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On the cover: Major Emergency Fire - By Mike Meadows

Inset LAFD photo by: Brian Litt


Major Emergency Fire - Panorama City

2 • February 2018
VOL. XCIV FEBRUARY 2018 NO. 6

• FEATURES •
In Memory of Captain Keith Stewart
“K Stew” as he was affectionately known, lived by the motto
“Good, better, best. Never let it rest.” Until your good is better
and your better is best!” His legacy and teachings will live
on through all who knew him. • ................................................07

Fire on Ice
When a toddler accidentally slides onto the ice of semi-frozen
Big Bear Lake, an off-duty LAFD member jumps into action
and attempts a harrowing rescue • ...........................................08

A Moving Building is a Collapsing Building


Watch as a mansard falls, injuring five of the LAFD’s
bravest, and learn about the warning signs of an imminent
building collapse • ...................................................................38

• CONTENTS •
President’s Message • .........................................................................05
Battalion News • .....................................................................................11
Station Fridge • .......................................................................................31
The Retired Guys • ...............................................................................33
Department in Action • .........................................................................34
Anytime, Anywhere Cardio Workout
Jumping rope isn’t just for kids anymore • ............................................40
Memorials • ...........................................................................................42
Calling All FS 17 Alumni!!
Purchase a lithograph of the old firehouse and help the WODFF • ......43
Flood Damaged Cars
CATF-1 saved them, but would you want to buy one? • .....................45
Mailbox • ...............................................................................................46
LAFD History
132 years of LAFD service • .............................................................51
Minutes of the Board of Trustees • .....................................................54
Classifieds • ...........................................................................................57
Tailboard • .............................................................................................60

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February 2018 • 3
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LOS ANGELES FIREMEN’S RELIEF ASSOCIATION


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

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Chris Stine Gene Bednarchik Rich Moody
Craig White Henry Gasbarri Rick Godinez
Danny Wu Jim Duffy Steve Berkery
David Peters Joe Vigil Steven Domanski
Doak Smith John Jacobsen Tim Freeman Jr.
Frank Aguirre Kenny Breskin Tim Larson
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CHAPLAINS
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797-2404 or the MFC Floor Captain at (213) 576-8920
Greg W. Gibson...................Chaplain Hershy Z. Ten.......................Chaplain
Danny Leon..........................Chaplain Roger Fowble.....................Chaplain
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4 • February 2018
Here we are in February, the shortest month of the year. ally identical, but it will not include pharmacy information. Ex-
Whether you pronounce it Feb-yoo-air-ee or Feb-roo-air-ee, it’s press Scripts will issue a separate pharmacy card, meaning once
the time of year when the days start getting longer, and it starts you turn 65, you will carry two cards: one for medical benefits
staying light later into the evenings. Spring will be here before we and one for pharmacy benefits.
know it. Time flies so make each day count.
February is American Heart Month. The American Heart Is there a higher office visit copayment charged when visiting
Association says one in every four deaths in this country is caused a Specialist?
by heart disease and is the leading cause of death for both men No, LAFRA’s PPO Plan does not charge a higher fee when
and women. Heart disease can be prevented, and we can teach you visit a specialist. A $15 office visit copay applies when visit-
our kids to make healthier choices and lead by example. If you’re ing an Anthem Blue Cross contracted provider or a $30 office
already in one stage of the disease or another, the American Heart visit copay applies when you visit a non-contracted provider.
Association suggests managing it by making one small change at
a time. Take care of yourself and your loved ones and schedule Why does only the subscriber’s name appear on the medical/
annual wellness exams this month. pharmacy ID card?
Speaking of taking care of your loved ones, there’s no time While only the subscriber’s name appears on the medical/
like the present to get your house in order with a will and trust. pharmacy ID card, when dependents on the Plan go to the doctor,
Double-check to make sure your beneficiary information on your eligibility is confirmed by using the Alternate ID number, which
life insurance policy is up-to-date and that your Life and Accident appears on the front of the card. Please note, LAFRA PPO mem-
form is current at LAFRA. If you haven’t terminated a former bers utilize the Anthem Blue Cross network, but providers must
spouse or domestic partner from the Medical Plan, know you are confirm eligibility by calling HealthSCOPE Benefits (HSB) at
required by law to do so within 60 days of the final judgement. 1-866-995-2372. The number is listed on the back of the card.
Newborns must also be added to the Plan within the first 60 days.
I want to congratulate returning Trustees Tim Freeman Jr., Explanation of Benefits (EOB): Why does the EOB I received
John Jacobsen, Jim Duffy, and Tim Larson. They were each re- say I owe nothing, but an invoice from the provider indicates
elected to three-year terms. Their dedication and continued vol- there is patient liability?
unteerism is appreciated. I would also like to welcome our newest Always open and read the information you receive from
Trustees Kenny Breskin and Rich Moody. Working together with HSB because even if the ‘Patient Liability’ amount says you
the dedicated staff and volunteers, we will continue to build an owe nothing, refer down to the bottom section of the EOB under
even stronger organization. ‘Comment Codes’ to make certain the claim has not been denied
I would like to recognize the contributions of Doug Weber, pending receipt of required information from your provider. If
Mike Reitmayer, and also their families for the great job they did you have questions or concerns, please call 1-866-995-2372.
organizing Buzzard Bait 2018. It’s inspiring to see that hard work
and determination really are the keys to pulling off a fun and suc- SAVE THE DATE:
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scriber or the subscriber’s spouse turns 65? 25, 2018.
When a subscriber or a subscriber’s spouse turns 65, they
are automatically enrolled to the Employer Group Waiver Plan Be safe and be kind to each other!
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Captain Keith Stewart, “K Stew” as he was affectionately known, He was naturally curious and worked hard to improve himself
began his career with the Los Angeles City Fire Department on April whenever possible. He lived by the motto, “Good, better, best. Never let
8, 1993. He served as a Firefighter for seven years before promoting to it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best!” He loved cars
Engineer on February 11, 2001. Once he promoted, he continued to study and motorcycles, and enjoyed riding with the Fire Hogs. He had a life-
and promoted to Captain I in November of 2005. Keith’s final promotion long love and interest in martial arts, and was a third degree black-belt in
was to Captain II in August of 2014. Jiu-jitsu. Keith’s dedication to the community, citizens of Los Angeles,
K Stew enjoyed challenging himself, and learning new things. and his fellow firefighters, can only be reflected by the number of lives
During his career, he worked in Westwood, Hollywood, Mid-City, Watts, that he touched. His legacy and teachings will live on through all who
Harbor Gateway, West Valley, Downtown and Highland Park. He also knew him.
worked as an Instructor at Drill Tower 81.

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f crisis
Every year members of the Big Bear and other families to go sledding down a snow-
Fire Department conduct training exercises in covered hill near the lake. A 10-foot mound had
preparation for a potential ice rescue. With the created a stopping point for those wanting to
proper protective gear and rescue equipment enjoy a sled ride and most were enjoying what
at their sides, they brave the cold weather and was shaping up to be a beautiful day.
bravely venture out onto the frozen tundra sur- That all changed in moments when
rounding Big Bear lake, which is located at al- cheers of fun turned to screams of horror as
most 7,000 ft in the San Bernardino Mountains. a panic-stricken father watched as his three-
Unfortunately for Los Angeles City Firefighter/ year-old son disappeared over the mounded
Paramedic Andrew Guzzard, the same training wall of snow and headed towards the freezing
regimen does not apply in a city where the av- lake below. Witnessing the toddler’s disappear-
erage temperature in January is a balmy 55° F, ance over the mound of snow himself, Guzzard
and the closest resemblance to frozen tundra immediately reacted. Along with his group of
are large potholes that occasionally freeze over friends and family, he raced down the hill to
on a few winter nights. discover a young boy, stranded on his tobog-
However, this fact didn’t slow the hero- gan, some 75-feet out on the lake. Fraught with
ic decision made by Firefighter/Paramedic An- panic, but with the willingness to put his own
drew Guzzard. On January 21, 2017, while on life at risk, the boy’s father attempted to step
a family vacation in Big Bear, Andrew and his out onto the fragile ice, but Firefighter/Para-
family and friends were experiencing a heavy medic Guzzard wisely warned him against it.
winter storm. During a break in the weather, Recognizing that the ice would most likely
Andrew ventured outside with his wife, son, break under the weight of the man, Guzzard
Medal of Merit
Firefighter/Paramedic
Andrew Guzzard

8 • February 2018
instead grabbed an inner tube from a nearby
child and, while lying on his stomach, slid out
onto the ice. Moving as fast as he dared but
with care, he used the tips of his toes to propel
himself forward toward the terrified little boy.
As Guzzard progressed, he frequently
called out to the child to stay put. After what
must have seemed like a lifetime to the boy’s
father, Guzzard safely reached the boy. Quick-
ly reaching out, he took hold of the child and
swiftly maneuvered him onto the inner tube.
With the ice continuing to crack beneath them,
Guzzard again used his toes to propel and steer
the two back to shore.
Because of Los Angeles City Firefight-
er/Paramedic Andrew Guzzard quick thinking
and self-less act of heroism, the young boy was
returned to the arms of his waiting father and
is alive and well today. For his actions, the Los
Angeles Fire Department Foundation awarded
him with the Medal of Merit.

