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17TH ANNUAL BUZZARD BAIT FAMILY FUN RIDE
Thanks to a crew of hard core supporters, this years event
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LAFD History
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Minutes of the Board of Trustees ..............................................................55
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Many businesses advertise in the Grapevine. This does not mean that LAFRA endorses these
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pril is a month that has many deadlines. April 1st is the
first (and last) day for foolish pranks and jokes. April
10th is the final day to pay your property taxes. By April
15th our income taxes are due. Last but not least, April 30th is
the last day to enroll or make changes to your LAFRA Medi-
cal Plan benefits. Everyone will be receiving the Open Enroll-
ment Guide in your mailbox soon. Please read the information
provided and make the best decision for you and your family. If
you have any questions, please call LAFRA Member Services
at (323) 259-5222.
One our most valued relationships is with the Los
Angeles Retired Fire and Police Association. They are a great
resource for current pension information, fun social events and
general information that is important for retirees and eventual
retirees. I recommend that you join as soon as you are eligible
(all retired members and active members with 20 years on the
job are eligible). The dues are nominal ($5.00 per month) and
they use the funds in a very prudent and retiree focused man-
ner. In this months issue, LAFPP board member Art Placencia
provides an informative article detailing the benefts of being a
member of this great association. A special
thanks to Bill Quinn, Bob Olsen, and Lee
Kebler who are LAFRAs direct link to
LAFPP. These members consistently attend
not only our LAFRA events but very often
attend our regular meetings as well.
Please remember to sign up for the
LAFRA/Pechanga reunion. The dates and
info are on page 28 of this issue. We have
lots of activities planned including a Wine
Trolley Tour, a Golf Journey and a hosted
Pizza and beer dinner. Come out and make
new friends or get caught up with your old
pals.
I would like to welcome Tyler
Tomich to the Board as our newest trustee.
Tyler works at F.S. 10. He has young kids
at home that keep him and his wife Syndia
busy. In spite of this Tyler has found time to
work as a trustee for your LOS ANGELES FIREMENS RELIEF
ASSOCIATION. It is a testament to his volunteerism and a com-
mitment to help others. We can all afford to give some of our time
to a worthwhile cause in between our many SOD days.
Thank you for your support,
Juan Albarran
(323) 259-5200
president@lafra.org
P.S.
Active and Retired members keep an eye out for a very moderate
increase in your LAFRA Relief dues.
Juan had the honor of presenting
the retirement badge to John Holtby
at his dinner on March 5, 2014.
6 April 2014
T
hings were looking a little iffy this
year for the Buzzard Bait event, with
new management at Ocotillo Wells State
Off Road Park, but we were able to change
the dates (from the same weekend weve had
for the last 16 years) and keep most everyone
happy. We still had a great turn out though, just
not as many as years past. We would like to
thank the Hard Core supporters that came out
for this years family event we couldnt do it
without you!
This year we changed the theme a
little bit. There were still the clues to fgure
out but when riders got to the designated sites,
we had guys dressed up like card dealers who
presented the riders with poker hands. We had a
lot of great prizes donated by a number of busi-
nesses and individual families. Thank you very
much for your support.
We had two frsts this year. There
was not even one injury reported WOW!
Good job! And in the youngest rider award
category we had a tie we had two riders, a boy
and a girl, who were both fve years old. I guess
we are getting soft in our old age because we
gave each of them a prize.
As per tradition, the oldest rider from
last year brought back our Old Buzzard tro-
phy and we awarded it to someone new (OLD).
I think he was 72 years old - sorry if I got that
wrong, Im getting old.
One of our LACoFD friends got his
mega motor home stuck, AGAIN! But this has
become a tradition now for many years (I love
tradition). His family name makes him an III,
but now after this year he should be a V.
This was year 17 for the event.
As life goes on things change. Many of our
participants are now retired but they have been
coming out since the beginning. And its great
to see all the new families coming out with
their kids, just like we did years ago. This
provides us with a whole new pool of partici-
pants.
April 2014 7
8 April 2014
The purpose of this event is to get
Fire Department families together to have
fun tell stories (lies) and raise money for the
Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens
Fund. Everyone this year was VERY gener-
ous and we were able to give a nice donation to
the Widows and Orphans. Thank you everyone
who came out and we hope to see you all again
next year.
April 2014 9
could be quickly transported to UCLA Medi-
cal Center.
Five days after the accident, Bull-
ock and Crowley visited the family and
friends of Offcer Ortiz at UCLA. They
were moved by the outpouring of support
and accolades they received for their valiant
efforts. After spending time with Mrs. Ortiz,
they were escorted into Offcer Ortizs hospital
room where they paid their respects and wishes
for a full recovery.
Eight days later Offcer Ortiz passed
away as a result of his injuries. While the death
of Offcer Ortiz has weighed heavily on the
minds of both Captain Crowley and A/O Bull-
ock, it must be noted that their quick and deci-
sive actions clearly gave him the best chance
for survival.
Captain Kristin Crowley and Appa-
ratus Operator Hollyn Bullock were awarded
Special Commendations for performing an act
during emergency conditions requiring initia-
tive and ability worthy of recognition.
Special Commendations Recipient
A/O Hollyn Bullock
Special Commendations Recipient
Captain Kristin Crowley
O
n the morning of June 9. 2010, Divi-
sion 2 companies responded to a three
vehicle accident on the northbound
405 Freeway at National Boulevard.
First on-scene LAFD members were
off-duty A/O Hollyn Bullock and Captain Kris-
tin Crowley. They were driving north on the
405 and pulled over to assist the injured civil-
ians and CHP Motorcycle Offcer Philip Ortiz,
who was in traumatic full arrest.
The accident scene presented Crow-
ley and Bullock with signifcant challenges:
a multi-patient, three vehicle accident with a
vehicle rollover, and a patient (Offcer Ortiz)
ejected into the rear window of the front ve-
hicle. With an active fuel spill, heavy traffc on
the freeway, and glass and debris throughout
the scene, they extricated Offcer Ortiz from
underneath the debris in the front vehicle and
initiated CPR and other measures, along with
another off-duty private EMT.
When LAFD rescue vehicles arrived,
A/O Bullock and Captain Crowley made a
seamless transfer of care so that Offcer Ortiz
10 April 2014
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April 1 - April 30, 2014
Look for enrollment details in the mail.
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At the Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association, we are committed
to bringing you health care and other benefits that you can count
on. We are dedicated to providing excellent service and design our
benefits by focusing on the needs of our members.
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April 2014 11
Engine 3 handles an auto
fre on the on-ramp to the
10 Fwy on 2/12/14.
Photo by Yvonne Griffn
Jethro David Lake and was born Sep-
tember 14th 2013. He weighed 7 lbs, 4 ounces
and was 21 inches long. Congratulations to Da-
vid (FS 52-C) and Darby on their new edition.
On 3/8/14, Fire 5 hoisted an injured hiker
out of Bronson Canyon
Sign Up During Open Enrollment
April 1 - April 30, 2014
Look for enrollment details in the mail.
FOR MORE INFORMATION call 323.259.5200 x222 or x223
Visit us at www.lafra.org
At the Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association, we are committed
to bringing you health care and other benefits that you can count
on. We are dedicated to providing excellent service and design our
benefits by focusing on the needs of our members.
Coverage is available nationwide through our extensive PPO network
or use any service provider
Preventive care is covered at 100%
All co-pays are waived during the first 30 days following a covered
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12 April 2014
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What Is The...
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The brain child of Ted Bailie,
retired from the LAFD and LAFRA,
your stations Extinguisher Fund is a
simple way to collect donations for the
Widows, Orphans and Disabled Fire-
mens Fund. Ted saw the accumulation
of change that the cook dumped into
the mess fund box each shift and had a
better idea. If this change was instead
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The Widows, Orphans & Dis-
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families who are faced with personal
diffculties and tragedies. Donations are
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Firefghters risk their lives
to protect the community on a daily
basis. Thus, they and their families can
be comforted in knowing that the Fire
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Widows, Orphans & Disabled Fire-
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of need.
Since EMS 10 Captain Shapiro
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members are borrowing his sedan during the
On 2/7/14, LF90, RA881 and 903 handled a three car collision at Woodley Ave and Roscoe
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Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
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him out with the tractor/trailer rig shown in the
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April 2014 15
Chief Featherstone and the USC marching band
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Photo by Ralf Cheung, Daily Trojan
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Greetings from the Battalion that
never sleeps!
Jamzilla? . . . Really? . . . This was
the best name the media could come up with
for the latest diabolical freeway altering cha-
os?! Well fortunately this time the LAFD man-
agement didnt go absolutely nuts and send an
inordinate amount of precious resources nor-
mally needed to run daily calls, to instead go
and sit in pre-designated zones and . . . do noth-
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theyll come up with? Auto-geddon? Or maybe
Apo-car-lypse?
Congratulations to both the captains
candidates and the frefghter class thats cur-
rently in the tower. Some of the captains can-
didates that have scored well are going through
CORE classes right now, hopefully in prepa-
ration for their soon-to-be promotion and next
assignment. And with the FF class graduation
we will probably see the return of the almighty
D.O.R. I wonder if were going to stick to the
old-fashioned paper D.O.Rs or if theyll get us
a new computer program? My guess is that it
will be on the portal to fll out, but youll still
have to print a copy every day, thereby wasting
the paper you were saving by putting it on the
computer . . . similar to the daily F-11 that gets
printed 10-25 times and the three sets of cop-
ies of thweather report and On-Duty Chiefs list
sent every morning. To both groups, my sincer-
est, Good Luck and youll probably be meet-
ing each other soon in the very near future.
