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Hello everyone-
We previously notifed PPO Medical Plan Members that as a
result of reimbursements received under the Early Retiree Reinsurance
Program (ERRP), established by the Affordable Care Act, Rx prescrip-
tion copays would be temporarily waived for LAFRA PPO Medical Plan
Members and their covered dependents. We were also advised that the
temporary waiver of pharmacy copays would remain in effect until such
time as the ERRP funds are exhausted. This is to let you know that the
ERRP funds were close to being depleted, so the reimbursements of Rx
copays was stopped effective August 14, 2014. Current Rx plan copays
resumed August 15th and you will be responsible for these copays. The
Medical plan PPO offce visit copays will continue to be reimbursed by
HealthScope Benefts (Third Party Administrator) until the last remain-
ing ERRP funds are exhausted or the end of the year, whichever comes
Medical Imaging Center of Southern California (MICSC) has
been contracted as a LAFRA provider. MICSC has agreed to a contracted
rate of $600 for a body scan. They are located at 2811 Wilshire Boule-
vard, Santa Monica, CA 90403. You can contact MICSC at (310)829-
9788 to schedule your body scan. Remember the Body Scan beneft is
limited to one scan every 3 years. This is above and beyond the annual
physical beneft. Please contact a HealthScope Benefts Representative
at (866)995-2372 if you have questions.
We want to keep you informed of some of the goings on with
our LAFRA staff. You might not be aware but many of our LAFRA and
HSB (HealthScope Benefts) staff have over 20 years of service. The
service they provide is exemplary. Staff genuinely cares about the mem-
bership. Conversely we strive to make the LAFRA offces an effective
and pleasant place to work. Last month Wayne Sherman was recognized
for his 25 years of service to LAFRA members and their families. It was
a great surprise, as he was unaware that his family was invited to the
Board meeting to participate in the recognition. In other offce updates
Liberty Unciano was promoted from Accounting Manager to Control-
ler/Treasurer. The vacancy created was flled by Francisco Gomez from
Accounts Payable. We are also looking forward to flling the Accounts
Payable in the very near future. Just a reminder of this months events-
Over the Line on September 3rd- L.A. Kings Hockey Fest September
14th - and LAFD Invitational Golf Tournament September 22nd.
Please also remember September 11, 2001 and the sacrifces
made that day.
Take care for each other.
Juan Albarran
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Wayne Sherman honored for 25 years of service to LAFRA members
Liberty Unciano promoted to Controller
Francisco Gomez promoted to Accounting Manager
6 September 2014
s far as I can tell, Bull Engineer is
a term used exclusively by the LAFD.
The label refers to the member who
has the most seniority in the engineer rank
department-wide. Dont know how or when
the tradition of determining the bull originated
(if anyone knows please contact me at editor@ but Ive heard that it started in the
The passing of the bull ceremony had
its capricious beginnings at Fire Station 49. Ac-
cording to Jerry Jeffrey, Sr., There was always
talk of the bull and who it was, but there was
never an actual bull until John Hughes retired
[in 1993] and presented me with a set of bull
horns. Everyone said he was the old bull and I
was the new one.
Jerry said he hung the horns from his
locker and didnt give it much more thought
until the next Christmas. 49s always had a
gift exchange and that year Roger Caswell had
pulled Jeffreys name only he forgot to buy a
gift. So on Xmas Eve, Roger jumped into the
plug buggy and ran down to Anaheim Street to
fnd a last-minute gift. He brought back a cheap
clay bull . . . and the rest is history.
Along the way someone painted the
bull red and then later they started to paint the
succession of names on the back of the animal
sculpture. John Rasmussen initiated the frst or-
ganized passing of the bull when, in 1999, he
received the statuette in a formal ceremony
on Boat 2.

When Wayne Nakamura received the
bull in 2011, there wasnt much space for more
names on the back of the bull. So he enlisted
Dustin Bulmer (also from 89-A) to design and
make a plaque. My thoughts were that whoev-
er had the privilege of receiving the bull should
invest a little to make it better, recalled Nak.
There are now 13 bulls on the bull-
pen plaque from the last 20 years. The lon-
gest tenure was Rasmussen for eight years and
the shortest was Doug Moore for just one day.
With space for 40 names, it should be many
decades before the bullpen will be full. Espe-
cially since Oscar Gutierrez, the newest bull,
who even with 38 years on the job still has not
September 2014 7
n July of this year, at a formal ceremony
at the Navy Depot Yard in Harbor City,
the bull was passed from old to new. Mat-
thew Powell from 85-C, the LAFD engineer
with the most time in rank, was retiring and
it was time for him to turn in his horns. And
lucky for new bull Oscar Gutierrez, 114-C,
there would be no fighting traffic getting
down to the south end of town.
Oscar is still excited when he relates
the story: On the day of transfer, Air Ops
few me down to make the exchange. All of
85s was staged and awaiting our arrival. It
was great! As we landed and shut down the
engines, I made my way out of the helicopter
and proceeded towards 85s. I met Engineer
Powell mid-way. We shook hands and I took
possession of the legendary bull. The rest of
the time we spent talking about old times and
Back at the hangar in the Valley that
afternoon, the crew from Fire Station 90
stopped by and everyone celebrated with
B&R, banana splits and cake. The bullpen
plaque was quickly mounted on the wall of
114s dining room for all to marvel at.
Gutierrez was assigned to 90s for
seven years before he came to 114s. Hes
been at the airport for about four years now.
He came on the job on 5/15/77 and promoted
to engineer on 8/10/81.
I havent DROPd yet, but plan to in
the near future, said Oscar. Im just enjoy-
ing the job and loving what I do.
Hats off to all those who were in-
volved in continuing this special tradition!
8 September 2014
In this edition of KTW Captains Pax-
ton, Lloyd and Ott address a strategic ventila-
tion concern and a work environment matter
confronting LAFD members. Consider their
experienced-based opinions when you are con-
fronted with these important issues.

Operational question: Recent UL, ATF and
NIST studies have highlighted the importance of
well-timed and coordinated fre attack. What do
you do to ensure your A/O remains mindful in
coordinating ventilation efforts with fre attack,
and how do you monitor such coordination?
CII John Paxton, FS 33-A: I believe
in these studies as they confrm an LAFD strat-
egy employed for many years. Keep in mind
these studies are conducted in pristine labora-
tory settings and not in a dynamic freground
environment. That said theres no doubt that
effectively coordinating fre attack operations
reduces temps and provides a more tenable in-
terior environment.
Small SFDs are common in FS 33s
district; vent teams must therefore move quick-
ly to open the roof in an effort to
match E 33s rapid application
of water. Coordinating opera-
tions on commercial buildings,
however, is more challenging. My
A/O is very mindful of tempera-
ture spikes should he open the roof
prior to F/A companies delivering wa-
ter on the fre area.
To better coordinate efforts, we use
an inside/out style of communication
- company to company radio comms. An
example of inside/out comms is when the
roof speaks directly to F/A companies to
best assess their progress, rather than to the
IC. This simple style of communication
assists in coordinating ventilation and
F/A and results in a safer operational
CII Selwyn Lloyd, FS
94-C: Members must rec-
ognize that when venting
a structure you also add
[oxygen] to the fre
through your ventila-
tion hole. If venting
occurs without the co-
ordinated application of
water, then the fre will
escalate irrespective of
how large you make your hole. My A/O is well
aware of the importance in coordinating his ef-
forts with fre attack.
Ventilation teams are responsible for
maintaining an acute awareness that uncoordi-
nated ventilation can be EXTREMELY harm-
ful to advancing F/A teams. If there is uncer-
tainty on the part of my A/O with respect to
the timing or placement of a ventilation hole,
he will communicate such concerns to F/A cos
Coordinating efforts on a SFD is often
seamless. Coordinating efforts during a com-
mercial fre on the other hand can be diffcult.
If during a commercial fre entry is delayed
or the engagement sequence of the Eng/Trk is
staggered, my A/O will consider: (1) cutting,
but not pulling boards immediately as it may
hinder the advancing F/A team by intensifying
or drawing fre over them, and (2) monitor F/A
team radio comms in an effort to better assess
their progress.
CI Matt Ott, FS 48-A: The LAFD
has long stressed a well-coordinated attack as
a critical component to freground safety and
effectiveness. The abundance of scientifc data
gathered from these studies highlight this im-
portance and further supports the signifcance
of coordination, timing and communication on
the freground.
Ive discussed with my A/O the impor-
tance of timing as it relates his ventilation ef-
forts and our collective game plan. I stress that
venting too late or not enough, or placing a hole
in the wrong location can have adverse effects
on an F/A teams safety and objectives. My A/O
is also aware that timing is what dictates the
success of coordination, and that if tactical de-
lays occur they must be immediately communi-
A/Os must understand that it is their
duty to monitor freground communication in
order to best support a well-coordinated attack.
My A/O will communicate directly to inte-
rior companies when our coordinated effort is
compromised. As an engine captain I continu-
ously monitor the coordination of our efforts by
maintaining a visual and sensory awareness of
engine and truck operations at all times.

Leadership Question: Unfortunately there
have been instances when senior members dis-
parage young and inexperienced members. As
an offcer how do you embrace the LAFDs youth,
and what is your message?
Paxton: A generation disparaging the
next is common human behavior. Abraham
Lincoln wrote that his generation was being
put down by the generation ahead of his saying
they didnt measure up to what America was
all about. Lincoln said his generation needed
a test in order to prove to the older folks that
his generation was up to the task of advancing
America forward - that test was the Civil War.
Theres nothing wrong with our younger gen-
eration of FFs. All they need is to be properly
taught. If we can teach these young members
the why as well as the how then theyre
in a better position to excel. Remember, the
young FFs we tend to bash at the kitchen table
are from the same generation performing so
heroically in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mentor and
teach them the why as well as the how and
they will move the Department into the future.

September 2014 9
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Lloyd: As a youngster at FS 14, all
members including the offcers mentored and
taught me how to become a professional fre-
fghter. These healthy values were instilled in
me at a young age and I strive to pass them on
whenever possible. If a member, rookie or not,
transfers-in I always welcome them as an inte-
gral part of my team. I know from experience
that if they are comfortable in their
work environment then they are
more likely to perform better.
Personally, Ive learned a
great deal from the youth of our
Department, as their experiences
and perspectives are much different
than mine. This has without ques-
tion made me a better offcer. I also
pass on to my crew that if members
are treated poorly they will, in time,
reciprocate by treating others badly
as well. My actions, good or bad,
are directly refected in the actions
of my command. It is my responsibility to set a
positive example.
Ott: We are all unique and all bring
something different to the table. While new
members offer varied skill-sets and interest-
ing perspectives, their manipulative skills and
relevant experiences are often less established.
Most new members seek to become productive
frefghters, and as such deserve our best effort
in guiding them.
To acclimate new members I often rely
on informal drills. These exercises not only
beneft the new, but the older members as well.
During these drills senior members regularly
convey experience-based thoughts, which
new members often have diffculty understand-
ing and visualizing. The young member simply
does not have the experience to draw from.
Following one such drill a young
member came to me and said: Capt, I found
internet footage that helps explain what we
discussed in the drill. As the senior mem-
bers viewed the video they were now able to
combine their experienced based comments
with a much-needed visual component. This
resulted in the young FF better grasping the
concept and feeling an elevated sense of value
and inclusion. The tenured members are also
more satisfed because their efforts resulted in
a positive teachable experience. So really, its
not just about the younger member
or the tenured member, its about
the team.

There you have it - three
slightly different opinions from
three outstanding offcers. Remem-
ber, from an operational perspective
always remain mindful of the im-
pact your actions have on the condi-
tions of others, and from a work en-
vironment standpoint always seek
to include, mentor and respect.
In next months article
Captains Randy Yslas, Nick Ferrari and Frank
Espinosa will include suggestions for newly
appointed offcers, as well as their personal
guidelines for handline selection and use.
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ear D

I recently saw this rem
inder about our extinguisher
fund and realized that even though it could be the shiniest
object in the Fire Station, it is probably the m
ost over-
looked. W
ith todays prim
ary m
ethod of paym
ent being
plastic, I wondered how m
uch change were we really contrib-

y daughter was recently asking if she could donate
her change to som
eone less fortunate as we often do every
year. W
hen I showed her the extinguisher she was excited
to know about its history but m
ore im
portantly she was ex-
cited to donate her change to the fund. For her I think it
was fun just dum
ping her change into an old extinguisher.
I took a picture to docum
ent this im
portant day for her as
well as for m
e as a new captain at Fire Station 13.

I thought m
aybe we could start a trend in order to
ake up for all that lack of change in the Fire Station. I
thought m
aybe a display of the rem
inder and the pic of m
daughter and I could challenge our folks to do the sam
e with
their children.

