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VOL. XCII

SEPTEMBER 2015

NO. 1

FEATURES
2015 California Firefighters Summer Olympics

Inside youll find full coverage of this years Firefighters

Olympics which were held in Los Angeles. The games,


governed by the California Firemens Athletic Association,
is a friendly competition which promotes physical fitness and
provides an informal forum for exchange ................................06

CONTENTS
Presidents Message .........................................................................05
Battalion News .................................................................................16
The Retired Guys ............................................................................35
Department in Action
Glassell Park brush fire exposes church .....................................36
Station Fridge ..................................................................................39
Kitchen Table Wisdom
Pre-33 commercial and officer development ..........................40
Retirement Luncheon
Dr. Robert Scott .....................................................................43
Retirement Dinner Announcements ...............................................45
Mailbox .............................................................................................46
Memorials ........................................................................................48
Wendy Cummings Memorial ...........................................................49
Dollars and Sense ............................................................................51
LAFD History
September 11, 2001 Never Forget ..........................................52
Minutes of the Board of Trustees .......................................................55
Classifieds ........................................................................................58

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4 September 2015

HelloWe recently recognized Bob Dillon (our Operations Manager) for


his 25 years of service to LAFRA. Bob has constantly met any and
all challenges that we have presented him. From our old plumbing
problem days at 2900 Temple Street to our most recent move, Bob
has exceeded all of our expectations. Thank you, Bob.
Every year, your Trustees represent LAFRA at two Firefighter Memorials. In September, we attend the I.A.F.F./Colorado Springs
event. In October, we travel to the C.P.F./Sacramento recognition.
We attend these memorials to remember not only our LAFD members, but those from other agencies who have passed on. The I.A.F.F.
memorial is attended by thousands of people from Canada and the
United States. Some of the people are there because a family member
is going on the wall that year for having made the ultimate sacrifice. Many others are there to remember those that were placed on the
wall in a prior memorial service. Our goal is to provide assistance to
any of the families in attendance. On occasion we have been asked to
fill in as a liaison to support an attending family. LAFRA is there to
help in any way we can.
One of the benefits of being a LAFRA member has been the availability of Durable Medical Equipment (DME). DME is things like
canes, crutches, wheelchairs and much, much more. Sometimes we
have the equipment available at the office (like wheelchairs), other
times it is delivered by a DME provider (like a hospital bed). On
many occasions, LAFRA received thanks and praise because of this
tremendous member benefit. Until recently, there were a limited

number of DME providers. The recent changes in health care have


changed this. The combination of rising costs, health care changes
and mandated/regulated decontamination procedures has required
that the Relief Association revisit how we manage the DME benefit
in the future. This is just a heads up that there will be more to follow.
We are looking a number of ways to continue providing DME with
superior service and still be cost effective.
Lastly, I had the chance to attend a promotional ceremony at FHMTC. The attendees included families, friends and co-workers. This
was the first time that at a promotional ceremony the accomplishment of becoming a paramedic was recognized. Acknowledging all
of the hard work involved in this achievement seemed very appropriate. There were other promotions: some made Inspector, some made
Engineer, some made Captain I, and some made Captain II. Congratulations to all! We know the sacrifices you and your family went
through to prepare yourself for this next milestone. Remember the
traditions - this promotional ceremony does not mean that you dont
put on a promotional dinner. Recognize and thank those that helped
you along the way.
Never forget..September 11, 2001.
Juan Albarran
president@lafra.org
323.259.5200

Robert Dillon is honored for his many years of service to the Relief.

September 2015 5


The Firefighters Olympics began in 1970 as
an opportunity for all California Firefighters to get
together in friendly competition which promotes
physical fitness and provides an informal forum for
exchanging ideas. The games are governed by the
California Firemens Athletic Association, with a
local association bidding to be the host and bring
the games to their community.
The United Firefighters of Los Angeles City
Local 112 hosted the 2015 event in Los Angeles. The Warner Center Marriott was the host
hotel where a few of the events were held
and was also the site of the Gala
Dinner and Casino Night on the
last evening following the
sporting events.
6 September 2015

BOWLING
L

AFD members past and present earned a


combined 13 gold medals and 21 medals overall at the 2015 California Firefighters Summer Olympics bowling event, held
at Corbin Bowling Center in Tarzana. Edward
Martin and Dan Curry led the way with four
medals apiece, while Alex Molina and Raymond Keene added three.

The bowling event has always been
one of endurance, skill and strategy. Bowlers
potentially could throw as many as nine games
in one day. Lane conditions evolved throughout
the day, forcing bowlers to change equipment
and angles to stay in the pocket. The LAFDs
success can be attributed to overcoming these
obstacles - when all was said and done, eight
LAFD members had secured 60% of the gold
medals and 30% of all medals.

The tournament started off with Singles competition. All eight had unremarkable
4-game sets, but all advanced to the afternoon
semifinals. In A Division, Curry used a 236 to
earn a #2 seed in the Stepladder Finals, but lost
258-200 to Los Angeles Countys Marc Backos
to settle for Bronze. In C Division, Alex Molina
rocked a 237 to grab the #1 seed, and defeated
Glendales Kevin Widner in a tight 174-164 result for the Gold Medal. In D Division, Moe
Torres and Martin secured the top two seeds
and ended up facing each other for the championship. Torres prevailed 167-160.


Scores started rising in Doubles play.
Again, all LAFD members advanced to the
semis. Curry, bowling with Delano Roberts,
found his form in qualifying play and threw
11 straight strikes. He followed that with seven
in a row and put 268-256 back-to-back on the
scoreboard. The Roberts-Curry combo finished
2nd in the morning, and then ran away and hid
in the afternoon as Roberts tallied a 256 and
Curry chipped in a 231. They struggled in the
championship match vs. L.A. County, but Currys 3-bagger in the 9th and 10th frames rallied
the squad to a dramatic 4-pin victory and Gold.

Molina teamed up with Keenan Porche
and Martin paired up with Raymond Keene in
B Division, and both teams advanced in the
morning and then again in the afternoon. Keene
and Martin slipped into the finals by just 15 pins
(eliminating John Sanchez and his Oakland
partner), but Martins 198 got them to game #2
vs. Molina and Porche the first time these two
teams had ever faced each other in the finals at
the Olympics. Keene made a mockery of the
match, throwing 10 straight strikes for a stunning 287 the highest game thrown by anyone
the whole week. Molina and Porche settled for
Bronze, and Martin and Keene wrapped up the
Gold a game later.

Moe Torres was paired up with Pasadenas Andre Jones in C Division, and Hey,
Moe tossed a magnificent 247 game in the
morning. However, a loss in the 1st Stepladder
Final contest ended their day.

The Team event wrapped up play on
the final day of competition. The three morning games completed the All Events portion of

the tournament. Curry shot 664 (221 average)


to finish with an 11-game total of 2313 (210
average) and the Gold medal in A Division.
Keene took Bronze in B Division with an 11game tally of 2098 (190 average). Sanchez was
solid throughout and rang up 1955 pins (177
average) to take Silver in C Division. Torres
knocked down 1784 pins (162 average) to earn
Silver in D Division, and Martins final game
201 was enough to get him Bronze in Ds
(1690, 153 average).

Roberts and Curry teamed up with a
couple of San Jose FD members to dominate A
Division in the morning, running out to a 113pin advantage to advance to the championship
match. There, Curry rolled a 214 and Roberts
threw two key strikes in the 10th frame as their
quartet won by 59 pins.

Molina, Martin, Porche and Keene
were similarly dominant in B Division. All
four threw 200+ games in an 849 that propelled
them to a 171-pin lead and a berth in the Gold
Medal game. Keenes 206 and Martins 198
had the all-LAFD team on cruise control in a
65-pin triumph.
RESULTS
Daniel Curry (3 Golds, 1 Bronze)
Edward Martin (2 Golds, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze)
Raymond Keene (2 Golds, 1 Bronze)
Alex Molina (2 Golds, 1 Bronze)
Delano Roberts (2 Golds)
Moe Torres (1 Gold, 1 Silver)
Keenan Porche (1 Gold, 1 Bronze)
John Sanchez (1 Silver)

(L to R): Daniel Curry, Raymond Keene, Alex Molina,


Edward Martin, Keenan Porche, Delano Roberts

Moe Torres

Daniel Curry
September 2015
7

HORSHOE
EVENT

he Horseshoe Event was held at the


beautiful Stevenson Ranch Horseshoe
Club in Santa Clarita. The singles competition got underway Monday morning with
a two-game all count qualifying to separate
the fire lads into three divisions. There was also
a short distance 30 pitch for the more experienced competitors over 70 years of age.
The A division saw a sweep by LAFD personnel, with James Martin taking the gold,
Jimmy Meacham the silver, and Matt Long

capturing the bronze. The B division gold


was claimed by Jamie Boyle (SFFD), silver
went to Richard Stacey (Hemet FD), and Kevin
Day-(SFFD) took the bronze. The C division
was a close match up with David Morri (SFFD)
getting the gold, and Ron Tonelli (Santa Rosa
FD) with the silver. The short distance event for
the old-timers was a first time competition in
the Summer Olympics. Hopefully it will continue to be an option in future Olympics and
encourage more of our elders to come out and
pitch. The results of the 30 division was Dan
Martin (LAFD) winning the gold, and Eugene
Day (North County FD) taking home the silver.
Tuesday mornings doubles-round robin
showed LAFDs prowess on the courts as
James and Dan Martin came out on top in the
A division for the gold by eliminating Jimmy
Meacham (LAFD) and his partner Ron Tonell
(Santa Rosa FD) who took the silver. The B
division gold went to Eugene Day (North

County FD) and his son Kevin (SFFD). The


silver went to San Franciscos Jamie Boyle and
David Morris.

Gold Medalist James Martin

SOCCER

very successful Olympic soccer tournament


was hosted by LAFD
Local 112 and coordinated
by LAFD Soccer Team manage Firefighter Darin Laier
3-C. The event was played
at the Toyota Sports Complex
in Torrance, CA. Most importantly, there was no serious injuries, there were great
goals and tons of camaraderie. Host LA City FD lost a
heartbreaker with 10 seconds
left in stoppage time to eventual gold medalist Newport
Beach FD. Congratulations to
Newport Beach FD on there
1st Gold Medal ever!

LA City Soccer thanks
Captain Anderson of FS49 on
his last Olympics, at 52 years
young and being on the first
team formed 28 years ago,
you will be missed!

Thanks to the competitors and departments that support there teams, see you in San
Jose 2016.

LA City FD Soccer needs new young
players!!! email laier311@hotmail.com for
more info.

Stay Safe!

8 September 2015

Gold Medalists:
Newport Fire Department

Horseshoe Medalists

HANDBALL
H

andball was included in the California


Firefighters Olympics this year! All
players were from the LAFD or San
Francisco Fire Department, which led to a reunion atmosphere. There were long standing
friendships with the SFFD players from past
Sports Days. Many of the LAFD players and
teams had long standing rivalries that were reignited and initiated by some world-class trash
talk.

All players enjoyed a catered lunch
and refreshments provided by the Los Angeles
Firemens Handball Association. There were
two divisions in both singles and doubles.

In the Open Singles Alex Garcia defeated Jesus Pasos with a combination of great
serves and aggressive kill shots. Both players
were in top form after playing in the 4-Wall
National Championships last month. SFFDs
Dean Crispen took the Bronze Medal.

Contenders Singles featured Salvador Castillon who defeated Tony Arnado in a
match highlighted by hustle and long rallies.
Captain Jose Holguin took the Bronze Medal,
which is a great accomplishment for a guy with
one lung.