I was thinking about some of the ar-
ticles that have made it into the Grapevine and
what I could do to help ease some of the pain
or embarrassment of having your name show
up in the stories (besides just doing the right
thing) where 1) your name will show up but in
a different context because you did something
good, or 2) youll acknowledge that you per-
formed some buffoonery and youll cease to
continue those actions. Since we will continue
to have stories, maybe I could try and use some
sort of softener - a kinder, more gentle story-
telling. Since one of the newest trends is social
media and we often see run-on sentences (be-
sides the ones used here) linked together with a
simple #, I got to thinking that this may be the
way to go. Maybe we can try it out...
Moving on . . . I was very happy to see
that somebody fnally used one of my sugges-
tions of New Years resolutions. #10) When
in need of a driver, call an already overworked
800 to do your job (#wellactuallycaptainhilldi
ditafewweeksearlier,butthatsnotthisstory). Re-
cently Engine and RA79 responded to an early
morning call in the north end of their massive
district. Arriving on-scene they fnd a patient
with a psych history that wants to be trans-
ported to the hospital. After a full and complete
patient evaluation including vitals, this patient
that still wants to be transported to the hospital,
but meets no ALS criteria. So now what? Yep,
you guessed it! Of course we transport them .
. . just not on RA79s gurney . . . no,no,no. We
do whats best for the patient and call out an
800 ambulance. In their defense, it is 4:45am
and since the closest 800, RA 864, has probably
already been up all night, it only makes sense to
have them stay up so that RA 79 can get back
to their warm beds down in Batt. 6. The crazier
part of this to me is that RA 79 could literally
see the hospital from their location. No, not like
you can see downtown L.A on a clear day, but
more like you can see the hospital because after
loading the patient up, closing the back doors,
and transporting them
to the MAR, it would
only have taken a total
of three minutes. Yes,
it was that close! Im
pretty sure theres a
policy written about
BLS transporting if
the closest ALS is fur-
ther than the transport
time, and Im pretty
sure this falls under
the same guidelines
( #spi r i t of t hel aw) .
So anyway, RA 864
drove non-emergency
to 79s district, loaded
up the patient, drove
48 seconds to the
MAR, transferred the
patient to a hospital
bed and transferred
care, and drove back
to their own district
to fnish out the shift,
and wait for relief.
Just the story I heard
. . .
If youve
worked at 65s lately
then you may have
seen some strange
sightings (no, not the
sightings like a park-
ing yard free of per-
sonal projects, boats,
RVs, and extra cars.)
An actual sighting
into the next world.
Apparently, Assess-
ment Engine 65 was
sent to a DB-Obvi-
ous Death. As they
arrived on-scene, the
nice elderly home-
owner met them at
the door and she told
them that the body
was upstairs in bed. Our heroes trudge upstairs
with all their proper equipment for determining
death and to their confusion, there was no one
in the bed. They asked the homeowner to show
them exactly where the victim was located. She
came up to the room, pointed at the bed, and
frmly stated, Hes right there, dont you see
him? Since they were looking at a clean, nice-
ly made bed, with no one in it, the attention is
quickly turned to the mental status of the lady.
After determining her level of consciousness
and that she was actually more capable of mak-
ing decisions than some of our leadership, they
really delve into this story. The crew asks some
additional questions and fnds out that she be-
lieves there is a stubborn ghost that wont leave
her bed. As much as shes tried, he wont
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leave and she just wants to sleep in her bed.
Fortunately, for her, the crew that showed up
that day was Poltergeist certifed. With a few
well timed chants and politely directed shouts
for the ghost to leave - he wasnt welcome here
anymore - they confrmed with a visual on the
TIC/Ghost view-fnder and a quick sweep
with the 17-Gas meter/Ghost moan enhancer
that he was gone. Interestingly, when Metro
was notifed that LAPD could be cancelled and
there was no patient found, the call-back from
the department issued cell phone because there
werent any call takers available came from
inside that very house (#Ishouldvesavedthis
foraHalloweenstory). Im sure theres going
to be a new category for the infamous call-
taker cards. Also curious what the response
algorithm will be for this. B/C, Dr. Scott, and
closest certifed Ghostbusters? Hey you soon
to be captains, maybe a perfect 3-whole score
question?
Finally, over at 57s, most of the A
shift spent a day watching the Nat-Geo channel
and decided to walk-the-walk and set up a true
outdoorsman weekend. They fnally settled on
a ranch where they could fre up their primal in-
stincts and bring home a wild boar or two. The
dates were set, manly gear was rounded up and
packed, and manly men went on the excursion.
A good time was had by all and when they got
back to civilization they decided to treat some
of their fellow city-slicker workers to some real
homemade sausage that was packaged right
there on the ranch from a fresh kill. As time
went on, more stories were told to the ones that
werent there by the ones that were. As it turns
out, what was supposed to be, what happens
on the ranch, stays on the ranch, got into the
fre station and became, what happens on the
ranch . . . is now everybodys busi-
ness. Seems as if one of the biggest
hunters of the group, and the pro-
vider of the sausage for the station,
took down a good sized boar . . . at
the watering trough. Now Im not a
big hunter, but that kinda seems like
it might be a little too easy and not
very manly. Oh well, at least I hear
the sausage was tasty. (#backtothetv
chairstowatchmoreAlaska:TheLastF
rontier). Jjust what I heard . . .
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, fg-
ure out which formula to use before
the media gets ahold of it, you get
out what you put in, FI-1, read the
label, if youre tired sleep in, when
in need of a driver call an already
overworked 800 to do your job,
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, when you have the opportunity
to do the right thing, take the EIT spot instead!,
and fnally, a # makes everything seem much
nicer.
Keep sending your stories to watts-
fre@gmail.com
Firefghters rescued a construction
worker from a 16-foot deep trench.
LAFD Photo by Harry Garvin
22 April 2014
FS 64 members raise a fag for the family of retired Captain Carroll
Hopkins who passed away on 2/27/14.
Battalion 13 frefghters overhaul a structure
fre at 6715 McKinley Ave on 2/24/14.
Photo by Yvonne Griffn
April 2014 23
Engine 102 represented
the LAFD at the dedica-
tion of the new baseball
stadium at Notre Dame
High School.
Photo by Dave Blaire
89s assisted this bicyclist after he was struck by an auto at
Laurel Canyon Bl and Kittridge.
Photo by Juan Guerra, juanguerra.smugmug.com
On 2/1/14, a child had a TV fall on his head. An air ambulance
was called for with a landing site at NoHo Park near 60s.
Photos by Mike Meadows
24 April 2014
Firefghters arrived to the 21000 block of Los
Alimos to fnd heavy smoke billowing from
the top foor of a two story house.
Photo by Greg Doyle
Engine 103 and LF 87 responded to a hit
and run auto vs hydrant on 2/23/14.
Photo by Greg Doyle
April 2014 25
A bus driver and fve passengers suffered
injuries in a head-on collision on 3/6/14 at
Vanowen St near Winnetka.
Photo by Juan Guerra,
juanguerra.smugmug.com
Companies handled a greater alarm
fre in a two-story commercial in the
18500 block of Ventura Bl.
Photo by Mike Meadows
26 April 2014
Send your stories and photos directly to your Battalion News writer
or to the editor at editor@lafra.org
Engine 61 assisted LA County on a
2nd alarm fre at 8430 Santa Monica
Blvd on 2/18/14.
Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
Firefghters hoist equipment to over-
haul an apartment unit at 2233 Ridgeley
Dr. on 3/1/14.
Photo by Yvonne Griffn
Light Force 94 assists SoCal Gas with
a leak on Don Lorenzo Drive on 3/6/14.
Photo by Yvonne Griffn
Battalion 18 companies work a T/A on
King Blvd on 3/6/14.
Photo by Yvonne Griffn
April 2014 27
M
y local
news-
paper
carried, what I
thought, was an
interesting but
forgotten WWII
story of the sinkin
of the USAT
Dorchester. This
ship was an Army
transport, sunk
off the coast of
Greenland, in February 1943, after being torpe-
doed by a German submarine. There were 902
American servicemen were on board, only 230
survived the attack.
The torpedo struck the fank of the
ship where it exploded in the boiler room.
Panic spread throughout the ship as everyone
desperately tried to reach the deck to see
how bad it was. When the order came to
abandon ship all of the life jackets had
been exhausted. However, four Army
chaplains on board took off their life
jackets and gave it to those who didnt
have one.
The four chaplains then locked
arms, bowed their heads in prayer and
went down with the ship. George Fox was
a Methodist minister, John Washington, a
Catholic priest, Alexander Goode, a Jewish
rabbi and Clark Poling, a Dutch Reformed min-
ister.
These brave men, who lost their
lives on the Dorchester, have become memo-
rialized forever in U.S. military history. The
chaplains were awarded the Purple Heart and
Distinguished Cross medals in 1944 and later, a
Medal of Valor and Special Medal for Heroism
by the U.S. Congress.
A postage stamp honoring them was
issued in 1948 and stained glass windows de-
picting their faces were installed at the Penta-
gon, West Point and the National Cathedral in
Washington, D.C. There is also a local display
in their honor aboard the Queen Mary in Long
Beach.
In 1988, Congress declared Febru-
ary 3rd as Four Chaplains Day, but it again
slipped by this year with hardly a mention by
the media.
The only news that seems to reach the
front pages these days are the ongoing antics and
misconduct of our local, state and federal politi-
cians. Our senses are practically numbed by the
buffoonery that has become the accepted
behavior of those we elect.
The Four Chaplains remind of us
of the heroism, bravery and compassion that
seemed a common day occurrence during our
parents generation, with little fanfare or media
hype.
Lets never forget the Four
Chaplains.
COWBOY HUMOR
A circus owner
ran an ad for a lion
tamer and two peo-
ple showed up to
be interviewed for
the job. One was a
retired freman, in
his late sixties and
the other was a gor-
geous blonde in her
mid-twenties.
