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Structure Fire - Valley Village

2 June 2017

Lane Kemper Classic Softball
Firefighters set aside their badges and celebrated Lanes life
by engaging in friendly firehouse competition and raising
a few bucks for the WODFF ...................................................06

LAFRA Health Fair

Members were invited for one-on-one consultations and
much more with Medical Plan vendors all under one roof
at FHMTC in April ..................................................................10

50th Annual Firefighter of the Year

For always going above and beyond, as well as exemplifying
the proud traditions of the LAFD, Captain II Charles Ruddell
was honored as the 2016 Firefighter of the Year ...................41

Presidents Message .........................................................................05
Battalion News .....................................................................................13
The Retired Guys ...............................................................................34
Department in Action ............................................................................36
Retirement Dinner Announcements ...................................................39
Station Fridge .......................................................................................40
2017 Seniors Championship ...........................................................42
LAFRA Volunteers Luncheon
2016 volunteers recognized for their participation ........................45
Memorials ...........................................................................................47
Mailbox ...............................................................................................48
Boat and Ski Club
Announcing the 2017 schedule ......................................................50
Wrench Wars
Firefighter TV debut on behalf of WODFF ...................................51
LAFD History
The Historic Hayes Aerial Ladder Truck ...........................................53
Minutes of the Board of Trustees .....................................................56
Classifieds ...........................................................................................58
Fire Station 47 .............................................................................61

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RETIREMENT DINNER PLANNING PROCESS advisory, historical, thought-provoking and inspirational.
We experienced a record number of retirements this past Recently, a 35-year veteran who retired 11 years ago
year so I want to take this opportunity to address the retirement complained that The Grapevine no longer expresses the true
dinner planning process. Information for a dinner must be re- gut feelings of the old-time firefighter and he believes its
ceived at least one full month ahead of The Grapevine publication become a Department magazine. He understands people must be
date in order to be included. The information and a flyer, if one if politically correct now but he wants people to talk openly about
provided, will also be posted at each others good points and short comings. The Grapevine is
When closing in on the last couple months of active work, distributed to every member of the Relief Association, includ-
several things need to happen and notifications need to be made. ing both active and retired members. This represents the majority
The first step is to call the Relief or stop in to fill out the necessary of the Department, so actually, the Grapevine has always been a
paperwork which will convert your status from active to retired Department magazine. How ironic that this complaint regard-
(i.e. payroll deduction cards, current address, dependent informa- ing about missing the good old days came to us through Face-
tion, etc.). We verify and ensure all your information is current book, the social network of choice for the Gen X and Millennial
and accurate. generations.
Specifics you will need to know: People do love magazines, especially a custom magazine
Actual retirement date like this which specifically serves our profession. It welcomes,
Last assignment informs and entertains our readers. You can take it with you or
Retirement dinner/lunch /breakfast access it online. This monthly magazine includes articles, notes,
Contact information announcements and photographs. The photographs are each
Provide a retirement flyer with all the information, worth 1,000 words, in my opinion.
if possible Unique attributes make this magazine a success. We trust
Retirement badge (gold or silver) our networks of family and friends and The Grapevine is a sym-
Call back for a status update a few weeks prior to your bol of trust and support. You choose what to read and what you
retirement date. Delivery arrangements need to be made before want to respond to. Support is established through photos and
the event. Do not hesitate to call the Relief at (323) 259-5259 if articles which trigger emotions. We offer advice and solutions
you have any questions or concerns. You can also click on the and make reading The Grapevine a rewarding experience. The
Retirement Corner tab at for a complete guide that magazine addresses status because its all about who we are and
will take you step-by-step through the retirement process. what we do.
Lastly, we do want to hear from you. We welcome your
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We live in a time where information is available at our support is our readers. If you have ideas or would like to submit
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of us who are still involved, or those who ever were, in the fire
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June 2017 5
hen he was a fireman at 33s back ebrated Lanes life by setting aside our badges includes Bill Bringas, Rick Denning and Steve
in 1973, now retired Captain Craig and service stripes and playing softball, Romas. And for the record, short rib racks
Fletcher remembers a young student engaging in friendly firehouse competition and dont just spontaneously multiply. Thank you,
worker who came to learn about life in the fire- raising a few bucks for his beloved Firemens Mark Curry, for the magic. The other thankless
house. That student worker was Lane Kemper Relief Association. and hazardous task umpiring often goes un-
and it didnt take long for all those young fire- The day began in a fog of confused appreciated. Thanks to all the real men who lay
eaters at Fire City to agree they had found precision. Trucks, trailers and transport vans it out there and keep it between the lines. You
a keeper. Lane earned the respect and admira- stuffed with tables, canopies, barbeques, food, know who you are. Remember, the alternative
tion of his peers through hard work, hustle and drink, ice, prizes, and of course, tools of the would be to umpire your own games. That, we
aptitude for the job. Imagine 33s in the early game were unloaded in a flurry of activity. This all know, would lead to a spike in injury and
1970s long before one of our most educated was accomplished by scores of volunteers who altercation statistics.
Chief Engineers declared the single function had nothing better to do than spend all day sup- Every team plays two fun games and
firefighter a liability to the LAFD. porting an event that has little measurable self- then moves on to single elimination. Every-
A young Lane Kemper quickly and benefit but profoundly benefits the Widows, body gets a fine lunch and cold refreshments.
continually distinguished himself in those early Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund. We try to There is also opportunity to win cool raffle
days - as a student worker, during his long ten- emulate Lanes commitment to give back while prizes. Ask Ted Nonini about his trip to the
ure as a fireman at 10s, while he was instruct- having fun. Grenadines. Valerie Lawrence and all the
ing the world in the art and science of forced Typically, in true fireman fashion, last wonderful ladies from LAFRA handle the
entry, and until the too soon end of his career minute teams materialize and expect star treat- raffle prizes which raise lots of funds for the
as a universally respected LAFD Captain II and ment. And typically, in true fireman fashion, the WODFF. Mark Curry, Eric Stephens and
national expert on fireground situational aware- selfless few cowboys up and make it work. So Greg Pascolla circle the BBQ wagons and
ness. Lanes passion for his vocation as a fire- hoorays to Keith Bandy and his able posse that provide to-die-for ribs, slaw and rolls served in
man and the brotherhood of his second family generous portions by the guys in black. Thank
was legacy. Our tribute to the man and the leg- you men for the great grub.
end is in the form of an annual softball tourna- A friendly competition After introductions and acknowledge-
ment that bears his name The Lane Kemper ments, special mention of Dave Moorman and
Softball Classic in tribute to the man his long-time support and participation in the
On May 2, 2017, 25 years after the tournament, and with a beautiful rendition of
city lay smoldering, post-civil disturbance, and the legend. our national anthem from a lovely young wom-
and nearly 11 years after lane left us, we cel- an, the crowd was ready to PLAY BALL!
6 June 2017
By Jim Stiglich
Photos by Laura Lichter, David
Blaire, Deborah Lew, Juan Carlos
Sanchez and Eric Santiago

Fire Station 3 Fire Station 9 Fire Station 10

Fire Station 98 Fire Station 75

Fire Station 73 Fire Station 11 Fire Station 88

Fire Station 12 Volunteers Fire Station 34

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Fire Station 33 Fire Station 37 Fire Station 12

Fire Station 15 Fire Station 66

Fire Station 39 Fire Station 21 Fire Station 61

Fire Station 60 Fire Station 57

Fire Hogs Battalion 4

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17 Ke mpe r So ftball Classic Runners-U
Fire Station 64