Contenders Doubles proved to be the
most entertaining event of the day. Marcues Toledo and Tony Arnado defeated Chad Quiet
Rolish and Bobby Raya to win the Gold! There

was a lot of talking, a little handball, and even


more laughter on that court. Jim McGuigan and
Will Reilly from SFFD won the Bronze Medal.

Christopher Yokoyama and Roy Harvey went undefeated in Open Doubles to win
the Gold against Alex Garcia and Jesus Pasos.
Yokoyama was a dominating force with a com-

bination of kill-shots and hustle, while Harvey


held down the right side. Eddie Marez and Don
Paone took the Bronze Medal.

Pasos, Garcia, Crispin

Arnado, Castillon, Holguin

Reilly, McGuigan, Arnado,


Toledo, Rolish, Raya

Garcia, Pasos, Harvey,


Yokoyama, Marez, Paone


The next LAFD event will be the Annual LAFD 3-Wall Invitational at Venice Beach
on September 12, 2015.

September 2015 9

TRAP, SKEET
& SPORTING
CLAYS
T

hanks go out to Dan Curry and Ed Martin for all of the many hours they put in
on the Olympic project.

And thanks to all of our team members
for making this a very well run three days. It
was because of your expertise and many years
of experience that this came off so smoothly.

The shotgun events were held at the
Triple B Clays facility in South El Monte. It
is very well run and the targets were excellent.
Thanks to Billie Barsotti for allowing us to use
her facility and all of the little incidentals to
make every event run efficiently.

As usual the best things happened, not
on the field of competition, but back in the hotel where the stories were told and retold.

Rick Kay, who didnt make it this year,
took some of the hardest hits. Im amazed he is
still standing. There was one that really stood
out - if youre not at least 35 years old this
might not make any sense to you, so ask the
Bull Engineer.

When Rick was promoted to A/O he
would answer the business phone, A.O. Kay.
When you say it a little faster than normal it
works.

10 September 2015


I had the pleasure of sharing a room
with Ricks longtime shooting buddy, Larry
Bickly. All of you parents surely remember
standing next to your childs crib and listening
to the little squeaky sounds made when they
passed gas in their sleep.
Priceless.

Did you know that guys in their 60s
make the same squeaky sounds? It doesnt
sound possible due to the ravages of age but
there it was.
Priceless.

I am sorry not to have any stories of
super human gastronomic feats, although there
was this pickup truck sized Cobb salad, but
Steve Dodge is getting older and he is just a
shadow of his former self. There were some
questions though about the disappearance of
several doughnuts. Steve denies everything but
those of us in the know doubt his story.

As you know, we award the Pink Hat
Award each year to the team shooter with the
lowest total score. To avoid embarrassing some
of the prior recipients I wont mention their
names, but there were two Italian guys and
another who was a comic book cowboy hero
in the 1940s who had an Indian companion
named Little Beaver.

This year the award went to Bill Green,
Carpenteria FD retired. Its a wooden plaque
with individual brass plates with the recipients
name and the year of accomplishment. Did I
mention the pink hat and a pink LAFD trap and
skeet team t-shirt?

Bill e-mails to tell me that he has misplaced the award and therefore is not actually
the official recipient. I informed him that this
stunt had been tried before so we have several
spare plaques for just such an occasion.


I also mentioned that the jamokes who
pulled such a stunt were contacted by Don Vito
personally, who counselled said jamoke on the
error of their ways, and that Carmine and Nunzio would take him to the pier at 0300 for a
short boat ride . . . if you get my drift.

Miraculously the plaque reappeared almost immediately. Sometimes you just have to
explain thing properly.

If I may be allowed to editorialize for
just a moment, there are 3000 active LAFD
members and thousands more retired. It is a
disappointment that we were only able to have
seven of them in the shooting events. The other
events probably found themselves similarly situated. We sponsored the games but there were
some events that had to be run by people from
outside the LAFD. Now thats embarrassing.

In all fairness I understand that the
overtime situation is out of control and the
members are up to their eyeballs in SOD.

Im not putting this on you but on management. When DROP began, it should have
been very simple to calculate how many people
needed to be hired and on what exact date. I
know that it is not quite that simple, but guys,
you had years to figure this out

There is an old saying that poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part. This looks a lot like poor
planning.

Thanks for allowing me to vent. I hope
to see you next year, somewhere in Northern
California.

If you are interested in learning about
trap, skeet and sporting clays contact me at
(805) 551-8518 or daoldwestsidekid@yahoo.
com

SOFTBALL
O

lympic softball was held at the Big


League Dreams Sports Park in West
Covina. The event was coordinated by
Joe Cunningham from FS 15.

There were three divisions of play. Division I was for teams from departments of 300
or more uniformed personnel. Division II was

for teams from departments with uniformed


personnel of 100 - 299. Division III was for
teams from a single department with less than
100 uniformed personnel. Combo teams from
various departments were also allowed with restrictions.

This year after pool play, the top three
teams in each pool in each division played a
double elimination tournament in their division. The 4th and 5th place teams from all three
divisions were placed in a combined double
elimination tournament.

2015 OLYMPIC RESULTS


INDIVIDUAL
SKEET

GOLD
John Fowler
Garden Grove
99

SILVER

John Hagerman,
L.A. City
98

GOLD
John Fowler
Garden Grove
91

DOUBLES SKEET
SILVER

BRONZE
Brad Hagerman
Scott Scherer
L.A. City
Garden Grove
84

81

GOLD
John Fowler
Garden Grove
86

SPORTING CLAYS
SILVER

BRONZE
Brad DeVrieze
Jeff Regan
Garden Grove
Kern County
72

70

TRAP
GOLD
SILVER
John Hagerman Larry Bickly
L.A. City
L.A. City
99
96

GOLD
Larry Bickly
L.A. City
93

BRONZE
Brad DeVrieze
Garden Grove
94

BRONZE
John Fowler
Garden Grove
95

TRAP HANDICAP
SILVER

BRONZE
Matthew Estrada
Steve Dodge
L.A. County
L.A. City
89

88

TRAP DOUBLES
GOLD
SILVER
RONZE
John Hagerman John Fowler
Larry Bickly
L.A. City
Garden Grove
L.A. City
96*
95

90
*Shootoff
HIGH OVERALL SHOOTER
GOLD
SILVER

BRONZE
John Fowler John Hagerman
Larry Bickly
Garden Grove L.A. City
L. A. City
547/600
524/600
511/600

September 2015 11

CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTER
KIDS OLYMPICS
T

his years event took place on Tuesday,


July 14th in a Warner Center Marriott
ballroom and was co-chaired by Crystal Brandos & Jessica Cunningham; wives of
Adam & Joe from FS 15s. This affair was for
children of all ages to enjoy; so just imagine
the BIG kids - aka moms & dads joining in
on the fun!

Walking into the ballroom it was a circus. There was an obstacle course where kids
could dress-up in FF attire and grab the hose
to crawl through the tunnel to find a burning house where they had to save the melting
Olaf. This was by far the most popular spot and
would not have been a success without the help
of FF Rorden (FS 64s), FF/PM Brandos, and
FF/PM Cunningham running it - all with beers
in hands.

There were three different bounce
houses graciously donated by Pump N Jump,
owned and operated by FF Carmona (FS 64s).
The younger ones enjoyed fishing for ducks,
bean bag toss and motorized kiddie rides.
There were face painters and even a henna
tattoo artist where I spied many wives in line
for anklets. Another area was for Frisbee tictac-toe and a pool noodle ring toss. While the

12 September 2015

older kids relished over the double basketball


hoop, old school video arcade games like Pac
Man and a ping pong table (where we would
like to add FF Ream from 98s spent most of
his time), everyone got to enjoy photo booth
fun with tons of props and photos strips of the
memories to take home. At the same time, the
crowd got to listen to music mixed by DJ GEEQ, aka Cliff Taitt (FS 67s) who kindly donated
his time and jams.

Right outside the ballroom there was
popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones for
the kids to demolish! SureFire was on hand to
teach CPR skills, and StationKid had a booth
setup selling t-shirts and bringing awareness to
their beautiful cause.

There were lots of gold medal winners
and tons of prizes passed outthe amazing
event would not have been accomplished without the time, help and donations contributed by
many which also included Emily & Sean Rorden, Adriana & Fred (FS 64s) Larios, Mandy
& Jud Ream, Chrissy & Steve (FS 15s) Garcia
and of course we cannot forget the five strapping young cadets who helped set-up, monitor
the games and teardown from FS 87s.

GOLF
T

he Golf competition had 128 players


from 32 different Fire Departments
from all over the state. I proud to say we
had 26 players from our LAFD Golf Club. On
top of that our guys played great golf and had
a total of 19 medals. Congratulations to all of
our medal winners. We played 3 great courses;
Industry Hills Eisenhower Course, Trump
National, and El Dorado Park. There was both
Individual Stroke play and Team Partners Best
Ball. Below are the results:

A Flight - Ind Gross

D Flight - Ind Gross

E Flight - Ind Gross

A Flight - Ind Net

D Flight - Ind Net

E Flight - Ind Net

B Flight - Ind Gross

B Flight - Ind Net

C Flight - Ind Gross

C Flight - Ind Net

September 2015 13

RIFLE &
PISTOL

his year our fine department hosted the


California Firefighter Olympic shooting events at Angeles Shooting Range.
On Monday, retired members Kerry Gallacher
and Mike Rodela shot in the High Power Rifle
and Rimfire Rifle events. Kerry placed 3rd in
the A Division and Mike took the gold in the B
Division. Kerry also took home the gold in the
Rimfire Rifle event that day.

Tuesday brought the competitors to
the pistol range for Bullseye and Action Pistol shooting. We are proud to have the highest number of competitors of any department
with five members representing the City! Kerry
again represented well with a bronze in Centre
Fire and a gold in Rimfire Bullseye.

Then came all the action with the competitors each shooting twice on each of the
three courses of fire. Brian Bueler took bronze
in the A division and Scot Wise took a silver in
the B division. When it came to teams however,
the City took top marks with retired A/O Mike
Rodela and his son Brian Rodela taking Silver,
with Wes Schroeder and Brian Bueler taking
Bronze in the A Division. Scott Wise teamed
up with FF Dan Lui from San Francisco FD

TABLE
TENNIS

he Olympic Table Tennis tournament


was held on evening of Tuesday, July
14th at the USA Valley Table Tennis
Club in Reseda. Stanley Frisbee was the event
coordinator.

The Singles tournament was a round
robin for seeding purposes, with the winners
going to an A bracket and the losers a B
bracket. Medals were awarded in each bracket.

For the Doubles, it was a single elimination tournament. Players had the choice of
signing up with a partner or choosing one at the
event.

According to Joe Szabados from FS
18-A, the only LAFD competitor and winner
of the bronze medal in the B division, There
was good competition, with the guys from San
Francisco ended up taking most of the medals.

14 September 2015

FF Brian Rodela & AO Mike Rodela

Scott Wise
and brought home the Gold in the B Division.
All in all, the event was a great success as we

Brian Bueler

Medalists Bueler and Schroeder


all went home with no additional orifices that
needed attention!

Kerry

MISC.
EVENTS

Kerry Gallacher rimfire rifle

Kerry Gallacher - Gold - rimfire pistol

Wes Schroeder

OVER THE
LINE
T

he 2015 Summer Olympic Over-TheLine Tourney was played on a beautiful day at Santa Monica Beach. Sean
Millett was the LAFD coordinator. 12 teams
entered the tourney and were split it into an A
pool and B pool.

September 2015 15


Elyse Klein made the winning bid for a
dinner and tour of Fire Station 10 at the Hope
for Firefighters silent auction. She brought
along a few of her friends and said, We had
an AMAZING time. The guys were all so nice
and great cooks!

