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On the cover: Structure Fire - Tujunga

Inset LAFD photo by: Bernie Deyo, FS 89

Structure Fire - North Hollywood
2 February 2017

Photo by: Doc DeMulle, The Foothills Paper



NO. 6

110th Anniversary Holiday Dinner Dance

For the lucky 300 that were able to snag a ticket,

LAFRAs holiday party was a night to remember.
For everyone else, youll just have to wait until next year ...........08

Medal of Valor Award

Engineer Darin Laier goes above and beyond to rescue

a teen from treacherous waters on Kauais north shore .............37

Who Really Needs Long Term Care Coverage?

While insurance policies should never be used as

investments, a long term care policy could protect your
assets and provide peace of mind for you and your family ........38

Presidents Message ..........................................................................05
Battalion News ...................................................................................13
The Retired Guys ...............................................................................33
Department in Action ............................................................................34
Retirement Dinner Announcements ...................................................36
Retirement Celebrations
Greg Malais ..................................................................................40
Mark Carcamo ................................................................................41
Station Fridge .......................................................................................42
T43rd year at Pebble Beach ...........................................................43
Golf Club tournament results ........................................................44
Asset Allocation 101
How to protect your portfolio against significant losses .................46
Mailbox ...............................................................................................49
Memorials ...........................................................................................51
LAFD History
The LAFD is 131 years old .............................................................52
Minutes of the Board of Trustees .....................................................55
Classifieds ...........................................................................................58
Then and Now Fire Station 5 ........................................................61

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serve to underwrite a portion of the magazines costs, the bulk of funding comes from advertisers.
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4 February 2017

Happy Groundhogs and HEART month . . .

I would like to congratulate our returning Trustees who
were each re-elected for another three year term. They are Craig
White, Joe Vigil, Rick Godinez, and Dave Peters. I would also
like to welcome our newest Trustee Gayle Sonoda. Gayle is an
Inspector assigned to the Community Risk Reduction Unit and
has been an LAFD/LAFRA member for eight years. Thank you
all for your continued volunteerism. Our organization is dependent upon the dedication and collective energy of our Trustees,
staff and volunteers.

You may have noticed a change to your pharmacy benefits
if youve had a prescription filled recently. Express Scripts, the
Reliefs pharmacy vendor, rolled out a flat dollar generic benefit
change effective January 1, 2017. In most cases, this is a better
benefit for our members. I encourage you to learn more about
how your pharmacy benefits work by accessing your Summary
Plan Description (SPD) online at Click on
Medical and then select Prescriptions.

All other pharmacy benefits remain the same, but if you
have a pharmacy-related question or problem, contact Express
Scripts. Non-Medicare Members, please call 1-800-711-0917.
Medicare (EGWP) Members can call 1-866-544-6963, or go online to

If prior authorization is required, notify your doctors office of the following: Prior Authorization: the physician must call
1-800-753-2851 to verify that a specific drug needs to be taken
for your diagnosis.

If you are charged a higher amount than expected, ask if
it related to a brand name drug being prescribed rather than a
generic medication. If so, notify your doctors office of the following:

Brand/Generic Copay Review: the doctor must call
1-800-946-3979 to explain why a brand name drug was prescribed rather than a generic drug. If proven medically necessary
and approved, you still have to pay the cost difference between
the brand name drug and an available generic drug. You can ask
your doctor to request an override of that differential penalty but
there is no guarantee of this being approved.

If you choose to appeal a pharmacy benefit issue, your
physician must justify medical necessity by providing documen-

tation to support your case. The doctor can fax or mail information to:

Administrative Appeals:

Fax number 1-877-328-9660 or

Mail to the address below:

Express Scripts


PO Box 66587

St. Louis, MO 63116-6587

Make plans to attend our 2nd Annual Health and Wellness
Fair on April 6th at FHMTC. This year we will be providing a
free health screening and blood test for all LAFRA members and
their dependents. Please register on the 2017 Health and Wellness Fair event page at
and let us know if you are interested in receiving the free blood
test. Also new this year, the American Heart Association will be
providing Hands Only CPR training for spouses and our retired
members who have given up their EMT cert.

A big THANK YOU to Doug Weber and Mike Reitmayer
for a great Buzzard Bait 2017! These two gentlemen and their
families put in countless hours in getting this event off the ground
every year! This year was no exception, between Mother Nature
and some of the bureaucratic hurdles, they put together a great
course. I would like to thank all our friends and sponsors for
donating items for the raffle to make this years another successful event.
Upcoming events:
Hook and Ladder Enduro - March 18
LA Marathon - March 19
LAFRA Health and Wellness Fair April 6
Lane Kemper Softball Classic May 2
Be safe and be kind to each other!
Robert D. SteinTalker Steinbacher
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One-on-one consultations with:

LAFRA Medical Plan Body Scan
Express Scripts Prescriptions
VSP Vision Care Live Health Online
Unum Long-Term Care Medicare
Center For Heart & Health
Activities and Demonstrations:
Free Massages Free Health Screenings
Exercise Tips & Demos
Raffle & Door Prizes
Healthy Snacks & Refreshments
Lots of Samples & Giveaways
6 February 2017

FREE Health Screening for all members- regularly $40

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A doctors
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Your eyes
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Scripts for
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LAFRA Health Fair

April 6, 2017
0800 - 1200

For info, email:

Great raffle prizes including a Fitbit Blaze, a revolutionary

watch designed with fitness in mind that will innovate your
workout experience
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ooks like everyone got the message! The Relief Associations Holiday Dinner Dance was sold out a couple of months
in advance. There was even a waitlist that just kept getting
longer and longer.

For the lucky 300 that were able to get a ticket, it turned out to
be a night to remember. The event was held on December 17th at the
Downtown LA Athletic Club, the perfect venue to embody the 110th anniversary of your Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association.

If you thought you saw more Amazon deliveries than usual in the
months leading up to this party, you were right. There was some serious
credit cardio going at ShopBop, Moda Operandi and Zappos. But the
results were well worth it - the ladies were absolutely dressed to the
nines and the guys didnt turn out too shabby either.

The evening started at the Clubs rooftop bar where incredible
views of the downtown skyline were highlighted by the fine wines and
micro brews that were being poured. A couple of floors below in the
Olympic Lounge, guests were treated to an array of tray-passed appetizers and cocktails.

Perennial LAFD emcee, Steve Ruda, guaranteed to look great
wearing his holiday best from Mens Wearhouse, invited everyone to be
seated in the ballroom precisely at 1830 hours. The Clubs ballroom is a
throwback to Los Angeles a century ago, with its rich, fine woodwork,
crystal chandeliers, elegant banquet chairs, and spacious two-story ceiling. Steve introduced LAFRA President Bob Steinbacher, who came up
and gave a warm welcome to all in attendance.

Next up was Mark Ellis not to be confused with the former
Dodger second baseman. This Mark Ellis is a comedian, actor and host
youve probably seen on TV, heard on the radio or at least clicked on the
internet. By the time the dinner buffet was open for business, Mark had
left everyone with a smile on their face.

After dinner, the smooth sounds of R&B Jazz band DW3 filled
the room. Absolutely everyone got up to dance and the floor was packed.
And thats how it was all the way until midnight.

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The Athletic Clubs private rooftop venue has one of the citys most extensive views of the downtown skyline. Partygoers that arrived early could grab
a wristband and head upstairs for the cocktail hour. The weather was brisk but the incredible views, craft cocktails and friendly smiles were enough to warm
everyone up at least a little. There was even a clutch gathered in a corner enjoying their cigars.

Lydia kept out the party crashers

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The crowd from 89s takes a breather

Throughout the evening partygoers used their cellphones to capture the fun that they and their friends were having dancing, laughing,
and lots of selfies too! The best shot was sent in by Nicole Cherry who was with the group from FS 89-C. The grand prize was a Polaroid SNAP Instant
Print Digital Camera.

Party guests were asked
to bring an unwrapped gift to support the SoCal Firefighters Spark
of Love Toy Drive. Deborah Lew,
LAFRAs Social Media director,
shows off some of the booty that
was collected at the event.

