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VOL. XCIV APRIL 2018 NO.

• CONTENTS •
President’s Message • .........................................................................05
Secretary’s Message
Cemetery plots and notary service • ...................................................06
Fake News
Attorney Bob Sherwin defends DROP • .............................................07
Fire Chief’s Silver Civilian Award
Dr Marc Eckstein • ..............................................................................09
Medicare FAQ’s
Answers to your most frequently asked questions • ................................10
Battalion News • .....................................................................................13
Station Fridge • .......................................................................................32
The Retired Guys • ...............................................................................33
Retirement Celebration
Bill Bringas • .......................................................................................34
Department in Action • .........................................................................37
The Leatherman
Custom crafted firefighter scabbards and suspenders • .......................41
Retirement Dinners • ...............................................................................43
Mailbox • ...............................................................................................44
Memorials • ...........................................................................................46
The Tide Pod Challenge
A really bad idea • ................................................................................47
Protein Shakes
Muscle or Myth? • ...............................................................................48
LAFD History
The year 1910 • ......................................................................................51
Minutes of the Board of Trustees • .....................................................54
Classifieds • ...........................................................................................57
Tailboard
Featuring Fire Station 46 • ...................................................................60

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serve to underwrite a portion of the magazine’s costs, the bulk of funding comes from advertisers.
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of the advertisements, we urge you to use any and all means at your disposal to investigate them.

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2 • April 2018
On the cover: Structure Fire - Carthay Circle - By John Conkle
37

Inset LAFD photo by: Harry Garvin


Structure Fire - Fahion District

April 2018 • 3
FIREMEN’S GRAPEVINE
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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.
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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
George A. Negrete...............Chaplain Mark R. Woolf.....................Chaplain
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4 • April 2018
April is Open Enrollment time for the LAFRA PPO Medi- Open Enrollment materials. I encourage everyone to actively in-
cal Plan. If you aren’t currently a Plan member, use this great op- volve themselves in tracking these pension issues. Medical costs
portunity to explore the best PPO plan available to LAFD mem- continue to rise and keeping pace from year-to-year is a constant
bers. If you need to make changes, add dependents, etc. now is challenge we’ll continue to face.
also the time to do it. And just a reminder, the “Seven-Year Rule” Congratulations Rosa Torres Tufts for being selected Fire-
has been lifted. The rule affected retired members who, while fighter of the Year. She’ll be honored at a luncheon hosted by the
they were active, didn’t participate in the PPO Medical Plan for City of Los Angeles Firefighters Association on April 4th at the
a total of at least 84 months. These retired members are now eli- Doubletree in DTLA.
gible to sign up during this Open Enrollment period for a July 1, The Hook and Ladder Enduro was another great success!
2018 effective date. The Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund was the sole
Member Benefit Summaries were recently mailed out beneficiary of yet another outstanding donation by all who at-
to allow you to verify your personal information is up-to-date. tended this annual family event. A special thank you goes out to
It served its purpose because the responses have steadily been Craig White, Bruce Galien, and the host of volunteers who helped
streaming in. Thank you for allowing us to do our best for you to make this event so successful.
and your family by providing us with the most accurate informa- The LAFRA Family Support Group is now fully function-
tion available. al and taking wings under the leadership of Valerie Lawrence and
It’s sad to hear when a marriage is over, but certain respon- Diane Vigil. The Group was created to assist those who have lost
sibilities still exist for the member. A spouse is no longer eligible a loved one, helping them through the difficult transition from
to be on the Medical Plan effective the date of the divorce, so spouse to widow or widower. They also need active and retired
you’re responsible for notifying LAFRA and for providing docu- members to volunteer their time to help surviving families with
mentation immediately. If you don’t notify us and your ex-spouse things like household and automotive repairs. For more informa-
continues to utilize the medical benefits, you’ll be financially re- tion, contact the LAFRA Family Support Group at (323) 259-
sponsible for any benefits received after the date of the divorce. I 5277 or lafrafsg@lafra.org.
mention this because it continues to be a problem and has put sev- LAFRA hosted two Medicare seminars here at LAFRA
eral people in difficult positions. Call LAFRA’s Member Services HQ March 20th and 22nd. A speaker from the Center for Health-
to eliminate additional grief in an already troubling time. Once care Rights, along with our own Member Services specialists,
notification is given and proper paperwork provided, an offer for and experts from HealthSCOPE Benefits, presented an in-depth
COBRA coverage will be sent to the ex-spouse, who can elect to how-to for our members and spouses approaching the age of 65.
pay COBRA premiums and have coverage for up to 36 months. If you missed the events you can catch the videotaped sessions
At this time each year, the Pension Board determines how which will be available soon on lafra.org.
much they’ll increase the Medical Subsidy to for retirees who
don’t have Medicare. They can authorize up to a 7% increase to Please mark your calendar or smart phone with the upcoming
ensure benefits keep up with medical trends. The Siegel Com- LAFRA events:
pany (LAFPP’s consultant) has measured the cost to be slightly • May 2nd - Lane Kemper Softball Classic
greater than 7%. For all intents and purposes, this should be a • May 21-25 - Pechanga Reunion
no-brainer decision based on the numbers provided. • June 7th - Hope for Firefighters
The guidance language for this health subsidy increase
is spelled out in the administrative code. As of this writing, the Be safe and be kind to each other!
amount of increase hasn’t been approved and discussions contin-
ue. The potential increase will take effect this July and shouldn’t
be confused with the Medicare retiree subsidy which changed
this past January. Due to the delay, we can only make an edu- Robert D. “SteinTalker” Steinbacher
cated guess as to what the subsidy increase will be when we print president@lafra.org / 323.259.5200

April 2018 • 5
CEMETERY PLOTS
I’ve written before about how those suffering the recent Chief among the reasons to have certain documents nota-
loss of a loved one can make poor, and often very costly, deci- rized is that having a document notarized is a deterrent to fraud.
sions at a funeral home or cemetery. One way to protect yourself Getting agreements notarized adds a layer of verification that the
is to pre-plan your funeral. Making these plans and the associated people who signed the document are the people they say they are.
purchases in advance will save your family from having to make Notarized documents also are considered self-authenti-
hasty decisions while under a tremendous amount of stress. cating, which means the signers do not need to testify in court
If your wish is to be buried in a traditional cemetery plot, to verify the authenticity of their signatures. Having a document
your Relief Association can help. LAFRA has scores of plots in notarized is a huge strategic advantage in litigation.
cemeteries all around the southland that are held for the use of Typically, there are three broad categories of things a no-
our members. While LAFRA normally retains title to the plot, tary is used for:
• Acknowledgments: You will likely need a notary to ac-
“LAFRA has cemetery plots knowledge a document at some point. Transferring ownership of
available for members” real estate usually requires a notary, as does granting power of
attorney or shifting control of a trust.
the right to be buried there is sold to members at 75% of the cur- • Jurats: A jurat is an oath in which you certify that the con-
rent market value. Additional plots will also be made available tents of a certain document are true. The oath is administered by a
to qualified relatives at full market value. We encourage you to notary public and is often related to evidence presented in court.
purchase these plots from us well in advance of your demise. • Certifications of Copies: In some states (not all states), a
A few of the cemeteries where we have multiple plots are notary has the ability to represent that a copy of a document is in
Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills and Covina), Green Hills in Ran- fact an exact copy.
cho Palos Verdes, Glen Haven in Sylmar, Rose Hills, Inglewood
Memorial Park, Valhalla in North Hollywood, and Valley Oaks in In order for a notary public to notarize a document, the
Westlake Village. Contact me if you are interested in purchasing person whose signature is being notarized must sign the docu-
any of our plots. ment in the notary’s presence. The person can’t sign the docu-
ment ahead of time and then bring it to the notary. When a notary
NOTARY SERVICE public notarizes a document, they will physically add a seal to
Chances are, at some point in your life, you’ve needed and sign the document at the same time that you sign.
the services of a notary public. But what exactly do they do, and Often, there is a fee to have a document notarized. The
when do you need one? maximum amount a notary public may charge for services is reg-
Simply put, notary publics are people appointed by the ulated by state law. But if you have your document notarized at
state to act as an impartial witness to prevent fraud during the the Relief Association, there is no fee.
signing of a document. A notary public will essentially monitor
the signing process for you. Their presence is meant to prevent If you need assistance with a cemetery plot or a notary, do
disagreements about the legitimacy of a signature and to protect not hesitate to contact me. I’m here to help!
people from being taken advantage of. A notary public is a third-
party witness to not only the signature of a document but also to Andy Kuljis, Secretary
the fact that all parties who signed did so willingly and under their Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association
own power. (323) 259-5224
A notary will ensure: andy@lafra.org
• that you are actually you, the person signing the document
• that you are not being forced into signing
• that you understand what it is that you are signing

