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HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
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to call and reserve your spot or just let us
know when we are going to see you. There
are other hotels in the immediate area
that might provide shuttle service to the
Pechanga Casino. I attended last year and I
had a great time. I had a chance to partake
in some fun activities and visit with some
great friends.
I would like to remind our retir-
ees to expect a small dues increase. This is
due to our active members receiving a 2%
pay increase effective March 1, 2014.
That is all for now. I have to go.
You guessed it . . . I have another meeting
to attend.
Thank you for your support,
Juan Albarran
(323) 259-5200
president@lafra.org
A
s we move into March it seems
like our work is only just begin-
ning. This last month was a series
of meetings, funerals, meetings, member
visits, meetings, phone calls and meet-
ings. Meetings are, of course, a necessary
evil. It is how we accomplish our work
here at your Relief Association. A meet-
ing is broadly defined as an organized
exchange of information. The current
makeup of the Board creates some great
exchanges and often new ideas, however
organized is not how I would best de-
scribe it. In spite of us, LAFRA staff meets
or exceeds the goals we set for them.
At the monthly meeting held on
February 5th, the Board approved a medi-
cal plan premium increase of 2% for ac-
tive members and a 7% premium increase
for retirees that will be effective on July
1, 2014. This was done after much discus-
sion and in anticipation of the continued
impact of the Affordable Care Act on your
LAFRA Medical Plan. Please be sure to
check your Health Scope Benefts EOBs
(Explanation of Benefts that come in the
mail) when they are returned to you - there
might be a check attached at the bottom.
This is the Medical Plan reimbursing you
for the deductible that was paid at the not-
ed doctors visit. We are going to continue
to do this so long as the dedicated funds
(ERRP) are available.
The Building Committee had two
meetings in the last month. We fnalized
space allotment and location of the work
areas in the new building. The fnal plans
are due this week if not sooner. The new
building has a total of three foors with a
square footage of about 24,000 feet. We
are currently occupying 14,000 square feet
at 815 Colorado Bl. One of our priorities
was planning for growth by creating future
work stations to better assist members.
I had the opportunity to visit Fire
Station 29 last month to participate in get-
ting a few pictures for this months Grape-
vine. The pictures and story are presented
on page 37 of this issue in an article en-
titled Groceries, Games and Giving. The
focus of the visit was to thank Fire Station
29 and Mark Curry for their continued sup-
port of the Relief Association. 29s is one
of the many fre stations the continuously
donates their time and energy to better the
lives of others. This is just one of the many
proud traditions that are embodied by the
members there.
Another Fire Station that always
goes above and beyond is Fire Station 87.
The feature story about the LAFDs oldest
surviving members 100th birthday party
is just one example of the many times 87s
has taken the point and excelled in a ven-
ture that beneftted others. Im hoping that
our younger and less involved members
will take note and get more involved.
The LAFRA Pechanga reunion
signups are flling up fast. Make a plan
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n January 7, 2008, members of Fire
Station 78 were dispatched to a struc-
ture fire in North Hollywood. The
building was a two-story night club in a struc-
ture that had formerly been a bank.
Engineer Wolfe Jantz was working
on Engine 78. His crew was assigned to fre
attack. Jantz assisted with the water supplies,
hooking up to the building sprinklers and re-
placing broken frefghting line from another
company. He laddered the building from the
outside, as the fre was burning dangerously on
the second foor.
Engineer Jantz climbed up one of the
ladders he had previously thrown to a window
and broke out the glass, achieving horizontal
ventilation. He was unaware of the drama that
was occurring inside the burning building. A
frefghter inside had become disoriented and
lost, and couldnt fnd his way out of the build-
ing. Because of the window Jantz had broken
out, light had entered the smoke-flled build-
ing. The lost frefghter saw this as his chance
to escape. He was in desperate need of rescue
because he was quickly running out of air.
Next, Engineer Jantz saw a frefght-
ing helmet come fying out of the window he
had broken out. He understood that this was a
sign of a frefghter that needed help.
Jantz again climbed the ladder to
the window and reached into the smoke. The
trapped frefghter had collapsed below the
window ledge. When Jantz reached into the
smoke, he felt the back of the downed frefght-
er. He pulled him from the back of his coat up
toward the window opening. The trapped fre-
fghter came out of the window head frst. Jantz
was able to get him positioned correctly on the
ladder and brought him down to safety.
If Engineer Jantz had not completed
this rescue, a frefghter would have perished.
For his actions, Engineer Jantz was awarded a
Medal of Merit.
Medal of Merit Recipient
Engineer Wolfe Jantz
8 March 2014
A
ny of you guys remember Jack Rein?
Jack can be seen sittin here on the
runnin board of the 1927 Moreland
engine thats housed at Fire Station 87. To the
right of Jack is his son Neal, a retired Simi Val-
ley Police lieutenant. Jack just happens to be
the oldest surviving member of the LAFD and
he is celebrating his 100th birthday this month.
Jack retired in 1970, so there are
probably many of you who dont know or re-
member him. But hopefully this story brings
back some fond memories of the old days
for many of you. For Jack, the party at the fre-
house created some fond new memories.
That Im honored is an understate-
ment, he said. Unfortunately, because of my
limited vision, I cannot recognize all of my old
friends. But this is truly a momentous occasion
for me.
In addition to a host of family mem-
bers, there were - in fact - many old friends that
turned out for the centennial celebration. Al
Schultz, Ray Rutter, Tony Alves and Bill Finn
all had stories to tell about Jack. Tom and Bill
Stires stood in for their dad, Harry, who had
been one of Jacks best buddies and C shift-
ing partners over the years.
When Steve Ruda asked Jack what
are the makings of a good frefghter? there
was no hesitation in his reply. When there was
a job to be done, whether frefghting or around
the station, you could depend on them to get
the job done. Maybe things havent changed
so much in the last 50 or 60 years?
There are a number of THANK
YOUS in order, starting with the crew of Fire
Station 87-C and Captains Wendell Smith and
Jeff Ambarian, who hosted this event on Janu-
ary 24, 2014. Also Thank You to A/O Mike
Henry, who cooked up a great lunch for all in
attendance. Next was B/C Steve Ruda, who
in his best media voice, spoke about Jack
Reins long LAFD career. Last, but not least,
is Steve Domanski. Steve recently retired but
is still a LAFRA Trustee, who was responsible
for organizin this birthday party for Jack Rein.
Thanks again to all of you.
Jacks Bio
When Jack Rein was born in New
York in 1914, the cost of a 1st class postage
stamp was 2, the worlds frst green/red traffc
signal had just been installed in Cleveland, and
the Boston Braves beat the Philadelphia Athlet-
ics in four games.
The Rein family moved to the Boyle
Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1918.
Jack attended Lincoln High School and even-
tually enrolled at UCLA for a short time. Jack
worked various jobs durin the depression until
he joined the LAFD in 1940. His startin pay
was $140 per month.
Jack and his wife Sally were married
in 1937 and had two sons, Neal and Daniel.
When World War II came along, Jack
enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943, which
naturally interrupted his fre department career.
Jack served overseas in the China/Burma/India
theater as a freman. He was discharged from
the Army in 1945.

Jack returned to the LAFD and
worked until retirin in 1970. He only worked
in feld assignments, which included: E-20;
E-6; E-11; E-35; T-20; E-64; E-67; E-34; E-18;
E-26, E-94; E-71; T-92; and E-43.
Jack promoted to captain and was
number one on the list in 1963. He beat out two
future Fire Chiefs: John Gerard, who was #10
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on the list, and Don Manning, who was #60.
The most notable incidents he recalls were
dodgin gun fre durin the 1965 Watts riots and
fghtin the Bel-Air brush fre in 1961.
Jack was also always C shiftin
when the department was on a two platoon
schedule. He was a skilled carpenter and wood
worker, buildin houses in Baldwin Hills and
remodelin the family home in Mar Vista, at
least twice.
His favorite years on the job were
those as an engineer on a 2-piece engine com-
pany. He really loved that assignment. Jack was
not a fan of the change from the old black
helmets to the new yellow style. He also
remembers that back then no one ever wore
gloves. He had a B/C yell at him once for wea-
rin gloves. The chief said that gloves were for
sissies. Can you imagine that happenin today?
I enjoyed the work, remembers
Jack of his days on the LAFD. I enjoyed the
men. It was a wonderful, wonderful time.
And a wonderful time was had by
all who came out to honor the oldest member
of the LAFD. It was an honor to celebrate his
service to the Los Angeles community as a
freman for 30 years and his service to our
country durin World War II. Happy 100th
birthday Jack!
Schmidt and Rein at FS 64 in 1954
Jack with Harry Stires in 1947
Jack with Duke at the Karachi
Air Base in India during WWII
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Task Force 3 works a T/A at
5th and Flower on 1/16/14.
Photo by Yvonne Griffn
Engine 62 provides mutual aid
to Culver City Fire on 1/30/14.
Photo by Brian Haimer
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Greetings and late Happy New Year
from the 9th Battalion.
Our story begins with some Battal-
ion training sponsored by all three platoons at
37s. Thank you for all your hard work and ef-
fort for the TWO training opportunities - Great
job 37s. During these two activities members
observed many degrees of professionalism,
commitment to the craft of frefghting, and
how much some care about their crew. That
being said, I would like to recognize Art Perez
and Joe Moreno. Both captains and there
crews displayed great attitude and knowledge
during the drill. Your commitment to your fel-
low frefghters shows. Outstanding job!
Some other degrees of knowledge,
attitude, desire, and commitment to the craft
were also seen by many and discussed by all
- i.e. RIC is not so rapid when it takes three
minutes for a small single family. The drill
was only as good as what you put into it. It is
okay to get down on the ground and maybe
get just a little dirty during a search operation.
A new way of getting an injured
frefghter out of a building was observed. If a
certain Battalion 9 engine company fnds you,
expect to be tossed out of the closest window.
Second story, above rose bushes, whatever is
easiest. Not safest, or proven methods . . .
easiest!
Lots of hard work and time goes into
these drills. For the companies that showed up
with a great attitude, thank you.
More to come next month - a ghost
at 71s. Late night reports of something/some-
one roaming the halls. Ask the captains at
71s
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Battalion 9 frefghters handled this brush
fre along PCH on 1/14/14.
Photos by John Gregory and Brian Haimer
12 March 2014
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Companies overhaul a single family dwelling
fre at 2015 Malcolm Ave on 1/19/14.
Photo by Yvonne Griffn
We have a couple of stories for you
out of 90s. The frst involves a back-seat
driver . . . or would you believe a tiller-seat
driver?!? Our G.G. TFC hops into the tiller
bucket when the frefghters are all involved
in a patient transport. No problem, he says,
Ill tiller over to the hospital. All would
have been well if the conversation had stopped
at that. But it was only the beginning: Turn
here, dont turn there, youre too close, slow
down, you can make the light, you shouldnt
have gone through that light, etc, etc. But
there was fnally silence when the trailer wheel
bashed a parked car a couple of blocks from
the hospital. Maybe it was better back in the
good old days when the only communications
between the A/O and tillerman were hand
signals and beeps.
A frefghter from 90-C recently
picked up a SOD day at 114s. He was de-
lighted when dinner rolled around and he was
treated to an exquisite gourmet meal prepared
by one of the culinary experts at the airport
frehouse (what else do they have to do?) The
chef had prepared stuffed chicken breasts
wrapped in smoky bacon. Next morning when
a couple of the guys wanted leftovers for
breakfast, they discovered only bare chicken
breasts - someone had carefully unwrapped
the bacon from the chicken. Back at 90s that
same morning, the Meatburglar was enjoy-
ing a smoky bacon sandwich for his breakfast.
A few nights later at 90s, grilled salmon was
the dinner main course. Again when the guys
went for leftovers in the morning they found
only an empty dish. The Meatburglar had
stuck again taking all of the fsh home for
a family feast. So a warning to Battalion 10
companies this guy works a lot of SOD
guard your meat!
Introducing the latest LAFD recruit:
Alina Leilani Danielson was born February
03, 2014 at Los Robles Medical Center in
Thousand Oaks. She weighed in at 8lbs 14oz
and was 22 inches. Congrats to Dave (FS 88-
C) and Jamie on their new addition.
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When Don Deporter retired out of Fire Station 80 at LAX in 1986, he thought the Oshkosh crash rig he worked on there would soon follow
him into retirement. The photo on the left was taken on Xmas Day 1981 when son Keoki took a pool spot to work with his dad. Fast forward to 2013
and Keoki is now working on the very same crash rig now assigned to Fire Station 114 at the Van Nuys Airport. Thats brother Nick in both pics too.
Companies from Battalion 10 extinguished a
garage fre in the 17200 block of Kittridge Ave.