The circus owner sat them down and
explained, Im not goin to sugar-coat it. This
is one ferocious lion. He ate my last tamer, so
you two had better be good or youll be history.
Heres your equipment; a chair, a whip and a
gun. Who wants to try out frst?
The young woman says, Ill go
frst. She walks past the chair, the whip and
the gun and steps right into the lions cage. The
lion notices her and starts to snarl and pant. He
roars and begins to charge her. About halfway
there the blonde throws open her coat, revealin
her beautiful bikini-clad body.
The lion stops dead in his tracks,
drops down on his belly and sheepishly crawls
up to her. He starts licking her feet and ankles.
He continues to lick and kiss her feet and
ankles for several minutes and then rests his
head at her feet.
The circus owners jaw dropped to
foor. He said, Ive never seen a display like
that in my life. He then turns to the retired
freman and asks, Can you top that?
The tough ol smoke-eater replied,
No problem. Just get that lion out of there.
KEEP SMILIN!
AC
choppedup@att.net
George Fox
Alexander Goode Clark Poling John Washington
28 April 2014
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D
o you belong to the Los Angeles Re-
tired Fire & Police Association? Re-
tired members of both departments are
eligible, but active members with 20 years of
service are also eligible for membership. The
Association urges and welcomes these mem-
bers. The purpose of the organization is to
operate a social welfare organization on a non-
profit, non-sectarian, non-political basis for the
pensioners of the Los Angeles Fire and Police
Departments, their spouses, widows, widow-
ers, and dependent parents or children.
Now, the big question - what do you
get out of it as a member? Well, for starters the
Association publishes a quarterly newsletter to
keep the membership informed. A roster book
is published every other year. With this roster
book one can keep track of old partners and
friends. The Association also sponsors an an-
nual barbecue each June and a Christmas party
in December. Both of these events are at a very
nominal cost to those attending. They are well
attended and there are some great prizes!!
I am a one of 16 directors of the
LARFPA - eight representing retired police of-
fcers and eight representing retired fre person-
nel. While recruiting for new members, I found
out that after offcers retired they didnt submit
a deduction card to the pension department
for the fve dollars a month deduction. They
thought they were still members because they
received a Thin Blue Line in the mail, from a
completely separate organization! Some were
not sure if they belonged to the Association,
because they signed so many papers when they
retired. Those were a few of the reasons; once I
explain about LARFPA they usually join.
Once while recruiting I was talking
to a police retiree regarding joining the LARF-
PA. When I told him the monthly dues were $5
he asked me, What does the Association do
for my dues? I couldnt believe his question -
I would have thought hed ask, Is that all the
dues are?
I retired from the Police Department
after 39 years but I promise to serve all retir-
ees to the best of my ability, but you have to
realize I was a cop a long time. Most of my
retirees friends are police offcers, but I have a
bond with the fre department - my 1st cousin
Ralph Ramirez retired with the rank of Battal-
ion Chief.
So, those of you who are already
members of LARFPA - Thank you! You al-
ready realize the importance of being a mem-
ber. You already know that the strength of any
association or organization is the membership.
Our board members will do all that is possible
to stay on top of current issues concerning re-
tirees and getting it out to the membership. For
those of you who are not members What are
you waiting for?
Remember, when you separate from
the fre and police departments, youre no lon-
ger a part of it. Youre a retiree who is now
spending more time with your grand children,
doing with them what you couldnt do with
your own children. Youre taking trips, enjoy-
ing life to the fullest, and spending your hard
earned pension.
I guarantee that when youre retired
for a short time youll want to contact a past
partner or friend that you lost touch with. How
great would it be to just open your LARFPA
roster book and fnd that friend?
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32 April 2014
BRUSH FIRE
VAN NUYS
Photos by Greg Doyle
On February 15, 2014, Battalion 10
companies handled a two acre grass
and brush fre near the model airplane
airfeld in the Sepulveda basin.
April 2014 33
RIVER RESCUE
CYPRESS PARK
Photos by Ryan Ling, SoCalFirePhoto.com
Firefghters rescued two men and two dogs stranded in the LA River as a storm hammered SoCal on February 28, 2014. Firefghters arrived
to the 1500 block of San Fernando Road where they found two adult males, along with two pit bull dogs, holding onto a fallen tree in waist
deep cold water that was moving approximately 15 mph. Two LAFD helicopters responded, however due to power-lines over the rescue
site a hoist operation proved too dangerous. A team of technical swift water rescue frefghters then entered the river, setting up a techni-
cal rescue operation with rope systems, and provided the victims life vests and helmets. Multiple other rescue sites were strategically
prepared in the event the victims foated downstream. In an effort to assist in the rescue, the victims held tight to their large aggressive
dogs while frefghters saved them.
34 April 2014
LITTER BASKET OPERATION
LAKEVIEW TERRACE
Photos by Mike Meadows and Doc DeMulle, The Foothills Paper
On February 15, 2014, a woman riding in the Hanson Dam Rec.
area was thrown from her horse near Sheldon St. Fellow riders
carried her to the base of a large concrete abutment close to 60
feet high. Engine 24 and Task Force 74 set up the aerial for a
litter basket operation and the woman, after being treated for a
broken leg and other injuries, was placed in the litter basked and
lifter to the road above. She was taken to Holy Cross Hospital.
April 2014 35
TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
PACOIMA
Photos by Mike Meadows
On February 22, 2014, Task Force 98, Engines
91 and 87 responded to a traffc accident on
the W/B 118 Freeway at San Fernando Road.
They found a total of fve cars involved with a
rollover. Four patients were transported.
36 April 2014
April 2014 37
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38 April 2014
A
member of the
Los Angeles
Fire Depart-
ment received this
years California State
Firefighters Associa-
tion Training Officer
of the Year Award on
Tuesday, February 18,
2014. Captain II Jack
Fry was acknowl-
edged and received this years honor. The
award was presented at the Fire Service Appre-
ciation Night on the U.S.S. Midway as part of
the Firehouse World Conference in San Diego.
Its a great tribute and shows the pride and re-
spect Captain Fry has earned for his continual
efforts in the areas of hazardous materials and
homeland security.
Dedication and Determination
Jack Fry is one of the most giving
and caring frefghters in the fre service, hav-
ing touched the lives of so many people across
the state of California. His impact has been far
reaching, extending well beyond his LAFD
roots. His infuence and inspiration has reached
thousands of frefghters and fellow frst re-
sponders from San Diego to the Oregon bor-
der. He has mentored and instructed thousands
of frst responders, military personnel, college
students, and career frefghters for more than
three decades of service and dedication.
Jack is a current member of FIRE-
SCOPE which is a program intended to com-
plete the legislative attempt to unify various
fre agencies together into one voice and direc-
tion. This is where Jack devotes a great deal of
time and energy. The synergy created by these
diverse fre agencies truly provides valuable
input to the Secretary of the California Emer-
gency Management Agency (Cal EMA) in ad-
dressing the future of fre/rescue services in
California and assures excellent representation
for the continued development of FIRESCOPE
products.
Jacks recent work in this arena in-
cludes being Chair of the FIRESCOPE Hazmat
Committee and the National Team Typing
Committee. His efforts in resource typing
helped to enhance emergency readiness and
response at all levels of government. His ef-
forts, especially as Chair, helped to facilitate an
already overwhelmed jurisdiction to augment
its response resources during an incident. This
experience helped Jack enhance critical fre-
fghter safety issues statewide.
Effectiveness and Leadership
Jack has over 33 years of service with
the LAFD and has been a captain for more than
21 years. He has held the ranks of Firefghter
Paramedic, Captain I, and Captain II, working
throughout the city on various assignments and
details.
Frys current assignment takes him
into the world of intelligence. He is assigned
to the Joint Regional Intelligence Center lo-
cated in Norwalk, California. This assignment
requires him to develop, maintain, coordinate
and train members for all fre, public health,
law enforcement, and non-government orga-
nizations in seven counties on the Terrorism
Liaison Offcer (TLO) Program. This involves
effectively training and sharing information
with frst responders within a seven county
region which includes San Luis Obispo, Santa
Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardi-
no, Riverside and Orange. Jacks focus is on
safety, while developing guidelines for State,
local and private organizations.
Jack has actively sought out extra re-
sponsibilities that not only impact the LAFD
but other fre agencies as well. For instance,
in May 2011, Jacks experience and skills as
an instructor were requested when a Military
Tanker Boeing 707 crashed and slid off the run-
way in Point Mugu. The aircraft was carrying
150,000 pounds of fuel - turning the emergency
response into a large scale hazardous materi-
als incident. Jack just happened to be returning
from a teaching assignment in Northern Cali-
fornia and was contacted by his professional
colleagues outside the fre department asking
for his advice on how to off load the remaining
fuel in the swamp like terrain. Jack spent the
next two days, without compensation, assist-
ing with the unique, multifaceted, diffcult, and
hazardous off-loading operation.
On several occasions the United
States Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton has
asked Jack to provide training for their military
personnel prior to being deployed overseas.
Due to budgetary issues and time constraints,
Jack made arrangements to provide training to
the military at his own expense. This required
putting together a cadre of specially trained
volunteers who would donate their time, equip-
ment, and materials to ensure the military
members got trained prior to deployment.
This training focused on hazardous
materials which, because of their chemical,
physical, or biological nature, pose a potential
April 2014 39
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risk to life, health, or property when released.
Based on the threat, Jack thought he would do
whatever he could to ensure the military was
prepared to handle consequence management
due to terrorism based hazardous materials in-
cident.