6 • April 2018
By: Robert Sherwin
Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke, Sherwin & Lee
For the past one and one half years, injuries, suggesting that a firefighter or police Mayor, Richard Riordan, who suggested he was
we’ve heard this phrase used as a defense officer need only file such a claim without any duped by the LA Police Protective League into
mechanism to deny facts that are actually true. medical proof of the injury in order to collect endorsing and approving the DROP program
I never thought I would give credence to the benefits. The reporters claimed they searched in order to appease the Union. When learning
phrase myself, but here I am, using it to attack through “thousands of pages” of City workers’ of the number of work comp claims for DROP
an outrageous article and subsequent editorial compensation documents and could not find members, Riordan called it “total fraud.”
published in the LA Times on February 4 and 5. one instance of a specific trauma type of injury So here I am, an attorney who has rep-
The Times saw fit to publish a scathing attack for a firefighter or police officer in DROP. In resented injured firefighters and officers for
on the City’s DROP program and the firefight- essence, they asserted that all injuries being nearly 35 years, using a phrase I detest, “fake
ers/police officers who suffer a work related claimed were cumulative trauma presumptive news,” to describe the shoddy attempt by the
injury while in the program. injuries. Times to disparage and defame the hard work-
The article focused on firefighters and They suggested there was little incen- ing men and women of the City’s two finest
officers who entered DROP and subsequently tive for a police officer or firefighter on IOD departments. Why is it “fake news’? Because
filed workers’ compensation claims resulting status to return to work because they received many of the so called facts relied upon by
in a claim of temporary disability compensa- both their full salary under IOD and their the reporters and editor were flat out false . . .
tion (IOD pay). The Times highlighted one DROP money simultaneously…..in other 100% dead wrong!
firefighter and four officers and did everything words….they were double dipping. They were wrong that all cumulative
in their literary power to suggest the individu- Finally, they reported on the history of trauma claims are “presumptive injuries.”
als were fraudulently collecting worker’s com- DROP and how it came to be. They quoted ex- While some injuries are presumptive for sworn
pensation benefits and double dipping against safety members (heart trouble, cancer, hernias,
the City. The article went further to state that pneumonia, back trouble for peace officers), the
nearly all officers and firefighters in DROP had injuries reported by the Times (knees, carpal
filed cumulative trauma type claims and were tunnel and hypertension) are not presumptive
collecting temporary disability while simulta- and must be proven by medical evidence ob-
neously collecting their DROP money. In other tained through independent medical examiners
words, the City was paying twice at the same agreed upon by the City. I emailed the Times
time for a firefighter or police officer off work Editorial department and personally spoke with
on IOD status. one of the reporters regarding their error and
The article then asserted that all cu- requested they correct the implication that all
mulative trauma injuries are “presumptive” officers and firefighters are receiving disability
Continued on page 16

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April 2018 • 7
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8 • April 2018
– Check out...until next year!
Luckily for the citizens of the greater the man’s legs. Again, they were unsuccessful.
Los Angeles area, we have some of the best After medicating the patient, Dr. Eck-
trained first responders in the nation. On Au- stein and his colleague, using a pair of surgical
gust 28, 2017, at approximately 1 p.m., Al- scissors, began cutting around the calf muscle
hambra Fire Department was dispatched to a of the patient’s leg, exposing the lower portion
metal works and fabricator in the 1100 block of one of the trapped legs. Realizing their ef-
of Meridian Ave in the City of Alhambra. The forts to extricate the man’s legs would be in
original dispatch was for a reported hand injury vain, Dr. Eckstein decided to perform a double
but was quickly upgraded when first arriving amputation of the patient’s legs in order to save
companies found a worker’s legs trapped in the his life. He next requested a reciprocating saw
auger of a coal hopper. and tourniquets.
Initial actions by fire department per- Work conditions were far from ideal,
sonnel to free the worker were unsuccessful. however, all members involved did their best
With the advice from the Paramedics on scene, to work together to save the man’s life. Tem-
the Battalion Chief then requested the Hospi- peratures in the building were approaching
tal Emergency Response Team (HERT), which the high nineties. Dehydration and exhaustion medics. Arriving at the hospital, the patient
includes a trauma surgeon, emergency room were becoming a factor for all involved as well. underwent emergency surgery and reportedly
resident, and an emergency room nurse. That Combined with the toxic atmosphere and near survived the event and is on the road to recover.
day, it also included Dr. Marc Eckstein, Com- pitch black conditions, Dr. Eckstein continue to Physically drained, Dr. Eckstein exited
mander of the LAFD Bureau of Emergency put his own safety at risk. the hopper and was quickly evaluated by EMS
Medicine. With the first of the two amputations personnel. Though on the verge of dehydration
Dr. Eckstein and a fellow HERT mem- started, constant care was needed to control the and heat exposure, he quickly recovered on
ber quickly made their way to the patient. bleeding. Finally, after some time, the second scene with some fluid replacement. The Inci-
There they found a limited work space, and amputation was then completed, and the patient dent Commander stated that Dr. Eckstein per-
an atmosphere filled with coal dust. Donning was immediately pulled from the hopper and formed the life-saving measures with extreme
masks, helmets, and flashlights, they did their transported with HERT members to the hospi- risk to his life. Because of his effort, along with
best to maintain their balance against the ma- tal. During the transport, the patient suffered a all involved, the patient survived the ordeal and
chinery walls as they again attempted to free cardiac arrest but was quickly revived by para- is now being fitted for prosthetics.
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April 2018 • 9
Anthem site (www.anthem.com) will
also indicate if the provider accepts
Medicare.

Should I receive an Explanation of


Benefits (EOB) from both Medicare
and HealthSCOPE Benefits (HSB)?
Yes. When Medicare is primary,
the provider must send the claim to
Medicare first, regardless of whether
they believe Medicare will pay or
not. Medicare will pay most but not
all charges. LAFRA, as your second-
ary plan, may cover benefits Medicare
does not. The Medicare EOB must be
sent to Anthem Blue Cross (see the
back of the ID card for the address) to
be priced because HSB needs to know
how much was paid when processing
the claim.

How do I check the status of a Medi-


care Part A (Hospital Insurance) or
Does the LAFRA PPO Medical Plan reimbursement? Medicare Part B (Medical Insur-
cover the Silver Sneakers program? You can find a claim form at ance) claim?
No, this is not a program cur- www.lafra.org. Select “Medical” and Visit www.MyMedicare.gov and
rently offered by this Plan. then “Medical Forms” from the drop- log into your account and access your
down. You can then select “Unpro- personalized Medicare information.
Where can I find information about cessed Medical Expense Claim Form.” Note: Your Medicare Summary Notice
my LAFRA PPO medical benefits? (MSN) is a notice people with Origi-
Call HealthSCOPE Benefits How do I find a provider who ac- nal Medicare receive via the mail ev-
(HSB) at 1-866-995-2372 or visit cepts Medicare and the LAFRA ery three months. Receive a monthly
www.lafra.org then select “MEDI- PPO Plan so benefits can be coordi- statement electronically by choosing
CAL AND PPO-SUMMARY-PLAN” nated at the best rates? eMSN’s.
from the dropdown. Login and you Find a provider who contracts
will find your Summary Plan Descrip- in-network with Anthem Blue Cross Why does the EOB I received say I
tion (SPD). because if Medicare doesn’t pay your owe nothing but an invoice from the
entire claim, or if they don’t cover a provider indicates there is patient li-
Where can I find a medical claim benefit at all, the PPO Plan may pay ability?
form so I can submit a request for at least a portion of the claim. The
10 • April 2018
Why do I keep receiving a bill from
my doctor (i.e. $11.00) when I have
Medicare and the PPO Plan?
Check with your doctor’s bill-
ing office to make sure the claim and
Medicare EOB made it to Anthem
Blue Cross. The other possibility is
that payment for multiple claims was
Always open and read the infor- utilize the Anthem Blue Cross net- sent to the provider via an electronic
mation you receive from HSB because work, but providers must confirm eli- check. Call HSB so we can fax over
even if the ‘Patient Liability’ amount gibility by calling HSB, not Anthem, proof of payment and the provider can
says you owe nothing, refer down to at 1-866-995-2372. This information post payment to the correct accounts.
the bottom section under ‘Comment can be found on the back of the card.
Codes’ to make certain the claim How do I find Durable Medical
hasn’t been denied pending receipt of If both spouses are 65+ but still Equipment (DME) items? I will
required information from your pro- working, will LAFRA still pay as need a hospital bed when I get out of
vider (i.e. proof of medical necessity). primary? the hospital in a week?
Please call 1-866-995-2372 with ques- Yes, but it’s very important to If Medicare is primary, check
tions. notify HSB so notes can be entered in the www.medicare.com website to find
the system. If this is not done, claims a DME provider using your zip code.
Which medical ID card should be will be denied and you will be balance All DME providers require a prescrip-
used when either the subscriber or billed. tion from your doctor.
the subscriber’s spouse turns 65?
When a subscriber or a subscrib- If my doctor of 30 years doesn’t ac- My husband and I do not have long
er’s spouse turns 65, they’re automati- cept Medicare and I am about to term care coverage. Will the PPO
cally rolled to the Employer Group turn 65, can I continue seeing this Plan cover any assisted living or
Waiver Plan (EGWP). The spouse doctor and will LAFRA’s PPO Plan nursing home costs?
who hasn’t yet turned 65 will con- pay as primary? Check to see if you have cover-
tinue to use the current medical/phar- The goal should be to see pro- age through Unum. Nursing home and
macy card. The spouse who turns 65 viders who contract in-network with other assisted living facilities are not
will be issued a new medical ID card Anthem Blue Cross because it saves paid for through the Medical Plan. Re-
which looks virtually the same, except the Plan and you money. We will ac- spite care is also not a covered benefit.
it will not include pharmacy informa- cept a letter from the doctor telling us
tion. Express Scripts issues a separate he/she is ‘opted out’ of Medicare and My spouse was released from the
pharmacy card, meaning once you turn we will flag this in the system and pay hospital and then moved to a Skilled
65, you will carry cards for Medicare, as primary. Nursing Facility. How can I find a
LAFRA’s PPO Medical Plan, and also physical therapist to come into the
an ESI pharmacy benefits card. I lost my purse/wallet and I’m afraid home?
of identity theft. Do I need to get a Whenever you or a family mem-
Why does only the subscriber’s new alternate ID number and medi- ber stay in the hospital, be sure to re-
name appear on the medical/phar- cal ID card? quest that an Anthem case manager be
macy ID card? We will send a new ID card but assigned. Call the case manager if they
When dependents on the Plan go you will not need a new alternate ID don’t call you first. A case manager is a
to the doctor, eligibility is confirmed number. There isn’t any real risk since registered nurse and can advise you on
by using the Alternate ID number personal health information is not all kinds of issues, including finding
which appears on the front of the card. printed on the card. a contracted physical therapist. Make
Please note, LAFRA PPO members sure the doctor orders physical therapy
though before leaving the hospital.
April 2018 • 11
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12 • April 2018 Contact your plan provider to verify.
A car slid off the 5 Fwy in Elysian Valley
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April 2018 • 13
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14 • April 2018
Deputy Chief Fligiel congratulates Daniel Fiori Matthew Thompson promoted
who promoted to Captain I at FS 47-B to Captain I at FS 12-A

who is actually actively assigned to the shift.


