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Firefighters and cops got together at Fire Station 89 for the eleventh straight year and shaved their heads to raise funds to support childhood cancer research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 06
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Presidents Message ................................................................................05 TWO OFF-DUtY RESCUERS ARE HONORED .......................................................11 Battalion News ..........................................................................................12 Retired Guys .............................................................................................27 Retirement Dinner JOHN HOLtBY .........................................................................................29 Station Fridge ...........................................................................................31 Department in Action ................................................................................32 Retirement Dinner Announcement ............................................................37 Boat and Ski Club TWO OUtINGS PLANNED FOR tHIS SUMMER .....................................................41 LAFD Host Families Needed THE NEXt GENERAtION VISItS LOS ANGELES .................................................43 Fire & Police Rodeo Association FAMILY MEMBERSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE NOW .....................................................44 2014 Fahrenheit COMPANIES HELP OUt At LAFD FOUNDAtION FUNDRAISER ...............................45 Memorials .................................................................................................47 Mailbox .....................................................................................................48 Dollars & Sense PROtECtING AGAINSt FRAUD ......................................................................51 LAFD History FIRE HORSES ..........................................................................................52 Minutes of the Board of Trustees ..............................................................55 Classifieds ................................................................................................57 Tailboard ...................................................................................................61


You know you should cut back on sweet treats but are often not even aware of the hidden sugar that is added to almost everything that we are eating and drinking .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 08


LAFD and ATF agents team up and track down an arsonist spurred on by revenge and a family dispute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

On the cover: Structure Fire - Lake Balboa Photo by: David Blaire

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May is now upon us. April was a busy month for everyone here at the Relief Association. This issue of your Firemens Grapevine has some interesting articles about all that went on in April. The St. Baldricks event truly shows that the relationship between our firefighters and police officers is as strong as ever. Especially when we band together to raise money for a great cause! I had the chance to attend the retirement dinner of Engineer John Balich at FS 43. Everyone involved did a great job! Johns father is also a retired LAFD member. What a great lineage and legacy! Now a word on reminders - We would like to remind you that you will continue to be reimbursed for you doctors visit co-pays. DO NOT discard the EOBs that you get in the mail until you look to see if there is a check attached! These monies are from the EERP, a provision of Obamacare, and have to be disbursed among all Medical Plan members before the end of the year. In addition, reimbursements for generic Rx will start on July 1, 2014. We will have a comprehensive article in the June issue with all the details. I attended the retiree gathering in Garden Grove in April and heard Andy Kuljis remind the attendees to keep their beneficiaries up-to-date. You wouldnt believe how often we have a member pass away who does not have an updated beneficiary form with us. We are bound by law to pay benefits to your designated beneficiary only you can make sure it is the right one. Please keep your calendar open for the Lane Kemper Classic on May the 14th, 2014. Come on out and see old friends. I also want to remind everyone that the Pechanga Reunion is happening May 19th thru the 23rd. Please sign up to attend the event. Even if you are not RV camping or staying at the hotel, call us here at the Relief and we will sign you up to attend one of the dinners. I would like to update you on the status of our future home - 7470 Figueroa Street. We are currently interviewing finalists for the Gener-

al Contractor who will handle the interior remodel project. We hope to start construction this summer, with possible occupancy early next year. We hope you received the Medical Plan open enrollment packets. There was confusing language regarding a copy of your Medicare card on page 8 (top paragraph). If you have already provided this to us, you do not need to provide it again. This past month this office has been made aware of many of our members who are very sick. This a gentle nudge . . . no make it a strong shove - to make you take advantage of the wellness benefits available through LAFRA. The members mentioned were proactive in this area, but are still in a fight for their lives! Please take care of yourself! Keep an eye out for more direct information in regards to wellness. Thanks again for your continued support.

Juan Albarran (323) 259-5200 president@lafra.org

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or the eleventh straight the Los Angeyear,

les Fire Department and

Los Angeles Police Department teamed up to fight childhood cancer St. Baldricks Foundaand cops got together to raise funds to supresearch.

Keeping with tradition, this years event held on March 15th at Fire Station 89 in North Hollywood was another huge success with a projected total of over $100K raised! In addition to the head shaving, International House of Pancakes North Hollywood provided a free breakfast, Starbucks offered the comfort of hot coffee, and other sponsors offered delicious products as well. It should be noted that the event also christened UFLAC Local 112s new beautiful and more manageable BBQ with Fire Station 89s Lee Hazelquist and Gabriel Olmedo cooking pancakes and sau-

sages to soothe the hunger of the many participants! The shaving started promptly at 7:30 am and didnt stop until 3:00 pm. More than 200 brave souls were shaved, including several women and members of the public who joined us in the endeavor. One of special note was the Taggart family. Longtime St. Baldricks supporter LAFD Engineer Kelly Taggart lost his son John to cancer many years back and he continues to support this event every year this year shaving with his children as well.

by partnering with the tion. The firefighters and shaved their heads port childhood cancer

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On the LAPD side, North Hollywood Officer Miriam Coopers 13 year-old daughter Sarahalways looking for something to do to help othersdecided she would shave this year. When Sarah hit her goal of raising $1,000 in under 24 hours, Miriam challenged her to see if she could hit $3,000 and pledged to shave as well if Sarah met the goal. Wouldnt you know, Sarah surpassed the goal and the mother/daughter shave was a big hit. Both the Cooper ladies looked stunning with their new clean look! Kids of all ages were entertained by face painters, magicians, and caricature/balloon artistsall who donated their time and services for the cause. Laura Lichter with Precious Pix photography documented the event

again with her professional skills and set up a photo booth to raise even more funds to fight childhood cancer. Once again, a silent auction and raffle were held as part of the fun and fundraising. There were too many items donated by too many people too generous to list here. Their participation is always a crowd-pleaser and results in more funds going towards the cause. This part of the event is coordinated by Maggie Compton, wife of LAPD Officer Jason Compton and mom to cancer survivor Ryanwho shaved for the first time this year since valiantly beating cancer. Just before noon a ceremony was held to honor childhood cancer survivors and their siblings. These participants received a bag

of goodies donated by the Police and Firemens Credit Unions along with other sponsors. Also around that time longtime supporter Jay Leno made a surprise appearance in his vintage fire engine to hand deliver his checkgenerating even more excitement and fun at the event! The monies generated come from the hard work of the participants reaching out to sponsors, who either give them cash or checks, or donate online at www.stbaldricks. org/events/lafdlapd (HINTYou can still donate online). On behalf of St. Baldricks, the LAFD, and LAPD we would like to thank all the participants, supporters, and sponsors for the event. Without them this event truly could not be a success and we are grateful for their support!

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Do you hit the afternoon wall and head straight for the T.V. chair? Are you running out of energy and in a brain fog by 3 pm? Do you crave certain foods even if you are not hungry? Then there is a good chance you are suffering from sugar addiction.
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are often not even aware of the HIDDEN sugar that is ADDED to almost everything that we are eating and drinking. These sugars hit our blood stream fast and they are converted to fat very quickly. Most of these sugars are in the form of:

High Fructose Corn Syrup Cane sugar Brown Sugar Dextrose Lactose Honey Fructose Sorbitol Manitol Sucrose or table sugar Glucose
We have to be extra careful to really read the labels of packaged foods. Even if they say Natural or Healthy that does not mean that they are not loaded with sugar. When reading a label, the higher up on the ingredient list an item is, the greater the percentage of it in the food. So to put it in terms that we can understand, for every one gram of sugar that is listed, it would be the same as eating teaspoon of sugar. That doesnt seem like much but it adds up fast. Take a meal replacement bar for example - it reads 15 grams or 3.50 teaspoons of sugar. The company labeled the sugar as: sugar, corn syrup, fructose and dextrose. Yes, all four were in that little bar. Another example that might surprise you is French fries. A medium serving of fast food fries has the equivalent of nearly 11 teaspoons of sugar. Hard to believe but you can see how and why our nation is obese. The really sad part is that our children are being diagnosed with obesity at a younger age every year.

Excess sugar consumption, whether it is intentional or it is hidden in our food, has been directly linked to numerous diseases processes. Diabetes, obesity, coronary artery disease are some of the big ones. But sugar also has been linked to depression, violent behavior, hyper active behavior in adults and children, nervous tension, chronic fatigue, headaches, multiple cancers and overall chronic diseases. Avoiding processed, pre-packaged and fast foods is one of the best ways to reduce unintentional sugar consumption. The American Heart Association recommends that added sugar consumption be limited to 25 grams (six tsp) of added sugar for women and 35 grams (eight tsp) for men. Some people believe that because added sugars are unhealthy, the same would be true for fruits, which also contain fructose. But when eating whole fruit, it is almost impossible to consume enough fructose to cause harm. Fruits are loaded with fiber, water and have significant chewing resistance. For these reasons, most fruits (like apples) take a while to eat and digest, meaning that the fructose hits the liver much more slowly. The over use of artificial sweeteners has recently been getting a lot of press because of the side effects on brain tissue and the disruption of the natural intestinal flora that we need for proper absorption in our digestive tract. There are healthier zero calorie options like Stevia and Munk fruit. They both come in powdered and liquid form. Healthier calorie sweeteners include brown rice syrup, dates, local raw honey, yacon and pure maple syrup. Pick some up and try it, your body and brain will thank you. The best gift that we can give ourselves and our children is the gift of healthy lifestyle changes. Cutting back on sugar and artificial sweeteners is a really great way to get started.

he average American consumes 130 lbs of sugar a year. That equals 153 grams daily. Yep, it is the same as downing 36 teaspoons of sugar every day. The worst part is that we crave it. Sugar stimulates the brain like cocaine. It works by stimulating the feel good hormones and the reward center of our brains. We can and do build up a tolerance to sugar so that we need more and more to achieve the same good feeling - and we crave that feeling. Sugar is everywhere and in almost everything that we eat. While we are more accustomed to thinking about the Big Bad Offenders like candy, cookies, donuts, soft drinks and ice cream, a diet full of processed, prepackaged and fast foods will also be packed with sugar. We know when we need to cut back or should cut back on those sweet treats but we

The Institute of Medicine sets the recommended dietary allowance, or RDA, for nutrients. Since sugar isnt a required nutrient, the institute has not issued an RDA for it. However, it does suggest that no more than 25 percent of calories come from added sugars. Here is the sugar content of some common food products: Natures Own Whole Wheat Bread, one slice 3 g Ben & Jerrys Vanilla Ice Cream - 16 g

Subway 6 Sweet Onion Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich - 17 g Bowl of Corn Flakes 19 g Cliff Bar, Peanut Toffee Buzz -21 g Tropicana 100% Orange Juice, 8 oz - 25 g Yoplait Original Yogurt - 27 g Vitamin Water, 20 oz - 33 g Coca-Cola Classic, 12 oz - 39 g Snickers Bar - 57 g Rockstar Energy Drink, 16 oz 62 g Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha w/ Whipped Cream, 16 oz. 75 g
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ngineer John Raskin was at an offduty event for Cypress Elementary School in Ventura when an eight year-old boy unexpectedly went into full cardiac arrest while taking part in a run. The off-duty LAFD member immediately jumped into action and performed CPR until relieved by Ventura County Fire Department Engine 24. After several shocks from the engine companys defibrillator, the child regained pulses. Engineer Raskin was credited with making the difference in saving the boys life.
Letter of Commendation Recipient Engineer John Raskin

hile off-duty, A/O Doak Smith was leading a group of young hikers in the Santa Monica Mountains. Well into the hike, Smith came upon a child who was with another group. This fifth-grade hiker was down with a heat related malady. The youthful hiker was not in good physical condition, had not hydrated properly and the temperature was over 100 degrees. Smith made arrangements for his group to be supervised while he administered aid and then carried the boy to the top of the trail. This was a hike of almost two miles, mostly uphill. Observers stated that it was an incredible feat.

The young hiker was transported in a waiting ambulance and regained his health.

