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VOL. XCIV DECEMBER 2017 NO. 4 • FEATURES • The LAFD Foundation hosted a luncheon and
VOL. XCIV DECEMBER 2017 NO. 4 • FEATURES • The LAFD Foundation hosted a luncheon and
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VOL. XCIV

DECEMBER 2017

NO. 4
NO. 4

• FEATURES •

The LAFD Foundation hosted a luncheon and awards ceremony to present the Fire Department’s highest honors to sworn and civil- ian members who exemplified courage, integrity and pride • ..12

vALOR 2017 LAFD AwARDs LuncHeOn

What’s better than playing baseball at the beach? NOTHING!! The eleven teams that played under great weather at Santa Mon- ica this year can vouch for that. • ...........................................10

2017 FiRemens OveR-tHe-Line tOuRnAment

There was a lot to celebrate this year: camaraderie with good friends, great food and drink, two dedicated honorees, and the debut of the 2017 Yearbook - all coming together in our home and head- quarters at 7470 North Figueroa Street • ..................................06

LAFRA AnnuAL Open HOuse pARty

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Tailboard

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Classifieds •

tHe early days and evolution of fligHt

Minutes of the Board of Trustees •

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Firefighters First Credit Union

cHristmas time at fire station 89

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..................................................................................... The Retired Guys

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President’s Message Battalion News •

Memorials •

Mailbox •

LAFD History

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controlling your estate from tHe grave

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Station Fridge • Tough Love

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durable medical equipment

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............................................................................................... Know Your Relief Benefits

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Honoring our members wHo Have made tHe ultimate sacrifice

........................................................................................... Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony

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VOL. XCIV DECEMBER 2017 NO. 4 • FEATURES • The LAFD Foundation hosted a luncheon and

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On the cover: Major Emergency Fire in Boyle Heights - By Harry Garvin

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Inset LAFD photo by: Yvonne Griffin Major Emergency -Boyle Heights

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Season’s greetings! It is that time of year already and I find myself reflecting on the
Season’s greetings! It is that time of year already and I find myself reflecting on the
Season’s greetings! It is that time of year already and I find myself reflecting on the

Season’s greetings!

It is that time of year already and I find myself reflecting on the past two years I have served in the role of president of this incredible, forward-thinking organization. This job has proven to be one of the richest, most rewarding, and often times most humbling experiences of my career. While being an active duty firefighter and paramedic may seem vastly different from the du- ties of my current job, at the end of the day, helping people is still a main facet of both positions. LAFRA’s board has spoken and I am honored to have been elected to serve as your president for yet another year. Jeff Cawdrey will also continue performing his vice presidential duties through 2018. This past year has arguably been one of the busiest, and possibly the toughest years in recent memory. We have faced many challenges. Please keep in mind those we have lost, as well as the events we encountered, but also recognize we had some huge successes. There are many reasons to celebrate. I am grate- ful for the support of the Trustees who stayed informed and en- gaged, and I am also thankful for LAFRA’s dedicated and caring staff. They keep things running smoothly throughout the year. During the holidays I plan to enjoy what truly matters, my family and friends. It was my good fortune to have become in- volved with LAFRA 14 years ago as a Trustee and I am filled with anticipation for what is yet to come.

LAFRA’s Open House was held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, and Larry Hoerner and Bill Bringas were honored for being dedicated, hardworking volunteers who are a real credit to the organization. We had a great turnout, the weather was beauti- ful and the food was delicious. Juliet Brandolino and her army of volunteers, as well as LAFRA staff, deserve high praise for mak- ing the place look great and the event run smoothly.

Ad Hoc Committee on Retiree Health Plans work has continued. After several meetings, the decision was made to get

everyone in a room to work together to find solutions. There will be more to come on this issue in the coming weeks.

Yearbooks will be in your mailboxes this month! Dave Wagner and all those involved in producing this incredible piece of history are to be commended. It took a lot of talent, time, plan- ning and energy to create this extraordinary book. For retirees, complimentary copies of the new yearbook will be available to all LAFD retirees who OPT IN. If you do not want a copy, OPT OUT. By letting us know, you will save us the cost of mailing and you will be entered to win a $50 Ralphs gift card. Send us an email to: yearbook@lafra.org or leave us a mes- sage at (323) 259-5246.

SAVE THE DATE:

The LA Firemen’s Relief Association Holiday Party

‘Bringing Back Camaraderie’ will be held at the JW Marriott, LA Live, in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, December 9, 2017 “C” Shift. Don’t miss the festivities. 21st Annual Buzzard Bait Family Fun Ride will be held

on Saturday, January 13, 2018, out in the desert at Ocotillo Wells Hook and Ladder Enduro will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018, near California City

The 2018 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon will take place on Sunday, March 18, 2018

Be safe and be kind to each other!

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Harold and Larry Trustees Sonoda and Aguire The Stiglich family Chief and Capt Hart Bobby Reyes
Harold and Larry Trustees Sonoda and Aguire The Stiglich family Chief and Capt Hart Bobby Reyes
Harold and Larry
Trustees Sonoda and Aguire
The Stiglich family
Chief and Capt Hart
Bobby Reyes & wife Patty, Gayle Faragher & Chief Terrazas
Isaac Burks, Yoyo Hoerner,
and Larry Hoerner
Harold and Larry Trustees Sonoda and Aguire The Stiglich family Chief and Capt Hart Bobby Reyes
LAFRA trustees toasting with the LAFRA staff
LAFRA trustees toasting with the LAFRA staff

Except for the guy who went to 7470 South Figueroa Street, everyone had a ter-

rific time at the Relief Association’s annual open house event. And there was a lot to celebrate this year: camaraderie with good friends, great food and drink, two (yes two!)

dedicated honorees, and the debut of the

2017 Yearbook - all coming together in

our home and headquarters at 7470 North Figueroa Street. Cornucopia Caterers was responsible for the spread: hand-carved prime rib, pulled pork and Angus beef sliders, buttermilk fried chicken, and garlic shrimp topped the list of entrees. Desserts included chocolate covered

strawberries, chocolate fudge brownies and

assorted cookies, which paired beautifully

with what they were pouring at the two (yes two!) host bars - “The County Guy Special” (gin & tonic) and “Billy Beer” (a selection of brews). Our honorees this year were two Lane Kemper proteges: Bill Bringas and Larry Hoerner. The pair were recognized for their

decades of volunteer work on behalf of your Relief Association, and the Widows, Orphans

& Disabled Firemen’s Fund. They both strong- ly agreed that Lane was the impetus for their involvement.

Harold and Larry Trustees Sonoda and Aguire The Stiglich family Chief and Capt Hart Bobby Reyes

6 • December 2017

Advance copies of the 2017 Yearbook were available for guest perusal. From the smiles and accolades

Advance copies of the 2017 Yearbook were available for guest perusal. From the smiles and accolades on the lips of those ex- amining the new book, it looks to be a win- ner. Look for it in your mailboxes before the December holidays. LAFRA Event Coordinator Juliet Bran- dolino laid out a brilliant plan for the day and was ably assisted by volunteers Lydia Andrews (donning the fashionable pumpkin pie hat), Valerie Lawrence, aspiring fire- fighter Marshall Stevens, and sisters Virginia Newcomb and Anne Munsell. Jerrod Webster, owner of “Photos and Fountains” provided the entertainment with his wild and crazy photo booth. Sam Brown of “Sam Brown Shields” created the cool customized leather helmets presented to Larry & Bill. LAFD Fire Apparel set up shop for early holiday shop- ping. And longtime LAFD photographer Da- vid Blaire had scores of his photo albums available so everyone could be reminded of what they looked like in the “old” days. Of course the LAFD Fire Hogs were all present and accounted for again this year. With the help of the fire chief, they presented a giant check for $25,000 to the WODFF. This was followed by the presentations to the hon- orees by LAFRA President Bob Steinbacher.

Advance copies of the 2017 Yearbook were available for guest perusal. From the smiles and accolades
Advance copies of the 2017 Yearbook were available for guest perusal. From the smiles and accolades
Gina & Jeff Cawdrey, Bob Steinbacher, and Diane Vigil Volunteer Lydia Andrews Gayle Sonoda, Juliet Brandolino
Gina & Jeff Cawdrey, Bob Steinbacher, and Diane Vigil
Volunteer Lydia Andrews
Gayle Sonoda, Juliet Brandolino & Deborah Lew
Bennie Orrantia, Bobby Reyes,
and Russell Bell
Fire Hogs donate to WODFF
Advance copies of the 2017 Yearbook were available for guest perusal. From the smiles and accolades
We’ve all heard the story of how the original fire department in Los Angeles was cre
We’ve all heard the story of how the original fire department in Los Angeles was cre
We’ve all heard the story of how the original fire department in Los Angeles was cre
We’ve all heard the story of how the original fire department in Los Angeles was cre
We’ve all heard the story of how the original fire department in Los Angeles was cre

We’ve all heard the story of how the original fire department in Los Angeles was cre- ated by a gang of ruffians at Buffum’s Saloon. But did you know that the idea for your Relief Associations “Lane Kemper Classic Softball Tour- nament” was conceived in a gentlemen’s club in Las Vegas? The Department had 86’d the “Bats and

moted to engineer in 1993 and plans to retired next year. Bill says he never worked with Lane

Kemper, he met him playing softball and enjoyed a lot of the things that Lane liked to do. But Lane always left his mark, and Bill Bringas and LAFD members are the better for it. Bill has been part of Steve Romas’ Hope for Firefighter muster crew for most of twenty years. He’s been a softball and bowling organizer for Vegas games and the Firemen’s Olympics. And having majored in water polo at Long Beach State, Bill put together a firefighter team and played against club teams in summer tournaments. Bringas originated the Over the Line tour- nament eight years ago, and recently handed it off to Sean Millett. He feels that it is important for the younger guys to take over and carry on our traditions. Crediting his wife Concie for most of

always

been there to help behind the scenes: counting t-shirts, dividing up equipment,

tickets.

Thanks to Bill and

Concie for 30 years of service!

We’ve all heard the story of how the original fire department in Los Angeles was cre

Beer” tournament – not enough bats and too much beer – and Lane Kemper was looking for a safe way to resurrect the event. While the Drop-

zone softball team was enjoying a night out in Vegas during a tournament there, Lane broached the idea of Billy being in charge of a new and improved softball round-robin. Not much happened with that idea until Lane passed away. Then, wishing he had started sooner, Bill gathered a group of the same guys

that Lane had used – Art Perez, Mike Mejia and Steve Romas – and with input from John Lawrence, the Lane Kemper Softball Classic was born.

