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LAFD Responds to Hurricanes
The Departments CA-TF1 deployed to Hurricane Harvey, rescuing
scores of people and their pets. Just as they picked up and were
heading for home, they were re-deployed to Florida .................06

2017 World Police and Fire Games

Los Angeles and the LAFD hosted the Olympic style
competition that drew nearly 10,000 public safety athletes from
around the world ..............................................................08

Presidents Message .........................................................................05
Battalion News .....................................................................................21
Memorials ...........................................................................................40
The Retired Guys ...............................................................................41
Department in Action
Structure fire in North Hills ...............................................................43
Brush fire in La Tuna Canyon ................................................................44
Retirement Celebration
Engineer Jay Caesar ...........................................................................47
Retirement Dinner Announcements ...................................................48
Station Fridge .......................................................................................49
Mailbox ...............................................................................................50
LAFD History
The Fallen Firefighters Memorial ......................................................52
Firefighters First Credit Union
Strategic Use Debit vs Credit ..........................................................55
Minutes of the Board of Trustees .....................................................56
Classifieds ...........................................................................................58

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2 October 2017
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Major Brush Fire - La Tuna Canyon

October 2017 3
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4 October 2017
FIRE HOGS RAISE MONEY FOR WIDOWS & ORPHANS try Club and we pulled off another amazing golf tournament. Pro-
It was my privilege to join Jack Wise, the LAFD Fire Hogs ceeds from the tournament benefit the Widows & Orphans Fund.
Motorcycle Club, and many other wonderful organizations at the A huge thank you goes out to all the sponsors and golfers, to the
19th Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial on August 26, 2017, held golf committee, to Event Coordinator Juliet Brandolino, and to
at the LAFD Fire Museum. The generosity and support provided all the volunteers who we couldnt have done it without.
year after year by the Fire Hogs in support of the Widows, Or- Funds raised help the families of LAFD members facing
phans & Disabled Firemens Fund - LAFRAs official charity - is serious situations, such as being injured or killed in the line of
truly commendable and is greatly appreciated. duty. The charity provides: basic living expenses, health insur-
ance; durable medical equipment, and other needed financial as-
On the 16th anniversary commemorating the most terrible
act of terrorism in this countrys history, I attended three 9/11 LAFRA PPO MEDICAL PLAN OPEN ENROLLMENT
events around Los Angeles. Each year this anniversary stirs up October is open enrollment month for the January 1, 2018,
unsettling feelings but I cant express strongly enough how im- effective date. You should have received your packets in the mail
portant it is for each of us to be present at a ceremony to face for LAFRAs PPO plan and the Kaiser plan. Please direct ques-
those feelings by honoring the 343 firefighters who died in World tions to LAFRAs Member Services by calling (323) 259-2222 or
Trade Center, as well as all the other lives lost that sad day. (323) 259-5223.
I found the Fire Department Historical Societys annual
9/11 memorial program at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Plaza LAFRA OPEN HOUSE
in Hollywood to be exceptionally moving. I commend Jim Finn Join us on Saturday, November 4, 2017, from Noon 4:00
and all the other volunteers who put together this event each year p.m., A Shift. This year Larry Horner and Bill Bringas, two of
and who continue to do such impressive and important work pre- the most dedicated, hardworking volunteers this organization
serving the rich history of the LAFD. Take the time to visit the has ever known, will be honored. Larry and Bill have devoted
Hollywood Museum and Memorial as well as the Harbor Mu- so much of their lives to making the organization a huge success.
seum Old 36s in San Pedro. Learn more about our rich history Tour the building and enjoy good food and company. No RSVP is
and about the work this group does by visiting lafdmuseum.org. required and parking is free.

LOS ANGELES FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS SAVE THE DATE because its not too early to start plan-
MEMORIAL CEREMONY ning for this years LA Firemens Relief Association Holiday Par-
Mark your calendars and plan to attend the LAFD Annual ty. The theme is Bringing Back Camaraderie and the event will be
Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony on Saturday, October 14, held at the JW Marriott, LA Live, in Downtown Los Angeles on
2017, at 10:00 a.m. I urge everyone to attend the event which Saturday, December 9, 2017, C Shift. Dont miss the festivities.
honors fellow firefighters who passed away while in the line of
duty. After the ceremony you can take an opportunity to tour the Be safe and be kind to each other!

2017 LAFD INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Robert D. SteinTalker Steinbacher

The 20th Anniversary 2017 LAFD Invitational Golf Tour- president@lafra.org
nament was held on September 25, 2017, at Mountain Gate Coun- 323.259.5200

October 2017 5
On Saturday, August 26,
2017, CA-TF1 was called to deploy to Hurri- Bend county, one of the flooded communities
cane Harvey. The 75-member team was mo- in South East Texas. CA-TF1 members worked
bile by the early morning of August 27th. The in concert with local Fire Departments, CA-
unprecedented scale Harvey led to additional TF4, AZ-TF1, TX-TF1 and the Texas National
requests for help and by August, 29th, ele- Guard to search flooded homes and extract
ments from ALL 28 FEMA Task Forces from victims and pets.
across the country were deployed. By August 31st, the combination of
Our team loaded more than 100,000 the teams had successfully rescued 50 adults,
pounds of equipment in approximately 15 4 children and 12 animals.
vehicles, three of which were 18 wheelers, With their work finished in Texas,
and drove to Texas. After more than 30 hours the team was on the road home from Hous-
of driving, developing contacts and situation- ton when they got the call to turn around.
al awareness, the team went to work in the Hurricane Irma was crawling up Florida after
early morning of August 29. thrashing the Keys. Four days and more than
They received a rescue and evacu- 1,700 miles later, they were at a staging area
ation mission for the Rosenberg area in Ft in Orlando and ready for battle once again.
6 October 2017
Back at home in Chatsworth, Hilda
Franco joined dozens of other volunteers at
the Operation Gratitude warehouse to stuff
care bags for first responders in Houston,
knowing one of the bags might end up in her
husbands hands (Capt II Sergio Franco).
Knowing that my husband is there,
it makes me so proud and it makes me so
worried at the same time, Franco said. I
felt like ok, hes out there doing something,
I need to do something too. I felt like I had
to do this, its one small part of what I can
do to help.

October 2017 7
8 October 2017
The World Police and Fire Games are
an Olympic-style competition with 10,000 ath-
letes representing law enforcement, firefight-
ers, and officers from corrections, probation,
border protection, immigration and customs
from 70+ countries across the world competing
in 60+ sports. The Games are open to active
and retired law enforcement and fire service
The impetus for the WPFG was the Po-
lice Olympics first held in San Diego in 1967.
San Diego Police Captain Veon Duke Nyhus
recognized the need to promote physical fitness
and camaraderie amongst members of the law
enforcement community.
The name of the original games has
changed several times throughout the years.
From 1967 through 1989, the Games were
known as the California Police Olympics. In
1990, the name changed to the California Po-
lice Summer Games. With the inclusion of fire-
fighters in 2000, the name changed to the Cali-
fornia Police and Fire Games. 2005 brought the
inclusion of several states in the western US
and a change to the Western States Police and
Fire Games. Starting with the games in 2012,
they were known as the United States Police
and Fire Championships.
With the continuing success of the Cali-
fornia Games, planning began in 1983 for the
first World Police and Fire Games, which were
held in 1985 in San Jose. The aim of the World
Police and Fire Games is to offer the same vari-
ety of sports, and same high caliber of venues,
officials and athletic achievement as the Cali-
fornia Games, but on a global scale.
Subsequent World Police and Fire
Games have been held biennially in San Di-
ego; Vancouver, Canada; Memphis; Colorado
Springs; Melbourne, Australia; Calgary, Can-
ada; Stockholm, Sweden; Indianapolis; Bar-
celona, Spain; Quebec City, Canada; Adelaide,
South Australia; British Columbia, Canada;
New York City; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Fair-
fax County, Virginia; and Montreal, Canada.
The size and scope of the World Games
continues to grow. Attendance has steadily
increased as have the number of countries
involved. While attendance averages about
9000, the 2011 WPFG in New York holds the
current attendance record with over 16,000
athletes competing in 67 sports from almost
70 countries.
The next World Police and Fire Games
will be held in Chengdu, China on August 8 -
18, 2019.

