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Hundreds of friends, family, and members gathered for yet another
wonderful open house event held at LAFRA. If you weren’t there—
see and read about all that you missed! • .......................................06

2018 Annual LAFD Memorial Ceremony

Forced inside by inclement weather, spirits were still high as those
in attendance paid tribute to our fallen firefighters. Honor the fallen
by reading about the day •................................................................10

2018 LAFD Award Ceremony

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duty • ................................................................................................12

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President’s Message • ............................................................................05
Battalion News • ....................................................................................15
Retired Guys
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Department in Action
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A Salute to the Los Angeles Dodgers • ……………………………………34
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4 • December 2018
The end of the year is upon us once again, and with it, a This change only occurred after a great deal of discussion, delib-
time to reflect back at the highlights and the challenges of the past eration, and reflection. We have submitted the necessary paper-
twelve months. To get the challenge portion out of the way, the work to the State of California to incorporate this fund with the
issues with pensions have weighed heavily on me all year long. name change. The WODFF is the backbone of the Relief Associa-
Long hours were put in to protect the interests of the Relief As- tion and modifying its name will only enhance the ability of our
sociation and its members, and the positive results we obtained charitable arm to help firefighters and their families in need, now
mirrored that. However, going forward I ask you to continue to and into the future.
pay close attention to future updates—the battle continues. With the holiday season now in full swing, I want to take
Our thoughts also go out to all the victims of the trag- this time to wish all our members, employees, and associates of
ic shooting in Thousand Oaks and the devastating fires of LA the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association a happy holiday
County and Ventura County. Though, it is hard to make sense of season. Though this time can bring on different emotions and
certain events, it is encouraging to see people of all backgrounds stresses for all, it is my hope that we all take the time to look
come together and help one another during these trying times. It around and see what is really important—our friends, family and
gives me hope for the future. mostly our fellow human beings. Material things will come and
Now for the positives of the year. We had our largest go in our lives, but the effort of a spoken kind word or act of char-
turnout ever for multiple events during the year. The Pechanga ity for those who are in need can make a lasting impression that
Reunion was a resounding success. Active and retired members no amount of money can buy.
filled the resort with both camaraderie and good times as they
enjoyed each other’s company. Make plans early to attend next Be safe and be kind to each other.
year’s event. Also, if you have never attended Hope for Firefight-
ers, you are missing out. 2018 was a banner year for the event,
with plans for a bigger and better 2019 already in the works. I Robert D. “Steintalker” Steinbacher
also want to give a quick shout out to all the clubs and individuals
that continue to support our organization. To the individuals that 323.259.5200
participate in events such as the Kemper Classic, Over-The-Line,
Hook and Ladder, Buzzard Bait, all the golf and handball tour-
naments, Fire Hogs and the many memorial motorcycle rides, a
heartfelt thank you.
Elections are over. Jeff and I have been elected by this
board to serve for the calendar year of 2019. We are both looking
forward to another year of service with the hope of continuing
the tradition of excellence expected of all of us here at the Los
Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association.
In the minutes of the October meeting of the Board of
Trustees, you will see that we approved changing the name of the Bob Steinbacher at this year’s LAFRA Open House
WODFF to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighters Fund. with his sons, Andrew and Evan

December 2018 • 5
The doors opened just
before high noon for another
memorable open house event
at the Los Angeles Firemen’s
Relief Association. Located at
7470 North Figueroa Street,
the multi-story building filled
with the sounds of laughter as
the crowd of over 250 people
gathered for the festivities.
Cold drinks flowed and the
abundant smell of delicious
food permeated the senses as
friends, family, and members
prepared to honor two men
who have done more than
their fair share for the Relief

6 • December 2018
As people arrived, they were greeted at As people exited the elevator into the
the front door by our fabulous volunteers. Spe- main hall, they began to witness all of the hard
cial thanks go out to Lydia Andrews, Toni Hunt, work that went into making the day a success.
Virginia Newcomb, Anne Munsell, Marshall If you get a chance, send Juliet Brandolino, our
Stevens and Karen Barnhill. Across from the Event Coordinator, a quick email and thank her
greeting table, Firefighter Jerrod Webster, for her hard work managing everything. Table
owner of Photos and Fountains, set up after table covered the entire area of space
an entertaining photobooth that al- on the bottom floor of the building. Floral ar-
lowed members to let loose and rangements by Tomlinson adorned each table
capture some memorable shots of that were filled to capacity by guests. Outside
themselves with their friends and the rear door, the overflow of people
family. Speaking of memo- spilled out onto the patio area to
rable shots, David Blaire grab a cool drink and peruse the
graciously lent and dis- plethora of shirts, shorts, and
played his collection of accessories displayed for sale
pictures chronicling the by The Fire Connection—
department’s history for proceeds to benefit the Wid-
all to see. Thanks Jerrod ows, Orphans & Disabled
and David! Firemen’s Fund.

December 2018 • 7
Hors d’oeuvres of crispy chicken slid-
ers, potato skins, and shrimp skewers began to
filter through the crowd. A superb lunch fol-
lowed, which included carved prime rib, roast-
ed turkey breast, grilled Italian sausages, potato
salad, and a tomato, cucumber, and red onion
salad, all served promptly at noon by Cornuco-
pia Catering.
Bob Steinbacher started the formal fes-
tivities off by introducing a group of Fire Hog
members that attended the day’s event. Bob
was all smiles because Jack Wise wasn’t there
to mis-pronounce his name this time—you
were still missed, Jack. The Fire Hogs present-
ed the Relief Association with a Lotto winning
sized check in the amount of $22,000 for the
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund.
Bob acknowledged the generosity of the group
noting their tireless effort to always help those
in need. Sam Brown, owner of Sam Brown
Shields, had his presence felt as cool custom-
ized leather helmets that he made were present-
ed to the guests of honor.
Next, Bob introduced this year’s two
honorees—Bruce Galien and Craig White.
Known for establishing the Hook & Ladder En-
duro, an annual motorcycle ride and fundraiser
to benefit the WODFF, these two individuals
exemplify the definition of volunteer by raising
thousands of dollars each year for the charity
and donating countless hours of their own time
in the pursuit of helping others. Bob Steinbach-
er noted that according to records, the two men
and their army of volunteers have raised more
than $200,000 for the Relief Association.
The two men graciously accepted the
honor bestowed upon them, thanking the Re-
lief Association and their family and friends for
their support. Bruce Galien went another step
further by recognizing a number of volunteers,
including John Nowell and his wife Karen for
their help during the rides. He presented the
couple with two very customized award pieces
that went above and beyond description—at
least what I can print here! To say the least, the
presentation was one of the highlights of the
After the formalities were over, the
celebration continued well into the afternoon.
Though the event was scheduled from noon to
4 p.m., the party lasted long after. Our thanks
go out once again to everyone involved in
making this year’s open house another huge
success. We can’t wait to see what 2019 has
in store for the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief
Association—Hope to see you next year!

8 • December 2018
Tradition is gistics Section Chief on the FEMA US&R White Incident Support Team.
not a word used During his career, Craig has been deployed to the World Trade Center for
lightly by Craig 9/11, hurricanes, a tornado, floods, landslides, and fires throughout the
White. A third nation.
generation LA Craig has been supported by the Relief Association since he was
City firefighter, born. In 2009, he felt it was time to step up and give back by joining the
Craig follows in Relief Association Board. His father had recently passed away, leaving
the footsteps of his mother, Carol, a LAFD Widow, which compelled him even more. He
his grandfather, served on the Relief and Assistance committee for two years and moved
Larry Johnson to the Medical and Admin Committees where he still serves. Craig takes
- an engineer in pride in his work at the Relief and is always willing to lend a hand when
the early 70’s, his called upon. Craig was dispatched to the Las Vegas Mass Shooting at the
father Bill White - who retired in 1996 as a B/C, and his brother, Wade Route 91 Harvest Music Festival as an Agency Rep for the Fire Depart-
- the A/C at S&M. Tradition means so much to Craig that he currently ment and more importantly, as a representative of the Relief Associa-
wears his father’s B/C’s badge, an honor and responsibility he doesn’t tion working for several days with our department chaplains to assist our
take lightly. members and their loved ones impacted by the devastating event.
Craig began his fire career in 1986 as a member of the La Habra Craig and his long-time mentor, Bruce Galien, united to put to-
Heights Volunteer Fire Department, joining the LAFD later that year. gether the first LAFD “Hook and Ladder Enduro,” a project Bruce had
He has served as a firefighter in South LA and Hollywood, and a staff been talking about for years. With the help of an army of family and
assistant. In 1995 he promoted to captain, serving as a training officer friends volunteering their time and energy, the event was held in Califor-
in the recruit academy and five years on USAR 88. He promoted to B/C nia City in March of 2010. The spirit of this endeavor has always been
in 2014, assigned to Batt 5 and is now in the Fire Communications and to foster camaraderie through a family-oriented event and raise a little
Dispatch Support Section. money for the WODFF—and boy did they succeed. Keeping true to their
He has been a member of California Task Force I (CATF-1), one mission, the event has swollen to more than a thousand participants in
of 28 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Teams. He also was a recent years, raising nearly $200,000.00 for WODFF to date.
member of the Swift Water Rescue Team for 20 years, serving as Pro- Craig is extremely fortunate to have the support of his family
gram Manager for eight years. Craig took part in the development of during his work endeavors and is extremely proud of their accomplish-
the LAFD Field Incident Management Team (FIMT) program, and is ments. He has been married to his wife, Tori, for 27 years and has three
now the Deputy IC on FIMT 1, as well as one of the LAFD Department daughters: Riley, Makenna, and Korbin.
Operations Center (DOC) directors, serving on DOC Team 2. Craig is in- LAFRA is also extremely fortunate to have Craig White as a
volved in incident management teams at both the state and federal level, board member and it’s our hope his tradition of service will continue for
serving as Deputy Logistics Section Chief on Cal Fire Team 1 and Lo- many years to come. Thank you, Craig.

