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Team Buzzard Bait
The 21st annual family gathering and desert fun ride continues
to bring in the gold for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemen’s Fund • .....................................................................08

Special Commendation –
Hollywood Jumper Incident
Firefighter Kenneth Fraser proves he’ll go “above and beyond”
both on duty and off • ...............................................................10

Changing of the LAFRA Guard

Perennial performer Steve Ruda steps down from the LAFRA Board
to make room for new blood. Introducing the new blood: Henry
Gasbarri, Rich Moody and Kenny Breskin • .............................06

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2 • March 2018
On the cover: Structure Fire: Eagle Rock - By Mike Meadows

President’s Message • .........................................................................05
Battalion News • .....................................................................................13
Station Fridge • .......................................................................................33
The Retired Guys • ...............................................................................35
Department in Action • .........................................................................36
7 Best Stretching Exercise
Prepare for the more challenging activity ahead • .....................................40
LAFD Golf Club
December tournament results • ...........................................................42
Retirement Dinners • ...............................................................................43
Memorials • ...........................................................................................45
Mailbox • ...............................................................................................46
LAFD History
The Sylmar Tunnel Explosion • ................................................................51
Minutes of the Board of Trustees • .....................................................54
Classifieds • ...........................................................................................57
Then and Now – Fire Station 54 • .............................................................60

Inset LAFD photo by: Adam Van Gerpen

Mudslides - Montecito

March 2018 • 3
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4 • March 2018
Welcome March and spring cleaning!

It is that time of the year to look forward to springtime Your LAFRA Board of Trustees has approved the removal
and spring cleaning. A time of throwing out old and getting new. of the “Seven Year Rule” for PPO Medical Plan participation.
One great thing to dispose of is bad habits! Like not getting your This rule affected retired members who, while they were active,
living trust completed, or not reviewing your beneficiaries with did not participate in the PPO Medical Plan for a total of at least
LAFRA, Pension Department, Credit Union, and UFLAC. Most 84 months. These retired members will now be eligible to sign–
of these forms can be found online. up for the PPO Medical Plan beginning with our April “Open
With that being said, you should have received or will be Enrollment” period. Coverage will then become effective on July
receiving your “Member Summary Report” in the mail. Please 1, 2018.
take the time to review this very important document that is gen- Grapevine Editor Dave Wagner reports that more than
erated from our FRITZ system. Verify that we have the correct 100 retired members have expressed an interest in attending our
information on you and your family members. You can email, fax Medicare Info Seminar. We even added an extra day and they are
or snail mail your corrections back to us. both completely booked. We are also going to make our best ef-
Take a moment and look at your donations to the Widow, fort to record the session and provide the video to our members
Orphans, & Disabled Firemen’s Fund (WODFF). Enclosed with who are unable to attend via
the summary sheet will be a donation card for WODFF. The last
time we had an annual giving campaign was two years ago. So Please mark your calendar or smart phone with the upcoming
for those of you giving ZERO, please consider giving $25 bucks LAFRA events:
a paycheck. For those of you who have given over your years on • March 17th - Hook and Ladder in Cal City
the department, THANK YOU, and please consider increasing • March 18th - LA Marathon
your amount. • March 20th - Medicare seminar at LAFRA
Medicare and its coordination with our members and their • May 2nd - Lane Kemper Softball Classic
spouses is sometimes a challenge. The reasons are various and • May 21-25 - Pechanga Reunion
widespread. It is extremely important to have accurate informa- • June 7th - Hope for Firefighters
tion because the amount of subsidy you receive and premiums
paid will vary depending on what information you have on re- Be safe and be kind to each other!
cord. While it is only a small minority of our members that have
any issues, the ability to deal with any issue in a timely manner is Robert D. “SteinTalker” Steinbacher
a huge benefit to the Relief Association and its affected members. / 323.259.5200

March 2018 • 5
Engineer Kenneth Breskin has been a fixture at “new” Fire Authority. “We had 30 engines that were paid call and I was
87’s since it opened in 2008. working as much as I wanted,” he recalls. “I really didn’t even
He’s one of the Haz Mat want to be a professional firefighter. I was having a great time as
guys that came over with the a volunteer.”
Task Force from 70’s. That was 18 years ago and things have definitely changed
However, you prob- for the Moody family which includes wife Erin and daughter
ably know Kenny better for Mara. Rich has worked at great spots like 41’s and 11’s, and
all the car shows and pan- spent ten years as an A/O. He also earned a BS in Marketing from
cake breakfasts that he has SDSU along the way.
put on at 87’s over the years. Moody says he is very glad to be involved with LAFRA,
If there is a firefighter in and is already having lots of fun working with his fellow Trust-
need, he is your go-to guy. ees. But the impetus for his LAFRA involvement is a little more
Just say the word and Bre- serious. Rich has been involved on the logistics end of LAFD fu-
skin will plan and execute a nerals and has worked alongside LAFRA helping the families of
fundraising event that will be fun, memorable and above all else . the deceased. “Everyone comes together in these times of need,”
. . raise money for a worthy cause. said Moody. “It’s been a real learning experience and now I want
Ken is also the FDUL, that’s the Food Unit Leader, for to work with the Relief and share what I have learned.”
Federal Management Team 4. Obviously, that makes him the
most important guy on the team! Delivering water, Gatorade, ice
and tons (literally) of fresh, healthy grub to crews working major HENRY GASBARRI
incidents is all his responsibility. He just recently returned from Henry Gasbarri remembers his assignments before pro-
the Thomas Fire and has many other campaign fires under his moting to engineer very
belt. well. “9’s and 81’s were
With the blessings of Monique, his wife of 17 years, and great stations,” he recol-
their blended family of three kids, Kenny has joined on to be a lects. “We were busy but
LAFRA Trustee. “I’ve been doing fundraising for the Widows had lots of fun. There were
and Orphans Fund for many years,” relates Breskin, “and now I some really great guys in
want to be just a phone call away from helping any of our mem- both spots.”
bers and their families in need.” After promot-
ing in 2004, Henry spent
nine years at 72’s and
RICHARD MOODY then moved over to 73’s.
While Captain Richard Moody doesn’t exactly walk the red On his way to work one
carpet at the Academy Awards, his work is critical to the success morning, he was T-boned
of the show. You’ll find him on the driver’s side by a
with the CIPTS team (Criti- car that investigators said was traveling at 110 MPH. The acci-
cal Incident Planning and dent occurred in his first-in at Roscoe and Reseda Blvds, and the
Training Section) at the com- crew from 73’s responded and extricated their comrade from the
mand post, helping to ensure wreckage. He was in a coma for a month and was off-duty for 13
that the event goes off safely. more.
You’ll also find Moody and “The Relief Association was literally a life saver,” recalls
the team at other big events Gasbarri. “They looked after my family (Carrie, his wife of 25
like the World Series, the LA years, and their four kids) when I could not. I was very impressed
Marathon, as well as large in- by LAFRA’s focus on helping families.”
cidents like brush fires. Henry has joined the Board of Trustees in an effort to re-
Before he joined the LAFD, pay that generosity. “I want to be part of what the Relief Associa-
Rich was a volunteer for nine tion offers. I want to give back in the same way that my family
years with Orange County and I were given,” he said.

6 • March 2018
It’s always a bright and sunny day in September for the
LAFD Invitational Golf Tournament. The urbane Steve Ruda is
always chosen to handle the hosting duties for this event at the
Mountain Gate Country Club. And when Steve steps up to the
microphone, with a slight off-shore breeze blowing at his back
and a sweeping view of the Sepulveda Pass beneath him, he
always says, “Your worst day of golf is better than your best day
on the 405.”
Steve has worn many hats in his nearly forty-year tenure
with the LAFD - yellow, orange and white helmets; ball caps with
the Hope for Firefighters logo; Chairman of the Board of Honor-
ary Awards; and the heavy coronet of a LAFRA Trustee. In fact,
he has done two long stints as a Trustee, and has now decided to
step aside. “We need to groom other members to take over and
take us to new heights,” he recently told me. “We need to add new
assets to the organization.”
An unabashed disciple of Lane Kemper (they worked to-
gether as firefighters at 10’s), Steve also adheres to Carter Ames’
old adage “Do your job and a little extra.” Working on the LAFRA
Board, Steve says, is that little extra. “To be a part of this organi-
zation is the epidemy of service.”
Ruda has spent many long hours in the Relief and As-
sistance Committee rooms; was a strong proponent of the 1986,
2006, and 2017 yearbooks; and I’m sure he holds the world’s
record for attending, presenting badges and presiding as master of
ceremonies at more retirement dinners than anyone else in LAFD
history. The “Golden Voice” of the LAFD may now be lightening
up his work load as he approaches his golden years, but he will
remain heavy in the heart and soul of LAFRA and the LAFD for
years to come.