2017 Kemper Softba

Raffle Winner - Keith Garcia, FS 64-B ll Classic Champion
Fire Station 29
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he Relief Association was able to gather
all of its Medical Plan vendors under
one roof at FHMTC on April 6th for this
years Health and Wellness Fair. The more than
12,000 family members and firefighters cov-
ered by the plan were invited in for one-on-one
consultations and much more. Members re-
ceived benefit updates, coverage information,
and were able to discuss personal issues and
problems directly with vendors.
Holding the fair at an LAFD facility
provided the opportunity for on-duty members
to attend. Staff from the Medical Liaison and
the Community Risk Reduction units, along
with reps from AIMS, allowed these members
to gain a better knowledge of their many medi-
cal related benefits.
The American Cancer Society, the
American Heart Association and the Ameri-
can Red Cross were new to the event this year.
UCLA Health was also new to the fair, provid-
ing info on their comprehensive clinics that are
popping up all over the southland.
Regular vendors like Center for Heart
and Health provided health screenings and in-
formation on their comprehensive annual phys-
ical that is covered by the plan. Medical Imag-
ing of SoCal explained about their enhanced
benefit for state-of-the-art body scans, and the
VSP rep let members know about the enhanced
vision care benefit. Scores of members signed
up with Anthems Live Health Online program,
enabling them to make virtual doctor visits
from their devices and laptops.

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Most visited at the fair was LAFRAs
own HealthSCOPE table. Members were fi-
nally able to put faces to the helpful voices
that have been assisting them with their medi-
cal coverages and benefits. Denise Schelgel
and company are a big part of what makes the
LAFRA Medical Plan the very best available.
Our Medical Plan is run by firefight-
ers for firefighters, remarked Trustee Dave
Peters. So based on feedback that we receive
from the members, we can make adjustments
and changes to the plan. Theres no way that
Barista Terri Godinez and
third-party insurers can do that. The singular
her better half & half
purpose of the LAFRA Medical Plan is to serve
LAFD firefighters and their families.
In addition to the free massages and
a custom coffee bar hosted by Terri Godinez,
members were treated to an array of health-re-
lated prizes in the raffles. Joy and Richard Wat-
ters walked away with a NutriBullet blender
and a pair of Bose earbuds. Another big win-
ner, Janet Anthony, will be able to enhance her
daily workouts with a new FitBit Blaze sports
watch. Dan Curry will certainly enjoy the iPad
that he won, provided by ProMed Spine.
If you are not currently utilizing the
LAFRA Medical Plan, do yourself a favor and
contact a Relief Trustee to find out exactly what
you are missing. Or visit for more in-
formation. Youll want to be ready for the next
open enrollment period when you can sign-up
for the best Medical Plan offered to LAFD
members and their families.

LAFRA Volunteers

June 2017 11
Four make-up sessions have been scheduled. If you missed your on-duty photo session, attend one of
these sessions off-duty. Inspectors and Special-Duty members, find a site near your assignment. Anyone can
go to any site on any day just show up with a shirt and badge - well be there from 0700 until noon.

Attend any photo session on any day from 7:00 am until noon just show up!

Packages of 8x10, 5x7, 4x6 and wallet sized prints of your portrait will be available for purchase. Add-ons are a great way to add additional
poses - wearing your turnouts, helmet, etc and can be taken as time permits. Add-ons will only be available with the purchase of a package.

12 June 2017
A flag ceremony was held at Fire Station 3 to honor Battalion Chief Jerome Boyd
who died in the line of duty on April 28, 2017. Photos by Jeremy Oberstein/LAFD

FS 9 is ready for Annual Inspection

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14 June 2017
USAR companies training in the DTLA Metro tunnel in April

Greetings to all the Sinners and Saints

of Battalion 2 and then some. I hope the return
of a Battalion 2 writer would inspire other bat-
talions to jump on board. Well see . . . I sup-
Sooo, once again lets jump to tradition
shall we? As I work SOD around the Battal-
ion, I get the scoop on things. Zach Robinson
recently promoted to Engineer and was sent to
a land far away called 59s. Congrats to you
Zach, and the way I hear it, a very nice promo-
tional dinner was put on by you for the crew at
12s. Good job.
FS 50 members at the Lions Club breakfast in Atwater Village
But that leads to another story of tra-
dition or should we say non-tradition? One of
the probationary members at Fire Station 50 probationary and promotional dinners were to multiple Anonymous Grapevine Reports (AGR
recently reached the pinnacle of their proba- pay back the members that helped you through . . . not to be confused with CTS) that a member
tionary year. Yes, thats right, passed probation. the long hard days of studying and such. When from Fire Station 50 that promoted way back in
And the probationary member put on a wonder- I got off probation way back in 2007, the tradi- October has yet to put on his promotional din-
ful dinner, complete with steak and lobster and tion I always heard was that . . . well you know. ner. Say it aint so.
all the fixins. After dinner, when it comes time Now I know last month I mentioned a Recently the B shift had Battalion in-
to collect, youll never guess what happened?!? member that allegedly did not put on a promo- spection. I was fortunate enough to work that
For those of us that werent there, I hear they tional dinner for a station out of the Battalion. day, and saw the work the members put in, es-
collected full boat for the day! Wait, I thought But I also heard from reliable sources that filed pecially with the high winds and brush fire up

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in Debs Park. All I can say is thank goodness But lets end on a good note - good luck Thats it for this month. Stay safe, look
no one dropped the ball (literally) and played to all the members of Battalion 2 going down out for each other, we are in this together. Send
handball all day a couple days prior - that to take their Engineers practical. Its my under- your Anonymous Grapevine Reports (AGRs)
would make things tough. standing that the new B/C on the B Shift is on to
the drive portion. Good luck with that!

TF 2 turns out to honor Georgia FF Ron Herens. Photo by Adam VanGerpen

On 4/25/17, a multi-vehicle crash and fire injured 10 on the 5 Fwy. Photo by Mike Meadows

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Capt Mary Jo Zahyna celebrates her last day after 37 years on the LAFD

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18 June 2017
On 4/17/17, Battalion 5 members joined Gary Sinise as he received a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame. The Gary Sinise Foundation provides support to firefighters across the country.

TF 85 members comfort the companions of Georgia FF Ron Herens

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and TF85, set up on streets and freeway over- continued support for our event. 37s had cus-
passes in a show of respect and a powerful trib- tom helmet plaques made and presented them
ute. Herens, 23, was with four other members to Steve, the manager of operations for Diddy
On April 12, 2017, FS 37 hosted a din- of the Marietta, Ga., Fire Department when the Riese Cookies, and Alana, store manager of
ner for the companions of Georgia firefighter accident occurred. the Westwood Rite Aid Pharmacy. It is always
Ron Herens. Herens was killed in a suspected Fires Station 37 would like to thank important to follow through with our sponsors,
DUI crash near Venice Beach on April 10, its local sponsors for their continued support with great communication before and after the
while on vacation. Earlier in the day a proces- of the Hope for Firefighters event. When these event, as well as taking the time to show ap-
sion had brought Herens body from the Los business people learned of the event and our preciation for their efforts.
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TF 37 raises a flag in honor of retired B/C Larry Schneider who passed away in May.