Besides his partner in crime on the rescue who
is off IOD, the entire remaining positions are
vacant. Hang in there, Son, nepotism had noth-
ing to do with this one!
Well, a new protocol has been added to
35’s Patient Disposition Policy. Turns out they
now respond on reports of expired beverages.
Not too long ago it was reported that RA 835
responded to a non-emergency call. In the com-
ment section of the MDC were the words, “Pa-
tient states he drank expired Sunny Delight.”
Not knowing what to expect, but doing their
duty, the two members arrived on scene of the
emergency to discover a man standing there,
appearing agitated, but conscious and standing
on his own power. They immediately asked him
what the emergency was. His response was, “I
drank a 3-year-old Sunny Delight. I tried to get
my money back at the store, but they wouldn’t
give it to me. Can you get my money back?”
Shaking their heads, the two rescue members
evaluated the patient and released him, most
likely longing for the good-old days of the past!
Now to the other end of the Battalion. A
big shout out goes to the new permanent cook
at Station 52 on the “C” platoon. Actually, he is
the permanent everything at the station. Turns E 23 attacks a garage fire in a condo complex
Check expiration date before consuming at 1615 Michael Lane on 2/16/18
out this “Lone Ranger” is the only member

April 2018 • 15
Fake News, continued from page 7
compensation for presumptive injuries when in financial implications. doing that exact act. No sir . . . I’m here defend-
fact they are not. I explained to them the actual Finally, the article concludes by giv- ing all the other firefighters and police officers
process and daunting task of proving a claim ing lip service to some officers and firefighters who earned their pensions and the right to en-
medically and the standard of proof required. I who assert that periods of extended temporary ter DROP to help the City gain up to five more
am still waiting for the correction. disability are due to the unreasonable delays years of their experience.
I challenged the Times on their claim and denials of medical care that have been in The officers and firefighters who are in
that they couldn’t find any injuries other than existence since legislative reforms in 2004 and DROP are older and at a greater risk for suf-
cumulative trauma injuries. I provided them 2012. Rather than perform due diligence and fering an injury to a body part that has been
with information on one of my existing cli- research on that issue, they dismiss it sum- punished for 20 to 30 years of wearing heavy
ents (a FF/PM) who sustained serious injury to marily. Had they investigated the assertion, turnout gear or a gun belt. If a firefighter or
both shoulders while lifting a patient on a gur- they would have found it to be true, especially officer gets injured while in DROP, so be it.
ney. The injury has resulted in surgery to both with regard to officers and firefighters off work Treat them with respect and provide them with
shoulders causing the firefighter to be off work while surgery requests are being litigated. In- timely medical care so they can return to work
an extended period of time. I offered to produce deed, the delays and denials of medical treat- within a reasonable time. Contrary to the impli-
dozens more of these cases to see if they were ment are perhaps the most significant result of cation by the Times, most officers and firefight-
actually interested in reporting the truth rather past reforms and clearly an integral reason for ers want to work and be productive for the City.
than claim they scoured “thousands of pages” extended periods of IOD. The Times’ article and editorial were
of work comp documents without finding the So why am I ranting and raving about written to suggest a broad base conspiracy by
evidence right before their noses. I am still all of this? Because you deserve better. Is police officers and firefighters to bilk the City
waiting for a response. DROP perfect? Probably not. Are there people while in DROP. While that kind of fake and
And with regard to the gratuitous re- who abuse the workers’ compensation system? misleading reporting may draw readers and sell
mark of the late Mayor claiming he signed onto Yes and I’m not here to defend them. How- papers, it’s unfair to those who have put them-
DROP because of political pressure? Nonsense ever, recent studies and statistics show that of selves in harm’s way for those same readers.
and I so told the Times. Mr. Riordan is a bright all fraud in the workers’ compensation system, Fraud should be investigated and prosecuted
man who made his fortune dealing as an invest- only 2% comes from injured workers while the when its present. But before making those
ment banker and venture fund capitalist before rest is from employers, insurance carriers and accusations across the board, get your facts
he became the Mayor of one of the largest Cit- doctors. I’m not defending the injured workers straight and do your homework. Our officers
ies in the United States. That man didn’t sign who tells me or a doctor they can’t do some- and firefighters deserve better from the main
onto anything unless he fully understood it’s thing physical and then they are shown on film newspaper for the City of Angels.

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Hogs” Engineer Joel Ramelli went out of his
way to do a good deed for a fellow firefighter.
It seems that the firefighter was injured and was
unable to ride his Harley Davison home from
the station. So, being the great guy he is, Ra-
Greetings from Battalion 10. Just a few melli stepped up to help him out by volunteer-
things to report on this month. ing to ride the bike home for him. There was
With the Genesis Classic being played only one little problem - the injured member
out in Pacific Palisades in February, golf fever lived only five minutes away from the station,
has spread across the city. No place was more but the bike came home with an additional 200
affected than Fire Station 90, where it turns out, miles on it? Maybe it’s time for another map
their own FF (Tiger) Benoit is captured on film drill, Capt!
doing his best to stay out of the dishes. Good “Wild Hogs” Engineer Joel Ramelli
form is everything. Speaking of good, “Wild Na Na Newman!

TF 90 assists multiple patients in Van Nuys at an


Firefighter (Tiger) Benoit auto vs train on 2/23/18. Photo by Rick McClure

On 2/3/18, companies extinguished a blaze at a re-


cycling center in Van Nuys. Photos by Mike Meadows

April 2018 • 17
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E 77 with an auto at 11111 Thelma Ave
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On 2/12/18, E 77 handles a fully involved motorhome
A structure fire damaged a SFD on 2/18/18. Photo by Mike Meadows fire in the 8400 blk of Telfair Ave. Photo by Rick McClure

75’s responded to a burning load of a trash truck in the 9600


block of Sepulveda Bl on 2/19/18. Photo by Mike Meadows

TF 39 investigates a roof collapse on Commerce


Ave in Tujunga. Photo by David DeMulle’

April 2018 • 21
98’s handled an auto vs LAPD cruiser in the
Lake View Terrace area Photo by Rick McClure

Truck 60 clears a toppled tree and bee hive


on 2/14/18. Photo by Mike Meadows

22 • April 2018
Physical rescue with T 89 and E 77 in the 12100 blk
of Roscoe Bl on 3/1/18. Photo by Rick McClure

Four workers fell when a scaffolding collapsed on


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April 2018 • 23
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On 2/12/18, 78’s regroups after a structure fire in
the 13500 blk of Moorpark St. Photo by Kelly Seidel

TF 89 worked a vegetation fire along the 5 Fwy in


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April 2018 • 25
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26 • April 2018
The entertainment continues at 28’s. It seems that some magic
was performed at the station, transforming the engine’s beautifully deco-
rative axe scabbard into what can only now be described as a very-well
used leather scabbard. This trick so impressed the Captains at 28’s that
they are requesting a private audience of their own with the so far, un-
identified magician. Ticket information for that show is pending!

Auto vs house in the 17500 blk of Minnehana St. Fire 3 hoists a hiker out of Aliso Cyn
Photo by Mike Meadows on 3/4/18. Photo by Mike Meadows

On 2/4/18, companies extinguished a fire that ran the wall


into the attic of an SFD in Porter Ranch. Photo by Rick McClure

April 2018 • 27
Attention Retired Members
LAFRA has removed the “Seven Year Rule” for PPO Medical Plan participation.
This affects retired members who, while they were active, did not participate in
the PPO Medical Plan for a total of at least 84 months. These retired members are
now eligible to sign–up for the PPO Medical Plan beginning with the April “Open
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28 • April 2018 Visit us at www.lafra.org
The crew at 93’s fly a flag in memory of Eng. Ray Johnson

Triple function FF/PM/Mechanics at FS 58 “keeping it


rolling” with a quick repair at midnight. Great job boys!