Born and at 9’s before returning to the stomping grounds of his boyhood – FS 98.
raised in LA, After serving the city for 32 years, Bruce retired in May of 2007.
Bruce is a Val- Bruce’s has also volunteered his own time to benefit LAFRA and
ley boy at heart, its members. Even as a Captain II, Bruce had no problem getting his
attending grade hands dirty. He has been involved with multiple work parties for injured
schools in Pacoi- firefighters, and has also spent time assisting with setting up the Boat
ma and then later Regatta at Hansen Dam. Speaking of setting up, it was rumored he had
returning to work a part in the sabotage of FS 10’s entry into the competition, a claim he
at Fire Station 98. infallibly denies to this date. Bruce also worked alongside legendary vol-
He attended Val- unteer Capt. John Lawrence at the Bats and Beer softball tournament.
ley College and In 2010 Bruce took on his biggest role for LAFRA. Along with
went on to earn a Craig White, the two started the “Hook and Ladder Enduro” to benefit
BA in Industrial Arts at San Diego State. the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund. The event was in
In 1974 Bruce took the plunge into the matrimony and married its infancy when Bruce was still a young fireman. With less than five
the love of his life, Debbie. This 44-year union has produced two chil- years on the job, he didn’t participate because he was afraid of injury and
dren - Suzanne and Christopher, along with five grandchildren ranging didn’t want to jeopardize his career. However, the spirit of camaraderie
from age 3 to 18. and the importance of the family event would be forever implanted in
Bruce was hired by the LAFD in 1975, heading back to the his memories. So, since 2010, along with Craig and an army of volun-
Northeast Valley for his probation. He promoted to Auto Fireman and teers, they have staged an event which draws an ever-increasing par-
was assigned to Fire Station 1. He would later expand his resume by ticipation. Last year more than 1,000 fire department family and friends
promoting to engineer and working in the hills of FS 97 and 20. attended the desert classic, and to date, the event has raised more than
A born leader and organizer, Bruce stepped into the role of su- $200,000.00 for the WODFF.
pervisor, promoting to Captain I, working at 78’s, 15’s, and Training. He Bruce’s ongoing commitment to the event and to the LAFD con-
worked with Lane Kemper on forceable entry education and became an tinues today. The LA Firemen’s Relief Association would like to gra-
instructor for the Cross-Training Academy where he taught how to push ciously thank him for his dedication and willingness to serve by honor-
heavy apparatus. Bruce made his final promotion to Captain II, working ing him at this year’s Open House.
December 2018 • 9
On a Saturday morning in October, her own experience, “is an important part of
scores of LAFD families were forced indoors belonging to the Fire Family. We are stand-
by a sudden rain storm just before the annual ing here with you and your families today and
tribute to our own fallen firefighters. Normally know that you have lost more than a spouse,
held at the Memorial Wall out front of the Hol- son or daughter. We know that your spouse,
lywood Fire Museum, this year’s gathering
was moved upstairs to the cavernous dormi-
tory of Old Fire Station 27. The close quarters
made for a very intimate experience for those
who braved the inclement weather to honor
the 268 members of our Department who have
made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to
the City.
When the chiefs, chaplains and digni-
taries concluded their remarks to the solemn
crowd, a lone trumpet tapped out a familiar
melody in humble reverence and then ten bells
reverberated through the ageless firehouse.
Valerie Lawrence and Diane Vig-
il were given an opportunity to
speak about the LAFRA Family
Support Group during the cer-
emony. Valerie is the sur-
viving spouse of Capt. John
Lawrence. She related that
“the memorial spot here
has a special place in
my heart. My late
husband John was
working here at the
old 27’s when I
met him while his
crew was putting
out an auto fire
on Barham. He was
a rookie at the time.
His captain sent him
over to meet me and
told him if he didn’t come
back with a phone number
he would never pass proba-
tion. In short, I have had 43
years experience with the
LAFD, and have seen and
honored the Fire Depart-
ment traditions.”
“The long-time
tradition of taking care
of our own,” continued
Val, speaking from

10 • December 2018
daughter or son was a functional part of your the house. Without him, I had to learn to back-
household and can never be replaced. I miss up the trailer into the driveway on my own.”
the little things that made life so special with This year, Val and Diane traveled with
John – working in the yard together, painting the Moorman family to the Memorials in both
Colorado Springs and Sacramento. The names
of Dave Moorman and Kelly Wong were
added to the walls there. Diane recalls,
“I had the pleasure of accompanying
my husband Joe to the IAFF Fallen
Firefighter Memorial honoring Matt
McKnight in 2015. I noticed several
little details, that as a woman, I thought
could be done just a little bit better. I spoke
with Rick Godinez about this, but it wasn’t
until I sat down with Lori Harris, widow of
Bret Harris, that I realized just how much we
needed to do to help our widows. The seed
was planted. Thankfully the
Relief Association decided
to create the group, and
Valerie and I are honored
to be included.
“Currently, the
Los Angeles City Fire
Department has more
than 800 widows. In
addition to assisting
families at the memo-
rial ceremonies, we
have gathered 200 vol-
unteer fire members to
help our widows. This
could be as simple as
driving them to doctor
appointments, put-
ting boxes up in the
garage, assistance
with some heavy
furniture, light
painting, small
plumbing issues,
you name it.”
Maybe you
didn’t know that ev-
ery year the families
of members killed in
the line of duty at-
tend this memorial
ceremony. Now that
you do, would you
honor them with
your presence at
next year’s event?

December 2018 • 11
On November 1, 2018 the LAFD Foundation honored members
of the Department who have demonstrated exceptional bravery, excel-
lence, and commitment to their community.
This year the Medal of Valor and Award of Merit honorees in-
clude seven members who distinguished themselves while off duty in
Las Vegas, during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, and a member
who saved the lives of three young children at a structure fire in Wilm-
The Medal of Valor was awarded to FF/PM Rio-Bec Hernandez,
FF Darin Crandell, Capt II Ted Kalnas, Capt I Brett Kearns, FF/PM Mi-
chael Mandahl, FF Nicholas Shrode, and Eng Robert James Hays III.
An Award of Merit was presented to FF Anthony Michael Cresta.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed on Chaplain George
Negrete (retired). The Crystal Flame Community Service Award was
presented to B/C Alicia Welch (retired), B/C Kris Larson, Capt II Mon-
ica Hall and Capt I Jennifer Wilcox. The Chief’s Distinguished Service
Award went to: LAFD Air Operations. The Legacy Service Award was
presented Ms. Karen Wagener.
“Our members routinely respond to a variety of incidents that
place significant risks on themselves,” remarked Chief Terrazas. “The
members being honored have exceeded what is typically expected of
them and deserve to be recognized.”

12 • December 2018
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My name is Delaney Mendoza, my
husband is Cherif Amin, a pilot at Air Ops.
Our 2-year-old son Reef is not surprisingly
obsessed with helicopters being that it is now
in his genes, but I could never find something
educational or fun on YouTube for him to learn
about them when Daddy was at work! When I
found Blippi on YouTube, my son and I were
instantly surprised! Not only was it a show that
wasn’t a character but each episode teaches
something new AND he was instantly hooked
(I got to cook dinner or get a laundry fold-
ing break in peace). I emailed the manager of
the show and thought it would be awesome if
Blippi did an episode for kids to learn about
firefighting helicopters! Fast forward to now
and the episode is out! It would be an awesome
surprise for my husband to see a picture of this
in the Grapevine as he and Reef read the maga-
zine almost every day Daddy is home!
You can check out Blippi’s visit
to Air Ops at
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On 10/23/18, Anthony Cecola graduated

from the LAPD Flight School and achieved the
rank of Pilot 1. Photos by Greg Doyle

December 2018 • 15
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16 • December 2018
The Battalion 1 Grapevine News is
alive once again!
Well, hello my Los Angeles City Fire
Department. This is Carlos Danger, coming to
you live from Battalion 1, the heart of LA, in
the middle of downtown. I am your new Grape-
vine writer and will be accepting new stories
and pictures: good, bad, funny, scary, you name
it. So, let’s get this party started and continue to
have our traditions live on. Also, any lessons
learned at any incident that you’d like to share,
I’ll report the “what” - not the “who.” We can
also use this to learn as well, because everyone
knows we can solve all the world’s problems
on the kitchen table. This is Carlos Danger
signing out, and I’ll be waiting for your stories
and photos. Station 4 putting their brand new 2018 Pierce through its paces. Photo by Tony Handy

Major Emergency in the 1400 blk of So Long Beach Ave on 10/25/18. Photo by Branden Silverman

Station 25 welcoming the new guys to the station with some King Taco. Photo compliments of FS 25

December 2018 • 17
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18 • December 2018
Explaining “Monday Checks” during station 10/04/18. Anytime is a good time for a work-
orientation. Photo compliments of FS 25 out for at 25. Photo by Adam Van Gerpen

Yes, even in Batt 5 they do snakes. A rescue

of a 6’ red tail boa. Photo by Station 82

December 2018 • 19
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22 • December 2018
A quiet day at FS 26

On 10/20/18, companies respond to four-story apartment fire in

the 700 blk of S Normandie Av in Koreatown. Photo by Eric Scott

December 2018 • 23
Bus vs auto on 10/14/18 on the 405 Fwy. Photos by Steve Gentry

10/12/18. Truck 98 ventilating a two-story Victorian

in San Fernando. Photo by Mike Meadows

24 • December 2018
A tanker overturned on the 210 Fwy
on 10/08/18. Photos by Rick McClure

A jumper on 10/31/18. Photo by Mike Meadows

December 2018 • 25
10/06/18. Horse rescue at the Hansen
Dam Recreation. Photos by Greg Doyle

LF 78 initiates Fire Attack on a strip mall fire

at 4033 Laurel Canyon Bl on 10/3/18.