Hope donors visit FS 10

FS 10 attended the Special Olympics


World Games. Photo by Adam VanGerpen

TF 12 and RA 55 handle a traffic on York


Blvd on 7/21/15. Photo by David Blaire
16 September 2015


Salutations all you LAFDians and
family. Carlos Danger back this month with
some good news and good rumors. All you
Battalion 2ers out there please keep your
stories coming.

First well talk about some movement. Leaving our Battalion is FF to Capt I
McRoberts (Captain Toad). Congratulations
sir for all the SOD youve been working to fill
all the vacant spots. 47s you will be losing
a valuable member. Another off to the Drill
Tower was Captain Brian Stires. His legacy
lives on for all he has done with the Highland
Park community and positive impact on 12-A.
I think that he kind of got sucked down there
though by his old TFC, along with the rest of
the hand picked staff at the Drill Tower, but
thats neither here nor there.


Secondly lets talk about overhauls and
taking ownership of your own first-in. Seems
staffing issues shut down one of our trucks,
so the members staffed the 200. So I think the
mentality was, no truck, no overhaul tools,
lets go watch the other guys do our overhaul
for us. I think we all know what the right
thing to do is - take care of your own. Take
ownership!

Rumor has it that a captain candidate
doesnt act captain because, according to
reliable sources, he says he has that job down
already and its easy. My advice - watch your
words wisely and let actions speak louder than
words.

Another rumor on the street was a captain was sent to a triple house to clean house.
But it looks like the house just had a tornado

go right through it, some members shuffling


shifts. Every line-up is an hour long life lesson
and every conversation has those pearls of
wisdom. Hopefully the regular captain will get
well soon - the boys at miss you!

Well, nothing else is really going on
besides that the A/O practical is over, and all
who took it can take a little breather. Also a
promotion from FF to Capt I and a lot of weird
weather. Everyone keep your heads high and
keep working that SOD. One day in the next
20 years we hope to fix these staffing issues.
Thats all for this month. Carlos Danger signing out!
CarlosDangerBatt2@gmail.com


Glad we can still have fun without
some hurt feelings. Wonder where this person
found their lost shirt?

Fire Station 80 at LAX was the scene
for a retirement BBQ honoring Brian Allen.
Friends and co-workers filled the huge apparatus bay on July 19th to wish all of the Allen
family well.
batt4news@yahoo.com

Brain Allen Retires.


Photos by Adam VanGerpen
September 2015 17

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end, and I must apologize for the couple of
months missing from our beloved Harbor
Battalions news. Not much has changed, were
still responding to calls professionally and
courteously, the Port still seems like a scene
out of the movie Final Destination, and
Kaiser remains as one of our best customers.

It wouldnt be a positive addition to
news if we didnt mention the Harbor Battalions participation in the Police and Fire
Games this past June (yes, I am that far behind, sorry). Super Mate Dave Bender played
ice hockey. The LAFD had very few members
in the games and no hockey team so Dave
hooked up and played on the Riverside PD
team. In true LAFD fashion the team united
for several wins on the ice and ultimately
brought home a silver medal. Engineer Kathy
Main competed in five swim events and
brought home three golds and two bronze
medals, proving engineers can truly handle
any water problem. Daves wife Julie Bender,
a ground breaking (one of the first female
firefighters in LAFD history) retired LAFD
firefighter, competed, and maintaining great
LAFD tradition, won golds in her five events.

In other news, the infamous Richie
Vallin finally left 85s for greener pastures. I
heard that he now has to make the coffee, put
the flag up, and empty the trash, as he is the
new rookie. Though no one at 101s has actually seen him show up to work, they expect

that he will be a positive addition to their


crew.

A couple of Battalion 6 companies participated in the Special Olympics Torch Run
at the Korean Bell in San Pedro on 7/23/2015.
TF 48, RA 848 and RA 112 were involved in
the event.


Thats all I have for the past couple
of months, so please keep doing what youre
doing, and also send me some good stories for
the next one . . .
HarborRats6@yahoo.com

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Special Olympics Torch Run

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If anyone has seen El Chapo (aka
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is the last note found from him . . .

77s works an auto on Wicks St on 7/5/15.


Photos by Rick McClure, EPN
Quiz: You lose your radio at a fire and dont
notice it until you get back to quarters at
0530hrs. The light force returns to the incident
in the next district over and digs through the
salvage pile. After an hour of searching the
radio is found. The members finally get back
to their own first-in to make relief at 0655hrs.

What do you do?
A) Say thanks guys and go home.
B) Buy a cut gallon of B&R.
C) Buy a cut gallon of B&R.
D) Either B or C.

September 2015 21

Engine 77 controls a blaze that destroyed a big rig


at 11942 Allegheny St in Sun Valley on 7/21/15.
Photos by Rick McClure, EPN

Engine 57 knocks down an auto fire


in the 600 block of West 80th Street.
Photos by Martin Nate Rawner
22 September 2015

The Special Olympics cheerleaders visited FS 15.


Photo by Adam VanGerpen

66s extinguished an auto at 57th St


and 3rd Ave on 7/31/15.
Photos by Yvonne Griffin

Firefighters assist a woman from her home during a fire in the 600 block of West 105th Street.
Photos by Martin Nate Rawner

September 2015 23

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60s handled a small fire at 5938


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Photos by Rick McClure, EPN
September 2015 25

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Greeting from the far west! Lets kick
off this month with saying farewell and good
luck to FF Bower - 93s to 96s, FF Kindred
- 93s to 77s. Welcome to the Battalion FF
Koa - 9s to 93s, FF Saure - 11s to 93s, CII
Cordobes - 88s to 93s, CI Stanley - ISTS to
104s, and FF Carton - 89s to 72s. Congratulations to FF Kneisler in his promotion, taking
him from 93s to FPB and good luck in your
careers next chapter. We know how hard you
worked for it! Last but not least, congrats to
the following members in their promotions
and welcome to the battalion: FF McRoberts
from 47s to CI at 93s, FF Smith from 3s
to CI at 93s, FF Lynch at 39s to Engineer
at 93s, FF Montoya at 91s to engineer at
105s, FF Jamal at 57s to engineer at 105s,
FF Boothe at 39s to engineer at 93s, A/O
Aguirre at 27s to CI at 104s, FF Lew at 52s
to CI at 105s, FF Tumbleson at 87s to CI at
93s. Good luck and best wishes in your new
assignments!

We all love to keep our cars clean,
well . . . most of us anyhow. Remember when
buying a brand new car to get the Armor All
package. What is the Armor All package
you ask? Whelp, that package would include
any electrical failures you might have if you
over lube the interior of your truck and have
the starter button not function because of
being over protected. Word has it theres a
picture floating around somewhere in the Battalion of the glorious whip getting towed to
the local dealer for a new starter button. I only
wish I had the conversation on recording! The
last thing I heard on this issue was the owner
of the vehicle is still trying to connect to his
dial-up internet to file a complaint. But rest
assured readers, the issue was resolved and he
has toned down the over-spray.

In the last issue, we talked about how
hard the battalion worked on everything for
inspection. One part of the whole clean up
idea is throwing out the old and leftover stuff
lying around the station. This philosophy was
practiced at one of our stations where a pile of
sleeping stuff was lying around long enough,
thrown out because of not being in a locker,
and no recent SOD members claiming such
pile. The station, having determined that they
couldnt place its owner, decided to throw it
in the dump outside for safe keeping. Well, as
time went by, a certain member was looking
for his misplaced bedding only to discover
that it found a new home. As the stories is
told, the offending member felt so troubled by
throwing the bedding away that he gave the
victim a whopping $600 to get new bedding.
Now I know were all asking ourselves, what
type of bedding was this guy using!? Was

it Egyptian cotton!? The other question that


comes to mind, is all that dough to keep
or should he return the money not used?
Well after a month or two, this question was
answered. The money was returned to the guy
that gave it to our victim to buy new bedding.
Well, $65 anyways. At least thats what I
heard.

Question of the day: You are on the
engine. You are dispatched to a working fire.
You go flying down the street, slay the beast
and now the rest of the day is ahead of you.
The cook is on the engine with you and after
a vicious battle, the crew determines that its
better to get shopping out of the way and then
go back to quarters to get the day started. You
are sweaty and dirty after the battle forged and
need a shower to make yourself presentable.
Do you A) get shopping done or B) have the
crew wait on the rig an hour while you shower
and get cleaned up? Well, on this matter, Ill
let the readers decide what they think might
have transpired. Hint: even the best of us can
get bored looking at The Chive for an hour on
the engine.

Congratulations to all A/O candidates
out there. The practicals are all wrapped up
and now they can move on to the next phase.
Didnt hear of anyone running over pedestrians or cutting any circles, so good job guys!
Keep making us proud! I heard the next step in
the process is the most strenuous. Training our
candidates in the art of telling the difference
between crayon colors and distinguishing the
difference of a square, circle and a triangle.

The fellas at 73s are making the system work. A shout-out to Bull Engineer Stroud
for jumping on 873 for the afternoon to allow

Team Player at 73s


the firefighters to train on a roof that day. Not
only did he jump on the box, but he road attendant and looked good doing it too! Heres a
picture of what being a team player looks like.

The members of new Fire Station
84, along with FD brass and community
leaders, helped to cut the ribbon and open the
Costanso Fire Station 84 Park last month.
The site of the old Woodland Hills fire station
was transformed into a themed community
park. The project replaced the single-story fire
station with a play area, picnic tables covered
by shade structures and a Wi-Fi zone. Old
84s served the City for almost 50 years. The
quarter-acre property had been vacant since
operations relocated in 2007.

Thanks for sending in the last few
stories. I cant write an article without them.
Remember, dont shoot the messenger and
keep em comin.
GrapevineBatt17@gmail.com

93s handles a traffic


September 2015 31

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32 September 2015

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Just another ride on the Rodeo for FS 94-B members.


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September 2015 33

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have put together this annual golf tournament for Craig and his family, wife Buffy and two sons Jake and Wyatt, to help
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34 September 2015

ve been
going to the
same dental office for
longer than I
can remember.
Unfortunately
my good guy
dentist retired
and most of
his office staff
sadly followed.
I never gave
much thought
to the individuals who scheduled appointments
or who took care of insurance matters. Now
that most of the original group is gone I can appreciate how efficient they were and how well
the office functioned. Kind of reminded me of
FS 14s front office!

Now things are different. I know things
change, but the individuals that run the office now are similar to zombies - cell phone
zombies. Now when I walk into the office at
least two of the zombies are textin and the
others have their faces pushed against computer screens. None of them have the time or
inclination to stop what theyre doin to look
up. Whats the word Im looking for? Oh yea,
customer service.

Anyway, before the zombies came to
inhabit the front office, patients were greeted,
their names checked off the arrival sheet and
then asked to take a seat. No more. Now, if you
want to be acknowledged or assured they know
youve arrived on time for the appointment,
you have to stand in front of the window and
tap your fingers.


But thats not the worst of it. In the old
COWBOY HUMOR
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days ahead of time remindin of my appoint Where is my Sunday pament. That was it. Now, the cell phone zomper? The irate customer
bies have figured out that the old system
callin the newspaper office
was flawed and have reinvented the office
loudly demanded to know
procedures, meanin that one phone call aint
where her Sunday edition
enough. Thats right. Now, two weeks prior
was.
to my appointment I receive a text message
Madam, said the newsreminder. Then, one week prior I get an email paper employee, Today is Saturday. The Sunreminder. Finally, two days prior, I get a phone day paper is not delivered until tomorrow, on
call.
Sunday.