Community Involvement
The economic climate and challeng-
ing times for our public education prompted
Jack to run for the Fallbrook Union Elementary
School District Board of Education. His ap-
pointment to the Board provided him with the
opportunity to confront the tough challenges
the school system faced. By working collegial-
ly to overcome some dynamic obstacles, Jack
drew upon his teaching background, harness-
ing his incident command abilities, to establish
some common goals and set forth a strategy to
transform an educational vision into reality.
Jack has distinguished himself in
the area of training and education because he
is excited and passionate about safety. He has
completed numerous State Fire Marshal, Haz-
ardous Materials, and Terrorism courses to en-
hance his skills in organizational leadership.
He is currently the lead hazardous materials in-
structor for the California Specialized Training
Institute responsible for all the hazmat special-
ists series courses for the past six years.
Several years ago, Jack was recog-
nized as the Hazardous Materials Instructor
of the Year for his continued efforts training
fre service, military, and private sector person-
nel. Each year the hazardous materials com-
munity recognizes a fre instructor whose acts
and deeds as an instructor serve as an example
to the profession, their department, their com-
munity and their peers alike. Jack is known
for his ongoing commitment to the fre service
and hazardous materials feld by teaching and
encouraging others to progress and to pursue
excellence. Jack has played a key role in cre-
ating and promoting innovations in hazardous
materials training, homeland security through
his terrorism course development, and with his
FIRESCOPE efforts supporting and educating
frst responders.
For Jacks ongoing and continued ef-
forts, he is a worthy recipient of the CSFA 12th
Annual Training Offcer of the Year Award. He
has a positive image that has been acknowl-
edged throughout the state of California for his
innovative teaching style, outstanding perfor-
mance, and his effectiveness as an instructor.
His attention to detail, mentoring ability, and
teaching expertise demonstrates his commit-
ment to the fre service, to the community, and
to the students, putting him in an elite class of
professionalism. The LAFD is proud to recog-
nize and honor his devotion and teaching per-
formance during the past 33 years.
40 April 2014
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April 2014 41
T
he handball players from Fire Station 69
made their second attempt to dethrone
Fire Station 92 as the number one hand-
ball house on the LAFD. Fire Station 92 has
held the title for more than two years. With four
members ranked in the top 20 on the Depart-
ment Ladder, including Chris Yokoyama - the
Department Singles Champion, and Ryan Car-
los and Joseph Steiner - the current Department
Doubles Champions, they have a dominant
team.
Team 69, lead by Tati Silveyra,
appeared to have the talent to mount a strong
challenge against Team 92, however the cham-
pions exhibited the pride that has allowed
them to maintain the crown for so long. The
format of the challenge was best three matches
out of fve; with three doubles and two singles
matches. Team 92 swept Team 69 by winning
the frst three matches: Joe Steiner and Chad
Rolish, known as the Tatoo Panthers, defeat-
ed Kevin Egizi and Dennis Hain. Jared Cooper
and Craig Nielsen defeated Ronnie Munoz and
Billy Barrera. And Chris Yokoyama defeated
Alan Black.
If you would like to see the
Department Handball Trophy, it is permanently
mounted at Fire Station 92. Rumor has it that
Fire Station 66 will be the next challengers,
with Trevor Insley, Casey Glynn, Johnathan
Stevens, John Garnica and Alex Garcia quickly
moving up within the ranks of LAFD players.
The winner of the Golden Masters
Division of the fall singles handball tourna-
ment was fnally settled with retiree Jesus
Pasos defeating Joseph Castro for the title.
UPCOMING TOURNAMENT
Start preparing for the Spring Dou-
bles Tournament. It will be starting in early
April. This will be the frst tournament coor-
dinated by the new commissioner, Chris Yo-
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website, for additional tax return preparer requirements.
44 April 2014
uth M. Miller
always kept a
special place
in her heart for firefighters.
She and her husband, John,
also known as Jack, had a
wonderful marriage and were
truly soul mates. One of the
things she loved and admired
about Jack was his career as a
firefighter and captain.
It was one of the frst things she
would talk about when you met Ruth. She was
teased that her love affair with Jack was also
the beginning of a lasting love affair with the
fre departments and frefghters of Southern
California. She believed frefghters were brave
and honorable, and people to be highly respect-
ed.
If you were with Ruth and saw fre-
fghters or a fre truck, everything else would
fall away as inconsequential, her face would
light up, and her total attention was drawn to
them. She would hope to speak to them and tell
them about her husband and to thank them for
their service.
One day as we were driving to a
doctors appointment, a fre engine pulled
alongside us. She insisted that I roll down my
window so she could say hello. The freman
handed me a paper frefghter badge for her -
that little treasure was the frst thing you would
see when she opened her wallet.
She was celebrating her 90th birth-
day in her retirement community when 911
was called for another resident. She, as always,
was so interested in what the frst responders
were doing. That day, once they handled the
emergency, the frefghters were told about her
birthday and came in to the party to wish her
well. I wish you could have seen her face.
Ruth felt that had it not been for Jack
and the pension she received because of his
service in the fre department, her life would
have been very different. She was grateful to
the Los Angeles Fire Department and always
said that when she died she wanted to remem-
ber her husband and the department by giving
back to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled
Firemens Fund.
Ruth had a great love of life. She
had a strong determination to let go of the
physical and emotional hardships she
encountered and instead embrace the good.
She was strong minded and a wonderful
person in which to confde. She was very kind and
infused everything with a great sense of humor.
Ruth and Jack loved to travel and had many
great adventures.
Everyone at the Los Angeles
Firemens Relief Association and Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund is
deeply grateful for Ruths incredible kindness.
The Widows and Orphans are
honored to be the benefciary of her extraordi-
nary generosity and to receive this bequest,
said the LAFRA Marketing Director. By
donating to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled
Firemens Fund through her estate plan, Ruth
is making a signifcant difference in the lives of
so many frefghter families in need. Her legacy
will last for generations and she will remain
always in the hearts of our frefghter families.
April 2014 45
Executing a Trust
Now that you and your family have a living trust,
do you know what to do when the time comes?
Be prepared by attending a free educational
seminar for trustors, trustees and benefciaries.
Visit FiremensRelief.org for dates, locations
and details.
46 April 2014
MEMBERS
EMMETT W. MURRAY, ENGINEER. APPOINTED DECEMBER 19, 1955.
RETIRED ON A DISABILITY PENSION SEPTEMBER 1, 1971 FROM FS 95-B.
PASSED AWAY FEBRUARY 1, 2014.
ERNESTO LONA, FIRE INSPECTOR II. APPOINTED JANUARY 6, 1973.
RETIRED ON A SERVICE PENSION JANUARY 21, 1993 FROM FPB SCHOOLS & CHURCHES.
PASSED AWAY FEBRUARY 3, 2014.
STANLEY W. MARRIOTT, ENGINEER. APPOINTED JANUARY 18, 1949.
RETIRED ON A DISABILITY PENSION DECEMBER 6, 1974 FROM FS 48-A.
PASSED AWAY FEBRUARY 19, 2014.
FAMILY
BETTY J. EDWARDS, SURVIVING SPOUSE OF ROBERT E. EDWARDS, PASSED AWAY JANUARY 27, 2014.
JESSIE A COBB, SURVIVING SPOUSE OF RAY C. COBB, PASSED AWAY JANUARY 29, 2014.
HOPE RIPPLE, SURVIVING SPOUSE OF STANLEY J. RIPPLE, PASSED AWAY JANUARY 31, 2014.
JEAN STOCKTON, SURVIVING SPOUSE OF K. D. STOCKTON, PASSED AWAY FEBRUARY 4, 2014.
NORMA R. HAMMERSTROM, SURVIVING SPOUSE OF JOHN E. HAMMERSTROM, PASSED AWAY FEBRUARY 11, 2014.
AARON R. HALL, SPOUSE OF JONATHAN A. HALL, PASSED AWAY FEBRUARY 16, 2014.
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April 2014 47
L
AFD families are
needed to host teen-
agers from Berlin,
Germany who will be vis-
iting SoCal in July. The
visitors are all children of
Berlin Fire Department
firefighters.
Starting Point
German-American friendship is an
inherent part of the mentality of the people of
Berlin. America was the crucial western ally
and seen as a protector from the Soviets during
the cold war.
A new generation of Berliners is
now on the threshold of adulthood a gen-
eration that has no personal experience of the
Berlin Airlift or Wall. This generation will need
to fnd new access to the special relationship
between Germans and Americans.
The Next Generation Project
Strong connections between the
Los Angeles and Berlin fre departments have
developed in the context of the Berlin/Los
Angeles sister city relationship. In the
interest of creating a broader base for these
connections, the Next Generation Project is
an exchange program that aims to include the
younger generation.
Ten young people from Berlin, ages
14 to 18, will spend two weeks living with the
families of frefghters in Los Angeles. The
goal is to facilitate encounters and experiences
that are as personal as possible, with the aim of
building strong and lasting relationships
In 2015, teens from Los Angeles
visiting fre families in Berlin.
Host Families Needed
The search is on for volunteers to be
host families for these teenage boys and girls
here in Los Angeles. The host families will be
asked to provide adequate accommodations
and food in their homes for the participants.
Transportation, spending money and other
expenses will be paid by the participants own
families.
To qualify as a host family, one
parent must be on active LAFD duty. The
LAFD family must also have at least one child
at or near the same age as the visitor. The
visiting teens will be in Los Angeles from July
15th thru July 30th .
Schedule of Events
Early on July 15th, the hosts and their
guests will meet for a reception and pancake
breakfast at Old Fire Station 27. Then the group
will spend the morning on a Star Line tour of
Hollywood. Other proposed activities include:
Universal Studios, Disneyland, Venice Beach,
a harbor tour, Dodger Game, and a Hollywood
Bowl concert. Host families are encouraged to
plan their own unique activities as well.
