013. Photos by Nick Colbert
September 2013 27
Bill also loves potato salad, so he
fies to various destinations lookin to satisfy
his urge. He usually buys several pounds at a
time and gives much of it to the Firemens Pot
Luck luncheons, held in Grass Valley. Bill
has fown in every state, includin Hawaii and
Bill joined the LAFD in 1968 and
ended his career at FS 91. He retired in 2000.
A guy is walkin along
a Florida beach when he
comes across a lamp par-
tially buried in the sand. He
picks up the lamp and gives
it a rub. A genie appears and
tells him he has been granted
one wish.
The guy thinks for a mo-
ment and says, I want to life forever.
Sorry, said the genie, Im not al-
lowed to grant eternal life.
OK, then I want to die after the pol-
iticians balance the budget and eliminate the
You crafty bugger, said the genie.
ee Kebler, who holds the position of
Secretary with the Los Angeles Retired
Fire & Police Association, called me and
told me it was about time I joined this organiza-
tion. I dont know why it took me so long to
join, but now Im a card carryin member. The
LARFPA Association does many things, inclu-
din watchin over our pensions and insurin
the politicians dont strip away our promised
benefits. Ken Buzzell is the director of this as-
sociation and is constantly battling for our due
benefits. Thanks Ken, for your devoted service.
Although many of you probably al-
ready know this, the cost of livin increase will
be 2.2 %, effective July 1, 2013.
The other constant battle is over
our medical subsidy and insurin, as stated in
the City Charter, that we receive an annual
7% increase. The monthly maximum subsidy
was increased July 1, 2013 from $1,174.23 to
$1,256.43. Thanks to the work of Ken, along
with Paul Weber and Corina Lee, representing
the Police Protective League, and Tony Gam-
boa, representing UFLAC, the Board voted 7
to 2 to approve a 7% increase for 2013. Thanks
again to you all for your devoted service and
insurin our earned benefts remain intact.
So, if youre not a member, please
give it some serious consideration. This asso-
ciation does many good things for us and the
$5 per month is money well spent. If you have
any questions or want more information, please
call (626) 285-5138.
Several months ago I did a story
about Ray Rutter, who retired in 1978. Ray
had kindly donated $100 to FS 87s for their
kindness and generosity shown to WWII vet-
eran Pete Howenstein. Pat Rutter, Rays wife,
recently contacted me and passed along a story
about a friend and fellow retired frefghter in
Grass Valley, Bill Sommers.
Bill is also a pilot and has given more
than 600 young people free demonstration air-
plane rides. Theyre a part of the Experimental
Aircraft Association Young Eagles, which is
introducing a new generation to the world of
Not only does Bill participate in the
Young Eagles program, but he encourages
the Retired Guys in Grass Valley to partake in
his Joy of Flying. He takes area residents, in-
cludin Pat Rutter, on fyin trips around North-
ern California for lunch. Bills only request is
that his passengers buy lunch.
bill Sommers with four area kids gettin
their Young Eagle Certifcates.
North San Diego County/South Orange County Breakfast Club
meeting from about 20 years ago. Who do you recognize in this
photo? Let us know at
28 September 2013
Major eMerGency Structure Fire
Glassell Park
Photos by Rick mcClure - ePn, mike meadows,
steve gentry, and Yvonne griffn
Info by Kathrine main, PsO
on August 4, 2013, frefghters responded to a one-story market at 3342
Verdugo Road. upon arrival, they found fre burning through the roof of the
Verdugo Rancho Market.
Firefghters were met with a large volume of fre and made an aggressive in-
terior attack while vertical ventilation was performed on the roof. the heavy
fre load in the approximately 100 by 100 market and ferce fames quickly
made the roof unstable and necessitated a coordinated retreat of frefght-
ers. A defensive exterior fre attach ensued. Roof collapse and structural
compromise of two exterior walls proved challenging during the frefght.
125 frefghters contained the blaze to the fre building, extinguishing the
fames in just over two hours. the market was consumed by fre, with loss
estimated at $1.8 million ($1,000,000 structure and $800,000 contents). the
cause of the fre is under active investigation.
September 2013 29
30 September 2013
PhySical reScue
sun Valley
Photos by Rick mcClure, ePn
on July 29, 2013, tF 98 and Rescue 10 removed the driver of an overturned
cement truck after it rolled over while getting on the N/b 5 Fwy at tuxford St.
September 2013 31
PhySical reScue
north hollywood
Photos by mike meadows
Fire companies and fve rescue ambulances handled a
multi-casualty incident on Riverside drive on June 28, 2013.
32 September 2013
AFD 15 year member Octavio
Tati Silveyra will be induct-
ed into the Southern Califor-
nia Handball Hall of Fame on Sep-
tember 21, 2013. The Hall of Fame
Tournament and Banquet will be held
at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Over the course of 30 years he
states that he has had hundreds of
bloody battles on the court, some
good and some bad. He has won a
total of 12 National Championships,
with the most notable occurring in
1994 and 1997 when he won both Pro
Singles and Pro Doubles with partner John Bike Jr. Very few players ac-
complish this because of how taxing it is on the body. He stated, It feels
like your arms, shoulders and back are going to give out or fall off!
Silveyra joined the LAFD Fire Explorer Program in 1989 with
the help of Ron Munoz and Joe Mr. Handball Holguin. With the help
of members assigned to Fire Stations 26, 10, 14 and countless individual
frefghters, he focused on studying to test to become a Los Angeles City
Firefghter. His dream was fulflled on September 8, 1998.
Although he was in his prime as a handball player, he made
becoming a dependable and competent frefghter his top priority. After a
few years of hard work and study, he became comfortable enough to re-
sume playing handball again on a regular basis. He is a great ambassador
for the sport, and is known for his great attitude and good sportsmanship.
There are countless players on the LAFD who nearly won a game
against Tati.
He has been married to his wife Denise for 17 years, and they
have three children: Sara 14, Sam 13, and Savanna 11. He is a dedicated
father and coach, which limits his time to play in tournaments due to his
family frst priorities.
His Fire Department handball highlight was playing in the
Venice Beach Doubles Tournament with Greg Malais when Malais re-
turned to work after losing his leg. Tati was so impressed with the inner
drive that Greg displayed by not letting anything stop him from returning
back to full duty. In 2012, Silveyra showed that he still plays at the high-
est level of Pro Handball by coming out of retirement and winning the
U.S. Open of Handball with Naty Alvarado Jr.
Octavio Silveyra is currently assigned to Fire Station 69 C
where Kevin Egizi, Gary Maga, Billy Barrera, Ron Munoz and Dennis
Hain constantly have battles on the court.
September 2013 33
Top station Challenge
Fire Station 92 is still the Top Handball House on the LAFD.
Fire Station 66 is the latest victim! After challenging the Champs, Fire
Station 66 sent their top doubles team consisting of John Garnica and
Casey Glynn to challenge the Tatoo Brothers Chad Rolish and Joe
Dirty Right Steiner. After Rolish and Steiner introduced them to the
agony of defeat, the rest of their team could not muster up the courage
to show up and take their beat-down. Result - Fire Station 92 Still the
Tournament Announcement
The Annual Venice Beach 3-Wall Handball Tournament is Sat-
urday, September 14, 2013.
handball Ladder
Ryan Chance (82-C) continues to move up the Handball Lad-
der by defeating Nico Avila to return to the top 20, then he took down
Chris Hart for the 15th spot. Start training for the Fall Singles.

34 September 2013
ello my fellow brothers and sisters in the fire service. My name
is Roger Fowble and I am one of the newly appointed LAFD
Chaplains and it is my honor and privilege to serve the members
of the LAFD. I wanted to share with you my heart of why I became a
department chaplain and tell you a little bit about myself.
I have been a member of our great department for 26 plus years
and am currently a Captain I assigned to the EMS North Division out of
Fire Station 88. Ive been blessed to be married to my soul mate Alma
for the last 22 years and have four wonderful children: Daniel, Andrew,
Kristen and Luke. My family and I live in the Santa Clarita Valley and
we attend a wonderful church called Real Life Church.
I often get asked the question why I wanted to become a chap-
lain for the LAFD and my answer is better understood through the story
of how I became a chaplain. Our church has small gatherings of local
people called life groups that meet once a week to review the sermon
given that prior Sunday, and I am very honored to facilitate one of those
groups. A fellow frefghter and chaplain of the LAFD who is in my life
group named Rick Godinez approached me and asked if
I had ever thought about being a chaplain for our depart-
ment. I instantly thought that he was out of his mind! I
did not feel worthy of being a chaplain and I didnt have
the schooling or training to be a chaplain. Rick told me
that all you need in order to be a chaplain is to have a
servants heart and a strong faith in our Lord and Savior. I
told him that I was honored to be asked, but I would have
to take a pass on it for now.
Several weeks passed and Rick again asked if I
would consider applying for the chaplain position and I
told him I would talk to my family, pray about it and then
get back to him with an answer. I talked to my family
and they all gave me their blessing. I received even more
support for this decision while I was working at Fire Sta-
tion 103 where it was my routine to check the department
portal for any new information prior to going to bed. I
was lying in bed and prayed, asking God that if it was His plan for me to
apply for the chaplain position that He needed to make it blatantly clear
to me that this is the path He desired for me. As I started to drift to sleep I
realized I had forgotten to check the portal. I got out of bed and checked
the portal for new information. I opened the information notices and the
frst one there was a notice for any members interested in applying for
the position of department chaplain. Amazed and in awe, I said to myself
God I guess you cant make it any clearer for me! I applied for the
position right then and there.