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There was quite a long pause on the
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BRUSH EXTENDING TO STRUCTURE


Glassell Park

Photos by Mike Meadows and Landon Jensen

On July 7, 2015, companies responded to a reported brush fire along the SB 2 Fwy at Verdugo Rd. Embers from the brush fire spread to the eaves of the church immediately adjacent.
The fire quickly moved through a large, open attic. Two operations were conducted; one to extinguish the brush fire, while additional resources initiated a coordinated interior fire attack
and roof ventilation operation on the church.

36 September 2015

Firefighters negotiated a very steep pitched roof with tiles to cut a heat hole,
exposing heavy fire. Within minutes, they saw signs of impending roof collapse.
All firefighters moved to safety as a large portion of the roof caved in.

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was achieved. Overhaul and salvage operations worked to save
church documents and valuables where possible. Two firefighters
received injuries and were both transported in good condition.

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In this edition of KTW Captains Bill Wick,


Chris Hare and Joe Sharrar discuss (1) Division A responsibilities at a structure fire, and
(2) how they continue to develop as officers.
These topics and experienced-based opinions
should be points of discussion for all of us.

Discuss your actions when assigned Div A on a


well-involved one story pre-33 commercial with
two F/A teams already deployed.
CII Wick, FS 80-B: My tactical considerations as a Div Supv are to ensure that Ive put
everything in place so that all firefighting operations, responsibilities and assignments under
my command are being accomplished, and that
companies assigned to me are provided with
every resource and safety measure.

These are critical components that must
remain constant, monitored and supported. Ill
monitor to ensure cos comply with air management parameters and that radio communi-

40 September 2015

cation be strictly followed. If need be Ill use a


runner to get a visual if cos are having difficulties communicating. Ill also confirm any
progress such as H/L advance and ventilation,
as well as coordinate the efforts of all cos in
my Div.

Ill monitor Command and Tac level
communications and remain watchful to ensure interior fire conditions are not deteriorating. Ill develop contingent plans based on
expected and un-expected changes in fire conditions, and ensure adequate back-up F/A cos
are in place. Remember to never leave the fire

unchecked when relieving cos. Finally, Ill request additional resources earlier than expected
and ensure the IC understands my current and
expected needs.
CII Hare, FS 5-A: With two cos operating in
my Division Ill immediately contact them and
take command. Ill assess the fire environment
and the effectiveness of these F/A teams. On
a large structure such as this Ill ensure that
streams are directed at the ceiling area. Its easy
to direct stream application on the contents
while disregarding the decaying trusses above.

When managing cos in my Div its essential that I coordinate with other Div Supvs
as well. Its equally important they understand
my tactical intent in order to avoid conflicting
action or risky deployment of personnel. Ill
monitor all interior tactical updates as well as
progress reports from the other Div Supvs,
specifically Roof Div.

Success is dependent on the coordination and oversight of each Div Supv. If Im

making sound tactically decisions, the other


Div Supvs should coordinate with these efforts
as to not undermine F/A efforts. Lastly, its important to keep the IC updated and informed
they can get jittery (defensive minded) when
you dont talk to them. Communicate your
progress.
CII Sharrar, FS 39-B: Regardless of building type, my initial consideration as a Div
Supv is to verify the location of that Division
this isnt always as simple as it sounds. Ill
then verify with IC all the F/A cos assigned
to my Div. Once in my area of responsibility
Ill reconcile the whereabouts of these cos using a TIC, radio or a visual to locate these
resources.

Ill gauge how far the two F/A cos have
advanced inside and whether or not their tactics are safe and effective. Its important to note
that as a Div Supv youre also responsible for
everything in that Division including ordering
additional cos, medical/rescue needs, special
hazards, radio problems, relief cos, additional
laddering, forcible entry, etc.

In addition, the potential for structural
collapse with URMs (pre-33) is always a concern. Corners tend to be safe spots as a collapse
can violently pitch exterior walls outward, especially on jack rafter ends. Apparatus and personnel placement is paramount especially if a
defensive posture is taken. Lastly, utilize your
own cos to gather info and perform tasks such
as pulling hose, laddering, FE, salvage, etc.

As an officer, how do you ensure you continue to


grow and develop as a leader on the LAFD?
CII Hare: First and foremost I love my job,
and as such I try to improve whenever I can. I
understand that my effectiveness is measured

by the performance of my command. When my


crew performs well I stay the course and support their efforts. When their performance dips
I take a step back, look at myself and make the
necessary corrections.

Any attempt at self-improvement requires learning from ones mistakes as well
as the missteps of others. In pursuit of bettering myself I enjoy specialized training such
as: USAR, FAA, RIC, and Wildland. Ive also
gathered a network of LAFD members that I
can turn to for perspective or new ideas.

Im very fortunate in that Ive not only
worked for great leaders, but I also had the best
role model a young man can have - my dad.
I frequently refer back to their teachings and
guidance. I also work outside of my comfort
zone when possible. Regardless of rank or
seniority, its essential that we all continue to
learn until the day we retire.
CII Wick: To ensure we continue to grow and
develop as leaders on the LAFD, I believe we
need to look outside of our small world. In addition to LAFD training opportunities we need
to take advantage of state and federal training.
Explore outside the fire service into private
sectors, universities, self-study and through
outside employment or volunteerism.

As the LAFD evolves into a more global and cooperative entity, and takes on more
duties and responsibilities, its essential that
we capture information, experience and knowledge by looking outside our Dept. The LAFD
relies upon outside agencies for funding,
training and education. Organizations such as
NFPA, IFSTA and CAL-Fire are gaining influence into our everyday fire service careers. Being a representative or attending training from
these organizations can broaden our scope of
practice.


Working or volunteering outside of the
fire service prevents us from being lulled into a
complacent and one-dimensional civil service
way of thinking. Working with school, sport,
church and or non-profits gives us the opportunity to be exposed to fiscal and political expectations, which allows us to understand and
assist our agency with the ever-changing demands and expectations of the fire service from
the communities we serve.
CII Sharrar: Leaders must never become
complacent about their professional development. Regardless of your time in rank or job
seniority theres always room for growth and
improvement. I believe a leader must be competent, and the best way I know to do this is to
remain in active and challenging assignments.

All leaders must be actively involved
in their crews training; a good crew can often
teach you as much as you teach them. Participating in drills not only keeps your skills sharp,
but you also demonstrate to your crew that
self-improvement should never end. If youre
disinterested in their training youll not only
lose credibility, but your crew will likely adopt
a similar lack of interest as well.

Its important that leaders focus on their
crews performance, while at the same time being open to critique and input from those they
command. Each day you or your members will
be given chances to make good decisions and
improve as a leader; take advantage of this.
Make sure you learn from your own decisions
and actions as well as from the misguided
choices of others.
In next months KTW article Captains Tom
Kitahata, Greg Shirley and Paul Egizi will discuss (1) their preferred HR hose lay and (2)
motivating their commands.

September 2015 41

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42 September 2015

fter 23 years as the Psychologist and


Director of the Behavioral Health Programs for Los Angeles City Fire Department, Dr. Robert Scott is retiring from the
position. Friends, family and colleagues joined
in honoring him at a luncheon at FHMTC on
July 15, 2015.

Dr. Scott is a nationally recognized
teacher, trainer, and consultant in the field of
trauma/disaster psychology. He received his
Ph.D. in psychology from UC Irvine in 1976.
He is the Founder / Director of International
Crisis Specialists and is a Board Certified expert in Traumatic Stress as well as a Certified
Trauma Specialist. He has lectured throughout
the United States as well as the Middle East
(Kuwait), Europe and British Columbia.

Dr. Scotts specialty is in the area of crisis management, treatment for traumatic stress
as well as the general treatment of anxiety and
depression. His expertise includes stress management, trauma/disaster psychology, childrens reactions to trauma, and critical incident
stress management for both victims and emergency services personnel.

Prior to his position with the LAFD, Dr.
Scott served as a Mental Health Consultant and
Debriefer for LA County Fire from 1992-1998
and as a volunteer Mental Health Advisor to

the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Red


Cross from 1991 - 2000.

He had the opportunity to teach at many
of the local community colleges including Harbor College, East LA College, and Valley College. Eventually he found a home at Los Angeles Valley College where he was an Assistant
Dean of Disabled Student Programs from 1984
through 1992.

Through his various affiliations, Dr.
Scott has responded to the LA Floods, the LA
Riots and Civil Unrest, the Firestorms of 93
& 96, the Southern California Earthquakes,
the US Air/ Skywest LAX Crash, the Alaska
Airlines Disaster as well as numerous smaller
scale disasters, shootings, and traumatic workplace incidents. In the aftermath of 9/11, He directed and supervised the LAFDs CISM Team
deployment to the World Trade Center Attack.
During the teams two-week deployment, Dr.
Scott provided CISM intervention and support
to the Fire Department of New York. More recently, Dr. Scott provided similar support with
his CISM team to Louisiana firefighters during
a one week deployment to the hurricane impacted Gulf States.

Throughout his career Dr. Scott has always been available to the media and provides

commentary on disasters and traumatic incidents to the local, national, and international
media. He has appeared on ABCs Nightline,
World News Report with Peter Jennings, CBS
Evening News, NBC Today Show, CNN News,
Canadian Broadcasting Company, German
Public Television, and Nippon-Japanese Television. Dr. Scotts commentary has been quoted in the print media as well, including, U.S.
News & World Report, New York Magazine,
National Geographic Magazine, Los Angeles
Times, and USA Today.

In 1993, Dr. Scott received a high honor
and special recognition - the Clara Barton National Honor Award for Meritorious Leadership
was presented to him by the LA Chapter of the
American Red Cross. Dr. Scott had spent over
a decade volunteering and providing support
and consultation to the American Red Cross.
He had been instrumental in initiating a community based volunteer Crisis Response Program for the Los Angeles Area (composed of
psychologists and mental health professionals
from the surrounding local communities). The
success of the program was modeled nationally which eventually became the National Red
Cross Volunteer Program for Disaster Mental
Health Response Network (DRN).

September 2015 43

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Send your letters & comments to the editor at: editor@lafra.org

LAFRA:

I had the honor of working with
Monty [Majesky] and Bill Whitcher at
old 27s. I remember my classmates that
were rookies in Battalion 13 always talking about this Majesky character, an awesome hard-charging A/O. Well I never met
Majesky until I promoted to engineer in
1984. By now my vision of Majesky was
that of Paul Bunyan, a giant of a man!
Much to my surprise, at my first structure fire with 33s, out steps the A/O out
of Truck 33. I asked Captain Mackey,
Who is that? He chuckled and said thats
Majesky.

Needless to say that vision of Paul
Bunyan went right out the window. What
he lacked in stature and brawn he made up
for it with knowledge and experience that
he passed on to all of us.

REST IN PEACE MONTY, you
will be missed
Bob Rosario
Santa Rosa Valley, CA
LAFRA,

Monty to me was an inspiration/
mentor/friend. He encouraged me to certify on the Heavy U for a back-up operator and then I became his relief at 27s and
56s. He taught me how to command the
Heavy U and not take guff from anybody
while performing my job. People have told
me I was a Majesky Jr. on the Hook, and
I always took that as a compliment. The
kindness and generosity he showed towards me and my family will always be
remembered and forever cherished. R.I.P.
my friend!
Dane Jackson
Simi Valley, CA

46 September 2015

Dear Widows, Orphans & Disabled


Firemens Fund:

Please accept this donation in memory of Wendy A. Cummings and John S.
(Sparky) Holloway, both of whom passed
away during June.

I worked at 10s for a short time
in the mid-80s when Wendy was there
and although I was on a different shift, I
remember Wendy as a very competent
paramedic and a very pleasant person who
got along well with everyone. My son is a
firefighter in Santa Barbara City and occasionally went on calls with the Harbor patrol, where Wendy worked for a time (sailing and the ocean were two of Wendys
passions). On one of these calls, Wendy
recognized his name and asked if he and I
were related.