Instead

of

hot

around, they had Bob Milhauser step up the day’s menu with his tri-tip. Later, Mark Curry and crew took over with their famous BBQ extravaganza. Bill

had Valerie Lawrence take over

the raffle and it wasn’t long before the event became a major WODFF fundraiser. To- day there are usually more stations fielding teams than fields to play on. Bill Bringas joined the LAFD on April 16, 1987. He pro-

We’ve all heard the story of how the original fire department in Los Angeles was cre

dogs

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Larry High School in graduated from El Camino Real up to 300 explorers compete in firefighter-based
Larry
High School in
graduated
from
El
Camino
Real
up to 300 explorers compete in firefighter-based
1975, and was hired by the LAFD
events.
He
has taught forcible entry at the
Drill
in
1978.
He
spent
13
years
at
Fire
Station
10
Tower to
every
County
recruit
class
since
2006,
where
he
worked
with
Lane
Kemper.
Together
they battled the First Interstate Fire, the Dorothy
Mae
Fire, the
Library Fire,
and
numerous other
major incidents.
After
23
years
of
active
service
on
the
LAFD, Larry retired as firefighter/paramedic out
28’s and joined the LA Country Fire Department
in 2001. He completed a full rookie drill tower at
instructed at the County Live Burn Training, and
was on the Tiller Instructor Committee.
Larry says he was inspired to volunteer so
prolifically by the example set by his best friend
- the late, great Muster Master, Lane Kemper.
Larry married his wife Ceci in 1988. They
like traveling to American museums and historic
locations where they enjoy meeting other collec -
the
age
of 44.
He
is still
active
on
County
Fire,
tors in their search for antiques and fire memo -
and says he will retired from there in a couple of
rabilia.
They
have
two
daughters:
Rachel,
who
years to go through the LAFD
Drill Tower again.
graduated
last
year
from
Hofstra
University
in
The reason to come back to the LAFD? “I want to
DROP” he says.
New York, and Hanna, who is attending Columbia
Larry
was
active
mittees,
including
the
Museum Committee, Muster Committee, Bats
Beer,
Cheeseburger
Open,
the LAFD vs LAPD Boxing Match. You can still
him
each
and
every year lending
LAFD Invitational Golf Tournament and at
for Firefighters.
In
addition,
stored
the
Department’s
1886 Amoskeag
Steamer
for the Centennial. And he
was the Battalion 1
Grapevine
writer
and
contributor
other articles.
At
County
Fire,
plorer Board and in charge of the Muster,
Larry High School in graduated from El Camino Real up to 300 explorers compete in firefighter-based
Larry High School in graduated from El Camino Real up to 300 explorers compete in firefighter-based
Larry High School in graduated from El Camino Real up to 300 explorers compete in firefighter-based
What’s better than playing baseball at the beach? NOTHING!! The firefighters that participated in the 2017

What’s better than playing baseball at the beach? NOTHING!! The firefighters that participated in the 2017 Firemen’s Over the Line Tournament can vouch for that. The weather was great in Santa Monica where this year’s OTL was held. We had 11 teams swing it this year. Kern Co. Fire made the three-hour trip out as well as Co- rona Fire. We even had retirees Bill Bringas, Brett Davis, Danny Costa, Rick Denning, Ray Hamel and Luis Carlos chasing down balls in the sand. After pool play, all the teams played a single elimination tourney. There was an “A”

What’s better than playing baseball at the beach? NOTHING!! The firefighters that participated in the 2017

flight and a “B” flight based on how the team performed in the pool play. When the dust had settled, Bintang Ballerz, with Casey Glenn, Greg Felix, Trever Insley, Brian Farris and Matt Rush had taken the “A” flight. And Gan- green, with Keith Bandy, Russ Barnes and Joe Cunningham had taken the “B” flight. This fundraising tournament has been going on for eight years now. Captain II Da- vid Moorman was a member that never missed a year. He always showed up for the camara- derie and competition. Dave was a staple for this event and will always be there with us. It was announced at this year’s event that we are changing the name of the tournament to “David Moorman’s OTL”. Dave’s mug will be on the

flyer as well as the shirts. “It’s all good” Dave, We Miss Ya. I would like to thank Cronies of New- bury Park for donating the food, Paul Davis from Santa Monica Beach Maintenance for grooming the sand, Tommy Czubek for run- ning the brackets (I could not do it without you Tommy), my daughter Cameron for being the photographer and all the others for helping with this event. I will be running OTL for this summer’s Firefighter Olympics. The event will be in San Diego, the home of Over the Line. I hope to see all of you out there. Stay Safe!!

B Flight: Gangreen - Keith Bandy, Russ Barnes and Joe Cunningham

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A Flight: Bintang Ballerz - Casey Glenn, Greg Felix, Trever Insley, Brian Farris and Matt Rush

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The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation hosted a luncheon and awards ceremony on Novem - ber

The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation hosted a luncheon and awards ceremony on Novem- ber 2, 2017, to present the Fire Department’s highest honors to sworn and civilian members who exempli- fied courage, integrity and pride by going above and beyond the call of duty. Awards included Lifetime Achievement, Crystal Flame Community Achievement, Fire Chief’s Silver Civilian, Medals of Merit and Letters of Special Commendation. Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas presented the awards. He commented that, “Firefight- ers just say they are doing their jobs. But I am of the belief that everyone should know the great work our firefighters are doing.” The event took place in the California Ball- room of the Westin Bonaventure in DTLA where nearly 500 guests were moved and inspired by the stories of sacrifice and bravery narrated by Master of Ceremo- nies Robert Kovacik from NBCLA.

The following LAFD members received awards at the ceremony:

• Lifetime Achievement Award – Captain Andrew Kuljis (retired) • Crystal Flame Community Service Award – Captain Gregory Harvey and Firefighter/ Paramedic Cory McDaniel • Fire Chief’s Silver Civilian Award – Dr Marc Eckstein • Medals of Merit – Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew Guzzard, and Firefighter Bryce Gutierrez, • Special Commendation - Firefighter/ Paramedic Christopher Kuzmicz, Captain/ Paramedic John Marasco, Engineer Kameron Carlis, Engineer James Martin, Kenneth Fraser, Firefighter/Paramedic Joaquin Lapastora, and Firefighter James Eberle

In future issues of the Grapevine we will tell the individual stories of the exceptional heroism, pas- sion and loyalty exemplified by these first responders.

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The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation hosted a luncheon and awards ceremony on Novem - ber
The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation hosted a luncheon and awards ceremony on Novem - ber
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(MLK Holiday weekend)
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Fee for the ride will be $20.00 PER PERSON.
All proceeds benefit the
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FIREMEN'S FUND
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SFD with exposures on Avenue 53 on 10/10/17. LAFD photo by Dan Lievense RA 850 rescued
SFD with exposures on Avenue 53 on 10/10/17. LAFD photo by Dan Lievense
SFD with exposures on Avenue 53 on 10/10/17. LAFD photo by Dan Lievense
RA 850 rescued two Galapagos tortoises
RA 850 rescued two Galapagos tortoises
Castro’s Court
Castro’s Court

On Friday, October 13, 2017, a hand- ball tournament and luncheon was held to cel- ebrate the dedication of “Castro’s Court” at Fire Station 82. The court at 82’s was the site of frequent “fitness meetings” while Joe was assigned to West Bureau and Emergency Ser- vices Bureau during his final years on the job. Past and current legendary handball players showed up to support Joe, as he was

honored with a mural of highlights from his ca- reer, which coved the back-wall of the court. Eleven teams where broken into two divisions for the tournament. Nearly every game was competitive, with Casey Glynn and David Diaz winning the “Joe Division” and LAFD’s #1 player, National Champion Alex Garcia, and Joe Castro winning the “Castro Division.” There were a few protests about Castro win-

ning his own tournament, but nobody was lis- tening!

An additional 25 or 30 people showed up to support Joe during a fantastic lunch pre- pared by Chefs Mark Curry and Craig Nielsen. Never at a loss for words, Castro was clearly touched by the honor, and gave a great thank you speech to all who attended.

Casey Glenn, Joe Castro, David Diaz
Casey Glenn, Joe Castro, David Diaz
Alex Garcia and Joe
Alex Garcia and Joe
Richard Ramirez, Jess Pasos, Joe, Alex Garcia December 2017 • 15
Richard Ramirez, Jess Pasos, Joe, Alex Garcia
December 2017 • 15
The new yearbook won’t be out until later this month, but your photo is available right

The new yearbook won’t be out until later this month, 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 don’t forget - the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund benefits from each and every purchase.

The new yearbook won’t be out until later this month, but your photo is available right
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It’s easy – so get started today: 1. Go to BronsonPhotography.SchoolDayPhoto.com 2. Enter the code you
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Artist/Muralist Rosie Tos has been working a lot this past summer. She created four large murals
Artist/Muralist Rosie Tos has been
working a lot this past summer. She created
four large murals for Fire Station 71 that grace
their app floor and doors. The job there took
more than two months to finish. Capt. Valadez
and company would also like to thank The Op-
perman Foundation for their generous support
of the station and funding the artwork.
Rosie Tos murals at FS 71
Artist/Muralist Rosie Tos has been working a lot this past summer. She created four large murals
Engine 37 hanging with the legendary Gene Simmons, “Tongues Out”, at Beverly Glen deli while moved
Engine 37 hanging with the legendary
Gene Simmons, “Tongues Out”, at Beverly
Glen deli while moved up to 99’s
Artist/Muralist Rosie Tos has been working a lot this past summer. She created four large murals

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Engine 37 visits local UCLA nurse, Natalie Vanderstay, one of the Las Vegas shooting victims, wishing
Engine 37 visits local UCLA nurse, Natalie Vanderstay, one of the Las Vegas shooting victims, wishing
Engine 37 visits local UCLA nurse, Natalie Vanderstay, one of
the Las Vegas shooting victims, wishing her a speedy recovery
A/O Romero with Enginner Gomez in their legendary “Step Brothers” pose!
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13’s resuscitates two dogs pulled from a structure in Pico/Union TF 29 after a structure fire
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E 77 assists the Coroner in La Tuna Cyn. Photo by David DeMulle’
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One acre of brush north of the 118 Fwy on 10/24/17. Photo by Fernando Leon
One acre of brush north of the 118 Fwy
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On 10/15/17, RA 89 was first onscene at this physical rescue. Photo by Greg Doyle
On 10/15/17, RA 89 was first onscene at
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On 11/11/17, 78’s handled an auto/ped on Woodman Ave. Photo by Rick McClure
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Greater alarm in the 12700 block of Burbank Bl. on 10/21/17. Photo by Mike Meadows TF
Greater alarm in the 12700 block of Burbank Bl. on 10/21/17. Photo by Mike Meadows
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TF 89 mingles at a community event
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Halloween decorations fueled this pumpkin patch fire in Toluca Lake on 10/16/17. Photo by Mike Meadows
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102’s handles a motorhome burning on Burbank Bl. just before midnight on Halloween. Photo by Rick
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Artist/Muralist Rosie Tos has been busy all over the city this year. Her most recent work

Artist/Muralist Rosie Tos has been busy all over the city this year. Her most recent work is a mural at Fire Station 84 that depicts the LAFD’s Crew 3. The Crew 3 cadets are guided by FF Paul Wingate. Paul thought of this mural for these hardworking kids and also to pay a special tribute to Kelly Wong who worked with the Crew before and after he was appointed to the LAFD. You can see more of Rosie’s cre- ations at www.rosietos.com

Engine 84 makes a school visit on 10/10/17
Engine 84 makes a school visit on 10/10/17
Rosie Tos mural at FS 84
Rosie Tos mural at FS 84
The “Taste of Soul” on Crenshaw Bl taken from Truck 94’s aerial. Photo by Robert Gladden
The “Taste of Soul” on Crenshaw Bl taken from
Truck 94’s aerial. Photo by Robert Gladden

32 • December 2017

Greetings! Over here at 92’s there are a lot of younger members going hard and try- ing to get certified. One in particular is Fire- fighter Cody Crippen who has been working on his A/O certification. He takes any opportunity that he can to drive the rig and practice throw- ing the aerial ladder. One day at lunch though, his eagerness to train led him to a different type of ladder. As you can see in the photos, the poor, unsuspecting construction worker on the end of the boom-truck ladder had no idea what this young firefighter was doing up on his truck. Luckily, the crew was able to reel in the young go-getter before the authorities were called. Keep up the good work Cody! And maybe mix in a little situational awareness!

