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On the cover: Kelly Wong Funeral Procession by Adam VanGerpen 34

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Structure Fire - Chatsworth

2 • August 2017
VOL. XCIII AUGUST 2017 NO. 12

• FEATURES •
In Memoriam –
Firefighter Kelly Wong
Kelly Wong packed a lot into a short but
illustrious life: an AA and BS in Fire Science;
jobs on a CAL FIRE engine and USFS
helitack, and as a Ruby Mountain Hotshot;
all before achieving his dream career with
the LAFD. He leaves behind a loving
wife, his infant son and a band of grieving
brothers and sisters • ..........................06

• CONTENTS •
President’s Message • .........................................................................05
Battalion News • .....................................................................................13
The Retired Guys • ...............................................................................31
Department in Action
Two Valley structure fires keep companies busy • .....................33
Station Fridge • .......................................................................................36
Fire Hogs
Ride to Historic Julian • ..................................................................37
LAFD Handball
The 4-Wall National tournament • ...................................................39
LAFD Golf
Results from three monthly tournaments • ......................................41
Memorials • ...........................................................................................42
Retirement Dinner Announcements • ...................................................43
LAFRA Scholarships
Get to know the 2017 winners • ................................................44
Chaplain’s Corner
Jack’s Story submitted by Roger Fowble • .......................................47
Mailbox • ...............................................................................................48
Dollars & Sense
FFCU scholarship awards • ............................................................51
LAFD History
Firemen Games by Jack Bennett • .......................................................53
Minutes of the Board of Trustees • .....................................................56
Classifieds • ...........................................................................................58
Tailboard • ..............................................................................................61

Notice: Production of The Firemen’s Grapevine magazine is very expensive, and while your dues
serve to underwrite a portion of the magazine’s costs, the bulk of funding comes from advertisers.
Many businesses advertise in the Grapevine. This does not mean that LAFRA endorses these
advertisers. Use of a Grapevine advertiser is at the risk of the member. If you are interested in any
of the advertisements, we urge you to use any and all means at your disposal to investigate them.

COPYRIGHT © 2017
Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association.
No material may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher.

August 2017 • 3
FIREMEN’S GRAPEVINE
owned and published by the
Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association
7470 N Figueroa Street, Los angeles CA 90041

EDITORIAL STAFF
Dave Wagner • Editor..........................................................editor@lafra.org
Eric Santiago • Creative Editor.....................................esantiago@lafra.org
DisplayAdvertising.........................................(323) 259-5200 ext. 231 or 232

PSO’s
Amy Bastman, Margaret Stewart, Brian Humphrey

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
Art Sorrentino, Matt Mickey, Frank Borden, Jim Stiglich, Steve Ruda

PHOTOGRAPHERS
David Blaire, Greg Doyle, Harry Garvin,
Steve Gentry, Juan Guerra, Brian Haimer, Ryan Ling, Rick McClure,
Mike Meadows, Lloyd Payne, Jeff Zimmerman, Yvonne Griffin

LOS ANGELES FIREMEN’S RELIEF ASSOCIATION


Robert Steinbacher................................................President
Jeff Cawdrey ..................................................Vice-President
Andrew Kuljis ........................................................Secretary

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Chris Hart Gayle Sonoda Steve Berkery
Chris Stine Gene Bednarchik Steve Ruda
Craig White Jim Duffy Steven Domanski
Danny Wu Joe Vigil Tim Freeman Jr.
David Peters John Jacobsen Tim Larson
Doak Smith Mike Sailhamer Tyler Tomich
Frank Aguirre Rick Godinez

CHAPLAINS
To contact a chaplain, please call Senior Chaplain Rick Godinez at (213)
797-2404 or the MFC Floor Captain at (213) 576-8920
Greg W. Gibson...................Chaplain Hershy Z. Ten.......................Chaplain
Danny Leon..........................Chaplain Roger Fowble.....................Chaplain
George A. Negrete...............Chaplain Mark R. Woolf.....................Chaplain
Aquil F. Basheer..................Chaplain Jesus Pasos.........................Chaplain
Tim Werle............................Chaplain Craig Poulson.....................Chaplain

TELEPHONES
Fire-Relief ...............................................................(323) 259-5200
Relief Association Toll Free Number .........................(800) 244-3439
Relief Medical Plan ................................................. (866) 995-2372
Fax Number ..............................................................(323) 259-5290

LAFRA MANAGEMENT
Todd Layfer • Executive Director..............................(323) 259-5243
Becky Valverde • Human Resources Administrator.....(323) 259-5247
Liberty Unciano • Controller/Treasurer...................(323) 259-5225
Bob Dillon • Operations Manager..............................(323) 259-5233
Marlene Casillas • Development & Marketing Director(323) 259-5217
Ana Salazar • Member Services Coordinator.............(323) 259-5223

HealthSCOPE Benefits
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included with Association mem­ber­ship; Non-members: $48. Single issues $3 postpaid. Back issues $6
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views of the Los An­ge­les City Fire De­part­ment or the Los An­ge­les Firemen’s Relief Association.

4 • August 2017
Hello August

Have you been making the most of the summer? It feels Club. Spots are limited and it’s first come, first served. All pro-
like time is flying by quickly, which indicates to me that now is ceeds go to our official charity, the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief
a good time to slow things down a bit and take the time to notice Association’s Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. The
the little things. It’s time to relax, set aside time for family and charity helps fellow firefighter families facing a serious crisis,
friends, and create memories to cherish. such as being injured or killed in the line of duty.

LOS ANGELES FIRE AND POLICE PENSION ISSUES KEEP YOUR BENEFICIARIES CURRENT
Last month the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commis- There’s an old saying that says the only guarantee in life
sioners approved a 6% increase to the non-Medicare health subsi- is death, so it’s crucial for you keep your beneficiarie up to date.
dy. An LAFPP staff report had recommended just a 5% increase. Life is ever-changing, so if you’ve recently married, divorced,
A 7% increase would have been consistent with the authority had children or if you haven’t checked your form selections re-
granted to the Commission under the Los Angeles Administrative cently, it’s a good idea for you to update your records. If you par-
Code. Our elected commissioners fought for the 7%, but the ap- ticipate in the optional Life & Accident Benefit plan you should
pointed commissioners prevailed with the “compromise” of 6%. do the same. As a Relief Association member, you automatically
The 2.7 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) approved by qualify for a Death Benefit that provides money to whomever you
the LAFPP went into effective July 1, 2017 and adjustments to name as the beneficiary. Direct questions or concerns to (323)
eligible pensions began at the end of last month. Eligible pension- 259-5242.
ers and DROP participants should have received an increase of up
to 2.7% beginning on their their July 31, 2017 monthly pension Be safe and be kind to each other!
payment.

HOPE FOR FIREFIGHTERS 2017


On June 1, 2017, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Robert D. “SteinTalker” Steinbacher
“Hope for Firefighters” event. This is the largest firefighter appre- president@lafra.org
ciation event in the nation and I’m happy to announce $125,000 323.259.5200
was raised for the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association’s
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund.
If you haven’t attended the downtown event before, I high-
ly encourage you to join us next year. The event gets bigger and
better every year. We had 25 fire station culinary crews from all
around the city that teamed up with corporate sponsors and they
fed thousands of hungry office workers.
I want to extend a big, heartfelt thank you to all sponsors,
participants, attendees and LAFRA staff for making this event
such a huge success.

20TH ANNIVERSARY LAFD INVITATIONAL


GOLF TOURNAMENT
Now is the time to sign up for the 2017 LAFD Invitational
Golf Tournament – our 20th anniversary. The event will be held
Monday, September 25, 2017, at the Mountain Gate Country Bob Steinbacher, Rick Godinez & Jeff Cawdrey with scholarship recipient Lauren McKnight

August 2017 • 5
Fire Station 92-B, Active

Born: January 3, 1988 Appointed LAFD: April 6, 2015 Deceased: June 5, 2017
Eulogy by Danielle Wong

Firefighter Kelly Wong, my beloved


husband, was born on January 3, 1988 in Hong
Kong. In 1997, Kelly immigrated to California
with his mother, Anne. When Kelly arrived in
America he didn’t speak any English, but he
picked it up very quickly, so quick in fact that
by his second year of elementary school he
won the 5th grade spelling bee.
He grew up in Upland with his mother
and step father, Ron. Kelly always excelled
academically taking college prep courses and
graduated Upland High School with a 4.0 GPA.
He was a student-athlete, involved in Track and
Field, Cross Country and Honors and Advance
Placement classes.
He attended college at Mt. SAC. He
got his Associates Degree in Fire Technology
and graduated with academic honors. He was
commended by the college’s Fire Technology
program for his efforts in volunteering in the
community. He received his Bachelors of Sci-
ence from Columbia Southern University with
a concentration in Fire Science while achiev-
ing a 4.0 grade point average. He had future
aspirations of completing a Masters in Public
Administration to further his fire service career.
Kelly knew from age 14 he wanted to
dedicate his life to firefighting. The week he
turned 18, he enrolled in a Wildland Firefighter
Academy offered by CAL FIRE, in hopes of
learning all he could about the fire service.
From there, he learned that firefighters also
respond to a large number of medical calls,
therefore they need to be trained in emergency
medicine. Hence, he enrolled in and passed an
Emergency Medical Technician course and ob-
tained his EMT license. During this time, he
also had the great honor of becoming a mem-
ber of the Los Angeles County Fire Department
Fire Explorers’ Program.