October 2017 9
LAFD firefight- was knocked out after a really well played tour-
ers Jason Yim (57s), nament on the pitch.
Chris Napper (60s), LAFD firefighters Adin Waldrep (6s),
Chris Erazo (26s) and Pablo Gomez (4s), Dave Hernandez (70s) and
Darin Laier played Ryan Chance (QAU) competed for the SoCal
alongside firefighters Fire 35+ squad alongside Santa Monica, LA
from LA County FD, County FD, San Diego and others. Unfortu-
OCFA, Newport Beach, nately, the side was riddled with injury and bad
San Diego and Austra- luck, and failed to make it out of pool play. In
lia in the Open Divi- this type of tournament you need your health,
sion. After going 3-1 in skill and numbers . . . and all we had was skill.
pool play and scoring The experience on both sides was
13 goals against teams amazing as we hosted literally the world in our
from Hong Kong, back yard. Good football, great camaraderie
Mexico, Israel National and a lot of class was shown by every player.
SoCal Fire Fire and CA Dept Cor- Thank you to the LAFD, LAPD,
rections, SocCal met and Soccer Coordinator Ruben Nava of the
Burnaby Canada Fire in LASD for an incredible tournament and World
Player/Manager Darin Laier (62-B) or- the Round of 16 Playoffs. Down 2-0 at half, Police and Fire Games.
ganized two teams made up of several players a physically drained team having played five For more information on how to join
from SoCal Fire Departments. The teams com- games in three days, battled back to go into ex- LAFD members on the field, please send your
peted in the Mens Open and 35+ Division. tra time 2-2. Conceding in extra time, SoCal information to lacityfiresoccer@gmail.com

SoCal Fire vs Burnaby Canada Fire

SoCal Fire vs Hong Kong Corrections

10 October 2017
A team composed of LAFD members, sure packed late inning inside the park home to
seven active and four retired, joined ball play- prolong a game, Dan Olivas tied for the lead in
ers from Alameda County Fire, LA County hits, Dave Olivas pitched three terrific games,
Fire, Riverside Fire, and California State Cor- and Stan Fernandez played solid at 3rd base.
rections to compete as the SoCal Seniors in Contributions were also made by Greg Linton,
the 45+ softball division in the WPFG. Due to Fritz Neuhaus, Ted Nonini, Joe Vigil, and Dick
a lack of competition, play began against very Markota.
talented teams from Orange County Probation, This is the 1st time in memory the
L.A. Sheriffs and FDNY in the 35+ age divi- WPFG has held softball competition in the 45+
sion. SoCal held their own against the young- age division.
er teams. The seniors won the first game and
made terrific late inning charges in losing two
games in the last inning.
Qualifying for a winner take all 45+
division championship game against the potent
NorCal team, the SoCal Seniors kept the game
close with clutch hitting from Keith Bandy, Jud
Ream, Frank Urquidez, Russ Barnes and Craig
Fletcher. Defensively, crowd pleasing play was
turned in by Kurt Wyrick, Scott Melanson, and
Russ Barnes. In the end NorCal had too many
offensive weapons and won the championship
by the score of 23 -12.
Every member played a key role at the SoCal Senior
plate and on the field. Dennis Hunt hit a pres-

SoCal Fire vs FDNY

October 2017 11
James Martin 88-B with gold medal for Archery

Surfers from as far away as the Taiwan 50-B. He is a former state parks lifeguard at
FD, South Oz PD, and the Brazil Fed PD com- Huntington Beach and has been surfing all
peted in three days of surfing at Leo Carrillo his life. William competed in the Open Water
State Beach. There were competitions in both Swim, and both the longboard and shortboard
short board and longboard. surfing events. He was proud to take home
The only surfer to represent the LAFD the silver medal in the Mens Longboarding
in the games was William Fischer from FS Open Division.

With medals, from the left: Dave Wise (gold) LA County FD, Ken
Shen (bronze) Carmel PD, and William Fischer (silver) LAFD William Fischer - Longboard 2nd Place

12 October 2017
The bowling event at the WPFG has and Martins consistency throughout the tour- Porche was the big winner: if youve
had some problematic history. With the 2017 nament also earned them silver and bronze been keeping score, he won three silver med-
Games coming to Los Angeles, Dan Curry medals, respectively, in the All Events 50+ B als at the 2017 Games. Martin won one silver
jumped on the grenade and agreed to coor- Division. medal and two bronze medals. Keene had one
dinate the event with hopes of giving the 174 Moe Torres competed with his Disney- silver and one bronze, while Molina had a sil-
bowling entrants a better experience. Curry land team, and invited current LAFD member ver and Curry took home a bronze.
assembled a strong team of volunteers who Kevin Smith to participate in the Doubles and More importantly, we showed the
kept score, kept the tournament on a firm Team event. Smith and Torres finished 10th in World how to run a bowling event! Some of the
footing and awarded the medals in a timely Doubles (A Division) and the Disneyland team bowlers are already making plans for Chengdu,
fashion. finished 5th out of 14 teams in B Division. China in 2019 and Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The LAFD was well represented in They were medal-less, but not a bad showing. in 2021.
the field at Pinz Bowling Center and came
away with 10 medals. Curry bowled with
his normal World Games team: retired San
Jose FFs Greg Spence and Steve Goytia
and retired Canadian police officer Kevin
Schofield. Curry struggled in Singles, but
managed a 5th place finish (212 average)
paired with Schofield out of 31 Open Divi-
sion squads. In Team, Currys Cal-Canada
combo team methodically tallied up a 199
average in cruising to a 3rd place finish out
of 16 teams in the Open Division earning a
bronze medal.
Keenan Porche assembled his usual LAFD1 wins silver in Team B Division: EIT Ray Keene, retired CI Ed
crew to torment the B Division. In Singles Martin, CII Keenan Porche (all in white). Not shown, Insp Alex Molina.
(50+), Porche averaged 196 to earn the first
of three silver medals. In Doubles, it was the
pair of Raymond Keene and Edward Mar-
tin that found themselves in a 3-way battle
for 2nd place. In the end, Keene and Mar-
tin edged a Malaysian squad by just 12 pins
(over five games) to grab 3rd place and the
For the Team event, Porche, Keene,
Martin and Alex Molina were scheduled on
the same pair as their Australian friends from
previous World Games. The two squads ran
away from the rest of the field. Ultimately the
Aussies squeaked out a 21-pin victory for the
gold, and LAFD 1 settled for silver. Porche B/C Daniel Curry (left) won bronze in Team Open Division with
his longtime friends from San Jose Fire and Sarnia, Ontario PD.