April 2018 • 29
SFD in the 900 blk of Schumacher Drive on 2/27/18.
LAFD Photos by Harry Garvin

30 • April 2018
Fire Commissioner Jimmy Hara, Councilmember David Ryu, Deputy Chief Fligiel, and his
wife celebrate Lunar New Year at the Golden Dragon Parade. Photo by Capt Cody Weireter

April 2018 • 31
32 • April 2018
Gloria Allred contacted me for the sec- Captain II’s in particular were in the habit of I said they did this same routine in the kitchen.
ond in a series of interviews which she has routinely bypassin’ standard hirin’ procedures However, I explained when they were in the
documented as, “The Trouble with Fire Station to “Sharp Shoot” SOD days and that they kitchen, they’d raise a leg and rest their foot
14.” As you may recall, her daughter, Ms. Lisa raised a leg onto one of the front office trash on the kitchen bench, no trash can needed. I
Bloom, was scheduled to conduct the second cans so they could point to the office calendar then explained to her that no rules were broken
and possibly third interview with me but has to pick their days. With glarin’ eyes focused to- and all hirin’ procedures were followed in ac-
been yanked from those duties by her mother, ward me, Ms. Allred wanted to know why these cordance to all regulations and the Manual of
who feels there’s a “Deep State” conspiracy Station Commanders had to have one foot on a Operations.
surroundin’ the overall workin’ environment trash can to select their overtime days. Well, Ms. Allred still thought she
that was created by all three of the Task Force I explained that there were two front of- smelled a rat. She reluctantly concluded her
Commanders. fice trash cans. If there was any waste in one interview but sensed my answers were nothin’
Ms. Allred believes there is a much can, they would simply empty it into the other more than a smoke screen for the awful truth.
deeper and disturbin’ problem that existed at trash can and turn the empty can upside down. She seemed more interested than ever
Fire Station 14 and has asked for my help in Then they would raise a leg to balance them- to uncover a conspiracy that she believed was
explainin’ the behaviors and mindsets of those selves on the bottom of the trash can while lurkin’ in the shadows. I explained my willing-
Station Commanders from approximately ear- pointin’ their bruised and burly fingers at the ness to cooperate with her and that I had nothin’
ly 1998 to mid 2007. Needless to say, I was days they wanted to work. With a sigh of relief to hide.
shocked by her revelations and beliefs that in her voice, Ms. Allred stated, “Well, at least Not satisfied with my transparency, she
there were any problems at 14’s, real or per- these gentlemen maintained some respect and promised with the help of her daughter, Ms.
ceived. However, I agreed to fully cooperate order by not standin’ in a trash can.” Bloom, that they would blow up Fire Station
with her continuing investigation. But Ms. Allred had more questions. 14. I know, I reminded her she was about 10
Her first concern was the methods used She asked, “Why did these Station Command- years too late.
for hirin’ Captain II’s for SOD days. She ex- ers have to hide in the front office to pick their
plained her sources revealed to her that two overtime days?” I told her they were not hidin’. COWBOY HUMOR

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ments. After a while, Hell
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toilets, and escalators. As you can imagine, the
engineer became very popular.
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The City is developing a new Brush Clearance program utilizing a Full or Part-Time Fire Marshal to
God said, “Send him back up here or
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April 2018 • 33
When is a retirement dinner not a din- it all got done, and done right. So, it was great team, however, would not be outdone. They too
ner? —when it’s a party! And what a party to see that Bill finally decided to celebrate his brought their “A” game. Wearing their custom-
it was. With 200 friends and family in atten- nearly 31 years with the Department by having made bowling shirts, embroidered with the face
dance, it was a night for all to remember. a party, not a dinner. of their friend, Dave Moorman, they proudly
It was also an event (at least in scale) Bill was adamant that it would be a presented Bill with a beautiful American flag
that almost didn’t occur. When Bill Bringas first time of fun and food, instead of ceremonial plaque created by another equally talented
thought about retirement, the last thing on his protocol. And he succeeded. With every seat LAFD member, Scott Wofford of FS 28. This
mind was a retirement dinner. To be honest, he filled, friends and family enjoyed great music handcrafted design commemorated Bill’s 30
wasn’t even sure he wanted a large gathering. and even better food from dusk to dark as they years of service with the LAFD.
Not because he thought people wouldn’t come. exchanged their stories of Bill’s life and career. All in all, everyone had a great time.
No, it was just the fact that he didn’t want to Battalion 9, Chief Currey, off duty of course, The night’s events finished on a high note with
be in the spot light. Nothing new for Bill. For but working twice as hard, supplied a smor- a slide show of Bill’s career being projected on
his entire career he has been the one behind the gasbord of cooked meats, beans, and salad. the side of a historical building at the Gillette
scenes, instead of out in front. From managing Captain and Chaplin, Roger Fowble, gave the Ranch. I’m sure that inspired more than just
all aspects of events such as the “Lane Kemper nights benediction and a brief history of Bill’s one person in attendance to want to do more
Classic” and countless “Over-the-Line tourna- career. The guys at 23’s also came through, pre- for others.
ments,” to simply being one of the server of senting Bill with what can only be called a work Congratulation Bill for living a life and
food to hundreds of downtown workers to raise of art by the talented Jim Vels and Bill Hertz - working a career in the service of others. Sim-
money for “Hope for Firefighters,” Bill’s has a custom painted fire hydrant that shimmered ple put—Well Done!
always been there, doing his part to make sure in the moonlight. The “Drop Zone” bowling

34 • April 2018
April 2018 • 35
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36 • April 2018
STRUCTURE FIRE
Vermont Knolls
Photos by Harry Garvin and Yvonne Griffin

Despite deeply entrenched flames and unstable walls that led to structural collapse, sixty-nine firefighters were spared harm during their 78 minutes battle to extinguish
formidable flames in a two-story row of vacant businesses at 8436 South Vermont Avenue on February 13, 2018.

April 2018 • 37
STRUCTURE FIRE
Bel Air
Photos by Harry Garvin, Keith Cullom, and John Conkle

38 • April 2018
More than 100 firefighters extinguished a fire inside a 7,500 sq ft home, causing two firefighters to be transported to local hospitals. The occupied residence suffered significant
damage, however, firefighters stopped the flames from spreading to the adjacent pool house, garage, and nearby brush. Fortunately, the residents (homeowner, children, and nanny)
were alerted by functional smoke alarms and self-evacuated unharmed.

April 2018 • 39
STRUCTURE FIRE
Fashion District/DTLA
Photos by Harry Garvin and John Conkle

One captain sustained non-life-threatening facial injury while battling a pre-dawn major emergency blaze at 771 East Pico Boulevard in the downtown Fashion District on Febru-
ary 27, 2018. Despite intense flame, structural compromise and zero-clearance to neighboring properties to the mid-block business, the well-coordinated effort of 117 firefighters had the
fire confined to the business of origin and fully extinguished in just 47 minutes.

40 • April 2018
mechanic to craft custom leather goods, each Someone put in a good word for him with Ja-
piece a handmade labor of love. son Knight, and now Francesco makes all of
“Sometimes,” relates Francesco, “I feel the scabbards for Fire Axe, Inc. In addition,
like I should have been born in an earlier era.” he makes the J.P. Special scabbards for San
Starting in his garage, Francesco Francisco Fire.
learned leathercraft first as a hobby, as some- Francesco always asks his firefighter
thing to just relieve a little stress. Belts were the customers for their input. He adapts his prod-
easiest, so he started with those. He eventually ucts to this feedback, and feels that these im-
moved on to tactical gun belts. These belts have provements make his work second to none. As
been a favorite of LAPD detectives who enjoy an example, he now triples the elastic on the
the personalized, custom belts for their shoul- suspenders and measures all of his die cuts on
der holsters and other concealed carries. the scabbards to the 16th of an inch.
When you step into his San Pedro shop “I think it’s important to take care of one
today, the mild scent of the leather, the massive customer at a time and focus on relationships,”
work bench, and the vintage fixtures all create said Francesco. That is one of the reasons that
an inviting, calming atmosphere. “Leather for he conditions all of the products that he sells,
me has always been therapeutic,” says Fran- free for life. That includes oiling, cleaning,
Francesco Thompson is a man torn be- cesco. “It has power over me that just calms new holes punched – for the most part, while
tween eras. For eleven years he lived the tur- me.” you wait.
bulent life of a Coast Guard flight mechanic, But make no mistake, he is hard at work The Leather Shop is located at 915
operating the hoist of an HH65 Dolphin on res- every day. When a few guys from the local fire S Grand Ave in San Pedro. More info at
cue missions in the waters off SoCal. Today, companies learned of the quality of his custom francesco@laleathershop.com or call (310)
he uses the focus he acquired as a helicopter turnout suspenders, the word quickly spread. 982-3290

April 2018 • 41
Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions ing drill tower time and military/
(LAFPP), in cooperation with the Los other government agency time.
Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association
(LAFRA) invites you to attend a one- Please join us if you have questions
time pension event on May 18, 2018 at such as:
9:00 a.m. at the LAFRA office located ◊ When can I retire?
at 7470 N. Figueroa, Los Angeles (right around the corner from ◊ How much will I receive in retirement?
the credit union). The 1 ½ hour presentation by LAFPP will ◊ What if I’m hurt on the job?
discuss key information to assist you on when and how to retire. ◊ What is a health subsidy?
Each member in attendance will receive personalized Pension, ◊ How does DROP work?
DROP and Lost Service Time estimates. ◊ What are my survivor health benefits?

The presentation will include information on:


• 3 Types of Pensions – Service, Disability and Survivor
• Health and Dental Subsidies
• DROP Space is limited. If you are interested in attending or need
• Resources and Contacts more information, please contact John Hicks, LAFRA by
May 4, 2018. Email (preferred) Jhicks@lafra.org or at
(323)259-5253.
LAFPP staff can also provide a review of your beneficiary and ad-
dress information and provide other estimates such as purchas- IT’S NEVER TOO SOON…OR TOO LATE
42 • April 2018
MICHAEL SCHAEFER, A/O, FS74-A GLENN AMES, Captain II, FS 78-A

THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018

Caesar Banquet Hall Sagebrush Cantina


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Call FS 74 - (818) 756-8674 Fire Station 78 - (818) 756-8678

Name Assignment Date Retired Date Rank


Geroge W. James 04/12/1981 01/30/2018 Captain I, FS 103-C
Daniel Leon 02/10/1980 01/31/2018 A/O, FS 89-A
Mark T. Heffner 12/10/1984 01/31/2018 Engineer, FS 79-A
Glenn E. Ames 08/10/1980 02/28/2018 Captain II, FS 78-A
Richard D. Diaz 11/25/1985 02/28/2018 Captain I, FS 36-B
Leo E. Lopez 03/13/1983 03/31/2018 Captain II, FS 12-B
Dean D. Ulrich 12/18/1983 03/31/2018 Ass’t Chief, LAWA
Karl R. Herrera 12/18/1983 04/03/2018 Captain I, FS 71-C
ed Michael D. Tobey 12/10/1979 04/30/2018 Captain I, EMS 15-A
by
at Steven G. Brunett 12/10/1984 04/30/2018 Engineer, FS 97-B
Fernando Jimenez 04/13/1986 04/30/2018 A/O, FS 2-C

April 2018 • 43
your office was so professional. Thank
you again for everything,

Tina and Tony Capistrano

LAFRA

I would like to tell you how much


I appreciate all the help the Firemen’s Re-
lief Association did for me during the hard
times these last few months. Obe talked
often about how he missed being with his
company. The flag will always be with the
family, and the plant is beautiful. Thank
you for everything.