6 • August 2017
He worked for the Forest Service on
Engine 21 in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 and 2013
he worked on Chuchupate Helitack. In 2012, he
worked for the BLM, Elko District, as a Ruby
Mountain Hotshot. In 2014, Kelly worked for
CAL FIRE in Riverside at Station 1.
Kelly graduated as a LAFD Firefighter
August 20, 2015, Drill Tower 40 class 14-2; it
was his dream job. He was awarded Top Aca-
demic Recruit of his graduating class. His first
house was Fire Station 35, and then worked at
68’s, and then transferred to Station 92. Kelly’s
transfer request to work at 9’s in Skid Row was
just approved where he was excited to work
alongside Steven Oransky and Ernie Orrante,
his two best friends. Kelly was working at Sta-
tion 9 at the time of the tragic incident.
An avid outdoorsman, Kelly was also a
traveler, studier, and a music, fitness and avia-
tion enthusiast. He was obtaining his private
pilot’s license from Universal Air Academy at
Brackett Field in La Verne. He had a deep love
for aviation and all things to do with flying.
We instantly fell in love when we met.
We were married on February 8, 2016, and
welcomed our son, Colton Michael Wong on
August 22, 2016. Kelly loved Colton and I so
much and made sure we knew it every day. He
was my best friend, soul mate, and better half.
He was perfect for me and completed me in ev-
ery way.
On June 3, 2017, he was injured in
a training exercise when he fell off an aerial
ladder in downtown Los Angeles. Fellow fire-
fighters and paramedics rendered immediate
medical attention and transported him in criti-
cal condition to a local trauma center. He had
broken his pelvis and skull. Despite the heroic
efforts of doctors and nurses at the hospital, he
passed away on June 5, 2017.

August 2017 • 7
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As I sit in my office, I think about bate proceeding. By establishing a trust ians for minor children or dependents as
the problems we here at LAFRA have in outside of your estate, your assets pass di- well as an executor for the estate. The
accurately distributing important informa- rectly to the beneficiaries you have named. executor will serve function of gathering
tion to you, our members. One of many is- Because there are several types of trusts, and disbursing the assets of the estate and
sues that come up quite often is the matter you should contact an estate planning pro- handling all of the related tax issues. It’s
of beneficiaries. fessional to determine which type of trust important to choose an executor based on
Whom among us has had no chang- is right for you. his or her ability to perform all these tasks.
es in our lives since first joining the Relief The Relief Association offers a one- The generous members who
Association? A marriage or a divorce, a time reimbursement of up to $600 for our remember the Widows, Orphans &
new baby or the death of a loved one – all members or surviving spouses to help you Disabled Firemen’s Fund in their estate
H of these events could trigger a change in get your trust and estate plan completed. To plans are a special group. They’re vision-
H beneficiaries. You should always be aware qualify, send a copy of the receipt or state- ary and uncommonly dedicated. We call
of whom your beneficiaries are and the or- ment showing you paid for these services them the Eternal Flame Society. Some of
der in which they are to be considered in along with your member name, address these members make planned gift arrange-
your estate. and phone number to Member Services ments to the WODFF through:
LAFRA has a $4,500.00 death ben- Specialist, Maria Rodriguez, via email: • A bequest through a will
efit for members who are in good stand- mrodriguez@lafra.org • A gift through a living trust or other
ing. And many of you are covered by the The Relief now also offers a supple- non-charitable trust
LAFRA Life and Accident Program - this mental estate planning benefit to members • A gift of Life Insurance
adds another $12,000.00 to your benefit in good standing. Members can submit a • A beneficiary designation in retire-
payment. request for a one-year financial advance- ment plans, Life & Accident Benefit or
& When the time comes for distribu- ment of up to $1,200 for the exclusive use Death Benefit.
tion of these funds, we have to rely on of trust preparation. Check out lafra.org • A remainder interest in a personal

Y! what you have listed on the beneficiary


form and we must follow the order in
which they are listed. Many times the ben-
for the complete details.
An estate plan is really important
for everyone. It will give you peace of
residence or property

Planned gift techniques such as


eficiary forms are not updated and these mind knowing your affairs are in order and these may enable you to make a significant
assets pass to people you did not intend the comfort of knowing you’ve provided contribution to help those in need, while
to benefit because of changes due to ma- for your family. The Relief Association also allowing you to achieve your own
jor life events such as the death of family offers a “Getting Started Kit” which will financial and estate planning goals.
member, divorce, estrangement or reloca- walk you through the steps of protecting Contact me if you would like more
tion. Your estate could spend a lot of extra your loved ones and your assets. To re- information.
time in probate, costing your heirs signifi- quest your kit, call Development & Mar-
cant time and money. keting Director, Marlene Casillas, at (323) Andy Kuljis, Secretary
Another issue is the establishment 259-5217 or email mcasillas@lafra.org (323) 259-5224
of a trust outside of your estate. In a trust, Creating a will is another impor- andy@lafra.org
the assets are kept out of probate and are tant part of your estate planning. A will
not affected by the cost or time of a pro- provides the opportunity to appoint guard-

August 2017 • 11
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online to just check it out, or buy a photo package for the family. Digital images are also available. And
don’t forget - the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund benefits from each and every purchase.

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12 • August 2017
Engine 9 is ready to respond at Hope for Firefighters

Firefighter Kelly Wong lost his life on duty while participating in a


training exercise in DTLA on Saturday morning, June 3, 2017. His
fellow firefighters created this fundraising coin with all the proceeds
going to support the Wong family. Kelly is survived by his wife Dan-
ielle and his infant son, Colton.

To order the coin through PayPal go to www.LAFDPandaCoin.com

FF Kelly Wong Memorial Challenge Coin

Matthew Rochman promoted to Engineer at FS 14-B

August 2017 • 13
Honoring the work and dedication of

14 • August 2017
47’s at the El Sereno Independence Day parade.

Firefighters help build play houses.


LAFD Photo by Erik Scott

The LAFD joined forces with L.A.


Parent Magazine and the NAPPA Awards to
help support the families of sick or injured chil-
dren. Firefighters from FS 35 helped by build-
ing play houses that will remain at the Ronald
McDonald House for the siblings of hospital-
ized kids who can enjoy them while their par-
ents go between there, and the hospital.
The Los Angeles Ronald McDonald
House has provided comfort, care and support
to children and families by allowing them to
stay close to each other and the care they need
since 1980.

August 2017 • 15
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LF 39 protects the exposures at 14723 Aetna St on 6/13/17. Photo by David Blaire Photo by Mike Meadows

Autos in a carport on 6/4/17, in the 8300 block of Willis Ave. Photo by Rick McClure

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Multi-vehicle T/A and extrication in 7’s district on 6/9/17. Photo by Rick McClure

20 • August 2017
On 6/2/17, 74’s handled a shooting on Foothill Bl. Photo by Rick McClure

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22 • August 2017
Six firefighters assigned in South Los
Angeles were recognized by the Board of Fire
Commissioners and the LAFD for saving the
life of a two-year old girl on May 27, 2016,
in the 8800 block of South Hoover Street. In
recognition of their extraordinary lifesaving
efforts, these individuals received a Certificate
of Appreciation presented at the Board of Fire
Commissioner meeting.

Fire Commission presents Certificates of Appreciation. Photo by Jacob Moss

FS 65 members at the dedication of the Hope


Emergency Center at MLK Community Hospital 21’s Jose Rodriquez delivers a customized plaque to Hope for Firefighters sponsor Straussner Sherman

On 5/15/17, LF 64 handled an auto on 117th St. Photo by Keith Cullom 64’s teaches hands-only CPR at the community Summer Night Lights program

August 2017 • 23
On 6/3/17, companies transported two from a T/A on Roscoe Bl. Photo by Rick McClure

A physical rescue on Laurel Cyn Bl at Burbank Bl on 6/8/17. Photo by Mike Meadows

TF 89 with Physical Rescue on Sherman Way on 6/4/17. Photo by Rick McClure

24 • August 2017
A truck tractor exposing a house at 8124 St Clair
on 5/30/17. Photo by Rick McClure Engine 60 provides mutual aid to Burbank Fire on 6/28/17. Photo by Ryan Ling

Apartment house fire on Oxnard St on 6/3/17. Photo by Mike Meadows

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Firefighters begin to overhaul a structure fire in the 7000 blk of Nestle Ave. Photo by Rick McClure

Engine 58 helps out with the “Movies in the Park” community program

Companies work a T/A at Crenshaw and Adams on 6/24/17. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

August 2017 • 29
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30 • August 2017
I’m sure you’ve all heard that our medi- easy target for the City. Because the SCAN and COWBOY HUMOR
cal coverage funded through the LAFPP (Los LaborFirst plans are inferior and cost less, the One Sunday morning, the
Angeles Fire and Police Pensions) was under City sees this as a cost saving endeavor. pastor noticed little Alex stan-
attack again. In November 2016, our pension But thank the good Lord for our FIRE din’ in the foyer of the church,
board authorized the release of Requests for FAMILY. You know, the FAMILY that we all starin’ up at a large plaque. It
Proposals (RFP’s) for group medical, dental belong to that has our backs and supports us in was covered with names and
and vision insurance plans. The purpose of the times of need. Come on, I see it all the time. small American flags mounted
RFP’s was to find suitable insurance plans for When our brothers and sisters pass or on either side of it.
the group of LAFPP pensioners who are losin’ find themselves in need of helpin’ hands, this The six-year-old had been starin’ at the
access to their current LACERS plans, as well FAMILY reaches out and displays much care plaque for some time. The pastor walked up
as for Port Police and Airport Police Officers as and concern. However, I think for us Retired and stood beside the small boy and said quietly,
they retire. Port and Airport Police are not per- Guys, the FAMILY took a permanent vacation. “Good mornin’ Alex.”
mitted to enroll in plans that are currently of- Don’t misunderstand, I’m not lookin’ for a “Good mornin’ Pastor,” he replied, still
fered by the Police Relief Association, LAFRA shoulder to cry on but rather for the City to step focused on the plaque.
or UFLAC. Because they’re goin’ to be kicked up to the plate and keep their promises to us. “Pastor, what is this?”
out of their current LACERS plan, they basi- I also expect UFLAC to fight for us and The pastor said, “Well son, it’s a memo-
cally do not have the secondary medical cover- to remember we all fulfilled our obligations to rial to all young men and women who died in
age that members of the Fire and Police Relief the City and deserve to have our benefits pro- the service.”
Associations enjoy. tected and preserved. Soberly, they stood together, starin’ at
So, the powers that be thought it would the large plaque. Finally, little Alex’s voice,
be a good idea to eliminate our secondary med- barely audible and tremblin’ with fear asked,
ical coverage through LAFRA and put every- “Which service, the 8:30 or the 11:00?”
one into inferior medical plans, such as SCAN
(pronounced SCAM) or LaborFirst supplemen- Annual car show AC
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Pedram Salimpour MD,
was in favor of this change,
even though these new
benefits are significantly
inferior to the medical cov-
erage currently provided to
LAFD retirees.
However, on June
15, 2017, the monthly
meetin’ of our Pension
Board was held and a very large group of re-
tired fireman, about 200 retirees and 50 active
members, showed up to voice our concerns
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We all worked many years and fulfilled this is an opportunity to give back to those who are trying to establish their career. You will be
our obligation and pledge to protect life and responsible for training the next generation of Firefighters.

property. Our pension and the associated ben- The Department consists of 90 volunteer Firefighters and Firefighter Paramedics providing the 911
efits were written in black and white, and laid service to the community. 70% accomplish their goal of becoming a professional Firefighter each
year.
out for us when the time came to retire. How-
Five (5) years of experience as a Fire Officer, Engineer, Firefighter or Firefighter Paramedic
ever, because we are retired. I believe we are required.
viewed as second class individuals that are an Continuous Hiring http://lhhcity.org Phone: (562) 694-8283 x326
Fire Chief Doug Graft, LAFD Ret. & Assistant Fire Chief Ron Myers, LAFD Ret.

