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Presidents Message .........................................................................05
5 Ways to Prepare for Flu Season
Flu vaccines are covered 100% for LAFRA PPO Medical Plan members 06
A Three-Legged Retirement Stool
Start now to build a secure and stable retirement ..................................09
Battalion News .....................................................................................11
The Retired Guys ...............................................................................31
Department in Action ..........................................................................33
Memorials ...........................................................................................38
The 3 Strike Rule
Interior fire attack watch out conditions ..........................................39
2017 California Firefighter Olympics results ......................................40
LAFD Handball
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Station Fridge .......................................................................................45
Retirement Dinner Announcements ...................................................47
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LAFD History
September 11, 2001 A Day to Never Forget .....................................53
Minutes of the Board of Trustees .....................................................56
Classifieds ...........................................................................................58
Fire Station 30 ....................................................................................61

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4 September 2017
Who else is over summer? Bring on the fall weather and your own neighborhood? Actually you can! Check out the article
changing of the colors. on the next page about flu shots. Flu vaccines are a preventa-
Speaking of change, it is one of the most difficult things to tive benefit and are covered 100% for LAFRA PPO Medical Plan
deal with in our lives. Changing your mind, changing your habits, members and their dependents.
changing . . . And heres something else we can change! As you may
A positive change for all of us would be to make sure we recall from my October 2016 Presidents Message, I was quite
have protected our loved ones in case we meet an timely demise. disappointed in the number of both active and retired members
We pay good money to estate-planning attorneys to draft who attended our LAFD Memorial Service and ANY of the 9/11
trusts and wills. LAFRA even helps with a $600 cash estate-plan- Remembrance Services.
ning benefit. We deliberate over which loved ones are best suited Next month lets make a change. This ones easy just
to be guardians for minor children in case of a catastrophe. We show up this year. Just show up at the LAFD Museum for the An-
have heart-to-hearts with our loved ones - though probably not as nual Memorial Ceremony to honor our own fallen brothers and
much as we should - about our attitudes toward nursing homes sisters. Just show up at FHMTC, or at the Hollywood Museum,
and end-of-life care. These are all good things to do that will help or at Fire Station 88, to honor the 343 firefighters who gave their
to mitigate any negative changes in a situation beyond our con- lives on 9/11.
trol. Another change! The date has changed for the California
At the same time, many of us approach beneficiary desig- Memorial in Sacramento. This moving ceremony, something ev-
nations with barely a thought. Sure, we often make these choices ery firefighter should plan to attend at least once in their career,
as were contending with a pile of other paperwork when we will now take place on September 30, 2017.
start on the LAFD and have a lot of other important decisions
to make. And because beneficiary designations dont pop up on SAVE THESE DATES:
our screens when we check up on our portfolios or receive state-
ments, we may not revisit them for years. September 25th - LAFRA Golf Tournament
Meanwhile, a lot in our lives may have changed since September 30th - California Firefighter Memorial
we made those original choices - marriages and divorces, births October 14th - LAFD Memorial at the Museum
and deaths, relationships improved or turned sour. Alternatively, November 4th - LAFRA Open House honoring Bill Bringas and
many of us make those designations without considering the fi- Larry Hoerner
nancial, tax, and other ramifications - for our own plans as well December 9th - LAFRA Holiday Party
as those of our loved ones. What many people dont realize is that
those designations are binding and, in most cases, will supersede Be safe and be kind to each other!
whatever is laid out in will or trust documents.
If you didnt give your beneficiary designations much
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September 2017 5
Flu season is quickly approaching. The IAFF is advising members to be aware of and take
necessary precautions for responding safely and effectively. All first responders should receive a
seasonal flu vaccine each year to protect themselves, their families and the public they serve.
Here are five quick tips that you and your family can use to prepare for flu season provided by
LiveHealth Online.
1. Get your flu shot as soon as possible, preferably before Halloween.
2. Have medicines for supportive care at the ready at home, such as ibuprofen or acetamino-
phen, cough drops etc.
3. Be careful about washing your hands often especially if youve been in public. Also try
to avoid touching your face, as it will help spread the germs.
4. Keep your core habits at their best: eat well, sleep regular hours and exercise daily.
5. If you think you may have the flu, read what to do if you get the flu.

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outside of a doctors office.
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reimbursed 100%, up to a maximum of $30 per vaccine (when administered outside of
a physicians office visit).
If you receive the flu vaccine at your physicians office a $15 copay will most likely apply.
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6 September 2017
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The Influenza virus, or the flu, is a serious A flu shot is especially important for people who
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year. And antibiotics wont touch it because the elderly, and those in fragile health.
its a virus. The best medicine for flu is
prevention. Flu shots are available from a variety of locations,
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That means getting a flu shot every year. many pharmacies, clinics, and often even at your
The best time to get a flu shot is when it first workplace!
becomes available in the early autumn; usually
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If you arent able to get your flu shot early, first in line. Protecting yourself may also
that doesnt mean you shouldnt get it at all. mean protecting many others you know and
Of course the earlier you act, the better. September 2017 7
8 September 2017
Honoring the work and dedication of
Whenever firefighters commit to an interior attack of a structure fire, it
is important that they remain aware of the constantly changing hazardous en-
vironment. Prior to entering the structure, they should evaluate the observable
conditions and make a mental note to serve as a baseline comparison within
the environment.
Remember that under adverse conditions, modern PPE has the capa-
bility to shield (or conceal) the environment from a firefighter who is likely
focused on fireground activities. Therefore, if a baseline has been established
prior to entering a hostile environment, then the process of being able to
evaluate the changing conditions (in some cases separate from PPE) can be
The 3 Strike Rule is based on the co-principles of firefighter safety
and risk assessment. After firefighters have made a mental note of the baseline
conditions, this rule is used to evaluate and assess the changing conditions.
Fireground personnel making an interior attack should be looking for
these watch out conditions:
STRIKE ONE - Smoke with heat. Remember that smoke with heat has a
greater inclination to flash and burn than cooler smoke.
STRIKE TWO - Less than acceptable visibility. What is your definition
of acceptable visibility? For this discussion, the practical definition
is If necessary, you can find your way out of a problem in a
timely manner.
STRIKE THREE - The environment is not improving. If a mental note
of the conditions were noted before entering the environment, and 5,
10, or 15 minutes later the conditions have not improved or are
deteriorating, then it should be obvious that the concept of risk
analysis should be re-evaluated.