26 • December 2018
10/22/18. E-107 was first-in on a four car T/A with one car rolled
over and two occupants trapped. Photo by Jacob Salzman

10/07/18. E-28 with a well-involved auto at

Corbin and Rinaldi. Photo by Jacob Salzman

December 2018 • 27
11/03/18. An auto vs ped near CSUN
in 70’s first-in. Photo by Jacob Salzman

11/04/18. A garage fully involved in 10/16/18. Battalion 15 companies extinguish a stubborn fire
96’s first-in. Photo by Brandon Buckley in a wall of a Northridge condo. Photo by Adam VanGerpen

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28 • December 2018
A new Rosie Tos mural at FS 94

Inspector Gayle Sonoda and husband Brian

The Fire Hogs showing their support in San Di- George welcome Jordan Kazuo Kai, born on
ego to combat breast cancer. Photo by Fire Hogs 8/26/18, weighing in at 8 lbs and 10 oz.

December 2018 • 29
On 10/04/18, 36 individuals from agencies
across the nation graduated from the LAFD
Leadership Academy. Photo by Gary Apodaca

10/02/18. Engineer Danny Lynch was honored

for courageous actions while off duty during
Thomas Fire. Photo by Alex Gillman

New Rosie Tos artwork at FHMTC

30 • December 2018
Pat Quinn, Pilot
LAFD Air Operations, Retired
With the passing of retired LAFD
member George Fischer in September, 2018,
I thought that it would be appropriate to tell
about one of the most crucial events in our
In the simple days of the 1960’s there
were no Indian casinos in Southern California
so, with a few exceptions, the gambling was
in Nevada. El Capitan Casino, a small casino
in Hawthorne, Nevada contracted old Doug-
las DC-3 airliners to transport gamblers from
The Gambler’s Special
Burbank airport to Hawthorne for a night of
gambling. The tickets were $5 each and came the ramp so I called the pilot, Jerry Leeper at his
with a free steak dinner. Hawthorne lies almost motel and he rushed to the airport. He inquired
due north of Bishop and the route of flight tra- as to how high it was at the crash scene. He
versed the Owens Valley on the east side of the then proceeded to adjust the turbocharger on
High Sierras. On one fateful flight in February, the helicopter to its highest setting and took off
1969, LAFD Firefighter Robert Kelly, FS12- for the 11,000-foot level of Mt. Tom by him-
B, his wife, brother, and fiancé decided to take self. In a daring feat of helicopter airmanship
this seemingly good deal and flew with 27 oth- at extremely high-density altitude and severe
er souls to Hawthorne. It turned very stormy downdrafts, Jerry was able to rescue all three
that night but the pilots decided to attempt the On the slopes of Mt. Whitney
injured crewmembers and save their lives.
flight home. They never made it. The news of The Gamblers Special DC-3 was found
the ancient DC-3’s disappearance activated one the following August after the snow had melted
of the largest aerial searches in California and on the northeast face of Mt. Whitney. There
Nevada history. were no survivors.
Civil Air Patrol airplanes were tasked George became a lifelong friend and he
with searching the mountains along the sup- maintained a close friendship with Jerry Leeper
posed route. Because a firefighter and his fam- until Jerry’s passing several years ago. George
ily were onboard, it seemed like every off-duty lectured about his experiences on Mt. Tom for
firefighter or police officer that were pilots and decades afterwards.
CAP members were involved in the search. Bell Model 47G
One of those aircraft was piloted by
Firefighter George Fischer, FS 95-A. After Later that morning, a North American
the “Gamblers Special,” as the press named T-6 search aircraft, piloted by a LAPD sergeant,
it, went missing, the weather turned especially Robert Herrera found the missing search plane
nasty with “Sierra Wave” conditions - severe and determined that the crew was alive. All
downdrafts on the eastern side of the High Si- other search aircraft were returned to Bishop.
erras. George and his crew of two were tasked As part of the search party, I landed my plane at
with searching Mt. Tom, northwest of Bishop. Bishop Airport and inquired as to who was go-
Caught in the wave, George’s Beechcraft Bo- ing to rescue George and his crew. The search
nanza was slammed into the 11,000-foot side base personnel’s reply was they were waiting
of the mountain. George and his crew all sur- for the military to figure something out. Know-
Pat Quinn is a Wright Brothers master
vived the crash but were seriously injured and ing that a military response would take many
all had broken backs. The search base at Bishop hours in worsening weather, and that George pilot having no accidents or violations for 50
Airport surprisingly never missed the downed and his crew were injured, I decided to attempt years. He invites all firefighters and friends to
crew and closed for the night. Very early the to organize a rescue. visit him at Hangar 8, Stearman Taxiway at the
next morning, a call for all available CAP I noticed a Bell 47G3B-1 helicopter historic Santa Paula Airport.
search aircraft was issued. owned by Western Helicopters parked out on

December 2018 • 31
Woolsey Fire
Photos by Gavin Kaufman, Rick McClure, Mike Meadows,
Jacob Salzman, Chris Conkle, Brandon Buckley, Robert K. Sterns,
Andy Holzman, and 564fire

On Nov 8, 2018, at approximately 2:00 p.m., a brush fire erupted in Ventura County. Driven by Santa Ana Winds, the fire
quickly grew to over 98,000 acres, consuming homes and killing at least 3 people. L.A. City crews quickly answered the call
for mutual aid and sent multiple strike teams and helicopters to assist in the fire fight.

32 • December 2018
December 2018 • 33
34 • December 2018
To quote Tom Hanks, “There’s no crying in baseball.” I see no reason to dispute this
claim after the valiant effort put forth by our boys in blue. Although the ball didn’t bounce our
way, and the ending was bittersweet, the effort we witnessed on the field by our Los Angeles
Dodgers this season was non the less inspiring and has not gone unnoticed. To all the members
of the Los Angeles Dodgers Organization, we, the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association,
along with the men and women of the LAFD want you to know how proud we are to call you
our team, and we salute you for going above and beyond the call of duty to give us a just a few
more days in the sun!

December 2018 • 35
Los Angeles International Airport is This is not a new concept. Years of seven days a week. A third member works the
one of the busiest airports in the world with preparation have gone into proving that a full- first-aid station located inside the Tom Bradley
84,557,968 passengers traveling through the time crew on-site at LAX is not only a good Terminal Monday through Thursday or when
airport in 2017. This makes LAX the country’s idea but a necessary one. Over the years they staffing permits.
second busiest airport. If you count interna- have tried a number of different configurations Exactly how does this all work? I sat
tional, domestic, military, cargo, and private of teams. The current staffing stands at two to down with three members of the bike team to
aircraft, the airport logs 1,578 landings and three members on duty at a time, each working find out — F/F Mackenzie Vandergeest, FF/
takeoffs every 24 hours. For these facts alone, a 4/10 schedule. Two medics work the a.m. shift PM Shawn Lenske, and FF/PM Darren Hebert.
the picture becomes fairly clear of the need for which starts at 0500, while a second team of The three veteran members explained that
an on-site world-class EMS provider. two starts at 1400. These positions are staffed they are basically a super mobile assessment
Did you know that the LAFD has a resource that operates under Reference 806 of
100-member Cycle Team? Most team mem- the LA County Paramedic Protocols. Instead
bers voluntarily work overtime at large events, of a fire station, they are assigned to a
like parades, sporting events, and even the L.A. small office, but the team of profession-
Marathon. However, there is a special cadre als make it work.
of riders that have dedicated One of the many unique features of
themselves to not only ex- the bike team is the way they are dis-
panding the Cycle Team’s patched. Instead of having an
role, but by doing it full MDT mounted on their bike,
time as well. Introducing the team uses a mobile
the Los Angeles phone that has a spe-
City Fire De- cial program on it.
partment LAX This program not
Bike Medic only allows them to
Team. receive dispatches
but it also places
the team enroute,
on scene, and readily