On 4/30/17, an RC airplane ignited grass in the Sepulveda Basin. Photo by Greg Doyle

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Auto in carport in the 15300 blk of Vanowen St on 4/14/17. Photo by Rick McClure

Firefighters handle an incident on the WB 101 Fwy x Hayvenhurst Ave on 4/27/17. Photo by Rick McClure

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SFD on Alvarado on 4/14/17. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

Attic fire in a Victorian on So. Alvarado St. on 4/21/17

TF 26 after a fire on 37th St on 4/6/17. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

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Brush fire off Big Tujunga Cyn on 4/21/17. Photos by Greg Doyle and FF Paul Wingate, Crew 3

Multiple autos in in the 800 blk of Arroyo in San Fernando

on 4/21/17. Photo by Adam VanGerpen

Big Tujunga Canyon Rd on 4/2/17. Photo by Holly Dare

Physical rescue on La Tuna Cyn on 4/17/17. Photo by David Doc DeMulle

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An auto on San Fernando Rd on 4/10/17. Photo by Rick McClure

T/A on Foothill Bl on 4/20/17. Photo by Abraham Kegyan

33s extinguished a vehicle fire in an alley near 76th Place and McKinley Ave on 4/9/17. Photo by Tod Sudmeier

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Vacant house at 5305 Hermitage Ave
on 5/7/17. Photo by Kelly Seidel, EPN

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On 4/24/17, companies had two injuries in a head-on collision on Topanga Cyn. Photo by Rick McClure

72s lends a hand with the Valleys Adopt-a-Hydrant program

Huge mural at 72s

Westside artist, Rosie Tos, well known by the LAFD for her
murals at Fire Station 5 and 63, has ventured out to the west side
of the Valley this time and created a mural for Fire Station 72. This
huge mural, 20 feet wide by 14 feet high, graces a wall of the ap-
E 93 at opening day for the Reseda Little League
paratus floor at the Canoga Park firehouse.

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Top Row left to right: A/O Patterson, FF Bob Collis, FF Jerry Updegraff,
Eng. John Buck, FF Issac Burks, FF Cooper. Bottom Row left to right:

CI Keith Gove, FF Dan Flores, Eng. Gary Klasse, CII Andy Kuljis

ndy Kuljis excelled in gymnastics

while attending San Pedro High
School. He was good enough that he
hoped for a scholarship to further his educa-
tion, but after graduating in 1950, he assumed
he would take over his fathers fishin business.
Well, it was at this time that the tuna industry
in California took a nose dive and most boat
owners went out of business. A

Andy had joined the USN Reserves

while in high school and in 1951 his reserve
unit was activated. Andy was sent to San Diego
for an eight-week boot camp. After graduatin O
from navel boot camp he thought that bein
inside a submarine was a good idea, so he was fi
sent to New London, Connecticut for 10 weeks w
of formal submarine trainin.
Part of this submarine trainin includ- back to the Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Candlestick Park. With the Bowfin recommis-
ed stuffin 20 sailors inside a large dark tube, Connecticut. There, President Harry Truman sioned, she sailed to her new home port in San W
face to face and knee to knee, for about two and his wife Bess broke a champagne bottle on Diego, where 26 other submarines (two squad- f
hours. Those that passed this test were sent the bow of the first nuclear submarine, the USS rons) were attached to submarine tenders. p
on to another test that simulated ecapin from Nautilus. The Bowfin patrolled the Pacific for the
a downed submarine. This was a large verti- After submarine school, he was sent to duration of Andys time in the Navy, conduc- a
cal tube filled with water that the sailors had Mare Island Shipyard in San Francisco where tin trainin and sonar exercises. In 1953 Andy a
to go into and swim to the surface. Andy said he was assigned to recommission the USS was honorably discharged from the Navy and
there were about 80 sailors in the program and
Bowfin 287. This was a Fleet submarine, which served an additional three years in the Naval
about half failed to make the grade. Of course was also considered a Perch class boat. Andy Reserves.
Andy always has a unique and accurate way of was assigned to work alongside the shipyard After getting out of the Navy and need-
lookin at incidents and described being inside builders to put the Bowfin back into service. in some more excitement in his life, Andy put
a submarine as similar to being trapped inside a After working on the submarine for in an application with the LAFD and in 1956 F
sewer pipe, with both ends welded closed. three months, she was ready for active ser- (Class of 11-1-56) he started the Drill Tower.
Prior to graduatin from submarine vice. A recommission ceremony took place at Back then a rookies probation was six months. 1
school, Andy was attached to a detail that went Hunters Point, which is close to what use to be His first house was old FS 33 (Broadway x M
34 June 2017
it was at FS 49 that Andy worked at his last
assignment. On February 18, after 36 dedicated
years with the Los Angeles Fire Department,
Andy Kuljis retired.
Currently, Andy is the Secretary for
the Relief Association, where he has tirelessly
worked for the past 11 years.
Im not sure how many of us could keep
up with Andy. He was a tireless worker while
on the job and he continues to serve all of us
and our families as Secretary of LAFRA.
Andy, thanks so much for all you have
done and for all youre doin now. I know there
are many grateful members, whether theyre
active, retired, widows or family members,
whose lives youve touched for the better.
The Kuljis Klan In case youre interested, the USS
Bowfin is anchored at Pearl Harbor and is on
Slauson). His 2nd house was old FS 65 (106th - and then moved on to old FS 68 (naturally!) public display.
x Compton) and his third house was old FS 64 Believe it or not, Andy made his way out to
(108th x Main). the Valley, where he stayed a few years before COWBOY HUMOR
After successfully completin his proba- headin over to Westlake, which later became
tion, Andy was assigned to old FS 57. Andy, do OCD and is now Metro. Are you guys keepin In California plastic bags
you see a pattern here of the stations where you track of how many places Andy worked that no are illegal, but marijuana is not.
use to work? Andy also spent some time at FS longer exist? Question? Can I buy marijuana
79, but eventually ended back at FS 64. While After Andy made Captain II he was in a plastic bag?
at 64s Andy became involved in UFLAC and assigned to old FS 66, (You didnt think he
eventually became the president. was goin to work at a new station, did you?) AC
In 1972 Andy promoted to Captain I where he remained for 10 years. Of course, ev- KEEPSMILIN!
and was assigned to FS 61 - oh yea, old FS 61 ery good harbor rat eventually returns home, so



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Westlake District
Photos by Martin Nate Rawner, Mike Meadows, Rick McClure and
Harry Garvin

On April 27, 2017, approximately 160 firefighters battled a spectacular blaze that demolished a two-story house and spread to a vacant
four-story apartment building at 666 South Bonnie Brae in L.A.s Westlake District. Task Force 11 first on scene reported the older house, fully
involved, with exposures on two sides. The exposures were a vacant center hallway four-story taking off to the north and a two-story occupied
convalescent home/hospital to the south.
Wagon Batteries, ladder pipes and numerous handlines were the order of the night, knocking down heavy fire conditions that ended up
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up a collapse zone directly in front of the older apartment building as large chunks of the roof and facade dangerously collapsed outwards. The
main bulk of fire was knocked down in two hours.

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North Hills
Photos by Greg Doyle
It took 46 firefighters less than
30 minutes to fully extinguish
a fast moving outside fire that
extended into a one-story home
in the 15000 block of Bahama
Street, as well as a shed in an
adjacent yard on April 30, 2017.

38 June 2017
ERIC STRODE, Firefighter III, FS 80-C
ALICIA WELCH, Battalion Chief
Marina Del Rey Marriott
The Reef 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey CA
880 S Harbor Scenic Dr, Long Beach CA
Reception - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Social Hour - 6:00 PM Dinner - 7:00 PM Dinner - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dancing - 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM
$65 per person includes meal, tax & gift
$60 pp includes tax, tip & gift
Call Rose Mercado - (213) 893-9857 Call Leonard Sedillos, 80-C - (310) 872-9380
All are welcome! or Levisa Wade - (213) 709-6817
Spouses are cordially invited.