Lets apply the 3 Strike Rule to a simple scenario. Assume that you
are about to enter a commercial structure with a pike pole for the purpose of
pulling ceilings to find an overhead fire. Just as you enter the structure, you
observe the interior conditions consist of moderate smoke, heat, and visibility.
As the visibility is moderate, it takes several minutes to locate the
area of the overhead fire. While trying to pull the ceiling material, it becomes
apparent the level of heat is increasing and visibility is decreasing. As the
ceiling material is difficult to pull down, you continue to expend a significant
amount of energy and time to accomplish your task even though several other
firefighters are assisting you with the stubborn ceiling.
After several more difficult minutes, you now notice visibility has
changed from moderate to non-existent (strike one), the level of heat has sig-
nificantly increased (strike two), and although your low air alarm has not ac-
tivated, you are able to determine you have about 1,100 psi of air left in your
SCBA. In addition to these conditions, you begin to contemplate what path
you will take to exit the structure as you cannot see and you made multiple
turns to arrive at your current location (strike three).
From this simple scenario it should be apparent that the fictional fire-
fighter should reflect on the amount of time that will be necessary to safely
exit the structure! Notice that this scenario does not focus on immediately
leaving the structure, but challenges the firefighter to consider the prospect
of being able to exit the structure in a safe manner as opposed to exiting the
structure with insufficient air and/or being caught in a flashover and becoming
a national statistic.
September 2017 9
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Bringing back Camaraderie

10 September 2017
On 8/2/17, firefighters found an outside fire extending into Companies found one unit involved in a center hallway
a structure behind 42nd Place. Photo by Martin Nate Rawner building on Center St in July. Photo by Martin Nate Rawner

Chief Phillip Fligiel congratulates Tanner Hutchin- Crew 3 cold trails a fire in Elysian Park
son on his promotion to Engineer at FS 3-A on 7/6/17. LAFD Photo by Harry Garvin

September 2017 11
The new yearbook wont be out until later this year, but your photo is available right now. You
can go online to just check it out, or buy a photo package for the family. Digital images are also
available. And dont forget - the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund benefits from each
and every purchase.

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12 September 2017
Batt 2 B/Cs, along with Batt 1 and 11, participate
in a Green Cell training simulation.

FF Taana Mitchell of FS 12 was recently honored by American

Legion Post 24 for her service to country and community.

RAs in Batt 5 trained with the Kaiser Sunset stroke team.

September 2017 13
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14 September 2017
Truck 35 overhauls the roof of 421 N Heliothtope Dr
on 6/21/17. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

The crew at FS 56-B raise a flag for retired Captain Engine 38 interacts with the community
Rudy Concha, who was also a past LAFRA president. at the Wilmington Rec Center

September 2017 15
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16 September 2017
RA 112 passes off a SCUBA diver in distress to Fire 5 for the flight to
the hyperbaric chamber on Catalina Island. Photo by Chris Conkle

FS 90 honors retired A/O Robert Norris

who recently passed

September 2017 17
Companies treated four victims of a helicopter hard landing Chief Dan Curry congratulates Julian Nguyen
on Valleyheart Drive on 7/21/17. Photo by Greg Doyle on his promotion to A/O at FS 39-C

Todd Cremins promoted to Captain I at FS 13-A Matthew Sisserson promoted to Captain I at FS 11-A.

18 September 2017
On 8/1/17, the Fire Commission honored FF Michael Brave and FF/PM Jonathon Valenzuela of
FS 15 for their heroic efforts to save a woman from her burning home. LAFD Photo by David Ortiz

It was the LAFD against LAPD in a head-to-head

Crossfit competition at the Galen on 7/9/17.

TF 11 absconds with the breakfast at an early

morning structure fire. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

September 2017 19
FS 13 teaches hands only CPR
at the Normandie Rec Center

A sedan collided with an LAFD rescue on San Fernando Rd on 6/28/17.

Two civilians and a firefighter were transported. Photo by Mike Meadows

20 September 2017
Physical Rescue on the405 at Devonshire on 7/3/17. Photo by Rick McClure

Three acres of grass above Foothill Bl Firefighter Pat (FS 98-A) and Katrina Mandich
on 7/4/17. Photo by Rick McClure welcomed baby Emersyn on June 16, 2017

LAFD command post coordinates City, County and ANF companies

at a fire in Hansen Dam. Photo by Mike Meadows

September 2017 21


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22 September 2017
On 7/5/17, Engine 77 handled a grass fire in the
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September 2017 23
Firefighters rescued several dozen parrots, hamsters, guinea pigs, snakes, and tur- 46s overhauls a small structure fire at 1547 W
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24 September 2017
The 4th of July was a busy day for Crew 3. They responded to four fires in the
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26 September 2017
Truck 93 finds fire in the mansard at a Canoga Park strip mall on 7/22/17.
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September 2017 27
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28 September 2017
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30 September 2017
Have you heard the latest? A num- bein corrected. I havent experienced any COWBOY WISDOM
ber of companies are now givin their em- more borin messages, so I guess the lunch An old man lay
ployees two paid days off a year to attend meetin was a success. Thanks Scott and sprawled across three
political rallies, marches or any other form Dixie. entire seats at a concert.
of displayin their displeasure with cur- However, I was really surprised to When the usher came by
rent events. Supposedly these employers see a picture in the July Grapevine that and noticed this he whis-
will not allow their employees to engage showed Dixie Abramian gettin a direct pered to the old man, Sor-
in riotin or other behavior that may cause hit from a bucket of water. Dont get me ry sir, but youre only allowed one seat.
damage or that harms other people. Well, wrong, I think bucketin never should have The old man didnt budge. The ush-
thats good to know but whos goin to been outlawed and always believed it had er became impatient.
monitor or verify the activities of these in- a bunch of positive benefits. But fast for- Sir, if you dont get up from there
dividuals? And if they somehow discover ward to the N.W.O (New World Order) era Im goin to have to call the manager.
you did throw a rock or brick through a and this method of good ol station house Once again the old man just mut-
window, then what? Do they call this fun was considered a brutal and sadistic tered and did nothin. The usher marched
individual(s) back to the office, deduct a method of torture, at least to the powers briskly back up the aisle and in a moment
days wages and make this individual(s) on the upper floors of City Hall East. They returned with the manager.
write 100 times on a chalkboard, I prom- also viewed bucketin as behavior that was Together the two of them tried re-
ise I (we) will never throw a bricks or a unprofessional, demeanin and that creat- peatedly to move the old disheveled man,
rocks through a window again? ed a hostile work environment. Thankful- but with no success. Finally, they sum-
Crazy times, huh? I use to think ly the Credit Union isnt concerned with moned the police.
gettin paid for jury duty was a slick gig, Political Correctness - unless theres a The police surveyed the situation
but obviously the idea of gettin paid for business name change. and one of them asked, All right buddy,
marchin in the streets is an indication of Many of you may remember John whats your name?
how far weve declined. Can you imagine Chapman and his decision to bucket Cindy Fred, the old man moaned.
tellin your Captain or B/C that you will Garvey. Yes, the then wife of Steve Gar- Where you from, Fred? asked the
be takin next shift off to go protestin? Of vey, the Dodgers first baseman. She had police officer.
course, in todays world it may not be too come to visit FS 35 and just as she was With a terrible strain in his voice
far-fetched to think this would be tolerated gettin in her car to leave, John bucketed and without movin, Fred replied, The
on the Department, but a number of years her. I heard his bucket was a direct hit as balcony!
ago I can think of a dozen or so Captains well. Of course John was convicted of that AC
and Chief Officers that would have taken a crime and sent to Leavenworth Peniten- KEEP SMILIN!
chunk out of your posterior and then rear- tiary, but he obviously has been paroled.
rangin a few brain cells.
A few months back I commented on LA HABRA HEIGHTS FIRE DEPARTMENT
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Seeking applicants for the position of:
I mentioned the hold times and havin to
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how their menu had changed. Finally, after Studying For Promotion to Captain? Retired? Retiring?
what seemed like forever, I got to speak to
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responsible for training the next generation of Firefighters.
Credit Union Board, Scott Gribbons and
The Department consists of 90 volunteer Firefighters and Firefighter Paramedics providing the 911
the new CEO of the Credit Union, Dixie service to the community. 70% accomplish their goal of becoming a professional Firefighter each
Abramian. It was actually a good discus- year.