Although I never worked with
Sparky, I talked to him countless times
during his assignment at OCD, and saw
him on occasion after he retired. If memory serves, one of the last times I saw him
was at Ken Clores funeral service where
he spoke at length about their time together at OCD.
Richard Watters, LAFD retired
Agoura Hills, CA
Dear Andy,

I was very saddened to hear of Jack
Bennetts passing. Jack was in the same
tower class as my husband Captain Hans
R. Wolf, June 1955. Please use the enclosed check in memory of: Jack A. Bennett Assistant Chief.
Sincerely,

Dear Andy,

Please accept this donation to the
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund in memory of Edward T. Fox. I first
met Eddie at Fire Station 89 in the early
1960s. Eddie had just made engineer and
I was a rookie a year off probation. We
were friends for over 50 years and I have
so many fun and happy memories of our
times together. He always had a smile for
everyone and I will miss him greatly.
Sincerely,
Robert K. Young
Clarkdale, AZ
Dear Andy,

Please accept this donation to the
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund in the name of my father, Edward
T. Fox. Thank you for all the support you
give the members and their families, it
makes me proud to be a member of the
LAFD family. I received a heart-warming
surprise, the encased flag honoring my
father. He loved the LAFD and enjoyed
reflecting back on his career and the members he worked with.
Thank you again,
Rick Fox, engineer retired
Quartz Hill, CA
Widows & Orphans Fund

Please accept this contribution on
behalf of Pilot Craig Fujimoto, retiring
on 7/25/2015 from Fire Station 49. I spent
many years working alongside Craig. He
was a great member of the LAFD. He will
be missed.
Richard F. Rush, FS 111 retired
Dana Point, CA

Mrs. Hans R. Wolf

To the Los Angeles Firemens Relief


Association

P.S. Andy, we will never forget the beautiful presentation you did at my husbands
services two years ago.


Please accept this donation to the
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund in memory of Captain Jack Fitzger-

ald. We had some exciting and fun times


working together. Jack was a fine captain
and tough golf competitor.

Create a Legacy

Donald & Marilyn Spreeman


Huntington Beach, CA
LAFD Relief Association

I havent written or sent you all any
donation in a long time, and this month is
Pats birthday, so you are getting his birthday present from me.

I am so grateful for the service that
you all do for all of us retired people, and
especially retired widows. I am so happy
that when I married Pat in 1981 that I got
to be a member of this organization. I feel
protected and taken care of, and that is
what Pat would want.

Pat was a 30 year engineer and
when I met him he was at 4s. We met in
the Grand Canyon when he was a boatman
for Georgie Clark. I never dreamed that
when we came together that I would have
a family forever. I still miss him so much
and miss being close to the LAFD and in
Los Angeles, but I think about you all and
about the wonderful organization you are
trying to keep going.

Pat loved being a fireman and he
worked hard and was a wonderful man
that I will love and admire forever. That
affection carries to all firemen, especially
those in the LAFD.
Take care of yourselves and stay safe.
Mary Jean Murphy Tierney
Albuquerque, NM
LAFRA:

I met Frank [Gritt] in 1979 when
the Dept. sent me out to FS 63 after probation. What a great guy! He was probably
the easiest going engineer on the job but
always helpful to us. He will be remembered mostly for being a beach rat and
for his famous dog Panda that rode on the
pump with him. RIP Frank.
Vance Boos
Carlsbad, CA

The Eternal Flame Society is a special group of firefighters, family, friends and
supporters who have included a gift to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund in their Estate Plans.
Theyre visionary and uncommonly dedicated. Their kindness has helped our
firefighter families overcome unexpected challenges for more than a century.
We invite you to join these dedicated individuals helping to secure the future of
your firefighter family. With your help, the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Funds second century will be as extraordinary as its first.
Planned gift arrangements include:
Bequest through a will
Gift through a living trust or other non-charitable trust
Gift of life insurance, real estate or other assets
Beneficiary designation in retirement plans

For information call


Marlene Casillas, Relief Association Development & Marketing Director, at

(323) 259-5217 or email me at MCasillas@LAFRA.org

September 2015 47

MEMBERS
Edward T. Fox, Engineer. Appointed October 22, 1946.
Retired on a service pension January 1, 1973 from FS 89-A.
Passed away July 9, 2015.
Monty D. Majesky, Apparatus Operator. Appointed February 10, 1968.
Retired on a disability pension December 18, 1993 from HU 56-A.
Passed away July 14, 2015.
Eugene M. Francik, Fire Inspector. Appointed March 18, 1947.
Retired on a service pension July 1, 1973 from FPB BRUSH CLEARANCE UNIT.
Passed away July 15, 2015.
Farold L. Westwood, Captain. Appointed January 29, 1959.
Retired on a disability pension June 7, 1981 from FS 47.
Passed away July 19, 2015.
Howard F. Romps, Fireman. Appointed July 1, 1959.
Retired on a service pension October 21, 1988 from FS 59-C.
Passed away July 27, 2015.
Mark A. Villasenor, Firefighter III. Appointed February 16, 1975.
Retired on a service pension February 21, 2009 from FS 74-B.
Passed away August 1, 2015.
Charles C. Hamblin, Fireman. Appointed February 1, 1955.
Retired on a disability pension November 17, 1974 from FS 96-B.
Passed away August 5, 2015.
Thomas J. Zumwalt, Fireman. Appointed October 22, 1946.
Retired on a service pension March 31, 1978 from FS 79.
Passed away August 6, 2015.
James Simos, Fireman. Appointed January 15, 1979.
Retired on a disability pension May 4, 1990 from FS 103.
Passed away August 9, 2015.
Steven L. Robinson, Fireifighter III. Appointed October 2, 1986.
Active - Metro Communications.
Passed away August 9, 2015.

FAMILY

Jean Berg, spouse of Robert G. Berg, passed away July 7, 2015.


Barbara Cobb, surviving spouse of Leonard P. Cobb, passed away July 9, 2015.
Elayne Ricks, surviving spouse of Robert G. Ricks, passed away July 9, 2015.
Marjorie Muro Jr., spouse of Thomas Muro Jr., passed away July 11, 2015.
Adeline H. Georgi, surviving spouse of Frank O. Georgi Jr., passed away July 14, 2015.
Alberta Jungferman, spouse of Philip M. Jungferman, passed away July 15, 2015.
Marilyn J. Allen, surviving spouse of James O. Allen, passed away August 8, 2015.

48 September 2015


On June 25, 2015 a celebration of
life was held for Wendy at Bannings Landing
Community Center in Wilmington. The following is a portion of the eulogy delivered by her
brother, Mark Cummings.

Wendy fire service career began at CalState Northridge where she passed her EMS
training. She drove for Pruner Ambulance until
1982 when she became part of the Los Angeles
City Fire Department.

All during this time Wendy loved the
water and our family boat which began her adventure at sea, living on a succession of boats
until her pride and joy: Willow, a Pacific Seacraft Orion. As many of you know, Wendy put
her back and heart into her career as a paramedic and retired after 20 years of service. Wendys
career produced many firsts:
First woman to receive a service

pension from the LAFD.
First woman to compete in the Fireman
Olympics.
First EMS worker to have a documen
ted blood to blood exposure to AIDS.
Other accomplishments with the Fire Department:
Director of LA Paramedic Relief
Association
President of the LA Paramedic Relief
Association.
Peer Supporter
CISD Team Member
Member of the State and World Cham
pionship Firemens Volleyball Team
UFLAC Negotiating Team
LAFD Team Member sent to New York

on 9-11-2001
President of the prestigious Hole in the

Head Club

sailing Willow more than 3000 miles exploring


Baja California, the Sea of Cortez and Mexico
which she chronicled on her blog: www.WendyonWillow.com.

Wendy put her passion into every activity and relationship that she had. As you all
know Wendy was always friendly, joyful, present and willing to give the shirt off her back,
the time to listen to a story or share a recollection, except for those not too rare occasions as
a paramedic when Linda would say Shut up
Wendy and get in the rig.

All of us experienced Wendys love and
generosity of spirit. Her favorite greeting was

Good Morning Sunshine. How about that . .


. we were all sunshine in her life! What a complement to have been the sunshine in Wendys
life.

All of us have our favorite memories
and stories of Wendy which we will cherish
forever along with that smile and infectious
laugh! These will have to keep us going until
we see Wendy again. Never forget Wendys
closing to all of her letters Remember I love
you all and keep doing good things.


After retiring from the LAFD, Wendy
worked for the Harbor Patrol in Avalon for five
years, then with the Harbor Patrol in the city of
Santa Barbara for five years.

Upon retirement from Santa Barbara,
Wendy finally got to start her long awaited sea
journey, spending the better part of two years

September 2015 49

Firefighting is a risky job; we want you to take better care of yourself

A healthy diet and good dose of laughter do a body good.


So do regular check-ups.

1 Routine Physical Exam every year at 100%

3 Eye Exam every year, $10 co-pay


using VSP in-network provider

2 Body Scan every 3 years at 100%

4 Colonoscopy every 5 years at 100%

*details at lafra.org/wellness

*limited to $600

*after age 50

5 Standard Immunization Vaccines at 100%


6 Dermatology and skin cancer check,
$15 co-pay
7 Well-woman Exam every year at 100%
8 Mammogram every 1-2 years at 100%
*women 40 years and older

All above benefits for In-Network providers only

Consult your personal physician before


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by Mike Mastro, President/CEO


Firefighters First Credit Union

GIVING BACK: $165,000 AWARDED IN SCHOLARSHIPS!


Firefighters First Credit Union has a proud tradition
of giving back to members. As a not-for-profit, member-owned institution, were driven by serving the
Fire Family. Our scholarship program is just one of
the many ways we give back to the fire community.
Since 1996, we have awarded $165,000 to our young
scholar members. Our mission is to play a small role
in defraying the rising costs of higher education.
This years field of 95 scholarship applicants proved
to be exceptionally tough. Recipients were selected
on the basis of their GPA, academic achievements,
and extracurricular activities at school and within
the community. An essay about their experience with
their financial institution was also required. What
does Legendary Service from your financial institution (bank or credit union) mean to you?
Congratulations to our five scholarship recipients.
Each student was awarded $2,500.
Mitchell Braun, Loyola Marymount University
As a biology major at Loyola Marymount University,
Mitchell has taken part in plant desiccation tolerance
research, presenting the findings at the LMU Undergraduate Research Symposium. He is an LMU Presidential Scholar, part of the Honors program, named
to the Deans List for Biology, and recipient of the
Dr. Harrangue Student Leadership Award.
In his spare time, he volunteered at the Ocean Park
Community Food Pantry, interned at the Cabrillo
Marine Aquarium, served as Logistics Chair for the
LMU Relay for Life, and volunteered on a medical
services trip to Nicaragua. Currently, he is a clinical
assistant at the Venice Family Clinic.
Mitchell maintains a 4.0GPA and is on-track to graduate in 2017
Serafina Clarizio, San Jose State University
Over the past two years, Serafina has volunteered
over 2,000 hours in a variety of activities for the
Huntington Beach Fire Department, the Youth Ministry of her church, Relay for Life, and many others.
She played Pop Warner football and was also part of
Varsity Cheer.