Let m
e know what you think!
Kenneth Cook, Capt, FS 13
What Is The...
Extinguisher Fund?
The brain child of Ted Bailie, re-
tired from the LAFD and LAFRA, your
stations Extinguisher Fund is a simple
way to collect donations for the Wid-
ows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens
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
collected for the WODFF he fgured it
could really add up. With an average of
50 cents per day per station, in a year
there would be . . . well, you can do the
So take your turn in the cooking
rotation and remember to drop all your
change into your stations extinguisher.
There should be one in every frehouse.
And any loose change in your pockets,
any that you fnd in the TV chairs, or
hoarded in the ashtray of your vehicle
can be thrown in for good measure.
The Widows, Orphans & Dis-
abled Firemens Fund is the heart of
the Relief Association. This fund pro-
vides assistance to our frefghters and
families who are faced with personal
diffculties and tragedies. Donations are
the sole means of support for this Fund.
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
Department Family, supported by the
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Fire-
mens Fund, is there for them in times
of need.
Your Photo Here

You and your children can
really make a difference for the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firemens
Fund. Just grab the kids and those jars
of coins theyve been saving, and bring
them all down to the frehouse. Snap a
photo* of them feeding the WODFF
extinguisher and send it to editor@ Well print the pic right here
in the Grapevine.
Thanks to Ken and Kadence for
this great idea!
Kadence Cook, age 8, dumps her spare change at FS 13
*cell phone photos are fne, just make
sure they are set for hi resolution
12 September 2014
wanted to thank the 200 Fire Hogs, fami-
lies, and friends that showed up on Sat-
urday, June 28, 2014, to honor our Fallen
Heroes!! What a successful event this was!
Successful in the grandest terms of giving back
to our Widows and Orphans and making sure
they are not forgotten, giving back and show-
ing pride in the Community, and most impor-
tantly the comradery we all share within the
Fire Hogs and fire service.
John O Connor was the master of cer-
emonies - as only he can - and introduced
the LAFD Honor Guard as they brought in
the Colors. Dan Curry sang the National An-
them acapella as a true professional. Depart-
ment Chaplin Rick Godinez led us in prayers
and blessings for the ride. Johnny O gave a
brief history of the 10 Bells, then introduced
Jeanne Urquiza (Ralph Urquiza), Melanie Al-
len (Glenn Allen), and Valerie Lawrence (John
Lawrence), who collectively rang the 10 Bells
honoring those lost, including their husbands,
while the detail came to attention with salute.
Randy Keyes fnished the 10 Bell part of the
opening ceremony with his bagpiping skills,
leaving nary a dry eye among all these harden
bikers. Dignitaries who spoke included Chief
Deputy Mark Stormes and, representing CD 4,
our very own former Firefghter Issac Burke
and future CD 4 representative hopeful Caro-
lyn Ramsay. During these ceremonies the Fire
Hogs M/C presented to the Historical Society a
$500 donation to carry on their good work.
What a day and into the wee hours of
the next morning we had. From the perfect
weather throughout the day, to the ceremony at
the Fire Museum, to the ride along Sunset Blvd
to Gladstones for that perfect Bloody Mary,
along the Pacifc Coast Highway through the
Canyons of Malibu, along Mulholland Drive
and into the Sagebrush Cantina for tacos, liba-
tions, and dancing to the heart thumping music
of Engineer Jimmy Comos band - Fullhouse!
With more than 80 packages for the
raffe and three live auction items, there were
very few that walked away without something
September 2014 13
(sorry Dale). I think I had the most fun auction-
ing off those live items, what a blast! Thanks to
the Van Blarcom brothers for out bidding each
other and themselves. You had to be there as
these three items alone brought in over $2,500!
The competition for these items was intense.
My voice is still recovering!
Gary Stamison (Stami) was the lead
force in motivating fellow Firehogs to col-
lect sponsorships for our Memorial Ride and
was the creator of the Member Challenge.
This Member Challenge was a contest that
recognized those members that brought in the
highest sponsorship each year. Stami won that
challenge many years in a row, and as a tribute
to him after his untimely passing, the Member
Challenge was renamed to the Stami Chal-
lenge in his honor. I am happy to say that
once again Kurt Williamson and Bob Sturgeon
where the hands down winners of the 2014
Stami Challenge!
Between the auctions and raffes the
dance foor was packed with dancers showing
their best moves while the Full House Band
kept everyone on their feet with their Rock and
Roll sets. The staff of the Sagebrush Cantina
got involved by decking themselves in appro-
priate Fire Hog attire and even won some of
the raffe prizes during the course of the event.
There is just nothing that can compare to the
Sagebrush Cantina on a summer afternoon and
this day proved no exception, drawing many of
their patrons into our event.
After our Main Event at the Cantina
ended at 6 pm, many of us took the festivities
back to the Anza Hotel where pool side we
were entertained with a pizza party, libations,
and antics of those in attendance. Something
about the Getting Wet Challenge stands out
as the main theme at the pool side. After that
it was back to the Sagebrush Cantina where
their house band was in full swing with a rock-
ing beat. I understand a few of the night owls
closed the Sagebrush Cantina in true Fire Hog
Thanks to the major sponsors of the
Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride including:
Tom Stafford and Superior Life Sup-
port Inc.
Peter Adams
Independent Settlement Services
Virgin America
Jason Knight and Fire Axe, Inc.
Sagebrush Cantina
Los Angeles Firemens Relief
Sam Brown
I wanted to also acknowledge and thank
those that worked the months leading up to this
event for their dedication and countless hours
of hard work without which we would be lost:
Ted Kalnas and Vedamay, Taylor and Debbie
Gaskin, Raul and Terry Miranda, Kurt Wil-
liamson, Bob Surgeon, Tuzz Daddy, Scott Gill,
John O Connor and the Iron Lady Michelle, Jay
and Cheryl Freeman, and especially Wendy for
putting up with me dealing with this ride al-
most daily for the last six months without one
complaint. And to Jim Finn and his staff of the
Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Soci-
ety who once again opened up their doors at the
Museum for us to put on this event, bagpiper
John Keyes, singer extraordinaire Dan Curry,
Department Chaplin Rick Godinez, Shanon
Saffo and his Honor Guard detail, and Fire
Station 27 with their cadets. We couldnt have
documented this entire event without the help
of the shutterbugs; Terry Miranda and Adam
Van Gerpen who not only spent all day taking
pictures while the rest of us tore it up. They
also created photo albums of the days events
for all to see - Go to to check
out the pics.
There are many more that helped the
day of and assisted in other ways that deserve
our gratitude as well.
Most importantly thanks to the widows
and family members of those lost that showed
up to our event. After all it is to their Honor we
ride this day!
Additionally, a shout out to the Leath-
erheads and Iron Brotherhood for once again
supporting our rides!!
For those that didnt make it, it was
Our next event is the Hogs Breath BBQ
and Biker games on September 13, 2013.
Members wishing more information on
becoming a Fire Hog and information on up-
coming events go to our website at www.Fire- Follow us on Facebook @ L.A.F.D.
Fire Hogs, M/C.
14 September 2014
Engineer Chris Stine from FS 10-A
(and also one of your Relief Association
trustees) and daughter Caitlyn had a great time
with all the other Dads and Kids out at Lake
Cachuma this year. They also pitched their
way to the top of the horseshoe competition.
At home, Chris and wife Lauren welcomed
a new sister for Caitlyn, Christa Marie Stine.
Christa was born on June 23, 2014, weighing
in at 6 lbs, 1oz and 18 inches long.
Heres a story out of FS 4: When
someone transfers out of a station, like, lets
say to go to paramedic school, they usually
empty their locker, say goodbye to the guys
and they are wished luck. Well, not at 4s.
Well, not for one former member there at
least. He went to paramedic school but youd
think he was still assigned there. He comes to
the station after class, eats dinner there (aka
maggot messes it), sleeps there in any bed,
gets up and has coffee and breakfast and then
Chris and Caitlyn Stine win 1st place Christa Marie Stine
goes off to class. Do you think he contributes
to House Dues or the mess funds? The worst
part? This former member still keeps one of
his lockers so the guy that transferred into his
vacant spot, has only one locker. Really? Hey,
many of us had a long commute where we sat
in traffc to and from paramedic school. We
grinned and beared it. After all, the LAFD
paid for us to go to medic school and we still
got a frefghters salary while getting this free
education. Im just sayin
Truck 27 overhauls 5222 Los Feliz Bl
on 8/5/14. Photo by Yvonne Griffn
Family day at FS 82-C in July
September 2014 15
Hello again from the Harbor.
Well, Annual Inspection has come
and gone. Because there are nine fre stations,
two with fre boats, plus two stand-alone fre
boat stations, it was a rush for the chiefs to
inspect all the stations, all the apparatus, and
all the members in just three shifts. Some of
the members felt slighted by the almost casual
look-see inspection, especially after months of
work. I guess you cant please everyone - look
too hard, complain, look too easy, complain.
From the I Forgot Files - I forgot to
mention the retirement of a San Pedro legend,
Sergio Perez, 112s. Since hes seen all around
San Pedro, I forgot he retired. I dont have to
say enjoy your retirement, because I know
you are.
From 36s - Since fve members are
off ID, there are a lot of out-of-house people
working at 36s every day. Because there are
a lot of avid golfers at 36s, theres a golf cage
there where one can practice their swing for
physical ftness. Since the old fake grass pad
was getting worn out, someone bought a brand
new one. Unfortunately, it didnt last two days
before a hacker used it to take a 6 inch by
3 inch divot out of it. Of course, no one has
admitted to being responsible, so theyll have
to blame the out-if-house SOD members.
From 48s - Theres a rumor that FFP
Saffo is single-handedly keeping Wiener-
schnitzel in business. Youd have to ask him
about that.
From 79s - First, we at 79s have left
Batt. 13 and come home (thankfully) back
to Batt. 6. FF/PM Juan Colson (79-C) has
promoted to Capt. and left for FS-9. We are
welcoming his replacement FF/PM Terrance
Hubbard from FS-99. Congrats to ENG Mark
Heffner (79-A) for entering the DROP. Best
wishes for a speedy recovery and return duty
for CAPT Roy Yokoyama and FF/PM Keith
Anderson (both 79-C) who are off with long
term injuries. Please keep FF Vince Gutier-
rez (79-C and brother of FF/PM Gutierrez at
101s) in your thoughts and prayers. About the
same time Vince returned to duty from a long
term injury, his son was critically injured in an
accident. Contact 79-C with any questions or
Other members off, Jay Adams 40C,
and Blake Fair 112C, get better and come back
Keep the stuff coming,
On 7/14/14, Battalion 10 frefghters worked a roll-over on the 101.
Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
TFs 39 and 88 extricated two at Van Nuys Bl and
Oxnard St on 7/11/14. Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
16 September 2014
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Companies found a house undergoing reconstruction on Col-
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Whats going on over there at 90s on the C shift? Are they not happy campers anymore? Whats going on with their engineers? Ortega has
brownies in for every spot in the city even 11s! And Hernandez doesnt want to cook for the guys anymore. He goes begging to out-of-house
SOD guys to cook for him and even pays for their meals. Of course, he still wants the C.
Hello fellow Battalion 11 members.
First off, we want to formally say goodbye to
Randy Yslas, who spent the last seven years,
and several before that, molding and training
many young minds. You will be missed. Good
luck as you pursue greener pastures. Bluer
pastures? Or is it Haz-matier pastures? Either
way, enjoy your time there. Behind him comes
a familiar face, the recently promoted Captain
II Michael Morales. Also new to the Battalion
are the recently promoted Captain Is Egizi,
Kennedy and Dragotto at 6s. Also Voyson
and Schroeder at 11s. In addition we have
Santillan, Cunnigan and Cook at 13s. And
via the Drill Tower, Captain Cornejo at 29s.
Welcome to the Battalion.
This story has been two fre chiefs in
the making, but fnally it reached fruition this
month. Like many fre stations, 11s has a
rarely used soda vending machine on its ap-
paratus foor. This machine has been operated
and serviced with expired sodas by one of the
captains for as long as anyone can remember.
Months back a modifcation was made to
make room for a new refrigerator. The organic
juicing craze had made its way over there
and people needed extra room to store all of
the coolers and grocery bags that were being
brought in on a daily basis. So a common
sense project ensued. Shelving was removed,
exposed unpainted wood was addressed, and
a refer was found and placed in the space. But
just as suddenly as the project was fnished, all
hell broke loose as this project had resulted in
the tampering of someones presumed person-
al locker. Nasty things were said about each
other and their moms, people were accused
of eating their pizzas with forks, and Gloria
Allred was called in to arbitrate this latest Tet
Offensive. Ultimately the station upgrade was
With this back-story established, lets
fast forward eight months. A large cabinet was
ordered through the departments carpentry
shop to replace the one that fell victim to the
changing needs of the stations members.
The new cabinet fnally arrives at the station,
but inexplicably does not ft. How could this
happen? The only possible conclusion is that
somehow the carpenter badly botched his cuts
from the eyeballed measurements given to
him by the soda machine operator. (#mea-
suringtapesareoverrated) Well, this is the
fre department and we adapt and overcome,
right? So the new cabinet is taken to the local
hardware store and the backing is trimmed off.
They take it back to the station and again, the
cabinet is still too deep! (#measuringtapesares-
tilloverrated) Again they trim, and now fnally
it fts in. This story would have been amusing
if this was all there was to it. But it wasnt. So
to get this cabinet in and stabilized, the wash-
ing machine had to be moved. In the process
of pulling out the washing machine, the water
spigot gets sheared and instantly foods the
app foor. Right about this time is when USAR
88 shows up to hand out the new Class 3
harnesses for the truck. After some uncontrol-
lable laughter, they throw the harnesses out
the window of the rig and quickly drive away
to avoid being caught up this epic scene. The
water is shut off at the street and repairs are
quickly made and order is restored. Or so they
thought. When they reintroduce the water to
the station, they unknowingly blow the pipes
in the upstairs dorm toilets! The cook screams
that there is water cascading in through the
ceiling of the recreation room but nobody be-
lieves it because they are all still in shock with
the days earlier catastrophes. Finally someone
comes to check out what the cook is whining
about, and a mad scramble takes place. The
previously broken and now suddenly soaked-
through chairs are quickly moved outside to
start drying out and the station commences
with their second water sweep of the day. If
the UCLA food hadnt just occurred, this
might have made the nightly news. Its hard
to fully and accurately describe the colorful
conversations and one liners used during this
larger-than-life day, but the one that wont get
me in trouble with the FCC was when some-
one quipped, Was this project supposed to
take 10 hours? As you can imagine, this logi-
cal question was met with a blistering scream
commonly associated with a newborn.
Two stories from the Honesty, Integ-
rity, and Pride? fles. One of the A/Os at 11s
takes a day off nine days out. The spot is hired
for via another in house A/O, while our third
A/O gets hired for that same day at another
location. As it so happens, the frst A/O is un-
11s cabinet alteration and leftover evidence
18 September 2014
Companies found fre showing at 14380 Foothill
Blvd on 7/21/14. Photo by Rick McClure, EPN
able to work that day and gives up the day and
makes all of the appropriate notifcations to
the station commander well in advance. But he
is left in that spot. Why you ask? Because the
captain of this shift doesnt like the deodorant
that the other A/O uses and wants someone
else to drive him, and therefore hides the
updated hiring until 0700 that next morning so
as to prevent him from swapping in to the in-
house spot. As our good friend Ron Burgundy
likes to say, You stay classy.
The other story from our Honesty,
Integrity, and Pride? fle comes courtesy of
an engineer out of 34s. He was hired as the
pump engineer for a SOD day at 11s. As it
so happened though, Engine 11 gets sent up
north the night before as part of a strike team.
The EIT is unable to fnd a new home that day
for our engineer so he stays the day at 11s.
Lineup rolls around and the captain throws out
the classic softball question that will undoubt-
edly prompt the extra member to pipe up and
do the right thing by asking whos the cook
today? Everyone turns and looks at him. But
he is unfazed by this sudden onslaught of peer
pressure. He holds his ground and stays silent.
The days original cook raises his hand after
a moment and takes on the task of feeding the
stations working members . . . as well as the
one member getting paid to sit around and
watch TV all day.
Apparently 13s Cool Breeze must
have missed the part of his CORE class that
talked about (new) captains taking care of the
EPCR on medical runs. Rescues and 800s
are left to assume that he doesnt want to bog
himself down with the hassle of learning the
old software before the new updated software
comes out. Brilliant!
The cooking quality at 29s has been
enhanced with the addition of Mark Curry to
the cooking rotation. But apparently the A
shift has not been equally impacted by the
increasing demand to raise their cooking game
and pacify the now highly sophisticated pallets
of station members. The situation is so grave
that the A/O has gone to the great lengths of
keeping frozen meals on standby just in case
the meal does not appeal to his nares. He was
recently forced to retrieve one of his frozen
delicacies in lieu of a particular stinker. No
word yet on which meal won out during the
blind taste test challenge, but we all feel that
with a story like that, everyone is a winner.
Keeping with 29s, they are rumored to
be working on either an addendum to TB 144
or something new entirely! They were called
out to a particularly ferocious hydrant and ar-
rived on scene to fnd our gushing geyser was
going to require some out of the box thinking.
They racked their brains and came up with a
plan. They rapidly scanned about the scene
and found a car, perhaps even the offending
car, very nearby to the hydrant and the owner
readily available with his keys in hand. And
so the quick thinking A/O made the decision
to back the car over the top of the geyser. The
bottom of the tires were said to have been
skittishly foating two feet higher than they
normally sit. Marty McFly and Doc Brown
are said to have hit the Really, Really Like
buttons on their Facebook accounts when they
saw the pictures of the car surfng about like
their earlier version of the hoverboard.
Stay safe, have fun, dont waste your
time with the inconvenience of using a tape
measure, and remember that MFC is always
watching your status now.
September 2014 19
Greetings from the Battalion that never sleeps!
Why is our department more con-
cerned with what an independent news source
writes about us than the truth? Such sensa-
tional headlines as LAFD taking roughly 360
seconds on-average to reach incident scene or
LAFD sending 43 FFs to one fre incident.
Too many or not enough? You decide. We
seem so guided in response to whatever
article so-and-so Times is publishing that
we forget about just doing our job and serving
our citizens (and Im talking about the higher
ups, not the boots on the ground). Why am I
fnding out about the new fre chief of a major
metropolitan fre department (LAFD) while
reading the LA Times, before it is announced
to the membership? It wasnt even put onto
the Department Portal until the next day . . .
thats about three days later in the fre service
considering how fast info travels between us.
Our leaders should be less concerned with
whos writing these crazy articles than how we
are treating our own people! Maybe with my
silly articles Ill get some info directly from
the LAFD before it hits the membership! Or
maybe not?
Let me start off with a congratulations
to the new Fire Chief, Ralph Terrazas. Were
looking forward to the next adventure within
the LAFD. You have a lot of people rooting
for you and wanting you to do well. Also,
thank you to Chief Featherstone for stepping
in and doing a really great job. Maybe too
good of a job. Lets see: Morale is up - check.
Problems being solved - check. Department
moving forward in the toughest of times -
check. Not wavering under scrutiny - check.
Thank you Chief Featherstone for helping us
turn this boat around in very rough seas and
good luck Chief Terrazas....
Moving on . . . Congratulations to
the prospective candidates that are able to
enter the drawing for a scratch-off to have
the opportunity to wait in line for a numbered
wristband that enables them to buy a ticket to
the bingo game to win a chance to play a game
of musical chairs that allows them to enter a
dance-off competition to play a game of hot-
potato to win a chance to enter the lottery to
become a Los Angeles City frefghter. I truly
cant think of any better way to guarantee
only the highest quality candidates for a major
metropolitan city in crisis and under scrutiny
than a . . . lottery? Isnt gambling illegal?
Good luck to all those that win the chance to
enter and are chosen to refect the make-up of
our City. Hope to see you in the feld soon!
From that to this - With the 4th of
July holiday, its busy enough with the runs,
let alone the member whos cooking to get
two meals on the table to feed the troops. A
shout out to all the guys who either took the
bull-by-the-horns and cooked or volunteered
to cook. At 33s, Chief Castillo showed up
early that morning with a truck full of grocer-
ies that he had shopped for off duty the day
before. He served the guys two great meals
and for dinner pulled all the stops. Two kinds
of ribs, chicken, tri-tip, hot-links, potato salad,
corn, and baked beans. He also bought and
delivered two watermelons and apple pies to
each station in the Battalion. Thank you Chief
Castillo for stepping up and doing the right
Im not sure if youve heard of the
latest FF trend, but you really should check
it out. No, its not listening to the scanner
24 hours a day or being sent text messages
if theres a greater in the City. Since were
not allowed to bucket each other anymore,
weve not only decided to bucket ourselves,
but also donate some $ to a Fallen FF Fund.
Theres some pretty funny videos out there
and its really for a good cause. If you havent
had a chance, check them out, bucket your-
self, and donate some money! Keep the wheel
With all the recent captain promotions,
SOD in that rank has dried up a bit. Fortunate-
ly, theres usually vacancies in the FF rank,
and since they allow offcers to fll that void,
giddy up! One such captain took the opportu-
nity to work as a FF at FS 65, his old stomping
grounds. After a normal morning, things
continued to get more of the same for our new
captain. Apparently, after not driving an appa-
ratus for a few years, some things dont come
back like you think . . . ala not like riding a
bicycle. On one run, he opened the driver
door, stepped around the power cord, got into
the apparatus, turned the rig on and drove
away. It wasnt until he pulled back into the
light app bay that he noticed the cord dangling
Chief Castillos 4th of July feast
Who needs a plug buggy with lift-gate?
Congrats to Tim (64-C) and Keri Halloran. Kolton
Farrell born July 4th, 8lbs 5oz & 20-1/2}
20 September 2014
As the second half of 2014 drew to a close fnancial markets have
pushed higher, even in light of turmoil in the Ukraine and Iran.
Afer a slow start in the beginning of 2014 the Dow Jones Indus-
trials and the S&P 500 are up 1.5% and 6% respectively year to
date. Interestingly, bonds were also positive. It should be men-
tioned stocks and bonds normally are inversely correlated (e.g.
stocks move higher and bonds typically decline). We have seen
this typical stock and bond market correlation disrupted frequent-
ly in the past decade, likely due to the unprecedented involve-
ment of central banks in fnancial markets. Te bond markets
performance has confounded experts that had expected bonds
to substantially sell-of as the Federal Reserve (Fed) continues to
taper their bond purchases. Tis should remind us to be wary
of experts when they have a consensus about the direction and
relationship of fnancial markets.
Te backdrop of central bank involvement in fnancial markets is
important, as this has been one of the main ingredients supporting
the massive rally in fnancial assets. While many market watch-
ers are worried about valuations that have become stretched and
when the next correction is coming, we should refocus and look
at whether the ingredients of the current bull market are likely to
stay in place. Due to the Feds commitment to low interest rates,
and the ECB and BOJ both embracing stimulus plans, the answer
seems yes the upward trend of equity markets will likely continue.
Te Fed has further stated that they will tolerate temporarily
higher infation if it helps them achieve their goal to reduce unem-
ployment. Central bank stimulus measures, in various forms, will
likely continue for some time.
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with a few bare wires. Sure enough he quickly
found the other part snugly attached to his
apparatus in the proper receptacle . . . minus
the cord. Later on that evening RA 865 was
dispatched along with RA 65 to a medical run.
After being on-scene for 13 minutes by them-
selves, RA 65 started to get worried about the
well-being of RA 865 since they hadnt made
it on-scene yet and were dispatched at the
same time. Finally they came cruising down
the road and made it safely. Apparently while
trying to close the apparatus doors, a glitch
happened and they wouldnt close. Wondering
what to do, the captain and his partner wiggled
and wobbled them for about 7-8 minutes, kept
hoping they would fnally close and hit the
remote multiple times, gave up and fnally
unlocked the doors and manually shut them.
When RA 65 arrived back at quarters, they
simply hit the reset button and watched
them magically close. Done and done....65s
says that youre welcome back anytime Capt,
just make sure you pack an extra pigtail, a few
extra remote batteries, some know-how, and a
few hamburgers . . . oh wait that was from an
older story . . . just what I heard . . . #somethin
Recently the chiefs in Battalion 13
sent out a memorandum regarding Batt.13
personnel staffng, move-ups, and details. Not
wanting to bore you with all of it, the memo
was basically an outline of what to do in case
of. Since there are seven stations in the Bat-
talion, three single engine/RA and four task
force/RA, it makes sense to assign every task
force a single engine station to take care of.
This way everybody in the Battalion can have
a bit of ownership and help out one another:
21s gets 46s, 66s gets 57s, 64s gets 65s,
and 33s gets . . . uh Batt13? Ok moving on
. . . with all the craziness lately, especially
on the weekends, one of the recent academy
graduates was assign hired to work alongside
another recent graduate and both were placed
at 46s. Obviously this isnt going to work,
so to alleviate the problem and follow the
memorandum and matrix that Battalion sent
out, yep you guessed it, send one to 21s and
detail a member from 21s over to . . . wait,
what? Nope. Apparently this was Day X
where we dont follow the memo that we sent
out. Instead, the solution was to send a recent
academy graduate to 64s and detail a guy
working at 64s to RA 846. Then, to allow the
recent academy graduate to ride the engine,
they had to detail an on-shift guy assigned to
ride the engine that day to ride RA 864. Wait,
let me check that sheet again that Batt.13 just