Berlin/Los Angeles Firefghter Family Exchange Program
Those interested in volunteering as host families can contact Lisa Schechter or Isaac Burks (LAFD retired) in
the offce of Councilman LaBonge for the application. They will be happy to answer any further questions you might
have. The applications deadline is May 15th.
Lisa Schechter: lisa.schechter@lacity.org Isaac Burks: isaac.burks@lacity.org
Both can be reached at 213.485.3337
48 April 2014
of. They reassured
me that they would
assist with any
insurance issues
that may arise. This
provided a peace of
mind for all of us.
Yes, this is why we
have insurance in the
frst place, but when
you have been told
you have a serious
disease, many things
start going through
your head.
To my fellow frefghters, this has been
a very humbling experience and there are
too many of you to thank by name. Some
of you are directly involved with the Relief
Association and deserve an extra thank you
for spending many hours of your personal
time doing what you do. The support from
visitors and phone calls to the preparation
and delivery of meals for my family has been
overwhelming. I have had visitors and calls
from many retired members as well. This
was unexpected and very humbling. Dont
take for granted your fellow frefghters or
what you have chosen as your career. Take
care of each other, you never know when
you may be in need of their help. Trust
me, they will be there for you. When you
think things at the station are getting bad,
remember that without this career you may
not have the life style that you have become
accustomed to. The benefts outweigh the
bad. The grass is not always greener on the
other side. Sounds like I was preaching a
little so I will close now.
Trust me when I say that I would rather
be at the station having a bad day than
sitting here writing this letter. So please
accept our deepest heartfelt thanks and
appreciation to everyone for their thoughts
and support.
Sincerely,
Darrayle Prosser and Family

Gentlemen:
This donation is in memory of Arnold E.
Tucker, deceased freman. Thanks to your
organization for taking such good care of
all of us widows, orphans and disabled
fremen.
Most Sincerely,
Doris Tucker
Banning, CA
Dear Andy,
I saw your picture in the Grapevine for
your 80th birthday. Congratulations! Keep
them coming. I lost two of my riding and
study partners recently, both from FS 9:
Walley Dugan and Leonard Cobb. Please
accept this donation in their memory.
Your old friend,
J.B. Benoit
The Los Angeles Firemens Relief
Association and General Membership
Let me begin by saying that everyone
has a story and I am not writing this to dwell
on or seek sympathy for what has happened
to me. This is to thank and show my
appreciation to the Los Angeles Firemens
Relief Association and the members of our
department.
I have been a member of the department
for over thirty years and to my good fortune
have not had any major injuries or illnesses.
In December of 2013, I was diagnosed with
kidney cancer which resulted in surgery to
remove my kidney. I was hospitalized for
one month and now am at home recovering
and will require additional treatment that
will last an unknown amount of time.
Like all frefghters, I do not like to
ask for help even when we probably need
it. We adjust and do what we need to do
to take care of ourselves and our families.
We continue to pay organizational dues,
insurance premiums and take for granted
that we will never need any of the benefts
these organizations can provide. In our
profession, we help other people every day.
When we hear about department members
that are in need of assistance, frefghters
are the frst to step up to help and make
things happen to ensure the member and
their families are taken care of.
Im sure that I have not said anything
you dont already know, so what is the
point of this letter? When something like
this happens to you, it makes you stop and
refect back on a lot of things. I wanted to
try and express my thanks and appreciation
for all of the help and support my family
and I have received during this time. Since
the day I was transported and informed
of the diagnoses, the Relief Association
and has been in contact and made sure
that anything we needed was taken care
April 2014 49
Captain Larry Schneider:
It was nice speaking with you and thank
you for all the help with these graphics. The
images will be used for the new Engine Co.
No. 28 Bar and Grill at LAX, Terminal 8
(United Airlines). As you explained, the
ownership and copyright of these archival
images from your website are unknown. In
Lieu of a fee for the use of these images, we
would like to arrange for a donation to the
Firemens Widows and Orphans Fund.
Best regards,
Richard Corsini, AIA
Los Angeles, CA
To the Widows and Orphans Fund,
Please accept this donation honoring Bill
Burnidge. Bill was a person always helping
others and keeping the freground safe. Bill
was one of the 1955 group of frefghters
and eventually a captain, keeping Fire
Station 96 a smooth running machine. He
shall be missed from the morning line-ups
and family.
God bless your family during this time or
personal loss.
Jack Bennett
Bluffton, SC
Widows, Orphans and Disabled
Firemens Fund
My name is George Bauman and I am a
retired Captain from the LAFD. On January
3, 2014, my wife Anna Marie (Annie)
Bauman passed away. We asked people
that if they wanted to give, we would prefer
that they donate to the Widows, Orphans
and Disabled Firemens Fund in her name.
Send your letters
& comments
to the editor at:
editor@lafra.org
At her open house, we received money to
be donated to the fund. Enclosed are the
checks. I appreciate that my wifes legacy
can continue on through the fund and thank
you for all the work that your organization
does.
Sincerely,
George Bauman
Norwalk, CA
LA Firemens Relief Assn:
Please accept this donation for the
Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens
Fund on behalf of my husband, Walter L.
Crumpacker. Thank you for the kind deeds
in helping the fre department families.
Sincerely,
Ethel Crumpacker
Topeka, KS
Dear Capt Kuljis,
I wish to thank you so much for the
wonderful letter you sent me regarding the
ceremony that was performed with the fag
at Fire Station 96. David loved his job and
considered the men he worked with as his
other family. My family will cherish the
fag as a reminder of a place he spent so
much time and loved.
Sincerely,
Gloria Tornbom
Tucson, AZ
To whom it may concern:
Please accept my donation to help fund
your disaster relief and humanitarian
activities. Your kind help to me in Moore,
Oklahoma in May and June of 2013 was
greatly appreciated. I never got to meet any
of the crew - or thank them. Please pass
along my gratitude and sincere thanks.
Sincerely,
Gary L. Ackley
Oklahoma City, OK
LAFRA,
Please accept this small token in fond
memory of our dear friend Clay Stapel. He
and Phyllis were members of our fy fshing
club Santa Clarita Casting Club for
many years prior to his illness. He will be
missed.
Thanks you,
Connie Bullock, Director
Santa Clarita Casting Club
LAFRA WODFF
Please accept this donation in honor of
Thomas Ted Pinger, as he was known
in our group. He was the oldest, 95 years,
and was respected and admired for his
beautiful orchids that he grew at his home
in Leucadia.
Sincerely,
Marty Olson
Yucca Valley, CA
50 April 2014
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April 2014 51
by Mike Mastro, President/CEO
Los Angeles Firemens Credit Union
Presented February 27, 2014 at the Annual Meeting

Los Angeles Firemens Credit Union is a member-owned, f-
nancial co-operative that is very different from other fnancial institu-
tions. Its Yours refects your ownership and our intent to provide you,
the member, with value-added premier products and services and drives
our continuing intent to share our growing success with you.
2013 was a very special year for our Credit Union members
and its member/owners. Los Angeles Firemens Credit Union achieved
exceptional overall value through our broad service and one-stop shop
offerings. Added value was also created by achieving net income this
past year, before Interest Refund and Extraordinary Bonus Dividends, of
over $10 million.
That exceptional level of Financial Performance allowed your
Board of Directors to return approximately 30% of that net income
back to you, our members, in the form of an Interest Refund and Ex-
traordinary Bonus Dividend of $3,014,440, triple the amount of 2012.
As you know that is only one of several additional give backs that are
provided to LAFCU member/ owners. We also paid out the following:
Classic Visa Cash Refund $ 218,061
Value of Platinum Visa Rewards used by members $ 325,270

In addition, in an environment when other fnancial institutions were
raising fees, your Credit Union eliminated a large number of fees in
2012 which continued on into 2013.
Value of Fee Elimination $125,000
(Money Wires; Return Deposit Item, Stop Payment, and more)

3 Foreign ATM withdrawals are now Free per month $205,300
per account in addition to the thousands of free CO-OP Network ATMs

The Total of all 2013 Returns to the Member $3,888,071

Our continued intent in Addressing emerging member fnan-
cial needs at higher levels and operating with innovative thinking is driv-
en by the Credit Unions Strategic Roadmap to provide nothing less than
Legendary Service and Financial Success to our exclusive frefghter
membership. That focus is underpinned by a foundation of performance
excellence and a Service First mentality that is at the core of how our
special membership serves the community at large.
To that end, we are pleased to report that the Credit Union also
implemented the following enhancements in 2013:
Second LAFCU Regional Offce established in Sacramento which
incorporates our emerging strategy of being local to our members
Mobile Fraud debit/credit card text alerts
Instant issue of debit/credit cards
Quality service scores now at 98% satisfaction
The fnancial services industry continues to consolidate with
many fewer banks and credit unions than just a few short years ago.
In 1980, there were over 20,000 credit unions; today that number is
approximately 6,900. The industry continues to be challenged by regu-
latory, technological and competitive impacts. Having said that, your
Credit Union has accumulated more than $ 92 million in fnancial
reserves and ended 2013 with a capital ratio of 10. 81%. Regulators
consider 7% as well-capitalized. We remain one of the safest fnancial
institutions in the country with excellent fnancial strength and a solid,
well respected membership.
Another element of our success is represented by the robust
growth and member value of our other businesses.
FIREHOUSE Financial (Assets under Management) $154,754,000
FIREHOUSE Business Services (Business Loans) $ 10,776,000
FIREFIGHTER Insurance Services (Accumulated premiums) $ 3,300,000
2014 will be another year of moving forward. We expect to
continue to enhance our delivery channels, improve products (i.e. per-
sonalized pictures on credit and debit cards), and open regional offces
in Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village and Kern County.