I have come to the conclusion that if God opens a door for me
I will gladly walk through it and do whatever He asks of me. I am so
honored to have been selected to serve as a chaplain for our department
and I will pray everyday that Gods love and grace will be with all of you
and your families. I look forward to being there when ever called upon
to serve as one of your department chaplains.
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36 September 2013
September 2013 37
n August 27, 2008, at about 2334
hours, Engine 67 was dispatched to a
reported auto fire in the 11800 block
of Jefferson Boulevard. Engine 67 responded
and found a 2004 BMW X3 SUV, with a fire in
the passenger compartment, parked at the curb
in front of a row of commercial occupancies.
A separate fire involved a plastic gas can lo-
cated on the ground several feet away against
the front of the adjacent business. The fire cap-
tain, believing that the fire had been intention-
ally set, secured the scene and requested the
response of arson investigators, resulting in the
dispatch of A-Unit 2.
LAPD offcers arrived at the scene
and conducted a DMV records and stolen ve-
hicle status check. They determined the vehicle
was registered to an individual named Nathan
Ghanem, who lived only blocks from the fre
scene. The vehicle was not reported stolen.
Offcers went to Ghanems residence to make
notifcation and ask him to come to the scene to
provide information to investigators.
Arson investigators arrived at the
scene and initiated an investigation. They pro-
cessed the scene and recovered several items of
evidence including the half-full plastic gas can
and its components scattered around the vehi-
cle, a partially burned muscle style undershirt
(size 3XL) in the gutter about 25 away, and
a burnt matchbook that was in the vehicle on
the front passenger seat. A subsequent search
of the vehicle by the Arson K-9 team revealed
the presence of gasoline on the front passenger
foorboard. The vehicle was later processed for
fngerprints by LAPD Latent Prints personnel,
but no additional information was gained.
Ghanem arrived at the scene and
advised arson investigators that he and his
wife owned two similar vehicles, and he had
decided to leave one parked in front of his
fooring business while his wife was out of
town. He said he had no enemies and no idea
who would want to burn his vehicle. Arson
investigators interviewed a witness that lived
across the street who said he was outside his
residence when he saw two male suspects set
the fre after pouring liquid from a gas can into
the passenger window and then leaving the lo-
cation in a black Honda Civic hatchback type
Arson investigators, believing that
one or both of the suspects might possibly
have been burned during the commission of
the arson, contacted the Medical Alert Center
(M.A.C.) and requested a H.E.A.R. network
broadcast requesting notifcation of any burn
patient treated in any Los Angeles County
emergency room. Shortly after clearing the
scene, investigators received notifcation that
an individual named Luis Torres had been
treated at the Antelope Valley Hospital emer-
gency room.
Arson investigators conducted a law
enforcement background check on Torres and
then proceeded to the hospital to obtain addi-
tional information. The investigators then went
to the Torres Lancaster residence where they
conducted a consensual interview with Torres.
Torres initially said that he had received his in-
juries while helping a friend clean motorcycle
parts with gasoline. Investigators pointed out
discrepancies with his explanation of his inju-
ries, informed him that a witness had observed
someone matching his description, and advised
him that items had been collected from the
scene that would be analyzed for fngerprints
and DNA evidence.
Torres then admitted that he had in
fact set the fre, and that his brother-in-law,
Danny Garcia, worked for the vehicle owner.
He said Garcia told him that his boss owned
two similar vehicles and couldnt afford them
both any longer, and was willing to pay $200 to
anyone willing to get rid of it. Torres said Gar-
cia had driven him past the location, pointed
out the vehicle, and he returned with a friend
later during the night and burned it. During the
interview Torres wife arrived home driving a
black Honda Civic hatchback. The investiga-
tors didnt arrest Torres at that time, in order
to allow for additional investigation of the re-
maining suspects in the case.
Arson investigators then interviewed
Danny Garcia, who, once presented with the
evidence, admitted his role in the conspiracy.
Due to the insurance fraud aspect of the case,
a detective with the California Department of
Insurance (D.O.I.) was brought on board. In-
vestigators eventually interviewed all of the
individuals connected to the Jefferson Boule-
vard fooring business, including a re-interview
of Ghanem, who denied any involvement, even
when confronted with the evidence against
The case was later presented to the
Auto Fraud Unit of the Los Angeles District
Attorneys Offce resulting in the fling of
Arson and Fraud charges and the issuance of
arrest warrants for Luis Torres, Danny Garcia
and Nathan Ghanem. Arson investigators and
D.O.I. detectives arrested all three suspects
pursuant to the felony arrest warrants and all
three eventually pled guilty to the fraud charg-
es. Ghanem received a misdemeanor fraud con-
viction and the other two received felony fraud
The investigation of this vehicle fre,
beginning with the initial A-Unit call-out and
ending with the criminal complaint flings and
arrests, spanned a period of several months and
numerous man-hours. Although the mem-
bers in the feld are rarely involved with, or
even aware of, the investigative work that
takes place after they clear the fre scene, the
successful outcome of such investigations
would not be possible without the proper
handling of the scene and prompt notifcation
the Arson Counter-Terrorism Section.
38 September 2013
n Saturday, September 7, 2013, USC will be hosting Washington State
at the Coliseum. USC has designated this game Joint Forces Ap-
preciation Day. The LAFD will collaborate with USC in this event
and demonstrate appreciation to the members of the Armed Forces for their
sacrifices to ensure our freedom. The recent conflicts in the Middle East have
brought attention upon Wounded Warriors whose lives have been forever
changed by injuries sustained while in the Armed Forces.
The Department has identifed 20 fre stations who have volunteered to
host a Wounded Warrior for the weekend, September 6, 7, 8. The festivities
include a dinner banquet at the USC Galen Center the evening of Sept 6, a
tailgate and USC football game on Sept 7, a ride on a LAFD fre boat and
brunch at Fire Station 112 on the morning of Sept 8. USC is offering the LAFD
two football tickets for the price of one ticket for this game.
The host fre stations will provide transportation and companionship to
their designated Wounded Warrior to all events Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The host fre station will also be securing the Wounded Warriors
sleeping arrangements at their fre station for Friday and Saturday night.
These activities of the Wounded Warrior Weekend are open to
LAFD friends and families. Please come and enjoy the festivities of the
weekend and support our Armed Forces, especially the true American
heroes, the Wounded Warriors.
Donations to offset costs are appreciated, as well as silent auction
items. This event has been sanctioned by the Wounded Warrior Project.
If additional information is needed please contact:
battalion Chief Tom Ottman Captain II Al Poirier
200 N. Main St. Room 1890 Fire Station 5, B Platoon
Los Angeles, CA. 90012 661-645-5549 cell
213-361-0370 cell
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40 September 2013
n July 19, at the Marriott Hotel, Wood-
land Hills, we bade farewell to Bobby
Moose Mihlhauser as he celebrated
retirement from his beloved LAFD. A sizable
crowd of distinguished coworkers, family and
friends gathered to share the honor and privi-
lege of knowing and working with Bobby.
Those of us who worked with and for
Moose became keenly aware of the extremely
high standard he held himself to in leadership
and followership. In followership he faithfully
accepted every task assigned him throughout
his career. His competitive nature and atten-
tion to detail usually led to superior results
for Bobby as a follower. But it is in leader-
ship that Bobby Mihlhauser truly shined. He
brought all his passion and perfectionism to
the role of leader which sometimes led to the
monikers Drillhauser and Mother Hen.
We all discovered that Moose usually got his
way through slow but precise delivery of his
brand of country wisdom and common sense.
But if that failed, lookout, you were doomed
to lock antlers and learn the hard way that a
determined Bull Moose rarely doesnt prevail.
Captain Mihlhauser brought 100% of
his game to work for over 32 years. With that,
he accepted nothing less than 100% from those
he worked with and from those he supervised.
If you needed help in a personal matter, you
got it. If you needed time to practice your skills
or perform duties, you got it. If you needed a
tune up, you got it. If you needed out because
you didnt ft in, you got it.
Bobby didnt manage the shift from
the P.A. He was involved in every aspect of
frehouse life and made himself available for
the needs, on duty or off, of anyone he worked
with. Bobby lived
Courage, Integrity
and Pride long before
it was stenciled on the
side of our rigs. LAFD
isnt weaker because
Bobby Mihlhauser is
retired, it is better be-
cause he gave so much
back. What a great ex-
ample. It is left to those
still wearing a badge,
no matter the rank, to
deliver the goods with
the same passion and
professionalism that
Moose did for so many
years. And be advised,
you will be remembered for how well you
treated the people around you and how well
you did your job . . . not the color of your
badge, the stripes on your sleeve or the hot air
that emanates from your ego.
In a world that puts so much em-
phasis on academic training, military models
and virtual exercises - with a little Hollywood
thrown in - when preparing for promotion to
the role of leader, Bobby Mihlhauser did it the
old school way. He learned, to a high degree,
the duties and responsibilities of subordinate
roles, studied fre ground tactics and honed his
skills for years at busy assignments, observed
and learned from some legendary veteran fre-
men, drivers and offcers, immersed himself
in the study process and stayed committed to
excellence. It was this hard work, coupled with
his natural ability to lead that resulted in Bob-
bys destiny to become a captain in the LAFD.