sent out a week before . . . ok, I must have
interpreted it incorrectly. My bad. Im curious
why the members at 33s who think the 800s
should be eliminated and run by private am-
bulance companies arent affected? Just sayin
#maybeIshouldstopwondering #takingcareo-
feachotherandthensome #thismemoisawasteof
OK, thats all Ive got! Keep taking
care of one another. Stay safe and remember
that 2+2 makes sense, play nice, know your
audience, get a cool nickname, fgure out
which formula to use before the media gets
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!, a # makes every-
thing seem much nicer, if it rains and you
dont feel like doing your job just journalize it,
when you need to go to the DMV wear your
uniform, wait 45 minutes to ask if everybody
is ok and see where that gets you!, show up
late to your own ceremony, a bad idea is still
a BAD idea, water drops for all brush, call
out an already overworked 800 to keep your
shield available, and fnally, answer only
a text instead of a phone call if what youre
about to do is the wrong thing. Glad to see that
some of you are following my advice!
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28 September 2014
first met John Rasmussen at
old FS 112, which was built
in 1925 and located across
the channel from the current
station. He was the B shift
engineer on Boat 2, the Ralph
J. Scott. I had heard some
stories about John before he
joined the LAFD, when he
was involved in drag racin
and buildin dragsters for 1/4 mile racin,
but for some unknown reason I never asked
him exactly what it was that he did.
A short time ago Dave Wagner called
me and asked if Id like to have lunch with
John and get his story for a Grapevine article.
Here was my chance to ask those questions.
John grew up on LAs Westside and
was very familiar with the accomplishments
of a guy named Gene Adams. In 1963 they
teamed up to race a very successful dragster
using nitro-methane. However, nitro-methane
wasnt cheap and it usually contributed to an
extremely short engine life. So in 1965 they
decided that payin $3 per run usin gas was
easier on the wallet than payin $75 per run
with nitro-methane. In 1966 John had a winnin
season and chalked up 39 straight Top Gas
wins. Most of these wins were at
Lions Drag Strip in Long Beach.
John also teamed up with
Stu Hilborn, who became very well
known for his innovative work de-
velopin fuel injection. In 1970,
John and Stu Hilborn tested a
twin-turbocharged Hemi for their
dragster, but because it made so
much horsepower the tires of the
time couldnt put all the horse-
power to the ground. Also in
1970, John debut a radical and
innovative dragster usin two
fuel injected Chrysler Hemis
named the Double Eagle. This
dragster went down the 1/4 mile
in an astoundin 6.79 seconds at
217.11 MPH. Even though this
dragster was fast, it was incon-
sistent and the Double Ea-
gle experiment ended. John
considered Gene Adams his
mentor and kept his
name on his cars
whether he was
part of the team
or not.
On October 18,
2013, John re-
ceived the NHRAs
(National Hot Rod
Association) Life-
time Achievement
Award. This trophy
acknowledges the
skill, dedication
and professional
spirit that John
displayed durin
his racin career.
John actually
got his racin ca-
reer started on
the streets as a teenager. But he soon fgured
out that street racin wasnt goin to get the
bills paid. So on March 10, 1962, John joined
the Los Angeles Fire Department. Johns frst
day at Drill Tower 89 was March 13, 1962,
which is kind of burned into his memory.
At the time, John owned a1929 roadster that
he had completely modifed (hard to believe,
huh?). Needless to say, it was a very fast car,
and because he thought he might be late that
day to the Drill Tower, he put his foot to the
foor and nearly broke the sound barrier. He
also attracted the attention of the LAPD, who
followed him into the drill yard. After fgurin
out that John wasnt a criminal, he got away
with only a warnin. John said the funny part
of the story was the fact that all the Drill Tower
Captains were peekin out through the class-
room windows, watchin the commotion but
never mentionin the incident until after he had
graduated. Can you imagine that same scenario
happenin today?
Johns probationary houses were 95s,
5s and 80s. After probation John spent time
at 61s, 68s and 43s. John promoted to Engi-
neer in 1971 and was assigned to FS 61. Then
in 1983 John got assigned to Boat 2. Bein in
the engine room on Boat 2 was a natural ft for
John and he continually insured that the Ralph
J. Scott was always ready to perform to the
highest standards.
Ironically, next door to FS 49s was
Wilmington Transportation, which operated
several tugs that serve the Port of Los Ange-
les. Bein the gear head he is, John became
interested in these tugs. He inquired as to the
requirements of workin in a tug boat engine
room. He was told, Learn everythin about
these tugs and we might be able to use you.
He did and was eventually hired as one of their
engineers. John ended up writin their operatin
manuals and worked on the tugs from 1998 to
John retired from the LAFD in 2007,
proudly servin 25 of those years on Boat 2.
I fnally got to ask John all the ques-
tions I should have asked years ago.
Youre a true gentleman
John and it was a pleasure
talkin with you and learnin
about all the things you did
durin your racin career. See
you at Pomona at the end of
the year!
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Joe had long heard stories
of an amazin family tradi-
tion. It seems his father,
grandfather and great-grand-
father had all been able to
walk on water on their 18th
birthday. On that special day,
theyd each walk across the
lake to the local bar on the far side of the lake
for their frst legal drink.
So when Joes 18th birthday came
around, he and his pal Rick, took a boat to the
middle of the lake, stepped out of the boat and
nearly drowned! They both barely managed
to pull themselves to safety. Furious and con-
fused, Joe went to see his grandmother.
Grandma, he asked, Its my 18th
birthday, so why cant I walk across the lake
like my father and his father before him?
Grandma looked deeply into Joes trou-
bled blue eyes and said, Because your father,
grandfather and great-grandfather were all born
in December, when the lake is frozen. You were
born in August, you bone-head!
30 September 2014
Photos by Yvonne Griffn & Mike Meadows
The LAFD was called just before 9:00 AM on July 13, 2014, to 1001 North Orange Drive. Firefghters arrived in three minutes to fnd smoke
and fre billowing from Highland Plating Company, a 100 by 150 one story brick building. Firefghters made an aggressive interior fre attack but
were driven back by intense heat and fames. Seven minutes into the battle a coordinated retreat was ordered and the operation took a defensive
posture. Firefghters used large diameter hose and water streams from ladder trucks to attack the blaze.
To combat concerns of run off, frefghters built a series of dams and fltering systems to reduce contaminants, while Haz Mat teams
tested both the air and water.
Nearly 150 frefghters had the bulk of the fre extinguished in just over two hours.
September 2014 31
Photos by Jeff Zimmerman, EPN
Companies responded to a structure fre at 237 West 50th Street on August 11, 2014.
During an initial search, an elderly man was located in the hallway. Firefghters extri-
cated the pulseless and non-breathing man and rendered CPR. The patients pulses
were regained, however he remains in grave condition at a local hospital.
32 September 2014
Photos by Mike Meadows & Steve Gentry
Companies were called on July 29, 2014 to 10630 Sunset Boulevard in Westwood - just north of UCLA, where frefghters discov-
ered as much as 75,000 gallons of water per minute fowing through ruptured asphalt in the center of the street. Firefghters secured the
adjacent parking structure elevators and descended fooded stairwells to supervise the self-evacuation of several would-be motorists.
Firefghters rescued fve persons who were stranded by rising water. Additional frefghters joined UCLA staff in dewatering Pauley Pavil-
ion and the John Wooden Center, which were among the six campus buildings most signifcantly impacted by the food.
September 2014 33
AFD handball players continue to play well in tournaments be-
yond Department competition. Chris Yokoyama and Roy Harvey
won the A Division of the 2014 Royal Flush Doubles Handball
Tournament in Las Vegas. Joe Castro and Mario Rueda won the Com-
bined 100 Year Doubles Division of the 2014 Wafe Risner Tournament
at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Marc Samama recently won the Bronze
in the 2014 Firefighter Olympics in San Francisco.
The Annual Venice Beach 3-Wall Tournament is scheduled for
Saturday, September 13, 2014. This is always a fun event for LAFD
players and friends. Players may sign up by calling Chris Yokoyama
(562) 833-7233 or Roy Harvey (213) 713-5664. If you dont have a part-
ner, come on out and we will match you up with someone. Volunteers for
food service and support functions are always welcome.
Fire Station 9 Skid Row
Annual Handball Tournament
Sunday, October 19, 2014
$25 incl. tshirt, breakfast & lunch
Start time is 0800 hrs.
Tournament open to
all past & current members
Members can call & register or
just show up and play the day
of the tournament
There will be raffe & prizes for frst place
Call FS 9 - (213) 485-6209
or FF Elliot Ibanez 9-B -
(562) 773-5963
The Annual Venice Beach
3 Wall Handball Tournament
September 13, 2014
Invitational, B, C, Novice
Chris Yokoyama - (562) 833-7233
Roy Harvey - (213) 713-5664
or email:
Civilians Greg Tomaysian, Mike Kogan, Greg
Ramirez with Joe Castro and Mario Rueda
Chris Yokoyama and Roy Harvey
Will Reilly (San Francisco Fire)
with Marc Samama (LAFD)
34 September 2014
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mail in with payment to:
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PO Box 41903
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Phone: (323) 259-5217
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SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
September 2014 35
n June 9, 2014, seventy-seven of the
finest seniors from the LAFD Golf
Club met at the beautiful Montebello
Golf Course to decide who was the top se-
nior golfer in the club. On a magnificent 80
degree day in the San Gabriel Valley, we had
nine golfers post scores in the 70s. Success-
fully defending his title this year is our repeat
champion Andy Zar shooting an even par 71.
He was followed by two who shot 73s - Klasse
and Faulkner. The 73 by Klasse was notewor-
thy because he shot his age. Great job Gary!
Andy will represent us at the SCGA Seniors
Tournament of Champions in December.
Taking the Low Net honors this year
and also defending his title is Jim Sanchez. Jim
shot a gross 76 minus his 11 handicap which
gave him a 65 for the tournament. Great job
Jim! Jim will represent us in the SCGA Net Se-
niors Tournament of Champions in December.
Congratulations guys!
It was great to see our octogenarians
again this year: Jesse Lea at 89 years young,
Don Hibbard at 86, Tom Harrison at 85 and Jim
Chatterton at 82. Can you believe all of these
guys are 22 and under handicaps? Adding to
our super seniors group is Bill Rose and Gene
Allen. We hope to see you back for another
tournament in 2015.
Our youngster this year was Eric An-
derson at 50. Welcome to the Old Guys club.
Id like to thank Kevin Wright, a Finan-
cial Advisor for Morgan Stanley, for supporting
our tournament again. ProVs this year. We do
rate. Thanks Kevin.
A big thanks goes out to the LAFDGC
board for their continual support. Thanks Guys.
A special thanks goes out to Tom
Camacho and his staff for a job well done. Tom
also donated a foursome and a putter. Thanks
goes to Wes Shundo for helping secure the do-
Congratulations to all of our winners.
See you next year.
B Flight Net & Gross Champions
Tim McDonell & Steve Schulz
C Flight Net & Gross Champions
Jim Sanchez & Sonny Garrido (not pictured)
Champions Andy Zar & Jim Sanchez will represent
our club at the SCGA Tourney of Club Champions
D Flight Senior Net & Gross Champions
Gary Klasse & Gene Allen
A Flight Net & Gross Champions
Andy Zar & Kelly Faulkner
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Phone: (323) 259-5217
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SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
36 September 2014
he week of July 19, 2014, the California
Firefighter Olympics were held in San
Francisco. Hosted by San Francisco Fire
Department, 1560 firefighter from around the
state came to compete and enjoy great cama-
raderie. Events included basketball, baseball,
beach volleyball, and of course golf.
A small group of active and retired
LAFD came to play competitive golf at these
beautiful and challenging golf courses. There
were 128 golfers competing in partners and
individual play over three days of golf. The
courses were TPC Harding Park, Half Moon
Bay Golf Links/The Old Course, and Presidio
Golf Course. Though partners play did not pro-
duce any medals this year, some outstanding
play by individuals did.
Dave Baiz won a gold medal in the C
fight Net with a combined score 220. Randy
Laur won a bronze in the E fight Net with a
combined score of 230. Congratulations to the
both of them.
Next year the Olympics are planned to
be held in the southern part of the state. So to
all you golfers - work on your game and plan
on participating next year. The camaraderie is
worth joining in.
September 2014 37
he 2014 Firefighters Olympics was
hosted by the firefighters of San Fran-
cisco and they did an outstanding job of
managing the shotgun events. The events start-
ed on time, ran smoothly, and the medals were
handed out immediately after the event was
over. Their record keeping was very thorough
and aboveboard. So much so that they when
they found that a medal had been inadvertently
awarded to a person who did not qualify for
that medal, they immediately had it returned
and awarded it to the proper shooter. The per-
son who lost the medal was one of their own
guys. You just cant do it any better.
The trap and skeet events were held at
the Pacifc Rod & Gun Club in San Francisco,
and the Coyote Valley Gun Club in Morgan
Hill hosted the sporting clays. The Pacifc Rod
& Gun Club in San Fran-
cisco is one of those places
that exists where you would
least expect to fnd it. The
club has been there since
1922, and considering the
politics in San Francisco, it
is nothing short of a miracle
that it still exists today.
Special thanks go out to
the non-frefghter members
of the club who came out
and assisted the SFFD in
the running of the events.
Your presence and exper-
tise made the events run as
smoothly as possible. Extra
special thanks go to the club
member who had a Grateful
Dead patch on his shooting
vest. You generally dont
see many of those at a trap
and skeet shoot. It brought
back pleasant memories of
the 1960s.
There were several LAFD
Trap & Skeet team records
set this year that will last
forever, maybe longer.
Given the age of our mem-
bers, forever was about fve minutes ago, so I
think that is an accurate statement. All of these
amazing records were set by the same shooter,
me - Art Sorrentino. I was able to win the most
medals, fve, by an individual member of the
LAFD Trap & Skeet team in any Firefghter
Olympics trap, skeet and sporting clays event
since before the turn of the century. Snagged
also were silver medals in the single skeet and
handicap trap events. A shoot off was neces-
sary in the skeet event to decide the winner of
the gold and silver medal. A shoot off is a sud-
den death elimination when there is a tie for
a medal. Bronze medals were won in 16 yard
trap, doubles trap and sporting clays. A shoot
off was required in the sporting clays event for
the silver and bronze medals.
Accomplished also was the most med-
als won by a member of the LAFD Trap &
Skeet team who has been retired for more than
12 years as of 2014. In addition, I scored the
highest low score to win the coveted Pink Hat
Award. What makes this a truly amazing record
is that the winner predicted his win about two
weeks before the games began. That would, I
believe, place this shooter in the same league as
Babe Ruth when he pointed to center feld and
predicted that his next hit would be a home run.
I think I will go buy a Power Ball ticket.
The photo of the medal winner shows
an athlete whose intense training regimen has
honed his skills to a razor sharp point. You will
also notice that he has a chiseled, rock hard
body. Its hard to tell from the photo if this is
the Michelin Man or the Bobs Big Boy statue.
This look was achieved after many long years
of practice, which obviously didnt include any
If anyone has proof that any of the pre-
ceding record statements are inaccurate or fat
out false please submit them, along with any
supporting documents, for verifcation. I will
submit them to a hand-picked team of expert
farmers, who are outstanding in their felds, for
authentication. They shall be required to be re-
ceived within two days of receiving the Grape-
vine and overnight UPS delivery is required.
The decision of the judge, that would be me,
is fnal. Winners will be notifed by mail within
one year.
If anyone submits documents that prove
the above stated records are untrue they will
receive an all-expense paid, overnight fshing
trip to the other side of Catalina Island. This
trip will be provided by Carmine & Nunzios
charter service . . . if you get my drift.
If you would like to see what trap and/
or skeet shooting is all about, come out to Oak
Tree Gun Club in Newhall on any Friday morn-
ing at ten oclock and join us for a fun day of
making noise and breaking things. We would
really like to see you out there.
If you would like more information
about us you can contact me at s.skipsor@veri- or you can call me at (805) 551 8518.
38 September 2014
On December 3, 2014, the Los Angeles City Firefghters Association will vote on this years 2014 Firefghter of the Year. This honor
of distinction and recognition is given to a member of any rank, who, not by any single act, has distinguished him/herself as one of outstanding
character, dedication, and loyalty to the Department, the Fire Service, and to the citizens of the community.
To be eligible for consideration, nominees must have been an active LAFD member for at least one day during the nominating year, and a
member of the California State Firefghters Association/Los Angeles City Firefghters Association.
Candidates will be judged on an overall career and life that exemplifes the best qualities of those who are honored to be part of the fre
If you know of such a person, and would like to nominate him/her for this prestigious award, submit your application NO LATER than
December 1, 2014, to any one of the nominating committee members listed below. The nomination must include the nominees name, rank,
assignment and a statement of why the member should receive the award. Photos and other documentation may also be submitted.
Please attend the Los Angeles City Firefghters Association meeting on December 3, 2014 at 0830 Hours, Fire Station 59 Training class-
room, 11505 Olympic Blvd. and present your nomination IN PERSON. All Los Angeles City Firefghters Association members are welcome,
and encouraged to attend the meeting and presentations, and to show support for the individuals being nominated.
Presentations may be subject to time limits depending on the number of nominations received in order to provide fairness to all nominees.
These time limits will be announced prior to the start of the December 3, 2014 membership meeting and will be strictly enforced. The nominee
cannot be present during the meeting.
The election will be held in closed executive session following the nominations, and only members of the Los Angeles City Firefghters
Association Board will vote.
Following personal notifcation of the winner by the Vice President, public announcement will be made by Department teletype.
George James, (661) 433-4679
James S. Dolan, (562) 400-1298
Adam VanGerpen, (818) 486-9939
September 2014 39
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ship are $75.00 per year. This will entitle the member to participate in all LAFD Golf Club
functions, which includes two to three one-day tournaments per month, two major tourna-
ments (the Memorial Club Championship in April and the Partners Championship at the
Singing Hills at Sycuan Resort in September, and four Southern California Firefghters
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September 2014 41
Please attend the LAFD Fallen Firefghters
Memorial Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 11,
2014, at 1000 hours.
Filling Primary
he world has always needed good leaders. Right now there seems
to be a shortage. It seems to be a dying breed, perhaps thats why
we have special classes for it.
To fll the place of leadership Im referring to doesnt require
the richest, the strongest, or even the smartest. The kind of leader we
need right now isnt defned by or confned to a badge, uniform, rank,
title or even numbers on a paycheck. The type of leader were missing
today is often known for his or her quiet strength. They have a voice
all right, they just choose to let their walking do the talking. This indi-
vidual doesnt need a window sticker, bumper sticker or even a special
parking space. They do the right thing, simply because . . . well, its the
right thing. They dont need recognition, or compensation, their reward
is the satisfaction that comes from contributing to a mission bigger than
themselves while doing what they believe in. Theyre secure enough and
humble enough to not need or crave attention. They sacrifce often for
someone elses beneft. They go to work every day and return to their
family when work is complete. We need new leaders: humble leaders,
determined leaders, leaders committed to the right causes, respected and
respectful leaders, leaders humble enough to set aside time to give to
others and yet courageous enough when appropriate to face opposition.
Last month I mentioned the dying tradition of Giving Back
practiced by a faithful few, frequently senior, often retired members. The
LAFD family at its core tends to be generous with its money, but in
certain day to day situations stingy with its time. Im asking all active
department members to consider how they might allocate time and dedi-
cate talent to preserve some of our hard fought benefts. Why? Because
we need additional resources to shore up the foundation of some of our
key organizations.
On my list of in house organizations with primary vacancies is
the Relief Association, Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund,
LAFDs Historical Society with its two museums and Ralph J. Scott
restoration project, and The Los Angeles Retired Fire and Police Asso-
ciation. Thanks goes out to those that have helped in the past and those
helping right now. But whos next? Maybe you?
his month I want to mention another vacancy, another opportu-
nity to give of your time and make a positive difference. This
opportunity requires just a few hours once a year. This October it
would be great to fill every vacant seat at your very own LAFD Annual
Firefighters Memorial. This is not the 911 Memorial - this is your very
own memorial ceremony held annually at old 27s. You might be think-
ing I didnt know we had a memorial or I didnt know that so few
attended our memorial - exactly my point! Im writing this to sound the
alarm hoping that many of you will seriously consider self-dispatching
to this years memorial event.
Especially if your station or battalion has ever suffered a loss of
one of its members - you should be there! Over the years and recently
weve suffered losses from MFC, FPB and Fire Stations 73, 95, 1, 60, 57,
95, 27, and others you should be there! Out of respect for the families
of the deceased that will attend the ceremony you should be there! To
honor the memory and sacrifce of our members you should be there!
Is it too much to ask that each battalion and station in the City be repre-
sented on the 11th?
If you knew that every year families, friends and coworkers of
members killed in the line of duty or duty related illnesses were pres-
ent, would you honor them through your presence? Would you change
your plans one day out of the year to include a morning to honor fallen
members like: Glenn Allen, Eric Reiner, Brent Lovrien, Joe Dupee, Ben
Pinel, Jamie Foster, Matt McKnight, Tom Taylor, Frank Hotchkin, Rob-
ert Gladden . . . and many others.
By the way; should you be grieving the loss of a retired loved one
who passed from natural causes, even an illness unrelated to duty, you
are just as welcome to join us. The Memorial Plaza, Wall of Honor, Glass
Badge, Eternal Flame and Museum exist to serve as your special connec-
tion to the fre family for life. In fact, Old Fire Station 27 represents the
single common assignment meant to be shared by all members of the Los
Angeles City Fire Department, active or retired, and their families.
So seize the day! With a new mayor, a newly appointed fre chief,
new promotions, new frefghters on board and Lord willing, more on the
way, what better time than now to model servant leadership. In a Depart-
ment our size, we have the numbers, we just need the volunteers. One
by one, by taking your turn and donating your time, as a group we can
all enjoy the benefts of Giving Back. Its my prayer that as you begin to
take your turn, other members - even the newest ones - will catch your
act and join the fun. Now thats leadership!
Just Once
a Year
42 September 2014
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A person not a spouse but rather a do-
mestic partner, may qualify as a dependent,
but must be registered with the department as
a domestic partner. Parents, siblings, or other
good faith members of the household may
also qualify as dependents if they can establish
some degree of dependency on the deceased.
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pension benefts, there is an offset against those
benefts for any workers compensation death
benefts that have or would be paid. There is no
such offset for children who receive both. It is
highly recommended that a surviving spouse or
domestic partner speak with a knowledgeable
attorney regarding the pros and cons of fling
for workers compensation death benefts and
a pension as an erroneous decision can affect
the amount of workers compensation benefts
payable to any surviving children
If the death of a frefghter was caused
by the negligence or intentional acts of a third
party, then a personal injury action or wrong-
ful death action may be a viable source of re-
t will never happen to me. Im invin-
cible. Even if I do get injured on the
job, Ill bounce back and return to full
duty. Thats what most frefghters truly be-
lieve. They rarely consider or think about work
related injuries and the effect those injuries
have on their careers and their families. But
what if . . . the unthinkable happens? jWhat if
you suffer a catastrophic injury that results in
your death?
In the frst six months of 2014, LAPD
lost four offcers, three to on duty traffc acci-
dents and one to a heart attack on duty. That
should make you sit back and think about the
above scenario more carefully. Firefghters
are not immune to events similar to those that
took the lives of LAPDs fnest - sudden tragic
events that end careers and turn families
upside down. What do these families now
do? How do they deal with the grief of los-
ing a loved one, and the income and sup-
port that person provided?
This article will recap what benefts
a surviving spouse or dependent may re-
ceive when an LA City frefghter dies as a
result of a work related injury. The benefts
are primarily pension, workers compensa-
tion, and personal injury, but some ancil-
lary benefts from other agencies may be
available as well.
To claim workers compensation
death benefts, an individual must estab-
lish they were dependent upon the frefghter at
the time of his/her injury that resulted in death.
Dependency is a question of fact that is deter-
mined by a workers compensation judge. The
degree of dependency (partial versus total) will
determine the amount which the dependent will
receive. The payments are bi weekly and for a
limited period of time.
Children of the deceased frefghter, un-
der the age of 18 at the time of the injury are
presumed to be total dependents. If a child
is over the age of 18, he/she may still be a total
dependent but must prove it factually (ie: living
at home; full time student, etc.). If the child is
over 18 and working, he/she may qualify as a
dependent but the degree of dependency may
be partial versus total. Total dependents receive
a greater amount of death beneft compensation
than partial dependents.
A surviving spouse may qualify as a to-
tal dependent if they earn less than $30,000 in
the year preceding the death of the frefghter. If
they earned more than $30,000, they may still
qualify as a partial dependent.
covery for surviving family members. Domes-