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32 September 2017
Photos by Greg Doyle

On 7/22/17, LAFD received a call of hikers in distress in the hills of Chatsworth. Air and ground resources were dispatched. Fire-1 flew Helco while Fire-5 was the hoist ship. The hikers
were located and one was too exhausted to hike out of the steep canyon. She was hoisted and flown a short distance to a nearby ambulance for assessment.

September 2017 33
Sherman Oaks
Photos by Mike Meadows and Greg Doyle

Firefighters responded to 15060 Valleyheart Drive 0n

July 21, 2017. They found a helicopter down on the street
with four patients, all out of the aircraft, with non-life-
threatening injuries.

34 September 2017
LAFD Photos by Chris Conkle and Austin Gebhardt

On July 22-23, 2017, the LAFD held its third Girls Camp to introduce teen girls to the exciting possibilities in the fire and EMS service. Dozens of girls age 14-18 attended the two-day
camp experience, where they were mentored by female firefighters from across the region as they were introduced to the fundamentals of firefighting and emergency medical services.

September 2017 35
Photos by Mike Meadows, Rick McClure, David DeMulle
and David Blaire

Companies responded to a LADWP power facility at 18900

Parthenia Street on July 8, 2017. They found explosions and
heavy fire in high voltage electrical equipment.

36 September 2017
September 2017 37
Spencer L. Thomas, Engineer.
Appointed November 2, 1963. Retired on a disability pension April 26, 1979 from FS 96-A.
Passed away July 11, 2017.

Robert C. Storey, Engineer.

Appointed June 16, 1955. Retired on a service pension July 1, 1975 from FS 107-C.
Passed away July 13, 2017.

Dennis R. Jarvis, Apparatus Operator.

Appointed January 2, 1962. Retired on a service pension January 3, 1988 from FS 89-C.
Passed away July 14, 2017.

John E. Knierim, Fireman.

Appointed January 29, 1959. Retired on a service pension January 3, 1980 from FS 60-B.
Passed away July 14, 2017.

Phillip B. Williams, Captain I.

Appointed April 13, 1968. Retired on a disability pension November 5, 2001 from FS 79-C.
Passed away July 14, 2017.

Roy D. Ward, Fireman.

Appointed February 9, 1963. Retired on a disability pension April 15, 1993 from FS 109-B.
Passed away July 16, 2017.

Robert L. Ewert, Assistant Chief.

Appointed January 29, 1959. Retired on a service pension October 21, 1984 from S&M.
Passed away July 19, 2017.

Harley W. Rust, Captain II.

Appointed November 24, 1962. Retired on a disability pension March 11, 2000 from FS 106-C.
Passed away August 9, 2017.

Dorothy M. Clark, surviving spouse of Robert L. Clark, passed away July 18, 2017.
Shirley E. Hoffman, spouse of James A. Hoffman, passed away July 20, 2017.
Dyann L. Bennie, surviving spouse of Jack C. Bennie, passed away August 1, 2017.
Margaret W. Fuller, surviving spouse of George C. Fuller, passed away August 1, 2017.
Muriel L. Brady, surviving spouse of John W. Brady, passed away August 4, 2017.
Jennie T. Parish, surviving spouse of Herbert E. Parish, passed away August 9, 2017.

38 September 2017
Articles on retirement secu- your pension from the City will be to save with pre-tax and/or af-
rity usually start out by explain- the foundation of your retirement ter-tax dollars (each has unique
ing that retirement income relies income. It will provide you with a tax-advantaged benefits). You
on three sources: Social Security, lifetime income stream and help decide how much to save and how
a pension, and personal savings. with your post-retirement health to invest. The earlier you start and
You could say they create a sturdy care expenses. the more consistently you save,
three-legged stool for your re- Most private sector work- the stronger this leg grows over
tirement. However, you probably ers only have a 401(k) for their time. Your DCP account provides
have already figured out that this retirement plan, which places a a crucial supplemental stream of
may not be the case for you as an much heavier savings burden on income to help close the gap be-
employee of the City of Los Ange- the employee. Your pension is a tween your working income and
les. Your stool for a sturdy retire- powerful resource for your retire- post-retirement income.
ment could have just one leg or as ment security. However, it will only
many as three or four legs. replace a certain percentage of 3. PERSONAL SAVINGS LEG
your income. Personal savings is the gen-
1. PENSION LEG eral term used for the third leg,
As a vested member of the 2. DEFERRED COMP LEG and it can take many forms. You
Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions While LAFPP takes care of might be saving money at your
(LAFPP), your pension, you are totally in bank or credit union. Although
charge of your Deferred your City employment is not cov-
Compensation Plan ered by Social Security, you may
(DCP) account. be eligible for benefits from prior
You choose employment or that of a spouse.
whether Some may receive a separate
pension from military service or
another job. As a sworn employ-
ee, a Deferred Retirement Option
Plan (DROP) account can also be a
very strong leg (and can be rolled
into your DCP account at retire-

