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S AV E THE DATE !

Monday, May 18, 2015 @ 2PM (check-in) to Friday, May 22, 2015 @ 12PM (check-out)

ACTIVITY GUIDE
MONDAY - MAY 18th

THUR SDAY - MAY 21st

T U E S D AY - MAY 19t h

:: Golf Journey at Pechanga - Price/Time: TBA

:: Check in & catch up with old friends


:: Reception Get-Together - Beer & Wine (Provided)
:: Pizza Dinner / Wine & Beer (Provided) - Time: 5PM
at Pechanga RV Clubhouse

:: Organization Reps at Clubhouse - 10am-4pm

:: Gathering at THE BUFFET at Pechanga Hotel


- Time: 6pm
$30 per person payable at the Buffet

FR ID AY - MAY 22nd

:: Check out! Till next time...

WE D N ESDAY - MAY 20t h

:: Dinner / Wine & Beer (Provided) - Time: 5PM


at Pechanga RV Clubhouse

:: Organization Reps at Clubhouse - 10am-4pm


:: Wine & Brewery Tour - Time: TBA
$90 per person with lunch
For information email sdomanski@lafra.org

SAVE YOUR HOTEL SPOT!

:: Pechanga Resort/Hotel reservation call (888) 732-4264


:: For other Hotels call (323) 259-5235

Check out LAFRA.ORG for more details on the above.

SAVE YOUR SPACE!

RV SPOTS AVAILABLE - RESERVE YOURS


by calling LAFRA (323) 259-5200

RSVP to sdomanski@lafra.org after youve made your reservation.

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On the cover: Strtucture Fire - South Palm Grove

VOL. XCI

MARCH 2015

NO. 07

CONTENTS
Presidents Message .........................................................................05
CPR Saves Lives
Event honors the work of LAFD members .........................................07
Hope for Firefighters
Does your station have what it takes to compete? ...............................09
Battalion News .................................................................................10
Retired Guys ....................................................................................23
Department in Action .........................................................................24
Station Fridge ..................................................................................29
Kitchen Table Wisdom
Attic fires create unique challenges ................................................30
Retirement Dinner
Ray Boomtown Mayo .................................................................32
I Just Didnt Feel Right
Follow-up medical tests save a members life ....................................37
Retirement Dinner Announcements ...............................................39
Mailbox .............................................................................................41
Memorials ........................................................................................43
Dollars & Sense
Your Credit Union gives back ..........................................................47
LAFD History
The Fredricksburg Incident 1944 ..............................................51
Minutes of the Board of Trustees .......................................................54
Classifieds ........................................................................................57
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
of the advertisements, we urge you to use any and all means at your disposal to investigate them.

COPYRIGHT 2015

Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association.


No material may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher.

2 March 2015

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Inset Photo by: Mike Meadows


March 2015 3

FIREMENS GRAPEVINE
owned and published by the

Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association


815 Colorado Blvd, 4th Floor, Los angeles CA 90041

EDITORIAL STAFF
Dave Wagner Editor..........................................................editor@lafra.org
Eric Santiago Creative Editor.....................................esantiago@lafra.org
Juan-Carlos Snchez Project Coordinator................jcsanchez@lafra.org
DisplayAdvertising....................................(323) 259-5200 ext. 231, 232, 260

PSOs

Katherine Main, Brian Humphrey, Erik Scott

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Mike Mastro, Frank Borden, Jody Houser,


Michael Stefano, Monte Egherman, Steve Ruda

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Ryan Babroff, David Blaire, Doc DeMulle, Greg Doyle, Harry Garvin,
Steve Gentry, Juan Guerra, Brian Haimer, Gavin Kaufman, Ryan Ling, Rick McClure,
Mike Meadows, Lloyd Payne, Jeff Zimmerman, Yvonne Griffin, Laura Lichter.

LOS ANGELES FIREMENS RELIEF ASSOCIATION

Juan Albarran........................................................President
Robert Steinbacher .......................................Vice-President
Andrew Kuljis ........................................................Secretary
Barry Hedberg
Chris Hart
Chris Stine
Craig White
David Lowe
David Ortiz
David Peters

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Doak Smith
Frank Hernandez
Frank Aguirre
Gene Bednarchik
James E. Coburn
Jeff Cawdrey
Joe Vigil

Mark Akahoshi
Rick Godinez
Steve Berkery
Steve Ruda
Steven Domanski
Tim Larson
Tyler Tomich

CHAPLAINS

To contact a chaplain,
Please call Senior Chaplain Rick Godinez at (661) 904-3050
or the MFC Floor Captain at (213) 576-8920
Greg W. Gibson...................Chaplain
Danny Leon..........................Chaplain
George A. Negrete...............Chaplain
Aquil F. Basheer..................Chaplain
Tim Werle............................Chaplain

Hershy Z. Ten.......................Chaplain
Roger Fowble.....................Chaplain
Mark R. Woolf.....................Chaplain
Jesus Pasos.........................Chaplain
Craig Poulson.....................Chaplain

TELEPHONES
Fire-Relief ...............................................................(323) 259-5200
Relief Association Toll Free Number .........................(800) 244-3439
Relief Medical Plan ................................................. (866) 995-2372
Fax Number ..............................................................(323) 259-5290
LAFRA MANAGEMENT
Todd Layfer Executive Director..............................(323) 259-5243
Becky Valverde Human Resources Administrator.....(323) 259-5247
Liberty Unciano Controller/Treasurer...................(323) 259-5225
Bob Dillon Operations Manager..............................(323) 259-5233
Marlene Casillas Development & Marketing Director(323) 259-5217
Ana Salazar Member Services Coordinator.............(323) 259-5223
HealthSCOPE Benefits

Claims & Benefit Information...................................(866) 99-LAFRA


THE FIREMENS GRAPEVINE (USPS 191-060) is published monthly by the Los Angeles Firemens
Relief Association, 815 Colorado Blvd. 4th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90041. Annual $24 Subscription
included with Association membership; Non-members: $36. Single issues $3 postpaid. Back issues $6
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the official views of the Los Angeles City Fire Department or the Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association.

4 March 2015


Computers! Computers!

As I sit in front of this computer, I think what a great and necessary tool! I also think that it sure is a pain in our backside.

Computers allowed us to switch our Medicare eligible members
to the current pharmaceutical format. This did not happen as smoothly
as we wanted. This transition was made more difficult as a result of . .
. you guessed it computers. It was explained to me as something to do
with sharing files. We had several practice runs, but in the end several
members were dropped by . . . you guessed it computers. We are aware
of this because of the amount of calls received here at LAFRA.

We all can help by using the correct medical plan card and not
requesting a 365 day supply. If you fail to do this, the computers will
hiccup and create turmoil for all involved. If you have questions, please
visit www.Express-Scripts.com or call Express Scripts Medicare Customer Service at (866) 544-6963.

On February 3, 2015, healthcare provider, Anthem Inc. announced a major breach of their information systems. I am not sure
how this happened. I have a pretty good feeling that it involved . . . you
guessed it computers. This may have resulted in the unauthorized access
of personal information. Anthem is working with authorities in figuring out what happened. They have also created a website www.AnthemFacts.com and provided a number (877) 263-7995 to answer questions
you might have.

Anthem will provide free credit monitoring and identity protection services to affected individuals. These offers will be made by mail
only. Do not reply to emails or phone solicitations.

In this issue of the Grapevine we have information regarding our
LAFRA scholarships. Every year I run into someone who misses the filing deadline. Please mark your calendar. The filing deadline is March 27,
2015.

Some other dates to remember:



The LAFRA Pechanga Reunion is to be held from May 18-22.
Call and make your reservations with Angelica at our front desk. You
can stay at the campgrounds, the Pechanga Hotel or other surrounding
accommodations. Also RSVP to sdomanski@lafra.org so we can get a
head count for the dinners.

We are also gearing up for Hope for Firefighters on June 4, 2015.
This is an event that you have to experience! The people that come out
of the high-rises and support your LAFRA/LAFD community are top
notch!

The future home of your Los Angeles Firemens Relief Association is becoming a reality. On page **8*** of this issue you will find
some recent photos of the progress at 7470 Figueroa. As of this writing
the space is framed and dry walled. We meet once a week to check on
the progress and any significant changes. We will keep you posted as the
months roll on!
Thanks for your patience..

Juan Albarran
president@lafra.org
323.259.5200

LAFRA Board of Trustees


March 2015 5

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eroes come in all ages and sizes. This year the LAFD honored
more than a dozen members, along with an 11-year-old girl, for
their courageous work as CPR heroes. On January 22, 2015, at
the St. Joseph Medical Center, Deputy Chief Daryl Arbuthnott honored
the firefighters, paramedics and civilians who helped save the lives of
Rita Lovato and Cathie Lazarus. Among those honored were: Eduard
Hengst, Robert Lind, Robert Sanchez, Oscar Stokes Jr., Dean Comer,
Vincent Foster, Timothy Sharma, Scott Tanner, Brian Harris, Thomas
Weigh, David Morales, Michael Woll, Steven Marczinko, and an 11
year-old, Kendall Stilwell.

In January of 2014, Rita Lovato suffered a cardiac arrest at
her home. Her 11-year-old granddaughter, Kendall Stilwell, found her
grandmother unconscious and not breathing. Unable to wake her, Kendall immediately dialed 9-1-1 and was connected to MFC Firefighter Steven Marczinko. Marczinko was able to calm his young caller and gave
lifesaving CPR instructions to the emotional granddaughter. Engine and

Rescue 105 responded and continued to perform CPR and transported


Ms. Lovato to West Hills E.R. Thanks to the EMS skills of LAFD firefighters and paramedics, Ms. Lovato and Kendall Stilwell are still able to
enjoy their lives together.

A second incident involved Ms. Cathie Lazarus, who was exercising at a fitness club in Universal City on March 11, 2013. When she
suffered a cardiac arrest, a nearby bystander and two fitness club employees acted quickly, performing lifesaving CPR on Ms. Lazarus. Engine 76
and Rescue 86 responded and continued to deliver CPR, which resulted
in obtaining a pulse while transporting the patient to the St. Joseph E.R.
Since then, Ms. Lazarus has since made a full recovery.

The members of the LAFD do heroic work every day. It is meaningful to be recognized by the people whose lives they have helped to
save and the public at-large that they serve. Congratulations to all the
honorees.

March 2015 7

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March 2015 9

On 1/8/15, firefighters treated the driver of


a car chased by LAPD on the 101 Freeway.
Photo by Adam VanGerpen.

Engine Company 4.
Photo by David Blaire
10 March 2015

Members of the community joined Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the LAFD in
implementing beautification and water conservation measures to Fire Station 35. They were joined by Green Space Los Feliz, the Los Feliz Neighborhood
Council, the Los Feliz Improvement Association and the Franklin Hills Residence Association at the January 16, 2105 event. LAFD Photo by David Ortiz


Congratulations to FF Matt Eberle (FS
36) and his wife for the arrival of their first
born, Amelia Eberle on January 18. Sleepless
nights will soon follow.

A heartfelt goodbye to FF/PM Abel
Torres who retired after 34+ years on the job.
Have a long retirement, and know that youll
be missed.

The members of FS 36 would like to
thank a certain unnamed medic for making
sure everyone eats healthy there. This member
keeps everyone from eating leftover desserts
by first eating 50% of whatever is there before
dinner, and then after dinner when everything
is being cleaned up, he throws the leftovers he
didnt eat himself into the trash. Thanks Joe for
not letting us get fat eating a late night snack or
the next shift having leftovers.

Send all your stories and photos to
harborrats6@yahoo.com

Companies knocked down a blaze in the 6700 block


of Gaviota Avenue on 1/14/15.
Photo by Juan Guerra, juanguerra.smugmug.com
March 2015 11

12 March 2015

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On 1/9/15 an experimental plane went down after taking off from Van Nuys Airport.
Photos by Steve Gentry and Mike Meadows

Firefighters revived a cat removed from a structure


fire in Van Nuys on 1/18/15.
Photo by Juan Guerra, juanguerra.smugmug.com
March 2015 13

Battalion 10 firefighters handled a structure


fire at 19560 Blythe St. on 2/2/15.
Photo by David Blaire


Firefighter Paul Stine (FS 29-C) and
wife Morgan welcomed their first child, son
Parker James Stine into the world on January

Parker James Stine


14 March 2015

1st, 2015. Parkers middle name, James, is


from Pauls father retired Fireboat Mate James
Stine.


