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CLUB MEMBER SPECIAL ENROLLMENT

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
Employees*
LET US KNOW WHERE TO SEND
YOUR ENROLLMENT FORM
CALL US - (213) 225-1792
City Employees Club
311 S. Spring St. Ste 1300
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Arlene Herrero
(213) 225-1792
aherrero@cityemployeesclub.com
Special
Enrollment
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.

Sign Up During Open Enrollment


October 1 - October 31, 2013
Look for enrollment details in the mail.
FOR MORE INFORMATION call (323) 259.5200 x222 or x223
Visit us at LAFRA.org
At the Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association, we are committed
to bringing you health care and other benefits that you can count
on. We are dedicated to providing excellent service and design our
benefits by focusing on the needs of our members.
Coverage is available nationwide through our extensive PPO network
or use any service provider
Preventive care is covered at 100%
All co-pays are waived during the first 30 days following a covered
accident or injury
Long-Term Care Coverage for qualifying participants
CLUB MEMBER SPECIAL ENROLLMENT
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
Employees*
LET US KNOW WHERE TO SEND
YOUR ENROLLMENT FORM
CALL US - (213) 225-1792
City Employees Club
311 S. Spring St. Ste 1300
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Arlene Herrero
(213) 225-1792
aherrero@cityemployeesclub.com
Special
Enrollment
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.

Sign Up During Open Enrollment


October 1 - October 31, 2013
Look for enrollment details in the mail.
FOR MORE INFORMATION call (323) 259.5200 x222 or x223
Visit us at LAFRA.org
At the Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association, we are committed
to bringing you health care and other benefits that you can count
on. We are dedicated to providing excellent service and design our
benefits by focusing on the needs of our members.
Coverage is available nationwide through our extensive PPO network
or use any service provider
Preventive care is covered at 100%
All co-pays are waived during the first 30 days following a covered
accident or injury
Long-Term Care Coverage for qualifying participants
2 October 2013
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October 2013 3
WE MOURN THE LOSS OF TWO ACTIVE DUTY
CAPTAINS THIS MONTH, BOTH TAKEN FROM US
IN THE PRIME OF THEIR LIVES. IN THESE PAGES
WE SHARE WITH YOU JUST A SMALL PART OF
THEIR LIVES AND CONTRIBUTIONS, AND HOPE
TO HONOR THEIR MEMORIES AND LEGACIES.
Presidents Message ................................................................................05
Secretarys Message
10 Things a Funeral DirecTor WonT Tell You ........................................07
Chaplains Corner
laFD Fallen FireFighTers MeMorial cereMonY .......................................08
Battalion News ..........................................................................................16
Retirement Dinner Planning Guide ...........................................................29
Department in Action ................................................................................30
Fire Station 28 100 Year Anniversary .....................................................34
Station Fridge ...........................................................................................37
Why Cant I Get Treatment For My Work Related Injury?
BY roBerT J. sherWin ............................................................................38
Retirement Dinner Announcements ..........................................................41
2013 Firemens Olympics
soFTBall anD PisTol/riFle resulTs ...........................................................42
Mailbox .....................................................................................................45
Memorials .................................................................................................47
Dollars & Sense
elecTronic convenience: MoBile Banking, online Banking ..........................49
LAFD History
in The line oF DuTY - The ulTiMaTe sacriFice ............................................50
Minutes of the Board of Trustees ..............................................................53
Classifeds ................................................................................................56
Tailboard ...................................................................................................61
contents
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Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association.
No material may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher.
Notice: Production of The Firemens Grapevine magazine is very expensive, and while your dues
serve to underwrite a portion of the magazines costs, the bulk of funding comes from advertisers.
Many businesses advertise in the Grapevine. This does not mean that LAFRA endorses these
advertisers. Use of a Grapevine advertiser is at the risk of the member. If you are interested in any
of the advertisements, we urge you to use any and all means at your disposal to investigate them.
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Vol. XC oCToBER 2013 No. 03
4 October 2013
FIREMENS GRAPEVINE
owned and published by the
Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association
815 Colorado Blvd, 4th Floor, los angeles Ca 90041
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October 2013 5
By John Jacobsen
T
he month of October is Open Enrollment for the LAFRA
PPO Medical Plan. Now is the time for you to enroll for
coverage or make changes such as adding or deleting de-
pendents. Be on the lookout for information coming your way in
the mail. If you have any questions, you can always visit www.
lafra.org or call us at (323) 259-5200.
Another piece of material that will be hitting your door
in October is related to our favorite subject around here, Health-
care Reform. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers
to provide a Notice to Employees of Coverage Option to each
employee. The Personnel Department will be providing this re-
quired notice to all active employees. Retirees and those on CO-
BRA are not included in this category and will not be receiving
this notice. The notice will explain, in brief detail, key parts of the
ACA that take effect in 2014 and provide some basic information
about the new marketplace and employment based health cover-
age offered by the City of LA. This should be of no signifcance
to all of us already enrolled in one of our current health plans.
For those of you who have someone you know that may have
interest in purchasing healthcare from the exchange, I would
suggest that they tread very lightly. As with everything we have
seen with the ACA, changes have come routinely, adding even
more uncertainty as to how the fnal product will actually func-
tion. I recently attended a Town Hall meeting of sorts where the
so called experts were explaining all the details of the exchanges
and ACA in general. As an overview of what transpired, lets just
say there are still more questions than answers. I know that there
is great concern amongst our membership of how this is going
play out in the long run for us. I can only offer that we are actively
involved, have the best professionals following every move being
made, and will continue to do so until we get through it all. I said
it above, but just to drive the point home one more time, the cur-
rent healthcare plan that you and your family have with the Relief
Association will remain in place unaffected by the Healthcare Ex-
changes at this time.
It is my pleasure to announce that the LAFRA Board has
elected Juan Albarran as President and Bob Steinbacher as Vice
President for the 2014 year. Both of these gentlemen have served
the Association for several years and will continue to carry the
organization down the path of success. We are transitioning our
Building Committee from the property search process to begin a
structured and detailed effort towards fulflling our needs for our
new building. Although we arent expecting to occupy our new
property for some time, the planning, design, needs of the organi-
zation and overall future vision of the building we will call home
is going to be a big project.
Many of you have asked the question, How are we do-
ing fnancially? Well, Im happy to pass along that the Relief
Association and its portfolio are in a tremendously solid position.
We have been fortunate enough to have not been hurt too badly
during these troubling economic times. This is primarily due to
the philosophy of our investment strategy, which has us minimiz-
ing the downside while protecting our upside and allowing it to
grow. This conservative approach has us concentrating on capital
preservation which is what we should be concerned about for the
long run. The organization has been around well over 100 years
and we want to ensure that it continues to grow and thrive for at
least another hundred.
Most of us took at least a few moments this last month
in remembering one of the most tragic events to have taken place
on American soil. We will never forget the lives that were lost
and those families whose lives were changed on 9-11. We should
never take our freedom for granted - I know I wont.
Respectfully,
John E. Jacobsen
323 259-5200
President@lafra.org
6 October 2013
Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association Medical Plan may
cover this examination. Contact your plan provider to verify.
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October 2013 7
Andy Kuljis
D
id you know that Costco and Walmart
sell caskets? Thats a good thing be-
cause the LAFRA member death ben-
efit is $4,500 but the average funeral can cost
about $6,000. To save even more, you could
even rent a beautiful casket for the funeral cer-
emony and then use a cardboard casket for the
burial.
The best way to save on all your fu-
neral costs is to make the arrangements ahead
of time. The advantages are: 1) You will have
plenty of time to shop and make prudent de-
cisions. 2) Youll be purchasing your casket,
burial plot, and monument at todays prices. 3)
The bereaved can be very vulnerable, so you
will provide peace of mind for yourself and
your family.
The Funeral Rule, enforced by the
FTC, makes it possible for you to choose only
those goods and services you want or need and
to pay only for those you select, whether you
are making arrangements when a death occurs
or in advance. The Rule allows you to compare
prices among funeral homes and to select the
funeral arrangements you want at the home you
use.
The Funeral Rule gives you the
right to:
Buy only the funeral arrangements
you want. You have the right to buy separate
goods (such as caskets) and services (such as
embalming or a memorial service). You do
not have to accept a package that may include
items you do not want.
Many cemeteries will make it diff-
cult for you if you dont use their funerary ser-
vices, but you have the right to use any funeral
home. In fact, in most states you are not legally
required to use a funeral home to plan and con-
duct a funeral at all.
In close proximity to most cemeter-
ies you will fnd business selling urns, fower
pots, caskets and monuments. LAFRA has
experience with Kemp Monument Co. which
has been located across from Inglewood Park
Cemetery for almost 100 years. Local compa-
nies like Kemp know the restrictions like the
size and shape of a monument. Most cemeter-
ies require fush headstones now I think it has
something to do with lawn mowing problems.
Get price information on the tele-
phone. You dont have to give them your name,
address, or telephone number frst. Many fu-
neral homes mail their price lists, and some
post them online.
Get a written, itemized price list
when you visit a funeral home. The funeral
home must give you a General Price List
(GPL). It lists all the items and services the
home offers, and the cost of each one.
See a written casket price list before
you see the actual caskets. Sometimes, detailed
casket price information is included on the
funeral homes GPL. More often, though, its
provided on a separate casket price list. Get the
price information before you see the caskets, so
that you can ask about lower-priced products
that may not be on display.
See a written outer burial container
price list. Outer burial containers are not re-
quired by state law anywhere in the U.S., but
many cemeteries require them to prevent the
grave from caving in.
One California mortuary charges
from $395 to $8,150 for an outer burial vault
(not include the setting fee). The $395 model
is high strength, unfnished concrete, non-
sealing with no warranty. The expensive mod-
el is also concrete but incorporates Stryntex
bonded to a bronze coated, stainless steel liner
and includes a warranty. What they warranty
against I cant fgure out. I do know that no one
will ever see the vault not even at the funeral.
And no burial liner is designed to prevent the
eventual decomposition of human remains.
Receive a written statement after
you decide what you want, and before you pay.
It should show exactly what you are buying and
the cost of each item.
Get an explanation in the written
statement from the funeral home that describes
any legal cemetery or crematory requirement
that requires you to buy any funeral goods or
services.
Use an alternative container in-
stead of a casket for cremation. No state or
local law requires the use of a casket for cre-
mation. A funeral home that offers cremations
must tell you that alternative containers are
available, and must make them available.
Provide the funeral home with a
casket or urn you buy elsewhere. The funeral
provider cannot refuse to handle a casket or
urn you bought online, at a local casket store,
or somewhere else or charge you a fee to
do it. The funeral home cannot require you to
be there when the casket or urn is delivered to
them.
In addition to retailers like Costco,
there are a few local casket factories that you
can buy from direct. ABC Caskets has been
around since 1933 and provides caskets to
LAFRA members at a discount of about 75%.
You can visit their showroom, buy your casket
in advance and they will build it when the need
fnally arrives.
Make funeral arrangements without
embalming. No state law requires routine em-
balming for every death. Some states require
embalming or refrigeration if the body is not
buried or cremated within a certain time; some
states dont require it at all. In most cases, re-
frigeration is an acceptable alternative.
For further details go to www.consumer.ftc.
gov/articles/0300-ftc-funeral-rule or www.cfb.
ca.gov/consumer/funeral.shtml for further in-
formation. And you can always call me at (323)
259-5224 if you need more help.
8 October 2013
T
he 2013 LAFD Memorial Ceremony
will be held on Saturday, October 12th at
1000 hours. Please make plans to attend
this event in order to honor our firefighters who
perished in the line of duty and to acknowledge
the sacrifice of those they left behind.
It has been my privilege to have
taken part in past memorial ceremonies. Per-
sonally, I fnd the ceremony very sentimental
and it reminds me of what I have to be grate-
ful for in my life. From the perspective of a
grateful American citizen who lived through
9/11/2001, I recognize the need for and appre-
ciate the service of the people called frefght-
ers and paramedics. Im grateful to be a retired
LA City frefghter, and as such, having worked
with and for some of the best frefghters and
paramedics around. Im grateful to have been
born and raised in the City strip along Vermont
Avenue. In fact as a youth I once worked along-
side the local frefghters from FS 79 helping
extinguish a small fre in my own backyard.
Unfortunately I had caused the fre while play-
ing with matches and gasoline so it wasnt
something that I ever included on my resume.
And, of course, Im grateful to be
a member of the LAFD Chaplain Corps. Ive
been practicing the Christian faith for 25 years.
I consider that my main identity and the source
of the compassion I have for people in need.
Thirteen years ago, in a matter of weeks, the
LAFD lost four members: Captain Joe Dupee
in a structure fre, A/O Mike McComb, FF/PM
Eric Reiner and FF/PM Michael Butler in the
crash of Fire 3. Shortly after that I joined the
ranks of LAFDs volunteer chaplains.
Have you ever stopped to think of
what the word memorial means? In the literal
sense the word memorial can be defned as:
a monument or holiday designed or established
to serve as a remembrance of a person or an
event. Our annual ceremony is a solemn re-
membrance of those brothers, and a sister, who
along with their loved ones paid the ultimate
price of duty. Our presence at the ceremony
says that the lives we lost were special and that
the causes they died for were and always will
be meaningful.

4) Live in Humility: (1Peter 5:6-7) We are
to be clothed with humility, for God resists
the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
When we remember our fallen com-
rades, let us remember to be thankful for what
they have done and how they have lived. Lets
face tomorrow having picked up the legacy
passed on to those left behind. In doing so,
as we intentionally act upon things they have
taught us, life will be better and the contribu-
tion of the fallen will continue to live on.
May the good Lord help us all to be
grateful, act selfessly, live as servants, respond
sacrifcially and practice humility. Psalm 46,
Verse One says this: God is our refuge and
strength.
Sometimes even the 1st responder
needs help, dont forget that you can look to
God. And if theres anything that we can do
just call us, and let us come along side you. Af-
ter all thats what families do for one another.
But there is another meaning, just
as signifcant, for todays memorial. While
the memorial is designed to honor the dead,
ultimately it is for the living. This memorial
or any commemoration like it has the poten-
tial to teach those of us that remain the virtue
and gift of gratitude. As we mourn the loss of
our loved ones and co-workers let us also, at
the same time, remember the risk and high
cost of public safety and thank God for
those who serve with honor.
As we consider
the memory of our fall-
en comrades, let
us also ponder
their lega-
cy. A legacy
is defned as
something
h a n d e d
down from
an ancestor, or
predecessor from
the past. I want share
with you four characteris-
tics that comprise what I will
refer to as the frefghters legacy. I have been
impressed in my personal faith as a Christian
as I have watched the following characteristics
displayed time and again by department mem-
bers.
In the exercise of their duties FFs
and Paramedics consistently:
1) Act selfessly: The bible says (in Phil.
2:3-4) Let nothing be done from selfsh
ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of
mind let each esteem others better than him-
self. Let each of you look out not only for
his own interests, but also for the interests
of others.
2) Live as servants: (Matt. 20:26 & 28) . .
. whoever desires to be frst among you let
him be your servant. Just as the Son of
Man did not come to be served but to serve
and to give His life a ransom for many.
3) Respond sacrifcially: (John 15:13) After
the command that we are to love one an-
other verse 13 states: Greater love has no
one than this, than to lay down ones life for
his friends.
October 2013 9
Please attend the annual LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony
on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 1000 hours
The Los Angeles Fire Department
Fallen Firefghters Memorial is located in front
of Old Fire Station 27, the home of the LAFD
Historical Society Museum.