FF Crippen can throw ANY aerial ladder
FF Crippen can throw ANY aerial ladder
Greetings! Over here at 92’s there are a lot of younger members going hard and try
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Firefighters and the Fire Commission salute LAFD Foundation President Karen Wagener upon her retirement
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On October 11, 2017, the annual Fire Marshal’s Recognition of Excellence Awards were presented at Deaton

On October 11, 2017, the annual Fire Marshal’s Recognition of Excellence Awards were presented at Deaton Auditorium. Awards were presented to one civilian employee, a Captain and an Inspector. The recipients were nominated by their peers, with final selection by the Fire Marshal and Assistant Fire Mar- shal. Certificates of Special Recognition were presented to all nominees. The following members received Cer- tificates of Special Recognition: Royce Long, Dave Myers, Nat Lauro, Jeffrey Lore, Jennifer Boscoe, Ruthie Bernal, Kory Clark, Laurinda Meade, Robert Duff, Michael Webb, Chanel Burgess, and Renee Ramirez. Sr. Administrative Clerk Rosa Ronquil- lo was the civilian employee recognized for her outstanding work in the Legal and Reg. 4 Units. She is a 16 year employee of the LAFD, with the last year in the FPB. The Award presented to the Fire Inspec- tor exhibiting outstanding work performance has been named the “Michael P. Reddy Award of Excellence.” Inspector I Lamorris Wilcher received the most nominations by his peers, and was recognized for being a positive ex- ample of leadership, outstanding work ethic, true character and professionalism. Inspec- tor Wilcher has been Acting Captain in the Schools, Churches and Institutions Unit for

more than five months, while maintaining his inspection district. Performance in all measur- able categories has improved under the leader- ship of Inspector Wilcher. Captain II Dwayne Laurent, Com- mander of the Fire Life Safety Inspection Unit was selected as the Captain receiving the Fire Marshal’s Award. He is recognized for creating a positive work environment, providing excel- lent customer service and outstanding commu- nication skills. There were several other FPB members mentioned, including Inspector Mark Chase who was lead Inspector on the Wilshire Grand Project, and the Brush Clearance Unit and Brush Task Force which completed more than 146,000 inspections this year.

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34 • December 2017

So, I’m still not on board with tat- toos and body piercings. I was hopin’ that writin’ about it might help me to better understand the concept of body mutilation and tattoos. But now I’ve run into another confusin’ roadblock in what has become another new fashion trend. That is decon- structed clothin’. That’s right. That’s the term used to describe this latest fashion trend that makes pants look like an angry raptor was on the loose in a pants factory. Why bother wearin’ pants? For what little material is left on these pants, it seems as though wearin’ shorts might be a better option. And believe it or not, these shred- ded pants actually cost more than normal pants. Go figure. Did you know some cities will soon be ticketin’ people who are textin’ while walkin’? I wished I was makin’ this up but I’m not. Supposedly these cities, I don’t know which ones, have decided that too many people are getting’ killed or injured because they don’t pay attention to their surroundin’s. So before they step out onto a busy street or fall into a construction hole they may be fined $35. Of course it’s supposed to be against the law to text and drive, yet a day doesn’t go by that I don’t see someone drivin’ and textin”. So who’s goin’ to enforce this new law? What, more cops on bicycles, mo- peds or horses? Seems like it’s going to be a bit hard to enforce. I can already hear the excuses. “But officer, my car just broke down and I’m talkin’ to an Urber driver so I can get a ride home.” Or, “But officer, I’m bookin’ a flight to Hawaii and I’m tr- yin’ to upgrade my seat to 1st class.” How much leniency will be allowed? I wonder if these police departments will have to hire outside help. Maybe civilians? Maybe retired Captain I’s? Hey, maybe I’ll sub- mit a resume. I think I would have all the qualifications. Heck, I was a secretary for a Captain II for a number of years. You know, doin’ the daily hirin’, timekeepin’ and makin’ sure the Captain II stayed in a good mood. Well, maybe I wasn’t so

perfect at the “good mood” thing, but two out of three ain’t bad! No, no, don’t get me wrong, I’m not complainin’, I just think the secretarial traits I acquired will pay dividends if I de- cide to walk amongst the workin’ crowd. So, the other day I made the mis- take of goin’ to Walmart with my wife. Af- ter fillin’ up our shoppin’ cart I headed for the self-checkout. Things were goin’ well until my wife noticed a mistake with the receipt. I guess my scannin’ skills are a bit rusty because I managed to charge myself for three items when it should have been only two. So I had to proceed to the “Re- turn Item” line to get a refund. Have you ever had to stand in the “Return Item” line at Walmart? I had two interestin’ things happen to me. I cele- brated a birthday while waitin’ in line and second, I scratched another achievement off my bucket list.

The family of retired Fireman Frank Stubenrauch ordered up a Roseville, CA engine company to help
The family of retired Fireman Frank Stubenrauch
ordered up a Roseville, CA engine company to
help celebrate Frank’s 91st birthday

COWBOY HUMOR

God was missin’ for six days. Eventually, Michael the Archangel found him restin’ on the seventh day. He inquired of God, “Where have you been?” God proudly pointed downward through the clouds. “Look Michael, I’ve created a planet and I’ve put life on it. I’m going to call it Earth and it’s goin’ to be a great place of balance.” “Balance, inquired Michael, I’m confused?”

So, I’m still not on board with tat - toos and body piercings. I was hopin’

God then pointed to Washington State. He said, “There are beautiful moun- tains, rivers, lakes and forests. The people there are goin’ to be handsome, modest, intelligent and they are goin’ to be found travelin’ the world. They will be hard workin’ and known throughout the Earth as diplomats and carriers of peace.”

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration and asked, “But what about balance?” God smiled and said, “There is another Washington. Wait till you see the idiots I put there.”

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On November 6, 2017, TF 9 and TF10, first onscene at 725 E Washington Bl, reported a four-story commercial building with heavy smoke and fire showing from the top floor. Firefighters drop-bagged, pulling up hose lines to the fire floor. The intense greater alarm fire at the “Scully Building” reportedly involved stored textiles. Ventilation was a challenge due to the building’s concrete roof. Some of the heat from the fire was taken down by a wagon battery. The fire in the deco style factory-loft building was knocked down with hand lines in less than an hour’s time. There were no reported injuries, the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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BRUSH FIRE L akeview t errace Photos by Mike Meadows City and County firefighters, in an
BRUSH FIRE L akeview t errace Photos by Mike Meadows

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Lakeview terrace

Photos by Mike Meadows

City and County firefighters, in an air and ground assault, held the second brush fire to strike the Hansen Dam Recreation Area in two days to three acres, keeping the flames from reaching a nearby television production set and a children’s museum. 96 City firefighters knocked down the blaze, burn- ing in medium to heavy brush, in an hour and 41 minutes.

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A fire ripped through a single-story commercial building in Boyle Heights in the 1600 block of South Soto Street on October 14, 2017. The building housed French Fabrics, a fabric-making business. The fire eventually burned through the roof causing crews to work more aggressively because of nearby high voltage power lines. Other structures next to the building were also threatened by the blaze. Firefighters rescued four people from the business at the time of the fire. Within an hour, 130 firefighters took control of the blaze. It was knocked down shortly before 9 p.m.

MEMBERS Herbert M. bruin, Captain. Appointed April 18, 1959. retired on A service pension MAy 15,
MEMBERS
Herbert M. bruin, Captain. Appointed April 18, 1959.
retired on A service pension MAy 15, 1994 froM fs 8-A. Passed away sePtember 28, 2017.
Lawrence J. roberts, FireFighter iii. Appointed MAy 4, 1980.
retired on A disAbility pension JAnuAry 18, 2001 froM QuAlity iMproveMent section. Passed away OctOber 20, 2017.
Don e. sitts, Fire inspeCtor ii. Appointed April 20, 1963.
retired on A service pension July 29, 1989 froM brush cleArAnce. Passed away NOvember 4, 2017.
ricHarD n. waHrenbrock, FireFighter iii. Appointed october 17, 1970.
retired on A disAbility pension MAy 28, 1988 froM fs 59-b. Passed away NOvember 4, 2017.
MarsHaLL e. PrinDLe, Captain i. Appointed June 21, 1954.
retired on A disAbility pension June 29, 1982 froM fs 17-c. Passed away NOvember 8, 2017.
obe o. Doan, Captain. Appointed JAnuAry 29, 1959.
retired on A disAbility pension June 29, 1982 froM rescue MAintenAnce unit. Passed away NOvember 9, 2017.
DaLLas a. nieLsen, Fireman. Appointed MArch 25, 1949.
retired on A service pension June 1, 1978 froM fs 85-c. Passed away NOvember 11, 2017.
russeLL k. cLyDe, Fireman. Appointed JAnuAry 2, 1962.
retired on A service pension July 17, 1988 froM fs 104-c. Passed away NOvember 13, 2017.
FAMILY
DoLores D. eDwarDs, spouse of leonArd l. edwArds, Passed away OctOber 2, 2017.
Jean J. kiMe, surviving spouse of lyle h. KiMe, Passed away OctOber 2, 2017.
Janet M. Mac HaLe, surviving spouse of thoMAs l. MAc hAle, Passed away OctOber 4, 2017.
Lorraine c. rios, surviving spouse of robert M. rios, Passed away OtcOber 5, 2017.
naoMi L. sMitH, surviving spouse of Austin M. sMith, Passed away OctOber 11, 2017.
GoLDie F. Murray, surviving spouse of JAMes M. MurrAy, Passed away OctOber 13, 2017.
aLvin c. bakuLa, surviving spouse of edwArd c. bAKulA, Passed away OctOber 17, 2017.
susan nunnaLLy, surviving spouse of richArd e. nunnAlly, Passed away OctOber 17, 2017.
MicHeLLe HenLey, spouse of MichAel K. henley, Passed away OctOber 20, 2017.
MariLyn Jones, surviving spouse of gerAld A. Jones, Passed away OctOber 24, 2017.
katHLeen c. JoHnson, spouse of ronAld w. Johnson, Passed away NOvember 11, 2017.
What Is The ... Extinguisher Fund? The brain child of Ted Bailie, retired from the LAFD

What Is The ...

Extinguisher Fund?

