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VOL. XCIII

OCTOBER 2016

NO. 2

FEATURES
Drill Tower Recruits Grasp Tradition

Chaplain George Negrete expresses his pleasure to


the recruits from both Drill Towers for their off-duty
participation in the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies ................08

Big Ride in Big Bear

Great terrain and even better weather made for a


fantastic debut of the Firefighters Mountain Bike Day
adventure at Snow Summit ...................................................11

The Bravest of Brews

Iron Triangle Brewerys release event of their specially


brewed Land of Fire Red IPA was a boon for the
Widows Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund .............................41

CONTENTS
Presidents Message ..........................................................................05
110 Reasons to Party
Make this your fire stations holiday party .......................................07
Battalion News ...................................................................................13
Station Fridge .......................................................................................24
The Retired Guys ...............................................................................31
Department in Action ........................................................................32
Fire It Up! BBQ Competition
The winner was literally Finger lickin good ..................................36
Memorials ...........................................................................................38
Fighting for What is Yours
Holding the City and Work Comp accountable .................................39
Firefighters Olympic Soccer
Combined LA team wins Olympic gold ...............................................43
Retirement Dinner Announcements ...................................................45
Mailbox ...............................................................................................46
Dollars and Sense
FFCU ownership benefits .............................................................49
LAFD History
The Ponet Square Hotel fire of 1970 ........................................51
Minutes of the Board of Trustees .....................................................54
Classifieds ...........................................................................................57
Tailboard ...........................................................................................60
Notice: Production of The Firemens Grapevine magazine is very expensive, and while your dues
serve to underwrite a portion of the magazines costs, the bulk of funding comes from advertisers.
Many businesses advertise in the Grapevine. This does not mean that LAFRA endorses these
advertisers. Use of a Grapevine advertiser is at the risk of the member. If you are interested in any
of the advertisements, we urge you to use any and all means at your disposal to investigate them.

COPYRIGHT 2016

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No material may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher.

2 October 2016

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LOS ANGELES FIREMENS RELIEF ASSOCIATION

Robert Steinbacher................................................President
Jeff Cawdrey ..................................................Vice-President
Andrew Kuljis ........................................................Secretary
BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Chris Hart
Chris Stine
Craig White
David Ortiz
David Peters
Doak Smith
Frank Aguirre

Gene Bednarchik
Jim Duffy
Joe Vigil
John Jacobsen
Juan Albarran
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CHAPLAINS

To contact a chaplain, please call Senior Chaplain Rick Godinez at (213)


797-2404 or the MFC Floor Captain at (213) 576-8920
Greg W. Gibson...................Chaplain
Danny Leon..........................Chaplain
George A. Negrete...............Chaplain
Aquil F. Basheer..................Chaplain
Tim Werle............................Chaplain

Hershy Z. Ten.......................Chaplain
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Mark R. Woolf.....................Chaplain
Jesus Pasos.........................Chaplain
Craig Poulson.....................Chaplain

TELEPHONES
Fire-Relief ...............................................................(323) 259-5200
Relief Association Toll Free Number .........................(800) 244-3439
Relief Medical Plan ................................................. (866) 995-2372
Fax Number ..............................................................(323) 259-5290
LAFRA MANAGEMENT
Todd Layfer Executive Director..............................(323) 259-5243
Becky Valverde Human Resources Administrator.....(323) 259-5247
Liberty Unciano Controller/Treasurer...................(323) 259-5225
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4 October 2016

Welcome the 10th month of the Year!



For those of you looking to join the Relief Association
PPO Medical Plan, the month of October is our Open Enrollment
period. The effective date for new enrollments will be January 1,
2017. Not only is this the best plan available for sworn members
of the LAFD, I believe this is the best medical plan in America.
We have taken the Consumer Reports top rated Gold Award
Anthem Blue Cross plan and enhanced it with special benefits
exclusively for our members and their families. If you have any
questions or want to know more about the LAFRA Medical Plan,
contact one of our Member Services representatives or call me or
one of our Trustees.

Elections for LAFRA Trustees will be held this month.
There are six active positions and one pension position up for
election. This reflects one third of the entire Board. All the Trustees are elected representatives of the membership and responsible
to the Association as a whole. The more actively involved we are
with our Trustees, the better the board can serve its members.
Please take time to reach out to any of the current Board members
to find out what is going on, to let us know what we can do better
and how we could best serve the Association. Your current Board
members have done a great job of continuing the traditions of this
organization. Any candidate you consider for the Board should
be someone you can count on to represent the membership and
dedicate the time that is required to do the job.

The mention of Workers Compensation seems to elicit a
similar response from both active and retired members alike. A
general discontent stemming from difficulties dealing with this
process has been consistently on the rise. Many of you have been
awarded future medical care, and when trying to utilize it, have
met with great resistance. Some have waited a small eternity for
the utilization review process to finalize. We have been trying
to work with AIMS on your behalf, and have found one common thread to many of the problems. AIMS has suggested that in
many cases, doctors are not concisely documenting the medical
necessity for procedures. It is important that members make sure
their physicians are actively advocating on their behalf.


There were multiple memorial ceremonies on 9/11, commemorating the 15th anniversary of the attacks on our nation and
the loss of 343 members of the FDNY. Of the three that I attended, it was very disappointing to see so few active members
attending any of the ceremonies. However, I would like to commend the recruit classes from both Drill Towers for their off-duty
attendance at the ceremony at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial at
Old 27s. These young members are getting a grasp on what true
LAFD tradition is all about. Now, I do understand some of you
took a few moments out of your day to reflect on the tragic events
of that fateful morning. We will never forget the lives that were
lost and those families lives that were changed forever. Our freedom should never be taken for granted. Hopefully, in the future,
we will see more active members at these ceremonies.

The Annual LAFD Memorial Ceremony is on October 8th.
On this day we honor our own members who made the ultimate
sacrifice. Why not start a new family tradition and come out to
the Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the LA Fire Museum? Lets
all show support for the families of the fallen who will be in attendance that morning.

On November 5, 2016, LAFRA will be hosting our Open
House here at our new home in Eagle Rock. This is a member
appreciation event, where you our members are the special
guests. There is always lots of great food and the drinks are on the
house! Come for the camaraderie and then hang around for the
fancy desserts. No RSVP necessary so well see you between
noon and 4:00 pm on Nov 5th.
Be safe and be kind to each other,

Robert D. SteinTalker Steinbacher


president@lafra.org
(323) 259-5200

October 2016 5

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October 2016 7

he LAFD 9/11 remembrances this year


were golden for me. At FHMTC we had
another fine program attended by City
officials, fire and police command staff, and
members of the military. But at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial at Old 27s there was an added piece that brought extra pride to a beautiful

morning. Dozens of recruits from Drill Tower


40 and 81 showed up for the ceremony . . . on
their day off. Like statues, young and strong
standing at parade rest, their quiet display of
pride in the profession and their respect for the
memorial created an amazing atmosphere of

more pride and goodwill felt by all. I could not


have been more pleased!

Now is the time for the rest of us to restore our tradition and show our pride. Please
join us as we honor our own fallen on October
8th at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

Recruits from DT 81
9/11 ceremony at the Hollywood Museum

9/11 ceremo

Recruits from DT 40
8 October 2016

9/11 ceremony at the Hollywood Museum

9/11 ceremony at Fire Station 88

October 2016 9

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to bringing you health care and other benefits that you can count
on. We are dedicated to providing excellent service and design our
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10 October 2016

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cores of off-duty firefighters and friends


showed up at Snow Summit in Big Bear
to ride their mountain bikes en masse on
August 3rd. It was a first-ever event planned
and executed by LAFRA Trustee and 21s Fire
Captain Chris Hart.

What a great day! exclaimed Hart as
he stood atop the mountain on the terrace of
the Skyline Taphouse and looked out over the
valley and lake below. Perfect weather and we
have the whole mountain to ourselves. I bet we
have twice as many riders up here next year
once the word gets out.

In addition to the sunny weather, the
40 plus participants received an all-day lift
ticket, a BBQ lunch and a t-shirt. There were
also some fantastic prizes for a Poker Run that
was eventually won by Patrick Rivera from LA
County Fire.

Chris chose Snow Summit because
it is home to Southern Californias only liftserved bike park and features a diverse mix of
runs and terrain including step-ups, berms,
and bridges that definitely challenges riders
of all ability levels. From beginner features
like Small Wonder and the Skill Builder Park,
to more advanced runs like Miracle Mile and
Party Wave, the Bike Park Terrain Crew keeps
things fresh and interesting all summer long.
There is access to more than 60 miles of professionally built and maintained trails, including the legendary Mountain Top Trail and local
favorites like Pirates and Ferns.

LAFRA President Bob Steinbacher
brought his boys up for the day. They enjoyed
the most breathtaking views in Big Bear on
the Scenic Sky Chair, where you can sit back
and enjoy the fresh mountain air, scenic surroundings, and panoramic views of the valley
below as you make the mile-long climb to the
top (elev. 8,200 feet). If you have time for an
all-day trek, you can skip the chair and go for
a three-mile climb (1,500 ft. elevation gain) on
Towne Trail or Trail 2N08 before intersecting
the 26-mile Skyline trail. Either way, from that

altitude youll have amazing views of the Santa


Ana River Valley and San Gorgonio National
Wilderness Area.

The biggest winners for the day were
the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund, which was the beneficiary of the riders
largess, and LAFRAs Medical Plan due to
the fact that there were NO injuries reported
out on the course!

Special thanks go out to Snow Summit
for donating some of the prizes and for the tons
of help with the logistics of putting this event
together.