Elizabeth Doan

Dear Bob, Dear LAFRA


Please accept this donation to the With special thanks to all of you. To
WODFF in memory of Barney Nipp. I had know you, is to know people who are kind,
the pleasure of working for and around considerate, and thankful. To know you is
Barney for many years, and of all the fine to be grateful for the special things you do.
officers and human beings the LAFD pro- For everything you’ve done, for being the
duced during those years, he was, in my special people you are, thank you so very
opinion, the top of the heap. His leadership much for the beautiful flowers and all your
and interpersonal skills were something to help.
behold and learn from. He led by example,
never overreacted and was as fair as a per- Again, thank you-
son could be in all aspects of his job. And, was a proud member of the LAFD for 28 Anita Spearman
if you ask any firefighter that ever worked years, retiring in 1975. He was the breed
for him, they would tell you the same! A of fireman that every officer yearned to
remarkable man that will be missed by have on his company; dedicated, depend-
many. able, resourceful and competent. Our fam- LAFRA-
ily knew him as a very strong, loving man
Alan Shroeder with a soft heart. The world is a lesser place for hav-
LAFD Retired I’d like to acknowledge what an in- ing lost Frank Brown. It was always a
credible organization LAFRA is and how pleasure to be around you, and aside from
they have been there for us in our times of some harmless firehouse banter, I never
need; with my mother’s illness and pass- heard of anyone having anything negative
Dear Andy, ing from Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1993, to say about you. You were soft spoken
and now Dad’s quiet passing at 94 years and a gentleman, dedicated to family and
Please accept this donation to old. friends.
the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Fire- You were, and always will be, loved by all
men’s Fund in remembrance of Bill Mc John Brodie, LAFD retired who knew you. Frank, you will be missed.
Donough, my Engineer at FS 2, and Sef Agoura Hills, CA And one last time, we all raises our voices
Godinez, my boyhood friend and Fire De- to salute you . . . RIP “Fra-a-a-nk Bro-o-
partment buddy. own!”
Harry and Doris Morck Dear Mr. Dolan, Lauren DeRosier
Thank you for all the support and
assistance during this somber time. You
Bob and Andy and your staff were great support with LAFRA-
all the details that could have been over-
Enclosed please find a donation to whelming to me. Tony and I greatly ap- I met Bill Strickland at 64’s. It was
the WODFF in memory of my father, Jack preciate the flag and your letter that docu- my 2nd house on probation and he was
R. Brodie. Dad was a shining example of mented the services and my father, Arthur the pump engineer. He took me under his
the Greatest Generation. He served aboard C. Johnson’s career. Everything was just wing and guided me along. We studied to-
the SS Boxer in WWII and Korea. He beautiful, and the sentiment from you and
44 • April 2018
gether a year later, him for captain and me
for my probation test. Kept in touch with
him and a few years later he went to arson
and when a spot came up he gave me a call Firefighter
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MEMBERS
Ernest T. Spearman, Fire Inspector II. Appointed October 17, 1970.
Retired on a service pension October 22, 2000 from FPB.
Passed away January 9, 2018.

Edwin R. Crooker, Captain II. Appointed June 17, 1952.


Retired on a service pension June 1, 1977 from FS 93-C.
Passed away January 18, 2018.

Bernard E. Nipp, Captain. Appointed May 19, 1958.


Retired on a disability pension June 29, 1990 from FS 10-A.
Passed away January 21, 2018.

Lawrence C. Shuler, Firefighter II. Appointed November 1, 1956.


Retired on a disability pension January 1, 1977 from FS 88-A.
Passed away January 23, 2018.

Gene F. Taylor, Firefighter II. Appointed January 28, 1957.


Retired on a service pension February 1, 1977 from FS 55-A.
Passed away January 24, 2018.

Robert J. Laret, Captain. Appointed July 3, 1951.


Retired on a service pension June 30, 1980 from FS 80-C.
Passed away January 24, 2018.

Thomas L. Rix, Jr., Engineer. Appointed April 18, 1959.


Retired on a service pension March 30, 1991 from FS 87-C.
Passed away January 25, 2018.

Leroy M. Lilly, Captain II. Appointed June 16, 1952.


Retired on a service pension June 30, 1980 from FS 105-C.
Passed away January 27, 2018.

Walter J. Somaduroff, Engineer. Appointed July 2, 1956.


Retired on a service pension February 16, 1988 from FS 87-A.
Passed away January 27, 2018.

Glenn R. Dinger, Battalion Chief. Appointed February 20, 1960.


Retired on a service pension June 27, 1993 from S&M.
Passed away February 2, 2018.

Frank Brown, Firefighter III. Appointed February 15, 1975.


Retired on a service pension April 30, 2007 from OCD-C.
Passed away February 9, 2018.

Boyd E. Chapman, Engineer. Appointed March 15, 1948.


Retired on a service pension March 1, 1973 from FS 52-C.
Passed away February 11, 2018.

FAMILY
Jo Ann Lovett-Barnes, surviving spouse of Richard M. Barnes, passed away January 22, 2018.
Jennie O. Beneke, surviving spouse of Norman L. Beneke, passed away January 24, 2018.
Marian J. Hibbard, spouse of Donald L. Hibbard, passed away January 26, 2018.
Tracy Obregon, spouse of Paul R. Obregon, passed away February 17, 2018.
Ellie Klafta, surviving spouse of Norbert S. Klafta, passed away February 24, 2018.
Patricia A. Smith, spouse of Richard A. Smith, passed away February 28, 2018.

46 • April 2018
First we had the Mentos Mint Challenge. Take a package of Men- of detergent meant to wipe out dirt and grime, not fill one’s appetite.
tos, rapidly insert them into a 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke, then step back Manufacturers have been concerned about toddlers mistakenly ingest-
and watch as a stream of soda soars skyward with explosive force. ing them for years, but now teens are popping them into their mouth for
Next came the Ice Water Challenge. Take a bucket of ice water amusement and posting the videos on social media sites - with deadly
and pour it over a friend’s head. Chilling - yes; dangerous - not likely. results.
That is, unless you drop the bucket on your victim’s head or they slip on Children who have been exposed to the capsules have been hos-
a rouge ice cube. pitalized with diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing, and
Unfortunately, a new fad is quickly gaining popularity, catching loss of consciousness. The chemicals contained within the pods can have
the attention of EMS providers and government watchdog groups across a profound effect on one’s blood pressure, heart rate, and may also lead
the county. It’s known as the “Tide Pod Challenge.” It calls for an indi- to seizures. Aspiration of the liquid is also possible leading to lung dam-
vidual to put a Tide laundry detergent pod into their mouth. Most will age.
just let it sit for a bit before spitting it. Other more adventurous people Last year alone, U.S poison control centers received reports of
will first fry it in a cooking pan, then pop the capsule into their mouth and more than 10,000 poisoning cases involving detergent pods, of those,
chew on it, allowing the soap to spew into their mouths - many showing over 200 teens reportedly were exposed, 25 % of those cases were inten-
the unsurprising side effects of swallowing a household cleaner: chok- tional.
ing, gagging, and vomiting. To report exposure to laundry detergent pods, call the national
Besides the obvious choking hazard of the colorfully-packed hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or text POISON to 797979 to save the number
product, the ingredients in the pods are poisonous to ingest. They in- on your phone.
clude: ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and polymers – a highly-toxic mix

April 2018 • 47
Walk into any fire station and you’ll simple carbohydrates that get delivered straight centrate. Isolate yields an elevated level of pro-
find at least one container of protein powder to your muscles. These serve a purpose after a tein and is low on allergenics, making it a good
on the kitchen counter. It’s usually surrounded workout when the muscle’s energy is depleted; option for the lactose intolerant. Hydrolysate is
by containers of various fruits and other natural but use them at the wrong time, and the end produced in a way that effectively means it has
ingredients, ready to be mixed and consumed result is fat gain. Protein shakes, by contrast, been predigested, so its rate of absorption by
by that “healthy individual” of the fire house. deliver amino acids to muscle cells, helping the body is super fast. Concentrate, meanwhile,
The question is, does all this prep work pay off them to recover after strenuous workouts. is the cheapest option, as the effects of its pro-
in the end? tein content are offset by its significant fat and
Fundamentally, shakes consist of whey Which protein shake should I choose? cholesterol levels. Serious athletes tend to use
protein, although casein (milk), soy, egg, rice, Whey is the most common base for the hydrolysate.
and pea protein powders are also available. protein powder, as it contains all of the nine es-
That much is straightforward, but from here sential amino acids that facilitate the healing of How much protein does my body actually
it gets trickier. For a start there are many mis- damaged muscles. There are three main types need?
conceptions regarding the shakes. People often of whey protein: isolate, hydrolysate, and con- Without adequate protein, training hard
mistake them for steroids – perhaps under- will leave your muscles with a deficit of the
standable, given the big promises that drive the building blocks they need to recover. There’s a
products’ marketing campaigns. Of course, it’s lot of debate as to the ideal amount of protein
taken thousands of hours of gym work behind to consume on a daily basis; each individual
the scenes to get those muscles, but you don’t “Without adequate protein, needs to work out his/her body’s specific need.
see that in the ads. However, the traditional recommendation for
To be clear, protein shakes are not a
magic muscle pill. They are purely nutritional.
training hard will leave muscle building is 0.7 gram of protein per
pound of body weight per day.
Another source of confusion is the differen-
tiation between a “mass gainer” and a protein
your muscles with a deficit” This would mean the average man of,
say, 170 pounds, needs 119 grams of protein
shake. Mass gainers are used as an aid to bulk- per day if he is to undertake a heavy weights
ing up. They typically include a large amount of program with the aim of gaining muscle. That’s