Greetings from the Battalion that never
sleeps!

FF/PM Jeremie Bellendir F.S. 66 and
wife Julie welcomed their son Landon Jacob
Bellendir into the world on November 4, 2014,
weighing in at 7 lbs, 14 oz and 20.25 long.
They are all home, healthy, and doing well!
From all the baby pictures being posted I figure
the battalion is not getting much sleep at home
either.

Had nothing to do the other day so I
played on the computer and made my way to
Wikipedia, Well I was curious so I typed in the
phrase immediate dispatch. An article came
up with the history stating initially tried in 2006
as Quick Launch and was an epic failure, reintroduced in late 2014 with a new name and
the addition of four new bureaus and accompanying staff. The new name and staff is making
a profound impact on the engines and ambulances in Battalion 13. How about opening up
one of the closed old fire stations in the area,
take this new extra staff and open up an EMS
satellite station? Just saying . . . the public expects a shiny red thing to show up at their door
when they call.


With all the different religions, different holidays are being celebrated. One member at 57s stated his Christmas Day is Super
Bowl Sunday, so you can see why he was so
depressed when he didnt have enough seniority to get the day as a vacation pick. He
pleaded with the Staff Assistant, Cant I use
some of my brothers time who is also in the
battalion? The SA said that wouldnt be fair
and he was going to have to work his so called
Christmas. But the young, still wet behind
the ears firefighter had another idea. At 0630
hrs Christmas morning, the firefighter without an ounce of integrity or a thought of his
fellow firefighters punishment of running one
rescue closed, bangs in family illness. Shame
on you! You should have to write on the board
100x next time I will not think just about me.
I know he wasnt alone. There was a higher
than usual SK and FI usage all over the City.
Remember just a few years ago most of you
told an oral board you would do anything to
be an LAFD firefighter, and then stood up and
took an oath to the City to serve with honesty
and integrity.

Never let the truth stand in the way of
a good story! Remember if I dont get stories I
have to start making stuff up.

Landon Jacob Bellendir

wattsfire@gmail.com

Companies overhaul a fire at 4510 South Vermont


Ave on 1/7/15. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

Companies extricate a driver at Broadway and


Manchester on 1/17/15.
Photo by Juan Guerra, juanguerra.smugmug.com

64s handled a vehicle into a structure on 1/31/15.


Photo by Brandy Carlos
March 2015 15

SCHOLARSHIPS
Each year your Relief Association awards
college scholarships to member dependents.
These include:
The Leo K. Najarian Memorial Scholarship of $5,000
The Bill Goss Scholarship of $2,500
Relief Scholarship awards of $2,500
Memorial Scholarship of $5,000

Complete online application at


www.lafra.org/scholarships
Scholarship Dates & Deadlines
Deadline March 27, 2015
Application evaluation & testing April 11, 2015
Winners announced June 3, 2015

16 March 2015

Questions? Email: scholarship@lafra.org

On 1/3/15 a fire in a single family dwelling displaced 21 children and adults. The guys at 89s transported all of
them over to the station, fed them, kept them warm and entertained until the Red Cross could find them housing.
Photos by Mike Meadows and LAFD Photo by PIO Erik Scott

89s caught a van fire on 12/21/14 on


Vanowen St. and treated the driver for burns.
Photos by Mike Meadows

March 2015 17

18 March 2015

Three car T/A at Fulton and Oxnard on 12/14/14.


Photo by Juan Guerra, juanguerra.smugmug.com

Battalion 14 companies handle


a fire on Lankershim.
Photo by David Blaire
March 2015 19

Greetings from the battalion that used to sleep


(and has only one 800)!!

We hope everyone had a nice relaxing
holiday season, and now back to reality. We
hope everyone has been able to work their assign hire days, and several SOD days to help
make up for the Citys inability to hire enough
people to fill the vacancies. If only the city got
some sort of a heads up that people were going
to retire. If only they knew . . . say five years
in advance that several hundred people would
be punching out and the vacancies would be
piling up. If only they knew, then they could
prepare properly and have budgeted for several
classes over the last several years. If they knew
they could have hired several hundred people
to help carry the weight on their shoulders. But
we understand!

Its hard to hire people these days, in
an economy that is flourishing so well that almost no one needs a job. In an economy that
when the city opens up to accept applications
the computer system doesnt crash, cause only
a couple people take the time to put in apps.
Goodness gracious! If only they cared.

For starters, trash out and good luck
to: Capt Albarran, who goes from 84s to 35s,
Capt Lopez 105s to 35s, Capt Fortini 84s
to 21s, FF Fisher 93s to 35s and A/O Villalobos - 73s to 90s.

Next up a story out of 73s. The fellas
over there are saying that with 873, every day
the 800 is running its wheels off. Getting members to work it is getting harder and harder.
So, CII Smith, 73-C, made the system work
and took the SOD day for the firefighter spot
so the truck would be fully staffed. Normally
the SOD guy goes to the 800 but the members
decided since Frank only had a month left
theyd give the old-timer a reprieve. What was
Smiths answer . . . jam it! He acted A/O on 873
and showed the guys at 73s what leadership is
all about. Thanks Frank!

Meanwhile towards the south of the
Battalion, there might be an engine somewhere
that is looking for a bed of 4 that paid out
along the Boulevard. I dont have anymore
info on that but feel free to send pics if you
have them.

Multiple choice question here for those
aspiring future leaders:
You have engineer candidates coming to your
station to pump in the morning and inspection
is that very same day. Do you....
A)
call them and tell them not to show up.
B)
let them drive the 2 hrs to your station,
eat the doughnuts they brought for you and
them tell them that you cant use the rig because of inspection and send them on their way.
C)
call the chief and let him know the situ-

20 March 2015

ation and see if hes okay with the firefighters


using the rig in the morning and overlooking a
few wet spots on the engine.
D)
not schedule them to use your rig on a
day you have inspection

For those that answered B, solid work!

Next we have 105s leading by example
with our very own Teter. He donned his jolly
old Saint Nick outfit and road on Truck 105
for Christmas Eve. Story has it that Truck 105
made a lot of little ones smile brightly that day
and spread the holiday spirit. Way to go Jed!

Congrats to those members who went
hard for engineer! Working all over the battalion I was able to see them pumping every
chance they could get. That was hard work that
doesnt go unnoticed. By the time you read
this, the practicals will be over, but we sincerely hope they went well for all members. And
dont worry about promoting and depleting the
FF ranks, there is a huge class of 43 recruits

Ricks retirement gift to the station

Companies handle a garage fire at Corbin and


Roscoe on 1/14/15. Photos by Juan Guerra,
juanguerra.smugmug.com

going through the academy as we read! That


should fix the shortage . . . to be continued, or
not . . .

I had a SOD day over at the 73rd and
Capt. Denning is getting ready to retire. As a
going away present he fashioned the table in
the photo for the boys there. Word has it he
wanted them to be as comfy as possible for the
daily morning line-up. Youll have to ask the
B-shift over there for more info on that.

On another note, the members at 73s
wanted to let everyone know they have received the new and improved Reseda Rats
station shirts for your purchase. If interested,
contact the shift on duty.

Please send me some happy stories and
lots of photos. I will be obliged to relay them
along.
Batt17writer@gmail.com

Companies overhaul a SFD on So. Palm Grove


Ave on 2/3/15. Photos by Adam VanGerpen

March 2015 21

GOT NEWS!?
Writers Needed
Contact
editor@lafra.org

Metro Fire Communications recently said goodbye to two of its most senior members. Carlos Vargas
(above) and Gregory Acevedo (below) recently worked their last shift down in the hole. Family and
friends joined them to celebrate their final day, and you can join them at the Knollwood Country
Club on March 29th for their joint retirement dinner. Photos by David Blaire

22 March 2015

hate penny slot machines because they dont pay off and because
they dont exist. I also hate checkout lines at markets because its
a gamble gettin through one without some kind of delay. My wife
continually reminds me that Im retired and to relax, but you know how
annoyin it is to get behind someone whos writin a check, or givin
items back to the checkout clerk because their total exceeded their bank
balance, or watchin them pick through their stack of coupons or waitin
while they count out the exact change from a small leather change purse.
I could use the self-checkout line, but I havent memorized any of the
food codes and tryin to identify items usin pictures is slower than the
regular checkout.

I also could have my wife shop but she cant leave the house
without her makeup on and I aint waitin till 2pm to fill up our refrigerator. I cant take her with me either because then the day turns into an
event. I have my list and I buy whats on the list. I want to get in and
get out. But no, my wife dont have a list so she strolls up and down every isle, checkin out all the stuff on sale and makin sure she dont miss
anything. And if she does go with me, we dont get home till 2pm. This
is about the time she reminds me to take deep breaths.

Waitin to fill up at the gas station is another issue. The same
people I get stuck behind at the market somehow are the same people in

front of me gettin gas. Is that possible? The other day I got an extra early
start and headed out for gas. This lady, in her fancy SUV with dark tinted
windows, somehow beat me to the pump.

She had already parked alongside the pump but hadnt yet exited
her vehicle. A minute or so went by but still no sign of human interaction
with the gas pump. I remembered my wifes suggestion of takin deep
breaths, but that didnt help at all. I also remembered her favorite quote:
Relax, youre retired and have nothin else to do. That didnt help either. About the time I was goin to walk up next to her car door, the lady
appeared. She had her cell phone stuck in her ear and she was pickin
through a small purse, lookin for a credit card as she approached the gas
pump. However, she had no visible tattoos, so she had that goin for her.

She inserted her card, waited for a few moments but quickly put
it back in her purse. She continued looking for another card.

With my neck veins lookin like 3 1/2 supply lines I thought
how convenient it would be to have key fobs handed out to those waitin
in line. These key fobs, when activated, would open hidden doors above
a very deep pit next to each pump.

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Sam walked out to the street and
caught a taxi passin by. After getting into
the taxi the cabbie says, Perfect timin.
Youre just like Frank.

Sam asked, Whos Frank?
The cabbie answered, Frank Feldman,
hes a guy who did everythin right all the
time.

Sam said, Well, theres always
a few clouds over everyones head.

The cabbie replied, Not Frank
Feldman, he was terrific at everythin.

Sam continued, Sounds like Frank was someone really special.

The cabbie said, He had a memory like a computer. He remembered everyones birthday and knew had to fix anythin.

Sam stated, Wow, some guy then.

The cabbie went on sayin, He never argued with his wife, his
clothes were always immaculate and his shoes were always polished.

Sam said, Sounds like Frank was an amazin fellow. How did
you meet him?

The cabbie admitted, Well, I never actually met Frank. He died
and I married his wife.
KEEP SMILIN!
AC
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March 2015 23

RIVER RESCUE
Echo Park

Photos by Mike Meadows

24 March 2015

MFC received reports of two people clinging to trees in the rain swollen LA River on December 14, 2014, near the 2800 block of Glendale Blvd. Fire and
rescue companies, swift water teams and helicopters were all utilized in the rescue effort.

March 2015 25

LA REGIONAL MOBEX
Sherman Oaks

Photos by Adam VanGerpen

26 March 2015

On January 10, 2015, Los Angeles Regional fire departments tested the Urban
Search & Rescue System through a multiteam deployment exercise. In addition
to LAFD members, firefighters from the
Santa Monica Fire Department, Santa Fe
Springs Fire Department, and Beverly
Hills Fire Department participated in the
exercise. These specialized firefighters,
along with hazardous materials squads
and K-9 teams worked in several simulated disaster scenarios at the LAFD US&R
Training Center located at Fire Station 88
in Sherman Oaks.

Forty-five firefighters extinguished a


house fire near the intersection of Glenhurst Avenue and Glendale Boulevard on
February 5, 2015. The bulk of the fire
burned on the exterior of the single-story
structure, although some flames extended into the attic. Firefighters rescued a
pet dog from the blaze and another dog
was unaccounted for. The homes yard
appeared to be packed with vehicles,
mattresses, debris and items covered by
a large blue tarp.