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Engineer John Raskin and Apparatus Operator Doak Smith were both deemed to have performed an act during non-emergency conditions requiring initiative and/or ability worthy of recognition and were awarded Letters of Special Commendation.
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Truck 27 members stand at attention as the funeral procession for LAPD Officer Nicholas Lee passes beneath crossed aerials (Truck 10 also participated). Photos by Mike Meadows and Rick McClure, EPN

FS 112 members give a tour of Boat 2 Photos by Adam Van Gerpen

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Cascade Chicken

Kudos to Capt Mike Cunningham at FS 90 for taking his turn in the cooking rotation. The guys were wondering what the

secret ingredient was in his Cascade chicken recipe until someone took this photo of the chicken marinating in the kitchen sink. Like Wet Water breaks down the surface tension of water, I guess dishwasher soap can be used as a poultry tenderizer. There were, however, a lot of yard bird leftovers after many eaters that evening decided to pass on the well-seasoned poultry. Although the paychecks are large, working six or five shifts in a row has its drawbacks. One member from 109-C worked so many days straight that he ran out of cash when it came time to pay his mess bill while working a SOD at 100s. Of course there is a 7-Eleven right across the street, with an ATM that dispenses fee free cash to Los Angeles Firemens Credit Union . . . er, I mean Firemens First Credit Union . . . wait, thats still not right . . . anyway, I guess the convenience

store right across the street was too far to walk. So our wannabe Tractor Operator from 109-C just pulls out his trusty checkbook to pay his mess bill. Ever heard the one that goes What do mean Im overdrawn? Theres still checks in my checkbook! After countless phone calls to the member and three weeks of the rubber check taped to the firehouse refrigerator, the check was made good only after the members captain was contacted and CTS action was threatened. Im sure the reason why it took so long was that our member just couldnt get a day off to get to the bank and then over to 100s.

Battalion 10 companies extinguished a fire at 16931 Bassett St on 3/8/14. Photo by David Blaire

Greetings from the 11th Battalion. I am not the regular contributor, if writing once every six months can be considered regular, but I did have a story too good to selfishly keep in house. It comes courtesy of our southern step-sister Battalion 6. One anonymous downtown Task Force engine was moved up to an anonymous boat house next to the USS Iowa for some scheduled routine training. The move up was planned and known by the mem-

bers of 112s . . . I mean the anonymous company, well in advance. All of the companies in the battalion were scheduled for four hours in the classroom. Now this downtown engine company, who routinely goes on these move ups due to the dwindling ranks of Task Force companies, dutifully went on their said moveup. Prior to leaving their own station, they did their own housework so as to not burden the remaining members at their own house, and in the process, foregoing the opportunity to do their daily wellness prior to leaving. The move-up company took advantage of their four hour window to get

in their wellness upon arriving at the mystery station. Unbeknownst to them, this training was shortened to a mere 45 minutes and all companies were released early to go back to their stations. The busy engine company was unable to take care of the unfinished/never started housework left for them by the presumably busy boat house company because their move-up was cut short. Normally no big deal, right? You would assume wrong! Apparently, the members of 112s complained loud enough to make it to the front office where this complaining was vetted by the captains. Here the complaint was determined to be so egregious

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an offense that the offending engine company NEEDED to be notified, so as to let the soon-to-be promoted member of the engine company know that this is something that should likely be on his radar once becoming an officer. Perhaps the thing that should have been on this seasoned captains radar is this: If you know you have training scheduled for a certain time, a) Let your members know in advance so that they can take care of their own housework prior to going to their training, b) Squash the bitter squabbling with a useful piece of wisdom acquired over the course of your career, or c) Use your experience as a captain and enough discretion not to bring up petty complaints with companies you arent familiar with? Any of these 3 options might have sufficed for the situation, but unfortunately none of them were utilized. In other news, we have a special Memo for battalion members. Recently, a member with a medic license, for whatever reason, willingly transferred into a firefighters spot. But he finds that his higher level of training is still in demand, and he finds himself detailed to a paramedic position every weekend. To avenge this supposed wrong, he lingers at his fire station until he feels good and ready. He was recently spotted showering and shaving, having coffee and sitting through lineup before heading off to where he was assigned for the shift. And yes, his captains were present for this lineup and saw this member there. Now guess what happens when the

member that is getting very late relief is the same member that will relieve you again in the morning? Whoops! If you dont value the time of others, dont expect them to value yours. Or get used to 0800 relief. We look forward to seeing you all out at the Kemper Classic. Good luck to former champs, FS 15, in their quest to regain their championship form. The rest of us will be looking to enjoying our cold juices and smoothies, or other health conscious beverages, and to avoid being embarrassed by a valley company. Stay safe out there, and keep your noses out of trouble. But if that doesnt work, claim a shoulder injury or try community service. A joke is a very serious thing. -Winston Churchill

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Congratulations to Chris (FS 11-A) and Vivian Beaty (and gramps Chief Randy too) on the birth of Nathan David, born on 12/27/13 and weighing in at 8lbs 3oz.

rotation and remember to drop all your change into your stations 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 Firemens 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 Firemens Fund, is there for them in times of need.

TF 26 and E 68 responded to a single car accident on the eastbound 10 Freeway off the Crenshaw off-ramp. Photo by David Blaire

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A brush assignment and two pre-deployed strike teams responded to this brush fire along the 210 Fwy at Bledsoe St. on 3/12/14. Photos by Rick McClure, EPN

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Greetings from the battalion that never sleeps! Well the stats are in from 2013 and congrats (?!) are due for most of Batt 13! Busiest engines in rank order #2, 3, 4 and 73 - go to E 57, E 46, E 64, and E 21. Trucks ranked #1, 2, and 42 - go to LF 64, LF 66, and LF 21. #thereareonly42trucksintheCity,youd othemath. RAs ranked #1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 10 and 40 - go to RAs 33, 66, 57, 264, 46, 64 and 21. And 800 Series Rescue Ambulances #1, 3, 4, 7, 9 and 32 - go to RAs 864, 857, 866, 846, 833 and 821. Finally, the Busiest Fully Staffed Squad ranked #1 is Squad 21! #youhadtofitinsomewhere, #onlyfullystaffedsquadintheCity, #whereis65sinallthis???. Again, congratulations to all involved! Thank You for taking your runs. Thank You for being in the Battalion. And seriously, THANK YOU for all your hard work! The trophies and plaques should be on their way any day . . . Take pride in being called a flat-lander and fighting chicken coop fires #nevergetsold, #alwaysagoodone, #neverfoughtachickencoopinmycareer. Onethird of the daily call load is no joke! Moving on . . . Recently on a murky, dismal, rainy day, RA 864 was responding by themselves on a medical run. As they came to an intersection where they had a red light, they were preparing to stop and proceed carefully on the left. The green arrow changed color and a car in the left-hand turn lane unexpectedly accelerated and cut RA 864 off. With the precision of a laser-guided missile, 864s driver was able to steer the ambulance without hesitation into the nearest light pole - scoring a direct hit. Fortunately neither bystanders, nor LAFD personnel were injured, even without the deployment of the airbags. Now comes the unfortunate part of having to make the proper notifications . . . BC13 arrives on-scene and surveys the significant front-end damage to the RA, notices no damage to the other vehicle, and no injuries to any civilians on a very crowded

corner. He asks the RA driver very-matter-offactly what had happened and whose fault it was. After hes been on-scene for 45 minutes and he . . . nay, his EIT . . . finishes all the paperwork and info gathering, he finally asks one of the two guys involved in the accident if he is ok . . . 45 minutes AFTER he got onscene . . . which section of the check-box ICS system is that? Can you imagine if you arrived on-scene and waited 45 minutes to ask a patient involved in a head-on accident if they were ok? #evenchiefsneedEMT. What happened to the taking care of the guys part of taking care of the guys? Maybe you just need a fresh start to remember why you promoted? Well, thanks for taking care of the guys and good luck in Battation 11 chief . . . just sayin. Holiday Rooty Tooty . . . Rainy Day Routine . . . Now apparently one of our members has created Rainy Day Rooty Tooty Routine. After one of the driest years in recent history, we were blessed with 2-3 days of the wettest days in recent history. Along with the increase in moisture also came an increase in call load . . . except for one member. Over at 65s, EMS 13 decided that the rain, dark clouds, and over-abundance of water were just too much to be able to function and do some of the normal daily business. Luckily, he actually journalized the fact that he was unable to deliver meds and check the drug logs due to rain #selfincrimination. For someone who continuously lets everyone know that he is the highest medical authority when called on-scene, this doesnt seem like a way to justify the position. Sorry, Captain Shapiro, I know you were working a 48 and youre only used to a 10, but sometimes you still have to do things that you dont want to #thedaythesherriffdidntride . . . just what I heard. Last month I introduced #hashtags as a way to make seeing your name in the Grapevine easier to read, along with the new trend of social media. This month I figured Id introduce selfies. Apparently this member figured he looked so good working out while


everybody was doing dishes or wiping down the rigs that he wanted to send them a reminder. Since this is the new trend, send them in! (And a reminder that The views I express in this article are solely mine - and maybe a few others - and do not express the views of the LAFD (although maybe they should)) #blakerobbins, #selfie, #balake, #gettinsomewhileothersaregettinnone, #thistrucklifeaintsobad, #livinthedream A shout out to the crew at FS 57. While on a medical run, they noticed a lady with a few kids in the car trying to change a flat tire. Since the engine was called out for an AMA, and only the Medic was needed to make the phone call, a couple other members decided to do the right thing and give this lady a hand. Lug nuts were loosened, car was jacked up, and the tire was replaced no problem. I hear they looked like a crew from Talladega Nights that is (insert cheesy highhat and drum sound). Anyway, Thank You for doing the right thing. I know you shouldnt need accolades for doing the right thing, but sometimes its nice to know that people notice the small things #seegoodthingsmaketheGrapevine, #itsnotalwaysbuffoonery

Engine 46 makes quick work of an auto fire at Vernon and San Pedro Pl. Photo by Martin Nate Rawner

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A huge thank you and great appreciation goes out to the entire battalion. In January the battalion began to put their $$ together for yet another fundraiser. While it seems that donations and fundraising are a normal part of our Brotherhood these days, youd never know by the way our LAFD members are selflessly willing to help out for another cause. Battalion t-shirts were sent out to all stations seeking support for A/O Louie Abeytas father, who is battling cancer. They were designed and produced by Louies brother-in-law, Joe R., whose company is called ARISE37 out of Pomona. Joe is also an Afghanistan Veteran/War Hero. While the family never thought theyd be the subject of a fundraiser, they definitely appreciate the help. Louie personally wants to thank each and every one of you and if you would like to help out or purchase a shirt, contact him at FS64-A. Finally, we need to remember that there are eyes everywhere. Were all over the paper and news. Interestingly enough, I received two texts from different people regarding a situation that I would call . . . REALLY?!? While they were standing in the normal civilian line at the DMV, they saw a uniformed LAFD member decide that he could proceed directly to the front. Now, I know this would seem out-of-sorts as the DMV in Long Beach is not within City limits and the member was actually off duty in uniform - and who would want to bring discredit to not only the Fire Service, but especially the LAFD?!? Unfortunately, the DMV gave him professional courtesy and allowed him to take his tests before everybody else. After be-

ing warned a few times, and then asked to turn in his tests, only to get new tests re-issued to him, this situation went from bad to worse. He finally escaped with a pass on his tests, but now has to wear the unprofessional tag on him. Fortunately, he isnt in this battalion, but unfortunately he is an LAFD member and a driver. This lack of leadership is appalling, but I guess he had to make time for handball somehow #Icantbelievewhatwethinkwecangetawaywith. Congrats to all the future captains who finished their 3-whole scores. For those of you who have put in the time, its about to pay off. Also, congratulations to the only drill tower class going through right now. Hopefully you finish and can make it out to the field for some much needed relief. #andyouthoughtthiswasgoingtobeeasy! Also, thank you to all who have offered to help out FF Herrington, stricken with a rare medical condition. If you want to help out and bring meals, Im sure its never too late and the family will appreciate the help. Contact FS 64-A with questions. OK, thats all Ive got! Keep taking care of one another. Stay safe and remember that 2+2 makes sense, play nice, know your audi-

ence, get a cool nickname, figure out which formula to use before the media gets ahold of it, you get out what you put in, FI-1, read the label, if youre tired sleep in, when in need of a driver call an already overworked 800 to do your job, watch out for irony, dont fumble Tradition, take 1st relief so you can go back to sleep, never Stand By, check boxes for politics always beats common sense, when you have the opportunity to do the right thing, take the EIT spot instead!, a # makes everything seem much nicer, if it rains and you dont feel like doing your job - just journalize it, when you need to go to the DMV - wear your uniform, and finally, when on-scene of a traffic accident - wait 45 minutes to ask if everybody is ok and see where that gets you! Keep sending your stories to: wattsfire@gmail.com

Through the efforts of the LAFD, LAFRA, UFLAC and Virgin Airlines, two members from FS 33 attended the funerals of Boston Firefighter Michael Kennedy Lieutenant 20 and May 2014 Edward Walsh.