The design for the Memorial began
with a sketch of fve life-size fgures presented
by Captain H. Dwayne Golden. The sculpt-
ing and production of the bronze statues was
undertaken by Honors For Excellence, Ltd. a
Minnesota based company specializing in po-
lice & fre commissions. The next step was to
outline an architectural plan for the area sur-
rounding old 27s - the Museum - culminating
in a Memorial Plaza on Cahuenga Blvd. Archi-
tect Michael Rotondi was invited to submit a
design. Stone sculptor Yoshikawa joined the
team with a design of limestone and granite in-
cluding water features for the central Memorial
wall on which are inscribed the names of more
than two hundred ffty seven Fallen Firefghters
since 1882.
With the help and commitment from
John Rotondi as General Contractor, Council-
man Tom LaBonge and the City of Los An-
geles, B. S. Hand, Dan Leon and Son, Valley
Crest Nursery, California Landscape Contrac-
tors Assoc., Neil Sherman of Industrial Metal
Supply, Castaic Brick Company, all the fnan-
cial supporters and our dedicated team of vol-
unteers, a Memorial is now a reality for the Los
Angeles Fire Department.
Included in the Memorial plaza de-
sign is a concrete map of the City depicting the
location of Fire Stations from the San Fernando
Valley to the harbor area. The map is surround-
ed by an overall street plan for the local area
of Hollywood with a bronze marker illustrating
the location of old Fire Station 27. The LAFD
Firefghter badge etched in glass is a feature
above the granite slab of names on the memo-
rial wall of honor.
Financial donors to the entire project
are able to read their names and those of loved
ones on the brick pavers throughout the plaza
- an opportunity for a frefghter, family mem-
ber or friend to be part of this unique tribute to
those who gave the ultimate sacrifce.
This unique Memorial in the heart of
Hollywood is a place where family and visitors
can come to remember and appreciate the sac-
rifce made by the members of the Los Angeles
Fire Department for the people of the City.
10 October 2013
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t is an honor to re-
member a man who
bravely served his
country in the United
States Air Force and
then went on to serve
his community as a fire-
fighter. And its amaz-
ing to see someone who
accomplished so much
in such a short life. The
LAFD is all about tradition and Jeff was one of
those guys who appreciated that and set the bar
high . . . for the rest of us to follow.
Jeffrey Karl Johnson was born in Los
Angeles, California on Dec 1, 1957. He was
the youngest of four children born to parents,
Robert and Constancia. Jeff attended Belmont
High School where he studied hard and played
football, ran track & feld and studied the art of
Tae Kwon Do.
After High School, Jeff joined the
United States Air Force. He served honorably
as a Senior Airman from 1975 to 1979. Dur-
ing his service in the Air Force, Jeff earned
a good conduct medal, an Outstanding Unit
Award, and an Honorable Discharge in 1979
In 1981, Jeff joined the Los Angeles
Fire Department. He started his career in the
San Fernando Valley at Drill Tower 89 and then
was assigned to various areas of the City. He
then promoted through the ranks of Apparatus
Operator, Captain I and Captain II.
Jeff worked everywhere from West
L.A., East L.A., Hollywood, South L.A., and
Downtown. Captain Johnson also served in
special duty assignments as a Drill Tower In-
structor at the Academy and at Building Ad-
ministration. Jeff was very content to end his
career at his last assignment- Fire Station 29.
In all, Captain Johnson served the
Los Angeles community for just over 32 years.
He will be missed by the men and women of
the Los Angeles Fire Department. Members of
the LAFD who had the privilege of working
with Jeff described him as being a quiet, con-
scientious and talented leader who cared for the
people in the community he so proudly served,
as well as his frefghter family.
Jeff spent his off duty time enjoy-
ing photography and was particularly proud of
one of his photos being published in the local
newspaper. He loved playing golf, riding bikes,
fying radio control helicopters and listening to
music. His favorite past time was traveling and
spending time with his family.
12 October 2013
Saturday, December 7th, 2013
12pm - 4pm
LA Firemens Relief Association
815 Colorado Blvd. - 4th floor
Los Angeles CA 90041
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jbrandolino@lafra.org -- 323.259.5215
October 2013 13
Saturday, December 7th, 2013
12pm - 4pm
LA Firemens Relief Association
815 Colorado Blvd. - 4th floor
Los Angeles CA 90041
contact:
jbrandolino@lafra.org -- 323.259.5215
O
n Saturday, Au-
gust 24, 2013,
hundreds of
family members, friends
and many firefighters
from outside agencies
joined the McKnights
church family and Los
Angeles Fire Depart-
ments uniform detail at
the Calvary Community
Church in Westlake Village to pay tribute to our
good friend Matt McKnight. Matt unexpected-
ly died while he was on duty and in command
at the Metro Fire Communications Center in
the early morning hours on August 12, 2013.
Matt was originally appointed to the
LAFD as a single-function paramedic on May
3, 1982, and spent about four years working at
various busy assignments. Then on February
2, 1986, Matt was appointed to the Firefghter
Drill Tower. During his time as a frefghter,
Matt worked at many locations throughout the
city, but his favorite assignment was the time
that was spent at Fire Station 14. The best way
to describe Matts reputation on the job is, he
was a fremens freman.
During Matts career, he worked as a
Peer Group Instructor at Westlake Training, he
was a dispatcher back in the days of OCD and
Matt was also a Staff Assistant, where he drove
a few different chiefs including the Drill Mas-
ter from his own Drill Tower, Battalion Chief,
John Squire.
Matt was promoted to the rank of
captain in 2003. When his captains list was
published, Matt was at the top of the list in the
number one position. He was a well-respected
captain on our job who lead by example and
provided outstanding leadership. In 2004,
while assigned to the In-Service Training Sec-
tion, Matt served as the departments Paramed-
ic Training Offcer where he was instrumental
in reviving our program delivery. This change
greatly enhanced the number of members who
volunteered to attend the training.
In March of 2007, Matt volunteered
to return to OCD, this time as an offcer. His
prior experience as a dispatcher served him
well as he quickly became a well-respected and
competent Floor Captain. Matt was a calming
presence on the dispatch foor, easily handling
the challenging demands during busy foor op-
erations. Matt assisted with the transition from
OCD to the new facility at MFC and worked
hard to bring the new facility up to fully opera-
tional status. Matt entered the DROP in July of
2012 and intended to fnish his career assigned
to MFC.
Matts dedication and commitment
to what he believed in both on and off duty
earned him high praise from everyone whose
life he touched. He will be missed by all of us.
Matts daughter, Lauren, wrote a
wonderful biography for the Memorial Service
program, that describes her Dad perfectly....
Born: July 13, 1962 Appointed LAFD: May 3, 1982 Deceased: August 12, 2013
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My dad was born on July 13, 1962 to Raymond
and Karen McKnight. He was a loving bro-
ther to my aunts Margie and Maureen, and my
uncles Mike, Marty and Mitch. He was a proud
Crespi Celt who valued his friendships, loved
his family, the outdoors, and country music. He
married Sylvia Reyes on February 03, 1996.
His frst child, Lauren, was born on June 28,
1999. His second child, Matthew, was born on
June 11, 2001.
He spent 31 years of his life serving others
by working Los Angeles Fire Department and
touching the hearts of many. Although my dad
leaves behind many dear loved ones, we know
that he would not want us to mourn, but instead
look forward to the dayto once again see him
face to face. We love you Dad, youll always
have a place in our hearts. Youll always be
my hero.
Your Princess,
Lauren
There are no bad days, just some are better
than others. - Matthew G. McKnight
16 October 2013
Heres a shot of Mary Therese,
daughter of Eric and Robyn Mattson (FS 3)
born on July 16, 2013, weighing 8 lbs and 10
oz and 21.5 inches
Engine 3 extinguished a vehicle fre on
beaudry and temple on August 21, 2013
Photo by Yvonne Griffn
A fag was fown over Fire Station 4 for Capt Matt McKnight
and then presented to his wife Sylvia at the memorial service.
Photos by Rick McClure, EPN
October 2013 17
Katie and Michael Cunningham (FS
52) are the proud new parents of a baby girl,
Ellie Jean, born March 18 and weighing in at
a petite 5 lb. 1oz. Luckily Ellie landed right
in that there helmet that had Michaels blanky
from the night before.
Seems the swamp is a little still
lately but them drylanders sure have been
busy. Talk from my cousin, Dusty Bottoms,
tells a tale of two cities.
Those root grubbers from The
Hideout (AKA FS 85) smelt smoke, and
knew it wasnt no varmit. Since it looked
kinda close, they dropped their banjos and
hightailed it to the fre. Good thing they gassed
up earlier because once in Torrance, they had
some foot stompin action. And as is the case,
Torrance did not feel the need for a truck as
they like to stay on the ground when seeing
fames, so 85s was the only ones throwing
wood. Good thing the Busiest Slowest Sta-
tion in the city had been doing plenty of extra
drilling.
And rumor has it Sean Morris has
got him one of them there pre-motions and can
now legally carry his six shooter with the one
bullet. But dont tell him it is a pre-motion. He
says it is a paygrade advancement, whatever
that is. And also seen in his holster was a set
of Fuzees, just in case business is a might
slow. Any who, congrats Sean for making
Arson your new home.
There was a slight ripple in the wa-
ter as another diver made his mark, showing
our landlocked neighbors how they bring it. At
a fre with the County a name to be withheld
diver was just downright neighborly when he
offered his hoseline to the County rookie at a
car fre. The last words heard were Dang that
thing is hot.
Lastly, we learned us a new word.
It is etiquette, probably some Frenchy type
thing. It was brought to us by my local County
station who responded to my neighbors
heart attack. While in the garage working on
Jethro (name changed to protect his chitlins),
the County captain started haggling a fair
price for their old pickup truck. Jethros wife
politely declined his offer thru clenched teeth.
Lets just say this ol captain had a lack of
etiquette. As much as we all have a hankerin
for a good deal, asking for one on a emergen-
cy call really should be left for the McCoys.
Now, back to noodling,
Sandy Bottoms
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A fag ceremony was held at Fire Station 29 in honor of Capt Jeffrey Johnson.
Photos by david blaire
20 October 2013
Engine 77 members contain fre in a
Chevy Impala on September 4, 2013
Photo by Jeffery Geller
on August 10, 2013, battalion 12 com-
panies responded to a rollover traffc on
the 118 Freeway at Sepulveda blvd.
Photo by Steve Gentry
Greetings from the battalion that
never sleeps!
Hope everybody is staying cool and
hydrated during these hot days of Summer!
Dont worry, soon it will be Fall, which means
cooler weather, and more importantly RAs
246 and 266. Not sure why its taken so long
for this to actually take place, but I commend
the powers that be on taking this step. Not
only will it help the surrounding companies,
but also help the citizens. On a side note, Im
not sure what RA 21 and RA 14 are going to
do with all their free time now . . . just sayin
Moving on . . . Annual came and
went and everybody is glad that its over until
the next Annual in two years. Since we just
had Annual, Id like this to be the Annual
Monthly Annual Edition. As we all know,
Annual is that time of every two years where
most everybody puts their heart and soul
into preparing their stations and apparatus to
exceedingly high levels in-between everything
else the department has stacked on our plates.
The hard work was obvious in every station in
the Battalion and I heard many a chief offcer
mention what a great job the Battalion as-a-
whole did in preparing for this years Annual.
Fortunately Annual also brings about a frenzy
of something that I can never quite put a name
to . . . sometimes the name is selfshness,
sometimes the name is buffoonery, and some-
times the name is what were you thinking
and Im so glad you did that so I can put it in
the Grapevine.
As we all know, the preparation for
Annual is non-stop. Over at 33s, one of the
FFs has prided himself in taking care of the
landscaping and hes even planted a very nice
suburban garden on the premises. As with any
garden, special care has to be given to yield
the best crop. This Green Thumb had recent-
ly gotten a tip on some fabled free mulch at
a local city yard and since he was in the midst
of sprucing up the yard he wanted to get his
hands on some. He happened to be the extra
guy that day and after getting the go-ahead
from the captains, he quickly gathered his
stuff, hopped in the plug-buggy, and headed
out. Now in this FFs case, gathering his stuff
apparently meant bringing only himself and
no extra tools or equipment. Once he arrived,
he realized that he mightve forgotten a key
ingredient . . . yes, a shovel. Luckily FFs are
a resourceful type and after thinking over a
quick plan of action, he went to work with the
closest thing he had to a shovel . . . in fact he
had two of them, and they were attached to
the end of his arms. Using the current LAFD
October 2013 21
on August 19, 2013, three were injured when their
car went off the 5 Fwy near the Metrolink tracks.
Photo by Mike Meadows
motto do more with less, he flled up the
entire truck bed using what he described as
the doggy paddle method. You can only
imagine this scene. Apparently he was causing
such a furry that even a passerby stopped and
asked if he wanted to use her shovel. Since
he was almost done, he politely responded,
no maam, Ive got this. After about an
hour or so, he returned to the station with a
huge pile of his newly scooped brown gold
and couldve gotten away with his faux-pas
except for the fact that he was also completely
covered in his newly scooped brown gold.
The FFs met him at the gate and helped him
unload the pile. Realizing he needed more,
and not wanting to end this journey on a bad
note, he headed back over to the yard to get
a second load. Luckily this time he brought a
shovel so he wouldnt get covered in garden
camoufage. If you have any questions or
would like to see the best technique for getting
product into your truck without a shovel, ask
FF Patton. Hes got the blisters to prove it.
One of the things the LAFD really
prides itself on is tradition. Its performed
every day in a lot of little or big actions that
the untrained eye might not even notice. From
3rd shift rule to buying cream for a 1st.
From the tried and true soda bet? to count-
ing on the captains to cook the shift before
inspection. Simply said, tradition is one of the
things that really makes our department great!
Since everyone is hard at work all day long,
fnishing all the big month-long projects its
always a nice tradition to have the captains
cook the shift before inspection. Moreover,
it frees up one more FF to help around the
station especially since Im sure all the front
offce work has long been tidied up. One
morning, at FS 33, during the B shifts last
shift before inspection, line-up was called.
Towards the end of it, the TFC (who is work-
ing SOD and normally assigned to the days
that are green) asked, So who is cooking?
You can imagine the bewildered looks and
blank stares as everybody just fgured out this
was the shift before inspection, there was an
out-of-house SOD Captain 1, and therefore
it was obvious, who was cooking! One
of the members fnally stepped up and said,
well, I think you are Capt. A simple reply of
NOPE and that was that. A pretty shocking
answer from an offcer of the LAFD who likes
to let everybody in on his illustrious 30+ year
career and how much hes seen traditions and
personnel really decline . . . oh wait, theres
more. The next day, his own shift, and the true
shift before inspection, this Quarterback
of Tradition really had an opportunity to take
the ball and run right into his own end zone!
(I hear he likes football metaphors.) So theres
another out-of-house SOD Captain 1 and the
traditional thing to do is just hiked into his
hands . . . looks as if he fumbled and the ball
was picked up by the defense and ran into the
other end zone. Apparently when line-up came
around he simply stated . . . wait for it . . . We
are having two meals out . . . What a great
opportunity for all the captain candidates to
really see how to lead by example! Oh well,
I guess we have to give tradition 10 Bells
(another tradition). Just the story I heard . . .
The actual 1st day of Annual is usu-
ally the biggest day. The Bureau Commander
usually conducts the inspection along with Di-
vision, Battalion, and last but not least, EMS.