Toys make everyone smile!

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12 February 2017

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Pancake breakfast at FS 3 on 12/10/16 benefitting the Lievense family

Local heroes partnered with Vision To Learn to

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14 February 2017

The crew at FS 112 performs a flag ceremony for Engineer Harold Scott
who retired from 112s in 2008, and passed away this past December.

Extrication by TF 39 on Victory Bl on
12/23/16. Photo by Rick McClure

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16 February 2017

FS 99-A raised a flag in honor of FF/PM Bob Miller who passed away on 11/28/16.
The Miller family was included for the ceremony and the following dinner.

A Greater Alarm storage fire outside 5830 Sepulveda

on 12/20/16. Photo by Rick McClure

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On 12/3/16, TF 39 shut down a hydrant

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18 February 2017

All proceeds benefit your Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund,
a 110-year-old non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated helping our LAFD families in times of crisis

TF 39 and the Spark of Love deliver toys to a

family whose home was destroyed in a fire

15s handled a vehicle vs palm tree on 12/25/16

on Vermont. Photo by Jeff Zimmerman

Firefighters overhaul a structure fire at 2837 W

Hyans St on 12/24/16. Photo by Jeff Zimmerman

Rescue 13 with Santas Katy Perry and

Orlando Bloom at Childrens Hospital

The kids from Widney Career Transition Center

stopped by FS 26 for some holiday cheer

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20 February 2017

Shane Souters end of probation dinner at FS 11

on 11/27/16. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

On 12/22/16, firefighters treat a T/A victim on

the 5 Fwy at Roxford. Photo by Rick McClure

One person was extricated from a 3 car T/A on Branford

Street on 12/16/16. Photo by Rick McClure

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Companies extricate a driver on the 5 Fwy

on 10/30/16. Photo by Rick McClure

Explosion and fire at 8366 Glencrest Dr.

on 12/7/16. Photo by David Doc DeMulle

Companies found a fully involved house under construction

at 3814 W 58th Pl. on 11/28/16. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

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Each year your Relief Association awards
college scholarships to member dependents.
These include:
The Leo K. Najarian Memorial Scholarship of $5,000
The Bill Goss Scholarship of $2,500
Relief Scholarship awards of $2,500
Memorial Scholarship of $5,000

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24 February 2017

66s after a fire at Crenshaw High on

11/28/16. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

64s handles an overturned auto at 822 W El

Segundo on 11/22/16. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

On 12/18/16 firefighters extricated a T/A

victim on Ventura Bl. Photo by Rick McClure

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26 February 2017

Companies knocked down a fire at 11760

Hamlin St on 1/1/17. Photo by Rick McClure

On 10/20/16, E 60 handled an auto fire

on the 170 Fwy. Photo by Rick McClure

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Firefighters transport a T/A victim in NoHo in

December. Photo by Mike Meadows

87s handled a T/A on Balboa Bl on 12/3/16.

Photo by Rick McClure

Commercial structure fire at 9732 Cozycroft

on 1/3/17. Photo by Greg Doyle

Trustee Gene Bednarchick receives a generous donation

to WODFF from the Valley Professionals Group

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An attic fire on Mamora Drive on

Xmas Eve. Photo by Rick McClure

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Stephen (FS 34-C) and Brittney Janes are the proud

parents of Madison Rae, born on 11/14/2016.

30 February 2017

LF 94-B helps the Jimmie Hill family collect toys for

the Spark of Love drive. Photos by David Blaire

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32 February 2017

Barnacles, you know, them marine
crustaceans that grow on the bottom of a ships
hull and are sometimes found attached underneath a Captain IIs office chair or the right
hand seat of a fire truck? Those are what most
would call the garden variety barnacles. But
now theres a new and improved Barnacle
that is used as the latest parking enforcement
tool to disable a car or truck that has parked
in the wrong spot or that has accumulated too
many tickets. Instead of the Boot that used to
get attached to a vehicles wheel, this device is
a plastic foldin tray like gizmo, that is attached
to a windshield by usin large suction cups.

When its attached to a windshield the
driver is unable to look through the windshield
and see anything except a large yellow plastic
tray. And accordin to what Ive seen and read,
it aint goin to come off unless you make a
phone call and pay for your past sins. However,
Ive heard that there are a number of crafty retired Captain IIs that carry a pick-headed axe
in the back window of their pick-up trucks for
just such emergencies.

If I had a buck for every time my wife
spilled food or liquid on her white pants, Id
have more money than a Captain II. So, the
other day we went to our favorite coffee place.
Naturally she was wearin her white pants and
on the way home I went over a speed bump
a little too fast. You know the plastic lids with
that small hole you drink from? Well, somehow
every drop of her coffee came out of that hole
and transformed her white pants into brown
ones. Luckily my wife keeps a supply of cleaners and stain removers that dont really work
that well, so I was informed that a new pair of
white pants were on the top of her shoppin list.

Of course she also told to slow down
when drivin over speed bumps, but I had to
remind her theres a reason why theyre called
speed bumps.

I get lots of email pictures sent to me
showin a variety of fashionable characters that
walk the aisles of Wal Mart stores. You name
it and people will wear it. Strange lookin and
funny to look at for sure, but believe me, Im
not passin judgement on anyones fashion
choices because my wife always reminds me
to look in the mirror before walkin out into the

However, we recently took a flight out
of LAX and for a moment I thought I was at
Wal Mart. I was highly entertained by what
people were wearin and I suggested to my wife
that we could save a few bucks by stayin at the
airport and just people watch.

With a slight tilt of her head she gave
me that look and told me if I wanted to be
entertained I should look for a mirror.

So a British company just completed
a survey that suggested men and women who
are 53 years old should ditch their Levi jeans
and permanently retire them. Im not sure why
a company would waste their time with such
a useless survey when there are far more important studies to be completed. For instance:
At what age should you pull up your pants and
stop wearin them around your knees?

At what age do you remove the Baby
On Board sticker from your vehicles rear
window? At what age do you retire your skateboard? And finally, at what age do you decide
theres no more space left on your body for another tattoo?


While golfin,
Rick accidentally overturned his golf cart. A
very attractive female,
who lived in a villa on
the golf course, heard the
nose and called out, Are
you OK?

Rick replied, Im OK thanks, as he
pulled himself out of the twisted cart.

The lady then said, Come up to my
villa, rest a while and Ill help you upright the
cart later.

It was then that Rick noticed her silky
bathrobe was partially open, revealin what appeared to be a very nice figure.

Thats mighty nice of you, said Rick,
but I dont think my wife would like it.

Oh, come on now, she insisted.

She was very pretty and very persuasive and in a moment of weakness Rick said,
Well OK, but Im sure my wife wouldnt approve.

After a couple of Scotch and waters
Rick thanked her and said, I feel a lot better
now, but I know my wife is goin to be really
upset, so Id better go now.

Dont be silly! she said with a smile,
lettin her robe fall slightly more open. Stay a
while longer. She wont know anythin. By the
way, where is she?

Rick replied, Still under the cart, I

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Sun Valley

Photos by Joe Lyneis

An explosion and fire badly damaged a Sun Valley

home and sent two men to the hospital with severe
burn injuries on December 7, 2016. It took 41 firefighters just 34 minutes to extinguish the blaze in
the 8300 block of Glencrest Drive.
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Sun Valley

Photos by Rick McClure

On December 31, 2016, companies responded to 10416 Tuxford St in Sun Valley on a reported structure fire. 33
firefighters took 17 minutes to extinguish a fire confined to the attic of two-story home at rear of the property.