The brain child of Ted Bailie, retired from the LAFD and LAFRA, your station’s Extinguisher Fund is a simple way to collect donations for the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund. Ted saw the accumulation of change that the cook dumped into the mess fund box each shift and had a better idea. If this change was instead

collected for the WODFF he figured it could really add up. With an average of 50 cents per day per station, in a year

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. . .

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So take your turn in the cooking rotation and remember to drop all your change into your station’s extin-

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sole means of support for this Fund.

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Photos by Yvonne Griffin and David Blaire The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire
Photos by Yvonne Griffin and David Blaire The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire
Photos by Yvonne Griffin and David Blaire The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire
Photos by Yvonne Griffin and David Blaire The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire
Photos by Yvonne Griffin and David Blaire The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire
Photos by Yvonne Griffin and David Blaire The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire
Photos by Yvonne Griffin and David Blaire The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire
Photos by Yvonne Griffin and David Blaire The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire
Photos by Yvonne Griffin and David Blaire
Photos by Yvonne Griffin and David Blaire
Hi Bob [Steinbacher] While working as a captain at FS 89, I had the pleasure of

Hi Bob [Steinbacher]

While working as a captain at FS 89, I had the pleasure of meeting a young firefighter by the name of Darrayle Prosser. Our friendship continued throughout the years, as much to my surprise, he had mar- ried Karen, who went to school with my daughters in Newbury Park. Over the years our friendship grew as we camped and snow skied together as his young family grew. I promoted to B/C and Darrayle became my staff assistant for a time when mine was injured and off for a year.

Recently, my wife, daughter and Karen Prosser took a trip to Sedona, AZ to enjoy the countryside and mountains. Karen told us of the excellent manner in which she was treated by the Relief Asso- ciation members who accompanied her to Colorado Springs when Darrayle’s name was added to the Firefighter’s Memorial wall.

Later Karen reported on the assis- tance given her by the Relief Association when she and family members traveled to Sacramento for the California Memorial service. It is hard for me to understand why Darralye’s name cannot be placed on his own Department’s Memorial wall, due to a technicality in the circumstances of his on-duty death. I say this as we see reports of firefighters who worked on the pile at the World Trade Center following 9/11, then died from illnesses they developed over the years. They have all been honored

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by their departments for their services at that time and their numbers continue to in- crease. Please accept this donation to WODFF in the name of our best friend Darrayle Prosser for all the super work you do each day for the membership.

Sincerely,

Bob Mac Millan

( LAFD retired, Batt 14-C)

Hi Bob [Steinbacher] While working as a captain at FS 89, I had the pleasure of

Dear Captain Kuljis,

I want you to know how much I appreciate your letter about my dad, Jim Mills, and the beautiful flag. I had no idea that you had a ceremony honoring him. It is so meaningful to me and my family to have it, knowing it was flown over Fire Station 64 and that you remembered him. You are correct that he loved the fire ser- vice and we heard his happy stories all our lives. Again, thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Linda Mills Hoffman

P.S.I also want to thank the LA Firemen’s Relief Association for the lovely flower arrangement that was sent to my dad’s memorial service in August. They were lovely and appreciated.

Hi Bob [Steinbacher] While working as a captain at FS 89, I had the pleasure of

LAFRA –

Rick [Wahrenbrock] and I were roommates back in the 80’s and also part- ners in a laundromat in Laughlin Nevada. We snow skied and dove together, along with many other adventures. Our claim to fame was Gold Mining. We both owned stock in different gold mines and never managed to “strike it rich.” Rick’s entre- preneurial skills made him a very interest- ing guy, always following his nose like a blood hound into adventure and challeng- es. You will be missed my friend, RIP. My wife and I send our condolences to Karen and all of their family.

Randy Laur

Hi Bob [Steinbacher] While working as a captain at FS 89, I had the pleasure of

Relief Assn:

This is in respect to Bob Olsen, upon his retirement as president of the LA Retired Fire and Police Ass, for all the wonderful things he has done for us. Bobby – don’t forget to take a left at “Bedrock!!”

Gary & Linda Hight

Reno, NV

Hi Bob [Steinbacher] While working as a captain at FS 89, I had the pleasure of

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Don Sitts, a great cook and a good friend. Thanks Don for all of the wonder- ful canoe trips down the Owens River all those years. We had a BLAST. My condo- lences to Don’s family. Rest in peace my friend.

Robert McMaster

Hi Bob [Steinbacher] While working as a captain at FS 89, I had the pleasure of

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Ray [Johnson] was truly a great guy. He had many talents and was a great engineer. Many happy times at 14’s. He was a lot of fun on the many hunting trips to Arizona. We could always count on him to drive us around because he didn’t drink. Family trips to the river are still fresh in my mind. So sorry to hear that he passed.

Mike Bowers

Hi Bob [Steinbacher] While working as a captain at FS 89, I had the pleasure of

Dear LAFRA Family,

The beautiful garden plant has brought life to a very sad home since Jack [Vanderlaan] slipped away. Thank you for this gorgeous expression of how wonder- ful it is to be a member of the LA Fire- men’s Relief Association family.

Fondly,

Betsy Vanderlaan

Dear LAFRA Family, The beautiful garden plant has brought life to a very sad home since

LAFRA –

Tony [Lapalio] and I started with the LAFD on June 17, 1973, in the 2nd Ambulance Driver Drill Tower at old Fire Station 40 with Captain Don Anthony as our Drill Master. Tony started and ended his career at 40’s. We remember working with Tony in the late 70’s at 27’s on the “B” Shift. Tony would ride the tailboard of the old Salvage vehicle being used as Squad 27, after the closing of Engine 227. Tony was always a bundle of energy and fun. R.I.P. Brother.

Bill and Carlesta Wells

Dear LAFRA Family, The beautiful garden plant has brought life to a very sad home since
Dear LAFRA Family, The beautiful garden plant has brought life to a very sad home since

Relief Association:

I was honored to take a recent do- nation to WODFF from the “Valley Pro- fessionals” Networking group. This kind donation was made in the memory of Melanie “Sunshine” Speregen. Melanie sadly passed away on October 17, 2017 after a battle with cancer. Melanie, and her husband Stephen Speregen, have been supporters and responsible for significant donations to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Fireman’s fund for the past two years. Valley Professionals have kindly donated more than $5,000 to WODFF in the past year or so.

Sincerely,

Gene Bednarchik, LAFRA Trustee

Protect Those with Special Needs

Fire ghter Justin Mendence set up a special needs trust to ensure his son and entire family is taken care of in the best manner possible.

“You want to think everybody’s going to take care of your kid because

everybody loves him, but unless you have a plan in place…you’re planning

If I handwrite a will,

to fail. Leaving it to chance is not in me and my wife’s vocabulary.”

isn’t that good enough?

A Special Needs Trust Helps You:

Set up long-term funding for living expenses & care

Determine who will be the primary caregiver

Create an advisory group of experts to help caregivers make sound decisions

Ensure your child’s assets are protected & well-managed

Ensure your child maintains eligibility for special services

“I sleep a little bit easier at night knowing that my son is set up for his entire life,” Justin said.

Dear LAFRA Family, The beautiful garden plant has brought life to a very sad home since
Dear LAFRA Family, The beautiful garden plant has brought life to a very sad home since

Whether you care for a child or adult with special needs or not, everyone should consider setting up an estate plan. Ask for a “Getting Started Kit” today by emailing Relief Association Development & Marketing Director Marlene Casillas at

MCasillas@lafra.org or calling (323) 259-5217.

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givetoaher o.or g/mar athon
givetoaher o.or g/mar athon

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Durable Medical Equipment (DME) coverage applies to the purchase or rental of medical equipment, mechanical devices
Durable Medical Equipment (DME) coverage applies to the purchase or rental of medical equipment, mechanical devices
Durable Medical Equipment (DME) coverage applies to the purchase or rental of medical equipment, mechanical devices
Durable Medical Equipment (DME) coverage applies to the purchase or rental of medical equipment, mechanical devices

Durable Medical Equipment (DME) coverage applies to the purchase or rental of medical equipment, mechanical

devices or supplies that are deemed by a physician as:

• Durable (can withstand repeated use) • Used for a medical reason

• Not usually useful to someone who isn’t sick

or injured • Used in your home • Has an expected lifetime of at least three years

Examples include wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, mus- cle or bone stimulators, wound closure devices, hospital beds, nebulizers and nebulizer medications, oxygen equipment and accessories, patient lifts, sleep apnea and CPAP de- vices and accessories. Durable medical equipment is an important and vi- tal component of your Relief benefits. After a re-evalua-

tion of this benefit in 2015, the Association implemented

more cost-effective methods to manage DME. LAFRA now

has five DME items available for checkout on a first-come/ first-served basis.

DME is available to Relief Members or the mem- ber’s qualifying household including spouse, widow, qual- ified domestic partner, member’s dependent child, current

step child and any parent or parent-in-law who resides

with the member and is dependent upon the member for care. These items are:

  • 1. Canes and crutches

  • 2. Folding Walkers

  • 3. Bedside Commodes

  • 4. Rollators

  • 5. Wheelchairs

Contact Relief Staff at (323) 259-5200 (ext. 0) to

obtain these DME items. For all other DME items, or if the

Relief does not have the above items in stock, members

need to obtain DME through their medical plan. Please go to www.lafra.org/medical-equipment and click the appropriate button to locate a DME provider based on your health plan enrollment.

46 • December 2017

48 • December 2017

“If I leave my house to my son it will be gone within a year,” Mary
“If I leave my house to my son it will be gone within a year,” Mary
“If I leave my house to my son it will be gone within a year,” Mary

“If I leave my house to my son it will be gone within a year,” Mary said. “Why do you say that?” her attorney asked. “Look, I love my son, but he’s about as dumb as a box of rocks when it comes to money,” she replied. Jackie was meeting with her attorney to learn how she could leave her son an inheritance, but still maintain some control over the assets. One way or the other, Jackie was going to protect her son from himself if it was the last thing she did. She explained that her son may soon have to file bankruptcy because he and his wife just couldn’t stop spending. “They owe more than fifty thousand dollars on credit cards,” she said, exasperated. “How can you charge up that kind of money and not see that you have a problem?” “Alright, I get the picture. Let’s go over some options that will give your son an inheritance, but at the same time give you some peace of mind,” he said. Excusing himself for a few minutes, he quickly pulled to- gether the following summary of options, none of which her son would like, but all addressing her testamentary intent, that being her desire to control from the grave.

“If I leave my house to my son it will be gone within a year,” Mary

“This option gives your son considerable freedom, yet doesn’t give him an ownership interest in your home,” the at- torney said. He described how after she died her son would be granted a license to reside in the property. She could include

restrictive terms to give him certain re- sponsibilities such as requiring him to pay the mortgage, property taxes, insurance, repairs and maintenance, and any other expenses related to the care and upkeep of her property. “What if he doesn’t comply with the terms of the license,” she asked. “The trustee can file an Unlawful Detainer and evict him from the property,” he replied.

