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Visit us on the web at www.lafra.org 49 VOL. LXXXIX SEPTEMBER 2012 • CONTENTS • NO.

VOL. LXXXIX

SEPTEMBER 2012

• CONTENTS •

NO. 02

President’s Message •

05

Election Information •

06

Editor’s Desk •

07

Chaplain’s Corner Negrete speaks at memorial ceremony •

08

Battalion News •

11

Retired Guys •

19

LAFD Handball Venice Beach 3-Wall Tournament •

19

Personal Finance Helping to care for aging parents •

20

Personal Fitness The benefits of exercise •

23

Firehouse Challenge The LA Times sponsors a cooking competition •

25

Department In Action Sylmar Structure Fire •

26

Northridge Traffic Accident & Extrication •

28

Van Nuys Wildfire •

30

Station Fridge •

32

60th Anniversary Retired member celebrates 60 years of marriage •

33

LAFD Golf Club Info for perspective new members •

35

Mailbox •

36

Retirement Dinner Announcements •

38

Retirement Dinner Celebrations Wes Shundo •

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Memorials •

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Search & Rescue Mittendorf reveals more techniques •

43

Dollars & Sense •

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LAFD-HS History 9-11 LAFD response •

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Minutes of the Board of Trustees •

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Classifieds •

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Tailboard •

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By John Jacobsen I hope the summer months continue to find you and your families
By John Jacobsen I hope the summer months continue to find you and your families

By John Jacobsen

By John Jacobsen I hope the summer months continue to find you and your families well.

I hope the summer months continue to find you and your families well.

There have been plenty of changes going on around here. If you’re

like me, most change is first received as bad news. Then it soaks in,

the pros and cons are sifted through and sometimes, like it or not, the change is for the better. I think it is just our nature to be comfortable with what we have and anything different is met with as a little threatening. The whole country has been on a roller coaster for what seems like a small eternity and we’ve all been impacted by one thing or another. A few questions routinely come up from our members that sur- round eligibility for children and our Medical Plan. Let me touch on a few of the highlights that might help clear some of this up without you having to read an encyclopedia.

BEFORE HEALTH CARE REFORM

• children covered up to age 25

• children must be unmarried

• children age 19 and older must be full-time students

• children must be financially dependent upon Member

(NOW) AFTER HEALTH CARE REFORM

• children covered up to age 26

• children can be married

• children age 19 not required to be full-time students

• children not required to be financially dependent upon Member

Some have asked if the spouse of their adult child or the chil- dren of their adult child can be covered. The answer is no. How many of you have traveled outside of the country and thought about getting treated by a doctor? Have you made a quick trip to Mexico for a few days? It would be prudent to bring an emergency credit card (with a significant limit) if possible. Many other countries demand payment prior to service or at the very least prior to leaving the facility. Unfortunately this is something that is usually not negotiable and has caused significant issue for some. This would include almost all foreign counties and even treatment on a Cruise Ship. (Please read the article from the Editor’s Desk for additional details) On the good side, getting reimbursed for this care is relatively painless. It requires you filling out a form and submitting the receipt and summary of charges to LAFRA. The form is available on www.lafra.org in the “Member Benefits/How to File a Claim” or call (866) 995-2372. Elections are knocking at the door. This year will be the first time our election process reflects the change in by-laws that the member-

ship voted in last year. There will be (6) six Active and (1) one Pension Trustee spot up for election and this reflects 1/3 of the Board. All the Trustees are elected representatives of the membership and are responsi- ble to the Association as a whole. The more actively involved our mem- bership is with their Trustees, the better the Board can serve to take care of its members. Take the time to reach out to any of the current Board members to find out what is going on, what we can do better, and how we can best serve the Association. Your current Board members have done a great job of continuing the traditions of this organization. Any candidate you consider should be someone you can count on to represent the membership and dedicate the time that is required to do the job. Many are not aware of the specific details of how we provide service to our members. Some of our older members and/or widows need someone to lean on or to provide help with some essentials of daily liv- ing. One in particular comes to mind and her story needs to be shared. One of our elderly widows had an electrical system in her home that was in desperate need of attention. The original wiring was such that it would not run a toaster or even a ceiling fan on a given day. The Relief, through a visitation with the widow, saw the need for assistance and sprang into action. The electrical service was brought up to snuff and we addition- ally fixed the locks on her doors that weren’t working. Now you may ask yourself, “Why wouldn’t they just have called someone to have this done?” The trust factor that our members have with us is something that not everyone else has. The advice and direction that they will take from us is usually uncontested in these matters. There are no ulterior motives or what not, just a willingness to be their advocate that can be counted on. We are routinely thanked, but the simple fact is that it is our member- ship that should be recognized. It is usually our own members that go out of their way to help one another and that is something that should never be discounted.