February 2018 • 9
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10 • February 2018
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Deputy Chief Fligiel congratulates Adam Fisher Vincent Dimeglio promoted to


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February 2018 • 11
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Engine 76 and Batt 5 tender a salute for Cal Fire Engineer


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February 2018 • 13
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14 • February 2018
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February 2018 • 15
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16 • February 2018
On 1/1/18, companies battled a commercial fire in
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On 1/1/18, companies extricate victim of


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February 2018 • 17
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Companies extricated the driver of an auto crashed
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The Berkeley Hall Kindergarten made a Spark of Love


toy donation after the Skirball fire near their school

One more shot from the Creek fire.


Photo by Brian Litt

February 2018 • 19
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20 • February 2018
Lee Westfall promoted to Captain I at FS 6-A Eric Fisher promoted to Engineer at FS 11-A

Travis Foellmer promoted to Engineer at FS 13-A Richard Thompson promoted to Captain I at FS 26-A

February 2018 • 21
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22 • February 2018
Engine 7 responded to a vegetation fire
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Six acres of brush on Oro Vista in Sunland ON 12/29/17, E 75 handled an auto at Woodman
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TF 66 found nothing showing on 54th Street


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February 2018 • 23
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24 • February 2018
Fritz Coleman dropped by FS 86 to deliver a WODFF
donation from the Toluca Lake Country Club

Firefighter from 89’s ventilates a stubborn


fire in NoHo. Photo by Mike Meadows LF 78 shuts down a hydrant on Mulholland Drive

February 2018 • 25
The Tiengerd brothers cooking up their own version of Thai at FS 18

26 • February 2018
Firefighters help disabled riders off a stalled MetroLink near San Fernando Rd on 12/4/17. Photos by Rick McClure

Companies turn out for the Cal Fire Engineer Cory


Iverson funeral procession. LAFD photo by RJ Kilpatrick

February 2018 • 27
Companies handled a structure fire at 2831 Expo-
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28 • February 2018
Well, the audio may not go off as much
as at Fire Station 9 or 46, but the activity level,
training, and job proficiency makes things just
as busy for the members within the four walls
of Air Operations.
I know it will be a few months before
this article is published, but we would still like
to recognize and welcome the two new ARFF
Commanders at FS 114: Captain I Eric Verwey
on the B-Platoon and Captain I Adam Zimmer-
man on the C-Platoon. These two officers are
a welcome addition to the ARFF and will join
Captain I Robert Aragon.
Congratulations to Pilot I Jonith John-
son who completed the LAPD flight school Jonith Johnson earns his wings
and will now join his crew at FS 114 on the B-
Platoon to continue his LAFD pilot training. A
ceremony was held at LAPD’s Hooper Heliport
(Piper Tech) to present Pilot I Jonith Johnson
with his wings, which included a luncheon, and
a ceremonial fly-by piloted by none other than
Pilot Johnson himself.
Also moving through the ranks achiev-
ing his Pilot II status is Pilot II Joel Smith,
and newly promoted Pilot III Brandon Prince.
Congratulations to all of you.
Another congratulations is in order, Air
Operations wishes a much deserved farewell
and good luck to FF/PM Greg Sanderson, retir-
ing after 32 years of service. FF/PM Sander-
son has served as a flight paramedic with Air
Operations since 2000. He brought along his
years of military experience, and a passion for
this line of work that will be tough to replace.
From all of Air Operations, Greg, we wish you
a long, healthy and happy retirement!
ARFF 114 at their annual certification burn in San Bernardino

February 2018 • 29
A media demonstration of LAFD drones at the site of the Skirball fire.
One of the drones is equipped with FLIR. LAFD photo by Harry Garvin

On 12/19/17, the Fire Commission awarded Certificates of


Appreciation to seven firefighters. LAFD photos by David Ortiz

30 • February 2018
February 2018 • 31
The LAFD ANNUAL DOUBLES TOURNAMENT is scheduled for
February through May 2018. To register, you can email,
call, or text, before the deadline of Febuary 15, 2018.
Notifications will be posted on Facebook website
for all to view. Any questions, do not hesitate
to call. Thanks for your participation and
continued support of this event & LAFD
tradition.

• Divisions: A, B, C, D
(Masters 45 and up)
• Deadline: February 15, 2018
• Registration by:
- Dept email: richard.ramirez@lacity.org
- Phone # 562-965-8277, FS 2. Please register
your name & partner, assignment, platoon,
division you want to play, and shirt sizes.
Players will be responsible for • Payment: On-line to Firefighters First Credit
making own game times and Union. The account is #80899101 (laf). Place
locations at LAFD stations. Any your name on comment line. Please make
checks out to LAFD Handball.
questions please call. • Entry fee: $40.00 per player

32 • February 2018
I think I’m in trouble again. Glo- As you might guess, Ms. Allred with Ms. Lisa Bloom, Ms. Allred’s
ria Allred contacted me and informed had heard many stories about FS 14 and daughter.
me that she was filin’ a complaint re- had spoken with several members of
gardin’ my last article. Specifically, the the Administration about this “storied” COWBOY HUMOR
paragraph statin’ that Captain I’s were fire station. My attempt at explainin’
basically secretaries for their Captain the “Fake News Factor” comin’ from Durin’ labor, the pain is
II’s. Also, the statement about how the the Administration didn’t seem to be so great that a woman .
Captain I’s were supposed to, “Keep taken seriously by Ms. Allred, but she . . can almost imagine
the Captain II’s happy,” was not well admitted there were two sides to ev- what a man feels like
received. I guess she figured there ery story. Ms. Allred reluctantly ended when he has a cold.
were some Captain I duties that were her questionin’ but I sensed that my
too unspeakable to speak about and answers didn’t satisfy her or the story AC
requested I provide more in-depth in- she was lookin’ for. I suggested she KEEP SMILIN’!
formation. visit FS 14 but quickly reminded her choppedup@att.net
Ms. Allred is representin’ the that the station is now a single engine
“USISOTJATAW,” better known as company and is only a mere shadow
“United Secretaries In Search of Truth, of itself since the Administration had
Justice and the American Way.” Yeah I dismantled the pride of Central Ave.
know, I never heard of them either but That seemed to spark her inter-
just because no one knows about this est as she asked, “Why?” I explained
organization doesn’t mean they don’t that a few of the COWBOYS use to
exist. smoke cigars and cigarettes and when
None-the-less, Ms. Allred was the wind blew in a north-westerly di-
extremely concerned about the wor- rection it would find its way to the If you have any info on the whereabouts of
kin’ conditions and the general wor- upper levels of City Hall East. I told these suspects, please contact Gloria Allred.
kin’ environment that existed at FS 14. her that some of our chiefs at the time Photo from the Denny Willahan Collection
I informed her that the only dastardly were very sensitive
duties performed by Captain I’s were to smoke, so they
goin’ on multiple runs after midnight decided it was best
while the Captain II’s never stirred un- to shut down T-14
LA HABRA HEIGHTS FIRE DEPARTMENT
til 6:30 the next mornin’. And the ad- and eliminate the
ditional pay given to Captain II’s for problem. Seeking applicants for the positions of:
Fire Marshal & Part-Time Brush Clearance Inspectors
sleepin’ all night was of concern to She thanked $35 - $39 per hr. (Projected) - WORK SCHEDULE – To Be Determined
me and seemed a bit unfair. Naturally me for my time
Ms. Allred saw no problem with this as she concluded
BRUSH INSPECTORS/FIREFIGHTERS RETIRED? RETIRING?
The City of La Habra Heights is a rural wildland/urban interface community of 5300 residents, 2300
oversight. I continued explainin’ to her her questionin’ but parcels with heavy brush, large homes and minimum 1 acre parcels. The City is classified in the
Very High Fire Severity Hazard Zone and requires 100% brush clearance for all parcels and is
about the positive and upliftin’ wor- promised to come located on the eastern edge of Los Angeles County between Hacienda Heights and Whittier.