August 2017 • 31
Dear Friends,

It is that time of year again and the families of the Craig Alder Family are once again hoping that you will join us for a wonderful and much
needed cause that will take us into our 21st year. The Craig Alder Charity Golf Tournament will take place this year on Monday, October 2nd 2017 (9:00)
Once again, we will be having the tournament at the beautiful Temecula Creek Golf Course and we really hope that you will join us for some great
golfing and fun but more importantly to once again support Craig, Buffy, Jake and Wyatt.
The Temecula Creek Inn has offered a fantastic rate ($109.00) on their rooms for Sunday October 1st and Monday October 2nd. If you are
interested in staying at TCI, just call and reserve under the Craig Alder Charity Golf Tournament at 800-962-7335. If you are going to spend the night
at TCI you will need to book your room prior to September 1, 2017 in order to guarantee the room and rate.
On Sunday, October 1, 2016 a reduced rate for a round of golf is being offered. If you’re interested in playing, just call the pro shop at (951)
676-2405 and reserve a spot under the Craig Alder Golf Tournament. On Sunday afternoon (4:30) a hospitality get together with appetizers and drinks
is once again being offered as an opportunity for family and friends to visit with each other. This year the hospitality event will be held back at the pool
area and the adjoining rooms near the main lobby.
For those that have played and or supported this tournament before, thank you again for your continued support throughout the years. For
those that are new to this charity golf tournament we are really looking forward to meeting you and thank you for supporting such a great cause for a
wonderful and inspirational family.

Sincerely,
Mike Alder

32 • August 2017
STRUCTURE FIRE
Sherman Oaks
Photos by Rick McClure

Firefighters found a two-story home under construction well involved in the 13500 block of W Huston St in Sherman Oaks.
The fire, on July 1, 2017, extended into the attic before a knock down was called after 35 minutes.

August 2017 • 33
STRUCTURE FIRE
Chatsworth
Photos by Keith Cullom, Rick McClure, David Blaire, Mike Meadows
and Greg Doyle

34 • August 2017
On 7/4/17, companies responded to a structure fire at 22166 James Alan Circle.
They found a two-story condominium with four units well involved.

A common attic allowed the fire to blast through the structure. Aggressive truck work
and an interior attack stopped the fire from spreading further. A partial collapse of
the roof created an increased safety risk at the rear of the building.

122 firefighters knocked the fire down in 81 minutes.

August 2017 • 35
36 • August 2017
On a VERY warm morning, 25 Fire many of our activities and are a real pleasure to tion on upcoming events, go to our website at
Hogs and additional friends of the Motorcycle hang out with. We ended up with 30+ friends, www.Firehogs.org, but do come on out and see
Club met and had breakfast at Corky’s restau- old and new – having lunch, exchanging sto- what we are about! As a national organization,
rant in Orange County. From there the group ries, relaxing a bit in the clean mountain air. we are also accepting applications for new Fire
rode together over the scenic Ortega mountains After downing a few slices of the famous Julian Hog chapters from other agency riders. Join us
on Highway 74, only slowing down at pre- apple pie, all headed leisurely home in smaller on Facebook @Fire Hogs M/C. Like our Face-
determined stops to pick up more riders along groups. book page@ L.A.F.D. Fire Hogs, M/C.
Lake Elsinore. It was then on to the 15 to Tem- This year, June proved to be a little Don’t forget about our upcoming Fallen
ecula for fuel and to add a few more riders. too warm (107) for this ride, so we will try for Heroes Memorial, Saturday, August 26, 2017.
The group continued on the even more March next year. The chase truck was greatly It starts at the LAFDHS Museum and ends for
scenic route along Highway 79 to our destina- appreciated - good call Armando and Chris. lunch at the Sage Brush Cantina in Calabasas.
tion in the San Diego mountains of the old min- Many thanks to the members that put out the All are welcome, especially if you don’t ride,
ing town of Julian. There we were joined by extra effort to join us from farther away. Y’all meet us at the Sage Brush Cantina around noon
five additional riders from another firefighter’s join us next time, Any riders are always wel- for lunch, music, and a great raffle benefiting
club “Wind and Fire “ up from San Diego and come on this ride. YOUR WODFF. I hope to see you there!!!
were holding tables for the group at the lo- LAFD members wishing more infor-
cal watering hole. This group has joined us in mation on becoming a Fire Hog or informa- Tuzz

August 2017 • 37
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38 • August 2017
Handball Commissioner Richard
Ramirez came within one point of winning the
“B” Division, falling in an 11-10 tie-breaker.
He served for the match no less than four times,
with exciting rallies for every point. Rumor has
it that he ran out of gas due to over hydration
the night before.
Joe Holguin took second place in the
50 and over “B” Division. This performance
should serve as inspiration to everyone, due to
the challenges that Joe has overcome to keep
Ryan Chance & Chris Yokoyama David Diaz, Sergio Guzman, Ryan & David Frost
playing the game - “no excuses!”
LAFD finished the weekend strong by
winning the “A” and “B” Doubles Divisions.
Chris Yokoyama and Ryan Chance teamed up
to dominate the “A” Division. They also com-
peted in the “Open” Division in order to test
themselves against the Pros. Not a bad outing,
getting 13 points against the overall 2nd place
team, before Armando Ortiz and Victor Perez
showed them what the next level is all about.
Chance and Yokoyama have also moved up to
the “Open” level. David Diaz and Sergio Guz-
man were the class of the field in the “B” Divi-
sion, dominating in every match, leaving all of
their opponents in single digits.
LAFD also cooked for the tournament
on Friday, with Craig Nielsen taking lead as
grill-master serving tri-tip, chicken, coleslaw,
potato salad, and baked beans, which was
clearly the best meal of the week. LAFD Hand-
ball t-shirts were being worn by visiting play-
ers from all over, which is a testament to the
quality of our program.
Thanks to the strong performances of
Garcia, Libby, Yokoyama and Chance, there
will be an “Open” Division in future LAFD
tournaments. Hopefully this will bring former
“World Champion” and multiple “National
David Streibig & Jess Pasos Alex Garcia Champion” Tati Silveyra out of retirement. Na-
tional Champions don’t get to play in the “A’s”
LAFD Handball had a historic per- John Libby Jr. started the weekend as anymore. This is good news for the regular
formance at Los Caballeros Sports Village in the first LAFD member to win a Division, win- players. Congratulations to all of the Champi-
Fountain Valley, during the 4-Wall Handball ning the 50 and over singles division, giving ons!
National Championships. Nearly 300 handball him his fourth national title. Libby won his first Noteworthy future tournaments are the
players from as far away as Ireland gathered as a teen, then the 35 and over, and 45 and over annual Venice Beach 3-Wall 9/11 Memorial
for the five-day tournament from June 28th Divisions before this latest title. Handball Tournament on September 9th, and
thru July 2nd to compete in both Singles and Jesus Pasos added to his national cham- the Simple Green U.S. Open of Handball at
Doubles. pionship collection, by repeating as the 60 and Los Cab in Fountain Valley from October 19-
The LAFD had a strong contingent of over champion. He has also won Doubles titles 22, 2017.
both active duty and retired members who in- in the past. Also of note, former Commissioner
cluded Jesus Pasos, Gary Maga, Craig Nielsen, Alex Garcia, LAFD’s current singles Roy Harvey, and “A” player Sergio Guzman
Joe Holguin, Mario Rueda, Roy Harvey, Chris champion, won his first national championship are taking on the challenge of Player Develop-
Yokoyama, Sergio Guzman, David Diaz, Al- in the “A” Division, which now qualifies him ment coordinators. There will be a “Novice”
bert Lozano, Richard Ramirez, Ryan Chance, as a legitimate “Open” player - no longer eli- centered event and social in the near future.
John Libby Jr., Alex Garcia, and Mike Bowers. gible to play in the “A” Division. “Suit up!”

August 2017 • 39
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40 • August 2017
Coyote Hills Tournament Results Olivas Links Tournament Results
May 25, 2017 May 31, 2017

Long Beach Rec Park Tournament Results


June 20, 2017

August 2017 • 41
MEMBERS
Roger L. Fonnet, Firfighter III.
Appointed July 1, 1970. Retired on a service pension April 20, 2002 from FS 65-B.
Passed away June 5, 2017.

Edward N. Hewko, Firefighter III.


Appointed January 29, 1978. Retired on a service pension January 31, 2011 from FS 15-B.
Passed away June 14, 2017.

Patrick D. Haag, Engineer.


Appointed June 10, 1961. Retired on a service pension June 11, 1991 from FS 103-C.
Passed away June 27, 2017.

Richard J. Gilmore, Firefighter III.


Appointed May 12, 1962. Retired on a service pension May 26, 1996 from FS 17-C.
Passed away July 1, 2017.