As a captain for more than 20 years
Bobby has proven time and time again it was
Fire Department money well spent. Moose has
been instrumental for positive outcome and safe
mitigation during many emergency
incidents and chaotic moments. Safe-
ty and well being of his crew has al-
ways been his highest priority. Most
importantly, Bobby was able to main-
tain a high level of morale among his
crews . . . not very easy to do in these
turbulent and confusing times. These
actions and accomplishments defne
good leadership.
In true Mihlhauser form,
Bobbys retirement dinner was epic
and started early. Social hour was
more like two hours. Rick McLaren, a long
time friend, did a frst class job as M.C. and
started right in with some humorous anecdotes
from his long friendship with Bobby. He went
on to describe Mooses divided commitment
and dedication to both his family and career. It
takes a special person to give so much to each
without defcit to either. It becomes obvious . .
. self is a distant third in Bobby Mihlhausers
Jesse Pasos, with whom Bobby has
a special relationship, handled the invocation
with his typical class and heartfelt offering. A
slide show from his kids followed illustrating
the interconnectedness of Mooses life on and
off duty. Note: There was a photo-chopped
image of a simulated water drop allegedly
occurring on Mooses fnal visit to his last as-
signment. There were continuous presenta-
tions from many honored guests of the special
plaques, axes, certifcates, axes, station gifts,
axes, service pin and gag gifts. With each gift
came a story validating Mooses boundless
contributions to family, fre department and
community. Selwyn Lloyd gave a special trib-
ute to Moose acknowledging his being award-
ed Firefghter Of The Year honors earlier this
year which was well deserved and a surprise
to no one except maybe the honored recipient.
Finally, the crowd got to sing along with the
traditional HYMN led by Joe Kovacic and
his magical mouth harp.
As the long tribute got longer Rick
McLaren reminded the crowd that this was ev-
eryones last chance to publicly bid farewell to
our friend and co-worker and everyone gets a
chance. Bobbys sons Nick and Matt, both fol-
lowing dads footsteps as fremen, his daughter
Christine, a newly appointed R.N. and his love-
ly wife and soulmate, Kathy brought tears and
smiles to the house with their tributes to their
father, husband and friend. There was even an-
September 2013 41
other video showcasing the musical talents of
Kathy and Christine. What a wonderful fam-
ily and, Im sure, the greatest source of joy in
Bobbys life.
When Moose took the podium most
of the crowd shifted and sighed knowing this
was going to take a while. Until youre up
there you have no idea how hard it is to say
everything you want to and thank everyone you
need to. Bobby mentioned a number of people
who got him headed down the right path and
infuenced his career. Two people who he really
wanted to acknowledge but may have missed
are Benny Wong and Doug Everett. Moose was
quite impressed with the detail and accuracy of
the artwork on the announcement fier. Thanks
Benny. Doug Everett mentored Bobby in his
quest to become a Captain II and offered some
very needed and appreciated support during a
particularly diffcult time in Bobbys career.
Bobby will forever be indebted to you Doug.
Thank you to everyone who showed up and an
apology to those Bobby missed greeting per-
sonally. The Moose was truly humbled by the
wonderful turnout.
Brother Bobby, from all of us who
got to work with you and those of us who will
be your friend for many years to come, thank
you and enjoy a well deserved and long, happy
and healthy retirement with your family. HAP-
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42 September 2013
his year the Firefighterss Summer Olympics were sponsored by
the San Diego Fire Department. The trap and skeet venue was
Triple B gun Club located in Rosemead just a few miles east of
downtown on July 31st and August 1st & 2nd.
The man responsible for keeping things running smoothly and
on time was Jon Rich of the Sycuan Tribal Fire Department. Jon did a
great job and he deserves a lot more credit than he will get. All of us who
shot this year thank you, especially for all of the hours that you put in to
make the three day event run smoothly.
This year the usual suspects showed up to shoot but we added
a new and much younger shooter, Dave Liske from the Arson Unit. Not
only is Dave many years younger than the rest of us, but he is also the
only one still working for a living. Some of the other guys remember
when the Santa Monica Mountains were small piles of sand.
The rest of the team are Larry, Pilot of The Mothership Bickly, Steve,
Man vs. Food Dodge, Harry The Radish Gradi, Bill Green retired
from the Carpinteria Fire Department, Rick Co-pilot of the Mothership
Kay, Don Majors, Steve Ryder and Art Sorrentino.
There are three main events in the shotgun shooting sports:
trap, skeet and sporting clays. Trap and skeet are broken down into sev-
eral sub-events: single handicap and doubles for trap, and single and
doubles for skeet.
Trap is shot on the frst day, skeet on the second and sporting
clays on the third and fnal day of competition. There are six hundred
targets thrown during the three days.
Single trap calls for shooting at a 4 1/4 inch disk launched
from 16 yards in front of and away from the shooter. All trap targets
are shot from fve different locations. These targets are typically hit at
30-35 yards from the shooter. Handicap trap, this year, was shot from a
distance of 24 yards from the shooter. These targets are typically hit at
40-45 yards. Doubles trap is two targets, launched simultaneously from
16 yards, 45 degrees apart. Single skeet is a mixture of single and double
targets shot from eight different locations. Imagine standing on the face
of a clock. You begin shooting at the 9 oclock position and move around
to the 3 oclock position, ending up standing in the center of the dial
between the 3 and 9 oclock positions.
Doubles skeet is the same as single with the following differ-
ences. Two targets are thrown simultaneously from the shooters left and
right and you do not shoot from the center of the clock face. The distance
between the launch point of both targets is 42 yards and the targets are
traveling at about 40 MPH.
Sporting clays is intended to simulate bird hunting and is shot
from ten different locations scattered over several acres. The targets
vary in distance and location, some shooting straight up in the air, oth-
ers coming from behind bushes and trees from your left and right, with
some curving towards you or going away from you at different distanc-
es heights and angles. This game was designed by the same diabolical
minds who used to devise the games that were played after meals in
some stations to see who would have to do the dishes. Evil, vicious and
just plain mean.
We felded two teams this year: LAFD Silver and LAFD Red.
The teams were selected by the scientifc method of putting fve silver
and fve red shotgun shells in a cardboard box and drawing them out one
at a time. Those of you studying for your PhD in Nuclear Physics are
probably familiar with this method so no additional comments need to
be made. More about this later.
When all was said and done, the teams were: SILVER, Rick
Kay, Steve Ryder, Dave Liske and Art Sorrentino. RED, Larry Bickly,
Steve Dodge, Harry Gradi, Bill Green, and Don Majors.
Larry Bickly won the individual Gold Medal in single trap
with a score of 98/100 and the Silver Medal in Handicap with 90/100 and
Doubles trap 84/100. Art Sorrentino won the individual Bronze Medal
in single trap with a score of 94/100. Don Majors won the individual
Bronze Medal in handicap trap with a score of 73/100.
In the team competition, the Silver team won, appropriately,
the Silver Medal in singles, handicap and doubles trap. The Red team
won the Bronze Medal in the singles, handicap and doubles trap.
In single skeet Steve Dodge won the individual Silver Medal
with a score of 94/100, missing the gold by one target in a shoot-off to
break a tie. In team single skeet the Silver team won the Gold Medal and
the Red team took the Bronze medal.
In double skeet Steve Dodge won the individual Gold Medal.
Also in double skeet the Silver team won the Silver Medal and the Red
Team won the Bronze Medal.
September 2013 43
In sporting clays Bruce Bickly, the Mothership Pilot, won the
Silver Medal and his Co-pilot won the Bronze Medal. But enough of the
boring stuff, lets get to the good stuff.
Because I was the Grapevine writer for Batt. 17 for several
years and my mentor was the late, great Tony DiDomenico, and because
I am a graduate of one of the major sensitivity training houses of the
LAFD - FS 26, before everyone got all touchy feely and huggy poo, Im
sure this wont offend anyone. If it does, let me know and I will send you
a box of Kleenex.
I previously described the high tech scientifc method we used
to pick the teams. Visualize 7-8 guys sitting around the kitchen table
picking the teams. In the middle of the table, holding the box, is Steve
Ryder. To his immediate right is Rick Kay.
Now here comes the part where Rick will start calling me Ed
Snowden Jr. (If you dont know who he is, Google him.)
Remember, Rick is seated mere inches away from Steve Ryder
during this selection process and was an active participant in the process.
The following is a partial quote from an email from Rick, to me and oth-
ers, in particular, Steve Ryder - I suggest that to select a fourth member
for our Trap Squad only, we employ the box with fve shells in it, one of
them being another color.
Because Steve is by nature a gentle and kindly soul, here is
Steves reply Rick you must have been in the restroom or somewhere
else when Harry drew the silver shell to be on our trap team. The teams
are as follows . . .
Rick, having been an offcer and a gentleman somewhere in
his past life and obviously having taken part in some self-assessment
class replied: I guess brain dead is an appropriate description.
Rick, honesty is always the best policy. I doubt that anyone
would contradict your statement.