Photos by Steve Gentry
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Firefghters extricate a victim trapped
in their vehicle on 1/22/14.
Photo by Nick Colbert
Firefghters work to extricate driver of
a vehicle that struck an SUV head-on
on the 405 Freeway on 2/2/14.
Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
16 March 2014
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Councilman Tom LaBonge visited FS
26 on Juan Albarrans last shift.
Photo by Isaac Burks
Firefghters knocked down a fre in the cart ga-
rage of the El Cariso Golf Course on 1/24/14.
Photos by Jeff Zimmerman, EPN
18 March 2014
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Greetings from the Battalion that
never sleeps!
Welcome to another month and
hopefully the weather starts cooperating with
us. Somehow in the middle of January we
were pre-deploying on days when it was 85
degrees with little to no wind. I realize that
many people throughout the United States
would take our 85 degree days in the middle
of Winter, but sometimes it wouldnt be all
bad to get a little rain and cold to actually have
a season. Along with a change in weather,
were also nearing the end of Christmas Tree
Season. That fun time of year where each
station gains 2-5 extra calls a day due to the
phenomenon called Instantaneous Conifer
Incendiation or ICI in ICS terms. You know,
where the trees are magically able to stand
themselves up, sometimes in groups of 2-3,
walk to the middle of the street and light them-
selves on fre. Its really an amazing feat! Now
most of us have never seen it happen in real
time, we usually arrive on-scene just in time to
see a few smoldering sticks and tree corpses.
And when you ask a few of the people gath-
ered around when you arrive, nobody seems
to know how it couldve happened either.
Only logical explanation is obviously the ICI.
I fgure that since we use the plug-buggy for
personnel details, bottle runs, etc. why not use
it for Christmas Tree pickup to try and prevent
some of these horrendous ICIs. It could
be another 1st of the year duty along with
hydrants and hose testing, kind of like a pre-
emptive strike. That way we wont be wasting
fuel, wear-and-tear, and manpower driving
emergency across the district to . . . nothing. I
realize that this service usually falls onto the
Dept. of Sanitation, but since we already do
everybody elses work, why not take this one
also? Just sayin . . .
Apparently theres been a super-
hero sighting over at 46s. Hes usually
spotted around wellness time, which at 46s
is whenever you can ft it in. Seems as if our
super-hero also C-shifts as a FF/PM on
RA46. The word is that FF/PM Levine uses a
true alter ego in order to really maximize his
Cross-Fit workouts. During working hours,
hes mild mannered FF/PM Levine, but during
workout hours, he slips behind the dumbbell
rack and quickly becomes . . . FF/PM Levine
. . . in a lycra Spiderman shirt similar to the
Underoos we wore as kids. At any rate, Im
glad to see that hes using any motivation to
workout. Maybe some others should fnd the
same motivation.
Over at 21s there seems to be a
bit of a parking space . . . conundrum? Ap-
parently some of the members have picked
a spot for their car to park in that is only for
them. And by some of the members, I actually
only mean one member. From what Im told,
this member decided that this spot that he
has chosen to be the almighty holder of only
his vehicle, on any day, at any time is his,
only his, and is nobody elses. Now we all
get attached to parking spots, a piece of City
property that we like to call our own. But
we also know that if someone parks in our
spot then all we have to do is park in another
spot . . . right? This member takes it to the
next level. If someone degrades his spot by
putting their vehicle in it, he has been known
to park directly behind them so that they can-
not leave and when they ask him to move so
they can get out, he humiliates them to make
a point that this is His spot. Now interest-
ingly enough, he has not only taken His car
parking spot, but has also set up HIS own
TF 66 assisted the County on a fre at the Little
Angels School on 3808 W 54th St. on 1/25/14.
Photos by Yvonne Griffn
Task Force 21 overhauls a struc-
ture fre on Duarte St on 1/14/14.
Photo by Yvonne Griffn
22 March 2014
These include:
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The Bill Goss Scholarship of $2,500
Relief Scholarship awards of $2,500
Memorial Scholarship of $5,000
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These include:
The Leo K. Najarian Memorial Scholarship of $5,000
The Bill Goss Scholarship of $2,500
Relief Scholarship awards of $2,500
Memorial Scholarship of $5,000
Complete online application at
www.lafra.org/scholarships
Each year your Relief Association awards
college scholarships to member dependents.
S CHOL A R S HI P S
Scholarship Dates & Deadlines
Deadline March 28, 2014
Application evaluation & testing April 12, 2014
Winners announced June 2, 2014
Questions? Email: scholarship@lafra.org
on the ground. Heres an idea: get some of
our leadership ideas from the guys that are out
there every day putting the community and
their crews frst. If we do that, everybody will
be well taken care of. Its not always easy, but
its always the right thing to do. Maybe we
One of the RAs was out and the good captain
even sent them an MDT message to let him
know when they were 15 minutes out, so he
could serve them a nice warm plate. All was
good, bellies were full and the night went on.
It wasnt until the next morning when one of
the guys tossed something
into the City Recycling
can that he noticed six
frozen pizza boxes rest-
ing gently in the bottom.
He put 2+2 together and
low-and-behold, it made
sense! I guess at 46s, Di
Giorno is Italian for I
Care.
Finally, a mes-
sage to all the doubters,
haters, lovers and nay-
sayers. There are only
two ways to get into the
Grapevine. One is to
step up and do something
Good for the members
of the Department or the
community. And the sec-
ond is . . . well an act(or
acts) of Buffoonery. So I
guess I need to go easy on
some in the Battalion for
they get their feelings hurt
easily. Our offcers should
be more worried about
the lack of leadership that
starts from near the top
than concerning them-
selves about who would
dare expose buffoonery
in the leadership ranks.
Maybe we should be more
concerned about the boots
RV parking spot too. Now at most of these
stations like 21s that have a large yard to park
in, theres plenty of parking, but the general
rule is that it doesnt become a storage facility.
A quick project or short term parking is one
thing, but when you put your apparatus in the
shade, jacks down and sun covers over the
tires . . . looks like you plan on being there for
the long haul. I guess 21s RV/Boat Storage
Yard is open for business! Look out 65s, 21s
might give you a run for your money with
the amount of surplus personal storage in a
yard!.....
Over at 46s, one of the captains was
a bit jealous that he wasnt able to take part
in last months Chili Cook-off, so he decided
that he wanted to take care of his guys and
make something real special. Whats better
than authentic pizza, pasta and salad? Well the
pasta and salad werent really authentic. They
were really only a few bags of spaghetti noo-
dles, jars of sauce and some basic salad fxins.
But the pizza . . . oh the pizza. He started by
turning on the oven to the proper temperature
to really set the tone. Next was the most im-
portant part of the whole operation. In order to
properly do this, he needed everybody out of
the kitchen. He didnt want anybody sneaking
Mama LaCesnes special Italian pizza recipe
that has been handed down from generation to
generation by word of mouth. Once everybody
was out, it was time for the crust. Where to
start: original rising crust, cheese stuffed crust,
or classic thin crust? Then the toppings! Do
we go with the Supreme, Pepperoni, Three
Meat, Four Cheese? Oh so many choices! So
to make it easy, he just tossed a few of each
in the oven and after ffteen minutes, chow
was on. As the crew was eating, they noticed
something familiar about the taste, but nobody
said a word and kept eating slice after slice.
Firefghters battle a well involved
garage exposing a nearby home
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can add another book to the leadership must
read list entitled, Leadership and all the Hard
Knocks That Come With It. Its defnitely
not, Who Moved My Cheese or whatever
that brilliant title was, but it should work. Just
sayin . . .
Ending on a note of Good, the
Battalion and Department lost a great leader
to retirement recently. Engineer Curtis Black
was one of the hardest working, smartest, and
dont forget tannest members on the Depart-
ment. He always had a great attitude and I
dont think I ever heard him say a cross thing
about another member. He was a mentor to
many in the Battalion and has helped too
numerous to count. Whether it was studying
for the engineer test, trying to get certifed, or
just trying to be a better FF, Curtis was always
willing to help. Thank you for being a positive
role model and I truly hope you enjoy your
retirement. Stop by anytime!
OK, thats all Ive got! Keep taking
care of one another. Stay safe and remember
that 2+2 makes sense, play nice, know your
audience, get a cool nickname, fgure out
which formula to use before the media gets 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, dont
fumble Tradition, take 1st relief so you can go
back to sleep, never Stand By, check boxes
for politics always beat common sense, and
fnally, when you have the opportunity to do
the right thing, take the EIT spot instead! Keep
sending your stories to wattsfre@gmail.com
On 1/4/14 Battalion 13 companies extinguish a
fre in an apartment unit on 82nd St at Avalon.
Photo by Tod Sudmeier, EPN
Many thanks to retired Engineer
Mike Martin and all who participated in
the great article about 102s in last months
Grapevine. The article answered many of the
questions the current group at 102s get asked
frequently and try to explain to the younger
members from other houses they run in with
on a regular basis. While the rigs on the app
foor may vary over the years, as seen, The
Spearhead is still alive and well!
Mike also brought up the many
promotions out of 102s. The current members
want all of them to be accounted for if possi-
ble on their Promotion Ladder mounted on the
app foor. If you or any of your buddies, active
or retired, promoted out of 102s at any time,
they want to know so you can be added! Send
the names and new ranks to batt10news@
sbcglobal.net I know wrong Batt - but it
works. You guys are always welcome to stop
by, theres always a fresh pot!
FF Easton from E-60 blasts a
rubbish fre on 2/1/14.
Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
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On 1/2/14 a car left the N/B 101 Freeway and
landed in the LA River channel behind 86s.
Photos by Mike Meadows
Firefghters responded to an early morning garage fre in
the 6500 block of Cleon Ave in North Hollywood on 2/4/14.
Photos by Steve Gentry
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Task Force 87 works a T/A at Balboa
& Woodley on 1/13/2014.
Photo by Nick Colbert
Engine 84 was struck when an auto turned in front of
them on Ventura Blvd on 1/12/14.
Photos by Juan Guerra, juanguerra.smugmug.com
28 March 2014
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SAVE THE DATE!
ACTIVITY GUIDE
30 RV SPOTS AVAILABLE - $35 per day
RESERVE YOURS by calling LAFRA (323) 259-5235
or (323) 259-5200
:: Pechanga Resort/Hotel reservation call (888) 732-4264
:: For other Hotels call (323) 259-5235
Monday, May 19, 2014 @ 2PM (check-in) to Friday, May 23, 2014 @ 12PM (check-out)
MONDAY - MAY 19th
:: Check in & catch up with old friends
:: Reception Get-Together - Beer & Wine (Provided)
TUESDAY - MAY 20th
:: Pizza Dinner / Wine & Beer (Provided) - Time: 5PM
at Pechanga RV Clubhouse
:: Organization Reps at Clubhouse - 10am-4pm
WEDNESDAY - MAY 21st
:: Dinner / Wine & Beer (Provided) - Time: 5PM
at Pechanga RV Clubhouse
:: Organization Reps at Clubhouse - 10am-4pm
:: Wine Trolly Tour - Time: TBA
$85 per person
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or apatino@lafra.org
THURSDAY - MAY 22nd
:: Gathering at THE BUFFETT at Pechanga Hotel
- Time: 6pm
$30 per person
:: Golf Journey at Pechanga - Price $90 per golfer
Time: TBA

FRI DAY - MAY 23rd
:: Check out! Till next time...
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Check out LAFRA.ORG for more details on the above.
SAVE YOUR HOTEL SPOT! SAVE YOUR SPACE!
SAVE THE DATE!
ACTIVITY GUIDE
30 RV SPOTS AVAILABLE - $35 per day
RESERVE YOURS by calling LAFRA (323) 259-5235
or (323) 259-5200
:: Pechanga Resort/Hotel reservation call (888) 732-4264
:: For other Hotels call (323) 259-5235
Monday, May 19, 2014 @ 2PM (check-in) to Friday, May 23, 2014 @ 12PM (check-out)
MONDAY - MAY 19th
:: Check in & catch up with old friends
:: Reception Get-Together - Beer & Wine (Provided)
TUESDAY - MAY 20th
:: Pizza Dinner / Wine & Beer (Provided) - Time: 5PM
at Pechanga RV Clubhouse
:: Organization Reps at Clubhouse - 10am-4pm
WEDNESDAY - MAY 21st
:: Dinner / Wine & Beer (Provided) - Time: 5PM
at Pechanga RV Clubhouse
:: Organization Reps at Clubhouse - 10am-4pm
:: Wine Trolly Tour - Time: TBA
$85 per person
For information email sdomanski@lafra.org
or apatino@lafra.org
THURSDAY - MAY 22nd
:: Gathering at THE BUFFETT at Pechanga Hotel
- Time: 6pm
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The Cycling Hawaiian from Metro
Fire was working SOD on an 800 in the Valley
recently. Being one of the lead LAFD Bike
Team instructors, he did a great job trying to
recruit new members for the team. However
the guys had a look of bewilderment when
they saw his license plate frame.