36 • December 2018
available after clearing the call. In addition to downgrade, or upgrade the level of
the mobile phone, the team also monitors both response on any given call. This
LAFD and LAX radios resulting in an even process, along with the high level of
quicker response. As I interviewed the team, I experience of the bike team mem-
witnessed this fact firsthand when an employee bers, allows for a large percentage
of one of the shopping boutiques inside the of cancellations of other LAFD re-
Bradley Terminal fainted. Because the team of sources to the airport which, in turn,
medics were monitoring the airport radio, they keeps them available for other need-
heard about the medical emergency before it ed emergencies. I witnessed this first-
was reported to 911, reducing their response hand as I watched the team complete
time by minutes. their current run and immediately buy
Within seconds of hearing the call, the in on another call at a nearby terminal,
two medics began to maneuver themselves canceling the engine company already
around the traffic in the terminal in a way that dispatched.
no engine company could ever hope to com- Captain Amardo Cuevas, a bike
pete with. FF Vandergeest and I did our best to team member himself, explains that
follow on foot but soon lost sight of the team. the airport is growing on a daily basis,
Luckily, all the team members have an excel- with three new terminals coming on-
lent knowledge of the facility, and it wasn’t line in the very near future. He went
long until FF Vandergeest had us right along- on to explain that it is his hope that
side the team of medics. As I observed the with the cooperation of the airport,
three bike team members work on the patient, the current resources can increase in
it was hard to distinguish them from any other size and allow the team to continue
LAFD resource on scene of an emergency. the good work they have started. Al-
One thing that stood out, though, was the way though my schedule only allowed
they gathered the EKG on the patient. Unlike me a few hours with the bike team,
the rest of the LAFD that uses bulky wires the level of professionalism, along
connected to a heavy monitor, the bike team with the knowledge of airport op-
instead utilizes the latest in Bluetooth technol- erations I witnessed assured me that
ogy to gather their diagnosis information and not only does the LAFD bike medic
wirelessly transmit the information directly to team have a bright future at the air-
their EPCR. port, but the citizens of Los Angeles
FF/PM Lenske had discussed with me now have the makings of a world-
earlier that the goal of the team is to cancel, class EMS service in place at LAX.

December 2018 • 37
It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon They came from near and far - professional
just a few weeks ago. Not a cloud in the sky, a grillers, chefs, and lots of eaters - all to take in
slight breeze out of the north, and the air soon the 3rd Annual Fire It Up! BBQ Competition.
took on a familiar and mouth-watering aroma. Fire It Up! is a community event that
The parking lot of the Firefighter’s donates all of its net proceeds to two organiza-
First Credit Union on Colorado Blvd. was soon tions each year: The Fire Family Foundation
swarming with 300 fire family members, kids, and the African American Firefighter Muse-
community members, LAFD fire um, both here in Los Angeles. Michelle Banks,
rigs, and BBQ aficionados. president of the African American Fire Fighter

38 • December 2018
Museum, was interviewed on ESPN 710 on interesting booths, and community awareness to these families, as well as $55,000 in schol-
October 6, 2018, at L.A. Live. She said, “the information to share. arships, due to our generous donors. We stand
museum is pleased to partner with The Fire This is the second year at the Fire- committed to serve those who serve us.”
Family Foundation. Their overall support of fighters First Credit Union location and the
the museum has been incredibly positive as we Eagle Rock rock provided a cool backdrop THE BBQ COMPETITION WINNERS:
continue to grow. The community loves it and for the fantastic blues band that played. Dixie • First Place went to Cathy Gilbert from Los
we are so happy to be a part.” Abramian, CEO and President of the Firefight- Angeles Women in the Fire Service Team
The event this year included several ers First Credit Union and Chair of the Fire • Runner Up and in 2nd place - Dwayne
vendors of food, wearables, real estate infor- Family Foundation board remarked, “The pro- Harper from LADOT
mation, LAFD Recruitment, CERT, UFLAC, ceeds generated by the BBQ competition have • People’s Choice Award went to Mark
and AAFM information. A representative allowed the Foundation to offset some of the Curry and Team Curry
from Councilman Jose Huizar’s office was financial burdens of more than 13 firefighter • Best Ribs went to Antoine McKnight
also there. An awesome kids’ zone play area families this year alone, and those in need • Best Chicken went to Mike Finger
awaited the little ones, with face paint and corn throughout the state and nation. We have been and Team Finger
hole toss. The organizers brought an array of able to provide more than $55,000 in support • Best Tri Tip went to Jayson Johnson

December 2018 • 39
Shoulder injuries are close to surpass-
ing lower back injuries among firefighters.
The combination of performing demanding
overhead lifts, pulls, and carries along with the
extreme range of motion in the shoulder joints
puts the shoulder at a high risk for injury. To
prevent shoulder injury, Capt. Jeff Ellis, Mur-
ray FD (Utah), cautions “doing what you can
to strengthen typically problematic areas may
keep you from long months of rehab and days
off work.” Firefighters should be working on
shoulder mobility and lifts that strengthen the
three major shoulder muscles.

According to Dr. John Rusin, pro ath-
lete trainer and physical therapist, “the key to
shoulder training is to maximize muscular ten-
sion while minimizing joint stress.” Incorpo-
rating mobility exercises into your workout
and mobility routine will do just that.
Increasing shoulder mobility will re-
duce the risk of injury while maximizing
muscle growth. The term mobility has
often been misused in fitness, and most
people are mistaking mobility for flex-
ibility. While flexibility is passive range
of motion, mobility is range of motion
that activates the muscles to create prop-
er recruitment patterns. Without proper
mobility, the shoulder is vulnerable to
injury because the joints and surround-
ing muscles are not prepared to handle
heavy loads.
Mobility exercises are especially im-
portant for firefighters because wear-
ing PPE in the field limits mobility
while performing strenuous activities.
This limited mobility may instill bad
muscle recruitment patterns, so incor-
porating a solid and consistent mobil-
ity routine is essential to injury pre-
Two mobility exercises every firefight-
er should incorporate into their workout
and mobility routine are wall slides and
banded pull-aparts. These movements
activate all three shoulder muscles and
major shoulder joints.

Major cues to perform wall slides:

• Drive heals into the floor
• Brace your core
• Maintain neutral spine
• Keep forearms pressed to the wall
40 • December 2018
• Perform 3 - 5 reps
Major cues to perform banded pull-aparts:
• Use a light/medium resistance band
• Maintain full body tension
• Position hands at chest height
• Drive hands apart at a steady pace
• Perform 15 - 20 reps

Mobility exercises should be incorpo-

rated before workouts or as part of a mobility
routine. These mobility exercises will prepare
Wall Slides
your body for your workout, creating a mind-
muscle connection during your lifts. Also,
throughout the day or a day you are not training,
you should perform these mobility exercises to
alleviate pain and correct posture imbalances.
Take about five to ten minutes, three times a
day to perform these mobility exercises.

There are three major muscles in the
shoulder, the anterior, lateral, and posterior del-
toids. Developing all three muscles is important
to building strong shoulders. Three lifts that hit Banded Pull Aparts
each muscle are the dumbbell overhead press,
dumbbell lateral raise, and bent over dumb-
bell rear delt fly. Dumbbells are accessible at
most gyms and practical for almost everyone.
First, the dumbbell overhead press fo-
cuses on the anterior deltoid and some of the
lateral deltoid. You can move heavier weight
with the overhead press than other shoulder
focus lifts, so you can overload this exercise
to maximize performance. Second, the dumb-
bell lateral raise focuses on the lateral deltoid.
You don’t have to overload this lift because it
isolates a small muscle. Third, the bent over
dumbbell rear delt fly focuses on the posterior
deltoid. The rear delt fly is one of the most ef-
fective ways to train the posterior deltoid, and
Anterior Deltoid: The anterior deltoid’s main functions are to lift the arms in front and above
is similar to the lateral raise where you don’t the body and to push the arms out. The anterior deltoid is important for pushing, pulling, and
have to train heavy but frequent. overhead lifting.
To “maximize muscular tension while
minimizing joint stress proper set up is key,”
says Dr. Rusin. Even though these lifts focus on Lateral Deltoid: The lateral deltoid’s main function is to lift the arms out and away from the side
the shoulder muscles, it is important to engage of the body.
your core and pelvis to support the lifts. An-
other key is to incorporate different rep ranges.
Posterior Deltoid: The posterior deltoid‘s main function is to bring the arms away from the mid-
This is especially important for firefighters,
who not only need to be able to lift heavy loads line of the body and to row. The posterior deltoid is important for pulling movements and for
but maintain stamina. To optimize your prog- good posture.
ress, you should modify your rep range be-
tween low, medium, and high rep ranges every
three weeks.