Stay on the look-out for notices of future events for bike riders of all disciplines.
Chris knows that there a lots of LAFD members who are both mountain and road riders,
and already has plans for more exciting cycle
adventures.

October 2016 11

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Truck 3 overhauls the roof at 1232 W Lilac


Place on 8/26/16. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

Engine 3 protects an exposure at the Blue Cut


Fire on 8/16/16. Photo by Rick McClure
October 2016 13

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14 October 2016

On 8/27/16, four US&R Task Forces trained at the


Little Tokyo Metro station. LAFD Photo by Rich Diede

A construction worker was hoisted off a 275 crane at


825 S Hill St. on 8/11/16. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

Firefighters transported 14 people who overdosed


on Spice on 9/5/16. Photos Juan Guerra
October 2016 15

lection time again is bearing down upon us. Elections are


a very important aspect for the life and health of your Relief Association. It is now time to nominate members of the
Association for the offices of six Active Trustees and one Pension
Trustee positions.
There will be six (6) Active Trustees elected at-large by Active
members and one (1) Pension Trustee, elected by Pension members,
for three year terms. If more than six actives run, the six with the
most votes will elected. If more than one pensioner runs, the one
with most votes will be elected. If no more than six active members
and no more than one pension member runs, there will be a white
ballot declared by the Board and those running will be deemed
elected.

As stated in the Bylaws, Article VII, Chapter I, Section 7136, The


Trustees shall attend all meetings of the Board, unless excused,
visit the sick and injured members in their respective districts,
report upon all matters coming within their scope of assignments and
responsibilities, and perform such other duties as may be assigned
to them by the Board.

The Trustees are the elected representatives of the membership of


the Association, who are responsible to their constituency and to
the Association as a whole. A conscientious effort must be made
by each Trustee to be knowledgeable of the Associations By-Laws
and their responsibilities to the members of the Association. The
Association is governed, and its business conducted by the Board
of Trustees. Dissemination of information relative to the Association and to its membership is conducted primarily by the Trustees.
Conversely, opinions, requests and suggestions are channeled to the
Board, through the Trustees. A close liaison with the membership is
paramount to the performance of the duties of a Trustee.
Nominations are open October 1 through October 14, and will
close at the end of the business day on October 14, 2016.
Only members of the Association in good standing may serve as
an Officeror Trustee. The commitment of a Trustee position is for
three years.
Please Mail, FAX or Email a letter in the following format, with
a recent picture of yourself and a short statement/bio, by close of
business on October 14, 2016.

I, _______________________________________, do hereby submit my name as a


candidate for the position of Active or Pension (circle one) Trustee on the Board
of Trustees of the Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association.

The letter is valid for the General Election of 2016. Mail or FAX to:
ANDREW KULJIS, SECRETARY
Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association
7470 N Figueroa Street, Los Angeles CA 90041 FAX (323) 259-5204 AKULJIS@LAFRA.ORG

16 October 2016

FS 12 and MySafeLA team up in Highland Park. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

Firefighters work a quarter-acre brush


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E 44 after a structure fire at 1909 N Broadway


on 8/4/16. Photo by Yvonne Griffin
October 2016 17

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TF 35 at active shooter training


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Boat 2 escorts the USS America into the


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20 October 2016

TF 85 stabilized an apt building struck by an


auto on 9/3/16. LAFD photos by Jim Holland

On 8/13/16, dozens of teen girls were introduced to


the fire service at DT 40. LAFD photos by Harry Garvin

Engine 90 handled an auto on the 405 on 8/11/16. Photo by Rick McClure


October 2016 21

Truck 11 opened the roof at 601 So Westlake


on 8/1/16. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

Nicholas cleans an axe with the crew from Truck 29

Captain Malais (11-C) last day on the job, 8/21/16. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

Auto vs pedestrians at 7th and Parkview on 8/11/16. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

22 October 2016

Photo op with Truck 26 on 8/26/16.


Photo by Yvonne Griffin

On 7/2/16, a driver was killed when their car


ran off the 118 Fwy. Photo by Rick McClure

TF 98 handled brush near San Fernando Rd


on 8/26/16. Photo by Rick McClure

Companies fought an attic fire in Sylmar on


8/19/16. Photo by Rick McClure

A motorhome struck a house 8/11/16.


Photo by Rick McClure
October 2016 23

24 October 2016


Engine 33 members are great supporters of the community. After clearing an EMS
call one morning in September, they noticed a
68 year old grandmother using a pick to dig up
her grass parkway and the pick was about as
tall as she was. They discovered that over the
previous four days she had cleared about 10
feet, and still had another 10 feet to go. So the
guys from Engine 33 jumped in and cleared
the other 10 feet in about 15 minutes. She
was extremely grateful for the help. Good job
gentlemen!

The guys from 33s help out a neighbor on


9/1/16. LAFD photo by David Randolph

Companies battled an apt house fire on


8/3/16 on Hoover St. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

The crew checks the Med Cart inventory


before the Rams game on 8/14/16.

65s after a fire on South Central Ave


on 8/21/16. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

21s crew celebrates Capt Flores promotion to


B/C on 8/20/16. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

TF 64 after a structure at 10315 S San Pedro on 7/31/16. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

Firefighters handle a SFD at 3959 Brighton Ave


on 7/29/16. Photo by Yvonne Griffin
October 2016 25

A small structure fire at 7430 S Western


on 7/28/16. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

On 8/7/16, companies responded to an outside fire at


General Wax and Candle Company. Photo by Rick McClure

Engine 86 handled an auto on the 134


Fwy on 9/1/16. Photo by Rick McClure
26 October 2016

89s and 77s handled a garage on Lanark Street


on 8/16/16. Photo by David Doc DeMulle

Companies handle a fatal shooting in Granada


Hills on 8/20/16. Photo by Rick McClure

On 8/8/16, TF 73 handled a T/A on


Vanowen at Tampa. Photo by Rick McClure
October 2016 27

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28 October 2016


Just when you think youre out of the
game, they bring you back in. Hello from the
18th hole everyone. Hope everyone had a
great and safe summer. A sincere congratulations to all the members that promoted in and
out of the Battalion.

Ok, lets start with that one great
word we talk about all the time on this job . .
. and thats tradition! Back in the day it was
a no brainer. We followed the traditions that
the older members taught us as we came up
through the years. Well it seems that at one
station, that used to live and breathe tradition,
it is no longer. Maybe its the Generation Z or
X thing, I dont know. The story goes like this:
E 61 is on one of their many move-ups and
this time theyre in 21s district. As they were
surveying the district they see a person who
is down on the luck wearing rag tag clothes
and a LAFD helmet - with the number 14 on
it. They made a quick U-turn and asked the
gentleman if was he on duty today or was he
just lost and tired from working so many SOD
days on the 800? They asked where he got the
helmet, and he said he found it in the street.
So 61s bargained with him and got the helmet
back. So they called 14s and asked for the
owner of the helmet. He gets on the phone and

says, Oh yeah, I was looking for it. Could


you bring it by Im eating dinner right now?
WHAT!! Okay really - Im eating dinner
now? How about, guys, thanks a lot. How
can I get it back from you? Maybe he doesnt
know how much money we saved him or the
F225 he would have to write. Or maybe he
could have run across the street to the ATM at
Newton police station and just gave the guys
some money for the ice cream. Im just saying
. . . tradition long gone.

Now that we have so many rookies
out in the field theres always some good
stories, and I think I have a good one. With
so many vacancies, we have rookies working
everywhere. So one of the rookies at 61s was

from the Chronicles of PoPo

working at 11s. As most rookies do, he was


standing for line up after saying the pledge
of allegiance. During line up he reaches into
his back pocket to grab his work gloves and
a condom falls out of pocket right next to the
A/O. The rookie swears its not his but half
the members at line up saw it drop from his
pocket. So of course the guys just go crazy
with all the comments about - Why do you
have a rubber in your back pocket? Are you
having company over later today? Whats
your relationship with the A/O? and all sorts
of things. Now if you ask this rookie he says
its no big deal and he has a reason why the
condom was in his back pocket but we dont
care!

Now, another story from the Chronicles of PoPo. Every battalion has a guy that
just seems to do things differently, or do things
that you just cant explain. The guys on Third
Street have a guy like this. I was told that
while driving the 800 into quarters he kind of
knocked a cabinet door off the hinges on the
apparatus floor. He either didnt or forgot
to tell one of the captains until later in the
day - like hours later in the day. Its just what
he does. We dont think he means any harm
or doesnt want to follow the rules - its just
PoPo. And by-the-way, the services for the
cabinet door were private.
Take care everyone and be safe out there.

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30 October 2016

snt it ironic that HIPAA laws were enacted


to prevent our medical information and records from the pryin eyes and ears of the
public, yet many celebrities and others cant
wait to share their latest medical procedures on
social media? Whether its a chin lift, breast implants, Botox enhancements, nose jobs or their
tummy tucks, these people seem to have no
shame in sharin their latest body mutilations
with the rest of us. Meantime, Im forbidden
from knowin how a guy I worked with died.

I also dont have a clue about any of the
social media venues. I dont have a Twitter or Facebook account, as I have no desire
to share my personal information, medical or
otherwise, with the rest of the world. I have
enough problems tryin to keep my credit and
debit card numbers out of the hands of hackers
and schemers.

Now a history update. The Smithsonian
Channel aired an interestin story about the six
Marines that raised the American flag atop Mt.
Suriabachi, February 23, 1945, on the island of
Iwo Jima durin WWII. A picture taken that day
by Joe Rosenthal showed John Bradley, Harlon Block, Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Franklin
Sousley and Michael Strank as the flag raisers.