Send your stories and photos directly to your Battalion News writer
or to the editor at editor@lafra.org
Attention All LAFD Members Active and Retired
All members, no matter your assignment or rank, have a story to tell. It may be
about an exciting response, a learning experience, or an act of kindness. And dont
forget the harmless(?) plots and pranks. Dig into your memory banks and send
the stories to me. I want to include them in a publication and make it available to
all as a memorial of your times on the LAFD. Anonymous submissions are OK.
Email your stories to me at ddlafd@hotmail.com or mail them to me at:
5297 Glenn Ellen Drive
Eugene, Oregon 97402
Respectfully,
Dale R. Dickson
Captain I, LAFD retired
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32 March 2014
ACCIDENT INVOLVING LAFD RESCUE
SOUTH LOS ANGELES
Photos by Yvonne Griffn
A passenger van traveling at high speed went through a red light
at Hoover and Slauson, striking RA 266. Both LAFD members and
their ambulance were transported from the scene.
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STRUCTURE FIRE
SOUTH LOS ANGELES
Photos by Steve Gentry & Shawn Kaye
On January 29, 2014, eight companies of frefghters responded
to 1133 West 75th Street. First companies on scene reported a
single family dwelling with heavy fre showing from the attic. The
fre was knocked down in less than 20 minutes. One frefghter
suffered a shoulder injury and was transported to a local hospital.
34 March 2014
STRUCTURE FIRE
WESTCHESTER
Photos by Steve Gentry & Martin Nate Rawner
On January 21, 2014, LAFD and LA County frefghters were called
to 5208 West Centinela Avenue. Arriving companies were met with
thick black smoke and fames billowing from a two story commercial
structure. Three squatters were immediately spotted and rescued
from the roof of the burning structure. After descending the fre de-
partment ladders the unidentifed civilians fed the scene.
An aggressive interior fre attack ensued but frefghters were
quickly driven back by the intensity of the blaze. A coordinated
retreat was ordered and a transition to a defensive exterior at-
tack continued. A partial roof collapse trapping fames beneath
heavy debris made containment extremely challenging.
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T
o call LAFD Captain Mark Curry a
philanthropist is no exaggeration. And
thats not simply because hes a fourth-
generation firefighter who has served the city
of Los Angeles for 25 years. Well, thats part of
it. But Mark is generous not only for devoting
so much of his life to others when hes on duty,
but for also giving back to his fire family and
friends when hes not. A graduate of Westlake
Culinary Institute, this impressive chef used
his special talent and favorite hobby to bring
smiles (and $16,000) to the Widows, Orphans
& Disabled Firemens Fund.
Hancock Park/Koreatowns Fire Sta-
tion No. 29 has enjoyed Marks cooking skills
for several years. As a matter of fact, he recent-
ly delighted many with his Asian-style braised
short ribs at a charity dinner for the frehouse.
So it wasnt too surprising to fnd Mark par-
ticipating in the L.A. Times-sponsored Taste of
L.A. cooking competition two years in a row.
Yet when Food Network representatives ap-
proached him about joining in a new TV series
where chefs compete in cooking challenges for
charity, Mark was nothing but shocked.
The Food Network sought me out
to compete on Guy Fieris Guys Grocery
Games. Ive worked with Widows & Orphans
before at fundraiser events, so I thought it
would be a great match, explains Mark. The
new reality show, which premiered this past
December, pits three contestants in three cook-
ing showdowns - each with special restrictions.
For instance, in the frst round, the chefs had to
create a 5-star dinner, but all of the ingredients
had to come from the frozen food aisle in the
supermarket.
Never one to back down from a cu-
linary challenge, Mark had a great time, but it
wasnt a cakewalk. During one of the rounds,
the chefs were required to make a savory pie.
Mark chose a Shepherds Pie with a crust that
did not cooperate. It gave me a ton of trouble.
They didnt show it on TV, but I cut myself
pretty badly, says Mark. If you watch the
show closely, youll see that Im wearing a
glove in that last challenge.
Despite his mishap, Mark was vic-
torious. As the winner of the three rounds, he
took on the fnal challenge: a scavenger hunt
for ten hard-to-fnd items throughout the su-
permarket in three minutes fat. Thankfully,
Marks kitchen acumen was aided by his expe-
rience as a frefghter. My experience with the
fre department helped me in a number of ways.
You didnt have to be in shape, but it helps,
Mark shares with a laugh. Also, you had to be
able to think on your feet. You had to Impro-
vise, Adapt and Overcome and try to put out a
product.
It was during the fnal challenge
that Mark won the $16,000 and announced his
dedication to the Widows & Orphans charity.
Cooking and frefghting arent that much dif-
ferent. Its all about how you prepare and how
you train. And you can only get out what you
put in, continued Mark. Theres a lot of par-
allels. I think thats why I enjoy it so much.
But Mark also knows that being a
part of the fre family is also about sacrifce.
My great-grandfather - my moms grandfather
- was a frefghter in Denver. He was actually
killed in the line of duty, Mark details with
admiration and respect. When my grandfather
moved out to California, he became an engi-
neer for the LAFD, and my father is a retired
frefghter as well. My fathers brother was also
on the job. And my brother, Dan Curry, is a
captain out at 93s.
With at least one member of his fam-
ily on the LAFD since the 1930s, you can
imagine Mark takes the family business very
seriously. He knows how much the Widows &
Orphans charity has helped survivors and their
loved ones in times of need. Being a frefght-
er is all about being charitable. The frefghters
I work with sacrifce their time. They sacrifce
their health. They sacrifce time away from
their families, and their families have to sacri-
fce as well, revealed Mark. So I feel a little
selfsh when I get to do something like Guys
Grocery Games because it is a lot of fun for
me doing what I love to help those who give so
much.
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O
n the morning of April 14, 2011,
LAPD Hollywood area patrol officers
received a radio call for a burglary in-
vestigation at the Temple Israel of Hollywood,
a large complex comprised of a synagogue/
worship center, a K12 campus, and offices
located in the 7300 block of Hollywood Bou-
levard. The responding officers were directed
to the second floor of the elementary school
building where they observed that a classroom
had been ransacked, and that a possible incen-
diary device had been placed in the center of
the room. The officers extinguished the burn-
ing candle, secured the room and requested the
response of LAFD resources, which included
Light Force 27 and A-Unit 2.
The arson investigators (A-Unit 2)
arrived and met with the police offcers and
frefghters assigned to Light Force 27. After
being briefed and examining the classroom,
the investigators contacted the Arson/Counter-
Terrorism Section (ACTS) offce and made a
request for additional investigative resources.
This request resulted in notifcations to the Los
Angeles House of Worship
Task Force agencies, which
includes LAFD ACTS in-
vestigators, LAPD Major
Crimes - Criminal Conspira-
cy Section (CCS) detectives
and an ATF special agent.
An ACTS investigator was
designated as the lead in-
vestigator and teamed with
a CCS detective, with the
A-Unit investigators, the
ACTS forensic photogra-
pher and an LAPD latent
prints specialist providing
assistance in processing the
scene.
The investigation revealed
that a male suspect had
scaled a perimeter fence
and then climbed onto the
frst foor roof of the school
building in order to gain ac-
cess to the classroom win-
dow where he made entry.
He ransacked the classroom
and constructed an incen-
diary delay device using a
burning candle and some
other items found within the
room. The suspect then took school property
and left the location, but was briefy confronted
by a school volunteer as he climbed over the
fence. The latent print specialist was able to de-
velop latent prints from the window sill (point
of entry) and the investigators found that the
security surveillance system had recorded vid-
eo of the suspect walking on the grounds as he
left the school building and scaled the fence.
A LAPD crime alert, which included
an artists sketch and a poor quality photo of
the suspect obtained from the video, was gener-
ated by Hollywood burglary detectives. Inves-
tigators provided a copy of the crime alert to
the LAFD PIO, and the suspects images were
released to the media that same date and broad-
cast in local news coverage of the incident.
The lead arson investigator later
received information that the Fresh and Easy
market, located in the 7000 block of Holly-
wood Boulevard, had also been burglarized
on the early morning of April 14, 2011. LAPD
Hollywood area offcers had investigated the
burglary and determined that the stores video
surveillance system had captured images of the
suspect walking through the back rooms of the
store. The offcers recognized the that suspect
in the video was possibly the same individual
(suspect) being sought by investigators for the
Hollywood Synagogue attempt arson/burglary.
On the night of April 18, 2011, A-
Unit 2 investigators were dispatched to the
2600 block of Coldwater Canyon Drive, within
the Beverly Ridge Terrace gated community,
to investigate a vehicle fre that occurred at a
construction site, at the request of Engine 108.
The investigators determined that an unknown
suspect had entered a fenced construction site
located within a residential neighborhood, ran-
sacked the construction trailer and then inten-
tionally burned a contractors fatbed truck and
a chair. The arson investigators subsequently
searched the construction site and located evi-
dence of several additional fres that had self-
extinguished prior to the arrival of frefght-
ers. In all, the suspect had set a total of seven
separate fres at the site, including fres that had
been set using frebombs (Molotov cocktails)
inside the two structures: a 22,000 square foot
dwelling in the framing stages of construc-
tion and a 3,500 square foot dwelling that was
framed and wrapped.
After the arson investigators cleared
the fre scene, they encountered LAPD West
Los Angeles area patrol offcers on the street
nearby. The investigators spoke with the off-
cers and learned that they had detained a pos-
sible residential burglary suspect. The investi-
gators briefy questioned the suspect regarding
his identity and reason for being in the area.
The suspect provided a name and claimed to
be an electrician hired to work at one of the
construction sites in the area. The investigators
then left the location as the police offcers con-
tinued their investigation.
On the morning of April 19, 2011,
LAPD contacted the arson investigators and
advised that fnger print lifts obtained from the
synagogue incident had been matched to an in-
dividual named Dmitriy Sheyko, who had been
arrested by LAPD West Los Angeles area off-
cers the previous night for residential burglary.
Investigators checked Sheykos booking photo
and determined that it was that of the burglary
suspect encountered near the construction site
the previous night, and closely resembled the
video images and poor quality photos of the
synagogue arson suspect.
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The two lead LAFD arson inves-
tigators and the CCS detective responded to
the LAPD Van Nuys jail, where they met with
Sheyko in an interview room. Sheyko waived
his Miranda rights and agreed to provide an in-
terview, which was videotaped. Sheyko initial-
ly denied involvement, but then admitted to the
Fresh and Easy burglary, the Temple Israel of
Hollywood burglary and attempt arson, and to
constructing Molotov cocktails and intention-
ally setting seven separate fres at the Coldwa-
ter Canyon construction site. Sheyko declined
a request to provide a handwritten statement,
but provided drawings of the fre scenes, com-
plete with sketches of the incendiary devices he
had constructed.
The arson investigators and LAPD
West L.A. detective subsequently presented
the various burglary and arson related cases
to Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney, as-
signed to the D.A.s Offce Arson Unit, who
fled 19 felony counts. Sheyko was held-to-
answer at preliminary hearing, and later pled
not guilty by reason of insanity to all counts,
which resulted in a court trial to decide the
sanity phase. The court relied heavily upon
the videotaped interview in deciding Sheykos
competency and ruled him sane at the time of
his crimes. In December of 2013, the judge
sentenced Sheyko to 10 years in state prison.
40 March 2014
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aturday evening, October 26, 2013, will
be recorded in the annals of LAFD his-
tory as an event not soon to be forgotten.
One hundred twenty plus, family and friends
gathered at the beautiful Japanese American
Museum to celebrate the end of a long and
illustrious career of one of LAFDs finest
- Deputy Chief David M. Yamahata. From
LAFDs top brass to the tailboard firefighter -
past, present and future - all came to celebrate
and extend their love and appreciation for our
Guest of Honor.
Sr. Chaplain Greg Gibson started
the evening off with an invocation asking for
Gods blessings to be upon the nights activi-
ties. The attendees were treated to a spectacular
array of fne gourmet cuisine. From sushi, cau-
lifower souff, teriyaki chicken to the mouth
watering ALL YOU CAN EAT Prime Rib for
the old school meat and potato guys/gals.
After everyone was WELL fed came
the core portion of Daves dinner - the Awards
Presentations. First up was Jared Yamahata.
Speaking in front of large audience is not one
of Jareds fortes, but he was able to overcome
his inhibitions and did a fne job. Jared shared
how proud he was of his dads accomplish-
ments on the LAFD and balancing that off with
his role as being a great dad!