March 2018 • 7
8 • March 2018
For the last twenty-one years, Martin something. Then all of a sudden, Doug starts to
Luther King weekend and Ocotillo Wells have go down. Next thing we know Doug is yelling,
had one thing in common - the Buzzard Bait “Cut my sleeves, cut my sleeves!” Doug was
Family Fun Ride to benefit LAFRA’s Widows, obviously overheated from all the excitement
Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. This year and Mike, being a paramedic, recognized the
was no exception and everyone was treated to danger, and did just that. He cut the sleeves off
excellent weather, a great course, and no dust! Doug’s sweatshirt! Not sure what that was all
(Well, two out of three ain’t bad!) about . . . ?
We had a great turnout with more than The Relief Association was once again
250 entries. There were kids as young as six represented by the “Odd Couple” of President
years of age on 70cc motorcycles, and adults Bob Steinbacher and Trustee Tim Larson. Bob
(acting like kids) sitting in their brand new (or prizes. Many of those that won the money do- “Steintalker” and Tim “Smiling Jack” Larson
rented) RZR XP 1000’s. It was, however, a nated it back, so that the Widows and Orphans make a hell of a team. Always bickering back
family affair all the way. Fund was the true winner. There was a silent and forth as to whom should be doing what in
The twenty-eight-mile course was re- auction as well with time at a condo in Colo- and around Bob’s motorhome. Bob finally won
ally well laid out with twisty-turning slot can- rado and one in Mammoth up for grabs, along out when he got Tim to wash all his rugs. (See
yons, tight sandy washes, wide open washes, with a fire axe and other great items. photo)
and fast pole line roads. There were stations Raffle tickets were sold for a chance Overall, we had a great weekend of
along the way to pick up poker cards and dig at some great prizes. During the raffle, t-shirts camaraderie, campfires, storytelling, reminisc-
for buried poker chips and dice. At the end, the were flying through the air and grown men ing, and family fun, all benefitting the Relief
poker hands were turned in with the best hands were wrestling over who got one. The event Association’s Widows, Orphans & Disabled
winning prizes. If you found a poker chip or co-chairs, Doug Weber and Mike Reitmayer, Firemen’s Fund.
one of the dice, then you were allowed to spin were calling out numbers to keep the frenzy Save the Date. Saturday, March 17,
the “Wheel of Fortune” for additional cash going. Everyone was excited about winning 2018 - Hook and Ladder Enduro

March 2018 • 9
“Forget what hurt you in the past, but never
forget what it taught you.”

Firefighter Kenneth Fraser has been

able to apply this sincere quote from an un-
known artist to his own life, both on and off
duty. On January 24, 2017, while off duty,
heading home from the LAFD’s Geographic
Information System Unit where he had been
training, Kenneth was exiting the 101 Freeway lice officer. Explaining the situation to them, hardship to create a genuine connection with
at Hollywood Boulevard when he saw a mid- Fraser made it clear to them that he had already the jumper. After over an hour of talking and
dle-aged man on the overpass ledge. The man established a rapport with the man. Convinced, negotiating, he was able to convince the man
appeared to be planning to jump. the officers gave him the all-clear to continue. to climb back over the ledge. By that point, the
Though he had been on the job for less When Fraser returned to the man, he man had begun to lose his grip, and expressed
than six months, Fraser instinctively switched adopted a new approach. Fraser asked the man fear that he was going to fall. Fraser shouted to
to first- responder mode. He pulled his car over, if he could trust him, rather than vice-versa. the LAFD companies that were on-scene to cut
shouted for someone to call 9-1-1, and attempt- Once he assured Fraser that he was trustwor- the fence and pull the man to safety.
ed to clear the crowd that had gathered around thy, Fraser proceeded to disclose details of his To this day, Fraser regularly thinks
the jumper. difficult upbringing—details he had not shared about the man and worries about his well-be-
Finally making access to the potential with others. He spoke genuinely and from the ing. “If I help someone today, but not tomor-
jumper, he noticed that the agitated man was heart, sharing intimate details about the pass- row,” he says, “then my job’s not finished.”
already over the gate and on the ledge, legs ing of his father and much more. Only once he For his compassionate effort in as-
dangling below him. Though the man resisted concluded his own story, did Fraser ask if the sisting a man in need, the Los Angeles Fire De-
Fraser’s advances, telling him repeatedly to man returned his trust. partment presented Firefighter Kenneth Fraser
back away, Fraser persisted, convinced that if Ultimately, the new firefighter was with a Special Commendation.
he could get the man talking, it would keep him able to reveal his own perseverance through
from jumping.
Minutes into their conversation, the
LAPD arrived, sirens blaring. Their dramatic
entrance seemed to frighten the man, causing
him to recoil from Fraser and tell him once
more to back away. Respecting the man’s wish-
es, Fraser stepped away from the distraught
man and went and spoke with the arriving po-
10 • March 2018
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Family and friends celebrate with newly promoted
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Last shift for Captain I/Paramedic Tobi Perkins

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March 2018 • 13
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March 2018 • 15
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16 • March 2018
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March 2018 • 19
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20 • March 2018
On January 14, 2018, Fire Station 26
was visited by Ms. Nancy Ellin and Mr. Robert
Ellin (divorced but still friends) with their re-
spective families. They brought dinner for all
14 members from the Italian restaurant “Jon
& Vinny’s” on Fairfax Ave. They were victims
of the fast moving Skirball Fire and were very
grateful to the members of the LAFD for their
home being saved.
Captain II, John Ziola (FS 26-C) was
working on Brush Patrol 19 with Eng. Stan
Quan (FS 19-C) when the fire broke out. Cap-
tain Ziola had the opportunity to speak with
several neighbors on their street before and
after the fire. All the neighbors were grateful
and Ms. Nancy Ellin insisted on thanking the
firefighters with dinner.
The Ellins, with their children and a
nephew, had a very nice time touring the station
and an opportunity to sit on the newest Truck
(T-26) in LAFD’s fleet. Mr. Robert Ellin then
FS 26 entertains and receives a donation
presented a check for $5,000.00 to the LAFD
from a grateful Skirball Fire family
Foundation. We are very grateful for a commu-
nity that cares and shows their generous appre-
ciation to the brave members of the LAFD.

Firefighters overhaul a fatality fire in Pico

Union on 1/1/01/8. LAFD photo by Erik Scott

March 2018 • 21
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22 • March 2018


Eng Jim Rodriguez, FS 74-A, celebrated his last shift with

family and friends on 1/28/18. Photo by David Blaire

A semi crashed and burned on the 5 fwy at

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March 2018 • 23
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tion in NoHo on 1/16/18. Photo by Mike Meadows

Firefighters fought two fires in one day at a storage

building in NoHo on 12/31/17. Photo by Mike Meadows

Recycling yard fire at 13314 West Saticoy St

on 1/3/18. Photo by Kelly Seidel

Jeff and Lindsay Sambar (FS 102-A)

are pleased to welcome their first
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weighing in at 6 lb 11oz

March 2018 • 25
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so instead, he decided to set up residence on sion, gloves and all, Engineer Wolfe Jantz of
the right front brake caliber of the engine. Soon 18 “B” then removed the would be traveling
after a strong odor began emanating from the rodent from the front hub of E-18 - let’s just
bowels of the engine and the hunt was on to say in less than good condition. The well-done
discover the source. After a short search, the hitchhiker was then placed in a sealed plastic
Greeting from Battalion 15. So, things
cause was determined to be 18’s newest unwel- bag and put away in preparation for next bat-
are returning to normal after a rough few
comed member—the rat. With surgical preci- talion inspection. Waste not, want not, Chief!
months at FS 28. Yes, it’s hard to incorporate the
daily A.P.R. (Anticipated Period of Rest) with
all the construction, planned and unplanned, at
the station. With new solar panels now installed
and awaiting inspection, FS 28 will soon be the
greenest station in the battalion. Not only is the
city doing their part by harnessing the power
of the sun to save Mother Earth, some of the
station’s members are talking about setting up
a natural gas collection system in the station to
do their part too. Go Green Peace! As far as the
“unplanned” construction at the station, please
send all inquiries to FS 96 “B” for further infor-
Lastly from 28’s. We want to wel-
come back FF/PM John Hicks after suffering
a broken nose, two fractured wrists, and a torn
shoulder, the result of a structure fire and what
will undoubtfully go down as the most spec-
tacular ground level trip and fall in Battalion 15
Speaking of natural disasters, FS 18
had their own trouble with Mother Nature.
Seems that a rat tried to hitch a ride on Engine Engine 18 stowaway
18. He wasn’t given a jump seat of his own,

he Engines 8, 28 and 107 battled a vegetation E87 working a motorhome fire on 2/3/18
Association fire in the earlier morning hours of 1/24/18. at Balboa and Lassen. Photo by Greg Doyle

March 2018 • 27
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George James celebrates his last shift with family and friends at 103’s on 1/30/18

March 2018 • 29
TF 61 removed two electrocution victims from a billboard in the
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30 • March 2018
A recruit firefighter graduates then proposes marriage
in front of his new LAFD family. Photo by Gary Apodaca