“If I leave my house to my son it will be gone within a year,” Mary

“You could establish a spendthrift trust on his behalf,” the attorney said. He went on to describe how such a trust would restrict her son’s access to the trust’s assets, which in turn, would limit his creditors ability to lien the assets owned by the trust. “Spendthrift trusts are designed to provide income and principal to the beneficiary, but at the sole discretion of the trustee,” the attorney said. “You mean he can’t get at the money?” she asked. “Right, the trustee is the only person who can withdraw money from the spendthrift trust,“ he replied. They then discussed the importance of choosing the right trustee. “It obviously should be someone you trust, but who also has your son’s best interests in mind,” he said.

“If I leave my house to my son it will be gone within a year,” Mary

The attorney described a structured distribution as that be- ing similar to her establishing a pension for her son. “You could direct your trustee to sell all your assets and then purchase an annuity that would provide a series of monthly payments to your son,” he said. “On the plus side, by receiving a fixed amount of money every month he would have to learn how to budget his lifestyle. However, since most annuities don’t include cost of liv- ing increases his purchasing power in later years would likely de- cline, so you might want to have some money in stocks to protect against inflation,” he said. Jackie asked a few more questions, then sat back thinking about her options. “I just don’t know what to do. This is one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make,” she said. “Jackie, that’s why it’s called tough love,” he replied.

Submitted by Frank Borden • Director of Operations, LAFDHS t he e arly d ays Of

Submitted by Frank Borden • Director of Operations, LAFDHS

the early days Of flight aNd evOlutiON

“The advent of the helicopter in the

LAFD was one of the most significant changes

in the strategic and tactical response opera- tions in the history of the department.” – Frank Borden

In the early 1940’s, during World War II, the LAFD began air operations for the first time. The idea originated with Captain George Brown and Fireman Emile “Frenchie” Plamon- don of the Mountain Patrol. With the manpow- er shortages created by members joining or be- ing drafted into the military, it was impossible to effectively patrol the expansive tinder-dry brush lands which themselves offered prime targets for enemy planes seeding the hills and mountains with incendiary bombs. With Chief Engineer Alderson’s enthusiastic approval, Plamondon entered into a lease agreement with the City for the use of his 1941 Taylorcraft BC-12, a 65 horsepower fixed wing aircraft. Plamondon flew the small plane, which had a cruising speed of 80 miles-per-hour, in fire lookout missions over the Santa Monica Moun- tains and Griffith Park. Later, he purchased a replacement aircraft, an Aeronica L-3. Captain Robert Schneck assigned to the Mountain Pa- trol, was an accomplished artist and painted a gremlin with a backfiring torch on the side of the plane. Chief Alderson was so impressed with the success of the reconnaissance mis- sions that he flew as an observer on at least one of Plamondon’s flights. The plane originally operated out of Vail Field in East Los Angeles, but more of- ten from Burbank and Simi Valley Airports. On occasion Plamondon would land in the Santa Monica Mountains on three interconnected building pad terraces between Coldwater and Beverly Glen Boulevards. It was said that land- ings were easy but the takeoffs were hazardous. The reconnaissance flights continued until after the war when LAFD manpower returned to full strength. This use of aircraft was a LAFD first, but not a fire service first. Airplanes were first used in 1915 by the San Diego FD for aerial fire inspections. In 1917, San Diego’s amphibious airplane was equipped with fire extinguishers. Designated Aerial Truck No. 1, the San Diego plane could quickly fly to isolated waterfront fires and often extinguish them before they grew larger.

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The LAFD has a great history of heli- copters and the pilots and crews who worked on them. One of our retired pilots has been re- storing our old (1963) Bell 47G-3B helicopter for the LAFD Historical Society. Retired Pilot IV Jeff Moir, who’s’ background is in aircraft mechanics, came up with the idea. The project is funded through donations of money and ma- terials. Jeff developed a restoration plan and he has been working on the aircraft for some time. The copter has been disassembled, sandblasted and painted. We found a new “bubble” for it. The copter is currently stored at the LAFD Air Operations facility at the Van Nuys Airport. Retired LAFD Helicopter Pilot Pat Quinn provided much of the following infor- mation for this story as he remembered it:

After a rash of large brush fires fought by the LAFD in the late 1950’s, the Adminis- tration approached the US Forest Service and asked if one of their pilots could come and brief them on airborne firefighting. This was before any fire service was using helicopters in a di- rect attack mode. The Forest Service answered with a question: Why are you contacting us when one of our best pilots works for you? That person was Theodore “Bud” Nelson. Bud was a WWII and Korean War combat pilot who worked as a firefighter for the LAFD and moonlighted as an air attack airplane pilot flying war surplus borate bombers. Moonlighting was frowned upon in those days, so the Administration had no clue of Bud’s activities. Bud was detailed to make a presen- tation to the LAFD staff but much to their amazement, he recommended they purchase a helicopter. During his flying with the For-

est Service, Bud had watched the construction of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway with the use of the then newly developed turbo-super- charged Bell 47 G3 helicopters. Believing that they could be adapted to a metropolitan fire service much better than a fixed-wing aircraft, Bud was able to convince the staff that it would be a wise purchase. The LAFD put its first helicopter in ser- vice, April 22, 1962. The Bell model 47-G3B was a three- seater with a 260-horsepower Ly- coming six-cylinder engine equipped with a turbocharger. The helicopter was 43-feet long and could remain airborne for nearly three hours. Built in Fort Worth Texas, the ship was equipped by the LAFD with a 105 gallon tank for dropping water or fire retardant chemicals. This first helicopter was flown to Los Angeles by two of the department’s first three helicop- ter pilots, Firefighters Theodore “Bud” Nelson and Clarence Ritchey. The third of the LAFD’s initial roster of helicopter pilots was Auto-Fire- man Beverly Beckley. All had extensive flight experience in military and civilian rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. The LAFD helicopter’s first brush fire call came May 18, 1962, to La Tuna Canyon. A second helicopter, a Bell 47 J-2A, was purchased and used as an aerial command post. As the Administration saw the value of the direct attack helicopter, another firefighting helicopter, a Bell 47 G3B-1 was purchased. On a sad note: One of the Bell 47 heli- copters was destroyed during a training flight, June 23, 1974. Firefighters Pilot Edward L. Hill, 39, and trainee Harold Radcliffe, 37, were killed when the helicopter struck power lines in Big Tujunga Canyon and crashed.

Photo of a 1940’s vintage Taylorcraft BC-12 like Plamondon flew for the LAFD.
Photo of a 1940’s vintage Taylorcraft
BC-12 like Plamondon flew for the LAFD.

The department started its helitak pro- gram in 1963 and trained firefighters to jump from hovering helicopters over otherwise in- accessible areas. As the program grew, helitak firefighters became invaluable in quickly bring- ing emergency aid to victims of falls and other incidents in terrain. Firefighters can be lowered into these areas by hovering or touchdown or by the use of mechanical hoist systems. There was a time during the 1980’s that LAFD fire- fighters were trained to rappel out of the copters with ropes where landings were too hazardous. This technique was mainly used to get a large number of firefighters onto building roofs or into difficult areas. It is no longer an approved method by the LAFD. It wasn’t long before the new helicop- ters were involved in a major rescue operation. On the afternoon of December 14th,

1963, improbable tragedy struck Baldwin Hills. Lost homes, ruined property and even death flooded downward on a broad river of rushing water from the broken dam at the head of Cloverdale Road. In the rushing disaster, un- wary residents were trapped. On roofs, in sec- ond floor rooms, on small insecure islands of debris, they signaled desperately for help. And help was swift to come. Distinguished among the rescuers were Fire Department members

who reported to the scene. Their training, cour- age and knowledge of how to act in emergency situations made their help more significant than that of any other agency. Unique in the rescue effort was the work of the three helicopter pi- lots dispatched to the scene, Fireman Theodore

  • M. “Bud” Nelson, Crash 90-C, Fireman Ross

  • H. Reynolds, Crash 90-B and Fireman Howard

  • L. Payne, Crash 90-C.

The LAFD fleet of 3 Jet Rangers with water tanks and 2 Bell 47 helicopters.
The LAFD fleet of 3 Jet Rangers with
water tanks and 2 Bell 47 helicopters.
The newest LAFD Agusta Westland addition to the fleet.
The newest LAFD Agusta Westland
addition to the fleet.
LAFD Helitak firefighter in full gear jumping from a Bell 47 copter.
LAFD Helitak firefighter in full gear
jumping from a Bell 47 copter.
Grapevine Cover, March 1962. Pilot Bud Nel- son prepares to take Chief Engineer William Miller for
Grapevine Cover, March 1962. Pilot Bud Nel-
son prepares to take Chief Engineer William
Miller for a ride in the new Bell helicopter.

The story is best introduced by excerpts

from the official report of Battalion Chief Lynn W. Nelson. Eighteen persons were rescued and

flown out to a safe location

at least six of

. . . these, and quite possibly more, could not have been rescued in any other way and would have been lost except for the fire department heli- copter.

“Don Sides, KTLA-TV helicopter pilot and broadcaster, was flying over the flood area during the rescue operations. He stated that he saw the fire dept helicopter going into places and making rescues under conditions that re- quired not only a very high degree of skill and flying efficiency but a great deal of courage to

even attempt. He felt that no other pilot present,

and certainly not himself, had the training and

the ability to make the rescues performed by our pilots.” “May I call to your attention,” he says, “that these rescues involved not only the flying hazards but, in many cases, the problem of res- cuing the victims from the water before getting them to the helicopter. Our men, with ropes tied to them, actually allowed themselves to be swept out by the swift current to a position for rescue of victims. They each placed their lives on the line time and time again, without regard to their own safety to save the lives of citizens of this city, and were successful in so doing.” LAFD Helicopter Pilots Bud Nelson, Ross Reynolds and Howard Payne earned Medals of Valor for their heroic rescue of 18 flood vic- tims.

By the time the LAFD celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 1986, its helicopter fleet had grown to seven, the largest operated by any department in the world. The LAFD helicopter fleet that started with the Bell 47 copters went to the Bell Jet Rangers and Bell Hueys from the Vietnam War

era in the 1970’s. More from Pilot Pat Quinn’s memories – The Helicopter Unit, as it was then

called, was able to support a vigorous ground

attack on a brush fire and soon proved its worth as a rescue vehicle on a wide variety of mis- sions. The first turbine powered helicopter, a Bell 206A Jet Ranger was acquired in 1967. This was a quantum leap in technology and ca- pabilities. It was vastly superior in every regard when compared to the piston-powered helicop- ters.

In the last half of the 1960’s, then Chief Engineer Ray Hill devised a scheme to retire the Bell 47 J2-A and purchase two additional 400 horsepower Jet Rangers and eliminate Mountain Patrol with the forty or so firefighters utilized there. They had been the department’s

early warning system and experts on wild land firefighting. Using a Jet Ranger to patrol on high hazard days, fires could be spotted easily and the fire could be quickly evaluated.

During the 1970s, the commercial ver- sion of the military Bell Huey helicopter be- came available. Two Bell 205 A-1 helicopters were put into service and with it came another huge leap in capability. The 1400 horsepower Hueys were equipped with a large 360 gallon water tank and one was equipped with an in- ternal rescue hoist. With its cavernous cabin, it could be truly used as a practical air ambu- lance.