Lets move on to Harry The Radish Gradi. How did he get
that name? During the skeet doubles part of the competition Steve Dodge
said that he was a plant for the other team because Harry was not having
a stellar day. If you are not familiar with the term plant it is someone
from one team who was placed on the other team to cause problems.
Harry, being a mobbed up Italian guy, has to have a middle name that
starts with the letter The. You know, Louie The Leg Breaker, Vinnie
The Weasel, Rick, The . . . never mind I think you got it. It could have
been an eggplant or a carrot instead but radish was the frst thing that
came up.
Moving on to Steve Man vs. Food Dodge. The guy on Man
vs. Food is Steves idol. In fact, whenever Steve goes on a trip he checks
his computer to see if the MvF guy has eaten anywhere near him so he
can go there too. He is also the only guy in the history of the LAFD who
has had his name put on the garbage disposal switch plate, and have the
switch plate follow him to his next and fnal assignment. The man is a
professional eater. If you ask him for directions to Oles Steak House in
Paxton, Nebraska, it rolls off his tongue like butter. Like butter. I better
stop because Im making him hungry.
Thursday, August 1st, Rosemead, California, The Hat, serving
some of the best pastrami sandwiches in L.A. After a short three hour
single-course dinner, and because of which the restaurant almost had to
close early because they were out of food, Steve says something like, and
I paraphrase, Some pie would sure taste good. So our merry band of
eaters sets sail for a Marie Callenders restaurant using the trusty GPS for
guidance. Guidance being loosely defned as over yonder.
If you Google Marie Callenders and use the intersection of
the 60 and 605 freeways as roughly the center of a circle you will have
an idea of what General Custer must have seen at the Battle of the Little
Bighorn. Surrounded by about nine Marie Callenders. No way to es-
cape. Not one less than a couple of miles from the starting point.
About an hour or so later and after multiple turns, curses in
English and Italian, almost throwing the GPS out of the window and
checking a variety of paper maps, an eye witness described the journey
as similar to following a truck company to a fre. Just keep wandering
around aimlessly and you will eventually fnd it - which they did.
Larry The Pilot of the Mothership Bickly decides on a 950
calorie piece of pecan pie. And could I have an iced tea with some Sweet-
N-Low please?
During the skeet competition Art Sorrentino was observed try-
ing to stuff something that resembled a Portobello mushroom into the
barrel of his gun. Turns out that it wasnt a mushroom at all, just another
one of his high quality, precision ftting reloads.
Finally, congratulations go out to Dave Liske for being the
winner of this years Pink Hat Award, which as you might imagine is a
pink hat mounted on a handmade, lacquered board adorned with small
plaques that have the winners name and year of underachievement en-
graved on them. There is also a pink T-shirt with the team logo. This
award goes to the team member who had the dubious honor of having the
lowest overall score. It is a perpetual trophy that will be passed on to next
years winner. It is usually kept in a place of honor in the winners home
- in the bottom of a bird cage, for instance. Previous winners were Steve
Ryder and Harry Gradi who shared the prize in 2011, and in 2012 Harry
repeated his performance and was the sole recipient. The phone lines
to the Vegas bookies were smoking with bets being placed on whether
or not Harry could pull off the Hat Trick but it just wasnt in the cards.
Daves name is being added to the board and will be presented to him in
the near future in accordance with past tradition.
Some of this stuff may not be an exact representation of what
occurred during these events but it certainly is close enough and good
enough for who it is for. Im not good enough to make this stuff up.
No one is. My motto was and is, in the words of the late great Tony Di,
Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
If anyone would like to see what its like to shoot trap or skeet
and you dont know much about it, we welcome you to come shoot with
us on Friday mornings at ten oclock at the Oaktree Gun Club. Its lo-
cated a 23121 Coltrane Ave. in Newhall between Sylmar and Valencia.
Bring your own shotgun or if you dont have one you can rent one at the
range. Its a fun sport, just like golf but with a little more noise.
If you have any questions call me, Art Sorrentino, at (805)
551-8518. We hope to see some of you out there soon.
L to R: Art Sorrentino, Steve dodge,
Steve Ryder, kneeling Harry Gradi,
bill Green, Larry bickly, Rick Kay,
dave Liske, don Majors
44 September 2013
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2013 Summer Games. The Sheraton
San Diego Hotel and Marina served as the host
hotel for this years games and was an excellent
spot - how do you beat San Diego in July? The
pool area served as a great retreat following
each day of competition for all competitors and
there was lots of FREE beer served and live
music provided.
On Tuesday, the San Diego City
Firefghters hosted a great buffet in the park
adjacent to the hotel with included TWO live
musical bands with the 2nd act, a great rock
band, having most dancing to the tunes (did I
mention FREE beer again?)
Your Los Angeles City Firefghters
Golf Club (LAFDGC) was well represented
this year winning ELEVEN of the FORTY-
EIGHT medals available.
36 of the 54 hole individual and team
stroke play was contested on one of countrys
most famous and diffcult courses, Torry Pines
North and South courses (remember a guy
named Tiger who won the 08 US Open? Ya
it was here). The fnal round was held at the
Sycuan Golf & Resort Willow Glen with a
great Mexican Buffet that followed the fnal
round of competition, and award ceremonies.
There were A,B,C & D fights based
on low handicaps for individual and team com-
petition. The results are as follows:
A Flight 2nd place Net: Joe Castro
B Flight 1st place Net: Paul Gamez
C Flight 3rd place Net: Jeff Simon
D Flight 1st place Net: Dennis Harada
3rd place Gross: Mike Alba
A Flight 2nd Gross: Joe Castro / Andy Zar
3rd Gross: Gary Klasse / Randy Souza
B Flight 2nd Gross: Paul Gamez / Gerry Malais
C Flight 2nd Gross: Joe Zabalza / Mike Proft
D Flight 2nd Gross: Dennis Harada / Sergio Perez
3rd Net: Barry Hedberg Glen Prine
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September 2013 45
2013 FIReFIghTeR OF The YeAR
On November 28, 2013, the Los Angeles City Firefghters Association will vote on this years
2013 Firefghter of the Year. This honor of distinction and recognition is given to a member of any rank, who, not by any single act,
has distinguished him/herself as one of outstanding character, dedication, and loyalty to the Department, the Fire Service, and to the
citizens of the community.
To be eligible for consideration, nominees must have been an active LAFD member for at least one day during the nominating year, and
a member of the California State Firefghters Association/Los Angeles City Firefghters Association.
Candidates will be judged on an overall career and life that exemplifes the best qualities of those who are honored to be part of the fre
If you know of such a person, and would like to nominate him/her for this prestigious award, submit your application nO LATeR than
November 25, 2013, to any one of the nominating committee members listed below. The nomination must include the nominees name,
rank, assignment and a statement of why the member should receive the award. Photos and other documentation may also be submitted.
Please attend the Los Angeles City Firefghters Association meeting on November 27, 2013 at 0830 Hours, Fire Station 59 Training
classroom, 11505 Olympic Blvd. and present your nomination IN PERSON. All Los Angeles City Firefghters Association members
are welcome, and encouraged to attend the meeting and presentations, and to show support for the individuals being nominated.
Presentations may be subject to time limits depending on the number of nominations received in order to provide fairness to all nomi-
nees. These time limits will be announced prior to the start of the
November 27, 2013 membership meeting and will be strictly enforced. The nominee cannot be present during the meeting.
The election will be held in closed executive session following the nominations, and only members of the Los Angeles City Firefghters
Association Board will vote.
Reminder, applications must be submitted no later than november 25, 2013.
Following personal notifcation of the winner by the Vice President, public announcement will be made by Department teletype.
2013FIReFIghTeR OF The YeAR nOmInATIng COmmITTee
George James, (661) 433-4679
James S. Dolan, (562) 400-1298
Adam VanGerpen, (818) 486-9939
2013 FIReFIghTeR OF The YeAR
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46 September 2013
dear dave:
Great article by Fred Lopez (Funding Your
Fire Station, July 2013), but one correction.
The LAFD Foundation relies on private support
(not Neighborhood Councils), and has funded
more than $1 million in equipment, technology
and training for your fre stations. Adopt a Fire
Station and general funding are available at
Karen Wagener
President, Los Angeles Fire Department
Fred Lopez responds: Thanks to Karen for the
clarifying information and helping to keep our
fre companies better funded and equipped.
Please accept this donation in memory of
Michael J. Ambarian. Mike and I worked at
old 26s in the 1960s. We had such great times
there, lots of fres and exposed to such great
role models. When Mike made A/O he stayed
at 26s and tillering for Mike was the ride of a
Mike was a great friend, exemplary freman,
and I treasure our years together.
Thanks for the ride Pepe.
Bill Finn
Granada Hills, CA
Please accept this donation to the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund in
memory of my longtime friend, Earl Mazzari.
I met Earl in the early 70s while working at
10s as a 3-year freman. We went to many fres
together and he taught me the fner points of
being a truckman. We studied for promotions
together, built several homes together, and had
a great friendship on and off the job.
Earl, the Wedge, was a mentor, a friend you
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could count on and a mans man with a heart
of gold. All who were fortunate enough to call
Earl a friend will miss him dearly.