FF Ngo is already delegating tasks to the Mayor and Fire

Chief on his first day on the job. Photo by Adam Van Gerpen

March 2018 • 31
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34 • March 2018
have 20 years on if you’re still active. So, if you was full of workers and he wanted to let them
enjoy meetin’ up with old friends and engagin’ know that he meant business.
in gobs of camaraderie, sign up and join this He asked the guy, “How much money
great organization. do you make a week?” A little surprised, the
The best part of the party is the raffle young man looked at him and said, “I make
that takes place after dessert is served. Every- $400 a week. Why?”
one gets two raffle tickets. Various organiza- The CEO said, “Wait right here.” He
tions donate all sorts of goodies, includin’ large walked back to his office, returned, and handed
screen TV’s. This year Bill and Pam Finn got the young man $1,600 in cash and said, “Here’s
Cowboy Line-up their number called and won one of the 65” four weeks’ pay, now get out and don’t come
flat screen TV’s. That’s right, a 65” flat screen back.”
A few weeks ago Steve Canchola, an TV! Congratulations Bill on havin’ one of the Feeling pretty good about himself, the
Engineer at FS 87 “A”, organized a breakfast winnin’ tickets. By the way, the good people CEO looked around the room and asked, “Does
get-together for a bunch of alumni of FS 14. at Straussner/Sherman were very generous in anyone want to tell me what that goof-ball did
Steve spent a lot of years working at FS 66 and donating these T.V.’s for this event. here?”
someone told me he always thought a lot of FS But wait, the best part of this story is From across the room a voice said,
14 and the guys that worked there. So he de- that Bill Finn didn’t really have a good spot for “Pizza delivery guy from Domino’s.”
cided a breakfast was a good way to get some a 65” TV so he found out where it was pur-
of the COWBOYS together. chased, returned it and purchased a smaller TV. AC
In case you didn’t know, Steve has a Since the smaller TV was a bunch less money, KEEP SMILIN’
passion for fixin’ up and detailin’ any Engine Bill took the excess funds and donated it to the
he’s assigned to. Engine 66 was a work of art Widows and Orphans Fund. Thanks for your
and Steve did his best to ensure his rig spar- generosity Bill. I’m sure the Relief Associa-
kled. Now that he drives E-87, it also shines tion appreciates your kind donation.
bright. In fact, he’s not allowed to take it out of
quarters unless there’s ample cloud cover. COWBOY HUMOR
Anyway, thanks for the breakfast Steve,
it was good to see a few of the ol’ cow-hands A large steel manufacturin’
again. Left to right are: Mike Henry, George company felt it was time for
Ortiz, Bruce Bickly, Steve Canchola, Alex Gar- a shakeup and hired a new
cia, Mike Bennett, Rodney Felix, Steve Shelp, CEO. The new boss was de-
Jim Rix, Brian Baltad and Marc Aguirre. termined to rid the company
of all slackers.
On a tour of the facilities, the new CEO
noticed a guy leanin’ against a wall. The room
Retired Guys Dave Wagner, Allen Bart, Chuck Bucher
and Marv Williams at nearly 20,000’ above Africa


Seeking applicants for the positions of:
The Finns win big Fire Marshal & Part-Time Brush Clearance Inspectors
$35 - $39 per hr. (Projected) - WORK SCHEDULE – To Be Determined
les Retired Fire and Police Association put on The City of La Habra Heights is a rural wildland/urban interface community of 5300 residents, 2300
their annual Christmas party at the Sportsman’s parcels with heavy brush, large homes and minimum 1 acre parcels. The City is classified in the

Lodge in beautiful Studio City. The LARFPA

Very High Fire Severity Hazard Zone and requires 100% brush clearance for all parcels and is
located on the eastern edge of Los Angeles County between Hacienda Heights and Whittier.
puts on a great party and the Sportsman’s The City is developing a new Brush Clearance program utilizing a Full or Part-Time Fire Marshal to
Lodge is the perfect venue. The food is great manage the program and several Part-Time Brush Clearance Inspectors starting in January 2018
and it’s a great opportunity to meet up with old The ideal candidate will have at least two (2) years of brush clearance experience inspection or
friends. I also overheard someone say that there wildland firefighting experience.

were more than 500+ people at this event. The

Positions open until filled Phone: (562) 694-8283 x326

great thing about the LARFPA is that you don’t Fire Chief Doug Graft, LAFD Ret. & Assistant Fire Chief Ron Myers, LAFD Ret.
have to be retired to join but you do have to

March 2018 • 35
Photos by Adam Van Gerpen

Shortly after the devastating mudslides in Montecito and Santa Barbara, the LAFD deployed more than 85 personnel to search for victims and assist those in need. This included
US&R Regional Task Force 9 (CA RTF-9), two Strike Teams, search dogs, a peer support team, and others.

36 • March 2018
March 2018 • 37
Eagle Rock
Photos by Mike Meadows and Matthew Hartman

38 • March 2018
At 3:39PM on January 7, 2018, companies
responded to a reported structure fire at 4537 N
Eagle Rock Blvd. There they found a 75’ x 250’ vacant
commercial building with heavy smoke showing. The
property, surrounded by security fencing, required
forcible entry to gain full access to the structure.

March 2018 • 39
The theory is simple enough: warm- as an effective strategy to defend against inju- stretching reduces the tension or stiffness in
ing up prepares your body for the more chal- ries and improve performance; combined, you muscles and joints. Simply stated, stretching
lenging activity ahead. A warm-up enhances have a powerful defense against injury, and enables the joint’s ability to move more freely
performance and helps prevent injury. Your have improved your chances of completing a and thereby increase its ability to move through
body is similar to a car’s engine. When it’s given task on the fire ground. a normal range of motion.
cold, it’s sluggish and runs rough; however, Firefighters like athletes will find them- We have three basic types of stretch-
when warmed, it runs smoothly, improving selves in precarious positions from time to ing: dynamic, which incorporates movement
performance! Most doctors recommend that time. For the firefighter, these precarious posi- during the stretch. Static, which is holding a
you warm up before stretching and beginning tions can be a matter of life or death. Your body position with little or no movement, and assist-
vigorous exercise. Muscles respond better to may be turning and twisting like a pretzel on ed, which requires a partner to assist in going
the stress the body puts on them when they’ve a morning call and then crawling like a snake beyond one’s own capabilities or holding resis-
been warmed up. Warming up can be as simple at a call in the late afternoon. Consequently, it tance for someone. The following demonstrate
as walking five to ten minutes. is in your best interest to take developing and nine static stretches.
However, warming the muscle is only maintaining flexibility very seriously.
the first step. What most professional athletes So, how do you become more flexible? • Triceps, Upper Back, Shoulder, and
know that the rest of us don’t is, exercise can, The answer is stretching. Regular stretching Sides: With your head and hips facing forward,
over time, shorten a person’s mus- helps maintain and improve flexibility. When place your elbow behind your head. Strive for
cles, thus decreasing overall mobil- you stretch, you are lengthening muscle and a comfortable pull. This is a good tension re-
ity. Stretching those same muscles connective tissue around the joints. The leaser.
will keep them flexible and allow
them to have full range of mo-
tion. Just as important, don’t
forget to stretch after
vigorous exercise to
maintain that flex-
Your work
as a firefighter can
only benefit from
making warm-
ing-up, stretch-
ing, and im-
proving overall
flexibility a
priority in your
fitness train-
ing. All three
items listed
can stand alone

40 • March 2018
• Upper Back and Shoulder: While
standing or sitting, place your opposite hand on
elbow as shown. Gently press and pull elbow
towards chest. This is another good tension re-
• Calves: Place your hand on a wall,
arms extended slightly bending elbow. Extend
your left leg approximately 12 inches behind Triceps, Upper Upper Back Calves
you. Slowly bend your right knee keeping both
feet flat on the floor, lean forward into the wall.
Back, Shoulder, & Shoulder
Strive for a comfortable pull in your calf. & Sides
• Hamstring and Lower Back: Position
your body as shown, hands reaching towards
calves. Gently bend from your hips. Strive for
a comfortable pull down the back of your leg.
• Quadriceps: Stabilize your body while
standing on one leg, foot flat on floor. Now,
gently bring your other foot slowly towards
your buttocks as shown.
• Outer Hip: An effective stretch for
glutes, quads, low back and the piriformis. Lay
flat on your back with knees bent, gently bring
right knee up as shown. Strive for a comfort-
able pull through the hip.
• Lower Back and Hip: Lay flat on your
back and slowly, one at a time, pull each knee
to your chest as shown. Place both arms around
knees and hug knees towards chest.
Hamstring & Quadriceps Outer Hip
• Groin, Hip Adductors, and Lower Lower Back
Back: As shown, sit with the soles of your feet
together. Gently try to press your knees toward
the floor. Strive for a comfortable pull in your
inner thigh area.
• Knee to Chest: A nice stretch for your
hamstrings, glutes, quads, and lower back. On
your back with your knee towards your chest as

Lower Back Groin, Hip Knee to Chest

& Hip Adductors,
& Lower Back
March 2018 • 41
Sunset Hills Country Club Bimonthly Tournament Rio Hondo Country Club Bimonthly Tournament
December 4, 2017 - LowGross/LowNet December 12, 2017 - LowGross/LowNet

Attention all LAFD

Golf Club Members and guests

Our annual “Memorial Club Championship” is going to be played this May 7-10 at the Westin Mission
Hills Resort. We’ll play the two courses at the resort, the Gary Player and the Pete Dye courses. Contact
Gary Mannan at for information.

42 • March 2018
CHUCK BUTLER, Deputy Chief,
DARREN PALACIOS, Deputy Chief, Operations West Bureau
Operations South Bureau
Brookside Golf Club
Automobile Driving Museum
1133 Rosemont, Pasadena CA
610 Lairport St, El Segundo CA
Time: 6:00 PM
Social Hour - 6:00 PM Dinner - 7:15 PM
$60, tax, tip & gift included - Chicken or Beef
Buffet Dinner - $40
Raul Coronado - (714) 305-2578 or
Call OSB, Erika Cabrera - (310) 548-2558 or
Scott Larue - (661) 400-3404 or
Lori Skroce - (310) 548-2559
email: scott.larue@lacity,org

DEAN D. ULRICH, Assistant Chief, LAWA TONY SENIOR, Captain/Paramedic,

FS 79-A
Fire Station 80 - LAX
7250 World Way West, Los Angeles CA Holiday Inn Torrance Gateway
19800 S Vermont, Torrance CA
Social Hour - 10:30 AM Lunch - 11:30 AM
Social Hour - 5:00 PM Dinner - 6:00 PM
BBQ Buffet - $25
Buffet Dinner - $50 / Live Music: 8:00 - ??
Call FS 80 - (213) 978-2180 or
Oscar Scott - (213) 305-2027 Call Lita Senior - (213) 372-9935
email: RSVP by March 10. Limited rooms blocked
RSVP by March 10 until March 10 for $129. Use code: TRP


Fire Station 69
Caesar Banquet Hall
15045 Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades CA
6723 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga CA
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Social Hour - 5:00 PM Dinner - 6:00 PM
(Retirement Breakfast)
Buffet Dinner - $35
No Cost
Call FS 74 - (818) 756-8674
Call FS 69 - (310) 575-8569

March 2018 • 43
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44 • March 2018
Donald D. Renwick, Engineer. Appointed August 27, 1946.
Retired on a service pension June 1, 1974 from FS 108-A. Passed away January 4, 2018.