However, a recent investigation by the Marine


Corps and military historians have identified
Pfc. Harold H. Schultz, not John Bradley, as
the misidentified flag raiser.

Harold Schultz was a rather shy individual, who after the war disappeared into the
workforce in Detroit as a postal worker. After
70 years, the Marine Corps was able to contact
Harold Schultzs survivin family members, includin his granddaughter, who clearly remembered her grandfather mentionin to her that he
had raised a flag on Mt. Suriabachi. She said
that was the only time she had ever heard him
speak about that day. Sadly, his family had long
past and never knew what Harold Schultz had
done that day in 1945.

OK, now for a correction to a past
Grapevine article. I spoke of Quartzite and
mentioned it was in the remote Nevada desert, very close to where our government tested
nuclear bombs in the late 1940s and 1950s.
However, I was mistaken. Quartzite does not
sit atop a nuclear waste dump in Nevada, but
is actually in Arizona, which surprised me because I thought Arizona had strict camp site
standards. But Quartzite is more than just a
miserable and parched area in the middle of the

Mojave Desert. It also hosts a second rate swap


meet, where many wealthy retired Captain IIs
take their multi-million dollar motor homes
and park them in this hellish dust bowl.

Robert Steinbacher best described these
type of events or opportunities in his Presidents Message in the August issue of the
Grapevine. He said, Its all about the camaraderie, the spirit of friendship and the loyalty
among members of a group. So its durin this
Quartzite camaraderie-fest that these mighty
warriors of the panelized roof, once again sit
around the proverbial kitchen table and fondly
reminisce about the times when they stood atop
that roof, lit up a cigar and admired the perfect
holes that their A/Os cut.
COWBOY HUMOR

Of course size matters. No


one wants a small glass of
wine.
AC
KEEP SMILIN!
choppedup@att.net

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October 2016 31

MAJOR EMERGENCY
Pico Union

Photos by Martin Nate Rawner, David Ortiz and Yvonne Griffin


On August 10, 2016, Task Force 11 and Engine 13 were first
on scene for a structure fire in the 1200 block of South Bonnie Brae.
They found smoke showing throughout a large Victorian home that
eventually spread to two other craftsman style homes. Firefighters
aggressively advanced hose lines, pulling the ceilings of two homes
to get to the fire. Unfortunately a slight afternoon breeze helped
fan the flames throughout the affected attics. Approximately 140
firefighters had control of the fire in about an hour.

32 October 2016

October 2016 33

MCI, PHYSICAL RESCUE


Sunland

Photos by Dyan McManus, David Doc DeMulle and Mike Meadows

34 October 2016


On August 12, 2016, firefighters responded to 9260 W La
Tuna Canyon Rd in Sunland and found a traffic incident with three
cars and 10 patients. Two adult males were DOA and four others
were in critical condition.

October 2016 35

he inaugural Fire It Up! BBQ Competition was held on Saturday, August 13th,
2016 at the African American Firefighter Museum at Old Fire Station 30 on South
Central Avenue. The idea of the event was simple - sample tasty BBQ grilled by firefighters
and other open flame cooking masters. But of
course there was also a beer garden, live music,
tasty dessert, and tours of the museum.

The judges for this event were all top
notch. They included: Michael Walsh, an independent food blogger with 1.4 million readers;
Pasadena firefighter and chef Danae La Trobe;
Jim Kanemaki, an award-winning chef and instructor at Los Angeles Trade Tech College;
and the LAFDs own Richard Fields, a 2014
Chopped Champion from the Food Network
show.

A very serious cadre of LAFD chefs
showed up for the showdown. Bringing years
of BBQ experience was FF/PM Jayson Johnson of FS 101-C, who always says, Im not a
chef or pitmaster . . . just a fireman who likes
to burn. Also fired up and ready to compete
was Cruz Macias from FS 87-B. Cruz was the
winner of LA Times Firehouse Cook Off in
2013, was featured on the TV Show On the
Menu and is the author of the Fireman Favorites cookbook. Another competitor ready
for a flavor showdown was Mark Curry, Cap-

The Finger Family takes top honors


36 October 2016

Photos by Yvonne Griffin and Michael Dumas


Mark Curry

tain II at FS 29. He has earned quite a reputation in an apron, including 2015 Best Entree
(BBQ Babyback Ribs) at Hope for Firefighters, 2012 LA Times Best Firehouse Chef and
2013 winner of Guys Grocery Games on the
Food Network ($16,000 prize for the LAFRA
Widows and Orphans Fund)

A team with the name Pushing
Through the Smoke was pretty serious about
what they brought to the competition. This
was the energetic crew from Firefighters First
Credit Union. They were throwin down with
some pulled pork sliders on Hawaiian rolls and
delicious homemade coleslaw.

The hands down winner of this first
ever competition was FF/PM Mike Finger from
FS 88-B. Mike smokes his meats this time it
was pulled pork and brisket for up to 72 hours
in the Stumps Smoker that was specially made
in Centerville, Georgia.

I dont compete, says the unassuming
Finger, I cook. I mostly do promo and retirement dinners at the firehouse.

But lets not forget that Mike is the genius behind Fire Station 88s pulled pork recipe
that won the Hope for Firefighters competition
four years running.

Cooking at the Fire It Up! competition was a Finger family affair. Mike was joined
by his wife Sheron, and his parents Roland and
Darlene came in all the way from Pine Valley,
Utah to lend a hand. Son Jake, along with his

cousins Ethan and Jackson Durfee, also signed


on for their first BBQ competition.

This was a wonderful first-time event
at the beautifully restored museum. Along with
the best BBQ around, it was great to see the
community come together to the benefit of the
Fire Family Foundation.

We were so grateful for this opportunity to participate in such a fun event, said
Sheron Finger. Great memories were made.
This will be a day that we will never forget!

FFCU BBQ Team

Jayson Johnson

Cruz Macias

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October 2016 37

MEMBERS
James L. Miller, Firefighter III. Appointed May 19, 1958.
Retired on a disability pension July 2, 1987 from FS 95.
Passed away August 10, 2016.
Robert F. Bowman, Captain. Appointed July 3, 1951.
Retired on a disability pension June 30, 1980 from FS 23-C.
Passed away August 10, 2016.
Ryan T. Bonar, Captain II. Appointed May 12, 1962.
Retired on a service pension August 4, 1988 from Personal History Unit.
Passed away August 16, 2016.
Jack J. Holman, Fire Inspector I. Appointed June 18, 1952.
Retired on a service pension February 1, 1978 from FPB Industrial.
Passed away August 20, 2016.
Harry E. Peters, Captain II. Appointed September 24, 1946.
Retired on a disability pension January 25, 1974 from Planning Section.
Passed away August 22, 2016.
Willie R. Wheeler Jr., Engineer. Appointed September 10, 1978.
Retired on a service pension February 8, 2003 from FS 75-B.
Passed away August 28, 2016.
Edward E. Humphrey, Engineer. Appointed June 21, 1954.
Retired on a disability pension April 8, 1987 from FS 69-C.
Passed away September 6, 2016.
Jervus E. King Jr., Captain. Appointed June 21, 1954.
Retired on a service pension June 25, 1979 from FS 35.
Passed away September 10, 2016.

FAMILY
Martha Murphy, spouse of Eugene R. Murphy, passed away August 3, 2016.
Patricia A. Loewe, surviving spouse of Albert U. Loewe, passed away August 7, 2016.
Peggy J. Summers, spouse of Richard M. Summers, passed away August 13, 2016.
Josephine Preston, surviving spouse of Richard D. Preston, passed away August 24, 2016.
Ellen K. Conley, surviving spouse of Marvin N. Conley Jr., passed away August 27, 2016.
Beverly J. Rotte, spouse of James R. Rotte, passed away September 2, 2016.
Agnes M. Riley, surviving spouse of James E. Riley, passed away September 8, 2016.

38 October 2016

avent you always been told that the


City is there to protect you if you get
injured on the job? Your workers compensation benefits will be provided promptly
and without question - correct? Well, as Ive
written in many past articles, you know that
is not always the case. Medical treatment is
often questioned, delayed and denied. Temporary disability compensation (your IOD pay)
is sometimes challenged by the City because
they dont believe you or your doctor. Here is
a recent example of the City challenging a firefighters right to receive permanent disability
compensation resulting from one of the worst
injuries you can incur . . . cancer.

Cancer is an injury that is presumed
to be industrial provided you prove the elements to trigger the presumption. Once youve
jumped through the hoops and met those requirements, you would expect to receive all
of the workers compensation benefits that are
provided for your injury.

My partner, Gold Lee, represents a City
firefighter who developed prostate cancer and
as a result of his condition, underwent surgery
which left him with erectile dysfunction. An
agreed medical examiner (a neutral doctor that
was agreed upon by the City and Mr. Lee) concluded that the cancer presumption applied and
that his cancer should be considered industrial.
The doctor further stated that our client should
be provided with future medical treatment and
permanent disability compensation for the effects from his treatment (i.e. the erectile dysfunction). The AME assigned a permanent disability rating for removal of the prostate and
a separate rating for the ED.

When Mr. Lee attempted to informally
resolve the claim, the City, based upon advice

from the City Attorneys office, refused to agree


that any compensation be paid for the ED. The
City relied upon a change in the law enacted
as part of the last workers compensation reform in 2012 which stated that compensation
will not be paid for sexual dysfunction that is
a compensable consequence of an injury.
Mr. Lee argued to the City that ED resulting
from prostate cancer surgery was not a compensable consequence of an injury but rather a
direct consequence of a physical injury, namely
a direct injury to the reproductive system. In
trying to persuade the City they were legally
incorrect, he cited as an example of a compensable consequence a person with hypertension who suffers from ED as a side effect from
medication prescribed for the hypertension. On
the other hand, ED resulting from surgery to
remove the prostate gland is a direct injury to
the reproductive system because it was directly
caused by the surgery. That argument fell on
deaf ears and the City continued to insist they
did not owe compensation for the firefighters
ED.