Rudolph J. Concha, Captain.


Appointed February 9, 1948. Retired on a service pension January 25, 1988 from FS 56-B.
Passed away July 2, 2017.

Harry E. Gradi, Firefighter III.


Appointed November 24, 1962. Retired on a disability pension May 23, 2001 from FS 80-C.
Passed away July 6, 2017.

Jerry Porter, Captain II.


Appointed February 3, 1958. Retired on a disability pension February 4, 1984 from FS 63-C.
Passed away July 10, 2017.

FAMILY
Jessie L. wilson, surviving spouse of Marion J. Wilson, passed away June 3, 2017.
Vivian I. Teel, Jr., spouse of Alva G. Teel, Jr., passed away June 5, 2017.
Esther E. Lloyd, surviving spouse of Emerys Lloyd, passed away June 15, 2017.
Juanita M. Clemens, surviving spouse of Edgar B. Clemens, passed away June 17, 2017.
Emily M. Owens, surviving spouse of Joe F. Owens, passed away June 20, 2017.
Shirley C. Rook, surviving spouse of Ralph C. Rook, passed away June 25, 2017.
Margaret F. Eveland, spouse of Wilbur J. Eveland, passed away July 1, 2017.

42 • August 2017
JOHN E. SULLIVAN, Captain I,
JAY CEASAR, Engineer, FS 84-A Medical Liaison Unit
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017 SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017
Fire Station 84
South End Raquet and Health Club
“Last Shift Big Breakfast”
2800 Skypark Drive, Torrance CA
21050 Burbank Blvd, Woodland Hills CA
Social Hour - 4:00 PM Dinner - 6:00 PM
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Dinner Buffet - $40 includes tax & tip. No gifts please.
No cost
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Call FS 84 - (818) 756-8684 or
Call Laurie - (310) 344-1368 or John - (310) 283-4379
Mike Mueller (661) 993-3424
RSVP by Aug 5, 2017

Singing Hills Partners Tournament

Attention all active and retired firefighters not already members


of the LAFD Golf Club. This is an invitation to play our most popular
golf tournament of the year, the Annual Singing Hills Partner’s Tour-
nament at Sycuan Resort in El Cajon. This year the tournament dates
are September 11-14 and all three days will be at the resort. We’ll
play the “Willow Glen” course on days one and three and “Oak
Glen” course on day two. We also have our annual “Texas Hol-
dem’ Poker Tournament” at the Sycuan Casino.
There are two ways to come and play, either as guests or you
can join our club and play as members. Find a playing partner
and join us for a great tournament.
See the flyer with all the information on our website at: lafdgc.
com. If you have any questions please contact me: Noel Murchet
at 714-330-3477 or murchet@earthlink.net

August 2017 • 43
The Firemen’s Relief Association is proud
to provide financial awards to the winners of this
merit-based program, open to all qualifying member
families. Get to know the 2017 winners:

PAXTON SULLIVAN – RELIEF SCHOLARSHIP

• What university will you be attending?


Colorado State University
• What is your major or area of study?
Major: Animal Science, Minor: Agricultural
and resource economics
• What are your plans/goals after graduation?
My plan is to attend CSU’s College of
Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences where I This scholarship will allow me to say that personally I am extremely grateful.
will earn my DVM and pursue a career in veterinary expand my knowledge and educate myself in a way • Who or what inspires you most?
medicine. that will allow me to give back to my community. Although my dad’s job is without a doubt
• How will a scholarship help you? • What is being part of an LAFD family mean to one of the most dangerous
This scholarship relieves a lot of financial you? and takes a special type
stress off of my parents and is a motivating factor Being part of an LAFD family means display- of person, I would have to
for me to continue to succeed. ing integrity and responsibility in every aspect of my say my mom inspires me
• What message do you have for the donors that life as my dad has shown me while being involved in the most. She has been the
made this scholarship possible? the LAFD. most consistent person in
First, I want to say thank you. And • Who or what inspires you my tennis career who takes
secondly, I want to say please continue doing what most? me everywhere.
you are doing, because you are making an invalu- My mother and
able difference in the lives of students. her perseverance despite RACHEL SANDRA BROWN – RELIEF SCHOLARSHIP
• What is being part of an LAFD family mean being disabled has in-
to you? spired me to put all of my • What university will you be attending?
The LAFD, to me, effort into every challenge I UCLA
means sacrifice, love, hard take on. • What is your major or area of study?
work, dedication, and self- Nursing
lessness. I am proud to JULIA NOELLE AGUIRRE – RELIEF SCHOLARSHIP • Why did you choose this major or area of study?
have grown up in a family I plan to become a nurse practitioner and
that represents and exudes • What university will you be attending? have always been interested in the medical field.
these core values. Creighton University • How will a scholarship help you?
• What is your major or area of study? I have to pay for any schooling after 4-years
LAUREN ALDANA – RELIEF SCHOLARSHIP Education so scholarships help pay for 4-years and then my
•Why did you choose this major or area of study? parents will help me with grad school.
• What university will you be attending? I chose education because I have an extreme • What message do you have for the donors that
Arizona State University passion and desire to teach and greatly in elemen- made this scholarship possible?
• What is your major or area of study? tary school kids and be the steady flow of encourage- I would like to say
Nursing ment in their lives. thank you so much. It is
• Why did you choose this major or area of study? •What message do you have for the donors that such an honor and relief to
With my father being a firefighter and my made this scholarship possible? be awarded this scholarship
mother being disabled, nursing will allow me to I would just like to thank the donors and I appreciate all you’ve
continue giving back to those in my community who or making this scholarship possible by donat- done to help.
need aid. ing to this organization. It helps future or current • What is being part of an
• How will a scholarship help you? college students with anything they want and I can LAFD family mean to you?
44 • August 2017
encourage one another and
provide hope as our family
members put themselves
in danger to save others’
lives. It fills me with pride
to witness the incredible
changes that LAFD mem-
bers are making in the lives
of others.

NINA HERNANDEZ – DENNIS MENDENHALL


MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

• What university will you be attending?


Willamette University in Oregon
I am proud to be a part of the LAFD family. I • Who or what inspires you most? • What is your major or area of study?
am proud to be surrounded by selfless, loving people The thing that inspires me the most is the Physical Therapy/Exercise Science
willing to support everything I do. power of optimism and • Why did you choose this major or area of study?
positive thinking. When you I’m extremely passionate about sports and
LISA ROSE KITAHATA – LEO NAJARIAN maintain a “Glass half-full” helping others to improve themselves, while safely
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP approach to life, seeing working through injuries.
the brighter side of things • What are your plans/goals after graduation?
• What university will you be attending? can help to motivate and I would love to work as a physical therapist
University of Washington, Seattle push you to strive for your for a professional sports team. I am also extremely
• Why did you choose your major or area of study? dreams and passions. interested in the field of exercise science, so I’d like
Computer Science is a thriving field of study to explore that option as well.
that truly forms the future. The capacity it has to LAUREN MCKNIGHT – DENNIS MENDENHALL • How will a scholarship help you?
create a change in the world of technology is incred- MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Receiving this scholarship translates into the
ible. The possibilities are virtually endless. ability to achieve even more opportunities to further
• What university will you be attending? my academic career. It motivates me to do my best
• What are your plans/goals after graduation? University of California Santa Barbara to live up to this great honor throughout college and
My plans/goals after graduation are to go • What is your major or area of study? into graduate school.
to college to get my Bachelor’s degree, and maybe Computer Science • What message do you have for the donors that
my masters as well. Also, over the summer I plan made this scholarship possible?
on lifeguarding and working an internship at a local • Why did you choose this major or area of study? What an honor it is to be the recipient of
tech company. I am eager to work in the fields of math and such a generous gift. I cannot stress enough how
• How will a scholarship help you? science in order to contribute future innovations to a much your generosity will help myself and my
A scholarship will help me immensely in technological world. family. It’s such a wonderful, selfless act on behalf
paying out-of-state tuition. With this scholarship, • How will a scholarship help you? LAFRA and the LAFD as well.
I will be further enabled to carry out my future This scholarship would help me further my • Who or what inspires you most?
endeavors as a student that will then allow me to be education and work towards a rewarding career. I deeply admire Volleyball legend
successful in a career. • What message do you have for the donors that Gabrielle Reece. She is intelligent, motivational,
• What is being part of an LAFD family mean made this scholarship possible? and has an intense drive to promote overcoming
to you? I am truly honored and thankful for being adversity.
To me, being a part of an LAFD family selected to receive this scholarship. I am grateful
means having a unique bond, experience, and set and appreciative for LAFRA’s generous contribution
of values unmatched by anything else. Being in the to my education.
LAFD family has taught me to work hard to reach my • What is being part of an LAFD family mean
goals, to provide service to others and help those in to you?
need, and to “pay it forward.” It means coming together as one unit to
August 2017 • 45
46 • August 2017
Chaplain’s Corner

I would like to share a story of a dog and his master. True love for them to see if they would take me back and they always did.
and devotion comes in many forms and we are blessed to find it in our How my life had changed for the better. I was taken on walks and
lives. I pray this true story will teach us all, that God’s love can be found loved to run free in the nearby school where I was able to chase coyotes
in all circumstances. Roger Fowble, LAFD Chaplain out of the area. I was fed, bathed and loved by all at this new home. Life
was as good as it could get for me and these have been the best years of
My name is Jack and I was born in Pacoima near Fire Station my life.
98. I was a dog with no family and found myself roaming the streets for This new family even got me a little sister named Phoebe. She is
several years with a pack of friends. the most annoying little dog who loves to tug on my ears and licks my
Life as a stray dog was difficult at best. I never knew where I was face all day and night but I would not change a thing.
going to sleep or get my next meal. I was lost and had very little hope I have had a life a dog could only dream of and I started feeling
that my situation would ever improve, until one day a fireman named very weak and tired and Tim took me to the veterinarian where I was told
Tim saw me and would call me over and gave me some food. I have cancer and will not be around for very long - maybe a couple of
As time passed he started calling me Jack and I would find my- weeks till my life will be over. I saw how sad the news made Tim and our
self drawn to hanging out in the area hoping I would see this kind man family.
who showed mercy and compassion towards me. I on the other hand was not as sad because Tim had changed my
One morning, I saw Tim and he called me over and to my sur- life for the better. He gave me a home and made me part of a family
prise he put me in his truck and took me to his house. I was not sure what which is every dog’s dream. I know if they love me half as much as I love
was happening. I was soon introduced to his family. Tim and his family them I will be loved forever and that makes my current situation not so
gave me food and water and I was taken on walks in this unfamiliar bad. I will always be proud and honored to be Jack Foor and I would not
place. I was not a fool and knew this was not going to last so I would change a thing in my life.
jump over the fence and was going to leave but as I wandered through Thanks Tim for the best years of my life and for the greatest gift
the area I would always ask myself “where am I going to go and why not you could give a stray dog: a home and a family.
give this guy and his family a chance.” So I would always return and wait RIP Jack