This held true to form and that day he was go-
ing to be inspecting apparatus, log books, and
mustaches . . . wait mustaches? Apparently as
the morning went on, the Inspection Group
had assembled at FS 57. As was tradition, no
horn was sounded by the chiefs sedan and all
the members were lined up at the front of
the apparatus doors. Of course all the turnouts
Firefghters responded to a
large loom-up in Sun Valley on
August 15, 2013 and found a
storage yard containing used
tV cabinets involved.
Photo by Mike Meadows
22 October 2013
were bumblebee yellow, the uniforms were
the darkest blue or black and matched top-
and-bottom hues, and the personal grooming
standards were to the utmost handlebar. From
what I hear, one of the out-of-house members
wasnt aware that his mid-week SOD day
was also the 1st day of Annual. Although his
handlebar mustache was within the smile and
corner-of-the-lip policy, it fell a bit outside the
extreme styling policy. Im told it looked
really good for a FF from 1913 but apparently
Chief Rueda was a bit red-in-the-face angry
about the situation. It also didnt help that
as soon as he was ready to get really angry
about the grooming situation the whole sta-
tion cleared out on a run. Needless to say, the
Inspection Group had left by the time 57s
had cleared the run and the BC had left a copy
of the grooming standards with a portion high-
lighted for the captain to see right on his desk,
along with a hand written note stating, We
will be back later to make sure everything is
within compliance!. On a side note, when the
BC called back later to talk gentlemanly about
the whole situation, he directly asked the cap-
tain, How could you let a member that was
this far out of regulation stand inspection?
The reply was, Well, last week he worked
at 33s on your shift and obviously you had
no problem with it. . . . uhhhhh point taken.
And yes, the member had shaved his upper lip
sweater completely off by the time lunch came
around. Worrying about petty things: 2 Annual
Inspection=1 Mustache=0 Morale= -1
Moving on. While the 1st day is
the most intense, the last day is welcomed.
Usually after the last inspection there is a
little tradition called Holiday Rooty Tooty.
Apparently one of the guys at 57s had started
his holiday rooty tooty about 7:30am the day
before. As all the members were getting their
stuff ready for the fnal day, prepping and lint-
rolling dress uniforms, setting out their clean
and bright yellow turnouts, and polishing their
boots, one of the FFs was just cruising along
for the day. It was at about an hour before the
chief was supposed to show up that he went
into a bit of a mid-speed wobble. Seems as if
he forgot his dress uniform at the drycleaners.
Not a big deal, Im sure theres someone else
there whose uniform he could borrow, that
also shared the last name of Jun. Turns out,
he is the only one assigned to FS 57 on the A
or any shift for that matter. I almost forgot that
somehow he didnt have his dress cap with
him either. According to Google, prepara-
tion is the Key to Success, the Mother of
Victory and the Father of Inspiration but it
doesnt look like FF Jun was any of these. Not
really sure how it turned out, but I guess when
youre on a run, inspection is nullifed. The
good news is that he will have a clean dress
uniform for the upcoming battalion inspection.
Well, thats all Ive got for this epi-
sode of the Annual Monthly Annual Edition
article. On a bit of good news, congratulations
to FF Reyna at 21s. Anthony, his wife Carina,
and their 5 year-old son Noah, added baby
Penelope Juliet Reyna to their family on July
28. She weighed in at 6 lbs 9oz and was 18.75
inches long. Good luck to the Reynas and Im
sure Anthony is getting plenty of sleep at work
so he can help out at home!
Over at 65s, B shift Engineer
Robert Hawkins and wife Erika welcomed
their second daughter, Talia Ivanna Hawkins
on August 16th. She weighed in at 8 lbs, 3
oz and was 19 inches. I hear daddy took a
whole month off work to help with the baby
but it turns out it is just like being at work. He
is getting up several times a night for diaper
changes and feedings; broken hours of sleep
still continue. At least he is happy to wake up
to a beautiful face, says Erika.
OK, thats really all Ive got! Stay
safe and remember that 2+2 makes sense, play
nice, know your audience, get a cool nick-
name, fgure out which formula to use before
the media gets a hold 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, watch
out for irony, and dont fumble tradition! Keep
sending your stories to wattsfre@gmail.com
tF 66 responded to a t/A on Slauson on
August 31, 2013.
Photo by Yvonne Griffn
overhauling at 4341 S Main on
August 22, 2013.
Photo by Yvonne Griffn
October 2013 23
Firefghters knocked down a fre in a
garage with two cars in about 15 min-
utes in the 6500 block of Whitsett Ave.
Photo by Mike Meadows
battalion 14 frefghters handled a fre
on Sherman Way on August 13, 2013
Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
on August 15, 2013, crews knocked
down a fre at 17417 Nordhoff Street.
Photo by Steve Gentry
three people were injured when their vehicle
rolled off the 5 freeway on August 19, 2103
Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
Engine 70, Engine 103 and tF 87 knock down
a garage fre on Rathburn Ave.
Photo by Greg doyle
24 October 2013
October 2013 25
Companies found a single fam-
ily dwelling fully involved on
Calatrana drive in 84s district
on September 7, 2013.
Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
battalion 17 companies worked a roll-over on
August 14, 2013.
Photo by Jeffrey Geller
26 October 2013
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A
retirement cel-
ebration of some
kind is a good
idea for most of us af-
ter all, youll most likely
have spent much of your
adult life as an LAFD member. Whether its
a firehouse luncheon, a backyard BBQ, or a
more formal event, a retirement party can be
the milestone that marks the transition to retire-
ment, both literally and psychologically.
InItIal ConsIdEratIons
A lot of hard work goes into the plan-
ning and execution of a successful retirement
dinner. The responsibility usually falls upon
a co-worker, good friend or spouse. Some of
the initial considerations are the possible dates,
times, and places for the party. Youll want to
be aware of which platoon is on-duty, the day
of the week, major holidays and other confict-
ing local events. Most retirement dinners in-
clude families and non-department friends, but
some are traditional freman events.
When considering a venue, check the
accommodations to ensure they are appropriate
for the event. What is the maximum number of
guests that can be accommodated? Is there a
minimum requirement? Will a caterer be nec-
essary? Will it be a buffet or sit-down dinner?
What are the menu options? What are the costs
(including tax, tip and service charges)? How
much of a deposit is required? Who will pro-
vide the cake? Is a bar available? Is a bartender
required? Can you supply your own alcoholic
beverages? Is a podium and PA system pro-
vided? Tables and chairs? Are decorations al-
lowed?
stayIng organIzEd
Organization is key when you plan a
retirement event. One important component of
staying organized is having a timeline for your
event. A timeline should include all of the tasks
needed to make your event a success and a due
date for having them completed. It is important
to keep the time line updated if new tasks be-
come necessary and as tasks are completed.
gEttIng thE Word out
Once all of the details of the retire-
ment celebration are fnalized, it will be im-
portant to get the word out. Send notifcation
(see sample below) to LAFRA at editor@lafra.
org for inclusion in the Grapevine and also on
the events page of the Relief Association web-
site (www.lafra.org). The Grapevine deadline
is the frst of the month for the following month
(i.e. Jan 1st for the Feb issue). Call the Com-
munity Relations Unit at (213) 978-3820 to be
included on the departments Master Calendar
(viewable from the Portal or at www.LAFD.
org).
saMPlE rEtIrEMEnt dInnEr
announCEMEnt
Name: JOHN A. DOE, Engineer, FS 32-B
Place: Old FS 27s Fire Museum
1355 North Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
Date & Time: Friday, January 2, 2017
Social Hour: 6:30 PM - Dinner: 7:30 PM
Food & Price: BBQ Buffett, $35.00 includes
tax, tip & gift
Reservations: Call FS 32 (213)555-6232
(if applicable) Spouses Are Cordially In-
vited
Have a retirement dinner fyer made
up and send it out six to eight weeks prior to the
event. You can send a hardcopy to the frehous-
es of your choice (either by dept. or U.S. mail).
Have someone with department e-mail privi-
leges send a digital copy of the fyer to select
addresses or blast it to All Captains. Send
copies to your e-mail and/or text contacts (esp.
to retired members). Have the event posted on
social media like Facebook. Its always a good
idea to resend to all your contacts a week or
two before the dinner as a last minute reminder.
rEtIrEMEnt aWards
The department and member or-
ganizations provide a host of commemora-
tive awards to retiring members. For the Fire
Chiefs Resolution or Certifcate, members
must fll out a form provided by the Personnel
Services Section. The City Service Pin is also
obtained from PSS. Call (213) 978-3750.
LAFRA provides a retirement badge
(your choice of silver or gold) for every retiring
member. Members may also purchase a small
badge for their spouse. Also provided is the
Red Book to commemorate the retirement
celebration. Contact LAFRA member services
at (323) 259-5229.
The UFLAC plaque can be ordered
by calling (800) 252-8352. Dates of depart-
ment service and promotion, and members
badge number are needed.
CSFA makes available a framed cer-
tifcate. Contact CSFA at julie.cheline@csfa.
net
Personal Record Book comes direct-
ly from the fre station. Make sure the captain
holds the PRB for the retirement party and does
not forward it to PSS.
Important: Make sure that award
orders are placed at least 60 days prior to the
retirement celebration.
Cast of CharaCtErs
Besides the guest of honor and the
event planner, the Master of Ceremonies is a
retirement celebrations most important entity.
Even the backyard BBQ retirement party will
beneft from someone directing the festivities.
Consult with the retiree to choose an appropri-
ate M/C and provide him with the necessary
information to personalize the ceremony.
Many retirement dinners start with
an invocation. You can request a department
chaplain for this role or choose someone close
to the retiree.
Another important function is docu-
menting the occasion. Youll defnitely want
to have a photographer on hand and many also
want to include video. You can hire a profes-
sional, use a friend (or two) who is good with a
camera or call one of the photographers listed
on the Grapevine masthead (page 3 of every is-
sue).
Next you will need a list of people
to present the retirement awards. LAFRA and
UFLAC will provide a board member to be-
stow their awards. The PRB has traditionally
been presented by the members last company
commander, the city pin by a last chief offcer.
But consult with the retiree and choose whom-
ever you deem appropriate.
rEtIrEMEnt gIft
LAFD tradition has been to provide
a gift for the retiring member. Determine an
appropriate gift by talking with co-workers,
family, friends, etc. Usually the cost of the gift
is added to the price of the dinner. In the past,
a can has been passed around the battalion
to solicit contributions. Consider also a fower
bouquet for the retirees wife if she is to attend
the dinner.
Many recent retirees have requested
that, in lieu of a gift, a donation be made to a
charity such as the Widows, Orphans and Dis-
abled Firemens Fund. Others have forgone the
gift altogether.
thE CountdoWn
About a week before the dinner, go
back over your notes to make sure nothing has
been overlooked. Check with your M/C and
make sure he is ready to go. Be careful not to
over-estimate the number of guests when deal-
ing with the restaurant but also consider that
many guests arrive without an RSVP.
If the retiree would like to have an
article in the Grapevine, be prepared to send
the story and photos in digital format (word.
doc and jpegs) to editor@lafra.org as soon as
possible after the event.
Good luck and have fun!
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MajoR eMeRGency stRUctURe FIRe
Panorama City
Photos by steve gentry, Juan guerra
& shawn Kaye
Info by Brian humphrey, Pso
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It took the combined effort of 162 frefghters more than two hours to fully control fames early on August 21, 2013 when fre swept through a large building
shared by a metal fnishing frm and sign manufacturing business in the central San Fernando Valley.
Firefghters arrived at 14660 Arminta Street to fnd heavy smoke showing from the rear of a metal plating business housed in a portion of the 200 x 300
structure. Within minutes, fre was through the roof of the 61 year-old building - containing hazardous chemicals, causing frefghters to assume a defensive
posture to prevent fames from spreading to nearby businesses, while focusing their concern on limiting environmental harm. LAFd Hazardous Materials
experts performed multiple assessments of the water runoff and ambient air quality during the relentless battle to control fames. though one acidic reading
was noted in pooled water on the premises, no off-site air or water hazards were specifcally identifed.
32 October 2013
BRUsH FIRe
mission Hills
Photos by rick McClure, EPn and nick Colbert
It took 46 frefghters 35 minutes to contain a brush fre that consumed about two acres
of heavy vegetation along the 118 Fwy at Sepulveda blvd. on September 5, 2013.
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stRUctURe FIRe
Granada Hills
Photos by greg doyle and Mike Meadows
Info by Erik scott, Pso
Firefghters battled a fully involved house fre at 16332 Plummer Street that claimed
the life of one occupant and a pet dog on August 8, 2013. Monetary loss from the fre
is estimated at $300,000 ($250,000 structure and $50,000 contents).the cause of the
evening blaze remains under active investigation by the LAFd Arson Section.
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ne hundred years to the day after the
first Engine Co. 28 went into service,
Fire Station 28 celebrated its centen-
nial anniversary this July 15, 2013. Todays
building was constructed in 1994, but its birth
date is actually 1913. The original station was
located on 644 S. Figueroa Ave. and it opened
for service on Monday, July 15, 1913.
Fire Station 28 was constructed to
house two companies, according to a history
compiled by one of 28s current offcers Cap-
tain Raul Miranda. Also incorporated in the
plans was a third foor, which was to provide
needed space for a proposed modernized fre
alarm bureau. During the 56 years the frehouse
was in use the third foor provided quarters for
the Arson and Photo Units, the Relief Associa-
tion and the Credit Union. Among other uses,
the basement served as a practice hall for the
Fire Department Band in later years.
Construction was completed early
in 1913, but the station was not occupied un-
til after the start of the 1913-1914 fscal year,
according to Miranda. At the time, it was a
state-of-the-art building that housed modern,
cutting-edge motorized fre engines. Horse-
drawn apparatus was still in service at many
fre stations in the city until 1921.
According to the captains research,
At 6:00 p.m. on July 15, 1913, Captain Mc-
Dowell and eleven men put LAFD Engine 28
into service. Their equipment consisted of a
six-cylinder Seagrave Hose Wagon and a Gor-
ham Pumper. Engine Co. No. 28 answered
its frst emergency call on July 23, 1913, and
would respond to many such calls over the next
fve decades.
The stations active service ended in
1969, and the building fell into disrepair over
the coming years. In 1983, a 5-year preserva-
tion effort transformed the Engine Company 28
frehouse into its current blend of historic ar-
chitecture and contemporary design. The build-
ing still stands today, and it is now home to a
restaurant named Engine Co. No. 28 (opened
in 1988), a theatre organization, and two law
frms.
Engine Co. No. 28 restaurant retains
much of the original interior and exterior ar-
chitectural elements of the former frehouse
including the iconic pole. Decorations on the
walls include vintage photos of frefghters and
frehouse-themed artwork.
It looks very much like the fre sta-
tion that it was, said Miranda. It is a very nice
restaurant downtown.
a nEW BEgInnIng
Twenty-fve years after the closing
of the downtown fre station, the new Station
28 was completed in Porter Ranch, at 11641
Corbin Ave. Fire Station 28 was opened in
1994, and although there were no fre engines
or trucks assigned to the station, it did house
Battalion Chief 15. Over the years the station
was vacant at times and had several storage
uses.
In 2000, the new station was staffed
with Light Force 28. RA 828 would also later
be assigned there, along with un-staffed Brush
Patrol 28. On July 3, 2011, staffng and appara-
tus would again be re-confgured to its current
staffng with a paramedic engine and EMT am-
bulance.
On July 15 this year, the Porter
Ranch community came together to observe
Station 28s 100th anniversary. We thought it
was important to recognize that date, Miranda
said. It was a great event.