Light Force 60 handled an auto fire on the Hollywood Fwy on 3/18/14. Photos by Mike Meadows

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A full structure assignment held a fire to one unit of a three story apt. house in the 4400 block of Colfax Ave on 3/18/14. Photos by Mike Meadows

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LF and RA 87 handled this roll-over on Devonshire and Haskell on 3/28/14. Photos by Greg Doyle

Engines 18 and 98 found grass on the 210 Fwy at Polk on 3/17/14. Photos by Jeff Zimmerman, EPN

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Firefighters worked up three patients in this T/A at Lindley and Burbank on 4/4/14. Photos by David Blaire

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Hello from the 18th hole. Hope things are good for you.

Now lets get started - at 43s this time. Every station has a washer and dryer, and like at most stations, the pair at 43s gets a lot of use. During the day, between runs and stuff to do around the station, some guys or gals often forget to get their wash. So when someone else wants to start a load, somebody elses clothes are still in there. The other day it seems that Engineer Resendez left his wash in the dryer over the four-day. Now Im a big fan of Superman - but not that big! Maybe Resendez wants to convince himself that he is the Man of Steel. We gotta asked his wife about that. Now most of us have kids at home and we want to do things that make our kids proud of us. So we do the school demo at our kids school. Put the turnouts and B/A on, and talk about fire safety - you know the drill. So

the other day a chief officer comes to 43s and asks if he could borrow the spare B/A for a school demo. No problem, except he asked the wrong firefighter. So this firefighter brings the chief an SCBA harness - without a bottle. WHAT? Hey Chris, wheres the bottle? What do you mean, doesnt everybody have a bottle at home. WHAT? Same guy who didnt know what end of the pike pole to use. Every year we have the Academy Awards that are held in Hollywood and its a big deal for many people in the industry. Well it seems that there is a guy over at 61s who was over looked on the Academy ballot. FF RayTopete should have been on the ballot for best cinematography for his efforts trying to film an incident he went to off duty on Engine 261. Ray said he was making a training video for the station to help the guys. Now if any of you know Ray, put him on scene of an incident (on duty) and hes awesome, but around the station - hes a little different. This is the same guy that coming back from a detail downtown stopped to get some special hair gel and a haircut on Melrose. So to make Ray feel appreciated for his movie production, the guys got him his very own Oscar - made of styrofoam. He accepted very graciously and had a speech prepared to thank all of his fans (not many of those). Heres one from 94s A Platoon. It falls into the strange but true category. Light Force 94 is going out to run an errand and the A/O gets in the cab behind the wheel. He finds a note on the steering wheel telling him that

he cant drive the apparatus until he gets his PRB. A/O Romero sits there, his mind going 90 mph, thinking did he take PRB, and if not, when can he take the class. So after 2-3 minutes, they let Romero of the hook and tell him what PRB stands for. Boy oh boy was he relieved. This is the same guy that drives without a tiller man. He didnt know what PRB meant! Finally, John Balich had his retirement dinner at his favorite place in 43s district, the Overland Caf. About 50 people came to say goodbye and say thanks to John for 35 years of service and dedication to the City and the citizens of Los Angeles. Nitin Kumar was the emcee and he did a great job. Kumar told some great stories for some big laughs and everyone had a great time. Kumar - the mattress joke WOW! John, enjoy your days and years in retirement. Well thats all from the 18th hole. Hope to hear from you next month. Be safe out there batt18news@yahoo.com
John Balich receives his retirement badge from LAFRAs Juan Albarran.

Battalion 18 companies work a T/A at 2636 W Jefferson Bl. on 3/19/14. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

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The LAFD Equestrian Unit participated in a horseback ride with Mayor Eric Garcetti, Mitch Englander - CD #12, Tom LaBonge - CD #4, and the equestrian community of Chatsworth E.T.I. Corral 54 Riding Club. The 60 plus riders enjoyed an afternoon ride with the elected officials and a Q & A session after the ride.

FF/PM Rene Herrera and Capt Denise Jones

LT to RT: Englander, Jones, Garcetti, Herrera, LaBonge

On April 5th, the Equestrian Unit participated in the 2014 Farenheit event for the LA Fire Department Foundation. It was a static display meet and greet event where the attendees got a firsthand look at the team

and the horses. Head Trail Boss Chief Dave Frelinger, Capt Denise Jones and FF/PM Rene Herrera all stood at full attention and interacted well with the attendees, And even with all

of the chaos and commotion, Herreras mount was still able to get in a quick nap! A special thanks goes to FF/ Swamper Rob Stover of the Heavy Rescue for bein there to pick up after the team.

Send your stories and photos directly to your Battalion News writer or to the editor at editor@lafra.org

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The Fire Department cant seem to keep itself out of the media spotlight. Whether its too many white males in the current recruit class or the rejection of recruit applications because they werent submitted by 1 minute past 8 a.m. on April 22, 2013. The politicians would have you believe the Department continues shootin itself in the foot. Dont believe it. The latest uproar is over the seemingly high percentage of kin that are hired by the Department. How can the Department hire sons, daughters or in-laws of current members? Additionally, any department commander in charge of a section, such as training, was transferred so it wouldnt look as though favoritism was runnin amuck. In my opinion, the Personnel Department has as much sense as the man in the moon. After screenin candidates and selectin qualified recruits to enter the Drill Tower, the powers-to-be know exactly who and how many have been hired. Yet part way through the Drill Tower it was shockingly discovered that the class had too many males and not enough females. How in the heck could that have happened? Didnt Personnel know who they hired? Naturally, everyone from the Mayor on down was shocked and wanted to launch an investigation. The Department was plastered all over the newspapers with allegations of bias and unfair hirin practices and of course the public was lead to believe that the Department was out of line - again. And if there were any explanations or defense, it was never reported. Id sure like to know who digs up these stories. Somehow the Department has now been accused of hirin too many kin. Obviously no one has checked the Departments history or noticed how many quality individuals have followed in their fathers footsteps. Also, it appears no has looked at how many kin are hired by the LAPD, DWP, Harbor Department or even the Mayors office. Uh, excuse me, has anyone heard of the Garcetti or Hahn or Kennedy or Bush families? So because the Fire Department hirin practices are in question, this matter must point to a deeper problem and thus, requires another investigation. Yet because the media and the politicians dont deal with facts, the Department remains in the cross-hairs while those in charge keep searchin for the smokin gun. I worked with many family members whose fathers, brothers and uncles were

on the job. And believe it or not they all were required to go through the Drill Tower and pass all the tests like everyone else. So whats the problem? Its the perception. Someone thinks it looks bad, but has no proof or evidence that this creates an unfair hirin practice. To me its perfectly natural. Dont most sons follow in the footsteps of their fathers? Again, no one has come to the defense of the Department. Although theres really nothin to defend, wouldnt it feel good to grab the Mayor, members of the City Council and Fire Commissioners by their bow ties, sit them down and explain the business of the Fire Department and the difference between quantity and quality. COWBOY HUMOR What is celibacy? Celibacy can be a choice in life or a condition imposed by circumstances. While attendin a Marriage Weekend, Frank and his wife Ann listened to the instructor declare, It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other. He then addressed the men. Can you name and describe your wifes favorite flower? Frank leaned over, touched Anns arm gently and whispered, Gold Medal allpurpose, isnt it? And thus began Franks life of celibacy. KEEP SMILIN! AC choppedup@att.net

On March 9th, family and friends of retired Capt Jack Van Eaton gathered in Bothell, WA to celebrate Jacks 90th birthday. Its amazing how many people will show up for free food and cake. Typical of Jacks firefighting days, he couldnt extinguish the candles on the cake think global warming. The local fire chief ordered the ballroom exit doors opened to prevent the 90 candles from setting off the smoke alarm. Jack remains active serving as a fire commissioner for the local fire department. He also spends time traveling this great country that he served in WWII. Last year an 11,600 mile trip took him through five Canadian provinces and 35 states. Along the way he visited 75 fire stations. This year Jack will be in SoCal with a stopover at FS 35 so 35s, you are forewarned.

Jack Van Eaton at 90

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man who has always had his priorities in order. A firefighter who others respected. An officer who could always be trusted. Captain I Jon Holtby, FS 93-B, has been all of that and more in his 33 years and change on the L.A.F.D. In early March, colleagues, friends and family gathered at Braemar Country Club in Jons last first-in district to celebrate the beginning of the next chapter of his life. Paul Egizi deftly handled the evenings Master of Ceremonies duties, while Jons last Engineer Steve Ravitz worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the nights success. With the dinner in 93s first-in, the C-shift crew dropped by as well. The procession of speakers to the dais read like a listing of Legends of the Fire Department. But the most emotional and poignant speakers of the night turned out to be Jons wife Kathy and his daughter Alison. But well get to that in a second. New LAFRA president Juan Albarran presented Jon with his retirement badge, while Glenn Miyagishima, Jons last Battalion Chief, gave him the Certificate of Retirement and reminisced about the day A/O Holtby almost killed him - twice - before Jon used his mad aerial ladder skills to rotate Glenn out of danger. Domingo Albarran came off the Hook to present an axe from UFLAC. Neighbor Bill Robinson gave us a different side of Jon. To hear Bill tell it, Jon has never returned a borrowed tool. Jon wasnt waiting for his rebuttal time - he yelled out from his seat that he was storing Bills tools as a favor to him. Cameron Cress was there to give Jon his Service Pin, and Jeff Easton had the unenviable task of reading from the dreaded Personal Record Book. Is disclosure of Brady Syndrome a HIPAA violation? Ed Tapia pulled off a rare feat - he had video to accompany his story of a training fire gone horribly wrong. Jon could be seen bobbing in and out of the thick, black smoke in what was described as one of the LAFDs more embarrassing moments. Other legends were seen but not heard from. No one will ever forget the lush, flowing, glistening white hair of Jim Gaffney, for instance. And Egizi told an apocryphal tale of Bob Miller asking permission to eat from a bowl of (formerly chocolate covered) peanuts on an EMS incident. That Miller didnt deny it got a lot of heads scratching - was it a punch line, or not? But as I said, it was the family that would highlight this evening. Kathy, who Jon would later salute as his best friend and wise counsel, spoke of Jons late father Maurice. Jons dad truly became a Fire Department buff, listening to the scanner and even hanging out at Philippes waiting for Squad 4 to roll out. And Alison rose up nervously to tell of visiting her dad at 9s the time a guy got shot outside of the station - her best day ever. She later did some ride-a-longs at Jons station in preparation for a nursing career, and the crew would ask her do you know who your Dad is? Finally, it was time for Jons farewell remarks. He said it seemed like yesterday that he was car-pooling to Drill Tower 40 on Terminal Island. He related that he was so honored and amazed at the standing-room only crowd at Braemar and had had a most fantastic time. Jon, a devout Christian man who gives much of his off-duty time to good works, thanked the Lord Jesus Christ for keeping him safe. Jon

thanked his parents (Mom Pat was on scene) for giving him that solid, godly foundation. Jon talked of his final assignment, Fire Station 93, and acknowledged the great front-seat relationships and reliefs that he enjoyed. And apparently Flattop Down has passed into the lexicon of classic gotcha lines, but I leave you to discern the meaning of the phrase. A special shout out goes to Fire Station 9. Jon spent his first night on the Fire Department at 9s, and his last one as well (24 hours SOD the day before his retirement date). Despite only a couple of members of the crew knowing Jon, word soon spread it was his last full day on the job. The crew bought not one, but two cakes, to celebrate. Tradition is still alive. For those who texted back-and-forth with Jon that night, you now have his number. Call him and see how hes doing!

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Six patients, two critical, were transported from this T/A at Plummer and Hayvenhurst on March 23, 2014. One of the patients was in traumatic full arrest.

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Eight companies of firefighters knocked down a grass fire that extended into an outbuilding and camping trailer next to the 405 Freeway at Roscoe Blvd on April 8, 2014.

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The crew of Boat 2 hone their skills on a drill day in the harbor.

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On March 8, 2014, seven companies of firefighters handled a greater alarm structure fire with exposures at 7708 Lasaine Ave.