FRUITY--Very Berry Shake CHOCOLATE--Peanut


SWEET--Strawberry
Butter Cup Protein Shake
Banana Shake
12 oz water 1 large banana coined (and then frozen)
12 oz water, milk, or yogurt
1 cup spinach 1 cup chocolate almond-milk
2 scoops vanilla or strawberry
(or chocolate soymilk)
2 cups frozen mixed berries flavored protein powder
6 ounces plain yogurt (or vanilla)
½ cup plain low-fat yogurt 1 banana
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1 cup of frozen strawberries
2 scoops vanilla protein powder 1 tablespoon chocolate protein powder
1 cup of spinach
½ teaspoon truvia (or sub another sweetener)
1 tbsp walnuts 2 tbsp of ground flax
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 tbsp ground flaxseed 1 tbsp ground flaxseed 1 cup ice (optional)

48 • April 2018
the equivalent of two chicken breasts (60 Don’t expect instant results. Whey protein is a
grams), three eggs (18 grams), and one 6-ounce great source of protein that will help you build
steak (40 grams). muscle, but it’s not going to “do” anything
Consuming two chicken breasts, three for you that food wouldn’t do. Like
eggs, and a steak per day sounds like a lot to all supplements, whey protein is
ask of your stomach, but it’s not an impossible best used as part of your overall
task. Protein shakes are not necessarily essen- health and fitness efforts. This
tial, but at the same time you can see why they includes planning the correct
offer a convenient alternative. One shake can training phases, training intensity,
save you a lot of time and money. At this point, consistency, adequate rest peri-
a caveat: The amount of protein one needs is ods, and, of course, a nutritional
dependent on the level of training and the type program calibrated to your cur-
of training the individual is doing. To give an rent goals.
obvious example, a bodybuilder needs more Personally, I drink a pro-
protein than someone who is not exercising. tein shake from time to time
Equally, an ultra-marathon runner would need following a workout simply be-
more Vitamin C to optimize their immune sys- cause of the convenience. That
tem than someone who jogs for 30 minutes being said, I often go months
once a week. Recommended Daily Allowances on end without having one
are always to be taken with caution. and suffer no loss of muscle
because I know to seek my
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½ cup strawberries (frozen)
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½ cup pineapple (frozen)
10 fresh mint leaves

April 2018 • 49
2017 Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer Report to the Membership

We are pleased to present to you our report on the state of IT’S YOURS
Firefighters First Credit Union as of December 31, 2017. We are proud to report that Your Credit Union in the 4th
quarter of 2017 ranked #1 in member satisfaction among credit
OWNERSHIP unions nationwide who benchmark using the Net Promoter Score.
Your Credit Union is truly committed to improving the The Net Promoter Score is an industry recognized measure of
financial lives of the fire family and we are relentless in our pur- member loyalty and service quality.
suit of legendary service to our member/owners. We are a not for
profit, member-owned financial cooperative, exclusively serving BOARD CHAIR CLOSING COMMENTS
the fire family, and always strive to return a portion of our in- Your Credit Union Board of Directors recognizes that you
come back to the membership. In 2017, we deposited more than - our member/owners - trust and expect us to provide you with the
$1.5M to member accounts, which equated to just over 20% of best financial services possible. We understand that your trust is
our net income. The remaining 80% goes directly into our capital hard earned and easy to lose. We expect nothing less.
reserves to ensure our safety and soundness and to launching new We consider you, your children, your grandchildren and
products/services and initiatives. This is in addition to offering future generations of firefighters first in all strategic decisions we
our members products/services at virtually no fees, providing a make.
rebate program on ATM withdrawals, launching new services We are committed exclusively to our Fire Family and
such as helping members setup and administer trusts, all while we are proud to provide you with financial services from the #1
maintaining competitive share and loan rates. Credit Union in the country, while keeping us positioned for con-
tinued success.
SAFETY & SOUNDNESS
Your Credit Union remains safe and secure. We ended the CEO CLOSING COMMENTS
year strong with $1.25 billion in assets, a 93% loan to share ratio, The financial services industry is becoming more and more
$6M in net income after paying out interest refunds and bonus complex due to a number of economic, technical, and regulatory
dividends, and a capital ratio of 9.4% after refunds (7% is consid- factors. As a result of increasing competition, our challenge as a
ered “well-capitalized”). financial institution will be to balance our growth and effectively
manage our financials as we grow and expand outside of the state
BEING LOCAL of California.
Your Credit Union also successfully converted to a Federal We will never compromise our service levels, and we will
Charter in 2017 in order to serve firefighters and their families na- continue to maintain our relevance and uniqueness to firefighters
tionwide. No matter what state our members move to, the Credit and their families nationwide. I am grateful for being a part of the
Union will have a presence. In April 2018, we will also have a Fire Family for more than 25 years, and excited to work with a
grand opening of our first out of state regional office in Tempe, dedicated Board, and caring employees in service to our members
Arizona. for years to come.
Your Credit Union continues to thrive thanks to our loyal,
NEW PRODUCTS/SERVICES dedicated members. It is truly a pleasure for us to serve you today
Your Credit Union also launched a number of services and for generations to come!
which included trust, text, and chat. In the fourth quarter, Trust
Services was launched to provide guidance, education, and sup- Respectfully submitted,
port in the creation and administration of a trust. Text and Chat
Services were launched for evening and weekend support. Fire-
fighters Insurance Services also purchased a $3.5M Insurance
Agency which has been generating great revenue for the Credit L.S. Gribbons Dixie. T. Abramian
Union. Board Chair Chief Executive Officer

50 • April 2018
Submitted by Frank Borden • Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD HISTORY – The Year 1910


Frank’s note: I rarely feature a single year of We had two Chief Engineers during Note from Frank: For you Captains who want
LAFD history, but I decided to use 1910 be- that year. Walter Lips succeeded Chief En- to be Battalion Chiefs, try taking a practice
cause one of our curators found a historical gineer Thomas Strohm in February of 1905. exam with this 1910 test.
document from 1910 in our museum archives. Chief Lips had been engineer on Engine Com-
It was the Battalion Chief’s exam from 1910. I pany #3 just five years before he became Chief Questions from the 1910 Battalion Chief’s
included it in this article along with the hap- Engineer. He started his career as a Call Man in exam
penings on the Department and the city during April of 1895. 1. In case of a fire what action should be taken?
that year. After Walter Lips resigned in March of a. Before opening or ventilating a building?
The City of Los Angeles had under- 1910, Archie J. Eley became Chief Engineer. b. Before connecting to a standpipe?
gone a major growth period in 1910, adding Chief Eley was originally appointed Call Man c. In a cellar stocked with cartridges?
216,700 new residents, for a total population of in May of 1892 and Lieutenant First Class in d. When there is a trolley wire in front of
319,200. In 1909, the City annexed San Pedro, January of 1900. During this period the two building?
Wilmington and the harbor gateway bringing platoon system was established, changing to 24 2. A. What are the difficulties to be overcome
in the volunteer firemen from those areas. The hour shifts. Chief Eley was responsible for get- in fighting a fire in a large apartment house and
“City of Hollywood” was also annexed, giving ting the first large fireboat for the LAFD. Fire- how would you overcome them? B. Joist build-
the LAFD its first motorized apparatus, an auto boat 1 was later named after the Chief. He also ing. C. Hill fire. D. Fireproof building. Answer
chemical hose vehicle. formed a Women’s Fire Brigade in 1910. in detail.

Chief Engineer Eley personally training members “City of Hollywood” firehouse with
of the Women’s Fire Brigade in 1910. the LAFD’s first motorized apparatus

A postcard photo of Engine Engine Company 18 in 1910 at 2616


Company 8 in 1910. Hobart St. The building is still there!