See you all at the LAFD Golf Invitational on 9/24.

Respectfully,

you all at the LAFD Golf Invitational on 9/24. Respectfully, John E. Jacobsen (323) 259-5200 president@lafra.org

John E. Jacobsen (323) 259-5200 president@lafra.org

LOS ANGELES FIREMEN’S RELIEF ASSOCIATION

ELECTION OF TRUSTEES, 2012

Andrew Kuljis, Chairman, Election Committee, LAFRA

lection time again is bearing down upon us. Elections are a

very important aspect for the life and health of your Relief

Association. It is now time to nominate members of the

Association for the offices of six Active Trustees and one Pension

Trustee positions.

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The Trustees are the elected representatives of the membership of

the Association, who are responsible to their constituency and to

the Association as a whole. A conscientious effort must be made

by each Trustee to be knowledgeable of the Association’s By-Laws

and their responsibilities to the members of the Association. The

This letter is valid only for the General Election of 2012. Mail or FAX to:

ANDREW KULJIS, SECRETARY Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association 815 Colorado Bl., 4th floor, Los Angeles, CA. 90041 • FAX (323) 259-5204 • AKULJIS@LAFRA.ORG

Association is governed, and it’s business conducted by the Board This is the first year
Association is governed, and it’s business conducted by the Board
This is the first year of use of the new Trustee election process that
of Trustees. Dissemination of information relative to the Associa-
was approved by the membership in December, 2011. From now on
tion and to its membership is conducted primarily by the Trustees.
there will be six (6) Active Trustees elected at-large by Active mem-
Conversely, opinions, requests and suggestions are channeled to the
bers and one (1) Pension Trustee, elected by Pension members, for
Board, through the Trustees. A close liaison with the membership is
three year terms. If more than six active’s run, the six with the most
paramount to the performance of the duties of a Trustee.
votes will elected
If more than one pensioner runs, the one with
most votes will be elected
If no more than six active members and
Nominations are open September 1 through October 15, and will
no more than one pension member runs, there will be a white ballot
close at the end of the business day on October 15, 2012.
declared by the Board and those running will be deemed elected.
Only members of the Association in good standing may serve as
As stated in the Bylaws, Article VII, Chapter I, Section 7136, “The
an Officer or Trustee. The commitment of a Trustee position is for
Trustees shall attend all meetings of the Board, unless excused, visit
three years.
the sick and injured members in their respective districts, report
upon all matters coming within their scope of assignments and re-
Please Mail, FAX or Email a letter in the following format, with
sponsibilities, and perform such other duties as may be assigned to
a recent picture of yourself and a short statement/bio, by close of
them by the Board.”
business on October 15, 2012.
I
,
do here by submit my name as a candidate
for the position of (select Active or Pension)
on
the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association.

6 • September 2012

M y wife and daughter wanted to spend a week in Paris this sum- mer
M y wife and daughter wanted to spend a week in Paris this sum- mer
M y wife and daughter wanted to spend a week in Paris this sum- mer

M y wife and daughter wanted to spend a week in Paris this sum-

mer but I convinced them that Quebec was just as French –

and a much shorter plane ride. I told them that Montreal has

a Notre Dame Cathedral (not quite as old as the one in France), and that

the pommes frites at the McDonald’s in old Quebec City were better than what you could get on the Left Bank. The trip was going well - with a bicycle tour through Montreal and a whitewater kayak trip in the mountains to the north – when disaster

struck. A sudden flare-up of a recurring infection required us to seek im- mediate medical care for my daughter. Out of the U.S. (is Canada really

a foreign country?) and knowing little of how their medical care system worked (socialized medicine?) caused us some concern. We soon dis-

covered that Canadian pharmacies do not carry the OTC medicine that works so well for her at home, and that she would need a prescription for an antibiotic. After waiting three hours in our room for the doctor that the hotel said they had on-call, we decided to strike out on our own.