With the winding down of the Viet Nam War, the federal government released large quantities of surplus military helicopters to other government agencies. The Los Ange- les Fire Department was able to purchase four ex-Air Force Bell UH-1F helicopters with 1325 horsepower General Electric engines. Two of the four were used for parts and the other two were stripped of all excess military hardware, equipped with radios and water tanks and painted in the red and white. Total investment in each ship was about $60,000. This was less than 5% of its replacement cost. At the very first brush fire the first “F model” served in

Mandeville Canyon, it saved millions of dol- lars of homes. In 1986, Bell Helicopter Company made available a special Bell 412 SP with a light airframe and enlarged Pratt and Whitney twin turbine engines. The fire department staff was able to arrange for its purchase. Utilizing the basic Huey airframe, Bell had developed a four bladed semi-rigid rotor system. The Bell 412 was much faster, quieter, smoother and saf- er than all previous models. Seeing the increase in utilization, the department acquired another Bell 412 soon thereafter. Two additional Bell 412s were eventually added to the LAFD fleet. With four medium-lift helicopters, fire- fighting tactics began to change. During the early days, the Bell 47s dropped 85-100 gal- lons with a projected turnaround of 10 to 12 minutes. During the Jet Ranger days, the pro- jected turnaround was 6 to 7 minutes with 100-

120 gallons. With the mixed fleet of 205 A-1 Hueys and 412s, the turnaround expectation was 6 minutes and 350-360 gallons of water. If caught early, a quickly growing brush fire could be extinguished before it became a campaign conflagration. In the early days, water dropping heli- copters simply sup- ported the firefighters on the fire lines. As capabilities improved, the helicopters could actually lead the charge. We probably will never see the day when airborne fire- fighters can eliminate the ground component in wildland firefight- ing but as future capa- bilities increase, heli- copters can sure make the firefighters task a whole lot easier. A note about Pat Quinn: He received the Medal of Valor for a helicopter rescue he made with Firefighter Frank Vidovich on the cliffs of Point Fermin in San Pedro on De- cember 31, 1979. He authored a manual for firefighting and res- cues utilizing helicop- ters. It was adopted by the industry and was used worldwide

for more than twenty

years. When he retired

Retired Helicopter Pilot Paul “Shakey” Shakstad with the LAFDHS Bell 47 in the Air Ops hanger.
Retired Helicopter Pilot Paul “Shakey” Shakstad
with the LAFDHS Bell 47 in the Air Ops hanger.
During the 1970s, the commercial ver - sion of the military Bell Huey helicopter be -
During the 1970s, the commercial ver - sion of the military Bell Huey helicopter be -
During the 1970s, the commercial ver - sion of the military Bell Huey helicopter be -

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in 1995, Bell Helicopter sent him around the world lecturing on firefighting and rescue with helicopters. Pat said “That was a very special thank you!” He also stated: “The highlights of my career were the 1971 Sylmar earthquake, the 1994 Northridge quake, the Malibu fire about 1993 and the Sepulveda Dam flood where I rescued 45 people: 40 civilians, 4 fire- fighters and 1 policeman. I would love to go back and do it all over again.

EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS

The “Ralph J. Scott” Old Fireboat 2 - 92nd Birthday

On October 21st the LAFDHS celebrat- ed the 92nd birthday of Old FB 2. We had a small crowd to celebrate the day of this historic boat but we did have some very important his- toric people come to honor the boat and those who worked on it. Our volunteer docents work on the boat restoration every Friday and take great pride in the work.

Three senior fireboat pilots and a fireboat mate that worked on Old Boat 2. They are
Three senior fireboat pilots and a fireboat mate that
worked on Old Boat 2. They are all in their 90’s or close
to it. L –R Warner Wahlers, Bill Dahlquist, Gene Murphy,
Frank Baker. They shared some great stories.

Wilson High Scholl Fire Cadets Visit the Hollywood Fire Museum

Wilson High School LAFD Fire Cadets visited the Holly- wood Fire Museum with Captain Richard Carlin,
Wilson High School LAFD Fire Cadets visited the Holly-
wood Fire Museum with Captain Richard Carlin, FF Mike
Marques and Patricia Arias from the Firefighter Recruit-
ment Section.

The Hollywood Museum is located in “Old Fire Station 27” at 1355 No. Cahuenga, Hollywood, CA 90028. The Harbor Museum is located in San

Pedro City Hall at 638 S. Beacon St., San Pedro CA

90731.

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“PRESERVE, EDUCATE, MEMORIALIZE”

Dear Members, It’s hard to believe that 2017 is about to come to a close. During
Dear Members, It’s hard to believe that 2017 is about to come to a close. During
Dear Members, It’s hard to believe that 2017 is about to come to a close. During
Dear Members, It’s hard to believe that 2017 is about to come to a close. During

Dear Members,

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is about to come to a close. During the holidays, we are all reminded of the importance of being thankful for our family, friends, and loved ones. This year marked my twenty-fifth anniversary with the Credit Union, and I can honestly say I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this great organization. When I started in 1992, there were over 12,600 credit unions. Today there are less than 5,800. I can also remember when we hit the $300M mark in terms of assets (we celebrated with a cake) and today we are quickly approaching $1.3 billion with over 40,000 members strong. Why did we expand? The cost of technology and regulation has increased substantially over my career along with the competitive landscape within the financial services industry in terms of product offerings, rates, fees, etc. In order for us to be able to continue exclusively serving fire- fighters and their families for generations to come, and in order to maintain our safety and soundness we had to make a strategic decision to expand geographically. Along the way, we have done our best to maintain our mission of improving the member’s financial lives through no fee service offerings, competitive loan and share rates, and a broad product line. We truly listen to you through our member surveys and implement services where and when we can. This year we heard you say you wanted to be in- the-know when it came to our real estate process. We are close to finalizing paperless real estate loans and are de- veloping a tool to keep you in the loop during the process. We are now overnighting debit and credit cards when you lose your card or when there is a fraud situation. We have

launched secure chat and email sessions to provide another channel for you to reach us. We introduced Card Valet for credit and debit cards so you can monitor every transaction as they are happening on your cards. In 2018, we will continue to focus on projects that will make it easier for you to bank with us. We plan to au- tomate more processes in order to further decrease the op- portunity for human error. And we have not forgotten our history of where we started in 1935 above Fire Station 28. With that in mind, we have dedicated Margie Valen- tina Espeleta to serving LAFD where she will be visiting all stations and shifts in order to educate members on what ser- vices are available at the Cred- it Union, how to use some of the electronic tools like mobile banking, Pop Money, Card Va- let, etc., and answer any ques- tions you may have regarding our products and services. She will also be relaying back any member suggestions so that we can incorporate them within our planning sessions. Thank you for trusting the Credit Union, thank you for allowing us to be part of the Fire Family, and thank you for your membership/ownership. On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management, and Employees of the Credit Union, Happy Holidays!

Dear Members, It’s hard to believe that 2017 is about to come to a close. During
Dear Members, It’s hard to believe that 2017 is about to come to a close. During

Dixie Abramian

President & CEO

Dear Members, It’s hard to believe that 2017 is about to come to a close. During

LOS ANGELES FIREMEN’S RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

October 4, 2017

CALL TO ORDER

President Bob Steinbacher called the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association to order at 10:27 a.m.

ROLL CALL

MEMBERS PRESENT:

Bob Steinbacher, President Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President Andrew Kuljis, Secretary Trustee David Peters Trustee Gene Bednarchik Trustee Craig White Trustee Chris Stine Trustee Steve Berkery Trustee John Jacobsen Trustee Frank Aguirre Trustee Steve Ruda Trustee Danny Wu Trustee Joe Vigil Trustee Jim Duffy Trustee Mike Sailhamer Trustee Gayle Sonoda, Via Conf. Call Trustee Tim Larson – Pension Trustee Steve Domanski - Pension Todd Layfer - Executive Director Liberty Unciano – Controller-Treasurer

MEMBERS ABSENT:

Grapevine Editor Dave Wagner for his 10 years of service and commitment to the Relief Association.

2) David Peters motioned to ratify the election of Bob Steinbacher for President for 2018. Tim Larson seconded. There was no discussion or objections.

Motion carried to ratify the election of Bob Steinbacher for President for 2018.

David Peters motioned to ratify election of Jeff Cawdrey for Vice President for 2018. Tim Larson seconded. There was no discussion or objections.

Motion carried to ratify the nomination and election of Jeff Cawdrey for Vice President for

2018.

3) Bob Steinbacher referred to the LAFRA Elections and proposed Bylaw changes and indicated that they have seven candidates for six Trustee positions for 2018. He stated that most of the incumbent Trustees have submitted their intent to run again.

4) Bob Steinbacher referred to the LAFRA Dinner Dance on December 9th at the J.W. Marriott and indicated that the sign-up procedure will be the same as last year.

and Policy Book that would clarify how the benefit is paid.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

1) Todd Layfer provided an update on the Golf Tournament and indicated that sponsor revenue was at $167K. He indicated that they will have a golf wrap up meeting with final numbers on October 25th.

2) Todd Layfer indicated that Open Enrollment is in process from October 1st through October

31st.

3) Todd Layfer informed the Board that they are currently working with the City Personnel Department on the required Employer Mandate Reporting. He indicated that this information

shows that members have adequate medical coverage.

4) Todd Layfer informed the Board that they have hired Jasmine Berganza as a full time LAFRA employee. He indicated that everyone is very pleased with her performance.

5) Todd Layfer reminded the Board of the LAFRA Open House on November 4th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. He indicated that they will honor Bill Bringas and Larry Hoerner.

Trustee Rick Godinez Trustee Chris Hart Trustee Tim Freeman

EXECUTIVE SESSION

6) Todd Layfer informed the Board that LAFRA will be participating in next year’s L.A. Marathon on March 18th.

Trustee Doak Smith – Pension

The Board entered into Executive Session at

Trustee Tyler Tomich

10:38am.

7) Todd

Layfer

presented

the

Quarterly

The Board adjourned from Executive Session at

Expenditure review for the 2nd quarter of 2017.

GUESTS:

11:38am.

Bob Olsen, L.A. Retired Fire & Police

INVOCATION & Flag Salute

Updates were provided on a personnel situation and on sick members. No action was taken.

Tim Larson led the invocation. Steve Ruda led the flag salute.

RATIFICATION OF MINUTES

Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion to ratify and approve the Board Meeting Minutes of July 12, August 9, and September 6, 2017. David Peters so moved. Gene Bednarchik seconded. There was no discussion or objections.

Motion carried to approve minutes Board Meeting Minutes of July 12, August 9, and September 6, 2017.

PRESIDENT REPORT

1) Bob Steinbacher presented a plaque to

54 • December 2017

VICE PRESIDENT REPORT

1) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the upcoming IFEBP Conference and indicated that they will be attending dinner with HealthScope Benefits on Sunday evening.

2) Joe Vigil reported on the Colorado Springs Memorial where Darrayle Prosser and Wendy Cummings were placed on the Memorial Wall. He also reported on the Sacramento Memorial and indicated that there were a few issues with flag presenters.

3) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the Sick & Injury benefit and provided a summary of how the benefit is currently being paid out. He indicated that they are proposing changes for the Bylaws

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

John Jacobsen referred to their Investment Committee meeting with Beacon Pointe to discuss Wedgewood’s performance and action plan. He indicated that they discussed the possibility of moving those funds into a passive index fund where the fees are substantially less with better returns. He indicated that he provided the Investment Committee with a recap of the last few discussions and the potential investment with a new money manager. He informed that they have a meeting scheduled on October 16th to meet with two new potential money managers. He reported on their meeting with Cohen & Steers.

John Jacobsen presented the following motion.

The committee recommends and I so move to divest out of Wedgewood and move allocation into the Vanguard Index Fund. There was no

discussion or objections.

The committee recommends and I so move

The committee recommends and I so move to

Motion carried to divest out of Wedgewood and move allocation into the Vanguard Index Fund.

to approve $110 for the LAFD Promotional Badge Ceremony. There was no discussion or objections.

approve the financial assistance applications for surviving spouses, active and retired members. There was no discussion or objections.

Motion carried to approve $110 for the LAFD

Motion carried to approve the financial

MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT

Promotional Badge Ceremony.

assistance applications for surviving spouses, active and retired members.

David Peters presented the following motion.

Frank Aguirre informed the Board that they

would randomly select five Trustee names

ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT

The committee recommends and I so move to accept the applications to the Medical Plan. There was no discussion and no objections.

that would sit on the Ad Hoc Presidential Compensation Committee. Liberty Unciano pulled the names out of a hat. Those chosen were as follows:

The committee recommends and I so move to advance funds for both active and retired members. There was no discussion or objections.

Motion carried to accept all applications to the Medical Plan.

Steve Ruda

Motion carried to advance funds for both

Frank Aguirre

active and retired members.

The committee recommends and I so move

Chris Stine

to approve entering into the Express Scripts

John Jacobsen

SECRETARY’S REPORT

Agreement effective January 1, 2018. There was

Doak Smith

no discussion or objections.

RELIEF COMMITTEE REPORT

Andy Kuljis informed the Board that they are currently preparing for election and gathering

Motion carried to approve entering to the Express Scripts Agreement effective January 1, 2018.

Steve Berkery presented the following motion.

information to send to California Elections. The ballots will be sent out by the end of October.

The committee recommends and I so move to

The committee recommends and I so move to pay:

YEARBOOK COMMITTEE REPORT

enter into agreement with the Harrington Group for up to $7,500 for a medical claims audit.

The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount of

Dave Wagner informed that the Yearbook has gone to the printer and should be distributed

There was no discussion or objections.

$55,937.94

between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The Estate Planning benefit in the amount of

Motion carried to approve entering into

$7,687

agreement with the Harrington Group for up to $7,500 for a medical claims audit.

The Life & Accident Withdrawals in the amount of $2,992 The Life & Accident Death Benefit in the amount of $24,000 The Relief Death Benefits in the amount of

MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT REPORT

Bob Steinbacher informed that the WODFF is going to be the recipient of a donation from the Discovery School fundraiser.

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE REPORT

$18,000

SETTING OF DATES

Frank Aguirre presented the following motions.

There was no discussion or objections.

The committee recommends and I so move to

Motion carried to pay the above Relief benefits.

1) LAFD Memorial - October 14th 2) LAFRA Open House – November 4th

pay the usual and customary bills in the amount of $926,801.18. There was no discussion or objections.

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

3) LAFRA Holiday Dinner Dance - December 9th 4) L.A. Retired Fire & Police Holiday Celebration – December 9th

Motion carried to pay the usual and customary bills in the amount of $926,801.18.

MEMORIALS

RETIREMENT DINNERS

The committee recommends and I so move to

George L. True Jimmy J. Salazar

1) Dave Peters – Saturday, October 7th @

approve $750 for the Drill Tower 40 Graduation Ceremony. There was no discussion or

Robert L. Ewert Larry G. Thomas

Steinbacher Residence (Steinbacher)

objections.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion carried to approve $750 for the Drill Tower 40 Graduation Ceremony.

ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE

Steve Berkery presented the following motions.

The committee recommends and I so move to approve the purchase price and trade-in value for the Vice President’s Ford Edge at $28,498. There was no discussion or objections.

The committee recommends and I so move to accept the donations in the amount of $1,773.89 to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. There was no discussion or objections.

Motion carried to approve the purchase price and trade-in value for the Vice President’s Ford Edge at $28,498.

Motion carried to accept the donations in the amount of $1,773.89 to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund.

Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion to adjourn. Tim Larson so moved. Chris Stine seconded. There was no discussion and no objections.

Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of Trustees meeting adjourned at 12:47 p.m.

Bob Steinbacher, President

Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund - October 2017

CRAIG YAMASHIRO/ LAFD FIRE HOGS

FOUNDATION from our 2017 Fundraiser

VP NETWORK C/O THE VALLEY PROFESSIONAL NETWORK in memory of Melanie “Sunshine” Speregen

BRONSON PHOTOGRAPHY, INC.

DAVE PETERS from the Dave Peters Retirement Dinner

GOLD LEE, ATTY AT

LAW from the Dave Peters Retirement Dinner

LAFD GOLF CLUB

WERNER H. WAHLERS in

memory of my wife

Marilyn Wahlers

KIRK P. BINGHAM from the Firemen’s Breakfast at Mimi’s Restaurant in Thousand Oaks

AZIZA M. BRHAN

AVERY CENTRE

PHILLIP MACBRIDE in memory of Gary Nelson

JOHN W. NASH in memory

of my wife of 67 years

Doris Nash

PETER P. PFLEGER

ANONYMOUS DONATION in memory of Jack Gamrat

JOHN L. PECEL in memory of John Gamrat

SCOTT A. LENZ in remembrance of

Robert Ewert

ADAM W. KNABE from Dave Peters Retirement Dinner

KIRK P. BINGHAM from the Firemen’s Breakfast at Mimi’s Restaurant in Thousand Oaks

FIRE STATION NO. 60 from the Fire Extinguisher Fund

GARY T. SHELFORD from the Simi Valley Breakfast Gang at the Firehouse Cafe

PAUL R. FULTON in memory of Dick Gault

RODOLFO SANTIAGO from Dave Peters Retirement Dinner

JAMES R. HAW in memory of John Knierim

GARY E. COOPER in memory of Jack Vander Laan

GARY T. SHELFORD from the Firemen’s Breakfast at the Firehouse Cafe in Simi Valley

SUSAN P. HAAG in memory of Patrick D. Haag

JERRY & JEANIE

  • MC HALE in memory of

Don Sitts

HENRY R. MEDINA

RUBEN A. LOPEZ from the Fire Extinguisher Fund

JOSE L. TEJEDA from the Dave Peters Retirement Dinner

TODD J. SANDS from the Dave Peters Retirement Dinner

MARC S. BOWMAN from the Dave Peters Retirement Dinner

PETER M. BENESCH from the Dave Peters Retirement Dinner

FRANCISCO HERNANDEZ from the

Dave Peters

Retirement Dinner

CHRISTINE M. BRUMBAUGH in memory of Mike Brumbaugh

JAMES J. EBERLE from the Dave Peters Retirement Dinner

JERRY & JEANNIE

  • MC HALE in memory of

Larry Thomas

JAMES G. FARAGHER for

the Yearbook

MALEN W. JACOBS in memory of Jimmy Salazar

ROBERT J. MAC MILLAN

in honor of

Darrayle Prosser

DENNIS L. COVILLE in memory of Harley Rust

WARDE & JOYCE in memory of

Ralph Gary Nelson

JUDY & RAY BENNING in memory of Doris Nash

PAUL T. SEMERJIAN

SCOTT L. AMES from the Antelope Valley Breakfast Club on 9/21/2017

WIDOWS, ORPHANS & DISABLED FIREMEN’S FUND

PAUL T. SEMERJIAN in memory of Larry Thomas

JOHN & MARGITTA MC KINNEY in memory of Billy Rose

MICHAEL R. MYERS in memory of Doris Nash

FIRE STATION NO. 95

from the

Fire Extinguisher Fund

HOPE FOR FIREFIGHERS FOUNDATION

TIM GAULT

CHRISTOPHER J. LOGAN

56 • December 2017

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VACATION

RENTALS

BASS LAKE. Lake view 2 story cabin, 3 bedroom 21/2 bath, rec

room, forced air, sleeps 7-9. Fully

furnished, big screen cable TV/

WIFI, red wood deck, gas BBQ,

walk to Marina/Pines Viilage. No smoking or pets. $200/night. 4

night minimum. Larry Harris LAFD retired (805) 509-5739

BIG BEAR - Beautiful decked two story cabin. 2 bedroom, 1

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minimum.

www.schaffercabin.com

Call Donna/Beep (760)723-1475.

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BBQ, laundry. 2night min. Win-

ter: $190 Fri/Sat, $160 Wkdays. Summer: $140 Fri/Sat, $120

Wkdays. +$110 Cleaning. Some holiday rates. -Tony Zermeno

805-625-1192

BIG BEAR CABIN. 2 bedroom,

2 bath, 2 story. Sleeps 6-8. About 6 miles from ski slopes

& lake. Fireplace/wood, cable,

full kitchen - furnished. $100

LAKE HAVASU LANDING-

per night M - Th. $110 per night

Waterfront, steps to the water.

F-Sun. Weekly available. Sheri

(909) 851-1094 or (760) 948-

Boat mooring out front, off-road

desert behind house. 3 bed/3

  • 2844. bath, fully furnished w/linens. Direct TV/DVR, BBQ, Casino, Grocery/Meat Market, Launch

BIG BEAR LAKE’S FINEST- Deluxe lakeside townhouse, 2

Ramp, Marina with Boat House,

bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable TVs, HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood burning fireplaces, laundry room, tennis

Gated Community. No pets/

smoking. $350 Dan Cook 310 418 1577.

court, indoor pool, sauna, spa, boat dock. Fully equipped, includ- ing all linens. Sleeps 6. 310-541- 8311 or nmbigbear@gmail.com

BULLHEAD CITY / LAKE

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marina and launch ramp. Direct-

ly across from the river, backs

to large park with grass. Fully

equipped kitchen, BBQ, Washer/ Dryer, TV/DVD. No cable. No

pets, No Smoking. Call Kevin

(805) 279-2430

CATALINA BEACH COTTAGE

- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block

to beach, view, fully equipped

housekeeping unit. Marci (818)

347-6783 or Clarence (310) 510-

LAKE HAVASU BEAUTY FOR RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 sq.ft. Fully furnished with all

amenities- Laundry & BBQ.

13,000 sq.ft. lot. 3 car boat-deep

garage. 3 miles from launch ramp. Close to downtown shops

& restaurants. View of the lake.

Quiet street in good neighbor- hood. No pets. No smoking. Snowbird rates. Call Mike (661)

510-6246

LAKE HAVASU LANDING

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bed, 1 1/2 bath, sleeps 4. Steps

to beach, pool, gym, putting course, tennis and more. Newly

refurbished, fully equipped.