April 2018 • 51
3. How would you destroy a building to pre- cases containing the dynamite were placed in
vent the spread of a fire in the business district? Ink-Alley at the rear of the old TIMES build-
4. Write a letter containing a hundred words ing. And because of the floors being soaked
on how to best preserve discipline in an engine with benzene, which every fireman knows is
house. one of the most inflammable liquids known. As
5. Give the most important duties on a Battal- close as we were to this Times building and as
ion Chief. quickly as Lt. Ferns and I could run, the heat
6. Write a sample report of a fire such as would was terrific, and it seemed the flames quickly
be required of a Battalion Chief. covered each floor, burning those poor humans
7. If attending a fire one of your Captains employed there on the night shift. My recollec-
should report one of his men for drunkenness tion is as clear of events, as if it were but yes-
what action would you take. A large crowd gathered at 1st & Broadway to observe terday. In fancy I can hear the screams of those
8. If a three car train in front of the P.E. building the on-going emergency. Notice the 50-Foot Bangor poor souls, and tried in our feeble way to stay
on Main St. should catch fire from the motor, ladder in front of the building set in a window on the the jumps or falls from that burning building.
what would you do to extinguish it? high 3rd floor. Some tried to talk to Ferns and I before others
9. Outline the section of the building ordinance came running, but their sufferings were so in-
on the construction of fire escapes. same one that is in our Hollywood Museum). tense that they could not talk, only scream, and
10. What firefighting apparatus is required by The firemen concentrated on protecting the ex- moan in their misery. Some that jumped from
ordinance in a theater? posed buildings and on controlling the fire in the top floor were killed outright on the cement
11. Give the different types of the engines in the Times building. sidewalk, others died on the way to the Receiv-
the fire department and their capacity. Fireman William Campbell of Engine ing Hospital which was just around the corner.
17 was operating a stream inside the first-floor The smell of burning human flesh was
Arithmetic window of the Times when the second floor most nauseating, and I remember I became vio-
1. What would the interest be on $1452 at 8% collapsed. Campbell was buried up to his neck lently sick in carrying burned humans dying or
per annum for 5 years and 6 months? in a deluge of steel, brick, and stone. His fel- dead to the hospital. The heat as I stated before
2. A fireman’s salary is $75.00 per month less low firemen thought he had been killed until was so intense that Ferns and I pulled our coats
2% taken out for the relief fund. How much they heard him calling for help. While firemen up over our heads in trying to carry those poor
would he pay in the fund in 18 months? covered Campbell with protective streams of souls away. Never did I ever see a fire that was
3. If it took 8 men 9 hours to extinguish a fire, water, a rescue team crawled over the rubble hotter, and I have seen many in my time.
how long would it take 12 men? and for two hours worked to clear the debris Fifty years have gone by since that ter-
4. How many bales of hay, each weighing 105 until Campbell’s chest was free. The problem rible night that this city witnessed one of its
lbs., would 15 tons, 2240 lbs. to the ton make? was an iron beam that had fallen across his foot greatest tragedies. As the embers of that fire
and could not be moved. Firemen tried to cut cooled we who stayed on the job until the last,
Write a 500 word letter to the Fire Commission the beam and pry the beam up but that did not found one body, pressed flat on its stomach in
recommending a way to create better discipline work. “I guess my foot goes, boys,” Campbell the farthest corner of that cement basement.
in the department. told his rescuers. The firemen refused to give This body, like many others, was burned black,
up as more rocks and beams threatened to fall only the underneath side of the body was white
THE LA TIMES BOMBING October 1910 on them. Campbell pleaded with them to cut off where the fire could not get to it. Ghastly you
his foot. After being trapped for three and one say, and how right you are.
At 1:07 in the morning on October half hours, a receiving hospital doctor amputat-
1,1910, the day new fire station 23 was to go ed his foot at the ankle and he was at last freed.
into service, the most violent explosion to ever Campbell miraculously survived but he never
take place in the city of Los Angeles occurred answered another alarm. He was pensioned due
at First and Broadway at the Los Angeles to his injury.
Times building. A bomb had been placed in the The bomb consisting of 16 sticks of dy-
alley behind the building which was occupied namite and a clock timer was placed in the al-
by 100 employees. The explosion and resulting ley by a criminal element of a labor union. Two
fire killed 20 workers and injured many more. men were found guilty for the crime and sen-
A police officer walking his beat was knocked tenced to prison. Despite the destruction to the
down by the blast. He got up and ran to Box 12 Times building, they never missed an edition
at First and Broadway and pulled the hook. The and rebuilt on the same site until they moved to
firemen at Station 3 were jolted awake by the their present location at First and Spring Streets The scene at the LA Times building explosion in 1910
explosion and some were knocked from their on July 1, 1935.
beds. It was a short run for Station 3’s chemi-
cal, hose, engine, and aerial ladder rigs. Never The following story was written by Eddie King
in their careers had so large a building been so who was a Los Angeles policeman at the time
totally involved. of the bombing and nearby when it exploded.
When 3’s arrived, workers were at the This article appeared in the November 1960 is-
windows trying to escape the flames and smoke. sue of the Firemen’s Grapevine.
Some jumped before a life net was deployed
and many who jumped were saved by the truck Down Memory Lane
company members. A second and third alarm By Eddie King
was sounded which brought a total of eight en-
gines, two trucks, a combination chemical and If I lived to be a thousand years of age, This was the LAFD’s largest loss of life fire in
hose wagon, and the Gorter Water Tower (the I could not forget this great tragedy. The suit- the history of the department up to that date
52 • April 2018
LAFD 50 YEAR CLASS REUNION By Re- Nevada. One even lives in British Columbia
tired Captain Jim Finn (although he cheated because he was wintering
On Saturday, February 10, 2018, mem- in Southern California).
bers of LAFD Drill Tower class 68-1 gathered Those in attendance were: Larry Andre-
at the LAFD Hollywood Museum to celebrate sen, Bob Armstrong, Ed Burzinski, Bob & Kris
their 50th anniversary of appointment to the Byron, Louis Chatin, Len & Char Cole, Lorrell
LAFD. The highlight of the evening was the Cooper, Rich & Linda Cotterall, Jim Dunn, Jim
attendance of two of the training captains & Jeannie Finn, Jerry & Linda James, Jim &
from the class. Academy training officer Gene Georgia Kinninger, Gerry & Jan Layton, Bill
Brewster and truck company day instruc- & Kathy Mueller, George & Bonnie O’Nan,
tor Ralph Davis, ages 91 and 95 respectively, Bruce & Liza Plumlee, Gary Shelford, Bill
graced us with their attendance. Sommers, Bruce & Mary Teasdale, Jeff & Sue
21members of the class enjoyed snacks, Willey and Bob Nelson. Unfortunately, due to
refreshments and a catered meal from Nana’s a family emergency, Mike & Marie Littleton
Kitchen. Class member Lorrell Cooper enter- were unable to attend. Jim & Jeannie Finn’s
tained us with music. daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer & Mike Al-
Name tags were provided, with large len, served as bartenders.
writing suggested, as both memory and eye- A donation of $600 was made to the The Hollywood Museum is lo-
sight had faded over 50 years. Class members Museum from the proceeds of the evening.
attended from all over California, Arizona and
cated in “Old Fire Station 27”
at 1355 No. Cahuenga, Hol-
lywood, CA 90028. The Har-
bor Museum is located in San
Pedro City Hall at 638 S. Beacon
St., San Pedro CA 90731.
Anyone interested in join-
ing 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.
Sitting l to r: Louis Chatin, Gene Brewster, Ralph Davis, Bob Byron, Jim Dunn.Standing l to r: Bill Mueller, Larry An- Hollywood, CA 90028
dresen, Jerry James, George O’Nan, Bill Sommers, Jim Kinninger, Gerry Layton, Gary Shelford, Bob Armstrong, Bob
Phone: 323 464 2727. But re-
Nelson, Rich Cotterall, Ed Burzinski, Jim Finn, Lorrell Cooper, Bruce Plumlee, Len Cole, Jeff Willey, Bruce Teasdale.
member 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”

April 2018 • 53
LOS ANGELES FIREMEN’S RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
February 7, 2018