kin’ conditions and the esprit de corps back next month The City is developing a new Brush Clearance program utilizing a Full or Part-Time Fire Marshal to
manage the program and several Part-Time Brush Clearance Inspectors starting in January 2018
that was maintained at FS 14. I also to, “Get more de- The ideal candidate will have at least two (2) years of brush clearance experience inspection or

mentioned the Captain I’s were well tails.” Standby for wildland firefighting experience.
Positions open until filled http://lhhcity.org Phone: (562) 694-8283 x326
respected and were almost never whis- Part II of my inter- Fire Chief Doug Graft, LAFD Ret. & Assistant Fire Chief Ron Myers, LAFD Ret.
tled at, groped, grabbed or pinched. view next month

February 2018 • 33
STRIP MALL – MAJOR EMERGENCY
Panorama City
Photos by Greg Doyle, Mike Meadows, Brian Litt
and Kelly Seidel

34 • February 2018
On Saturday, December 16, at 12:01 PM, 150
firefighters battled a major emergency structure fire on
the 13700 block of W. Roscoe Blvd at a 50’ x 150’ strip
mall. The blaze injured 5 firefighters, all with non-life-
threatening injuries.

February 2018 • 35
36 • February 2018
TOBI L. PERKINS, Captain I/Paramedic,
EMS 1-B, EMS Bureau BILL BRINGAS, Engineer, FS 23-C

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2018 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2018

Newport Dunes - Back Bay Bistro King Gillette Ranch


1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach CA 26800 Mulholland Drive, Calabasas CA

Social Hour - 5:00 PM Dinner - 6:00 PM Starts at 3:00 PM


BBQ Dinner by the LAFD BBQ Team - No Cost
Buffet Dinner - $65
Call Bill Bringas - (805) 660-7473
Natalie Goshi, MFC - (213) 576-8900 or Boy Scouts dorms available to spend
Fire Station 4 - (213) 485-6208 the night at $20 per person. Bring a sleeping bag!
RSVP by January 25, 2018

CHUCK BUTLER, Deputy Chief,


JIM “JIMMY” RODRIGUEZ, Engineer, Operations West Bureau
FS 74-A
THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2018
Brookside Golf Club
Rodriguez Residence
1133 Rosemont, Pasadena CA
10073 Orcas Avenue, Shadow Hills CA
Time: 6:00 PM
Social Hour - 3:00 PM Dinner - 4:00 PM
$60, tax, tip & gift included - Chicken or Beef
No cost
Raul Coronado - (714) 305-2578 or
Call FS 74 - (818) 756-8674 or
Scott Larue - (661) 400-3404 or
email: aggie.rodriguez@lacity.org
email: scott.larue@lacity,org

MICHAEL SCHAEFER, A/O, FS74-A

THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018

Caesar Banquet Hall


6723 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga CA

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

Buffet Dinner - $35

Call FS 74 - (818) 756-8674

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 there would be . . . well, you can do the math!
So take your turn in the cooking rotation and remember to drop all your change into your station’s
extinguisher. There should be one in every firehouse. And any loose change in your pockets, any that you
find in the TV chairs, or hoarded in the “ashtray” of your vehicle can be thrown in for good measure.
The Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund is the heart of the Relief Association. This fund
provides assistance to our firefighters and families who are faced with personal difficulties and tragedies.
Donations are the sole means of support for this Fund.
Firefighters risk their lives to protect the community on a daily basis. Thus, they and their families can
be comforted in knowing that the “Fire Department Family,” supported by the Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemen’s Fund, is there for them in times of need.

February 2018 • 37
One of the greatest hazards in firefighting is the threat of building
collapse. And we do not have to be on the inside to get killed. We must
be alert on the fire scene, and be aware of the signs of imminent collapse.
Building movement most times is very subtle. But a moving building is a
collapsing building. What other signs - in addition to cracks, bulges, and
leaning walls - should we be looking for?
• Load increase as a result of water load
• Water or smoke that pushes through what appears to be a solid
masonry wall
• Sagging floors, roofs and other horizontal structural members
• Mansards share the same collapse hazards as cornices on old
buildings. Fire showing from windows in a strip center can
penetrate the soffit and spread throughout the entire length of a
mansard which are rarely equipped with fire-stops. When a false
mansard falls, it can bring the masonry parapet wall with it.
• Wall openings - doors, windows, and passageways. Are they
square? Do the doors still fit? Can you close them? Have the
windows cracked for no reason? Are the frames square in the
window frame? If not, the building is probably moving.

These are just a few of the warning signs. What are some other clues that
you should change the strategy to defensive as soon as possible?

38 • February 2018
February 2018 • 39
A jump rope may seem like a kid’s toy, but it’s
really an incredibly efficient and versatile workout tool that
is regularly used in the training routines of athletes like
boxers and MMA fighters. If you want a great cardio-
vascular workout anytime, anywhere – jumping rope
is your answer.
Depending on the intensity of your
jumping, in as little as 10 minutes
you can burn up to 200 calories.
That’s about the same as run-
ning at 8.5 MPH (a seven-minute
mile). Besides the calorie burn, it’s
a great total body toning exercise. It
hits almost every muscle in the body
in some way. Its main targets are your
calves, quads, glutes, bi’s and tri’s, and
core. Depending on the technique you
are using, you can target even more areas
- like your chest, upper back, and hip flex-
ors. Jumping rope workouts also give you an
extended metabolism boost, allowing you to
burn calories at an elevated rate for an hour or
two after you’ve finished.
You have to gradually prepare your body
for the impact of jumping, so begin on a flexible
wooden floor or rubber mat. Hold the rope with hands
at about hip height and elbows slightly bent, keeping your
upper arms close to your sides. Your chest should be out
and your shoulders back. Make your jumps small and land
on the balls of your feet.
40 • February 2018
THE WORKOUT
HOW TO SIZE
This workout consists of two sections. You’ll practice
YOUR JUMP ROPE
different jumps, rest two minutes, and move on to the next
There are a number of fac-
section: tors that influence the optimal jump
rope length for you, including the
Section 1 length of your arms, the length of your
1. Forward Jump – 60 seconds handles, where you hold your hands, and
Jump with both feet together, swinging the rope forward your workout objective. The list below will
(the basic jump).
provide some guidelines:
• Stand on the middle of the
2. Side-to-Side – 60 seconds
rope with one foot
Jump a few inches to your left as you swing the rope. Then
• Pull the handles straight
to your right. Get into a rhythm. up making sure the rope
3. Backward Jump – 60 seconds is taut
Jump with both feet together, swinging the rope backwards. • For beginners, the top
4. Single-Leg Jump-Left – 60 seconds of the handles should
Jump on one foot; land softly. reach close to the shoulder
5. Single-Leg Jump-Right – 60 seconds • For experienced jump-
ers, the top of the handles
Jump on the other foot.
should reach the armpit or
below
Section 2
• If the handles extend be-
1. Forward Jump – 60 seconds yond your shoulders, your
2. Alternating Jump – 60 seconds rope needs to be shortened
Jump back and forth from one foot to the other. • You can temporarily
3. Foot-Cross Jump- 60 seconds shorten many ropes by tying
Cross your feet over each other on each rep. Alternate the a knot below the handles
foot that lands in front.
• If in doubt, it’s better to
get a rope that’s too long
4. Single-Leg Jump-Left – 60 seconds
rather than too short
5. Single-Leg Jump-Right – 60 seconds

February 2018 • 41
MEMBERS
Ervin D. Eslinger, Firefighter II. Appointed September 23, 1957.
Retired on a disability pension June 24, 1982 from FS 64-A. Passed away December 2, 2017.

Monte F. Graham, Engineer. Appointed November 1, 1948.


Retired on a service pension June 1, 1980 from FS 59-A. Passed away December 3, 2017.

Robert O. Duncan, Firefighter II. Appointed January 6, 1973.


Retired on a disability pension June 29, 1980 from FS 105-B. Passed away December 10, 2017.