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On November 22, 2013, at 0703 hours, LAFD resources including Light Force 35, Engine 56, Engine 82, Light Force 50, Engine 52, Rescue Ambulance 56, Rescue Ambulance 82, EMS 11 and Battalion 5, were dispatched to a reported explosion and structure fire in the 4400 block of Dundee Drive. Within minutes of the initial dispatch Metro Fire Communications received multiple calls of fire showing from a dwelling in the Los Feliz area near Griffith Park, and added Task Force 27, Rescue Ambulance 35 and North Division. The responding companies found a hillside single-family residence with heavy fire showing from the attached garage and much of the street level floor. They soon determined that the house was a hillside tri-level structure with two sublevel floors. The firefighters encountered a significant amount of fire on both the street level and first sublevel floors, and utilized an aggressive interior attack to achieve extinguishment. Firefighters were informed that the home was normally occupied by 62 year-old male whose whereabouts were unknown. They conducted another thorough search for the resident and verified that no was inside the home. Battalion 5 then directed fire companies to hold off on overhaul and to secure the scene, and requested the response of an Arson Unit. Several LAFD Arson investigators and an ATF agent assigned to the Arson Section responded to the fire scene and initiated an investigation. Investigators found significant fire,

heat and smoke damage throughout the top two floors of the dwelling, along with burn patterns that were consistent with multiple areas of fire origin and an odor of gasoline in the upstairs hallway. The lead investigator contacted the LAFD Arson accelerant detection canine handler and requested that he respond with K-9 Major to assist with the scene investigation and possible collection of evidence. While awaiting the arrival of the K-9 team, the investigators received information that an individual (suspect) had walked into the front lobby of the LAPD Hollywood police station and advised the desk officer that he had committed an arson and wanted to turn himself in. The lead investigator and his partner responded to the Hollywood police station while the remainder of the investigative team continued with the fire scene examination. Once at the police station, the arson investigators contacted the suspect, who identified himself as Siregan Akop Barsegian, and directed him to an interview room where they conducted a videotaped interview. Barsegian waived his Miranda rights and then explained to the investigators that the Dundee Drive home had belonged to his parents, and that several months after their death he had moved into the vacant house while his siblings were involved in a legal battle over the property that would eventually leave him homeless and without a financial interest in the property. Barsegian said this had angered him to the point that he decided to burn the house, and he decided ahead

of time that he would turn himself in to the authorities and explain the situation. Barsegian then described how on the night before the fire he had purchased a gas can from the Home Depot and then filled it with gasoline at a nearby 76 gas station. Barsegian said that on the morning of the fire he had a cup of coffee and then proceeded to distribute gasoline in several rooms on the top two floors, beginning with his former bedroom. Barsegian said he left the gas container in the hallway near the garage door and then used his lighter to ignite a piece of paper which he dropped into the hallway before exiting through the garage. Barsegian said that 5 to 10 minutes later he heard sirens and could see smoke up on the hill as he drove to his friends house to park his car, and then took a bus to the police station. Barsegian said he knew that sooner or later he would get caught, so he wanted to turn himself in and tell the truth, and said he was ready to face the consequences. The investigators then contacted the investigative team at the fire scene and learned that the Arson K-9 handler had identified and collected evidence samples of fire debris that contained gasoline from multiple locations within the street and first sublevel floors, along with the melted remnants of a red plastic gasoline container from the hallway adjacent to the garage door. The arson investigators then booked Barsegian pursuant to Penal Code Section 451(b), Arson of an Inhabited Structure. The lead arson investigator, along with LAFD Arson Forensic Photographer Harry Garvin, subsequently conducted a follow-up to the Home Depot on Sunset Boulevard and the 76 Station on Los Feliz Boulevard, where they obtained surveillance video of Barsegian purchasing a five-gallon gas container and then filling it with gasoline on the night prior to the fire. The lead arson investigator presented the case to Deputy District Attorney Sean

Investigators found . . . burn patterns that were consistent with multiple areas of fire origin and an odor of gasoline in the upstairs hallway

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Carney, assigned to the Los Angeles District Attorneys Office Arson Unit, for a felony complaint filing for one count of 451(b) P.C. D.D.A. Carney filed one count of 451(b) P.C.; one count of 451.1 P.C., an Aggravated Arson special allegation for using an ignitable liquid; and one count of 667.5 (b) P.C., a Prior Felony conviction special allegation. On December 10, 2013, a preliminary hearing was held in the Criminal Courts Building in Downtown Los

Angeles. D.D.A. Frances Young prosecuted the case with the lead arson investigator as the only witness called. Barsegian was held to answer on all counts, and on March 3, 2014, he pled guilty to the arson charge and received a fouryear State Prison sentence. Upon completion of his sentence, which he must serve at least 80%, he will be turned over to Immigration Services for deportation proceedings. Obviously the cooperation of the defendant accelerated and streamlined the arson investigation, but the successful prosecution of the case was still largely dependent upon the fact that fire suppression personnel recognized early on that investigators were needed and secured and preserved the fire scene, which allowed investigators the opportunity to accurately document and process the scene for evidence. This case is a good example of the teamwork necessary for a successful investigation and arson prosecution.

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Lake McClure, located 27 miles east of Merced, has been the Hot Spot for many years.

The Boat & Ski Club reunites for two annual trips each summer. An entire area is reserved exclusively for family and friends of the LAFD. Each week includes a Meet & Greet Potluck, Horseshoe and Volleyball Tournaments, Ice Cream Social, Raes, Bingo, Tie Dye, Karaoke, and a whole lot more. Whether you are a Water Skier, Wake Boarded, Skurfer, Air Chairer, Tuber or just a Sun Bather, there is FUN for Everyone! A BIG thank you to all of our Supporters and Sponsors: Sports LTD, Knotts Berry Farm, Interstate Batteries - Sun Valley, Tilleys Marine - Ventura, Eric Ericcsons - Ventura, Aloha Steakhouse & Charnell Smith - Ventura, Billys Boardshop - Castaic, Ocean Potion and Wendy Cant! Please support those who support our Club!

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In Honor of our Fallen Heroes LAFD FIRE MUSEUM (Old 27s), 1355 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood $45 donation ($30 for second rider) includes registration, luncheon, raffle ticket and ride shirt. $20 for luncheon & entertainement. Pre-registration not required All proceeds to benefit the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund Registration begins at 8:00 am. Event starts at 9:00 am. Luncheon begins at approximately 1:00 pm. Run is open to ALL RIDERS! SAGEBRUSH CANTINA - 23527 Calabasas Road, Calabasas

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Berlin/Los Angeles Firefighter Family Exchange Program

to find new access to the special relationship between Germans and Americans. The Next Generation Project Strong connections between the Los Angeles and Berlin fire departments have developed in the context of the Berlin/Los Angeles sister city relationship. In the interest of creating a broader base for these connections, the Next Generation Project is an exchange program that aims to include the younger generation. Ten young people from Berlin, ages 14 to 18, will spend two weeks living with the families of firefighters in Los Angeles. The goal is to facilitate encounters and experiences that are as personal as possible, with the aim of building strong and lasting relationships In 2015, teens from Los Angeles visiting fire families in Berlin. Host Families Needed The search is on for volunteers to be host families for these teenage boys and girls here in Los Angeles. The host families will be asked to provide adequate accommodations and food in their homes for the participants. Transportation, spending money and other expenses will be paid by the participants own families. To qualify as a host family, one parent must be on active LAFD duty. The LAFD family must also have at least one child at or near the same age as the visitor. The visiting teens will be in Los Angeles from July 15th thru July 30th . Schedule of Events Early on July 15th, the hosts and their guests will meet for a reception and pancake breakfast at Old Fire Station 27. Then the group will spend the morning on a Star Line tour of Hollywood. Other proposed activities include: Universal Studios, Disneyland, Venice Beach, a harbor tour, Dodger Game, and a Hollywood Bowl concert. Host families are encouraged to plan their own unique activities as well.

AFD families are needed to host teenagers from Berlin, Germany who will be visiting SoCal in July. The visitors are all children of Berlin Fire Department firefighters.
Starting Point German-American friendship is an inherent part of the mentality of the people of Berlin. America was the crucial western ally and seen as a protector from the Soviets during the cold war. A new generation of Berliners is now on the threshold of adulthood a generation that has no personal experience of the Berlin Airlift or Wall. This generation will need

Those interested in volunteering as host families can contact Lisa Schechter or Isaac Burks (LAFD retired) in the office of Councilman LaBonge for the application. They will be happy to answer any further questions you might have. The applications deadline is May 15th.

Lisa Schechter: lisa.schechter@lacity.org Isaac Burks: isaac.burks@lacity.org Both can be reached at 213.485.3337

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he cowboy, the police officer, and the firefighter are all American heroes. The NPRAis a non-profit organization of law enforcement officers and firefighters dedicated to preserving the link to the traditional Western lifestyle.

NPRA is a family organization that brings together members to compete in various rodeos around California and Nevada, promoting wholesome values in the spirit of friendly competition. Proceeds from our rodeos are donated to charities that benefit disabled children, such as NAHRA and Special Olympics. Traditional rodeo events are featured in performances, along with events not seen in the PRCA. In addition to the usual bronc and bull riding, calf roping, team roping, and barrel racing, we showcase a number of non-traditional events which allow family members of all ages to join in the fun. While the crowd may laugh at the antics of calf dressing, the competitors are deadly serious - and theyre in it to win!

So join the NPRA today! Qualifications for membership: Full time or retired firefighter, active or retired police officer, active or retired reserve officer, and active or retired military with dd214. The immediate family of any qualified member can join as secondary members (spouse, children, siblings, parents, grandchildren). The spouse and children of secondary members are also eligible to join. Dont meet those requirements? You can still join! We are now accepting associate member applications. As an associate member you will be competing in your own prize pool separate from that of our general NPRA members. So we invite you ALL to join in our rodeo fun!

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AFD specialty teams and companies were joined by LAFD Foundation sponsors and donors for the 2014 Fahrenheit charity event at the Fire Station 88 complex on April 5, 2014. Firefighter demonstrations and exhibits were the highlight of the early cocktail reception which was followed by a dinner program with entertainment. The Foundation serves to strengthen the preparedness and responsiveness of the LAFD by helping to invest in equipment, training programs, and public outreach.

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on life. Our Uncle Carroll will be missed tremendously. We thank you for your service and dedication in helping the disabled firemen. God Bless, Cecil and Cristy Crawford Bishop, CA Hi Andy I would like this donation to the Widows and Orphans to go for the memory of Carroll Hopkins. Ive known him for years, as we went to school together. Jim Haw LAFD Widow and Orphan Fund This is given in appreciation for the walker my husband is using to make walking a little easier. Thank you for being there for him. Sincerely, Mrs. Anna McAdam Avila Beach, CA LAFRA: Please accept this donation to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund in memory of Jack Rein. It was my pleasure and honor to take part in the planning and then the festivities of his 100th birthday party earlier this year at Fire Station 87. What a wonderful life - I want to be just like Jack when I grow up! I only met the man once, but to learn his lifes story and to be able to share it with Grapevine readers was certainly a privilege. Coming of age during the Great Depression, serving in World War II, a distinguished LAFD career - all these and more characterized Jack Rein and fellow members of the greatest generation. Surrounded and supported by a loving family until the very end, Jack was a hero to them and should be an inspiration for us all. Sincerely, Dave Wagner, LAFD retired Westlake Village, CA To Jim Dolan, I want to express my sincere and heartfelt thanks to you and the Relief Association for

Dear Editor, My husband and I would like to thank the LAFD and especially Station 64 for their love and support. My husband, Austin Herrington (LAFD firefighter) went in to the hospital on March 7th and was found to have Guillain Barre Syndrome. The station organized a meal delivery for our family and so many stations stepped up to volunteer. He is currently in recovery and we would like to thank everyone for all their love and support. We cannot thank you all enough. Thanks, Hillary and Austin Herrington

beautifully encased flag that was flown over Fire Station 93 following a ceremony for my dad is now a treasured family heirloom. He loved the LAFD and all the many men he worked with over his thirty years on the job. My dad would be humbled and honored. On behalf of myself, my husband Wes, and dads three grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren, please accept my donation to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund in loving memory of my dad Jerold Andrew, my mom Betty Lou Andrew and my brother Scott Andrew. With warm regards, Jill (Andrew) Moody, proud LAFD daughter Meadow Vista, CA To LAFRA The family and friends of William A. Burnidge wish to thank all those that made our fathers memorial on 3/11/14 so wonderful. Everyone was so kind and helpful at this most difficult time. Special thanks to the staff at the Firefighters Museum, as well as the bagpiper. We would especially like to thank Fire Chaplain Danny Leon for his most inspiring and comforting words. We thank all the fire crews at both the memorial as well as the graveside for helping us to honor our father. In honor of our fathers memory, please accept these donations from family and friends. Once again, it was a pleasure meeting all of you and being surrounded by the LA City Fire Department family. Thank you, Sherrie L. Threatt To whom it may concern; This donation is given in loving memory of our Uncle Carroll Hopkins. We were truly blessed by his love for many years. It seems to me that Uncle Carroll was always either on crutches or with a walker until he got his scooter. Uncle Carroll always had smile on his face and a fun story to share. He never complained about his situation. I truly admired him for his positive outlook