The celebration in Porter Ranch in-
cluded a pancake breakfast at the fre station
with donations to beneft the Widows, Orphans
& Disabled Firemens Fund. Commemorative
activities included a fag raising and salute.
Vintage photos were on display and a large
anniversary sheet cake included a vintage fre
station photo. The LAFD Band Wagon was on
display thanks to retired Firefghter Phil Wi-
ereter. The original Fire Station 28 Journal
from opening day 1913 was also on display.
Attendees included active and retired 28s per-
sonnel, along with Fire Commissioner Steven
Fazio.
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Local businesses donated raffe priz-
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herd of the Hills Church, Los Angeles Fire
Department Historical Society, David Blaire
Photography, Gothic Landscape, Oak Springs
Nursery, and the offce of District 12 Council-
man Mitchell Englander.
It is a great community, said Cap-
tain Miranda, who is retiring next year after
more than 33 years of service. There is a
strong community involvement here with the
local church and with the Porter Ranch Neigh-
borhood Council.
The community is growing, he
continued, pointing out the new Porter Ranch
Community School and new housing. It is a
very well kept and safe community that I really
enjoy serving. It is a wonderful opportunity to
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36 October 2013
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lection time again is bearing down upon us. Elections are
a very important aspect for the life and health of your Re-
lief Association. It is now time to nominate members of the
Association for the offices of six Active Trustees and one Pension
Trustee positions.
This is the second year of use of the new Trustee election process
that was approved by the membership in December, 2011. From
now on there will be six (6) Active Trustees elected at-large by
Active members and one (1) Pension Trustee, elected by Pension
members, for three year terms. If more than six actives run, the six
with the most votes will elected. If more than one pensioner runs,
the one with most votes will be elected. If no more than six active
members and no more than one pension member runs, there will
be a white ballot declared by the Board and those running will be
deemed elected.
As stated in the Bylaws, Article VII, Chapter I, Section 7136, The
Trustees shall attend all meetings of the Board, unless excused,
visit the sick and injured members in their respective districts,
report upon all matters coming within their scope of assignments and
responsibilities, and perform such other duties as may be assigned
to them by the Board.
The Trustees are the elected representatives of the membership of
the Association, who are responsible to their constituency and to
the Association as a whole. A conscientious effort must be made
by each Trustee to be knowledgeable of the Associations By-Laws
and their responsibilities to the members of the Association. The
Association is governed, and its business conducted by the Board
of Trustees. Dissemination of information relative to the Associa-
tion and to its membership is conducted primarily by the Trustees.
Conversely, opinions, requests and suggestions are channeled to the
Board, through the Trustees. A close liaison with the membership is
paramount to the performance of the duties of a Trustee.
Nominations are open September 1 through October 15, and will
close at the end of the business day on october 15, 2013.
Only members of the Association in good standing may serve as
an Offceror Trustee. The commitment of a Trustee position is for
three years.
Please Mail, FAX or Email a letter in the following format, with
a recent picture of yourself and a short statement/bio, by close of
business on october 15, 2013.
I _______________________________________, do here by submit my name as a
candidate for the position of (select Active or Pension) _____________________on the
Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association.
The letter is valid for the General Election of 2013. Mail or FAX to:
andrEW KulJIs, sECrEtary
Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association
815 Colorado Blvd, 4th foor, Los Angeles CA 90041 FAX (323) 259-5204 AKULJIS@LAFRA.ORG
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38 October 2013
J
ust when you thought you started to under-
stand utilization review, Agreed Medical
Examiners, Qualified Medical Examiners
and all the other catch phrases from the last
workers compensation reform, along came the
Legislature with a new work comp bill in Octo-
ber 2012 that just made things more difficult to
get treatment for a work related injury. Late last
year, the Legislature passed a new reform
bill that created a process called Independent
Medical Review (IMR) to resolve all medical
treatment disputes. This process became effec-
tive July 1, 2013 for all dates of injuries which
means it applies to any injury regardless of
when it occurred and even if you have an award
for life time medical care from the workers
compensation appeals board.
So what is IMR and how does it
work? How does it affect you and how do you
navigate through the process? First, a brief
summary of how medical treatment disputes
were resolved before IMR became the law.
A treating doctor would recommend
a mode of treatment or diagnostic procedure
and submit the request to the work comp claim
examiners on your case. The claims examiner
would then submit the request to a Utiliza-
tion Review (UR) company where a physi-
cian would review the request against medical
guidelines and then decide if the request should
be approved, modifed or denied. If approved,
you received the treatment or test. If denied,
you would then be examined by an AME (if
you were represented by an attorney) or a QME
(if unrepresented). The doctor would then de-
cide if you should review the treatment and in
the majority of cases, the doctor approved the
treatment and reversed the UR denial. If the
AME or QME agreed with the UR doctor in
denying the treatment, the AME or QME could
be deposed by your attorney and challenged on
their opinion.
IMR eliminates the examination
stage after UR denies the treatment. UR still
exists as the frst stage of review, but if UR de-
nies the treatment request, the injured worker
appeals the decision by fling an application
for IMR. The application (a one page docu-
ment) is completed by the claims adjuster and
attached to the UR denial. The injured worker
has 30 days to fle the IMR application with
the Administrative Director of the Division of
Workers Compensation. The application will
be reviewed by the AD for completeness and
then assigned to Maximus, a company based in
Virginia that has contracted with the State to
conduct all IMR.
Once Maximus has been assigned
the case, they notify the injured worker, his/
her attorney and the claims examiner, that the
treatment issue has been assigned to IMR and
each side has 20 days to submit all relevant
documentation for review by the IMR doctor.
The claims examiner is required to submit all
medical reports from the treating physician
pertaining to the treatment dispute and the UR
decision.
Maximus assigns the case to a doc-
tor who specializes in the specifc treatment
request (i.e.: orthopedics, cardiology, etc.).
The Maximus doctor will review the material
submitted, apply medical evidence guidelines
approved by the Division of Workers Compen-
sation, and issue a decision either upholding or
reversing the UR denial.
The IMR doctor does not examine
or interview you before rendering a decision
but simply reviews all of the material submit-
ted. The doctor is anonymous and may not be
deposed by either party after rendering a deci-
sion. The IMR decision is fnal and essentially
not subject to appeal. It is binding for one year
and cannot be reconsidered unless you prove a
change in circumstances in your condition.
Because there is no contact between
you and the IMR doctor, it is critical that the
IMR doctor be provided with all relevant medi-
cal reports and records. Most importantly, your
treating doctor needs to submit a report that not
only states you need the test or treatment, but
the doctor must set forth the evidence based
guidelines which justify the treatment in ques-
tion.
Here are two examples involving dif-
ferent injured workers with similar shoulder
injuries where the treating physician recom-
mended an MRI which was denied via UR.
After IMR, one was reversed and the other af-
frmed. The difference was the reporting sub-
mitted by the treating doctor
and how the doctor justifed
his recommendation with
appropriate guidelines. The
IMR decision affrming the
denial stated: The most cur-
rent note indicated 4/5 muscle
weakness but did not indicate
location. There was no men-
tion of a shoulder defcit or le-
sion. The patient has not com-
pleted physical therapy. There
are no concerning fndings on
physical exam and the medi-
cal records do not provide any
consideration for surgery. The Guidelines indi-
cate that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is
not recommended for evaluation without surgi-
cal indications. The submitted records do not
show that the patient has completed or failed
a trial of conservative care. The criteria for
shoulder MRI have not been met. The IMR
rationale in the decision overturning the UR
denial stated: The employees medical records
showed persistent shoulder pain with repetitive
motion, resistant to six weeks of conservative
therapy with medicals and physical therapy.
Since the employee suffered a traumatic injury
with poor improvement after six weeks, an
MRI is consistent with ACOEM guidelines.
These examples were taken directly
from the Division of Workers Compensation
website and are not fctional. They demonstrate
that it is possible to win at the IMR level but it
takes some help from your treating doctor. IMR
decisions are based on evidence based guide-
lines and not merely an opinion from your doc-
tor that the treatment will help. If your doctor
doesnt justify his/her recommendation, the
chances are slim you will succeed at IMR. If
you dont succeed at IMR, you will not receive
the treatment necessary to get better and return
to work. .
There is an expression in law that
says, He who represents himself has a fool
for a client. The legislature made it more dif-
fcult for you to obtain appropriate treatment
for your injury. IMR is another obstacle in your
way to recovery from an injury. Be smart and
use all the tools available to you in overcom-
ing these obstacles. You trained hard to become
a frefghter. Dont let your career be jeopar-
dized because of your injury and inability to
get properly treated. Consult with an attorney
knowledgeable in representing safety members
injured on the job. In the meantime, stay safe
and healthy.
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A
n ounce of prevention can be priceless.
Protect yourself and your family from
preventable diseases by staying up-to-
date on all your vaccinations.
Vaccination is both safe and effec-
tive. A vaccine must go through extensive test-
ing before the U.S. Food and Drug Adminis-
tration (FDA) approves it. Once a vaccine has
been approved, the manufacturer must test
each individual batch for safety and report to
the FDA. The FDA and Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) keep a close
watch on any side effects that may result from
a vaccine for as long as its in use.
Why you should get vaccinated.
Many diseases preventable by vac-
cines have become rare in the United States
but that doesnt mean theyve disappeared. The
viruses and bacteria that cause these diseases
still exist and can be spread to children and
adults who havent been immunized. In some
cases, vaccination against certain diseases is
required by law. Depending on state laws, chil-
dren must often be vaccinated before they can
begin public school, or their parents must sign
a certifcate of exemption.
how vaccines work.
Vaccines help your body recognize
and fght certain viruses and bacteria before
they have a chance to make you sick. When
you get vaccinated, your immune system
makes antibodiesspecialized proteins that
fght disease. If youre later exposed to a dis-
ease youve been immunized against, these an-
tibodies will be there to help protect you.
have your child vaccinated.
The following vaccines can help pre-
vent serious illness in children, so its impor-
tant to have your child vaccinated at the recom-
mended age. Talk to your childs doctor about
which vaccines your child needs and when to
get them.
Chickenpox (varicella)
Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP)
Haemophilus infuenzae type B (Hib)
Hepatitis A (recommended for certain pop-
ulationsask your doctor)
Hepatitis B
Infuenza (fu)
Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
Meningococcal
Pneumococcal
Polio
Rotavirus
Your child can receive several vac-
cines during a single visit. Vaccines are just as
safe and effective when given together as they
are when given separately. Your childs doctor
can give you a recommended schedule of im-
munizations for your child.
arm yourself against the fu.
Seasonal fu is much more serious
than the common cold and can lead to severe
health complications. Getting a fu vaccination
each fall is the single best way to help prevent
the fu and protect yourself and those around
you during fu season. Everyone in your house-
hold should get vaccinated each year, but its
especially important for:
Anyone 50 or older
Children 6 months old up to their 19th birth-
day
Anyone with an ongoing health condition,
like diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease
Pregnant women
Health care workers
Anyone living with or caring for someone in
any of these categories, or with a child under 6
months old. For more information about sea-
sonal fu, visit kp.org/fu.
travel healthy.
If you plan to travel to another coun-
try, see your doctor at least six weeks before
you leave so youll have plenty of time to get
any vaccinations you may need.
learn more.
Visit kp.org/immunizations for recommended
vaccines and immunization schedules.
40 October 2013
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
service.
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
noMInatIon forM
datE:____________________
noMInEEs naME: ____________________________________________________________________________
assIgnMEnt:______________________ Phone#___________________________________ ranK:____________________
narratIVE of Why thE noMInEE should BE ConsIdErEd for thE 2013 fIrEfIghtEr of thE yEar.
(Include Department, Community, Church, etc. work)
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DAVID YAMAHATA, Chief Deputy, Emergency Operations
SATuRDAY, oCToBER 26, 2013
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Avenue, LA 90012
Social Hour: 5:30 PM Dinner: 6:30 PM
$50 - Includes tax, tip & gift
Call Dacia Gonzalez - (213) 978-3807
Lora Benavidez - (213) 978-6322
RSVP by October 18, 2013
DENNIS WATERS, Battalion Chief, Batt. 12-A
FRIDAY, oCToBER 25, 2013
odyssey Restaurant
15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills CA 91344
Social Hour: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
Buffet Style Dinner- $50
Call Fire Station 98 - (818) 756-8698
Battalion 12 EIT - (818) 756-8621
RSVP by October 15, 2013
lIVIng trusts
JoE FolEY, Battalion Chief, Batt. 17-C
SATuRDAY, NoVEMBER 30, 2013
Marriott Warner Center
21850 Oxnard Street, Woodland Hills CA
Social Hour: 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM
SAVE THE DATE!
More info to follow.
Call Chung Ho at (805) 907-9262
42 October 2013
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ust a report on how the rifle and pistol
portion of this years Firemens Olympics
went for us. The team events went great.
Mike Rodela (retired out of 105s) teamed up
with Brian Rodela (Mikes son who works at
LA County 129s), took gold in Action Pistol,
silver in Rimfire Pistol, silver in Center Fire
Pistol, and bronze in High Power Rifle.
High Power Rife started off on Mon-
day morning. Brian shot his tack shootin AR
and Mike shot his M1 Garand. Mikes target
looked like a shotgun was used at 100 yards
and Brians looked like there wasnt an X ring
left. Mike tried hiding his targets in the trash
before they could be scored, so as to try and go
unnoticed. When the scoring was over, Brian
knew Mike hadnt been scored and demanded
his pop get the targets OUT OF THE TRASH
for scoring. After the scoring, Brian went gold,
and team Mike & Brian came out with a bronze
medal. I guess you could say Brian took his dad
out of the trash and brought him into medal.
The rest of the tournaments went the
same way. The Rodelas scored well in Action
Pistol to take gold, and took silver in both Cen-
ter Fire and Rimfre Pistol. By the way, you can
re-use Mikes 50 yard target in Center Fire Pis-
tol next year.
A portion of fre-related
jewelry profts donated to
the Widows, Or phans and
Disabled Firemens Fund.
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I
t was all sunshine and blue skies down in
San Diego for the California Firemens
Summer Olympics which took place Satur-
day, July 27th through Friday, August 2nd. The
games are an opportunity for all California fire-
fighters to get together in friendly competition
which promotes physical fitness, camaraderie
and provides an informal forum for exchang-
ing ideas. Throughout the years, the Summer
Olympics have been held in Oakland, San
Francisco, Los Angeles, Davis, Irvine, Santa
Clara, San Jose, San Diego, Palo Alto, Bakers-
field, Santa Ana, Ventura, Concord, Sacramen-
to and Livermore/Pleasanton. The games are
governed by the California Firemens Athletic
Association, with a local association bidding to
be the host and bring the games to their com-
munity.
The San Diego City Firefghters Lo-
cal 145 proudly hosted the 2013 event. With a
great turnout from So Cal & Nor Cal alike and
perfect weather, San Diego was the superb set-
ting for good times with family and friends . . .
and softball!
Los Angeles City Fire Department
was represented with four teams: Gang Green,
City Boys, and City Brown in Division 1,
and Gang Gray in Division 3. Day 1 and Day
2 started with pool play and the City Boys
came out hot with four straight wins and no
losses, setting the tone for Division 1 and hav-
ing wins over some strong teams. Both Green
and Brown started out with decent records in
pool play to set themselves up for the double
elimination bracket that started on Day 2. City
Boys came up short of a medal despite play-
ing great ball. They are a talented young team
to be watched in the future. Gang Green, with
a long time winning reputation, played all the
way through to the semifnals, losing to City
Brown and added to their accomplishments a
Bronze Medal in Division 1. Congrats Green!
