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2 April 2017

Celebrating the Life of David Moorman
Dave loved the LAFD, and everyone loved Dave. His passion
and commitment for his job, family and friends is his legacy.
He will truly be missed by the firefighters with whom he served
and those whose lives he touched .........................................06

K9s Receive Special Recognition

The determination and job performance of three HRD
search dogs was deemed worthy of special commendation,
for demonstrating the integral role they play for the LAFD ........37

Presidents Message ..........................................................................05
Newest Trustee
LAFRA welcomes Danny Wu ...........................................................09
Battalion News ...................................................................................13
The Retired Guys ...............................................................................33
Retirement Dinner Announcements ...................................................34
Station Fridge .......................................................................................36
10 Reasons to Use a Personal Trainer
Motivation, challenge and safety are just the start ........................38
Presumptive Injuries
What are they and how long do they apply? ....................................40
Department in Action ............................................................................43
Memorials ...........................................................................................44
LAAFCA Regional Training Group
at FireHouse World Expo .............................................................45

LAFD Handball
Royal Flush tournament in Las Vegas ..............................................47
Mailbox ...............................................................................................48
Dollars & Sense ...................................................................................51
LAFD History
Los Angeles dam failures ................................................................53
Minutes of the Board of Trustees .....................................................56
Classifieds ...........................................................................................58
Tailboard ..............................................................................................61

Notice: Production of The Firemens Grapevine magazine is very expensive, and while your dues
serve to underwrite a portion of the magazines costs, the bulk of funding comes from advertisers.
Many businesses advertise in the Grapevine. This does not mean that LAFRA endorses these
advertisers. Use of a Grapevine advertiser is at the risk of the member. If you are interested in any
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April 2017 3
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Robert Steinbacher................................................President
Jeff Cawdrey ..................................................Vice-President
Andrew Kuljis ........................................................Secretary

Chris Hart Frank Aguirre Rick Godinez
Chris Stine Gayle Sonoda Steve Berkery
Craig White Gene Bednarchik Steve Ruda
Danny Wu Jim Duffy Steven Domanski
David Ortiz Joe Vigil Tim Freeman Jr.
David Peters John Jacobsen Tim Larson
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Greg W. Gibson...................Chaplain Hershy Z. Ten.......................Chaplain
Danny Leon..........................Chaplain Roger Fowble.....................Chaplain
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4 April 2017
Welcome April showers and bring us some May flowers!

On this healthy note, please mark your calendar for this In addition to the wellness exam, the Plan allows for a full
years Health & Wellness Fair. Visit us April 6, 2017 from 8 a.m. body scan - from neck to knees - once every three years. The
until noon at the Frank Hotchkin Training Center, located at 1700 scan is a fully covered benefit. It can detect heart, lung, muscu-
Stadium Way, in Los Angeles. Receive a free health screening, loskeletal, endocrine, and prostate and ovarian disease as well
visit with vendors, get a free massage, enter a raffle, enjoy healthy as tumors, aneurysms, osteoporosis, hernias, and kidney and gall
snacks and refreshments and watch for door prizes. RSVP/Regis- stones. I personally underwent the scan recently and strongly
ter at lafra.org/healthfair recommend it. We contract with the Medical Imaging Center of
Many people cringe when thinking about going to the doc- Southern California, Inc. (MICSC). Call (310) 829-9788 to book
tor. Some people fear a problem may be discovered so they put your appointment and tell them you have the Reliefs PPO insur-
off going in for an annual wellness exam. Life is short though ance.
and preventive care is so important when it comes to a complete For those of you who are not enrolled in the Relief PPO
health care plan. Its never too soon to start making healthy choic- Medical Plan, you can sign-up during Open Enrollment in April.
es like scheduling that wellness appointment, following a work- In my opinion, our PPO plan is not only the best medical plan
out routine, and adopting a better diet. All of this can help reduce available to LAFD firefighters, it is just about the medical plan
the risk of developing chronic illnesses and can help you maintain available anywhere. Talk to one of your Trustees or give us a call
your health and well-being for the long haul. here if you would like more information.
And your LAFRA PPO Medical Plan makes it so easy! I Photos sessions are now underway for the up-coming
encourage you to take advantage of your rich medical benefits by LAFRA Yearbook. Sessions have been scheduled throughout
making an appointment for a physical today. Theres no cost to the City so that every active member will have the opportuni-
you or your family members for the screenings and immuniza- ty to have their photo taken while on-duty. If you are unable to
tions. Staying healthy saves you and the Plan money in the long attend an on-duty photo session, you may go to any site on any
run. Again, the exam is covered at 100 percent when you see a day while off-duty - stop by on your way home in early a.m.
doctor who contracts in-network with Anthem Blue Cross. Be Inspectors and Special Duty members can also go to any field
sure to say youre scheduling your annual wellness exam when site on any day. Photographers will be set up for five hours
calling for the appointment because this impacts how insurance from 0700 until noon. Members may also bring PPE or soft
is billed. hats for Add-On photos as time permits. These photos will be
Typically, the adult wellness exam includes screenings for available in packages from the photographer details to follow.
blood pressure, cancer, cholesterol, depression, obesity, and Type The schedule is posted on the department calendar and also at
2 diabetes. Services included in the exams differ somewhat for lafra.org/yearbookphotos
men, women and children. If your doctor suspects something dur-
ing your wellness visit, understand that additional tests may be Be safe and be kind to each other!
ordered right away or another visit may be required. Those costs
will not be covered as part of the wellness visit but will be paid
according to the schedule. To understand exactly what is covered, Robert D. SteinTalker Steinbacher
you can check out the PPO Summary Plan Document (SPD) at president@lafra.org
lafra.org or just give us a call. 323.259.5200

April 2017 5
Eulogy by Chaplain Rick Godinez

s you all know, the LAFD is all about
tradition. Ive always appreciated that
tradition and guys like Dave who set
the bar high for the rest of us to follow. It is tru-
ly an honor for me to preside over this service.
I truly meant that. What an honor it is for me to
remember a man who bravely served his com-
munity as a Firefighter. And served his country
on a National Response Team.
So what do we know about Dave Moor-
man? Dave was born in Van Nuys, California
on Sept. 1, 1966. He was the second of three
children born to parents Mark and Carol. He
grew up in Northridge with his brother Casey
and his sister Nicole.
As a young man, Dave grew up playing
little league and Pop Warner football. Daves
dad Mark was often his coach.

6 April 2017
Dave attended Cleveland H.S. in his Search and Rescue. He was a member of Cali-
hometown. Just a few years later, he began his fornia Task Force 1. This is one of FEMAs 28
career with the LAFD on October 11, 1989. teams that respond anywhere in the nation.
In 1994, during a FS 60 River trip, he Dave was deployed with his team sev-
met a cute little blonde and asked if she wanted eral times to some of the most devastating
to go on a boat ride. Little did he know he was disasters this nation has seen. In 2001, he re-
talking to his future bride. In 1996, Dave and sponded to New York for the 9/11attacks. In
Amy were married and started their family. 2005, he responded to Hurricanes Katrina &
Elizabeth was born and three years later, their Rita and in 2008 to Hurricanes Gustav & Ike.
son Richard was born. During his service with the LAFD,
Dave and Amy continued the River Dave earned a Medal of Merit in1996, when
trips with the kids. Daves other passions were six firefighters from Los Angeles and Glendale
hiking, Alaska fishing, camping and of course were trapped and seriously burned at the Cor-
working SOD. He was an avid sports fan and ral Canyon Fire. He was awarded this Medal
enjoyed his Annual Bowling Competition in of Merit for his bravery and courageousness,
Las Vegas. which was instrumental in the rapid removal,
From start to finish, Dave was all about treatment and transport of those firefighters. He
the LAFD. He loved the Department. Dave also received a Commendation in 2011 for a
rose through the ranks as a Firefighter, Appara- Confined Space Rescue
tus Operator, Captain I and Captain II. Dave loved the LAFD, and more
Throughout his firefighting career, he importantly he loved spending time with his
obtained many certifications and specialized family and friends. He will truly be missed
in the areas of Hazardous Materials and Urban by everyone.

April 2017 7
One-on-one consultations with:
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Express Scripts Prescriptions
VSP Vision Care Live Health Online
UCLA Health Network Medicare
Center For Heart & Health
Activities and Demonstrations:
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8 April 2017 or email: healthfair@lafra.org
he Relief Association Board of In his spare time he enjoys coaching volleyball at his high school
Trustees is pleased to welcome alma mater, spending time with his little brother Miles from the Big
its newest member Danny Wu. Brother Big Sister program, and playing ice hockey and volleyball.
Danny was born in Pasadena, and af- Danny promoted to Captain in 2014 and was assigned to Fire
ter graduating from San Marino High Station 4 before being selected for his current role at Operations Valley
School, he attended UCLA where he Bureau as the EMS/Resilience Officer. This newly created position al-
earned a bachelors degree in English. lows him to incorporate resiliency into the LAFDs services by working
He joined the LAFD in 2001 and worked closely with city government, creating private/public/non-profit partner-
as a firefighter at Fire Station 89 for al- ships, and planning with local and national organizations to help Angele-
most 12 years. There he gained certifica- nos prepare for and recover from a disaster or emergency.
tion in urban search and rescue, became When asked about his role as a Trustee for the Relief Association,
an advisor for Cadet Post 89, and wel- Danny stated, Im truly humbled and honored to be part of an organiza-
comed his role as the LAFD organizer for the LAFD/LAPD St. Bal- tion that embraces our fire family and extends a helping hand, and I look
dricks Fundraiser for childhood cancer research. Danny utilized his forward to servicing our members to the best of my ability.
skillset from his specialized task force to join LAFD/FEMA California Were proud to have this new and dedicated Board Member
Task Force 1 as a Technical Information Specialist and also instruct in available to help the Relief continue to provide invaluable service and
classes. assistance to all of our members.