Harry B. Woods, Firefighter II. Appointed July 1, 1955.

Retired on a service pension June 29, 1980 from FS 93. Passed away January 4, 2018.

Seferino Godinez, Captain II. Appointed April 30, 1960.

Retired on a service pension June 24, 1990 from FS 95-A. Passed away January 4, 2018.

Robert B. Provence, Engineer. Appointed April 17, 1971.

Retired on a service pension July 21, 1991 from FS 101-B. Passed away January 6, 2018.

Ernst T. Spearman, Fire Inspector II. Appointed October 17, 1970.

Retired on a service pension October 22, 2000 from FPB. Passed away January 9, 2018.

Douglas F. Cully, Assistant Chief. Appointed August 27, 1946.

Retired on a service pension June 28, 1977 from Div. 1-C FS 6. Passed away January 11, 2018.

Jack R. Brodie, Fireman. Appointed August 19, 1947.

Retired on a service pension August 1, 1975 from FS 84-C. Passed away January 12, 2018.

Henry I. Bent, Engineer. Appointed September 23, 1957.

Retired on a disability pension February 28, 1977 from FS 37-A. Passed away January 15, 2018.

Carl C. Wilson, Fire Inspector II. Appointed August 19, 1947.

Retired on a service pension January 1, 1977 from FPB. Passed away January 16, 2018.

Johnnie R. Collings, Captain. Appointed February 10, 1948.

Retired on a disability pension November 30, 1976 from FS 48-B. Passed away January 17, 2018.

Yvonne J. Wilson, surviving spouse of Kenneth L. Wilson, passed away December 26, 2017.
Viola J. Rowe, surviving spouse of William L. Rowe, passed away January 5, 2018.
Lorraine Van Zon, surviving spouse of Dick B. Van Zon, passed away January 6, 2018.
Amanda J. Thurstan, spouse of Casen C. Bills, passed away January 10, 2018.
Frances M. Brett, surviving spouse of Elroy M. Brett, passed away January 12, 2018.
Constance G. Sundin, spouse of Allan Sundin, passed away January 17, 2018.
Joan E. Mc Chesney, surviving spouse of Robert E. Mc Chesney, passed away January 17, 2018.

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March 2018 • 45
Richard at old 17’s, in the late fifties. He
was our Engineer on the truck. We kept in
contact, and years later visited each other
quite a bit. He’s in Indiana and we are in
California. Richard was very engaged with
the Amish people in his community. He
and Martha traded favors with them. We
were also welcomed into Amish homes
because of them. It was quite an education
for us.

God bless,

Harry and Doris Morck

Dear Firemen’s Relief Association,

With special thanks to all of you. To

know you is to know people who are kind,
considerate, and thoughtful. To know you
is to be grateful for the special things you
Dear Grapevine: check in memory of Nina Clegg. A beauti- do. For everything you’ve done for being
ful friend. the special people that you are. Thank you
My name is Audrey Kay Rich. I so very much for the beautiful flowers and
am the widow of Albert W. Rich. You sent Sincerely all your help.
such a wonderful Yearbook. I was very
pleased and proud to be a member of the Phyllis Stapel Again, thank you
LAFD family.
My husband Al was an Engineer, Anita Spearman
had been on the department for 30 years, LAFRA,
and was very proud to be a member of the
LAFD. The yearbook is such a nice way Thank you very much for the 2017 LAFRA,
of keeping up with the members of such Yearbook. It is well done, cover to cov-
a valuable and hard-working group of er. Of course, everything you do is well Enclosed is a check for the WODFF.
people. This really has been quite a year done. Please accept the enclosed for the My mom received so much from this or-
with all the wildfires, and now dealing WODFF. ganization in the 40 years before my dad
with mudslides. Other departments and retired. We are three generations of Los
even other states coming together to help, Bill and Berry Dahlquist Angeles City Firefighters, and so grateful
makes it even a more loving and caring for the Relief Association.
work place. Thank you again for such a
nice, hardback treasure to me. Dear LAFRA, The Evans Family
My Al would be very proud. He
passed away from cancer after only living Please accept this donation in mem-
five years of retirement, and 2 1/2 years of ory of Damon Bell. I was just off proba- Dear Grapevine Editor:
that, he was ill. He never gave in to it, and tion and assigned to FS 58 when I first
was use to being a fighter being a fireman. met Damon. He was a seasoned Fireman/
Cancer has its own rules. We all want to Adjutant, driving Battalion 18. His quiet
find a cure, and one day will. and professional demeanor set him apart
Thank you for all you do for mem- from the noisy bustle of a fire house full
bers, and especially for all you have done of young egos and energy. He was a good
for me over the years. role model and a pleasure to work with.
May he rest in peace.
Forever thankful,
Audrey Kay Rich, Respectfully,
Surviving Spouse
Jim Stiglich I would just like to take a minute
Van Nuys, CA and drift from the norm of fun and games.
Dear LAFRA I just learned that Retired Engineer Walt
Somaduroff passed away this week. When
Please accept this check in honor Dear Andy, we have someone pass away, we are al-
of the birth of my great granddaughter, ways somber, sad, reflective . . . but in this
Harper Sambar, daughter of Jeffrey Sam- Please accept this donation for our case, Walt’s passing really made me stop
bar, Paramedic 102’s and Lindsey Sambar friend, Richard Dickens. He lived a great and think. (Walt is second from right in
on 11/08/2017. Also, please accept this life, always helping others. I first met this picture)
46 • March 2018
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Building Real Estate Wealth – Is it for you?
At Firefighters First Credit Union, our (capital gains) and there is no self-employment Be smart…
Business Lending team helps firefighters in tax (that’s a 15% savings over other business So it’s easy to see why many investors
their pursuit of gaining wealth through invest- types). have acquired rental properties, the benefits
ment in real estate. When firefighters look to Robert Kiyosaki (author of Rich Dad above just simply aren’t available for most
their future and assess the resources they have Poor Dad) has been quoted saying “It’s not how other investment types. Real estate investment
and abilities they possess, many conclude that much money you make, but how much money can be truly powerful and has proven to pro-
real estate investment offers them one of the you keep…”. Guess what, he owns a lot of real vide solid returns and grow net worth for many
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Is this something that you should ex- 3. Other people’s money (leverage). erties doesn’t mean success…you must be
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ways glamorous, but it has proven to be one it is very common to use other people’s money work, talk with the experts; real estate profes-
of the best ways to build wealth over the long to fund a property purchase via a loan. You’ll sionals, CPA’s, find investors that you know so
haul, especially for the entrepreneurial minded. still need to come out of pocket to make the you can learn from their mistakes. Learn how
Here are some reasons why you might consider investment work, but lenders like Firefighters to find great property deals, evaluate invest-
investing in rental properties. First Credit Union are ready to provide most of ment opportunities and finance properties you
the funds needed. might want to buy.
1. Cash flow. Can you think of another investment One of your stops could be here at Fire-
Many people invest in rental properties type that allows you to borrow most of the fighters First Credit Union. We’re always hap-
simply because of the predictable, steady cash funds and then pay it back over 20-30 years? py to share our observations and experiences
flow – the extra money that is left after all of and put money to work for you to help your
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provide ongoing, monthly income that is most- When you buy a rental property using financial life.
ly passive, allowing you to spend your time on other people’s money, your tenant actually Okay, we almost forgot the obligatory
the job, with family or reinvesting in more real gives you money to make the mortgage pay- disclaimer: we are not CPAs, tax planners,
estate. ment, which increases your net worth each financial advisors, or real estate professionals
Cash flow from rental properties is typi- month as equity is built up in the property. and we are not giving investment advice in this
cally stable, and if positioned properly, it can Let’s say you owe $200,000 on a rental article. As recommended above, please consult
help you float through the bad times and live property, but next year you might only owe with qualified experts before making any deci-
well during the good times. $195,000 because the tenant has provided cash sions.
for you to make the loan payment, making you
2. Tax benefits. $5,000 richer. Ten, twenty or thirty years down For more information, please contact:
Here’s the short story: the U.S. Gov- the road you will own a significant asset that
ernment rewards rental property owners. As a you can sell or continue renting, all thanks to
rental property owner, you are able to deduct your tenant giving you money to make the
nearly all of the expenses you’ll pay to manage mortgage payment.
your property.
Then there’s the benefit of depreciat- 5. Appreciation.
ing the property. The IRS allows real estate We know from experience that real es-
investors to deduct the cost of the building over tate prices do not always go up. We’ve recently
time…even though the value of real property seen the low on this cycle during the great re-
generally goes up in the long haul. Deprecia- cession and also the rebound in values. Over
tion is sometimes called a “phantom tax de- time, however, values have proven to climb
duction” because although we deduct the cost, higher. Understanding the long term value, Tim Lewison
there is no actual cash expense. This can lead many investors are not in real estate for just a Vice President, Business Services
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Submitted by Frank Borden • Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD HISTORY –The Sylmar Tunnel Explosion, June 23, 1971