August 2017 • 47
Send your letters & comments to the editor at: editor@lafra.org

Dear Andy, months ago, Harry was doing all he could to years without serious injury, his dying from hit-
insure everyone was having a good time. You ting his head took us all by surprise.
Please accept this donation to the Wid- will be missed brother. Thank you again for your kindness.
ows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund in
the name of Rudy Concha. Dave Bolding Juanita Fitzgerald and family
In about 1970 I bought my first home Santa Clarita, CA
on Enadia Way in Van Nuys, right next door
to Rudy and Faye Concha. It seemed like ev- Dear Andy,
ery day when I would come home from work To the LA Firemen’s Relief Association
there he would be, washing his car or mowing I can’t thank you and the Relief Asso-
his lawn. I can remember saying to him “Rudy, ciation enough for all your help and guidance I am a central tech at Northridge Hos-
don’t you ever work?” His reply would be, through the process of dealing with my dad’s pital. I have a little bit of exposure to LAFD
“Oh, you just don’t miss me when I’m gone!” [Jerome Tenhundfeld] death. The flowers and operations as I do some work in the E.D. I am
Rudy would eat, sleep and drink fire commemorative flag mean so much to my familiar with some of the Valley stations such
department, he absolutely loved his job. After mom and our entire family. But mostly your as 73’s, 100’s, 104’s and others. This is where I
listening to so many of his stories he invited presence that day was immensely comforting have met some of these firefighters.
me to lunch one day at Fire Station 92. I was so and a great honor to my dad. Like all of LA, I was saddened to hear
impressed that I couldn’t stop thinking about Please thank John Keys, the bagpiper, about the tragic accident of the late Kelly
and asking questions about the fire department. for us – he was wonderful! Wong. I feel for both his widow Danielle, and
By the grace of God, I became a member of the Bless you for all you do for the fire his infant son Colton.
LAFD in April, 1975. family. I am aware that all firefighters, when
Thank you Rudy for all your help and they pass, usually at a retirement age, instead
inspiration. Rest in peace my friend. With appreciation, of flowers, want that donations be made to the
Relief Association. I have done this before, but
Chris Shaw Teena Tenhundfeld Spindler & family not under a tragic circumstance. That changes
Redmond, Oregon Irvine, CA today. I wish I could do more, but here is my
P.S. I miss you now donation in memory of Kelly Wong, and my
thoughts and well wishes during this most try-
Dear James Dolan and LAFRA, ing of times go out to his family.
LAFRA -
I want to thank you so much for the flag Yours most respectfully,
Harry [Gradi] was one of a kind. Hav- and beautiful presentation box. Jerry [Fitzger-
ing worked with him at old 4’s, he will always ald] opted not to have a funeral so it means a lot Danny Goodwin, Senior Tech Central Service
be in my memories as a great fireman, a great to our family. Northridge Hospital
cook, very colorful individual who brought Even though Jerry had Alzheimer’s
good times to the fire station on all shifts. He disease, he could remember every assignment
was so helpful to me off duty, he assisted me he had and the dates he was there. He could LAFRA –
with three of our houses. He was the go-to guy also remember the names of all the men he
for our heating and A/C needs. He continued worked with at each house. The fire department Ed [Hewko] was a friend for many
to work on members heating and AC after he was so much his life, I guess this would have years. We surfed together and watched our
retired. been the last memories to go. daughters play volleyball at Dana Hills. He was
We knew he was a fighter, he never I also want to thank you for contacting a great guy and always was on the positive. My
complained about his illness. He demonstrat- everyone. What a relief for the papers I had to thoughts and prayers go to Peggy and family.
ed how one is to place their trust in the Lord. fill out just to appear. You have made a very
While attending his birthday party several hard time less stressful. After a career of many Mike Bowers

48 • August 2017
LAFRA –

Rudy [Concha] was a fireman when I


went to 92’s as a new TFC. While I knew him
prior, we had never worked together. He was
very involved with Spanish youth, and I am
sure he changed the lives of several, all for the
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I was deeply saddened to hear that my
• Home or property sold or purchased
friend Harry Gradi had passed. I worked with • Change in financial situation or assets
Harry for many years at old Fire Station 4. He
was always fun to be around. There was never • Sold stock or other assets
a time when Harry was not cheerful and he
always greeted me with a smile and kind
• Change of state residence
words. Although I have not spoken to him for • Change in tax laws
many years, I have thought about him and our
great conversations many times recently. Today
my world got a little bit smaller knowing that Visit
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LAFRA – $1,200 Trust Preparation Advancement.
I had the honor to work with Harry
[Gradi] at 4’s in the late 70’s. He was a great
cook, fun to be around, a true friend, and he had
a lot of firefighting experience he shared with
us younger members. Get your Estate Planning
I did learn the hard way that Harry did
not like bottle rockets shot at him when he was
“Getting Started Kit” today
sleeping. I had to hide in my locker for about an by calling Marlene Casillas,
hour while Harry searched for me.
Harry will never be forgotten.
Development & Marketing
RIP Harry. Director, at (323) 259-5217 or
Kevin Kearns email at MCasillas@LAFRA.org
August 2017 • 49
Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund - June 2017

ALFRED LEROY C/O WELLS Tom Taylor & John Squire GEORGE F. DEMOTT in
FARGO/DAVID MILLER, VP gratitude of the work of
MICHAEL A. PADILLA in Andy Kuljis
BRONSON PHOTOGRAPHY memory of Mark Samet
INCORPORATED GEORGE F. DEMOTT in
JAMES P. LANGSFELD memory of Billy Miser
FIRE STATION NO. 99 from our in memory of
Fire Service Day Chief Larry Schneider JIMMIE N. WOODS-GRAY

DANIEL LEON CHRISTINE M. BRUMBAUGH BILL & JUDI ROBINSON in


in memory of my husband memory of Kelly Wong
PROCEEDS FROM Mike Brumbaugh
BUCKLE SALES FIRE STATION NO. 99 from the
DANIEL J. KEMP in memory of Fire Extinguisher Fund
VP NETWORK C/O THE Kelly Wong
VALLEY PROF. NETWORK SCOTT L. AMES from the
JOHN L. PECEL in memory of Firefighters’ Breakfast Club
GARTH K. FLINT in memory of Ed Hewko in Antelope Valley
Kelly Wong
JOHN W. POTTER in memory BENJAMIN KUZICHEV from
AUTO JUNGLE, INC DBA BIG of Walt Matthews of FS 47-B the Firefighters’ Breakfast Club
VALLEY AUTO SALES in Antelope Valley
THOMAS J. KENYON in
MICHAEL A. PADILLA memory of Larry Schneider LEILANI ST. JOHN & FAMILY
in memory of Kelly Wong
COLEMAN R. LAWSON in WILLIAM ZUELLING in
gratitude for the Durable memory of my friend MARY S. TIDWELL ESTATE
Medical Equipment Patrick Haag C/O JOHN BLAIR

TIMOTHY & DIANE FIRE STATION NO. 2 from the DANNY GOODWIN, SENIOR
DENISON AND FAMILY in Fire Extinguisher Fund TECH NORTHRIDGE
memory of Ed Hewko HOSPITAL in memory of
FIRE STATION NO. 90 from the Kelly Wong
FIRE STATION NO. 10 from the Fire Extinguisher Fund
Fire Extinguisher Fund LEILANI ST. JOHN & FAMILY
MELLON CORPORATIONS
FIRE STATION NO. 17 from the COMM PARTNERSHIP NETWORK FOR GOOD
Fire Extinguisher Fund
GEORGE F. DEMOTT in MATT LEYMAN in memory of
GARY D. HIGHT in memory memory of Wendell Simms Dennis Mendenhall
of Lane Kemper, Brian Phillips,

50 • August 2017
Firefighters First Credit Union Board of Directors, Executive Management and the 2017 Annual Scholarship Recipients