The fnals were set - City Brown vs.
Millbrae Fire (or So Cal vs. Nor Cal). Mill-
brae torched through the brackets having not
lost a single game and having two wins over
City Brown. One of those wins came earlier
that day with Millbrae winning in style with a
walk off home run. City Brown was faced with
the task of having to win two straight games
over Millbrae due to the double elimination
format. Game one, just like their frst meeting
earlier that day, ended in walk off fashion but
with City Brown coming out with the win. In
the fnal game City Brown held a small lead
for most of the game and their defense was the
difference holding off Millbrae for the win.
True to Fire Department tradition,
the games were flled with family, friends,
food, fun, and camaraderie. As for all the soft-
ball teams that played this year, the sportsman-
ship and respect from every team was excep-
tional. Those who attend always look forward
to the Summer Olympics as a big part of their
summer. Its a great experience for frefght-
ers looking for a fun vacation. From Crossft
to Motocross, soccer to shooting, the Olympics
offers 30 different sporting events to choose
from. Check it out at www.frefghterolympics.
org
In the end, after 11 games over four
days, LA City Brown took home the GOLD.
Rumor has it that it has been eight years since
a So Cal team won Gold in Division 1 softball.
Good job boys!
lA. City Brown wins the Gold!
top row: Chad Keso, Rick Garcia, Dan Griley, Chad Corona, Eddie Matamoros, Matt Lee, Bobby Ward
Bottom row: Kyle Halsted, Mike Pagliuso, Joe Steiner, Danny Lopez
not Pictured: Tony Jordan, Brian Smith
44 October 2013
Fire Station 9 - Skid Row
October 20, 2013
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Starts @ 8 AM
There will be rae and prizes for 1st place
Call the Fire Station 9 Grapevine
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October 2013 45
los angeles firemens relief association:
Please accept this donation to the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund in memory
of Capt. Jeffrey K. Johnson. I am a colleague of Dr.
Robin Johnson.
Sincerely,
Mary Doyle Rabot
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
hi andy,
Please accept this small token to the Widows and
Orphans Fund in memory of Captain Matt McKnight.
He is very special to the Squire family and John
considered him another son and was so proud of him.
John and Matt had a very special friendship.
Captain McKnight was a stellar frefghter and
held a very special place in Johns heart. John would
have been extremely proud of his success on the fre
department. We extend our deepest condolences to
the McKnight family. The LAFD lost a dedicated
member of their family. Captain McKnight and John
are together again on scene and in charge.
Sincerely,
The Squire family
Newbury Park, CA
Widows, orphans and disabled firemens fund
On behalf of the Livermore-Pleasanton
Firefghter Foundation and IAFF Local 1974, please
fnd enclosed a check to the Widows, Orphans and
Disabled Firemens Fund in memory of Captain
Matthew McKnight.
The Livermore-Pleasanton Firefghters
Foundation is a non-proft charity founded in the
wake of a career ending injury to Fire Capt. Scott
Walsh on a structure fre on May 1, 2006. The
foundations mission is to assist injured and fallen
frefghters, police offcers and frst responders and
their families, as well as numerous national and local
charities.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McKnight
family and the members of the Los Angeles Fire
Department for your loss.
Sincerely,
Jim Artman
Livermore-Pleasanton Firefghters
send your letters & comments to the editor at: editor@lafra.org
dear andy and lafra,
My family and I want to sincerely thank you,
from the bottom of our hearts, for the beautiful foral
arrangements you had delivered to my husband,
Larry Mundens celebration of life memorial service
on August 23, 2013. I could just picture him looking
down on all of us that day with a huge smile on his
face happy he got his going away party after
all, and your gorgeous fowers helped to make his
celebration a little more bright.
I especially want to thank you, Andy, for all your
help, support and guidance during a very diffcult
time. You took care of everything for me when I
needed help and I am so very grateful for all youve
done. Larry and I have been blessed to have LAFRA
in our lives since 1970, knowing there is help just a
phone call away. Bless you all!
On behalf of my family, please accept the enclosed
donation to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled
Firemens Fund in memory of my dear husband Larry
Munden, engineer retired, and wonderful father who
we love and miss so much.
With sincere gratitude,
Gwen Munden
Arroyo Grande, CA
dear lafra,
Please accept this donation to the WODFF in
memory of Catherine Katie Naegle. My wife Betty
and I spent many happy hours with her and Bob at
Jazz Festivals and snow skiing over the years.
To know her was a great experience. She will be
missed by all who knew her.
Sincerely,
Dan Downen
Woodland Hills, CA
dear lafra,
The enclosed donation is in memory of my
brother, retired LAFD Captain Richard D. Dick
Seden who passed on July 9, 2013.
Thank you very much,
Ron Seden
Lieutenant, retired
San Diego Police Dept.
relief association:
Please accept this donation in memory of
Pasquale Buono. We will miss our husband, father
and grandfather.
Thank you for the remembrance at his service as
they were greatly appreciated! He was so proud to
have been an L.A. freman.
Thank you,
The Buono family
La Canada, CA
lafra Wodff
Enclosed is a check in memory of Della Crenshaw,
widow of Bill Crenshaw who passed away June,
2011, one month before my husband, Gene Olson.
Our group is shrinking as we get older. We started
with nine couples many years ago. We enjoyed
camping and get-togethers at each others homes.
Now we have fond memories to enjoy.
Sincerely,
Marty Olson
Yucca Valley, CA
dear andy,
This is a donation for the Widows, Orphans and
Disabled Firemens Fund in memory of my brother
Heinz plus a big thank you for all who do so much for
all of us.
Sincerely,
Werner Wahlers
Oxnard, CA
dear Pauline,
Enclosed is a check for the Widows, Orphans
and Disabled Firemens Fund in memory of our dear
friend Ethel Vanderhagen, loving wife of Captain
Robert Vanderhagen.
Sincerely,
Richard and Lorraine Garner
Oak Park, CA
la firemens relief assn.
Please accept this donation towards the LAFD
Widows and Orphans Fund. This is in memory of
Ilse Kwasigroch, a proud mother and grandmother of
James and Scott Kwasigroch, LAFD
Thank you,
Shannon Fowler and Bill Stone
(Monrovia FD, retired)
Antelope Valley, CA
46 October 2013
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MEMBErs
jAmes e. Kemp, FireFighter. Appointed April 15, 1947.
retired on A disAbility pension August 02, 1955 from fs 27-A. Passed away august 08, 2013.
FrAnK s. GormAn, Captain. Appointed August 05, 1941.
retired on A service pension June 29, 1974 from fs 81. Passed away august 12, 2013.
mAtthew G. mCKniGht, Captain i. Appointed mAy 03, 1982.
Actively on duty At metro fire communicAtions. Passed away august 12, 2013.
pAsquAle j. Buono, engineer. Appointed september 23, 1957.
retired on A disAbility pension october 16, 1986 from fs 50-b. Passed away august 13, 2013.
lArry d. munden, engineer. Appointed october 17, 1970.
retired on A service pension mAy 05, 2002 from fb 108-b. Passed away august 18, 2013.
joseph l. younG, Fire inspeCtor. Appointed november 18, 1946.
retired on A service pension mArch 01, 1972 from fpb. Passed away august 21, 2013.
thomAs w. johnson, apparatus operator. Appointed mArch 14, 1947.
retired on A disAbility pension JAnuAry 26, 1965 from fs 17-c. Passed away august 23, 2013.
faMIly
dellA F. CrenshAw, surviving spouse of John W. crenshAW, Passed away august 05, 2013.
mArlene Brown, spouse of houston b. broWn Jr., Passed away august 13, 2013.
mArjorie j. williAmson, surviving spouse of hoWArd d. WilliAmson, Passed away august 17, 2013.
ruBy m. hixson, spouse of hArvey e. hixson, Passed away august 20, 2013.
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48 October 2013
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(Youll need a Ralphs Rewards card if you dont have one, you can also register for a card once logged in)
2. Click My Account
3. Click Edit Community Contribution Program Information (B)
4. In the Find Your Organization eld, enter 84853 and select
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund from the list (C)

5. Click Save
6. Buy groceries and use your Ralphs Rewards card at checkout
7. Ralphs Donates
8. We Thank You!
Important Information About Your Sign-Ups!!
If you have trouble signing up, you can either download a form
or call Angelica Patino at (323) 259-5235 for a copy of the form
that you can take to the store.
Remember to re-register
every September.
October 2013 49
Aside from making deposits online,
the development of new tools is slow due to
the already robust nature of online banking.
Implemented changes are rarely visible to con-
sumers, but make a huge improvement on their
experience. This includes system and security
updates, as well as improved response times.
This fall, LAFCU members can ex-
pect increased security to FIRE OnLine Home
Banking. This is an important and necessary
upgrade to our systems to help protect against
emerging cyber crime. As part of the update,
members will need to update their login cre-
dentials.
We will also be updating the Mem-
ber Electronic Forms (eForms) and 411 Alert
service in FIRE OnLine. The eForm update
will enable us to process requests more ef-
fciently. A new feature of eForms will allow
members to save and view a history of any sub-
mitted eForms. The 411 Alert service update
will include the addition of new alerts to help
members manage their LAFCU mortgage. Stay
tuned for details.
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
by Mike Mastro, President/CEo
Los Angeles Firemens Credit Union
T
hese days, convenient access to finan-
cial accounts is important. Consumers
are accustom to managing their ac-
counts on the go wherever and whenever its
convenient to do so. Technology has impacted
our lives so much that its hard to imagine a
time without a computer or mobile phone.
For this months article, Id like to
talk about the future of mobile banking and on-
line home banking.
MoBIlE BanKIng
Mobile banking is by far the biggest
development for fnancial institutions. Consid-
er the following statistics about mobile fnan-
cial services as reported by the Federal Reserve
System in March 2013:
87 percent of the U.S. adult population
has a mobile phone
52 percent of mobile phones are smart-
phones (Internet-enabled)
87 percent of smartphone users have ac-
cessed the Internet on their phone in No-
vember 2012
28 percent of all mobile phone owners
have used mobile banking in the past 12
months (2012)
48 percent of smartphone owners have
used mobile banking in the past 12 months,
up from 42 percent in December 2011
10 percent of those mobile phone users
not currently using mobile banking think
that they will probably use it within the
next 12 months
Source: www.federalreserve.gov/econ-
resdata/consumers-and-mobile-fnancial-
services-report-201303.pdf
Mobile banking has become a stan-
dard convenience product that gives members
access to their accounts on the go. Many fnan-
cial institutions in the country offer a mobile
phone application that can perform basic tasks
for personal banking.
Financial institutions on the cutting
edge of technology take mobile banking to an-
other level by offering greater conveniences.
One such convenience is mobile deposits. The
addition of mobile deposits allows users the
ability to make check deposits with their smart-
phone. This gives consumers access to their
fnancial institution while theyre on go, and is
an excellent way to use technology to provide
added convenience.
Mobile banking will continue to
evolve. Predictions for the future include en-
hancements to mobile deposits and mobile wal-
lets. A mobile wallet is a payment system that
uses a smartphone app linked to a credit, debit,
or pre-paid card. Payments can be made at a
physical point of sale location without swiping
your card, just a simple tap on the smartphone.
At LAFCU, the mobile banking fu-
ture continues to look bright. The management
team and staff are working hard to launch a
new iPad and tablet mobile banking app. Itll
be another device for members to manage their
LAFCU accounts on the go.
onlInE BanKIng
Nowadays, fnancial institutions may
have a complex suite of products and services.
So, its important that smart technological solu-
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2. Click My Account
3. Click Edit Community Contribution Program Information (B)
4. In the Find Your Organization eld, enter 84853 and select
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund from the list (C)

5. Click Save
6. Buy groceries and use your Ralphs Rewards card at checkout
7. Ralphs Donates
8. We Thank You!
Important Information About Your Sign-Ups!!
If you have trouble signing up, you can either download a form
or call Angelica Patino at (323) 259-5235 for a copy of the form
that you can take to the store.
Remember to re-register
every September.
50 October 2013
killed. Captain Reagan, his hands burned and
his turnouts smoldering from the fames was
forced to release his grip on the parapet and fell
to the sidewalk. Firefghter Sander also fell and
became entangled in the ladder being raised to
save him. As they were being treated for their
injuries, the south side of the restaurant faade
fell outward sending bricks and debris onto
the frefghters. Captain Reagan suffered burns
to both hands and other injuries, Firefghter
Sander a fractured left arm, Firefghter Lawson
smoke inhalation, and Firefghter Garry Ing-
ham of Squad 39 a fractured kneecap.
The tragic fre was an arson for fraud
caused fre and a large number of LAFD Arson,
and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in-
vestigators worked together to solve the crime
and arrest those who were found guilty of arson
and homicide.
In January, 2008 a memorial plaque
was placed on the building now on the site of
the fre to honor the memory of Tom Taylor.
LaFd History
in tHe Line oF duty - tHe uLtimate sacriFice
Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS
LFDHistorical Society
O
n Saturday, October 12,, 2013, Los
Angeles firefighters, their families and
friends will once again gather in the
Memorial Plaza in front of Old Fire Station 27
for the annual LAFD Fallen Firefighters Me-
morial ceremony. All are invited to be on hand
to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice
in service to the citizens of the City.
Inscribed upon the Memorial Wall
are the names of more than two hundred six-
ty fallen frefghters since 1882. The story of
Apparatus Operator Tom Taylor is just one of
many of the loss of our courageous members.
January of 1981 turned out to be a
very sad time for the LAFD and our extended
family with the loss of Apparatus Operator
Tom Taylor. It is hard to believe that was 32
years ago because the incident is still etched in
the minds of those who were there, those who
were on the job at the time, and of course the
Taylor family. It was shortly after 3:30 a.m.
when the members of FS 60 in North Holly-
wood were awakened by a person reporting
a fre at Cugees restaurant at Lankershim and
Weddington. OCD dispatched Task Forces 60
and 102, Engine 86, Squad 39 and Battalion 14.
Upon arrival frefghters encountered
heavy smoke but little fame as Truck 60 raised
the aerial to the roof and the engine laid lines to
the fre. Access to the roof was complicated by
the faade which extended well above it. A roof
ladder was brought up so that the ventilation
team could get down onto the roof. The roof
seemed solid as the team proceeded, testing as
they went to a point where Tom Taylor began
opening up with a chain saw. Tom was starting
his second cut when, at 3:46 a.m., the roof sud-
denly separated from the north wall and col-
lapsed. Captain Mike Reagan and Firefghter
Burton Sander made it through thick smoke
to the roof ladder, climbed over the parapet
and hung there as frefghters rushed to get a
ladder to them. Battalion 14 Aide Ron Ley-
decker and Firefghter Tom Shrout
from Engine 60 quickly climbed up
the aerial ladder. Leydecker helped
Firefghter Coleman Lawson onto
the aerial, while Shrout reached for
Taylor who had slid down the slope
of the collapsed roof. Straddling the
rail of the aerial ladder with his foot,
Shrout reached down to grasp Tay-
lors outstretched hand. Their hands
touched several times, but neither
man could get a suffcient grip for
Shrout to pull Taylor out. Seconds
later Taylor fell into the fre and was
Fire Chief brian Cummings speaking at last
years LAFd Memorial
A dramatic photo taken by Mike
Meadows of the LA times show-
ing Captain Reagan and Firefghter
Sanders hanging on the parapet
while batt. 14 Aide Ron Leydecker
helped Firefghter Lawson onto the
ladder. You can see Firefghter tom
Shrouts hand reaching down for
Apparatus operator tom taylor.