Donald E. Betsworth, Captain. Appointed September 23, 1957.


Retired on a service pension January 4, 1988 from FS 47-A. Passed away December 14, 2017.

Damon P. Bell, Firefighter III. Appointed July 25, 1970.


Retired on a service pension January 23, 1994 from FS 33-B. Passed away December 22, 2017.

Robert W. Miller, Firefighter II. Appointed November 18, 1946.


Retired on a service pension January 7, 1972 from FS 24-B. Passed away December 22, 2017.

Arthur C. Johnson, Fire Inspector. Appointed February 4, 1961.


Retired on a service pension July 5, 1987 from FPB-Engineering. Passed away December 23, 2017.

Robert K. Brown, Engineer. Appointed May 19, 1958.


Retired on a disability pension October 20, 1988 from FS 56-A. Passed away December 24, 2017.

Dennis M. Benkovsky, Captain I. Appointed April 1, 1973.


Retired on a service pension June 30, 2008 from FS 97-C. Passed away December 25, 2017.

Rodney D. Hillerts, Apparatus Operator. Appointed June 28, 1969.


Retired on a disability pension October 4, 1984. Passed away December 29, 2017.

FAMILY
Sharon L. Mobaldi, surviving spouse of Alfred Risk, passed away November 29, 2017.
Margaret E. Bast, surviving spouse of Richard H. Bast, passed away December 2, 2017.
Faye P. Jasich, surviving spouse of Antone P. Jasich, passed away December 14, 2017.
Nina M. Clegg, spouse of Don W. Clegg, passed away December 14, 2017.
Cora J. Fish, surviving spouse of Arthur V. Fish, passed away December 18, 2017.
Betty J. Young, surviving spouse of Harold H. Young, passed away December 20, 2017.
Lois Billos, surviving spouse of Harry P. Billos, passed away December 20, 2017.

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42 • February 2018
Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Goodness is the only investment
that never fails.” This is a sentiment that resonates in Dan and Diana
Butcher’s hearts. Retired now, Dan spent 35 years on the LAFD, nearly
20 of those years assigned to FS 17. During this time, he worked along-
side legendary Captain Lane Kemper and was witness to the support and
care Lane received from the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association
during his lengthy illness.
It was this support that inspired Dan and his wife to want to pay
back the kindness shown to Lane. So, with their own money, they com-
missioned contemporary artist John Ramos (JohnRamos.com) to recre-
ate a rendition of one of the most iconic fire stations in the City’s history-
-old Fire Station 17. Combining the architectural style of the 1930’s,
along with the influence of the eastside lifestyle, this limited-edition 16
x 24 lithograph is now available for $150. The first 100 lithographs will
come signed by the artist and all proceeds will be donated directly to the
Relief Association’s Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund.
Whether you were once assigned to FS 17, currently assigned, or
just have the love of art, your donation will be used to help the families
of firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty or facing other seri-
ous crises. Please contact Dan or Diana Butcher at (909) 851-6621 or
email them at ladedi_2000@yahoo.com to purchase your print and for
Dan (far left) with the crew at Old 17’s
additional shipping information.

February 2018 • 43
15th ANNUAL HANDBALL TOURNAMENT

HONORING A/O DANNY


LEON. 38 YEARS OF
SERVICE. 20 YEARS AT
THE TWO-SIX.

TUESDAY, BREAKFAST,
FEBRUARY LUNCH, T-
20TH, 2018 “A”
SHIRT, AND
SHIFT ON
CAMARADERIE
DUTY

1ST GAME @ 7AM


RSVP TO FS 26 (213)-485-6226

44 • February 2018
Some shady sellers will have a car’s
title wiped or reissued in a different state, mak-
ing it hard to determine the vehicle’s true his-
tory. “Even brick-and-mortar legitimate dealers
can get burned buying flooded vehicles,” said
Frank Scafidi, spokesman for the National In-
surance Crime Bureau. “If a professional can
get burned, you can too.”
Since Hurricane Katrina, the National
Insurance Crime Bureau has offered a free VIN
check service to see if a car has been in a flood.
The service is available at www.nicb.org/vin
check. A VIN also can be entered into the Na-
tional Motor Vehicle Title Information System
database at www.vehiclehistory.gov.
A database check is not always enough.
Some flood-damaged cars are missed by title
and VIN checks, because a car can be bought
cheap, cleaned and then taken out of state
where a VIN is switched and the car is retitled
with no indication that it has been damaged.
“The biggest giveaway on the inside of
the car is that you see rust build-up on the seat
The LAFD’s CATF-1 was deployed to bags, and anti-lock brakes. Beneath the surface, rails, on the nuts and bolts, and the seat belts,”
Hurricane Harvey in August of last year and water can permanently damage computers that Basso said. He also recommends a “smell test”
were able to save scores of adults, children, and control everything from the gas pedal to power - Close the windows for a few hours to see if
their pets. However, what was frustrating to the steering. And flooded vehicles may even prove there’s a rusty, mildew smell.”
firefighters was the fact that they were unable to be a health risk because mold and bacteria
to stop the raging flood waters and the accom- can build up in the “soft parts of the car, espe-
panying property damage. At the peak of the cially the ventilation systems.”
storm, one third of Houston was under water, These cars can, and do, show up all
causing an estimated $180 billion in property over the country. With two devastating storms
loss. last year, it’s vital for used car buyers every-
According to CNBC, included in where to protect themselves from flooded cars
that property damage estimate are more than that may wind up for sale. Start with a thorough
500,000 vehicles. These vehicles will be test drive, a vehicle history report, and a me-
bought up by local salvage yards, used car chanic’s inspection before buying any used car.
dealers, and metal recyclers. Some will be
repaired by people who will try to flip them
or by exporters who will send them to another
country with less strict title laws, but the major-
ity will likely end up as parts at a junkyard.
It’s perfectly legal to sell cars that were
once underwater, but naive purchasers may be
unaware the extent of the damage incurred to
a vehicle that has spent any amount of time in
water.
“Bottom line, flood cars literally rot
from the inside out,” says Chris Basso from
Carfax. Flood damage is easier to conceal from
an untrained eye than damage from a wreck,
but it can be more devastating to the engine
and other key components. He noted that
water impacts mechanical systems, the electri-
cal system, and even safety systems like air-

February 2018 • 45
gel looking down upon us, as we go out to do
the work you so dearly loved. Keep your wings
spread on your ascent to heaven brother, for
with those wings and the mighty hand of God
may you watch over us!!! Until we meet again
Keith Stewart . . .

Daniel Stark

Dear Andy and LAFRA

Thank you so much for your invaluable


help after Gary’s death. We are so thankful for
all that you did-advice, funeral plot, flowers
and the piper. It is wonderful to be a part of
the “Fire Family.” Merry Christmas and Happy
New Years! Thanks for all you have done for
me and my family and all the others you help
as well.