tic partners must be registered with the State of
California in to order to recover in a third party
civil action. Typical injuries that give rise to a
civil action include on duty traffc accidents,
product liability or defects contributing to or
causing death, and premise negligence cases.
In traffc accident cases, the action is normally
fled against the negligent drivers insurance
company and in the event the negligent driver
is uninsured or under insured, an action may
be pursued against the frefghters own private
auto insurance uninsured motorist provision.
Because there are so many uninsured and under
insured motorists in California, it is highly rec-
ommended that each frefghter carry the maxi-
mum UM coverage on their own auto policy.
Aside from proving dependency, a
claimant must also prove there was a work
related injury resulting in death. Clearly if
there is an on duty physical event that re-
sults in death, there should be no dispute.
Traffc accidents, physical trauma suf-
fered while fghting a fre or responding to
a scene and similar acts will normally not
be challenged by the employer. But what
about internal illnesses that result in death?
Many physical conditions are pre-
sumed industrial for frefghters if they
establish certain facts that trigger the pre-
sumption. Heart trouble, cancer, pneumo-
nia, blood borne pathogen diseases (HIV,
hepatitis), MRSA, tuberculosis, and meningitis
are all conditions that are presumed indus-
trial for frefghters. If a frefghter dies as a
result of any of those conditions, then his/her
death would also be presumed industrial. These
presumptive injuries normally must occur dur-
ing the time the frefghter is employed but
some can apply even after the frefghter stops
working. Heart trouble that develops within
fve years from the last day of work is still
presumed industrial and cancer is presumptive
for up to ten years depending on the number of
years actually worked.
Other physical conditions which are not
presumptive might still give rise to an indus-
trial injury and death and should be explored
with a CSFA attorney. These could include
hypertension, stroke and possibly autoimmune
Educate your spouse, partner and chil-
dren. Make sure they know what to do if the
unthinkable occurs. Its not a pleasant conver-
sation, but one you need to have. In the mean-
time, stay healthy and safe.
By Robert Sherwin of Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke, Sherwin & Lee
44 September 2014
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46 September 2014
Dear Andy,
Please accept the enclosed check in honor of
Steward Premmer. Stu was a fne engineer and an
even fner man. I feel honored to have worked with
Stu for four years at 58s early in my career. He
was a gentle soul who led by example in a world
full of push and shove. He was also one of the best
frehouse cooks I ever knew.
Jim Stiglich
Van Nuys, CA
P.S. Thank you for your tireless efforts at LAFRA!
Widows and Orphans Fund:
Please accept this donation for your worthy
cause in gratitude for the excellent, professional
services rendered to me on July 20, 2014, at the
above address by the outstanding emergency
personnel at Fire Station 5.
I can specifcally commend Steven Addleman
and his co-worker Kevin (last name unknown)
for their efforts. However, all the people from Fire
Station 5 involved were appreciated.
Thank you,
Robert T. Jacobs
Playa Del Rey, CA
To the Editor:
Please accept this donation to the Widows and
Orphans Fund in the memory of Tim Walgren.
I spent 2 years of my career at 70s and many
years after I retired in the company of Timmy.
Being around him and having him for a friend
made you better for it. On and off the job was flled
with laughter and good times. We lost him too soon
but those who [had] his company now are reaping
the benefts of what we had lucky them!!
Norm Stephens
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Last year on a rainy day in December, a pancake
breakfast was held at Fire Station 43 honoring Stu
and supporting him in his fght with cancer. It was
packed with friends and former co-workers as a
testament to a good guy whose life would be cut far
too short.
Richard Watters, LAFD retired
Agoura Hills, CA
The Los Angeles Firemens Relief Assn,
Enclosed is a check in memory of Steward E.
Premmer who was one of my reliefs at Fire Station
58 in the mid-80s. I was on the B shift and Stew
was on the A shift. He was one of the better
cooks. He could whip up a meal, with ease, that
would have you going back for seconds.
Robert L. Kilpatrick
Simi Valley, CA
Andy Kuljis,
Our family would like to thank you for your
help and kindness after Tims death. Tim loved his
fre family so much. Enclosed is a check in Tims
memory to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled
Firemens Fund.
The Walgren family
Simi Valley, CA
Dear Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens
Please accept this donation in memory of
Steward E. Premmer. Stu was a third house rookie
at old 4s on the C platoon around 1975. He was
a bit on the short side but had a big heart, a great
work ethic and an engaging personality.
A couple of stories from the old days when
life (on the LAFD) was simpler:
Stu had been at 4s for a while but was still on
probation when we got the word that two trainees
were coming down to see the station they would
be assigned to after graduation. One was Andres
Andy Valencia, and the others name escapes
me. Stu put on his blues and somehow a captains
badge and horns, and found a big cigar. When
the doorbell rang and the soon to be probationary
fremen came in, they were introduced to Captain
Premmer. In whispers, they were told that Captain
Premmer had little use for rookies and made life
hard on them. They proceeded to get a tour with
Captain Premmer blowing cigar smoke at them and
in general telling them they had better work hard
and make few mistakes. Of course when their tour
was over and they were heading for home, they
encountered a local downpour.
If I remember correctly, the day Stu got off
probation, he took over the cooking full time and
either started or continued the tradition of the
Three Oclock Cake which took place every
afternoon. Unless we were at an incident, we
took a break for cake and coffee. Once, we were
conducting Battalion Driver Training in the parking
lot at Dodger Stadium with 3s. At 3:00 pm, Stu
drove up in the plug buggy with cake and coffee
and enough for 3s to enjoy also.
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September 2014 47
Dear Pauline,
Thank you so much for arranging the fabulous
group of frefghters attend our end of year
assembly in June. They spoke a little about the
LAFD Widows and Orphans Fund, accepted our
donation, and even managed to stay for much of
the morning, warmly greeted our students and
allowing some of them to personally thank them
for their service. I must say their presence was a
highlight of the day, if not the year! We absolutely
understand what a busy time of year it is and are so
appreciative that the frefghters could join us.
We enjoy our partnership with the Firemens
relief Association and would love to expand the
connection if ever possible.
Best regards,
Paula Riley, Elementary School Director
Heschel Day School, Northridge
L.A. Firemens Relief Association:
Please accept this donation in memory of our
Zuliani comrades: Aldo, Reno, Angelo and Paul.
What great times we all had together.
[Also,] Please accept this donation in memory
of Hallack Robb, Larry Korchak and Forrest
Taylor, the frst A shift scuba team (1960-61), and
Fireboat Mate Ron Smith. All are missed.
William Dahlquist
Laguna Niguel, CA
Dear Andy
It is with a heavy heart that Mary and I are
sending this donation to the Widows and Orphans
Fund in memory of a great friend Don Beaver. He
will be remembered for the fre department and the
many other associations he was involved with, and
organizing several golf and travel trips. May God
bless his family and the Relief Association.
Gary Klasse
San Clemente, CA
Please accept the enclosed donation in memory
of Karin Bassett-Williams, daughter of retired
engineer Bob Bassett and his wife Jeanette. Death
may have taken Karin, but it cant take our sweet
memories of her.
Bill Judi, Mark Robinson and Jilanne Robinson-
Breen, LAFD retired
Newbury Park, CA
Get your Estate Planning Getting
Started Kit today by calling
Marlene Casillas, Development &
Marketing Director, at
(323) 259-5217 or email at
Experts say it is in your best interest to review
your Estate Plan every fve years.
Reasons to update your Estate Plan:
Marriage or divorce
(yours or a benefciarys)
Additions to your family
Have you bought or sold a house or other
Change in fnancial situation or assets
Have you recently sold stock or other
Change of state residence
Change in tax laws
Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association members
are entitled to a one-time, reimbursement Estate
Planning Beneft of up to $600.
48 September 2014
September 2014 49
Whenever possible keep the computer, tablets
and smartphones in the common areas of your
Become their friend. You need to be
one of their online friends. If you dont already
have an account on the major social networks,
its time to set one up. Mandate that your kids
invite you into their network so you can see
what they are up to online. Besides, you should
know how to work the technology, too; other-
wise you wont know how to keep them safe.
As I said before, social media is a part
of our lives. Its important that we understand
this and guide the young people that depend on
us to shape their judgment for how and what
they share online. We should also be the judge
of when enough is enough. Limits are impor-
tant no matter how much resistance you get.
A few months ago there was a video
that went viral called, Look Up by Gary
Turk. Ironically, it was about the dangers of
becoming too involved in social media. This
video had more than 45 million views at the
time of publication. His message was that we
all need to look up from our screens and engage
in our lives.
I believe this too. Social media has its
place and it is an excellent resource for com-
munication and sharing. However, it should
not become your life. It is the life we are living
with the people we love and not the one that we
present online that matters most.
Thanks for reading. Remember, sharing
with the Fire Family is what makes our Credit
Union stronger. I encourage you to follow the
Credit Union and the Fire Family Foundation
on our social sites Facebook, Twitter, You-
Tube, and LinkedIn - and let us know how
were doing.
Have a safe month!
Mike Mastro
Material provided is for your information and convenience only. For
specifc legal advice, consult with a qualifed professional. Your credit
card issuer can also provide you with disclosure information for any
included benefts.
by Mike Mastro, President/CEO
Firefghters First Credit Union
know that social media is here to stay. All
the status updates, posts, and tweets arent
going anywhere anytime soon. The ubiq-
uitous presence of like buttons and other
social media icons on our websites, online
publications and even corporate communica-
tions seem as normal to our general experience
as the logos and taglines that have been there
for decades. For this months article, Id like
to talk about social media and how to manage
your kids online.
How to Manage Your Kids Online
Sharing is important. I believe that
sharing with our Fire Family is what makes our
Credit Union stronger. We share what we know
about personal fnance through in-person con-
versations, newsletters, corporate collateral,
and mailed materials. Now, we share online
through social media as well.
There are many positive impacts to this
tool. Social media is an additional channel for
us to provide better service for our members
and a way to enhance their experience with us
at Firefghters First Credit Union. We also use
social media to keep an open online channel
of communication between our team and our
members. We appreciate all the likes and sup-
port we get from our members, too.
But there are some downsides to social
media sharing, particularly as it pertains to our
kids. One of the many responsibilities we have
as adults is to keep this essential and effective
tool age appropriate and safe for the young
people in our lives.
My kids are grown of course, but my
grandson is just getting started in life. I know
that he will have exposure to this tool at an
early age. My concern is that he uses this tool
responsibly and safely. Also, in a way that
doesnt hurt his reputation down the road.
In learning more about this topic, I
came up with some guidelines I intend to use
to help my grandson manage his online experi-
ence when he gets older. In the spirit of sharing,
I thought you might want to read them too:
Be sure that the sites they are using
are age appropriate. Facebook, for example,
requires users to be at least 13. LinkedIn re-
quires children to be at least 18. Twitter does
not have an age requirement, but in the past it
was also 13. If your child is younger than that,
be sure that they didnt start an account with
a false birthdate (most tweens can fgure out
what year they needed to be born to be 13).
Monitor the privacy settings. We all
know that privacy settings can change fre-
quently. To us its a nuisance to update them,
but for kids it can be dangerous if they are not
Appropriate content to share. Ex-
plain why you need to keep private information
private with your kids so they understand why
this is important.
Revisit the Golden Rule. If you ex-
pect your child to be kind in their actual life
you need to remind them that you expect that
same kindness in their online life as well. Use
the Golden Rule to tell them that they should
treat others the way they want to be treated on
social media.
Give them guidelines about what to
post and more importantly what not to
post. You have more life experience that helps
your judgment with social media. Use the les-
sons you learned to help kids understand that
poor choices of what to post could have con-
sequences on their future. A good tenet could
be that if they wouldnt post it on the wall at
home, then they should not post it on their wall
Discuss cyberbullying. Not only can
kids be bullied face-to-face, but it can also take
place online and through text messages. Cyber-
bullies can be classmates, online acquaintanc-
es, and anonymous users, but most often they
know their victims.
Set limits. Social media can be a time
waster. Have frm rules about what they need
to have completed before they get online - like
homework and chores. Then set a time limit.
Warning: this will make you very unpopular . .
. but remember that this isnt a popularity con-
Keep the screen in a common space.
What happens in the living room around the
rest of the family can be quite different than
what happens in the privacy of their room.
50 September 2014
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Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS
Many current members of the LAFD
were not on the job yet when the US was at-
tacked by terrorists on 9-11-2001. Those mem-
bers of the new rookie class were probably
teenagers when it occurred. We must not forget
the loss of 3,000 people and those 343 mem-
bers of the FDNY who sacrifced their lives for
Early on the morning of September 11,
2001, 19 hijackers took control of four com-
mercial airliners en route to California after
takeoffs from Boston; Newark, and Washing-
ton, D.C. Large planes with long fights were
selected for hijacking because they would be
heavily fueled
The four fights were:
American Airlines Flight 11: Left Bos-
tons Logan Airport at 7:59 a.m. en route to Los
Angeles with a crew of 11 and 76 passengers,
not including fve hijackers. The hijackers few
the plane into the North Tower of the World
Trade Center at 8:46 a.m.
United Airlines Flight 175: Left Logan
Airport at 8:14 a.m. en route to Los Angeles
with a crew of nine and 51 passengers, not in-
cluding fve hijackers. The hijackers few the
plane into the South Tower of the World Trade
Center at 9:03 a.m.
American Airlines Flight 77: Left
Washington Dulles International Airport 8:20
a.m. en route to Los Angeles with a crew of six
and 53 passengers, not including fve hijackers.
The hijackers few the plane into the Pentagon
at 9:37 a.m.
United Airlines Flight 93: Left New-
ark International Airport at 8:42 a.m. en route
to San Francisco, with a crew of seven and 33
passengers, not including four hijackers. As
passengers attempted to subdue the hijack-
ers, the aircraft crashed into the ground near
Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at 10:03 a.m.
Three buildings in the World Trade
Center complex collapsed due to fre-induced
structural failure. The South Tower collapsed at
9:59 a.m. after burning for 56 minutes in a fre
caused by the impact of United Airlines Flight
175 and the explosion of its fuel. The North
Tower collapsed at 10:28 a.m. after burning for
102 minutes. When the North Tower collapsed,
debris fell on the nearby 7 World Trade Cen-
ter building (7 WTC), damaging it and starting
fres. These fres burned for hours, compro-
mising the buildings structural integrity, and
7 WTC collapsed at 5:21 p.m. The Pentagon
sustained major damage. Media coverage was
intense during the attacks and aftermath, be-
ginning moments after the frst crash into the
World Trade Center.
At 9:40 a.m., the FAA grounded all air-
craft within the continental U.S., and aircraft
already in fight were told to land immediately.
All international civilian aircraft were either
turned back or redirected to airports in Canada
or Mexico, and all international fights were
banned from landing on U.S. soil for three
days. The attacks created widespread confu-
sion among news organizations and air traffc
controllers. Among the unconfrmed and often
contradictory news reports aired throughout the
day, one of the most prevalent said a car bomb
had been detonated at the U.S. State Depart-
ments headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The New York City Fire Department
deployed 200 units (half of the department) to
the site. Their efforts were supplemented by
numerous off-duty frefghters and emergency
medical technicians. The New York City Po-
lice Department sent Emergency Service Units
and other police personnel, and deployed its
aviation unit. Once on the scene, the FDNY,
NYPD, and Port Authority police did not coor-
dinate efforts and performed redundant search-
es for civilians. As conditions deteriorated, the
NYPD aviation unit relayed information to
police commanders, who issued orders for its
personnel to evacuate the towers; most NYPD
offcers were able to safely evacuate before the
buildings collapsed. With separate command
posts set up and incompatible radio communi-
cations between the agencies, warnings were
not passed along to FDNY commanders.
After the frst tower collapsed, FDNY
commanders issued evacuation warnings; how-
ever, due to technical diffculties with malfunc-
tioning radio repeater systems, many frefght-
ers never heard the evacuation orders. 9-1-1
dispatchers also received information from
callers that was not passed along to command-
ers on the scene. Within hours of the attack,
a substantial search and rescue operation was
launched. After months of around-the-clock
operations, the World Trade Center site was
cleared by the end of May 2002.
The 9/11 attacks had immediate effects
upon the American people. Police and rescue
workers from around the country took leaves of
absence, traveling to New York City to help re-
cover bodies from the twisted remnants of the
Twin Towers. Blood donations across the U.S.
surged in the weeks after 9/11.
The deaths of adults who were killed in
the attacks or died in rescue operations resulted
in over 3,000 children losing a parent. Subse-
quent studies documented childrens reactions
to these actual losses and to feared losses of
life, the protective environment in the after-
math of the attacks, and effects on surviving
Hijackers crashed United Airlines Flight
175 into the WTC South Tower at 9:03 am.
A long line of FDNY frefghters
in a bucket brigade
President Bush among the rescuers
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President Bush among the rescuers
at the WTC site.
Members of LAFDs Urban Search &
Rescue Task Force at WTC site.
September 11, 2001 reinvigorated
Americas gratitude for all frefghters ef-
forts. In response to the terrorist attacks that
destroyed the World Trade Center, the Los
Angeles City Fire Department deployed Cali-
fornia Task Force 1 (CA-TF1) with 70 mem-
bers and a Critical Incident Stress Management
Team (CISM). The members of CATF 1 were
the very frst non- military personnel in the air
at the time fying in a military transport. They
were the frst FEMA deployed National Urban
Search & Rescue Task Force deployed to the
World Trade Center.
Their mission included search and res-
cue, body extrication, and assistance in the
use of canine search teams. In addition, many
LAFD members responded on their own to
assist their FDNY brothers. The CISM mis-
sion evolved into a completely unprecedented
Firefghter Assistance Program, which was de-
livered at and near ground zero as well as at
various FDNY Fire Stations and other sites.
Working with many other agencies for the frst-
time, FEMA honored the combined efforts by
making the teams the frst FEMA sponsored
program in the history of CISM. Several LAFD
Offcers were also sent as a part of the Incident
Support Team for the Task Forces sent to the
As a tribute to the courage, commit-
ment, and sacrifce of those involved in the
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the LAFD
raised a memorial in 2003. A volunteer team
brought in a 3-ton steel column donated by Mr.
Jeffery Neu from the base of the World Trade
Center. The 20-foot column was originally part
of the lobby structure and is the largest remnant
of the attacks outside of New York City. It was
placed in front of the Frank Hotchkins Memo-
rial Training Center near Dodger Stadium on
Stadium Way.
Annual 9-11 Remembrance
The LAFD Historical Society has been
holding an annual 9-11 remembrance ceremo-
ny at the Hollywood Fire Museum and Memo-
rial since the museum opened in 2001 so that
we will never forget that almost 3,000 people
died that day from terrorist attacks and that 343
members of the New York Fire Department
were killed at the World Trade Center. We start
the ceremony at 0700 hours to coincide with
the collapse of the frst World Trade Center
Tower at approximately 1000 hours Eastern
Time. September 11th Never Forget. All
are welcome to join us.
Volunteer Spotlight Johnny Garcia
My request for volunteers paid off
when retired A/O Johnny Garcia answered the
call. His frst comment was that he couldnt un-
derstand why we dont have more active and
retired LAFD member volunteers. He showed
up at the Hollywood Museum and started to
work immediately and has not stopped. He is
working with another volunteer Tim McHenry
on the apparatus in the museum. They just got
the 1917 Model T running perfectly.
Johnny was born at LA County General
Hospital in 1950 and grew up in San Jose. He
served in the US Navy Air for four and a half
years and is a decorated Vietnam Combat Vet-
eran. After the Navy he thought about being
a frefghter and got in the CETA worker pro-
gram. He was appointed to the LAFD in Feb-
ruary 1975. He promoted to A/O in 1988 and
worked at FS 35 and 50 for the remainder of his
career and retired in 2010. He has been married
to his wife Stephanie for 31 years. By the way.
she also wants to be a museum volunteer. She
is now working on her law degree.
A bronze statue in the Museum Memorial
Room. This room has a number of items
from the 9-11 tragedy.
Johnny Garcia on his frst day as
a volunteer at the Hollywood Museum.
The following story is about an incident
that Johnny was very much involved in and still
has diffculty talking about:
In the early morning hours of December
4, 1984, arsonists lit several fres in the Proud
Bird restaurant located at 11022 South Aviation
Blvd. near LAX. Over the next few hours the
fres spread undetected upward into the large
attic area. Airport Police Offcers noticed the
fames at about 4:50 a.m. notifed OCD and the
frst assignment was dispatched. Because of the
heavy involvement of the ballroom attic an ad-
ditional 23 companies and chief offcers were
called in to fght the fre. The truck companies
had a diffcult time ventilating the thick insu-
lated roof while engine companies were laying
in hose lines for the interior attack.
Thirty-six minutes after the alarm fre-
fghters were continuing to stubbornly battle to
control the fre with an interior attack and roof
ventilation. At 5:30 a.m. members from Engine
54 and Engine 66 were advancing one and one
half inch hose lines into the ballroom. Fire-
fghter Benjamin Pinel was on the nozzle with
fellow members from Engine 54 when a violent
fashover freballed across the entire ceiling of
the ballroom instantly creating untenable heat
September 2014 53
Calendar for September 2014
The Hollywood Museum is
located in Old Fire Station 27 at
1355 No. Cahuenga, Hollywood,
CA 90028. The Harbor Museum is
located in San Pedro City Hall at
638 S. Beacon St., San Pedro CA
Anyone interested in join-
ing our great cause by becoming a
member, or volunteering to work,
or make a donation of money or
an LAFD item may contact us by
LAFDHS Museum & Memorial
1355 No. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone: 323 464 2727. But remem-
ber we are currently staffed part
time, so leave a message and we
will return your call. The fax num-
ber is 323-464-7401. Our E-mail
is: Web
site at If
you want to look at some great
LAFD history check www.lafre.
com. and check the LAFD web
site for information and events at We look forward
to hearing from you and seeing
you at the Museum.
The Los Angeles Fire Department
Historical Society is a non-proft
501 (C) (3) organization.
This is a photo of Engine 17 laying lines
into the Proud Bird Restaurant fre -
December 4, 1984
LAFDHS Planned Events 2014
LAFD Memorial at LAFD Fallen Firefght-
ers Memorial, Sat. 10/11
Fireboat 2 Ralph J. Scott 89th Birthday
Sat. 10/18 Harbor Museum
Sherman Oaks Street Festival, Sun. 10/19
LAFDHS Display
Tour Group Harbor Fire Museum, Wed.
Nov. 5 at 2:30 pm
Marine Corps Birthday at Museum 27, Mon.
Hollywood Christmas Parade- December
HS Annual Holiday Party, Sat. 12/13
*Fridays from 0800 to 1200 are work days on
the Ralph J. Scott Fireboat
and thick smoke. The frefghters from both En-
gines 66 and 54 fed through the door to safety
outside when they realized that Firefghter Pi-
nel was not with them. Along with Firefghter
Johnny Garcia from Truck 64, they immediate-
ly went back into the vicious heat and smoke
to fnd Pinel. Firefghter Garcia followed the
hose line to the nozzle but Pinel was not there.
Somewhere in the heat and smoke Garcia heard
the low air warning bell on Pinels breathing
apparatus and the sound of the personal alarm
device on Pinels turnout coat. When Garcias
air supply ran low he hurried from the building
and got a fresh bottle and again went in after Pi-
nel. Still Garcia could not fnd him. Firefghter
Garcia was forced to go back out for another
air bottle for a third attempt to fnd Pinel as
the attic fre worsened. Exhausted by this time
Firefghter Garcia stayed outside to recuperate
from his valiant rescue attempts. As the attic
fre worsened, Firefghter Pinels body was
found by LAFD teams about 75 feet from the
Firefghter Pinel was 29 years old and
joined the LAFD on March 14, 1983. He was
survived by his wife Carol and a six month old
daughter Nicole and his brother Michael who
was assigned to Task Force 66 at the time. Fire-
fghter Johnny Garcia was later awarded the
LAFD Medal of Valor for his actions to save
Firefghter Pinel.
54 September 2014
President Juan Albarran called the meeting
of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles
Firemens Relief Association to order at
Juan Albarran, President
Robert Steinbacher, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Tyler Tomich
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Chris Hart
Trustee Steve Ruda
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee Steve Berkery
Trustee Doak Smith
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Tim Larson Pension
Trustee David Lowe Pension
Todd Layfer - Executive Director
Trustee Mark Akahoshi (Excused)
Trustee Francisco Hernandez (Excused)
Trustee Craig White (Excused)
Trustee David Ortiz (Excused)
Trustee Steve Tufts (Excused)
Trustee Barry Hedberg Pension (Excused)
Trustee David Peters (Excused)
Dennis Mendenhall, Retired
Dave Wagner, Grapevine Editor
Bob Olsen, L.A. Retired Fire & Police Assoc.
Bill Quinn, L.A. Retired Fire & Police Assoc.
Tom Stires, Retired
INVOCATION & Flag Salute
Rick Godinez led the invocation. Gene
Bednarchik led the fag salute.
Juan Albarran entertained a motion to ratify and
dispense with the reading of the minutes of the
Board of Trustees meeting held June 4, 2014.
Tim Larson so moved. David Ortiz 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 June 4, 2014.