Written by Paul Ditzel for
“The LAFD A Century of Service”
Photos from the LAFDHS Archive

Sylmar seemed jinxed when another

disaster, a few months after the earthquake,
hit the area. The Lockheed Shipbuilding and
Construction Company of Seattle was digging
a 5.5 mile-long tunnel, 170 feet underground,
for the Metropolitan Water District’s Feather
River Project. The first clue of impending di-
saster came at 2:30 a.m., June 23, 1971, when
Task Force 98, Engine 91, Rescue-Ambulance
98 and Battalion 12 Chief Leo Najarian were
dispatched by Coldwater to 12800 Fenton Av-
enue, following a report of an explosion at the
tunnel’s digging head.
Four tunnel workers suffered fractures
and burns in what Najarian determined was a Site of the tunnel explosion in Sylmar. The crane is
methane explosion touched off by a welder’s lowering rescuers in a basket down into the mine.
torch or by a “mole” digger machine striking
a spark when it hit a hard rock. Najarian called portal where as many as 20 workers were dig-
for one more rescue-ambulance and was sent ging with the mole.
Rescue 89. Using generator fans, Engine 91 En route at 1:a.m., Najarian called for
began venting the tunnel. Determining that the Task Force 98 to respond to the Fenton tunnel
workers were only periodically testing for the entrance and Engine 91 to go to the vent hole
presence of methane, Najarian instructed su- at Roxford and Foothill. Najarian also called
pervisors to make continuous testings and to for a second ambulance and was sent Rescue
obtain better breathing apparatus. During the 89. Upon arrival, Najarian was told by Lock-
day he monitored activities at the tunnel and heed Project Manager, Loren G. Savage that an
learned that state safety inspectors had certi- explosion “20 times worse than the previous
fied that work could continue. When no more night” had occurred 5.3 miles inside the tunnel.
alarms came from the 18-foot-diameter bore Only one worker had escaped. Eighteen were Two LAFD members being lowered into
site, Najarian began to hope his worst fears missing. the mine shaft as rescue efforts continue.
would not be realized. Considered by the de- Najarian asked what the methane read-
partment as its foremost authority on hazardous ings were at the time of the explosion. He was breathing apparatus and the air utility unit with
materials, Najarian’s nagging worries contin- told workers had recorded readings of only its compliment of additional air bottles and ca-
ued into the evening. 1 percent when the digger was not working. pabilities for on-scene refilling of them as well
Najarian had just returned from an When the mole started boring, however, the as bottles normally carried on apparatus.
alarm after midnight when Rescue-Ambulance workers were entering an earthquake fault and To reach the tunnel entrance, firefight-
98, stationed in his quarters, was dispatched at the dirt turned into a powdery consistency. ers had to be lowered in a cage some 170 feet
12:51 a.m., to a tunnel explosion at the same While the digger cut, the gas appeared to be to the portal opening. Task Force 98 firefighters
address as the earlier one. Najarian would have coming out in puffs as if from pockets of heav- began loading a rescue train of two donkey en-
followed Rescue 98, except that at the same ily concentrated methane. A crane was ordered gine gondola cars with all available breathing
time he was dispatched to a fire in Engine 24’s to the vent hole opening on Foothill as Najarian apparatus, extra air bottles, litter baskets and
district. When 24’s sizeup indicated the fire hurried to the Fenton portal opening where a stretchers, flashlights, resuscitators and first
was small, Najarian radioed Rescue 98 for a search team would have to go in to look for the aid equipment. Rescue 98 firefighters Gerald
radio report on the tunnel explosion. Rescue 18 missing workers. En route he radioed Cold- R. Rainmaker and Thomas L. Cox, along with
98’s firefighters said a severe explosion had oc- water “in all probability, a major disaster has Savage and two tunnel workers would go on
curred some five miles inside the Fenton Street occurred.” Najarian called for a longer duration the first rescue train. If one gondola car de-

March 2018 • 51
nel, rescue attempts had to be continued and IN MEMORY OF RETIRED ASSISTANT
bodies had to be brought out. A second search CHIEF DOUG CULLY
and rescue train slowly entered the tunnel,
disappeared around the bend and, while pro- Assistant Chief Douglas Cully, LAFD
ceeding deep into the murk discovered, 1000 (retired)
feet inside an unconscious worker, Ralph Bris- WW II US Navy Submarine Service
sette. Miraculously, the force of the explosion Veteran - USS Seahorse (SS-304)
threw him to an area where fresh air was being
pumped into the tunnel. Rescue 39 rushed him Doug Cully passed away on January 11.
to Pacoima Lutheran Hospital where he would 2018 at the age of 93. He was appointed to the
survive. LAFD on 8/24/46 and retired on 6/28/77 from
During the next two days, fire compa- Division 1-C. I had the opportunity to work
nies worked in tandem, under extremely haz- with Chief Cully when I was appointed to A/C
ardous conditions, while riding rescue trains in in 1977. Those who worked for or with Chief
Don Anthony, left and Freddie Risk, right, debriefing and out of the hot, smoky, water-filled tunnel Cully enjoyed his personality, his humor, his
with B/C Cameron Cramer, left and B/C Bill Ingram. while extinguishing fires and searching for vic- practicality and his abilities. He was one of the
tims. The LAFD operations continued for three great generation and rightly named.
days until June 26, when all 17 bodies were As you look at the curved end of the
recovered. Medals of Valor were awarded to LAFD Hayward tool, you will see two lugs.
Rainwater and Cox as well as to 17 other fire- Any rookie that’s given a proficiency drill on
fighters who participated in the Sylmar tunnel this tool in last 45 plus years will call them the
disaster. “Cully Lugs.” But where did this name come
The LAFD awarded the Medal of Valor from? In the early 70’s, Chief Cully and his
to the following 19 members for their personal Aide, Dave Ford came up with idea of putting
courage at great personal risk during rescue two lugs on the curved end of the Hayward for
operations at the 1971 Sylmar Tunnel Disaster: the purpose of opening tight or frozen valves
Argus E. Abney, Donald F. Anthony, Walter on fire protection systems. Using Dave Ford’s
F. Ball, Cameron P. Cramer, Thomas L. Cox, mechanical background, they put the lugs on
Frank Fasmer, John C. Gerard, John H. Hold- the Hayward, tested it and it was adopted by the
sworth, Robert E. Radke, Gerald R. Rainwater, LAFD and the tool is still in use today.
Leon Ross Rauh, David P. Richardson, Alfred What few people know is some of the
Fire Chief Ray Hill is speaking to A/C Robert Radke.
B. Risk, Fred W. Stoddard, Forrest E. Taylor, fascinating life history of the one of the origi-
Behind are Chiefs Keith Wilson and Al Schultz.
Jerome P. Tenhundfeld, Kenneth R. Thompson, nators of this modification. At 18, Doug Cully
Keith A. Wilson, and Thomas A. Wilson. enlisted in the Navy and was sent to Coeur
railed, the other donkey engine car could back D’ Alene, Idaho. for basic training. The word
put of the tunnel with the rescue team. 42 YEARS LATER – A MEMORIAL floating around the camp was that those who
As the rescue train entered the tunnel volunteered for submarine duty would be sent
and rounded the first bend, radio contact was, In December, 2013 I had the opportu- to San Diego. It was thought the Torpedoman’s
as expected, lost due to the winding nature of nity to represent the LAFD and the LAFD His- school was there also. Being that was the
the tunnel. Najarian, Task Force 98, and Rescue torical Society at a private memorial ceremony school he desired and wanting to get closer to
89 proceeded to the Foothill Boulevard vent held at the Metropolitan Water District facility home, he volunteered and was put on a train,
hole. When the rescue team did not return in in downtown LA. The MWD unveiled a con- which didn’t stop until it got to Chicago, home
half-an-hour, a second rescue team was starting crete memorial with the names of the 16 miners of the Great Lakes Naval Training Center! So
into the tunnel when they heard honking and who were lost and an MWD inspector. Families much for the accuracy of the rumor mill.
saw the red light of the returning rescue team. of those 17 men came from all over the coun- Eventually Doug made it to Torpedo-
The news was all bad. Rainwater and Cox re- try to attend the emotional ceremony. The lone man’s School in Norfolk, Va. and graduated
ported that visibility, even with their powerful survivor Ralph Brissette was there along with from US Naval Submarine School in New
Wheat lamps was zero in the million-cubic-feet his family. He was very appreciative of the London, CT. From submarine school he re-
inside the tunnel, their gondola suddenly struck LAFD for his rescue and said he still misses his
an object, derailed and turned sideways. The friends who perished in the explosion so many
firefighters had climbed out of the gondola and years ago. 42 years later Ralph Brissette stands by the
found they had run over a body which could memorial for those lost in the tunnel disaster.
not be seen with their lights. Cox and Rainwa-
ter determined the body was that of a worker
obviously killed in the explosion. Rainwater
proceeded down the tracks while looking for
more victims until he fell into a four foot hole
and was injured.
The firefighters concurred with Sav-
age that the excessive concentrations of smoke
and gases meant that if any of the 18 workers
on the graveyard shift survived the explosion,
they were almost assuredly dead from exposure
to lethal heat, smoke and gases. Regardless of
Ralph Brissette, the lone survivor.
whether anyone remained alive inside the tun-