Many thanks to LAFCUs Board, Supervisory Committee and
staff for their talents, dedication and deep care and concern for our mem-
bers. Our volunteers put in many unpaid and uncompensated hours in
their quest to serve our very special members.
A special Thank You and acknowledgement to our L.A. City
Firefghters who have extended the hand of friendship and partnership to
their brother and sister frefghters across California. You have created a
bedrock foundation upon which this organization will move forward and
ensure that our legacy of exclusively serving frefghters will continue
for your children and grandchildren in the years ahead. That sense of
mutual aid between all frefghters will carry us forward into the future.
Thanks again for your loyalty, your business and especially for being
an important part of this very special Fire Family. Its our continuing
promise to you that this organization will always be run in a safe and
sound manner and with the trust and integrity and personal caring that is
so much a part of who our members are.
Mike Mastro
President/CEO
Gerald Horwedel
Board Chair
The more Business we do together as a Fire Family the greater the
Financial reward will be for all LAFCU members.
by Gerald Horwedel, Board Chair
Los Angeles Firemens Credit Union
52 April 2014
LAFD HISTORY - LOS ANGELES FIRE BOAT NO. 2
BY STANLEY E. HALFHILL
Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS
F
ranks Note: This article appeared in the
November 15, 1940 issue of The Grape-
vine. This is a great story written about
the boat and its crew in 1940. Hope you enjoy
the writing style and humor of Stanley Halfhill.
Los Angeles Fire Boat 2, that mighty
engine of fre destruction that for 15 years has
been cruising the waters of Los Angeles Har-
bor is here pictured in midstream of the harbor
channel. Deep in its steel hull are housed seven
powerful engines - six of which are geared to
large centrifugal pumps capable of throwing
ffty tons of water a minute through its turrets,
while the seventh is being used to propel it into
position.
The story of Fire Boat 2 and how it
came into being in 1925 is well known. Built
at the Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Drydock
Corporation for an initial cost of $229,000, it is
still one of the largest and most effcient on the
West Coast. Less well known are its personal
habits, its home and surroundings, its history
and those of the many men who have trod its
steel decks in the interim.
Home at Berth 227, Terminal Island,
the fre boat is housed in a covered slip and
moored fore and aft, port and starboard. It is
groomed daily by a crew of eighteen men or
so made up of one each of captain, pilot, mate,
radioman, and the rest whose various duties are
grouped under the one heading of deckhands.
Its paintwork and brasswork are kept
clean and shining by the deck force under the
able and watchful eyes of the mates who look
with a jaundiced eye upon rust or corrosion.
The fght against deterioration is constant and
down through the years many coats of paint
and hundreds of cans of brass polish have been
consumed, as well as thousands of hours of me-
chanical, electrical and ordinary labor to keep
that splendid ftness that is characteristic of
Fire Boat 2.
It is and has been a splendid weapon
against the ravages of fre in its home waters,
the second largest harbor in the U.S. As you
look upon the pictured scent of its activity
its enormous strength can be seen. Big Ber-
tha, that turret atop the deck house can throw
a stream from a six-inch tip for a distance of
four hundred feet and needless to say can de-
molish almost anything but the most solid con-
struction. Such strength has been needed on
the waterfront where goods are stored in such
quantities that, if and when fre results, it is of
corresponding seriousness and diffculty.
Los Angeles Fire Boat 2 seems to
be the Show Boat of the harbor. In the years
that it has been home to callers thousands
of visitors have trod its decks, peered through
its ports, fngered its brass and paint work and
marveled at its engine room. Thousands of
school children have lined the cat-walk that
surrounds the slip wherein it lies moored and
watched round-eyed while a man in blue told
of its wonders and pulled the whistle cord for
their entertainment. Visitors have always been
welcome down the long lane from Dock Street.
Down the lane between the piles of lumber to
the boat slip and house where are quartered the
boat and its crew.
The crew of the boat have always
seemed a bit salty to other members of the
Los Angeles Fire Department. Perhaps because
of their waterfront habitation, their marine oc-
cupation or just because so many of the mem-
bers have served in Uncle Sams navy and at
the boat have retained much of the picturesque
speech of their salt water days. Among the
crews that have manned the boat have been
masters of ocean going vessels, offcers of the
Merchant Marine, Chief Petty Offcers of the
Navy and many who have served a hitch or
two in the Navy. Of course many fremen who
have worked on the Boat or are stationed there
now have not had any previous marine experi-
ence. But at the Boat they soon learn fore and
aft, port and starboard and how to chip paint,
shine brass, and many jobs not done generally
on the Fire Department.
At least six or seven of the original
crew are still on the present crew and have seen
continuous service on the boat for ffteen years.
Many are the stories that they can tell of that
service and of the boat. Space would not permit
recounting their entire experiences.
Many are the tales of marine fres
of the strange things fres will do in the hold
of a ship, or of burning wharves. But anyone
can see from the picture of the Boat taken re-
cently that Los Angeles No. 2 is ready as ever
to answer the call of any victim of the Red
Demon that would destroy, whether it be ship
or warehouse or wharf; lumberyard or oil stor-
age or barge. Like a great stallion at play, she
is pictured, with the deep throated roar of her
engines, the pounding of mighty hoofs, the sil-
very spray of her high fown water streams, the
fying mane and tail, the imperious call of her
whistle the shrill challenge of a champion.
She is ever confdent of her conquering power
and waiting the next trial of her eternal adver-
sary and immortal enemy FIRE.
BOAT 2 FACTS
Mounting fve monitor guns, includ-
ing a tower gun which could be extended 44
feet above water level, Los Angeles City No.
2 was one of the frst large fre boats powered
by gasoline. Carrying 2156 gallons of fuel, the
freboat featured a safety system which com-
pletely changed the air in the engine room ev-
ery fve minutes as a precaution against leaking
gasoline vapors. A further safeguard against
below deck fres was a bank of 18 carbon di-
oxide extinguishing agent cylinders forward of
the water tower.
Originally the Los Angeles City
No. 2 was powered by seven 350-horsepower,
6-cylinder in-line Winton gasoline engines.
New Fireboat 2 at Berth 227 on
Terminal Island - 1925 to 1986.
April 2014 53
Three of these Wintons drove the center, port
and starboard propellers for a top rated speed
of 17 knots (the fastest freboat afoat). The four
other Wintons operated the forward-mounted
pumps. Increased pumping capacity resulted
from the dual capability of the two wing pro-
pulsion engines when they were switched from
propulsion to pumping mode. There are six
Byron Jackson four-stage centrifugal pumps
mounted in pairs forward of the propulsion sys-
tem. Each is rated at 1700 G.P.M. at 200 psi, for
a total output of 10,200 G.P.M. In 1945 the sev-
en Winton propulsion engines were replaced
by Hall Scott engines. Two 625 H.P. V-12 Hall
Scott Defenders drive the outboard screws. A
275 H.P. 6-cylinder in-line Hall Scott Invader
drives the center screw. The six Byron Jackson
four-stage centrifugal pumps, mounted in pairs
forward of the propulsion system are driven as
follows: Pumps No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4
are driven by one of the 275 H.P. 6-cylinder in-
line Hall Scott Invaders. Pumps No. 5 and No.
6 are driven by one of the 625 H.P. V-12 Hall
Scott Defenders.
Beginning in 1975 the gasoline en-
gines were replaced with diesels, and by 1978
two 700 H.P. V-12 Cummins, three 380 H.P.
6 cylinder in-line Cummins and two 525 H.P.
V-12 - 2 cycle Detroits powered the freboat.
The engines and Byron Jackson pumps were
still in perfect working order when the boat
was retired on 2003. The total pump rating was
18,000 GPM.
CURRENT STATUS OF OLD FIREBOAT NO.2
THE RALPH J. SCOTT
Since the old boat was retired in
2003, volunteer members of the LAFD Histori-
cal Society and some of the members of Fire
Station 112 have been working on restoring the
boat for eventual display in a new museum on
the waterfront in San Pedro. Since the 1940 ar-
ticle was written, the boat had undergone many
changes to modernize it along its 78 years of
service. We rely on volunteers and donations to
keep our job going and we have few of both at
this point. We have saved a great deal of mon-
ey by doing the work ourselves. Hiring it out
would be very costly. Thanks to the Port of LA
we have a protected environment for the boat in
a huge tent so that the work that we fnish will
last for awhile.
Our primary project now is restor-
ing the boats tower - the most diffcult job on
the list. We thought we would have to hire it
out, but retired Engineer Mark Howell came
up with a design for a scaffolding that saved
the day, giving our workers safe access to all
parts of the structure. We are using pneumatic
tools called rattlers to remove the layers of
paint and rust to
get to bare metal
and ready for
primer and coats of
enamel. As this is
being done dozens
of small parts like
brackets, lights,
etc. and being re-
moved and refur-
bished.
Ret i r ed
Fireboat Pilot Bill
Dahlquist is our
foreman and has
the plan of work
laid out for us. We
work on the boat on Fridays from 0800 hours
to around 1200 hours. If you are interested in
restoring the LAFDs National Historic Land-
mark, please contact us or email me direct at
frankwborden@aol.com. We can sure use the
March 23, 1941, with crew members J.A. Brown, H. Hollis, N.O. Chamber-
lain, J.R. Lott, P.J. Larsen, H.H. Holmer, G.M. Jorgensen Captain M.P. Allen,
B.A. Gray, J.F. Thompson, L.A. Furu, and H.P. Bates
The early engine room.
LA Times photo.
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Calendar for April 2014
help. We gladly accept donations for the proj-
ect. Any amount is appreciated, but we have
a donor program for those donating $100 or
more that includes the donors name on a spe-
cial wall and a gift depending on the level of
donation.