Next up, presenting Dave with his
seniority pin of thirty six and a half years was
former Fire Chief Bill Bamattre. Bill served as
Fire Chief when Dave was promoted to battal-
ion chief. Chief Bamattre went on to explain
the historicity of the seniority pin and how
Daves 3 diamond setting refected his 35+
years of service on the LAFD. Bills lovely
wife Liz who could not attend due to out of
state commitments, sent Dave a card express-
ing her warm sentiments and well wishes for
a long and healthy retirement for both he and
Helen
Don Frazeur, on behalf of the Chief
Offcers Association, presented Dave with a
beautiful, Maltese Cross glass plaque for his
seventeen years as a member of the COA.
Mark Akahoshi presented Dave
with the Relief Association retirement badge.
Mark mentioned how Dave was an excellent
role model and mentor to him as he promoted
through the ranks.
Former Fire Commissioner Genethia
Hudley-Hayes was responsible for presenting
the LAFD Resolution. However, before she
did, she informed everyone of the tremendous
contributions Dave made to the success of their
Fire Commission meetings. She said that Dave
not only recorded the meetings minutes with
meticulous detail but possessed the uncanny
ability to keep everyone on task, addressing
the issues at hand. Daves contagious boom-
ing seismic laugh would cause even the hard-
est, chiseled stone faces to smile. Genethia es-
tablished such a great rapport with Dave, that
when an agenda item was to be addressed, she
would take one look over to Dave and his fa-
cial features would say it all! Namely waste
of time! Move on!! Analogous to a third base
coach giving signs to the batter at home plate,
take the pitch.
Council Resolution was presented
by former Fire Chief Doug Barry. Chief Barry
was the Fire Chief when David was promoted
to assistant chief and appointed Dave to the
prestigious position of Chief of Staff! Great to
see promotional positions are still flled on the
basis of merit and qualifcation.
Retired A/C Rey Rojo presented
Dave with a picture of both he and Dave when
Dave was frst appointed to the rank of captain
and assigned to Fire Station 44. Chief Rojo
has been instrumental in his involvement with
benevolent groups, namely SERTOMA and
LAFDs Toys for Tots Program.
Retired B/C Tom Stires, who was
Daves frst captain at F.S. 35, conveyed that he
knew that Dave was going far on the job!
A lot to say from a skipper about a frst house
rookie.
Next up was a Badge Pinning Cere-
mony. However, Dave was not the recipient of
the retirement badge, rather it was given to the
real chief of the House of Yamahata, Chief
Helen.
A seamless transition was made for
the entire Yamahata tribe to step up, front and
center stage, in presenting Dave with a mag-
nifcent Shadow of Badges. The beautifully
fnished wooden glass case contained large
identical replicas of those worn by members of
the LAFD, albeit much larger. The badge col-
lection represented every rank that Dave held
during his long and illustrious career on the
LAFD. A lot of silver and gold, precious metals
in that case Dave! Keep it under lock and key!
Deputy Chief Darren Palacios and
A/C, Chief of Staff, AND the Master of Cer-
emony of this evenings dinner, Ronnie Villan-
ueva, presented Dave with a retirement axe/
helmet plaque. Both Ronny and Darren com-
mented that there was no BETTER boss to
work for and alongside!
The Guest of Honor fnally stepped
up to the stage to rousing standing ovation! In
his humble, unpretentious style Dave extended
his heartfelt appreciation to those who took
time out of their busy schedule in attending his
dinner. He also gave special thanks and recog-
nition to those who worked tirelessly in putting
his dinner together - Daren, Ronnie, Dacia,
Lora and Maria.
Closing remarks and benediction
was made by the writer of this article. I con-
curred with the unanimous consensus of all
those members who had the privilege of work-
ing for and with Dave regarding him being
an exemplary role model. Dave boarded his
promotional space shuttle circa 1982 and
rapidly gained high altitude to the lofty rank of
Deputy Chief. I mentioned Daves promotional
achievements were tantamount to Dave being
the Emperor of the LAFD. I was able to take
liberties with that ethnic comment as I share the
same Japanese ancestry as Dave.
May God bless you two with MANY
years of a healthy, prosperous and enjoyable re-
tirement together. Congratulations Dave! You
were . . . a dandy!!
42 March 2014
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D
aily I pray that God will use me and give me opportunities to share
His love and grace - and today God did just that.
While working at EMS 14 at Fire Station 78, I was backing
into quarters and noticed a woman approaching the station. Even from
afar I could tell she was sad and distraught. But she suddenly turned and
began to walk away. I asked her if there was something I could help her
with. She paused and then slowly walked over to me. Her eyes were full
of tears as she told me she had been driving around the neighborhood for
hours, terrifed to stop by the station. Then she said, I saw you drive up
and gathered the courage to ask if I could speak to the frefghters that
worked on my son last year.
Her name was Susan and her only son Justin was a 16 year old
student who attended a local high school. Justin was on the school swim
team and was in the water practicing when suddenly and without warn-
ing he went into cardiac arrest. She told me how Justin loved to swim
and the thought that he had died in a pool was more than she could bear.
She had not been able to let the pain of her sons death go because of the
unknown of how and why he died.
The members of Fire Station 78 were all out of quarters so I
invited Susan in where she told me the story of the life and death of her
angel. Susan explained how the autopsy revealed that Justin had an undi-
agnosed heart condition that contributed to his untimely death. She cried
as she showed me videos of his life on her iPad. Justin was full of life - he
loved to sing and swim. I saw videos of him telling his mom and dad
how much he loved them. Susan also showed me a video of when Justin
was 10 years old and he was singing the song I love you tomorrow and
what a talented singer he was.
The crew of Fire Station 78 returned to quarters. One of the
members had been on the call and was able to share the events of the
tragic incident. Susan was listening and wanted to know if her son had
drowned as a result of his heart condition. The frefghter told her that
her son had gone into sudden cardiac arrest prior to going under water
because there was no water in his lungs or stomach. Justin did not die
from the pool but rather died while in the pool doing what he loved.
Susan was so relieved to hear the story and asked to see the
ambulance that her son was taken to the hospital in. We took her to the
rescue and opened the rear doors. She began to cry and gently kissed her
fngers and laid her hand on the gurney as to say goodbye to her son.
There was not a dry eye on the apparatus foor.
Susan hugged us all and thanked us for spending time with her.
As I walked her out to her car she allowed me to pray with her. I received
an e-mail later that day from Susan saying how grateful she was that we
were able to help her release some of the pain. She said that she would
never forget what the members did to try to save her son.
44 March 2014
Words alone cannot begin to express my deep
appreciation for your thoughtfulness! Charleys
entire family is touched by this tribute to his
service.
Dad was certainly a legend for his longevity
at Station 82. His further legions I didnt learn
about until my husband, Gerry, joined the
LAFD . . . then the stories about Dad began to
reveal themselves. It was hard for his family to
believe that this casual, non-pressured man at
home was known as the Green Hornet at work
for his speed in getting out of bed, into his rig
and starting the engine before the doors on the
apparatus foor were open! And who NEVER
drove above the speed limit off duty. Who would
have thought?
Dad was a member of the Dynamite 82s
crew housed at Station 27 until Station 82
opened on Bronson. He had some great stories
and made some life-long friendships from that
crew. He wasnt a man who liked change so he
remained at 82s for the remainder of his service,
thus to have the fag that few at 82s is very
meaningful to us. I can feel Dad smiling with
pride at this wonderful tribute to him.
Again, on behalf of myself and my husband
Gerry, sister Pam and her husband Cliff,
Charleys six grandchildren and eleven great-
grandchildren, we thank you for this great honor.
This fag in its beautiful case will be displayed
with pride on our freplace mantel.
Very truly yours,
Patricia (Zuber) Linneweh
Hamilton, MT
Dear Andy and LAFRA,
My family and I would like to sincerely
thank you for all your help and support during
my wifes terminal illness. When we needed
direction you immediately returned calls and
gave valuable advice and guidance in her last
days. This was a diffcult time for us and your
kindness went way beyond the call of duty
and we will forever be grateful. Please accept
the enclosed donation in memory of my wife,
Anna Marie (Annie) Bauman, who passed away
January 3, 2014.
The enclosed donation is partially on behalf
of my daughters friends at Spicers Paper:
Lisa Camarillo, Dawn Velzy, Yolie Guerrero
and Claudia Oscar. Im confdent the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund will put
this to valuable use.
In loving memory,
George A. Bauman
Norwalk, CA
Dear John,
Please fnd two donations to the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund. The frst
is in memory of my father, retired Engineer John
E. Holland, Class of May, 1950.
The second is in honor of the living . . . a man
that someday you will have trouble replacing.
A man that is a true champion of the men and
women of the LAFD. A man that not only
showed up to my dads service to present a fag
to the family and be a part of the service he
is a man that I am proud to call a friend. You
may have guessed by now . . . please accept the
donation in honor of Andy Kuljis.
I was able to spend a short time with Andy at
my fathers reception and thank him, but please
thank him once again from myself and the entire
Holland family. He helped make the memorial
service very special with his spoken words.
Thank you for your service to LAFRA,
Jim Holland, retired engineer
And the entire Holland family
Dear Juan,
Congratulations on the presidency! Having
served on the Board in the mid-70s I am aware
of the sacrifce necessary and I thank you for
being willing.
This letter is to tell you of an experience
visiting Fire Boat 2, B platoon on January 25,
2014.
Having worked on the previous Boat 2 in the
early 1960s I was asked to take two friends to
visit our largest freboat. Arriving unannounced
we were fortunate to be able to join another
group and experience a harbor cruise. I do
have to say the visit was extraordinary but the
comments by my friends as to the friendliness
and professionalism of the crew made me very
proud of the LAFD.
Because of the hospitality given to us, I am
Dear Captain [Wendell] Smith,
I want to take this opportunity to formally and
sincerely thank you and all the members of FS
87-C for hosting the 100th birthday party for my
father, retired Captain Jack Rein on January 24,
2014.
I had expected a nice affair, but what we
were all treated to was beyond my hopes and
expectations. I can tell you that my dad was, and
still is, beside himself knowing what a fantastic
event you and your crew put on. I also want to
send my heartfelt thanks to Chief Steve Ruda and
Captain David Wagner for all the preparations
and arrangements that went into making this all
happen. And a special thanks to Captain Dennis
Mendenhall, a neighbor of mine. I mentioned to
him that my dad was nearing 100 years old and
Dennis made the frst phone calls and started the
process that culminated in yesterdays event. All
three of these gentlemen truly went above and
beyond.
As with most children of frefghters, I grew
up with the LAFD culture and soon learned
about the bond that exists among the members of
the LAFD. However, never in my life had I seen
this demonstrated more clearly than at my dads
party. The crowd included all ranks and included
active and retired members. Only a few people
actually knew my dad, yet everyone showed
him an incredible degree of not only respect,
but also admiration. I believe this is the result of
the strong sense of brotherhood and department
pride that are hallmarks of the LAFD.
I am of course very proud of my dad. He
loved his job and he loved the LAFD. I am
also proud to be his son and grateful to have
had the opportunity to witness the wonderful
camaraderie among current and retired members
of the LAFD. It is said that the LAFD takes care
of their own and does not forget those who are
sick, injured, or no longer active members. I can
attest that to be 100% true.
Most Sincerely,
Neal Rein
Westlake Village, CA
Dear Andy, Board Members and Offcers,
How do I begin to thank each of you for
the beautiful gift you sent to me in memory
of my late father, Charles (Charley) Zuber?
March 2014 45
If I handwrite a will,
isnt that good enough?
Protect Those
with Special Needs
Firefghter Justin Mendence set up a special needs trust to ensure his
son and entire family is taken care of in the best manner possible.
You want to think everybodys going to take care of your kid because
everybody loves him, but unless you have a plan in placeyoure planning
to fail. Leaving it to chance is not in me and my wifes vocabulary.
A Special Needs Trust Helps You:
Set up long-term funding for living expenses & care
Determine who will be the primary caregiver
Create an advisory group of experts to help caregivers make
sound decisions
Ensure your childs assets are protected & well-managed
Ensure your child maintains eligibility for special services
I sleep a little bit easier at night knowing that my son is set up for his
entire life, Justin said.
Whether you care for a child or adult with special needs or not, everyone
should consider setting up an estate plan. Ask for a Getting Started Kit today by
emailing Relief Association Development & Marketing Director Marlene Casillas
at MCasillas@lafra.org or calling (323) 259-5217.
enclosing a donation to the Widows & Orphans
Fund which you in turn can give to a needy
person in the future!
Thank you to the entire Board for all that you
do!