52 • March 2018
ceived orders to a submarine tender and was
later transferred to the USS Seahorse (SS-304),
a Baloa class submarine, operating out of Bris-
bane, Australia.
While on board the Seahorse, Doug
went on seven war patrols in enemy waters.
On his fifth patrol the boat was severely depth
charged and was kept below the surface for a
prolonged period of time. The boat sustained
severe damage and despite many leaks, they
were able to surface, under the cover of a rain
squall and slip past the enemy. The boat was
able to slowly limp back to Guam on one en-
gine and then to Pearl Harbor for repairs. While
in Pearl Harbor, the submarine sailors were put
up at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki, for
a well-deserved R & R.
While on the way to their tenth war
patrol, Japan surrendered and the boat was The USS Seahorse crew photo. Doug Cully is sitting
recalled to Pearl Harbor. Doug Cully was dis- on the far left end of the photo third row up
charged from the Navy as a 3rd Class Torpedo-
man (TM3), qualified in Submarines.
Chief Cully joined the LAFD in Au-
gust, 1946. Some of the noteworthy incidents
he experienced were: as a rookie on the “Ralph
J Scott” he was on the water tower on the
Markay Ship fire in June of 1947, a Captain
on duty at the Signal Office during the Bel Air
Brush fire in 1962 and as an engine Captain at
66’s during the 1965 Watts Riots. Old Fire Station 6. Engine 6, Heavy Utility 6 and Di-
So the next time you hear the rookie say vision 1. Photo taken in 1977 by Chuck Madderom. Old Fireboat 2 “The Ralph J.
these are the “Cully Lugs” you know how they Scott” attacking a wharf fire
got the name and that a member of “America’s caused by the explosion of
Greatest Generation” was instrumental in their Doug Cully’s submarine, the USS Seahorse in 1943.
the tankship Markay in 1947.
creation. THANK YOU for your service, Chief Although the tower monitor
Cully. Rest in Peace. is not in operation here, this
USN information submitted by Ed Ban- was where Fireman Cully was
da, LAFD (Captain retired.) USS Wahoo (SS- working the monitor in the
565) 67-70 early stage of the fire.

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: Web site
at If you want to
look at some great LAFD history check and check the LAFD
web site for information and events at www. 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.

March 2018 • 53
January 10, 2018

CALL TO ORDER PRESIDENT REPORT 1) Jeff Cawdrey provided a list of the

upcoming 2018 conferences and asked
President Bob Steinbacher called the 1) Steve Ruda addressed the Board to inform Trustees to let him know which they are
Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Los that he has resigned as a Trustee. He stated interested in attending.
Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association to that it was his pleasure to be succeeded by
order at 10:55 a.m. Kenneth Breskin. 2) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the approved
Bylaws and stated that they will be placed
ROLL CALL 2) Andy Kuljis administered the Oath of in the Relief Documents folder for review.
Office to Richard Moody and Kenneth He indicated that he will schedule a Policy
MEMBERS PRESENT: Breskin. and Bylaws review meeting on February
Bob Steinbacher, President 6th and would like for all to attend.
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President 3) Bob Steinbacher referred to the 2018
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary Committees and asked Trustee to let him EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Trustee Chris Stine know of their interest to serve on other
Trustee John Jacobsen committees. 1) Todd Layfer informed the Board of the
Trustee Frank Aguirre new IRS mileage rate increase. He stated
Trustee Steve Ruda 4) Dawna Gray of Bradawn Inc. addressed that Irma has updated the Trustee expense
Trustee Craig White the Board with an update to the Pension form for 2018 to reflect the change.
Trustee Joe Vigil Department meetings concerning the
Trustee Jim Duffy LAFRA medical plan and subsidies. She 2) Todd Layfer indicated that he is currently
Trustee Rick Godinez recommended that the Board reconsider working on the 2018 budget and will
Trustee Tim Freeman some of the eligibility guidelines in place initially present it on the January 24th
Trustee Tyler Tomich concerning retirees. committee meeting and to the Board for
Trustee Gayle Sonoda approval on February 7th.
Trustee Gene Bednarchik 5) Bob Steinbacher reported on the Drill
Trustee Mike Sailhamer Tower class orientation and indicated that 3) Todd Layfer provided a brief update on
Trustee Kenneth Breskin 51 recruits signed up for Relief Medical. the Yearbook costs. He indicated that we
Trustee Richard Moody will come in around 20% under budget.
Trustee Tim Larson – Pension 6) Bob Steinbacher indicated that Tim
Trustee Steve Domanski - Pension Larson and Steve Domanski will be 4) Todd Layfer informed the Board that we
Trustee Doak Smith – Pension attending the Buzzard Bait Ride this will be having Sexual Harassment training
Todd Layfer - Executive Director weekend. for the staff and retired Trustees on January
Liberty Unciano – Controller-Treasurer 30th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. He also
7) Steve Domanski reported that he and Tim stated that we will have HIPAA training for
MEMBERS ABSENT: Larson have begun planning the Pechanga staff on March 8th.
Trustee Steve Berkery Reunion and wine tour.

INVOCATION & Flag Salute The Board entered into Executive Session John Jacobsen indicated that the annual
at 11:44 a.m. offsite for the Investment Committee at
Steve Ruda led the invocation and the flag The Board adjourned from Executive Beacon Pointe will take place on February
salute. Session at 12:08 p.m. 28th.


the actions taken in Executive Session
Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion pertaining to a personnel matter. Frank Joe Vigil informed that they will have the
to ratify and approve the Board Meeting Aguirre seconded. There was no discussion Audit Committee planning meeting on
Minutes of December 13, 2017. Gene or objections. January 25th at 8:30 a.m.
Bednarchik so moved. Craig White
seconded. There was no discussion or Motion carried to approve actions taken ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE
objections. in Executive Session pertaining to a REPORT
personnel matter.
Motion carried to approve minutes Board Frank Aguirre presented the following
Meeting Minutes of December 13, 2017. VICE PRESIDENT REPORT motions.
54 • March 2018
The committee recommends and I so move $40,185.60 active and retired members.
to pay the usual and customary bills in The Estate Planning benefit in the amount
the amount of $940,834.57. There was no of $6,000 SECRETARY’S REPORT
discussion or objections. The Life & Accident Death benefit in the
amount of $12,000 Andy Kuljis administered the Oath of Office
Motion carried to pay the usual and The Relief Death Benefits in the amount of to both Bob Steinbacher as President and
customary bills in the amount of $27,000 Jeff Cawdrey as Vice President for 2018.
There was no discussion or objections. SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
The committee recommends and I so move REPORT
to approve the purchase of a new telephone Motion carried to pay the above Relief
system with Direct Tech. There was no benefits. Rick Godinez reported that the Scholarship
discussion or objections. Program application period will be from
Mike Sailhamer read the names of members March 1st through March 30th and the
Motion carried to approve the purchase of who recently passed and asked for a moment exam date will take place on April 14th.
a new telephone system with Direct Tech. of silence from the Board.
The committee recommends and I so move MEMORIALS
to approve contracting with ASCI Security Richard N. Wahrenbrock Rick Godinez reported that online donations
Systems for door security upgrades in the Gary R. Lonza for 2017 were at $49,000 and was up $18K
amount of $14,000. There was no discussion Obe O. Doan from the previous year. He reported on the
or objections. Jack V.Ross Discovery School Holiday Gift Drive and
Keith Stewart indicated that they are able to send gifts
Motion carried to approve contracting with Monte F. Graham to the 28 surviving spouses and the 21
ASCI Security Systems for door security children.
upgrades in the amount of $14,000. ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE
The committee recommends and I so move Mike Sailhamer presented the following
to approve the purchase of software and motions. 1) Buzzard Bait Ride – January 12 – 14
hardware to upgrade the LAFRA servers 2) Hook & Ladder Enduro – March 17th
in the amount of $23,000. There was no The committee recommends and I so move 3) L.A. Marathon – March 18th
discussion or objections. to accept the donations in the amount of 4) Lane Kemper Softball Tournament –
$31,713.02 to the Widows, Orphans & May 2nd
Motion carried to approve the purchase Disabled Firemen’s Fund. There was no 5) Pechanga Reunion – May 21st – 25th
of software and hardware to upgrade the discussion or objections. 6) Hope for Firefighters – June 7th
LAFRA servers in the amount of $23,000.
Motion carried to accept the donations in
MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT the amount of $31,713.02 to the Widows, RETIREMENT DINNERS
Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund.
John Jacobsen presented the following 1) Tobi Perkins – February 3rd Newport
motion. The committee recommends and I so Dunes, Back Bay Bistro (Sonoda)
move to approve the financial assistance 2) Bill Bringas – February 10th Private
The committee recommends and I so move applications for surviving spouses, active Residence (Steinbacher)
to accept the applications to the Medical and retired members. There was no 3) Jimmy Rodriguez – February 17th
Plan. There was no discussion and no discussion or objections. Private Residence (Bednarchik)
objections. 4) Chuck Butler – March 8th B @
Motion carried to approve the financial Brookside Golf Club
Motion carried to accept all applications to assistance applications for surviving
the Medical Plan. spouses, active and retired members. ADJOURNMENT


REPORT adjourn. Tim Larson so moved. Craig White
Mike Sailhamer presented the following seconded. There was no discussion and no
motion. The committee recommends and I so move objections.
to advance funds for both active and retired
The committee recommends and I so move members. There was no discussion or Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
to pay: objections. Trustees meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.