CALL TO ORDER the Pension subsidy issue. He indicated that Harassment training on January 30th. He
Dawna Gray of Bradawn Inc. had provided a indicated that since LAFRA has about 25
President Bob Steinbacher called the meeting flow chart containing different subsidy rates employees, we are not required by law to go
of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles including Medicare for the Pension Board’s through training, however felt it beneficial for
Firemen’s Relief Association to order at 10:55 review. He indicated that the City Attorney is the staff.
a.m. now requesting a contract with LAFRA in place
of the Operating Agreement. He indicated that 2) Todd Layfer provided an update on the new
ROLL CALL this will be further discussed at the next Ad phone system installation. He indicated that
Hoc meeting. He stated that he will keep the the installation will take place the weekend of
MEMBERS PRESENT: Board informed. April 6th.
Bob Steinbacher, President
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President 3) Bob Steinbacher informed the Board that 3) Todd Layfer referred to the Edison easement
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary the Member Profile Sheets will be mailed agreement and indicated that it is up for
Trustee David Peters to the members by the end of February. He renewal. He indicated that Edison has a small
Trustee Chris Stine indicated that these sheets contain information escalation clause of 2% to 3%.
Trustee Frank Aguirre on donations, medical plan enrollees, and
Trustee Kenneth Breskin beneficiary information. 4) Todd Layfer informed the Board that US
Trustee Richard Moody Bank is returning as a sponsor for Hope for
Trustee Danny Wu 4) Bob Steinbacher referred to the Firefighter of Firefighters. He indicated that Liberty, Juliet
Trustee Craig White the Year Luncheon honoring Rosa Torres Tufts and he have a meeting scheduled to meet the
Trustee Jim Duffy on April 4th. He asked that Trustees interested new representatives. He indicated that they
Trustee Tyler Tomich in attending to let him know, as we purchased a are monitoring the Ralphs sponsorship and are
Trustee Gene Bednarchik table of ten seats. waiting to hear back from them.
Trustee Steve Berkery
Trustee Rick Godinez 5) Bob Steinbacher informed that the L.A. 5) Todd Layfer referred to the building security
Trustee Joe Vigil Retired Fire & Police will be utilizing our and indicated that there was an issue with one of
Trustee Mike Sailhamer multi-purpose room on February 21 and March the homeless. He stated that they are hiring an
Trustee Tim Larson – Pension 21 to hold their Board meetings. He indicated armed guard patrol service that would provide
Trustee Steve Domanski - Pension that their building is undergoing renovations. nightly patrol and respond to non-emergency
Trustee Doak Smith – Pension service calls.
Todd Layfer - Executive Director 6) Bob Steinbacher referred to the upcoming
Liberty Unciano – Controller-Treasurer Pechanga Reunion and indicated that Tim 6) Todd Layfer presented the 2018 budget for
Larson and Steve Domanski have begun the Board’s approval. He reviewed projected
MEMBERS ABSENT: planning. He indicated that the dates are from operating costs, benefits paid to members and
Trustee Gayle Sonoda May 21st through May 25th. contributions.
Trustee Tim Freeman
Trustee John Jacobsen EXECUTIVE SESSION David Peters motioned to approve the 2018
budget as presented by Todd Layfer. Tim
GUESTS: The Board entered into Executive Session at Larson seconded. There was no discussion or
Lee Kebler, LARFPA 11:13 a.m. objections.
Bob Olsen, LARFPA The Board adjourned from Executive Session
Bill Quinn, LARFPA at 12:08 p.m. Motion carried to approve the 2018 budget as
Tom Stires, Retired presented by Todd Layfer.
David Peters motioned to approve the actions
INVOCATION & Flag Salute taken in executive session pertaining to INVESTMENT COMMITTEE REPORT
personnel matters. Gene Bednarchik seconded.
Rick Godinez led the invocation. Kenneth There was no discussion or objections. Bob Steinbacher informed that the annual
Breskin led the flag salute. investment committee meeting will be held at
Motion carried to approve the actions taken Beacon Pointe in Newport Beach on February
RATIFICATION OF MINUTES in executive session pertaining to personnel 28th.
matters.
Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion to ratify AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT
and approve the Board Meeting Minutes of VICE PRESIDENT REPORT
January 10, 2018. Joe Vigil so moved. Craig Joe Vigil reported on the Audit Committee
White seconded. There was no discussion or 1) Jeff Cawdrey informed the Board that there planning meeting that took place on January
objections. will be a Bylaws committee review meeting on 25th.
March 6th.
Motion carried to approve minutes Board ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE
Meeting Minutes of January 10, 2018. 2) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the upcoming REPORT
conferences and asked Trustees to let him
PRESIDENT REPORT know which conference they are interested in Tyler Tomich presented the following motions.
attending.
1) Bob Steinbacher reported on the Buzzard The committee recommends and I so move to
Bait Ride and indicated that it was a great EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT pay the usual and customary bills in the amount
event. of $969,669.73. There was no discussion or
1) Todd Layfer informed that the staff and objections.
2) Bob Steinbacher provided an update on a few retired Trustees attended the Sexual

54 • April 2018
Motion carried to pay the usual and customary RELIEF COMMITTEE REPORT here at LAFRA on March 20th and March
bills in the amount of $969,669.73. 22nd.
Steve Berkery presented the following motion.
The committee recommends and I so move to SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT
approve $500 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation The committee recommends and I so move to
fundraiser. There was no discussion or pay: Rick Godinez referred to the Scholarships
objections. awards and indicated that the amounts and
The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount of names need to be updated in the Policy Book.
Motion carried to approve $500 for the St. $73,618.56 He indicated that they have three applicants
Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser. The Estate Planning benefit in the amount of so far and applications will continue through
$5,370 March.
The committee recommends and I so move The Life & Accident Death Benefit in the
to approve $100 for the LAFD Promotional amount of $12,000 MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT
Badge Ceremony. There was no discussion or The Relief Death Benefits in the amount of REPORT
objections. $45,000
Rick Godinez provided an update on the L.A.
Motion carried to approve $100 for the LAFD There was no discussion or objections. Marathon team planning. He indicated that he
Promotional Badge Ceremony. would like to see more Trustee participation.
Motion carried to pay the above Relief He referred to the L.A. Galaxy Firefighter
The committee recommends and I so move to benefits. Appreciation Day and fundraiser and indicated
approve $770 for a foursome of golf and tee sign that they are coordinating the details for a day
for the Firefighter’s Quest Golf Tournament. Steve Berkery read the names of members who in March.
There was no discussion or objections. recently passed and asked for a moment of
silence from the Board. NEW BUSINESS
Motion carried to approve $770 for a foursome
of golf and tee sign for the Firefighter’s Quest MEMORIALS Doak Smith indicated that he and Rick
Golf Tournament. Robert O. Duncan Godinez discussed the possibility of increasing
Donald E. Betsworth the Scholarship Award amounts. Since the
The committee recommends and I so move to Arthur C. Johnson scholarship awards are set for this year, the
approve $2,072.39 to purchase hat pieces and Dennis M. Benkovsky committee would consider the increase for next
badges for the Honor Guard. There was no William T. McDonough year.
discussion or objections. Edward S. Wormald
Robert K. Brown SETTING OF DATES
Motion carried to approve $2,072.39 to Donald D. Renwick
purchase hat pieces and badges for the Honor Robert B. Provence 1) Hook & Ladder Enduro – March 17th
Guard. Harry B. Woods 2) L.A. Marathon – March 18th
3) Lane Kemper Softball Tournament –
MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE May 2nd
4) Pechanga Reunion – May 21st – 25th
Frank Aguirre presented the following motion. Steve Berkery presented the following motions. 5) Hope for Firefighters – June 7th

The committee recommends and I so move to The committee recommends and I so move to RETIREMENT DINNERS
accept the applications to the Medical Plan. accept the donations in the amount of $9,094.13
There was no discussion and no objections. to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s 1) Bill Bringas – February 10th Private
Fund. There was no discussion or objections. Residence (Steinbacher)
Motion carried to accept all applications to 2) Glenn Ames – February 15th A @ Fire
the Medical Plan. Motion carried to accept the donations in the Station 78 Breakfast
amount of $9,094.13 to the Widows, Orphans 3) Jimmy Rodriguez – February 17th C @
The committee recommends and I so move & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. Private Residence (Danny Wu)
to remove the “seven year” enrollment 4) Daren Palacios – March 3rd A @ Automobile
requirement for retirees for the LAFRA The committee recommends and I so move to Driving Museum (Kuljis)
Medical Plan effective July 1, 2018. Steve approve the financial assistance applications for 5) Chuck Butler – March 8th B @ Brookside
Domanski asked what the reason was to remove surviving spouses, active and retired members. Golf Club (White)
the enrollment requirement. Bob Steinbacher There was no discussion or objections. 6) Dean Ulrich – March 21st A @ Fire Station
indicated that it will help alleviate some issues 80 (Vigil)
of enrollment with the Pension Board and Motion carried to approve the financial 7) Brian Baltad – March 25th C @ Fire Station
shows no financial impact to the Medical Plan. assistance applications for surviving spouses, 69 (Doak)
On the question there were objections. 17 voted active and retired members. 8) Mike Schaefer – April 5th C @ Caesar
in favor of the motion, 2 voted opposed. Banquet Hall (Berkery)
ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT
Motion carried to remove the “seven year” ADJOURNMENT
enrollment requirement for retirees for the The committee recommends and I so move
medical plan effective July 1, 2018. to advance funds for both active and retired Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion to
members. There was no discussion or adjourn in honor of Walter J. Somaduroff. Frank
The committee recommends and I so move to objections. Aguirre so moved. Craig White seconded.
approve President Bob Steinbacher to attend There was no discussion and no objections.
a Health Benefits conference at Harvard Motion carried to advance funds for both
University. There was no discussion or active and retired members. Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
objections. Trustees meeting adjourned at 1:08 p.m.
GRAPEVINE
Motion carried to approve President Bob Bob Steinbacher, President
Steinbacher to attend a Health Benefits David Wagner informed the Board that we will
conference at Harvard University. be having a Medicare informational seminar
April 2018 • 55
Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund - February 2018

BESS L. WESTON in honor of my husband Donald W. Weston JAN C. BERNARD


and son-in-law Gerald “Gerry” Foust
DON MCNAIR in memory of Glen Dinger
JOHN R. BRODIE
RICHARD KHAIL
WESCOM
GAIL C. COOK in memory of Glen Dinger
LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT
HISTORIC SOCIETY JUDD ABRAMS in memory of All those firefighters who gave
their lives to protect others!
BETTY J. HALL
NOOSHI AKAVAN
WILLIAM A. BENEKE in memory of Bernard E. Nipp and
Douglas F. Cully DANA BROWN

DINKO KLARIN CAROL CHENG-MAYER in memory of all the firefighters


who worked so tirelessly and dedicated to saving the
RICHARD L. WATTERS Westside of LA during the recent fires. Thank you!

KIRK P. BINGHAM JULES FEBRE in tribute to Luna Douglas

PROCEEDS FROM SEE CANDIES SALES PAUL FEUERBORN in tribute of Greg and Suzie Ibers

MARY A. MENDENHALL in memory of CATHLEEN GARITE in memory of Dennis Benkovsky


Dennis L. Mendenhall
VICKI HARINGA in memory of Bernard Nipp
CHRISTINE M. BRUMBAUGH in memory of
Mike O. Brumbaugh PHILIP HOBSON in tribute to Sam Diannitto

PATRICK M. SHANLEY PHILIP HOBSON in memory of Ron Lange

GARY T. SHELFORD JOHN JONES II in memory of Cory Iverson

WALTER H. HARTSUYKER RICHARD WILLIAMS

ROGER G. GILLIS in memory of Glen Dinger DICK ZIEMER in memory of Barny Nipp

CHRISTOPHER SHAW in memory of Frank Brown

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.

56 • April 2018
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