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Photos by Adam VanGerpen

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n this edition of KTW Captains Denning,


Schneider and Smith will discuss (1) ways
to inspire your command, and (2) attic fire
considerations. These topics and experiencedbased opinions should be points of discussion
among all of us.

Operational Question: Attic fires in SFDs present


unique firefighting challenges. What are some of
your tactical considerations during these types of
firefights?
CII Gary Smith, FS78-B: When employing
attic fire tactics my goal is the preservation
of contents and structure throughout the extinguishment and overhaul process. In order
to do this timing and discipline are extremely
important.

Companies should initiate salvage below the fire and work from involved to unin-

30 March 2015

volved. Salvage should continue until the affected rooms are protected or a knockdown is
achieved. Quick and efficient salvage is critical
during the early stages of an attic fire.

On average size SFDs I deploy a 1
and 1 handline. The 1 facilitates ease of
manipulation thus enabling a more effective
stream application, and the 1 is a backup in

the event the 1 cant handle fire conditions.


Ultimately, a handline must be deployed inside
the attic to allow horizontal stream application
or youll find yourself chasing the fire and increasing damage.

You may need to delay opening the roof
until salvage takes place. Venting too early will
fuel the fire (oxygen) and eliminate any chance
of an indirect attack. In certain cases (clear
communication and with IC approval) handlines may be effectively used by vent teams
when access to the fire is difficult from below.
CII Rick Denning, FS73-B: Attic fires in
SFDs can be a tactical challenge as theyre
often hindered by our overaggressive nature.
A solid personal size-up along with fire attack
and vent team discipline is key to effective extinguishment with these fires.

First, you must decide whether to vertically vent or to hold off and attempt an indirect

attack (steam conversion). This attack method


is doable in newer type-truss construction as
well as in older conventional construction. Obstacles such as scissor trusses, vaulted ceilings,
compartmentalization, lightweight construction, attic storage, etc. can also make attacking
these fires difficult.

The following must take place in order
to effectively suppress an attic fire: clear communication to the IC: immediate salvage (cover furniture, bag floors, etc.), deployment of a
1 (max) handline, maintain roof integrity
with vent team in place, no ceiling pulled (yet)
and locate attic access (scuttle or hole pulled).

The lead F/A officer should now communicate their intension to coordinate extinguishment then ventilation. Prop-open the
scuttle hole (or small pulled hole) and use an
inside ladder to access the attic and utilize a fog
stream to effect extinguishment.
CI Erik Schneider, FS10-B: There are two
parts to a successful attic fire: (1) self-discipline while coordinating fire attack, and (2) utilizing an inside ladder to provide attic access.

F/A teams must also show restraint in
pulling ceiling until salvage is performed, and
vent teams should delay opening the roof until
after the attic has been accessed.

Although its common during attic fires
to initiate F/A in a kitchen or bathroom because
of tile or linoleum floors, I do not agree with
this tactic. In older homes these rooms tend to
be small and not centrally located, and in newer
homes the kitchen can oftentimes be the most
expensive room in the house.

Upon attic-fire confirmation, immediately communicate this to the vent team. Salvage equipment and an inside ladder must
be brought in and furniture either moved or
covered. Floor runners should also be deployed
immediately. I prefer salvage covers to plastic
because theyre sturdier and faster to deploy.
When salvage is complete one member dons
their B/A while other FFs pull ceiling to ex-

pose three rafters one bay for the ladder, the


second for the FF, and the third for the handline.

Leadership Question: An officer can either contaminate his workforce or inspire his command.
Give us two examples of how youve inspired/
motivated your Command?
Denning: My best assignments have been
where the front office projected a united front
on all three shifts. As such, bad-mouthing of
the other shifts is never tolerated as our belief
is, This is one fire station - one shift.

My members can call me anytime for
guidance, or to simply request assistance with
a home remodel or project. I enjoy promoting
work parties as many of our members have
unique talents that can be shared. This not only
bonds our members, it also assists in developing a more capable work force.

Its your duty to inspire and motivate
rather than to pollute and destroy, and this can
be done in many ways. Your members Wont
care what you know, until they know that you
care. Lead by example and define in their eyes
the true meaning of leadership. Your work ethic
and professionalism should never be perceived,
but witnessed.
Schneider: Motivating a fire company is oftentimes difficult as there are no easy answers. To
me it starts with Leading by Example checking your equipment in the morning, wearing
your PPEs, demonstrating a great attitude, and
participating in training exercises alongside
your crew are ways in which to lead, motivate
and inspire.

Cooking a good meal when its your
turn is also important to your crew, and NOT
just prior to battalion inspection. Also, the way
in which you manage your own timekeeping
(paying back trades, using sick time, etc.) is
key as it can either set a positive or negative

example. None of us are perfect, so dont be


afraid to admit slip-ups on the fireground or in
the front office. FFs value honesty in their officers.

You should get to know your crews
likes/dislikes, strengths/limitations, as well
as their individual aspirations. Some FFs are
motivated by praise while others are driven
by challenge or reward. There are also those
that become inspired knowing you trust them
enough to place them in a leadership role. Keep
in mind this isnt easy and will not happen
overnight.
Smith: Every crew is made up of members
with a variety of knowledge, skills, abilities
and experience (KSAE). For any captain, especially a new one, it can be difficult to motivate
and inspire using the same approach from one
member to the next.

Upon assessing my crews KSAEs, I
like to empower them by using their skills to
enhance the overall effectiveness of the crew.
By imparting their KSAEs onto those less capable, the team builds from within. I have them
teach to their strengths to instill trust and confidence all while ensuring their understanding
of the importance of realistic and stimulating
training.

I concentrate on the present, the future, and the overall development of my crew.
Therefore, I dont worry why a member was
unproductive in the past, as I cant do anything
about that. I also do my best to treat them with
respect and dignity, and try never to council
them in front of others. I make my expectations
clear and my action consistent, and I will often
seek feedback in an effort to gage our collective effort.
In next months KTW Captains Dave Mack,
Marty Svorinich and Steve Marotta will discuss
(1) challenges for a newly promoted captain,
and (2) water supply issues on the fireground

March 2015 31

n January 22, 2015, 225 family and


friends gathered at Ports O Call restaurant to celebrate Engineer Ray Boomtown Mayos retirement after 33 years
of service to the City of Los Angeles and the
LAFD. Mark Khitikian, who had worked with
Ray at FS 14, held the honor of being the MC.
The quick witted-joke telling MC warned the
crowd that he had recently learned French and
warned everyone that some French words may
be heard from his podium throughout the night.
Mark stated that there are times its appropriate
to use French words and would use them as he
saw fit. As the microphone began to malfunction, the crowd was treated to some French in
Rosetta-Stone fashion!! Fortunately the restaurant staff immediately closed the doors every
time Mark approached the microphone.

The social hour kicked off the night.
It resembled a brush fire: a reunion of great
friends, which says a lot about how Ray
touched many with his friendship, generosity,
laughter, and love for food. Fireboat 2 and Fireboat 4 did the honors by entertaining everyone
with the San Pedro Special, a big-time water
display that impressed everyone at the restaurant as well. Retired LAFD legend Bill Finn led
the flag salute to kick things off. John White
followed with a prayer invocation and told of a
time he worked with Boomtown. It seems they
were drilling on high angle rescues with ladders. Ray proceeded to get stuck when trying
to go through the rungs. Sounds like a set-up.
John had the fire laddies get Ray wet to help
him squeeze out, which is a justifiable use of
water (Pre-CTS). Freddie Purcell performed
an outstanding Polynesian chant to honor
Boom, which when translated, says I love my
friend, Boomtown.

Those in attendance included Rays
parents - Ray Sr. and Rita, wife - Lorraine, Lorraines aunt - Rachael, Rays brother - Rayne,
Rays sisters - Ronnie and Netty, Rays son Michael, and Rays daughter Leilani, as well as
many of Rays old buddies from high school
and the LA Heat football team.

After a delicious buffet and prime rib
dinner, the festivities commenced. The UFLAC
Axe was presented by Tony Gamboa and past
UFLAC president Don Forrest. Both had noth-

32 March 2015

ing but praise for Boomtown and thanked him


for his generosity for the Mayo Classic benefiting the Widows and Orphan Fund, but mentioned they never saw him do any of the work!

I was honored in presenting the Personal Record Book. A factual story was told of
a time Ray invited me to go fishing at his secret
spot on a bridge in Seal Beach. I showed up
with my 8-yr. old daughter, but no Ray! In a
short time, Seal Beach P.D. pulls up and gives
my daughter a ticket for fishing from this location! The reason - Boomtown was the only
one allowed to fish from there! While thumbing through his PRB, I also noticed the Fitness
section was somehow missing from his PRB,
which explains the inaccurate recordings of his
weigh-ins. For the young BIG guys, Ray was
instrumental in disproving the Weight Management Program of the Department. Ray
used some of his calculus/math/mechanical
skills (doctoring scales) to prove it didnt work.

Mike Carter followed and presented the
City Resolution and kept the Boomtown roast
going. He recalled seeing Ray at Operations
(now known as PSD) for a disciplinary hearing and described how Ray looked in his dress

uniform . . . something about powdered sugar


from a donut splattered down the front of his
dress shirt and tie, wearing Bob Munoas dress
shirt with a split down the back of it, and wearing Rick Masseys dress shoes with one sole
missing. Safe to say the hearing didnt go too
well for Ray on that day.

The Service Pin was presented by Roy
Harvey. Roy talked about Rays locker room
leadership abilities and Special EMT skills
in the locker room. Ray was assigned to 64s
and volunteered to take E-64 so his water partner, Harry Correll, could take E-264. Roy also
told about a time they both ran errands for the
Shops from the Valley to the Harbor. Roy was
amazed how everyone knew Ray at all the food
stops they made that day . . . thats weird??!!

The retirement badge was presented
by LAFRA Trustee Chris Hart. Chris recalled
about the times Boomtown would work at 26s
and would wake Chris up in the middle of the
night and invite him next door to Chabelitas
Taco Stand. Boom would treat of course. It was
only fitting that Chris worked out a deal and got
a 50% off coupon to Chabelitas scanned to the
back of Rays retirement badge.

Dave Freelinger presented the CSFA
certificate and also talked about how Ray
taught him the correct use of a ladder strap.
It seems that Dave turned the ladder strap into

with Roy Harvey

A gift from Mike Profitt

Chris Hart represents LAFRA

a whip to wake Ray up since toilet paper didnt


work!

The MC kept the night going between
presentations. Like the movie The Anchorman, he gave his Will Ferrell-esque interpretation for what Guam really means and how
Ray ended up in the U.S. It appears that Guam
in English means We have. When Ray was
born, his first words out of his mouth were
We have no food?!! hence the reason for the
Mayos moving to the mainland.

Stan Matesich made his way to the podium and told how Ray and the Mayo Classic
helped raise over $200K for the Widows and
Orphans Fund. He recalled a time they both
drove to Old Mans together. Stan quickly
discovered that Ray could not read a map for
directions. Instead, Ray would use food truck/
taco stand locations as waypoints and Ray never got lost in his life. He also described how
the Mayo Classic was started by Rays good

friend, Juan Ojeda in order to help Ray. In Juan


Ojedas honor, there was an empty chair at the
head table in Juans memory.

Hans Enyedi from FS 79 came forward
with the gift presentation - an 11-ft. rounded
pintail long board shaped by Mike Minchinton,
which was made special for Ray so he can get
out and surf.

Many LAFD legends came up to the podium to roast Ray. Mike Profitt described how
he would do his weekly checks on the chainsaw by standing over Rays bed, drop start the
saw (minus the chain) and gently quake him
up. One thing was certain that night; there was
plenty of laughter, love, and memories being
spread about Ray. Freddie Purcell had to return
to the podium in Rays defense. He explained
that Samoans, like him and Ray, dont eat until
they are full, but until they are tired! Now that
clears things up!


A special thank you goes to Joe Zabalza, Gary Mannan, Mike Monroy and FS 49 for
putting this fabulous dinner and night together.
Steve Shelp, FS 14, did a fabulous job capturing the night with his photography skills.