The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount of Motion carried to advance funds for both Bob Steinbacher, President

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Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund - January 2018

DOLORES S. SCHNEIDER in memory JAMES L. STIGLICH in memory of PHYLLIS R. STAPEL in memory of

of Alvina & Edward Bakula Damon Bell Nina Clegg


Dennis Benkovsky
of Dave Moorman MARIAN L. PEACOCK in memory of
my husband Ken Peacock ROBERT L. ROBAR
NOVELTIES of Bill Mc Donough of Jeanette Semerjian

BELL L. WESTON in honor of my RONALD E. WORDEN in memory of TONY & JOSEPHINE BASILE in
husband Donald W. Weston and Sef Godinez memory of Norman Janes
son-in-law Gerald “Gerry” Foust
GENE & JUDY ADAMS in memory of SARA DRESSEL in memory of
VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN Dennis Benkovsky Dennis Benkovsky
RICHARD T. SAKURAI Dennis Benkovsky
SHARON A. SANQUIST in gratitude of
memory of Dennis Benkovsky
PELLILLO in memory of Barbara ANNA MELLOR in memory of
WILLIAM A. FINN in honor of Vine Espinoza, mother of retired LA Norm Janes
“The Greatest Generation” Firefighter Joe Espinoza
DON R. FORREST in memory CHRISTINA M. MCKILLIP in Barbara Espinoza
of retired fire chief Alan “Bruno” memory of Capt. Tony, Antoinette
Brunacini of Phoenix FD and their son, Tony Dimenico Jr. BRUCE & GINA PINCUS & FAMILY
in memory of Jeanette Semerjian
ELIZABETH BLOOMINGDALE ALICE L. CRANDALL in memory memory of Barbara Espinoza
BELL/LISA B. BELL of Paul Semerjian’s mom,
Jeanette Semerjian MICHAEL & MINA SANTORO in
KIRK P. BINGHAM from the memory of Norman Janes
Firemen’s Breakfast @ Mimi’s RICHARD E. FOX in memory of
Restaurant in Thousand Oaks Bob Duncan DAVID SEMERJIAN in memory of
Jeanette Semerjian
PAUL KAMKAR/ LON F. ROBERTS from the Antelope
5501 FIGUEROA, LP Valley Retired Firemen’s DON JAN SMITH in memory of
Breakfast Club Barbara Vine Espinoza
from the Fire Extinguisher Fund SHIRLEY & JAMES KERR in PATRICIA SQUIRE in memory of
memory of Barbara Espinoza Jeanette Semerjian
FIRE STATION NO. 28 from the BETTY ANN UNIBE in memory of
FUMIKO HUMBERD, JR. Fire Extinguisher Fund Ann Bullard