Captain Wu can work both sides of an interview

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April 2017 9
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Your Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association is preparing a 110th
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lication will be a head & shoulder portrait of every active, sworn member.
The Fire Chief has agreed to allow on-duty photo sessions for all
members and these will run from March 15th until May 23rd.
If you are unable to attend an on-duty photo session, you
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On August11, 2016, a 50-year-old crane
worker was injured while working a job in the
800 block of South Hill Street. The injury pre-
vented him from climbing down the crane lad-
der from his perch 270 feet above the ground. A
helicopter rescue team was sent in and, hover-
ing above the crane, eventually lowered him to
ground by the hoist. He was listed in fair condi-
tion after transport to a downtown hospital.
On February 7, 2017, the LAFD Fire
Commission honored the four firefighters who
were instrumental in the technical rescue of the
worker injured in the downtown incident. They
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PM Terry J. Tuzzolino TF 10, FF Stephen M.
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Technical Rescue Team. LAFD Photo by David Ortiz

Donald Wallace promoted to Captain I at FS 9-B Dennis Legaspi promoted to Engineer at FS 9-B

April 2017 13
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14 April 2017
After a structure fire at 2829 S Griffith Ave
on 2/1/17. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

Companies extricated a man from a confined space at a construc- Engine 17 with an auto on Pico Bl
tion site on So. Broadway on 3/2/17. LAFD Photo by Harry Garvin on 2/19/17. Photo by Rick McClure

April 2017 15
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16 April 2017
Westside artist Rosie Tos created a de-
sign for a t-shirt to help with the Mike Reddy
family fundraiser at FS 95. If you would also
like to help, the shirts are available at FS 95,
just ask for Steve Finch. They go for $20 and
all the proceeds go to the Reddy family. Rosie
also framed the original artwork and presented
it to the family.

The guys at FS 95 remembering Mike Reddy

Greater Alarm structure fire at 1334 N Normandie

Ave on 2/18/17. Photo by Rick McClure

April 2017 17
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USAR TF 85 training at the Phillips refinery in Wilmington

E 90 on a T/A with fire on the 405 Fwy on 2/20/17. Photos by Rick McClure

April 2017 19
Truck 90 opens the roof of a Napa St school bungalow on 2/12/17. Photo by Greg Doyle

Fire Commission recognized TF 88 for a technical at a Mt Washington structure fire

20 April 2017
New Captain I Patrick Leonard put on a promotional dinner at FS 83

New Captain II Chuong Ho put on a promotional dinner at FS 83

April 2017 21

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22 April 2017
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Physical Rescue on Jefferson Blvd on 1/20/17. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

Truck 11 members after a fire at 2765 W Francis Ave

ciation on 2/13/17. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

April 2017 23
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24 April 2017
E 77 with an auto on La Tuna Cyn on 1/14/17. Photo by Rick McClure

On 2/23/17, Engine 24 with a semi-truck

on Wheatland Ave. Photo by Rick McClure

April 2017 25
FF Bryce Gutierrez rescued four children

On February 28, before the City Council, Councilmember Harris- people were still trapped inside. The homes front windows were secured
Dawson, Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas and UFLAC President Tony Gamboa by bars. Bryce circled to the rear of the home and pried open an unbarred
recognized Firefighter Bryce Gutierrez and members of Battalion 13 for window. Without hesitation, and without a hoseline, he climbed through
their tremendous team effort that resulted in the successful rescue of four the window into the smoke and heat filled house and discovered four
children from their burning home in South Los Angeles on January 16th, injured children in the home. He single handedly rescued the children. .
2017. Upon arriving at the burning home, the first responders were told

TF 66 celebrates the promotion of A/O Gill to

Captain on 2/17/17. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

26 April 2017
Structure fire at 861 W Manchester Blvd Truck 64 overhauls 615 E 111th Pl. on 2/27/17.
on 1/16/17. Photo by Yvonne Griffin Photo by Yvonne Griffin

Truck 66 opens a roof on 5th Ave E 46 after a structure fire at 1466 W 49th St
on 3/4/17. Photo by Yvonne Griffin on 3/3/17. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

On 3/3/17, companies responded to a structure fire

in the 1400 block of W 49th St. Photo by Steve Gentry

April 2017 27
A structure fire at 6120 Woodman Ave TF 89 extricates a driver on Laurel
on 2/22/17. Photo by Mike Meadows Canyon Bl. Photo by Mike Meadows

On 2/12/17, companies extricated a driver who hit a

building on Reseda Bl. Photo by Rick McClure

28 April 2017
Major Emergency structure fire at 18629 Topham
Street on 2/18/17. Photo by Rick McClure

34s after a structure fire at 5136 S Victoria Ave

on 2/10/17. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

April 2017 29
Engine 61 handles an auto on Wilshire Bl
on 2/21/17. LAFD Photo by Harry Garvin

E 68 picks up after a structure fire at 8762 W TF 94 members comforts a T/A victim on 57th St
Pico Bl on 2/17/17. Photo by Yvonne Griffin on 2/22/17. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

30 April 2017
Structure fire at 1635 S Point View St
on 3/3/17. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

At the request of the Governors Office

of Emergency Services (OES), the LAFD mo-
bilized a 14 member Swift Water Rescue Team
to Merced, California on February 19, 2017, in
anticipation of floodwaters from record rains
impacting that region. Joined by a team from
the Ventura County Fire Department, they
trained closely with their City of Merced Fire
Department colleagues, as local rivers contin-
ued to rise.

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April 2017 31
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32 April 2017
The Shoot Out at Old 45s resuscitation skills. One of the insiders sug- tifications make for a great story, accordin to
gested that Bill be strapped to the table and his Hinkel, no one lifted up the kitchen table as a
Fire Station 45 was located at 947 S. hair shortened. Naturally Mowery blurted out, shield and nobody jumped out of the window.
Norton Ave. It opened in 1924 as a Double There aint enough guys in this engine house Capt. Leo Hinkel was assigned to FS 45 C
Tank Chemical company but later became a to hold me down! Well, after a small chunk from March 11, 1961 to October 31, 1962. I
single engine until it closed in 1987. of Bills hair was cut, he jumped up from the want to thank Leo for his time and the informa-
In 1962, a number of individuals, or table, about as angry as a hornet, and ran out of tion that he provided for this story.
characters came together for a shift that ul- the kitchen.
timately made fire department history. Some Also unknown to most members was COWBOY HUMOR
would argue it stained the Department, but the device made by Mel Marion. Mel had
from my perspective, it was probably one of formed a pouch of tin foil, filled it with ketchup The fact that theres a
the best pranks or turds ever conceived. and had it bandoliered across his chest, under Highway to Hell and only
The characters on duty that day were: his T-shirt. a Stairway to Heaven says
Capt. Leo Killer Hinkel When Mowery returned to the kitchen a lot about anticipated traffic
Eng. Jerva Dark Holiday Harris with his pistol and his eyes full of revenge, he numbers.
FF Jim Norman took aim at Mel and pulled the trigger. At the
FF Bill Quick Draw Mowery sound of the blast, Mel immediately hit the foil KEEP SMILIN!
FF Mel Lovable Marion pouch with his hand, turnin his white T-shirt AC
FF Robert Dingwall (rookie) was not instantly red, which those not in on the prank choppedup@att.net
on duty, but was in the kitchen. believed was blood. With Mel on the floor and
AF Bill Shakey Fister his chest bloodied, all unsuspectin members
knew he was dead.
Heres some inside information you With guys divin for cover or lookin for
should know before we get too far along with an escape route, most believed it was the end.
this story. Bill Mowery was a loner and kept Even Jim Norman, who had fought in the Ko-
his hair fairly long. He was also a gun collector. rean War and had survived numerous brushes
It was suggested that Bill be the resuscitation with death, truly thought that he was about to
dummy for an upcomin drill - where a small die inside a fire station.
portion of his hair would be trimmed. Leo Can you imagine this prank takin place
Hinkel and Mel Marion were the masterminds on the Department today? Thankfully this
behind this idea. The plan also called for Bill turd took place in an era far removed from
to get highly agitated, jump up from the table todays world. The survivin perpetrators are
Leo Hinkel, Jim Norman and Mel Marion. Bill Quick Draw Mowery
and bring a gun back into the kitchen, loaded
with blanks. Bill agreed, with only a select few This tale has
knowin the grand plan. been retold thou-
FS 45 in 1925
So, on the mornin of the drill, Quick sands of time over
Draw Mowery was selected to be the victim of the years, and as with
an electrocution, and volunteered to stretch out any legend, has taken
on the kitchen table. The intent of this drill was on legs of its own.
for the crew members to practice and hone their Although these beau-

FS 45 in 1977

left to right: Leo Hinkel, Jerva Harris, Jim Norman,

Mel Marion and Bill Fister. Bill Mowery is not pictured.

April 2017 33
JOSEPH CASTRO, Chief Deputy,
Emergency Operations JACK WISE, Battalion Chief, Battalion 12


Brookside Golf Club Sagebrush Cantina

1133 Rosemont Avenue, Pasadena CA 23527 Calabasas Road, Calabasas CA

Social Hour - 5:30 PM Dinner - 7:00 PM Dinner: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tex Mex Buffet - $60 includes tax, tip & gift
$55 per person
Call Battalion 12 Office - (818) 756-8612
Call Lora or Evelyn - (213) 978-6300 Casual Attire
RSVP by March 24, 2017

ERIC STRODE, Firefighter III, FS 80-C

SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017
Marina Del Rey Marriott
Ports OCall 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey CA
1200 Nagoya Way, San Pedro CA
Reception - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Social Hour - 6:30 PM Dinner - 7:30 PM Dinner - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dancing - 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM
King Salmon - $65 includes tax, tip & gift
$60 pp includes tax, tip & gift
Call FS 88 - (818) 756-8688 or Call Leonard Sedillos, 80-C - (310) 872-9380
Disaster Response Section - (818) 756-9677 or Levisa Wade - (213) 709-6817
Spouses are cordially invited. Spouses are cordially invited.