The case proceeded to trial at the Workers Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB)
where a judge attempted to convince the City
Attorney they were wrong. Failing to do so, the
judge ultimately ruled in our clients favor and
awarded compensation for his ED.

The City Attorney, believing the judge
to be incorrect, filed an appeal with the WCAB
in San Francisco where a panel of three WCAB
Commissioners reviewed the case. Mr. Lee,
with assistance from our associate attorney,
Adam Turner, submitted a detailed brief as to
why the judge was correct in his decision. The
WCAB issued a unanimous decision agreeing
with the judge and denied the Citys appeal.


One would think at that point the City
would graciously accept its defeat and pay our
client what he was owed. Unfortunately, whats
right does not always rule the day. The City
then filed an appeal in the California Court of
Appeal asking the appellate court to overturn
the WCAB and the trial judge. Mr. Lee and Mr.
Turner submitted an appropriate reply brief setting forth the correct reasoning that ED resulting from prostate cancer surgery is not a compensable consequence of the injury but rather
a direct result entitling our client to permanent
disability compensation. Approximately two
months ago, the Court of Appeal denied the
Citys appeal and affirmed the WCABs decision finally telling the City to pay our client
what is rightfully his.

As you can see, while this issue would
seem to be a no brainer, doing what is right
doesnt always occur when it comes to compensating injured firefighters. Yes, the City has
an obligation to its taxpayers to make certain
that only appropriate benefits be paid when
an injury occurs. But justifying denied compensation for this dedicated firefighter on the
grounds they are saving money is morally
wrong. I know as a former deputy city attorney
that its nice to get a win in court. But lets
pick and choose our battles and save those for
the issues and cases that really matter.

Im proud of my partner and associate
for standing up to the City and legally proving
how wrong they were in this case. Its a shame
our client and our office had to go to such efforts to prove this point, but in the long run, justice prevailed. Until our next battle, stay safe
and healthy.

October 2016 39

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40 October 2016

os Angeles residents may not know


when fire season begins or ends anymore, but one thing they do know is that
the LAFD cant be praised enough for all they
do keeping citizens homes and lives safe all
year round. Now everyone can enjoy a unique
salute to this bravery and dedication in the form
of a specially crafted IPA brewed right here inside Downtown L.A.s Iron Triangle Brewing
Company.

Iron Triangle celebrated the re-release
of their specially brewed Land of Fire Red
IPA with an event to benefit the Widows Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund on a Saturday in August. The new brew is a collaboration
between the brewery and our own LAFD Fire
Hogs, and the Hogs made sure a portion of the
red ales profits go to the WODFF.

Owner and concept creator Nathan
Cole combined a spark of ingenuity with an
insatiable need to give back to his community
into his dream of what the LA Times calls the
Arts Districts next
big brewery in a
10,000-square-foot
building fed by the
L.A. Aqueduct.

I wanted
to create a building that would
reflect the history of Los Angeles
where I could cre-

ate a beer that reflected the spirit of L.A., explains Nathan. Nothing speaks to that remarkable spirit better than the men and women of
the LAFD, so Cole reached out to a friend who
put him in touch with John OConnor, a firefighter and co-founder of the Fire Hogs. The
Hogs have raised more than $400,000 for the
charity and have never backed down from an
opportunity to do more for their fire family.

Nate mentioned that hed like to do
something to help the firefighters in L.A. He
explained his concept to me and his excitement
blew me away, said OConnor. I loved his
passion. I loved his vision. I loved how he tried
to maintain the history of the city every step of
the way.

So how does this sophisticated ale truly
reflect the spirit
of L.A.? Nathan

couldnt be happier to tell you: I have an historic building dating back to 1904. The time
frame in which it was finished fits our concept
perfectly because of the Fathers of the L.A.
Aqueduct, Joseph Lippincott, Fred Eaton and
William Mulholland.

Cole is referring to the three developers who called themselves the Iron Triangle
responsible for bringing water into the growing city. When the aqueduct was completed in
1913, it changed the landscape of the Southland financially and culturally.

Beer is 95% water. And we get our
water from the aqueduct which connects us to
L.A. in more ways than one, Nathan says enthusiastically.

Available exclusively in the Iron Triangle tap room, the Land of Fire Red IPA appears
on the beer menu with a small paragraph about
what makes this brew so special and how it
benefits the WODFF. OConnor credits Nathan
with formulating the IPA,
but he was happy to see
that Nate, and brew master Darren Moser, listened
to the Fire Hogs comments
and took notes. We actually
got to help. Jack Wise and I
loaded the hops and barley
into the splitter. It was really
eye-opening, John recalls.

October 2016 41

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he Los Angeles Fire Department City


Soccer team competed in the 2016 California Firefighter Olympics again this
summer for the 30th consecutive year. This has
been a long standing tradition of camaraderie,
competition and pride. In that time LAFD has
won the gold more than 10 times, and has a history of great players from all ranks.

For the first time in its history, the City
team had to combine with the LA County FD
team due to low numbers for both sides. Usually the sides are competitive and friendly rivals
that are always near the top of most Olympic
tournaments played.

That being said, 2016 was still a resounding success. With the Mutual Aid
from these two departments, the combined
team of Los Angeles United (the name given
to this years squad) was able to bring home
the GOLD to ALL of Los Angeles. LA United
defeated San Jose 2-1 in the Gold Medal game.
The game saw LA United go up 2-0 at half, and
then barely hold on against a strong San Jose
side in the second half.

A special thanks to the manager of
LACoFDs soccer team, Jerad Bailey, for

making the combination successful. From a


manager/coach/players perspective, it was an
absolute pleasure playing and competing with
the County guys. After 10 years of going up
against them, working with them was a top
notch experience.

LAFD Soccer includes Ryan Boswell FS 2,


Nate Pena FS 26, Adin Waldrep FS 11,
Matt Porter FS 26, Dave Hernandez FS
20, Darin Laier FS 88 and Chris Napper
FS 65 (not shown)

LA CITY SOCCER NEEDS YOUR HELP!


We have player backgrounds from all levels - high school/NCAA/pro - from bench to All-American. Tournaments are
competitive but the team is all about just getting out there and playing good soccer. We represent the LAFD, but our
roster is filled with players from many other smaller departments such as Santa Monica, Glendale, Oxnard and so on.
Anyone interested please contact me and join us out on the pitch during our next match. Engineer Darin Laier, 88-C,
darin.laier@lacity.org
October 2016 43

2016 FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR


On December 7, 2016, the Los Angeles City Firefighters Association will vote on this years 2016 Firefighter 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 Firefighters Association/Los Angeles City Firefighters Association.
Candidates will be judged on an overall career and life that exemplifies the best qualities of those who are honored to be part of the fire
service.
If you know of such a person, and would like to nominate him/her for this prestigious award, submit your application NO LATER than
December 5, 2016, 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 Firefighters Association meeting on December 7, 2016 at 0830 Hours, Fire Station 59 Training
classroom, 11505 Olympic Blvd. and present your nomination IN PERSON. All Los Angeles City Firefighters 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 7, 2016 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 Firefighters
Association Board will vote.
Reminder, applications must be submitted no later than December 5, 2016.
Following personal notification of the winner by the Vice President, public announcement will be made by Department teletype.



2016 FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR NOMINATING COMMITTEE


Robert Cordobes, (310) 977-5041
James S. Dolan, (562) 400-1298
Adam VanGerpen, (818) 486-9939

2016 FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR


NOMINATION FORM
DATE:____________________
NOMINEES NAME: ____________________________________________________________________________
ASSIGNMENT:______________________

PHONE:__________________________________ RANK:___________________

NARRATIVE OF WHY THE NOMINEE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED FOR THE 2013 FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR.
(Include Department, Community, Church, etc. work) (Attachments are encouraged)
NOMINATORS NAME:_______________________________________

44 October 2016

PHONE:____________________________________

BOB FOGELMAN, FF/PM, FS 5

MICHAEL MCKNIGHT, Firefighter III,


FS 87-A

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2016 @ 8AM


to MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2016 @ 5PM

Fire Station 5
8900 Emerson Avenue
Los Angeles CA
Social Hour - 11:00 AM

Luncheon 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Cost - $25 includes tax, tip & gift


Catered Mexican Food
Call Fire Station 5 - (213) 485-6205 or
email: radiobobretirement@yahoo.com

Old Valyermo Ranch


29831 Valyermo Road, Valyermo CA
Bring your RV or tent. Dry camping available - FREE
BBQ Sunday afternoon and breakfast next morning
Call Fire Station 87 - (818) 756-8687 or
email: mpmck0605@aol.com
Must be signed up by September 30
to get camp site or access

MARK CARCAMO, Apparatus Operator,


FS 11-C

CORI TIPTON, Battalion Chief,


Homeland Security

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017

San Pedro Fish Market & Restaurant


1190 Nagoya Way, berth 78, San Pedro, CA

Frank Hotchkins Drill Deck


1700 Stadium Way, Los Angeles, CA

Social Hour: 5:00 PM Dinner: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Buffet - $50 includes tax, tip & gift

Luncheon 11:30 AM

Call Fire Station 11 - (213) 485-6211 or


email: craig.poulson@lacity.org
Casual Attire. RSVP by October 21, 2016

Menu & Price - TBA


Call Jennifer Corona - (213) 202-9925
or cell - (213) 706-6183

phone:
(800) 244-3439
mail:
P.O. Box 41903
Los Angeles CA 90041
visit:
www.LAFRA.org
October 2016 45

Send your letters & comments to the editor at: editor@lafra.org


Hello Bob:

Dear Relief Association:



I first met Wally Berger when I was
assigned to FS 1. The days I worked SOD
on the A shift, he and his partner Bruce
would eat dinner with the guys. He had
such a quirky personality along with his
German accent. He was one of those guys
that had a great BARK with NO BITE. I
really got to know this about Wally when I
was assigned to Rescue Maintenance.