In August the Tall Ships will be in
San Pedro and the Scott will be open to the
public as one of the featured vessels along with
its neighbor the US Battleship Iowa. There will
be dozens of large sailing vessels for visitors to
see and board.
WHATS NEW AT THE HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM
(OLD FIRE STATION 27)
We have hired a great painting con-
tractor to do some interior and exterior painting
at the museum. The painters have now painted
the memorial fence, kitchen, hall and as of this
writing are fnishing painting the outside of
all 75 windows in the building. The Historical
Society takes its responsibility to maintain this
beautiful building seriously. It is our responsi-
bility to not only maintain the building, but to
pay for all utilities, inspections, and repairs.
NEW FACEBOOK PAGE
We have a great Facebook page put
together by Engineer Don Nash. Please take
a look at it or some interesting photos of the
LAFD and some real history. Check it out
at: Los Angeles Fire Department Historical
Society.
LAFDHS PLANNED EVENTS 2014
May
HS Annual Pancake Breakfast, Sat. 5/10
June (Note: We have postponed our Annual
Memorial Golf Tournament held in June)
Harbor Museum Tour Group, Fri. 6/13
LAFD Retired Member Luncheon Mu-
seum 27, Thu. 6/19 * New Date!
Port of LA Cars & Stripes, Fri. 6/27 HS
Participation
Fire Hogs Fallen Heroes Memorial Run
Start @ Museum 27 6/28 0630 Hrs
Ralph J. Scott Fundraiser Party Tentative
Sun. 6/29
July
LAFD Annual Batt. 6 Pancake Breakfast &
Car Show @ Museum 36 TBD?????
August
Tall Ships Port of LA San Pedro. 8/20 to
8/24
Harbor Museum Tour Group, Tue. 8/26,
1430 hrs.
September
Annual 9-11 Memorial at LAFD Fallen Fire-
fghters Memorial, Thu. 9/11
October
LAFD Memorial at LAFD Fallen Firefght-
ers Memorial, Sat. 10/11
Fireboat 2 Ralph J. Scott 89th Birthday
10/19 Harbor Museum
November
Marine Corps Anniversary at Museum 27,
Mon. 11/10
December
Hollywood Christmas Parade- December
TBD
HS Annual Holiday Party, Sat. 12/13
*Fridays in 2014 from 0800 to 1200 are work
days on the Ralph J. Scott Fireboat
The front of the museum is ready for window prep and paint.
The north side of the museum showing the newly painted fence
and the scaffolding for the second foor windows.
April 2014 55
CALL TO ORDER
President Juan Albarran 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:
Juan Albarran, President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Chris Hart
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee David Peters
Trustee Steve Ruda
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Steve Tufts
Trustee Francisco Hernandez
Trustee David Ortiz
Trustee Steve Berkery
Trustee David Lowe Pension
Trustee Barry Hedberg Pension
Trustee Tim Larson Pension
Todd Layfer - Executive Director
MEMBERS ABSENT:
Trustee Craig White (Excused)
Trustee Doak Smith (Excused)
Trustee Rick Godinez (Excused)
Trustee Tyler Tomich (Excused)
Robert Steinbacher, Vice President (Excused)
GUESTS:
Bob Olsen, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
Lee Kebler, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
Dennis Mendenhall, Retired
Garth Flint, Beacon Pointe Advisors
Mike Breller, Beacon Pointe Advisors
INVOCATION & Flag Salute
Tim Larson led the invocation. Steve Ruda led
the fag salute.
RATIFICATION OF MINUTES
Juan Albarran entertained a motion to ratify and
dispense with the reading of the minutes of the
Board of Trustees meeting held January 8, 2014.
David Ortiz so moved. David Lowe seconded.
There was no further discussion or objections.
Motion carried to ratify and dispense with the
reading of the minutes of the Board of Trustees
held January 8, 2014.
PRESIDENT REPORT
1) Juan Albarran referred to the new recruitment
class and indicated that they were able to meet
with the new recruits and speak to them about
joining the Medical Plan. He reported that they
collected 67 cards from them and were waiting
for UFLAC to submit drop cards if any. He
stated that they may end up with 60 joining the
plan out of the 70 class members.
2) Juan Albarran mentioned the status of a
member from Fire Station 88 who suffered
injury while on the job. Steve Berkery reported
that the member is doing well and all his needs
are being met.
BUILDING COMMITTEE REPORT
Steve Domanski reported that the Building
Committee met with the Ware Malcomb
architects last week and revised some of the
plans. He stated that they will meet again
to review revised plans on February 12th.
Domanski also mentioned that they will discuss
costs.

INVESTMENT REPORT
Juan Albarran informed the Board that the
Investment Committee will have a meeting on
February 11th at the Beacon Pointe offces in
Newport Beach.
Garth Flint presented the Investment Portfolio
performance ending December 31, 2013 and
reviewed the overall market performance. Mike
Breller reported that the composite portfolio
returned 14.5% for the calendar year 2013
and indicated that the Allocation Index was at
14.8%. He stated that overall, the portfolio had
a strong year.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS REPORT
1) Todd Layfer presented the proposed 2014
Budget for approval. He indicated that the
proposed budget had already been presented and
approved by the Administrative Committee. He
reviewed all projected costs and income from
Relief, Operations and the new 7470 Figueroa
building.
David Lowe motioned to approve the proposed
2014 budget presented by Todd Layfer.
Tim Larson seconded. There was no discussion
or objections.
Motion carried to approve the proposed 2014
budget presented by Todd Layfer.
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 $909,154.46. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to pay the usual and customary
bills in the amount of $909,154.46.
The committee recommends and I so move
to pay the professional fees in the amount
of $86,536.80. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to pay the professional fees in
the amount of $86,536.80.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve travel expenses of up to $1,000 for
medical attorney, Bob Macaulay, to attend the
annual HIPAA training for LAFRA staff. He
stated that training will take place on March
19th. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve travel expenses
of up to $1,000 for Bob Macaulay to attend
annual HIPAA training.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve $1,700 for staff and volunteer shirts.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve $1,700 for staff and
volunteer shirts.
The committee recommends and I so move to
approve sending two Trustees to the SIIA, IFEBP
Medical Management, IFEBP Washington
Legislative and Express Scripts Drug Trend
Symposium. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to approve sending two Trustees
to each stated conference.
LOS ANGELES FIREMENS RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
February 05, 2014
56 April 2014
MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT
David Peters presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move to
accept the applications to the Medical Plan.
There was no discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to accept all applications to the
Medical Plan.
The committee recommends and I so move
to increase the medical premium rate by 2%
for actives and 7% for retirees. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to increase medical premium
rates by 2% for actives and 7% for retirees.
The committee recommends and I so move to
increase copays for in network PPO offce visits
from $10 to $15 and out of network copays
from $20 to $30. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to increase copays for in
network PPO offce visits from $10 to $15 and
out of network copays from $20 to $30.
The committee recommends and I so move to
modify the plan to cover accidental injury the
same as with medical care.
Motion carried to modify the plan to cover
accidental injury the same as with medical
care.
The committee recommends and I so move
that the Medical Plan conduct an RFP for its
pharmacy beneft plan manager. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the medical plan to
conduct an RFP for its pharmacy beneft plan
manager.
The committee recommends and I so move
to expand the dispersion of the ERRP funds
to cover all Rx copays for generic medication
reflls at retail and mail orders effective July 1,
2014. David Peters stated that this would enable
them to fully utilize the ERRP funds by the end
of 2014. There was no further discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to increase the dispersion of the
ERRP funds to cover all Rx copays for generic
medication reflls at retail and mail orders.
RELIEF COMMITTEE REPORT
Tim Larson presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move to
pay:
The Sick & Injury benefts in the amount of
$13,745.20,
The Estate Planning beneft in the amount of
$7,200,
The Life & Accident Death Benefts of $24,000,
The Life & Accident Withdrawals of $2,698,
The Relief Death Benefts in the amount of
$31,500.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the above Relief benefts.
Tim Larson read the names of members who
recently passed and asked for a moment of
silence from the Board.
MEMORIALS
Henry R. Auguste
Jerold M. Andrew
Leonard P. Cobb
Robert E. Wooden
Charles S. Zuber
Morris E. Denton
John E. Holland
ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE
Tim Larson presented the following motions.
The committee recommends and I so move to
accept the donations in the amount of $20,871.57
to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund. There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to accept the donations in the
amount of $20,871.57 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
Tim Larson presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move
to approve the emergency advancement
applications for active and retired members.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the emergency
advancement applications for active and
retired members.
GRAPEVINE/WEB REPORT
Chris Hart informed that there was a packet sent
out to Fire Stations and vendors containing the
new ad pricing.
SECRETARYS REPORT
Andy Kuljis thanked the Trustees for helping
with the fying of the fags for members who
have passed. He reported that they have been
attending more funerals lately and would
appreciate help in attending from Trustees.
OLD BUSINESS
Juan Albarran stated that they will be placing the
conference dates on the master calendar.
Todd Layfer mentioned that the Scholarship
Application is now online. He stated that
applicants will be able to complete and submit
online for consideration. He mentioned that the
exam will take place here at the Relief offce on
April 12th.
SETTING OF DATES
1) Beacon Pointe Advisors Meeting
February 11th
2) Hook & Ladder Enduro March 22nd
3) SIIA Conference March 24th 26th
4) Scholarship Program Essay April 12th
5) Corbin Bowl April 27th
6) LAFRA Reunion Pechanga
May 19th 23rd
7) Hope for Firefghters June 5th
8) World Fire Games August 15th 24th
RETIREMENT DINNERS

1) Jon Holtby March 5th Braemar
Country Club
2) Jon Balich March 8th The Overland
3) Greg Gibson March 11th
Odyssey Restaurant
ADJOURNMENT
Juan Albarran entertained a motion to adjourn.