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Dispatch Quality Improvement Unit

TIM FREEMAN, Captain, FS 106-A



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15600 Odyssey Drive
Granada Hills CA

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737 Lamar St, Los Angeles CA
Luncheon - 11:30 AM

Cocktail Hour - 5:00 PM

Order & Pay Individually - No gift please

Dinner - 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Buffet - $60 includes tax, tip & gift

Call Capt. Linda Hughes - (213) 484-6780 or


Call FS 106 Business Line - (818) 756-8606

RAY HAMEL, Captain II, FS 98-B

JACK WISE, Battalion Chief, Battalion 12



Fire Station 98
13035 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima CA

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Ray Hamel will be completing his last shift at the end

of February. The members of FS 98 would like you
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Dinner: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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36 February 2017



Captain I, FS 106-A
Helicopter Pilot IV, FS 114-A
Firefighter III, FS 114-B
Firefighter III, FS 19-A
Firefighter III, FS 107-C
Firefighter III, FS 40-C
Fire Inspector I, Valley Public Safety

Landlocked and trapped in the swirling
pool, the girl was struggling for her life. Without a moments thought, Laier darted towards
the rocks, approaching as close as he could
to the waters edge without being pulled in
himself. In his first few tries, he managed to
grab hold of the young girls fingertips, but the
strength of the waves ripped her from his grasp.

In that moment, Laier says, he realized
his face the face of a stranger might be
the last face the young girl would ever see.

With the next surge of the waves, the
girl was flung against a ledge approximately
ten feet below him. This time, Laier grabbed
hold on the girls wrist and, with her shocked
and terrified friends helping him, pulled her
from the churning water.

n October 2015, Engineer Darin Laier, who

at the time held the rank of firefighter, was
on vacation in Kauai, Hawaii, with his wife
and four-year-old triplets. Laier and his
family were enjoying an afternoon at Queens
Bath, an area on the north side of the island.
While the spot is advertised to tourists as a
calm swimming hole, in the winter months it is
notorious for treacherous waves.

As Laier and his family were making
their way back from the beach, they spotted a
group of three high school-aged teenagers taking photos on a cluster of rocks. Preoccupied
with their cameras, the three failed to realize that with each crash against the rocks, the
waves were growing stronger and more threatening.

Suddenly, a rogue wave surged against
them, engulfing them entirely. While two of
the teens were lucky enough to be pushed back
against the rock wall behind them, the third, a
girl, slipped out of sight, sucked deep into a
cavernous pool of aerated water approximately
35 feet below the rocks.

Due to Laiers heroic efforts, the young
girl, 16, escaped the water with nothing more
than scrapes and bruises. Thanks to his courage and determination, says Kauai Fire Chief
Robert Westerman, Darin was successful
in literally plucking her from the treacherous waves that were pounding her against the

Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas notes that
firefighters are on duty 24/7/365. Although
technically off-duty, Engineer Laier performed
instinctively, using the skills he learned and his
talent as a firefighter.

The LAFD salutes Darin Laier for his
courage, and because he demonstrated bravery
at great personal risk, awarded him with the
Medal of Valor.

Queens Bath on Kauais North Shore: calm in the summer, treacherous in the winter

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f youre a healthy 50-something, its hard to imagine

that one day youll be frail and unable to care for yourself. And how about a healthy 30-something? Forget
about it!

Not so fast dude keep reading.


Theres only a 25% chance that you will have a major
car accident or a fire in your home over your lifetime. But
70% of people who make it to age 65 will use some type
of long-term care during their lives. Worse yet, that care is
gonna cost you - $6,965 per month for a private room in a
nursing home and $3,293 per month for care in an assisted
living facility. And sorry, Medicare does not pay for nonskilled assistance which makes up the majority of longterm care services.

The good news is that your Relief Association provides a long-term care benefit through Unum for active and
retired members enrolled in the Relief PPO Medical Plan.
Long-term care insurance helps pay for the care you need
when you can no longer care for yourself and will help
protect your familys financial future and your own investments and savings. Long-term care (LTC) is personal care
and other services provided on an extended basis to people
who need help with everyday activities like bathing, dressing and eating.

The costs for long-term care insurance increase as
you get older. Thats why its better to get an early start.
In the example, a 30 year old pays just $16 per month for
the same benefit that costs a 55 year old $62. If they both
started using their benefit at age 80, the 30 year olds total
cost would be $9,600 while the 55 year old would have
spent $18,720 for the same benefit.

While insurance policies should never be used for investments, a long-term care policy can help preserve your
assets for your spouse and your children. But long-term
care coverage is just one portion of an advance care plan.
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Having all your medical decisions squared away and clear,

so that there are no misunderstandings or second-guessing,
can be the greatest gift you can give to your loved ones, and

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On September 10, 2016, more than 100 friends, family and co-workers from throughout the years celebrated at the Odyssey Restaurant honoring Captain II Greg Malais for his service to the LAFD. Greg retired from FS 11-C with 36 years of service.

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On November 4, 2016, the San Pedro Fish Market was filled with many LAFD members, past and present, along with friends and family to
celebrate A/O Mark Carcamos 33 year career as a dedicated Firefighter and Apparatus Operator. Mark spent more than 17 years at FS 11. Mark had
the reputation as a perfectionist wherever he worked. This dedication was evident in his years at 11s, sharing his expertise with fellow firefighters
and his meticulous care of the apparatus. He showed tremendous pride in his Truck 11.

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his year marked the 43rd consecutive

year of the Southern California Firemens Golf Association Pebble
Beach Golf Tournament. Magical,
perfection, and heavenly would best describe
the few days spent on the Monterey Coast. 190
golfers including active/retire firefighters, family, and friends came out to enjoy. Pebble
Beach provided the perfect weather and unbelievable scenery, while the firefighters provided the camaraderie amongst the golfers that
truly makes the trip such a wonderful experience. Excellence is what Pebble Beach Resort
is known for, and with the friendly staff along
with amenities, it continually achieves this.

These golfers gather once a year in
the Mecca of golf for two nights and two
rounds (Pebble Beach and Spyglass) in heaven. Whether the golfers had a good round, or
a challenging round, everyone came into the
clubhouse after their round smiling.

Every golfer at the tournament shares
the same story, saying that after the first year of
playing they were hooked and have been back
every year since. If you walk around the tournament you will hear players that have been
coming for more than 10, 20, even 30 years to
this tournament. There is something to be said
about that. Each year it sells out within the first
few months of announcement.

We thank Gary Klasse, who has been
planning and leading the tournament since basically the beginning, for the countless hours
and hard work he has put into making sure
everyone is taken care of and satisfied. If you
have ever really want to see the beauty and history behind golfing, make sure and take advantage of this tournament. Ask any golfer in the
world to name a top course in California and
I guarantee the first course they say is Pebble

Our tournament director Gary Klasse, Jayne Hankinson

of Pebble Beach Resorts, and Garys protg Mark Zizi

A Flight
4th: Joe Castro & Ray Peralta $400
6th: Andy Zar & Frank Suryan $300
9th: Gary Klasse & Mark Zizi $150
B Flight
3rd: Kelly Faulkner & Roger Camunas $450
5th: Dale Gant & Pat Coyne
C Flight
2nd: Paul Gamez & Tony Valdez $500
5th: Ray Donckels & Rod Felix $350
D Flight
3rd: Tim Larson & August Angle

Three birdies on 7!! Gary Klasse,

Ray Peralta, and Joe Castro

Mark Zizi off the tee on #7

Room with a view. Photo by Jared Cooper

Great group of friends on Spanish Bay

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To all LAFD Golf Club members and guests,

Our Memorial Club Championship, May 2-4, 2017, has moved locations for the first times in
many years. We will be playing at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Palm Desert on the Pete Dye and
the Gary Player Courses. This is an invitation to all of our members to come out and play AND bring
friends and family to participate in the tournament as we have guest flights for nonmembers to play.
This is also a chance for active and retired members to join the LAFD Golf Club. Just visit our website at: for information.

Flight A

Flight A

Noel Murchet
Tournament Chairman

Flight A

Flight A


*** denotes 3 pa

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Flight A

Flight A

Longest Putts & Closest on Par 3s


*** denotes 3 pars

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sset allocation involves dividing an

investment portfolio among different
asset categories, such as stocks,
bonds, and cash. The process of determining
which mix of assets to hold in your portfolio is
a very personal one. The asset allocation that
works best for you at any given point in your
life will depend largely on your time horizon
and your ability to tolerate risk.
Time Horizon - Your time horizon is the
expected number of years, or decades you will
be investing to achieve a particular financial
goal. An investor with a longer time horizon
may feel more comfortable taking on a riskier,
or more volatile, investment because he or she
can wait out slow economic cycles and the
inevitable ups and downs of our markets. By
contrast, an investor saving up for a teenagers
college education would likely take on less risk
because he or she has a shorter time horizon.
Risk Tolerance - Risk tolerance is your
ability and willingness to lose some or all of
your original investment in exchange for greater potential returns. An aggressive investor, or
one with a high-risk tolerance, is more likely to

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risk losing money in order to get better results.