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED HANNAH KUROWSKI, theatre at a university. She would also like
POINT LOMA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY to study and teach acting/theatre because she
Firefighters First Credit Union is Hannah is currently studying political believes it’s one of the most influential
pleased to announce the 2017 Scholarship science and is excited to see where this major industries in the world.
Award recipients. Through the years we have will lead her. While she does not know exactly
awarded over $200,000 in scholarships to our what she’ll end up doing, she’s excited to seize We thoroughly enjoyed reading through
Fire Family. We are honored to award this every opportunity that presents itself. She is every application, learning about your personal
year’s remarkable young adults with $5,000 motivated by a sense of duty to give back and and professional aspirations, and all the amaz-
each to further their passion for learning and the desire to problem solve. She is especially ing things they have done thus far to shape who
to help fulfill their dreams. These students concerned with the treatment our veterans you are today. We are very impressed with how
demonstrated excellence in their academic receive. talented and exceptional our young Fire Family
studies, exhibited leadership qualities and members are and look forward to them being
extraordinary personal accomplishments as ELISABETH MARCIANO, the future leaders of our community. This year
well as a potential for future success. Congratu- CAL POLY SAN LUIS OBISPO we received over 130 applications. Thank you
lations to our 2017 scholarship recipients! (NOT PICTURED) again to all of our student members and their
Elisabeth is a Liberal Studies major, parents who encouraged them to submit their
JORDAN BARAJAS, which means she is learning a wide variety applications. Your continued support of the
STANFORD UNIVERSITY of subjects in order to pursue a career as an Credit Union allows us to help our Fire Family
Jordan is planning to major in Math- elementary school teacher. In addition to her students achieve their educational goals.
ematics at Stanford. His long term goal is to major, she will have a science emphasis and
become a math professor. He truly enjoys math a minor in Spanish. She is a natural teacher, The more business we do together
and being creative in a subject not known for displaying patience, tolerance, and kindness to as a Fire Family,
creativity. He also loves teaching and sharing others. She has stated that she wants to make a the greater the financial reward
his knowledge with other people. positive impact on others and to give back to will be for all members!
her students what she feels was a blessing she
RACHEL BROWN, received from her own teachers. Dixie Abramian
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Rachel plans to study Nursing at UCLA HAILEY WARTA,
through a direct entry program. Following AMERICAN MUSICAL AND
graduation, she hopes to work as a pediat- DRAMATIC ACADEMY
ric intensive care or emergency room nurse Hailey will be moving to New York
for two years to save money for grad school. City and plans to receive her Bachelor’s in
She ultimately wants to earn her master’s Fine Arts, with a strong desire to expand her
degree in nursing in order to become a nurse education with a Masters and PHD someday.
practitioner. She wants to be a professor of fine arts in

August 2017 • 51
52 • August 2017
Submitted by Frank Borden • Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD History - “Firemen Games” – By Jack Bennett


Jack Bennett was a Marine and came This was 1955 and the firemen’s pro- One of the things you were not supposed
on the LAFD and promoted to Assistant Chief. tective clothing was a turnout coat and pants. to do was to dump the mattress out of the
He retired and has since passed away. While The pants were only worn during the night window to the street below. If this was done
on retirement he wrote a book titled “Firemen time responses or when caught in the shower. from a fifth story window the night sky would
Games” based on his early experiences on the During the daytime hours firemen would be light up with a glow as the burning mattress fell
Department in the 1950’s. Only the firemen’s responding in dungaree pants or heavy wool to the street. If this dumping was done from a
names were changed in the story. Jack is known pants, a dungaree jacket or wool long sleeve second story window on the backside of the
as “Curly.” The following is a small part of the shirt, a turnout coat and helmet. The only avail- hotel, nobody complained except the Captain.
book that Jack sent me a few years ago about able SCBA was in a green suitcase carried on One night Curly heard gun shots in
his experiences at Old Fire Station 16 which the truck companies. The breathing air in these the neighborhood and the firemen all ran to
was located at 139 N. Hope St. from 1904 to SCBA’s was oxygen. The only breathing pro- the front windows to see what was happening.
1962 and Old Fire Station 28 located at 644 S. tection was a Burrell canister type mask. Most Nothing could be seen but they did hear sirens.
Figueroa from 1913 and closed in 1969. of the time no breathing apparatus was worn Then suddenly the front door buzzer sounded.
during firefighting operations. There was a guy bleeding all over the doorstep.
Most of the alarms were to apartment He told the Captain, “they are coming to kill
houses to extinguish a smoldering mattress fire. me.” Quickly he was pulled inside and given
There was nothing worse than a midnight pissy first aid. Then came the Police and the “Brown
smelling mattress fire. You would hold your Bombers” from Central Receiving Hospital.
breath, enter the room, squirt some water from Everything now was under control and 16’s
the water gun, roll up the mattress, grab your had survived another typical shift.
mattress rope, tie up the mattress so it wouldn’t
open in the hallway or the elevator and get out- FIRE STATION 28
side for a thorough overhaul.
Sometimes things didn’t go as expect- Fire Station 28 housed an engine, truck
A photo of Captain Jack Bennett at Fire ed. If you were in the room longer than you and salvage company at 644 So Figueroa
Station 3 located at 217 So. Hill St. thought necessary, a sudden urge to vomit Street. All were fully manned with a Captain,
would overcome you. It was then time to get Auto Firemen or Engineer and at least three
FIRE STATION 16
your head through the window and let it all go. firemen. 28’s was one of the favorite stations to
Pity the poor person down there in the street. send rookies. A rookie fireman was expected to
Firemen Allen (Curley) was now head-
Then there were those times when receive insults, razing, jokes and anything else
ed for his second probationary station - Engine
the mattress rope came loose and the mat- thought up by the other firemen.
16. This was in the heart of downtown Los
tress would open up and with a fresh sup- (Frank’s note: Old 28’s is a restaurant
Angeles on Bunker Hill. Fire Station 16 was
ply of oxygen, burst into flames. They never now and faces the new Wilshire Grand Hotel,
located on North Hope Street surrounded by
lost a building from these mattress fires, the tallest building in the city that opened in
apartments and old hotels commonly called
but they did scorch the walls a few times. June, 2017).
“flop houses.”
Fire Station 28. The third floor housed the
Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association and
Engine 16 members in 1960. Notice the Firemen’s Credit Union.
that four of them are in “fatigues”
and one is in his dungarees.
(Frank’s note: Not a color photo,
but one of the natural things about
dungarees was that after several
washings they would fade. This was
something the Captain or the B/C
would order the member with a
faded uniform to replace. In those
days we bought our own uniforms).

August 2017 • 53
The rookies were told by the Captain yell and sweat. Finally the
to polish all of the brass poles in the station. smoke cleared and the fire
This requires getting a tall step ladder, some was tamed.
red rags, some polish and get to work. Curly
had been polishing one of these poles when all LAFD - REMEMBER
of a sudden it rained buckets from the second THESE?
floor. Captain Henry heard the water splash-
ing on the apparatus floor and told Curly to Wellingtons, Wheat Light,
go get dried off. It wouldn’t be a normal shift Edison Battery, Lil’ Squirt,
without going through two sets of dungarees Three Man Lift, Coded
or fatigues. (Frank’s note: Dungarees were a Duty Day, Demerits/Mer-
set of blue cotton pants and jacket worn dur- its, Dungarees, Manifold/
ing work at the station or work details outside. Duplex Company, High
Fatigues were a wool uniform long sleeve shirt Pressure Company, Pom-
and pants usually worn after the station work
Firemen at 28’s cleaning the apparatus floor piers, Platoon Command-
was finished.)
around Truck 28. Photo: Cecil Lynch Collection ers, Converse (black high
tops), Lulu Belle, Duplex
Pump, Coke Wagon, F-48
B’s (A’s & C’s), Mountain
Patrol, Area 1 & 2, Seven
Dwarfs, Ripple soles, Rov-
ing Captains, Westlake,
Box Alarm, HU-6, Brown
Bombers, Joker bell, A/C
Forrest Moore, Fire/Police
Ward at Central Receiving,
Gibbs B/A, B/A Canister
tape (Burells), Metropoli-
tan Nozzle, Pump Tank,
Frequency 1 & 3, Demoli-
The dorm at 28’s – a long ring comes in and tion 82, Two Platoon, WT-7,
everybody is up. Photo: Cecil Lynch Collection Hold-Out System, Chief’s
A Fireman, probably the rookie, polishing a brass pole Buicks, Ball and Chain, As-
at 28’s. Frank’s Note: As I recall, Thursdays were brass living in the ritzy area of town. That was not bestos Blanket, “V-Neck”
days. This meant all the brass in the station and on the the case in 1955. Tees, “Bubble Machine”, Putt Putt, Pasting
rigs.” A tedious job, but did it all look good! We could Many of the old hotels were being de- TT msgs. in binder, Floor Watch Bench, Blue
use some help polishing all the brass at our Museums. molished and that paved the way for an occa- wool pants, Charletons, First Color TV!!, Ver-
Photo: Cecil Lynch Collection sional barn burner. Fighting a fire in a vacant non Bar, Personal Spanner, Burrell Breather,
structure may sound like a piece of cake: large Yellow Tongue, Spitoons, Fifty Foot Bangor
One of the most cleverly executed streams, surround and drown, and go home - Ladder, Number 2 Man, Ball and Chain, Big
games occurred in the dormitory at about mid- but not always that way. There was one barn Bertha, Green Hornets.
night. Picture this—off in the distance one burner that Curly would not forget.
could hear the sound of a train whistle blowing As 28’s approached the fire, Curley
occasionally and the chugging of the locomo- could hear the Captain getting instructions to
tive. This was not too unusual at 28’s, but then set up a ladder pipe and protect the exposures.
the sound of the train seemed to get louder, and Open cab aerial ladder apparatus made it easy
louder, and louder. The damn train was real to get a good spot in a jackknife position. Curly
close and everyone was waking up, wonder- was told he would be the nozzle man on the
ing what was going on. Suddenly, the dormi- tip of the aerial ladder, kind of like a hot dog
tory door burst open, and a strong light moving on a stick. Everything went as planned and
back and forth entered into the dormitory. By soon they were flowing 600 gallons per minute
this time some of the firemen were out of their from a straight stream nozzle about 70 feet in
beds, not really sure what to expect next. The the air. Being on the tip of the aerial ladder in
sound of the train at this moment was intense a big fire was quite an experience. One could
and ear shattering. Across the dormitory ran see the world burning, and a feeling of total
fireman Herby Troost with a portable spotlight power over the fire gods soon developed. How-
in his hand. The S.P.R.R. had arrived at 28’s. ever, there were no communications with the
All aboard! nozzle man, and as the aerial ladder started to
The games at 28’s were not all water go closer and lower to the fire, Curly could only
and jokes. There was the serious kind played
in response to fires and other emergencies. In
addition to the mattress fires, we had an oc- The Solnit Shoe Company Fire, January 22, 1958.
casional barn burner. Barn burners at this time NOTE: Truck 28’s aerial up. Top of aerial: - Engine 10 fireman pulling hose. Below: - Engine Company 6 working a 2 1/2”
were mostly found on Bunker Hill. If you lived line. 4th floor fire escape: -Engine 28 fireman breaking out window with pike pole to cross ventilate. 3rd floor fire escape:
on Bunker Hill in the good old days, you were -A Truck 28 fireman works with the crew of Engine 11 pulling a 2 1/2” line up the fire escape.