DAVID L. LILLY in memory of PHYLLIS R. STAPEL in honor of the

Dennis Benkovsky birth of my great granddaughter
Harper Sambar

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IBLES – Pismo Pickers, located tes, Realtor® and wife to Fire and grandson of LAFD, Army most PPO, HMO, MPN, Union,
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has recently added a wide, see. andy@thefranchisecon Compensation Plans. (818)
variety of antiques and collect- I also 527-7246.
ibles from the private collection specialize in Probate Sales.  A
of a retired LA City fireman. generous donation, at close of GARAGE DOOR INSTALLA-
There are alarm boxes, axes, escrow to Adopt-A-Station. TION & SERVICE. Garage WINDOWS & PATIO DOORS
badges, toys, apparatus parts, Cal-BRE License 01794244. doors and openers. Need to - vinyl replacement windows
tools, extinguishers, collectibles, replace your broken springs? & Patio doors. I also carry
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located at 537 Five Cities Drive, LANDSCAPE. Tree trimming even replaced? We do it all from systems. Rick Brandelli, Capt.
Pismo Beach. (805)773-3777 and removal, stumpgrinding, and new product to repairing old. LACoFD, FS 8-C (800) 667-
firewood sales. Mixed firewood, Call (661) 860-4563 Grassroots 6676.
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wake tower and Karavan trailer. medic Returns, Electronic Filing cabin. 3 bedroom, sleeps 7 , 21/2
Great family Boat. $16,500 OBO AIR - Free estimates, residen- available, year round bookkeep- bath,forced air, big screen cable
Call (310) 480-7939. tial, commercial. Great rates for ing and accounting, business T.V. / WIFI, red wood deck , gas
LAFD and LAPD. Toll free (877) and partnership returns, payroll. BBQ, fully furnished except linens,
REAL ESTATE 891-1414, (661) 298-3070, FAX All computerized processing with
walk to marina/pines village.
(661) 298-3069. State License No smoking or pets. $200/night
FOR SALE No. 527114
over 30 years experience. Call +$100 cleaning. 4 night minimum
early for an appointment around Larry Harris LAFD retired (805)
LAKE HAVASU CITY HOME your schedule. Robert Sanchez 509-5739
FOR SALE. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, MANAGEMENT: Introducing
1700 sq. ft. Beautiful Santa Fe 7017, cell (818) 216-1040. BIG BEAR - Beautiful decked
My Deferred Compensation two story cabin. 2 bedroom, 1
pool home, 3 car garage, 8 foot Manager® AL HEWITT, INC., a
doors. $365,000. If this is not CALI+HI PHOTOGRAPHY bath. Sleeps six. Pets OK. Near
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Retired engineer’ wife. Plan for Newborns Lifestyle + Portrait place/wood, cable/WiFi. Fully
Firm, offers Comprehensive Photography furnished except linens. Winter
the Summer. Call Georgeann Deferred Compensation Man-
Hoover, realtor at (310) 890- CALIHIPHOTOGRAPHY.COM $110/$650. Summer $100/$550.
agement using Elite Institutional Contact: 2 night minimum.
1562. AZ broker #143001473. Money Managers. Personalized
portfolio selection and ongoing Follow on Instagram: Call Donna/Beep (760)723-
management of your deferred @ calihi_photography 1475.
THOUSAND OAKS. compensation assets. Invest- LAFD FIRE FAMILY
ment Management of other BIG BEAR CABIN- 4Bdrm
Gated compound - main house retirement and non-retirement
2400 sq ft. 4 bd/3 ba first floor RED IRRITATED SKIN? Aging 2Bath home. Eagle Point loca-
assets is also available. We lines, sun spots, acne or loss of tion! Sleeps 9 comfortably. TV,
mastersuite, separate guest charge a fixed flat advisory
home with private entrance, firmness? Rodan and Fields skin DVD, WiFi, 2Fireplaces, Firepit,
fee to manage your deferred products are clinically proven to BBQ, laundry. 2night min. Win-
1200 sq ft. 3 bd/2 ba central h/ac compensation plan. We do NOT
full kitchen. Wood floors through- change your skin. Start using ter: $190 Fri/Sat, $160 Wkdays.
charge a percentage of assets products that make a difference. Summer: $140 Fri/Sat, $120
out both homes. Saltwater pool/ under management. (800) 573-
spa. Multigenerational living, Go to: https:/annatsanchez. Wkdays. +$110 Cleaning. Some
4829. - Love the prod- holiday rates. -Tony Zermeno
co-ownership, livework, etc.
ucts? Start selling them online 805-625-1192
National blue ribbon schools. FIRE FAMILY ESTATE SALES and become an independent
– Call us when a loved one consultant. Call Annet (626) 818- BIG BEAR LAKE’S FINEST-
passes, moves to a nursing facil- 1846 for more information. Deluxe lakeside townhouse, 2
March 2018 • 57
bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable TVs, garage. 3 miles from launch bath, 2900 sqft home with ame- Holidays $300/night. Cleaning is
HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood burning ramp. Close to downtown shops nities & pool that easily sleeps included. Call Mike Whitehouse,
fireplaces, laundry room, tennis & restaurants. View of the lake. 14+ people. Centrally located, Retired, 805-987-6122, email:
court, indoor pool, sauna, spa, Quiet street in good neighbor- 1 mile from the lake, close to
boat dock. Fully equipped, includ- hood. No pets. No smoking. downtown shops and restau- or Bruce Galien, Retired, 661-
ing all linens. Sleeps 6. 310-541- Snowbird rates. Call Mike (661) rants. Check out home at 645-7448, email: luvbaja2@aol.
8311 or 510-6246 com
Call Julie 818-268-7906 for spe-
BIG BEAR CABIN. 2 bedroom, LAKE HAVASU LANDING- cial firefighter family rates. MAMMOTH CONDO Cozy 2
2 bath, 2 story. Sleeps 6-8. About WATERFRONT, steps to the bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully fur-
6 miles from ski slopes & lake. water. Boat mooring out front, MAMMOTH - 1 bedroom Sum- nished, WIFI, 3 TV’s, pool, spa,
Fireplace/wood, cable, full kitch- off-road desert behind house. mit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient walk to shuttle, Old Mammoth
en - furnished. $100 per night M - 3 bed/3 bath, fully furnished w/ underground garage parking. Ja- area. Winter $115, Summer
Th. $110 per night F-Sun. Weekly linens. Direct TV/DVR, BBQ, cuzzis, gym (pool/tennis in sum- $90, plus cleaning fee $139 and
available. Sheri (909) 851-1094 Casino, Grocery/Meat Market, mertime), shuttle right outside! 14% city tax. Includes linens.
or (760) 948-2844. Launch Ramp, Marina with Boat Across from Eagle Lodge, Win- No pets, no smoking. Call (310)
House, Gated Community. No ter $110 per night, Summer $80 540-4648.
CATALINA BEACH COTTAGE pets/smoking. $350 Dan Cook per night plus $65 cleaning fee
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block (310) 418-1577. and 13% tax. All linens included. MAMMOTH CONDO AT MAM-
to beach, view, fully equipped Drew or Nancy Oliphant (661) MOTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA,
housekeeping unit. Marci (818) LAKE HAVASU LANDING 513-2000 or mammoth241@ sleeps 10, fully furnished, 2
347-6783 or Clarence (310) 510- RESORT. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, TVs, DVDs, WiFi, towels/linens,
2721. waterfront house, boat, moor- fireplace. Full kitchen. Walk to
ing out front, fully furnished, MAMMOTH CONDO. 2 bed- Gondola Village and shuttle.
CATALINA CONDO - HAM- laundry, gas BBQ, launch ramp, room & large loft, 3 full baths, Complex has pool, spa, sauna,
ILTON COVE. Ocean front, 1 gated community, grocery sleeps 8. 5 minute walk to Can- laundry. Winter $335/night, Sum-
bed, 1 1/2 bath, sleeps 4. Steps store, hardware store. No pets, yon Lodge. Fully furnished, TVs, mer $215/night, plus cleaning.
to beach, pool, gym, putting no smoking. Email Kathy at VCR/DVD, pool, spa, rec room, Includes city bed tax. No pets,
course, tennis and more. Newly or call sauna, linens included. Winter no smoking. Dory Jones (310)
refurbished, fully equipped. (760) 858-4470 $175 weekdays, $195-week- 918-0631 or Kelly Corcoran
Includes golf cart, WiFi. Contact ends/holidays; summer $125, (310) 619-5355
Bart @ (310) 510-0190. Ham- LAKE HAVASU LANDING RE- plus cleaning. No smoking; no Ask for “LAFD SORT BEACHFRONT HOME pets. Craig Yoder (909) 948- MAMMOTH LAKES - One
8-89” discount. Owner active with boat mooring. Swim, ski 3659. bedroom, extremely charming
LAFD. or fish from front yard. 4 bed/2 wildflower condo. Full amenities,
bath, fully furnished. DirectTV/ MAMMOTH CONDO - 2 bdrm, close to shuttle. Antiques, art,
COEUR D’ALENE IDAHO DVD/WiFi, pool table, laundry, 2 bath, 2 TV’s, phone, garage, satellite TV, fireplace. Sleeps 4.
Lakeside Resort Town. 1909 BBQ. Gated community with ca- pool, jacuzzi, fully furnished - ex- Winter $110, Summer $85 plus
Vintage Vacation Home walking sino, groceries, marina, launch ept linens. Near shuttle/chair 15. cleaning fees. Call Bill Clark
distance to lake and downtown ramp and off-road trails. No Winter $125/night. Weekends (818) 371-6722
entertainment. Sleeps 12 with pets, no smoking. $350 Bowen/ and Holidays $110 midweek. Email:
5 Bed-2 Ba, 3000 sq ft Fully Garner email: Summer $95/night. $495/week.
Furnished including Hot Tub. No smoking. No pets. Jim John- MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
Winter, Summer, Spring or Fall son (818) 992-7564, FS 80C. Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed,
easily accessible from Spokane LAKE MOHAVE / BULLHEAD sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR,
Airport. CITY. 4 bedroom, 3 full bath- MAMMOTH CONDO- SEA- DVD. Garage parking. Walk to
php?UnitID=11928 room, 2200 sq/ft Located in SONS FOUR RESORT. Canyon Lodge. Ski back trail. private community w/ private Charming and cozy furnished 2 night minimum. Winter $100/
php?UnitID=11928 marina and launch ramp. Direct- 1 Bedroom sleeps 5. Updated nite, $125 Fri, Sat & Holidays.
LAFD Family Owned ly across from the river, backs unit with amenities including Summer $60/nite. Plus $120
to large park with grass. Fully wifi, sauna, jacuzzi, phone, cleaning & linens. Jeff & Lisa
JUNE LAKE CABIN - 2BR/2BA equipped kitchen, BBQ, Washer/ rec room, 2 flat screens , DVD Moir (661) 254-5788.
cabin with Carson Peak Dryer, TV/DVD. No cable. No players. W/D on site. Shuttle
view. Close to fishing & ski- pets, No Smoking. Call Kevin stop. Walking distance to village. MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
ing. Furnished, wood deck, (805) 279-2430 $120/night + $80 Cleaning fee Walk to Canyon Lodge. Studio
equipped kitchen, wood burning Bobby@310-350-5552. loft sleeps 4. Queen beds, full
stove, tree swing, cable /DVD/ LAKE NACIMIENTO. Oak kitchen, 2 baths, garage parking,
phone. Garage/ample parking. Shores gated community. 3 bed- MAMMOTH CONDO NEXT TV, VCR, DVD. Winter Sun-
$100/night plus cleaning fee. room, 2 1/2 bath, large loft. 3min- TO THE GONDOLA VILLAGE Thurs $100.nite; Fri & Sat $115/
Email for pictures. Jeff Easton ute drive to main marina in Oak – Fully furnished, three bed- nite plus cleaning fee $100. Non
LAFD retired (805) 217-5602. Shores. Large flat driveway. Fully room, two bath with towels and smoking complex. Joel Parker, equipped kitchen, BBQ, washer/ linens, newly remodeled kitchen, LAFD retired.
dryer, TV/DVD. No cable. No internet and cable TV, pool and email:
LAKE HAVASU BEAUTY FOR pets/smoking. $225/night. $150 Jacuzzi. Walk to the gondola, or (213) 399-6534.
RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 cleaning fee. 3 night minimum. shops, restaurants and ski in on
sq.ft. Fully furnished with all Call Ben (805) 444-2264. the new comeback trail. Parking MAUI BEACH FRONT CONDO
amenities- Laundry & BBQ. LARGE LAKE HAVASU HOME at the front door. Winter: $250/ ON NAPILI BAY - 50’ from
13,000 sq.ft. lot. 3 car boat-deep FOR RENT – 5 bedroom, 3 night. Summer $150/night. water. Studios and 1 bedroom.
58 • March 2018
Luxury furnishings + full kitchen. and enjoy the large pool with SUNSET RANCH ­PALM DES-
All the amenities! Maui’s best jacuzzi and built-in BBQ. Game ERT. 163 acre ranch private ski
snorkeling/beach. All island room has a pool table, ping pong lake. Perfect for Family vaca- ANNOUNCEMENT
activities & Kapalua within 4 min- table, pinball machine and bar. tions. Ranch house accommo-
utes. 5-day minimum, from $150 Patio areas with seating for all. dates large groups. Amenities: 2006 & 2017 LAFD
per night (regularly $310/night). Walk to “El Paseo” dining and pool, AC, billards, TV, fishing, pet Yearbook Available
Call Sherrie or Bill for info/reser- stores. Pet friendly. No smoking. friendly. Nearby golf, casinos,
vations (805) 530-0007 or email: Email: lilinoecastro@yahoo. ATV riding. Also, Premier lodging There are a limited number or visit: com or text (562) 895-8263. for Coachella music festivals. of the 2006 and 2017 LAFD/ *Seasonal duck hunting club. LAFRA Yearbooks available
PALM SPRINGS- 3Bdr/3Ba See website for rates and info: for purchase. If you would
MAUI’S MOST BEAUTIFUL Pool home with great back yard like a 2006 yearbook, they are
BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful to BBQ. Fully furnished w/WiFi, or call Nick Davidson available for a $35 donation.
furnished condo that sleeps 4. Big screen Cable TV and Pool (424) 237-4121 2017 are for a $55 dona-
Lanai/balcony, full kitchen, king Table. Pets Ok on gated proper- tion - postage and handling
bed, flat screen TV’s/DVD, AC’s ty. Close to Palm Springs Aerial included. Proceeds from both
free WiFi (internet), complimen- Tramway,Casino and Down
VACATION books benefit the Widows, Or-
tary maid service, complimen- Town. Call property manager for
VEHICLES phans, & Disabled Firemen’s
tary coffee every morning and DESERT SUNSHINE house and Fund. Send a check made
breakfast on Fridays. Special ask for seasonal pricing.
Several Class C’s & Class A’s for with your name and mailing
firefighters’ discount - Best value (800) 215-9880
rent. Serving family and friends address to: 7470 No. Figueroa
in West Maui! Nice pool & BBQ
for over 15 years. LAFD, LASD, St, Los Angeles, CA 90041.
area - Close to beach! SOUTH LAKE TAHOE Ro-
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Visit us at
Don Sprenger - retired LAFD 8–10. Cable TV, washer/dryer,
or call 661-297-2398 as for Jeff.
(949) 929-0989 microwave, woodburning stove.
Make money with your mo-
7 minutes to casinos and Heav-
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Engine Company 54 Thanksgiving Day
November 27, 1986. 5730 Crenshaw
Blvd. Captain Larry Schneider, Engi-
neer Phil Chitwood, Firefighter Robert
Rivera, Firefighter James Meacham, W
(Note Phil’s daughter hiding on the left a
side of the Engine.)

Company 54

Engine Company 54 January 15, 1932.

5730 Crenshaw Blvd. “2 Inches of
Snow” Taken about 9 A.M., By Chas.
E. Scott. Fireman Harry M. Lewis, Fire-
man Earl M. Nave, (The above was writ-
ten on the back of the photo. It is not
known which man in the photo is Lewis
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