A conservative investor, or one with a low-risk
tolerance, tends to favor investments that will
preserve his or her original investment. In the
words of the famous saying, conservative investors keep a bird in the hand, while aggressive investors seek two in the bush.

Risk versus Reward

When it comes to investing, risk and reward are inextricably entwined. Youve probably heard the phrase no pain, no gain - those
words come close to summing up the relationship between risk and reward. Dont let anyone tell you otherwise: All investments involve
some degree of risk. If you intend to purchases
securities - such as stocks, bonds, or mutual
funds - its important that you understand before you invest that you could lose some or all
of your money.

The reward for taking on risk is the potential for a greater investment return. If you
have a financial goal with a long time horizon,
you are likely to make more money by carefully investing in asset categories with greater
risk rather than restricting your investments to
assets with less risk.

Investment Choices

For many financial goals, investing in
a mix of stocks, bonds, and cash can be a good
strategy. Lets take a closer look at the characteristics of the three major asset categories.

Stocks - Stocks have historically had
the greatest risk and highest returns among
the three major asset categories. Stocks are a
portfolios heavy hitter, offering the greatest
potential for growth. Stocks hit home runs, but
also strike out. The volatility of stocks makes
them a very risky investment in the short term.
But investors that have been willing to ride out
the volatile returns of stocks over long periods
generally have been rewarded with positive returns.
Bonds - Bonds are generally less volatile than stocks but offer more modest returns.
An investor approaching a financial goal might
increase his or her bond holdings because the
reduced risk of holding more bonds would
be attractive despite their lower potential for
growth. You should keep in mind that certain
bonds offering high returns, known as highyield or junk bonds, also carry higher risk.

Cash - Cash and cash equivalents - such

as savings deposits, CDs, treasury bills, and
money market accounts - are the safest investments, but offer the lowest return. The principal concern investing in cash equivalents is inflation risk that could erode investment returns
over time.

Stocks, bonds, and cash are the most
common asset categories. But other asset categories - including real estate, precious metals and other commodities, and private equity
- also exist, and some investors may include
these asset categories within a portfolio. Before
you make any investment, you should understand the risks of the investment and make sure
the risks are appropriate for you.

Why Asset Allocation Is

So Important

By including asset categories with investment returns that move up and down under
different market conditions, an investor can
protect against significant losses. Historically,
the returns of the three major asset categories

have not moved up and down at the same time.

By investing in more than one asset category,
youll reduce the risk that youll lose money
and your portfolios overall investment returns
will have a smoother ride. If one asset categorys investment return falls, youll be in a
position to counteract your losses with better
investment returns in another asset category.

In addition, asset allocation is important because it has major impact on whether
you will meet your financial goal. If you dont
include enough risk in your portfolio, your investments may not earn a large enough return.
On the other hand, if you include too much risk
in your portfolio, the money for your goal may
not be there when you need it.

If you understand your time horizon
and risk tolerance - and have some investing
experience - you may feel comfortable creating your own asset allocation model. How to
books on investing often discuss general rules
of thumb, and various online resources can
help you with your decision.

Some financial experts believe that determining your asset allocation is even more
important than the individual investments you
buy. With that in mind, you may want to consider asking a financial professional to help you
determine your initial asset allocation and suggest adjustments for the future.

How to Get Started

Determining the appropriate asset allocation model for a financial goal is a complicated task. Basically, youre trying to pick a
mix of assets that has the highest probability of
meeting your goal at a level of risk you can live
with. As you get closer to meeting your goal,
youll need to be able to adjust the mix of assets.

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on pension makes the time go fast, but fun.

Again, Annette and I thank you so very
much for your help in Normans (Tex) memorial. Please accept this gift in his name for the
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund.
Bill and Annette Beneke
Dear Andy,

Dear LA Firemens Relief Association:

Please accept this donation to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund in
memory of James A. Sanders who just passed
away a few days ago, and Michael P. Celentano, who passed away last month.

Jim Sanders was a captain and Drill
Tower instructor when I first met him as a recruit in the class of April, 1968 at 89s. Having
just served two years in the Army and as my
career with the LAFD was partly in his hands,
I was somewhat in awe of his power over me.
Over the following years, Im sure that our
paths crossed a few times, and I never heard
anyone say anything but good things about

Mike Celentano was a fireman at Old
22s when I was a third house rookie on the
Truck. I remember that Mike was quite a character, and being of ltalian decent, ended up
with a colorful nickname. Of course those were
different times without todays Political Correctness. I remember that Mike ended up as a
Chiefs Aide (or whatever it was called back
then) and drove Chief Weber for some time.
Richard Watters, LAFD Retired
Agoura Hills, CA
Dear Juliet [Brandolino],

Last night at the Holiday Dinner Dance
we marveled at the backdrop of this event and
were impressed by how well it was orchestrated. Becky and our group had a wonderful time
and a large part of it was because of you. You
not only looked fabulous, as Becky would say,
but handled this event in a way that allowed
guests to have a very special night. Merry
Christmas and Thank-you for your efforts.

I will always remember that great smile and

laugh of his. He will be missed by all that knew
Roger Gillis
Lake Arrowhead, CA

Please accept this donation for my
friend Earl Masoner. In the Drill Tower us
younger guys looked up to him because he was
a World War II Navy veteran and a journeyman
electrician. After graduation, he was assigned
to Boat 2 how lucky! But he stayed there for
twenty years. I was then fortunate to spend my
last years on the job working with him. After
retirement, Earl and his high school sweetheart
moved to Oregon. He will be missed by all.

Worked with Mike [Reddy] on many a
SOD day and while on a five month detail to
FS 59. Mike was a Captains delight. He was
an excellent Firefighter/Paramedic and an absolute pleasure to work with due to his easy going style.

One night Mikes mother came in to
visit and we caught a run. I asked her to come
along and it turned out the run was a full arrest.
I looked over at one point and she was crying
watching her son save a mans life. I am so glad
she got to see that.

Harry Morck
Helendale, CA

God bless you Mike,

Linda McClung
Amber, OK

Kevin Kearns
Thousand Oaks, CA
Mr. Bob Steinbacher,

Each year the LARFPA executive board
exchange small gifts during our December
board meeting in the spirit of the holidays and
camaraderie. As in past years, in lieu of that
donation, I have made a donation to the Relief
Associations Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemens Fund. This year I will continue my
tradition. Enclosed is my small gift to the Widows and Orphans Fund.

Gib and Becky Martin

Granada Hills, CA

Don Forrest
LAFD retired Director LARFPA


Dear Relief family,

First met Chief Sanders when he was
one of the DT instructors at 89s. A few years
later I had the pleasure of working for him at
FS 9 where he was the Captain I. The other two
Captains on our shift were Pete Lucarelli (C
II) and Dick Alder (C O) Tough group to work
for . . . NOT! If you were looking for the three
of them mid-day, youd find them drilling on
the handball court. Jim was a great officer and

Thank you for all the work you do and
time you give in serving the members and families of the Association. The help and comfort
you offer to all of us who have gone through a
loss of a loved one is priceless. Your caring is
very much appreciated.

I am sending this gift in memory of my
cousin Norman Beneke who retired from FS 97
in 1987. Sounds like a long time ago but being

To all of you,

Thank you so much for your wonderful
present. It is so appreciated and useful! Youll
never know how much I need this. I cant say
thank you enough.
As always,


Please accept the enclosed donation and
our sincere thanks for all your help and concern
when we lost my husband, Robert Looney. A
special thanks to Jim Dolan for making the trip
to our home to deliver the precious flag encased
in the beautiful oak cabinet. It will always have
a prominent place in our home.