1) Juan Albarran stated that they have submitted
the plans for the 7470 building to the City
of Los Angeles for plan check and indicated
that they are waiting for approval. He also
mentioned that the electrical plans submitted
by Simon Wong had been cleared before July
1st. Todd Layfer indicated that they have paid
the Edison easement in the amount of $6,700
and have a fve-year agreement. Juan Albarran
stated that Iolo had given their 60-day notice
to vacate and should be out by August 31st.
He indicated that the last remaining tenant is
currently looking for a place to move into, but
has not confrmed a move-out date.
2) Juan Albarran mentioned that they have
received a fnal payment from a members
family for those bills that were encumbered
to their property. He mentioned that the Relief
Committee will continue with care for this
1) Bob Steinbacher reported on the Brian
Lee funeral services and indicated that they
received an overwhelming amount of support.
2) Bob Steinbacher mentioned the Colorado
Springs Memorial and stated that so far, Steve
Berkery and Steve Ruda have volunteered to
attend the memorial.
Steve Domanski referred to the last Investment
Committee meeting on June 25th and reported
that they terminated Stralem & Co. and
indicated that they will interview two more
money managers to replace Stralem. He also
indicated that Garth Flint suggested that they
terminate the London Company which is their
small cap manager. He stated that they will
hold Small Cap/Mid Cap manager interviews
on August 4th.
Steve Domanski referred to the LAFRA
Investment Policy and indicated that they have
made some changes to the asset allocations as
well as changing from the S & P 500 Index
to the MSCI All Country World Index. He
indicated that this recommendation comes
from Garth Flint because he feels that it would
be a better measurement for the performance
of our funds.
Juan Albarran entertained a motion to accept
the proposed changes to the Investment Policy.
Jeff Cawdrey so moved. Chris Hart seconded.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to accept the proposed changes
to the Investment Policy.
Juan Albarran entertained a motion to approve
the distribution of funds from BRAVO to
Southwest Value Partners. David Ortiz so
moved. Doak Smith seconded. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the distribution
of funds from BRAVO to Southwest Value
1) Todd Layfer reported on the Hope for
Firefghters event and thanked all Trustees who
helped out with the event. He indicated that the
event was well attended and a success.
2) Todd Layfer reported on the insurance
renewals and stated that the premium amount
for this year was down about 8%. He stated
that the total insurance package for the coming
year will be $205,486. He stated that the main
reason for the decrease was due to workers
comp claims that have fallen off.
3) Todd Layfer presented the 1st Quarter
Review of the LAFRA fnancials. He reported
that the revenues were on target and stated that
the member benefts were tracking favorably.
He stated that the operating expenses were
tracking under budget and indicated that
Trustee expenses were on target. He referred
to the professional fees for investments and
indicated that they were also running favorably
for the quarter, about 12.9% below what was
budgeted. He briefy reviewed the valuation of
the portfolio and indicated that the performance
drivers were the International and Alternatives