I found the “Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Vie-

ille-Capitale” (Centre for health and social services of the old capital) in

a Google search, just ten minutes from the hotel. The building had no ar-

chitectural style but was utilitarian and very clean (everything in Canada

is very clean). The receptionist, who spoke perfect English, gave us some

simple paperwork (in English) to fill out. A nurse, who spoke less Eng- lish than the receptionist, triaged my daughter almost immediately. After

a 45 minute wait she was in with the doctor, who spoke the least English of all, and 20 minutes later had her prescription.

I handed my trusty Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association

Medical Plan card to the cashier on the way out, but she just smiled and said, “Je suis désolé Monsieur. Une carte de crédit si vous plait.’’ Even

I could figure out what she wanted, forking over my Capital One plastic instead.

The best part of the story? When I got home, I presented the bill (in French) to our medical plan and within a week I received a refund for 80% of the $267 cost of the visit to the clinic. Other Relief members have had much more harrowing medi- cal emergencies in foriegn lands. One member’s 14 year-old son was struck by a motorcycle on the streets of Mazatlan. After a Mr. Toad’s Wild ride to the hospital in the back seat of a police car, the youth was admitted and treated by a surgeon who had luckily received his trauma certs in San Diego. The member only needed to confirm payment with his credit card, as his LAFRA Medical Plan card was accepted, and the payment from the Relief Association was paid through an exchange the next day. His only cost was a $50 currency exchange fee.

You may have heard about another member of ours who had

a dirt bike mishap in Baja recently. His buddies discovered that for our

south-of-the-border neighbors, the guarantee of payment is required be-

fore hospital treatment is rendered

full or you won’t be going home. In the end, all of this member’s actual medical bills were covered 100% - including the air ambulance - by the LAFRA Medical Plan. It was the added helicopter “take-off” fee, the “in-flight” fee, the “landing” fee - and the “let your family out of the country” fee - all government imposed, that were not covered. In addi- tion, here at home, a LAFRA team was standing by, ready to assist the family’s efforts to get the member back to Los Angeles. It’s important to remember that your LAFRA medical plan pays 100% of the costs associated with an injury, accident or admission to a hospital through the emergency room - anywhere in the world you happen to be. This includes ambulance transportation, anesthesia, labs, hospital services including room and board in an ICU or coronary care unit, and all other medically necessary services and supplies. In another incident that occured a little closer to home, a mem- ber spouse was admitted through the emergency room of Antelope Val- ley Hospital exhibiting some serious signs and symptoms. The doctors in A.V. immediately recognized that she needed to be to transferred to Cedars-Sinai for surgery. When the surgeon at Cedars heard that she was covered by the LAFRA Medical Plan, he didn’t hesitate to immediate- ly schedule the emergency procedure. She was airlifted by Mercy Air across the desert to West LA, and I‘m happy to report that she made a full recovery.

and your bill better be paid in

she made a full recovery. and your bill better be paid in The price tag for
she made a full recovery. and your bill better be paid in The price tag for
she made a full recovery. and your bill better be paid in The price tag for
she made a full recovery. and your bill better be paid in The price tag for

The price tag for the Mercy Air transport? $31,000. When the LAFRA Medical Plan paid half the transport bill, the member thought they would have to pick up the other $15,500. Not! Mercy Air accepted the LAFRA payment as full payment for their services. So whether you’re heading out on a surfing safari to the Gold

Coast of Austrailia or planning a shopping expedition to Dubai, there are

a few cards you should have in your wallet. A credit card with no foreign

transaction fees is an international traveler’s best friend. Experienced travelers also know that getting cash from an ATM machine is cheaper than getting it from traveler’s checks or by currency exchange (make sure you let your card companies know where you are going before you leave). And maybe most importantly, you’ll need your LAFRA Medical Plan card to keep you safe in an emergency. Even if it’s not accepted at as many locations as your Visa® card, it has all the telephone numbers you’ll need to get help from back home should you need it.