Bob would be touched to know he was
remembered with such a wonderful tribute.
Bob loved the fire department, loved fighting
fire, the camaraderie, all of it. He was proud to
be a part of a great profession.

Our grandson Steven joined LA City
ten years ago. He was determined to work for
LA like his Grandpa Bob. He was proud to
wear his dress uniform to Bobs funeral Mass
and recite one of the readings.

We also want to convey our deepest
thanks to Chaplain Craig Poulson for his compassion and support, and for performing Bobs
funeral service in San Diego. I t was a long
drive for him and he never complained. He is
a patient man and an asset to the fire family.
Thank you.
Celes Looney and family

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Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund

December 2016






my husband Edward Holland



WILLIAM A. BENEKE in memory of

our cousin Norman Beneke, who
retired from FS 97 in 1987

UNION in honor of LAFRAs
110th Anniversary
memory of Thomas Laski
memory of Charles Charley Justis,
who passed away in 2001
CHURCH in memory of
Matthew McKnight
memory of my husband
Edward Holland


CARLA A. COPPA from the
Buzzard Bait Family Fun Ride
RICHARD L. WATTERS in memory of
James A. Sanders & Mike Celentano
VIOLA R. MARTIN in memory of my
husband Frederick Martin
JAMES E. GILLUM from the
Simi Valley Breakfast Gang
JOHN L. PECEL in memory of
Steve Bascom
from the Fire Extinguisher Fund
KIRK P. BINGHAM from the
Firefighters Breakfast at Mimis
Restaurant on 12/7/16
CLEO M. LOONEY in memory of my
husband Robert D. Looney
Steven Dixon
MARTHA MILES in memory of our
cousin Thelma Gracie Pleick
of our cousin Thelma Gracie Pleick

DORIS S. TUCKER in memory of my

husband Arnold E. Tucker
KINSLOW in memory of Gary Clinite
PALMER in memory of
Capt. Donald L. Nollner
DONNA B. ZIEL in memory of
Steven Dixon
memory of Steven Dixon
LINDA M. SCUDERI in memory of
Matt McKinght
CLEO M. LOONEY with thanks and
gratitude to Chaplain Craig Poulson
HARRY M. MORCK in memory of
Earl Masoner
memory of Jim Leake
memory of Tony Didomenico,
Antoinette Didomenico &
Tony Didomenico Jr.
ANNE M. QUINN in memory of
Steve Dixon
ARCHER R. MORGAN in memory of
Walter Brey



LOU ORCUTT in memory of

Harold Scott

KIRK P. BINGHAM from the Retired

Firefighters Breakfast at
Mimis Restaurant on 1/4/17

FUMIKO HUMBERD in memory of my

husband John Humberd Jr.

MALEN W. JACOBS in memory of

Frank Brown

KEN KRUPNIK from the Sales of Song


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William T. Miller, Engineer.

Appointed June 21, 1954. Retired on a service pension July 1, 1974 from FS 49-C.
Passed away December 4, 2016.
William M. Atkins, Fireman.
Appointed February 20, 1960. Retired on a disability pension July 31, 1973 from FS 69.
Passed away December 6, 2016.
James A. Sanders, Assistant Chief.
Appointed January 6, 1948. Retired on a disability pension March 27, 1986 from Fire Suppression & Rescue.
Passed away December 17, 2016.
Donald L. Nollner, Captain I.
Appointed November 7, 1959. Retired on a disability pension November 9, 1995 from FS 44-C.
Passed away December 19, 2016.
Richard H. Olson, Fireman.
Appointed June 27, 1959. Retired on a service pension July 28, 1979 from FS 101-C.
Passed away December 19, 2016.
Harold L. Scott, Engineer.
Appointed October 18, 1969. Retired on a service pension February 29, 2008 from FS 112-B.
Passed away December 22, 2016.
Francis G. Clinite, Firefighter II.
Appointed June 16, 1955. Retired on a service pension July 8, 1985 from FS 88.
Passed away December 23, 2016.
James R. Leake, Fireman.
Appointed January 25, 1949. Retired on a service pension February 1, 1974 from FS 38.
Passed away December 28, 2016.
Arthur G. Johnson, Engineer.
Appointed August 19, 1947. Retired on a service pension June 1, 1978 from FS 101.
Passed away January 4, 2017.
Theodore G. Jimenez, Captain.
Appointed June 10, 1961. Retired on a service pension July 3, 1984 from FS 8.
Passed away January 11, 2017.

Betty J. Rowlett, surviving spouse of William D. Rowlett, passed away December 15, 2016.
Mary Burroughs, spouse of Steven C. Burroughs, passed away December 16, 2016.
Janice M. Fox, spouse of Donald A. Fox, passed away December 19, 2016.
Lillian Sorensen, spouse of Richard R. Sorensen, passed away December 20, 2016.
Nancy L. Turner, spouse of Jay P. Turner, passed away December 28, 2016.
Fraustene Frosty L. Cannon, spouse of George R. Cannon, passed away January 2, 2017.
Irene I. Carriger, surviving spouse of Richard P. Carriger, passed away January 2, 2017.
Wanda M. Morrow, surviving spouse of Calvin G. Morrow, passed away January 2, 2017.
Marilynn R. Wahlers, spouse of Werner H. Wahlers, passed away January 3, 2017.
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Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS


This month the LAFD celebrates 131
years of service and sacrifice to the people of
Los Angeles. Countless numbers of lives and
properties have been saved, some at the cost of
a firefighters life. Active and retired members
should be proud of our heritage. Our history is
being preserved by the LAFD Historical Society for everyone and future generations to
come. The following is the story of how the
LAFD started.

In January of 1886 the City of Los Angeles was protected by volunteer fire companies with names like Thirty-Eights-No.1, Confidence Engine Company No.2 and Vigilance
Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1.

Volunteer badges The Original 38s and Confidence 2 on display at the Hollywood Museum.

Confidence Engine Company 2 in 1887.

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On Monday, February 1, 1886 the Los
Angeles Fire Department officially went into
service with four stations, two steam powered
750 gpm pumpers (steamers), each housed
with a two wheeled hose reel, a hook and ladder truck, a hose wagon and 11 horses. On that
day the City began to pay 31 firemen, including
a Chief Engineer and an Assistant Chief, for a
service, which for 15 years, had been provided
virtually without pay by 380 members of the
Los Angeles Volunteer Fire Department. Most
of the paid, or permanent men as they were
officially designated, were former volunteers
who took over the existing stations and equipment. Augmenting the permanent force were
24 reserve firemen. They were
most likely former
were starting on
February 1, to be
paid a small honorarium.
callmen, apportioned among the
were required to
answer all alarms
in their stations
fires anywhere in
the City and drill
with their respective outfits at least
twice monthly.

It all started with a meeting of volunteers and prospective firemen in Billy Buffums
Saloon in downtown L.A. to develop a plan to
become a paid department. The first Chief Engineer of the Los Angeles Volunteer Fire Department was Charles E. Miles. He was elected
by the volunteers on June 20, 1876. Chief
Miles two earliest priorities were to lobby the
City Council for a better fire alarm system and
to obtain a more suitable hook and ladder. He
got the hook and ladder but would have to wait
for the alarm system.

During the early part of 1885, the City
Council considered the merits of a fully paid
Department but decided that the installation of
a fire alarm telegraph was a more appropriate

priority. The proposed system, consisting of ten

miles of line poles, alarm boxes, and gongs for
the fire stations, had a projected cost of $7,000.
With additional discussion, however, an ordinance was presented to the City Council calling
instead for the establishment of a paid Fire Department. Under the Charter of 1850, and after
35 years of development from a small pueblo
to a growing, flourishing City, the City Council moved to finance and control the first fully
paid, official Los Angeles Fire Department in
December, 1885.