Jeff Cawdrey presented the following motions.
The committee recommends and I so move to
pay the usual and customary bills in the amount
of $1,078,346.26. There was no discussion or
July 9, 2014
September 2014 55
Motion carried to pay the usual and customary
bills in the amount of $1,078,346.26.
The committee recommends and I so move
to pay the professional fees in the amount
of $218,692.82. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to pay the professional fees in
the amount of $218,692.82.
Bob Steinbacher presented the following
The committee recommends and I so move to
accept the applications to the Medical Plan.
There was no discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to accept all applications to
the Medical Plan.
Todd Layfer reported that every July we are to
pay the PCORI tax for each person enrolled in
the Medical Plan. He stated that this year we
have to pay approximately $23K.
James Coburn presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move to
The Sick & Injury benefts in the amount of
The Estate Planning beneft in the amount of
The Life & Accident Withdrawals in the
amount of $2,698
The Life & Accident Death Beneft in the
amount of $24,000
The Relief Death Benefts in the amount of
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the above Relief
James Coburn read the names of members who
recently passed and asked for a moment of
silence from the Board.
Willis A. Friend
Wallace M. Decuir
Ray M. Carpenter
Joseph E. Lockwood
James R. Lafamme
Ora D. Mendenhall
Steward E. Premmer
Aldo Zuliani
James M. Barrett
James Coburn presented the following motions.
The committee recommends and I so move
to accept the donations in the amount of
$15,005.30 to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemens Fund. There was no discussion or
Motion carried to accept the donations in the
amount of $15,005.30 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.
James Coburn presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move
to approve the emergency advancement
applications for active and retired members.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the emergency
advancement applications for active and
retired members.
Chris Hart referred to this years LAFRA Open
House and indicated that we are accepting
suggestions of the honoree for this years event.
He indicated that Dave Wagner suggested
honoring the Grapevine Photographers. Juan
Albarran indicated that they needed to decide
at the next Board meeting in order to get the
honoree(s) in the Grapevine.
Andy Kuljis reminded the Trustees to pay
attention to their emails referring to the Flag
Presentation requests. He also mentioned that
Jim Dolan was attending the retiree breakfast
in the O.C. that morning which helps them
keep in touch and receive input.
Juan Albarran indicated that David Peters
submitted a proposed bylaw change in the
section pertaining to the selection of Trustees.
Todd Layfer stated that they need to make a
recommendation at the August Board meeting
in order to send it for a vote by the membership.
1) Over the Line Tournament September 3rd
2) L.A. Kings Hockey Fest September 14th
3) Colorado Springs Memorial
September 18th 21st
4) LAFD Invitational Golf Tournament
September 22nd
5) SIIA Conference Arizona October 5 - 7
6) IFEBP Annual Conference (Boston)
October 12th 15th
7) LAFRA Open House December 6th