Medical Liaison Unit
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2800 Skypark Drive, Torrance CA
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Social Hour - 4:00 PM Dinner - 6:00 PM
Pancake Breakfast - 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dinner Buffet - $40 includes tax & tip. No gifts please.
Cash Bar provided
Call Fire Station 69 - (310) 575-8569 or
Erik Schneider- (805) 405-1594
Call Laurie - (310) 344-1368 or John - (310) 283-4379
RSVP by Aug 5, 2017

Recent Retirements

Eric J. Strode 12/15/1986 06/30/2017 Firefighter III FS 80-C
Mary J. Zahyna 12/10/1979 04/30/2017 Captain I EMS 4-S
John N. Vidovich 12/14/1980 05/31/2017 Deputy Chief FPB
Robert T. Tosaya 10/02/1986 05/15/2017 Captain I FS 8-A
Jay N. Ceasar 12/13/1982 08/31/2017 Engineer FS 84-A
Peter M. Benesch 08/10/1980 06/30/2017 Battalion Chief Air Operations

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40 June 2017
ach year the Los Angeles Firefight-
ers Association holds a meeting where
members of the LAFD nominate a can-
didate that has gone above and beyond the call
of duty, and exemplifies the proud traditions of
the LAFD. This year, Captain II Charles Rud-
dell of Fire Station 89-C, was honored as that
exemplary candidate. On Wednesday, March
22, 2017, the Association held its 50th annual
Firefighter of the Year luncheon at the down-
town Double Tree Hotel by Hilton recognizing
Captain Ruddell.
Chuck (as he prefers to be called) was
raised by parents Ronald and Winifred Ruddell,
and early on decided to follow in his fathers
footsteps. Ron was a Captain I on the LAFD
and retired from FS 17-B.
On December 14th, 1980 (yes, the in-
famous class of 80) Chuck began his 36 year
career and then started working his way up the
ladder. Chuck has held the rank of Apparatus
Operator (A/O for you truckies) Captain I, and
currently Captain II. During his tenure on the
LAFD Chuck has worked as a Drill Master,
Master Instructor for In Service Training, Lead
Instructor for the LAFD Leadership Academy,
and was awarded the CSFA Instructor of the
Year in 2007. Chuck has specialized in US&R,
Swift Water, and coordinator of the LAFD Bike
Team. He has been deployed to many disasters
in our state and across the country such as Hur-
ricane Katrina. Chuck has spent many hours
teaching and mentoring members of the LAFD
and many other agencies throughout the state.
At the March luncheon, with his wife
Gloria at his side, his children Nicholas, An-
drew, Jeffrey, Charles, and Elizabeth, and his
granddaughter seated in front of him, Captain
II Charles Ruddell was proclaimed the 2016
Firefighter of the Year. Also in attendance to
witness, honor, and speak on Chucks behalf
were Fire Commission President Delia Ibarra,
Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas, and more than 260
family, friends, and LAFD members.
On behalf of the Los Angeles Firefight-
ers Association, congratulations to Captain II
Charles Ruddell, the 2016 FIREFIGHTER OF

June 2017 41
n April 24,2017, 78 of our finest
seniors from the LAFD Golf Club met
at the beautiful California Country
Club to decide who was the top senior golfer
in the club. The course conditions were excel-
lent and we were treated to a beautiful day to
top it off.
We had eight golfers post scores in the
70s. This years champion is a repeat winner,
t Champs
Gary Gatena, shooting a 71. He was followed A Flight Gross & Ne
a & An dy Vidovich
by Steve Schulz with a 74. Taking the Low Net Gary Ga ten
honors this year was Andy Vidovich. Andy shot
a gross 80 minus his 16 handicap for a net 64
to take the Low Net honors - excellent playing.
Gary and Andy will represent the LAFDGC in
the SCGA Seniors Tournament of Champions
in December. Congratulations guys! Best of
It was great to see our octogenar-
ians again this year: Tom Harrison at 87, Ron B Flight Gross & Ne
McIntyre at 85, Jim Maza and Gene Allen at t Champs
Andy Zar & Buzz Cla
83. Jim Maza, who shot under his age last year, rk
a 79, still carries a nine handicap. Country
Gene Allen is still sporting an impressive 19
We added two 50 year-old youngsters
this year to the Seniors group: Mickey Diaz
and Ruben Gonzalez. Welcome to the Old
Guys club!
Id like to thank Kevin Wright, Senior
Vice President and Financial Advisor with t Champs
Morgan Stanley, for supporting our tournament C Flight Gross & Ne
y Peralta
again. ProV1s and pink hats this year. Thanks Steve Schulz & Ra
Thanks goes out to Gold Lee of Lewis,
Marenstein, Wicke, Sherwin and Lee. Thanks
for the many gifts you provided for our carts
and auction. If you ever need help with your
workmans compensation issues, Gold is the
man to see.
A big thanks goes out to the LAFDGC
board for their continued support. Noel Mur- Club President Dale
chet, Mike Monroy, Joe Zabalza, Gary Man- Senior Club Champ
Gant with
nan, Jeff Simon and Eric Dillon were there Gary Gatena
manning the scoring table and many of the
behind the scene jobs. Thanks guys. I couldnt
have done it without your help.
A special thanks goes out to Head PGA
Pro Monta Sokolovska and her staff for a job
well done. She worked tirelessly setting up
the course, making catering arrangements and
massaging the bottom line. She was even in
the kitchen helping the chef with the breakfast t Champs
burritos after he was involved in a fender D Flight Gross & Ne
& Mi ke Sauber
bender on the way to the course. Great job and Gary Klasse
thank you!
42 June 2017
What Is The...
Extinguisher Fund?
The brain child of Ted Bailie, retired
from the LAFD and LAFRA, your stations
Extinguisher Fund is a simple way to
collect donations for the Widows, Orphans
and Disabled Firemens Fund. Ted saw
the accumulation of change that the cook
dumped into the mess fund box each shift
and had a better idea. If this change was
instead collected for the WODFF he figured
it could really add up. With an average
of 50 cents per day per station, in a year
there would be...well, you can do the
So take your turn in the cooking
rotation and remember to drop all your
change into your stations extinguisher.
There should be one in every firehouse.
And any loose change in your pockets, any
that you find in the TV chairs, or hoarded
in the ashtray of your vehicle can be
thrown in for good measure.
The Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemens Fund is the heart of the Relief
Association. This fund provides assistance
to our firefighters and families who are
faced with personal difficulties and trag-
edies. Donations are the sole means of
support for this Fund.
Firefighters risk their lives to
protect the community on a daily
basis. Thus, they and their families can
be comforted in knowing that the Fire
Department Family, supported by the
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund, is there for them in times of need.

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44 June 2017
Juliet Brandolino
LAFRA Event Coordinator

our Relief Association honored its
corps of volunteers at a luncheon at
Maggianos Woodland Hills on Satur-
day, April 8, 2017. It would not be possible to
put on the numerous member appreciation and
fund raiser events without this dedicated crew.
President Bob Steinbacher was the
master of ceremonies and was ably assisted by
Trustees Craig White and Dave Peters. Other
LAFD members in attendance were Noel Mur-
chet (retired), Ken Krupnik (accompanied by
his wife Elsa), and Captain Jim Como who
brought along the crew from 84-C.
The 2016 volunteers who earned recog-
nition for going above and beyond (for hours of
service and extra effort) were:
Virginia Newcomb
Anne Munsell
Rose Franco
Cathy Smith
Lori Madden
Emily Pizinger
Maria Riley
Donna Capelouto
Valerie Lawrence
Stina del Guidice
Jacque Gonzalez

The Volunteer of The Year award

went to the ubiquitous Lydia Andrews. Lydia
is a true and trusted volunteer who can be re-
lied upon to help out an any event, any time.
She always brings along her good cheer, and of
course a host of unique hats, glasses and other
fun fashion accouterments.
The staff at Maggianos brought out
platter after platter of their fine Italian cuisine
including Asiago Crusted Shrimp, Spinach &
Artichoke al Forno, not to mention mounds
of Rigatoni, Lasagna, and Chicken Parmesan.
While the guests feasted, artist Miles Lewis
was on hand to create delightful sketches of
each and every one.