Recent Retirements

Todd P. Porter 10/02/1986 02/28/2017 Captain I, FS 3-B
Shawn L. Dean 02/08/1987 07/31/2017 Fire Inspector I, Fire Inspector
Cayce M. Culbertson 12/12/1984 02/01/2017 Captain I, FS 99-A
Cecil D. Morris 02/02/1987 02/28/2017 Captain II, FS 75-C
Gregory S. Reynar 05/03/1982 04/30/2017 Assistant Chief, OVB-C
Kevin T. Fabian 02/07/1987 02/28/2017 Firefighter III, FS 4
Ernesto Ojeda 06/22/1986 04/03/2017 Captain I, USAR 88
Allen A. Black IV 12/14/1986 01/31/2017 Firefighter III, FS 69-C
Luke A. Milick 12/14/1980 02/23/2017 Captain II, FPB Compliance Unit
34 April 2017
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36 April 2017
or its ability to locate and identify hu-
man remains, a well-trained search dog
is unparalleled. It brings efficiency and
effectiveness during a search and rescue op-
eration, and its capacity to discern scents un-
identifiable by humans often achieved while
jumping, crawling, and running over piles of
debris is incomparable. In the early morning
hours of June 14, 2016, two Human Remains
Detection K9 teams serving the LAFD were
dispatched to a structure fire in Los Angeles
Westlake neighborhood. Due to the size of the
vacant office building and the complexities in-
volved in a HRD search, these teams were soon
joined by a third team from FEMA California
Task Force 5.
That morning, Firefighter Margaret
Stewart and her partner K9 Veya, civilian Jef-
frey Neu and his K9 Faith, and Deputy Sher-
iff Su Vodrazka and her K9 Riggs all arrived
at the fatality fire ready for action. Veya and
Riggs began their search immediately, while
Faith, the rookie of the group, waited patiently,
watching carefully and learning from the more
experienced dogs.
Approximately 35 minutes into the
search, Veya, who was making her way into a
section of the building heavily impacted by a
collapsed roof, abruptly altered her body lan-
guage, increased her intensity, and provided a
trained alert: a sit. These sequential shifts sig-
naled that Veya had detected the scent of hu-
man remains. At that point, in accordance with
FEMA standards, a second K9, Riggs, was
deployed to the same area, where he indepen-
dently verified an identical alert. Firefighters
began digging and, upon the removal of ap-
proximately one foot of debris, four deceased
victims became visible.
Veya, Riggs, and Faith then continued
to search the rest of the building to ensure no
bodies remained. The heroic work of K9s
Veya, Riggs, and Faith enabled the LAFD to
provide notification and useful information to
investigators and to the victims families. The
determination and job performance of these
three K9s was deemed worthy of special com-
mendation, demonstrating the integral role K9 Veya is joined by her handler
search dogs play for the LAFD. Firefighter Margaret Stewart

April 2017 37
Motivation Personal
trainers serve not only as coach, but
as educator, confidant, and can pro-
vide a major source of encouragement
as well. Your trainer will be there waiting
for you with a smile every time you show
up. They help you to not only develop your
own personalized goals but to also develop

38 April 2017
a realistic and achievable plan to attain those will review what you have
goals. eaten since your last session,
Accountability Many of us need inquire about your exercise
help being held accountable for the choices we frequency, and go over the prog-
make on a daily basis. Your personal trainer ress youve made. For those that need
help staying accountable, hiring a personal
trainer is a great way to do it.
Consistency Do you find
it difficult to stick to your program?
Scheduling regular appointments
with a personal trainer helps elimi- most effective program
nate any excuses you might come for you based on your fitness
up with for not exercising. evaluation results and personal goals. Begin-
Faster Results ners in particular benefit from instruction on
Staying on a regimen and not how to perform specific exercises and program
deviating from it can planning.
be tough - that Diversity in Routines Ever stop
is what a per- working out because you get bored? When you
sonal trainer do the same routine, not only do you get tired
will help you of it, but you also dont get the desired results.
do. Staying Switching up your workout routine is key to
consistent and delivering optimum results.
working hard Challenge Some of us just like a chal-
will give you the lenge, If thats you, then hire a personal trainer.
results you expect They will give you the challenge of a lifetime.
and it happens faster Maybe youre pretty fit already, but youre still
than you think. wanting that six pack.
Sports-Specific Injury Rehabilitation Injuries and
Training Most amateur can prevent you from participating in your
and professional athletes work favorite activities. An experienced personal
with a personal trainer during the trainer can make the road to recovery a smooth
off-season to prepare themselves one by recommending exercises that empha-
for in-season competition. Whether you want size overall muscular balance to prevent future
to shave some strokes off your golf score or injuries.
beat your brother-in-law at tennis, a personal Safety Unsure about how to use the
trainer can tailor your program to your sport of leg press machine at the gym or how to perform
choice. lateral raises without hurting your shoulders? A
Personalized Instruction What personal trainer will show you how to exercise
works for one person, may not work for an- safely (including which exercises to avoid) and
other when it comes to choosing an exercise instruct you on the proper and safe use of exer-
program. A personal trainer will develop the cise equipment.

April 2017 39
have written countless articles on presump- rebut the presumption, often a daunting and defined as any condition that is troublesome
tive injuries in the past, yet I still meet with impossible task. to the heart, including coronary artery disease
new clients who assume that an injury is Injuries or conditions that are consid- and valvular disease (aortic valve, mitral valve,
automatic or presumptive and they dont ered presumptive are: heart trouble, pneumo- etc.). As noted earlier, hypertension alone is
understand why the City is denying benefits. nia (not other respiratory conditions), hernias, not considered heart trouble, but hyperten-
So lets revisit the subject and give you the ba- blood borne pathogen diseases, tuberculosis, sion often causes enlargement of the muscles
sics so you have a clear understanding of these MRSA, meningitis, and cancer (including skin or ventricles surrounding the heart resulting in
injuries. cancer). Injuries that are not presumptive are hypertensive heart disease. That is considered
In most cases, an injured worker must hypertension, gastrointestinal conditions, and heart trouble and can easily be diagnosed with
prove that his/her injury arose out of and in orthopedic conditions caused by cumulative an echocardiogram.
the course of their employment. In cumula- trauma (back, neck, knees, etc.). Finally, you must prove that the con-
tive trauma or occupational disease type inju- Once you have identified a condition dition manifested itself or developed during
ries, that can be difficult and requires that the that is deemed presumptive, does that mean the time you were employed as a firefighter or
worker prove, by medical probability, that the you automatically receive workers compen- up to a certain time after you retire. There are
injury is job related. A legal presumption is an sation benefits? Absolutely not. You must first some presumptive injuries that require that you
evidentiary tool that can affect the burden of establish that the presumption applies and only work at least five (5) years as a firefighter be-
proof in any legal proceeding. then does the burden of proof shift to the em- fore it applies, while other presumptive injuries
The legislature, long ago, recognized ployer to rebut it. do not have this requirement.
that firefighters have an inherently dangerous So what are the criteria you must meet Once youve met all of these criteria,
job that is both physically and emotionally to have a presumptive injury? First, you must the burden of proof then shifts to the City to
stressful. Over the years, they have carved out prove you are a firefighter or specific safety rebut the presumption. They many not rebut
certain physical conditions that are linked to member as defined in the Labor Code section the presumption by attributing your condition
physical and emotional stress and determined dealing with the specific presumptive type inju- to a pre-existing disease such as a congenital
they should be presumed industrial. By term- ry. Second, you must establish you suffer from abnormality. Often, doctors will state that a
ing those injuries presumptive, they have made the condition that is designated in the Labor particular condition is a congenital one (you
it easier for firefighters to prove certain condi- Code section such as heart trouble. Note: heart were born with it) and therefore it should not be
tions or injuries are industrial. Once the fire- trouble can mean many things, but is generally considered industrial. That does not rebut the
fighter meets the requisite criteria to establish
the presumption applies, the burden of proof
shifts to the employer to prove the injury is not The cancer presumption has been extended for up
industrial. In other words, the employer must
to ten years from the last day of work.
40 April 2017
have only worked three years as a firefighter.
Most doctors and oncologists believe that can-
cers have a latency period (the time from expo-
sure to when the cancer develops) from 15-30
years. If your time frame is less than that, you
should anticipate a fight on your hands from the
City. I have won many latency arguments be-
cause the opinions on latency are not absolute,
but merely opinions only. Further, with rare
cancers, doctors dont know the cause and/or
the latency period and without an opinion on
either, the presumption remains unrebutted.
Does a presumption apply to your in-
jury if the condition is diagnosed and treated
after you retire? Maybe! Most of the cancer
presumptions apply up to five years from the
last day of work. So, if four years and eleven
months after your last day of work you were
diagnosed with a presumptive type condition,
the presumption would apply, provided you
meet the other criteria. Once you do, the burden
shifts over to your former employer.
The cancer presumption has been ex-
tended by the legislature for up to ten years
from the last day of work, but in order to re-
ceive the full ten years, you would have to
work 40 years as a firefighter. The cancer pre-
sumption is extended three months for each full
year of service. So if you worked 30 years, the
presumption would apply for up to 90 months
(7.5 years) from your last day of work.
Do not let the extended time frame be a
final factor in your decision to forgo or pursue
presumption because, while the condition may a claim for a presumptive injury as often a thor-
have developed prior to your commencement ough analysis of your case may reveal that your
as a firefighter, the condition did not manifest condition did develop or manifest itself within
itself until you came on the job. Presumptive the enunciated time frame. I have successfully
The City may only rebut the presump- pursued many cases where the actual diagnosis
tion by proving the injury is a result of a con- Conditions and treatment commenced after the extended
temporaneous non-industrial event. For ex- treatment which would lead you to believe
the presumption doesnt apply. However, in
ample, if you were using illegal drugs which heart trouble obtaining a detailed history from the injured
led to having a massive coronary incident that
would arguably rebut the presumption. Again firefighter, and reviewing medical records, it
however, rebutting the presumption is a diffi-
pneumonia becomes clear that the condition was, in fact,
developing or manifesting itself within the time
cult task for the employer and yet many fight (not other respiratory conditions) frame for that particular presumption to apply.
vigorously to defeat your claim.
The cancer presumption is a unique Cancer takes years to develop and often symp-
one in that the criteria for its application are
hernias toms are present that dont actually translate to
somewhat different. You must establish all of the diagnosis until sometime later. The same
the other normal presumption criteria, but also blood borne pathogen diseases holds true for many cardiovascular conditions.
show that you were exposed to a known car- The final thought to take from this dis-
cussion is to remember that while the presump-
cinogen as defined by the International Agency tuberculosis tions make it easier for you to prove a workers
for Research on Cancer. You are not required to
prove that your cancer was caused by a particu- compensation claim, they are, by no means,
lar exposure. Rather, the presumption shifts the MRSA automatic. You will be examined by either an
burden to the City to establish no connection Agreed Medical Examiner or Qualified Medi-
and they must do this by producing studies or meningitis cal Evaluator in connection with your claim
other evidence stating there is no link between and if the evidence isnt presented correctly
the cancer and the exposure. Again . . . a dif- to that physician, your case could be denied,
ficult and imposing task.
cancer costing you or your family precious workers
Often, the City will attempt to rebut the (including skin cancer) compensation benefits. Discuss your case with
cancer presumption by arguing the latency pe- a knowledgeable attorney who can properly ad-
riod for your specific cancer is insufficient. For vise you on how to proceed and insure you are
example, you may contract cancer after you protected.
As always, stay safe and healthy.
April 2017 41
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42 April 2017
Drill Tower 81
Photos by Austin Gebhard and Jorge Arellano