1) Robert Bob Motheral July 10th
Towsley Lodge
2) Joseph Johnson July 19th Friendly Hills
Country Club
3) Robert Ruffno August 28th LAFD
Historical Museum
4) Richard Watson August 30th Spring Lake
Club House
5) Bassiano Peters Jr. August 30th Marriott
Hotel Marina del Rey
6) Gary Zieger August 31st Fire Station 109
7) Ed Tapia September 6th Castle Catering
8) Matthew Powell September 13th
Dalmatian Amer. Club
9) Jim Eberle & Dave Rowley
September 26th 94th Aero Squadron
The Board entered into Executive Session at
The Board adjourned from Executive Session
at 11:42am.
Juan Albarran entertained a motion to approve
the action taken in Executive Session on two
personnel matters. James Coburn so moved.
Doak Smith seconded. There was no discussion
or objections.
Motion carried to approve the action taken in
Executive Session.
Juan Albarran entertained a motion to adjourn
in honor of Brian Lee. Tim Larson moved.
Doak Smith seconded. There was no discussion
and no objections.
Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
Trustees meeting adjourned at 11:43 a.m.

Juan Albarran, President
56 September 2014
Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund
August 2014
Pacifc 40th Anniversary Fundraiser
MARGARET E. MARK in memory of my husband Robert Mark
who passed away 07/09/2009
JUDY WALGREN in memory of my husband& father Tim Walgren
CRAIG Y. YAMASHIRO from the 2014 Fire Hogs Event
in gratitude for The Kindergarten Class Tzedaka Project
from the The Kindergarten Tzedaka Project
DANIEL LEON in memory of Brian Lee & Sebastian Grewal
RICHARD L. WATTERS in memory of Raymond M. Carpenter &
Joseph E. Lockwood
ROBERT JACOBS in gratitude to Fire Station 5 & their outstanding
emergency personnel
HARRY M. MORCK in memory of Joseph Lockwood, Aldo Zuliani,
Loren A. Illengo, Art R. Parker & Daniel J. McMahon
RICHARD L. WATTERS in memory of Steward E. Premmer
ROBERT L. KILPATRICK SR. in memory of Steward E. Premmer
RODNEY S. KILPATRICK in memory of Brian Lee
WILLIAM E. DAHLQUIST in memory of Hallack Robb,
Larry Korchak, Forrest Taylor & Ron Smith
WILLIAM E. DAHLQUIST in memory of Aldo, Reno, Angelo &
Paul Zuliani
JAMES L. STIGLICH in memory of Steward Premmer
JAMES E. GILLUM from the Simi Valley Breakfast Club
DANIEL D. DUNKIN in memory of Brian Lee
ROBERT L. HURLEY in memory of Ronald Smith
WILLIAM C. ROBINSON in memory of Karin Bassett
BURDETTE CREATH for use of the DME
MERRILL E. REED in memory of Jim Barrett
WILLIAM J. TANNAHILL in memory of Carol Reed, wife of
Edward Reed
NORMAN BOB STEPHENS in memory of Tim Walgren
GARY B. KLASSE in memory of Don Beaver
RICHARD F. RUSH in memory of Donald Beaver
FIRE STATION 19 from the Fire Extinguisher Fund
JAMES E. GILLUM from the Simi Valley Breakfast Gang
SANDRA GIBSON in memory of Karin Bassett
BARBARA NORRUP in memory of Carol Reed, wife of Ed Reed
SHARRON ROBINSON in memory of Karin Bassett-Williams
JOE DIFATTA in memory of Karin Bassett
DORENE WOLFE in memory of Brian Lee
JUDY A. VESS in memory of Karin Bassett-Williams
RITA A. ALLEN in memory of Karin Bassett
RODOLFO F. NANAGAD in memory of Brian Lee
DAVID FABELA in memory of James Hassen
CATHY FINCK in memory of Floyd Dolley
STEVEN HERNANDEZ from participating in the Firefghter Cold
Water Challenge
GREGORY HOLLY from participating in the Firefghter Cold
Water Challenge
KEN KRUPNIK for song sales of Paramedic Rescue 101
MICHAEL LANNEN in honor of Harold & Gayle Radcliffe
GREGORY NEWLAND in memory of Donald Beaver
ROB SCOTT in memory of Lane Kemper (participation in the
Firefghter Cold Water Challenge)
TIM TAURIG from participating in the Firefghter Cold
Water Challenge
WADE WHITE in memory of William White
SEAN WILLIAMS in memory of Darrayle Prosser
September 2014 57
BOWRIDER BOAT. 350 short block
engine, very low hours, due to
husbands illness, excellent condition,
always stored in garage. $10,000. Jill
Johns (805) 490-8196.
YACHT. Fully loaded, immaculate
inside and out! No slideouts. 8.1L
Vortec gasoline engine. 45,500 miles.
Alison Transmission. 4000 lb. towbar
with Brake Buddy. Includes Onan
Generator. 2 A/C - Heaters. Oak
cabinetry with Corian countertops.
Fridge/Freezer, micro-wave, 3 burner
stove/oven. 2 TVs. Winterized. Twin
XL beds. Sleeps 4. $38,500.00 obo.
Contact: Larry (I Swear I Didnt Work
On it!) Jarvis - 661-212-1154
35.6, 1 1/4 BA, 4 bunks, master, 2
dinettes, big screen TV, freplace,
4 slideouts, fridge, convection
microwave, surround sound, forced
air-heat, water heater, ceiling fan,
spot for washer/dryer, 5.5K generator
(Onan). Will sell truck if needed. (310)
FIAT COLLECTORS. Check this out.
1977 Fiat X19 Bertone convertible
stored for years. New tires less than
80,000 miles looks and runs good.
Needs smog, pump and bracket for
California driving. $4500 OBO. (760)
878-2269 (Independence CA). Leave
message. Sorry no agents.
PROJECT CARS. 1940 Ford 2-door
and 4-door sedans. 1939 deluxe
2-door sedan. 1941 Ford 123 inch
wheelbase railway express agency
truck. 1954 mercury hardtop, 1957
Ford hardtop. 1961 T-Bird convertible.
Miscellaneous parts and sheet metal.
Contact Jim McPherson LAFD retired
(805) 501-8102 or email
International Living $170.000
Ecuador, Esmeraldas, South Pacifc,
Lagos de la Cumbia Resort, beautiful
SFH, 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath, fully
furnished vacation pool home. Access
to 20-horses stable, and tennis court.
Between SAME and SUA beaches
this home is a gem. For more details
contact: Hilda Rendon (714) 586-
cart, Park model, fully furnished.
Patio, palm trees, winter paradise,
55+ RV park. 120 miles east of Palm
Springs on I-10. LAFD widow - needs
to sell. (541) 643-5634. $69,000.
GREAT HOME in gated neighbor-
hood on Lake Hartwell, South Caro-
lina. Located in a gated neighbor-
hood, has a dock in place on deep
water. Home features fve bedrooms
and fve bathrooms with master on
main. Kitchen has granite countertops
and stainless steel appliances. There
are two decks on that is screened in.
There is an additional 2300 square
feet in basement partially fnished.
Easy walk to lake. $649,900. 105
Chapelwood Drive, Anderson, South
WILLAHAN (LAFD wife) for any real
estate needs. Donation to fre-related
organizations and/or help with some
escrow fees with every closed sale!
Specializing in Orange County, parts
of Los Angeles/Riverside Counties.
Lender information available. Century
21 Award, BRE #00966984. (949)
Termite & Pest Control - ECOLA
Ecological Solutions. Smart choices,
simple solutions. Problem solved.
Call for FREE termite estimate or pest
quotes over the phone - escrow and
inspections excluded. Fireman wife
Sue Fries - Termite Lady.
(818) 652-7171.
SCAPE. Tree trimming and removal,
stumpgrinding, and frewood sales.
Mixed frewood, eucalyptus and oak.
Delivery available or pick up. Li-
censed and insured. Dwayne Kastor,
FS 63-B - (818) 535-6368.
DEALER - DOJRS background
checks, FFL transfers, handgun
safety certifcate, consignment sales,
gun registration and personal trans-
fers. Personal frearms instructor,
tactical casualty management and
gunsmithing. All handguns and long
guns must be listed on the California
DOJ for sale roster. Call Bill Evans -
active LAFD (714) 330-9825 email:
New construction and remodel.
Acoustic ceiling removal. Spray tex-
ture and hand textures. Greg Avery
(805) 320-8311 or Mark Avery (805)
Clinical Psychologist Dr. Susan Purr-
ington specializes in anxiety, depres-
sion, relational diffculties, eating dis-
orders, spiritual or personal growth,
marital confict, family of origin issues.
Find a supportive and confdential
place for healing and growth. Located
in Old Towne Orange. Questions or
consultation: (949)648-7875
- Free estimates, residential, com-
mercial. Great rates for LAFD and
LAPD. Toll free (877) 891-1414, (661)
298-3070, FAX (661) 298-3069. State
License No. 527114
us when a loved one passes, moves
to a nursing facility or downsizes. Our
professional staff can handle every
aspect of estate liquidation. We have
worked with many fre families and
are here to help. Rebecca Martin,
LAFD wife (818) 216-3637 www.
INC. A complete landscape service
A-Z. Sod irrigation / stamped concrete
/ driveways / patio cover / low voltage
lighting / artifcial turf / rockscapes /
walls. FREE landscape design. Free
estimates. Serving all Southern CA.
Eric Mendoza 96-B (760) 221-1912.
Call or text. CA Lic # 807078.
Bonded & insured
& ROCK YARD. All your landscape
materials @ wholesale prices. Trees
/ plants / decorative rock / boulders /
frewood / sod / artifcial turf. Delivery
available. Located in Victorville CA.
(760) 243-9500
com Your 1 stop shop!
& SERVICE. Garage doors and open-
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(661) 860-4563 Grassroots Garage
Doors, Inc. Lic# 950020. Son of 35
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Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura and
the San Fernando Valley. Homes,
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properties. Over 20 years experience.
Please call me with your real estate
questions and also request your activ-
ity reports for your area. Mike Rhodes
- Prudential California Realty. Realtor
- BRE License 0177388. LAFD
retired. Cell (805) 501-6044. Email:
Dont lose thousands of dollars during
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replacement windows & Patio doors. I
also carry aluminum, wood and entry
door systems. Rick Brandelli, Capt.
LACoFD, FS 8-C (800) 667-6676.