September 2017 39
The golf competition at the 2017 California Firefighter
Olympics had 124 players from 26 different fire departments
from all over the state. I proud to say we had 35 players from our
LAFD Golf Club. On top of that, our guys played great golf and
had a total of 18 medals. Congratulations to all our medal win-
We played 3 great courses: Torrey Pines North and South,
and Coronado Island Golf Club. There was both Individual Stroke
play and Team Partners Best Ball. Below are the results for our
Los Angeles City Fire Department Golf Club members:

Gold C Net Flight Champion Gary Mannan and

Silver E Flight Gross Champion Andy Vidovich

Gold D Flight Team Gross Champions Jeff Cawdrey

and Joe Vigil, also Silver G Flight Gross Champion

There will be no California Firefighter Olympics in the

northern part of the state next year. Therefore, the Southern sec-
tion will sponsor the Olympics again next year. The golf will be
played somewhere here in the south and possibly the same three
courses that were played this year. Look for the information on
the website in spring of 2018. Silver A Flight Team Gross Champions
Todd Tsujimura and Allan Black

40 September 2017
Almost all of our players.

Bronze B Flight Team Net Chis Miyasato Bronze D Flight Team Gross Champions Erik Anderson
and Monterey Park FF Andrew Respicio and Bill Aaron, also Bronze D Flight Gross Champion

September 2017 41


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42 SIGN UP2017
September CALL SEAN MILLET AT (805) 717-0618

Another doubles tournament is in

the books!
I want to start by saying thanks to all
that participated in this tournament. I know it
is not easy to play at stations all over the city.
Starting off with the C Division, we
had Alex Gonzales (93) and Marc Rossello
(94) vs Graham Mileham and Julio Alvarez,
both from 66s. The matches where close
from the start, with long rallies, but deeper in
the game, Alex and Marc pulled away with
the win.
Next up was the B Division. It was
Tim Gil and Travis Foellmer from 66s vs
Jack Baham and Marcus Toledo from 12s.
A Division
H As the crowd cheered for Jack and Marcus, it
seemed to fuel them. But Travis took control
H and was shooting from everywhere while
Tim was retrieving - there was nothing get-
ting past them. In the end the younger guys
would win.
Now for the main event: the A Divi-
sion. In the last few years it has been Har-
vey/Yok dominating this bracket. Many have
tried to throw them off but not succeeded.
This year a handball player by the name of
John Libby made some phone calls, pulled in
his partner from way back and they decided
to make a run in the As. So after Frank Lima
& found his shoes, dusted off his gloves and
put on his goggles, he agreed to return and

team up with Libby.
The stage was now set. They played
every serve and point with thought and pre- B Division
cision. Limas serve was hot with hops to the
left and right. As long as they kept it away
from back wall set ups to Yok they did fine.
Then Libby pulled away with execution of
placement passes that in the end would give
them the win. So the new LAFD DOUBLES
champions are John Libby and Frank Lima.
Thank you guys for playing and look for-
ward to seeing more players in the future.
In other news, there is a station chal-
lenge right now between FS 26, the current
trophy holder, and FS 66. Sign-ups to chal-
lenge the winner will be accepted promptly
after. Also, sign-ups for LAFD FALL SIN-
GLES are being accepted. The flyer will be
out via Portal.
September 2017 43
C Division
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44 September 2017
September 2017 45

On December 6, 2017, the Los Angeles City Firefighters Association will vote on this years 2017 Firefighter of the Year. This honor
of distinction and recognition is given to a member of any rank, who, not by any single act, has distinguished him/herself as one of
outstanding character, dedication, and loyalty to the Department, the Fire Service, and to the citizens of the community.

To be eligible for consideration, nominees must have been an active LAFD member for at least one day during the nominating year, and
a member of the California State Firefighters Association/Los Angeles City Firefighters Association.

Candidates will be judged on an overall career and life that exemplifies the best qualities of those who are honored to be part of the fire

If you know of such a person, and would like to nominate him/her for this prestigious award, submit your application NO LATER than
December 4, 2017, to any one of the nominating committee members listed below. The nomination must include the nominees name,
rank, assignment and a statement of why the member should receive the award. Photos and other documentation may also be submitted.

Please attend the Los Angeles City Firefighters Association meeting on December 6, 2017 at 0830 Hours, Fire Station 59 Training
classroom, 11505 Olympic Blvd. and present your nomination IN PERSON. All Los Angeles City Firefighters Association members
are welcome, and encouraged to attend the meeting and presentations, and to show support for the individuals being nominated.

Presentations may be subject to time limits depending on the number of nominations received in order to provide fairness to all nomi-
nees. These time limits will be announced prior to the start of the December 6, 2017 membership meeting and will be strictly enforced.
The nominee cannot be present during the meeting.

The election will be held in closed executive session following the nominations, and only members of the Los Angeles City Firefighters
Association Board will vote.

Reminder, applications must be submitted no later than December 4, 2017.

Following personal notification of the winner by the Vice President, public announcement will be made by Department teletype.


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




NOMINEES NAME: ____________________________________________________________________________

ASSIGNMENT:______________________ PHONE:__________________________________ RANK:___________________

(Include Department, Community, Church, etc. work) (Attachments are encouraged)

NOMINATORS NAME:_______________________________________ PHONE:____________________________________

46 September 2017
JOE MORENO, Captain I, FS 23-B


Private Residence
614 N Meyer Street, San Fernando CA

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

Mexican Buffet - No cost

Call Fire Station 23 - (310) 575-8523

Casual Attire

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 Partners Tourna-
ment at Sycuan Resort in El Cajon. This year the tournament dates are
September 11-14 and all three days will be at the resort. Well play the
Willow Glen course on days one and three and Oak Glen course
on day two. We also have our annual Texas Holdem Poker Tourna-
ment 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