Dear Andy, Please accept this donation to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund in loving memory of my dear husband, Captain II Robert M. Brewis, who passed away on March 19, 2011. Ill always remember the wonderful support you gave to me during a difficult time. Thank you for all the good you do! Sincerely, Patricia Brewis Irvine, CA Dear LAFRA Please accept my grateful thanks for the most unexpected gift that arrived after the passing of my dad, Jerry Andrew. The

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all you have done to honor and recognize my later father, retired Captain Jack Rein. You made the funeral service for him extra special and I have received numerous positive comments from those who were there. Everyone was impressed and a bit awestruck by the level of participation that the Fire Department displayed. This includes me. I was expecting a nice showing, but the combination of having E-43 present, the bag piper, and yourself to present the encased flag was more than I had ever expected. I also have to comment on the 1945 letter from my dad to the Association that you read. The fact that the Relief Association has managed to keep this letter for almost 70 years is truly amazing. This letter was not from the President or from some general. It was from an Army sergeant who just wanted to thank the Association for sending him some magazines when he was overseas. The fact that someone decided to keep the letter and put it in a file where it was stored for seven decades so it could be retrieved now is a testament to how much the Relief Association really does care about its members and their families. My dad was always very proud of being part of the LAFD and he was a longtime supporter of the Widows and Orphans Fund. I intend to continue that tradition and make a donation in his name. Again, many thanks to you and the Relief Association. Sincerely, Neal Rein

Firefighter Justin Mendence set up a special needs trust to ensure his son, diagnosed with Autism, is taken care of in the best manner possible.

Unless you have a plan in placeyoure planning to fail. Leaving it to chance is not in me and my wifes vocabulary.
Q. Why is it important to get a special needs trust? A. Kids that have special needs will grow up to be adults with special needs. If something happened to us, he would not be able to manage by himself and wouldnt be protected. Q. Describe the types of things this trust sets up for your loved one with special needs in the event you are not able to care for them. A. An Advisory Council. You can name experts in the field that know your child and can help [the Trust Executor] make decisions for his or her future. Financial security and asset management Living arrangements Care arrangements Q. Do you have a message for people who have not created an estate plan? A. It is important because we work in a high risk job. If you love your children like I love mine, you want the best for them. Yes, it is work on your end, but you cannot put it in place later, you have to do it now. Yes, its a little bit of an investment, but we have a great benefit of a one-time, reimbursement the Relief Association gives us. Q. Are you glad you did it? A. It is definitely a peace of mind thing. I sleep a little bit easier at night knowing that my son is set up for his entire life. Ask for a Getting Started Kit today by emailing Relief Association Development & Marketing Director, Marlene Casillas at

Everyone should consider setting up an estate plan.

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Jack Rein with son Neal



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by Mike Mastro, President/CEO Firefighters First Credit Union

rotecting yourself from fraud is a valid concern in todays day and age for both your financial institution and you. By monitoring the latest trends in fraud and giving members the tools to be aware of the activity in their accounts, we can get fraud stopped before it starts. HOW WE PROTECT OUR MEMBERS FROM FRAUD Your Credit Union takes several measures to help keep your private information private and your accounts protected. We work closely with risk management and compliance entities to ensure we are following best practices and securing private information. We have policies and audit practices in place to ensure member information stays private - and is kept both physically and virtually secure. Some of the things we do to protect you from fraud include: We use Multi-Factor Authentication to verify the identity of members before access is granted to accounts We upgrade our platforms and technology to protect against fraud attempts that would try to compromise our system We monitor the industry for trends and technologies that can alert us to new developments and new defenses against attacks We train and educate our team to recognize the signs of fraud and procedures for fraud prevention We offer free fraud alert services to all members to alert you of suspicious account activity

How You Can Protect Yourself Against Fraud We are always working hard to protect your information from fraudsters. But there are things that members can do to help keep their information safe and their accounts secure. Check your account activity. Make sure you review your account statements to ensure the activity you see is yours. With Visa, you have Zero Liability for signature-based fraudulent charges, so be sure to report any fraudulent charges within 60 days. Check your credit report. You are able to get one free credit report each year from each of the credit reporting agencies. Be sure to check it for any accounts that you dont recognize and report them. Never give out private information to someone you dont know. Scammers are getting savvier all the time with new phishing schemes to get your private information from you. Always remember not to give out any private information over the phone or email unless you are sure that you are talking to a reliable source. Use public Wi-Fi safely. Be sure that you conduct your financial business only on private networks instead of public Wi-Fi. Scammers can get your information over a public system and use it later to get into your accounts. Upgrade your passwords and virus protection. Passwords are most secure when you use Alpha Numeric codes and even symbols to make it harder for fraudsters

to crack. Also, make sure that your virus protection is up to date on your technology. Sign up for Text Alerts and free FICO score service in online banking. Text alerts will keep you apprised of any credit card activity that sets off one of the fraud triggers and the FICO score will keep you informed of any changes in your credit score, which can indicate identity theft that can have repercussions on your credit worthiness. If you have any questions about how Firefighters First Credit Union protects your private information, visit our web site at www. firefightersfirstcu.org. This resource is a great way to stay informed of the latest trends in fraud and the best practices to protect yourself from it. Fraud can happen to anyone. If you think you might be the victim of fraud, please call us at (800) 231-1626 or stop by one of our regional offices, where our Credit Union representatives can walk you through what to do next. The more business we do together as a Fire Family, the greater the financial reward will be for all members! Have a safe month!

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and 1300 pounds, they stood between 15 and 16 hands (around five feet) as measured from their shoulders to their hooves. Smaller than crossbred Percherons, they were usually assigned to lightweight chemical and hose companies and to pull chiefs 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 steamer and the 1905 Gorter water tower in our museum. The horses were given one or two syllable names like Bob, Sam, Izzy, Rock, Rufus and Pete to facilitate the horses response when the driver (a rated position) called an order. Firefighters sometimes named horses to appropriately signify specific traits. Among those was Searchlight, a chiefs buggy horse, who, the story goes, had an uncanny 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 ruled that branding on the horses flank was cruel. Thereafter, numbers were branded on the horses right front hoof. The resulting indentation was filled in with the number in silver or gold paint. Another humane consideration was a rule against overuse of whips while urging horses to speed. Breaking that rule was cause for dismissal of the driver.

id you know that the LAFD had a total of 163 horses in 1911? This is the most horses the department would ever have. That year three new fire houses were opened (Engine 23, 24 and 25) for a total of 32. These were the last houses built specifically for fire horses. Im not sure how many of those old stations still exist - except old 23s at 225 E. 5th St., old 22s at 4352 So. Main St. and old 18s at 2616 So. Hobart where I worked as an engineer in 1967. It was one of those stations that had a hay loft. It is still there and remodeled and in use by a private organization. 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 motorized 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 stopping spectacle of highly trained, high spirited horses racing to alarms pulling the LAFD hose and chemical wagons, steamers, hook and ladder trucks and chiefs buggies. There was always 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 established breeders in midwestern and southern states where bloodlines and forage were known throughout the fire service for producing the highest quality horses. Cost was not the main consideration that precluded the purchase of purebred Morgans and Percherons, the two bloodlines most desired by fire departments. Breeding the purebred stallions with crossbreed mares, known as grade draft horses, produced colts with qualities that made them ideal for fire duty. Crossbreeds were smaller, lighter, faster, heartier, cheaper and less expensive 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 drivers reins. They would then be shipped by rail and corralled at the LAFDs yard on Pasadena Avenue between Ave. 19 and 20 (later to become the LAFD Division of Supply and Maintenance). Crossbred Morgans were usually black or various hues of brown. Weighing between 1000

Wagon and Steamer 18 on the run in front of Old Fire Station 18 at 2616 So. Hobart.

The 1905 Gorter Water Tower being pulled by three beautiful Percheron fire horses in a parade in downtown LA. The Gorter is on display in the Hollywood Museum

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These fire horses are striking a great pose in 1910 at the LAFD Yard on Pasadena Avenue.

A great part of our LAFD history was created by the 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 1800s to 1921 when the last horse Blackie was retired to Griffith Park. The Glory Days of horses were not altogether glorious for the firemen. Drivers had to arise at dawn to fill the horses water buckets. Rule 13 of the LAFD Rules and Regulations required a 30 minute wait after watering before the horses were fed at 6:30 a.m. The Rules & Regs also stated that the horses shall be fed not more than four quarts of grain and about 20 pounds of hay daily, and twice a week fed a bran mash. The horses were then exercised for not less than 30 minutes every morning followed by a thorough grooming. According to the Rules horses were required to be thoroughly washed and scrubbed at least once a month, weather permitting. Although teaching the horses tricks was a violation of Rule 13 - Section 5, many horses somehow learned tricks that included opening gates and water spigots, and kneeling and shaking hands. Among the LAFDs famous tricksters was a horse shown as Jerry on the official roster, but was better known as the Fire Eater. The firemen claimed that Jerry was mostly self taught, starting with his first assignment at Engine 9 at 9th and Santee Streets. Jerry stood in his stall rails to beg for tobacco, whether or not it was lit. Jerry often snorted smoke and could sense snuff and chewing tobacco which he would nuzzle out of the firemens pockets. By the time Jerry was transferred to Engine 10, located in 1910 at 16th and Hill Streets, he had added to his bag of tricks by dancing in his stall, and shaking hands with his hoof. He would entertain visitors by elongating

his lower lip, baring his teeth, lowering an ear, cocking an eye and leering. Joe Sepulveda, Jerrys driver, said the horse could smell apples or oranges the instant they were brought into the station and he would paw the floor until he got one. Engine 10 firemen learned that Jerry disliked sharing audiences with other horses and would jealously snort and otherwise protest if visitors looked at other horses. While Jerry was performing, the firemen made certain that the chains across the other horse stalls were securely fastened. Jerry insisted upon center stage! There were many Rules about the care of horses and many stories about them especially of the characters like Jerry. Part 3 of this series will be about Blackie the last fire horse and the beginning of the LAFD motorized vehicles. MEMORIES - Blackie the Last Fire Horse by Captain Harry J. Griffin, Retired This article appeared in the March 15, 1937 issue of THE FIREMANS GRAPEVINE. Harry Griffin came on the Department during the era of horses and drove a hose wagon. Harry became a captain and was a Medal of Valor recipient. His son Dr. Pat Griffin donated a large amount of memorabilia from his fathers collection to our Museum. Blackie is my name, to me belongs the honor of being the last fire horse. Today I am at home in Griffith Park, whetting my appetite on green grass with hay and oats as dessert. Just a life of ease for me, no more do I race and sweat down hardened highways pulling fire apparatus with clanging bells ringing in my ears, but my memory lingers on, of days when in a clean stall in a fire station called the marble palace I spent many happy hours, bedded down at night for a rest in clean hay with a breakfast of oats and drink of cooling water, and a valet to comb my sleek coat of hair, wash my mouth, clean my feet and attend
Truck Company 1 with a Hayes aerial ladder (like the one in our Hollywood Museum) with a matched set of snow white Percheron horses. Note the nine members of the company. A driver, officer and seven firemen.