Walter S. Moore was the first Chief
Engineer of the newly created LAFD. Chief
Moores monthly salary was $125. He too was
a volunteer fireman and Chief of the Volunteer
Fire Department and like many of our early
volunteers came from San Francisco to join the
LAFD. In January 1886 the Fire Commission
came up with the first set of 32 Rules and Regulations. Among them were: Rule 18: Cautioned
engine, hose and hook and ladder truck drivers
not to drive out of a trot in going to or returning
from fires and alarms and further, racing was
strictly prohibited. Rule 23: Stipulated that destruction of property by water at fires was inefficient firemanship.

In 1886, Los Angeles 30 square miles
roughly encompassed an area of structural density only as far north as Ord Street and south
to 7th street. The easternmost area of building
concentration did not extend much past Los
Angeles Street and Olive Street on the west.
Six years before the start of the LAFD, the
citys population was 11,183. Four years after
the LAFD went into service, population soared
to more than 50,000. The Old Plaza Fire Station 1, went from a volunteer station with eight
members to one of the first LAFD stations. Los
Angeles was growing rapidly in population
and the number of new structures with a water
supply and fire department that was not able to
keep up and an antiquated alarm system. There
were major fears of catastrophic fires that could
devastate the city. Cognizant of the growth and
escalating fire problems, the LAFD fortunately
had strong friends in the City Council, notably
Jacob Kuhrts who lobbied hard to prioritize fire
protection improvements.

Confidence Engine Company 2 in 1887.

At the time the department became paid
all the stations were rented. That situation was
to continue for some time. Engine rosters for
Original 38s and Confidence 2 were set at
one engineer, one engine driver, one cart driver
and four hosemen for each of the two steam fire
engines. Hook & Ladder Vigilance Company
No. 1 was to be manned by a driver, a tillerman,
a foreman and four laddermen. Hose Company
Park Hose No.1s crew was held to a driver, a
foreman and four hosemen. Prospective LAFD
members had to apply to the Fire Commission
for consideration of their qualifications. They
had to be at least 21 years of age, a U.S citizen,
a permanent resident of the city of L.A. and
able to converse understandably in English.

To enable the Chief Engineer to get to
fires faster, the commission on April 12, 1886,
authorized the purchase of a horse and buggy to
be kept at night in a barn behind Chief Moores
house. Chief Moore lived on the outskirts of
the city at Figueroa and Pico. The barn was
outfitted with a swinging drop harness for the
quick hitch of the horse by a callman who slept
in the barn and drove Chief Moore to fires. It
would become traditional to often name horses
according to their temperament. Chief Moores
horse, Cyclone, had a stormy disposition and
was soon replaced by a more well-mannered

dered its first fire engine, an Amoskeag

steam pumper which was named Jacob
Kuhrts Engine Company No. 3. Kuhrts
was a former volunteer fire chief and at
this time a city councilman who pushed
hard to improve fire protection in the
growing city. Although the 700 gallon
per minute pumper was similar to the
earlier engines, it had the latest pumping and maneuverability features. The
engine, which arrived in early 1887,
stood nearly 8 1/2-feet tall, was 23 feet
7 inches in overall length, six feet wide
and weighed 7,800 pounds. More than
1000 people including Mayor Workman, Kuhrts and other councilmen
watched the acceptance tests at the Beaudry
Water Works. Steam was raised in four minutes and 5 seconds. Drafting through 20 feet
of suction hose, the engine delivered a vertical
stream at least 300 feet through 150 feet of two
and one half inch hose. The crowd cheered that
feat as well as Driver Si Lyons demonstration
of how the horses from a standing start, could
turn the rig around completely in only 20 feet.
The new engine was assigned to the Plaza Fire
House and its Amoskeag was moved to a newly
rented firehouse at 114 West 3rd Street.

Prior to 1886 when the LAFD became
a fire department, the volunteer fire departments protecting the city had a few steam fire
engines. On October 18, 1886, the LAFD or-

engine horses Tom and Joe to bolt from their

stalls and dash to their positions under the harnesses suspended from the ceiling. Ned, a large
sorrel, similarly hurried to the front of the hose
reel. The horses stood quietly waiting for the
drivers to tug on the ropes that dropped their
harnesses down. Other firemen quickly fastened the harnesses and the rigs were ready
for response all in under one minute. Foreman Scherer lightened the formality of the occasion by ordering Ned to show them a trick.
The horse fetched a bucket and, with his teeth,
turned on a spigot. When the bucket was filled,
he drank. The inspection party commended the
firemen for their efficiency and station maintenance and Im sure they were impressed with

1886 was certainly a year of a new start,
growth and a pride by the LAFD members that
would endure through time.131 years of service to the people of Los Angeles with continuous improvements and progress to become a
true Class 1 Fire Department in the United
States. From a small city of 30 square miles
and a few thousand people to a metropolis of
470 square miles and over 4 million people and
growing, the LAFD has served and sacrificed
for generations. The LAFD motto of Serving
with Courage, Integrity and Pride will continue for many years to come.
LAFDHS Volunteers of the Year

Los Angeles Volunteer Fire Chief Jacob Kuhrts.

Chief Walter Moore and his driver in his new

buggie 1887 downtown LA.

The Kuhrts steamer, Engine Co. 3 in the Hollywood Museum

Soon after the LAFD officially started
the Fire Commission voted to have inspections of all stations, personnel, equipment and
horses. The first inspection was scheduled for
July 5, 1886. Early inspection parties consisted
of the Mayor, the Council President, a Councilmember, the Chief Engineer and Assistant
Chief Engineer, newspaper reporters and interested citizens. The first stop was Engine 1s
Old Plaza Fire Station. After a thorough inspection of the station, Chief Moore ordered Foreman Henry Scherer to hook up the horses.
Warning the inspection party to stand clear,
he pulled the gong rope. The clang caused the

For many years the LAFD Historical
Society has been recognizing our volunteers
who have done exemplary work for the Society.
The Society is completely managed and operated by volunteers. Considering that we have
two museums, a Fallen Firefighters Memorial,
the Ralph J. Scott Fireboat under restoration
and more than 30 LA City Fire apparatus and
thousands of artifacts, that is an awesome task.
The volunteers of the year are nominated by
our Board of Directors with input from those
who work at the Hollywood Fire Museum, the
Harbor Fire Museum and the Fireboat. There
are three that are recognized for their contribution to the Society each year with others who
receive Certificates of Appreciation.

Last month In January we honored
David Steinitz for his work at the Hollywood

February 2017 53

Museum installing new lighting and working

on the restoration of our 1956 Seagrave aerial
ladder truck, Don Forrest for his consistent volunteer support at the Harbor Museum with his
chefs skills and docent work, and Mark Howell, who has done so much work to restore Old
Fireboat 2.
Museum Gift Shops New Item

The LAFD Historical Society has a new
challenge coin in the gift shops at both museums. One side has the LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial Statues and the reverse has the
LAFDHS logo.

My 4 year old son Frank asked me
why we have challenge coins. Good question.
Here is the answer from Wikipedia: A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion (usually
military), bearing an organizations insignia
or emblem and carried by the organizations
members. Traditionally, they are given to prove
membership when challenged and to enhance
morale. In addition, they are also collected by
service members. In practice, challenge coins
are normally presented by unit commanders in
recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit.

The new LAFDHS challenge coin available

in the Museum gift shops.

The story I heard is that if you are challenged to present your coin in a restaurant or
bar and if you do not have your coin you must
buy the challenger who has their coin a drink.
I carry my LAFDHS challenge coin always (or
almost always). They are a bargain at $10 so
come get one to show your support for the Society and the history of the LAFD.
LAFDHS Calendar for 2017
(As we know it today)
- LAFDHS Annual Pancake Breakfast & Fire
Service Day, Hollywood Museum - Sat. 5/13
at 0830 hrs.
- Annual LAFD Retired Member Luncheon,
Hollywood Museum, Thur. 6/15, 1100 hrs.
- Ralph J. Scott Fireboat fund raiser party,
Sun. 6/25
- U.S. Navy Fleet Week at the Port of LA.
- The Ralph J. Scott project will be open
to visitors Fri. 9/1, Sat. 9/2, Sun. 9/3 and
Mon. 9/4 (Labor Day)
- Annual September 11th
Memorial at LAFD Fallen
Firefighters Memorial
Mon. 9/11 at 0700 hrs.
- Annual LAFD Memorial at
the LAFD Fallen Firefighters
Memorial, Sat. 10/14 at 1000
- USC Archive Bazaar , Sat.
Oct. TBD
- Fireboat #2, The Ralph J.
Scott 92nd Birthday, Sat. 10/21

Calendar for February 2017

* Fridays from 0800 to 1200 are work days on the Ralph J. Scott Fireboat
54 February 2017

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 323-4647401. Our E-mail is: LAFDHS27@ Web site at If you want to look at some
great LAFD history check www. 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-profit 501
(C) (3) organization.