B/C Daniel Curry and his awesome crew of volunteers for the 2017 World Police and Fire Games.

October 2017 13
The Motocross competitions were held
at the Glen Helen Raceway. Todd Gravitt (21-
A) finished 2nd in the 40-44 year old class.
Scott Nelson (107-B) competed in the 50-54
year old class. Blake Fair (49s) competed in
the 55-59 year old class, capturing the silver in
the Mens Grand Prix 50+ - Novice Class and
also a bronze medal.

Blake Fair (left) with Charlie Beck (LAPD) Todd Gravitt Scott Nelson

The swimming events were held at the USA, a team with FDNY members. They
Exposition Park Swim Stadium, adjacent to the grabbed 4th place in both the Mens - 30+ - 200
Coliseum. Meter Freestyle Relay and the Mixed - 30+ -
In the Mens 55-59 (Individual) races, 200 Meter Medley Relay. In the Mens 30+ 200
Robby Cordobes (3-C) captured the silver Meter Medley Relay, the Russian Federal Po-
medal in both the100 Meter Freestyle and 200 lice and Hong Kong Allied Law Enforcement
Meter Freestyle. took gold and silver. Unified USA Fire took the
In the Mens 35-39 (Individual), Dan bronze, passing Brazil National Police in the
Ferrari (13-C) competed in the 50 Meter Back- final five meters.
stroke. Ferrari also competed with Unified

Dan Ferrari, Michael Burns, Dennis McArdle, and Kevin Devine Devine, Ferrari, Burns, McArdle

14 October 2017
The boxing matches were held at the
Los Angeles Convention Center. The LAFD
had two fighters in the ring: Shawn Lenske
(MFC) and Marco Franco (9-C). They both
competed in the 156 lb class. Lenske dropped
25 lbs in three months to compete. In the fi-
nals, Franco fought a boxer from FDNY. He
knocked out the New Yorker in the 2nd round,
bringing home the gold for the LAFD.

Marco Franco takes the Gold

On Weigh-In Day. (Left to right) Marco Franco, Matt Mullen

Shawn Lenske with trainers FF Matt Mullen and Capt II Marty Mullen (trainer), Jaminal Adalino (cutman) and Shawn Lenske

Team Boat 2 slammed Beach Volleyball, winning the gold

in the Two-Man competition. Gary Brigandi and Derek LeDuff
teamed up to defeat Russia, China, New York, and in an exciting
finals match, beat Canada 22-20.

Team-Boat 2 Gary Brigandi and Derek LeDuff

October 2017 15
This was the 4th WPFG for 28-year Dick Markota (B/C retired) is another silver in the javelin. This time out he took the
LAFD veteran Leah Fleischman (99-B). This Track and Field veteran in the last five WP- gold again in the javelin and the bronze in the
year she concentrated on the Track and Field FGs he has won four gold medals and one discus, all in the 65-69 age group.
events and for the first time, entered into the
Heptathlon. In the past few years she has had
two major back surgeries as well as a major
shoulder and bicep tendon repair to her throw-
ing arm but she still loves competition and
wanted to challenge herself and try to continue
to represent the LAFD even as a senior athlete.
And the hard work paid off. Her med-
als were: Gold in the Heptathlon, two silver
medals in the Discus and High Jump, and four
bronze medals in the Hammer, Javelin, Shot
Put and 200M - all competing in the 55-59 age
Leah says, It was an honor to represent
the Los Angeles City Fire Department and as
always, it was an amazing experience meeting
and competing with my fellow firefighters and
police officers from around the world. I will
cherish the memories forever.

LAFD Leah Fleischmann

Armando Matinez wins gold in the sprint

Armando Martinez (FF retired) com- at a 6.7% grade Armando was able to win the
peted in the 60+ cycling events. In the Road silver medal. But the Sprint competition is his
Race out in Acton, with 35 miles and 2600 feet forte, and Armando was able to beat the pack
of climbing, he took 2nd place out of 14 riders. and win the gold.
Out at Lake Castiac for the 2.5 mile hill climb -

Region One Firefighter Cycling Team

Martinez takes 2nd place in Hill Climb

16 October 2017
The 18+ Novice Division Hockey
games were played at the familiar Iceoplex
on Easy Street in Simi Valley. But the tourna-
ment was anything but easy for the LAFD club.
They were able to defeat the US Department of
Homeland Security team but then lost games to
the Calgary PD, the NYPD and Northern Ire-
The team was led by Brett Willis and
included Bryan Willis, Dan Will, Danny Wu,
Chris Miyasato, Rob Shaw, Dominic Marquis,
Kyle Levindofske, Nick Prange, Matt Bortel,
Matt Potter, Brendan Cavanaugh, Al Boctor,
LAFD Hockey
Chris Gunzel, and Toma Nua.

LAFD Hockey vs Homeland Security

LAFD Hockey vs Northern Ireland

LAFD Hockey vs NYPD

October 2017 17
August 10th and 11th were mid-90
degree days in Santa Clarita at the Steven-
son Ranch Horseshoe Club, the venue for the
World Police and Fire Games Horseshoe Com-
petition. Competitors from many parts of the
United States, Canada, Norway and Australia
signed up to pitch horseshoes at this beauti-
ful facility that sports twelve professional clay
courts. Three ladies from the Northern Terri-
tory Police, Australia, and one from the Los
Angeles Fire Department joined eighteen men
in the two-day contest which broke down into
four divisions of singles and three divisions of Doubles Competitors
During the contest it is estimated that
the twenty-two competitors pitched 12.4 tons
of steel and walked 26.6 miles. As a result of
this effort, three members of the Los Angeles
Fire Department took home four medals. They
were Kory Clark two silvers, Dan Martin
one gold and James Martin one silver.
Everyone thought it was a great tourna-
ment, especially the Australian women. They
had never pitched a horseshoe before, but after
a little instruction, they were starting to score
some points and even tossing a few ringers -
which caused some high-fives. I hope this will
encourage some of our women to come out and
try pitching from 30 feet, and pitch in the an-
nual Fire Olympics.
James Martin 88-B and Dan Martin (retired)

John Sanchez
Gold Medal,
Age 70+, Jamie Moore competed in
Push/Pull Powerlifting the Individual, Age 45+
Firefighter Challenge