As the night came to a close, the man
of the night, Ray Boomtown Mayo took the
microphone. A man of few words, he thanked
all who came and said how grateful he was for
all of the relationships he made on the job and
looks forward to future Mayo Classics. Rays
leadership, experience, laughter and friendship
will be missed as he retires. His contributions,
memories and friendships from the Mayo Classic go beyond the money he raised and hopefully will be an example to the next generation
of firefighters.

Ray, we all wish you and your wife
Lorraine, a long, healthy, happy retirement,
You deserve it! Hang loose brudda!!

March 2015 33

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y story starts a couple of years ago


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came back higher than normal. The doctor at
Westchester advised me to see my urologist for
follow-up.

As a little background info, I have been
working out with weights and doing cardiovascular exercise since I was twelve years old.
I have had a physical examination every two
years for the last 34 years of my LAFD career.
So I went to my urologist to discuss my PSA results. While there, I told him that I did not feel
100% with my manhood. He said that could be
because of stress or some kind of blockage.

Fast forward two years later to July,
2014. I was at my appointment with my family
doctor talking to him about my recently diagnosed diabetes. (Side note, it turns out that firefighters have a higher percentage of diabetes
than the average Joe, because of our life style).
I told him that sometimes after I get home from
the fire station and walk upstairs, to the second
story of my house, carrying my 50 pound bag,
I just didnt feel right. No pain, no discomfort, I just didnt feel right. He suggested I
see a cardiologist and gave me a list of names.
He recommended a doc upstairs from his office, a Dr. Shahrzad Shareghi in Simi Valley.

Dr. Shareghi suggested a couple of
tests. My first test was an echocardiogram.
That turned out to be fine. Remember, I have
had a physical exam every two years and many
12-lead EKGs, all coming back fine. The next
test, and the one that saved my life, was the
Nuclear Treadmill. The Nuclear Treadmill is a
test where they start an IV and give you a small
amount of radioactive material so they can see
the activity in the pictures of your heart and arteries. You start on a treadmill with the IV, 12
lead EKG, and the doctor, who speeds up the
treadmill to get your heart rate elevated. Then
you stop and lie on a table under a machine
that takes pictures of your heart as your exercise heart rate decreases to your normal resting
heart rate. When she compared the pictures, the
doctor saw two pictures that looked the same one exercise heart rate and the other resting. To
her that meant a possible blocked artery.

At first, I did not want the next test, an
angiogram. Dr. Shareghi told me that while she
was on call the week before, two men came

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my drop runs out April 2015 and then its off
to retirement. Remember, if your urologist says
you could have a blockage, go see a cardiologist, it changed my life.

God Bless, stay safe, and get TESTED.

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into the hospital with massive heart attacks.
One man was in his middle forties, in great
shape, and the other man was in his early fifties like me. I made an appointment a few days
later for an angiogram at Los Robles Regional
Medical Center.

During the angiogram, the doctor inserted a camera through my femoral artery to
check my arteries. I was on the table for only
about 30 minutes and awake the whole time.
Then the doctor said she was done and walked
away. I asked a nurse how it went and he said,
Fine, we just put in one stent.

I said WHAT?

He replied, Yes, your right coronary
artery was 99% blocked and the doctor put in
one stent.

Again I said, WHAT?

The Moral of the Story is: If you dont
think it could happen to you, remember I didnt
think it could happen to me. Get tested, if not
for yourself, then for your familys sake.

The Nuclear Treadmill is one amazing
test that you should have performed if you just
dont feel right. The other test I recently had
was the body scan at the Medical Imaging Center of Southern California (MICSC) at (310)
829-9788. These are fine tests that LAFRA has
negotiated for members and immediate family.
Among other things, the scan will show blockages that you may have.

If you have any questions you can reach
me at Fire Station 8-A or on my cell (818) 648-

. . . your right coronary


artery was 99% blocked and
the doctor put in one stent.

During an angiogram, the X-ray machine


rapidly takes a series of images (angiograms),
offering a detailed look at the inside of the
blood vessels. A coronary angiogram helps diagnose heart conditions and is the most common type of heart catheterization procedure.
During an angioplasty, a tiny balloon is
inserted where the blockage is, to inflate
and widen the clogged artery. Often during
the procedure, the permanent placement of
a small wire mesh tube called a stent is inserted to prop the artery open and decrease
its chance of narrowing again. Some stents
are coated with medication to keep the artery
open while others are not.
Angioplasty can improve symptoms of
blocked arteries, such as chest pain and shortness of breath. Its also used during a heart
attack to quickly open a blocked artery and
reduce the amount of damage to the heart.

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Medical Imaging Center of Southern California, Inc. (MICSC), is to accept one single
payment of $600 from the Plan for the body
scan. MICSC must NOT balance bill the LAFRA
covered person for any amounts for or related
to the body scan (they must bill insurance and
the Plan covers up to $600). A full body scan
(neck to toes) is allowed every three years.
Exceptions are made if a doctor believes a
member needs a scan more often.
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retirement celebration of some


kind is a good
idea for most of us after all, youll most likely
have spent much of your
adult life as an LAFD
member. Whether its a firehouse luncheon, a
backyard BBQ, or a more formal event, a retirement party can be the milestone that marks
the transition to retirement, both literally and
psychologically.

INITIAL CONSIDERATIONS


A lot of hard work goes into the planning and execution of a successful retirement
dinner. The responsibility usually falls upon
a co-worker, good friend or spouse. Some of
the initial considerations are the possible dates,
times, and places for the party. Youll want to
be aware of which platoon is on-duty, the day
of the week, major holidays and other conflicting local events. Most retirement dinners include families and non-department friends, but
some are traditional fireman events.

When considering a venue, check the
accommodations to ensure they are appropriate for the event. What is the maximum number
of guests that can be accommodated? Is there a
minimum requirement? Will a caterer be necessary? Will it be a buffet or sit-down dinner?
What are the menu options? What are the costs
(including tax, tip and service charges)? How
much of a deposit is required? Who will provide the cake? Is a bar available? Is a bartender
required? Can you supply your own alcoholic
beverages? Is a podium and PA system provided? Tables and chairs? Are decorations allowed?

STAYING ORGANIZED


Organization is key when you plan a
retirement event. One important component of
staying organized is having a timeline for your
event. A timeline should include all of the tasks
needed to make your event a success and a due
date for having them completed. It is important
to keep the time line updated if new tasks become necessary and as tasks are completed.

GETTING THE WORD OUT


Once all of the details of the retirement
celebration are finalized, it will be important
to get the word out. Send notification (see
sample below) to LAFRA at editor@lafra.org
for inclusion in the Grapevine and also on the
events page of the Relief Association website
(www.lafra.org). The Grapevine deadline is the
first of the month for the following month (i.e.
Jan
for the 2015
Feb issue). Call Christine Ozuna
38 1st
March

at the Community Relations Unit at (213) 9783820 to be included on the departments Master
Calendar (viewable from the Portal or at www.
LAFD.org).

SAMPLE RETIREMENT DINNER


ANNOUNCEMENT

Name: JOHN A. DOE, Engineer, FS 32-B


Place: Old FS 27s Fire Museum
1355 North Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
Date & Time: Friday, January 2, 2017
Social Hour: 6:30 PM - Dinner: 7:30 PM
Food & Price: BBQ Buffett, $50.00 includes
tax, tip & gift
Reservations: Call FS 32 (213)555-6232
Spouses Are Cordially Invited (if applicable)

Have a retirement dinner flyer made up
and send it out six to eight weeks prior to the
event. You can send a hardcopy to the firehouses of your choice (either by dept. or U.S. mail).
Have someone with department e-mail privileges send a digital copy of the flyer to select
addresses or blast it to All Captains. Send
copies to your e-mail and/or text contacts (esp.
to retired members). Have the event posted on
social media like Facebook. Its always a good
idea to resend to all your contacts a week or
two before the dinner as a last minute reminder.

RETIREMENT AWARDS


The department and member organizations provide a host of commemorative awards
to retiring members. For the Fire Chiefs Resolution or Certificate, members must fill out a
form provided by the Personnel Services Section. The City Service Pin is also obtained from
PSS. Call (213) 978-3750.

LAFRA provides a retirement badge
(your choice of silver or gold) for every retiring
member. Members may also purchase a small
badge for their spouse. Also provided is the
Red Book to commemorate the retirement
celebration. Contact LAFRA member services
at (323) 259-5229.

The UFLAC plaque can be ordered by
calling (800) 252-8352. Dates of department
service and promotion, and members badge
number are needed.

CSFA makes available a framed certificate. Contact CSFA at julie.cheline@csfa.net

Personal Record Book comes directly
from the fire station. Make sure the captain
holds the PRB for the retirement party and does
not forward it to PSS.

Important: Make sure that award orders
are placed at least 60 days prior to the retirement celebration.

CAST OF CHARACTERS


Besides the guest of honor and the
event planner, the Master of Ceremonies is a
retirement celebrations most important entity.
Even the backyard BBQ retirement party will
benefit from someone directing the festivities.
Consult with the retiree to choose an appropriate M/C and provide him with the necessary
information to personalize the ceremony.

Many retirement dinners start with an
invocation. You can request a department chaplain for this role or choose someone close to the
retiree.

Another important function is documenting the occasion. Youll definitely want
to have a photographer on hand and many also
want to include video. You can hire a professional, use a friend (or two) who is good with a
camera or call one of the photographers listed
on the Grapevine masthead (page 3 of every issue).

Next you will need a list of people to
present the retirement awards. LAFRA and
UFLAC will provide a board member to bestow their awards. The PRB has traditionally
been presented by the members last company
commander, the city pin by a last chief officer.
But consult with the retiree and choose whomever you deem appropriate.

RETIREMENT GIFT


LAFD tradition has been to provide a
gift for the retiring member. Determine an appropriate gift by talking with co-workers, family, friends, etc. Usually the cost of the gift is
added to the price of the dinner. In the past, a
can has been passed around the battalion to
solicit contributions. Consider also a flower
bouquet for the retirees wife if she is to attend
the dinner.

Many recent retirees have requested
that, in lieu of a gift, a donation be made to a
charity such as the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund. Others have forgone the
gift altogether.

THE COUNTDOWN


About a week before the dinner, go
back over your notes to make sure nothing has
been overlooked. Check with your M/C and
make sure he is ready to go. Be careful not to
over-estimate the number of guests when dealing with the restaurant but also consider that
many guests arrive without an RSVP.

If the retiree would like to have an
article in the Grapevine, be prepared to send
the story and photos in digital format (word.
doc and jpegs) to editor@lafra.org as soon as
possible after the event.

Good luck and have fun!

MARC SEGAL, Captain, EMS Batt-9


SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2015
Ports OCall Restaurant- 1200 Nagoya Way, Berth 76, San Pedro CA
Social Hour: 5:00 PM

Dinner: 6:00 PM

Sliced London Broil, Chicken Chardonnay or Fettuccine Alfredo


$55 per person includes tax, tip, parking & gift

PAUL M. HILLEARY, Fireboat Mate


with special guest, Harold Stuby Dils, FF/Diver
SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015
Banning Landing Community Center
100 E Water Street, Berth 185, Wilmington CA
Social Hour: 5:00 PM w/ no host bar

Dinner: 6:00 PM

Call Robyn Segal - (626) 862-2713 or email: robydob2006@msn.com


RSVP by Feb 20th

Concert: JB Walker Band (Country/Blue Grass Band 7 PM - 8 PM)


BBQ w/ Beef & Chicken and concert - $60 per person
Call FS 49 - (310) 548-7549 or (310) 513-8900. RSVP by Feb 28th

DOUG REYES, Captain, FS 99-C

RANDY BEATY, Battalion 14-B

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015

Knollwood Country Club


12024 Balboa Blvd, Granada Hills CA

The Odyssey Restaurant


15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills CA

Social Hour: 6:00 PM

Dinner: 7:00 PM

Social Hour: 6:00 PM

Dinner: 7:00 PM

Top Sirloin & Chicken Marsala Buffet - $50 per person includes tax, tip & gift

Buffet Style - $40 per person includes tax, tip & gift

Call FS 99 - (818) 756-8699. Spouses are cordially invited.