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

Andy Kuljis, Relief Association. It was unexpected and I of Richard Gilmore, aka Dickie or Mongo
was very humbled to receive this beautiful flag Gilmore. I was fortunate enough to work with
Your column in the August 2017 edi- in his memory. Thank you so much for your Dickie at Old 17s on the C shift. He was one
tion of the Grapevine was very informative. It kindness and support during a very difficult of the main characters that caused 17s to be
reminds us to look forward so that we can take time for our family. called the Santa Fe Avenue Zoo or The
care of those that we love. Your advice was Im sorry to have taken so long to re- Eastside Sensitivity Training Center. I think
easy to understand and I appreciated that you spond. Im still at a loss of words to express my perhaps Dickie conducted a different style of
added where to go for help if needed. appreciation. sensitivity training than has been used in later
I had met Fred [Yager] just two days be- years. Dickie was definitely one of the guys
fore he retired and we ended up being together Grace Celetano and the Celetano Family who made the LAFD a special department.
for 41 years. We bought a home together with Nampa, ID May you rest in peace Dickie. You will
both our names on the deed, with each other be greatly missed.
as beneficiary. We also had a trust prepared,
giving each other power of attorney. When he LAFRA- Sincerely,
became ill and passed, I didnt have to worry
about anything. I knew Ed [Hewko] for many years. He was Denny Strong
I have learned from experience how im- always a gentleman and a fixture at 15s. 14s Solvang, CA
portant it is to have everything covered. I thank and 15s went to a lot of incidents together - Ed
Fred every day for making sure I was taken was a good fireman. Rest in Peace my friend.
care of. LAFRA-
Bob Munoa
Sincerely, Temecula, CA I knew Roger [Fonnet] back in the
1960s when we worked at Central Receiving
Sandy Yager and he was an Ambulance Driver. A quiet man
Sutter, CA To Dave Wagner, in general, he did his job skillfully and care-
fully helping those he never met nor probably
Please accept our donation in the name never would meet again in his lifetime. Yet day
Dear Grapevine: of Harry Gradi and family. I was privileged to after day he rendered emergency medical care,
have worked with Harry for many years at FS driving those old brown bombers that rock-
My donation to the Widows, Orphans 80. He was a blast to work with and a huge per- eted thru the City. Roger helped thousands of
& Disabled Firemens Fund is in honor of Tim sonality. people in his career at the Receiving Hospital
Foor and his family. And in memory of Jack Harry was a very seasoned firefighter and then, beginning July 1, 1970, on the LAFD,
Foor. for some 40 years. I am so thankful that I was where he continued to render care to the sick
Also to Chaplain Roger Fowble for able to see Harry this past June at the retired and injured.
writing his loving story in the July issue of the guys car show at Mimis Caf in Thousand Let the Power of the Universe keep him
Grapevine. Thank God for the caring chap- Oaks. As soon as I saw him, he gave me a big safe in the gentle hands that now care for him.
lains. May we read more stories from them. hug and asked about my Susie. We will never
forget you Harry and you will always be in Alan Cowen
Ruth Fairrington our hearts and thoughts and prayers. Rest in
(wife of retired FE Fairrington) peace our brother.
Much love,
Dear Jim Dolan: I learned a great deal about the Fire Department
Rick Hunter & Susie Detrixhe and myself while serving as a young firefighter
Mike [Celetano] loved his job and was Venice, CA under Jerry [Porter]. He always looked after,
proud to be able to serve the community and be and took care of his crew no matter what. He
a part of the fire family. Words cannot describe had no fear of the administration but he also
what the department meant to him. Dear LAFRA, understood his role as a fire captain, which is
I wish to express my deepest gratitude what true leadership is all about. He was a fair
to the board and members of the LA Firemens Please accept this donation in memory man and always stood his ground on principle.

48 September 2017
When I think of the core leadership principles
emphasized by the OLD LAFD (when leader-
ship was an actual adjunct and operating guide-
line of the LAFD and not just a certificate of
todays standards), I think of Jerry.
Protect Those
John Potter with Special Needs
LAFRA- Firefighter Justin Mendence set up a special needs trust to ensure his
Mongo! I first met Dickie [Gilmore] at old 17s son and entire family is taken care of in the best manner possible.
when I was in high school. Never imagined that
I would be working with him on the LAFD. You want to think everybodys going to take care of your kid because
When he was assigned to Rescue Maintenance
@ S&M, he made me a customized breathing
apparatus face piece in order to accommodate
my nose. In turn, I gave it to Tony D. Great fire-
If I handwrite a will,
everybody loves him, but unless you have a plan in placeyoure planning
to fail. Leaving it to chance is not in me and my wifes vocabulary.

isnt that good enough?

man and an equally great friend.

Vince Marzo A Special Needs Trust Helps You:

Set up long-term funding for living expenses & care
Determine who will be the primary caregiver
In his day, Bob was Mr Truckman and taught
many young firefighters passing through Bat- Create an advisory group of experts to help caregivers make
talion14-C. I had the pleasure of opening T-
89-C with him. Working under Jack Chell, we sound decisions
would go anywhere, any time for a fire.
He taught me and my wife to waterski which Ensure your childs assets are protected & well-managed
caused our love of boating which continues to
this day. God speed my friend. Ensure your child maintains eligibility for special services
Bob Mac Millan
Lake Havasu City, AZ I sleep a little bit easier at night knowing that my son is set up for his
entire life, Justin said.

My mentor, my friend, my boss. He [Bob Ew-

ert] was in the top echelon of the LAFD greats.
We worked together in Battalion 5, S&M and
both In-Service and Recruit Training. His word
was his bond and if you worked for him you
had his full support. They had to come through
him first and he was a formidable protector of Whether you care for a child or adult with special needs or not,
his troops. Ill miss him. everyone should consider setting up an estate plan. Ask for a
Bob De Feo
Getting Started Kit today by emailing Relief Association
Development & Marketing Director Marlene Casillas at
September or calling (323) 259-5217.2017 49
Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund - July 2017

FARGO/DAVID MILLER my friend Patrick Haag in honor of Robert & Susanna Robar
DANIEL LEON Henry E. Gradi memory of John Knierim


TRUST C/O JACK VANDERLAAN Henry E. Gradi John Knierim
in gratitude for the work of LAFRA
ABRAHAM JSHUA HESCHEL Rudy Concha of Robert & Susanna Robars
DAY SCHOOL 50th Anniversary
PROFESSIONAL NETWORK Henry E. Gradi Robert & Susanna Robar