Recruit Class 2016-1 graduated with a ceremony at Drill Tower 81 on March 2, 2017.
Photos by Austin Gebhard and Jorge Arellano

April 2017 43
George L. Taylor, Firefighter II.
Appointed November 1, 1948.
Retired on a service pension January 1, 1974 from FS 90-A.
Passed away February 14, 2017.

Charles J. Doyle, Captain.

Appointed March 16, 1948.
Retired on a service pension March 1, 1978 from FS 95-B.
Passed away February 22, 2017.

Everett L. Moore, Captain II.

Appointed April 1, 1957.
Retired on a service pension July 5, 1998 from FS 69-B
Passed away February 22, 2017.

Thurman M. Young, Engineer.

Appointed October 21, 1946.
Retired on a disability pension April 1, 1976 from FS 72-A.
Passed away March 1, 2017.

Jack A. Teufel, Fireman.

Appointed February 9, 1948.
Retired on a service pension February 1, 1968 from FS 82-A.
Passed away March 6, 2017.

Marilyn C. Bodner, surviving spouse of Anthony J. Krechel, passed away February 2, 2017.
Gloria G. Chatfield, surviving spouse of Ned A. Chatfield, passed away February 9, 2017.
Nancy R. Krokes, surviving spouse of Carl R. Krokes, passed away February 16, 2017.
Quepha Muller, surviving spouse of Charles L. Muller, passed away February 28, 2017.

44 April 2017
he LAAFCA Regional Training Group
made their presence known at the FIRE-
HOUSE World Expo held in Febru-
ary at the San Diego Convention Center. The
cadre provided training in Fireground Survival,
USAR, HazMat, Wildland, ICS, Leadership,
and Command & Control in courses offered to
members of the 31 agencies of the Region.

Virtual Green Cell for participants to practice Com-

mand and Control of a simulated incident in real time.

LFD CI Logan Fields demonstrating Fireground Inspector Jacob Raabe demonstrates effective tour- LFD TEMS Jason Chapman and Dave Danielson
Survival techniques. Each of the survival skills niquet application using the hemostatic Quik Clot demonstrating equipment and speaking about
memorializes an LODD. combat gauze on a TraumaFX Smarty mannequin. Unified Response to a Violent Incident.

LA Regional Training Group, L to R, LFD FF/PM Adam Van Gerpen, LFD CI Logan Fields, LFD B/C Scott Campos, LFD CII Ken Cook,
RTG Executive Director Jim Birrell, LAC B/C Mike Lewis, SFS CI Sean Escontreas, LFD CII Billy Peralta, LFD CI Brandon Ruedy, LFD
CII Justin Moore, LFD CI Todd Cremins, LFD Inspector I Jacob Raabe, LFD FF/PM Jason Chapman and LOB Darrin Curry

April 2017 45
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everal of our LAFD Handballers traveled to Las Vegas in
February for the World Players of Handball Royal Flush
Tournament. The event paid tribute to local Las Vegas
legend, Bob Harris. Held at the Las Vegas Athletic Club Central,
this was a 4 wall small & big ball fun money event.
The players were treated to extreme discounts at the
Stratosphere Hotel Casino Tower, gaming coupons, a Bob Harris
signature shirt, tons of fun and loads of swag.
LAFD stand-outs in the tournament were Alex Garcia
and Richard Ramirez. The pair took first place in the A Divi-
sion. Sergio Guzman and Tony Arnado were finalists in the B
Division, and Roy Harvey made the finals in the Masters.

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

So saddened about Dave Moor-

mans sudden passing. An excellent
fireman and good friend. I worked with
him over the years - USAR logistics,
brush patrol, etc. Always smiling, and
good at everything. One of the good
Dear Employees of LAFRA, job - firefighting and helitack. George
guys that will be certainly missed.
was a big part of the great times I had
Thank you for the lovely plant at the station.
Rest in peace my friend.
you sent in memory of Dennis [Men-
denhall]. I appreciate your thoughtful- God Bless and RIP George,
Raul Miranda
ness. Many of you were able to attend
Thousand Oaks, CA
the service and I want you to know Terry Depackh
how I appreciate your support. Henderson, NV
LAFRA Widows, Orphans and
Disabled Firemens Fund,
Mary Mendenhall
Please accept my donation in
Westlake Village, CA I worked with and around Dave
memory of my husband, Mike Brum-
[Moorman] over the years in the Val-
ley. What a great guy. Ill always re-
Thank you so much for being so
LAFRA: member that contagious smile of his. A
good and helpful to me. You all have
tragic and sudden loss. Prayers to his
always been in my heart and always
I am sorry to learn of the pass- family.
will be!
ing of Everett Moore. We worked to-
gether at training in the late 1980s. He God Speed my friend,
Christine Brumbaugh
accomplished a lot during his time at
Riverside, CA
training. I will always remember when Butch Kennedy
he did the orientation for the rookies Lake Isabella, CA
classes and how he could roll those Rs
in the Hispanic surnames.
My father Bill Kearns was a
RIP my friend,
good friend of Jim [James A. Rogers].
Charlie [Doyle] was my third
Jim would come down to the beach in
Duane Warth Captain out of the drill tower in mid-
San Clemente to visit when we were
Reno, NV 1964, at old 62s, and one of the bet-
on vacation. He could take a large
ter Captains I ever worked for. We
palm frond and carve out the most
have remained friends over the years,
amazing faces on them.
LAFRA: speaking on the phone now and then.
On my high school career day
While I havent seen him in a number
Jim was there representing the Fire
I worked with George Taylor of years, my wife and I will always re-
Department and I was a big shot be-
from 1971-1973 at 90s. I was still a member him.
cause I knew him.
rookie with just two years on the job.
George was a mentor on the Tail- RIP my friend!
RIP Captain Jim Rogers, you are not
board to me. I really enjoyed my time
with him. Hated to leave when I went Rudy McTee
to the Arson Unit in 1973. 90s was a Minden, NV
Kevin Kearns
great house, lots of fun, plus we did our
Thousand Oaks, CA
48 April 2017
Dear Andy,

I was shocked to read of the

passing of Dennis Mendenhall. I never
met Dennis but worked with his dad
Ralph at 63s in the 1970s. Ralph was
very proud of Dennis and talked of
him often. Both men were heroes in
the military and gentlemen on the job.
The enclosed check is for the
WODFF in their honor.


Raymond Rutter
Grass Valley, CA
Frank and Laura thought they had plenty of time to get an
Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Estate Plan. But when Frank passed away unexpectedly, Laura
Firemens Fund realized they were not prepared.
Please accept this donation in
memory of James Rogers whom I
Five Key Steps:
worked with many years ago. And 1. Pick a planner. Word-of-mouth references are a good place to start, but you
to Marilynn Wahlers, wife of Werner
should always take time to research credentials, experience, on-going education
Wahlers, who we traveled with. I came
levels and select the Estate Planning professional that best suits your needs. When
on the department with Werner in July
of 1949. There are not many of us left comparing costs make sure you know all the documents included and services
from that class. provided so you compare apples to apples. Each planner may break it down
Thank you, 2. Assemble a team. Your estate planning professional can advise you about
contacting a tax expert, an accountant and someone who can give you advice about
Jack & Barbara Chell
charitable giving.
3. Compile documents. Ask your attorney or other Estate Planning professional
LA Firemens Relief Association. what you'll need to bring to the first meeting. Its usually just a few simple
documents and could include the deed(s) to your property, insurance policies,
Please accept this donation in retirement accounts and a proper I.D.
memory of my husband Captain Fred-
rick Martin and thank you for all the 4. Ask for guidance. When you meet with members of your team, describe your
good things you do for those in need goals and ask about the best way to reach them.
of assistance.
5. Cover all the bases. Understand the options when considering a will or trust,
Thank you, durable power of attorney, a living will, a health care power of attorney, trusts for
your children, your charity and even yourself.
Viola Martin
San Clemente, CA
For your Getting Started Kit contact
Marlene Casillas, Development & Marketing Director, at
(323) 259-5217 or email MCasillas@LAFRA.org
April 2017 49
Brookside Golf
February 27, 2017
A cold and overcast day didnt
keep our club from chasing the dream.
The course was in great shape and the
greens were fast.