Call FS 60 - (818) 756-8660. RSVP by March 1st

GREGORY ACEVEDO, Firefighter III, MFC-C


CARLOS VARGAS, Firefighter III, MFC-C

JAVIER CAMPOS, Engineer, FS 44-A

SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015


Knollwood Country Club
12024 Balboa Blvd, Granada Hills CA
Social Hour: 6:00 PM

Dinner: 7:00 PM

Buffet Style - $60 per person includes tax, tip & gift
Call Natalie Goshi, MFC - (213) 576-8900 or email: natalie.goshi@lacity.org
RSVP by March 16th

SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2015


Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles CA
Social Hour: 6:00 PM

Dinner: 7:00 PM

Prime Rib and Chicken Buffet - $50 per person includes tax, tip & gift
Call FS 44 - (213) 485-6244 or email: danielleevense@lacity.org
RSVP by March 15th

GREGORY E. NEWLAND, Captain II, FS 48-A

JEFF EASTON, Captain II, FS 93-A

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015

SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015

Dalmatian American Club of San Pedro


1639 South Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro CA

Fire Station 27 Museum


1355 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood CA

Social Hour: 5:00 PM

Dinner: 6:00 PM

Social Hour: 4:00 PM

Dinner: 5:00 PM

Family Style Chicken or Beef - $60 per person includes tax, tip & gift

Buffet Style Dinner - $35 per person includes dinner, wine, water & gift

Call FS 48 - (310) 548-7548 or Robbie Trevino - (949) 370-4703


RSVP by April 9th

Call FS 93 - (818) 756-8693


RSVP by April 15th

RANDY BEACH, Captain I, FS 8-A


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015
Porter Valley Country Club
19216 Singing Hills Drive, Northridge CA
Social Hour: 6:30 PM

Dinner: 7:30 PM

Buffet Dinner - $50 per person includes tax, tip & gift
Call FS 8 - (818) 368-1443 or Janie - (805) 404-6212
RSVP by April 15th

March 2015 39

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in memory of our mutual friend, Matt


Matich. He and I were in the same Class of
1957, and were both from San Pedro, like
yourself.
Thanks again,
Joseph Lozovina

LAFRA

LAFRA,

LA Firemens Relief Association

Please accept these funds from our


extinguisher at Fire Station #11
1, Boat #1. And please acknowledge Ted
Bailey for his efforts in providing all the
great extinguishers [throughout the city}.

We just wanted to say what a beautiful


memorial service it was for Brenda [Sobol].
Philip and I were so inspired by your warm
and caring families. We know they will all
bring so much comfort to you in the days
ahead. Please call us if you need anything
the S.B. Woodie Club members are your
family too.

Uncle Matt [Matich] was my LAFD role


model and a professional in every sense
of the word. He was well respected by his
peers and was a true gentleman. May he
rest in peace. We will miss him dearly but
his wisdom will live on.

Kind Regards,
The Members of Fire Station 111
Dear Relief Assn.
This is for the memorial of Kelley Van
Camp. I know the family is grateful for all
you have done. My husband and son are
firefighters and my dad was LAPD, so we
know how important the Relief Assn is.
Mickey and Don Meeker
La Crescenta, CA
Dear Andy and Widows and
Orphans Fund,
In honor, you will find a donation for
Stephen F. Baumeister, former **** and
former roommate. A very good man, God
love him.

Take care,
Helene and Philip Albright
Redondo Beach, CA
Dear Los Angeles Firemens Relief
Association:
I worked with Harold [Ward, who passed
away on January 21, 2015] in the early
1970s in Battalion 3. I found him to be a
very good guy, and he was a pleasure to be
around.
Rest in peace brother.
Ed Sandell
Somis, CA

Thanks for everything,

Dear Jim Dolan,

Dinko Klarin
Huntington Beach, CA

Thank you Jim for your guidance, help


and support you provided through the very
difficult time. I want to thank you and our
Relief Association for all that was done.
Special people like you make the world a
brighter place.

LA Firemens Relief Associations,


I am writing to you for my Granny,
Mary Ihlaw, to thank you for her insurance
coverage and her Christmas gift. Shes
doing well for being 97 years old. She says
Ha, Ha!!
Thank you and Happy New Year
Melissa Banta and Mary Ihlaw

John Vidovich
Los Angeles Firemens Relief Assn
This donation is in memory of Kelly Ann
Van Camp, daughter of our dear friends
George and Sherrie Webster.
Gary Salyer and Norma Williams
Sierra Madre, CA
Dear LAFRA,
Please accept this donation in the name of
the following firemen: Willie Thost, Murray
Ames, Denny Silgen, Brooks Richardson,
Noel Murchet, Bill Whitcher, Stubby Dills,
Manny Frausto, Greg Ikeda, Paul Angel,
Richard Harvey and Tom Kenyon. Most are
now retired and a couple have passed on.
I was so blessed to have worked for some
of the finest officers and rated members,
but it was an honor and privilege to work
with some of the best firemen on the job.
The Tailboard Firemen will always be the
backbone of the LAFD!
Bud Molle, retired LAFD
Victor, Montana

The Karaoglanian Family


Gary, Natalie, Harout, Hakob and Davit
Dear Andy,
Thanks for all your service for our
members. Please accept this donation
March 2015 41

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MEMBERS
Earl H. Carlson, Fireman. Appointed July 22, 1946. Retired on a disability pension April 1, 1972 from FS 17.
Passed away December 31, 2014.
George C. Fuller, Fireman. Appointed June 11, 1947. Retired on a service pension November 1, 1973 from FS 6-B.
Passed away January 6, 2015.
Kenneth B. Willmore, Fireman. Appointed May 29, 1951. Retired on a disability pension June 25, 1981 from FS 95.
Passed away January 10, 2015.
Louis Mouton Jr., Engineer. Appointed May 29, 1951. Retired on a disability pension August 1, 1979 from FPB.
Passed away January 11, 2015.
Harold Ward, Fire Inspector II. Appointed May 13, 1972. Retired on a disability pension February 27, 1997 from Bldg Standards Unit.
Passed away January 21, 2015.
James W. Clark, Engineer. Appointed December 19, 1955. Retired on a disability pension February 23, 1989 from FS 69.
Passed away January 23, 2015.
Carter S. Ames, Captain. Appointed July 2, 1956. Retired on a service pension July 6, 1983 from FS 104-A.
Passed away January 26, 2015.
Roger E. Shouse, Fire Inspector II. Appointed November 2, 1963. Retired on a service pension June 27, 1993 from FPB.
Passed away January 28, 2015.
James S. Johnson, Captain. Appointed March 10, 1962. Retired on a service pension September 17, 1984 from FS 68-A.
Passed away January 30, 2015.
Paul L. Polk, Engineer. Appointed November 18, 1940. Retired on a service pension June 26, 1978 from FS 44-A.
Passed away January 30, 2015.
Dudley E. Sorensen, Assistant Chief. Appointed June 16, 1953. Retired on a service pension August 18, 1984 from Div 1-B.
Passed away February 6, 2015.
Anthony M. Maricich, Captain. Appointed December 1, 1947. Retired on a service pension June 7, 1982 from FS 53-C.
Passed away February 7, 2015.
Ross J. Stevens, Engineer. Appointed March 10, 1962. Retired on a service pension July 8, 1984 from FS 90-C.
Passed away February 7, 2015.
Joseph P. Ruh, Captain. Appointed September 24, 1946. Retired on a disability pension October 1, 1975 from FS 69-B.
Passed away February 9, 2015.

FAMILY

Mary B. Nance, surviving spouse of Carl J. Nance, passed away December 29, 2014.
Marcella E. Atkins, surviving spouse of Dudley M. Atkins, passed away January 1, 2015.
Edna M. Fenter, surviving spouse of Charles N. Fenter, passed away January 4, 2015.
Artemisa Reyes, spouse of Epigmenio Reyes, passed away January 5, 2015.
Betty J. Berenger, spouse of Arliss J. Berenger, passed away January 5, 2015.
Eileen Murphy, spouse of Pat M. Murphy, passed away January 8, 2015.
Mary L. Hansen, surviving spouse of Ralph W. Hansen, passed away January 9, 2015.
Anita Yorgason, surviving spouse of Geln E. Yorgason, passed away January 10, 2015.
Mary Johnson, spouse of Arthur C. Johnson, passed away January 12, 2015.
Ann Nix, surviving spouse of Benjamin E. Nix, passed away January 16, 2015.
Caron M. Bartlett, surviving spouse of Donald E. Bartlett, passed away January 16, 2015.
Irene E. Haskin, surviving spouse of Woodrow E. Haskin, passed away January 21, 2015.
Nelda A. Mathews, spouse of Russell J. Mathews, passed away January 26, 2015.
Virginia Hawkes, ex-spouse of Leslie E. Hawkes, passed away January 31, 2015.

March 2015 43

44 March 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 @ 12 PM

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ATTN: DAVID FRELINGER

March 2015 45

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by Mike Mastro, President/CEO


Firefighters First Credit Union

t Firefighters First Credit Union, our


members are owners and we hold true
to our 80-year legacy of firefighters
helping firefighters. That is why we return our
profits directly back to you firefighters and
their families in the form of Extraordinary
Dividend Bonuses and Interest Refunds. With
our recent $2.5 million payout, it brings the total amount we have paid back to members to
more than $40 million in the past 30 years.

Extraordinary Dividend Bonuses and
Interest Refunds are unique benefits of credit
unions, and many have stopped them altogether. But at the discretion of the Board of
Directors, we feel it is an important part of our
tradition. Members agree. Payouts vary based
on your relationship with the Credit Union, but
its not uncommon to see payouts of more than
$5,000.

Plus, we added a special $50 reward
for members that had additional services with
the Credit Union through investment accounts,
insurance policies, and business loans. Deeper
member engagement is an important growth
strategy for us and we want to thank you for
your business. We continue to focus on member loyalty by delivering exceptional products
and services, and personable service. We know
you. We go the extra mile to exceed your expectations. That service pays off with member
satisfaction.

While 2014 brought many changes,
what hasnt changed is our commitment to our

Spark of Love Toy Drive


members. We continue to focus on delivering
legendary service, to meet and exceed your expectations of us, and to provide a trusted source
for managing your finances. We know you have
many choices for financial institutions, but we
are the ONLY ones that truly have your back
and share our success with our loyal members.

Payouts represent a rebate on the interest paid on loan accounts and a bonus dividend
on the earnings on savings accounts. Payouts
vary on individual financial relationships and
were posted to member accounts on December
31, 2014; proving one thing the more members bring to Firefighters First Credit Union,
the more they receive in return!

For example:

If a member had $100,000 in a share
certificate and it earned a 2% yield, or $2,000,
based on the 2014 Extraordinary Dividend Bonus, they received an extra $520. If a member
paid $4,000 in interest for the year on a loan
with the Credit Union, based on the 2014 Interest Refund, they received a refund of $198.

For more information, please visit
www.firefightersfirstcu.org/payout.

Your Credit Union is also dedicated to
supporting firefighters and their families. In
addition, we support those causes that the fire
community supports.

One such cause is ABC 7s Spark of
Love. Over the past two decades, the holiday
Toy Drive has partnered with Southern California fire departments to collect more than eight

million toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens in the Los Angeles,
San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Riverside Counties.

In support of the campaign, Spark of
Love Toy Drive bins were placed in our Los
Angeles branch, as well as throughout the main
office and administration areas.

Thank you to everyone who contributed. There have been many heart-warming
stories from recipients, including those special
deliveries from LAFD firefighters to fire victims. Because of your generosity, families had
a more joyous holiday. Read the stories at www.
abc7.com/tag/spark-of-love.

As always, your Credit Union is here
to help. We offer unique financial products
and services tailored to firefighters and their
families. For additional details, please contact
a Credit Union Representative at (800) 2311626.
The more business we do together as a Fire
Family, the greater the financial reward will be
for all members!
Have a safe month!
Mike Mastro
Funds on deposit are insured up to $500,000 per account by American Share Insurance. This institution is not federally insured, and if
the institution fails, the Federal Government does not guarantee that
depositors will get back their money. Accounts with this institution are
not insured by any state government. Firefighters First Credit Union is
an Equal Opportunity Lender.
Material provided is for your information and convenience only.