Photo by Meadows showing
injured frefghters in the street
just after the ladder fell.
October 2013 51
the Memorial Plaque honoring those LAFd
members killed while serving in the military.
the plaque honoring Apparatus
operator tom taylor on the side
of the building at Lankershim
and Weddington.
In Memory of the lafd Members Who
Were Killed in Past Wars.
I was recently contacted by Bob
Ashmore wanting to know more about his fa-
thers brief career on the LAFD. James L. Ash-
more joined the LAFD on 1/20/1942 and on
12/21/1942 he enlisted in the US Army. During
his time on the job he was assigned to Fireboat
#2 (The Ralph J. Scott). His son Bob want-
ed to obtain some 1942 era pictures of Boat 2
from the LAFDHS. James Ashmore went to
boot camp for training after leaving the LAFD
and was sent to the battle in Italy where he was
killed in action.
A plaque dedicated on May 30, 1948
by the Firefghters American Legion Post 102
honoring those LAFD members who went into
the military from World War I and World War
II, and were killed in action is on display in the
Hollywood Fire Museum.
some history of fire station 46 at new 46s
With annual inspection coming up
at Fire Station 46 the members upgraded the
station beyond just making it and the appara-
tus clean. Firefghter/Paramedic Ryan Johnson
came up with an idea for the A Shift to redo
and add to the photos of 46s in the kitchen. The
LAFD Historical Society was able to fnd some
pictures he wanted and Firefghter Cade Gas-
par built a beautiful frame for the new historic
pictures that were placed on the wall. The en-
tire A Shift participated in some way on the
project. All three shifts at 46s took on a major
project improving the station. The B Shift
made a beautiful new cabinet for the teletype
area and the C Shift re-did the entire station
landscape. Needless to say the annual inspec-
tion went extremely well thanks to the extra
hard work of the members who take great pride
in their station. Thanks Ryan for the informa-
tion.
This story is a great example of the
initiative and pride that these members of Fire
Station 46 have in their job and of the LAFD.
We hope that with the new rookies joining
the LAFD next year that this same esprit de
corps can be instilled in them throughout their
careers. I hope that some of them will be as-
signed to FS 46.
New framed historic photos of Engine 46
on the kitchen wall. the House of Pain
must relate to the fact that FS 46 is one of
the busiest in the city. obviously they all
like working there.
old fireboat #2 the ralph J. scott Will
be 88
The Ralph J. Scott will be turning
88 years old this month, having been in active
service for almost 78 years and undergoing a
couple of facelifts. A group of volunteers have
been working to rehabilitate the boat so it will
look great for when it will go in its own mu-
seum building in San Pedro adjacent to Fire
Station 112, its last assignment. Anyone in-
terested in this awesome project should come
to our birthday party celebration at the Harbor
Fire Museum on Saturday October 26th from
1000 to 1300.
Photo of Fireman James Ashmore in dress
uniform 1942.
old boat 2 on the dock in San Pedro.
52 October 2013
Calendar for october & november 2013
PlannEd EVEnts for 2013
november
-Marine Corps Birthday at Museum 27,
Sun. 11/10
-Hollywood Christmas Parade- Sun. 11/24
december
-HS Annual Holiday Party at Museum 27,
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: LAFDHS27@aol.com. Web site at www.
lafdmuseum.org. If you want to look at some great
LAFD history check www.lafre.com. and check the
LAFD web site for information and events at www.
LAFD.org. 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.
PRESERVE, EDUCATE, MEMORIALIZE
november 2013
October 2013 53
Call to ordEr
President John Jacobsen called the meeting of the
Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Firemens
Relief Association to order at 10:59 a.m.
roll Call
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 Chris Hart
Trustee Steve Ruda
Trustee Francisco Hernandez
Trustee Steve Berkery
Trustee Barry Hedberg Pension
Trustee David Lowe Pension
Trustee Tim Larson Pension
David Ned Smith - Executive Director
Controller Todd Layfer
MEMBErs aBsEnt:
Trustee Michael Overholser (Excused)
Trustee Doak Smith (Excused)
Trustee Steve Tufts (Excused)
Trustee David Ortiz (Excused)
Trustee Rick Godinez (Excused)
Trustee Mark Akahoshi (Excused)
Trustee Craig White (Excused)
Trustee Chris Stine (Excused)
Trustee David Peters (Excused)
guEsts:
Bob Olsen, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
Lee Kebler, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
David Wagner, Grapevine Editor

InVoCatIon & flag salute
Tim Larson led the invocation. David Lowe led
the fag salute.
ratIfICatIon of MInutEs
John Jacobsen entertained a motion to ratify and
dispense with the reading of the minutes of the
Board of Trustees meeting held July 10, 2013.
Tim Larson so moved. David Lowe seconded.
There was no further discussion or objections.
Motion carried to ratify and dispense with the
reading of the minutes of the Board of Trustees
held July 10, 2013.
InVEstMEnt rEPort
Jacobsen stated that Garth Flint and Mike Breller
of Beacon Pointe would present the quarterly
overview and performance for the LAFRA
portfolio.
Garth Flint reviewed the market outlook with
the Board, manager performance and proposed
changes to the portfolio. He referred to the asset
classes and how they performed in the various
years. He stated that the year to year change
in performance is why you diversify and why
rebalancing is important to keep the desired
allocation. He mentioned that commodities and
emerging markets have been struggling for the
past couple of years. He stated that hedge funds
have underperformed in the last fve to six years
and indicated that they feel there is opportunity for
future growth in these three areas. He reviewed
the Allocation and Performance of the portfolio
and indicated that they prefer to look at the 5 and
7 year numbers. He stated that the portfolio has
outperformed the asset allocation index.
Steinbacher presented the following motions;
The committee recommends and I so move to
terminate Cohen & Steers and replace them
with Wedgewood. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to terminate Cohen & Steers and
replace them with Wedgewood.
The committee recommends and I so move to
sell 50% of the PIMCO Total Return and allocate
25% to Franklin Global and 25% to PIMCO
Unconstrained fund. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to sell 50% of the PIMCO Total
Return and allocate 25% to Franklin Global and
25% to PIMCO Unconstrained fund.
The committee recommends and I so move to
increase the Alternative Assets Class target by 2%
and offset with a 1% reduction in each of the U.S.
& International Equities. There was no discussion
or objections.
Motion carried to increase the Alternative target
by 2% and offset with a 1% reduction in each of
the U.S. & International Equities.
The committee recommends and I so move to
reduce the Small Cap allocation by 3% and
increase the Emerging Market allocation by 3%.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to reduce the Small Cap
allocation by 3% and increase the Emerging
Market allocation by 3%.
The committee recommends and I so move
to terminate Gresham (Commodity) and add
proceeds to the PIMCO Commodity Real Return
fund. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to terminate Gresham and add
proceeds to the PIMCO Commodity Real Return
fund.
PrEsIdEnt rEPort
1) Jacobsen indicated that this was the month
of the year that By-laws require nomination of
offcers for the year 2014.
David Lowe motioned to nominate Juan Albarran
for President for the year 2014. Robert Steinbacher
seconded. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to nominate Juan Albarran for
President.
Frank Hernandez motioned to nominate Robert
Steinbacher for Vice President for the year 2014.
Jeff Cawdrey seconded. There was no discussion
or objections.
Motion carried to nominate Robert Steinbacher
for Vice President.
Jacobsen stated that the By-laws require that
nomination remain open until the September
Board meeting at which time these offcers will be
offcially elected.
2) Jacobsen stated that they had met with AIMS
claims management yesterday and discussed what
the Relief hopes to achieve with this new working
relationship. AIMS will be processing workers
comp claims from now on. He mentioned that
so far, their claims manager has responded on a
timely manner and has worked on resolving any
issues. He also indicated that they have been able
to recoup a substantial amount of the outstanding
claims from the City.
VICE PrEsIdEnt rEPort
1) Juan Albarran reported on the status of an
injured member and those that have recently
passed away.
Steve Ruda asked if there was something prepared
or in place for when members are injured out of
the country. Juan Albarran stated that they frst
thing family members should do is to notify the
U.S. Embassy in whatever country. He indicated
that the consulate would know how to work with
an international carrier.
EXECutIVE dIrECtors rEPort
1) David Smith referred to the Hope for
Firefghters event and indicated that so far, the net
income was approximately $98K. He stated that
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August 07, 2013
54 October 2013
they have met with the Hope Committee and have
already discussed and set the pricing for next year.
This allows preparation of marketing material for
sponsorships.
3) David Smith mentioned that the new launch
date for the website is August 19th. He stated that
the planning is going well.
4) David Smith referred to the FRITS conversion
and stated that the consultant is on schedule and
on budget. He indicated that they will launch by
spring of next year.
adMInIstratIVE CoMMIttEE rEPort
Robert Steinbacher presented the following
motions.
The committee recommends and I so move to
pay the usual and customary bills in the amount
of $974,589.84. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to pay the usual and customary
bills in the amount of $974,589.84.
The committee recommends and I so move to pay
the professional fees in the amount of $48,146.11.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the professional fees in the
amount of $48,146.11.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve up to $2K for the Wounded Warrior
Project and purchase a table for $550 for the
banquet. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve up to $2K for the
Wounded Warrior Project and purchase a table
for $550 for the banquet.
MEdICal CoMMIttEE rEPort
Barry Hedberg presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move to
accept the applications to the Medical Plan. There
was no discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to accept all applications to the
Medical Plan.
rElIEf CoMMIttEE rEPort
James Coburn presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move to pay:
The Sick & Injury benefts in the amount of
$6,366.60
The Estate Planning beneft in the amount of
$3,300,
The Relief Death Benefts in the amount of
$27,000.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the above Relief benefts.
James Coburn read the names of members who
recently passed and asked for a moment of silence
from the Board.
MEMorIals
Andrew W. Suich
Frank P. Arguello
John A. Higgins
John A. Briffett
Edwald H. Hoglund
William L. Yanez
assIstanCE CoMMIttEE
James Coburn presented the following motions.
The committee recommends and I so move to
accept the donations in the amount of $3,950.67
to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to accept the donations in the
amount of $3,950.67 to the Widows, Orphans &
Disabled Firemens Fund.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve the fnancial assistance applications for
surviving spouses, active and retired members.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the fnancial
assistance applications for surviving spouses,
active and retired members.
EMErgEnCy adVanCEMEnts
James Coburn presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve the emergency advancement applications
for active and retired members. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the emergency
advancement applications for active and retired
members.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve a member advancement of $35K for a
medical procedure and hold as an abeyance. There
was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve a member
advancement of $35K for a medical procedure
and hold it as an abeyance.
graPEVInE/WEsBItE rEPort
Chris Hart stated that they have developed a new
fee structure for advertisements. Dave Wagner
stated that they will increase fees across the board
at 10%. He also indicated that they will eliminate
black and white ads and make them in color. He
stated that they will wait until January 2014 to
make those changes. Jacobsen indicated that he
has gotten a few member complaints about the
size of the print. He asked them to increase the
size for easier reading.
By-laW CoMMIttEE rEPort
David Lowe presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move to
accept the proposed by-law changes. David Smith
stated that they will make these changes regardless
of a white ballot election for Trustee openings.
There was no further discussion or objections.
Motion carried to accept the proposed by-law
changes.

sEttIng of datEs
1) Estate Planning Seminar, Warner Center
Marriott August 14th
2) IFEBP Wharton School of Investments
September 9th 12th
3) Craig Alder Charity Golf Tourn. September
9th
4) Over the Line Tournament September 11th
5) Colorado Springs Memorial September 21st
6) LAFD Invitational Golf Tournament
September 23rd
7) California Firefghters Memorial, Sacramento
October 5th
8) LAFD Fallen Firefghter Memorial October
12th
9) LAFD Car Show October 13th
10) IFEBP Annual Conference October 20th
23rd
11) LAFRA Open House December 7th
rEtIrEMEnt dInnErs

1) Thomas Somers August 13th Knollwood
Country Club
2) Bradley Grossman August 21st Ports OCall
3) Jay Freeman August 24th Jays Backyard
4) Mike OGorman September 14th Elks Lodge
#966
5) Dennis Waters October 25th Odyssey
Restaurant
6) David Yamahata October 26th Japanese
American National Museum
adJournMEnt
John Jacobsen entertained a motion to adjourn.
Tim Larson so moved. Jeff Cawdrey seconded.
There was no discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of Trustees
meeting adjourned at 12:47 pm.

John Jacobsen, President
October 2013 55
donations to Widows, orphans & disabled Firemens Fund
August 2013
Mary PalMEr from the mary ann PaLmer trust
roBErt & JEan Board C/o donald Costa ifrom the
estate oF robert and Jean board
Joan r. MCraE in gratitude to LaFra
donald l. Morton, Md in gratitude to Fire station 69
shafron & KaMMEr attornEys at laW in memory of
mattHew mcKnigHt
lIVErMorE PlEasanton fIrEfIghtErs foundatIon in
memory of caPtain matt mcKnigHt
IngE d. WahlErs in loving memory of my Husband and our FatHer
EVangElIna gonzalEz C/o nEstlE in memory of
caPtain Javier Lugo Perez
nEstlE
hElEn l. sChulz
BrEtt gaVIglIo
MarIan l. PEaCoCK in memory of my husband
KennetH dicK PeacocK
gEnE f. gallaghEr
John l. PECEl in memory of Lane KemPer
donald l. gIllEnWatEr in memory of matt mcKnigHt
shannon foWlEr in memory of iLse KwasigrocH
PatrICIa a. squIrE in memory of caPtain matt mcKnigHt
arthur g. Johnson in memory of ed HogLund
arthur g. Johnson in memory of carL carLson
Mary doylE raBot in memory of caPtain JeFFrey K. JoHnson From
a coLLeague oF dr. robin JoHnson
E. n. BaCh in memory of edwin w. taPert
Vaughn C. sWanson in memory of caPtain edward HogLund
fIrE statIon 57 from the Fire extinguisHer Fund
fIrE statIon 57 from the Fire extinguisHer Fund
laWrEnCE JarVIs Jr. in memory of matt mcKnigHt
fIrE statIon 80 from the Fire extinguisHer Fund
MItChEll s. MCKnIght in memory of my brother
mattHew mcKnigHt - From tHe coLLection at st. meL cHurcH
CollEEn KEalEy in memory of biLL yanez
JosEPh E. loCKWood in memory of cLarence bonesteeL
nanCy l. sMIth in memory of wiLLiam yanez
stErlIng CoMMons in memory of iLse KwasigrocH
Martha olson in memory of marty (maurice) martinat
Martha olson in memory of deLLa crensHaw, widow oF
biLL crensHaw
gEorgE f. dEMott in memory of your son daKota demott
from Mark DeMott
rIChard & lorraInE garnEr in memory of etHeL vanderHagen,
wife of Capt. Robert Vanderhagen
stEPhEn trudEau, Md in memory of caPtain mattHew mcKnigHt
danIEl BonEnfant
ProCEEds froM front dEsK BoX
Mary E. KIllMond in memory of matt mcKnigHt
rIChard C. PEarson C/o unItEd Way, InC.
dElla f. CrEnshaW in memory of wiLLiam biLL L. yanez
JaMEs E. gIlluM from the simi vaLLey breaKFast gang
ansElMo J. garrIdo in memory of matt mcKnigHt
gEorgE f. dEMott in gratitude to andy KuLJis and tHe worK oF
tHe reLieF association
gEorgE f. dEMott in memory of PasquaLe buono
gEorgE f. dEMott in memory of my grandson daKota demott
lydIa andrEWs
Pat ErICKson in memory of earL mazzari
rIChard d. sEdEn C/o thEodorE r. sEdEn
JEff BurCh
susan lanCastEr
susan lanCastEr
KrIstIan E. BagE
donald r. BEaVEr
56 October 2013
MERCHANDISE
FoR SAlE
2000 HARlEY-DAVIDSoN RoAD
KINg. Beautiful Bike! 95-inch mo-
tor, includes seat back and chrome
rack (10K in chrome), 16,000
miles. Asking $9,500. Also for sale,
2004 Honda XR650R, good condi-
tion. HR hop up kit, runs excellent.