18 October 2017
Your hometown LAFD Salty Dogs up the fans and show the Canadians that the lo-
stepped onto the ice against some of the finest every inch of ice. The score was tied at the end cal boys mean business. But it was not enough
competition in the world in the 35+ division of of regulation, and would require overtime to to overcome the deficit as the Mounties took
the 2017 WPFG. declare a victor. And in that overtime the Salty home a well-earned bronze.
The tournament kicked off with a tough Dogs emerged victorious. To see the three Salty In the end, a great time was had by all.
match up against the Calgary PD Cowboys. Dogs make a scoring rush, the bright colors of Participants universally reported that playing
The team featured four players with a NHL their jerseys flashing against the milky ice, was with and against great players from all over the
pedigree. The Salty Dogs had less than four. to see a work of art in motion. The fans erupted world was a great honor.
The Cowboys went up early but the Salty Dogs in celebration as the Salty Dogs advanced to Fans, make sure to mark your calendars
battled hard the whole game, killing a crucial play for the bronze medal. for future tournaments. The Salty Dogs will be
penalty to keep the game from getting out of The Mounties arrived ready to play, but back and better than ever. The scouts said they
hand. While unable to overcome the deficit, again without their horses, forcing another de- showed a lot of promise.
the Salty Dogs played a hard 60 minutes, with lay. Unfortunately, the RCMP advance scout- LA City Salty Dogs: Marty Mullen,
players leaving sweat and blood on the ice in ing department had done their homework as Matty Mullen, Chris Dupertuis, Roger Sack-
the effort. they exploited the subtle weaknesses in the aroff, Adam Davis, Mike McRoberts, Jason
In the next match, the Salty Dogs took Salty Dogs transition game. The Salty Dogs Getchius, Justin Bactat, Austin Smith, Mark
on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The again showed no quit, playing a hard 60 min- Anderson, Mike Colbert (Long Beach PD) and
game featured some controversy as the Mount- utes of hockey, even dropping the mitts to stir Jeremy Bactat (Torrance FD).
ies refused to play the game on horseback.
Once the officials sorted that out, the puck was
dropped for a real barn burner. The lamps were
being lit regularly in this game on both side of
the ice, but again the Salty Dogs came up just
short of victory.
The Salty Dogs wore their stars and
striped shorts to channel their inner Rocky
Balboa in their next game against the Moscow
PD. The Russians featured four players who
are active in the Kontinental Hockey League, LAFD Salty Dogs vs RCMP
the Russian version of the NHL. They also had
20 players, two coaches, a trainer and a skate
sharpening machine and operator brought in
from Moscow.
The Salty Dogs went Rocky on the
Russians, scoring the only goal the Russians
would allow in all of pool play. Unfortunate-
ly, the Salty Dogs went full Apollo Creed for
the remainder of the game, again playing hard
throughout, but again taking a close loss. Mo-
tivation could have been a factor, as it was re-
vealed that each member of the Moscow team
would receive $100,000 and a month of vaca-
tion for a gold medal. Calls for comment on
this inequity made by this reporter to the 18th
floor were not returned.
The next match-up was a familiar foe as
the Salty Dogs took on the LAPD. Fans packed
the stands as the two local agencies slugged it
out for local bragging rights and a berth in the
bronze medal game. The game was tight from
the drop of the puck, both teams fighting for LAFD Salty Dogs vs Moscow PD

October 2017 19
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Peter Marasco, age 2 , welcomes his new brother. Jacob William

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Chief Phillip Fligiel congratulates Christopher Tavera

on his promotion to Apparatus Operator at FS 2-B

October 2017 21


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22 October 2017
Matthew Conroy promoted to Captain I at FS 14-A James Duffy promoted to Captain I at FS 9-A

Damon Leach promoted to Captain I at FS 4-A Rogelio Barajas promoted to Captain I at FS 14-C

October 2017 23
The new yearbook wont be out until later this year, but your photo is available right now. You
can go online to just check it out, or buy a photo package for the family. Digital images are also
available. And dont forget - the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund benefits from each
and every purchase.

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24 October 2017
Brian Hammond promoted to Captain I at FS 25-B Carl Weideman promoted to Engineer at FS 14-C

FS 50 takes pride in engaging the community at a National Night Out event. Robert Stoffel promoted to Apparatus Operator at FS 12-B

October 2017 25
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26 October 2017
Thomas Ard promoted to Engineer at FS 47-B David Steinman promoted to Engineer at FS 12-B

Nicholas Watkins promoted to Engineer at FS 12-C Engine 35 witnessed the solar eclipse at the Griffith Observatory on 8/21/17

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28 October 2017
Honoring the work and dedication of
US&R 27 participated in a confined space training
at a DWP water tank in Griffith Park on 8/11/17

On 9/8/17, companies found a portable building well-

involved in Wilmington. LAFD Photo by Kenneth Miller

October 2017 29
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30 October 2017
Captain II Tom Moore celebrated is last shift with family and
friends at FS 69 on July 29, 2017. Photos by David Blaire

October 2017 31
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32 October 2017
T/A on 8/13/17 at Sepulveda Blvd
x 405 Fwy. Photo by Rick McClure

A well involved attic fire at 8918 Gaynor Ave Physical rescue on Victory Bl on
on 8/19/17. Photo by Rick McClure 8/6/17. Photo by Rick McClure

Chief Terrazas, FF Elan Raber 83-C, and Tony Gamboa

meet with the Israeli athletes at the WPFG

October 2017 33
FF/PM Brinnon of FS 29 was recognized by the stroke team from Good Samaritan Hospital for
his outstanding diagnosis and treatment of a patient who was having an Acute Ischemic Stroke.

Victor Aguirre promoted to Captain II at FS 11-C Douglas Lewis promoted to Captain II at FS 20-C

34 October 2017
On 08/13/17, firefighters extricated a victim from
an auto on Osborne St. Photo by Rick McClure

An pick-up vs house on 8/5/17. Photo by Rick McClure

October 2017 35
The crew from FS 78 take over the newsroom at CBS

Rollover and ejection on Saticoy St on

8/25/17. Photo by Mike Meadows

86s handles a pick-up truck on fire the 11100 block

of Blix St on 8/17/17. Photo by Mike Meadows

36 October 2017
FS 107 flies a flag for retired Engineer Robert C. Storey

The Rockpointe HOA brought big baskets of goodies to

FS 96 in thanks for fighting the fires on the 4th of July.

October 2017 37
38 October 2017
Engine and Rescue 84 trained with Crew 3 at
the site of the 1996 burn over in Corral Canyon

lection time again is bearing down upon us. Elections are a very im- The Trustees are the elected representatives of the membership of the As-
portant aspect for the life and health of your Relief Association. It is sociation, who are responsible to their constituency and to the Associa-
now time to nominate members of the Association for the offices of tion as a whole. A conscientious effort must be made by each Trustee to
six Active Trustees and one Pension Trustee positions. be knowledgeable of the Associations By-Laws and their responsibilities
to the members of the Association. The Association is governed, and its
There will be six (6) Active Trustees elected at-large by Active members business conducted by the Board of Trustees. Dissemination of information
and one (1) Pension Trustee, elected by Pension members, for three year relative to the Associa-tion and to its membership is conducted primarily by
terms. If more than six actives run, the six with the most votes will elected. the Trustees. Conversely, opinions, requests and suggestions are channeled
If more than one pensioner runs, the one with most votes will be elected. If to the Board, through the Trustees. A close liaison with the membership is
no more than six active members and no more than one pension member paramount to the performance of the duties of a Trustee.
runs, there will be a white ballot declared by the Board and those running
will be deemed elected. Nominations are open October 1 through October 16, and will close at the
end of the business day on October 16, 2017.
As stated in the Bylaws, Article VII, Chapter I, Section 7136,
The Trustees shall attend all meetings of the Board, unless ex- Only members of the Association in good standing may serve as an
cused, visit the sick and injured members in their respective districts, Officeror Trustee. The commitment of a Trustee position is for three years.
report upon all matters coming within their scope of assignments and
responsibilities, and perform such other duties as may be assigned to them Please Mail, FAX or Email a letter in the following format, with a re-
by the Board. cent picture of yourself and a short statement/bio, by close of business on
October 16, 2017.

The letter is valid for the General Election of 2017. Mail or FAX to:


Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association
7470 N Figueroa Street, Los Angeles CA 90041 FAX (323) 259-5204 AKULJIS@LAFRA.ORG

October 2017 39
George W. Rust, Fireman.
Appointed June 9, 1947. Retired on a service pension June 1, 1975 from FS 94-C.
Passed away August 11, 2017.

James G. Mills, Fireman.