June 2017 45
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46 June 2017
Walter F. Matthews, Fireman.
Appointed July 22, 1946. Retired on a service pension July 1, 1971 from FS 47-B.
Passed away April 9, 2017.

Ronald L. Dorn, Firefighter III.

Appointed August 10, 1980. Retired on a service pension January 6, 2011 from FS 23-A.
Passed away April 15, 2017.

Jerome Tenhundfeld, Fireboat Mate.

Appointed May 12, 1962. Retired on a service pension June 2, 1991 from FS 111-B.
Passed away April 27, 2017.

Jerome A. Boyd, Battalion Chief.

Appointed October 25, 1986. Actively on duty at Public Safety Section FPB.
Passed away April 28, 2017.

Jay E. Ellington, Firefighter II.

Appointed March 10, 1962. Retired on a service pension March 6, 1983 from FS 47-C.
Passed away May 1, 2017.

Wendell C. Simms, Captain II.

Appointed April 14, 1974. Retired on a service pension January 2, 2000 from FS 1-B.
Passed away May 5, 2017.

Wilma M. Debenham, spouse of Charles W. Debenham, passed away April 13, 2017.
Marie Mushaney, surviving spouse of James L. Mushaney, passed away Aril 14, 2017.
Patricia M. Kessen, surviving spouse of Willard L. Kessen, passed away April 14, 2017.
Rebecca E. McCormick, surviving spouse of John H. McCormick, passed away April 21, 2017.
Evelyn Borden, surviving spouse of Stanley M. Borden, passed away May 6, 2017.

June 2017 47
Send your letters & comments to the editor at:

LAFRA passed away. I met Loom up at said I would never walk again.
my first field assignment during a Larry stayed in contact with me
Ron [Dorn] was assigned to DT ride-along with RA33. He was and was always encouraging me
5s when I was an engineer at 63s. the TFC and had the crew there by saying, George, get up and go!
He was the guy who would al- highly motivated. The last was You can do it! Between my wifes
ways help exchange our bottles or when he was at Batt 9 and I was at and Larrys constant encourage-
help us get our station supplies. He EMS 5. ment, I was motivated to exercise,
made the landscape at old 5s look Over the years we crossed stretch and recover so I was able to
like a Japanese garden - he was the paths many times. What I appreci- return to full duty.
hardest worker in the station. ated most about him was that he to- When Larry promoted to B/C,
I worked with Ron off and on tally expected everyone to perform he asked me to be his Staff Assis-
for many years. He was a great fire- at their best . . . no excuses. He was tant. Together we worked Battalion
man and a great guy. I looked for- an icon. I am proud to have known 7 and later Battalion 5. Working
ward to his stories when I saw him, him. Batt 5 with Larry was when I decid-
he seemed to always have some ed to study for Captain. We worked
crazy story to tell. I remember one Gary Inman together again when I promoted to
day looking for surf, I stopped at Highland Village, TX TFC at 38s and he transferred in to
Venturas dredge - it had to be 15 Battalion 6.
and stormy, but there was one guy I can say that I feel blessed
out. I looked in the parking lot and Dear Relief Association: to have basically spent my whole
there was that crazy mans truck. career with Larry as my friend,
Ron was doing what he loved Larry Schneider was an ex- colleague and mentor. We have so
surfing. cellent firefighter and I learned so many good stories that come from
Our hearts and prayers go out
much working with him. There are an almost 30-year working rela-
to the Dorn family. My wife and Iso many great stories that came tionship and a 50-year friendship.
will miss driving by his house with
from our time together. One that I will miss Larry and always
our dogs and seeing his smiling had a lasting impression on me was treasure the memories. God be with
face light up. Aloha my friend, en-
about his work in the community the Schneider family, I love you all.
joy the waves in heaven around Fire Station 33. He. The sta-
tion, and even his wife, organized George Bauman
Danny and Lisa Flores food and toy collection (this was
before Spark of Love) for the needy
families in the district. LAFRA-
LA Firemens Relief Association: Larry was also my friend and
tenacious as hell. When I worked I never saw Ronnie [Dorn]
I recently saw the memorial at an off-duty job, I dropped a steel without that great, gentle, kind and
mention that Lawrence Schneider beam on my leg and the surgeon friendly manner he always exuded.
48 June 2017
Negativity just didnt seem to be in
him. One of the hardest workers,
best cooks and best firemen I had
the true pleasure to know on and
off the job. He is a shining exam-
ple of good people and I suspect
anyone who knows Ron will miss
his enthusiasm for life.
Frank and Laura thought they had plenty of time to get an
RIP Ronnie boy Estate Plan. But when Frank passed away unexpectedly, Laura
realized they were not prepared.
Douglas McCleerey
Five Key Steps:
LAFRA 1. Pick a planner. Word-of-mouth references are a good place to start, but you
should always take time to research credentials, experience, on-going education
I am deeply saddened by levels and select the Estate Planning professional that best suits your needs. When
Sterlings [Johnson] passing. We comparing costs make sure you know all the documents included and services
provided so you compare apples to apples. Each planner may break it down
were on the same Southern League
championship football team. Ster-
ling was a leader on the team. I am 2. Assemble a team. Your estate planning professional can advise you about
not surprised he became a captain contacting a tax expert, an accountant and someone who can give you advice about
in the LAFD. He had all the quali- charitable giving.
ties need to be a good family man, 3. Compile documents. Ask your attorney or other Estate Planning professional
father and professional. what you'll need to bring to the first meeting. Its usually just a few simple
documents and could include the deed(s) to your property, insurance policies,
Rest in peace Sterling. retirement accounts and a proper I.D.
4. Ask for guidance. When you meet with members of your team, describe your
Homer Butler goals and ask about the best way to reach them.
5. Cover all the bases. Understand the options when considering a will or trust,
durable power of attorney, a living will, a health care power of attorney, trusts for
your children, your charity and even yourself.

For your Getting Started Kit contact

Marlene Casillas, Development & Marketing Director, at
(323) 259-5217 or email
June 2017 49
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50 June 2017
ular makeover of his beloved 1965
Buick Skylark. I call her Project
Soccer Mom, he says with a laugh.
I bought this particular car because
my wife and I had a son. I have an-
other hot rod, but its a two-seater
and we needed more space, Johna-
than continues. Working on cars
is great as a hobby, but my primary
downtime is spent with my family
and I needed something to make
that possible.
And rest assured that love
and support runs both ways. On the
day the episode was filmed, Jona-
thans loved ones were out in full
force. My father was there in the
crowd, along with my wife, my son,
and about seven or eight of my bud-
dies. They all came to cheer me on,
he says.
After impressing the judg-
es with his handiwork to the exte-
By Candace Nicholson Association. Its one of those things that costs rior, his knowledge of everything under the