Asking $2,500. (909) 838-5929.
LACO Captain, John Mark FS
135-C.
2002 SpECIAl EDITIoN FIRE-
FIgHTER RoAD KINg. Excel-
lent condition. 15,000 miles. Lots
of chrome. $9500. Call Charles
Bucher (818) 439-0443. Email:
charlesbucher@gmail.com
2004 AIRSTREAM 30 lANDY-
ACHT. Fully loaded. No slideouts.
Immaculate inside and out. Winter-
ized throughout. Perfectly main-
tained. 8.1 litre gasoline Vortec
engine. Allison transmission.
45,500 miles. Onan generator.
4000 lb tow bar with brake buddy.
2 AC/heaters. Oak cabinetry and
Corian countertops. Fridge/freezer.
Microwave and 3 burner range/
oven. 2 TVs. Sleeps 4-5. $38,000
frm. Call Larry I swear I didnt
work on it Jarvis (661) 212-1154.
2004 CoNDoR 29FT ClASS
A MoToRHoME - Beautiful,
drives and handles like a dream.
Very clean! Workhorse chassis,
8.1 Chevy V8, Two slides, Dual
pane windows, Two ducted ACs,
Hydraulic jacks, Back-up camera,
Three new awnings, 5.5 kw gen-
erator, 32 fat screen TV, Island
queen and 17,509 original miles.
High book $52,000 - Low book
$43,000. ASKING $37,500. Call
Jerry (661) 998-8880
2008 pRoVIDENCE DIESEl
Cummings 8.3 L, 40X 360HP
5 speed Allison Transmission,
35000 miles with 3 slide outs, 5
TVs. Many upgrades, Vacuum,
exterior entertainment Center w/
TV and BBQ, Cameras, Spot light
w/remote Control, VSD Compass
& Temp monitor System, Custom
Cover, Tow Bar. $145K Mike White
FS 108-B, 661-904-2234 cell.
pRoJECT CARS. 1954 Mercury.
1957 Ford. 1939 Ford 2-door
sedan. 1940 fords - 2 and 4 door
sedans. 1940 sedan delivery. 1961
T-Bird convertible. 1941 Railway
Express van. Miscellaneous parts.
Contact Jim McPherson LAFD
retired. (805) 501-8102 or email
jimmymac567@charter.net
REAl ESTATE
FoR RENT
ATTENTIoN - RooM FoR
RENT!!! 2000 sq.ft Single family
dwelling. Prefer single person.
Newhall / Santa Clarita area 2mins
from costco,10 mins from the
SFV. Large backyard w/pool and
jacuzzi. Washer / Dryer. $850 utili-
ties included. Interested contact
Ernie (818) 326-4054. LAFD mem-
ber. Min 6-month lease. Credit
check upon rental.
FoR RENT. NEW lAKE poWEll
VIEW HoME.Two separate living
areas, each with own kitchen.
2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath upstairs, 1
bedroom 1 1/2 bath downstairs.
Take one or both foors. 1500 sq.
ft. view deck. Two Seados and ski
boat available. Call 310.283.8975
HoRSE pRopERTY, lAKE
VIEW TERRACE - Near FS24. 3
bedroom, 2 bath, newly remodeled
kitchen with granite countertops
and stainless steel appliances.
Formal living room, plus family
room. 3 pipe corrals, arena, 2
barns, trail access. Motor home
and horse trailer parking. Gar-
dener included. Available October.
$2800/month. Eng. Ames (818)
257-4549.
loVElY 110 YR. olD HISToRIC
HouSE to share in San Pedros
historic waterfront dist. Private
bedroom with private full bath-
room, kitchen, laundry, air condi-
tioning, spacious back yard, sorry,
no private parking, $700 month.
Cindy 310 831-0926.
THIS CHARMINg SpACIouS 2
BEDRooM HoME is centrally
located in the heart of Encino.
Features hardwood fooring
throughout with a large master
suite, bath, cathedral ceilings and
walk-in closets. The upstairs can
be separate with its own entrance.
Downstairs is a bedroom, full bath
and powder room. Big backyard,
garage and additional parking
for RV. $2500 for the above, or
rent just the master suite, $1000,
downstairs for $1500 a month. Call
Tracy (818) 704-9592.
VAlENCIA ToWNHoME - Room
for rent with private beach, walk-in
closet and patio access. Newly
remodeled kitchen with full privi-
leges plus laundry, WiFi and cable.
$575/month and shared utilities
plus security deposit. Complex
has swimming pool, jacuzzi, and
close to paseos. Call Cindy (818)
631-9902.
REAl ESTATE
FoR SAlE
BEAuTIFul BoISE IDAHo
HouSE. 4000 Sq Ft., 4 bedroom,
3 bath, prime view with Foothills
Nature Reserve (BLM) trails over
back fence, 15 minutes from air-
port, 40 minutes from ski slopes,
overlook downtown. $569, 900
online. MLS# 98505356. Contact
agent at (208) 870-8292.
BEAuTIFul, SINglE lEVEl
HoME available in Mill City,
Oregon. Single owner, retired L.A.
Fireman, now deceased. Quiet
neighborhood on dead end street.
Built among trees, gorgeous
meadow behind, unequaled view
of the Cascades. 3 Bdrm, 2 1/2
baths. Natural landscape with
150 yr. old Maple in the side yard.
Plenty of room for RV, boat, trailer
etc. Contact Judy Quillin, 503
559-8643;
email: JudyQ@equitygroup.com
MLS#640292
CuSToM log HoME- Kings
Canyon Sequoia Area. 4200 sq
ft, 2 story, 3 bedroom/2.5 baths.
Master bed has walk in closet w/
French doors and deck. Large
game room w/bar and wood burn-
ing stove. Huge gourmet kitchen
w/six burner professional Garland
range, Sub-Zero freezer and re-
frigerator. Hard rock maple coun-
ters and maple cabinets. Large loft
with library and offce overlooking
great room with vaulted ceilings
and riverrock freplace. Pella win-
dows and doors. Hardwood foors
throughout, tile in kitchen, laundry
and baths. Central vac. Deck on
three sides. 15 acres fenced.
Tennis court, pool, 2 car garages,
40X60 metal bldg. Septic and 40
gpm well. $650,000. Contact Ray
Oster (559) 338-2220 or email
rsoster1@dishmail.net for more
info and photos.
FoR SAlE. 2 bedroom, 2 bath
condo fully furnished in Barra de
Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico. Short
walk to small fshing village,
beach, restaurants, etc. LAFD
retired. (909) 392-8941.
loVElY 2800 SQ FT 3 bedroom,
2 bath home on Marrowstone
Island near Port Townsend,
Washington. Sits on 4 plus partical
wooded acres with Puget Sound.
230 foot waterfront view. Has barn
for RV storage. City water, oil heat
in foor. Past home of LAFD get
together. Call Vonnie Rogers (360)
385-7544.
oREgoN RIVER pRopERTY
Chiloquin, Rustic homestead on
73 wooded acres, bordered by
turquoise, clear Spring Creek
river. Artesian well produces 200
gpm. Block built 1926 sq.ft. home,
2BD 2BA, large garage, shops,
barn on private, level land. Boat
house w/boat. Near Williamson
and Sprague Rivers; world famous
trout streams. $625,000 www.
survivalacreageoregon.com
pINE FlAT lAKE BEAuTY!
14.63 acres 5 minutes marina and
launch ramp. 2+2 mobile, 2 car
garage. Excellent well and water
system with 6000 gallon storage.
Fully powered 24x40 drive in
workshop. Two other mobiles on
property owned and maintained
by tenants. See Lorimayne.com/
mylistings for pictures and more
information. Call Richard Kirkman
at 559-787-3123.
READY To RETIRE? Daughter
of former LAFD captain in selling
her 3200 SF, 5/3, home in Payson,
Arizona. Elevation 5000, a small
town surrounded by the Tonto NF
(Ponderosa Pine/ZaneGrey Coun-
try). Great climate. Google search:
Coldwell Banker MLS 66906.
Owners Bill and Nancy (928) 468-
6832. Price $379K.
RIVER pARCElS. Three 20 acre
Klammath River frontage parcels
in beautiful Northern California- 30
miles from Oregon. Electricity and
telephone available. Rarely used
County-maintained road runs
through. Very private. 6 miles from
Happy Camp. Each parcel has
more than 700 front feet of river.
$195,000 - $295,000. Contact Troy
Bonar, LAFD retired. PO Box 466,
Happy Camp, CA 96039 or call
(530) 493-2453 or fax (530) 493-
2589 or email: troy@sisqtel.net
SINglE lEVEl HoME oN 1.87
ACRES IN TENMIlE, oR. Quiet
neighborhood, trees, fruit, apple,
cherry, pear, plums, fenced, large
pasture for animals. Large barn
with electric. Good well. Plenty of
parking for RV, boat. Large area
for gardening close to ocean and
mountains. $185,000. Owned by
LA freman now deceased. Call
Betty E. Patten (541) 679-4572.
SKI THE SuMMIT! BIg BEAR,
4+2, 5 minutes from snow sum-
mit, downtown and the lake. Locat-
ed in the desirable Fox Farm area.
2 story-upstairs 2+1, downstairs
2+1 turn key condition, ready to
enjoy. Fully furnished. Investment
Vacation or Retirement. $359,000
Call Therese (818) 216-4628 or
theresewyman@msn.com
THE lAST BEST plACE. Own
a piece of Montana. Panoramic
views of Flathead Lake. 3 acres
classIFIeDs
October 2013 57
with a great building site. Adjacent
to forested public land. Access to
fshing , summer water sports and
winter skiing. Owned by retired
LAFD. Listed with Riverbend Re-
alty. Keith at 406-837-1501.
www.riverbendbigfork.com
SERVICES
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BoAT & pWC SToRAgE
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sister of LAFD Captain.
CouNSElINg SERVICES.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr.
Susan Purrington specializes in
anxiety, depression, relational dif-
fculties, eating disorders, spiritual
or personal growth, marital con-
fict, family of origin issues. Find a
supportive and confdential place
for healing and growth. Located in
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consultation: (949)648-7875
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CRAIg SANFoRD HEATINg &
AIR - Free estimates, residen-
tial, commercial. Great rates for
LAFD and LAPD. Toll free (877)
891-1414, (661) 298-3070, FAX
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CRANE SERVICE All kinds of
lifts - A/C Units, Spas, Construc-
tion, Beams, Poles, Appliances,
Man Baskets available. Insured
and bonded. Leonard Campbell
Owner/Operator (818) 340-8907
DoES ANYTHINg BoTHER
You? Anything at all? Mental,
emotional or physical? Dr. Bob
Price, psychotherapist. LAFD
retired, has developed a model
that puts the fre out fast. It allows
you to overcome almost anything
that bothers you rather quickly.
My book, Speed Healing, & DVD
is available at www.priceparts-
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granted quickly. Call for telephone
appointment. (619) 461-9527
DRYWAll SERVICE, new
construction, remodel, repair,
acoustic ceilings removed. All
types of textures. Licensed, bond-
ed and insured. Gregg Avery, F.S.
66 A residence (805) 494-9037.
FIREFIgHTERS TAXES - Are
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returns? I am a wife of a frefghter
and specialize in their returns, with
60% of my clients being frefghter
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Available year-round. TaxPro,
Barbara Ravitz, 661-257-7606.
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best meet your insurance needs.
Free competitive quotes available
for homeowners, auto, life, RVs,
boats motorcycles and more. As a
former LAFD and LAPD Commis-
sioner, and coming from a family
of frefghters (3 brothers and 1
nephew), I understand your need
for an agent that can make your
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please call the Corina Alarcon
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gARAgE DooR INSTAllATIoN
& SERVICE. Garage doors and
openers. Need to replace your
broken springs? or does your
door need repair, even replaced?
We do it all from new product to
repairing old. Call (661) 860-4563
Grassroots Garage Doors, Inc.
Lic# 950020. Son of 35 year vet-
eran freman.
MARRIAgE, FAMIlY, INDI-
VIDuAl CouNSElINg. Licensed
therapist Cathy Chambliss helps
couples and individuals work
through conficts in relationships,
stress, anxiety, affairs, com-
munication issues, and divorce.
All counseling is confdential.
Insurance taken. Call Cathy at
(310) 303-9132. Offce located in
Hermosa Beach.
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pAINTINg IN MAMMoTH
lAKES. Need your Condo or
Home painted in Mammoth? I
have been painting in Mammoth
for 30 years. Neat, clean, and
reasonable. Fireman references.
Please call Mark Eddy Painting.
(760) 935-4963 or email:
bobbzz@hughes.net
Lic# 468886.
REAl ESTATE FINANCINg.
Interest rates are at All-Time-Lows.
Refnance & Purchase Loans,
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lending with exceptional customer
service, integrity, strength and ex-
perience. For your Free Mortgage
Analysis, call (714) 469-8900. Jay
Trementozzi, Mortgage Banker.
DRE# 01113819, NMLS# 241591.
REAl ESTATE SERVICES - Start
a new life in the gorgeous commu-
nities of Temecula and Murrieta.
Top rated schools, world renowned
wineries, numerous golf courses,
lakes, shopping and a great family
atmosphere. Located 78 miles
from HQ between Los Angeles
and San Diego. Call Mike Utley at
(951) 775-8491 (LAFD Retired).
REAl ESTATE SERVICES -
Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park,
Simi Valley, Moorpark, Camarillo,
and Ventura. Representing Sellers
and Buyers for over 20 years.
Please call or email with your real
estate questions and also request
your real estate activity reports
your neighborhood or areas of
interest. Mike Rhodes Prudential
California Realty. LAFD Retired.
Realtor - BRE License 0177388.
Cell: (805) 501-6044
Email:
mrhodes@prucalhomes.com
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design and installation. A full ser-
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the value of your home and bring
you years of outdoor enjoyment.
Rebecca Martin, LAFD wife. (818)
216-3637. Lic# 936577. rebecca-
martinlandscape@gmail.com
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VACATIoN
RENTAlS
BIg BEAR CABIN - All season,
restful views from decks. Two
story, sleeps 6, half mile to lake,
two plus miles to slopes. Fire-
place/Wood, cable TV/DVD/VCR.
Full kitchen, completely furnished
except linens. Pets ok. $95/$105
(two day minimum). $550/$600
a week, Beep or Donna Schaffer
1+(760) 723-1475.
www.schaffercabin.com
BIg BEAR CABIN. 2 bedroom, 2
bath, 2 story. Sleeps 8. Near ski
slopes & lake. Fireplace/wood,
cable TV, DVD,VCR, full kitchen.