Appointed June 21, 1954. Retired on a service pension January 1, 1963 from FS 64.
Passed away August 12, 2017.

Jimmie J. Salazar, Fireman.

Appointed December 18, 1951. Retired on a disability pension August 31, 1975 from FS 50-A.
Passed away August 16, 2017.

John A. Wilmes, Fireboat Mate.

Appointed February 27, 1950. Retired on a service pension June 1, 1978 from BT-2
Passed away September 5, 2017.

John F. Gamrat, Jr., Battalion Chief.

Appointed January 16, 1965. Retired on a disability pension August 26, 1999 from Batt 10-A.
Passed away September 7, 2017.

Larry G. Thomas, Firefighter III.

Appointed November 24, 1962. Retired on a service pension June 30, 1990 from FS 80-B.
Passed away September 9, 2017.

Alvina T. Kormann, surviving spouse of Claude L. Kormann, passed away August 16, 2017.

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October 2017 41
Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund - August 2017

JESSE LEA in memory of Charles Doyle FIRE STATION NO. 44 from the
Fire Extinguisher Fund
RICHARD L. WATTERS in memory of
Harry Gradi & Richard (Dickie) Gilmore GARY T. SHELFORD from the Firemens
Breakfast at the Firehouse Cafe in Simi Valley
KIRK P. BINGHAM from the
Firemens Breakfast at Mimis Restaurant STEVEN L. GRAD in gratitude to the firemen who
in Thousand Oaks rescued Dov Feinstein & his caregiver Trudy Cruz
& best wishes for their full recovery
JANICE E. WAGNER in memory of my husband
Don Wagner GARY D. HIGHT in memory of Bob Olsen


Dennis Jarvis & John Knierim
Robert Ewert HARRY AND DORIS MORCK in memory of
Bob Ewert
RAUL MIRANDA from the Fire Hogs
SUSAN P. HAAG in memory of my beloved
husband Patrick Haag ARCHER R. MORGAN in memory of Bob Ewert

FIRE STATION NO. 94 from the PHYLLIS R. STAPEL in memory of my friends

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Extinguisher Fund?
The brain child of Ted Bailie, retired from the LAFD and LAFRA, your stations Extinguisher Fund is a simple
way to collect donations for the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund. Ted saw the accumulation of
change that the cook dumped into the mess fund box each shift and had a better idea. If this change was instead
collected for the WODFF he figured it could really add up. With an average of 50 cents per day per station, in a year
there would be . . . well, you can do the math!
So take your turn in the cooking rotation and remember to drop all your change into your stations extin-
guisher. There should be one in every firehouse. And any loose change in your pockets, any that you find in the TV
chairs, or hoarded in the ashtray of your vehicle can be thrown in for good measure.
The Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund is the heart of the Relief Association. This fund provides
assistance to our firefighters and families who are faced with personal difficulties and tragedies. Donations are the
sole means of support for this Fund.
Firefighters risk their lives to protect the community on a daily basis. Thus, they and their families can be
comforted in knowing that the Fire Department Family, supported by the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens
Fund, is there for them in times of need.
42 October 2017
North Hills
Photos by Rick McClure

At 6:11 pm on August 24, 2017, firefighters extin-

guished a large blaze at a vacant home in the 9400 block
of N Sepulveda Blvd in North Hills. The secured structure
presented several forcible entry challenges. Firefighters
stopped the blaze from spreading to an exposed building
while achieving knock down in just 33 minutes.

October 2017 43
44 October 2017
La Tuna Canyon
Photos by Jeff Zimmerman, Rick McClure, Mike Meadows,
Brian Little, Jay Moore, Kelly Seidel & Jeremy Oberstein

On Friday, September 1, 2017, in the early afternoon, companies re-

sponded to 10850 W La Tuna Canyon Road for a reported brush fire. Initially they
found one acre burning along the side of the 210 Fwy. Increased winds flamed
the fire and caused it to jump the freeway. Additional resources from LACoFD,
Verdugo Fire, Burbank Fire, Pasadena Fire, Glendale Fire and Angeles National
Forest were for called in for assistance. Precautionary evacuations in Sunland,
Burbank and Glendale were also in effect.
By Sunday night, the fire in the Verdugo Mountains had grown from
5,865 acres to 7,003 acres, But then Mother Nature helped the more than 1,000
firefighters battle the flames with sudden rainfall and cooler weather conditions.

October 2017 45
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46 October 2017
A huge showing of both active and re-
tired members turned out for Engineer Jay Cae-
sars last shift and retirement breakfast at Fire
Station 84 on August 26, 2017. It could have
been that the crowd showed up to help send
off a good friend, a great engineer and an all-
around Class One guy. Or maybe it was the
free gourmet breakfast? Jay pulled all the stops
and put out quite a spread. He hired Rise and
Shine Catering, known for their studio work,
and they sent over four chefs to whip up a feast
for a king.
The event actually started at 84s in
the morning and then spilled over to the Sage-
brush Cantina in the afternoon. The Fire Hogs
wrapped up their Memorial Ride at the Cantina
that afternoon and were happy to drink a few
toasts in Jays honor.
Jay entered the Drill Tower on Octo-
ber 9, 1983, with the current fire chief as one
of his classmates. He promoted to engineer in
1993, got to 84s in 2000 and decided his career
path had peaked. Seventeen years later he was
now leaving the station, the community and the
LAFD all better than when he started.
LAFRAs retirement badge was pre-
sented by B/C Andy Wordin and UFLACs
Adam VanGerpen was on hand to bestow the
Axe Plaque. Jay decided against having some-
one present the PRB, not wanting to let his per-
sonal secrets out in mixed company.
The guys from 84s came up to present
their gift. They had a giant wooden American
flag plaque designed especially for Jay. It in-
cluded all his assignments and an engineers
badge next to the field of stars. They also made
up an LA Kings jersey for Jay, with his name
and the number 84 on the back.
Instead of just handing over his badge
to his captain, Jay made a special trip to the
18th floor the following Monday. Instead of his
usual flop flops and tank top, he actually wore
a suit and tie on this downtown adventure. He
brought with him dozens of bagels and cream
cheese (B&R would have melted) in a gesture
of thanks to all the chiefs and support staff.
A grateful LAFD thanks Jay Caesar
for the bagels, for his years of service and for
always doing his best to keep us a Class One