54 • August 2017
Frank’s note: Our LAFDHS has the an- We are thankful for the General Service per-
swers. I would say that only some of the older sonnel and contractors who worked on the
retired members will remember some of these project.
items. They are all part of our history and many
of them are on display in our Museums. RALPH J. SCOTT FIREBOAT 2

EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS We had our annual Fundraiser party


for the Boat in June and two bus tours to see
HARBOR FIRE MUSEUM the boat being restored and learn about its long
rich history. The donations we receive go to-
Our Harbor Fire Museum in Old Fire ward the restoration project all being done by
Station 36 had to be closed for three Saturdays a handful of dedicated volunteers who work on
in June because of a City Department of Gen- the Boat every Friday. We are looking forward
eral Services project to replace the San Pedro now to the US Navy Fleet Week in the Port of
City Hall cooling system. All the machinery LA over the Labor Day holiday when we will
was located behind the apparatus floor so the have an open house at the Boat for four days.
City and contractor had to remove the massive
system and replace it over a week-
end. An amazing feat. The problem
for us was the rear partition wall The Hollywood Museum is
had to be removed and everything located in “Old Fire Station 27” at 1355
had to travel through the center ap-
paratus floor bay to the street out No. Cahuenga, Hollywood, CA 90028.
front. Our great volunteers devised The Harbor Museum is located in San
a plan to protect our museum items,
Pedro City Hall at 638 S. Beacon St., San
maintain security and keep the dirt
and dust to a minimum. Everything Pedro CA 90731.
in the center bay, including the two Anyone interested in joining our
1923 Seagrave Engines 49 and 36,
great cause by becoming a member, or
were moved out temporarily. Plas-
tic sheeting was then placed on both volunteering to work, or make a donation
sides of the bay 20 feet high and of money or an LAFD item may contact
We had eight LAFDHS Harbor Museum volunteers
running the full length of the floor.
The city’s work plan and ours were
working on putting the sheeting up to protect the us by mail:
rest of the Museum. LAFDHS Museum & Memorial
completed on schedule without any problems.
1355 No. Cahuenga Blvd.

Calendar for AUGUST 2017 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: LAFDHS27@aol.com. Web
site at www.lafdmuseum.org. If you want
to look at some great LAFD history check
www.lafire.com. and check the LAFD
web site for information and events at
www.LAFD.org. We look forward to
hearing from you and seeing you at the
Museum.

The Los Angeles Fire Department


Historical Society is a non-profit 501 (C)
(3) organization.
“PRESERVE, EDUCATE,
MEMORIALIZE”
* Fridays from 0800 to 1200 are work days on the “Ralph J. Scott” Fireboat

August 2017 • 55
LOS ANGELES FIREMEN’S RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
June 07, 2017

CALL TO ORDER 2017. David Peters so moved. Craig reviewed by LAFRA’s attorney. He
White seconded. There was no further indicated that they should have any
President Bob Steinbacher called the discussion or objections. changes made to the Policy for the
meeting of the Board of Trustees of Board’s review in July.
the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Motion carried to ratify and dispense
Association to order at 10:37 a.m. with the reading of the minutes of the 2) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the
Board of Trustees meeting held May upcoming conferences and the
ROLL CALL 10, 2017. upcoming Fallen Firefighter Memorial.

MEMBERS PRESENT: PRESIDENT REPORT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S


Bob Steinbacher, President REPORT
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President 1) Bob Steinbacher presented two of
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary the Scholarship winners with their 1) Todd Layfer referred to Hope for
Trustee Steve Berkery awards and indicated that the rest of Firefighters and indicated that it was
Trustee Tim Freeman the winners will be presented at the a successful event. He indicated that
Trustee Rick Godinez June Board meeting. they should have the bottom line net
Trustee Frank Aguirre amount by the July Board meeting.
Trustee John Jacobsen 2) Bob Steinbacher reported on Kelly
Trustee David Peters Wong’s passing and the funeral service 2) Todd Layfer informed the Board
Trustee Craig White arrangements. He addressed the that Rita Pico of U.S. Bank Custodial
Trustee Tyler Tomich Board on the importance of updating services has retired. He stated that U.S.
Trustee Steve Ruda beneficiary documents with the Relief Bank Custodial handles LAFRA’s
Trustee Gayle Sonoda Via Conf. Call Association and other organizations. Investments and indicated that the new
Trustee Danny Wu representative is Luis Macias.
Trustee Doak Smith – Pension 3) Bob Steinbacher reported on the
Trustee Tim Larson – Pension Pechanga Reunion and indicated that 3) Todd Layfer informed that they
Todd Layfer - Executive Director it was a great success. He thanked Tim will meet with the insurance broker on
Liberty Unciano – Controller- Larson, Steve Domanski and Doak June 19th to review coverage and the
Treasurer Smith for their hard work in planning new premium rates.
this event.
MEMBERS ABSENT: 4) Todd Layfer referred to the Relief
Trustee Chris Hart 4) Bob Steinbacher reported on his Dues and indicated that the active
Trustee Chris Stine meeting with AIMS and indicated that members will increase by $1.12 per
Trustee Joe Vigil he is waiting to hear back from them month and the retirees will increase
Trustee Mike Sailhamer on a couple of issues. by $.12 cents per month effective July
Trustee Gene Bednarchik 1st.
EXECUTIVE SESSION
GUESTS: 5) Todd Layfer referred to the Annual
Dave Wagner, Grapevine Editor The Board entered into Executive Assessment increase which will be
Session at 10:54 am. effective August 2017. He indicated
INVOCATION & Flag Salute The Board adjourned from Executive that there has not been an increase in
Session at 11:50 am. this assessment since 2009.
Steve Ruda led the invocation. Frank
Aguirre led the flag salute. Two legal matters were discussed 6) Todd Layfer informed the Board
during Executive Session. Action was that there is a new 401K TPA for the
RATIFICATION OF MINUTES taken on one item. staff 401K plan. He mentioned that we
terminated Lynn Nestle’s contract.
Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion VICE PRESIDENT REPORT
to ratify and dispense with the 7) Todd Layfer informed the Board
reading of the minutes of the Board 1) Jeff Cawdrey informed the Board that he was approached by another
of Trustees meeting held May 10, that the Policy Book is currently being neighboring business about renting
56 • August 2017
four parking spaces. He indicated that The Estate Planning benefit in the ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE
this additional income will help offset amount of $5,899, REPORT
the So. Cal Edison easement expense.
The Life & Accident Death Benefit in The committee recommends and I so
INVESTMENT COMMITTEE the amount of $24,000 move to advance funds for both active
REPORT and retired members. There was no
The Relief Death Benefits in the discussion or objections.
John Jacobsen referred to the amount of $27,000
Investment Committee meeting on Motion carried to advance funds for
May 31st and indicated that they There was no discussion or objections. both active and retired members.
discussed making some changes in
with the investments. He indicated Motion carried to pay the above YEARBOOK COMMITTEE
that they also discussed manager Relief benefits. REPORT
performance and placing a few of
them on the watch list. Tim Freeman read the names of Bob Steinbacher indicated that they
members who recently passed and have added a few make up days for
ADMINISTRATIVE asked for a moment of silence from photographs.
COMMITTEE REPORT the Board.
SETTING OF DATES
Tyler Tomich presented the following MEMORIALS
motions. Jay E. Ellington 1) Colorado Springs Fallen Firefighter
Donald G. Wyse Memorial – September 16th
The committee recommends and I so Jerome P. Tenhundfeld 2) LAFD Golf Tournament –
move to pay the usual and customary Ronald L. Dorn September 25th
bills in the amount of $945,558.15. Wendell C. Simms 3) Sacramento Fallen Firefighter
There was no discussion or objections. Clarence W. Scott, Jr. Memorial – October 14th