Country Club
Tournament Results
February 13, 2017
Beautiful day up on the hill.
AEG and Staples Center provided
breakfast, lunch and refreshments. We
had 24 two man teams and had a great

50 April 2017
L Scott Gribbons, Board Chair Mike Mastro, President/CEO
Firefighters First Credit Union Firefighters First Credit Union

We are pleased to present to you our significant reflection of this Credit Unions sistance and over a half a million dollars over
report on the state of Firefighters First Credit ability to ensure financial success in a turbulent the past three (3) years. This Foundation pro-
Union as of December 31, 2016. Firefight- world. Our low loan delinquency is reflective vides real help and demonstrates to the broader
ers First Credit Union is first and foremost a of the safety of our loan underwriting. Our au- fire community that we care deeply about our
member owned exclusive firefighter focused dit results are very good and we take all rec- firefighters and fire victims; in addition to the
financial institution. This concept of mem- ommendations as opportunities to enhance our great financial work we do for our members.
ber ownership in conjunction with firefighter processes.
exclusivity, resonates in every decision and Board Chair Closing Comments
everything we do. Paying back a percentage Vision and Execution
of the Credit Unions net income each year, The Credit Union has moved mountains I would like to thank Mike Mastro/CEO
$1.6M in 2016 in the form of an Extraordinary with our strategic implementation over the past for his 36 years of service, with 24 years in the
Dividend Bonus and Interest Refund, plus an several years. Implementation of regional of- position of CEO for the Credit Union. During
estimated $500,000 in free ATM usage and oth- fices, serving firefighters and their families Mikes tenure, the credit union has grown to
er eliminated fees is a concrete example of the across the state and the elimination of virtually over $1.15B in assets with over 37,000 mem-
value this Credit Union places on our member/ all fees, are specific cases to point to. This stra- bers. The credit union has launched many fi-
owners. This financial return differentiates us tegic success has been the result of excellent nancial service innovations that compete head
from the banking industry and is a central part partnership between the Board, CEO, Execu- to head with larger banks such as business
of our larger focus on creating member value. tive Team and our Employees. The net result lending, investment services, and insurance
Additionally, Firefighters First Credit is an organization that is proactively positioned services. Mike also had the vision to create
Union consistently works toward honoring the for a fast changing and very dynamic business the Fire Family Foundation after 9/11 to ensure
special and trusted relationship we have with environment. We realize change is challeng- that the firefighter community was not only
the men and women who regularly put their ing and yet we also understand that in the era supported through traditional financial service
lives on the line in service to others by working of uberization and Fin-Tech, we must adjust offerings, but also during tragedies and diffi-
tirelessly to deliver high levels of service. We and be nimble to ensure relevance and long culties in life. No single person in our history
are pleased to report that we ended 2016 with term success. has had a greater impact on this organization
record setting service levels. Having said that, The businesses that we have created than Mike Mastro. Mikes leadership has had
we also wish to share that we are relentless in over the past years are a continuing and impor- a significant and positive impact on our organi-
our pursuit of legendary service to our mem- tant part of our strategy. zation, our employees, our members, the Board
bers. and myself personally. Congratulations Mike
We are again proud to communicate Firehouse Business Services added almost on a remarkable career!
that Firefighters First Credit Union is safe, se- $6.3M in gross revenue to the Credit Union
cure, thriving and well positioned for the fu- which contributed to our net income in 2016, CEO Closing Comments
ture. significantly adding to the Credit Unions over- My career at Firefighters First Credit
all financial success and in providing our spe- Union has been made all the more special by
Financials cial membership (who have the ability, energy, the special membership the credit union serves.
Our Credit Union again achieved a talent and time to create and expand their busi- Our Board of Directors and our firefighter
very good and solid financial performance in nesses) an opportunity for a personalized busi- membership are an inspiration to me because
2016, achieving consolidated net income of ness banking relationship and better rates than they are all firefighters. I respect the danger
$8,500,000 before the Extraordinary Dividend they can obtain externally. and the courage they display in their jobs.
Bonus and Interest Refund. These results are Firehouse Financial provides profes- Working with you has been an amazing lesson
even more impressive with this Credit Unions sional financial planning and brokerage servic- to me and it has been an honor to serve you.
almost non-existent member fees. In addition, es with over $200M in assets under manage- Lastly, the tough decisions our Board
the Credit Union was able to grow our total ment. This unit was created to provide financial has made (growth and name change in particu-
reserves to $112,744,688 which equates to a planning advice and an unbiased/ethical assis- lar) have provided the foundation for this fire-
capital ratio of 9.74% (7% is considered well tance to members relative to stock, bond, mu- fighter focused credit union to not only survive,
capitalized) while achieving exceptional as- tual fund and annuity investments. but to excel into the future. We have in place
set growth of $94.2M. Total Assets ended the Firefighters Insurance Services offers a high performing Board, Executive Team and
year at $1.15B, which indicates that 2016 is Auto, Home, Life, Earthquake, Business and Staff; a clear vision and focus for the future
reflective of our members positive perception other lines of insurance to our members. This and we have not wavered in our understanding
of our safety and soundness and demonstrates entity also grows its book of business by part- that it is our members that we serve and are ac-
their positive connection with Firefighters First nering with other credit unions to create addi- countable to. We remain committed to ensure
Credit Union. tional insurance agencies. that Firefighters First Credit Unions excellent
Our intent and ability to share 20% Fire Family Foundation, does great fire-focused culture remains in place and the
plus of net income this past year, in conjunc- work for our fire families. In 2016, the Foun- credit union is safe, growing, and in the pro-
tion with an assertive growth strategy, is a very dation provided over $350,000 in financial as- cess, increasing value to our members.
April 2017 51
Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund
February 2017

MARY E. LEAKE in memory of my husband ALICE L. CRANDALL in memory of

James Rocky Leake Dennis Mendenhall


LOCAL 1775 in memory of DENNIS & SUE COVILLE in memory of
Captain II David Moorman Jim Sanders

KIRK P BINGHAM from the ANSELMO J. GARRIDO in memory of

Simi Valley Breakfast Club Dennis Mendenhall

RICHARD L. WATTERS in memory of ROBERT & CATHY MALIZIA in memory of

Theodore G. Jimenez & Dennis Mendenhall Gary Clinite

SILVANA RAIOLA in memory of Harold L. Scott GREGORY E. NEWLAND in memory of

Emil Oldar
JAMES E. GILLUM from the
Simi Valley Breakfast Club JANET VEDRAL

RAYMOND D. RUTTER in memory of BRIDGEPORT STAFF in memory of

Dennis Mendenhall Francis Gary Clinite

MARIE G. MICHELL in memory of our husband SHAYNE CHODOR in memory of

and father Joseph O. Michell William Stachowiak


of Gary Clinite David Moorman from FS 97

JACK D. CHELL in memory of James Rogers & BILL DAMRON in memory of Harold Scott
Marilynn Wahlers - wife of Werner Wahlers
HIROYUKI C. TAGA in memory of
Mary Burroughs - wife of retired engineer RICHARD L. WATTERS in memory of
Steven Burroughs James A. Sanders & Mike Celentano

L. SUE COVILLE in memory of my mom VIOLA MARTIN in memory of my husband

Pearl Adams Captain Frederick Martin


52 April 2017
Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD History - History of Los Angeles Dam Failures

ith the heavy rains in California dur- Eighteen persons were rescued and the garage, his report states, the part
ing February and the problem at the flown out to a safe location. At least six of where I originally thought I might be able
Oroville Dam with the precaution- these, and quite possibly more, could not to land had collapsed and was under wa-
ary evacuation of 200,000 people, I thought it have been rescued in any other way and ter. The part of the garage that still looked
would be interesting to look at dam failures in would have been lost except for the LAFD strong enough to land on had trees limbs
Los Angeles. Well look at the 1967 Baldwin helicopter. hanging over and not enough room for
Hills Dam collapse, the 1971 Sylmar Earth- Don Sides, KTLA-TV helicopter the rotor blades to clear. I hovered in with
quake and the near failure of the Van Norman pilot and broadcaster, was flying over the my skids about a foot above the roof and
Dam, and the catastrophic collapse of the St. flood area during the rescue operations. He started to clip the smaller lower branches
Francis Dam that killed more than 400 people saw the LAFD helicopter go into places with the rotor blades. I was finally able to
in 1928. and make rescues under conditions that re- move in far enough to get a solid place for
quired not only a very high degree of skill the skids.
THE BALDWIN HILLS DAM COLLAPSE and flying efficiency but a great deal of Two older women were up to their
DECEMBER 14TH, 1963 courage to even attempt. shoulders in mud and water and hanging
I was an Engineer at Fire Station 34 From Firemen Ross H. Reynolds on to a patio wall. The patio partially pro-
when the Baldwin Hills Dam collapsed but report: Two elderly women were spotted tected them from the very swift current,
was off that day. I do remember coming back clinging to the top of a six foot fence. The but they were in serious trouble and need-
to work and seeing how far the water and mud helicopter landed on a garage roof approx- ed help soon to survive. I left a man on the
flowed. FS 94 was hit hard and the cleanup imately seventy five feet from the women. garage roof and returned for him later.
took a while. Fireman Nelson remained in the helicopter Nelson flew two of the victims to
The Baldwin Hills Dam disaster oc- while I proceeded with a lifeline toward the top of the dam site, and then his report
curred on December 14, 1963. It began with the victims. The water at this point was continues: I told Reynolds about the two
signs of lining failure, followed by increasing- five feet deep and flowing very swiftly. old ladies in the water. He obtained a rope
ly serious leakage through the dam. After three Describing another incident the re- and, although attired in expensive civilian
hours the dam breached, releasing 250 million port reads: A woman was observed on a clothes, volunteered to make the rescue at-
gallons of water, resulting in five deaths and the front porch waving frantically. It was pos- tempt. When we reached the garage again
destruction of 277 homes. Vigorous rescue ef- sible to land the helicopter about 200 feet Reynolds helped the man into the helicop-
forts averted a greater loss of life. north of her on what remained of a front ter and immediately went to the rescue of
yard. The streets and sidewalks no longer the two older women.
FIREMEN SAVE 18 LIVES IN BALD- existed, only rushing water. Upon reaching I dropped off the man and returned
WIN HILLS FLOOD the woman, she said that she was a nurse to the garage roof, trying to find a good
This article appeared in the Febru- with a heart patient who needed immediate solid spot to land because I could see that I
ary, 1964 issue of the Firemans Grape- attention. I carried the patient to the land- would have to get out to help Reynolds. By
vine. ing site. the time I landed, Reynolds had the older
On December 14th, 1963, improb- From another portion of Reynolds of the two women inside of the patio. The
able tragedy struck the Baldwin Hills sec- report: With Firemen Payne riding as ob- water was still up to their arm pits, but the
tion of Los Angeles. Lost homes, ruined server, we returned to
property and even death flooded down- the stranded people
ward from the broken dam at the head of and made a landing
Cloverdale Road. on the roof of a two
In the rushing disaster unwary resi- story apartment build-
dents were trapped. On roofs, in second ing. Fireman Payne
floor rooms, on small insecure islands of left the helicopter and
debris, they signaled desperately for help. leaned over the edge
And help was swift to come. of the roof to reach
Unique in the rescue effort was two infants who were
the work of the three helicopter pilots dis- handed to him.
patched to the scene: Fireman Theodore Most dramatic
M. Bud Nelson - Crash 90-C, Fireman of all is the report of
Ross H. Reynolds - Crash 90-B and Fire- Fireman Bud Nelson:
Looking north from the opening in the Baldwin Hills Dam
man Howard L. Payne - Crash 90-C. When I arrived over