October 2017 47
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October 2017 49
Epi Reyes and Bud Lawson. Johns clas-
Send your letters & comments to the editor at: editor@lafra.org sic laugh could almost always be heard
around the station.
When Phil McKim (the TFC) want-
ed to sell a new program or make changes
to station procedures, the first thing hed
do is sell John on the idea and hed do the
John loved the LAFD, especially
60s. His artistic talents benefitted the job
in many ways, from printing out physical
LA Firemens Relief Association Godspeed Harley, and thank you for ev- fitness routine boards (theres a story there)
erything. to lettering the side of Fireboat 4 (theres
Please accept this donation in mem- a story there). On summer evenings, John
ory of Robert Ewert. I not only had the Chris McWhorter could often be seen sitting on a park bench
privilege and honor of working with Bob, across the street from 60s admiring the
but was blessed with the opportunities of station and being thankful that he worked
spending time away from work with his LAFRA: there (theres a story there too).
beautiful family. Bob Ewert was without John was one of a kind. He was a
question a natural leader who left a legacy I first met Mayonnaise Legs at FS great truckman who could be relied on to
of dedication in making the LAFD a better 9 in 1974. He was a fireman on the B shift. get anything done well on the fireground.
place for those who followed. He was an incredible athlete: Basketball, Around the station, he was a hard worker
handball, racquetball. You name the sport. who was always in the middle of some
Sincerely, Harley [Rust] made it look easy. I can see scheme to mess with someone.
him walking up the steps from the hand- My sympathy to Joanie and his
Pete and Millie Lucarelli ball court after a spirited game and directly children for their loss.
Redmond, WA to the ice machine for a handful of ice after
another victory. Mike Littleon
He was so funny. Always quick Westlake Village, CA
Dear Relief Assn, with something witty. I was very fortunate
as a young fireman to work with some out-
Thank you for the beautiful flowers standing firefighters. Harley was quite pos- LAFRA:
in remembrance of Dennis R, Jarvis life. sibly the best. He made it look effortless.
I am very appreciative of the flag flown Seldom a missed step. Always working at Mongo! I first met Dickie [Gilm-
from No. Hollywood Station 89. Dennis the seat of the fire. Never wanting praise ore] at old 17s when I was in high school.
enjoyed working at this station very much. or recognition. He instinctively knew what Never imagined that I would be working
needed to be done. I was honored to know with him on the LAFD. When he was as-
Lynn Jarvis him. A really great guy. signed to Rescue Maintenance @ S&M,
Bigfork, MT Rest peacefully Mayonnaise Legs! he made me a customized breathing appa-
You are missed. ratus face piece in order to accommodate
my nose. In turn, I gave it to Tony Di.
LAFRA: Dave Murray Great fireman and an equally great
Harley [Rust] is the reason Im
wearing a LAFD uniform today. I met him LAFRA: Vince Marzo
when I was 15 years old and he made a
huge impact on my life. He was a great I met John [Knierimin] in February
role model and always told it like it was. I 1973. when I was promoted to Auto-Fire- LA Firemens Relief Assn,
will never come close to the great guy he man and assigned to FS 60-B. I can hon-
was. He truly made this world better. I will estly say that the time I spent at 60s was As many of you know, Capt Tom
continue to try and live up to the standards the most memorable and fun time I have Dowling passed away years ago of can-
he had. He has made me a better person had at any assignment on the job and John cer, while still active. At that time we all
and if you had the privilege to know him, was a big part of that. With the help of said that his family would always be a part
then you know he made you better as well. other crazies on that shift like Joe Longan, of the LAFD family. When I was still
The entire Rust family are in my prayers. Tom Dempsey, Tim Walgren, Tom Rix, working, I would be asked often how my
50 October 2017
Protect Those
Kevin Dowling

sister Betty and the kids were doing? Betty

with Special Needs
has never remarried and has raised four
great kids. Tom would be proud of each Firefighter Justin Mendence set up a special needs trust to ensure his
and every one of them. son and entire family is taken care of in the best manner possible.
I am sad to say that Kevin, the
oldest son, lost his battle with cancer, at You want to think everybodys going to take care of your kid because
the age of 28. I want to thank those who
called, prayed and attended Kevins fu-
neral. Those of you who met Kevin, when
Tom was alive, knew just how much Tom
If I handwrite a will,
everybody loves him, but unless you have a plan in placeyoure planning
to fail. Leaving it to chance is not in me and my wifes vocabulary.

isnt that good enough?

loved his son.
So everyone is aware, the battle of
cancer is not over for the Dowling family.
A Special Needs Trust Helps You:
Erik the next youngest son (age 26) also
Set up long-term funding for living expenses & care
has been diagnosed with the same cancer
as Kevin, but not as aggressive. So please Determine who will be the primary caregiver
keep the prayers coming
Kevin Dowling left an indel- Create an advisory group of experts to help caregivers make
ible mark on St. Francis High School, his
teammates, classmates and friends, and his sound decisions
players. His valiant battle against cancer
taught us all how to embrace our challeng-
Ensure your childs assets are protected & well-managed
es, and carry on with strength and deter-
mination to live a life doing what we love.
Ensure your child maintains eligibility for special services
He loved to coach football, and enriched
the minds and hearts of so many young I sleep a little bit easier at night knowing that my son is set up for his
players. In his memory, the Dowling
family has established an endowed schol-
entire life, Justin said.
arship so the sprit may live on through
future Golden Knights.

Thank all of you again,

Ed Tapia, retired
Robert Tapia, FS 66
Whether you care for a child or adult with special needs or not,
everyone should consider setting up an estate plan. Ask for a
Getting Started Kit today by emailing Relief Association
Development & Marketing Director Marlene Casillas at
October 2017 51
MCasillas@lafra.org or calling (323) 259-5217.
Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial October 14th Ceremony

October is a very big and important The LAFD Annual Memorial Ceremony to its Fireman James (Jimmy) Hassan, as-
month for the Historical Society, LAFD mem- Fallen Firefighters will take place on Saturday, signed to Engine Company 27 A, died from
bers active and retired, their families and October 14th this year. It will be a day for all the collapse of a roof at a fire in the County
friends and all those who appreciate, remember those in attendance to remember those mem- at 7518 Santa Monica Blvd. on December
and pay tribute to our Fallen Firefighters. Our bers of our department who gave their lives in 11, 1958. Jimmy was the acting captain that
Memorial is the Departments first Memorial the service to the people of Los Angeles. There night. He was with his engine company inside
to its Fallen Firefighters in its 131-year history. are 266 names of those who made the ultimate the building when the roof collapsed, pinning
sacrifice engraved into the granite wall on the him under the burning debris. The collapse
monument with more of our line of duty de- also trapped fireman Gerry Baird and injured
ceased members to be added. We will be there other firefighters. By the time the firemen
for their families and friends in comfort and could remove the heavy beams from Jimmy
support because our members are part of one he had died. Fireman Frank Manwarren, who
big extended family there to help each other was a regular at the Museum, said that it was
when the time arises. a very difficult time for all those assigned to
The stories of two of the members from 27s. He said that Jimmy was a fun loving great
Old Fire Station 27 who died while battling guy and well-liked by all. Jimmy had 10 years
fires will be told this month in their memory. on the Department, was 33 years old, a native
The information is from our LAFD Memorial of Los Angeles and a U.S. Navy veteran from
Book. World War II. He was remembered in a touch-
Captain Michael Carter was a deco- ing poem written by his friend, Deputy Chief
rated U.S. Army veteran from World War I Charles Bahme.
when he joined the LAFD in 1925. Captain Deputy Chief Chuck Bahme wrote the
Carter was assigned to Engine Company 27 following poem about his close friend Jim.
on June 9, 1950, when they responded to a This is an excerpt from My Friend Jim.
structure fire at the Alco Research Corporation Tireless, and always thoughtful he
at 1107 No. El Centro Ave. It was a recording often volunteered to work for other members,
company in Hollywood. He collapsed while he
was directing his company during firefighting
Fireman Michael Carter, Truck 9 in 1929 operations and died from cardiac arrest. He
was 55 years old. Rescue Unit 27 was called
and members worked
Captain Michael Carter taken over him for some time
just after he collapsed from a without avail.
heart attack at the fire. Members Captain Carter
from Rescue 27 are arriving with was described by his
a resuscitator superiors as one of
the finest officers in
the department. He
was survived by his
wife Sue, two daugh-
ters, Mary Kearns and
Theresa Koenig, and
two sons, Thomas and
John. He also had five
brothers. His family has
visited new Fire Station
27 and our Museum &
Memorial for a special Dinner at Old Fire Station 27 in 1957. Jimmy Hassan is at the
plaque presentation to front table third from the left with the big smile. My father
commemorate Captain Stan is next to Jimmy on his right. Across from him in the
Carter. suit is Deputy Chief Charles Bahme.