Motion carried to pay the usual and ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE RETIREMENT DINNERS
customary bills in the amount of
$945,558.15. Tim Freeman presented the following 1) Eric Strode – Saturday, July 8th B
motions. @ Marina Del Rey Marriott (Vigil)
MEDICAL COMMITTEE 2) Thomas Moore – Saturday,
REPORT The committee recommends and I so July 29th C @ FS 69 (Doak)
move to accept the donations in the 3) Shawn Dean – Saturday, July 29th
David Peters presented the following amount of $5,050.07 to the Widows, C @ Lake View Terrace (Freeman)
motion. Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. 4) John E. Sullivan – Sunday,
There was no discussion or objections. August 20th B @ South End
The committee recommends and I so Racket Club (Steinbacher)
move to accept the applications to the Motion carried to accept the 5) Jay Ceasar – Saturday, August 26th
Medical Plan. There was no discussion donations in the amount of $5,050.07 A @ Fire Station 84 (Freeman)
and no objections. to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemen’s Fund. ADJOURNMENT
Motion carried to accept all
applications to the Medical Plan. The committee recommends and Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion
I so move to approve the financial to adjourn. David Peters so moved.
RELIEF COMMITTEE REPORT assistance applications for surviving Craig White seconded. There was no
spouses, active and retired members. discussion and no objections.
Tim Freeman presented the following There was no discussion or objections.
motion. Motion carried to adjourn. The
Motion carried to approve the Board of Trustees meeting adjourned
The committee recommends and I so financial assistance applications for at 12:23 p.m.
move to pay: surviving spouses, active and retired
members. Bob Steinbacher, President
The Sick & Injury benefits in the
amount of $16,992.96
August 2017 • 57
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There are alarm boxes, axes, Newport Harbor. Enjoy dining on
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tools, extinguishers, collectibles, taurants or cruising the harbor
PROPERTY. 35 acre. Owner Fi- retired (805) 509-5739
decanters, etc. Pismo Pickers is with family/friends. $75/hour or
nanced. $500 down. 3% interest.
located at 537 Five Cities Drive, $200/3hrs. Contact Eng. Chad
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Pismo Beach. (805)773-3777 Logan 17-A @ (562) 537-9644.
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friends that have bought in the bath. Sleeps six. Pets OK. Near
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same area. Contact Ron Massie, lake, slopes, shopping. Fireplace/
SALE. See IG links for photos/ – Call us when a loved one
LACoFD – (661) 313-7339. wood, cable/WiFi. Fully furnished
prices. Desiree 818-621-5075 passes, moves to a nursing facil- except linens. Winter $110/$650.
• 2015 Lance 855s Truck ity or downsizes. Our profession- Summer $100/$550. 2 night
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BIG BEAR CABIN. 2 bedroom, phone. Garage/ample parking. underground garage parking. Ja- laundry. Winter $335/night, Sum-
2 bath, 2 story. Sleeps 6-8. $100/night plus cleaning fee. cuzzis, gym (pool/tennis in sum- mer $215/night, plus cleaning.
About 6 miles from ski slopes Email for pictures. Jeff Easton mertime), shuttle right outside! Includes city bed tax. No pets,
& lake. Fireplace/wood, cable, LAFD retired (805) 217-5602. Across from Eagle Lodge, Win- no smoking. Dory Jones (310)
full kitchen - furnished. $100 junebound@gmail.com ter $110 per night, Summer $80 918-0631 or Kelly Corcoran
per night M - Th. $110 per night per night plus $65 cleaning fee (310) 619-5355
F-Sun. Weekly available. Sheri LAKE HAVASU LANDING- and 13% tax. All linens included.
(909) 851-1094 or (760) 948- Waterfront, steps to the water. Drew or Nancy Oliphant (661) MAMMOTH LAKES - One
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desert behind house. 3 bed/3 aol.com wildflower condo. Full amenities,
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bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable TVs, Grocery/Meat Market, Launch & large loft, 3 full baths, sleeps 8. Winter $110, Summer $85 plus
HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood burning Ramp, Marina with Boat House, 5 minute walk to Canyon Lodge. cleaning fees. Call Bill Clark
fireplaces, laundry room, tennis Gated Community. No pets/ Fully furnished, TVs, VCR/DVD, (818) 371-6722
court, indoor pool, sauna, spa, smoking. $350 Dan Cook 310 pool, spa, rec room, sauna, lin- Email: shakesong@aol.com
boat dock. Fully equipped, includ- 418 1577. ens included. Winter $175 week-
ing all linens. Sleeps 6. 310-541- days, $195-weekends/holidays; MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
8311 or nmbigbear@gmail.com LAKE HAVASU BEAUTY FOR summer $125, plus cleaning. No Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed,
RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 smoking; no pets. Craig Yoder sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR,
BIG BEAR CABIN. 4 Bdrm, 2 sq.ft. Fully furnished with all (909) 948-3659. DVD. Garage parking. Walk to
Bath 1,850 sq ft home on the amenities- Laundry & BBQ. Canyon Lodge. Ski back trail.
Eagle Point peninsula. Very 13,000 sq.ft. lot. 3 car boat-deep MAMMOTH CONDO - 2 bdrm, 2 night minimum. Winter $100/
close to the lake, ski slopes, garage. 3 miles from launch 2 bath, 2 TV’s, phone, garage, nite, $125 Fri, Sat & Holidays.
downtown and grocery stores. ramp. Close to downtown shops pool, jacuzzi, fully furnished - ex- Summer $60/nite. Plus $120
Sleeps 9 comfortably. 50” cable & restaurants. View of the lake. ept linens. Near shuttle/chair 15. cleaning & linens. Jeff & Lisa
TV, DVD, VHS, WiFi, wood Quiet street in good neighbor- Winter $125/night. Weekends Moir (661) 254-5788.
burning stove, fireplace, fire pit, hood. No pets. No smoking. and Holidays $110 midweek.
fire wood, BBQ, laundry. 2 night Snowbird rates. Call Mike (661) Summer $95/night. $495/week. MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
min. Winter $160/night. Sum- 510-6246 No smoking. No pets. Jim John- Walk to Canyon Lodge. Studio
mer $130/night. +$90 Cleaning. son (818) 992-7564, FS 80C. loft sleeps 4. Queen beds, full
(4 days+ = no cleaning fee) LAKE HAVASU LANDING kitchen, 2 baths, garage parking,
Some holiday rates apply. Tony RESORT. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, MAMMOTH CONDO NEXT TV, VCR, DVD. Winter Sun-
Zermeno (805) 625-1192 waterfront house, boat, moor- TO THE GONDOLA VILLAGE Thurs $100.nite; Fri & Sat $115/
ing out front, fully furnished, – Fully furnished, three bed- nite plus cleaning fee $100. Non
CATALINA BEACH COTTAGE laundry, gas BBQ, launch ramp, room, two bath with towels and smoking complex. Joel Parker,
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block gated community, grocery linens, newly remodeled kitchen, LAFD retired.
to beach, view, fully equipped store, hardware store. No pets, internet and cable TV, pool and email: cat25sailor@gmail.com
housekeeping unit. Marci (818) no smoking. Email Kathy at Jacuzzi. Walk to the gondola, or (213) 399-6534.
347-6783 or Clarence (310) 510- scarkj@yahoo.com or call shops, restaurants and ski in on
2721. (760) 858-4470 the new comeback trail. Parking MAMMOTH CONDO- SEA-
at the front door. Winter: $250/ SONS FOUR RESORT.
CATALINA CONDO - HAM- LAKE HAVASU LANDING RE- night. Summer $150/night. Charming and cozy furnished
ILTON COVE. Ocean front, 1 SORT BEACHFRONT HOME Holidays $300/night. Cleaning is 1 Bedroom sleeps 5. Updated
bed, 1 1/2 bath, sleeps 4. Steps with boat mooring. Swim, ski included. Call Mike Whitehouse, unit with amenities including
to beach, pool, gym, putting or fish from front yard. 4 bed/2 Retired, 805-987-6122, email: wifi, sauna, jacuzzi, phone,
course, tennis and more. Newly bath, fully furnished. DirectTV/ btkwhitey@yahoo.com rec room, 2 flat screens , DVD
refurbished, fully equipped. DVD/WiFi, pool table, laundry, or Bruce Galien, Retired, 661- players. W/D on site. Shuttle
Includes golf cart, WiFi. Contact BBQ. Gated community with ca- 645-7448, email: luvbaja2@aol. stop. Walking distance to village.
Bart @ (310) 510-0190. Ham- sino, groceries, marina, launch com $120/night + $80 Cleaning fee
iltoncove.com. Ask for “LAFD ramp and off-road trails. No Bobby@310-350-5552.
8-89” discount. Owner active pets, no smoking. $350 Bowen/ MAMMOTH CONDO Cozy 2
LAFD. Garner email: bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully fur- MAUI BEACH FRONT CONDO
havasulanding27@gmail.com nished, WIFI, 3 TV’s, pool, spa, ON NAPILI BAY - 50’ from
DESERT CONDOS, RANCHO walk to shuttle, Old Mammoth water. Studios and 1 bedroom.
MIRAGE (near Palm Springs). 2 LAKE NACIMIENTO. Oak area. Winter $115, Summer Luxury furnishings + full kitchen.
bed, 2 bath. Fully furnished condo, Shores gated community. 3 $90, plus cleaning fee $139 and All the amenities! Maui’s best
TV, internet, pools and spas. bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, large loft. 14% city tax. Includes linens. snorkeling/beach. All island
Gated community from $115/night. 3minute drive to main marina in No pets, no smoking. Call (310) activities & Kapalua within 4
3 bed from $125/night. No smok- Oak Shores. Large flat driveway. 540-4648. minutes. 5-day minimum, from
ing. Barbara (626) 798-2484. Fully equipped kitchen, BBQ, $150 per night (regularly $310/
washer/dryer, TV/DVD. No MAMMOTH CONDO AT MAM- night). Call Sherrie or Bill for
JUNE LAKE CABIN - 2BR/2BA cable. No pets/smoking. $185/ MOTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA, info/reservations (805) 530-0007
cabin with Carson Peak night. 3 night minimum. Call Ben sleeps 10, fully furnished, 2 or email: pmimaui@aol.com
view. Close to fishing & ski- (805) 444-2264. TVs, DVDs, WiFi, towels/linens, or visit:
ing. Furnished, wood deck, fireplace. Full kitchen. Walk to www.napilibaymaui.com
equipped kitchen, wood burning MAMMOTH - 1 bedroom Sum- Gondola Village and shuttle.
stove, tree swing, cable /DVD/ mit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient Complex has pool, spa, sauna,
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MAUI’S MOST BEAUTIFUL PALM DESERT-3 bed/2bath, dates large groups. Amenities:
BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful one level. New re-model, fully pool, AC, billards, TV, fishing, pet
furnished condo that sleeps 4. furnished w/linens. Cable TV/ friendly. Nearby golf, casinos,
Lanai/balcony, full kitchen, king DVR, Private Patio, BBQ, Laun- ATV riding. Also, Premier lodging
bed, flat screen TV’s/DVD, AC’s dry, Garage, Gated Community, for Coachella music festivals.
free WiFi (internet), complimen- two (Pools, Jacuzzi’s, Tennis *Seasonal duck hunting club.
tary maid service, complimen- Courts). Near College of the See website for rates and info: For advertising
tary coffee every morning and Desert. $175 Dan Cook 310 418 sunsetranchoasis.com information,
breakfast on Fridays. Special 1577. or call Nick Davidson
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Bradbury Building Fire – May 3, 1947
A fire in the Bradbury Building at 3rd and Broadway, made the cover of the Grapevine in 1947. A total of 13 Engines, 5 Trucks and 2 Salvages
responded. Due to the odd construction of the building, with an all open atrium from the floor to the roof and open balconies, a very fine piece of
firefighting was done by confining the fire to the floor of origin, the 5th floor.
The Bradbury is the biggest architectural movie star in LA. It has been featured in movies like Blade Runner, Marlowe, Murphy’s Law and
Lethal Weapon 4. It’s TV credits include 77 Sunset Strip, Mission: Impossible, CSI, and Fame.
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