Mary Nelson
Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association, Fire Chief of the Phoenix F.D. He was the “Fin-
est Man” to ever wear a gold badge and grace
I’m Camille Sander. I raised $302 for the fire service with his far-reaching leadership Dear Bob,
the Windows and Orphans Firemen’s Fund. skills and fire ground teaching. His motto for
My dad is a fireman and has earned the Medal PFD was “Be Nice.” What an outstanding hu- Please accept this donation to the Win-
of Valor. I’m 11-years old, and I’m from Oak man being and example he was. Rest easy Old dows and Orphans Fund in appreciation for the
Park, California. I believe that everyone de- Friend. We won’t forget you and your contribu- work done by retired Fire Pension Commis-
serves to be recognized in times of need. Please tions to the fire service. sioner, Sam Diannitto. Sam put in 42-years of
accept my donation. I have earned this money dedicated service as a Pension Commissioner,
by having a lemonade stand, selling bracelets With respect and great admiration. I’m a better protecting and enhancing the pension benefits
that I made, as well as selling homemade cook- man having known you “Bruno!” enjoyed by all members of the Los Angeles
ies. I care deeply about firefighters that have Don Forrest Fire and Police Pension System. It was an hon-
been hurt, as well as their families who are in or to work for him in Division 2 and with him
need. We are all one big family and all need on pension issues.
each other’s support and hearts. I have worked Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s
for three years to earn this money for those who Fund- Thank you,
are hurt and can be healed. My father, Dave
Sander is my biggest inspiration and he has As this year comes to a close, I reflect Ken Buzzell
been captain of 104’s for a while now. He is a back on all those that we have lost this year. San Pedro, California
25-year veteran, and he’s my hero. Thank you I think a lot about those from the “Greatest
to all the hard workers out there who risk their Generation” that were my mentors when I first
lives for others, each and every day! came on the job. Their training involved little LAFRA-
verbiage and lots of hands on. That generation
Camille Sander went through the depression, a world war, and I had the pleasure of working with Bob
Oak Park, CA never complained. They were dedicated to the [Duncan] at old 72’s. He was a top-notch, no-
job, and did an outstanding job. nonsense fireman who knew his job backwards
and forwards. A real asset to the LAFD.
Dear Bob & Andy- Please accept this donation on behalf of
all those members we have lost. Vince Marzo
I want to thank you and the Executive
Board & Staff for the commitment and dedi- Best regards,
cation to all our members—both active and Bill & Pam Finn LAFRA-
retired. As you well know, just because you
are retired doesn’t mean you stop serving and Captain Ben [Dennis Benkovsky] was
helping others. As I look back on how fortunate LAFRA- certainly one of a kind. A captain you can put
I was to have a 43-year career on the LAFD. faith in. From his antics as “Medical Man” to
I continued my involvement as Vice President I will ALWAYS remember you K$!!! his on-scene actions, he will always be remem-
of The Los Angeles Retired Fire & Police As- Loved working with you bro, when you were bered in a great light. Thanks for all the great
sociation and a volunteer with our LAFD His- an Engineer at 79’s, than you promoted to times and memories. Rest in peace, my friend.
torical Society, This year, as in past, I’m mak- become my skipper at 65’s!!!! Always level
ing a donation to the WODFF in lieu of a gift headed and down to earth. You were a Great Tony Valdez
exchange with LAFRA Ex-Board members and Firefighter/Captain, and I would not be worried
in remembrance of my good friend, teacher and about going into any fire with you! You always
mentor, Chief Allen (Bruno) Brunacini-retired had my back, as I yours. Now you are an An-

46 • February 2018
LAFRA-

Captain Ben and I were reliefs at Fire


Station 94 back in the early 1990’s. He was
a pleasure to work around always. He never
took himself too seriously but was an excellent
Firefighter Justin Mendence
Fire Captain both at emergency incidents and set up a special needs trust to
around the Engine House. His crew loved him ensure his son, diagnosed with
and would follow him anywhere. My condo- Autism, is taken care of in the
lences to Dennis’ Family. Rest in Peace Cap-
tain Ben. best manner possible.
Robert McMaster “Unless you have a plan in place…you’re planning to fail.
Leaving it to chance is not in me and my wife’s vocabulary.”
LAFRA-
Q. Why is it important to get a special needs trust?
Where do I start? Don Betsworth was
one of a kind. “Yosemite Sam.” The Betsworth A. Kids that have special needs will grow up to be
high pour (pouring coffee into a mug from adults with special needs. If something
quite the distance). Trivial pursuit expert and
“I don’t eat anything that sh**’s through feath- happened to us, he would not be able to
ers, except Mrs. B’s fried chicken.” He was one manage by himself and wouldn’t be protected.
of a kind. Thanks for the good times and great
memories.
Q. Describe the types of things this trust sets up for
Jim Polzer your loved ones with special needs in the event
you are not able to care for them.
LAFRA-
A. An Advisory Council. You can name experts in the
Keith Stewart - My Brother. Met you field that know your child and can help [the Trust
and worked with you at FS 37 when you were
a boot ass. You were confident but not cocky. Executor] make decisions for his or her future.
I knew then that you would excel at anything
you did. It was an honor and privilege to know
• Financial security and asset management
you and work around you. We always met with • Living arrangements
smiles and a big Hug. I love you Brother. Rest • Care arrangements
In Peace

Taylor Gaskins Q. Do you have a message for people who have not
created an estate plan?
LAFRA-
A. It is important because we work in a high risk job.
Loth [Westerman] and I began our If you love your children like I love mine, you want
friendship as engineer study partners in the
early 1970’s. We both made it off that list, and the best for them. Yes, it is work on your end, but
remained friends all these years. We graduated you cannot put it in place later, you have to do it
from Canoga Park High School in 1951. I will
miss him a lot.
now. Yes, it’s a little bit of an investment, but we
have a great benefit of a one-time, reimbursement
Bill Carter the Relief Association gives us.

LAFRA- Q. Are you glad you did it?


Wishing you and your staff a “Happy A. It is definitely a peace of mind thing. I sleep a little
Holiday Season.” Enclosed is a holiday contri-
bution for the Windows, Orphans & Disabled bit easier at night knowing that my son is set up
Firemen’s Fund, in appreciation for your dedi- for his entire life.
cation and in loving memory of John and oth-
ers.
Everyone should consider setting up an estate plan.
Sincerely,
Fumiko Humberd
Ask for a “Getting Started Kit” today by emailing
Relief Association Development & Marketing Director, Marlene
Casillas at MCasillas@lafra.org orFebruary
calling (323) 259-5217.
2018 • 47
We hope you are enjoying the new yearbook. If you
would like an additional copy, we have a few extras avail-
able for purchase. They are $50 each, plus $5 for shipping.
All the proceeds go to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled
Firemen’s Fund. Send a check to LAFRA WODFF for $55,
along with your name and mailing address to:

2017 Yearbook
7470 No. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90041
48 • February 2018
Dear Members,

Happy February! Lilith Mansuryan, J.D., is our new Trust Officer and can help
guide you through this process and address any questions
Does your New Year’s resolution include one of the follow- you may have from getting started with the estate planning
ing: to lose weight, spend more time with family, or maybe process, to reviewing existing trusts, and even answering
to finish that project you have in the garage? Have you con- questions related to trust administration. She obtained
sidered adding one more resolution – putting some time her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School in Los
into ensuring that your financial home is in order in the Angeles, and her former law practice consisted primarily
event of an unforeseen incident? of estate planning and trust and estate administration. Feel
free to email her at Lmansuryan@firefirstcu.org or call her
The firefighter profession has its risks, and so do the ac- directly at (323) 550-4970.
tivities that surround the fire family culture – boats, mo-
torcycles, dirt bikes, etc. The “Work hard, Play hard” motto Lilith is committed to working with you on:
requires us to step back and ensure that our loved ones are • Estate Planning
protected in the event a tragedy occurs. One way to do so is • Trustee Services
by having a properly executed estate plan. • Estate & Trust Settlement
• Attorney Referrals
We want to ensure our fire family is protected, so your
Credit Union has launched Trust Services, in partnership So please take the time this year to be proactive and protect
with MEMBERS Trust Company*. We encourage our mem- yourself and your family.
bers to understand the importance of having an estate plan,
including a: Also, please ensure your beneficiary designations are up
• Trust to date on all of your accounts at the Credit Union. Family
• Will situations change, and it is critical that your accounts are
• Health Care Directive updated to reflect these changes.
• Durable Power of Attorney

It is also important to think through the tough decisions:


• Who will care for your children? Dixie Abramian
• Do you have enough life insurance? President/CEO
• Who can you trust to take care of you during
incapacity?
Lilith Mansuryan, J.D.,Trust Officer
These are important questions to ask and to understand. I lmansuryan@firefirstcu.org
know this is always a difficult topic to approach, but it is an Office: (323) 550-4970
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Submitted by Frank Borden • Director of Operations, LAFDHS