David Peters moved. Larson seconded. There
was no discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
Trustees meeting adjourned at 11:40 pm.

Juan Albarran, President
April 2014 57
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WINDOWS & PATIO DOORS
- vinyl replacement windows &
Patio doors. I also carry aluminum,
wood and entry door systems.
Rick Brandelli, Capt. LACoFD, FS
8-C (800) 667-6676.
www.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. 2 bedroom,
2 bath, 2 story. Sleeps 6-8. About
6 miles from ski slopes & lake.
Fireplace/wood, cable, full kitchen
- furnished. $100 per night M - Th.
$110 per night F-Sun. Weekly
available. Sheri (909) 851-1094 or
(760) 948-2844.
BIG BEAR LAKES FINEST-
Deluxe lakeside townhouse, 2
bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable TVs,
HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood burning
freplaces, laundry room, tennis
court, indoor pool, sauna, spa, boat
dock. Fully equipped, including all
linens. Sleeps 6. 310-541-8311 or
email: nmbigbear@gmail.com
CLASSIFIEDS
58 April 2014
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
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 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 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. Clean-
ing is included. Call Mike White-
house, Retired, 805-987-6122,
email: btkwhitey@yahoo.com
or Bruce Galien, Retired, 661-645-
7448, email: luvbaja2@aol.com
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 BEACH FRONT CONDO
ON NAPILI BAY - 50 from water.
Studios and 1 bedroom. Luxury
furnishings + full kitchen. All the
amenities! Mauis best snorkel-
ing/beach. All island activities &
Kapalua within 4 minutes. 5-day
minimum, from $150 per night
(regularly $310/night). Call Sherrie
or Bill for info/reservations (805)
530-0007 or email: pmimaui@aol.
com or visit:
www.napilibaymaui.com
MAUI CONDO 1 AND 2 BED-
ROOMS. Centrally located on
beautiful Maalaea Bay. Excellent
swimming and snorkeling; white
sandy beach. Minutes from golf,
tennis, fshing, shopping, airport
and resort areas. Marsha Smith or
Jeanne McJannet. Toll free (800)
367-6084. www.maalaeabay.com
MAUIS MOST BEAUTIFUL
BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful fur-
nished condo that sleeps 4. Lanai/
balcony, full kitchen, king bed, fat
screen TVs/DVD, ACs free WiFi
(internet), complimentary maid ser-
vice, complimentary coffee every
morning and breakfast 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
PALACE RESORTS ALL INCLU-
SIVE. Cancun, Riviera Maya, Isla
Mujeres, Cozumel - Exclusive
member service and treatment.
Visit palaceresorts.com to view
various resorts and amenities.
Price is for one week, two per-
sons, any day travel and includes
airport transportation, massages
and two tours. Price varies by
season. John @ (626) 757-5341
or jgonzlz@hotmail.com
PALM DESERT-3 bed/2bath,
one level. New re-model, fully
furnished w/linens. Cable TV/
DVR, Private Patio, BBQ, Laundry,
Garage, Gated Community, two
(Pools, Jacuzzis, Tennis Courts).
Near College of the Desert. $175
Dan Cook 310 418 1577.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE Romantic
Chalet Family getaway. 3 bed/2 bath
plus loft. Sleeps 810. Cable TV,
washer/dryer, microwave, wood-
burning stove. 7 minutes to casinos
and Heavenly. Located in Tahoe
Paradise. $105 per night plus clean-
ing. Call Shawn or Rose Agnew at
(661) 250-9907 or (661) 476-6288.
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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
MOTOR HOMES FOR RENT:
Several 2006 Class A 32 Foot
Motor Homes, with Double
Slide Outs, Fully Loaded, Free
Housekeeping Kit, Camping
Kit, Discount Prices Starting at
$150.00 to $180.00 per night.
Serving family & friends of
LAPD , LASD, IPD, OXPD, OX
Fire, LA CO., LA City, Ski Clubs
ask for our 25% off weekly
rental rates. Visit us at www.so-
calrv.com or call 661-714-7689
or 661-297-2398. ALSO AVAIL-
ABLE BIG BEAR CABINS, 3
bedroom 2 bath with pool tables
& spas. PLEASE CALL FOR
MORE DETAILS.
OTHER
12 DUMP TRAILER. $85/day.
Contact Gregg Avery, FS 98-A.
(805) 320-8311
Deal direct with authorized Factory Dealers
Offering members of the Los Angeles Fire Department
Courteous, Ethical, and Special Consideration in the purchase of your new car.
DELILLO CHEVROLET
Special pricing on any Chevrolet car
or truck (except Stingrays and SS) for
frefghters and family
John Hollywood HeinleFleet Manager
18211 Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach CA 92648
714-624-7555 / jheinle@delillo.com
Please call me direct for a no
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818-797-3800 l www.galpin.com
1.800.GO.GALPIN
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Auto Leasing & Fleet Sales Since 1989
Fastest Growing Dealer in the Nation
1400 W Main St, Alhambra CA 91801
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Ask for Steve DensonFleet Mgr
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Large Selection of Used Vehicles
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Ask for Dave Erickson
323-466-3251 l Fax: 323-462-0187
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Eric Santiago
(323) 259-5231
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or
Dave Wagner
(323) 259-5232
editor@lafra.org
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Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund
March 2014
DOUGLAS K. WEBER/MIKE REITMAYER from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
BRIAN K. HISHINUMA from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
MARTHA PEREZ from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
BETTY J. HALL in memory of my husband, CAPTAIN JOSEPH P. HALL
PAUL I. FERKINHOFF in memory of my wife, MARY FERKINHOFF
VIOLA R. MARTIN in memory of FRED MARTIN, husband, father
& grandfather
JOSEPH M. O GORMAN from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
JULIE A. APODACA from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
LISA DI STEFANO from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
ENRIQUE MERCADO from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
JOHN BANTLE from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
EVANGELINA GONZALEZ C/O NESTLE in memory of Compton Fire
Captain, JAVIER L. PEREZ
RYAN TOLSON from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
THE GUELFF FAMILY in memory of EMMETT MURRAY
ROBERT M. DEAN from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
HUSTON S. HERMAN from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
GERALD E. JEFFREY JR. from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
EMPLOYEES COMMUNITY FUND - THE BOEING CO.
FIRE STATION NO. 93 from the FIRE EXTINGUISHER FUND
ROBERT P. LUTZ in memory of JERRY ANDREW & his wife BETTY LOU
FUMIKO HUMBERD in memory of my husband, JOHN, on his
February 1st birthday
HELEN L. SCHULZ
FIRE STATION NO. 114 in memory of ROBERT WOODEN
DAVE & MARILYN SELL in memory of MORRIS DENTON
ROBERT P. STOVER from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
KAREN WALLER from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
BRUCE E. GALIEN from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
ROBERT C. VOWELS from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
ROBERT C. DAMICO from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
ALBERT P. BOCTOR from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
ROBERT G. BERG in memory of EMMETT MURRAY
VAUGHN C. SWANSON in memory of JERALD ANDREW
VAUGHN C. SWANSON in memory of CHARLES ZUBER
RICHARD M. MANDICHAK in memory of NANCY MICKNITZ
CAVANAGH - TOBIASSEN FAMILY in memory of EMMETT W. MURRAY
ROBERT VANDERHAGEN in remembrance of my wife, LOIS VANDERHAGEN
JOSEPH O GORMAN from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
DONALD J. PAONE from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
KAREN WALLER from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
LEONA A. URQUHART in memory of CLARENCE STAPEL
TERRY L. LITTRELL in memory of LILLIAN GOODWINE
RUDY RIVERA JR. from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
LYLE W. MARVIN JR. in gratitude to FIRE BOAT 2 for their hospitality
FRANK FASMER in memory of JERRY ANDREW
EDWARD & MARY ANN LOGAN in memory of ANNE V. BULLARD
J. B. BENOIT in memory of WALLEY DUGAN & LEONARD COBB
JIM & HONA WOLCOTT in memory of EMMETT MURRAY
GARY D. HIGHT in memory of ERNIE LONA
JAMES E. GILLUM from the SIMI VALLEY BREAKFAST GANG
FIRE STATION NO. 39 from the FIRE EXTINGUISHER FUND
TRUST
JANINE B. BAILEY from the BUZZARD BAIT EVENT
DIXIE STIEGELMAR in memory of PEGGY JOHNSON, wife of
Wendell Johnson, retired LAFD
JONI L. SARAGUSA
DONALD L. CATE in memory of my wife, LOIS CATE
TRUST OF WISCONSIN
RICHARD & LORRAINE GARNER in memory of our father,
CAPTAIN GEORGE GARNER
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BRIAN & LISA ALLEN in memory of ANNIE BAUMAN
NICHOLAS A. GARCIA in memory of ANNIE BAUMAN
KEN & ROBIN GARVIK in memory of ANNIE BULLARD
PEGGY GEDDIS in memory of ANNIE BAUMAN
ROGER & GLENDA GILLIS in memory of ANNIE BAUMAN
MICHAEL & CHRISTINE REGIS in memory of ANNIE BAUMAN
KATHLEEN REYNOLDS in memory of WILLIAM KRZYZEWSKI
CYNTHIA RUPP in memory of KENNY RUPP
CAROL VASSY in memory of ISABEL MARGARET KEYS
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JOAN BUTLER in memory of ANNA MARIE BAUMAN
ELIZABETH PARKER in memory of DOTTY GIORDANO
MELANIE ALLEN in memory of GLENN ALLEN
TRACIE MOCHIZUKI in honor of STEPHEN RUDA
CAROLE THOMPSON in memory of CARROLL HOPKINS
DON, CAROLE & ELLA THOMPSON AND TIFFANY in memory of
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