John Jake Jacobsen
Lake Arrowhead, CA
Los Angeles Firemens Relief Assn,
Please accept the enclosed donation to the
Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens
Fund in appreciation for the use of the
wheelchair my mother needed after the traffc
accident. I would like also to take this time to
thank all the members working at LAFRA for
all their hard work, commitment and diligence
in making it the class one organization that it
My sincerest thanks,
Mark A. Rojas
Mission Viejo, CA
In memory of Mike Ambarian my captain
in the drill tower as well as hunting companion
in Elk Camp. I never will forget this great
freman. And there are others that have gone
too early: Charles Parker, Frank Brady and Ron
Wayne R. Langner, retired
Palmdale, CA
L.A. Firemens Relief Assoc.
Please accept this check in honor of Scott
Brady whom I worked with at old 28s. It was
such a wonderful memory I have of him as a
frefghter. May he rest in forever peace.
Vaughn C. Swanson
dear Tim (Larsen),
Please accept the enclosed donation in
memory of my husband Bob Lowe. I want to
thank you for personally helping me during this
diffcult time. It is a comfort to know that the
Relief Association is always ready to help.
Thank you for the fag encasement which
will be displayed with honor in my home.
Carol S. Lowe
San Juan Capistrano
L.A. Firemens Relief Assn.
Please accept the enclosed check to the
W.O.D.F.F. in memory of Bill Yanez. He was
aka Sweet Willie when he was at 25s.
Marty Olson
Yucca Valley, CA
Please accept this donation to the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund in
memory of a great guy Clarence Bonesteel.
We worked together and studied together for
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a little late in sending this note to you. I thought
the world of Boney and will miss him a great
Joe Lockwood
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Please accept this donation to the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund in
memory of William L. Yanez Bill or in
some circles Sweet Willy. He is a wonderful
man and will be missed by many.
Thank you,
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Upland, CA
September 2013 47
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dear members of the LAFRA
I just received the money for the will. Thanks
a lot the LAFRA is 2nd to none. I have been
a member since 1955 and I have donated to the
WODFF for years, although it isnt much but
all I can afford as I am on the lower end of the
pension scale. And now as you can see by my
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After my passing, the WODFF will get a lot
more. Please pay my thanks and praise to all of
you and keep up the fabulous work.
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LA Firemens Relief Assoc. and Andy Kuljis,
We wish to extend our thanks and
appreciation for the beautiful plant and
meaningful fag that was sent to the family. It
will always be treasured.
Ed was proud to be the frst captain when
they started the Helicopter Unit. He proudly
watched it grow into the great unit it is today.
Ed enjoyed every day he went to work. He
loved the fre department.
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sons were proud of their dad. We liked being a
part of the Los Angeles Fire Family.
With our sincerest thanks,
The Hoglund Family
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dear James (dolan),
Thank you for the job you do to keep
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by mike mastro, President/CeO
Los Angeles Firemens Credit Union
ets face it. Kids just grow up too fast.
One day youre teaching them their A-
B-Cs; the next day, youre taking them
to soccer. And before you know it, theyre fill-
ing out college applications and graduating
from high school.
Second to your home, your childs
college tuition could be one of the largest ex-
penses you may have to make. If you have
more than one child, your fnancial commit-
ment will be even greater.
With proper planning and saving, the
cost of higher education is more affordable than
you think. Its easier to start fnancially prepar-
ing for educational expenses today in smaller
amounts over a longer period than scrambling
later or having to get a loan.
For this months article, I hope to
help you gain a better understanding of your
options to maximize every dollar saved to
fnance higher education.
Fortunately, parents have more
options than before to help fnance higher
education. In the past, parents used custodial
accounts to transfer funds to their minor chil-
dren to save for college costs. In recent years,
the Coverdell Education Savings Accounts
(ESA or education IRA) and Qualifed Tuition
Programs (529 college savings plans) have be-
come very popular.
For this months article, Ill examine
the various saving options for educational ex-
coVeRdeLL education saVings
accounts (esa oR education iRa)
The Taxpayers Relief Act of 1997
created the Education IRA, also known as the
Coverdell ESA. Its purpose is to provide par-
ents and loved-ones the opportunity to save
for a childs educational expenditures in a tax-
deferred account. The annual contribution limit
to these accounts is $2,000. Married couples
fling a joint tax return can make a full $2,000
contribution if their modifed adjusted gross in-
come (MAGI) is less than $190,000; they can
make a partial contribution if their MAGI is
between $190,000 and $220,000; and no con-
tribution if their MAGI is above $220,000. For
single taxpayers, the limit is one-half of those
Contributions to a childs ESA can be
made until he/she reaches the age of 18.
Earnings within the account are
tax-deferred and withdrawals are not subject
to tax if they are used for qualifed education
expenses in elementary, high school, and col-
lege. Qualifed educational expenses include
tuition, fees, books, supplies, equipment and in
some cases, computers, and room and board.
The earnings portion of a withdrawal
not used for qualifed education expenses is
subject to regular income tax. A 10% penalty
will also apply unless the withdrawal qualifes
for an IRS exception. Withdrawals must also be
completed before the child reaches the age of
30. If the benefciary has unused funds in their
ESA, you can roll over the balance into an ESA
to another child under the age of 30^.
QuaLified tuition PRogRam
(529 coLLege saVings PLan)
The Qualifed Tuition Program (529
Plan) are offered by the state with no restriction
on where the child may attend college utiliz-
ing the funds. Withdrawals taken for qualifed
higher education expenses are federal income
tax-free. Non-qualifed withdrawals are subject
to the same tax penalty as the Coverdell ESA.
With a 529 Plan, there are no income
limits on the donors and contributions simply
cannot exceed the amount necessary to provide
for the qualifed expenses of the benefciary. Be
aware that there may be gift tax consequences if
your contribution plus any other gifts to a par-
ticular benefciary exceed $14,000 during the
year. In addition, there are special provisions
to allow a front-end loading of up to fve
years of contributions to be made without gift
taxes. Contributions can be added at anytime
and there are no restrictions based on age. The
benefciary on the account can be changed, as
long as the new benefciary is an eligible family
member (spouse, sibling, or grandchild).
Withdrawals used for qualifed edu-
cational purposes are excluded from federal
income taxation. Additionally, there are some
limitations on which institutions qualify. One
potential drawback is that there are usually lim-
ited investment options.
Which one is Right foR YouR famiLY?
Coverdell Education Savings Ac-
counts offer the greatest fexibility in terms
of the range of expenses used for education
(qualifed elementary, secondary, and college
education). However, there are limits on the
income of the donors and the annual contribu-
tion limit is $2,000.
The 529 College Savings Plan offers
the highest contribution limits without income
limits on the donors. However, it is limited to
the qualifed higher education institutions.
Each plan has its advantages and dis-
advantages; therefore you should evaluate your
options and situation carefully. As with most f-
nancial decisions, you must consider what you
are trying to accomplish. Be mindful of the tax
implications and choose the one (or combina-
tion) that best fts your fnancial needs^.
If you need assistance with fnancial
options for educational expenses, I encourage
you to contact a CFS Representative at FIRE-
HOUSE Financial.* Theyll be glad to help.
The more business we do together
as a Fire Family,
the greater the fnancial reward
will be for all of us.
Have a great month!
Mike Mastro
^Tax laws are complex and subject to change. For specifc tax advice,
please consult a tax professional.
*Non-deposit investment products and services offered through CUSO
Financial Services, L.P. (CFS), a registered-broker dealer (Member
FINRA/SIPC) and SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Products of-
fered through CFS: are not insured by American Share Insurance (ASI)
or otherwise federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of the
Credit Union, and may involve investment risk including possible loss
of principal. Investment Representatives are registered through CFS.
Los Angeles Firemens Credit Union has contracted with CFS to make
non-deposit investment products and services available to its members.
52 September 2013
laFd History
tHe dC 10 CrasH at laX, MarCH 1, 1978
Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS
LFDHistorical Society
Commercial aircraft crashes are rare,
but with the recent Asiana Airlines Boeing 777
crash at San Francisco International Airport,
my memory went back to the Continental DC
10 crash at LAX 35 years ago and the outstand-
ing LAFD response that saved many lives. I
visited Captain Bob Engle who is now 91 years
old and he remembers the incident very well.
It was Wednesday morning March 1,
1978. At Fire Station 80, Captain Bob Engle
was giving a drill on rescuing passengers on
a burning airplane. Captain Engle was an ex-
pert in crash rescue fre fghting with over 20
years of experience at LAX. Two miles north of
80s was a satellite crash station known as 80s
North or the little house on the prairie. On
duty were Firefghters Jim McJannet and Tom-
my Kaiser with CB1, a 1968 Walter crash rig
carrying 3000 gallons of water and 500 gallons
of light water foam concentrate. McJannet was
looking out of the station window watching a
Continental DC 10 aircraft with 198 people on
board and 81,000 gallons of Jet-A fuel taxi to
the end of the runway for a take off to Hono-
lulu. At 0923 the jet started down the runway
and at 179 MPH the two front tires on the left
main landing gear blew apart as it passed by
80s north.