December 7, 2016 & December 14, 2016 (Special Board)
President Bob Steinbacher
called the meeting of the Board
of Trustees of the Los Angeles
Firemens Relief Association to
order at 10:40 a.m.
Bob Steinbacher, President
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee Frank Aguirre
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee Juan Albarran
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Steve Berkery
Trustee Tim Freeman
Trustee Mike Sailhamer
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee John Jacobsen
Trustee David Peters
Trustee David Ortiz
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee Tyler Tomich
Trustee Joe Vigil
Trustee Steven Domanski Pension
Trustee Doak Smith Pension
Trustee Tim Larson Pension
Todd Layfer - Executive
Liberty Unciano Controller Treasurer
Trustee Chris Hart (Excused)
Trustee Steve Ruda (Excused)
Trustee Craig White (Excused)
James Coburn, Retired
David Lowe, Retired
Dave Wagner, Grapevine Editor
Jim Dolan, Asst. Secretary
Tom Stires, Retired
INVOCATION & Flag Salute

Rick Godinez led the

invocation. Tyler Tomich led
the flag salute.
Bob Steinbacher entertained a
motion to ratify and dispense
with the reading of the minutes
of the Board of Trustees
meeting held November 2,
2016. Juan Albarran so moved.
David Ortiz seconded. There
was no further discussion or
Motion carried to ratify and
dispense with the reading
of the minutes of the Board
of Trustees meeting held
November 2, 2016.
1) Todd Layfer provided the
election results and indicated
that both of the proposed
Bylaw changes had passed. He
indicated that the changes in
the Bylaws reflected the Oath
of Office and Teleconferencing
for meeting.
Bob Steinbacher entertained a
motion to approve the election
results. Juan Albarran so
moved. David Peters seconded.
There was no discussion or
Motion carried to approve the
election results.
2) Bob Steinbacher indicated
that Gayle Sonoda will be a
new LAFRA Trustee beginning
January 2017. He indicated
that there will be a new active
Trustee position available in
January as well.

3) Bob Steinbacher referred

to the Mike Reddy funeral
services and thanked Steve
Berkery, Rick Godinez and the
chaplains for their efforts and
assistance to the Reddy family.
4) Bob Steinbacher referred
to the LAFRA Open House
and indicated that it was a
successful event and well
5) Bob Steinbacher provided
and update on the Pension
Department meeting held
November 17th.
6) Bob Steinbacher referred to
the LAFRA 110th Anniversary
Dinner Dance and indicated
that they have had an
overwhelming response.
7) Bob Steinbacher informed
the Board that the Investment
Allocation Review meeting
will be held on January 24,
2017. He stated that the Annual
Investment Committee onsite
meeting will be held at Beacon
Pointe in Newport Beach on
February 15, 2017.
8) Bob Steinbacher referred
to the 2017 Committee
assignments and asked Trustees
to let him know if they would
like to change their committees.

Gordon Direct Lending Fund

II, L.P. He provided some
background on Angelo Gordon
Co., their capabilities and past
Steve Domanski motioned
to approve investing with
Angelo Gordon Direct Lending
Fund II, L.P. David Peters
seconded. John Jacobsen
asked Derek Newcomer to
provide further information
on one of the investment
managers. Derek Newcomer
stated that he would provide
the information requested. Bob
Steinbacher asked if the Board
wished to table the motion
to approve. The consensus
of the Board was to move
forward pending clarification
from Derek Newcomer. There
was no further discussion or
Motion carried to approve
investing with Angelo Gordon
Direct Lending Fund II, L.P.
1) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the
IFEBP Conference in Orlando
and indicated that he brought
back some literature for


2) Jeff Cawdrey referred

to the Affordable Care Act
and prescription drug fraud.
He reported that LAFRA is
working with PSG for an audit
of the prescription drug plan
with Express Scripts.

Derek Newcomer of Beacon

Pointe Advisors presented
an investment opportunity
to the Board with Angelo

3) Jeff Cawdrey informed

that the Investment Institute
Conference will be March 13th
thru 15th 2017 in Phoenix,

9) Bob Steinbacher stated that

the 2017 Board and Committee
Dates have been provided.

February 2017 55

AZ. He also indicated that the

Annual IFEBP Conference
will be held in Las Vegas on
October 22nd through October

January 2017 and July 2017.

Active Relief dues increase by
$2.47 per month and Retirees
Relief dues increase by $ .24
per month starting in January.


7) Todd Layfer and Liberty

Unciano presented the 3rd
Quarter Expenditure review.

1) Todd Layfer referred to the

Social Security harvesting
project done each year and
indicated that this year we are
seeking 89 members for their
social security numbers. He
indicated that the majority is
for newborns from this year.
2) Todd Layfer referred to
Open Enrollment and reported
that 48 individuals joined the
medical plan.
3) Todd Layfer asked the
Trustees to submit their
expense reports before the end
of the year.
4) Todd Layfer informed the
Board that we are currently
providing information to the
Citys Personnel Dept. to
comply with the Employer
Mandate reporting. He
indicated that this provides
proof to the IRS that LAFD/
LAFRA members have
healthcare coverage.
5) Todd Layfer informed the
Board that the Active member
retro refunds for medical
premiums will be paid out over
two pay periods. He indicated
that the City Personnel Dept. is
coordinating this process and
is responsible for ensuring that
deductions and pay are correct.
6) Todd Layfer informed the
Board that there will be an
increase in Relief Dues in
coordination with the pay
increase from the MOU. The
increases will take place in

56 February 2017

Tyler Tomich presented the
following motions.
The committee recommends
and I so move to pay the
usual and customary bills in
the amount of $1,225,874.43.
There was no discussion or
Motion carried to pay the
usual and customary bills in
the amount of $1,225,874.43.
The committee recommends
and I so move to approve
$6K in startup money for the
Buzzard Bait Ride. There was
no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve
$6K in startup money for the
Buzzard Bait Ride.
The committee recommends
and I so move to approve $12K
in startup money for the Hook
& Ladder Enduro. There was
no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve
$12K in startup money for the
Hook & Ladder Enduro.
The committee recommends
and I so move to approve $500
for Fire Station 3s Pancake
Breakfast. This fundraiser is
for a members sick child.
There was no discussion or

Motion carried to approve

$500 for Fire Station 3s
Pancake Breakfast.
The committee recommends
and I so move to approve
$1,000 for the Grossman Burn
Center Holiday Reunion.
There was no discussion or

Motion carried to pay the

above Relief benefits.
Steve Berkery read the names
of members who recently
passed and asked for a moment
of silence from the Board.


Harry C. Carlson
Richard J. Koenig
Arley V. Tracy
Richard L. Wyckoff
Norman L. Beneke
Francis M. Brown
Walter R. Brey
Earl A. Masoner

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.

Steve Berkery presented the

following motions.

Motion carried to approve

$1,000 for the Grossman Burn
Center Holiday Reunion.

Motion carried to accept all

applications to the Medical
Steve Berkery presented the
following motion.
The committee recommends
and I so move to pay:
The Sick & Injury benefits in
the amount of $15,056.46
The Estate Planning benefit in
the amount of $6,000,
The Life & Accident
Withdrawals in the amount of
The Life & Accident Death
benefits in the amount of
The Relief Death Benefits in
the amount of $36,000
There was no discussion or

The committee recommends

and I so move to accept the
donations in the amount of
$4,873.47 to the Widows,
Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund. There was no discussion
or objections.
Motion carried to accept the
donations in the amount of
$4,873.47 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
Motion carried to approve
the financial assistance
applications for surviving
spouses, active and retired
The committee recommends
and I so move to approve the
Christmas bonuses for the

eligible Widows and Orphans.