March 2015 47

Wednesday
March 25, 2015
Deadline for registration
Registration
Putting Contest
Brunch
Introduction
Shot-gun Start
Dinner
Raffle

Join Quest and Pros Fore! Charity


for a day of fun, food, golf, & contests!
And dont forget Scotts surprises!

March 18th!
8 to 10
8 to 10
9 to 10:15
10:15
10:30
3:30
4 PM

Dining will include


a Raffle
and Silent Auction,
as well as
a No Host Bar.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Firefighter
$150 gets your name on a 18 x 24 inch tee
sign at a tee box.

Engineer

$225 gets you a 10" x 13" Sponsor Plaque,


which is yours to keep, displayed at the
putting green for the entire event.

Captain

$1,200 gets your logo on the event t-shirt and


one 4-some entry

$135 per player gets you:


Advance reservation fee
Curbside bag service
Green fees
Fun Card
Cart
Small bucket of balls
Brunch
Sit down buffet dinner
and awards ceremony
Tournament Services

Battalion Chief

To donate to the auction,


contact Eileen Howe at
661-305-9726 or
firenailer@sbcglobal.net

DJ Don

will once again provide


acoustics

Assistant Chief

$2,500 gets your logo on the event t-shirt,


two 4-some entries, a tee box sign, your
banner displayed at the event and in the
dining room, and a
Putting Contest Sponsorship

Fire Chief

$5,000 gets your logo on the event t-shirt,


three 4-some entries, a tee box sign, your
banner displayed at the event and in the
dining room, and a
Putting Contest Sponsorship

Brunch will be prepared by


Ventura County
Firefighters Association
Look for
Dave Browns famous chili!
And visit the Fore Bar for
Coffee, Bloody Mikes,
and a Float & Beer Bar

$1,500 gets your logo on the event t-shirt,


one 4-some entry, a tee box sign, and your
banner displayed at the event

Honorary

$500 gets your logo on the event t-shirt


~

NOTE:
No denim allowed
on the course.

For more information visit our website: firefightersquest.org

All sponsors receive event t-shirt(s) and their


name or logo published in Quest media.
~
For sponsorship information
Contact Mike Rojas at 818-612-6538
Captainspunky@aol.com
~
Contact Scott French at 805-390-9604
or scottrasta@aol.com for details

48 March 2015

Firefighters Quest 2015 Golf Tournament Entry Form


Name ________________________________________________

Name ________________________________________________

Get the most out of your Relief PPO


Plan Physical Therapy Benefit:
:: Choose In-Network providers and the plan pays
100% with no co-pay
:: Maximum is $3,500 per person per calendar
year. Following surgery, the maximum is $6,000
per person per calendar year (Physical Therapy
benefit is combined with the Occupational
Therapy benefit)
:: Ask providers to estimate the number of
sessions needed
:: Compare provider rates before selecting your
therapist
:: Keep track of benets used and amount left.
Check status by calling your HealthSCOPE reps
at 866-99-LAFRA or 866-995-2372
:: Services must be performed by a Medical
Doctor (MD) , a Registered Physical Therapist
(RPT) , or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

*Rates as of 1-1-15. All benefits subject to change.

March 2015 49

50 March 2015

Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD History - Harbor Fires


FIRE IN THE HARBOR - 2014

New LAFD Fireboat 2 The Warner
Lawrence certainly had its largest fire to date
when 800 feet of wooden wharf burned on the
Wilmington side of the Harbor. The fire occurred at 6:41 PM on September 2, 2014. Boat
4 was first in followed by Boat 3, 2, 1 and 5. We
also called in two Long Beach fireboats to work
on controlling the stubborn fire that was deep
into the wharf and under a warehouse in hard
to reach locations. The big boats made sweeps
using water and foam and our divers went into
the water to cut the fire off. The land companies
cut holes in the dock to get water onto the fire
and cut a large trench to stop the spread. More
than 170 firefighters were on the scene working
through the night. 36 hours later the fire was
extinguished. The mate on Boat 2 went through
eight air bottles during the battle. Certainly a
fire to be remembered!

LAFD Fireboats 2 and 5 working the


wharf fire with Heavy Rescue 56 and
firefighters are ventilating the dock.
THE FREDRICKSBURG INCIDENT 1944

During 1944, the City of Los Angeles was a nervous place. Although more than
two years had passed since the sneak attack on
Pearl Harbor, the coast of California, and the
LA Harbor specifically, were considered to be
potential targets for the Japanese Navy.

The LAFD worked closely with the
US Navy and the Coast Guard to prepare for
any type of incident that might befall the harbor. Still, even with all of the preparation, the

Fredricksburg incident served as a reminder


that anything can happen - at any time.

Fuel and related components were
highly in-demand resources during the war.
Tankers of all sizes moved in and out of both
Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors. During
the evening of October 20, 1944, the S.S. Fredricksburg, a tanker operating for the War Shipping Administration, was tied up to Berth 151
in the LA Harbor. The ship had arrived with her
holds filled with water ballast.

Shortly after midnight, dock crews
began loading toluene into hold number two,
while at the same time pumping water ballast
out of hold number one. Toluene is a highly inflammable, very volatile petroleum substance
that has many military uses.

By 0800 on the 21st, several people detected the odor of what they thought was gasoline in the area around Berth 223. The Coast
Guard arrived and several officers began checking for the source of the
fumes. They discovered
that hold number two of
the Fredricksburg was
leaking into hold number one (containing ballast water) and was being
pumped into the bay. At
that time of day, the tidal
current in the bay carried almost directly from
Berth 151 on a southeasterly direction to Berth
223. Its unclear what
action was requested, but the polluted ballast
water continued to fill the
bay.
Shortly
before
1400 hrs. a collection of
Navy and civilian ship
workers were working
on several Navy ships
at Berth 223. A welder,
C.E. Truitt, struck an arc
on the bow of one of the
under-construction ships,
LSM 211 (Note: An LSM
is a Landing Ship Medium). As he struck the arc,
a flash fire completely

enveloped the under-construction LSMs and a


large area of the surrounding bay and docks.
On the docks were about 25 vehicles, trucks
and passenger cars, all of which caught fire.

At Berth 227, quarters of Boat No. 2,
a short way down the bay, the man on floor
watch saw the flash of fire and called to Captain Jack Allen. Captain Allen turned in a still
alarm and ordered immediate response of the
big fire boat. Responding on a first alarm to the
location were Fire Boats 2 and 3, Engine Companies 36 and 40, Rescue 36, Salvage 36 and
Battalion Chief Dikeman.

As Boat 2 churned up the channel towards the fire, a 4 1/2-in. tip was put on the
ships main battery, Big Bertha, and the
bow and tower monitor were readied for action. As they neared the burning LSMs, with
their decks and sides well involved in fire, one
sweep of the great 4 1/2-inch stream of water
was all that was needed to completely snuff
out the fire. The smaller batteries went to work
knocking down fire floating on the surface of
the bay.

Within a minute, Boat 2 had completed
one pass of the dock and making a quick turn,
made a second pass and in similar fashion, extinguished the fires on the dock involving the
autos and trucks, while the arriving land companies were still stretching their lines. To get
an idea of the terrific impact of a 4 1/2-inch
stream, it was noted that a medium sized truck,
struck broadside, was pushed across the dock
by the force of the water as though it were a

Old Boat 2 in 1945. During WWII


the boat was painted Navy gray.

March 2015 51

Boat 2 in front of the boathouse


on Terminal Island.
toy. Coast Guard fire boats which had been patrolling the area closed in and aided in the task
of finishing off the areas of the water that still
were afire.

Boat 3, with Senior Boat Operator J.V.
Roquemore, responded along with the rest of
the assignment. As he neared the burning area
he noticed that a considerable number of men
were in the water around the burning vessels
and clinging to the nearby wharves. As Roquemore was alone, due to the depletion of manpower in the fire department, he realized that it
would be impossible to make any effort to fight
the fire and handle the boat at the same time.
His first duty appeared to be in the direction of
saving all possible life.

Leaving the firefighting to Boat 2, he
took up a position as near as possible to the
struggling men in the water, throwing all the
life preservers that he had aboard to them and
pulling men out of the water as fast as he could
reach them. A civilian, Pat Lee, clambered
aboard when Boat 3 drifted close to some tugs
tied up to his firms boat works adjacent to
Berth 233, and helped Rocky with his life
saving endeavors. These two men also got help
from the nurse at the Industrial Hospital of the
boat yard and brought her aboard to administer

Old Boat 3 that Senior Boat Operator


J.V. Roquemore used to rescue many
victims from the fire.

52 March 2015

to the victims. By now


Rocky had his boat full
of injured and suffering
naval and civilian men.
At first they didnt seem
too badly injured, but
soon some showed the effects of severe shock and
many of them were seriously and dangerously
burned.

It was decided
to take them to the Coast
Guard base at the old
California Yacht Club
across the channel. Arriving there at 2:15 p.m. Boat 3 delivered the
seventeen cases she had aboard. In the interval
many of the injured had become unconscious
and had to be removed via stretchers.

Boat 3 returned to the scene of the fire
and pulled in several more victims found in the
water and after taking them to a place of safety,
made several trips bringing medical officers
and civilian doctors to and from the scene of
the fire, the Coast Guard boats, as well as Boat
2. A total of sixteen men, five civilians and
eleven Navy personnel died, with more than
thirty-five being hospitalized. Undoubtedly this
toll would have been much higher had it not
been for the courageous and efficient work of
Mate Roquemore, who has spent his 20 years
on the fire department in the bay area.

Once the fire aboard the LSMs was
knocked down, the Navy removed them to another location, and although the fire on the water and docks had been extinguished, a tough
and dangerous fire continued to burn amid the
creosoted under piling of the wharf. The dock
had a fire stop underneath to the north of the fire
area, but to the south there were no stops and in
this direction the fire continued to spread.

At approximately 1445 hrs., a second
alarm assignment was called, bringing Engines
38 and 49, Truck 48 to commence operations
on the dock fire.

From the water side the fire boats closed
in. Skiffs from the Coast Guard boats and Boat
2 with 1 1/2-in. lines were sent under the dock
although the acrid smoke
and fumes made the going plenty rough. Along
with the second alarm
assignment, the crews
of Engine and Truck 24
were sent to the scene to
provide additional manpower. Starting at a point
just south of the blaze,
axes and jumbo bars were
used to cut holes through
the three inches of asphalt and heavy 4x6 inch
timbers that formed the
dock. At first cellar noz-

zles were tried, but it was found that the barrels


were too short to provide any effective reach.
Changing to Bresnan distributors, the desired
results were achieved as they could be lowered
to any point necessary. From this starting point
other holes were successfully cut along the pier
until the complete area had been extinguished.
In some cases it was necessary to lower men
and lines into the openings to get at stubborn
pockets of fire.

While the operations at the dock were
going on, the fire boats cruised up and down
the channel playing their batteries on the water
to break up any oil slick that might tend to get
under the wharf and further complicate matters.
Article from the Los Angeles Firemens Grapevine

Preserving Old Fireboat 2 - The Challenge


Continues

The LADHS volunteers continue to
work on the Scott to restore it to what it
looked like in 2003 when it was retired. No
easy task for the handful of volunteers who
show up every Friday morning. This is a huge
challenge that we are dealing with. We have a
limited number of dedicated volunteer workers
and a limited budget to work with since most of
the funds come through individual donations.
All it takes is money and some hard working
volunteers. The priority of the Port of LA is
to re-build the Ports O Call area. The building for the fireboat will come after that project.
The main focus now is completing work on the
tower which involved removing all paint and
rust from the top down, using a rust preventative and several coats of paint. Our dynamic
duo rattler team of Gordon Briggs and Glenn
Wilkinson have worked long and hard on this
project. We are near the deck level.

Our volunteers lowering the


scaffolding to start work on the
bottom of the tower.


The cost of becoming a member is only
$30.00 a year. Thats only $2.50 a month! To
make it easy on you to join, you can do so
through Payroll Deduction and the money
will be automatically taken from one of your
pension checks annually. Now, how easy is
that? To receive an application and Payroll Deduction card, you can stop in at the museum
at Old Fire Station 27 on any Saturday or call
either the museum at (323) 464-2727 or Roger
Gillis at (909) 337-7667. Or pick up a membership form on our website. If you havent already done so, PLEASE JOIN THE LAFDHS
TODAY - WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

Remember if you recently retired or
you are an active duty member this year and
retiring on payroll deduction for the LAFDHS,
all of your deductions will stop unless you rejoin.