McJannet notifed 80s and OCD, re-
questing fve more task forces and joined Kai-
ser in the rig which began rapidly accelerating
toward the thick black smoke from the plane
which had overshot the end of the runway. All
of 80s responded with Captain Engle in the
Rapid Intervention Vehicle followed by two
more Crash rigs and Engine 80. The plane was
resting on its left wing with thousands of gal-
lons of jet fuel burning around the plane. The
fuselage was intact as the passengers rushed to
the four exit doors on each side of the plane. The
crew yelled at the passengers to not open the
left side doors because the fre was most severe
there. Never-the-less the doors were opened
and all the escape chutes were deployed. An el-
derly couple exited onto the right wing but fell
to the ground and were killed. Many of the pas-
sengers sliding down the chutes were injured
when they reached the ground. CB 1 arrived
quickly from the tail of the aircraft and when
they were within 150 feet started the foam ap-
plication onto the ground fre on the right side.
As they approached the middle of the aircraft
Kaiser and McJannet were startled by the sight
of 8 to 12 people all on fre trying to beat out
the fames with their hands. McJannet opened
up the turret and sprayed it over the burning
passengers which instantly doused the fames.
McJannet then cleared an evacuation route for
the passengers by sweeping the foam turret un-
der the plane. By that time all of 80s crash rigs
arrived and began a full foam operation on the
fre. It took all they had to knock the fre down
while the crew from Engine 80 under Captain
Gerry Halstead entered the foam blanket to
begin making rescues. Hand lines were then
brought in for fnal extinguishment. No pas-
sengers or crew were found on board. As other
fre companies and ambulances arrived from
the surrounding area they were deployed into a
large rescue and EMS operation involving mul-
tiple engine and truck companies and11 rescue
ambulances. Of the 198 passengers and crew
only three were killed and more than 43 were
transported to hospitals.
Many letters of appreciation were re-
ceived by Captain Engle and the LAFD includ-
ing one from Mayor Bradley, the Airline Pilots
Association and Continental Airlines. One very
touching letter was written on March 11, 1978
by two survivors:

Dear Captain Engle:
How does one begin to express
gratitude for life? There are no words strong
enough to convey our thanks for the miracle
of just being here. On March 1st my husband
and I boarded the ill-fated Continental plane
bound for Hawaii. Minutes later the windows
were flled with fame it seemed inevitable the
plane would explode. From then on, our lives
were in the capable and courageous hands of
your men. My husband suffered no injuries and
though I have a fractured back and ribs I feel
more than fortunate to be writing this letter. We
understand several of the fremen were burned.
This distresses us and it is our sincere hope
their return to good health will be rapid. We
would greatly appreciate your expressing our
deepest thanks to all men involved and only
wish we might do it in person. If there is some
way we could be of service, please let us know.
Most Sincerely, Mr. and Mrs. Al Smithson
This incident was a testimonial to the
outstanding work done by our airport frefght-
ers. CB1 was at the crash site and using foam
within 90 seconds after the frst alarm. The fre
was controlled one minute after that and total
extinguishment was accomplished six minutes
after the crash. All of the injured victims were
transported to hospitals in less than one hour
after being treated by paramedics on the feld.
Retired Engineer Tom G. Harrison
donated an awesome plaque commemorating
the incident. The inscription reads Plaque do-
nated by Engineer Tom G. Harrison. Thanks
to Capt. Robert Engle of Crash 80 who was
in charge of the incident for the photos. This
unusual plaque has a window cut from the fuse-
lage of the DC 10 as the centerpiece. You need
to come and see this outstanding work of art at
the Hollywood Museum.
the plaque at the Hollywood Museum donated
by Engineer tom Harrison that tells to story
of the dC 10 crash at LAX in a very visual and
unique way.
dC-10 CRAsh KILLs 2 AT LAX Article
in the Culver City Tribune, March 3, 1978
(edited for this Grapevine Article)
By Karen Davis
Staff Writer
A Continental DC-10 on its way
to Honolulu with 197 passengers and crew
crashed on takeoff Wednesday killing two pas-
September 2013 53
sengers and injuring at least 40 others, fve of
those critically. These were the frst fatalities at
LAX in its 50-year history. Two tires blew out
collapsing the landing gear and causing the
plane to skid off the runway, tip over, break the
right wing and catch on fre. The entire left side
of the plane was burned.
The 9:25 a.m crash occurred on the
east end of the north runway, near Sepulveda
Boulevard in Westchester. The burned and
blackened hulk was removed within hours to
the runways threshold where offcials of
the FAA immediately began to go through the
wreck, looking for the tragedys cause.
An earlier report from the FAA said
there had been voice communication with the
pilot, Captain Gene Hershey, who decided to
abort the takeoff. Hershey was on his fnal fight
before retiring after 37 accident-free years.
He did a beautiful job, said one LAX off-
cial of Hershey.He has nothing to be ashamed
of. He saved a lot of lives. She added that the
runway was torn up, and it appeared that Her-
shey had taken exceptional measures to turn
the craft around, miss a car rental agency and
outer runway markers-just a few hundred feet
from busy Sepulveda Blvd.
The two victims, an unidentifed man
and woman, were found dead at the bottom
of the front right wing exit chute, which had
caught on fre. Preliminary reports indicate
they died while attempting to evacuate the
craft. A fre offcial said fames spread from the
left side to the right side of the fuselage, en-
gulfng the slides. Offcials withheld their iden-
tifcation pending notifcation of next of kin.
Flames were extinguished in six minutes, and
the plane evacuated within a half hour.
The frst fre unit to arrive at the
scene was Crash 80, stationed at LAX. As we
left the station we could see a large column of
smoke from the north runway. Flames were
visible and I requested additional units, said
Captain Robert E. Engle. Units from Station 5
and Station 95 were among those frst at the
scene. When the frst unit arrived, the left side
of the craft was engulfed in fame. No fames
reached the cabin of the giant jet, according to
a fre department representative. Twenty-fve
fre rigs with 75 fremen under the command of
Division Chief Willis Nelson responded to the
scene. As of press deadline, units were standing
by while fuel was transferred from the burned
Captain Robert engle, LAFd Retired,
WWII us marine Corps Veteran
I have known Bob Engle for many
years and recently went to visit with him to
learn more about his life history. Bob lives in
Westchester near LAX where he served for
many years at Fire Station 80. In fact he used
to walk to work back in the day. As a young
boy in Minnesota he trained as a boxer and at
16 years of age was fghting in the ring at car-
nivals and fairs. In 1942, early in WWII, at age
19 he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He went to
Perris Island for training then to Camp Pend-
leton for specialized training before being sent
to the War in the Pacifc. He was part of the
aviation crew assigned to the Marine Corsair
fghter planes and served on Guadalcanal and
Okinawa as the battles raged on. He left the
Corps as a Technical Sergeant.
In 1946 he joined the LAFD, serv-
ing more than 30 years before retiring. Bob
spent 20 years at Fire Station 80 as a captain,
becoming an expert on aircraft frefghting and
rescue. Bob put together an extensive notebook
of information about the DC 10 crash includ-
ing a complete lesson plan for future training
on aircraft frefghting and rescue operations.
For the past many years Bob has been very in-
volved with the LAFD SERTOMA (Service to
Mankind) Organization as a volunteer. He has
helped countless numbers of people through
his involvement.
At 91 years young he doesnt get
around like he used to, but he is still sharp as
a tack and fun to be with. He loved working
on the LAFD and has many stories to tell. The
one I remember most is his outstanding perfor-
mance as the incident commander at the DC
10 crash. Bob is a true hero in many different
ways and loved and appreciated by his family
and friends.
the dC 10 on fre as
LAFd Crash rigs arrive
using foam to clear the
fre from the fuselage.
the fre is out with the
crash rigs surrounding
the aircraft.
the left side of the plane
shows the extensive burn
damage to the fuselage.
Captain II bob Engle in the
middle with a coffee cup, the
members of FS 80, Chief Walter
olsen and Chief Johnston.
54 September 2013

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9/7 Sat Museum 36 Open 1000 - 1500
9/11 Wed Annual 9-11 Memorial
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9/11 Wed HS Board Meeting 1000 - 1200
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-Marine Corps Birthday at Museum 27,
Sun. 11/10
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Sat. 12/14
October 2013
The Hollywood Museum is located in Old Fire
Station 27 at 1355 No. Cahuenga, Hollywood, CA
90028. The Harbor Museum is located in San Pedro
City Hall at 638 S. Beacon St., San Pedro CA 90731.
Anyone interested in joining our great cause by be-
coming a member, or volunteering to work, or make
a donation of money or an LAFD item may contact
us by mail:
LAFDHS Museum & Memorial
1355 No. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone: 323 464 2727. But remember we are currently
staffed part time, so leave a message and we will re-
turn your call. The fax number is 323-464-7401. Our
E-mail is: Web site at www. If you want to look at some great
LAFD history check and check the
LAFD web site for information and events at www. We look forward to hearing from you and
seeing you at the Museum.
The Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society
is a non-proft 501 (C) (3) organization.
AnnuAL 9-11 RemembRAnCe

The LAFD Historical Society has
been holding an annual 9-11 remembrance
ceremony at the Hollywood Fire Museum and
Memorial since the museum opened in 2011 so
that we will never forget that almost 3000 peo-
ple died that day from terrorist attacks and that
343 members of the New York Fire Department
were killed at the World Trade Center. We start
the ceremony at 0700 hours to coincide with
the collapse of the frst World Trade Center
Tower at approximately 1000 hours Eastern
Time. September 11th Never Forget. All
are welcome to join us.