Includes golf cart, WiFi. Contact Bart @ (310) 510-0190. Ham- iltoncove.com. Ask for “LAFD 8-89” discount. Owner active

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DESERT CONDOS, RANCHO

MIRAGE (near Palm Springs). 2 bed, 2 bath. Fully furnished condo,

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JUNE LAKE CABIN - 2BR/2BA

cabin with Carson Peak view. Close to fishing & ski- ing. Furnished, wood deck,

equipped kitchen, wood burning stove, tree swing, cable /DVD/ phone. Garage/ample parking. $100/night plus cleaning fee.

Email for pictures. Jeff Easton LAFD retired (805) 217-5602.

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58 • December 2017

LAKE HAVASU LANDING RE- SORT BEACHFRONT HOME

with boat mooring. Swim, ski

or fish from front yard. 4 bed/2 bath, fully furnished. DirectTV/

DVD/WiFi, pool table, laundry,

BBQ. Gated community with ca-

sino, groceries, marina, launch ramp and off-road trails. No

pets, no smoking. $350 Bowen/

Garner email:

havasulanding27@gmail.com

LAKE NACIMIENTO. Oak Shores gated community. 3

bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, large loft.

3minute drive to main marina in Oak Shores. Large flat driveway. Fully equipped kitchen, BBQ, washer/dryer, TV/DVD. No cable. No pets/smoking. $185/

night. 3 night minimum. Call Ben (805) 444-2264.

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MAMMOTH - 1 bedroom Sum-

mit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient

underground garage parking. Ja- cuzzis, gym (pool/tennis in sum- mertime), shuttle right outside!

Across from Eagle Lodge, Win- ter $110 per night, Summer $80 per night plus $65 cleaning fee and 13% tax. All linens included. Drew or Nancy Oliphant (661) 513-2000 or mammoth241@ aol.com

MAMMOTH CONDO. 2 bedroom

& large loft, 3 full baths, sleeps 8.

  • 5 minute walk to Canyon Lodge.

Fully furnished, TVs, VCR/DVD,

pool, spa, rec room, sauna, lin- ens included. Winter $175 week-

days, $195-weekends/holidays;

summer $125, plus cleaning. No

smoking; no pets. Craig Yoder

(909) 948-3659.

MAMMOTH CONDO - 2 bdrm,

  • 2 bath, 2 TV’s, phone, garage,

pool, jacuzzi, fully furnished - ex-

ept linens. Near shuttle/chair 15. Winter $125/night. Weekends

and Holidays $110

midweek.

Summer $95/night. $495/week.

No smoking. No pets. Jim John-

son (818) 992-7564, FS 80C.

MAMMOTH CONDO- SEA- SONS FOUR RESORT.

Charming and cozy furnished

  • 1 Bedroom sleeps 5. Updated

unit with amenities including

wifi, sauna, jacuzzi, phone, rec room, 2 flat screens , DVD players. W/D on site. Shuttle

stop. Walking distance to village.

$120/night + $80 Cleaning fee

Bobby@310-350-5552.

MAMMOTH CONDO NEXT TO THE GONDOLA VILLAGE

Fully furnished, three bed- room, two bath with towels and linens, newly remodeled kitchen,

internet and cable TV, pool and

Jacuzzi. Walk to the gondola,

shops, restaurants and ski in on the new comeback trail. Parking

at the front door. Winter: $250/ night. Summer $150/night. Holidays $300/night. Cleaning is

included. Call Mike Whitehouse, Retired, 805-987-6122, email:

btkwhitey@yahoo.com

or Bruce Galien, Retired, 661-

645-7448, email: luvbaja2@aol. com

MAMMOTH CONDO Cozy 2 bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully fur-

nished, WIFI, 3 TV’s, pool, spa,

walk to shuttle, Old Mammoth area. Winter $115, Summer $90, plus cleaning fee $139 and 14% city tax. Includes linens. No pets, no smoking. Call (310)

540-4648.

MAMMOTH CONDO AT MAM-

MOTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA, sleeps 10, fully furnished, 2

TVs, DVDs, WiFi, towels/linens, fireplace. Full kitchen. Walk to Gondola Village and shuttle.

Complex has pool, spa, sauna,

laundry. Winter $335/night, Sum- mer $215/night, plus cleaning.

Includes city bed tax. No pets, no smoking. Dory Jones (310) 918-0631 or Kelly Corcoran (310) 619-5355

MAMMOTH LAKES - One bedroom, extremely charming

wildflower condo. Full amenities, close to shuttle. Antiques, art,

satellite TV, fireplace. Sleeps 4.

Winter $110, Summer $85 plus cleaning fees. Call Bill Clark (818) 371-6722

Email: shakesong@aol.com

MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:

Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed,

sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR, DVD. Garage parking. Walk to

Canyon Lodge. Ski back trail.

2 night minimum. Winter $100/

nite, $125 Fri, Sat & Holidays.

Summer $60/nite. Plus $120

cleaning & linens. Jeff & Lisa

Moir (661) 254-5788.

MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:

Walk to Canyon Lodge. Studio loft sleeps 4. Queen beds, full kitchen, 2 baths, garage parking,

TV, VCR, DVD. Winter Sun- Thurs $100.nite; Fri & Sat $115/

nite plus cleaning fee $100. Non smoking complex. Joel Parker, LAFD retired. email: cat25sailor@gmail.com or (213) 399-6534.

MAUI BEACH FRONT CONDO

ON NAPILI BAY - 50’ from water. Studios and 1 bedroom. Luxury furnishings + full kitchen. All the amenities! Maui’s best

snorkeling/beach. All island activities & Kapalua within 4

minutes. 5-day minimum, from

$150 per night (regularly $310/

night). Call Sherrie or Bill for

info/reservations (805) 530-0007

or email: pmimaui@aol.com or visit:

friendly. Spacious 4 bedrooms with game room. Come relax

www.napilibaymaui.com

and enjoy the large pool with

MAUI’S MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful

jacuzzi and built-in BBQ. Game room has a pool table, ping pong table, pinball machine and bar.

furnished condo that sleeps 4.

Patio areas with seating for all.

Lanai/balcony, full kitchen, king

Walk to “El Paseo” dining and

bed, flat screen TV’s/DVD, AC’s

stores. Pet friendly. No smoking.

free WiFi (internet), complimen-

Email: lilinoecastro@yahoo.

tary maid service, complimen- tary coffee every morning and

com or text (562) 895-8263.

breakfast on Fridays. Special

PALM DESERT-3 bed/2bath,

firefighters’ discount - Best value

one level. New re-model, fully

in West Maui! Nice pool & BBQ area - Close to beach! (800)

furnished w/linens. Cable TV/ DVR, Private Patio, BBQ, Laun-

336-2185

dry, Garage, Gated Community,

www.napilivillage.com

two (Pools, Jacuzzi’s, Tennis

Don Sprenger - retired LAFD

Courts). Near College of the

(949) 929-0989

Desert. $175 Dan Cook 310 418

MAUI CONDO 1 AND 2 BED- ROOMS. Centrally located on beautiful Maalaea Bay. Excellent

swimming and snorkeling; white sandy beach. Minutes from golf, tennis, fishing, shopping, airport and resort areas. Marsha Smith or Jeanne McJannet. Toll free (800) 367-6084. www.maalaeabay.com

PALM DESERT - Gated mini estate on half acre. Multi-family

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friendly. Nearby golf, casinos,

ATV riding. Also, Premier lodging for Coachella music festivals.

*Seasonal duck hunting club.

See website for rates and info:

sunsetranchoasis.com

or call Nick Davidson

(424) 237-4121

VACATION

VEHICLES

MOTORHOMES FOR RENT.

Several Class C’s & Class A’s for

  • 1577. rent. Serving family and friends for over 15 years. LAFD, LASD,

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE Ro-

mantic Chalet Family getaway.

  • 3 bed/2 bath plus loft. Sleeps

8–10. Cable TV, washer/dryer, microwave, woodburning stove.

  • 7 minutes to casinos and Heav-

enly. Located in Tahoe Paradise. $115 per night plus cleaning. Call Shawn or Rose Agnew at (661) 250-9907 or (661) 476-

IPD, OXPD, OXFIRE, LACO,

LACITY, LACITY SKI CLUB. Visit us at www.so-calrv.com or call 661-297-2398 as for Jeff.

Make money with your mo-

torhomes to offset your payment.

We sub-lease RV’s.

6288.

** SPECIAL ** ANNOUNCEMENT

2006 LAFD Yearbook Available

There are a limited number of the 2006 LAFD/LAFRA Year- books available for purchase. If you would like one, they are available for a $35 donation to the Widows, Orphans & Dis- abled Firemen’s Fund. Send a check made out to LAFRA WODFF, along with your name and mailing address to: 2006 Yearbook, 7470 No. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90041.

** SPECIAL ** ANNOUNCEMENT 2006 LAFD Yearbook Available There are a limited number of the 2006
** SPECIAL ** ANNOUNCEMENT 2006 LAFD Yearbook Available There are a limited number of the 2006
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Deal direct with authorized Factory Dealers

Offering members of the Los Angeles Fire Department

Courteous, Ethical, and Special Consideration in the purchase of your new car.

GALPIN FORD

“#1 Volume Ford Dealer in the world for 20 consecutive years!”

Lincoln / Mercury / Honda / Mazda /

Volvo / Ford / Jaguar / Lotus / Aston

Martin / Spyker / Galpin Auto Sports

For special pricing contact

Terry Miller—Fleet Sales & Leasing

15505 Roscoe Blvd North Hills CA 91343 818-797-3800 l www.galpin.com

1.800.GO.GALPIN

HAMER TOYOTA, INC. Camry / Celica / Corolla / Tundra

Tacoma / Sienna / Supra / Solara 11041 Sepulveda Blvd Mission Hills CA

Ask for Steve Denson—Fleet Mgr

steve@hamertoyota.com

818-365-9621

HONDA OF HOLLYWOOD

Honda - Sales and Leasing

Large Selection of Used Vehicles

6511 Santa Monica Blvd Hollywood CA

Ask for Dave Erickson

323-466-3251 l Fax: 323-462-0187

DaveE@hondaofhollywood.com

“Specializing in hassle-free car buying”

Christmas Time at Fire Station 89 Circa 1992. Photo taken by David Blaire Left to right
Christmas Time at Fire Station 89
Circa 1992. Photo taken by David Blaire
Left to right kneeling: Ted Nonini, Unknown PM, Jim Gaffney, Dale Meyers, Wayne Nakamura, Grover (rookie), Female Explorers are sisters Jessica and Wendy.
Standing: Tom Bureau, Rob Tolan, Jim Ruiz, Santa Claus, Unknown Explorer, Ralph Urquiza, Chris Segovia
Truck 89, behind the ambulance, was known as “Christine” because it had a mind and spirit of its own - starting up all by itself every now and then.
60 • December 2017
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Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association 7470 N Figueroa Street Los Angeles CA 90041-1725

Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association 7470 N Figueroa Street Los Angeles CA 90041-1725

Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association 7470 N Figueroa Street Los Angeles CA 90041-1725
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