April 2017 53
current was not bothering them inside the The St. Francis Dam,
patio. I dont know just how Reynolds got completed in 1926, was
to them because all I remember seeing was a reservoir built as part of
a torrent of water racing between the ga- the citys aqueduct wa-
rage and the back of the patio fence. I got ter supply infrastructure. It
out of the helicopter and worked my way was located in San
across to where I could reach the older of Francisquito Canyon,
the two women, and then we started back about 40 miles north-
to the garage. west of Downtown, and
To sum up, Chief Nelsons report approximately 10 miles
says it best: These rescues involved not north of Newhall.
only the flying hazards but the problem of On March 12,
rescuing the victims from the water before 1928, the dam cata-
getting them to the helicopter. Our men, The Baldwin Hills community damaged by the flood waters. strophically failed, and
with ropes tied to them, actually allowed the resulting flood took
themselves to be swept out by the swift worst earthquake in terms of lives lost, only the lives of as many as
current to a position for rescue of victims. exceeded by San Francisco, 1906 and Long 400 people. The collapse is considered to be
It is my opinion that these men - Reynolds, Beach, 1933. one of the worst American civil engineering
Nelson, and Payne - not only proved be- The greatest damage was near the foot disasters of the 20th century and remains the
yond doubt the value and efficiency of our of the San Gabriel Mountains, where three second-greatest loss of life in Californias his-
helicopter program but that they displayed hospitals were badly damaged (one of them tory. The disaster marked the end of William
a dedication to their profession and a cour- accounting for the greatest loss of lives). Free- Mulhollands career.
age that was beyond the normal call of way interchanges collapsed (killing two men
duty. in a pickup truck under one fallen overpass), Collapse and flood wave
reservoirs were in danger of imminent failure, Two and a half minutes before mid-
and many structures collapsed or caught fire. night, the St. Francis Dam catastrophically
The San Fernando quake could have failed. There were no surviving eyewitnesses
been a catastrophe instead of just a costly disas- to the collapse, but at least five people passed
ter. That conclusion arises from its most strik- the dam within the hour prior without noticing
ing episode: the near-collapse of the lower dam anything unusual.
at the Van Norman reservoir. The 1,100-foot Given the height of the flood wave, and
dam held 3.6 billion gallons of water, but it was that within 70 minutes the reservoir was virtu-
only half full; the water level was 36 feet below ally empty, the failure must have been sudden
the lip. The top 30 feet of the edifice crumbled, and complete. The main dam broke into several
leaving the water only six feet from the
top and fresh chunks of earth falling off
with each aftershock.
A fireman escorts two people With seismologists warning
safely through the flood water of heavier aftershocks, authorities or-
dered 80,000 people in an area bounded
by the San Diego Freeway on the east,
Victory Bl on the south, Balboa Bl on
the west to evacuate. The evacuation
lasted three days while engineers tried
furiously to pump water from the dam.
They succeeded in lowering the water
level by about three feet a day. A UCLA The lower Van Norman Dam showing the loss of the
study estimated that collapse of the dam concrete portion of the dam, with only the earth filled
could have killed between 71,600 and area holding back 3.6 billion gallons of water.
123,400 people.
The community endangered below the Van Norman Dam
Franks notes: My Dad, Stan Borden
where 80,000 residents and business were evacuated.
A fireman escorts two people was a Battalion Chief in the Valley at
safely through the flood water the time and was assigned to check on
the status of the dam. He radioed back
that it could possibly fail, setting in mo-
THE SAN FERNANDO/SYLMAR EARTH- tion the evacuation order -the biggest
QUAKE FEBRUARY 9, 1971 THE VAN in L.A.s history. Several methods were
NORMAN DAM used to lower the water level in the res-
An hour before sunrise on February ervoir including LAFD engines pump-
9, 1971, the San Fernando region was struck ing the water out.
by one of the most devastating earthquakes in
California history. With a Richter magnitude of THE ST. FRANCIS DAM
6.6, it claimed 65 lives and damage estimated COLLAPSE - MARCH 12, 1928
at half a billion dollars It was Californias third
54 April 2017
large pieces and numerous smaller pieces. All of the St. Francis Dam disaster. Mr. Van Nor-
of these were washed downstream as 12.4 bil- man and I arrived at the scene and saw at once
lion gallons of water began surging down San that the dam was completely out and that the
Francisquito Canyon. torrential flood had left an appalling record of
The dam keeper and his family were death and destruction in the valley below.
the first casualties caught in the initially 140
feet high flood wave, which swept over their Interesting note: The Van Norman reservoir
cottage a quarter mile downstream. The dam was named for Harvey Van Norman who suc-
keeper may have been inspecting the structure ceeded Mulholland as Chief Engineer of the
immediately before its failure. Neither his nor Bureau of Water Works in 1929, holding that
his six-year-old sons bodies were found. post until 1943.
The flood wave next destroyed the
heavy concrete Powerhouse No. 2, taking the
lives of 64 of the 67 workmen and their fami-
lies who lived nearby. The mass of water fol-
lowed the river bed and demolished Edisons
Saugus substation, cutting power to the entire
Santa Clara River Valley. At least four miles of
the states main north-south highway was un-
der water and the town of Castaic Junction was The St. Francis Dam in operation
being washed away. Approximately five miles after being completed in 1926.
downstream, a temporary Edison construction
camp set up for a 150-man work crew was hit.
In the confusion, Edison personnel had been
unable to issue a warning and 84 workers per-
ished. The Hollywood Museum is
Shortly before 1:30 a.m., a Santa Clara located in Old Fire Station 27 at
River Valley telephone operator learned that the 1355 No. Cahuenga, Hollywood, CA
dam had failed. She called a CHP officer who 90028. The Harbor Museum is locat-
lived nearby, then began ringing the homes of
ed in San Pedro City Hall at 638 S.
those in danger. The CHP officer cris-crossed What is left of the St. Francis dam
the streets in the danger zone with their sirens after the 1928 collapse. Beacon St., San Pedro CA 90731.
sounding. Within an hour the streets were emp- Anyone interested in joining
ty, but little could be done for those on ranches our great cause by becoming a mem-
and dairies in lowlands to the west of town. ber, or volunteering to work, or make
The flood heavily damaged the towns a donation of money or an LAFD item
of Fillmore, Bardsdale, and Santa Paula, be-
fore emptying both victims and debris into
may contact us by mail:
the ocean 54 miles downstream. Bodies were LAFDHS Museum & Memorial
recovered as far south as the Mexican border; 1355 No. Cahuenga Blvd.
many were never found. Hollywood, CA 90028
In a statement William Mulholland William Mulholland and Harvey Van
Phone: 323 464 2727. But remember
said, I would not venture to express the cause Norman inspecting the damage.
we are currently staffed part time, so
leave a message and we will return
Calendar for April 2017 your call. The fax number is 323-464-
7401. Our E-mail is: LAFDHS27@
aol.com. Web site at www.lafdmuse-
um.org. If you want to look at some
great LAFD history check www.
lafire.com. and check the LAFD web
site for information and events at
www.LAFD.org. We look forward to
hearing from you and seeing you at
the Museum.

The Los Angeles Fire Department

Historical Society is a non-profit 501
(C) (3) organization.

* Fridays from 0800 to 1200 are work days on the Ralph J. Scott Fireboat April 2017 55
February 8, 2017