almost nothing. And if I get hurt, the Relief As- hood, and dissembling a jigsaw contraption of
t would be a major understatement to say sociation is there for my family. Its firefighters auto parts that would challenge even the most
Johnathan Theodore loves cars. Before he helping other firefighters, says Johnathan. experienced gearhead, Johnathan won a $1,000
shared his talent on MAVTVs Wrench So when the owner of El Reys Garage donation to the Widows & Orphans charity.
Wars, Johnathan grew up in a world of auto and creator of Wrench Wars, Brother JD, asked For this proud hook-and-ladder expert,
shops and fabrication specialists. So what Johnathan to exercise his family trade and ap- there wasnt a moment of doubt. Whether its
made him pursue a career in firefighting? And pear on the premiere episode of this backyard his parents, his wife and little one, or his fire-
what made him ply his favorite pastime to help builders auto competition show, he jumped at house brethren, Johnathan puts family first.
the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens the opportunity. Why? The winner, after com- I tell my wife all the time that Im a simple
Fund? The answer: a broader sense of family. pleting three rounds on their mechanical dream creature. I love tinkering in my garage. I love
My parents always owned their own project, takes home a donation to their favorite spending time with my family. And I love be-
shops, and mom and dad worked on cars for- charity. For this LAFD veteran, Widows & Or- ing a firefighter. Its that simple.
ever. But I liked the security of firefighting, phans, the official charity of the Relief Associa- Wrench Wars airs on MAVTV. Check
Johnathan explains. Working on cars isnt as tion, was the obvious choice. out the web site,, for the
reliable as it used to be, and I always wanted to To compete, Jonathan chose the vehic- shows schedule and live streaming options.
be a firefighter, even as a kid.
After spending 10 years with the LAFD
and earning a promotion to Apparatus Opera- LA HABRA HEIGHTS FIRE DEPARTMENT
tor at Fire Station 21, Johnathan understands
the heart and integrity required to wear the Seeking applicants for the position of:
uniform, as well the value firefighters have in Battalion Chief Recruitment & Training Section
the community. Thats why hes also a proud SALARY RANGE $82K - $95K DOQ - CalPERS
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Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund
April 2017
GEORGE A. BAUMAN in memory of Larry Schneider FIRE STATION NO. 37 from the
Fire Extinguisher Fund
MARY A. MENDENHALL in memory of my husband
Dennis Mendenhall JAMES E. GILLUM from the Simi Valley
Breakfast Club
STEPHEN M. ORTIZ from the Dads & Kids

KIRK P. BINGHAM from the Firemens Breakfast GARY B. KLASSE in memory of John Haver
@ Mimis Restaurant in Thousand Oaks
LOIS SCHILDMEYER in memory of Don Sampson
SCOTT L. AMES from the Antelope Valley
JEROME D. COOK in memory of Dennis Mendenhall Breakfast Club
& Billy Miser
MERRILL E. REED in memory of Dennis Mendenhall
JUDY FERGUSON in memory of Donald E. Sampson
DARLENE GILBERT in memory of cousin
TERRY & SYDNEY NG & FAMILY in memory of Donald E. Sampson
Don Sampson
DANIEL KEMP in memory of Larry Gimenez
GEORGE A. CUTRO & FAMILY in memory of
FUMIKO HUMBERD in honor of my husband Lawrence D. Schneider
John Humberd Jr.s birthday on February 2, 2017
KEN & JODI GUNDERMAN in memory of
PETER B. TEETS in memory of Don Sampson Lawrence Schneider

Donald E. Sampson Chief Lawrence D. Schneider

MR. & MRS. ROBERT HAMPTON in memory of JUANITA BYERLY in memory of my assistant at
Donald Sampson LAUSD E. Shorty Almond


Sterling Big Hands Johnson
JEAN M. JOHNSON in memory of Capt. Alicia Mathis
DOUGLAS J. KIRBY in memory of Clarence W. Scott & her great grandfather Capt. Michael Furlong/
Chicago F.D.
FIRE STATION NO. 84 from the first cousin Donald Sampson
Fire Extinguisher Fund
52 June 2017
Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD History - The Historic Hayes Aerial Ladder Truck

ur Historical Society was very fortu-
nate to obtain the Hayes aerial ladder
truck from the city operated Travel
Town prior to opening the Hollywood Museum
in October of 2001. The restoration of the truck
has not been scheduled yet. There is a lot of
wood and some metal to work on including the
ladders and equipment. This truck was one of
the first aerial ladders in the country. This is the
story of the truck. FWB

THE TRAVEL TOWN STORY Vigilance Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1 with a Captain, driver and seven firemen.

The staff of Travel Town had stared

long enough at a building full of antique Los
Angeles Fire Department apparatus; so in late
1987 we began seriously researching the equip-
ments history, with an eye towards putting to-
gether an exciting exhibit on the LAFD. Our
first step was to ask some LAFD historians to
survey our collection and give us the ground-
work from which to begin. What those gentle-
men told us was a pleasant surprise: all Travel
Towns fire apparatus are important pieces, and
the big lumbering, horsedrawn thing, previ- Retired Captain Ben Holder was responsible for getting two
ously of unknown origin, is the most significant great horses for the truck so he was the first to drive it.
piece of all. Its a Hayes aerial, we were told.
It was the first successful aerial hook and lad- train San Francisco firefighters in the operation aerial ladder trucks were often disastrous. Too
der truck invented - only three were thought to and maintenance of the equipment. This train- heavy or too unstable, these horsedrawn trucks
exist - it could be the truck bought in the 1880s ing period lasted several months, and when were either unable to reach fires in a timely
for the L.A. Volunteer Fire Department! Hayes was ready to return to New Hampshire, manner or did not function well at the scene of
This truck had sat anonymously at Trav- the San Francisco Fire Department offered him a fire. In several cases, these early models cost
el Town for 30 years, waiting, like the fairy-tale the position of Superintendent of Steamers. In the lives of firefighters who scaled their unsafe
frog prince, for its true identity to be revealed. December of 1866, he accepted the position ladders. Then, in 1868, Daniel Hayes devel-
The task ahead of us was to discover the history and began a 14-year career with the S.F.F.D. oped a truck with an aerial ladder that could
of the truck, and the reasons for its importance, Note: We have the first steamer pur- extend as much as 85 feet in height. Four to
and to share that with Travel Towns visitors. chased by the new LAFD in1886 and it is an six men could fully raise the telescopic ladder
Handicapped by the lack of records on where Amoskeag on display along with the Hayes in less than 40 seconds by turning a crank. The
the truck came from or when it was donated to aerial in the Hollywood Museum. It is known aerial was mounted on a turntable, so the ladder
Travel Town, we had no choice but to begin at as the Kurtz steamer. All the LAFD antique ve- could be swung around to the desired direction.
the beginning in our research - with the inven- hicles from Travel Town are in the museum or Hayes had designed, and then built himself, the
tor of the truck himself, Daniel D. Hayes. in storage. FWB first practical and safe horsedrawn aerial ladder
In 1866, the Amoskeag Company of Hayes and his fellow big-city firefight- truck. The truck was named after its inventor:
Manchester, New Hampshire, received an or- ers were faced with a particular challenge: the Hayes Extension Hook and Ladder Truck
der for five steam-powered fire pumpers from some of the most damaging fires experienced and Fire Escape.
the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Dan- in American cities in the mid-1800s were in Hayes sold his first truck to the S.F.F.D.
iel D. Hayes, a native New Yorker with experi- multi-story buildings. For many years inventors a year later, in 1869 for $3,000. But Chief
ence as a volunteer firefighter, was working as had tried to develop a hook and ladder truck Whitney, of the S.F.F.D., was skeptical as to
a machinist for Amoskeag at the time. He was that would effectively reach the upper levels of the effectiveness of the truck and refused to
selected to deliver the steam pumpers and to contemporary buildings, but initial attempts at use it in actual service. His was a typical senti-