Sincerely yours,
Lyle W. Marvin, Jr., Capt retired 1979
Highland, CA
Widows, Orphans and Disabled
Firemens Fund,
Please accept this donation in honor of my
friend Jerry Andrew who passed away tragically
this past December. Ive known Jerry and his late
wife Betty Lu since our Jr. High days in the late
30s. They were school sweethearts throughout
their school days.
Jerry excelled in sports, i.e. basketball,
gymnastics and track as a pole-vaulter. Jerry
also was a class A handballer on the LAFD. He
retired from Tens as a captain. I shall miss him.
Sincerely,
Hank Huizinga
Reedley, CA
LAFRA,
Please accept my thanks for the honor and
tribute you accorded my father, Capt Robert
Wooden, who retired in 1972 and died on
Christmas Eve. I received the beautifully
displayed U.S. fag which had been fown
over his last station. It moved everyone at the
service. Please also accept this contribution in
his memory and honor.
Sincerely,
Rebecca Wooden
St Paul, MN
Send your letters
& comments
to the editor at:
editor@lafra.org
Correction for February 2014:
Dept In Action page 32
Incident was Major Emergency in Echo
Park in 1000 blk of No. Bonnie Brae St.
on 12/12/13
46 March 2014
MEMBERS
WILLIAM M. HARKNESS, FIREFIGHTER. APPOINTED MARCH 16, 1948.
RETIRED ON A DISABILITY PENSION AUGUST 01, 1969 FROM FS 88.
PASSED AWAY JANUARY 07, 2014.
CLIFTON G. COLLINS, ENGINEER. APPOINTED JUNE 21, 1954.
RETIRED ON A SERVICE PENSION JUNE 01, 1980 FROM FS 8.
PASSED AWAY JANUARY 09, 2014.
MORRIS E. DENTON, FIREFIGHTER. APPOINTED OCTOBER 22, 1946.
RETIRED ON A SERVICE PENSION NOVEMBER 07, 1966 FROM WESTLAKE COMM.
PASSED AWAY JANUARY 10, 2014.
ROBERT J. BRINKMAN, FIRE INSPECTOR II. APPOINTED FEBRUARY 17, 1975.
RETIRED ON A DISABILITY PENSION NOVEMBER 14, 2004 FROM FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU.
PASSED AWAY JANUARY 11, 2014.
WAYNE R. BUTCHER, FIRE INSPECTOR II. APPOINTED JANUARY 02, 1962.
RETIRED ON A SERVICE PENSION AUGUST 01, 1999 FROM FPB ENVIRONMENTAL.
PASSED AWAY JANUARY 14, 2014.
DONALD C. GOODROW, FIREFIGHTER II. APPOINTED JUNE 16, 1953.
RETIRED ON A SERVICE PENSION JULY 01, 1973 FROM FS 106-A.
PASSED AWAY JANUARY 15, 2014.
THOMAS E. PINGER, CAPTAIN II. APPOINTED MARCH 18, 1947.
RETIRED ON A SERVICE PENSION FEBRUARY 01, 1978 FROM FS 20-B.
PASSED AWAY JANUARY 15, 2014.
CLARENCE R. STAPEL, ENGINEER. APPOINTED OCTOBER 27, 1947.
RETIRED ON A SERVICE PENSION JUNE 27, 1978 FROM FS 80-B.
PASSED AWAY JANUARY 22, 2014.
CARROLL HOPKINS, CAPTAIN. APPOINTED DECEMBER 19, 1955.
RETIRED ON A DISABILITY PENSION MAY 01, 1977 FROM FS 64.
PASSED AWAY JANUARY 23, 2014.
FAMILY
LOUISE HUGHES, SURVIVING SPOUSE OF JOHN D. HUGHES, PASSED AWAY JANUARY 02, 2014.
ANNA M. BAUMAN, SPOUSE OF GEORGE A. BAUMAN, PASSED AWAY JANUARY 03, 2014.
SELMA S. SMITH, SURVIVING SPOUSE OF PAUL R. SMITH, PASSED AWAY JANUARY 08, 2014.
VIRGINIA L. MCKNIGHT, SURVIVING SPOUSE OF JAMES W. MCKNIGHT, PASSED AWAY JANUARY 11, 2014.
JEANETTE ESLINGER, SPOUSE OF ERVIN D. ESLINGER, PASSED AWAY JANUARY 13, 2014.
MARY C. FERKINHOFF, SPOUSE OF PAUL I. FERKINHOFF, PASSED AWAY JANUARY 16, 2014.
March 2014 47 March 2014 47
E
veryone loves a fireman and I should
know. Im the daughter of one and the
wife of another. My two favorite men in
the world are heroes, and not just to me. Being
courageous is actually part of their job descrip-
tion. I still remember how people fawned over
my husband John after 9/11. They baked him
cookies and wrote him thank you notes (never
mind that he was 3,000 miles away in Orange
County when the twin towers fell). Like most
firemen I know, he was humble about his work.
He didnt do it for the praise, and he wasnt
comfortable on a pedestal.
At the age of 48, John was diagnosed
with cancer. When he received the devastating
news that it had metastasized to his brain, I saw
his usual strength. He faced 18 months of mul-
tiple brain surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation,
and more. His decline was gradual. First he lost
his memory, then his balance. Mobility was
next to go and fnally even speech. Through it
all, he never complained. Knowing him as I do,
I wasnt surprised at all.
I also wasnt surprised by the over-
whelming love and support we received from
our friends and family. They cooked. They
stacked wood. They shoveled snow. They
drove my kids all over town. John and I had
dozens of doctors appointments and exhaust-
ing medical treatments that took us away from
home for days at a time. Our friends and family
always came through.
Bill, Joe, and Drew were all retired
frefghters who had known John for more than
20 years. Although they didnt live nearby,
their shared love of fying and the fre service,
and elaborate practical jokes kept them close.
One time, Bill and Drew hid Johns single-
engine plane at another airport, making his
Dude, wheres my plane? t-shirt that much
funnier. Another time, John scrawled an offen-
sive epithet on the inside of the planes propel-
ler, knowing that Bill was planning to fy that
day. Would he have done the same if he had
known Bills pastor was coming along for the
ride? Probably.
When John became bedbound, there
was no way I could move him. Without being
asked, Bill, Joe, and Drew stepped up their
visits. They came three times a week, travel-
ing up to two hours each way (and sometimes
through snowy conditions). When they arrived,
they would lift John out of bed for a bath, and
gently carry him to the living room recliner for
a much-needed change of scenery.
Their tender caregiving was full ser-
vice too. It included a shave, a foot massage,
leg exercises, feeding, and prayer. They even
bundled him into the car for a taco fundraiser
for another friend who was also fghting cancer.
They werent uncomfortable showing physical
affection either, often dropping a kiss on Johns
forehead when he became too ill to move or
speak. They even squeezed into that twin hos-
pital bed with him. When they werent seeing
to Johns needs, I often found them changing
light bulbs or fxing the chicken coop. Fire-
fghters often talk about their brotherhood, but
what I saw took my breath away. It still does.
Ive spent my whole life taking care
of people I dont know, said Bill every time
I tried to thank him. Now Ive been given a
chance to do it for someone I love.
Picture a frefghter in your mind. I bet you
conjured an image of a strong, invincible man
willing to risk his life for the safety of others.
Maybe the fgure in your mind is fghting a
wildfre on a hot, windy day, searching a col-
lapsed building for earthquake survivors, or
pulling a child from a car wreck. Firefghters
do all those things. But Ive seen a quieter side
of their courage these past few months.
Bill, Joe, and Drew lightened the
darkest hours of my life and preserved my
husbands dignity. They were compassionate
enough to bathe John when he couldnt do it
himself, gentle enough to coax him to take one
more bite of dinner when he wasnt hungry, and
brave enough to face a brutal disease day in and
day out when they really didnt have to. These
men are my real heroes.
Ive written this essay as a tribute to
my husbands frefghter brothers, but changed
their names. Theyre heroes, but its not their
style to advertise.
48 March 2014
D
uring my time as a
NAVY Chief Petty
Officer serving in
Iraq, one of the many great
organizations that I was thank-
ful for was Operation Grati-
tude. They sent care packages
to every one of my sailors and
ARMY support team - made
up of Active Duty and Reserv-
ists - who selflessly served
during combat. The impact
on our morale was immediate
and it was nice to be reminded
that we have a grateful country
standing behind our efforts.
On the 72nd anniversary of the attack
on Pearl Harbor, which launched millions of
American troops into World War II, thousands
gathered at the Army National Guard armory
in Van Nuys to celebrate Operation Gratitudes
One Millionth Care Package. These packages
are assembled by volunteers from the surround-
ing communities, celebrities, Los Angeles City
and County Offcials, and our very own LAFD
members. Six World War II Veterans were hon-
ored guests, including a Tuskegee Airman, Lt.
Colonel Bob Friend, and Ms. Bea Cohen, the
oldest living female World War II Veteran at
103 years old.
Operation Gratitude, a San Fernando
Valley based non-proft group, sends out more
than 100,000 care packages each year. The
parcels are flled with snacks, necessities and
handwritten letters of thanks to armed services
personnel, veterans, families left behind after
the death of a service member, frst-responders
and caregivers. Everything is assembled at the
armory, where supporters applauded the pack-
aging of the organizations one millionth pack-
age.
Hundreds of volunteers worked the
event on Saturday, December 7, 2014, manning
carnival-like booths in exchange for donations
to the nonproft, setting up vendor tables and a
memorial service in front of the traveling Viet-
nam War memorial. Most said the organization
gave them a way to express how they feel for
the men and women in the military.
Receiving one of these care packages
means so much to our deployed service mem-
bers and especially to those men and women
who dont receive packages from home.
In a successful secret mission, Op-
eration Gratitude founder, Carolyn Blashek,
accompanied by Board Members Marty Martin
and Sue Pollard - both Navy Moms, traveled
from Los Angeles to Istanbul to Bahrain to con-
nect with the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Tru-
man to deliver the One Millionth Care Package
March 2014 49
to a sailor deployed on the cruiser USS Gettys-
burg in the Gulf of Oman.
Ms. Blashek personally expressed
her appreciation for the years of support pro-
vided by the Los Angeles Fire Department and
its members who have devoted countless vol-
unteer hours to her organizations effort.
We can be proud that it is our tradi-
tion on the LAFD to volunteer and support pro-
grams like Operation Gratitude. We continue to
serve the public in so many ways beyond Pub-
lic Safety. It is this spirit of benevolence and
charity that reminds us that we indeed make an
impact. In this case, a NAVY sailor who was
serving over 8,000 miles away, in international
waters, felt the appreciation from all of us.
Together we serve.
See more information on Operation
Gratitude at:
http://www.operationgratitude.com
50 March 2014
late payment penalties. But you cant get out
of paying your taxes and any interest that may
apply.
There are two ways to request an extension.
1. Simply complete IRS Form 4868 and
submit it electronically or by mail. This form is
available on the IRS website at www.irs.gov. If
you owe money, you will need to estimate the
amount due and send a check along with your
request.
2. If you prefer, you can get an exten-
sion by paying part of or all of your estimated
tax liability by credit card. This can be done
by phone or over the Internet; however, there
is an extra convenience fee involved. There
are detailed instructions included in IRS Form
4868.
GET YOUR REFUND FASTER WITH DI-
RECT DEPOSIT
Opt to direct deposit your refund and
youll get it faster and safer than if it was mailed
to you. To set up direct deposit for your refund,
make sure you provide both your LAFCU ac-
count number and our routing number in the
REFUND section of your tax return. LAFCUs
Routing Number is 322078341.
At LAFCU, frefghters come frst.
For your convenience, you can access your
year-end account information in FIRE OnLine
Home Banking at www.lafrecu.org. Should
you have any questions about your accounts,
please contact a Credit Union Representative at
(800) 231-1626.
The more business we do together as a Fire
Family, the greater the fnancial reward will be
for all members!
Have a safe month.
Mike Mastro
For specifc tax advice, please consult a quali-
fed tax professional.
by Mike Mastro, President/CEO
Los Angeles Firemens Credit Union
READY FOR TAX TIME?
The April 15 tax fling deadline is
fast approaching. Dont get left behind in fling
your taxes especially if youre expecting a re-
fund. For this months article, Ill share some
tax time tips.
GETTING ORGANIZED
Depending on your personal tax and
fling requirements, this list will give you a
good head start.
1. Make a Tax Folder: Keep a fle folder,
pocket folder or small box near where you get
and sort your mail. As soon as you identify a
W2, mortgage interest statement or investment
statement, toss it in the folder for safekeeping.
2. If you havent kept track during the year,
start gathering your receipts for:
a. Non-reimbursed business expen-
ses like meals, supplies, and tolls.
b. Medical devices, prescriptions or
other out-of-pocket health related
costs.
c. Textbooks, tuition bills and school
supplies for educational credits.