KIRK P. BINGHAM from the JAMES P. LANGSFELD in memory of ARCHER R. MORGAN in memory of
Firemens Breakfast @ Mimis Henry E. Gradi Rudy Concha
Restaurant in Thousand Oaks
GLENN CASEY in memory of DIANA BUTCHER in memory of


memory of Patrick D. Haag Henry E. Gradi Rudy Concha


memory of Henry E. Gradi Richard Gilmore Bobby McClellan

Henry E. Gradi Henry E. Gradi JOHN BLAIR

Bob Ewert John Knierim
MONICA ROSATI in memory of
Kelly Wong & Edward Hewko in memory of Robert Norris &
John Knierim DANTON W. JELLY in memory of
KIRK P. BINGHAM from the Patrick Haag
Firemens Breakfast @ Mimis GREG AND PATTY SWEET in
Restaurant in Thousand Oaks memory of Ed Hewko STEVEN B. RYDER in memory of
Harry Gradi
Robert & Susanna Robar ROBERT A. WITHERSPOON in
DANA AND JANET MC LORN in memory of Harry Gradi
GARY T. SHELFORD from the memory of Henry E. Gradi
Firemans Breakfast @ Mimis RON KUNZE in memory of
Restraurant in Thousand Oaks FIRE STATION NO. 52 from the Harry Gradi
Fire Extinguisher Fund
JOHN W. POTTER in memory of ROBERT P. LAMBERT in memory of
Walt Matthews of FS 47-B LORNE AND MYRNA GRAY in Richard Gilmore
memory of Patrick Haag
THOMAS J. KENYON in memory of CYNTHIA WENZ in honor of
Larry Schneider LARRY AND CAROLYN THOMAS in Robert & Susanna Robars
memory of Henry E. Gradi 50th Anniversary

50 September 2017
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September 2017 51
52 September 2017
Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD History - September 11, 2001 A Day to Never Forget

Let us not ever forget what September tion, a Department, and as individuals covered. Issues such as the deployment
11th now means. It was named Patriots Day find ourselves focusing on the short-and of personnel, the staffing of resources
for good reason. Many current members of the long-term impact of terrorism on Amer- and the transportation of our civilian
LAFD were not yet on the job when the U.S. ican soil. As news commentators have members to another work site showed
was attacked by terrorists on 9-11-2001. Those repeated over the last several days, life that operational plans need to be re-
members of the new rookie classes of 2017/18 as we knew it will never be the same evaluated and updated immediately. I
were probably teenagers when it occurred. We and the extent of this change will only call on our Departments top managers
must not forget the loss of more than 3,000 be determined over time. The attacks to lead and respond accordingly. And I
people and those 343 members of the FDNY on our nation have left us feeling po- expect all members to cooperate fully
who sacrificed their lives for others. tentially vulnerable to the evil whims while remaining focused on the poten-
On a personal note, I lost a very good of eccentric extremists and never in our tial problems that may occur within our
friend at the incident. Battalion Chief Ray lifetime have we had to deal with such City. As members of the Los Angeles
Downey was killed at the command post in uncertainty Fire Department, we are charged with
the tower collapse. He was a national expert in As a nation, we are now await- protecting the City of Los Angeles and
Urban Search & Rescue and a true friend. We ing our governments response to last faltering in this mandate will not be tol-
taught US&R together and worked on the Na- weeks terrorist attacks. Most certainly, erated.
tional Response system with FEMA to get the our lives will be affected regardless of As individuals, these cata-
program started. - Frank Borden where or how our leaders choose to strophic events are indeed troubling
September 11, 2001 reinvigorated respond. Not since World War II have for everyone. As emergency respond-
Americas gratitude for all firefighters ef- Americans been called upon to think of ers, our families face the added bur-
forts. In response to the terrorist attacks that the national interest, but we undoubted- den of concern for our safety while we
destroyed the World Trade Center, FEMA acti- ly will be forced to. With approximately perform our duty to the public. At this
vated and deployed the LAFD CA-TF 1 (Cali- one-third of Department members un- time, we do not know how or when our
fornia Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 1) der age 40, our nations inevitable mili- nation will respond, only that it will.
with 70 members and a Critical Incident Stress tary action will be a new phenomenon. Therefore, we must prepare ourselves,
Management Team (CISM). The fury of events on the morn- our families, and our households for the
The military aircraft transporting our ing of September 11th thrust our De- unforeseen which may be lengthy and
US&R team was the first aircraft in the sky partment into a state of heightened difficult.
after the attack. Their mission included search readiness. Our field members, staff Together, we shall face whatev-
and rescue, body extrication, and assistance members, and civilian members were er crises are forced upon us. And, as al-
in the use of canine search teams. In addition, all impacted by our immediate need to ways, we shall remain strong, vigilant,
many LAFD members responded on their own ensure the protection of the City of Los and prepared.
to assist their FDNY brothers. Angeles. While I firmly believe that our
The CISM mission evolved into a com- preparations were adequate, I believe WILLIAM R. BAMATTRE
pletely unprecedented Firefighter Assistance areas in need of improvement were un- Fire Chief
Program, which was delivered at and near
ground zero as well as at various FDNY sta-
tions and other sites.
The following is an excellent letter
written by Fire Chief William Bamattre to all
LAFD members:

From the office of the Fire Chief . . . . .

September 19, 2001


In the wake of the incomprehen-

sible events of last week, we as a na- The attack on the North Tower as the South Tower burns.

September 2017 53
We will again hold our annual 9-11
Memorial Ceremony at the Hollywood Fire
Museum and Fallen Firefighters Memorial. We
start at 0700, so plan to be there early when the
LAFDHS, speakers and attendees remember
the impact of that day and those who made the
ultimate sacrifice.

New World Trade Center 1, the tallest

building in the United States.

Gerard Barbaras firefighting

career spanned 31 years. On
9/11, Assistant Chief Barbara
responded from FDNY head-
quarters to the South Tower.
His name is inscribed on the
Memorial with all those who
perished that day at the
World Trade Center.

The massive wreckage.

Assistant Chief Gerard A. Barbara looking up at

the burning towers of the World Trade Center

Two FDNY Firefight-

ers take a moment
to grieve for a fallen
brother. It is not
something you do; it
is something you are

The remains of Ladder 3 on display

in the World Trade Center Museum.

The photos used in this story are from The New York City Fire Department Memorial. @fdnymemorial on facebook.