The Beginning of the Los Angeles Fire Department – 1886


132 YEARS OF SERVICE The Los Angeles City Fire Department Augmenting the permanent force were
This month the LAFD celebrates 132 went into service on February 1, 1886. It start- 24 reserve firemen. These “callmen” were re-
years of service to the people of Los Angeles. ed with Mayor Spence signing Ordinance No. quired to answer all alarms in their station’s
Our history is being preserved by the LAFD 205 into law, creating the new department. First district, large fires anywhere in the City, and
Historical Society for everyone and for future came the appointment of three Fire Commis- drill with their respective outfits at least twice
generations to come. The following is the story sioners with the responsibility to perform all monthly. Walter S. Moore was appointed to
of how the LAFD started and about the great acts necessary to manage the fire department. be the first Chief Engineer of the newly cre-
LAFD horses from those early days. The City Council was to decide on who would ated LAFD. His monthly salary was $125. In
In 1886, Los Angeles encompassed an be the Chief Engineer. The ordinance brought January 1886, the Fire Commission came up
area of approximately 30 square miles. Six four of the city’s six volunteer companies into with the first set of 32 Rules and Regulations.
years before the start of the LAFD, the City’s the LAFD. At the time the department became Among them were: Rule 18 - Cautioned en-
population was 11,183. Four years after the paid, all the stations were rented. Engine ros- gine, hose and hook and ladder truck drivers
LAFD went into service, it soared to more than ters for “Original 38’s” and “Confidence 2” not to drive out of a trot in going to or returning
50,000. The Old Plaza Fire Station 1, which is were set at one engineer, one engine driver, one from fires and alarms and further, racing was
ount a museum today in downtown Los Angeles and cart driver and four hosemen for each of the strictly prohibited; Rule 1 - The engine and
operated by the Box 15 Club of Los Angeles two steam fire engines. Hook & Ladder “Vigi- hook and ladder houses shall be closed on Sun-
d in)
volunteers, went from a volunteer station, to lance” Company No. 1 was to be manned by days. No loud or boisterous talking, profane or
one of the first LAFD stations. Los Angeles a driver, a tillerman, a foreman and four lad- obscene language shall be permitted in or about
was growing rapidly, and the Fire Department dermen. Hose Company “Park Hose” No.1’s the houses of the department. Intoxicating li-
was not able to keep up with an antiquated crew was held to a driver, a foreman and four quors must not be kept or allowed to be drunk
ans alarm system. Cognizant of the growth and es- hosemen. Prospective LAFD members had to in any of the stations and gambling is strictly
calating fire problems, the LAFD fortunately apply to the Fire Commission for consideration prohibited; Rule 23 - Stipulated that destruc-
t had strong friends in the City Council, notably of their qualifications. They had to be at least tion of property by water at fires was inefficient
Jacob Kuhrts (Past L.A.Volunteer Chief Engi- 21 years of age, a U.S citizen, a permanent firemanship.
neer) who lobbied hard to prioritize fire protec- resident of the City of Los Angeles, and able to On April 12, 1886, the commision au-
tion improvements. converse understandably in English. thorized the purchase of a horse and buggy
ards
Hook & Ladder Vigilance Company No. 1. - a Hayes Aerial ladder. We
have an 1881 Hayes aerial ladder in the Hollywood Fire Museum.

The Plaza Fire Station Circa 1888. Walter S. Moore Engine Co.
No. 4, 26 Plaza Street. Chief Walter S. Moore with trumpet.

R
Y
Chief Walter Moore on the right and his driv-
er in his new buggie - 1887 downtown LA.

February 2018 • 51
for Chief Moore. The barn in which they were bloodlines most desired by fire departments. use of a whip to encourage speed was another
stored was outfitted with a swinging drop har- Breeding the purebred stallions with cross- humane consideration enacted. Breaking that
ness for the quick hitch of the horse by a call- breed mares, produced colts with qualities rule was cause for dismissal of the driver.
man who slept in the barn and drove Chief that made them ideal for fire duty. Crossbreeds The “Glory Days” of horses were not
Moore to fires. It would become tradition to were smaller, lighter, faster, and less expensive altogether glorious for the firemen. Drivers had
often name horses according to their tempera- to feed and maintain than purebreds. to arise at dawn to fill the horses’ water buck-
ment. Chief Moore’s horse, Cyclone, had a The department would purchase hors- ets. Rule 13 of the LAFD Rules and Regula-
stormy disposition and was soon replaced by a es between three and six years of age. They tions required a 30-minute wait after watering
more well-mannered animal. would then be shipped by rail and corralled at before the horses were fed at 6:30 a.m. The
the LAFD’s yard on Pasadena Avenue. Cross- horses were then exercised for not less than 30
LAFD HISTORY – FIRE HORSES bred Morgans were usually black or various minutes every morning followed by a thorough
Fire horses were a great part of depart- hues of brown. Weighing between 1000 and grooming. According to the Rules, horses were
ment history. They served from the late 1800 1300 pounds, they stood between 15 and 16 required to be thoroughly washed and scrubbed
to 1921, when the last horse “Blackie” was re- hands (around five feet) as measured from their at least once a month, weather permitting.
tired. In 1911, there were a total of 163 horses shoulders to their hooves. A Morgan was usu- Although teaching the horses tricks was
in the LAFD. This is the most number of hors- ally assigned to lightweight chemical and hose a violation of Rule 13, Section 5, many horses
es the department would ever have. That year companies, and to pull chief’s buggies. The somehow learned tricks that included opening
three new fire houses were opened (Engine 23, crossbred Percherons were black or gray and gates and water spigots, and kneeling and shak-
24 and 25) for a total of 32. I’m not sure how weighed up to 1500 pounds and stood about ing hands. Among the LAFD’s famous trick-
many of the old stations still exist except old 17 hands. These huskier horses were ideal for sters was a horse named Jerry, better known as
23’s at 225 E. 5th St., old 22’s at 4352 So. Main pulling the heavier rigs like the 1887 Amoskeg the “Fire Eater.” He would often stand on his
St. and old 18’s at 2616 So. Hobart, where I steamer and the 1905 Gorter water tower in our stall rails to beg for tobacco. Jerry often snorted
worked as an engineer. The year 1911 would be museum in Hollywood. The horses were given smoke and could sense tobacco in the firemen’s
the last year that all 25-horse drawn steam fire one or two syllable names like Bob, Sam, and pockets. By the time Jerry was transferred to
engines remained in service. This was to be the Izzy to facilitate the horses’ response when the Engine 10, he was dancing in his stall, and
first year of motorized apparatus on the LAFD driver called an order. Firefighters sometimes shaking hands with his hoof. He would enter-
and the beginning of the end for our great fire named horses to signify specific traits. Among tain visitors by elongating his lower lip, baring
horses. those was “Searchlight,” a chief’s buggy horse, his teeth, lowering an ear, cocking an eye and
Back in those days there was no more who, the story goes, had an uncanny knack for leering. Jerry’s Driver, Joe Sepulveda, said the
memorable street scene than the traffic stop- seeking out shortcuts through alleys and streets horse could smell apples and oranges the in-
ping spectacle of highly trained horses racing while answering downtown alarms. stant they were brought into the station and he
to alarms pulling the LAFD hose apparatus. Officially, each horse was known by would paw the floor until he got one. Engine 10
Horses were purchased from established breed- its assigned number which was branded on its firemen learned that Jerry disliked sharing au-
ers in midwestern and southern states where skin. On May 12, 1910, the fire commission diences with other horses and would jealously
bloodlines were known throughout the fire ser- ruled that branding on the horses flank was snort and otherwise protest if visitors looked at
vice for producing the highest quality horses. cruel. Thereafter, numbers were branded on the other horses.
Purebred Morgan and Percheron were the two horse’s right front hoof. The rule restricting the
These fire horses are striking a great pose in
1910 at the LAFD Yard on Pasadena Avenue.

Engine Co. No. 4 and Truck A harnessing


the horses for a run circa 1915.

The Los Angeles Evening Herald announces that the auto spells
doom of faithful fire horses; 10 to go to at auction.” This article is in
the archives at the Hollywood Museum and was an eBay purchase.

52 • February 2018
LAFDHS VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS 4. The Ralph J. Scott is recognized as a
2017 Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Monument.
In January, the LAFDHS held a spe- OLD FIREBOAT 2 “THE RALPH J. 5. The Ralph J. Scott is recognized by
cial annual event to honor our volunteers. The SCOTT” STATUS REPORT the U.S. Department of Interior, National Park
volunteers nominated by their peers were Bob In my last article I wrote about our fire- Service National Maritime Initiative as a Na-
Rebbe from the Hollywood Fire Museum for boat restoration project and our expected com- tional Historic Landmark.
his outstanding work as a docent and project pletion date in the not too distant future. As of 6. The Ralph J. Scott is listed on the
volunteer. From the Harbor Fire Museum was the start of 2018, there is no plan by the Port of National register of Historic Places.
Alan Berta who volunteered his vast technical LA for a permanent structure to house the boat. 7. The Ralph J. Scott and crew served
knowledge to add and upgrade various mul- We all need to make sure that the Boat is pro- with honor, courage and distinction for over
timedia programs for the LAFDHS. The vol- vided with the appropriate structure to house seven decades.
unteer selected for his work on the “Ralph J. it and all the memorabilia that supports its 78
Scott” fireboat restoration project was David years of service. The LAFD Historical Society is re-
Steinitz who contributed his electrical expertise ferred to as Stewards of the “Scott” by the Na-
and equipment. Each volunteer of the year will Why is LAFD Fireboat 2 – The Ralph J. tional Park Service with regard to its
have their name placed on a perpetual plaque Scott - Important? National Historic Landmark Status.
that is displayed in the museums. 1. The Ralph J. Scott is the longest
Other volunteers were acknowledged serving piece of LAFD apparatus at 78 years. We will be seeking the support from the
for going above and beyond the call of duty 2. The Ralph J. Scott is a classic ex- LAFD, our LAFDHS membership, the harbor
were Jim Finn, Don Dodd, Gordon Briggs, Don ample of generation riveted wrought steel hull community and various local, state and na-
Forrest, Tim Kennoy, and Tom Moran. fireboats tional organizations so that we can again have
Many people have asked the question 3. The Ralph J. Scott has an outstand- a plan for a museum structure featuring the
“what is the most important or valuable asset ing record of emergency and non-emergency “Ralph J. Scott’ LAFD Fireboat No. 2.
you have in the museum? The real answer is service to the Port of Los Angeles.
our volunteers!!!