Wally was very passionate and
proud of his work. His work ethic (the
Bark) was second to none. No matter how
much he BARKED at you, you always left
the with the problem solved or the equipment you needed. And most of the time
with no paperwork (NO BITE). You guys
out there no what I mean.

Wally was a true gentleman. I am
glad I was able to maintain a continued
friendship with Wally way after I left the
shops. Gonna miss you Wally. Our condolences to the family and his friends.
Sincerely,
Al and Pam Barrios
Moorpark, CA

LAFRA

Harry Peters was a great man, serving in the South Pacific on a US Coast
Guard patrol gunboat and then coming on
the LAFD. He served at FS 27 as a Fireman, Auto- Fireman and Captain II, where
he received the LAFD Medal of Valor for
a rescue from the top of the KTLA Tower.
In his late 80s and 90s he volunteered on
46 October 2016

Saturdays at the LAFD Historical Society


Hollywood Museum (Old 27s). We will
miss him.
Frank W. Borden
San Pedro, CA

LAFRA

Jim Miller was truly a gentleman in
all respects! I met him when I worked at
FS 95 and he became a sort of mentor to
me. Eventually he talked me into running
for his position for the Batt. 4 Trustee at
LAFRA when he was ready to step down.
Im really glad he did, and I spent nine
years on the board after that. There never
was a kinder man,
Vance Boos
Carlsbad, CA

LAFRA

Wally Berger was truly all those
nice things every one has said and more.
He also served our country as a U.S. Marine. He was a good dad and friend. Ill
miss his words of wisdom during those
weekends repairing rigs at the shops.
You will be missed Brother,
Mike Porper
Temecula, CA


The Simi Valley breakfast gang got
together at again [on the third Thursday of
each month] and a good time was had by
all. We collected donations from the guys
this month for the Widows, Orphans and
Disabled Firemens Fund. Thank you so
much for putting the notice in the Grapevine. Thanks for all you do and all the
folks who make LAFRA so great.
Happy motoring,
Jim Gillum
Newbury Park, CA

LA Firemens Relief Assn,



Please accept this donation in memory of Jere D. Souter. One of the best captains I ever worked for. We worked at 51s
for 14 years, his last assignment. He
was a great person to be around, on duty
and off. We had some good times together.
My best wishes to his family. If they need
anything they can call me.
Wayne R. Langner
Palmdale, CA

Dear Andy:

Words cant express the amazement
I felt last Friday when I opened the box
containing the wonderful gift from the Los
Angeles Firemens Relief Association.
The oak case is so nice and it is proudly
displayed in our home.

Lee would be so honored and grateful for this beautiful expression of the Los
Angeles Fire Departments appreciation
for his service. Lee was very proud of his
service in the L.A. Fire Department. He al-

ways spoke fondly of his experiences and


the friends he made while he was a firefighter, fire inspector and public relations
officer.

Please accept my thanks for this
lovely tribute to a fine man and extend my
personal thanks to all the members of Fire
Station 3.

Andy, you have been so very kind
and helpful during this difficult month.
You have my lasting thanks.
Sincerely,
Susan Radcliffe
Henderson, NV

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48 October 2016

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ts an honor to serve LAFD sworn and


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Id like to highlight some of the membership
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October 2016 49

Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund


August 2016

RONALD B. DRIGGS in memory of my father


Fireman II Loland C. Driggs

CAROL SIMONS/TORRANCE LADIES OF


THE ELKS in memory of Robert Loooney

LAFD BIG BEAR MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE

FIRE STATION NO. 3 from the


Fire Extinguisher Fund

CAROLE M. ROJO
CHRISTOPHER N. WEINRICH in memory of
Rick Matthes, FS 69
CHRISTOPHER N. WEINRICH in gratitude for
the work of LAFRA from the Fire Hogs
RICHARD F. RUSH
JAMES E. GILLUM from the
Simi Valley Breakfast Gang
LAWRENCE M. FIORI from the
LAFD Big Bear Mountain Bike Ride
KIRK P. BINGHAM from the
Retired Firefighters Breakfast at Mimis Cafe
LARRY W. SPEAK in memory of
William Steve Mills
CHRISTINE M. BRUMBAUGH in memory of my
husband Mike Brumbaugh
CHRISTINE M. BRUMBAUGH in memory of a
good friend Robert Looney
MICHAEL A. UGLESICH in gratitude for
the DME
ROGER G. GILLIS in memory of
K. D. Flaharty

50 October 2016

JAMES E. GILLUM from the


Simi Valley Breakfast Gang
JOSEPH M. DEMONTE from the
LAFD Big Bear Mountain Bike Ride
MELLON CORP COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
MARGARET M. KLINGER in remembrance of
Mike Chatin, son of retired B/C Lou Chatin
GEORGE R. CANNON in memory of
Jerome Crandall
FIRE STATION NO. 11 from the
Fire Extinguisher Fund
JANE LEGUS in memory of Robert Looney
MARC & CAROL SIMONS in memory of
Robert Looney
JAMES & RUBY JONES in memory of
Robert Looney
GALE & JEAN SCHLUTER in memory of
Robert Looney
PAMELYN SUGITA/CASI CHIDLEY in memory of
Robert Looney
JIM JACOBS in memory of John Verdone

Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD History - THE PONET SQUARE HOTEL FIRE 1970

hroughout our Departments history we


have experienced tragic loss of life incidents. Some resulted in new laws to protect people from future similar tragedies. One
such incident occurred on September 13, 1970,
when an arsonist set fire to the Ponet Hotel in
downtown L.A.

At 5:31a.m. dispatchers received the
call stating that there was fire in the lobby and
all over the building. The four-story Ponet
Square Hotel, built in 1907 was located at 1249
So. Grand Ave. very near Fire Station 10. On
that fateful morning the hotel was occupied by
over 117 people. Task Force 10, Heavy Duty
Task Force 9 and Battalion 1 were dispatched
at 5:32 a.m. The firefighters at 10s could see
the smoke and flames from the Ponet from the
second floor of the station.

Task Force 10 arrived first under the
command of Captain Jim Williams. Fire was
coming out of the lobby and people were at the
windows above on all four sides of the building. Engine 10 took a 2 line into the lobby
while the Truck put up the aerial and ground
ladders to make rescues from the windows. At
least 15 of the 25 persons who were injured
leaped from windows before the firefighters
could get ladders to them. Seven LAFD rescue ambulances were quickly called as the
firefighting forces grew to 149 firefighters and
20 engines, 6 trucks and 2 snorkels. Despite
the heavy and fast assault smoke and flames
swept up open stairways and mushroomed on
all floors. After nearly an hour of interior attack all members were relocated to an exterior
attack with heavy streams due to the danger of
structural collapse. At 7:00 a.m. the fire began
to darken but it would be many hours before a
complete search for bodies could be made. A
total of 19 victims were found during the next
several days as the building was systematically
demolished. Thirteen of those victims were
found to have resided on the top floor, a grim
testimony to the built-in disaster potential of
open, unprotected stairways and corridors.
The 24-hour clock times shown below are
from the dispatchers tape recording:
0531 -The dispatcher received a call from a
store across Grand from the hotel: There is a
hotel on fire at Pico and Grand. (What is burn-

ing?) Its burning in the lobby -- its all over


-- the hotel looks like it is going up.
0532 -Task Force 10 was dispatched by amplified voice: You have a fire in a hotel lobby.
Heavy Duty Task Force 9 was dispatched at the
same time.
0534 -10s TFC, upon arrival, reported the
lobby well involved, people hanging out the
south and east windows and asked for a second-alarm assignment. The screams of hotel
residents could be clearly heard throughout his
radio message.

He ordered a 2 1/2 line with spray nozzle into the lobby and went to the north side of
the building. He saw fire move up from floor to
floor at the windows off the north stairs. He returned to the apparatus radio to direct incoming
companies and remembers hoping those people coming down didnt hit his men. Truck 10
made rescues on Grand with aerial and ground
ladders.
0536 -Battalion 1 reported on scene, confirmed the second alarm and was told his as-

signment was Battalion 11, TF 10, HTF 3, 9


and 11.
0540 -HTF 3 directed to south side.

-HTF 11 directed to west side.
The results at this point were:

Engine 10 in lobby with 2 1/2 near the
elevator shaft with fire in three directions. They
could knock it down in one direction, but that
would reflash before they could darken another.
Truck 10 continued to make rescues on Grand
and on the north side.

HTF 9 was making rescues with aerial
and ground ladders on the north. Engine 9 took
a 1 1/2 spray through the rear, third floor window and worked their way down the hall. At
this point they were unable to knock down and
hold both the fire coming up the north stairs
and in the hall to the south. E209 (the triple)
took a 1 1/2 spray into the second floor stairway window but was unable to make headway.