FOLLOW UP TO THE AUGUST GRAPE- squirt the mattress, roll it up, tie it, and put it could not get a good hold on it both because
VINE STORY FROM JACK BENNETT in the elevator. We started down and the rope it was burning and also falling apart. This was
burned through allowing the mattress to unroll. a small nothing fire that was getting serious.
Just after the August Grapevine came Plenty of fire inside the mattress. We managed to drag the mattress into the lobby
out I received an email from retired Captain Now this was one of those old cage type with a pike pole and someone came in with a
Charlie Danforth with a great story about a elevator cars that you could feel the air mov- 1 line. All this made a real mess in the lobby
mattress fire he was involved at FS 9 back in ing through when it went down. This fanned the and the truck had to return with squeegees and
the day: flames and put Charlie and I on the floor try- mops. After this we always put two ropes on ev-
ing to get our masks on. Most of the car was ery mattress.
Dear Frank, involved in fire. We could not reach the buttons As for the games, some were very
Your mattress stories brought back one because of the fire so we could not stop the car. devious and involved. Rod Holtzel had a new
of my own. They didnt call us mattress 9s for We almost had our masks on and were getting house in the suburbs which came without land-
nothing. There was a large hotel we went to in real trouble all in just a few seconds when scaping, so Rod needed a lawn. All the fellas
constantly. The manager met us in the lobby, the door finally opened into the lobby. And wanted to help and one even had a friend who
telling us it was only a mattress on the top floor, there stood a sleepy and very surprised Cap- taught horticulture at UCLA. He offered to talk
so everyone went back but Engine 9. tain Blaha as we rolled out onto the floor leav- with him about the new lawn. Rods best buddy
Charlie Crew and I went up with a ing a fully involved elevator car behind us. got a letterhead from the professor and wrote to
pump tank and garden hose. Same as always: We tried to drag the mattress out but Rod pretending to be the professor about a new
54 September 2017
grass seed the university was testing and was Harbor Museum. Retired Engineer Mark How- volunteers rolled it on the stands from the tent
looking for test sites around the LA area. What ell designed and built two holders on the col- to the Museum, crossing Harbor Bl. without a
a deal! Free grass seed! All the fellas helped umns at the Harbor Museum to hold the 300 lb problem. The final plan was to lift the ladder
Rod prepare and plant his new lawn. And what ladder. onto the holders. We needed help for that job
a green thumb thing of beauty it was when it We had the ladder stored in the tent with so we had Kevin Corcoran, a volunteer with a
all came in. Carrots, celery, cabbage, onions, Old Boat 2 until we could move it to the Muse- plan, come in and we called Fire Station 48-A.
you name it. Rod was still pulling the vegies out um. One of the recruits in the class was a great Captain Jack Fry and crew came and muscled
when he told me about it about three years later welder and fabricated metal rollers to display the ladder up for us. It is now on display hang-
in the Yodler at Mammoth. the ladders. The question was How will we ing from two columns. We are very thankful
get the ladder to the museum? We dont have a for all the help we get from our volunteers and
Charlie Danforth truck or trailer big enough. So, on a Friday, our members of the LAFD.


Harbor Fire Museum -The Retired Life of a

LAFD 50 foot Bangor Ladder
Three of the LAFD Historical Societys
vintage 50 foot Bangor ladders were beautiful-
ly restored by recruit class 14-2 at Drill Tower Moving the 50 foot Bangor down Harbor Blvd. to the Harbor Fire Museum. Rollers were
40. One of the ladders remains on loan to the Mark Howell, Glenn Wilkinson, Lea Safer, Don Crivelle and Gordon Briggs on traffic control.
Tower, one is on display at the Hollywood Fire
Museum and the third is now on display at the

Calendar for SEPTEMBER 2017

The 300 lb ladder goes up to the first holder.

What a great new display in the Harbor Fire Museum.

Ralph J. Scott Fireboat 2 Open House

We are again having an open house at the tent housing Old
Fireboat 2, The Ralph J. Scott, during Fleet Week in San Pedro.
This year we received a grant from the Port of LA to help sponsor
our event. This is a great event where visitors can board US Navy
and US Coast Guard vessels and visit out Fireboat restoration proj-
ect. The LAFD Historical Society has been working on the boat for
several years with a handful of great volunteers. All are invited to
come and see the Boat and meet some of the volunteers who work
on it as a part of the Fleet Week experience.

The tent housing old Fireboat 2 will be open during Fleet Week over the
Labor Day Weekend. San Pedro, Berth 87 on the way to the Battleship Iowa.

* Fridays from 0800 to 1200 are work days on the Ralph J. Scott Fireboat
September 2017 55
July 17, 2017

CALL TO ORDER Tim Larson seconded. There was no 6) Bob Steinbacher mentioned that the
further discussion or objections. Credit Union will be making changes to
President Bob Steinbacher called the their Fire Family Foundation structure.
meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Motion carried to ratify and dispense
Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association with the reading of the minutes of the 7) Bob Steinbacher informed that we will
to order at 11:22 a.m. Board of Trustees meeting held June 7, be having a Board Educational Offsite
2017. on September 24th at the W Hotel in Los
ROLL CALL Angeles. He indicated that they have a
PRESIDENT REPORT dinner planned that evening with the Golf
MEMBERS PRESENT: sponsors. He indicated that the next day,
Bob Steinbacher, President 1) Bob Steinbacher reported on the Kelly September 25th is the Golf Tournament
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President Wong services and the importance of and stated that those staying at the hotel
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary updating beneficiary forms. will be able to help with the setup in the
Trustee Tim Freeman morning.
Trustee Rick Godinez 2) Bob Steinbacher informed the
Trustee Frank Aguirre Board that there may be a change to VICE PRESIDENT REPORT
Trustee David Peters the arrangement LAFRA has with Ken
Trustee Gayle Sonoda Buzzell pertaining to his consulting on 1) Jeff Cawdrey provided an update on the
Trustee Joe Vigil Pension issues with widows. Todd Layfer upcoming conferences and memorials.
Trustee Mike Sailhamer indicated that LAFRA compensates Ken
Trustee Danny Wu for his consulting services which would be 2) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the Policy
Trustee Doak Smith Pension a conflict of interest if Ken gets elected on Book and Bylaw review meeting and
Trustee Tim Larson Pension the Pension Board. He indicated that we indicated that he will email all the changes
Trustee Steve Domanski - Pension will need someone to take his place with made for the Board to review.
Todd Layfer - Executive Director assisting widows on their pension related
Liberty Unciano Controller-Treasurer issues. EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS REPORT