Volunteer of the Year 2017 Bob Rebbe (Right) Alan Berta, Volunteer of the Year at the Harbor Fire David Steinitz (on left) accepting 2016 Volunteer
with Tom Brennan in the dorm at the Hollywood Museum (old FS 36) making final adjustments on of the Year Award for the Hollywood Fire Museum.
Museum (Old FS 27). our new TV/ computer. Our president Jim Finn on right.

The Hollywood Museum is located in “Old Fire


Station 27” at 1355 No. Cahuenga, Hollywood,
CA 90028. The Harbor Museum is located in San
Pedro City Hall at 638 S. Beacon St., San Pedro
CA 90731.
Anyone interested in joining our great
cause by becoming a member, or volunteering
to work, or make a donation of money or an
LAFD item may contact us by mail:
LAFDHS Museum & Memorial
1355 No. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone: 323 464 2727. But remember we
are currently staffed part time, so leave
a message and we will return your call.
The fax number is 323-464-7401. Our
E-mail is: LAFDHS27@aol.com. Web site
at www.lafdmuseum.org. If you want to
look at some great LAFD history check
www.lafire.com. and check the LAFD
web site for information and events at www.
LAFD.org. We look forward to hearing from
you and seeing you at the Museum.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Historical


Society is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.
“PRESERVE, EDUCATE,
MEMORIALIZE”

February 2018 • 53
LOS ANGELES FIREMEN’S RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
December 13 2017

CALL TO ORDER Motion carried to approve minutes Board One personnel matter and member updates
Meeting Minutes of November 1, 2017. were discussed. No actions were taken.
President Bob Steinbacher called the
meeting of the Board of Trustees of the PRESIDENT REPORT VICE PRESIDENT REPORT
Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association
to order at 10:02 a.m. 1) Bob Steinbacher announced the results 1) Jeff Cawdrey presented the upcoming
of the Trustee and Bylaws election for the conferences and events for 2018 and asked
ROLL CALL Board’s review. The results were certified those Trustee interested in attending to let
by the Corporate Secretary. Steve Ruda him know.
MEMBERS PRESENT: addressed the Board to inform them that he
Bob Steinbacher, President would step down from his Trustee position INVESTMENT COMMITTEE
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President to allow new Trustees to sit on the Board REPORT
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary of Trustees. He stated that he will resign
Trustee David Peters his position on January 10, 2018. John Jacobsen informed that the Investment
Trustee Chris Stine Committee will be scheduling their annual
Trustee John Jacobsen 2) Bob Steinbacher and the Board of investment and asset allocation meeting at
Trustee Frank Aguirre Trustees presented a plaque of recognition Beacon Pointe. He presented the following
Trustee Steve Ruda to Todd Layfer for his 10 years of service motion.
Trustee Danny Wu to the membership.
Trustee Craig White The committee recommends and I so
Trustee Joe Vigil 3) Bob Steinbacher referred to the Open move to approve additional funding into
Trustee Mike Sailhamer House and indicated that it was a great the Southwest Value Partners Fund 19.
Trustee Tim Larson – Pension success honoring Bill Bringas and Larry He indicated that this investment was for
Trustee Steve Domanski - Pension Hoerner. retail space in Nashville, TN. There was
Trustee Doak Smith – Pension no discussion or objections.
Todd Layfer - Executive Director 4) Bob Steinbacher provided a brief
Liberty Unciano – Controller-Treasurer pension update and indicated that he Motion carried to approve additional
hosted a meeting here at LAFRA on funding into the Southwest Value Partners
MEMBERS ABSENT: December 11th. Fund 19.
Trustee Chris Hart
Trustee Jim Duffy 5) Bob Steinbacher indicated that the 2018 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Trustee Gayle Sonoda meeting schedule has been sent and asked
Trustee Gene Bednarchik everyone to mark their calendars. 1) Todd Layfer informed the Board of the
Trustee Steve Berkery increase in Relief Dues effective January
Trustee Rick Godinez 6) Bob Steinbacher indicated that he is 1, 2018. He indicated that the monthly
Trustee Tim Freeman working on the LAFRA committees for dues increase to $66.74 for actives and
Trustee Tyler Tomich 2018 and asked the Trustees to let him $6.68 for retirees.
know which committees they would like
INVOCATION & Flag Salute to be a part of. 2) Todd Layfer introduced Victoria Johnson
as the temporary H.R. Administrator.
Tim Larson led the invocation. Steve Ruda 7) Bob Steinbacher mentioned that we He indicated that she is working closely
led the flag salute. are pursuing a consultant to provide with Liberty. Todd also informed that we
Family Support services to our members have hired Trevor Kuresa as the part-time
RATIFICATION OF MINUTES especially the needs of our widows. facilities assistant.

Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion EXECUTIVE SESSION 3) Todd Layfer referred to the proposed
to ratify and approve the Board Meeting tax reform and indicated that this may
Minutes of November 1, 2017. David The Board entered into Executive Session affect LAFRA with scholarships and
Peters so moved. John Jacobsen seconded. at 10:20 a.m. contributions to the WODFF. He stated
There was no discussion or objections. The Board adjourned from Executive that he will consult with the Harrington
Session at 10:36 a.m. Group to determine if those areas affect us.

54 • February 2018
4) Todd Layfer and Liberty Unciano There was no discussion or objections. The committee recommends and I so
presented the Quarterly Financial review. move to advance funds for both active and
He reported that through the first nine Motion carried to pay the above Relief retired members. There was no discussion
months, all funds are running on track. benefits. or objections.

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE Tim Larson read the names of members Motion carried to advance funds for both
REPORT who recently passed and asked for a active and retired members.
moment of silence from the Board.
Frank Aguirre presented the following SECRETARY’S REPORT
motions. MEMORIALS
William D. Rose Andy Kuljis thanked the anonymous donor
The committee recommends and I so move Richard E. Gault, Jr. that donated $100,000 to the Widows,
to pay the usual and customary bills in the Jack C. Baxter Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund.
amount of $1,083,650.54. There was no Loth Westerman Jr.
discussion or objections. Marshall E. Prindle Andy Kuljis informed that the results
Lawrence J. Roberts from the election had been certified and
Motion carried to pay the usual and Don E. Sitts provided copies to the Board.
customary bills in the amount of Dallas A. Nielsen
$1,083,650.54. Russell K. Clyde OLD BUSINESS