E ach October, LAFD members and fami- lies gather at our Fallen Firefighter Me- morial
E ach October, LAFD members and fami-
lies gather at our Fallen Firefighter Me-
morial to remember those that made
the ultimate sacrifice. Chaplain Negrete was
honored to say the following words at the cer-
emony a few years ago.
On behalf of the LAFD Chaplain
Corps I want to welcome you here. To the fam-
ily members, friends and co-workers present
whose loved ones gave their lives while serv-
ing as first responders, I want to thank-you for
your sacrifice, to offer you our condolences and
as a chaplain, to offer you our continued sup-
port.
and paramedics. For me personally, the senti-
mental value represented here is huge.
Today I’m speaking as a man grateful
to have been born and raised in the strip of the
City of Los Angeles along Vermont Avenue. In
fact, as a youth I once worked along side the
local firefighters from Fire Station 79 helping
extinguish a small fire in my own backyard.
Unfortunately I had caused the fire while play-
ing with matches and gasoline – so it wasn’t
something that I ever included on my resume.
The other experience with the crew from FS
79 has to do with this scar on the underside of
my chin. The report reads something like this:
It is a privilege to join with you at
this special memorial for our fallen firefighters
while engaging in reckless bicycle riding on
private property w/o permission, patient lost
control and after being thrown
from bike landed chin first on a
pile of discarded cement. Pt. Sus-
tained a 4” laceration at chin with
heavy bleeding and partial loss of
tooth – patient to follow up with
personal Dr., so, I am quite grate-
ful to have grown up protected by
our capable LA City resources.
Today I’m also speaking
from the perspective of a grate-
ful American citizen who lived
through 9/11/2001. This was an
occasion where America and the
world caught a glimpse of what
first responders are trained to do,
and committed to do, every day.
In fact, many LA City resources,
including the chaplains, respond-
ed days after 9/11 to assist in the
recovery effort. I am here as an
American who recognizes the need for, appre-
ciates the service of, and admires the people
called firefighters and paramedics.
I’m also here as a former LA City
firefighter, and as such, having worked with
and for some of the best firefighters and para-
medics around, this is a proud moment. As a
rookie I remember working right here at old
27’s, and later as an engineer I was twice as-
signed to new fire station 27 – what a joy, and
always a challenge.
While this is a proud day it is also
an emotional one, in one sense, because of the
individuals being remembered and the profes-
sion they represent, it’s easy for me to be here
to commemorate, honor and acknowledge the
memory of those who paid the ultimate sacri-
fice. Twelve of the names on the wall for line
of duty deaths occurred during my career. That
number does not even include the many active
duty deaths – many of those deaths directly
related to duty connected illness and disease.
You see the risks firefighters and paramedics
endure include high stress, hazardous materials
and communicable diseases they’re exposed to
daily.
And, of course, I’m also here as a
chaplain. I’ve been practicing the Christian
faith for 25 years. I consider that my main iden-
tity and the source of the compassion I have for
people in need. Eight years ago, in a matter of
weeks LA City lost four members: Captain Joe
Dupee in a structure fire, A/O Mike McComb,
FF/Paramedics Eric Reiner and Michael Butler
in the helicopter crash of Fire 3. It was shortly
after that I joined the ranks of the LAFD’s vol-
unteer chaplains. The compassion and strength

8 • September 2012

that God gives enables me to serve my Fire De- partment family with great pleasure and zeal. Have you ever stopped to think of what the word “memorial” means? In the literal sense the word “memorial” can be defined as:

a monument or holiday designed or established to serve as a remembrance of a person or an event. Today is a solemn remembrance of those brothers - and a sister, who along with their loved ones paid the ultimate price of duty. By our presence here today we are saying that the lives we lost were special and that the causes they died for were - and always will be - mean- ingful.