Whats new at the hollywood Fire museum
The decades old kitchen cabinets,
counter tops and sink at the museum have been
replaced with beautiful new wood cabinets and
stainless steel counter tops and sink. Maybe
this new addition will entice some volunteer
cooks to come and prepare lunches for our vol-
unteers on Saturdays.
A bronze statue in the Museum Memorial room on the second foor depicts 3 new York Fire-
fghters taking a hose line up a ladder. this room has a number of items from the 9-11 tragedy.
New cabinets and counter tops. the
old Wolf stove is still operating after
more than 60 years or more.
september 2013
September 2013 55
July 10, 2013
President John Jacobsen called the meeting
of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles
Firemens Relief Association to order at 10:43
membeRs PResenT:
John Jacobsen, President
Juan Albarran, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Robert Steinbacher
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Steve Tufts
Trustee David Ortiz
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee Steve Ruda
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Francisco Hernandez
Trustee Steve Berkery
Trustee Barry Hedberg Pension
Trustee David Lowe Pension
David Ned Smith - Executive Director
Controller Todd Layfer
membeRs AbsenT:
Trustee Michael Overholser (Excused)
Trustee Doak Smith (Excused)
Trustee Chris Hart (Excused)
Trustee Craig White (Excused)
Trustee Chris Stine (Excused)
Trustee David Peters (Excused)
Trustee Tim Larson Pension (Excused)
Bob Olsen, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
Lee Kebler, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
Dave Wagner, Grapevine Editor

InVOCATIOn & Flag salute
Andy Kuljis led the invocation. David Lowe
led the fag salute.
John Jacobsen entertained a motion to ratify
and dispense with the reading of the minutes
of the Board of Trustees meeting held June 5,
2013. Barry Hedberg so moved. David Lowe
seconded. There was no further discussion or
Motion carried to ratify and dispense with the
reading of the minutes of the Board of Trustees
held June 5, 2013.
1) Jacobsen informed the Board that they were
going to present the Scholarship Awards to the
winners of the Scholarship Essay Exam. Rick
Godinez acknowledged and presented the
winners with their awards and thanked them
for their participation. Photographs were taken
of the winners.
2) Jacobsen introduced a member to the Board
who wanted to thank the Relief Association
for their help and support with his situation.
Juan Albarran reminded the member that
the Relief would also be there for him in the
3) Jacobsen indicated that Jerald Coates
name was being placed on the Colorado
Springs Fallen Firefghter Memorial wall. He
indicated that Dee Santos will attend the event
and stated that they need to identify which
Trustees will escort her at the event. He stated
that the memorial will be held on September
4) Jacobsen mentioned the elections this year
and indicated that Group 2 Trustees would
be up for election. He asked if they wished to
continue to serve that they submit their intent
to run.
1) Juan Albarran mentioned that he attended a
memorial for the Granite Mountain Hotshots
the frefghters who perished in Arizona. He
indicated that UFLAC rented a bus and he
traveled with forty other fremen.
1) David Smith informed the Board that they
closed escrow on June 28th on 7470 Figueroa
and that the management frm is in place. He
indicated that the management frm will take
care of transferring the utility bills and collect
rent from existing tenants. Jacobsen indicated
that they have notifed the Credit Union about
the purchase. It was noted that we will stay
in the Credit Union building until the end of
our lease. He also indicated that the Building
committee will need to get together in the next
month to begin outlining what our needs will
be in terms of plans and design.
Steinbacher informed that the Investment
Committee will be holding interviews on
July 23rd and 24th for Large Cap Value
managers and Fixed Income managers. He
mentioned that they will be terminating Cohen
& Steers as well as Gresham. He stated that
they will place the Gresham funds into the
PIMCO Commodity Fund and the Cohen
& Steers funds into a new large cap growth
manager. Jacobsen mentioned that they make
adjustments to the portfolio following the
policy guidelines.
The committee recommends and I so move
to terminate Gresham Commodities effective
August 1st and to reinvest those funds into
the PIMCO Commodity Return. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to terminate Gresham and
reinvest funds into the PIMCO Commodity
Robert Steinbacher presented the following
The committee recommends and I so move
to pay the usual and customary bills in the
amount of $1,206,520.73. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the usual and
customary bills in the amount of
The committee recommends and I so move
to pay the professional fees in the amount
of $250,235.30. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to pay the professional fees in
the amount of $250,235.30.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve up to $1,000 to the EPN (Emergency
Photographers Network). There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve up to $1,000 to the
EPN to upgrade their equipment.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve $990 for the L.A. Press Club Award
dinner. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve $990 for the L.A.
Press Club Award dinner.
56 September 2013
Barry Hedberg presented the following
The committee recommends and I so move to
accept the applications to the Medical Plan.
There was no discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to accept all applications to
the Medical Plan.
The committee recommends and I so move
to send two Trustees to the SIIA Conference
in September. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to send up to two Trustees to
the SIIA Conference in September.
James Coburn presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move to
The Sick & Injury benefts in the amount of
The Estate Planning beneft in the amount of
The Relief Death Benefts in the amount of
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the above Relief
James Coburn read the names of members
who recently passed and asked for a moment
of silence from the Board.
Frank L. Buchanan
Warren G. Pietro
Michael J. Ambarian
John H. Maxey
Earl N. Mazzari
Kenneth N. Mac Lean
Ronald T. Pierce
AssIsTAnCe COmmITTee
James Coburn presented the following
The committee recommends and I so move
to accept the donations in the amount of
$4,656.70 to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemens Fund. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to accept the donations in the
amount of $4,656.70 to the Widows, Orphans
& Disabled Firemens Fund.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve the fnancial assistance applications
for surviving spouses, active and retired
members. There was no discussion or
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.
The committee recommends and I so move
to convert one members advancement to
assistance in the amount of $28,078.40.
Coburn stated that after an audit review, it was
suggested that they convert this advancement
to assistance. There was no further discussion
or objections.
Motion carried to convert one members
advancement to assistance in the amount of
David Wagner informed the Board that they
have not increase ad prices for quite some
time and indicated that they will increase
pricing by 10%. He stated that the added
beneft to advertisers will be that they will
have a large area on the new website for their
David Smith stated that the consultant is
working on the fnal areas of the website
development and indicated that they should be
able to test the site in a few weeks.
Andy Kuljis mentioned that they have
placed an order for additional fag boxes and
indicated that they should receive them within
a couple of weeks.
Jacobsen presented the Trustees with a By-
law packet containing proposed changes for
submission at the August 2013 Board meeting.
David Lowe presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move
to put forth recommended changes to the
By-laws for election by the membership in
November. After discussion, David Lowe
stated that he will make the changes stated
and will bring back for approval at the August
Board meeting. Jacobsen also stated that
any changes made to the By-laws need to
have the date included to provide a record of
when changes were made. He also stated that
they will compile all the changes in a clean
format and present it in August. David Lowe
rescinded his motion to adopt the changes to
the By-laws as they well be resubmitted at the
August Board meeting.
seTTIng OF dATes
1) Estate Planning Seminar July 17th
2) IFEBP Wharton School of Investments
September 9th 12th
3) Craig Alder Charity Golf Tourn.
September 9th
4) Over the Line Tournament September
5) Colorado Springs Memorial
September 21st
6) LAFD Invitational Golf Tournament
September 23rd
7) LAFD Fallen Firefghter Memorial
October 13th
8) LAFD Car Show October 13th
9) IFEBP Annual Conference
October 20th 23rd
10) LAFRA Open House December 7th
ReTIRemenT dInneRs

1) Rich Hanson, Fred Ramsey, Jerry Brown
July 12th Fire Station 80
2) Bobby Mihlhauser July 19th Marriott
Warner Center
3) Robert Franco July 26th Ports OCall
4) Mark Whatley July 26th Fire Station 26
5) Thomas Somers August 13th Knollwood
Country Club
6) Bradley Grossman August 21st Ports
7) Jay Freeman August 24th Jays Backyard
8) Mike OGorman September 14th Elks
Lodge #966
John Jacobsen entertained a motion to
adjourn. Rick Godinez so moved. David Lowe
seconded. There was no discussion and no
Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
Trustees meeting adjourned at 12:15 pm.

John Jacobsen, President
September 2013 57
donations to Widows, orphans & disabled Firemens Fund
July 2013
dAnIeL LeOn in memory of CHarles w. BakoviC, Pauline F. lewis &
Justin d. law
bOb buChAnAn in memory of my father Frank l. BuCHanan
bARbARA J. bROWn in memory of my husband Bill Brown who passed
away 07/01/2002
FIRe sTATIOn nO. 28 from our Centennial anniversary CeleBration
JAneT LALLY in memory of leo deMPsey, Paul Zuliani and my husband
toM lally
mARgIe LeAheY-PIeRCe in memory of ron PierCe
FIRe sTATIOn nO. 114 from the Fire eXtinguisHer Fund
gLenn R. WILKInsOn in honor of gary & June takesHita
dennIs L. COVILLe in memory of Mike aMBarian
heLen L. sChuLz
mARY J. TushA in memory of Frank arguello
PhYLLIs J. Ing in memory of Frank BuCHanan
WAYne R. LAngneR in memory of my captain Mike aMBarian & others
that have gone too early CHarles Parker, Frank Brady & ron PierCe
J. hOLT ROse in memory of JoHn H. MaXey
RObeRT hendeRsOn in memory of JoHn H. MaXey
CAROL s. LOWe in memory of my husband BoB lowe
FIRe sTATIOn nO. 5 from the Fire eXtinguisHer Fund
CAROLYn m. ThOmAs in memory of your brother daniel J. slagH
bOb & PAT gOnnOud in memory of Frank arguello
ChRIsTOPheR shAW in memory of ed Hoglund
FumIKO humbeRd in memory of MaXine varner
CARL ObeRT in memory of Frank arguello
A. T. WATAnAbe
WILLIAm mAngeR in memory of sylvia Plante
RICARdO ORTIz in memory of my wife
PATRICIA m. LAsKOWsKI in memory of Frank arguello
TheLmA m. mAC hALe in memory of toM MaC Hale
WILLIAm s. bRInghuRsT
eVAngeLIne RenTAs in memory of Frank P. arguello, Jr.