HTF 3 on the Pico Street side was unable to get lines into the building. Every time

Early on, the fire had


already run from the
lobby through all floors
and into the attic

Two ladder pipes and


snorkel
operating
heavy streams. Notice
the bed sheets hanging
from the windows.
October 2016 51

Heavy streams in the


upper floors

they placed a ladder, people came down and the


ladder had to be moved for someone else.
A girl jumped to her death from the fourth-floor
north window nearest Grand. Some came down
ropes contrived from sheets and blankets. One
man tied his rope to his television. He landed in
the lot and the television on him.

In almost every case, those rescued
over ladders had to be helped onto or carried
down the ladder. Some rescues were complicated by shouts of forget him; take me.
0542 -Division Commander on scene. On arrival all the north fourth-floor windows were
belching fire, as were three 18-inch by threefoot attic vents above them. On the east all
fourth-floor windows and all third-floor windows, had fire forcefully coming out. All fireescape windows and all windows in-between
on the second-floor had fire showing.
0545 -Four Task Forces (TF 26, 29, 30 and
HTF 15) were ordered with instructions to put
water on the fire.
0546 -Initial heavy streams were used, but
others were held ready because firemen with
handlines were still inside. The penthouse
apartment was only crumbling studs.
0555 -Firemen were ordered out of the
building. Heavy streams were ordered into
operation. On the east were two ladder pipes,
a wagon battery and a snorkel; on the roof of
the one-story building to the west, two portable
monitors and two 2 1/2 hand lines. The last
rescue was made at the southwest building
corner.
0556 -This many streams required more water than we were set up to supply. Three additional Battalion Chiefs were ordered and
additional lines laid. The heavy stream effort
was coordinated so that the water was given to
a nozzle in effective position and then altered
to another when the first area was darkened.
0608 -The interior rooms continued to burn.
A triple was ordered to patrol for brands. The
street a block and a half away was wet from
water falling from the smoke column.

Fatalities and Injuries

Hotel records, the managers memory,
and conversations with survivors indicate that

52 October 2016

there were 117 residents or guests in the hotel


at the time of the fire.

There were nineteen known fatalities. Some of the bodies were so badly burned
that cause of death could not be determined.
Thirteen of the victims were fourth-floor occupants. Of these, one jumped and five were
found in their rooms; the others in the hall or in
the rubble. Two fatalities were third-floor occupants; one found in his room and one in the
rubble below. Four fatalities were second-floor
occupants. Two found in their rooms; one in the
adjoining room; and one in the hall just outside
the room.

There were 25 known treated injured,
with injuries ranging from fractured back to
compound fractures of both legs and both ankles to minor cuts and burns. Fifteen were still
in the hospital three days after the fire. Nine
of the injured were from the fourth floor. One
jumped, holding his mattress to land on in the
parking lot. One was rescued by firemen.

While an accurate count is impossible,
60 to 80 people, some seriously injured, were
removed by firemen from the hotel or the adjoining roof within 21 minutes after the first
equipment arrived. The 25 injured were transported to hospitals by fire personnel.

The LAFDs Arson Unit named Don
Brian as chief investigator of the incident. Brian and his team had found the point of origin
on the first floor and near an open stairway. The
fire was determined to be incendiary and after
hundreds of interviews, on October 9, 1970,
Arson investigators arrested a tenant of the hotel for the crime. Alejandro Figueroa was found
guilty of one count of arson and 19 counts of
first degree murder and sentenced to life. The
Ponet disaster, the citys worst apartment hotel
fire at the time, resulted in an Ordinance passed
by the City Council. It required buildings more
than two stories in height to have enclosed
stairways and corridors protected by self- closing doors. This ordinance has saved countless
lives through the years.
Franks note: I was a Captain at that time and
went to the fire in the morning where I spoke
to Captain Jim Williams from Task Force 10

about what he saw and the initial actions taken


by the Task Force. It was one of those nightmare fires with people jumping out of windows
or waiting to be rescued in the upper floors and
a major fire spreading from the lobby to the 4th
floor. The Ponet Ordinance has saved countless lives in these types of apartment buildings
in L.A since it was enacted.
OLD FIREBOAT 2 WILL BE 91 YEARS
OLD ON OCTOBER 20TH

Old Fireboat No. 2, The Ralph J.
Scott will be celebrating its 91st birthday. The
boat was built in San Pedro in 1925, launched
on October 20th and served the Port of LA continuously for over 77 years. A record that will
be hard to beat by any future fireboat or apparatus. One of the reasons it is a National Historic
Landmark.

The party will be on Saturday, October
22nd from 10 am to 3 pm in the big white tent
on the way to the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro. All are invited to celebrate and learn about
the boat and the restoration project the LAFD
Historical Society is involved in. You will also
meet some LAFD members who have worked
on the boat during the last several years and our
Historical Society volunteers who work on the
restoration. There will be a cake and refreshments and a few things for sale.

Fireboat No. 2 being launched on October 20,


1925, christened by Mrs. Ralph J. Scott with a
bottle of firefighting foam.

ANNUAL LAFD FALLEN


FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL

The LAFD Annual Memorial Ceremony to its Fallen Firefighters will take place on
Saturday, October 8th. Our Memorial is the
Departments first Memorial to its Fallen Firefighters in its 130-year history. It will be a day
for all those in attendance to remember those
members of our department who gave their life
in the service to the people of Los Angeles.
There are 265 names of those LAFD members
who made the ultimate sacrifice engraved into
the granite wall on the monument. All are invited to be there for their families and friends in
comfort and support because our members are
part of one big extended family there to help
each other when the time arises.
We dedicate this article in memory of retired
Captain II Harry Peters who passed away on
August 22nd at the age of 95. Harry served
in the US Coast Guard on a patrol boat in the
South Pacific during WWII. He was appointed
to the LAFD in 1947 and retired in 1974. Interestingly he was assigned to Fire Station 27
three different times as a Fireman, Auto-Fireman and as a Captain II. He received the Medal
Of Valor while assigned to Truck 27 for his role
in the rescue of a man trapped on the KTLA
TV studio transmitter tower in the 1960s. In
his later years he became a volunteer at our
Hollywood Museum, greeting visitors as they
came in. We will miss Harry.

Last years LAFD Fallen Firefighters


Memorial service

Retired Captain Jim Finn and LAFDHS President


reading the names of active duty members who
made the ultimate sacrifice.

Retired LAFD Captain Harry Peters in the Hollywood museum as a volunteer. RIP.

Calendar for October 2016


The Hollywood Museum is located in Old Fire Station 27 at 1355 No.
Cahuenga, Hollywood, CA 90028. The
Harbor Museum is located in San Pedro
City Hall at 638 S. Beacon St., San Pedro
CA 90731.

Anyone interested in joining our
great cause by becoming a member, or
volunteering to work, or make a donation
of money or an LAFD item may contact
us by mail:
LAFDHS Museum & Memorial
1355 No. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone: 323 464 2727. But remember we
are currently staffed part time, so leave
a message and we will return your call.
The fax number is 323-464-7401. Our Email is: LAFDHS27@aol.com. Web site
at www.lafdmuseum.org. If you want to
look at some great LAFD history check
www.lafire.com. and check the LAFD
web site for information and events at
www.LAFD.org. We look forward to
hearing from you and seeing you at the
Museum.
The Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society is a non-profit 501 (C) (3)
organization.
PRESERVE, EDUCATE,
MEMORIALIZE

* Fridays from 0800 to 1200 are work days on the Ralph J. Scott Fireboat
October 2016 53

LOS ANGELES FIREMENS RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES


August 10, 2016
CALL TO ORDER

INVOCATION & Flag Salute

President Bob Steinbacher


called the meeting of the Board
of Trustees of the Los Angeles
Firemens Relief Association
to order at 10:10 a.m.

Steve Ruda led the invocation.


Frank Aguirre led the flag
salute.

ROLL CALL
MEMBERS PRESENT:
Bob Steinbacher, President
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee Frank Aguirre
Trustee Juan Albarran
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Steve Berkery
Trustee Tim Freeman
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee John Jacobsen
Trustee David Peters
Trustee Steve Ruda
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee Tyler Tomich
Trustee Joe Vigil
Trustee Steven Domanski Pension
Trustee Tim Larson Pension
Trustee Doak Smith Pension
Todd Layfer - Executive
Director
Liberty Unciano Controller Treasurer
MEMBERS ABSENT:
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
(Excused)
Trustee Mike Sailhamer
(Excused)
Trustee Chris Hart (Excused)
Trustee David Ortiz (Excused)
Trustee Craig White (Excused)
GUESTS:
David Lowe, Retired
Barry Hedberg, Retired
James Coburn, Retired
Dave Wagner, Grapevine
Editor
Jim Dolan, Asst. Secretary
54 October 2016

RATIFICATION OF
MINUTES
Bob Steinbacher entertained a
motion to ratify and dispense
with the reading of the minutes
of the Board of Trustees
meeting held July 13, 2016.
Juan Albarran so moved.
Frank Aguirre 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 meeting held July
13, 2016.
PRESIDENT REPORT
1) Bob Steinbacher informed
the Board that they needed
to have nominations for next
years President and Vice
President.
Juan Albarran nominated
Bob Steinbacher for LAFRA
President for 2017. David
Peters seconded. There was
no discussion or objections.
Nomination
for
Bob
Steinbacher
for
LAFRA
President 2017 approved.
Juan Albarran nominated
Jeff Cawdrey for LAFRA Vice
President for 2017. David
Peters seconded. There was
no discussion or objections.
Nomination for Jeff Cawdrey
for LAFRA Vice President
2017 approved.
Bob Steinbacher informed
that the Trustees in Group
2 will be up for this years
election.

2) Bob Steinbacher referred to


the LAFRA 110th Anniversary
Dinner Dance and provided
flyers for Trustees to pass
out at the fire stations. He
indicated that members will be
able to sign up for the event on
the LAFRA website.