December 2018 • 41
This was the 50th anniversary of our
Partners Championship at the Sycuan Resort.
The first 40 years of the tournament were
played on what was then called Singing Hills.
We had 92 of the LAFD’s finest active
and retired golfers, plus five guests at the Sycu-
an Resort in El Cajon for the LAFD Golf Club
Annual Partners Championship. As usual, we
A Flight and D Flight Net Champions Mark Zizi, A Flight Net and Gross Champions had our LAFD Golf Club annual membership
Jared Cooper, Chris Yokoyama, and Ryan Chance Mark Zizi and Ryan Chance meeting following the first day of golf that in-
cluded a great barbeque lunch.
A Flight Net We play two-man teams with three
different formats, on three different courses,
in four handicapped member flights and one
guest flight. This year, we stayed on campus
all three days. The three formats played were:
scramble played on the Willow Glen, best-ball
played on the Oak Glen course, and Pinehurst
(modified alternate shot) played on the Willow
Glen course. It is a true team format in that you
are really relying on the good play of your part-
ner. For those of you that are prospective mem-
bers, this is considered by the membership as
our best tournament of the year.
In the “A” flight, the team of Mark
Zizi and Ryan Chance - two of our tourna-
ment directors (no advantage there) - won by
AB Flight Horse Race 1st Place Luther Sherman, AB Flight Horse Race 2nd Place Alan Almaguer, five strokes. 2nd place went to two members
Todd Tsujimura, Dale Gant and Dave Thomas Paul Gamez, Chris Vilaubi and Gerry Malais playing for the first time at the tournament,
Alan Almaguer and Chris Vilaubi for Low
A Flight Gross
Net. There was only one shot separating first,
second, and third, with Mark Zizi and Chris-
Vilaubi winning Low Gross at 210.
In the “B” flight, the team of Matt
Nunez and Larry Kemp squeaked by with 1.5
strokes in the Net and easily the won Gross
Flight by six.
In the “C” flight, the team of Ed Rive-
ros and Al Luna (first time participant) were
close winners as Net Flight champs, with Tony
Valdez and Joe Szabados finishing second by
B Flight Net

AB Flight Horse Race 3rd Place Zach Duda, B Flight Net and Gross Champions
Mark Flot, Allen Black and Trey Glennon Matt Nunez and Larry Kemp
A/B Flight Horserace Derby

B Flight Gross

42 • December 2018
only .4 strokes. Don’t feel too bad for Tony and
Joe, they held on to win the Low Gross.
In the “D” flight, Jared Cooper and
Chris Yokoyama (a brand-new member or our
club) won Low Net, and last year’s Low Net
champs, Bill Aaron and Jeff Haas, won the
Low Gross.
This year, we incorporated the five
guests into the tournament. This seems to have C Flight Gross Champions Joe Szabados C Flight Net Champions Al Luna
been a good idea for the guests as three of the and Tony Valdez and (not pictured) Ed Riveros
five finished in the money.
The second day of the tournament pro- C Flight Net
vided some real entertainment at the Horserace
Derby. This format is made up of the six lead-
ing teams in each flight. The remainder of the
field and the participants then make pari-mu-
tuel bets on their picks of the best teams. This
year, the “A and B” flight and the “C and D”
flight played in four-man teams. In the “A and
B” flight the team of Dale Gant, Todd Tsujimu-
ra, Luther Sherman and Dave Thomas came
out on top. In the “C and D” flight the team of
Dennis Grogan, James Grogan (son of Dennis),
Jared Cooper, and Chris Yokoyama were the
We also made a bit of a comeback with
the number of players. I think we lost a few
players due to injury, but here’s hoping that CD Flight Horse Race 1st Place Jared Cooper, Chris CD Flight Horse Race 2nd Place Larry McAndress,
those that couldn’t make it this year will make Yokoyama, Dennis Grogan and James Grogan Tom Lambert, Al Luna and Ed Riveros
it back next year. Also, if you active members
C Flight Gross
had as good of a time as I think you had, then I
hope you spread the word and get more players
next year.
I would like to thank all of the board
members for all of their help during the tour-
nament. Also, I would like to thank Joe Cas-
tro, Mike Monroy, Brad Grossman, and Gary
Klasse for their assistance with the HorseRace
Derby. Anyone who has participated in the
Derby, or run it, knows it is like herding cattle.

CD Flight Horse Race 3rd Place John Duca, Greg

D Flight Gross Champions Bill Aaron and Jeff Haas
Gibson, Marty Svorinich and Greg Malais
C/D Flight Horserace Derby

December 2018 • 43
continued from page 43
D Flight Net
The club would like to thank Jason
Schneider of Sycuan Resort for the generous
donation for our raffle at the annual member-
ship meeting. We would also like to thank Ja-
son and the resort for the tee prizes and for the
hospitality they have shown us for the last 50
Congratulations to all the winners and
thank you to the members for supporting this
tournament that celebrated its 50th year. A D Flight Gross
good time was had by all, and I hope to see you
again next year.
Anyone interested, active or retired, in
joining the LAFD Golf Club please go to www.

The whole gang prior to the long drive

competition and Horse Race Derby

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Gregory L. Meliota, Engineer.
Appointed April 1, 1973.
Retired on a service pension March 28, 2009 from FS 23-C.
Passed away October 17, 2018.

Ronald C. Derby, Firefighter III.

Appointed October 18, 1969.
Retired on a service pension January 2, 2000 from FS 90-A.
Passed away October 19, 2018.

Lowell C. Johnson, Battalion Chief.

Appointed March 22, 1947.
Retired on a service pension March 1, 1977 from BN 1-B.
Passed away October 24, 2018.

Nicholas P. Maricich, Captain II.

Appointed November 18, 1946.
Retired on a service pension January 1, 1972 from Fire Prevention.
Passed away October 26, 2018.

Gerald E. Mc Hale, Captain.

Appointed July 24, 1965.
Retired on a disability pension February 13, 1986 from FS 98-C.
Passed away November 8, 2018.

Milton Joffe, Fire Inspector.

Appointed April 1, 1957.
Retired on a service pension June 30, 1982 from Fire Prevention.
Passed away November 8, 2018.

Bruce L. Blackwell, Captain I.

Appointed April 30, 1960.
Retired on a service pension March 1, 1992 from FS 70-B.
Passed away November 10, 2018.

Wilfred S. Atlas, Firefighter III.

Appointed September 10, 1978.
Retired on a service pension February 28, 2010 from FS 80-C.
Passed away November 14, 2018.

Sarah E. Walker, surviving spouse of Joseph P. Walker, passed away October 2, 2018.
Anna M. Mc Adam, spouse of Edward H. Mc Adam, passed away October 4, 2018.
Leona Laflamme, surviving spouse of James R. Laflamme, passed away October 15, 2018.
Betty I. Eynon, surviving spouse of William L. Eynon, passed away October 16, 2018.

December 2018 • 47
the fire boats in San Pedro, Air Operations
in Van Nuys, and other interesting locations
on the LAFD. I will never forget when Chief
Leydecker also signed up many of the cadet
posts for fire extinguisher training, along with
vehicle extrication. The cadets were able to do
live firefighting with the extinguishers as well
as cut on cars with the old Hurst tools. Chief
Leydecker was always there to lend a helping
hand to the post advisors, as well as the cadets.
I will always be grateful not only to the LAFD
for the great training, but to Battalion Chief
Leydecker as well for having so much dedica-
tion to the LAFD Cadet Program.

Thank you,

Robert Rodriguez
“LAFD Watermen,” that I and other firemen Los Angeles County Fire Department
knew, loved and respected; in no particular
order: Pat Shanahan, Wayne Tanner, Willy
Braun, Bill Mc Gray, Forrest Taylor, Bill LAFRA-
Dalquist, Larry Korchek, Hal Robb, Chuck Pe-
terson, Stan Jones, Wally Ball, Gill Reed, Bob Jean-Paul “JP” Adagio was my en-
Kelly, Fred Idhe, Jim Ross, Joe Michell, Don gineer at FS 112, super smart, always pleas-
Rick Denning Jr and Sr Ferrar, Mike Pecish, Bob Olsen, Bob “High ant and a great friend! Many of the guys had
Diver” Provence, and Dave Mc Cary, “World a chance to take him out for lunch last month
Dear Widows & Orphans Fund: Class Sailor Supreme,” and to all those men and it made his day! JP you’ll be missed dearly.
who names we can’t pull-up but always deserv- The illness you were fighting hard took its toll.
It’s been ten years since I lost the man I ing of inclusion as “Watermen.” We remember My condolences to the Adagio family.
admired most in my life – my Father, Richard their courage, loyalty, and style. May all us
L. Denning Sr. Thanks Dad for teaching me other “Harbor Rats” stand in honor of those Rest in Peace my friend,
about hard work, helping those in need, and gallant lads.
how to make a living no matter what happens John Gonzalez
in life. It took me years to realize these encom- Respectfully
passing lessons and I have attempted to pass
them on whenever possible, especially to your Bob Schulz LAFRA –
granddaughters. LAFD Captain, Retired
Appointed 2/4/1961 I was so sorry to learn of the passing of
Love you, miss you, Concepcion “Pop” Ramirez when his daughter
called me. I have been thinking about the good
R.L. Denning Jr. Dear LAFRA, old days at F.S.4 on North Main St. in the early
Oak Park, CA 1970’s. The days at the Westlake Signal office
Please accept this donation in memory before we went to OCD. The summer visit with
of Pete Goff. I worked with Pete for a few years Pop in Spokane, sitting in the backyard hav-
Dear Andy and all, at 20’s. We had more than a few talks about the ing a few cold ones. It was a great ride. Rest in
important things in the world and possibilities peace my friend as your work and pain are all
The support of the Relief Association of life. Family, friends, and fire department tra- done.
was a tremendous help during this difficult dition were high on Pete’s list of priorities. So
time. My family and I want to let you know long, Pete. It was good to know you. Your friend,
how much we appreciate everything—from
arranging the very touching bag pipes perfor- James Stiglich Duane Warth
mance to the beautiful 102’s flag and plants, Van Nuys, CA Reno, NV
plus all the questions answered.