CALL TO ORDER January 11, 2017. David Peters and LAFRA Staff. seconded. There was no discussion
so moved. Chris Hart seconded. or objections.
President Bob Steinbacher There was no further discussion or EXECUTIVE SESSION
called the meeting of the Board objections. Motion carried to approve the
of Trustees of the Los Angeles The Board entered into Executive 2017 budget as presented by Todd
Firemens Relief Association to Motion carried to ratify and Session at 11:19am. The Board Layfer.
order at 10:55 a.m. dispense with the reading of the adjourned from Executive Session
minutes of the Board of Trustees at 12:15pm. INVESTMENT COMMITTEE
ROLL CALL meeting held January 11, 2017. REPORT
David Peters motioned to approve
MEMBERS PRESENT: PRESIDENT REPORT the action taken in Executive John Jacobsen reported on the
Bob Steinbacher, President Session regarding a legal matter. Investment Committee meeting
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President 1) Andy Kuljis administered the Tim Larson seconded. There was with Beacon Pointe on January
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary Oath of Office to new Trustee no discussion or objections. 24th and indicated that they
Trustee Steve Berkery Danny Wu. gave an overview of our current
Trustee Tim Freeman Motion carried to approve the position and asset allocation. He
Trustee John Jacobsen 2) Bob Steinbacher reported action taken in Executive Session indicated that they will have their
Trustee David Peters on the Buzzard Bait event and regarding a legal matter. annual onsite investment meeting
Trustee Chris Hart indicated that it was well attended. at Beacon Pointe on February 15th
Trustee Tyler Tomich He stated that they presented a VICE PRESIDENT REPORT to discuss potential ideas in the
Trustee Craig White plaque to Mike and Doug for their alternative investments.
Trustee Steve Ruda hard work for over 20 years with 1) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the
Trustee Chris Stine Buzzard Bait. upcoming conferences and asked AUDIT COMMITTEE
Trustee Joe Vigil Trustees to let him know which REPORT
Trustee Danny Wu 3) Dave Wagner provided an if any, conferences they wish to
Trustee Steven Domanski - update on the planning of the attend. Joe Vigil reported that the Audit
Pension LAFRA Health Fair. He indicated Committee met on January 26th
Trustee Doak Smith Pension that there will be several vendors 2) Jeff Cawdrey stated that he had with the Harrington Group and
Trustee Tim Larson Pension present for hands on CPR training, emailed the current Policy Book indicated that they will begin the
Todd Layfer - Executive Director health screenings and information. to all Trustees and asked them to preliminary audit on February 21st
Liberty Unciano Controller- review and let him know of any to look at internal controls.
Treasurer 4) Bob Steinbacher referred to proposed changes.
the Board Offsite meeting and ADMINISTRATIVE
MEMBERS ABSENT: indicated that they are looking to 3) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the COMMITTEE REPORT
Trustee Gene Bednarchik schedule a date in May. new bylaw change regarding the
(Excused) teleconferencing at Board and Tyler Tomich presented the
Trustee Gayle Sonoda (Excused) 5) Bob Steinbacher informed committee meetings. He asked following motions.
Trustee Mike Sailhamer (Excused) that the Firefighter of the Year that any Trustee calling in for a
Trustee Frank Aguirre (Excused) Luncheon is on March 22nd. meeting that they use the proper The committee recommends and
Trustee Rick Godinez (Excused) discretion. I so move to pay the usual and
Trustee David Ortiz (Excused) 6) Bob Steinbacher informed customary bills in the amount
the Board that he and Todd EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS of $948,234.12. There was no
GUESTS: Layfer and sent out a Request for REPORT discussion or objections.
Dave Wagner, Grapevine Editor Qualifications for a new attorney.
Tom Stires, Retired He stated that they have until 1) Todd Layfer informed that the Motion carried to pay the usual
February 28 to respond. member profile sheets will be and customary bills in the amount
INVOCATION & Flag Salute mailed out in the next few weeks. of $948,234.12.
7) Bob Steinbacher referred to the He stated that they will include a
Steve Ruda led the invocation. Pechanga Reunion on May 22nd flyer for the LAFRA Health Fair. The committee recommends and I
Chris Stine led the flag salute. through May 26th and indicated so move to increase the Grapevine
that Juan Albarran, Steve 2) Todd Layfer provided the annual assessment from $36 to$48
RATIFICATION OF MINUTES Domanski and Doak Smith are in proposed 2017 budget for the effective July 1, 2017. There was
the planning process. He indicated Boards review. no discussion or objections.
Bob Steinbacher entertained a that they will have vendors present
motion to ratify and dispense with from HealthScope Benefits, Chris Hart motioned to approve Motion carried to increase the
the reading of the minutes of the Express Scripts, Firefighters First the 2017 budget as presented Grapevine annual assessment from
Board of Trustees meeting held Credit Union, Pension Dept. reps by Todd Layfer. Craig White $36 to $48 effective July 1, 2017.

56 April 2017
The committee recommends and MEDICAL COMMITTEE in the amount of $27,852.03 to Mendenhall Scholarship to the
I so move to purchase two tables REPORT the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Dennis Mendenhall Memorial
for the Firefighter of the Year Firemens Fund. There was no Scholarship. Doak Smith
Luncheon on March 22nd. There David Peters presented the discussion or objections. seconded. There was no discussion
was no discussion or objections. following motion. or objections.
Motion carried to accept the
Motion carried to purchase two The committee recommends and I donations in the amount of Motion carried to change
tables for the Firefighter of the so move to accept the applications $27,852.03 to the Widows, the current Dennis Menden-
Year Luncheon. to the Medical Plan. There was no Orphans & Disabled Firemens hall Scholarship to the
discussion and no objections. Fund. Dennis Mendenhall Memorial
The committee recommends and Scholarship.
I so move to enter into contract Motion carried to accept all The committee recommends
with Yearbook Incorporated for applications to the Medical Plan. and I so move to approve the SETTING OF DATES
the production of the LAFRA financial assistance applications
Yearbook. There was no discussion RELIEF COMMITTEE for surviving spouses, active and 1) Hook & Ladder March 18th
or objections. REPORT retired members. There was no 2) L.A. Marathon March 19th
discussion or objections. 3) Firefighter of the Year Luncheon
Motion carried to enter Steve Berkery presented the March 22nd
into contract with Yearbook following motion. Motion carried to approve the 4) Health & Wellness Fair
Incorporated for the production financial assistance applications April 6th
of the LAFRA Yearbook. The committee recommends and I for surviving spouses, active and 5) Lane Kemper Softball Tour-
so move to pay: retired members. nament May 2nd
The committee recommends and I 6) Offsite Strategic Planning
so move to approve $500 for the The Sick & Injury benefits in the ADVANCEMENT May TBD
Drill Tower 81 Graduation amount of $19,595.58 COMMITTEE REPORT 7) Pechanga Reunion May 22nd
Ceremony. There was no The Estate Planning benefit in the May 26th
discussion or objections. amount of $11,350, The committee recommends and I 8) Hope for Firefighters June 1st
The Life & Accident Death so move to advance funds for both 9) LAFD Golf Tournament
Motion carried to approve $500 benefits in the amount of $24,000 active and retired members. There September 25th
for the Drill Tower 81 Graduation The Relief Death Benefits in the was no discussion or objections.
Ceremony. amount of $45,000 RETIREMENT DINNERS
Motion carried to advance
The committee recommends and I There was no discussion or funds for both active and retired 1) Tim Freeman Wednesday,
so move to approve the proposed objections. members. February 22nd C @ The Odyssey
changes to the Kaiser Plan to (Freeman)
reflect $10 medical copays, $75 Motion carried to pay the above BYLAWS/POLICY 2) Kevin Fabian Friday, March
copay for ER (waived if admitted), Relief benefits. 3rd C @Navy Golf Course Eagles
$5 copay (per 30- day supply) for Dave Peters presented the fol- Nest (Larson)
generic medications, $10 copay Steve Berkery read the names of lowing motion. 3) Joseph Castro Wednesday,
(per 30-day supply) for brand members who recently passed April 5th B @ Brookside Golf
medications, $10 copay (per and asked for a moment of silence The committee recommends and I Club (White)
31-100 day supply) at mail for from the Board. so move to approve the proposed 4) Jack Wise Saturday, April
generic and $20 copay (per 31- changes throughout the Policy 15th A @ Sagebrush Cantina
100 day supply) for brand-mailed MEMORIALS Book referencing review of the (Smith)
medications effective July 1, 2017. Robert E. Miller Policy. There was no discussion or
Donald L. Nollner objections. ADJOURNMENT
Motion carried to approve the Francis G. Clinite
proposed changes to the Kaiser James R. Leake Motion carried to approve the Bob Steinbacher entertained a
Plan to reflect $10 medical Lynn A. Weigel proposed changes throughout the motion to adjourn in memory of
copays, $75 copay for ER (waived Harold L. Scott Policy Book referencing review Dennis Mendenhall and David
if admitted), $5 copay (per 30-day Richard H. Olson of the Policy. Moorman. David Peters so moved.
supply) for generic medications, Ralph L. McQueen Craig White seconded. There was
$10 copay (per 30-day supply) Roland Lansing SCHOLARSHIPCOMMITTEE no discussion and no objections.
for brand medications, $10 copay Ted G. Jimenez REPORT
(per 31-100 day supply) at mail Motion carried to adjourn in
for generic and $20 copay (per ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE Doak Smith reported that the memory of Dennis Mendenhall
31-100 day supply) for brand- Scholarship Exam date is April and David Moorman. The Board
mailed medications effective July Steve Berkery presented the 8th and the deadline to submit of Trustees meeting adjourned at
1, 2017. following motions. applications will be March 19th. 12:45 p.m.