Motion carried to sell


the PIMCO Real Return
Commodities
Fund
and
purchase Cohen & Steers
Real Assets Fund.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

1) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the


Colorado Springs Memorial
and indicated that they will
begin booking flights for those
attending.
2) Jeff Cawdrey referred to
the Sacramento Memorial
on October 15th and asked
if anyone was interested in
attending.
3) Jeff Cawdrey referred to
the LAFRA Open House and
asked for nominations for the
Honoree.
Bob Steinbacher nominated
Dennis Mendenhall for the
Open House Honoree. David
Peters seconded. There was no
discussion or objections.

The Board entered into


Executive Session at 10:20am.
The Board Adjourned from
Executive Session at 11:15am.
David
peters
motioned
to approve the actions in
Executive Session pertaining
to one legal and one personnel
matter. Tim Larson seconded.
There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to approve the
actions in Executive Session
pertaining to one legal and
one personnel matter.
INVESTMENT
COMMITTEE REPORT
Garth Flint presented the 2nd
Quarter performance review on
the LAFRA investments. He
reviewed market performance
and discussed how the election
year may affect it. He referred
to the PIMCO Commodities
Fund and indicated that we will
be selling out of this fund and
using the proceeds to purchase
Cohen & Steers Real Assets
Fund.
Tim Larson presented the
following motion.
The committee recommends
and I so move to sell the PIMCO
Real Return Commodities
Fund and purchase Cohen
& Steers Real Asset Fund.
There was no discussion or
objections.

VICE PRESIDENT
REPORT

Motion carried to honor


Dennis Mendenhall at this
years LAFRA Open House.
4) Jeff Cawdrey referred to
the IFEBP Annual Conference
and indicated that there are
a few Trustees confirmed.
He encouraged the three
new Trustees to attend the
preconference for beginning
Trustees.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
REPORT
1) Todd Layfer provided an
update to the Golf Tournament
and indicated that they
are currently at $132K in
sponsorships.
He
asked
Trustees to sign up for either
playing golf or helping with

the event.
2) Todd Layfer referred to
Hope for Firefighters and
indicated that they will be
having their wrap up meeting
with the Hope Committee on
August 30th. He indicated that
they are projecting to have
$101K raised.
3) Todd Layfer referred to
the money deposited with the
Firefighters First CU in June
2015. He indicated that the
year was up for this account
and indicated that we would
deposit new money into a new
Flex CD program that pays
1.35% over a fifteen month
period.
ADMINISTRATIVE
COMMITTEE REPORT
Tyler Tomich presented the
following motions.
The committee recommends
and I so move to pay the
usual and customary bills in
the amount of $1,047,543.63.
There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to pay the
usual and customary bills in
the amount of $1,047,543.63.
The committee recommends
and I so move to provide
$6,985 in start-up money for
the LAFRA L.A. Marathon
team. Todd Layfer indicated
that they are asking each
runner on the team to raise
$650 for WODFF. There was
no discussion or objections.

Motion carried to pay the


Snow Summit invoice for
$1,268.34 for the Big Bear
Mountain Bike Ride.
MEDICAL COMMITTEE
REPORT
David Peters presented the
following motion.
The committee recommends
and I so move to accept the
applications to the Medical
Plan. There was no discussion
and no objections.
Motion carried to accept all
applications to the Medical
Plan.
RELIEF COMMITTEE
REPORT
James Coburn presented the
following motion.
The committee recommends
and I so move to pay:
The Sick & Injury benefits in
the amount of $34,833.51
The Estate Planning benefit in
the amount of $6,749.99,
The Life & Accident Death
benefit in the amount of
$12,000
The Relief Death Benefits in
the amount of $24,000
There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to pay the
above Relief benefits.

Motion carried to provide


$6,985 in start-up money for
the LAFRA L.A. Marathon
team.

James Coburn read the names


of members who recently
passed and asked for a moment
of silence from the Board.

The committee recommends


and I so move to pay the Snow
Summit invoice $1,268.34 for
the Big Bear Mountain Bike
Ride. There was no discussion
or objections.

MEMORIALS
John W. Brady
Jerome S. Crandall
William S. Mills
Richard M. Mandichak

Carroll M. Williams
Gerald A. Jones
ASSISTANCE
COMMITTEE
James Coburn presented the
following motions.
The committee recommends
and I so move to accept the
donations in the amount of
$14,934.45 to the Widows,
Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund. There was no discussion
or objections.
Motion carried to accept the
donations in the amount of
$14,934.45 to the Widows,
Orphans
&
Disabled
Firemens Fund.
The committee recommends
and I so move to approve
the
financial
assistance
applications for surviving
spouses, active and retired
members. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve
the
financial
assistance
applications for surviving
spouses, active and retired
members.
ADVANCEMENT
COMMITTEE REPORT
The committee recommends
and I so move to advance
funds for both active and
retired members. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to advance
funds for both active and
retired members.
SETTING OF DATES
1) Iron Triangle Brewing
Company August 20th
2) Over the Line Tournament
September 13th
3) Colorado Springs Memorial

September 15th 18th


4) LAFD Invitational Golf
Tournament Sept 19th
5) SIIA Conference
September 25th 28th
6) California Firefighters
Memorial Sacramento
October 15th
7) LAFRA Open House
November 5th
8) IFEBP Annual Conference
November 13th 16th
(Orlando, FL)
9) LAFRA Holiday Party
December 17th
RETIREMENT DINNERS
1) Larry Jackson Wednesday,
August 10th C @ The
Odyssey Restaurant (Freeman)
2) Michael Greenup Saturday,
August 13th A @ Brookside
Country Club (Bednarchik)
3) Greg Malais Saturday,
September 10th B @ The
Odyssey Restaurant (Albarran)
4) David Marino Saturday,
September 10th B @ Bistro
Garden (Steinbacher)
5) Frank Morales Saturday,
September 10th B @TAP
Fish & Brewery (Godinez)
6) Robert Dale Shrode
Sunday September 25th
A @ The Turner Backyard
(Steinbacher)
7) Michael McKnight
Sunday, October 9th B @
Valyermo Ranch (Domanski)
ADJOURNMENT
Bob Steinbacher entertained
a motion to adjourn. David
Peters so moved. Juan Albarran
seconded. There was no
discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to adjourn.
The Board of Trustees meeting
adjourned at 12:35 p.m.
Bob Steinbacher, President

October 2016 55

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LAFD and LAPD. Toll free (877)

FIRE FAMILY ESTATE SALES


Call 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 fire families
and are here to help. Rebecca
Martin, LAFD wife (818) 2163637
www.firefamilyestatesales.
com
GARAGE DOOR INSTALLATION & SERVICE. Garage
doors and openers. Need to
replace your broken springs?
or does your door need repair,
even replaced? We do it all from
new product to repairing old.
Call (661) 860-4563 Grassroots
Garage Doors, Inc. Lic# 950020.
Son of 35 year veteran fireman.
MEXICO BIRD HUNTING.
Wild Pheasants, doves, morning dove, white wine dove &
eurasian dove, quail, ducks &
geese. (805) 686-1834 - Steve.
www.mexicobirdhunting.com

REC COVERS DIRECT - Specializing in RV, boat & golf cart


covers! We have quality and
durable covers to meet all your
needs. We offer discounts to all
active and retired firefighters,
law enforcement, and military.
Email: info@reccoversdirect.
com or call (949) 429-3029 for
your discount code at checkout.
Visit our website:
RECCOVERSDIRECT.COM
LAFD retired - Les Hunt
WAYNE PRESS CHIROPRACTIC. Work, Auto, DMV, Wellness. Preferred provider for
most PPO, HMO, MPN, Union,
Auto accident and Workers
Compensation Plans. (818)
527-7246.
DrWaynePress.com
WINDOWS & PATIO DOORS
- vinyl replacement windows
& Patio doors. I also carry
aluminum, wood and entry door
systems. Rick Brandelli, Capt.
LACoFD, FS 8-C (800) 6676676.
www.GeeWindows.com

VACATION
RENTALS
BIG BEAR CABIN - All season, restful views from decks.
Two story, sleeps 6, half mile to
lake, two plus miles to slopes.
Fireplace/Wood, cable TV/DVD/
VCR. Full kitchen, completely
furnished except linens. Pets ok.
$100/$110 (two day minimum).
$550/$650 a week, Beep or
Donna Schaffer 1+(760) 7231475.
www.schaffercabin.com
BIG BEAR CABIN. 2 bedroom,
2 bath, 2 story. Sleeps 6-8.
About 6 miles from ski slopes
& lake. Fireplace/wood, cable,
full kitchen - furnished. $100
per night M - Th. $110 per night
F-Sun. Weekly available. Sheri
(909) 851-1094 or (760) 9482844.
BIG BEAR LAKES FINESTDeluxe lakeside townhouse,
2 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable
TVs, HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood
burning fireplaces, laundry room,
tennis court, indoor pool, sauna,
spa, boat dock. Fully equipped,
including all linens. Sleeps 6.