52 October 2017
and to be acting captain. And so it was, that
fatal night, responding to his last alarm as En-
gine Company Acting Captain, Engine Com-
pany 27, he was sent outside the city. When
Jim arrived upon the scene, no county crews
were there. He helped his men lay hose lines to
the blazing carpet warehouse. Into the smoke,
choking furnace, with heat intense, and rafters
burning, Jims nozzle spewed its hissing spray
on flaming tongues around him. Unquenched
by spray or scalding steam, the snakes of fire
hissed louder, consuming floor joists overhead,
supporting mezzanine. Heavy carpets soaked
with water warped the wooden timbers, with Fireman James (Jimmy) Hassan and Chief
creaky, cracking, crunching noise, the balcony Bahme next to the Chiefs 1948 Buick
crashed under. Jim yelled Get out!- to men
behind, shutting down his nozzle, they dropped Franks note: My father Stanley, who LAFDHS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!
the hose and scurried back, escaping just in was a Captain at 27s, worked with Jimmy and The job of the members of the fire de-
time. But not Jim! Vulnerable to bashing beam- spoke highly of him. All the members at 27s partment is to serve the public. This is done in
No way could he survive. As his broken helmet appreciated his humor and capabilities. Fortu- many different ways, with the priority to pre-
told it all Dead at thirty five. nately for my father, he was off duty the day serve life and property. One of the motivations
I wasnt there, but I was called, and of of the incident. At the time of his death, Fire- to become a firefighter is the desire to help oth-
this fact Im certain, Jim bravely fought the man Hassan was survived by his wife Elizabeth ers - a high calling to say the least. Remember,
final fire til Fate brought down the curtain. and daughter Lyn who was seven years old at the LAFD started with a group of volunteers in
Devastated and despairing, his death was such the time. Lyn and the family have been strong the 1800s. Our Museums, the Memorial and
a blow, I dreaded going to his home to let his supporters of the Memorial and have attended the many projects we have ongoing are only
family know. Mournful messenger of sorrow, I many of the LAFD Memorial Ceremonies. possible through the willingness of people to
slowly drove to see a stunned grieving wife and volunteer to help. They make a commitment of
child, whod, heard it on TV. (News reporters, I some time and effort so that what we do will
hear tell, had seen Jims name spelled out upon also serve the public in meeting our mission to
his crushed and broken helmet, retrieved from preserve the history of the LAFD, to educate
where it fell) A roaring, flood broke loose with- children and adults in fire and life safety and on
in my bursting heart. Blending with their flow- the history of the fire service, and to memorial-
ing tears, I let my rivers start. In the frequency ize the members of our department who have
hereafter- in this lifes afterglow-Ill bet Jim is given their lives to serve others and contributed
teasing devils, helping Peter run the show! For so much to the citizens. The volunteers of the
Bronze LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial statues
in this new dimension, Jims not fighting fire, Historical Society are not only members of the
but making dates with angels, and signing in Upon the death of Fireman Ercil G. LAFD, but are also family, friends and people
the choir. Morse of Truck 5 at an incident on April 7, from all walks of life in the community who see
1924, LAFD Chief Engineer Ralph J. Scott our cause as an important one.
wrote the following letter to his mother: When we look at all of our hard work-
There are times when words fail to ing volunteers, we see the very same people
convey the depths of brotherly feeling, when that started with us when we opened the Mu-
in this dangerous service of ours, some man is seum in Hollywood on October 11, 2001. Sure
called upon to pay the extreme penalty which we have added a few more and some have
this work exacts. There is not a man in the de- given of their time and moved on. We are now
partment whose heart does not go out in sym- in need of a large number of volunteers to help
pathy to those left behind, for not one of us us reach another higher plateau as an organiza-
knows that the next alarm of fire may be the tion. Many of our active and retired members
last call for him. have told me that when they get time they will

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October 2017 53
be there to help. Most of them have not had Clerical, computer graphics, public re- Dont ever question the value of volun-
time yet, but they know when I see them I will lations, fund raising, research and documenta- teers. Noahs Ark was built by volunteers; the
ask. We all realize that we have many commit- tion, archiving, special events, sales and mar- Titanic was built by professionals.
ments in our lives and becoming a volunteer for keting, photography and videography, tool, You make a living by what you
any organization means a change in lifestyle equipment and apparatus restoration, building get, but you make a life by what you give.
an occasional drive to one of the Museums or maintenance, construction and repair, displays -- Winston Churchill
to the Ralph J. Scott to do some work. We are and decoration, acquisitions, education, do- You have not lived until you have done
not asking for a commitment of time that is un- cents, apparatus and equipment maintenance, something for someone who can never repay
reasonable for anybody. Each of our volunteers apparatus operation, and public speaking. you.
makes their own schedule and many travel There is a place for everyone so please I dont know what your destiny will
from some great distances to put a day in at the give us a call or send an email and you will be be, but one thing I do know: The only ones
Museum. part of a very fine group of dedicated volun- among you who will be really happy are those
Many of you who read this article are teers. who have sought and found how to serve.
asking Whats in it for me? Any volunteer REMEMBER THIS: The LAFD -- Albert Schweitzer
knows that there are many rewards from feel- makes history - the LAFDHS preserves it. Some people see things as they are and
ing good about helping others, to completing say why, I look at things that never were and
a project, the camaraderie, staying involved in VOLUNTEERISM say why not. -- Robert F. Kennedy
an active way with the LAFD, and the uplifting The road to success is not crowded. There are three kinds of people: Those
feeling of accomplishment and giving back Because while most are looking for ways to who make things happen, those who watch
to others of your experience and expertise. We take, the truly successful people are finding things happen, and those who say, what hap-
need individuals, families, friends, and how ways to give. With a giving attitude, every situ- pened? -- Casey Stengel
about some of our active fire station members ation is an opportunity for success. Here is a test to find whether your mis-
who instead of going home in the morning, Volunteers are seldom paid; not be- sion on earth is finished: if you are alive, it
come to one of our museums to put in some cause they are worthless, but because they are isnt. -- Richard Bach
Here is a list of some of the volunteer Success in life has nothing to do
jobs we have. If you see one or two you like, with what you gain in life or accomplish
please call or email. I will personally contact for yourself. Its what you do for others.
you so that you can join our team: -- Danny Thomas

Calendar for OCTOBER 2017

Volunteers retired B/C Chief Tom Brennan
and retired Capt Bob Rebbe in the dorm at
the Hollywood Fire Museum.

Volunteers Lea Safer, left, and Diane

Briggs at the Battleship Iowa.

Volunteer and Board member David

Steinitz with the Hummer at a Port
of LA car show.