But there is another meaning, just as significant, for today’s memorial. While the memorial is designed to honor the dead, ulti- mately it is for the living. This memorial, or any commemoration like it, has the potential

to teach those of us that remain the virtue and

gift of gratitude. Today, as we mourn the loss

of our loved ones and coworkers let us also, at

the same time, remember the risk and high cost of public safety and thank God for those who

served with honor. As we consider the memory of our

fallen comrades let us also ponder their legacy.

A legacy is defined as something handed down

from an ancestor, or predecessor from the past. Today it would be good for us to consider what gift our fallen comrades might have left us. We should ask ourselves the question - What can we learn?

In order to reap the full benefit of the life of those who have gone before us we should reach beyond the memory of how they gave their lives, to study how they lived their lives. We don’t want to miss seeing what we might borrow from the past to effect the present and also shape our future. As I draw to a close I want share with you four characteristics that comprise what I will refer to as the Firefighter Legacy. As a chaplain, for the last nine years it has been my responsibility to come along side firefight- ers, their families, their co-workers in times of great celebration and also during severe tragedy; from weddings to funerals, to baby dedications and drill tower graduations, our services run the gamut of occasions and emo- tions. In order to do a better job serving De- partment members, active and retired, I have made it my job to study the person behind the badge. Having lived together in firehouses with the women and men of the LAFD for nearly 28 years I have gained insight into some com- mon characteristics that our members possess. Whether I was working along side them at the scene of an emergency or whether I was walk- ing along side them as a chaplain I’ve discov- ered an incredible group of people. Certainly we are not perfect – the members themselves as well as their families would be the first to tell

you that, but at the same time, there is a part of each of us which sets us apart in a good way. I have been impressed in my person- al faith as a Christian as I have watched the fol- lowing characteristics displayed time and again by Department members. Below are qualities identified in the bible which firefighters and paramedics consistently exercise:

1) Act selflessly: the bible says “Let noth- ing be done from selfish ambition or con- ceit, but in lowliness of mind let each es- teem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own inter- ests, but also for the interests of others.” *(Phil. 2:3-4)

* FF’s daily put the needs of the public

before themselves.

* While the FF’s loss of life may be an ac-

cident, what got them there was an inten- tional commitment to service above self 2) Live as servants: “…whoever desires to be first among you let him be your ser- vant” and “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matt. 20:26 & 28) 3) Respond sacrificially: After the com- mand that we are to love one another verse 13 states: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” *(John 15:13)

* Firefighters/paramedics provide their services for strangers at all hours of the day and night! 4) Live in Humility: “We are to be clothed with humility, for God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” *(1Peter

5:6-7)

* At a wildland fire, the chief delivering meals on wheels

* Captains helping to load hose or cook- ing the day before inspection…

* In all my years I am proud to say that

I have never heard a firefighter or medic boasting about saving a life – I like that,

they’re just doing the job God has given them to do.

Today as we remember our loved ones let us remember to be thankful for what they have done and how they have lived. Let’s face tomorrow having picked up the legacy passed on to those left behind. In doing so, as we intentionally act upon things they have taught us, life will be better and the contribu- tion of the fallen will continue to live on. Psalm 46 verse one says this: “God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble.” Sometimes even the first responder needs help, so don’t forget that you can look to God and if there’s anything that we can do – just call us, and let us come along side you - after all that’s what families do for one another.

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The views expressed by the Battalion News writers do NOT necessarily reflect those of the

The views expressed by the Battalion News writers do NOT necessarily reflect those of the Firemen’s Relief Association

reflect those of the Firemen’s Relief Association Greetings once again from the sin- ners and the