310-541-8311 or nmbigbear@
gmail.com
BIG BEAR CABIN. 4 Bdrm, 2
Bath 1,850 sq ft home on the
Eagle Point peninsula. Very
close to the lake, ski slopes,
downtown and grocery stores.
Sleeps 9 comfortably. 50 cable
TV, DVD, VHS, WiFi, wood
burning stove, fireplace, fire pit,
fire wood, BBQ, laundry. 2 night
min. Winter $160/night. Summer $130/night. +$90 Cleaning.
(4 days+ = no cleaning fee)
Some holiday rates apply. Tony
Zermeno (805) 625-1192
BIG BEAR CABIN - Sugarloaf
- Cozy upgraded 2 bedroom
cabin. Sleeps 8. Fireplace, deck,
Wifi - internet and cable TV. On
a large lot with sled hill. Fully
furnished except linens. $125
Winter $100 summer. Details
and availability, Call/text Jessica
(949) 874-5294
sugarloafcabin@cox.net
sugarloafcabin.com
CATALINA BEACH COTTAGE
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block
to beach, view, fully equipped
housekeeping unit. Marci (818)
347-6783 or Clarence (310) 5102721.
CATALINA CONDO - HAMILTON COVE. Ocean front, 1
bed, 1 1/2 bath, sleeps 4. Steps
to beach, pool, gym, putting
course, tennis and more. Newly
refurbished, fully equipped.
Includes golf cart, WiFi. Contact
Bart @ (310) 510-0190. Hamiltoncove.com. Ask for LAFD
8-89 discount. Owner active
LAFD.
COSTA RICA, LUXURY
CONDO, Fully Equipped, Furnished in a Very Quiet Private
Area. Two balconies, view of the
valley, two bedrooms/two bathrooms, 2 full-queen bed sets, full
bath with hot water, wall closets,
AC, washing machine, Kitchen
fully equipped, parking for 2
cars, wifi, cable tv, swimming
pool, gym.
www.vrbo.com/512567
DESERT CONDOS, RANCHO
MIRAGE (near Palm Springs).
2 bed, 2 bath. Fully furnished
condo, TV, internet, pools and
spas. Gated community from

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$115/night. 3 bed from $125/


night. No smoking. Barbara
(626) 798-2484.
JUNE LAKE CABIN - 2BR/2BA
cabin with Carson Peak view.
Close to fishing & 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. junebound@gmail.
com
LAKE HAVASU LANDINGWaterfront, steps to the water.
Boat mooring out front, off-road
desert behind house. 3 bed/3
bath, fully furnished w/linens.
Direct TV/DVR, BBQ, Casino,
Grocery/Meat Market, Launch
Ramp, Marina with Boat House,
Gated Community. No pets/
smoking. $350 Dan Cook 310
418 1577.
LAKE HAVASU BEAUTY FOR
RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600
sq.ft. Fully furnished with all
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
LAKE NACIMIENTO. Oak
Shores gated community. 3
bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, large loft.
3minute drive to main marina in
Oak Shores. Large flat driveway.
Fully equipped kitchen, BBQ,
washer/dryer, TV/DVD. No
cable. No pets/smoking. $185/
night. 3 night minimum. Call Ben
(805) 444-2264.
MAMMOTH - 1 bedroom Summit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient
underground garage parking. Jacuzzis, gym (pool/tennis in summertime), shuttle right outside!
Across from Eagle Lodge, Winter $110 per night, Summer $80
per night plus $65 cleaning fee
and 13% tax. All linens included.
Drew or Nancy Oliphant (661)
513-2000 or mammoth241@
aol.com
MAMMOTH CONDO. 2 bedroom & large loft, 3 full baths,

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sleeps 8. 5 minute walk to Canyon Lodge. Fully furnished, TVs,


VCR/DVD, pool, spa, rec room,
sauna, linens included. Winter
$175 weekdays, $195-weekends/holidays; summer $125,
plus cleaning. No smoking; no
pets. Craig Yoder (909) 9483659.

fireplace. 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) 619-5355

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 remodeled.
Photos available on website.
Winter - $300 per night, Summer
- $150 per night. $150 cleaning
fee. Call for holiday terms and
pricing. Joseph Angiuli (626)
497-5083.
www.discoveryfour.com

MAMMOTH CONDO - Sierra


Manors Sleeps 7. 3 bedroom 2
1/2 bath. Fully furnished except
linens. 2 TVs/VCR/DVD, stereo/
CD. Dishwasher, microwave,
sauna, jacuzzi, pool. No smoking/No Pets. Shuttle at door.
Winter $155/night, Summer
$100/night, Plus $80 cleaning
fee and City Bed Tax. Brian &
Karen Salvage LAFD Retired
(805) 499-7752.

MAMMOTH CONDO - 2 bdrm,


2 bath, 2 TVs, phone, garage,
pool, jacuzzi, fully furnished - exept linens. Near shuttle/chair 15.
Winter $125/night. Weekends
and Holidays $110 midweek.
Summer $95/night. $495/week.
No smoking. No pets. Jim Johnson (818) 992-7564, FS 80C.
MAMMOTH CONDO NEXT
TO THE GONDOLA VILLAGE
Fully furnished, three bedroom, two bath with towels and
linens, newly remodeled kitchen,
internet and cable TV, pool and
Jacuzzi. Walk to the gondola,
shops, restaurants and ski in on
the new comeback trail. Parking
at the front door. Winter: $250/
night. Summer $150/night.
Holidays $300/night. Cleaning is
included. Call Mike Whitehouse,
Retired, 805-987-6122, email:
btkwhitey@yahoo.com
or Bruce Galien, Retired, 661645-7448, email: luvbaja2@aol.
com
MAMMOTH CONDO Cozy 2
bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished, WIFI, 3 TVs, pool, spa,
walk to shuttle, Old Mammoth
area. Winter $115, Summer
$90, plus cleaning fee $139 and
14% city tax. Includes linens.
No pets, no smoking. Call (310)
540-4648.
MAMMOTH CONDO AT MAMMOTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA,
sleeps 10, fully furnished, 2
TVs, DVDs, WiFi, towels/linens,

MAMMOTH LAKES - One


bedroom, extremely charming
wildflower condo. Full amenities,
close to shuttle. Antiques, art,
satellite TV, fireplace. Sleeps 4.
Winter $110, Summer $85 plus
cleaning fees. Call Bill Clark
(818) 371-6722
Email: shakesong@aol.com
MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed,
sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR,
DVD. Garage parking. Walk to
Canyon Lodge. Ski back trail.
2 night minimum. Winter $100/
nite, $125 Fri, Sat & Holidays.
Summer $60/nite. Plus $120
cleaning & linens. Jeff & Lisa
Moir (661) 254-5788.
MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
Walk to Canyon Lodge. Studio
loft sleeps 4. Queen beds, full
kitchen, 2 baths, garage parking,
TV, VCR, DVD. Winter SunThurs $100.nite; Fri & Sat $115/
nite plus cleaning fee $100. Non
smoking complex. Joel Parker,
LAFD retired.
email: cat25sailor@juno.com
or (213) 399-6534.
MAMMOTH CONDO- SEASONS FOUR RESORT.
Charming and cozy furnished
1 Bedroom sleeps 5. Updated
unit with amenities including
wifi, sauna, jacuzzi, phone,
rec room, 2 flat screens , DVD
players. W/D on site. Shuttle
stop. Walking distance to village.
$120/night + $80 Cleaning fee
Bobby@310-350-5552.

MAUI BEACH FRONT CONDO


ON 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 Sherrie or Bill for
info/reservations (805) 530-0007
or email: pmimaui@aol.com
or visit:
www.napilibaymaui.com
MAUI CONDO 1 AND 2 BEDROOMS. Centrally located on
beautiful Maalaea Bay. Excellent
swimming and snorkeling; white
sandy beach. Minutes from golf,
tennis, fishing, shopping, airport
and resort areas. Marsha Smith
or Jeanne McJannet. Toll free
(800) 367-6084. www.maalaeabay.com
MAUIS MOST BEAUTIFUL
BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful
furnished condo that sleeps 4.
Lanai/balcony, full kitchen, king
bed, flat screen TVs/DVD, ACs
free WiFi (internet), complimentary maid service, complimentary coffee every morning and
breakfast on Fridays. Special
firefighters discount - Best value
in West Maui! Nice pool & BBQ
area - Close to beach! (800)
336-2185
www.napilivillage.com
Don Sprenger - retired LAFD
(949) 929-0989
PALM DESERT-3 bed/2bath,
one level. New re-model, fully
furnished w/linens. Cable TV/
DVR, Private Patio, BBQ, Laundry, Garage, Gated Community,
two (Pools, Jacuzzis, Tennis
Courts). Near College of the
Desert. $175 Dan Cook 310 418
1577.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. Romantic Chalet Family getaway.
3 bed/2 bath plus loft. Sleeps
810. Cable TV, washer/dryer,
microwave, woodburning stove.
7 minutes to casinos and Heavenly. Located in Tahoe Paradise.
$105 per night plus cleaning.
Call Shawn or Rose Agnew at
(661) 250-9907 OR (661) 4766288.

VACATION
VEHICLES
MOTORHOMES FOR RENT. Several Class
Cs & Class As for rent. Serving family and
friends for over 15 years. LAFD, LASD, IPD,
OXPD, OXFIRE, LACO, LACITY, LACITY
SKI CLUB. Visit us at www.so-cal-rv.com or
call 661-297-2398 as for Jeff. Make money
with your motorhomes to offset your payment. We sub-lease RVs.

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In 1951, Truck 4, a 1945 Seagrave 100 aerial, overturned
during a routine company drill operating as a Water Tower.

In the years prior to the innovation of the Ladder Pipe
Assembly, Truck Companies could operate as a Water Tower by
strapping hose lines to the aerial ladder. The cause of the accident was determined to be a combination of overextending
the ladder (ladder was fully extended) with a loaded hose line
and the placement of the ground jacks onto an unstable surface
(sand).

First-House Rookie Ted OMeila was operating this hose
line when the truck overturned. He rode the ladder to the ground
and miraculously was uninjured.
Official LAFD Photos, courtesy of LAFire.com
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