The alarm has sounded in Old Fire Station 23 on May 15, 1915 as the Firemen get the horses ready to respond.

my every need. If I felt ill a doctor gave me the best of his skill to put me in the pink of condition. By a standing chain in front of my stall, I was ready to spring into action at the toll of the bell, taking my place under harness, where my pals in blue dropped a leather suit on me, jerked a collar around my neck, snapped reins to my bridle, as out into the street I ran, pulling behind me a shiny red wagon, with smoke eaters hanging on the sides. Down dry, wet or slippery streets in the dead of night or in bright sunshine I ran with all my strength, I had a duty to perform, maybe it was saving a life or someones home. I must get the men to the fire quickly. People used to stop and look as I passed by, and as I stopped at the fire, white with sweat, would offer me something dainty to eat, but I had to get my breath first, but, alas, my driver would spoil it all, drive me away back from the fire, hitch me to a post, and cover me with a blanket, thinking I might catch cold. Sometimes my shoes that were of steel and rubber came loose from my feet, but never did I stop, just running on in my bare feet. Of course I have been injured, many a fall have I taken cutting my flesh, breaking bones, and was I nervous and anxious to get on duty when my superiors made me rest up from an injury? Yes, I used to look with angry eyes when one of those steel gasoline autos passed me by, and tears came to my eyes as my comrades in the station whispered into my ear, It looks like Blackie will soon be no more, the new gasoline fire apparatus will retire you. Yes, I can still feel the tug at the reins my driver R. J. Scott gave to me, and many who are now officers in the Department rode upon the shiny red wagon which I was proud to pull. And can I remember the day they took me away from the home and comrades I loved dearly, I saw tears in the eyes of many, as the boys said when the new apparatus took my place. Well it may be faster and more modern, but they never can fill the place of our human pals, the fire horses. Soon I will be gone to my place in horse heaven, where all my pals have gone long ago. I just stand and look at the green hills, occasionally petted by a passing man or woman and dream and dream of memories of long ago. Sometimes I am honored by being taken to the noise and bustle of the City, where I am afraid of the speed of traffic, and hear some child ask its Mother as I pass, Mother what is a FIRE HORSE? could the younger generation have seen and heard the praise, Oh, those human beasts look so beautiful as they rear and tear to a fire. You dont hear it now-a-days as a steel thing goes past with a siren sounding, they are not as sweet as the bells of long ago. Of course I am grateful that those that I served so faithful have given me a life of ease. But could I live again those days of old, my sleek coat of hair has grown to be long and shaggy, my teeth are not as sharp, no one to play valet to me now, but the Honor is still mine, BLACKIE the only living fire horse of the

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City of Angels. I hope some day that a statue will rest in a City Park to remind the children of tomorrow of the Human Heroes of yesterday. The FIRE HORSES. The deeds of which is history.

Major Richard Rusnok enjoying a day off from flying the F35B with his family at the Harbor Fire Museum. Major Rusnok at work in the cockpit of his F35B at Edwards.

John Robertson and his wife Kim with the mannequins he donated and receiving a plaque from his friend and our Board member Tim Kennoy.

A photo of Blackie, the last fire horse, in retirement in Griffith Park.

Historical Society Board of Directors Election in June The LAFD Historical Society will be having an election of members of the Board of Directors in June. Those of you who are interested in guiding our organization in its mission to preserve, memorialize and educate and can devote some time to give back to the community should contact our President Jim Finn directly at (818) 429 4701. Jim will be able to answer your questions and give you an idea of what this important position entails. Whats New at the Harbor Fire Museum We have had an increasing number of visitors at the Harbor Fire Museum and some very interesting people. In March we had a young family of five come in for a tour. We found out that the husband and father of three children was a Marine Corps Major and test pilot of the newest tactical fighter aircraft - the F35B. Major Richard Rusnok flies these

Annual Pancake Breakfast It is time for our Annual Pancake Breakfast held at the Hollywood Fire Museum on Fire Service Day, Saturday, May 10th. This is one of our fund raiser events so you are all invited to help support us, enjoy a great breakfast, visit the Museum and Memorial, and watch the members of Fire Station 27 demonstrate emergency operations.

planes at Edwards Air Force Base in California where he lives with his family. He is an Annapolis graduate and at the top of the ladder for pilots. He also likes fire engines. It was a true pleasure to meet him and his family. He may be available to be the guest speaker at the Marine Corps Birthday on November 10th at the Hollywood Fire Museum. I am sure he will have some interesting things to talk about. We also had the opportunity to thank John Robertson for the generous donation of five mannequins to the museum. He and his wife Kim joined us for a wonderful lunch prepared by our chef Don Forrest and then received a plaque thanking him for his support of the LAFDHS.

Calendar for May 2014

New LAFDHS Book Our Board members Dave Cox and Walt Jaeger have authored yet another book entitled The Maids of the Mist Fireboats and the History of Fire Protection at the Port of Los Angeles. This is a 9X12 200 page book with 190 color and 140 black and white photos covering 150 years of fire protection history in the Port and published by M.T. Publishing. It will have a special numbered commemorative edition at $39.95 plus shipping with a pre-order deadline of July 15, 2014. On line at www. mtpublishing.com or call toll free 1 (888) 263-4702.

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CALL TO ORDER President Juan Albarran called the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association to order at 9:37 a.m. ROLL CALL MEMBERS PRESENT: Juan Albarran, President Robert Steinbacher, Vice President Andrew Kuljis, Secretary Trustee James Coburn Trustee Steven Domanski Trustee Jeff Cawdrey Trustee Tyler Tomich Trustee Craig White Trustee Chris Stine Trustee David Peters Trustee Steve Ruda Trustee Gene Bednarchik Trustee Steve Tufts Trustee Francisco Hernandez Trustee David Ortiz Trustee Steve Berkery Trustee David Lowe Pension Trustee Tim Larson Pension Todd Layfer - Executive Director MEMBERS ABSENT: Trustee Barry Hedberg Pension (Excused) Trustee Doak Smith (Excused) Trustee Rick Godinez (Excused) Trustee Mark Akahoshi (Excused) Trustee Chris Hart (Excused) GUESTS: Dennis Mendenhall, Retired Tom Stires, Retired Dave Wagner, Grapevine Editor INVOCATION & Flag Salute Andy Kuljis led the invocation. Tyler Tomich led the flag salute. RATIFICATION OF MINUTES Juan Albarran entertained a motion to ratify and dispense with the reading of the minutes of the Board of Trustees meeting held February 5, 2014. David Lowe so moved. David Peters seconded. There was no further discussion or objections. Motion carried to ratify and dispense with the reading of the minutes of the Board of Trustees held February 5, 2014. PRESIDENT REPORT 1) Juan Albarran informed the Board that he and Bob Steinbacher will attend an offsite Pension meeting on March 6th at the California Endowment Center. He indicated that they will address healthcare issues and investments. 2) Juan Albarran provided an update on the 7470 Figueroa building and stated that some tenants have already moved out. He mentioned that there have been some mechanical issues with the A/C unit but they are in the process of resolving it. 3) Juan Albarran informed the Board of a recent re-organization that resulted in two LAFRA staff members now reporting to Dave Wagner. He stated that this was done to improve service to the membership and better efficiency with events. 4) Juan Albarran mentioned that he, Steve Domanski and Doak Smith made visits to some LAFRA surviving spouses last week. He indicated that it was nice to see the work and assistance that LAFRA provides to those who need it. VICE PRESIDENT REPORT 1) Bob Steinbacher confirmed attendance with those Trustees attending upcoming conferences. He asked for volunteers to attend the annual memorial ceremonies in Colorado Springs and Sacramento. Juan Albarran stated that it has not been determined if LAFD members will be placed on the wall. BUILDING COMMITTEE REPORT Steve Domanski reported that the committee had met with Dan Stein to go over the updated office space drawings. He indicated that Dan is revising some wording on the documents before they send out for general contractor bids. Juan Albarran mentioned that they had ordered a cover for the electrical panel and are having some rewiring work done. INVESTMENT REPORT Steve Domanski informed the Board that the Investment Committee had met with Garth Flint and Mike Breller at Beacon Pointes offices in Newport Beach. He shared with the Board that Beacon Pointe has $6 billion of assets under management and have made improvements to their operations including a new reporting performance system. He stated that they discussed placing Stralem on the watch list because of performance issues related to not providing enough downside protection in the market. EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS REPORT 1) Todd Layfer reported that he and Juan Albarran attended the first Hope for Firefighters Executive Committee meeting. He mentioned that some of the key people in the committee had retired. He announced that U.S. Bank has committed to be the Presenting Sponsor for the event. He reported that so far they have seven fire stations signed up for food booths. 2) Todd Layfer informed the Board that Liz Denison will be at the LAFRA offices on April 16th and will meet with the Administrative and Relief committees. 3) Todd Layfer mentioned that he and Juan Albarran had met briefly with the Credit Union to discuss LAFRAs plan on vacating the building. He mentioned that a couple of prospective tenants walked through the office. 4) Todd Layfer reported on the status of the audit and indicated that they should be finished by March 7th. ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE REPORT Jeff Cawdrey presented the following motions. The committee recommends and I so move to pay the usual and customary bills in the amount of $917,247.49. There was no discussion or objections. Motion carried to pay the usual and customary bills in the amount of $917,247.49. The committee recommends and I so move to pay the professional fees in the amount of $115,694.43. There was no discussion or objections.

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Motion carried to pay the professional fees in the amount of $115,694.43. The committee recommends and I so move to enter into contract with the Get Together Foundation concert benefitting the WODFF. There was no discussion or objections. Motion carried to enter into contract with the Get Together Foundation concert benefiting the WODFF. The committee recommends and I so move to enter into talks for LAPRA to use the FRITS system. There was no discussion or objections. Motion carried to enter into talks for LAPRA to explore the use of the FRITS system. The committee recommends and I so move to approve up to four Trustees to attend the Annual SIIA conference. There was no discussion or objections. Motion carried to approve sending up to four Trustees to attend the Annual SIIA conference. MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT David Peters presented the following motion. The committee recommends and I so move to accept the applications to the Medical Plan. There was no discussion and no objections. Motion carried to accept all applications to the Medical Plan. David Peters reported that the Open Enrollment materials have been reviewed and will be going out next month. The committee recommends and I so move that the ERRP funds be used to also reimburse all Rx copays from retail and mail order effective July 1, 2014, until funds are exhausted. There was no discussion or objections. Motion carried to use ERRP funds to also reimburse all Rx copays from retail and mail order effective July 1, 2014, until funds are exhausted. RELIEF COMMITTEE REPORT James Coburn presented the following motion. The committee recommends and I so move to pay: The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount of

$4,157.20, The Estate Planning benefit in the amount of $4,800, The Relief Death Benefits in the amount of $36,000. There was no discussion or objections. Motion carried to pay the above Relief benefits. Tim Larson read the names of members who recently passed and asked for a moment of silence from the Board. MEMORIALS William L. Sherman Clifton G. Collins Clarence R. Stapel Thomas E. Pinger William M. Harkness Donald C. Goodrow Wayne R. Butcher Emmett W. Murray ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE Tim Larson presented the following motions. The committee recommends and I so move to accept the donations in the amount of $12,124.33 to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund. There was no discussion or objections. Motion carried to accept the donations in the amount of $12,124.33 to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund. The committee recommends and I so move to approve the financial assistance applications for surviving spouses, active and retired members. There was no discussion or objections. Motion carried to approve the financial assistance applications for surviving spouses, active and retired members. EMERGENCY ADVANCEMENTS Tim Larson presented the following motion. The committee recommends and I so move to approve the emergency advancement applications for active and retired members. There was no discussion or objections. Motion carried to approve the emergency advancement applications for active and retired members.

GRAPEVINE/WEB REPORT David Wagner reported that they had a sale on classified ads but didnt bring in many new ads. He stated that they are actively looking for a new database to track classified and display ads. He indicated that they would like to have the ability to automatically contact advertisers when their ads are about to expire. SECRETARYS REPORT Andy Kuljis mentioned that he and Juan had visited a 96 year-old member and indicated that he was doing well. He asked that if Trustees hear about ailing members to please let them know so that they could pay them a visit or give them a call. SETTING OF DATES 1) Hook & Ladder Enduro March 22nd 2) Dads & Kids Event April 4th 6th 3) Scholarship Program Essay April 12th 4) Firefighter of the Year April 16th 5) LAFRA Staff Training April 21st 23rd 6) SIIA Conference April 23rd 24th 7) Corbin Bowl April 27th 8) LAFRA Reunion Pechanga May 19th 23rd 9) Hope for Firefighters June 5th 10) Get Together Foundation Concert July 3rd 11) World Fire Games August 15th 24th RETIREMENT DINNERS 1) Jon Holtby March 5th Braemar Country Club 2) Jon Balich March 8th The Overland 3) Greg Gibson March 11th Odyssey Restaurant 4) Lloyd Fukuda March 27th San Antonio Winery 5) Keith Young March 29th LAX Marriott 6) James Herbert Johnston April 24th Bel Air Bay Club ADJOURNMENT Juan Albarran entertained a motion to adjourn. Craig White moved. Frank Hernandez seconded. There was no discussion and no objections. Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of Trustees meeting adjourned at 10:39 pm. Juan Albarran, President

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2008 MONTE VISTA 5TH WHEEL. 35.6, 1 1/4 BA, 4 bunks, master, 2 dinettes, big screen TV, fireplace, 4 slideouts, fridge, convection microwave, surround sound, forced air-heat, water heater, ceiling fan, spot for washer/dryer, 5.5K generator (Onan). Will sell truck if needed. (310) 514-1633, lafdpaiz@hotmail.com 2011 RZR 4 800 extended warranty- low hours, custom roll cage, king shocks, custom benches front and back, 5 -5 point harnesses, 4 PCI race headsets with iPod radio connection, air horn, custom front and back light bar, interior lights, lighted whip, aftermarket wheels, custom roof cover, pro armor doors, race steering wheel, arm restraints and 6 helmets included, custom car cover $17K. Contact Angie 661-309-7859 COLLECTOR CARS. 1990 Chevy SS454 pick-up from hell runs perfect. Needs some TLC. Best offer! 1979 VW Convert last year ever made white/white/white. 780 miles on engine. New tires on polished porsche wheels. Best offer over $5500. Stored inside in Palmdale. Call Monty Majesky - retired LAFD anytime (661) 265-6557 MEMORABILIA OF RAY HORELLY. Finally selling Ray Horellys collection of books, pictures, leather bucket, fire extinguishers, city call boxes, etc. Best offers accepted. Phone after 2 PM. Karen Horelly (818) 362-0494.