Thank you all so very much LAFRA: LAFRA-

Barbara Meador Please accept this donation in loving I was honored to have been exposed to
Simi Valley, CA memory of Battalion Chief Melvin Leydecker. Deane [Wickstrom] in 1981 as an ankle-biting,
Chief Leydecker over saw the LAFD Cadet wet-nosed, rookie paramedic, all of which ir-
Program when I was at Post 16 (1981-1986). ritated the “gentle” giant. It took mere minutes
Dear Andy, During the time I was involved with the Cadet to realize he was a force of nature . . . and an
Program, not only did Chief Leydecker make endless source of amusement. One of my fa-
Please accept this donation to the being a fire cadet fun but also educational. Our vorite pastimes was stirring Deane up JUST
WODFF. This is in memory of, and for, all post, along with many others, were able to visit BEFORE Charlie Jennings would head for
48 • December 2018
the kitchen for a “peaceful” cup of morning
joe. The stories are many, before and after my
meeting him - like the “Punk Rocker” with a
RAINBOW MOHAWK that roller skated past
FS105. If you knew Deane, you can probably
guess the rest. All joking aside, he was (un-
der the gruff exterior) a very good man, who
taught me many valuable life lessons, and he
will be missed.

RIP Deane,

Lauren “Rosie” deRosier

Valencia, CA

Protect Those
Wally [Hasha] and I worked together at
FS 97 prior to his retirement. 97’s was a pretty
with Special Needs
laid-back station, and being a new Captain with
too much energy, I probably drove him into re- Firefighter Justin Mendence set up a special needs trust to ensure his
tirement. Actually, we were good friends and
he later was a big help on finishing my home at son and entire family is taken care of in the best manner possible.
Gaviota. He was a good engineer and carpenter
with a positive attitude. “You want to think everybody’s going to take care of your kid because
RIP my friend,

James Kinninger
Wellington, NV
If I handwrite a will,
everybody loves him, but unless you have a plan in place…you’re planning
to fail. Leaving it to chance is not in me and my wife’s vocabulary.”

isn’t that
A Special good
Needs Trust enough?
Helps You:
I worked at FS 22 as a rookie in the ear-
• Set up long-term funding for living expenses & care
ly 70’s and Capt. Nick [Baumgartner] would
never let the rookies jump up and do the dishes
• Determine who will be the primary caregiver
after a meal. He said that doing the dishes right
away upset his hemoglobins. He was fun to • Create an advisory group of experts to help caregivers make
work with. sound decisions
Rest in Peace Capt. Baumgartner,
• Ensure your child’s assets are protected & well-managed
Philip Hobson
Ketchum, ID • Ensure your child maintains eligibility for special services

“I sleep a little bit easier at night knowing that my son is set up for his
entire life,” Justin said.
Forrest [Weaver] was in the Arson Unit
when I was assigned in July 1973. A big man
(guys in the unit called him “TREES”) with a
kind heart. He left shortly after I came in and
went to 12’s. Would see him often in the field.
Great guy.

Rest in Peace my friend.

Terry Depackh Whether you care for a child or adult with special needs or not,
Henderson, NV everyone should consider setting up an estate plan. Ask for a
“Getting Started Kit” today by emailing Relief Association
Development & Marketing Director Marlene Casillas at or calling (323) 259-5217.
December 2018 • 49
We hope you are enjoying the new yearbook. If you
would like an additional copy, we have a few extras avail-
able for purchase. They are $50 each, plus $5 for shipping.
All the proceeds go to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled
Firemen’s Fund. Send a check to LAFRA WODFF for $55,
along with your name and mailing address to:

2017 Yearbook
7470 No. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90041
50 • December 2018
Submitted by Frank Borden • Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD HISTORY – Fire Dogs and Horses

Frank’s Note: Many visitors to our mu- Horses Best Friend? tions today, but the Dalmatians remain. The
seums ask about fire dogs - especially about “Dalmatians have always gotten along tradition has been carried on, and it may be as
why Dalmatians were used as fire dogs and do well with horses,” says Esmerelda Treen of much for the looks and appeal of these beauti-
fire stations still have dogs. This article will Milwaukee, a recognized authority on the ful dogs as it is for their nostalgic tie to yester-
give some of the answers, followed by a short breed. “Horses are gregarious and feel the need year.
story about the LAFD Fire Horses. Now when for company. You can’t leave them alone too While all the facts are well founded,
people ask you about Dalmatians, you can give long. Dalmatians take to horses and become there is a common but false rumor about these
them an informed response! companions. Back in the stagecoach days, the spotted dogs that breed enthusiasts would like
My request is for those of you working “Dals” would run alongside the coaches, or un- dispelled. It’s that Dalmatians are kept at fire-
in our LAFD fire stations to respond back to der the rear axle of the moving coach. They’d houses because they’re deaf and therefore the
me if you have a mascot dog with a name and keep up with the team as far as it ran, some- siren doesn’t bother their ears or spook them
assignment. Any stories would be appreciated times 20 or 30 miles a day.” like other dogs.
too. “When the coach reached the inn, the “I once heard on national TV and
coachman left the dog to guard the team as couldn’t believe my ears,” says Chris Benoit,
WHY ARE DALMATIANS FIREHOUSE well as the luggage on the coach,” Esmeralda president of the Chicagoland Dalmatian Club.
DOGS? HERE’S THE ANSWER IN explains. “If the coachman stayed to guard, a “It’s true that there is a problem with deafness
BLACK AND WHITE robber would sometimes try to distract him in in the breed, but that story is totally false!”
Written in 1992 by Mike Garot, LAFD Retired conversation while others pilfered the goods.
“They couldn’t use that ruse on a Dal, since Spots in Fashion
Ever see a fire truck in a parade with- they are very alert dogs.” Another fact about these dogs is that
out a Dalmatian in the seat up front or in the When the horse population grew here they have spots everywhere – even inside their
lap of a smiling firefighter riding in back? Ever in the New World, the number of Dalmatians mouths and on the bottom of their paws! And
visit a firehouse without having one of those grew with them for the same reason they were they’ve become the polka-dot darlings of ad-
black and white spotted dogs come wagging up popular in the Old Country. Since every fire- vertising and fashion photographers, who say
to you? Why is that? Why do Dalmatians and house back then had a set of fast horses to pull they like the high contrast of these black and
firehouses go together like smoke and fire? The the pumper wagon, it became common for white dogs. Still, the Dalmatians haven’t lost
answer is interesting and one you’ll likely re- each group of firemen to keep a Dalmatian. their old status as the firefighter’s friend. For
call every time you see the Dalmatian/firehouse Again the spotted dogs not only guarded the example, in Middletown, Connecticut alone,
combo from now on. firehouse horses, they kept them company dur- individual firefighters own Dals named Hy-
It all began in the days of stagecoach- ing their long, boring waits between fires. And drant, Chief, and Cinder. That tradition holds
es. Horse theft was so common back then that when they took off for a fire, the dog would run across America. Even today, where there’s
many stagecoach drivers strung a hammock alongside the pumper. smoke, there’s likely fire . . . and where there’s
between two stalls at night, then slept behind The horses are gone from the fire sta- a firehouse, there’s likely a Dalmatian.
their horses to guard against thieves. But if the
driver owned a Dalmatian, he could sleep in the
house or the stagecoach hotel. Why? Because
it was observed that Dalmatians formed an
amazingly tight bond with horses. When they
became close with a team, no stranger would
dare lay a hand on them.
Once the knowledge of this trait spread,
more coach drivers went to great lengths to get
Dalmatians to look over their teams. In fact,
this practice became so common that Dalma-
tians were first called “coach dogs.” They were
used by coach drivers centuries ago in England,
Scotland and Wales.
Our most famous fire dog from the past was a Dalmatian
nicknamed “Mother” at FS 21 in the 60’s.

December 2018 • 51

A great part of our history was created

by the LAFD fire horses. Fortunately, there
were many stories recorded about them and
photos taken so that we can all enjoy this era
that lasted from the late 1800’s to 1921, when
the last horse “Blackie” was retired to Griffith
Did you know that the LAFD had a total
of 163 horses in 1911? This is the most number
of horses the department would ever have. That
year three new fire houses were opened (En-
gine 23, 24 and 25) for a total of 32. These were
the last houses built specifically for fire horses.
Mother bore a litter of puppies on the same day Wilshire wearing a badge in a striking pose. I’m not sure how many of the old stations still
as the first Moon landing. They were named exist except old 23’s at 225 East 5th St., old
Moonglow, Eagle, Luna, Apollo and Tranquility. 22’s at 4352 So. Main St. and old 18’s at 2616
So. Hobart, where I worked as an Engineer in
1967. It was one of those stations that still had
a hay loft. 1911 would be the last year that all
25 horse drawn steam fire engines remained in
service. This was to be the first year of motor-
ized apparatus on the LAFD and the beginning
of the end for our great fire horses.
Back in those days there was no more
memorable street scene than the traffic stop-
ping spectacle of highly trained, high spirited
horses racing to alarms pulling the LAFD hose
and chemical wagons, steamers, hook and lad-
der trucks and chief’s buggies. There was al-
ways a strong bond between the firemen and
their horses, and of course, many stories by the
firemen who trained them for duty and tricks.
Horses were purchased from estab-
Wilshire works hard to put on a show and some- Wilshire the Fire Dog” owned and trained by lished breeders in midwestern and southern
times needs a little rest Captain Ryan Penrod. This photo was taken at states where bloodlines and forage were known
our LAFD Fire Museum in Hollywood. throughout the fire service for producing the
highest quality horses. Cost was not the main
consideration that precluded the purchase of
Frank’s Note: As I recall from the sta- There are many more. I do remember working purebred Morgans and Percherons, the two
tions I worked at, having a dog in the station at Fire Station 34 as an Engineer and Fireman bloodlines most desired by fire departments.
required the full approval of all members that Ron Blackie would bring his Lab into work The purebred stallions were bred with cross-
worked there. Questions like who would feed it, once in a while. His dog’s name was Chief. breed mares, known as grade draft horses, and
who wouldl clean up after it, who would train That made it interesting because we were the produced colts with qualities that made them
it, who owns it, would it respond, would it be headquarters for Battalion 3 and had a Chief ideal for fire duty. Crossbreeds were smaller,
in the station on all three shifts or one shift? assigned there.