CALLING ALL RETIRED


LAFD MEMBERS!!!!!!

For all you retired members out there
that are not yet members of the Historical Society . . . why not?? As past members of the
LAFD, you paved the way in making this the
greatest Fire Department in the world. In other
words, if you think about it, you are the history
of the LAFD. We need your support in preserving this history and putting it on display for the
entire world to see and appreciate. By becoming a member of the Historical Society, you are
saying that you support the preserving of our
great history; that you support the fact that we
will be providing an educational component
for the youth of our city; and most importantly,
that you support the fact that we are building a
memorial to honor our fallen comrades.

Current LAFDHS Planned Events 2015


April
-San Pedro Chamber of Commerce Mixer at
the Ralph J. Scott (Date TBD)
May
-HS Annual Pancake Breakfast Sat. May 9th
Hollywood Fire Museum
-L.A. Wood Car Show, San Pedro
(Date TBD)
June
-Fire Hogs Memorial Run Museum 27
Start - Sat. June 13
-LAFD Retired Member Luncheon
Museum 27 Thur. June 18
-Port of LA Cars & Stripes Forever
(Date TBD)
-Ralph J. Scott Fundraiser Party Sun. June 28
September
-Annual 9-11 Memorial at LAFD Fallen
Firefighters Memorial, Fri. 9/11

Calendar for March 2015

The Hollywood Museum is

located in Old Fire Station 27 at

1355 No. Cahuenga, Hollywood, CA


90028. The Harbor Museum is located in San Pedro City Hall at 638 S.
Beacon St., San Pedro CA 90731.

Anyone interested in joining

our great cause by becoming a mem-

ber, or volunteering to work, or make


a donation of money or an LAFD item
may contact us by mail:

LAFDHS Museum & Memorial


1355 No. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

Phone: 323 464 2727. But remember

we are currently staffed part time, so


leave a message and we will return
your call. The fax number is 323-4647401. Our E-mail is: LAFDHS27@

aol.com. Web site at www.lafdmuseum.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.

PRESERVE, EDUCATE,
MEMORIALIZE

* Fridays from 0800 to 1200 are work days on the Ralph J. Scott Fireboat
March 2015 53

LOS ANGELES FIREMENS RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES


January 7, 2014
CALL TO ORDER

Aguirre led the flag salute.

President Juan Albarran called the meeting


of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles
Firemens Relief Association to order at
10:23 a.m.

RATIFICATION OF MINUTES

ROLL CALL
MEMBERS PRESENT:
Juan Albarran, President
Robert Steinbacher, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Chris Hart
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee David Ortiz
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee Tyler Tomich
Trustee Frank Aguirre
Trustee Joe Vigil
Trustee Doak Smith
Trustee Steve Ruda
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Barry Hedberg Pension
Trustee David Lowe Pension
Trustee Tim Larson Pension
Todd Layfer - Executive Director
Liberty Unciano Controller-Treasurer
MEMBERS ABSENT:
Trustee Chris Stine (Excused)
Trustee Francisco Hernandez (Excused)
Trustee David Peters (Excused)
Trustee Craig White (Excused)
Trustee Steve Berkery (Excused)
GUESTS:
Dave Wagner, Grapevine Editor
Bob Olsen, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
Lee Kebler, L.A. Retired Fire & Police
Tom Stires, Retired

Juan Albarran entertained a motion to


ratify and dispense with the reading of the
minutes of the Board of Trustees meeting
held December 3, 2014. David Lowe so
moved. Chris Hart seconded. There was
no further discussion or objections.
Motion carried to ratify and dispense with
the reading of the minutes and Board
actions of the Board of Trustees held
December 3, 2014.
PRESIDENT REPORT
1) Andy Kuljis gave the Oath of Office
to the Group 3 Trustees as well as new
Trustees Frank Aguirre and Joe Vigil.
2) Juan Albarran presented the 2015
Committees list for the Trustees review.
He mentioned that most committees will
remain the same with the addition of the
two new Trustees.
3) Juan Albarran indicated that they have
had a few Building Committee meetings
primarily to discuss the 7470 construction
process. He informed that the original
contractor for the demolition was not able
to do the job, so they went with the runnerup contractor.
4) Juan Albarran mentioned that they
attended the Drill Tower recruit class and
made their presentation to sign them up for
Relief and the Medical Plan.
5) Juan Albarran referred to the upcoming
conferences and asked all Trustees to plan
accordingly with their schedules.

that the Trustee Expense Forms have


been distributed with the new mileage
reimbursement rate.
2) Todd Layfer indicated that we are
currently putting together the Operating
Budget for 2015. He stated that he will
first present it to the Admin Committee
on January 21st and then to Board on
February 4th for adoption and ratification.
3) Todd Layfer informed that their annual
Beacon Pointe investment meeting will be
held on February 11th to discuss the 2015
market outlook and research process.
4) Liberty Unciano informed the Board
that they will begin the three phases of the
audit and will meet with the Harrington
Group and the Audit committee. She
stated that the preliminary audit will be
from February 17th through the 19th and
the final phase of the audit will be from
March 2nd through the 6th.
ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE
REPORT
Jeff Cawdrey presented the following
motions.
The committee recommends and I so move
to pay the usual and customary bills in the
amount of $1,047,310.68. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the usual and
customary bills in the amount of
$1,047,310.68.
The committee recommends and I so move
to pay the professional fees in the amount
of $161,848.68. There was no discussion
or objections.

INVOCATION & Flag Salute

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS REPORT

Motion carried to pay the professional


fees in the amount of $161,848.68.

Rick Godinez led the invocation. Frank

1) Todd Layfer informed the Trustees

The committee recommends and I so

54 March 2015

move to approve up to $500 for a trailer


for Trustees to stay at the Buzzard Bait
Ride event. There was no discussion or
objections.
Motion carried to approve up to $500
for a trailer for Trustees to stay at the
Buzzard Bait Ride event.
MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT
Barry Hedberg presented the following
motion.
The committee recommends and I so
move to accept the applications to the
Medical Plan. There was no discussion
and no objections.
Motion carried to accept all applications
to the Medical Plan.
Barry Hedberg informed that the
committee will be having a plan design
meeting on January 20th.
RELIEF COMMITTEE REPORT
James Coburn presented the following
motion.
The committee recommends and I so
move to pay:
The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount
of $17,557.91,
The Estate Planning benefit in the amount
of $8,400,
The Life & Accident Death Benefits in the
amount of $12,000
The Relief Death Benefits in the amount
of $18,000.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the above Relief
benefits.
James Coburn read the names of members
who recently passed and asked for a
moment of silence from the Board.

MEMORIALS
Claude A. Griggs
Harvey E. Hixson
Norman Livengood
William D. Saunders

they are looking at an April 11th exam


date and will try to get notification into
the Grapevine in February. He indicated
that they are targeting March 27th as the
deadline for applications to be submitted.

ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE

SETTING OF DATES

James Coburn presented the following


motions.

1) Buzzard Bait Ride January 16 19


2) Hook & Ladder Enduro March 21st
3) Lane Kemper Softball Tourn
May 13th
4) LAFRA Pechanga Reunion
May 18 22
5) Hope for Firefighters June 4th

The committee recommends and I so move


to accept the donations in the amount of
$50,859.33 to the Widows, Orphans &
Disabled Firemens Fund. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to accept the donations in
the amount of $50,859.33 to the Widows,
Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund.
The committee recommends and I so
move to approve the financial assistance
applications for surviving spouses, active
and retired members. There was no
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the financial
assistance applications for surviving
spouses, active and retired members.
EMERGENCY ADVANCEMENTS
James Coburn presented the following
motion.
The committee recommends and I
so move to approve the emergency
advancement applications for active and
retired members. There was no discussion
or objections.
Motion carried to approve the emergency
advancement applications for active and
retired members.
SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
REPORT
Rick Godinez stated that they are
currently finalizing the details for the
next Scholarship Awards. He stated that

RETIREMENT DINNERS

1) Ray Mayo January 22nd Ports O Call
2) Jim Jure January 28th San Antonio
Winery
3) Mike Ketaily February 7th Dukes
Malibu, Ocean Room
4) Andrew Gutierrez February 7th
Luminarias
5) Russell Nakamura February 22nd Fire
Station 114
6) Sean Conway February 25th Fire
Station 11
7) Paul Hilleary March 7th Banning
Landing Community Center
8) Randy Beaty March 18th The Odyssey
Restaurant
9) Doug Reyes March 19th Knollwood
Country Club
10) Gregory Acevedo & Carlos Vargas
March 29th Knollwood Country Club
11) Gregory E. Newland April 11th
Dalmatian American Club San Pedro
ADJOURNMENT
Juan Albarran entertained a motion to
adjourn. Barry Hedberg so moved. Chris
Hart seconded. There was no discussion
and no objections.
Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
Trustees meeting adjourned at 11:17 a.m.

Juan Albarran, President
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Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund


February 2015

BUZZARD BAIT 2015 PROCEEDS

memory of Matt Matich

LAFD FIRE HOGS FOUNDATION

CHRISTINE M. BRUMBAUGH in memory of


husband and father Mike Brumbaugh

ROBERT J. MUNOA from the Buzzard Bait Event


SHERRY ROCK & JOHN KURY in memory of
Ralph C. Rook
DANIEL & MARY LEON
ANTONETTE C. RAYCRAFT in memory of my
husband George Raycraft
JULIA COMBS
TODD & DIANE SANDS
ANTHONY & CONSTANCE WHITMAN in honor
of Dennis Thorn
CARL A COPPA for Buzzard Bait
BRIAN K. HISHINUMA for Buzzard Bait
GERALD M. PAIZ for Buzzard Bait
RUDY PEREZ for Buzzard Bait
FIRE STATION NO. 39 in honor of Fire Station 39s
75th Anniversary
BRIAN K. HISHINUMA from the
Buzzard Bait Event
ROBERT P. STOVER from the Buzzard Bait Event
GEOFFREY D. LITE from the Buzzard Bait Event

JOHN J. ADAMS in memory of Russ McMenamin


ARLENE DRAGOTTO in memory of
Kelly Ann Van Kamp
DAVID & MAUREEN HAWK in memory of
Sam Mundt
DINKO KLARIN in memory of
Stephen F. Baumeister
GEORGE & CHERYLE WEBSTER in memory of
Kelly Van Kamp
JOSEPH LOZOVINA in memory of Matt Matich &
in honor of Andy Kuljis
BRUCE E. GALIEN for Buzzard Bait Event

FIRE STATION NO. 106 from the


Fire Extinguisher Fund
RYAN TOLSON for the Buzzard Bait Event
FIRE STATION NO. 29 from the
Fire Extinguisher Fund
MARGARET L. HOOD/COSTELLOS/
JOHNSONS in honor of Joseph G. Malais
HENRY WALLER III for the Buzzard Bait Event
MARK B. STAFFORD for the Buzzard Bait Event
ALBERT HEREDIA for the Buzzard Bait Event
EDWARD & GWEN ROZESKI in memory of
Ann Nix
DON & VENDELA MEEKER in memory of
Kelly Van Kamp