The committee recommends and David Peters motioned to Bob Steinbacher, President
I so move to accept the donations change the current Dennis
April 2017 57
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charge a fixed flat advisory
in beautiful. Pismo Beach Ca. more details or any questions. Compensation Plans. (818)
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variety of antiques and collect- (818) 621-5075 charge a percentage of assets DrWaynePress.com
ibles from the private collection under management. (800) 573-
of a retired LA City fireman.
There are alarm boxes, axes,
- vinyl replacement windows
badges, toys, apparatus parts, FIRE FAMILY ESTATE SALES & Patio doors. I also carry
tools, extinguishers, collectibles, ARE YOU LOOKING TO
BUY, SELL, INVEST IN A Call us when a loved one aluminum, wood and entry door
decanters, etc. Pismo Pickers is passes, moves to a nursing facil- systems. Rick Brandelli, Capt.
located at 537 Five Cities Drive, HOME? Call me, Diana Fuen-
tes, Realtor and wife to Fire ity or downsizes. Our profession- LACoFD, FS 8-C (800) 667-
Pismo Beach. (805)773-3777 al staff can handle every aspect 6676.
Captain 56A at 661.373.6569,
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SALE. See IG links for photos/ diana@nchal.com. I also
and are here to help. Rebecca
prices. Desiree 818-621-5075 specialize in Probate Sales. A
Martin, LAFD wife (818) 216-
2015 Lance 855s, $29,000, generous donation, at close of
new condition, must see! Only escrow to Adopt-A-Station.
Cal-BRE License 01794244. www.firefamilyestatesales.com
used a handful of times. BIG BEAR - Beautiful decked
https://instagram.com/p/BQB- two story cabin. 2 bedroom, 1
vcUeDUTq/ bath. Sleeps six. Pets OK. Near
LANDSCAPE. Tree trimming TION & SERVICE. Garage
2003 Yamaha Roadstar Mid- lake, slopes, shopping. Fire-
and removal, stumpgrinding, and doors and openers. Need to
night Star 1600cc, $8,000 OBO, place/wood, cable/WiFi. Fully
firewood sales. Mixed firewood, replace your broken springs?
excellent cond. fully custom. furnished except linens. Winter
eucalyptus and oak. Delivery or does your door need repair,
See link for details. $110/$650. Summer $100/$550.
available or pick up. Licensed even replaced? We do it all from
https://instagram.com/p/ 2 night minimum.
and insured. Dwayne Kastor, FS new product to repairing old.
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63-B - (818) 535-6368. Call (661) 860-4563 Grassroots
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Garage Doors, Inc. Lic# 950020.
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COUNSELING KIDS & FAMI- Son of 35 year veteran fireman.
2007 GMC Sierra 2500 Dura-
max Diesel, $25,000 OBO LIES. Separation, divorce, kids BIG BEAR CABIN. 2 bedroom,
behavior problems (anger, acting ITS TAX TIME AGAIN! Special-
https://instagram.com/p/BQB- 2 bath, 2 story. Sleeps 6-8.
izing in Firefighter and Para-
58 April 2017
About 6 miles from ski slopes Email for pictures. Jeff Easton ept linens. Near shuttle/chair 15. cleaning & linens. Jeff & Lisa
& lake. Fireplace/wood, cable, LAFD retired (805) 217-5602. Winter $125/night. Weekends Moir (661) 254-5788.
full kitchen - furnished. $100 junebound@gmail.com and Holidays $110 midweek.
per night M - Th. $110 per night Summer $95/night. $495/week. MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
F-Sun. Weekly available. Sheri LAKE HAVASU LANDING- No smoking. No pets. Jim John- Walk to Canyon Lodge. Studio
(909) 851-1094 or (760) 948- Waterfront, steps to the water. son (818) 992-7564, FS 80C. loft sleeps 4. Queen beds, full
2844. Boat mooring out front, off-road kitchen, 2 baths, garage parking,
desert behind house. 3 bed/3 MAMMOTH CONDO NEXT TV, VCR, DVD. Winter Sun-
BIG BEAR LAKES FINEST- bath, fully furnished w/linens. TO THE GONDOLA VILLAGE Thurs $100.nite; Fri & Sat $115/
Deluxe lakeside townhouse, 2 Direct TV/DVR, BBQ, Casino, Fully furnished, three bed- nite plus cleaning fee $100. Non
bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable TVs, Grocery/Meat Market, Launch room, two bath with towels and smoking complex. Joel Parker,
HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood burning Ramp, Marina with Boat House, linens, newly remodeled kitchen, LAFD retired.
fireplaces, laundry room, tennis Gated Community. No pets/ internet and cable TV, pool and email: cat25sailor@gmail.com
court, indoor pool, sauna, spa, smoking. $350 Dan Cook 310 Jacuzzi. Walk to the gondola, or (213) 399-6534.
boat dock. Fully equipped, includ- 418 1577. shops, restaurants and ski in on
ing all linens. Sleeps 6. 310-541- the new comeback trail. Parking MAMMOTH CONDO- SEA-
8311 or nmbigbear@gmail.com LAKE HAVASU BEAUTY FOR at the front door. Winter: $250/ SONS FOUR RESORT.
RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 night. Summer $150/night. Charming and cozy furnished
BIG BEAR CABIN. 4 Bdrm, 2 sq.ft. Fully furnished with all Holidays $300/night. Cleaning is 1 Bedroom sleeps 5. Updated
Bath 1,850 sq ft home on the amenities- Laundry & BBQ. included. Call Mike Whitehouse, unit with amenities including
Eagle Point peninsula. Very 13,000 sq.ft. lot. 3 car boat-deep Retired, 805-987-6122, email: wifi, sauna, jacuzzi, phone,
close to the lake, ski slopes, garage. 3 miles from launch btkwhitey@yahoo.com rec room, 2 flat screens , DVD
downtown and grocery stores. ramp. Close to downtown shops or Bruce Galien, Retired, 661- players. W/D on site. Shuttle
Sleeps 9 comfortably. 50 cable & restaurants. View of the lake. 645-7448, email: luvbaja2@aol. stop. Walking distance to village.
TV, DVD, VHS, WiFi, wood Quiet street in good neighbor- com $120/night + $80 Cleaning fee
burning stove, fireplace, fire pit, hood. No pets. No smoking. Bobby@310-350-5552.
fire wood, BBQ, laundry. 2 night Snowbird rates. Call Mike (661) MAMMOTH CONDO Cozy 2
min. Winter $160/night. Sum- 510-6246 bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully fur- MAUI BEACH FRONT CONDO
mer $130/night. +$90 Cleaning. nished, WIFI, 3 TVs, pool, spa, ON NAPILI BAY - 50 from
(4 days+ = no cleaning fee) LAKE NACIMIENTO. Oak walk to shuttle, Old Mammoth water. Studios and 1 bedroom.
Some holiday rates apply. Tony Shores gated community. 3 area. Winter $115, Summer Luxury furnishings + full kitchen.
Zermeno (805) 625-1192 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, large loft. $90, plus cleaning fee $139 and All the amenities! Mauis best
3minute drive to main marina in 14% city tax. Includes linens. snorkeling/beach. All island
CATALINA BEACH COTTAGE Oak Shores. Large flat driveway. No pets, no smoking. Call (310) activities & Kapalua within 4
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block Fully equipped kitchen, BBQ, 540-4648. minutes. 5-day minimum, from
to beach, view, fully equipped washer/dryer, TV/DVD. No $150 per night (regularly $310/
housekeeping unit. Marci (818) cable. No pets/smoking. $185/ MAMMOTH CONDO AT MAM- night). Call Sherrie or Bill for
347-6783 or Clarence (310) 510- night. 3 night minimum. Call Ben MOTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA, info/reservations (805) 530-0007
2721. (805) 444-2264. sleeps 10, fully furnished, 2 or email: pmimaui@aol.com
TVs, DVDs, WiFi, towels/linens, or visit:
CATALINA CONDO - HAM- MAMMOTH - 1 bedroom Sum- fireplace. Full kitchen. Walk to www.napilibaymaui.com
ILTON COVE. Ocean front, 1 mit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient Gondola Village and shuttle.
bed, 1 1/2 bath, sleeps 4. Steps underground garage parking. Ja- Complex has pool, spa, sauna, MAUIS MOST BEAUTIFUL
to beach, pool, gym, putting cuzzis, gym (pool/tennis in sum- laundry. Winter $335/night, Sum- BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful
course, tennis and more. Newly mertime), shuttle right outside! mer $215/night, plus cleaning. furnished condo that sleeps 4.
refurbished, fully equipped. Across from Eagle Lodge, Win- Includes city bed tax. No pets, Lanai/balcony, full kitchen, king
Includes golf cart, WiFi. Contact ter $110 per night, Summer $80 no smoking. Dory Jones (310) bed, flat screen TVs/DVD, ACs
Bart @ (310) 510-0190. Ham- per night plus $65 cleaning fee 918-0631 or Kelly Corcoran free WiFi (internet), complimen-
iltoncove.com. Ask for LAFD and 13% tax. All linens included. (310) 619-5355 tary maid service, complimen-
8-89 discount. Owner active Drew or Nancy Oliphant (661) tary coffee every morning and
LAFD. 513-2000 or mammoth241@ MAMMOTH LAKES - One breakfast on Fridays. Special
aol.com bedroom, extremely charming firefighters discount - Best value
DESERT CONDOS, RANCHO wildflower condo. Full amenities, in West Maui! Nice pool & BBQ
MIRAGE (near Palm Springs). 2 MAMMOTH CONDO. 2 bed- close to shuttle. Antiques, art, area - Close to beach! (800)
bed, 2 bath. Fully furnished condo, room & large loft, 3 full baths, satellite TV, fireplace. Sleeps 4. 336-2185
TV, internet, pools and spas. sleeps 8. 5 minute walk to Can- Winter $110, Summer $85 plus www.napilivillage.com
Gated community from $115/night. yon Lodge. Fully furnished, TVs, cleaning fees. Call Bill Clark Don Sprenger - retired LAFD
3 bed from $125/night. No smok- VCR/DVD, pool, spa, rec room, (818) 371-6722 (949) 929-0989
ing. Barbara (626) 798-2484. sauna, linens included. Winter Email: shakesong@aol.com
$175 weekdays, $195-week- MAUI CONDO 1 AND 2 BED-
JUNE LAKE CABIN - 2BR/2BA ends/holidays; summer $125, MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET: ROOMS. Centrally located on
cabin with Carson Peak plus cleaning. No smoking; no Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed, beautiful Maalaea Bay. Excellent
view. Close to fishing & ski- pets. Craig Yoder (909) 948- sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR, swimming and snorkeling; white
ing. Furnished, wood deck, 3659. DVD. Garage parking. Walk to sandy beach. Minutes from golf,
equipped kitchen, wood burning Canyon Lodge. Ski back trail. tennis, fishing, shopping, airport
stove, tree swing, cable /DVD/ MAMMOTH CONDO - 2 bdrm, 2 night minimum. Winter $100/ and resort areas. Marsha Smith
phone. Garage/ample parking. 2 bath, 2 TVs, phone, garage, nite, $125 Fri, Sat & Holidays. or Jeanne McJannet. Toll free (800)
$100/night plus cleaning fee. pool, jacuzzi, fully furnished - ex- Summer $60/nite. Plus $120 367-6084. www.maalaeabay.com
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PALM DESERT-3 bed/2bath, dates large groups. Amenities: OTHER Where: Hume Lake Christian
one level. New re-model, fully pool, AC, billards, TV, fishing, pet Camps
furnished w/linens. Cable TV/ friendly. Nearby golf, casinos, FROM NOW UNTIL MAY 7, To inquire about a scholar-
DVR, Private Patio, BBQ, Laun- ATV riding. Also, Premier lodging 2017, YOUR $100 DONATION ship: Tammi Grice - (559) 305-
dry, Garage, Gated Community, for Coachella music festivals. to the Los Angeles Fire Depart- 7438 or tgrice@humelake.org
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for over 15 years. LAFD, LASD,
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