Serafina is a Key Club member, was named to the


Principals Honor Roll, and received the Presidential
Service Award. She also served as the senior class
Vice President.
This fall, Serafina will attend San Jose State University, aspiring to have a career in communicative
disorders.
Elisabeth Doody, University of California Davis
Elisabeth is a high academic achiever with a passion
for agriculture. As a student, she received the Principals Award and UC Davis Merit Award. She was a
National Merit Scholar and Scholar Athlete in Varsity
Track and Field. She is a 2015 State Winner of the
Future Business Leaders of America.
Her passion for agriculture is witnessed through
teaching elementary school students about urban
agriculture, educating special needs students about
goats, serving as Vice President for the 4H Youth Agriculture Program, and managing a dairy goat breeding program.
This fall, Elisabeth will attend the University of California Davis for a career in Agriculture Biotechnology.
Rachel Gysin, Chapman University
According to Rachel, the Credit Union has had an
impact on her entire life. Becoming a member before her second birthday, her first recollection of the
Credit Union was when she received a giveaway
item with her kids newsletter. Each time she received
something, her parents talked about the importance
of saving money.
In addition to her 4.17 GPA and strong academic
achievements, Rachel volunteered for the Relay for
Life, the My Stuff Bags Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and the Girl Scouts.
With her experience in producing her high schools
Monthly News Broadcast, Rachel aspires to be part
of the film industry. This fall, she will be attending
the Chapman University Dodge Film School, majoring in Creative Producing.

Gracyn Lewis, Pepperdine University


Gracyn has a strong connection within the Fire Family. Her mom, Janice, worked as a reserve firefighter
and now works within the logistics department. Her
older brothers, Sean and Daniel, are firefighters as
well.
Gracyn graduated from high school with an amazing
4.41GPA, served as ASB Rally Commissioner, CoPresident of her schools spirit club, and also lettered
in Varsity Soccer.
In her spare time, Gracyn volunteers for Kids Helping Kids Sacramento, a non-profit, student-run organization. She tutors kids and also helps them with art
projects. She also serves as the organizations Social
Media Director.
Thanks again to all of our student members and the
parents who motivated them to submit their applications. Your continued support of the Credit Union
allows us to fund this program and help students
achieve their educational goals.
As always, your Credit Union is here to help. Should
you need assistance with your accounts, please contact a Credit Union Representative at (800) 231-1626
or stop by an office.
The more business we do together as a Fire Family,
the greater the financial reward will be for all members!
Have a safe month!

Mike Mastro
P.S. From college to preschool, the Credit Union
can help parents and students with back-to-school
expenses. We offer unique financial products and
services to borrow, save, and manage money. Ask us
for details.
Material provided is for your information and convenience only.

September 2015 51

Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD History - Never Forget The World Trade Center Attack, September 11, 2001

any current members of the LAFD


were not on the job yet when the
U.S. was attacked by terrorists on
9-11-2001. Those members of the new rookie
class were probably teenagers or younger when
it occurred. We must not forget the loss of more
than 3,000 people and those 343 members of
the FDNY who sacrificed their lives for others.
On a personal note I lost a very good friend at
the incident. Battalion Chief Ray Downey was
killed at the command post in the tower collapse. He was a national expert in Urban Search
& Rescue and a true friend. We taught US&R
together and worked on the National Response
system with FEMA to get the program started.

sponse to the terrorist attacks that destroyed


the World Trade Center, FEMA activated and
deployed the Los Angeles City Fire Department CA-TF 1 (California Urban Search &
Rescue Task Force 1) with 70 members and
a Critical Incident Stress Management Team
(CISM). The military aircraft transporting our
US&R team was the first aircraft in the sky after the attack. Their mission included search
and rescue, body extrication, and assistance in
the use of canine search teams. In addition,
many LAFD members responded on their own

to assist their FDNY brothers. The CISM mission evolved into a completely unprecedented
Firefighter Assistance Program, which was delivered at and near ground zero as well as at
various FDNY Fire Stations and other sites.
Working with many other agencies for the firsttime, FEMA honored the combined efforts by
making the teams the first FEMA sponsored
program in the history of CISM. Several LAFD
Officers were also sent as a part of the Incident
Support Team for the Task forces sent to the
disaster.

Total destruction.

The LAFD must remain vigilant and prepared


to respond as the threat of a terrorist attack continues today 14 years later.
The Islamic extremist attack on the United States and the brutal murder of three
thousand and fifty six men, women and
children was an unprecedented event in
American history. Equally unprecedented
in American history was the unbelievable
heroism of hundreds of New York Firemen,
Policemen, Port Authority personnel and
numerous other heroes, now know only to
God, who charged into the burning World
Trade Center for the sole purpose of rescuing other peoples lives.
Equally unprecedented again has been
the response of people from all around
the world. Immediately after the attack
thousands of people, many of them rescue
workers themselves, descended upon the
disaster site in New York to help with the
rescue. Thousands more came to attend
funerals and memorials and just to show
support. Millions of people from around
the world raised money for the families of
the victims. This event has become a world
event.
The Los Angeles Fire Department, like
so many other departments across the land
responded to the disaster in New York. The
incident has become part of our history.
September 11, 2001 reinvigorated Americas
gratitude for all firefighters efforts. In re-

52 September 2015

In Memory of Chief Ray Downey, FDNY.

The South Tower is the first to


collapse after burning for 56
minutes.

The second aircraft crashes into the South


tower as the North tower continues to burn.

US&R Task Force Leader with Task Force


member at ground zero with deployed team.

An edited portion of the LAFD teletype message sent out on 9/19/01:


MESSAGE FROM
FIRE ADMINISTRATION
09/19/01 - - PAGE 1

- -

14:14:07

SPECIAL NOTICE
SUBJECT: UPDATE ON MEMBERS DEPLOYED TO
NEW YORK CITY
LAST WEEK, THE LAFD FEMA USAR CA-TF1, A
LAFD CISM TEAM AND FEMA IST MEMBERS WERE
DEPLOYED TO NEW YORK CITY. THE DISASTER
PREPAREDNESS UNIT HAS BEEN IN CONTINUOUS CONTACT WITH THE MEMBERS FAMILIES
AND HAVE PROVIDED THEM AN EMERGENCY PHONE
NUMBER TO REQUEST ASSISTANCE.
MEMBERS
ARE ENCOURAGED TO VOLUNTEER TO ASSIST ANY
FAMILIES IN YOUR AREA BY CALLING THE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS UNIT DURING OFFICE
HOURS (0700 TO 1730 HOURS) AT (818) 7569674.
HOWEVER, MEMBERS ARE DISCOURAGED FORM
CALLING THE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS UNIT
AT THIS TIME TO OBTAIN A PERSONAL UPDATE
ON THE STATUS OF THESE TEAMS. ATTACHED,
IS A BRIEF REVIEW OF THE USAR, CISM AND
IST TEAMS DEPLOYMENT HISTORY AND A LIST
OF THE MEMBERS THAT WERE DEPLOYED.
BRIEF OVERVIEW:
LAFD RESOURCES
PATCHED TO NEW YORK CITY

DIS-

USAR CA-TF1 AND IST, CONSISTING OF 70


MEMBERS, WAS DISPATCHED TO MARCH AIR
FORCE BASE FOR DEPLOYMENT TO NEW YORK
CITY.
A HOME SUPPORT TEAM UNDER THE COMMAND
OF CAPTAIN JACALONE WAS ESTABLISHED TO
PROVIDE LIAISON WITH THE DEPLOYED USAR
TEAM AND UPDATE THE USAR TEAMS FAMILY
MEMBERS.
IST MEMBERS WERE DEPLOYED SEPARATELY TO
NEW YORK CITY AND PLACED ON AN INCIDENT
MANAGEMENT TEAM.
2130 HOURS
USAR CA-TF1, DEPARTED FROM MARCH AIR
FORCE BASE TO MCGUIRE AIR FORCE BASE IN
NEW JERSEY.
NOTE:
FOUR TEAM MEMBERS WERE UNABLE TO
DEPLOY DUE TO THE WEIGHT
AND DISTANCE OF FLIGHT. ONLY 66
MEMBERS WERE DISPATCHED
ON MILITARY AIRCRAFT.
UPON ARRIVAL, CA-TF1 WAS SHUTTLED TO FORT
DIX AND AWAITED DEPLOYMENT ORDERS.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2001 0400 HOURS

0700 HOURS
MEMBERS WERE BRIEFED, FED AND COMMENCED
RESCUE OPERATIONS. SINCE THAT TIME, THEY
HAVE CONTINUED TO PARTICIPATE IN RESCUE
AND RECOVERY OPERATIONS.
RESCUE AND RECOVERY OPERATIONS:
* CA-TF1 WAS DIVIDED INTO TWO TEAMS UNDER THE COMMAND OF DEPUTY
CHIEF RUEDA AND ASSISTANT CHIEF DEFEO,
RESPECTIVELY.
*
OPERATIONAL PERIODS ARE 12-HOUR INCREMENTS.
* TEAMS HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH NUMEROUS
BODY EXTRICATIONS.
* REPORTEDLY, THE TEAM IS FATIGUED, BUT
MAINTAINING HIGH SPIRITS.
* CA-TF1 IS PROJECTED TO BE DEMOBILIZED
ON SEPTEMBER 20TH.
*
PROJECTED RETURN DATE IS SEPTEMBER
21ST AND ARRIVAL TIME TBA.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2001 1400 HOURS
LAFD CISM TEAM, CONSISTING OF 25 MEMBERS, ATTEMPTED TO LEAVE LAX TO NEW YORK
- ABORTED WHEN LAX SHUT DOWN OPERATIONS
IN WAKE OF ARRESTS MADE IN NEW YORK.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2001 1300 HOURS

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001,1300 HOURS

- - ADMINISTRATIVE MESSAGE
14:14:07 09/19/01 -- PAGE 2 --

USAR CA-TF1 DISPATCHED TO THE JACOB JAVITZ CONVENTION CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY
AND ESTABLISHED BASE OF OPERATIONS (BOO).

FIRST WAVE OF CISM TEAM, CONSISTING OF


SEVEN MEMBERS, DEPLOYED TO NEW YORK FROM
LAX.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2001 0630 HOURS
SECOND WAVE OF CISM TEAM, CONSISTING OF
15 MEMBERS, DEPLOYED TO
NEW YORK FROM
LAX.
- - ADMINISTRATIVE MESSAGE
14:14:07 09/19/01 -- PAGE 3 --

NEW YORK CITY FROM LAX (TOTAL OF 22 MEMBERS). CISM TEAMS WERE DEPLOYED AND ARE
PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO THE LAFD USAR
TEAMS AND MEMBERS OF THE NEW YORK CITY
FIRE DEPARTMENT. THE CISM TEAMS RETURN
IS TBA.
MEMBERS DEPLOYED FOR USAR CA-TF1:
URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM
NEW YORK CITY INCIDENT
NAME ASSIGNMENT
ARNOLD, DANIEL W.
FS 90B
AVERY, GREGG M.
FS 66A
BERKERY, STEVEN J.
FS 39C
BOWIE, GARY R.
BATT 4A
BULLOCK, HOLLYN D.
FS 88B
BURAU, THOMAS M.
DISASTER
PREPARED NESS UNIT
CARBAJAL, JESUS P.
FS 26B

CARRERA, OMAR F.
FS 90C
CASAS, LOUIS JR.
FS 75B
CORDOBES, ROBERT S.
FS 88A
COOPER CHRISTOPHER, A.
RECRUIT
TRAINING
DEFEO, ROBERT J.
DIVISION 1A
DENNING, RICHARD L. JR. FS 72B
ECKSTEIN, MARC
QUALITY
IMPROVEMENT
FREEMAN, DAVID W.
FS 48B
FRY, CRAIG A.
IN-SERVICE
TRAINING
GOLDSWORTHY, JAMES R.
FS 90C
GRUBE,CHARLES J.
FS 63A
HAUS, THOMAS J.
BATT 14C
HISSONG, STEVE M.
FS 20A
HORST, STANLEY D.
FS 8C
JACKSON, DANE M.
FS 56A
KAWAI, CHRISTOPHER S.
PLANNING
SECTION
KITAHATA, THOMAS D.
FS 3C
KLAMECKI, RONALD H.
FS 88B
LABRIE, BRIAN J.
FS 98C
LESINSKI,JAIME R.
FS 4B
LIMA, FRANKLIN V.
FS 39C
LOPEZ, STEPHEN R.
FS 33B
MANNING, TERRANCE J.
DIVISION 1C
Manning, TIMOTHY V.
DIVISION 2A
MESSNER, LANCE S.
AIR
OPERATIONS A
MILLS, HENRY C.
FS 5A
MITCHELL, SCOTT D.
FS 88A
NAEOLE, ALAN C.