EVER DREAM OF OWNING your own vineyard? Over 27 acres of beatiful, level property with a well established vineyard. 11+ acres of established grapes consisting of 6 acres of Pinot Gris & 5 acres of Pinot Noir. There is over 5 acres of pasture. A very sophisticated irrigation system maked watering simple and efficient. Over $27,000 of fencing was recently installed. This lovely property includes all the picking buckets, stacked boxes and basic equipment needed to harvest. The property has additional wooded portions and it fronts over 700 feet of year-round crk. There are several outbuildings. The home of nearly 2000 feet was built in 1985 but was recently updated with granite countertops and lifetime decks. This picturesque property is a dream come true located in beautiful Southern Oregon. $649,000. Owned by a retired LA Firefighter. For more info call Remax Ideal Brokers Inc (541) 660-6006 Michael Masters or (541) 659-5644 Lori LaFlamme. For pictures, visual tour and more info visit Remax Ideal Brokers 4567 Deer Creek. FOR SALE BY OWNER International Living $170.000 Ecuador, Esmeraldas, South Pacific, Lagos de la Cumbia Resort, beautiful SFH, 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath, fully furnished vacation pool home. Access to 20-horses stable, and tennis court. Between SAME and SUA beaches this home is a gem. For more details contact: Hilda Rendon (714) 5866729 GREAT HOME in gated neighborhood on Lake Hartwell, South Carolina. Located in a gated neighborhood, has a dock in place on deep water. Home features five bedrooms and five bathrooms with master on main. Kitchen has granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. There are two decks on that is screened in. There is an additional 2300 square feet in basement partially finished. Easy walk to lake. $649,900. 105 Chapelwood Drive, Anderson, South Carolina. www.callelizabeth.com

master craftsman. 4 1/2 mahogany door and window moulding, hand carved with flowers and humming birds; Baseboards, flowers and quail. Unique wood floor & forest green w/ 18 raspberry border carpet. Chimney sweep controls at fire place. KitchenGranite, Jenn-air convection, lights in cupboards. 12x48 front porch, Back porch W/step- in Lg Hot tub. 42x48 drive- in basement with 10 hi walls insulated on both sides & 3/4 ba. So many more amenities & equipment inside & out It would require two columns. Will E-mail extensive list & photos upon request. $420,000 . Gail McMillan, LAFD retired. swissbar@sisqtel.net 530-465-2460 MILLION DOLLAR VIEW. Spectacular views from this wonderful home with over 2000 sq ft of living space on almost 12 acres in Southern Oregon. Home features 3 bedroom and 3 full baths. Country kitchen add to the homes charm. Two bedrooms and two baths on the main level and one bedroom one bath on lower level with large family or game room. Recent updates include double pane windows, interior paint. New roof, exterior paint, new gutters in 2012. End of road privacy and amazing views. $289,000. Visit this home on the web at Remax Ideal Brokers 424 Reagor. For more information call (541) 659-5644. NEW HOME IN SOUTHERN OREGON. 2014 custom home, 2,000 sf, 3 BD 2 BA one story home on cul-de-sac. Redwood 3 1/4 sanded finish floors, 9 ceilings, shed vault in living and dining rooms, island kitchen, granit counter tops, stainless steel appliances, pantry gas fireplace, and utility room. Beautiful views in Medford, Oregon. $329,900. www.foothillcustomhome.com or call (541) 772-3790.

stumpgrinding, and firewood sales. Mixed firewood, eucalyptus and oak. Delivery available or pick up. Licensed and insured. Dwayne Kastor, FS 63-B - (818) 535-6368. CALIFORNIA FIREARMS DEALER - DOJRS background checks, FFL transfers, handgun safety certificate, consignment sales, gun registration and personal transfers. Personal firearms instructor, tactical casualty management and gunsmithing. All handguns and long guns must be listed on the California DOJ for sale roster. Call Bill Evans active LAFD (714) 330-9825 email: firehousegunz@gmail.com COUNSELING SERVICES. Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Susan Purrington specializes in anxiety, depression, relational difficulties, eating disorders, spiritual or personal growth, marital conflict, family of origin issues. Find a supportive and confidential place for healing and growth. Located in Old Towne Orange. Questions or consultation: (949)648-7875 susanpurrington@gmail.com CRAIG SANFORD HEATING & AIR - Free estimates, residential, commercial. Great rates for LAFD and LAPD. Toll free (877) 891-1414, (661) 298-3070, FAX (661) 298-3069. State License No. 527114 FIRE FAMILY ESTATE SALES Call us when a loved one passes, moves to a nursing facility or downsizes. Our professional staff can handle every aspect of estate liquidation. We have worked with many fire families and are here to help. Rebecca Martin, LAFD wife (818) 216-3637 www. firefamilyestatesales.com FIREMAN DESIGN LANDSCAPE INC. A complete landscape service A-Z. Sod irrigation / stamped concrete / driveways / patio cover / low voltage lighting / artificial turf / rockscapes / walls. FREE landscape design. Free estimates. Serving all Southern CA. Eric Mendoza 96-B (760) 221-1912. Call or text. CA Lic # 807078. Bonded & insured www.firemanlandscape.com FIREMAN WHOLESALE NURSERY & ROCK YARD. All your landscape materials @ wholesale prices. Trees / plants / decorative rock / boulders / firewood / sod / artificial turf. Delivery available. Located in Victorville CA. (760) 243-9500 www.firemanwholesalenursery. com Your 1 stop shop! GARAGE DOOR INSTALLATION & SERVICE. Garage doors and openers. Need to replace your broken springs? or does your door need repair, even replaced? We do it all from new product to repairing old. Call (661) 860-4563 Grassroots Garage Doors, Inc. Lic# 950020. Son of 35 year veteran fireman.


ACROSS FROM GOLF COURSE. Eagle Point, Oregon, 2008 custom home, 2783 sf., 3 BD 2 BA, two story. Birch floors, island kitchen, oversized garage (724 sf), gas fireplace. Quiet cul-de-sac within walking distance to restaurants, shops, fitness club and walking trail around golf course. $306,000. www.southerncustomhome.com or call (541) 772-3790. COMMERCIAL AUTO REPAIR SHOP has everything - tools, books, inventory, 2 lifts, two 20 ft containers, tire machine - way too much to list. Plus small 2 bedroom house all on half acre corner lot, ready to move in and start working. Hwy 395, Independence CA. LAFD Widow. (760) 8782269. Shown by appointment only. Great deal at $220,000 cash.

911 CALL ELIZABETH WILLAHAN (LAFD wife) for any real estate needs. Donation to fire-related organizations and/or help with some escrow fees with every closed sale! Specializing in Orange County, parts of Los Angeles/Riverside Counties. Lender information available. Century 21 Award, BRE #00966984. (949) 293-2401 ALTERNATIVE & TRADITIONAL Termite & Pest Control - ECOLA Ecological Solutions. Smart choices, simple solutions. Problem solved. Call for FREE termite estimate or pest quotes over the phone - escrow and inspections excluded. Fireman wife Sue Fries - Termite Lady. (818) 652-7171. termitelady@ecolatermite.com BUSY BEAVER TREE AND LANDSCAPE. Tree trimming and removal,

LOG HOME, 11601 Klamath Rv. Rd, Yreka,CA 96097. 5 3/4 ac. 651 river frontage + adj. 10 ac. gold claim. The finest property on the river; 18 mi from Yreka CA, 35 mi. to Ashland OR; In the Siskiyou Nat. forest. Property has changed family name twice since 1949. You could be the lucky third. Year around fishing, hunting, rafting. We built home in 1995: 2190 SF, meticulously hand crafted/extensive custom work every place you look. 14-16 log walls. 2 br/2ba/+ 3/4ba. Huge loft. 5 beds,4 desks,2 ba, kitchen, all matching oak, made by a

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ITS TAX TIME AGAIN! Specializing in Firefighter and Paramedic Returns, Electronic Filing available, year round bookkeeping and accounting, business and partnership returns, payroll. All computerized processing with over 30 years experience. Call early for an appointment around your schedule. Robert Sanchez LAFD-OCD retired (818) 367-7017, cell (818) 216-1040. MARRIAGE, FAMILY, INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING. Licensed therapist Cathy Chambliss helps couples and individuals work through conflicts in relationships, stress, anxiety, affairs, communication issues, and divorce. All counseling is confidential. Insurance taken. Call Cathy at (310) 303-9132. Office located in Hermosa Beach. www.cathychamblissmft.com REAL ESTATE SERVICES. Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura and the San Fernando Valley. Homes, lots, commercial and investment properties. Over 20 years experience. Please call me with your real estate questions and also request your activity reports for your area. Mike Rhodes - Prudential California Realty. Realtor - BRE License 0177388. LAFD retired. Cell (805) 501-6044. Email: 2MikeRhodes@gmail.com TAX ALERT FOR FIREFIGHTERS. Dont lose thousands of dollars during your professional career to taxes! Let HEWITT FINANCIAL GROUP prepare your tax return. We specialize in tax preparation and financial planning for firefighters. We offer a FREE REVIEW of your last three years of tax returns. Call us today at (800) 573-4829 or visit us at www.hewittfinancial.com WINDOWS & PATIO DOORS - vinyl replacement windows & Patio doors. I also carry aluminum, wood and entry door systems. Rick Brandelli, Capt. LACoFD, FS 8-C (800) 667-6676. www.GeeWindows.com

BIG BEAR LAKES FINEST- Deluxe lakeside townhouse, 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable TVs, HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood burning fireplaces, laundry room, tennis court, indoor pool, sauna, spa, boat dock. Fully equipped, including all linens. Sleeps 6. 310-541-8311 or email: nmbigbear@gmail.com BIG BEAR CABIN - Sugarloaf - Cozy upgraded 2 bedroom cabin. Sleeps 8. Fireplace, deck, Wifi - internet and cable TV. On a large lot with sled hill. Fully furnished except linens. $125 Winter $100 summer. Details and availability, Call/text/email Jessica (949) 874-5294 sugarloafcabin@cox.net sugarloafcabin.com CATALINA BEACH COTTAGE - 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block to beach, view, fully equipped housekeeping unit. Marci (818) 3476783 or Clarence (310) 510-2721. FABULOUS CAYUCOS BEACH CONDO. 180-degree ocean front view, 1 bedroom, 1 1/4 bath, living room, sofa bed, outdoor patio ocean front view. Morro Bay/ Hearst Castle, Central California Area. Steps to beach and fishing pier. Nearby public golf & tennis. Weekly or monthly. Contact Sondra (818) 985-9066. JUNE LAKE CABIN - 2BR/2BA cabin with Carson Peak view. Close to fishing & skiing. Furnished, wood deck, equipped kitchen, wood burning stove, tree swing, cable /DVD/phone. Garage/ample parking. $95/night plus cleaning fee. Email for pictures. Jeff Easton 93-A (805) 217-5602. junebound@gmail.com LAKE ARROWHEAD BLUE JAY CABIN. Charming 2-story with creek, large deck, two baths, complete kitchen, TV/VCR/DVD, fireplace, washer & dryer. Walk to Blue Jay Village. Sleeps 8. $90/night. NO PETS! Bruce or Sue Froude, (805) 498-8542. LAKE HAVASU LANDING-Waterfront, steps to the water. Boat mooring out front, off-road desert behind house. 3 bed/3 bath, fully furnished w/ linens. Direct TV/DVR, BBQ, Casino, Grocery/Meat Market, Launch Ramp, Marina with Boat House, Gated Community. No pets/smoking. $350 Dan Cook 310 418 1577. LAKE HAVASU BEAUTY FOR RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 sq.ft. Fully furnished with all amenitiesLaundry & BBQ. 13,000 sq.ft. lot. 3 car boat-deep garage. 3 miles from launch ramp. Close to downtown shops & restaurants. View of the lake. Quiet street in good neighborhood. No pets. No smoking. Snowbird rates. Call Mike (661) 510-6246 LAKE NACIMIENTO. Oak Shores gated community. 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, large loft. 3minute drive to main