* Fridays
54 from 0800
October 2017to 1200 are work days on the Ralph J. Scott Fireboat
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August 9, 2017

CALL TO ORDER seconded. There was no further discussion or 2) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the Colorado
objections. Springs Memorial and indicated that there will
President Bob Steinbacher called the meeting be four members attending to assist with the
of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Motion carried to ratify and dispense with families.
Firemens Relief Association to order at 10:05 the reading of the minutes of the Board of
a.m. Trustees meeting held July 12, 2017. BYLAWS & POLICY BOOK COMMITTEE

ROLL CALL PRESIDENT REPORT The proposed Bylaws and Policy Book changes
were review and David Peters presented the
MEMBERS PRESENT: 1) Andy Kuljis administered the Oath of Office following motions.
Bob Steinbacher, President to new Trustee Henry Gasbarri.
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President The committee recommends and I so move
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary 2) Bob Steinbacher referred to the President to approve the proposed Bylaw changes
Trustee Rick Godinez and Vice President positions and asked the as presented. There was no discussion or
Trustee David Peters Board for their nominations. objections.
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Craig White David Peters nominated Bob Steinbacher for Motion carried to approve the proposed Bylaw
Trustee Tyler Tomich President for 2018. Craig White seconded. changes.
Trustee Steve Ruda There was no discussion or objections.
Trustee Jim Duffy The committee recommends and I so move to
Trustee Mike Sailhamer Motion carried to nominate Bob Steinbacher approve the proposed Policy Book changes
Trustee Tim Larson Pension for President for 2018. as presented. There was no discussion or
Trustee Steve Domanski - Pension objections.
Todd Layfer - Executive Director Craig White nominated Jeff Cawdrey for Vice
Liberty Unciano Controller-Treasurer President for 2018. Tyler Tomich seconded. Motion carried to approve the proposed Policy
There was no discussion or objections. Book changes.
Trustee Chris Hart Motion carried to nominate Jeff Cawdrey for INVESTMENT COMMITTEE REPORT
Trustee Chris Stine Vice President for 2018.
Trustee Steve Berkery Garth Flint of Beacon Pointe reviewed
Trustee John Jacobsen 3) Bob Steinbacher informed the Board that investments and market performance for the
Trustee Frank Aguirre the Group 3 Trustees were up for election this 2nd Quarter. LAFRAs portfolio continues to
Trustee Gayle Sonoda year. He asked that those wishing to continue to perform well with International Equity and
Trustee Danny Wu serve that they submit their intent to run. Small Cap funds being performance drivers.
Trustee Joe Vigil Wedgewood Fund continues to struggle and
Trustee Tim Freeman 4) Bob Steinbacher provided an update on the Garth suggested that the Investment Committee
Trustee Doak Smith Pension Pension Ad Hoc group meeting. He indicated meet to discuss other fund options in the Large
that their first meeting is scheduled for August Cap area.
GUESTS: 14th.
Bob Olsen, L.A. Retired Fire & Police EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS REPORT
Lee Kebler, L.A. Retired Fire & Police 5) Bob Steinbacher informed the Board that the
Quinn, L.A. Retired Fire & Police LAFRA Dinner Dance will be held at the JW 1) Todd Layfer referred to the Golf Tournament
Marriott in downtown L.A. on December 9th. and reported that they have raised $143K
INVOCATION & Flag Salute in sponsorships so far. He indicated that all
6) Bob Steinbacher reminded the Board about the firefighter player spots are sold out and
Rick Godinez led the invocation. Tim Larson the Board Educational Offsite meeting on mentioned that there will be two In N Out
led the flag salute. September 24th. He indicated that they will be trucks this year.
discussing future goals.
RATIFICATION OF MINUTES 2) Todd Layfer reported on his meeting with
VICE PRESIDENT REPORT U.S. Bank and indicated that LAFRA is now
Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion to ratify part of their rewards program attached to
and dispense with the reading of the minutes 1) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the upcoming the credit card accounts. He indicated that
of the Board of Trustees meeting held July IFEBP Conference and indicated that 11 U.S. Bank has gone through technology
12, 2017. David Peters so moved. Tim Larson Trustees have been registered. enhancements to ensure more secured banking.

56 October 2017
3) Todd Layfer referred to the PCI Compliance $48,275.74 Motion carried to advance funds for both
testing and indicated that LAFRA is currently The Estate Planning benefit in the amount of active and retired members.
undergoing a cyber security check. This ensures $7,528.25,
that LAFRA is doing everything possible to The Life & Accident Death Benefit in the SECRETARYS REPORT
secure its networks and confidential data. amount of $36,000
The Relief Death Benefits in the amount of Andy Kuljis informed the Board that they
4) Todd Layfer informed the Board that the $45,000 received an anonymous donation of $100K for
LAFRA staff will undergo a Business Writing the WODFF.
Seminar to help enhance their writing skills. There was no discussion or objections.
5) Todd Layfer addressed the Code 96 Motion carried to pay the above Relief REPORT
assessment increase and mentioned that letters benefits.
will be sent to the members. Rick Godinez provided an update on the
Rick Godinez read the names of members who Golf Tournament solicitations and planning
6) Todd Layfer informed the Board that they recently passed and asked for a moment of progress. He referred to the Estate Planning
have paid the PCORI tax for the medical plan. silence from the Board. presentations and indicated that they have three
days scheduled in the near future. He informed
7) Todd Layfer informed that the annual Social MEMORIALS the Board of a partnership between LAFRA
Security harvesting letters have been sent to the Patrick D. Haag and the Discovery School for charity efforts.
membership. Arthur G. Johnson
REPORT Harry E. Gradi 1) Colorado Springs Fallen Firefighter
Robert L. Norris Memorial September 16th
Tyler Tomich presented the following motions. Rudolph J. Concha 2) LAFD Golf Tournament September 25th
Richard J. Gilmore 3) LAFD Firefighter Memorial October 7th
The committee recommends and I so move to Phillip B. Williams 4) CFF Sacramento Fallen Firefighter
pay the usual and customary bills in the amount Roger L. Fonnet Memorial September 30th
of $950,716.30. There was no discussion or 5) LAFRA Open House November 4th
objections. ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE 6) LAFRA Holiday Dinner Dance
December 9th
Motion carried to pay the usual and customary Rick Godinez presented the following motions.
bills in the amount of $950,716.30. RETIREMENT DINNERS
The committee recommends and I so move
The committee recommends and I so move to to accept the donations in the amount of 1) Don Green Friday, August 11th B @
approve $200 for the LAFD Fire Marshals $20,910.19 to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled The Reef Long Beach (Kuljis)
Award Ceremony. On the question, there was Firemens Fund. There was no discussion or 2) John E. Sullivan Sunday, August 20th B @
an objection. Further discussion ensued and the objections. South End Racket Club (Steinbacher)
Board decided to table the issue. 3) Jay Ceasar Saturday, August 26th A @
Motion carried to accept the donations in the Fire Station 84 (Freeman)
MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT amount of $20,910.19 to the Widows, Orphans 4) Joe Moreno Saturday, September 30th C
& Disabled Firemens Fund. @ Private Residence
David Peters presented the following motion. 5) Dave Peters Saturday, October 7th @
The committee recommends and I so move to Private Residence (Steinbacher)
The committee recommends and I so move to approve the financial assistance applications for
accept the applications to the Medical Plan. surviving spouses, active and retired members. ADJOURNMENT
There was no discussion and no objections. There was no discussion or objections.
Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion to
Motion carried to accept all applications to Motion carried to approve the financial adjourn. David Peters so moved. Tim Larson
the Medical Plan. assistance applications for surviving spouses, seconded. There was no discussion and no
active and retired members. objections.
ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
Rick Godinez presented the following motion. Trustees meeting adjourned at 12:03 p.m.
The committee recommends and I so move
The committee recommends and I so move to to advance funds for both active and retired Bob Steinbacher, President
pay: members. There was no discussion or
The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount of
October 2017 57
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