AIR
OPERATIONS B
OJEDA, ERNESTO
FS 88B
POIRIER, ALFRED.
BUREAU OF
EMERGENCY
SERVICES
OUINLAN, SCOTT
FS 66C
REX, KEVIN L.
BATT 10A
REYES, DONALD B.
FS 81A
RICKEY, JEFFREY K.
FS 39B
ROSE, COREY G.
EMS DIST. 10A
RUDDELL, CHARLES B.
FS 88B
RUEDA, MARIO D.
BUREAU OF HUMAN
RESOURCES
SANDERSON, GREGORY A.
AIR
OPERATIONS B
SANDS, TODD J.
FS 88A
SAXELBY, MARK J.
FS 88B
SEARS, BARRY J.
FS 90B
STIGLICH,JAMES L.
FS 35B
TELLER, DERESA D.
FS 104B
TERRILL, GREGORY J.
FS 88C
TIETZ, KURT
FS 4A
VALAS, MICHAEL
FS 88A
VAN DYKE, TRUMAN
FS 71B
WEST, GREGORY A.
BATT 17A
WHITE, CRAIG L.
FS 98C
WHITE, WADE A.
FS 66B
WILCOX, ROBERT C.
BATT 10C
WILLIS, JARVIS R.
BATT 13B
WISE, JACK H.
DRILL TOWER 89

The following is an excellent letter written


by Fire Chief William Bamattre:
From the office of
the Fire Chief . . . . .

September 2015 53

September 19, 2001


TO ALL MEMBERS
SUBJECT: THE WAR AGAINST TERRORISM
In the wake of the incomprehensible events
of last week, we as a nation, a Department,
and as individuals find ourselves focusing on
the short-and long-term impact of terrorism
on American soil. As news commentators have
repeated over the last several days, life as we
knew it will never be the same and the extent of
this change will only be determined over time.
The attacks on our nation have left us feeling
potentially vulnerable to the evil whims of eccentric extremists and never in our lifetime have
we had to deal with such uncertainty. Regular
activities such as reporting to work or outings
with family members will now be undertaken
amidst concerns for safety and security.
As a nation, we are now awaiting our governments response to last weeks terrorist attacks. Most certainly, our lives will be affected
regardless of where or how our leaders choose
to respond. Not since World War II have Americans been called upon to think of the national
interest, but we undoubtedly will be forced to.
With approximately one-third of Department
members under age 40, our nations inevitable
military action will be a new phenomenon.
Over the past several days, we have witnessed
demonstrations of patriotism and pride in unprecedented proportion. We will, however, need
to maintain that national loyalty while remaining steadfast in our vigilance.
The fury of events on the morning of September 11th thrust our Department into a state of
heightened readiness. Our field members, staff
members, and civilian members were all impacted by our immediate need to ensure the protection of the City of Los Angeles. While I firmly
believe that our preparations were adequate, I
believe areas in need of improvement were uncovered. Issues such as the deployment of personnel, the staffing of resources and the transportation of our civilian members to another
work site showed that operational plans need to
be re-evaluated and updated immediately, not in

the near future. I call on our Departments top


managers to lead and respond accordingly. And
I expect all members to cooperate fully while remaining focused on the potential problems that
may occur within our City. As members of the
Los Angeles Fire Department, we are charged
with protecting the City of Los Angeles and faltering in this mandate will not be tolerated.
To All Members
September 19, 2001
Page 2
Our Department has over a century of rich
history where we have responded to the needs of
those who called upon us. As always, we shall
continue to provide the finest fire, emergency
medical, and rescue services available. However, due to the ultimate bravery and supreme sacrifices made by the New York Fire Department
- our profession is now in the worlds spotlight
and we must respond by showing our strength in
unity, calm, and professionalism. Never before
has the Fire Service attained such a pedestalled
position and we must remain vigilant of that fact
and conduct ourselves accordingly.
As individuals, these catastrophic events are
indeed troubling for everyone. As emergency
responders, our families face the added burden
of concern for our safety while we perform our
duty to the public. At this time, we do not know
how our when our nation will respond, only that
it will. Therefore, we must prepare ourselves,
our families, and our households for the unforeseen which may be lengthy and difficult.
Together, we shall face whatever crises are
forced upon us. And, as always, we shall remain
strong, vigilant, and prepared.
WILLIAM R. BAMATTRE
Fire Chief
L.A. Times Article, November 18, 2001: Response: LAFD gives $2.25 million to a Manhattan firehouse that lost 11 men Sept. 11
By JOHN J. GOLDMAN
TIMES STAFF WRITER

Calendar for September 2015

* Fridays from 0800 to 1200 are work days on the Ralph J. Scott Fireboat

54 September 2015

NEW YORK--Stressing that all firefighters are


family, more than 120 members of the Los Angeles Fire Department presented a $2.25-million
check Saturday to their New York counterparts
in a ceremony marked by hugs, handshakes and
a few tears. This donation was made at a Manhattan firehouse that lost 11 of its members in
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade
Center.
We represent the kids who had lemonade
stands, who came to fire stations with their
piggy banks, saying, Can you bring this back
for us? said Capt. Stephen Ruda, a 24-year
veteran of the LAFD. Our fellow firefighters
here in New York suffered a great loss, he said.
What the firefighters did here in New York for
the fire service in general brings to the attention,
whether you work for a big city like Los Angeles
or New York or a small volunteer company in
the Midwest or the South or an organized company, we are ready to do the same.
The California contingent gathered on the
sidewalk in front of the firehouse, its walls decorated with items from schoolchildren mourning
the lost members of Engine 40 and Ladder 35.
Inside, firefighter Mike Kotula, who has
served at the house for 19 years, stood quietly
alongside one of the engines.Its overwhelming, Kotula said. It means a lot, a real lot.
It just shows we are all brothers throughout the
country.

LAFD 9-11 Memorial



As a tribute to the courage, commitment, and sacrifice of those involved in the
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the LAFD
raised a memorial in 2003. A volunteer team
brought in a 3-ton steel column donated by Mr.
Jeffery Neu from the base of the World Trade
Center. The 20-foot column was originally part
of the lobby structure and is the largest remnant
of the attacks outside of New York City. It was
placed in front of the Frank Hotchkins Memorial Training Center near Dodger Stadium on
Stadium Way.

The LAFD and the City of Los Angeles remembers the loss of innocent lives, the
sacrifice of 343 FDNY members and the first
responders every September 11th and continue
the motto Never Forget.
Annual 9-11 Remembrance

The LAFD Historical Society has been
holding an annual 9-11 remembrance ceremony at the Hollywood Fire Museum and Memorial since the museum opened in 2001 so that
we will never forget the more than 3000 people
died that day from terrorist attacks and that 343
members of the New York Fire Department
were killed at the World Trade Center. We start
the ceremony at 0700 hours to coincide with
the collapse of the first World Trade Center
Tower at approximately 1000 hours Eastern
Time. September 11th Never Forget. All
are welcome to join us.

LOS ANGELES FIREMENS RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES


July 1, 2015
CALL TO ORDER

RATIFICATION OF MINUTES

Fallen Firefighter Memorial wall.

President Juan Albarran called the meeting


of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles
Firemens Relief Association to order at
10:02 a.m.

Juan Albarran entertained a motion to


ratify and dispense with the reading of the
minute s of the Board of Trustees meeting
held June 3, 2015. David Lowe so moved.
Tim Larson seconded. There was no
further discussion or objections.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
REPORT

ROLL CALL
MEMBERS PRESENT:
Juan Albarran, President
Robert Steinbacher, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Joe Vigil
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Steve Berkery
Trustee Steve Ruda
Trustee Frank Aguirre
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Tim Larson Pension
Trustee David Lowe Pension
Todd Layfer - Executive Director
MEMBERS ABSENT:
Trustee Chris Hart (Excused)
Trustee Tyler Tomich (Excused)
Trustee Doak Smith (Excused)
Trustee David Ortiz (Excused)
Trustee Craig White (Excused)
Trustee Gene Bednarchik (Excused)
Trustee Francisco Hernandez (Excused)
Trustee Barry Hedberg Pension
(Excused)
GUESTS:
Bob Olsen, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
Lee Kebler, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
INVOCATION & Flag Salute
Rick Godinez led the invocation. Tim
Larson led the flag salute.

Motion carried to ratify and dispense


with the reading of the minutes and
Board actions of the Board of Trustees
held June 3, 2015.
PRESIDENT REPORT
1) Juan Albarran provided an update on
the building construction project and
indicated that we are going through the
punch list to get outstanding issues
resolved. He also reported that the Admin
Committee approved funds for the outside
building signage. He indicated that he,
Todd and Dan Stein will meet to discuss
the change in work orders and budgeting.
2) Juan Albarran informed that we have a
meeting schedule with the Pension Dept.
on July 9th to discuss Medicare subsidy
issues.
3) Juan Albarran referred to the Annual
IFEBP Conference and informed the
Board that he will be making a selection
on which Trustees will attend. He said
that he would inform them by the next
committee meeting on July 15th.
4) Tim Larson reported on the Wendy
Cummings memorial service and indicated
that it was a very nice service and was well
attended.

1) Todd Layfer reported on Hope for


Firefighters and indicated that they are
still gathering all the expenses for the
event and should have a final tally soon.
He asked Trustees to give any feedback to
help improve next years event.
2) Todd Layfer informed that he, Bob
Steinbacher and Becky Valverde met
with the insurance broker on June 22nd.
He indicated that the overall insurance
premiums have been reduced by 21%
compared to the last couple of years. He
stated that the two main drivers for the
decrease were the workers comp. modifier
as well as no longer needing the builders
risk insurance. He reported that all other
coverages and deductibles remain the
same as the prior year.
3) Todd Layfer informed that the City
Controllers office sent a request for
information on the LAFRA Medical Plan.
He indicated that they are looking to
determine what our costs are and what is
offered in terms of coverage.
INVESTMENT COMMITTEE
REPORT
Steve Domanski reported that Garth Flint
will be at the next Board meeting to review
the 2 nd Quarter investments.
ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE
REPORT

VICE PRESIDENT REPORT

Jeff Cawdrey presented the following


motions.

Bob Steinbacher referred to the Colorado


Springs Memorial and indicated that
Matthew McKnight will be placed on the

The committee recommends and I so move


to pay the usual and customary bills in the
amount of $1,737,756.71. There was no
September 2015 55

discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the usual and
customary bills in the amount of
$1,737,756.71.
The committee recommends and I so move
to approve up to $6K for the purchase of
a new document scanner. There was no
discussion or objections.

of $18,617.09
The Estate Planning benefit in the amount
of $3,950,
The Life & Accident Withdrawals in the
amount of $4,668, The Life & Accident
Death Benefits in the amount of $36,000
The Relief Death Benefits in the amount
of $63,000
There was no discussion or objections.

Motion carried to approve up to $6K for


the purchase of a new document scanner.