Completely furnished. $85/$95 per
night. Minimum 2 nights. Holidays
extra. Weekly available. All Sea-
son. Sheri (909) 851-1094 cell or
(760) 948-2844 home.
BIg BEAR lAKES FINEST-
Deluxe lakeside townhouse, 2
bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable TVs,
HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood burning
freplaces, laundry room, tennis
court, indoor pool, sauna, spa,
boat dock. Fully equipped, includ-
ing all linens. Sleeps 6. 310-541-
8311 or email cindy14@cox.net
BIg BEAR VINTAgE CABIN. 2
minute walk to village. 5 minute
drive to both slopes. Lake view.
2 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 6. Contact:
bigbearescapes.com/pikes-
place
Owned by LAFD member.
CATAlINA BEACH CoTTAgE
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block
to beach, view, fully equipped
housekeeping unit. Marci (818)
347-6783 or Clarence (310) 510-
2721.
DEluXE lAKESIDE ToWN
HoME. 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2
freplaces, washer, dryer, gas
barbeque. Indoor pool, sauna,
Jacuzzi, locker room with shower.
Tennis court, boat dock, cable TV,
HBO. Fully furnished including
linens. 3 miles from Snow Summit.
Sleeps 6 max. (310) 541-8311
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.
58 October 2013
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.
lAKE HAVASu lANDINg-Wa-
terfront, steps to the water. Boat
mooring out front, off-road desert
behind house. 3 bed/3 bath, fully
furnished w/linens. Direct TV/DVR,
BBQ, Casino, Grocery/Meat Mar-
ket, Launch Ramp, Marina with
Boat House, Gated Community.
No pets/smoking. $350 Dan Cook
310 418 1577.
JuNE lAKE CABIN - Scenic
2br/2ba cozy, cabin with views.
5 minutes from Fishing and Ski-
ing. Fully furnished. Wood Deck,
Sleeps 8, wood burning stove,
full kitchen, cable Tv/Dvd, stereo,
phone. Detached garage/room
for boat. Call for summer/winter
rates. Cleaning fee applies. Jeff
Easton 105-A, (805)-217-5602 -
junebound@gmail.com
KApAluA, MAuI. Luxurious
ocean view Kapalua Ridge 1 and
2 bedroom villas from $145/$250,
7th night FREE. Fully equipped
with washer/dryer, Hi speed inter-
net, Wi-Fi, cable TV, free resort
shuttle, minutes from ocean. Fea-
tures 3 white sand beaches includ-
ing BEST BEACH in the world,
Kapalua Bay Beach, 100 miles of
hiking trails, 2 golf courses with
great discounts, 10 tennis courts,
zip lines, 2 spas, golf academy,
horseback riding, snorkeling,
swimming, surfng, kayaking,
shops, restaurants. Contact Terry
or Diane @ 800-326-MAUI (6284).
www.kapaluavacations.com/
the_ridge.asp or email info@
kapaluavacations.com
lAKE ARRoWHEAD Blue Jay
cabin charming two-story with
creek, large deck, two baths,
complete kitchen, TV,VCR/DVD,
freplace, washer and dryer, walk
to Blue Jay Village. Sleeps 6. $90/
night. NO PETS! Bruce or Sue
Froude, (805) 498-8542.
lAKE HAVASu BEACH
FRoNT. Located at HAVASU
LANDING RESORT a gated com-
munity on the California side of
Lake Havasu. Swim, Ski or fsh
from the front yard. Buoys in front
of home for overnight boat(s) tie-
ups. No need to launch boat each
day. Walking distance to a CASI-
NO, restaurants and grocery store.
Adjacent to miles of off-road desert
trails, great for ATVs, 4 wheel-
ers and Motorcycles. Beautiful
landscaping with a lawn from the
home to the lake. Covered patio
with furniture and a gas BBQ. Four
bedrooms with beds for 10.Two full
bathrooms. Check Craigslist for
pic. $350. Per night 10% discount
for a week. For Reservations call
Bud @ 818 352-4422
lAKE HAVASu BEAuTY FoR
RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 sq.ft.
Fully furnished with all ameni-
ties- Laundry & BBQ. 13,000 sq.ft.
lot. 3 car boat-deep garage. 3
miles from launch ramp. Close to
downtown shops & restaurants.
View of the lake. Quiet street in
good neighborhood. No pets. No
smoking. Snowbird rates. Call
Mike (661) 510-6246
lAKE HAVASu CITY. New Cus-
tom 3 bedroom/2 bath home on
lake side of Hwy 95 north side of
town. Quiet street. All the amenti-
ties. 60 TV in living room. TVs
in all bedrooms. Wireless internet
with on site computer. BBQ on
large patio. Swimming pool. Near
marinas and restaurants. $150
per night. $85 cleaning fee. No
smoking or pets please. Scott at
805-208-1598 or h2oratscott@
aol.com.
lAKE HAVASu HoME for rent.
Built in 2004. 1800 square feet,
3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Newly/
fully furnished w/all amenities of
home. Large garage 20x32 with
tall doors. Large area for guest
parking. Located less than a mile
from lake on a quiet cul-de-sac!
RV hookups. Ask for FF discount.
Call Ryan Penrod (310) 804-1801
or Nicole (909) 263-8177.
lAKE HAVASu HoME - Beautiful
3 bed, 2 bath home that sleeps
8. Lake view, RV access, boat
parking, everything is new. Quiet
street in great neighborhood, just
minutes from London Bridge. Call
John for pricing at (323) 449-4473.
Snow-bird rates and fremen dis-
count available.
lAKE HAVASu Landing Cali-
fornia. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, wif,
DirecTV, BBQ, full laundry, slip-in
marina included, just steps away.
180 degree view of lake and your
boat in slip. Huge covered patio.
No pets. No smoking. Larry Mc
Andress ret 112A (714) 963-9344
or (714) 393-1464.
lAKE HAVASu VACATIoN
HoMES for rent. Each fully fur-
nished with all amenities of home.
Every home has a lake view, pool,
RV access, boat parking, ample
guest parking and sleep up to 8
people. Check out our website @
werenthavasu.com or call (928)
855-5848 or (661) 212-3191.
lAKE NACIMIENTo. Oak Shores
gated community. 3 bedroom, 2
1/2 bath, large loft. 3 minute drive
to main marina in Oak Shores.
Large driveway. Fully equipped
kitchen, BBQ, washer/dryer, TV/
DVD. No cable. No pets/smok-
ing. $165.00/night. Call Ben (805)
444-2264.
lAKE TAHoE gETAWAY 3
bedroom, 2 bath home with all of
the amenities complete kitchen,
washer/ dryer, TV/ VCR. Quiet
neighborhood near the lake, casi-
nos and ski slopes. Call for rates.
Call Cal or Linda @ (805) 584-
2718. www.sltgetaway.com
lAKE poWEll HouSEBoAT.
68 Sumerset. 2 staterooms, 2
cuddy cabins, 2 baths. Will sleep
10 to 12. 2 ref. fully equipped
kitchen, BBQ, TV, DVD, Twin A/C.
Party top, fybridge, V8 drives, 12
KW ge., 100 gal. aux. fuel tank
with pump. Dan Coyle (805) 494-
8854.
lA QuINTA - Gated community,
fully furnished deluxe home, three
bedrooms, three baths on the
10th fairway of the Dunes Golf
Course in La Quinta Country Club.
Two car garage, large patio with
barbecue. No pets, no smoking.
$200/night - 2 week minimum, plus
refundable security deposit. Call
(323) 254-3874
MAMMoTH CoNDo 2 bedroom, 2
bath, Sleeps 5. Beautifully remod-
eled. No pets, no smoking. 150.00
weekdays, 175.00 weekends.
Contact Scott at 310-562-1366 or
at sdefoe313@msn.com
MAMMoTH CoNDo-CHAMoNIX.
2 bedroom & large loft, 3 full
baths, sleeps 8. 5 minute walk to
Canyon Lodge. Fully furnished,
TVs, VCR/DVD, pool, spa, rec
room, sauna, linens included.
Winter $175, $195-weekdays/holi-
days; summer $125, plus cleaning.
No smoking; no pets. Craig Yoder
(909) 948-3659.
MAMMoTH CoNDo Cozy 2
bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished,
WIFI, 3 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, newly
remodeled 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: $250/night. Summer
$150/night. Holidays $300/night.
Cleaning is included. Call Mike
Whitehouse, Retired, 805-987-
6122, email: btkwhitey@yahoo.
com or Bruce Galien, Retired,
661-645-7448, email: luvbaja2@
aol.com
MAMMoTH CoNDo Fully fur-
nished, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps
6. Close to Canyon Lodge, pool,
spa, recreation room, laundry fa-
cilities, condo has been beautifully
remodeled, photos available, $225
a night winter - $125 a night sum-
mer + $150 cleaning fee. 3 night
minimum. Call for holiday pricing.
Joe Angiuli, North Division (626)
497-5083.
www.discoveryfour.com
MAMMoTH CoNDo - Fully
furnished, 1 bdrm, loft, 1 1/2 baths,
sleeps 4. On shuttle route. All
amenities: Sauna, Pool, laundry
on premises. Fall/Winter prices.
$100/night. Spring/Summer $85/
night. One time $135 cleaning
fee. No smoking, no pets, contact:
Julian Edwards (909) 573-3815
MAMMoTH - 1 bedroom Sum-
mit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient
underground garage parking,
jacuzzis, gym (pool, tennis in
summertime), shuttle right outside!
Across from chair 15. Winter $110
per night, Summer $80 per night
plus $65 cleaning fee per stay. All
linens included. Drew or Nancy
Oliphant (661) 513-2000.
MAMMoTH CoNDo - MAM-
MoTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA, fully
furnished, linens, full kitchen, TV/
DVD, stereo, freplace, pool ,
jacuzzi, sauna. 2 blocks from gon-
dola village. 1 block to ski shuttle.
Winter $330/night, Summer $215/
night, plus cleaning. Includes
city bed tax. No pets, no smok-
ing, sleeps 8. Dory Jones (310)
918-0631 or Kelly Corcoran (310)
619-5355.
MAMMoTH CoNDo - 2 bdrm, 2
bath, 2 TVs, phone, garage, pool,
jacuzzi, fully furnished - exept
linens. Near shuttle/chair 15.
Winter $125/night. Weekends and
Holidays $110 midweek. Summer
$95/night. $495/week. No smok-
ing. No pets. Jim Johnson (818)
992-7564, FS 80C.
MAMMoTH CoNDo - Sierra
Manors Sleeps 7. 3 bedroom 2 1/2
bath. Fully furnished except linens.
2 TVs/VCR/DVD, stereo/CD.
Dishwasher, microwave, sauna,
jacuzzi, pool. No smoking/No
Pets. Shuttle at door. Winter $155/
night, Summer $100/night, Plus
$80 cleaning fee and City Bed
Tax. Brian & Karen Salvage LAFD
Retired (805) 499-7752.
MAMMoTH lAKES - One bed-
room, extremely charming wild-
fower condo. Full amenities, close
to shuttle. Antiques, art, satellite
TV, freplace. Sleeps 4. Winter
$110, Summer $85 plus cleaning
fees. Call (818) 371-6722
Email: shakesong@aol.com
October 2013 59
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:
cat25sailor@juno.com or (213)
399-6534.
MAMMoTH. SKI IN - SKI ouT
at lift 15, 2 bedroom including
master suite, 2 bath condo. TV/
DVD in living room. Good sound
system. Gym, spa, freplace, very
roomy, underground parking,
tennis courts, pools, and outside
BBQ area. (310) 476-4784. Email:
barbarawinters@yahoo.com or
visit website:
www.mammothrental.com
MARIpoSA/golD CouNTRY.
North entrance to Yosemite. 2
bedrooms, 1 bath, sleeps 6. Newly
built. Complete kitchen, washer &
dryer, wi-f, satellite TV. Seasonal
rates.
www.thecottageonevergreen-
lane.com
Call 888-977-1006
MAuI BEACH FRoNT CoNDo
oN NApIlI BAY - 50 from water.
Studios and 1 bdrm. Luxury
furnishings + full kitchen. All the
amenities! Mauis best snorkel-
ing/beach. All island activities &
Kapalua within 4 minutes. 5-day
minimum, from $150 per night
(regularly $310 night). Call Sherrie
or Bill for info/reservations (805)
530-0007 or email: pmimaui@
aol.com
or visit: www.napilibaymaui.com
MAuI CoNDo 1 AND 2 BED-
RooMS. Centrally located on
beautiful Maalaea Bay. Excellent
swimming and snorkeling; white
sandy beach. Minutes from golf,
tennis, fshing, shopping, airport
and resort areas. Marsha Smith or
Jeanne McJannet. Toll free (800)
367-6084. www.maalaeabay.com
MAuIS MoST BEAuTIFul
BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful
furnished condo with kitchen and
daily maid service. 15% discount
off already lowest prices in the
area. Don Sprenger (949) 548-
5659 or (800) 336-2185.
NICARAguA SuRF CoNDo -
Enjoy UNREAL surf in a FRIEND-
LY SAFE COUNTRY. Golf a new
course and hang out by the pool.
Walking distance to beach. 3 bed-
room 2 bath. See for yourself at:
nicasurfnturf.com. Contact Chris
Hart (714) 742-3325 or email:
Chrismhart22@verizon.net
pAlM DESERT-3 bed/2bath,
one level. New re-model, fully
furnished w/linens. Cable TV/DVR,
Private Patio, BBQ, Laundry, Ga-
rage, Gated Community, 2(Pools,
Jacuzzis, Tennis Courts). Near
College of the Desert. $175 Dan
Cook 310 418 1577.
pgA WEST (lA QuINTA) TpC
STADIuM golF CouRSE
CoNDo. Luxurious 3+2 lake front
condo on the 11th green of the
world famous Stadium Course.
Gated, community pool & spa,
4 TVs/cable/dvd, washer/dryer,
BBQ, garage, no smoking or pets
please. $150/night w/6 night min. +
cleaning. Seasonal/extended stay
discounts. Buzz - LAFD (949) 322-
7979 PGAWestVacation.com
SouTH lAKE TAHoE Romantic
Chalet Family 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)
476-6288.
VACATIoN RENTAl - So Lake
Tahoe, 3 Bd 2 Ba home with
all amenities. Close to Lake,
Casinos and Ski Slopes $650 wk
or $130 nt $100 Cleaning. www.
SLTgetaway.com. Call Cal or
Linda @ 805 584-2718 or email
LSchlotzhauer@gmail.com
VACATIoN
VEHIClES
luXuRY RV FoR RENT. New
class A 40 motorhome. Sleeps 8,
bunk beds, 4 slides, 4 TVs, fully
loaded. $270/day (with active/re-
tired frefghter/police discount), in-
cludes cleaning fee and unlimited
miles. 3-day minimum, tow dolly
available. Get more, pay less. Call
Shawn, LAFD. (888) 540-4835.
www.ocdreamrv.com
MoToR HoMES FoR RENT:
Several 2006 Class A 32 Foot
Motor Homes, with Double Slide
Outs, Fully Loaded, Free House-
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OXPD, OX Fire, LA CO., LA City,
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weekly rental rates. Visit us at
www.so-calrv.com or call 661-
714-7689 or 661-297-2398. ALSO
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bedroom 2 bath with pool tables &
spas. PLEASE CALL FOR MORE
DETAILS.
for ad Information, call
Eric at (323) 259-5231 or
email: eric@lafra.org
or
our editor at (323) 259-5232
or email: editor@lafra.org
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