3. Download or assemble bills for gas and
electric, telephone, and internet service if you
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LAFD HISTORY - THE HAYES AERIAL LADDER TRUCK
Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS
I
have not written much about the great col-
lection of historic vehicles our museums
have so periodically I will feature one of our
treasures. The Hollywood Museum at Old Fire
Station 27 has a very rare aerial ladder truck
that is only one of a few left in the country and
one that served the Los Angeles Volunteer Fire
Department. The Hayes 65 foot Aerial Ladder
Truck began service as a Volunteer Company in
1884 known as the Vigilance Hook & Ladder
No. 1, located downtown at Aliso and Alam-
eda. In 1886 it became Hook & Ladder Truck
No. 1 when the LAFD was formed. In 1893 it
was moved to Engine Co. 3 at 410 N. Main St.
and in 1896 the name was changed to Truck
Co. A. It was relocated again in 1901 to Engine
Co. 4 at Aliso near Los Angeles St. where it
remained in service until 1904 when the com-
pany was closed and the firemen transferred to
Water Tower No. 1. On August 25, 1905 the
Hayes aerial was sold for $25 to D.F. Donegan,
a local contractor and disappeared from histo-
ry. We do not know much of the history of the
Hayes after it left the LAFD, but we do know it
appeared in the 1938 movie In Old Chicago
in a major scene of the Chicago Fire. The origin
of this Hayes is still a mystery. It maybe the
original LAFD rig or some think it may have
come from another west coast fire department.
Some say it was used as a prop for the movie
studios.
Fortunately for all of us our Hayes
Aerial wound up being stored and displayed
at Travel Town in Griffth Park. Through City
Council action we were able to bring it and
other apparatus to our museum - and the rest is
history. The Hayes is on our long list of resto-
rations, so if anyone is interested, please let us
know.
The following articles appeared in the April
1989 LA Firemens Grapevine and can be
viewed on LAFIRE.com thanks to Captain
Larry Schneider.
Several early models cost the lives of fre-
fghters who scaled their unsafe ladders.
The staff of Travel Town had stared
long enough at a building full of antique Los
Angeles Fire Department apparatus; in late
1987 we began seriously researching the equip-
ments history, with an eye towards putting to-
gether an exciting exhibit on the LAFD. Our
frst step was to ask some LAFD historians to
survey our collection and give us the ground-
work from which to begin. What those gentle-
men told us was a pleasant surprise: all Travel
Towns fre apparatus are important pieces, and
the big lumbering, horsedrawn thing, previ-
ously of unknown origin, is the most signifcant
piece of all. Its a Hayes aerial, we were told.
It was the frst successful aerial hook and lad-
der truck invented - only three were thought to
exist - it could be the truck bought in the 1880s
for the L.A. Volunteer Fire Department!
This truck had sat anonymously at
Travel Town for 20 or 30 years, waiting, like
the fairy-tale frog prince, for its true identity to
be revealed. The task ahead of us was to dis-
cover the history of the truck, and the reasons
for its importance, and to share that with Travel
Towns visitors. Handicapped by the lack of re-
cords on where the truck came from or when it
was donated to Travel Town, we had no choice
but to begin at the beginning in our research -
with the inventor of the truck himself, Daniel
D. Hayes.
In 1866, the Amoskeag Company of
Manchester, New Hampshire, received an or-
der for fve steam-powered fre pumpers from
the San Francisco Board of Supervisors - San
Francisco was preparing for the inception of
their paid fre department. Daniel D. Hayes, a
native New Yorker with experience as a vol-
unteer frefghter, was working as a machinist
for Amoskeag at the time. He was selected to
deliver the steam pumpers and to train San
Francisco frefghters in the operation and
maintenance of the equipment. This training
period lasted several months, and when Hayes
was ready to return to New Hampshire, the
San Francisco Fire Department offered him the
position of Superintendent of Steamers. In De-
cember of 1866, he accepted the position and
began a 14-year career with the S.F.F.D.
Hayes and his fellow big-city fre-
fghters were faced with a particular challenge:
some of the most damaging fres experienced in
American cities in the mid-19th century were
in multi-story buildings. For many years inven-
Poster from the 1938 movie
In Old Chicago
1884 The Hayes Ladder Truck began
service as the Volunteer Company:
Vigilance Hook & Ladder No. 1
52 March 2014
tors had tried to develop a hook and ladder truck
that would effectively reach the upper levels of
contemporary buildings, but initial attempts at
aerial ladder trucks were often disastrous. Too
heavy or too unstable, these horsedrawn trucks
were either unable to reach fres in a timely
manner or did not function well at the scene of
a fre. In several cases, these early models cost
the lives of frefghters who scaled their unsafe
ladders. Then, in 1868, Daniel Hayes devel-
oped a truck with an aerial ladder that could
extend as much as 85 feet in height. Four to
six men could fully raise the telescopic ladder
in less than 40 seconds by turning a crank. The
aerial was mounted on a turntable, so the ladder
could be swung around to the desired direction.
Hayes had designed, and then built himself, the
frst practical and safe horsedrawn aerial ladder
truck. The truck was named after its inventor:
the Hayes Extension Hook and Ladder Truck
and Fire Escape.
Hayes sold his frst truck to the
S.F.F.D. a year later, in 1869 for $3,000. But
Chief Whitney, of the S.F.F.D., was skeptical as
to the effectiveness of the truck and refused to
use it in actual service. His was a typical senti-
ment; after a disaster in New York where sev-
eral frefghters were killed in a demonstration
of an aerial hook and ladder truck, few chiefs
were willing to risk lives on an unknown truck.
It wasnt until Independence Day, 1871, that
Hayes was able to prove the value of his inven-
tion.
A local fre department was a popular
entry in any civic parade, and the San Francis-
co Fire Department brought out a full contin-
gent of equipment, including the Hayes Aerial,
for July 4th, 1871 celebrations. During the pa-
rade, a fre alarm was sounded from Box 17.
According to one version of the story, Hayes
saw this as the opportunity to prove the worth
of his aerial hook and ladder truck. He jumped
into the drivers seat, raced the horses to the
burning multi-story building, and proceeded to
operate the aerial ladder with great profcien-
cy. So effective and dramatic was his display
that the department was fnally convinced that
the Hayes aerial hook and ladder could serve
the S.F.F.D. well. A less dramatic, but prob-
ably more accurate, account claims that a new
S.F.F.D. fre chief decided to use the Hayes
truck simply because it was already out of the
station to be in the parade. This fre chief found
the innovative aerial hook and ladder very use-
ful in fghting the blaze and was willing to al-
low it into regular service.
Using local manufacturers, Hayes
produced trucks for sale to the S.F.F.D. and
other West Coast fre departments. But demand
increased as word of the practicality and reli-
ability of Hayes aerial ladder truck design
spread across the U.S. In 1884, Hayes sold his
patent to the New York-based LaFrance Com-
pany (soon to become American La-France).
A number of sizes were developed to meet the
distinctive needs of various cities fre depart-
ments; models ranged from a frst class truck
with an 85 foot extension ladder to the small
fourth class truck featuring a 40 or 45 foot
extension ladder. Hayes also continued to build
trucks in his own shop in Oakland. By the early
years of the 20th century, when new advance-
ments in technology made the original Hayes
aerial design obsolete, more than 20 Hayes-
design trucks had been sold.
Firefghting Techniques Revolutionized By
Hayes Truck
By James H. Pierce, the great-great grandson
of Daniel Dennis Hayes
Many improvements made in the sci-
ence of fghting fre have come as a result of
the efforts of the fremen themselves. One such
freman was Daniel Dennis Hayes of the San
Francisco paid-Fire Department. His ingenuity
as a frefghter and inventor came forth with the
invention of his now famous Hayes Hook and
Ladder carriage in the 1860s.
Hayes, a former New York City fre-
man and the then current Superintendent of
Steamers of the San Francisco Fire Depart-
ment, conceived an idea for an extension ladder
mounted on a wagon. In 1868, he completed
the construction on his Hook and Ladder car-
riage. The Hayes truck was a horse drawn car-
riage with an extension ladder mounted on the
bed of the carriage. The ladder could be raised
by a crank on the side through a system of pul-
leys, enabling frefghters to raise the ladder to
upper stories of building quickly and safely.
When the Hayes truck arrived in San
Francisco a problem soon became evident. On
many of the citys narrow streets, the overhead
wire would not allow the extension ladder on
the carriage to be raised. Hayes soon solved
this problem with the invention of the ground
extension ladder. The smaller ladder could be
raised by two men from a sidewalk. The lad-
der, which was actually two ladders together,
could be extended to twice its normal length by
a rope and pulley system.
While both the ground extension lad-
der and the Hayes truck proved to be effective,
Chief Engineer Whitney of the San Francisco
Fire department was still not convinced of the
practicality of the Hayes Truck. He stated, It
cannot be expected that an apparatus so un-
wieldy and cumbersome can perform other
duties then that of a fre escape. However
others said the same company of men operat-
ing the Hook and Ladder trucks could operate
the Hayes Truck and service portions of the
city where hotels and warehouses were located.
Also, they hoped it would increase the useful-
ness of the Hook and Ladder branch of the fre
department.
In 1871 a fre struck the Harpend-
ing Building and the disastrous failures of the
ladders in use at the time stirred up a storm of
indignation at the ineffectiveness of the equip-
ment of the fre department. The press and pub-
lic strongly urged another trial of the Hayes
truck.
On the fourth of July, the Hayes
Truck took part in San Franciscos annual Inde-
pendence Day Parade. During the parade a fre
broke out at the Whitcomb Hotel on Washing-
ton Street. The new Chief Engineer ordered the
Hayes Truck onto action. Hayes took personal
charge of his truck and at the fre demonstrated
beyond a shadow of a doubt the superior per-
formance of his apparatus with the quick con-
tainment of the fre and the rescue of people
trapped by the fre.
The Hayes truck had proven to be
a great asset and had gathered a great deal of
respect from the men who manned her. Chief
Scannell stated, The Hayes Patent Hook and
Ladder carriage of the department will supply
a want long felt by offcers and men. To wit:
the means of reaching the upper foors of large
building without delay. By the year 1873, it
was evident a second Hayes truck was needed
in the ever growing city. Chief Scannell rec-
ommended to the Board of Supervisors that a
second Hook and Ladder company using the
Hayes truck be formed. The Board of Super-
visors agreed and authorized the purchase of
second Hayes Truck.
Word of the effectiveness of the
Hayes Truck spread rapidly and by 1900, less
then forty years after its invention, over 290
Hayes Trucks were in service in the United
States. The fame of the Hayes truck became
world-wide when Captain of the London Fire
Department saw one of the trucks in action and
was so impressed with its effectiveness that he
purchased one for the London Fire Department.
Hayes had recognized a problem
faced by fremen the world over of quickly get-
ting to upper foors for rescue work and fre-
fghting. Hayes solved the problem with his
truck which has been responsible for saving
countless lives and reducing property damage.
Daniel Hayes died in 1920, but his memory
The tiller wheel on the Hayes is
located under the aerial ladder.
Tools and equipment were stored in
running board side boxes, underside
wire containers and axe holders.
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Calendar for March 2014
lives on in his invention. There are few fre
departments today which do not use a descen-
dent of the Hayes Hook and Ladder Truck or a
ground extension ladder invented by Mr. Dan-
iel Dennis Hayes.
Note: Some years ago James Pierce came to
our museum just to see our Hayes Aerial and
tell us about his Great Great Grandfather. Other
Hayes family members have visited us also to
see the rig.
Daniel Hayes Proposes His Truck to the
LAFD
The lengthy process of purchasing
the Los Angeles Volunteer Fire Departments
Hayes aerial was recorded in painstaking long-
hand in the minutes of various Los Angeles
City Council meetings. On January 28, 1884,
Daniel D. Hayes proposal for the manufacture
of a 2nd class Hayes Hook and Ladder Truck
was read into the minutes of the City Council.
The following proposal was opened and read:
We hereby propose and agree to
manufacture for your city, and ship the same
within sixty days after receipt of your accep-
tance of this proposition one 2nd Class Hayes
Extension Ladder Truck and Fire Escape said
Fire Truck to be built in accordance with the
following specifcations as regards equipment
dimensions, material, fnish, etc. to wit:
It shall carry ladders of the following
dimensions, vis.
One Hayes Patent Extension Ladder
to elevate sixty fve feet from the ground, the
main ladder in which shall be 34 feet long, and
the extension 32 feet long.