Confidence Engine Com-

pany 2. Someone wrote the
names of the crew, etc., but
missed the two dogs under
the steamer.

LAFD Engine 9’s heavy steamer required

three horses.

52 • December 2018
lighter, faster, heartier, cheaper and less expen-
sive to feed and maintain than purebreds.
The department would purchase horses
between three and six years of age, and already
trained by the breeders to wearing a harness
and responding to the driver’s reins. They
would then be shipped by rail and corralled at Hose Wagon 7. The wagon
the LAFD’s yard on Pasadena Avenue between was lighter than the steam-
Avenue 19 and 20 (later to become the LAFD er and carried hose, ladder,
Division of Supply and Maintenance). tools and equipment. Later
Crossbred Morgans were usually black a chemical tank was added.
or various hues of brown. Weighing between
1000 and 1300 pounds, they stood between
15 and 16 hands (around five feet) as mea-
sured from their shoulders to their hooves.
Smaller than crossbred Percherons, they were
usually assigned to lightweight chemical and
hose companies and to pull chief’s buggies.
The crossbred Percherons were black or gray
(which turned snow white as they grew older),
weighed up to 1500 pounds and stood about
17 hands. These huskier horses were ideal for
pulling the heavier rigs like the 1887 Amoskeg Three white Percherons pull-
steamer and the 1905 Gorter water tower in our ing the Hayes aerial. A very
museum in Hollywood. The horses were given rare Hayes aerial is on dis-
one or two syllable names like Bob, Sam, Izzy, play at our Hollywood Fire
Rock, Rufus, and Pete to facilitate the horses Museum.
response when the driver (a rated position)
called an order. Firefighters sometimes named
horses to appropriately signify specific traits.
Among those was “Searchlight,” a chief’s
buggy horse, who, the story goes, had an un-
canny knack, especially at night, for seeking
out shortcuts through alleys and streets while
answering downtown alarms.
Officially, each horse was known by
its assigned number which was branded on its
skin. On May 12, 1910, the fire commission December 2018
ruled that branding on the horses flank was
cruel. Thereafter, numbers were branded on the
horse’s right front hoof. The resulting indenta-
tion was filled in with the number in silver or
gold paint. Another humane consideration was
a rule against over-use of whips while urging
horses to speed. Breaking that rule was cause
for dismissal of the driver.

December 2018 • 53
October 10, 2018

CALL TO ORDER Vigil will be keynote speakers at the event of the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s
representing the Family Support Group. Fund to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled
President Bob Steinbacher called the meeting Firefighter’s Fund. Gene Bednarchik seconded.
of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles 2) Bob Steinbacher provided an update on On the question, there were objections. Joe Vigil
Firemen’s Relief Association to order at 9:54a.m. the contract negotiations with the Pension indicated that this topic was brought forward
Department. He indicated that they have agreed because of a few emails and complaints against
ROLL CALL on a five-year contract and will continue to the Relief Association because of the “Firemen”
negotiate on the medical claims data. name. Craig White indicated that his motion is
MEMBERS PRESENT: based on how he feels as a Board member and
Bob Steinbacher, President Chris Stine motioned to approve the five-year how the direction of the Relief Association
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President contract with the L.A. Fire & Police Pension should go: socially, politically and morally.
Trustee Jim Duffy Department. Gene Bednarchik seconded. There Joe Vigil indicated that his opinion was that
Trustee Frank Aguirre was no further discussion or objections. this should be something that the membership
Trustee Henry Gasbarri brings forward and not initiated by the Board.
Trustee Tim Freeman Motion carried to approve the five-year Steve Domanski agreed that this should be a
Trustee John Jacobsen contract with the L.A. Fire & Police Pension membership vote. Bob Steinbacher called for a
Trustee Tyler Tomich Department. rollcall vote to approve the name change of the
Trustee Richard Moody WODFF because the Bylaws do not require a
Trustee Mike Sailhamer 3) Bob Steinbacher referred to the Board name change for WODFF to be submitted for a
Trustee Chris Stine Offsite meeting and indicated that one topic membership vote.
Trustee Joe Vigil of discussion was Associate Membership. He
Trustee Kenneth Breskin indicated the Board discussed implementing Gene Bednarchik - Yes
Trustee Rick Godinez three separate associate member categories for Mike Sailhamer - No
Trustee Craig White members eligible for the LAFRA PPO plan. Jim Duffy - Yes
Trustee Gene Bednarchik Gayle Sonoda - Yes
Trustee Gayle Sonoda - If never a member of LAFRA, individual can Tim Freeman - Yes
Trustee Steve Domanski - Pension appeal to the Board and pay past dues for Relief Chris Stine - Yes
Trustee Doak Smith – Pension membership if approved by the Board Henry Gasbarri - Yes
Todd Layfer - Executive Director - A retiree that has never been a LAFRA Tyler Tomich - Yes
Liberty Unciano – Controller-Treasurer member can become an Associate Member Rick Godinez - Yes
for purposes of PPO Medical Plan or Kaiser Joe Vigil - No
MEMBERS ABSENT: coverage with no back dues paid and no Relief Richard Moody - Yes
Trustee David Peters benefits Craig White - Yes
Trustee Steve Berkery - If approved, will be placed into effect this John Jacobsen - No
Trustee Tim Larson – Pension open enrollment period and effective January 1, Doak Smith - Yes
Trustee Danny Wu 2019 Kenneth Breskin - Yes
Steven Domanski - No
Jim Dolan, Asst. Secretary Twelve voted in favor of the motion, four
Dave Wagner, Grapevine Editor opposed.
Tom Stires, Retired
Dawna Gray, Bradawn Inc. Motion carried to change the name of the
Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion to approve Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s
INVOCATION & Flag Salute the three categories of Associate Membership. Fund to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Richard Moody so moved. Gene Bednarchik Firefighter’s Fund.
Rick Godinez led the invocation. Craig White seconded. There was no discussion or objections.
led the flag salute. 5) Bob Steinbacher asked Liberty Unciano
Motion carried to approve the three categories to pull random names of those Trustees that
RATIFICATION OF MINUTES of Associate Membership. would make up the Presidential Compensation
Committee. The Trustees chosen were David
Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion to ratify 4) Bob Steinbacher referred to the seconded Peters, Jim Duffy, Tyler Tomich, Richard Moody
and approve the Board Meeting Minutes of topic of discussion from the Board Offsite and and Gayle Sonoda.
September 12, 2018. Gene Bednarchik so indicated that it referred to incorporating the
moved. Craig White seconded. There was no WODFF and a possible name change. SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
discussion or objections. REPORT
Craig White motioned to direct the LAFRA
Motion carried to approve the Board Meeting attorney to process paperwork to incorporate Bob Steinbacher referred to the Board Offsite
Minutes of September 12, 2018. the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s meeting in September and indicated that
Fund. Gene Bednarchik seconded. There was no they discussed changes to the dollar amounts
PRESIDENT’S REPORT discussion or objections. awarded from the Scholarship Program.