HENRY T. WALLER III for Buzzard Bait Event

FLORIA M. RADMILOVICH in memory of


Matthew Matich

JOSEPH DI STEFANO for the Buzzard Bait Event

SAMUEL FARUZZI

ROBERT C. VOWELS for the Buzzard Bait Event

AUDREY PDERSON

ROBERT M. DEAN for the Buzzard Bait Event

LINDA BIRD in memory of Ann Nix

SCOTT D. MITCHELL for the Buzzard Bait Event

LINDA BURGESS in memory of


Kelly Ann Van Kamp

BRENT M. BALICH for the Buzzard Bait Event


FIRE STATION NO. 27 from the
Fire Extinguisher Fund

PEGGY CRESTO in memory of


Kelly Ann Van Kamp

RAY LA FONTAINE for the Buzzard Bait Event

BROOK GANT in memory of Ann Bullard


on her birthday

DANE M. JACKSON for the Buzzard Bait Event

JULIE MCCULLOUGH in memory of David Mudd

ROY E PRINCE from the Buzzard Bait Event

FIRE STATION NO. 107 from the


Fire Extinguisher Fund

PAM NICHOLSON in memory of


Kelly Ann Van Kamp

LAWRENCE M. FIORI from the


Buzzard Bait Event

BRADLEY M. GROSSMAN for the


Buzzard Bait Event

SHELLEY SEGAL in memory of Brenda Sabol

ROSA MERCADO from the Buzzard Bait Event

MELISSA L. LANDIS for the Buzzard Bait Event

JOHN BANTLE from the Buzzard Bait Event

JEFF M. PARKER for the Buzzard Bait Event

SCOTT D. MITCHELL from the Buzzard Bait Event

KEVIN S. ELLEDGE for the Buzzard Bait Event

MARK B. STAFFORD from the Buzzard Bait Event

FIRE STATION NO. 111 from the


Fire Extinguisher Fund

BARBARA FOSTER in memory of


Matthew T. Matich
HAROLD E. WEBER for Buzzard Bait

DALE J. SMITH from the Buzzard Bait Event


GALE KADOTA/FORT MACARTHUR PET
CEMETERY in memory of Matthew Matich
SILAS CLARKE & FMAILY in memory of Matt
Matich
DONALD L. COSTA/MARION PESUSICH in

56 March 2015

MJ CONSTRUCTIONS for the Buzzard Bait Event


DANIEL AUTRY for the Buzzard Bait Event
GARY SALYER in memory of Kelly Ann Van Kamp
JACK & BARBARA CHELL in memory of
Ilene Murphy, wife of Patrick Murphy

KRISTA STEINER in memory of


Kelly Ann Van Kamp
DONNA & DENNY STRONG in memory of
Ken Clore
DONNA & DENNY STRONG in memory of
Jerry Johns
GAIL SUROWIEC/DEBI ROZESKI in memory of
Ann Nix
JASON TORREY-PAYNE in memory of
Ronald Weber
WILLIAM WALLACE in memory of
Kelly Ann Van Kamp

CLASSIFIEDS
For advertising information, please contact:
Eric Santiago - (323) 259-5231 - eric@lafra.org
Dave Wagner - editor@lafra.org

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creek, large deck, two baths,
complete kitchen, TV/VCR/DVD,
fireplace, washer & dryer. Walk to
Blue Jay Village. Sleeps 8. $90/
night. NO PETS! Bruce or Sue
Froude, (805) 498-8542.

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LAKE HAVASU LANDING-Waterfront, steps to the water. Boat


mooring out front, off-road desert
behind house. 3 bed/3 bath, fully
furnished w/linens. Direct TV/DVR,
BBQ, Casino, Grocery/Meat Market, Launch Ramp, Marina with
Boat House, Gated Community.
No pets/smoking. $350 Dan Cook
310 418 1577.
LAKE HAVASU BEAUTY FOR
RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 sq.ft.
Fully furnished with all amenities- Laundry & BBQ. 13,000 sq.ft.
lot. 3 car boat-deep garage. 3
miles from launch ramp. Close to
downtown shops & restaurants.
View of the lake. Quiet street in
good neighborhood. No pets. No
smoking. Snowbird rates. Call
Mike (661) 510-6246
LAKE NACIMIENTO. Oak Shores
gated community. 3 bedroom, 2
1/2 bath, large loft. 3minute drive
to main marina in Oak Shores.
Large flat driveway. Fully equipped
kitchen, BBQ, washer/dryer, TV/
DVD. No cable. No pets/smoking.
$185/night. 3 night minimum. Call
Ben (805) 444-2264.
MAMMOTH CONDO. 1 Bed/ 1.25
Bath sierra manors condo. In town,
on shuttle route. Sleeps 4 easily.
Pets OK. Fully furnished with new
furniture/HDTV/WIFI Woodburning
fireplace. Hot Tub, sauna, W/D in
complex. Reduced rates for FFs
starting @100/nt
oldtownmammothcondo.ownernetworks.com
mammothmtncondo@yahoo.com
Ryan (310) 717 8483 for more info/
rates
MAMMOTH CONDO. 2 bedroom,
2 bath, sleeps 6. Near Canyon
Lodge. Newly remodeled recreation room with pool and spa.
Laundy facilities, condo has been
beautifully remodeled. Photos
available on website. Winter $300 per night, Summer - $150
per night. $150 cleaning fee. Call
for holiday terms and pricing.
Joseph Angiuli (626) 497-5083.
www.discoveryfour.com
MAMMOTH CONDO - CHAMONIX. 2 bedroom & large loft, 3 full
baths, sleeps 8. 5 minute walk to
Canyon Lodge. Fully furnished,
TVs, VCR/DVD, pool, spa, rec
room, sauna, linens included. Winter $175 weekdays, $195-weekends/holidays; summer $125, plus
cleaning. No smoking; no pets.
Craig Yoder (909) 948-3659.

MAMMOTH CONDO Cozy 2


bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished,
WIFI, 3 TVs, pool, spa, walk
to shuttle, Old Mammoth area.
Winter $115, Summer $90, plus
cleaning fee $139 and 14% city
tax. Includes linens. No pets, no
smoking. Call (310) 540-4648.
MAMMOTH CONDO - 2 bdrm, 2
bath, 2 TVs, phone, garage, pool,
jacuzzi, fully furnished - exept
linens. Near shuttle/chair 15.
Winter $125/night. Weekends and
Holidays $110 midweek. Summer
$95/night. $495/week. No smoking. No pets. Jim Johnson (818)
992-7564, FS 80C.
MAMMOTH CONDO AT MAMMOTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA,
sleeps 10, fully furnished, 2
TVs, DVDs, WiFi, towels/linens,
fireplace. Full kitchen. Walk to
Gondola Village and shuttle. Complex has pool, spa, sauna, laundry.
Winter $335/night, Summer $215/
night, plus cleaning. Includes city
bed tax. No pets, no smoking.
Dory Jones (310) 918-0631 or
Kelly Corcoran (310) 619-5355
MAMMOTH CONDO NEXT TO
THE GONDOLA VILLAGE Fully
furnished, three bedroom, two bath
with towels and linens, newly remodeled kitchen, internet and cable
TV, pool and Jacuzzi. Walk to the
gondola, shops, restaurants and
ski in on the new comeback trail.
Parking at the front door. Winter:
$250/night. Summer $150/night.
Holidays $300/night. Cleaning is
included. Call Mike Whitehouse,
Retired, 805-987-6122, email:
btkwhitey@yahoo.com
or Bruce Galien, Retired, 661-6457448, email: luvbaja2@aol.com
MAMMOTH CONDO rental. Large
2bed/2bath winterset condo. Fully
furnished, across from Vons, on
shuttle route, easily sleeps 8. Hot
tub, heated pool, sauna, full size
in unit W/D HDTV/WiFi throughout, woodburning fireplace, pets
OK FIREFIGHTER DISCOUNTS,
rates from $150/night
facebook.com/mammothmtncondo@yahoo.com
Ryan @ (310) 717-8483
MAMMOTH CONDO - Sierra
Manors Sleeps 7. 3 bedroom 2 1/2
bath. Fully furnished except linens.
2 TVs/VCR/DVD, stereo/CD.
Dishwasher, microwave, sauna,
jacuzzi, pool. No smoking/No
Pets. Shuttle at door. Winter $155/
night, Summer $100/night, Plus
$80 cleaning fee and City Bed

Tax. Brian & Karen Salvage LAFD


Retired (805) 499-7752.
MAMMOTH LAKES - One
bedroom, extremely charming
wildflower condo. Full amenities,
close to shuttle. Antiques, art,
satellite TV, fireplace. Sleeps 4.
Winter $110, Summer $85 plus
cleaning fees. Call Bill Clark (818)
371-6722
Email: shakesong@aol.com
MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed,
sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR,
DVD. Garage parking. Walk to
Canyon Lodge. Ski back wall. 2
night minimum. Winter $100/nite,
$126 Fri, Sat & Holidays. Summer
$50/nite. Plus $95 cleaning &
linens. Jeff & Lisa Moir. LAFD Air
Ops (661) 254-5788.
MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
Walk to Canyon Lodge. Studio loft
sleeps 4. Queen beds, full kitchen,
2 baths, garage parking, TV, VCR,
DVD. Winter Sun-Thurs $100.nite;
Fri & Sat $115/nite plus cleaning
fee $100. Non smoking complex.
Joel Parker, LAFD retired.
email: cat25sailor@juno.com or
(213) 399-6534.
MAMMOTH CONDO- SEASONS
FOUR RESORT. Charming and
cozy furnished 1 Bedroom sleeps
5. Updated unit with amenities
including wifi, sauna, jacuzzi,
phone, rec room, 2 flat screens ,
DVD players. W/D on site. Shuttle
stop. Walking distance to village.
$120/night + $80 Cleaning fee
Bobby@310-350-5552.
MAUI BEACH FRONT CONDO
ON NAPILI BAY - 50 from water.
Studios and 1 bedroom. Luxury
furnishings + full kitchen. All the
amenities! Mauis best snorkeling/beach. All island activities &
Kapalua within 4 minutes. 5-day
minimum, from $150 per night
(regularly $310/night). Call Sherrie
or Bill for info/reservations (805)
530-0007 or email: pmimaui@aol.
com or visit:
www.napilibaymaui.com
MAUI CONDO 1 AND 2 BEDROOMS. Centrally located on
beautiful Maalaea Bay. Excellent
swimming and snorkeling; white
sandy beach. Minutes from golf,
tennis, fishing, shopping, airport
and resort areas. Marsha Smith or
Jeanne McJannet. Toll free (800)
367-6084. www.maalaeabay.com

MAUIS MOST BEAUTIFUL


BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful furnished condo that sleeps 4. Lanai/
balcony, full kitchen, king bed, flat
screen TVs/DVD, ACs free WiFi
(internet), complimentary maid service, complimentary coffee every
morning and breakfast on Fridays.
Special firefighters discount - Best
value in West Maui! Nice pool &
BBQ area - Close to beach! (800)
336-2185 www.napilivillage.com
Don Sprenger - retired LAFD (949)
548-5659
MONTANA ROCKY MT. FRONT
GETAWAY - 80 miles south of
Glacier Natl Park, in the foothills
of the Rockies, mountain and
canyon views. 1,000s of miles of
trailheads, fishing, etc. 2 bedroom,
1.5 bath, dining, living, kitchen
& washer/dryer. SatTV, wireless
internet. $125.00 night + cleaning.
Call Dan (805) 270-8143 or www.
VRBO.com (#494959)
PALACE RESORTS ALL INCLUSIVE. Cancun, Riviera Maya, Isla
Mujeres, Cozumel - Exclusive

member service and treatment.


Visit palaceresorts.com to view
various resorts and amenities.
Price is for one week, two persons,
any day travel and includes airport
transportation, massages and two
tours. Price varies by season. John
@ (626) 757-5341 or jgonzlz@
hotmail.com
PALM DESERT-3 bed/2bath,
one level. New re-model, fully
furnished w/linens. Cable TV/
DVR, Private Patio, BBQ, Laundry,
Garage, Gated Community, two
(Pools, Jacuzzis, Tennis Courts).
Near College of the Desert. $175
Dan Cook 310 418 1577.
SEE NEW ORLEANS MARDI
GRAS. Beautiful 2 BD - 2BA with a
sauna. Hillcrest Villas. Next to golf
course in Adita Springs, LA. Only
$450/week. Feb 13th thru Feb
20th. (562) 799-1134
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. Romantic
Chalet Family getaway. 3 bed/2
bath plus loft. Sleeps 810. Cable
TV, washer/dryer, microwave,

woodburning stove. 7 minutes to


casinos and Heavenly. Located in
Tahoe Paradise. $105 per night
plus cleaning. Call Shawn or Rose
Agnew at (661) 250-9907 OR
(661) 476-6288.

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60 March 2015

Circa 1977
Left to right: Ralph Nelson, Bob LaFlame, Terry Addison, Michael Dumas, Don Wallace,
Grady Bryant, Ron Grove, Bob Byron, Roger Yacoby, Ray Ferrel, Edsel Garrison
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