Motion carried to pay the above Relief


benefits.

The committee recommends and I so move


to approve up to $15K for the outside
building signage. There was no discussion
or objections.

James Coburn read the names of members


who recently passed and asked for a
moment of silence from the Board.

Motion carried to approve up to $15K for


the outside building signage.
The committee recommends and I so move
to approve the new insurance renewal
premiums. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to approve the new
insurance renewal premiums.
MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT
Bob Steinbacher presented the following
motion.

MEMORIALS
William D. Czernek
Charles H. Harvey
Lars H. Nelson
Eldon W. Pearcy
Herbert H. Heath
Vernon C. Samworth
Clyde Ralston II
Charles W. Anderson
John W. Galvin
Albert Rea
Roy Armstrong
Kenneth B. Willmore
Brian B. Berenger
Duane V. White

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.
SETTING OF DATES
1) Over-the-Line Tournament September
8th
2) Colorado Springs Fallen Firefighter
Memorial September 19th
3) LAFD Invitational Golf Tournament
September 21st
4) LAFD Fallen Firefighter Memorial (FS
27) October 10th
5) IFEBP Annual Conference (Hawaii)
November 8th 11th
RETIREMENT DINNERS
1)

2)

3)

4)

5)

6)

7)

Robert Scott July 15th


Frank Hotchkins Memorial Center
Brian Allen July 19th
Fire Station #80
Craig Fujimoto July 25th
Fire Station 49
Bobby Lopez July 25th
6131 Peridot Ave.
Robert Martinez August 12th
Fire Station 88
Sheldon G. McKowan August 17th
The Odyssey Restaurant
Mark Kleckner August 19th
Disabled American Veterans #73

The committee recommends and I so


move to accept the applications to the
Medical Plan. There was no discussion
and no objections.

ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE

Motion carried to accept all applications


to the Medical Plan.

The committee recommends and I so move


to accept the donations in the amount of
$12,763.01 to the Widows, Orphans &
Disabled Firemens Fund. There was no
discussion or objections.

Juan Albarran entertained a motion to


adjourn.
Steve Domaski so moved.
TimLarsonseconded.Therewasnodiscussion
and no objections.

Motion carried to accept the donations in


the amount of $12,763.01 to the Widows,
Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund.

Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of


Trustees meeting adjourned at 11:16 a.m.

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
56 September 2015

James Coburn presented the following


motions.

The committee recommends and I so


move to approve the financial assistance

ADJOURNMENT

Juan Albarran, President

Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund


July 2015

SANGIACOMO FAMILY in memory of


William Czernek

GEORGE F. DEMOTT in memory of


Edward Phelps

PAUL QUAGLIATA in memory of


Jack A. Bennett

MARTHA MILLS in memory of my cousin


Peter Pleick

PAUL & CAROLYN STEINBACHER

ARCHER R. MORGAN in memory of


Edward T. Fox

ANDREW FOSTER in memory of


Wendy Cummings

CHRISTINE HAWKES in memory of


Jack Fitzgerald

LORENE HOLDSWORTH

ARHCER R. MORGAN in memory of


Jack Bennett

MARY JEAN MURPHY in honor of


Pat O. Tierney

THOMAS & MARJORIE MURO/MURO


TRUST in memory of Elaine Osborne

RICHARD FOX in memory of my father


Edward T. Fox

ANNE LU WOLF in memory of Jack A. Bennett

RICHARD L. WATTERS in memory of


Wendy Cummings & John S.
Sparky Holloway
ROBERT & DONNA BEAVERS in memory of
Kevin Poore
IRMA MONDRAGON
FIRE STATION NO. 13 from the
Fire Extinguisher Fund
ROGER G. GILLIS in memory of Jack Bennett
HELEN L. SCHULZ

AGNES A. LIGHTFOOT in memory of


Marjorie Muro
RICHARD F. RUSH in memory of
Craig Fujimoto
ROBERT K. YOUNG in memory of
Edward T. Fox
FRANCES BLOK in memory of Marjorie Muro
PHYLLIS R. STAPEL in memory of my husband
Clay Stapel on the occasion of our anniverary of
May 1
BILL & DIANE TANNAHILL in memory of
Norman Nichols

FRANK & MARY JANE BUSH in memory of


Marge Muro
HELEN BOIKAN in memory of L. S. Harms
LEROY M. JENNINGS
PAUL L. PFAFF in gratitude of the BBQ
JANE BOGART in memory of Lars Nelson
RON & CHRIS CRAMER in memory of
Richard Empie
JANICE ENG in memory of Betty Chew
CAROL HAAZ in memory of Brian Berenger
RICHARD W. MC LAREN in memory of
Ross Stevens
SANDRA SNODGRASS in memory of
Clyde Ralston
MALCOLM C. TREASURE in memory of
Brian Berenger

JAMES E. GILLUM

LYNN ANNE ZAGER in memory of


Clyde Ralston

CHRISTINE BRUMBAUGH in memory of my


husband Mike Brumbaugh

ROBERT E. KESSLER in memory of


L. S. Harms

DONNA PEVEY in honor of the


Ray & Jacky Schiller Wedding

JOHN L. PECEL in memory of Monty Majesky

RICHARD PEARSON/UNITED WAY

DONALD & MARILYN SPREEMAN in memory


of Jack Fitzgerald

JAMES P. LANGSFELD

CAROL AKERMAN in honor of the


Ray & Jacky Schiller Wedding

GEORGE M. DEAL in memory of


Captain Peter Pleick

FIRE STATION NO. 114 AIR OPS from the


Fire Extinguisher Fund
JAMES GILLUM from the
Simi Valley Breakfast Gang
JAMES GILLUM from the
Simi Valley Breakfast Gang
BARBARA BARRY BROWN in memory of
Bud Creath
TAK MORIMOTO in memory of Betty Chew

J. B. BENOIT in memory of Ross Stevens

JUDY DAVIDSON in honor of the


Ray & Jacky Schiller Wedding

MELANIE HANLEY in memory of


Richard L. Empie

RAY HAMEL in honor of the


Ray & Jacky Schiller Wedding

GRACE & FRANK JR. VERNOLA in memory of


Wendy Cummings

INGRID BURGES in honor of the


Ray & Jacky Schiller Wedding

FRANK FASMER in memory of my friend


Don Miller

KEITH BURGES in honor of the


Ray & Jacky Schiller Wedding

MICHAEL M. KAMMERER from the


Urban Search & Rescue Class Donation

WENDY MILROY in honor of the


Ray & Jacky Schiller Wedding

ROY S. CRAMER in memory of Richard Empie

GARY & CAROLYN CLINITE in memory of


Jack Bennett

ROBERT VANDERHAGEN in remembrance of


my wonderful wife Ethel Vanderhagen

ARCHER R. MORGAN in memory of


Lars Nelson

September 2015 57

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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, 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.
COMPLETE DRYWALL SERVICE. New construction and
remodel. Acoustic ceiling removal.
Spray texture and hand textures.
Greg Avery (805) 320-8311 or
Mark Avery (805) 551-6041.
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
COUNSELING KIDS & FAMILIES. Separation, divorce, kids
behavior problems (anger, acting
out behavior, defiance, attention
difficulties, hyperactivity, school issues, family adjustment), blended
families, parenting, support, family
issues, licensed marriage & family
therapist. Nancy Goodwin with
private office in Temecula. Confidential, 20 years experience, wife
of retired LAFD. (951) 231-1600.
www.goodwinfamilycounseling.
com
CRAIG SANFORD HEATING &
AIR - Free estimates, residen-

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LAFD and LAPD. Toll free (877)
891-1414, (661) 298-3070, FAX
(661) 298-3069. State License No.
527114
FEELING PRESSURE FROM
YOUR SPOUSE and co-workers
and cant find a way out? Has
God left stranded? Dont turn to
Twinkies! Call clinical psychologist:
Dr. Lindsay Deibler (714) 7495215 for adult psychotherapy and
learning disability assessments.
Specialties: Relationship difficulties, work stress, spiritual issues
and eating concerns. Olde Town
Orange. www.drlindsaydeibler.
com
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!
HIRE A VETERAN. Owner operated. Reasonable rates. Dump truck,
Bob Cat, Back hoe for landscape
renewal, Grading demo & more.
Larry D. Brown (818) 489-5126
PISTOLS, RIFLES & SHOTGUNS
DEALER - Firearm background
checks, FFL transfers, handgun
safety certificate, consignment
sales, gun registration and personal transfers. Personal firearms
instructor and gunsmithing. All
handguns and long guns must be
listed on the California DOJ for
sale roster. Call Bill Evans - 112-C

LAFD (714) 330-9825 email:


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dollars during your professional
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WAYNE PRESS CHIROPRACTIC. Work, Auto, DMV, Wellness.
Preferred provider for most PPO,
HMO, MPN, Union, Auto accident
and Workers Compensation
Plans. (818) 527-7246.
DrWaynePress.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

VACATION
RENTALS
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. $100/$110
(two day minimum). $550/$650
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.
BIG BEAR LAKES FINESTDeluxe 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. 310-5418311 or 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 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) 347-6783 or Clarence
(310) 510-2721.
CATALINA CONDO - HAMILTON
COVE. Ocean front, 1 bed, 1 1/2
bath, sleeps 4. Steps to beach,
pool, gym, putting course, tennis
and more. Newly refurbished,
fully equipped. Includes golf cart,
WiFi. Contact Bart @ (310) 5100190. Hamiltoncove.com. Ask
for LAFD 8-89 discount. Owner
active LAFD.
DESERT CONDOS, RANCHO MIRAGE (near Palm Springs). 2 bed,
2 bath. Fully furnished condo, TV,
internet, pools and spas. Gated
community from $115/night. 3
bed from $125/night. No smoking.
Barbara (626) 798-2484.
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 amenities- Laundry & 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

Holidays $110 midweek. Summer


$95/night. $495/week. No smoking. No pets. Jim Johnson (818)
992-7564, FS 80C.

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 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 - 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 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 - 2 bdrm, 2
bath, 2 TVs, phone, garage, pool,
jacuzzi, fully furnished - exept
linens. Near shuttle/chair 15.
Winter $125/night. Weekends and

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
cleaning fee $139 and 14% city
tax. 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 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 trail. 2
night minimum. Winter $100/nite,
$125 Fri, Sat & Holidays. Summer
$60/nite. Plus $120 cleaning &
linens. Jeff & Lisa Moir (661) 2545788.
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.
MAMMOTH CONDO- SEASONS
FOUR RESORT. Charming and
cozy furnished 1 Bedroom sleeps
5. Updated unit with amenities
including wifi, sauna, jacuzzi,
phone, rec room, 2 flat screens ,
DVD players. W/D on site. Shuttle
stop. Walking distance to village.
$120/night + $80 Cleaning fee
Bobby@310-350-5552.
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 furnished condo that sleeps 4. Lanai/
balcony, full kitchen, king bed, flat
screen TVs/DVD, ACs free WiFi
(internet), complimentary maid

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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) 929-0989
MONTANA ROCKY MT. FRONT
GETAWAY - 80 miles south of
Glacier Natl Park, in the foothills
of the Rockies, mountain and
canyon views. 1,000s of miles of
trailheads, fishing, etc. 2 bedroom,
1.5 bath, dining, living, kitchen
& washer/dryer. SatTV, wireless
internet. $125.00 night + cleaning.
Call Dan (805) 279-8143 or www.
VRBO.com (#494959)
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.
SEE NEW ORLEANS MARDI
GRAS. Beautiful 2 BD - 2BA with a
sauna. Hillcrest Villas. Next to golf
course in Adita Springs, LA. Only
$450/week. Feb 13th thru Feb
20th. (562) 799-1134
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.

VACATION
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