The committee recommends and I so ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE David Peters referred to the option of
move to approve $12K in startup money conference calling for committee and
for the Hook & Ladder Enduro. There was Tim Larson presented the following Board meetings. It was suggested that the
no discussion or objections. motions. discussion take place in the next Policy
Book committee meeting.
Motion carried to approve $12K in startup The committee recommends and I so move
money for the Hook & Ladder Enduro. to accept the donations in the amount of SETTING OF DATES
$30,221.60 to the Widows, Orphans &
MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT Disabled Firemen’s Fund. There was no 1) Buzzard Bait Ride – January 12 – 14
discussion or objections. 2) Hook & Ladder Enduro – March 17th
David Peters presented the following 3) Lane Kemper Softball Tournament –
motion. Motion carried to accept the donations in May 2nd
the amount of $30,221.60 to the Widows, 4) Pechanga Reunion – May 21st – 25th
The committee recommends and I so Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. 5) Hope for Firefighters – June 7th
move to accept the applications to the
Medical Plan. The committee recommends and I so RETIREMENT DINNERS
There was no discussion and no objections. move to approve the financial assistance
applications for surviving spouses, active 1) Tobi Perkins – February 3rd Newport
Motion carried to accept all applications and retired members. There was no Dunes, Back Bay Bistro (Sonoda)
to the Medical Plan. discussion or objections. 2) Jimmy Rodriguez – February 17th
Private Residence
RELIEF COMMITTEE REPORT Motion carried to approve the financial
assistance applications for surviving ADJOURNMENT
Tim Larson presented the following spouses, active and retired members.
motion. Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion to
The committee recommends and I so adjourn. David Peters so moved. Craig
The committee recommends and I so move to approve the Widows and Orphans White seconded. There was no discussion
move to pay: Christmas Bonuses. There was no and no objections.
discussion or objections.
The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
of $61,106.36 Motion carried to approve the Widows Trustees meeting adjourned at 11:23 a.m.
The Estate Planning benefit in the amount and Orphans Christmas Bonuses.
of $7,800 Bob Steinbacher, President
The Relief Death Benefits in the amount ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE
of $40,500 REPORT

February 2018 • 55
Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund - December 2017

JOHN J. NICHOLSON C/O FIRE STATION NO. 98 from PETER BENESCH HARRIET LEVA
EDWARD WHITE the Fire Extinguisher Fund
FRANK BORDEN in memory RONALD LEYDECKER
HOLD FAST PRODUCTIONS, HARRY M. MORCK in of Stanley Borden
LLC for filming at LAFD memory of Donn Sitts & BAILEY LINDLEY
Hollywood Station 12/20/17 Marshall Prindle GARY BOWIE
JEAN-PIERRE LOMONACO
DANIEL LEON CARROLL & BILL ROPP in KENNETH BUCHAN
memory of Clara M. Shutz MARC LUNDGREN
DOLORES S. SCHNEIDER JORDAN CERF in honor of all
in memory of Alvina & FRANZ & RHONDA PLETH the teams out there keeping MARC LUSSIER
Edward Bakula in memory of Doris Nash, us safe
wife of John Nash LEE MARSHALL
CATHERINE DEVINE in JERRI CHAVES in memory of
memory of my husband FERNANDO J. CHAVIRA Herbert & Joel Slafter ARMANDO MARTINEZ
Captain Bill (Andy) Devine
CHRISTINA M. MCKILLIP FRANCISCI CORDOVA in ROB & LEAH MCDOUGALL
BESS L. WESTON in honor of in memory of Captain Tony, memory of Sandra Smith in honor of Derek Scannell
my husband Donald W. Weston Antoinette, & their son,
and my son-in-law Tony Dimenico Jr. PATRICK CROWLEY GAY MCMICHAEL in honor of
Gerald “Jerry” Foust All Firefighters
FIRE STATION NO. 75 from DAN CUMMINGS in memory
VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN the Fire Extinguisher Fund of Wendy Cummings GAY MCMICHAEL in memory
CHURCH & SCHOOL of Richard & Louise Gault
SCOTT L. AMES from the DAVID DAIGLE in memory of
ANTONETTE C. RAYCRAFT Antelope Valley Breakfast Cori Iverson JILLIAN MOUL in memory of
in memory of my husband Club 12/21/17 Ronald Hosaka
George Raycraft INGRID DE BEUS
PHYLLIS R. STAPEL in ANNETTE MUNSELL
RICHARD T. SAKURAI honor of the birth of my Great NATALIA DE LA PARRA
Granddaughter DEBORAH REINBERG
TODD & DIANE SANDS Harper Sambar DOUGLAS EVERETT
LAURIE RICE
THE BLUE DOG CAFE LLC MARK BUCKMASTER DAVE & GRACE EVERETT in
in honor of Kelly Wong memory of Joseph Everett BRADLEY ROSS
PHYLLIS R. STAPEL in
WILLIAM A. FINN in honor of memory of Nina Clegg STEVE FERRARI in tribute to JAMES SCULLION in honor of
the “Greatest Generation” All Firefighters Stan Beck
DEBORAH FAIRCHILD
KIRK P. BINGHAM from the JOSE FLORES PAUL SEMERJIAN in memory
Firefighters’ Breakfast at JENNIFER M. LEACH in of John Squire
Mimi’s Restaurant in memory of Dennis Benkovsky ELIZABETH GALVAO in
Thousand Oaks honor of the Firefighters SUSIE SERMAK
ROBERTO J. LEDESMA in in Ventura
JUDITH A. SELTZER memory of Dennis Benkovsky SAPNA SINGH
JAMES GILLUM in memory of
WILLIAM E. DAHLQUIST RUTH TAYLOR in honor of Donald Betsworth ROSE SNOW in honor of
Ken Buzzell Richard & Lorie Male
MRS. DON RICKELS C/O JESSE GOLDMAN
GSO BUSINESS MGMT CAROLYN TURRILL in THOMAS SOMERS
memory of Dennis Benkovsky MARK GREENBERG in honor
DON R. FORREST in memory of All Firefighters JILL SPIVACK
of Retired Fire Chief Alan RICHARD & BARBARA
“Bruno” Brunacini of BROWN in honor of Captain KARYN GROSS in memory of PATRICIA SQUIRE in memory
Phoenix FD Dennis “Denny” Benkovsky Gerry & Patty Malais of Raymond Smith

ANTHONY & LISA SHAFER MARY & ERIC FISHER in CONSTANCE HOLLAND in GENENE STAATS
memory of memory of Edward Holland
MARGARET M. KLINGER William McDonough FRANCOIS & FANNY VELLE
in memory and gratefullness KELLY JORDAN in memory of Cori Iverson
for Ron Pierce SALLY HALFORD in
memory of Dennis Benkovsky SACHIN KAMBOJ BRENT VINE
MARCIA H. BREWER in
memory of Captain ANTHONY J. HIDALGO in MARY ELLEN KLEE KATHY WALTON
Russell McMenamin memory of Dennis Benkovsky
KEN KRUPNIK KEN WIGCHERT
DOROTHY SMITH COLLINS GREGORY ALPER
in memory of RALPH & PENNY CHRYSANTHI XIROUCHAKI
Spencer L. Thomas ABIGAIL BABCOCK LA PREZIOSA

FUMIKO HUMBERD in WILLIAM BANOS in honor of TIM LARSON in memory of


memory of my husband All Fallen Firefighters Gene Larson
John L. Humberd, Jr.

56 • February 2018
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pets, No Smoking. Call Kevin (760) 858-4470 Winter $125/night. Weekends (818) 371-6722
(805) 279-2430 and Holidays $110 midweek. Email: shakesong@aol.com
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- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block with boat mooring. Swim, ski son (818) 992-7564, FS 80C. Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed,
to beach, view, fully equipped or fish from front yard. 4 bed/2 sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR,
housekeeping unit. Marci (818) bath, fully furnished. DirectTV/ MAMMOTH CONDO- SEA- DVD. Garage parking. Walk to
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sino, groceries, marina, launch 1 Bedroom sleeps 5. Updated nite, $125 Fri, Sat & Holidays.
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ILTON COVE. Ocean front, 1 pets, no smoking. $350 Bowen/ wifi, sauna, jacuzzi, phone, cleaning & linens. Jeff & Lisa
bed, 1 1/2 bath, sleeps 4. Steps Garner email: rec room, 2 flat screens , DVD Moir (661) 254-5788.
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course, tennis and more. Newly stop. Walking distance to village. MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
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view. Close to fishing & ski- minimum. Call Ben (805) 444- Jacuzzi. Walk to the gondola, or (213) 399-6534.
ing. Furnished, wood deck, 2264. shops, restaurants and ski in on
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House, Gated Community. No yon Lodge. Fully furnished, TVs, mer $215/night, plus cleaning. Don Sprenger - retired LAFD
pets/smoking. $350 Dan Cook VCR/DVD, pool, spa, rec room, Includes city bed tax. No pets, (949) 929-0989
(310) 418-1577. sauna, linens included. Winter no smoking. Dory Jones (310)
$175 weekdays, $195-week- 918-0631 or Kelly Corcoran PALM DESERT - Gated mini
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RESORT. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, plus cleaning. No smoking; no friendly. Spacious 4 bedrooms
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