One ladder 28 ft,, One ladder 26 ft.,
One ladder 24 ft., One ladder 18 ft., One ladder
16 ft. (roof)
The 28, 26 and 24 ft. ladders shall be
carried on rollers and the 28 and 22 ft. ladders
to be arranged for splicing, making a ladder
46 ft. long and the 20, 18, and 16 to nest in.
The Truck shall be supplied with the following
appliances, to wit,
2 short handled hooks, 2 long han-
dled hooks,1 chair hook ,2 crouch poles
2 steel crow bars,4 fre axes (with
Pipe heads),4 pitch forks,4 leather fre buckets
175 ft. of Manila Rope with tackle
and swatch block for hoisting hose,1 oil can
2 brass hand lanterns,1 bell or gong
All necessary wrenches, spanners
and tools for working the truck will also be
supplied. The Leaders of the frame and lad-
ders shall be built of best quality Oregon Pine,
free from knots.
The Truck shall be mounted on Plat-
form Sprints over forward axle, and two full
elliptic springs over hind axle made of best
quality spring steel, the running gear, braces,
rods, and etc to be carefully forged from the
best quality of Norway and Ulster iron. The
axles to be made of best quality of Ulster iron.
The wheels to be made of selected and sea-
soned timber and tired with the best quality of
Tire Iron. Hind wheels four feet in diameter; to
have brass caps over the ends of hubs, and to
be handsomely painted and striped with gold
leaf. The brake lever shall be arranged to be
operated by drivers foot, and the hind gear op-
erated by hand wheel Tiller, horse tongue, and
whiffe trees, to be made of seasoned second
growth ash or hickory and handsomely painted
and striped with gold leaf. The Truck complete
shall be built in a substantial and workman-
like manner, be handsomely painted and orna-
mented with gold striping and scroll work with
name and etc. as ordered.
It shall be delivered within the time
hereintofore specifed at Los Angeles, Cal. for
the sum of twenty seven hundred and ffty dol-
lars.
Yours Truly
D.D. Hayes
P.S. Or will deliver at San Pedro for twenty fve
hundred and ffty dollars, and at San Francisco
for twenty fve hundred dollars.

Which proposal was referred to the
Committee on Fire and Water.
The proposal was accepted, and on
June 2, 1884, the truck was delivered to and
accepted by the City Council.
LAFDHS Planned Events 2014
April
LAFDHS Book Signing &Museum Sale @
Museum 27, Sat. 4/12
LAFD Annual Batt 6 Pancake Breakfast &
Car Show @ Museum 36 TBD
May
HS Annual Pancake Breakfast, Sat. 5/10
June (Note: We have postponed our Annual
Memorial Golf Tournament held in June)
Harbor Museum Tour, Fri. 6/13
LAFD Retired Member Luncheon
Museum 27, Thu. 6/19 * New Date!
Fire Hogs Fallen Heroes Memorial Run
Start @ Museum 27 6/28 0630 Hrs
Ralph J. Scott Fundraiser Party Tentative
Sun. 6/29
July
Port of LA Cars & Stripes (TBD)
Retired LAFD Captain Ben Holder in
a vintage LAFD uniform at the reins
of two horses which he found for our
museum along with the harnesses. If
you plan to come see the Hayes you
wont see Ben at the reins. He moved
to Colorado. We are looking for a
mannequin driver and tillerman.
54 March 2014
CALL TO ORDER
President John Jacobsen called the meeting
of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles
Firemens Relief Association to order at 10:00
a.m.
ROLL CALL
MEMBERS PRESENT:
John Jacobsen, President
Juan Albarran, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Robert Steinbacher
Trustee Doak Smith
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Craig White
Trustee Chris Hart
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee Steve Ruda
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee David Lowe Pension
Trustee Francisco Hernandez
Trustee David Ortiz
Trustee Steve Berkery
Trustee Barry Hedberg Pension
Trustee Tim Larson Pension
Todd Layfer - Executive Director
MEMBERS ABSENT:
Trustee Chris Stine (Excused)
Trustee David Peters (Excused)
Trustee Steve Tufts (Excused)
GUESTS:
Tom Stires, Retired
David Wagner, Grapevine Editor
INVOCATION & Flag Salute
Rick Godinez led the invocation. Chris Hart led
the fag salute.
RATIFICATION OF MINUTES
John Jacobsen entertained a motion to ratify
and dispense with the reading of the minutes of
the Board of Trustees meeting held December
4 2013. David Lowe so moved. Craig White
seconded. There was no further discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to ratify and dispense with
the reading of the minutes of the Board of
Trustees held December 4, 2013.
PRESIDENT REPORT
1) John Jacobsen stated that the leadership
transition was to commence. He thanked all
Trustees for their efforts and support. Juan
Albarran presented Jacobsen with a plaque
and gift thanking him for his time served as
President, Vice President and Trustee of the
Relief Association.
2) Andy Kuljis proceeded to give the Oath of
Offce to Juan Albarran and Robert Steinbacher
as President and Vice President.
VICE PRESIDENT REPORT
1) Vice President Robert Steinbacher
mentioned that they will be scheduling for the
2014 conferences. He referred to the Annual
IFEBP Conference being held in Boston, MA
and asked Trustees to let him know if they
would like to attend.
BUILDING COMMITTEE REPORT
Juan Albarran stated that they will hold a
Building Committee meeting later that day to
discuss spacing and layout issues.
INVESTMENT REPORT
Juan Albarran mentioned that they are looking
to schedule their annual meeting with Beacon
Pointe Advisors. Todd Layfer stated that the
tentative date is February 11th and will be held
at Beacon Pointe in Newport Beach.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS REPORT
1) Todd Layfer informed that there are new
Trustee Expense Vouchers for 2014. He stated
that the main difference is the reimbursable
mileage rate which is $.56 according to IRS
guidelines.
2) Todd Layfer stated that they will be having an
Audit Committee meeting on Tuesday, January
28th to plan for the 2013 audit. He stated that
Tonetta and Carlos from the Harrington Group
will meet with committee at 8:30am.
3) Todd Layfer stated that he will present the
2014 budget to the Administrative Committee
on January 22nd and then again on February
5th to the Board for adoption.
4) Todd reported on the 7470 Building and
stated that they do not yet have a frm date on
when Iolo will be moving out. He stated that
Iolo is currently in negotiations for a leased
space in Pasadena. He indicated that they are
also negotiating with other tenants on vacating
early.
ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE
REPORT
Jeff Cawdrey presented the following motions.
The committee recommends and I so move to
pay the usual and customary bills in the amount
of $1,038,757.19. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to pay the usual and customary
bills in the amount of $1,038,757.19.
The committee recommends and I so move
to pay the professional fees in the amount
of $123,532.96. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to pay the professional fees in
the amount of $123,532.96.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve an additional $2,500 in seed money
for the Buzzard Bait Event. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve an additional
$2,500 in seed money for the Buzzard Bait
Event.
The committee recommends and I so move
to reimburse a member $196 for a work party
at an injured frefghters home. There was no
discussion or objections.
LOS ANGELES FIREMENS RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
January 08, 2014
March 2014 55
Motion carried to reimburse a member $196
for a work party at an injured frefghters
home.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve up to $690 to purchase a foursome of
golf and tee sign for the Firefghters Quest
Charity Golf Tournament. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve up to $690 to
purchase a foursome of golf and tee sign
for the Firefghters Quest Charity Golf
Tournament.
The committee recommends and I so move
to block ten rooms for the annual IFEBP
Conference in Boston, MA. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to block ten rooms for the
annual IFEBP Conference in Boston, MA.
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
$5,361.60,
The Estate Planning beneft in the amount of
$2,100,
The Life & Accident Death Benefts of $24,000,
The Life & Accident Withdrawals of $2,964,
The Relief Death Benefts in the amount of
$18,000.
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
John S. Kouyoumjian
John E. Anderson
David S. Tornbom
William D. McIntyyre
ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE
James Coburn presented the following motions.
The committee recommends and I so move
to accept the donations in the amount of
$20,207.02 to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemens Fund. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to accept the donations in the
amount of $20,207.02 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 an advancement to a member
exceeding the maximum by $5K. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve an advancement to
a member exceeding the maximum by $5K.
GRAPEVINE/WEB REPORT
Chris Hart stated that the 2014 print price will
remain the same and indicated that they will
continue to work with Collective Color. He
mentioned that there will be new ad pricing for
the Grapevine taking effect January 1, 2014.
SECRETARYS REPORT
Andy stated that they had processed paperwork
for 98 frefghter deaths in 2013, 66 surviving
spouses deaths and attended more than 35
funerals. He also mentioned that they pulled a
report that shows they have 23 retired members
between the ages of 95 and 99.
EXECUTIVE SESSION
The Board entered into Executive Session at
11:16am.
The Board adjourned from Executive Session
at 11:38am.
Juan Albarran entertained a motion to approve
actions taken in Executive Session regarding a
personnel matter. David Lowe so moved. Craig
White seconded. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to approve the actions taken
in Executive Session regarding a personnel
matter.
SETTING OF DATES
1) Buzzard Bait Family Ride
January 24th 26th
2) Hook & Ladder Enduro March 22nd
3) Scholarship Program Essay April 12th
4) Corbin Bowl April 27th
5) LAFRA Reunion Pechanga
May 19th 23rd
6) Hope for Firefghters June 5th
RETIREMENT DINNERS

1) Joe Foley January 10th Warner Center
2) John Durso January 18th The Odyssey
3) Jon Holtby March 5th
Braemar Country Club
4) Greg Gibson March 11th
Odyssey Restaurant
ADJOURNMENT
Juan Albarran entertained a motion to adjourn.
Jeff Cawdrey moved. Barry Hedberg seconded.
There was no discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
Trustees meeting adjourned at 11:40 am.

Juan Albarran, President
56 March 2014
Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund
January 2014
DANIEL HATTON in memory of CLARENCE PARSONS
GEORGE A. BAUMAN in memory of my wife, ANNA MARIE BAUMAN
MOHAWK BEND
GARY L. ACKLEY
GEORGE A. BAUMAN in memory of my wife, ANNA MARIE (ANNIE) BAUMAN
ABIGAIL, EMMA & SOPHIE KNIGHT C/O JASON KNIGHT
from their piggy bank collection
THOMAS J. JEFFERS III in memory of helicopter pilots
DON CARTER & GLENN SMITH
RICHARD CORSINI/CORSINI STARK ARCHITECTS LLP
PATRICIA MILLER
RICHARD T. SARUKAI
DON R. FORREST
DANIEL LEON in memory of RICK MUNOZ & ELLIS FULLER
ESTHER E. LLOYD
PATRICIA A. LINNEWEH in memory of my father, CHARLES ZUBER
ESSEX INDUSTRIES, INC.
FIRE STATION NO. 87 from the Fire Extinguisher Fund
EVANGELINA GONZALEZ C/O NESTLE in memory of Compton
Fire Captain JAVIER L. PEREZ
WILLIE & MARILYN GEORGE in memory of our father, GERALD GEORGE
FIRE STATION NO. 72/BATTALION 17 from the Fire Extinguisher Fund
FIRE STATION NO. 69 from the Fire Extinguisher Fund
HELEN L. SCHULZ
RICHARD F. RUSH in memory of LEONARD COBB
VERA C. CATLOW in memory of my husband, JOHN CATLOW, his
brother, JIM CATLOW and your brother, GARY COOK
DORIS S. TUCKER in memory of my husband, ARNOLD E. TUCKER
JOHN L. PECEL in memory of LANE KEMPER
CHUCK & DIXIE ORMAN C/O BUCKY ORMAN in memory of
ROBERT ORMAN
HENRY O. HUIZINGA JR. in memory of JERRY ANDREW
REBECCA R. GOLDA & MYRNA K. PETERSON in memory of
ANNE MARIE BAUMAN
ALBERT C. ABEL
HENRY O. HUIZINGA JR. in memory of MORRY DENTON
JAMES R. HOLLAND in honor of ANDY KULJIS
JAMES R. HOLLAND in memory of our father, JOHN E. HOLLAND
BILL & DONNA STRICKLAND in memory of CARROLL HAPPY HOPKINS
DEAN L. LAWRENCE in memory of JOHN E. HOLLAND
JOHN M. MOORE in memory of ANNIE BAUMAN
MACIAS ENTERPRISES donation from the CHILI COOK-OFF
FIRE STATION NO. 17 from the FIRE EXTINGUISHER FUND
JAMES E. GILLUM from the SIMI VALLEY BREAKFAST CLUB
JOHN & CHRISTINA MCKILLIP in memory of CAPTAIN TONY
DIDOMENICO, ANTOINETTE DIDOMENICO & TONY DIDOMENICO JR.