June 2017 53
ment; after a disaster in New York where sev- There is a large crank used to turn the worm screw to raise the
eral firefighters were killed in a demonstration ladder. The aerial ladder was raised once in the museum about
of an aerial hook and ladder truck, few chiefs ten feet for a TV commercial. It took three men on the crank and
were willing to risk lives on an unknown truck. one pushing up under the end of the ladder to raise it.
It wasnt until Independence Day, 1871, that
Hayes was able to prove the value of his inven-
A local fire department was a popular
entry in any civic parade, and the San Francis-
co Fire Department brought out a full contin-
gent of equipment, including the Hayes Aerial,
for July 4th, 1871 celebrations. During the pa-
rade, a fire alarm was sounded from Box 17.
According to one version of the story, Hayes
saw this as the opportunity to prove the worth
of his aerial hook and ladder truck. He jumped
into the drivers seat, raced the horses to the
burning multi-story building, and proceeded to
operate the aerial ladder with great proficien-
cy. So effective and dramatic was his display
that the department was finally convinced that
the Hayes aerial hook and ladder could serve
the S.F.F.D. well. A less dramatic, but prob-
ably more accurate, account claims that a new
S.F.F.D. fire chief decided to use the Hayes
truck simply because it was already out of the
station to be in the parade. This fire chief found
the innovative aerial hook and ladder very use-
ful in fighting the blaze and was willing to al- The Hayes was a tillered truck with the tillerman
low it into regular service. sitting underneath the aerial ladder.
Using local manufactures, Hayes pro-
duced trucks for sale to the S.F.F.D. and other The following proposal was opened and 4 pitch forks
West Coast fire departments. But demand in- read: 4 leather fire buckets
creased as word of the practicality and reliabil- We hereby propose and agree to manu- 175 ft. of Manila Rope with tackle and
ity of Hayes aerial ladder truck design spread facture for your city, and ship the same within swatch block for hoisting hose
across the U.S. In 1884, Hayes sold his patent sixty days after receipt of your acceptance of 1 oil can
to the New York-based LaFrance Company this proposition one 2nd Class Hayes Exten- 2 brass hand lanterns
(soon to become American La-France). A num- sion Ladder Truck and Fire Escape said Fire 1 bell or gong
ber of sizes were developed to meet the distinc- Truck to be built in accordance with the fol- All necessary wrenches, spanners and
tive needs of various cities fire departments; lowing specifications as regards equipment di- tools for working the truck will also be sup-
models ranged from a first class truck with mensions, material, finish, etc. to wit: plied. The Leaders of the frame and ladders
an 85 foot extension ladder to the small fourth It shall carry ladders of the following dimen- shall be built of best quality Oregon Pine, free
class truck featuring a 40 or 45 foot extension sions, vis. from knots.
ladder. Hayes also continued to build trucks in One Hayes Patent Extension Ladder The Truck shall be mounted on Plat-
his own shop in Oakland. By the early years to elevate sixty five feet from the ground, the form Sprints over forward axle, and two full
of the 20th century, when new advancements main ladder in which shall be 34 feet long, and elliptic springs over hind axle made of best
in technology made the original Hayes aerial the extension 32 feet long. quality spring steel, the running gear, braces,
design obsolete, more than 20 Hayes-design One ladder 28 ft. rods, and etc. to be carefully forged from the
trucks had been sold. One ladder 26 ft. best quality of Norway and Ulster iron. The
Note: Sometime back the Hayes family One ladder 24 ft. axles to be made of best quality of Ulster iron.
visited the museum to see what their relative. One ladder 18 ft. The wheels to be made of selected and sea-
One ladder 16 ft. (roof) soned timber and tired with the best quality of
DANIEL HAD INVENTED OVER 100 YEARS Tire Iron. Hind wheels four feet in diameter; to
AGO. FWB The 28, 26 and 24 ft. ladders shall be have brass caps over the ends of hubs, and to
carried on rollers and the 28 and 22 ft. ladders be handsomely painted and striped with gold
Daniel Hayes Proposes His Truck to the to be arranged for splicing, making a ladder 46 leaf. The brake lever shall be arranged to be
LAFD ft. long and the 20, 18, and 16 to nest in. The operated by drivers foot, and the hind gear op-
The lengthy process of purchasing Truck shall be supplied with the following ap- erated by hand wheel Tiller, horse tongue, and
the Los Angeles Volunteer Fire Departments pliances, to wit, whiffle trees, to be made of seasoned second
Hayes aerial was recorded in painstaking long- 2 short handled hooks growth ash or hickory and handsomely painted
hand in the minutes of various Los Angeles 2 long handled hooks and striped with gold leaf. The Truck complete
City Council meetings. On January 28, 1884, 1 chair hook shall be built in a substantial and workman-
Daniel D. Hayes proposal for the manufacture 2 crouch poles like manner, be handsomely painted and orna-
of a 2nd class Hayes Hook and Ladder Truck 2 steel crow bars mented with gold striping and scroll work with
was read into the minutes of the City Council. 4 fire axes (with Pipe heads) name and etc. as ordered.

54 June 2017
It shall be delivered within the time EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS 32 apparatus of all types and that is more than
hereintofore specified at Los Angeles, Cal. for many fire departments. They dont all run or
the sum of twenty seven hundred and fifty dol- CAR AND TRUCK SHOWS have been restored. We have a great job oppor-
lars. This year we hope to bring a few of tunities for volunteers who like to work on and
Yours Truly our LAFD apparatus to local car and truck restore old vehicles.
D.D. Hayes shows. We started with the Run to Remem- Lafd retired members and family are all
ber at Paramount Studio with our 1917 Model invited to our annual retired member luncheon
P.S. Or will deliver at San Pedro for twenty five T Engine and 1977 Pontiac Chiefs car. We are at the hollywood museum (old 27s) on thurs-
hundred and fifty dollars, and at San Francisco going to bring our 1995 Hummer Fire Patrol day, june 15th. [photo by robert gladen]
for twenty five hundred dollars. rig to the Port of LAs Cars and Stripes For-
The proposal was accepted, and on June ever event on June 30th and we are looking
2, 1884, the truck was delivered to and accept- at the calendar for more as we want to expand
ed by the City Council. awareness of our Society and the history of the
Note: Our LAFD aerial ladder trucks LAFD through our apparatus. We actually own
today cost $1million. FWB

Our unique LAFD 1995 Hummer Fire Patrol

The 2017 Run to Remember through Paramount Studios.

The Hollywood Museum is

located in Old Fire Station 27 at 1355
No. Cahuenga, Hollywood, CA 90028.
The Harbor Museum is located in San
Calendar for June 2017 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
E-mail is: Web
site at If you want
to look at some great LAFD history check and check the LAFD
web site for information and events at We look forward to
hearing from you and seeing you at the

The Los Angeles Fire Department

Historical Society is a non-profit 501 (C)
(3) organization.
* Fridays from 0800 to 1200 are work days on the Ralph J. Scott Fireboat
June 2017 55
April 5, 2017