MEMBERS ABSENT: 3) Bob Steinbacher provided an update on 1) Todd Layfer reported on the Hope for
Trustee Chris Hart the pension subsidy issue and how they Firefighters wrap up meeting. He indicated
Trustee Chris Stine came to deciding on the 6% increase for that they are looking to net over $100K
Trustee Steve Berkery non-Medicare retirees. which includes sponsorships and food
Trustee Gene Bednarchik booth sales.
Trustee John Jacobsen 4) Bob Steinbacher stated that he will be
Trustee Craig White out of town and indicated that he needed 2) Todd Layfer informed the Board that
Trustee Tyler Tomich coverage for the August 3rd Drill Tower the Administrative Committee approved
Trustee Steve Ruda 81 graduation. the business insurance premium renewals.
Trustee Jim Duffy He reported that the overall premiums
5) Bob Steinbacher asked the Trustees to increased by 5.9%.
GUESTS: nominate an honoree for the LAFRA Open
Dave Wagner, Grapevine Editor House in November. He asked the Board 3) Todd Layfer presented the first quarter
to consider nominating Bill Bringas and expenditure review. Liberty Unciano
INVOCATION & Flag Salute Larry Hoerner for their dedication and reviewed the total revenue for the quarter.
service to the Relief Association.
Rick Godinez led the invocation. Gayle ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE
Sonoda led the flag salute. David Peters nominated Bill Bringas and REPORT
Larry Hoerner as the LAFRA Open House
RATIFICATION OF MINUTES honorees. Tim Freeman seconded. There Frank Aguirre presented the following
was no discussion or objections. motions.
Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion to
ratify and dispense with the reading of the Motion carried to honor Bill Bringas and The committee recommends and I so move
minutes of the Board of Trustees meeting Larry Hoerner at this years Open House. to pay the usual and customary bills in the
held June 7, 2017. David Peters so moved. amount of $1,183,770.71. There was no
56 September 2017

Motion carried to pay the usual and John E. Scholfield Dave Wagner provided an update on the
customary bills in the amount of Jerry L. Fitzgerald progress of the Yearbook. He indicated
$1,183,770.71. Bobby R. Mc Clellan that there will be one more make-up day
Lawrence D. Schneider to have pictures taken.
The committee recommends and I so Charles B. Harris, Jr.
move to approve the business insurance Edward N. Hewko MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT
renewals for an annual premium cost of REPORT
$187,938.80. There was no discussion or ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE
objections. 1) Rick Godinez provided an update on
Tim Freeman presented the following the Marketing & Development upcoming
Motion carried to approve the business motions. events. He indicated that they are working
insurance renewals for an annual to secure sponsorships and auction items
premium cost of $187,938.80. The committee recommends and I so move for the Golf Tournament.
to accept the donations in the amount of
MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT $8,645.58 to the Widows, Orphans & SETTING OF DATES
Disabled Firemens Fund. There was no
David Peters presented the following discussion or objections. 1) Colorado Springs Fallen Firefighter
motion. Memorial September 16th
Motion carried to accept the donations in 2) LAFD Golf Tournament September
The committee recommends and I so the amount of $8,645.58 to the Widows, 25th
move to accept the applications to the Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund. 3) LAFD Firefighter Memorial
Medical Plan. There was no discussion October 7th
and no objections. The committee recommends and I so 4) Sacramento Fallen Firefighter
move to approve the financial assistance Memorial October 14th
Motion carried to accept all applications applications for surviving spouses, active 5) LAFRA Open House November
to the Medical Plan. and retired members. There was no 4th
discussion or objections. 6) LAFRA Holiday Dinner Dance
Motion carried to approve the financial
Rick Godinez presented the following assistance applications for surviving RETIREMENT DINNERS
motion. spouses, active and retired members.
1) Thomas Moore Saturday, July 29th C
The committee recommends and I so ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE @ FS 69 (Doak)
move to pay: REPORT 2) Shawn Dean Saturday, July 29th C @
Lake View Terrace (Freeman)
The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount The committee recommends and I so 3) John E. Sullivan Sunday, August 20th
of $30,423.87 move to advance funds for both active and B @ South End Racket Club (Steinbacher)
The Estate Planning benefit in the amount retired members. There was no discussion 4) Jay Ceasar Saturday, August 26th A @
of $12,345, or objections. Fire Station 84 (Freeman)
The Life & Accident Death Benefit in the
amount of $24,000 Motion carried to advance funds for both ADJOURNMENT
The Relief Death Benefits in the amount active and retired members.
of $27,000 Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion
The committee recommends and I so move to adjourn. David Peters so moved. Tim
There was no discussion or objections. to approve an emergency advancement in Larson seconded. There was no discussion
the amount of $20K plus $5K per month and no objections.
Motion carried to pay the above Relief for six months for a member. There was no
benefits. further discussion or objections. Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
Trustees meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.
Tim Freeman read the names of members Motion carried to approve an emergency
who recently passed and asked for a advancement in the amount of $20K Bob Steinbacher, President
moment of silence from the Board. plus $5K per month for six months for a

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WiFi, 2Fireplaces, Firepit, BBQ, ing out front, fully furnished, Fully furnished, three bed- nite plus cleaning fee $100. Non
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$190 Fri/Sat, $160 Wkdays. gated community, grocery linens, newly remodeled kitchen, LAFD retired.
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bed, 1 1/2 bath, sleeps 4. Steps with boat mooring. Swim, ski included. Call Mike Whitehouse, unit with amenities including
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Standing left to right: Fireman Dan Brown,
Engineer Bob LaFlame , Fireman Jim Maza, Captain
Larry Schneider. Kneeling: Fireman Charlie Osborne,
Fireman Don Nollner, Engineer Bob Harvey. Circa
1962, from the Larry Schneider Collection

Top Row: John McKinney, Ted Cota, Bill Rose,

Marsha (secretary), Jim Johnson, Bob Knipscheer.
Seated: Don Wilde, Bruce Sahli, Phil Boukather,
Ollie Brower, Gary Salyer, Ralph Fraser. The
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Fire Station 30

A new Fire Station 30, at 1401 South Central Ave, was opened on November 22, 1913. Truck 11 was added in 1924,
changed to Truck 30 in 1932 and then moved to FS 14 in 1971. Fire Station 30, with Engine 30, was closed in 1980. The
African-American Firefighter Museum opened in the old station on December 13, 1997.
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