There was no discussion or
Motion carried to approve the
Christmas bonuses for the
eligible Widows and Orphans.
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.
Dave Wagner informed the
Board that we will have the
Health Fair at FHMTC on April
6, 2017. He indicated that we
are working on getting health
screening vendors at the fair.
David Ortiz indicated that a
committee has been created to
meet and discuss the style and
printing for the yearbook.
Jim Dolan informed the Board
of a letter from Walter Breys
widow thanking LAFRA for
the flag and photos provided.
He mentioned that she had
enclosed a donation to the
Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemens Fund.
The Board entered into
Executive session at 12:46p.m.
The Board adjourned from

Executive session at 1:45p.m.

A personnel matter was
discussed but no action was
1) Rick Godinez referred to the
L.A. Marathon and indicated
that the total amount raised so
far was $5,000. He indicated
that there are flyers available
for the fire stations.
2) Rick Godinez reported that
the marketing department
is currently working on
testimonial videos for the
LAFRA website.
1) LAFRA Holiday Party
December 17th
2) Buzzard Bait Ride January
14th 16th
3) Hook & Ladder March
4) Health and Wellness Fair
April 6th

1) Cori Tipton Wednesday,
January 25th B @ FHMTC
2) Tim Freeman Wednesday,
February 22nd C @ The
Odyssey (Freeman)
3) Jack Wise Saturday, April
15th A @ Sagebrush Cantina
Bob Steinbacher entertained
a motion to adjourn. David
Peters so moved. Frank Aguirre
seconded. There was no
discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to adjourn.
The Board of Trustees meeting

adjourned at 1:50 p.m.

Bob Steinbacher, President
President Bob Steinbacher
called the Special Meeting
of the Board of Trustees of
the Los Angeles Firemens
Relief Association to order
at 8:57 a.m. The meeting had
been noticed to the Board on
December 13, 2016.
Bob Steinbacher, President
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee Frank Aguirre
Trustee Juan Albarran
Trustee John Jacobsen
Trustee David Peters
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Tim Freeman
Trustee Joe Vigil
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Jim Duffy
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee Craig White
Trustee Tyler Tomich
Trustee David Ortiz
Trustee Tim Larson, Pension
Trustee Steven Domanski,
Trustee Doak Smith, Pension
Todd Layfer - Executive
Trustee Chris Hart (Excused)
Trustee Mike Sailhamer
Trustee Steve Ruda (Excused)
Trustee Steve Berkery

Bob Steinbacher informed the
Board that they were holding
a Special Board Meeting to
discuss the previous Board
action to approve investing
with Angelo Gordon Direct
Lending Fund II, L.P.
David Peters motioned to
reconsider the action taken
at the Board meeting on
December 7th regarding
approval of investing with
Angelo Gordon Direct Lending
Fund. Gene Bednarchik
seconded. There were no
Motion carried to reconsider
the action taken at the
Board meeting on December
7th regarding approval of
investing with Angelo Gordon
Direct Lending Fund.
Additional information was
obtained regarding Angelo
Gordon Direct Lending Fund
II, L.P. and after further
deliberations by the Board, a
roll call vote was taken and
unanimously approved to
rescind the previous action to
invest with Angelo Gordon
Direct Lending Fund II, L.P.
Bob Steinbacher entertained
a motion to adjourn. Juan
Albarran so moved. Frank
Aguirre seconded. There was
no discussion or objections.
The Special Board of Trustees
meeting adjourned at 9:52

February 2017 57

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BIG BEAR - Beautiful decked

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Some holiday rates apply. Tony
Zermeno (805) 625-1192
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block
to beach, view, fully equipped
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bed, 1 1/2 bath, sleeps 4. Steps
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Gated Community. No pets/
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RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600
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Snowbird rates. Call Mike (661)
Shores gated community. 3
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3minute drive to main marina in
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Fully equipped kitchen, BBQ,
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Across from Eagle Lodge, Winter $110 per night, Summer $80
per night plus $65 cleaning fee
and 13% tax. All linens included.
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MAMMOTH CONDO. 2 bedroom & large loft, 3 full baths,
sleeps 8. 5 minute walk to Canyon Lodge. Fully furnished, TVs,
VCR/DVD, pool, spa, rec room,
sauna, linens included. Winter
$175 weekdays, $195-week-

ends/holidays; summer $125,

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2 bath, 2 TVs, phone, garage,
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No smoking. No pets. Jim Johnson (818) 992-7564, FS 80C.
Fully furnished, three bedroom, two bath with towels and
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bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished, WIFI, 3 TVs, pool, spa,
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sleeps 10, fully furnished, 2
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bedroom, extremely charming
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Summer $60/nite. Plus $120
cleaning & linens. Jeff & Lisa
Moir (661) 254-5788.
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.
or (213) 399-6534.
Charming and cozy furnished
1 Bedroom sleeps 5. Updated
unit with amenities including
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$150 per night (regularly $310/
night). Call Sherrie or Bill for
info/reservations (805) 530-0007
or email:
or visit:
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.
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, complimen-

tary coffee every morning and

breakfast on Fridays. Special
firefighters discount - Best value
in West Maui! Nice pool & BBQ
area - Close to beach! (800)
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
DESERT. 163 acre ranch
private ski lake. Perfect for
Family vacations. Ranch house
accommodates large groups.
Amenities: pool, AC, billards,
TV, fishing, pet friendly. Nearby
golf, casinos, ATV riding. Also,
Premier lodging for Coachella
music festivals. *Seasonal duck
hunting club. See website for
rates and info:
or call Nick Davidson (424)

Several Class Cs & Class As for
rent. Serving family and friends
for over 15 years. LAFD, LASD,
Visit us at
or call 661-297-2398 as for
Jeff. Make money with your
motorhomes to offset your payment. We sub-lease RVs.

OF LA HABRA HEIGHTS. Calling all retired LAFD members!
Mimimum Qualifications: Five
years of broad experience in all
phases of municipal fire suppression and prevention work,
including at least two years in
a responsible management
capacity. Prior experience as a
California State Fire Instructor

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Education: Bachelors degree

in Fire Science, Public Administration, or closely related field is
Salary range for this position
is $75,000 - $95,721 per year,
and is dependent upon qualifications of the selected candidate.
The selected candidate will be
enrolled into CalPERS. A benefit
program is also available with
paid medical insurance, sick,
and vacation leave.
To be considered: If you feel
you are qualified, please email a
completed city application found
at, resume
and cover letter to or mail your
signed and complete application, resume and cover letter to
Grace Andres, 1245 N Hacienda
Road, La Habra Heights, CA

For advertising information, please contact:

Eric Santiago
(323) 259-5231
or email:
or visit our website at

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Fire Station 5

Engine Company No. 5 was located at 525 East Fourth Street in the downtown area from 1912 until 1950. Fire Station No. 5 in
the Westchester neighborhood was located at 6621 W. Manchester Ave. from 1950 until 2006. The current quarters of Task Force 5 is at
8900 Emerson Ave. in Westchester, just across from LAX.

Engine Company No. 5, March 16, 1941

C. H. Bulkley, E. A. Thomas, K. P. Martin, L. A. Dowdall, Captain Paul Zink, J. L. McMunn, L. J. Algyer, John B. Frederick
Photo from the Alton Collection via

Task Force 5, January 1990

Photo by David Blaire

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Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association

7470 N Figueroa Street
Los Angeles CA 90041-1725



Sound the alarm and get $50 when

you share the benefits of being a
member of Firefighters First.
Refer a family member or firefighter
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Whether theyre in the market for an
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rates, theyll be welcomed with great
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*Offer is only valid for new membership. Requirements for referring member to receive $50 incentive: New member
must open a checking account with a $500 minimum direct deposit, loan and/or credit card account. Firefighters First
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activation. 0.50% APR = Annual Percentage Rate loan discount applies to all fixed consumer loans including: autos,
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