CALL TO ORDER RATIFICATION OF 6) Bob Steinbacher informed US Bank has increased their
MINUTES that we had Reg 4 testing with sponsorship from $15K to
President Bob Steinbacher Glendale Fire Systems and $20K. He reported that they
called the meeting of the Board Bob Steinbacher entertained a indicated that there were no have 19 fire stations committed
of Trustees of the Los Angeles motion to ratify and dispense issues. and indicated that they need
Firemens Relief Association with the reading of the minutes around three more stations.
to order at 10:50 a.m. of the Board of Trustees 7) Bob Steinbacher informed
meeting held March 8, 2017. that the Board Educational 2) Todd Layfer reported that
ROLL CALL David Peters so moved. Mike Offsite will be held on May we are currently going through
Sailhamer seconded. There 18th. He indicated that so far, Open Enrollment until April
MEMBERS PRESENT: was no further discussion or we have five guest speakers. 30th.
Bob Steinbacher, President objections.
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President 8) Craig White reported on 3) Todd Layfer reported that we
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary Motion carried to ratify and Hook & Ladder Enduro and had our first Golf Committee
Trustee Frank Aguirre dispense with the reading of indicated that the event was meeting and indicated that
Trustee Steve Berkery the minutes of the Board of successful. He thanked the it will be on September 25th
Trustee Tim Freeman Trustees meeting held March Board for the help provided. at the Mountain Gate Golf
Trustee Rick Godinez 8, 2017. Course.
Trustee John Jacobsen EXECUTIVE SESSION
Trustee David Peters PRESIDENT REPORT 4) Todd Layfer provided
Trustee Chris Hart The Board entered into an update on the Yearbook
Trustee Tyler Tomich 1) Bob Steinbacher informed Executive Session at 11:12 photos and indicated that
Trustee Craig White the Board that the AD HOC a.m. many members are purchasing
Trustee Steve Ruda Committee recommends the The Board adjourned from packages, which will offset the
Trustee Chris Stine law firm Santiago & Jones Executive Session at 11:40 cost for the Yearbook.
Trustee Joe Vigil to be our new general legal a.m.
Trustee David Ortiz counsel. 5) Todd Layfer reported on the
Trustee Danny Wu A legal matter was discussed L.A. Marathon and indicated
Trustee Steven Domanski - 2) Bob Steinbacher reminded and action was taken during that they have netted just under
Pension the Board that tomorrow was Executive Session. $23K.
Trustee Doak Smith Pension the Health Fair at FHMTC
Trustee Gene Bednarchik from 8:00a.m. to 12:00 noon. VICE PRESIDENT INVESTMENT
Trustee Gayle Sonoda 3) Bob Steinbacher provided
Trustee Tim Larson Pension an update on the Pension 1) Jeff Cawdrey informed the John Jacobsen reported that
Todd Layfer - Executive meeting and the Pension Board that they will postpone four Trustees and he attended
Director Boards decision to send out an the Policy Book Review the IFEBP Investment
Liberty Unciano Controller- RFP for the creation of an in- meeting to give our new Institute in Phoenix, AZ. He
Treasurer house medical plan. attorney a chance to review our indicated that there was a lot
policies. of discussion associated with
MEMBERS ABSENT: 4) Bob Steinbacher referred to alternative investments.
the LAFRA Pechanga Reunion 2) Jeff Cawdrey informed that
GUESTS: and indicated that they have he will be attending a meeting AUDIT COMMITTEE
Dave Wagner, Grapevine Editor three RV spots left. He asked on April 18th with Lori Harris REPORT
Lee Kebler, L.A. Retired Fire the Trustees to let him know if and Rick Godinez to discuss
& Police Assoc. they plan to attend and if they LAFRAs role in assisting Joe Vigil informed the Board
Bob Olsen, L.A. Retired Fire need a hotel room. widows with Workers Comp that they will have an Audit
& Police Assoc. issues. Committee meeting on April
5) Bob Steinbacher indicated 27th to discuss the Harrington
INVOCATION & Flag that they have met with the EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS Groups findings and
Salute building owners from the REPORT recommendations.
Figueroa St. area and stated
Rick Godinez led the that they discussed looking 1) Todd Layfer reminded that
invocation. Danny Wu led the to sharing costs for building Hope for Firefighters is on
flag salute. security. June 1st. He announced that
56 June 2017
they received great coverage
Frank Aguirre presented the David Peters presented the Rick Godinez presented the and publicity and indicated that
following motions. following motion. following motions. they are looking to participate
The committee recommends in next years marathon.
and I so move to pay the The committee recommends The committee recommends
usual and customary bills in and I so move to accept the and I so move to accept the Rick Godinez informed that
the amount of $938,542.98. applications to the Medical donations in the amount of there is a new video on the
There was no discussion or Plan. There was no discussion $2,413.97 to the Widows, LAFRA website representing
objections. and no objections. Orphans & Disabled Firemens the Chaplains and how the
Fund. There was no discussion Relief Association provides
Motion carried to pay the Motion carried to accept all or objections. support and sponsorship.
usual and customary bills in applications to the Medical
the amount of $938,542.98. Plan. Motion carried to accept the SETTING OF DATES
donations in the amount of
The committee recommends David Peters informed that the $2,413.97 to the Widows, 1) Lane Kemper Softball
and I so move to approve Summary Plan Document is Orphans & Disabled Tournament May 2nd
$1,350 for the Fire Family being finalized and approved Firemens Fund. 2) Offsite Strategic Planning
Foundation Poker Night. On by our attorney. May 18th
the question there was an The committee recommends 3) Pechanga Reunion
objection. Motion passed with RELIEF COMMITTEE and I so move to approve May 22nd May 26th
majority in favor. REPORT the financial assistance 4) Hope for Firefighters
applications for surviving June 1st
Motion carried to approve Steve Berkery presented the spouses, active and retired 5) LAFD Golf Tournament
$1,350 for the Fire Family following motion. members. There was no September 25th
Foundation Poker Night. discussion or objections.
The committee recommends RETIREMENT DINNERS
The committee recommends and I so move to pay: Motion carried to approve
and I so move to approve the financial assistance 1) Joseph Castro Wednesday,
$959 for honor guard uniform The Sick & Injury benefits in applications for surviving April 5th B @ Brookside Golf
expenses. There was no the amount of $10,361.73 spouses, active and retired Club (White)
discussion or objections. The Estate Planning benefit in members. 2) Jack Wise Saturday, April
the amount of $8,350, 15th A @ Sagebrush Cantina
Motion carried to approve The Life & Accident Death ADVANCEMENT (Doak)
$959 for honor guard uniform Benefit in the amount of COMMITTEE REPORT 3) John Vidovich Wednesday,
expenses. $12,000 May 24th B @ City Club
The Relief Death Benefits in The committee recommends (Andy)
The committee recommends the amount of $13,500 and I so move to advance 4) Ernie Ojeda Saturday,
and I do move to approve $150 funds for both active and May 27th C @ Ports OCall
for the LAFD Promotional There was no discussion or retired members. There was no Restaurant (Kuljis)
Badge Ceremony with receipts. objections. discussion or objections. 5) Eric Strode Saturday,
There was no discussion or July 8th B @ Marina Del Rey
objections. Motion carried to pay the Motion carried to advance Marriott (Vigil)
above Relief benefits. funds for both active and
Motion carried to approve retired members. ADJOURNMENT
$150 for the LAFD Rick Godinez read the names
Promotional Badge Ceremony of members who recently SCHOLARSHIP Bob Steinbacher entertained
with receipts. passed and asked for a moment COMMITTEE REPORT a motion to adjourn. David
of silence from the Board. Peters so moved. Craig White
The committee recommends Rick Godinez referred to the seconded. There was no
and I so move to approve David MEMORIALS Scholarship Program and discussion and no objections.
Jones with Santiago & Jones as Charles J. Doyle indicated that the essay exam
our new attorney. There was no Thurman M. Young day is this Saturday, April 8th Motion carried to adjourn.
discussion or objections. Everett L. Moore at LAFRA. He reported that The Board of Trustees meeting
they have 22 applicants. adjourned at 12:34 p.m.
Motion carried to approve
David Jones with Santiago & MARKETING & Bob Steinbacher, President
Jones as our new attorney. DEVELOPMENT REPORT

June 2017 57
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Fire Station 47

The A Platoon on July 16, 1939. B. W. Gaffney, E. McHaney, E. R. Cody

and Capt F. J. Kirchner. From the LAFD Photo Album Collection

TF 47-B in March of 1986, badge presentation day for new A/O Jack Wise. Standing l-r: Eng John Cvitanich, FF Roger Camunas, FF Russell Rueda, FF Steve Tufts,
A/O Jack Wise, FF Arling Alexander, Capt I Ronald Hamel. Kneeling l-r: Capt II Daniel Kemp, FF Duane Houston, FF Enrique Arana. Photo courtesy of Roger Camunas

Engine Company No. 47 was located at 4927 Huntington Drive North from 1924
until 1981. A new Task Force station was opened in 1981 at 4575 Huntington Drive North.

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