marina in Oak Shores. Large flat driveway. Fully equipped kitchen, BBQ, washer/dryer, TV/DVD. No cable. No pets/smoking. $185/night. 3 night minimum. Call Ben (805) 444-2264. MAMMOTH - 1 bedroom Summit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient underground garage parking. Jacuzzis, gym (pool/tennis in summertime), shuttle right outside! Across from Eagle Lodge, Winter $110 per night, Summer $80 per night plus $65 cleaning fee and 13% tax. All linens included. Drew or Nancy Oliphant (661) 513-2000 or email: mammoth241@aol.com MAMMOTH CONDO. 1 Bed/ 1.25 Bath sierra manors condo. In town, on shuttle route. Sleeps 4 easily. Pets OK. Fully furnished with new furniture/ HDTV/WIFI Woodburning fireplace. Hot Tub, sauna, W/D in complex. Reduced rates for FFs starting @100/nt oldtownmammothcondo.ownernetworks.com mammothmtncondo@yahoo.com Ryan (310) 717 8483 for more info/ rates MAMMOTH CONDO. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 6. Near Canyon Lodge. Newly remodeled recreation room with pool and spa. Laundy facilities, condo has been beautifully remodeled. Photos available on website. Winter - $300 per night, Summer - $150 per night. $150 cleaning fee. Call for holiday terms and pricing. Joseph Angiuli (626) 497-5083. www.discoveryfour.com MAMMOTH CONDO - CHAMONIX. 2 bedroom & large loft, 3 full baths, sleeps 8. 5 minute walk to Canyon Lodge. Fully furnished, TVs, VCR/ DVD, pool, spa, rec room, sauna, linens included. Winter $175 weekdays, $195-weekends/holidays; summer $125, plus cleaning. No smoking; no pets. Craig Yoder (909) 948-3659. MAMMOTH CONDO Cozy 2 bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished, WIFI, 3 TVs, pool, spa, walk to shuttle, Old Mammoth area. Winter $115, Summer $90, plus maid $126. Includes linens. No pets, no smoking. Call (310) 540-4648. MAMMOTH CONDO AT MAMMOTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA, sleeps 10, fully furnished, 2 TVs, DVDs, WiFi, towels/ linens, fireplace. Full kitchen. Walk to Gondola Village and shuttle. Complex has pool, spa, sauna, laundry. Winter $335/night, Summer $215/night, plus cleaning. Includes city bed tax. No pets, no smoking. Dory Jones (310) 918-0631 or Kelly Corcoran (310) 619-5355 MAMMOTH CONDO - 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 2 TVs, phone, garage, pool, jacuzzi, fully furnished - exept linens. Near shuttle/chair 15. Winter $125/ night. Weekends and Holidays $110

midweek. Summer $95/night. $495/ week. No smoking. No pets. Jim Johnson (818) 992-7564, FS 80C. MAMMOTH CONDO NEXT TO THE GONDOLA VILLAGE Fully furnished, three bedroom, two bath with towels and linens, newly remodeled kitchen, internet and cable TV, pool and Jacuzzi. Walk to the gondola, shops, restaurants and ski in on the new comeback trail. Parking at the front door. Winter: $250/night. Summer $150/night. Holidays $300/ night. Cleaning is included. Call Mike Whitehouse, Retired, 805-987-6122, email: btkwhitey@yahoo.com or Bruce Galien, Retired, 661-6457448, email: luvbaja2@aol.com MAMMOTH CONDO rental. Large 2bed/2bath winterset condo. Fully furnished, across from Vons, on shuttle route, easily sleeps 8. Hot tub, heated pool, sauna, full size in unit W/D HDTV/WiFi throughout, woodburning fireplace, pets OK FIREFIGHTER DISCOUNTS, rates from $150/night facebook.com/mammothmtncondo@yahoo.com Ryan @ (310) 717-8483 MAMMOTH CONDO - Sierra Manors Sleeps 7. 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath. Fully furnished except linens. 2 TVs/VCR/ DVD, stereo/CD. Dishwasher, microwave, sauna, jacuzzi, pool. No smoking/No Pets. Shuttle at door. Winter $155/night, Summer $100/night, Plus $80 cleaning fee and City Bed Tax. Brian & Karen Salvage LAFD Retired (805) 499-7752. MAMMOTH LAKES - One bedroom, extremely charming wildflower condo. Full amenities, close to shuttle. Antiques, art, satellite TV, fireplace. Sleeps 4. Winter $110, Summer $85 plus cleaning fees. Call Bill Clark (818) 371-6722 Email: shakesong@aol.com MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET: Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed, sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR, DVD. Garage parking. Walk to Canyon Lodge. Ski back wall. 2 night minimum. Winter $100/nite, $126 Fri, Sat & Holidays. Summer $50/nite. Plus $95 cleaning & linens. Jeff & Lisa Moir. LAFD Air Ops (661) 254-5788. MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET: Walk to Canyon Lodge. Studio loft sleeps 4. Queen beds, full kitchen, 2 baths, garage parking, TV, VCR, DVD. Winter Sun-Thurs $100.nite; Fri & Sat $115/nite plus cleaning fee $100. Non smoking complex. Joel Parker, LAFD retired. email: cat25sailor@juno.com or (213) 399-6534. MARIPOSA/GOLD COUNTRY. North entrance to Yosemite. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, sleeps 6. Newly built. Complete kitchen, washer & dryer, wi-fi, satellite TV. Seasonal rates. www.thecotta-

BIG BEAR CABIN - All season, restful views from decks. Two story, sleeps 6, half mile to lake, two plus miles to slopes. Fireplace/Wood, cable TV/DVD/VCR. Full kitchen, completely furnished except linens. Pets ok. $95/$105 (two day minimum). $550/$600 a week, Beep or Donna Schaffer 1+(760) 723-1475. www.schaffercabin.com BIG BEAR CABIN. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 story. Sleeps 6-8. About 6 miles from ski slopes & lake. Fireplace/wood, cable, full kitchen - furnished. $100 per night M - Th. $110 per night F-Sun. Weekly available. Sheri (909) 851-1094 or (760) 948-2844.

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geonevergreenlane.com Call 888-977-1006 MAUI BEACH FRONT CONDO ON NAPILI BAY - 50 from water. Studios and 1 bedroom. Luxury furnishings + full kitchen. All the amenities! Mauis best snorkeling/beach. All island activities & Kapalua within 4 minutes. 5-day minimum, from $150 per night (regularly $310/night). Call Sherrie or Bill for info/reservations (805) 530-0007 or email: pmimaui@aol. com or visit: www.napilibaymaui.com MAUI CONDO 1 AND 2 BEDROOMS. Centrally located on beautiful Maalaea Bay. Excellent swimming and snorkeling; white sandy beach. Minutes from golf, tennis, fishing, shopping, airport and resort areas. Marsha Smith or Jeanne McJannet. Toll free (800) 367-6084. www.maalaeabay.com MAUIS MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful fur-

nished condo that sleeps 4. Lanai/ balcony, full kitchen, king bed, flat screen TVs/DVD, ACs free WiFi (internet), complimentary maid service, complimentary coffee every morning and breakfast on Fridays. Special firefighters discount - Best value in West Maui! Nice pool & BBQ area - Close to beach! (800) 336-2185 www.napilivillage.com Don Sprenger - retired LAFD (949) 548-5659 PALACE RESORTS ALL INCLUSIVE. Cancun, Riviera Maya, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel - Exclusive member service and treatment. Visit palaceresorts.com to view various resorts and amenities. Price is for one week, two persons, any day travel and includes airport transportation, massages and two tours. Price varies by season. John @ (626) 757-5341 or jgonzlz@hotmail.com PALM DESERT-3 bed/2bath, one level. New re-model, fully furnished w/linens. Cable TV/

DVR, Private Patio, BBQ, Laundry, Garage, Gated Community, two (Pools, Jacuzzis, Tennis Courts). Near College of the Desert. $175 Dan Cook 310 418 1577. SOUTH LAKE TAHOE Romantic Chalet Family getaway. 3 bed/2 bath plus loft. Sleeps 810. Cable TV, washer/dryer, microwave, woodburning stove. 7 minutes to casinos and Heavenly. Located in Tahoe Paradise. $105 per night plus cleaning. Call Shawn or Rose Agnew at (661) 250-9907 or (661) 476-6288.

available. Get more, pay less. Call Shawn, LAFD. (888) 540-4835. www.ocdreamrv.com MOTOR HOMES FOR RENT: Several 2006 Class A 32 Foot Motor Homes, with Double Slide Outs, Fully Loaded, Free Housekeeping Kit, Camping Kit, Discount Prices Starting at $150.00 to $180.00 per night. Serving family & friends of LAPD , LASD, IPD, OXPD, OX Fire, LA CO., LA City, Ski Clubs ask for our 25% off weekly rental rates. Visit us at www.so-calrv. com or call 661-714-7689 or 661297-2398. ALSO AVAILABLE BIG BEAR CABINS, 3 bedroom 2 bath with pool tables & spas. PLEASE CALL FOR MORE DETAILS.

LUXURY RV FOR RENT. New class A 40 motorhome. Sleeps 8, bunk beds, 4 slides, 4 TVs, fully loaded. $270/day (with active/retired firefighter/police discount), includes cleaning fee and unlimited miles. 3-day minimum, tow dolly

12 DUMP TRAILER. $85/day. Contact Gregg Avery, FS 98-A. (805) 320-8311

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Offering members of the Los Angeles Fire Department
Courteous, Ethical, and Special Consideration in the purchase of your new car.


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at 328 E ast 24th Source: Street (c LAFD Illu orner of strated Maple A 1900 ve)

Left to right: Captain C. S. Jenkins, Driver E. A. Valencia, Engineer F. P. Hewitt and Son, Hoseman J. H. Perlin, Hoseman F. E. Dill, Hoseman, Driver E. H. Ricks and Lieutenant B. W. Trowbridge, with mascot Boo Boo (in 1902) Original Source: Lt B. W. Trowbridge Courtesy of A/O Paul Gilbrook

Engine Company No. 7

The original Engine Company No. 7 firehouse was opened on Temple Street near Edgeware Rd in 1888. The East 24th Street station was utilized from 1899 until 1949 when a new station was built at 2824 South Main Street. In 1969, Engine 7 moved to Fire Station 15 to form Task Force 15. Today Engine and Rescue 7 are located in Arleta at 14123 Nordhoff Street. Photos and info courtesy of LAFire.com May 2014 61

Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association 815 Colorado Blvd FL 4 Los Angeles CA 90041-1745

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APR=Annual Percentage Rate. *Rate shown as of 4/1/14 is subject to change without notice and is available for qualified buyers only. The actual interest rate oered is based on your credit history, product, loan term and the percentage of remaining equity in your home. Adequate homeowners insurance is required. Home Equity Line of Credit has an introductory rate valid for 6 months. The maximum APR for this loan is 16.00%. No annual fee, no closing fees, or minimum advance requirements. Participation in any real estate program will not be confirmed until the completed application has been submitted to the Credit Union. All requests will be processed and must meet Firefighters First's underwriting guidelines. Funding is subject to credit approval and verification of employment, equity, and all other related file documentation necessary to qualify applicant(s). Early closure fee of $500 applies if closed within first three years. Oer is limited to AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, and WA. For additional details, please contact the Credit Union. **Rate shown includes a 0.25% rate discount on an RV loan valid as of 4/1/14. Rates based on term and applicant credit history, and are subject to change without prior notice. Loans are subject to credit approval and to Credit Union policies and procedures. Rep example: A $20,000 RV loan financed at 4.24% APR for 72 months would result in 72 payments of $314.56. Firefighters First Credit Union is an Equal Housing and Equal Opportunity Lender.

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