BIG BEAR CABIN - All season,
restful views from decks. Two story,
sleeps 6, half mile to lake, two plus
miles to slopes. Fireplace/Wood,
cable TV/DVD/VCR. Full kitchen,
completely furnished except linens.
Pets ok. $95/$105 (two day mini-
mum). $550/$600 a week, Beep or
Donna Schaffer 1+(760) 723-1475.
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.
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: nmbig-
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 sugar-
2 bedroom, 2 bath. Three blocks
to beach, fve blocks to downtown.
For advertising information, please contact:
Eric Santiago - (323) 259-5231 -
Dave Wagner -
58 September 2014
Sleeps 8 - Monthly rentals only - com-
pletely furnished - cable + WiFi. (vrbo.
com - 603800 - search). Jill Johns
(805) 490-8196.
COTTAGE - 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one
block to beach, view, fully equipped
housekeeping unit. Marci (818) 347-
6783 or Clarence (310) 510-2721.
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 pub-
lic golf & tennis. Weekly or monthly.
Contact Sondra (818) 985-9066.
cabin with Carson Peak view. Close
to fshing & skiing. Furnished, 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.
CABIN. Charming 2-story with creek,
large deck, two baths, complete kitch-
en, TV/VCR/DVD, freplace, washer
& dryer. Walk to Blue Jay Village.
Sleeps 8. $90/night. NO PETS! Bruce
or Sue Froude, (805) 498-8542.
front, steps to the water. Boat moor-
ing out front, off-road desert behind
house. 3 bed/3 bath, fully furnished w/
linens. Direct TV/DVR, BBQ, Casino,
Grocery/Meat Market, Launch Ramp,
Marina with Boat House, Gated Com-
munity. No pets/smoking. $350 Dan
Cook 310 418 1577.
RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 sq.ft.
Fully furnished with all amenities-
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
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)
MAMMOTH - 1 bedroom Summit
condo, sleeps 6. Convenient under-
ground 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: mam-
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. Re-
duced rates for FFs starting @100/nt
Ryan (310) 717 8483 for more info/
MAMMOTH CONDO. 2 bedroom, 2
bath, sleeps 6. Near Canyon Lodge.
Newly remodeled recreation room
with pool and spa. Laundy facilities,
condo has been beautifully remod-
eled. 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.
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, lin-
ens included. Winter $175 weekdays,
$195-weekends/holidays; summer
$125, plus cleaning. No smoking; no
pets. Craig Yoder (909) 948-3659.
rooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished, WIFI,
3 TVs, pool, spa, walk to shuttle, Old
Mammoth area. Winter $115, Sum-
mer $90, plus cleaning fee $139 and
14% city tax. Includes linens. No pets,
no smoking. Call (310) 540-4648.
MAMMOTH CONDO - 2 bdrm, 2
bath, 2 TVs, phone, garage, pool,
jacuzzi, fully furnished - exept linens.
Near shuttle/chair 15. Winter $125/
night. Weekends and Holidays $110
midweek. Summer $95/night. $495/
week. No smoking. No pets. Jim
Johnson (818) 992-7564, FS 80C.
ESTATES, 4BR/3BA, sleeps 10, fully
furnished, 2 TVs, DVDs, WiFi, towels/
linens, freplace. Full kitchen. Walk to
Gondola Village and shuttle. Complex
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)
MAMMOTH CONDO rental. Large
2bed/2bath winterset condo. Fully fur-
nished, across from Vons, on shuttle
route, easily sleeps 8. Hot tub, heated
pool, sauna, full size in unit W/D
HDTV/WiFi throughout, woodburning
freplace, pets OK FIREFIGHTER
DISCOUNTS, rates from $150/night
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, micro-
wave, sauna, jacuzzi, pool. No smok-
ing/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
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.
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
email: or
(213) 399-6534.
entrance to Yosemite. 2 bedrooms, 1
bath, sleeps 6. Newly built. Complete
kitchen, washer & dryer, wi-f, satellite
TV. Seasonal rates. www.thecotta-
Call 888-977-1006
NAPILI BAY - 50 from water. Studios
and 1 bedroom. Luxury furnishings +
full kitchen. All the amenities! Mauis
best snorkeling/beach. All island
activities & Kapalua within 4 minutes.
5-day minimum, from $150 per night
(regularly $310/night). Call Sher-
rie or Bill for info/reservations (805)
530-0007 or email: pmimaui@aol.
com or visit:
nished, three bedroom, two bath with
towels and linens, newly remodeled
kitchen, internet and cable TV, pool
and Jacuzzi. Walk to the gondola,
shops, restaurants and ski in on
the new comeback trail. Parking at
the front door. Winter: $250/night.
Summer $150/night. Holidays $300/
night. Cleaning is included. Call Mike
Whitehouse, Retired, 805-987-6122,
or Bruce Galien, Retired, 661-645-
7448, email:
ROOMS. Centrally located on beauti-
ful Maalaea Bay. Excellent swimming
and snorkeling; white sandy beach.
Minutes from golf, tennis, fshing,
shopping, airport and resort areas.
Marsha Smith or Jeanne McJan-
net. Toll free (800) 367-6084. www.
- Napili Bay. Beautiful furnished condo
that sleeps 4. Lanai/balcony, full kitch-
en, king bed, fat screen TVs/DVD,
ACs free WiFi (internet), complimen-
tary maid service, complimentary cof-
fee every morning and breakfast on
Fridays. Special frefghters discount
- Best value in West Maui! Nice pool
& BBQ area - Close to beach! (800)
Don Sprenger - retired LAFD (949)
GETAWAY - 80 miles south of Glacier
Natl Park, in the foothills of the
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1,000s of miles of trailheads, fshing,
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PALM DESERT-3 bed/2bath, one
level. New re-model, fully furnished w/
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BBQ, Laundry, Garage, Gated Com-
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$175 Dan Cook 310 418 1577.
Chalet Family getaway. 3 bed/2 bath
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washer/dryer, microwave, woodburn-
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$105 per night plus cleaning. Call
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40 motorhome. Sleeps 8, bunk beds,
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dolly available. Get more, pay less.
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