1) Bob Steinbacher informed that the LAFD Motion carried to direct the LAFRA attorney Rick Godinez made the following motion.
Annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial will be held to process the paperwork to incorporate the
Saturday October 13th. Rick Godinez stated that Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. The committee recommends and I so move to
the memorial will be held at Old Fire Station 27 increase the 1st Place award from $5,000 to
and indicated that Valerie Lawrence and Diane Craig White motioned to change the legal name $10,000, 2nd place from $2,500 to $8,000, all

54 • December 2018
other scholarships from $2,500 to $7,500 and Chris Stine presented the following motion. Motion carried to approve the financial
the Memorial Scholarships from $5,000 to assistance applications for surviving spouses,
$10,000. There was no discussion or objections. The committee recommends and I so move to active and retired members.
accept the applications to the Medical Plan.
Motion carried to increase the 1st Place award There was no discussion and no objections. ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT
from $5,000 to $10,000, 2nd place from $2,500
to $8,000, all other scholarships from $2,500 Motion carried to accept all applications to the The committee recommends and I so move
to $7,500 and the Memorial Scholarships from Medical Plan. to advance funds for both active and retired
$5,000 to $10,000. members. There was no discussion or objections.
The committee recommends and I so move
VICE PRESIDENT REPORT to approve all the medical bills. There was no Motion carried to advance funds for both
discussion or objections. active and retired members.
1) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the IFEBP
Conference and indicated that those Trustees Motion carried to approve all the medical bills. MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT
attending should have received an email REPORT
containing hotel confirmations. RELIEF COMMITTEE REPORT
1) Rick Godinez provided an update on the
2) Joe Vigil reported on the Colorado Springs Mike Sailhamer presented the following motion. Marketing & Development upcoming events. He
and Sacramento Memorials. reported that Marlene Casillas had received the
The committee recommends and I so move to final bequest payment of $169,683.10 from an
3) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the 2018 Election pay: anonymous donor for the Eternal Flame Society
and reminded the Group 1 Trustees to submit that benefits the WODFF. He indicated that this
their bios and their intent to run for Trustee. He The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount of donation increases the total donation amount
indicated they must be submitted by October $62,536.72 from this donor to more than $1 million. He
15th. He indicated that they have sent the The Estate Planning benefit in the amount of also wanted to acknowledge and thank Kenneth
language for the Bylaw changes to California $7,200 Breskin for his efforts on a car show that raised
Elections to be placed on the ballots. He The Life & Accident Death Benefit in the $12,000 and the Herschel School for their $1,000
indicated that ballots will be counted at the amount of $48,000 donation and the Valley Professionals Network
Relief Association office on November 29th. The Relief Death Benefits in the amount of for their $2,500 donation.
REPORT There was no discussion or objections.
1) LAFD Fallen Firefighter Memorial -
Tim Freeman informed the Board that they Motion carried to pay the above Relief benefits. October 13th
sold some of the position from Cohen & Steers 2) IFEBP Annual Conf. – October 14 – 17
Fixed Asset Fund for capital calls for Southwest Mike Sailhamer read the names of members 3) LAFRA Open House – November 3rd
Partners, PIMCO Bravo and the RCP Fund. who recently passed and asked for a moment of
silence from the Board. RETIREMENT DINNERS
REPORT MEMORIALS 1) Andrew P. Fox – Wednesday, November 7th
Vernon B. Larson @ The Odyssey Restaurant (White)
1) Todd Layfer referred to the Golf Tournament Richard B. Stufflebeam
and indicated that it was a successful day. He Jean-Paul Adagio FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
indicated that he is unaware of any issues from George W. Fischer Jr.
that day. He stated that the golf wrap-up meeting Neil R. McCullom Diane Vigil and Valerie Lawrence provided a
will be sometime in December. Harlan K. Hedlund report from the Colorado Springs Memorial and
Ellsworth L. Almany their support to the Widows and families of the
2) Todd Layfer referred to Open Enrollment and Charles W. Debenham Relief Association.
runs through until October 31st. Bob Steinbacher Deane C. Wickstrom Jr.
asked Trustees to make an appearance at their Concepcion A. Ramirez EXECUTIVE SESSION
battalions to provide information on the LAFRA
Medical Plan. ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE The Board entered into Executive Session at
12:25 a.m.
3) Todd Layfer reminded Trustees that Open Mike Sailhamer presented the following The Board adjourned from Executive Session at
House is on November 3rd and indicated that we motions. 12:37 a.m.
will be honoring Bruce Galien and Craig White.
The committee recommends and I so move to Member updates were discussed during
ADMINISTRATIVE accept the donations in the amount of $6,694 Executive Session. No actions were taken.
COMMITTEE REPORT to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s
Fund. There was no discussion or objections. ADJOURNMENT
Tyler Tomich presented the following motions.
Motion carried to accept the donations in the Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion to
The committee recommends and I so move to amount of $6,694 to the Widows, Orphans & adjourn. Richard Moody so moved. Rick
pay the usual and customary bills in the amount Disabled Firemen’s Fund. Godinez seconded. There was no discussion and
of $1,194,021.35. There was no discussion or no objections.
objections. The committee recommends and I so move to
approve the financial assistance applications for Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
Motion carried to pay the usual and customary surviving spouses, active and retired members. Trustees meeting adjourned at 12:43 p.m.
bills in the amount of $1,194,021.35. There was no discussion or objections.

MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT Bob Steinbacher, President

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


Richard L. Denning, Sr.
from the Car Show JAMES D. DOWNEN in memory of Bill Plumlee


Mike Brumbaugh HO
LORENE J. PLUMLEE in memory of William S. Plumlee
RUBY A. JUSTIS in memory of Charles H. Justis
A Hom
FIRE STATION NO. 62 from the Fire Extinguisher Fund
DANIEL LEON in memory of Sam Diannitto
FIRE STATION NO. 63 from the Fire Extinguisher Fund
ROBERT J. DE FEO in memory of Bob Ewert, Jim Mullen,
Dean Cathey, Jim O’Neill & Glen Dinger FIRE STATION NO. 98 from the Fire Extinguisher Fund
ROBERT C. KLOPFENSTEIN from the FIRE STATION NO. 70 from the Fire Extinguisher Fund
This i
Kern County Breakfast Club
for ca
FIRE STATION NO. 20 from the Fire Extinguisher Fund
pay in
FIRE STATION NO. 66 from the Fire Extinguisher Fund
WILLIAM A. FINN in memory of Mel Leydecker
FIRE STATION NO. 72 from the Fire Extinguisher Fund
HAROLD A. FLIEGNER in memory of Bruce Larson need
TODD W. ORJALA in memory of James Mullen loan
DEE HASHA in memory of Wally Hasha
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JERRY D’ADAMO in memory of
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Capt. Charles W. Debenham KEITH NYEHOLT
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MARCIA H. BREWER in memory of A. DANIEL BROWN in memory of Bill Plumlee u
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Capt. Russell McMenamin
ARCHER R. MORGAN in memory of Lowell Johnson
CHRISTIAN NYBY in memory of Melvin Leydecker
NORMAN STEPHENS in memory of Deane Wickstrom How
DOROTHY HINDS in memory of Elsworth Almany
RICHARD E. FOX in memory of Ron Derby As yo
DY TSENG in memory of James J. Mullen, Jr. beco
DENNIS L. COVILLE in memory of Donald Aldrich, Sr. most
HARRY M. MORCK in memory of Sam Diannitto & to pro
George Fischer PHILLIP F. FOERSTEL in memory of Sam Diannitto rate i

DEAN LANGE in memory of Nicholas & Jan Baumgartner MARIE K. WAKEFIELD in memory of George Fischer

JANICE BOURDON in memory of David E. Bourdon PHYLLIS R. STAPEL in memory of George W. Fischer

LEO P. MCDONALD in memory of Kathy & Harold Scott KIRK P. BINGHAM from the Retired Firefighters’ Breakfast

56 • December 2018 and c

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Includes golf cart, WiFi. Contact Holiday Rates. Cleaning Fee in- Across from Eagle Lodge, Win- MAMMOTH CONDO AT MAM-
Bart @ (310) 510-0190. Ham- cluded. Call John (323)449-4473 ter $110 per night, Summer $80 MOTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA, Ask for “LAFD per night plus $65 cleaning fee sleeps 10, fully furnished, 2
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Airport. FOR RENT – 5 bedroom, 3 No smoking. No pets. Jim John- 2 bedroom 1 bath old mammoth/
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equipped kitchen, wood burning cial firefighter family rates. players. W/D on site. Shuttle
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sq.ft. Fully furnished with all ramp and off-road trails. No $90, plus cleaning fee $139 and
amenities- Laundry & BBQ. pets, no smoking. $350 Bowen/ 14% city tax. Includes linens. No MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
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hood. No pets. No smoking. bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, large loft. two bath with towels and linens, nite, $125 Fri, Sat & Holidays.
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water. Boat mooring out front, night. $150 cleaning fee. 3 night RATES: Winter: $275/night. Walk to Canyon Lodge. Studio
off-road desert behind house. minimum. Call Ben (805) 444- Summer $175/night. Holidays loft sleeps 4. Queen beds, full
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linens. Direct TV/DVR, BBQ, Mike Whitehouse, Retired, TV, VCR, DVD. Winter Sun-
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Parking . Laundry, BBQ, TVs, $175 weekdays, $195-week- Luxury furnishings + full kitchen.
Cable. Quiet Cul-De-Sac Street. MAMMOTH - 1 bedroom Sum- ends/holidays; summer $125, All the amenities! Maui’s best
3 miles to London Bridge, mit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient plus cleaning. No smoking; no snorkeling/beach. All island
located near Golf Course. Lake underground garage parking. Ja- pets. Craig Yoder (909) 948- activities & Kapalua within 4
View. No pets, No Smoking. cuzzis, gym (pool/tennis in sum- 3659. minutes. 5-day minimum, from
Summer/Winter/Snowbird/ mertime), shuttle right outside! $150 per night (regularly $310/
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night). Call Sherrie or Bill for to Broadway St, hockey and NFL Call Shawn or Rose Agnew at rent. Serving family and friends
info/reservations (805) 530-0007 stadium. Contact Wayne, LAFD (661) 250-9907 or (661) 476- for over 15 years. LAFD, LASD,
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