GARY & MARY KLASSE in memory of JERRY ANDREW
REBECCA A. WOODEN in memory of my father CAPTAIN ROBERT WOODEN
DANIEL J. KEMP in memory of LEONARD COBB
KAREN R. HAYES in honor of GLENN L. ALLEN
BETTIE E. DUFFIN in memory of ANNA MARIE BAUMAN
LORENE HOLDSWORTH in memory of ANNE BULLARD
RICHARD E. ALLEN in memory of ANNIE BAUMAN
RICHARD PEARSON C/O UNITED WAY INC.
TERESA & BOB WILHELM in memory of JOSEPH MICHELL
ROBERT K. TINDER in memory of DAVID TORNBOM
CHARLES & ELAINE OSBORNE in memory of JERRY ANDREW
SANTA CLARITA CASTING CLUB in memory of CLAY STAPEL
JUST GIVE
RUTH TAYLOR in honor of KEN BUZZELL
LEO M. MARSHALL
JONI L. SARAGUSA in honor of GARY KLASSE -
TO A GREAT DAD & GRANDPA. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
BRIAN & LISA ALLEN in memory of ANNIE BAUMAN
LORI BAILLIE
NICK GARCIA in memory of ANNIE BAUMAN
ROBIN GARVIK in memory of ANNIE BULLARD
PEGGY GEDDIS in memory of ANNIE BAUMAN
ROGER & GLENDA GILLIS in memory of ANNIE BAUMAN
VALERIE LAWRENCE in memory of JOHN LAWRENCE
MICHAEL & CHRISTINE REGIS in memory of ANNIE BAUMAN
KATHLEEN REYNOLDS in memory of WILLIAM KRZYZEWSKI
CYNTHIA RUPP in memory of KENNY RUPP
CAROLE VASSY in memory of ISABEL MARGARET KEYS
JOSEPH & ELVIRA WILKINSON in memory of ESTHER WILKINSON
DAVID & LYN ZANDERS in memory of ANNE BULLARD
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MERCHANDISE
FOR SALE
COLLECTOR CARS. 1990 Chevy
SS454 pick-up from hell runs
perfect. Needs some TLC. Best
offer!
1979 VW Convert last year ever
made white/white/white. 780 miles
on engine. New tires on polished
porsche wheels. Best offer over
$5500. Stored inside in Palmdale.
Call Monty Majesky - retired LAFD
anytime (661) 265-6557
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
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.
REAL ESTATE
FOR SALE
EXCEPTIONALLY UNIQUE
PROPERTY!! Two homes, one
featuring 3000 sq.ft. 2 story
with basement, 1 car garage, 4
bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, large living
room, den, wood foors, newer
carpet, all new dual pane windows
and sliding doors, ceramic tile
counters in kitchen. Ceramic
foors, counters & showers in
bathrooms. Koehler tubs, sinks
and toilets though out home. Two
90% effcient forced air heaters.
The guest house, 1024 sq. ft.,
has 2 bedrooms, a loft, laundry
room, dining room, living room,
newer carpet, tile foors in kitchen
and laundry room. Wall heater. All
this and much more, must see to
appreciate how well these homes
and yard have been maintained. A
rare fnd for sure!! Gary A. Wilson,
Broker/Owner/Realtor (01139925),
(888) 856-0001
garywilson@garywilson.com
SERVICES
ALTERNATIVE & TRADITIONAL
Termite & Pest Control - ECOLA
Ecological Solutions. Smart
choices, simple solutions. Problem
solved. Call for FREE termite
estimate or pest quotes over the
phone - escrow and inspections
excluded. Fireman wife Sue Fries -
Termite Lady. (818) 652-7171.
termitelady@ecolatermite.com
BUSY BEAVER TREE AND
LANDSCAPE. Tree trimming
and removal, stumpgrinding, and
frewood sales. Mixed frewood,
eucalyptus and oak. Delivery
available or pick up. Licensed and
insured. Dwayne Kastor, FS 63-B -
(818) 535-6368.
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
Old Towne Orange. Questions or
consultation: (949)648-7875
susanpurrington@gmail.com
CRAIG SANFORD HEATING &
AIR - Free estimates, residen-
tial, commercial. Great rates for
LAFD and LAPD. Toll free (877)
891-1414, (661) 298-3070, FAX
(661) 298-3069. State License No.
527114
GARAGE DOOR INSTALLATION
& SERVICE. Garage doors and
openers. Need to replace your
broken springs? or does your
door need repair, even replaced?
We do it all from new product to
repairing old. Call (661) 860-4563
Grassroots Garage Doors, Inc.
Lic# 950020. Son of 35 year vet-
eran freman.
ITS TAX TIME AGAIN! Special-
izing in Firefghter and Paramedic
Returns, Electronic Filing avail-
able, year round bookkeeping
and accounting, business and
partnership returns, payroll. All
computerized processing with over
30 years experience. Call early
for an appointment around your
schedule. Robert Sanchez LAFD-
OCD retired (818) 367-7017, cell
(818) 216-1040.
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.
www.cathychamblissmft.com
REAL ESTATE SERVICES.
Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park,
Moorpark, Simi Valley, Camarillo,
Ventura and the San Fernando
Valley. Homes, lots, commercial
and investment properties. Over
20 years experience. Please call
me with your real estate ques-
tions and also request your activity
reports for your area. Mike Rhodes
- Prudential California Realty.
Realtor - BRE License 0177388.
LAFD retired. Cell (805) 501-6044.
Email:
2MikeRhodes@gmail.com
REBECCA MARTIN LAND-
SCAPE. Architectural landscape
design and installation. A full ser-
vice design/build landscape frm
that creates unique custom exte-
rior environments that will increase
the value of your home and bring
you years of outdoor enjoyment.
Rebecca Martin, LAFD wife. (818)
216-3637. Lic# 936577. rebecca-
martinlandscape@gmail.com
TAX ALERT FOR FIREFIGHT-
ERS. Dont lose thousands of
dollars during your professional
career to taxes! Let HEWITT
FINANCIAL GROUP prepare your
tax return. We specialize in tax
preparation and fnancial planning
for frefghters. We offer a FREE
REVIEW of your last three years
of tax returns. Call us today at
(800) 573-4829 or visit us at
www.hewittfnancial.com
WINDOWS & PATIO DOORS
- vinyl replacement windows &
Patio doors. I also carry aluminum,
wood and entry door systems.
Rick Brandelli, Capt. LACoFD, FS
8-C
(800) 667-6676.
www.GeeWindows.com
VACATION
RENTALS
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 - Sugarloaf -
Cozy upgraded 2 bedroom cabin.
Sleeps 8. Fireplace, deck, Wif -
internet and cable TV. On a large
lot with sled hill. Fully furnished
except linens. $125 Winter $100
summer. Details and availability,
call/text/email Jessica (949) 874-
5294
sugarloafcabin@cox.net sugar-
loafcabin.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,
CLASSIFIEDS
58 March 2014
boat dock. Fully equipped, includ-
ing all linens. Sleeps 6. 310-541-
8311 or email:
nmbigbear@gmail.com
CATALINA BEACH
COTTAGE - 3 bedrooms, 1
bath, one block to beach, view,
fully equipped housekeeping unit.
Marci (818) 347-6783 or Clarence
(310) 510-2721.
FABULOUS CAYUCOS
BEACH CONDO. 180-degree
ocean front view, 1 bedroom, 1
1/4 bath, living room, sofa bed,
outdoor patio ocean front view.
Morro Bay/ Hearst Castle, Central
California Area. Steps to beach
and fshing pier. Nearby public golf
& tennis. Weekly or monthly. Con-
tact Sondra (818) 985-9066.
JUNE LAKE CABIN - 2BR/2BA
cabin with Carson Peak view.
Close to fshing & skiing. Fur-
nished, wood deck, equipped
kitchen, wood burning stove, tree
swing, cable /DVD/phone. Garage/
ample parking. $95/night plus
cleaning fee. Email for pictures.
Jeff Easton 93-A (805) 217-5602.
junebound@gmail.com
LAKE ARROWHEAD BLUE JAY
CABIN. Charming 2-story with
creek, large deck, two baths,
complete kitchen, TV/VCR/DVD,
freplace, washer & dryer. Walk to
Blue Jay Village. Sleeps 8. $90/
night. NO PETS! Bruce or Sue
Froude, (805) 498-8542.
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.
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 NACIMIENTO. Oak Shores
gated community. 3 bedroom, 2
1/2 bath, large loft. 3minute drive
to main marina in Oak Shores.
Large fat driveway. Fully equipped
kitchen, BBQ, washer/dryer, TV/
DVD. No cable. No pets/smoking.
$185/night. 3 night minimum. Call
Ben (805) 444-2264.
MAMMOTH - 1 bedroom Sum-
mit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient
underground garage parking.
Jacuzzis, gym (pool/tennis in
summertime), shuttle right outside!
Across from Eagle Lodge, Winter
$110 per night, Summer $80 per
night plus $65 cleaning fee and
13% tax. All linens included. Drew
or Nancy Oliphant (661) 513-2000
or email
mammoth241@aol.com
MAMMOTH CONDO. 1 Bed/ 1.25
Bath sierra manors condo. In town,
on shuttle route. Sleeps 4 easily.
Pets OK. Fully furnished with new
furniture/HDTV/WIFI Woodburning
freplace. Hot Tub, sauna, W/D in
complex. Reduced rates for FFs
starting @100/nt
oldtownmammothcondo.owner-
networks.com
mammothmtncondo@yahoo.
com
Ryan (310) 717 8483 for more
info/ rates
MAMMOTH CONDO. 2 bedroom,
2 bath, sleeps 6. Near Canyon
Lodge. Newly remodeled recre-
ation room with pool and spa.
Laundy facilities, condo has been
beautifully remodeled. Photos
available on website. Winter -
$300 per night, Summer - $150
per night. $150 cleaning fee. Call
for holiday terms and pricing.
Joseph Angiuli (626) 497-5083.
www.discoveryfour.com
MAMMOTH CONDO - CHAMO-
NIX. 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. Win-
ter $175 weekdays, $195-week-
ends/holidays; 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 AT MAM-
MOTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA,
sleeps 10, fully furnished, 2
TVs, DVDs, WiFi, towels/linens,
freplace. Full kitchen. Walk to
Gondola Village and shuttle. Com-
plex has pool, spa, sauna, laundry.
Winter $335/night, Summer $215/
night, plus cleaning. Includes city
bed tax. No pets, no smoking.
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 rental. Large
2bed/2bath winterset condo. Fully
furnished, across from Vons, on
shuttle route, easily sleeps 8. Hot
tub, heated pool, sauna, full size
in unit W/D HDTV/WiFi through-
out, woodburning freplace, pets
OK FIREFIGHTER DISCOUNTS,
rates from $150/night
facebook.com/mammothmtn-
condo@yahoo.com
Ryan @ (310) 717-8483
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
bedroom, extremely charming
wildfower condo. Full amenities,
close to shuttle. Antiques, art,
satellite TV, freplace. Sleeps 4.
Winter $110, Summer $85 plus
cleaning fees. Call Bill Clark (818)
371-6722
Email: shakesong@aol.com
MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed,
sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR,
DVD. Garage parking. Walk to
Canyon Lodge. Ski back wall. 2
night minimum. Winter $100/nite,
$126 Fri, Sat & Holidays. Summer
$50/nite. Plus $95 cleaning &
linens. Jeff & Lisa Moir. LAFD Air
Ops (661) 254-5788.
MAMMOTH 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.
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.thecottageonever-
greenlane.com
Call 888-977-1006
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 that sleeps 4.
Lanai/balcony, full kitchen, king
bed, fat screen TVs/DVD, ACs
free WiFi (internet), complimentary
maid service, complimentary cof-
fee every morning and breakfast
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on Fridays. Special frefghters
discount - Best value in West
Maui! Nice pool & BBQ area -
Close to beach! (800) 336-2185
www.napilivillage.com
Don Sprenger - retired LAFD
(949) 548-5659
PALM DESERT-3 bed/2bath,
one level. New re-model, fully
furnished w/linens. Cable TV/
DVR, Private Patio, BBQ,
Laundry, Garage, Gated Com-
munity, two (Pools, Jacuzzis,
Tennis Courts). Near College of
the Desert. $175 Dan Cook 310
418 1577.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE Ro-
mantic 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
VEHICLES
LUXURY RV FOR RENT. New
class A 40 motorhome. Sleeps
8, bunk beds, 4 slides, 4 TVs,
fully loaded. $270/day (with
active/retired frefghter/police
discount), includes cleaning fee
and unlimited miles. 3-day mini-
mum, tow dolly available. Get
more, pay less. Call Shawn,
LAFD. (888) 540-4835.
www.ocdreamrv.com
OTHER
12 DUMP TRAILER. $85/
day. Contact Gregg Avery,
FS 98-A. (805) 320-8311
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