ARdIs L. WILLeY in memory of katie naegle
mARTY OLsOn in memory of Bill yaneZ
JAmes & CAROLYn LAsKOWsKI in memory of
Frank P. arguello Jr.
COLLeen KeALeY in memory of Bill yaneZ
bRIAn hITChIngs from the siMi valley BreakFast CluB
JeAnne A KeATIng in memory of Frank arguello Jr.
AnseLmO J. gARRIdO in memory of Bill yaneZ
sTeVen smITh
AngeLA meRRILL from Fs-28 Centennial anniversary CeleBration
JAmes e. gILLum from the siMi valley BreastFast gang
A. Ken KRuPnIK
PAT bOWen in honor of ken Jury
Ann PORCO in memory of Frank Paul arguello, Jr.
gARY g. hOOd
PAT eRICKsOn in memory of earl MaZZari
dAWn gAmbLe
mIChAeL POuLsen
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wood and entry door systems.
Rick Brandelli, Capt. LACoFD,
FS 8-C (800) 667-6676. www.
bIG beAr CAbIN - All season,
restful views from decks. Two
story, sleeps 6, half mile to lake,
two plus miles to slopes. Fire-
place/Wood, cable TV/DVD/VCR.
Full kitchen, completely furnished
except linens. Pets ok. $95/$105
(two day minimum). $550/$600
a week, Beep or Donna Schaffer
1+(760) 723-1475.
bIG beAr CAbIN. 2 bedroom, 2
bath, 2 story. Sleeps 8. Near ski
slopes & lake. Fireplace/wood,
cable TV, DVD,VCR, full kitchen.
Completely furnished. $85/$95 per
night. Minimum 2 nights. Holidays
extra. Weekly available. All Sea-
son. Sheri (909) 851-1094 cell or
(760) 948-2844 home.
bIG beAr lAKeS FINeSt-
Deluxe lakeside townhouse, 2
bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable TVs,
HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood burning
freplaces, laundry room, tennis
court, indoor pool, sauna, spa,
boat dock. Fully equipped, includ-
ing all linens. Sleeps 6. 310-541-
8311 or email
bIG beAr VINtAGe CAbIN. 2
minute walk to village. 5 minute
drive to both slopes. Lake view.
2 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 6. Contact:
Owned by LAFD member.
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block
to beach, view, fully equipped
housekeeping unit. Marci (818)
347-6783 or Clarence (310) 510-
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
For SAle 5 SHAreS 18x70
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 VCRs. 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.
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 -
KApAlUA, mAUI. Luxurious
ocean view Kapalua Ridge 1 and
2 bedroom villas from $145/$250,
7th night FREE. Fully equipped with
washer/dryer, Hi speed internet, Wi-
Fi, cable TV, free resort shuttle, min-
utes from ocean. Features 3 white
sand beaches including 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, kaya-
king, shops, restaurants. Contact
Terry or Diane @ 800-326-MAUI
(6284). www.kapaluavacations.
com/the_ridge.asp or email info@
60 September 2013
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.
FroNt. Located at HAVASU
LANDING RESORT a gated com-
munity on the California side of
Lake Havasu. Swim, Ski or fsh
from the front yard. Buoys in front
of home for overnight boat(s) tie-
ups. No need to launch boat each
day. Walking distance to a CASI-
NO, restaurants and grocery store.
Adjacent to miles of off-road desert
trails, great for ATVs, 4 wheel-
ers and Motorcycles. Beautiful
landscaping with a lawn from the
home to the lake. Covered patio
with furniture and a gas BBQ. Four
bedrooms with beds for 10.Two full
bathrooms. Check Craigslist for
pic. $350. Per night 10% discount
for a week. For Reservations call
Bud @ 818 352-4422
lAKe HAVASU beAUty For
reNt - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 sq.ft.
Fully furnished with all ameni-
ties- Laundry & BBQ. 13,000 sq.ft.
lot. 3 car boat-deep garage. 3
miles from launch ramp. Close to
downtown shops & restaurants.
View of the lake. Quiet street in
good neighborhood. No pets. No
smoking. Snowbird rates. Call
Mike (661) 510-6246
lAKe HAVASU CIty. New Cus-
tom 3 bedroom/2 bath home on
lake side of Hwy 95 north side of
town. Quiet street. All the amenti-
ties. 60 TV in living room. TVs
in all bedrooms. Wireless internet
with on site computer. BBQ on
large patio. Swimming pool. Near
marinas and restaurants. $150
per night. $85 cleaning fee. No
smoking or pets please. Scott at
805-208-1598 or h2oratscott@
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.
HomeS for rent. Each fully fur-
nished with all amenities of home.
Every home has a lake view, pool,
RV access, boat parking, ample
guest parking and sleep up to 8
people. Check out our website @ or call (928)
855-5848 or (661) 212-3191.
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)
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-
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-
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
mAmmotH CoNdo-CHAmoNIX.
2 bedroom & large loft, 3 full
baths, sleeps 8. 5 minute walk to
Canyon Lodge. Fully furnished,
TVs, VCR/DVD, pool, spa, rec
room, sauna, linens included.
Winter $175, $195-weekdays/holi-
days; summer $125, plus cleaning.
No smoking; no pets. Craig Yoder
(909) 948-3659.
mAmmotH CoNdo Cozy 2
bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished,
WIFI, 3 TVs, pool, spa, 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: or Bruce
Galien, Retired, 661-645-7448,
mAmmotH CoNdo Fully fur-
nished, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 6.
Close to Canyon Lodge, pool, spa,
recreation room, laundry 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.
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)
mAmmotH CoNdo - 2 bdrm, 2
bath, 2 TVs, phone, garage, pool,
jacuzzi, fully furnished - exept linens.
Near shuttle/chair 15. Winter $125/
night. Weekends and Holidays $110
midweek. Summer $95/night. $495/
week. No smoking. No pets. Jim
Johnson (818) 992-7564, FS 80C.
mAmmotH CoNdo - 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
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,
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: or (213)
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: or
visit website:
mAUI beACH FroNt CoNdo
oN NApIlI bAy - 50 from water.
Studios and 1 bdrm. Luxury
furnishings + full kitchen. All the
amenities! Mauis best snorkel-
ing/beach. All island activities &
Kapalua within 4 minutes. 5-day
minimum, from $150 per night
(regularly $310 night). Call Sherrie
or Bill for info/reservations (805)
530-0007 or email: pmimaui@
or visit:
September 2013 61
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)
mAUIS moSt beAUtIFUl
beACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful
furnished condo with kitchen and
daily maid service. 15%
discount off already lowest
prices in the area. Don
Sprenger (949) 548-5659
or (800) 336-2185.
CoNdo - Enjoy UNREAL
COUNTRY. Golf a new
course and hang out by
the pool. Walking distance
to beach. 3 bedroom 2
bath. See for yourself at: Contact
Chris Hart (714) 742-3325
or email: Chrismhart22@
pAlm deSert-3
bed/2bath, one level. New
re-model, fully furnished w/
linens. Cable TV/DVR, Pri-
vate Patio, BBQ, Laundry,
Garage, Gated Community,
2(Pools, Jacuzzis, Tennis
Courts). Near College of
the Desert. $175 Dan Cook
310 418 1577.
pGA WeSt (lA QUINtA)
tpC StAdIUm GolF
CoUrSe CoNdo. Luxuri-
ous 3+2 lake front condo
on the 11th green of the
world famous Stadium
Course. Gated, community
pool & spa, 4 TVs/cable/
dvd, washer/dryer, BBQ,
garage, no smoking or
pets please. $150/night
w/6 night min. + cleaning.
Seasonal/extended stay
discounts. Buzz - LAFD
(949) 322-7979 PGAWest-
SoUtH lAKe tAHoe
Romantic Chalet Fam-
ily getaway. 3 bed/2 bath
plus loft. Sleeps 810.
Cable TV, washer/dryer,
microwave, woodburning
stove. 7 minutes to casinos
and Heavenly. Located in
Tahoe Paradise. $105 per
night plus cleaning. Call
Shawn or Rose Agnew at
(661) 250-9907 or (661)
VACAtIoN reNtAl - So
Lake Tahoe, 3 Bd 2 Ba
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Close to Lake, Casinos
and Ski Slopes $650 wk
or $130 nt $100 Cleaning. www. Call Cal or
Linda @ 805 584-2718 or email
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