Greetings once again from the sin- ners and the saints of the Second Battalion Lotsa comings and goings this month as pool people seek permanent homes, others search for a change in scenery, some are grasped by the cold claw of special duty, and an era comes to an end with a retirement. We’ll start with CII/PM Mary Zahyna who leaves 12’s for EMS 4, CII Paul Ponce can now be found at FPB Legal Research instead of Lincoln Heights, Engineer Mark Stafford gets a permanent home with the opening of Engine 105, FF Nigel Francis will hone his firefighting skills and continue his engineer

study program at 34’s

to an end as CII Dave Soto gets to check the retired box on all future questionnaires. Thirty five years of service, the last ten spent keeping order in the Second Oldest Fire Station in the City. Thank you for making it look easy the great ones always do. Your crew really ap- preciated your cooking a prime rib dinner on the last day, a pleasant surprise from the burnt chuck roast soaked in Ragu that never got you out of the cooking rotation. Enjoy retirement, you’ve earned it. To ease the pain of our loss we congratulate CI/PM Timothy Werle on his promotion to CII/PM Timothy Werle and wish you luck in filling some big shoes in Lincoln Heights. Other comings include CII Paul Ybarra slipping from the icy grasp of the FPB Legal Research Unit to lead the brave at One’s

and an era comes

on the ‘C’, FF/PM Derek Moran leaves RA/

AE 96 for RA 55, FF Bobby Kassaie gets out

of the pool at 74’s to call 44’s home

last only alphabetically, FF Luibomir Zagorac (spell check went crazy on that one) leaves the

pool position at 18’s on the ‘A’ for the stability of a permanent spot at 44’s on the ‘B’.

and

Remember

we start off liking you,

you’ll have to do something to change that.

No story this month leave some room for pictures.

I want to

the weakest link

Send your version of the truth, or the story you promised me about how 12’s RE- ALLY found the winning recipe for deep fried Twinkies for the “Hope for Firefighters Charity Cookoff” to battalion7news@yahoo.com.

doN’t let that sMile fool you.
doN’t let that sMile fool you.
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Last month Metro Fire Control put us onto radio watch (again). The fellas at 37’s divided up the night by one hour watches, but apparently there is one engineer that feels he is too good for radio watch. He tried very hard to argue why he should be sleeping while the lowly firefighters should stay up listening for the next auto alarm. The whining sounded like this - “But the A/O doesn’t have to do it?” “That’s because he knows your job better than you!” the guys told him. Maybe he should

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have spent the time from 2300 to midnight studying his job/district/logbook. A few days later, with no one look- ing, the same engineer decided he was gonna tough talk a cup of coffee. Look left, look right, all clear, time to peacock up! Well, the coffee cup showed him, scalding his hand and tapping out the peacock. Speaking of 37’s, new kid on the block Matt (zero handball experience) Romo decides he is gonna throw a handball chal- lenge to the veteran Doug (B player on his best day) Noonan. The catch, Doug has to wear full turnouts. 42 unanswered points later, young Romo is buying Yogurtland for the Task Force. It wouldn’t be fair to say Matt

never touched the ball, because Doug actually hopped the ball into Matt’s body/belly a few times.

Hey, speaking of Battalion 9, we’d like to extend a warm, empty, doughnut-less hand to welcome our newest member to the battalion. Just a friendly reminder chief, since we know it’s been several years since you’ve been in the “field,” but certain things haven’t changed. One of which is to purchase and bring some doughnuts on your first day. A simple introduction would have been nice too.

It’s not personal, it’s just business Ministry of Misinformation ninewriter@yahoo.com

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row roads of eCho park at a fire iN a three-story hillside hoMe oN laNda street oN July 21st.

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This battalion has some of the busi- est companies in the city, but that didn’t keep them from working hard and making a very favorable impression on Annual Inspection. The crews pulled out all the stops for weeks before the big event. By inspection time all the rigs were tricked out and the firehouses were ready for HGtv cameos. Great job! Over at 88’s, someone got to the PRB’s just prior to the inspection and made a few new entries on some of the members F-732’s – the Skills and Training page. Under

“Primary Skills” for A/O Jason Mastro the ESB chief read “chewing gum while driv- ing” and “yelling at paramedics.” Engineer Derrick Goldstein’s primary skill – “extreme couponing.” “Insanity workout” was inserted for Engineer Kameron Carlis, while “tinker- ing and whining” filled the slot for FF Brett Porter. FF Liz Curry’s primary skill – “best truck firefighter at 88’s.” Fire Station 39 was the first house inspected on the first day of Annual. The guys at 88’s thought it might be a good idea to call over there and find out what they could expect later in the day. When they discovered that the chief was quizzing members about the hydro foam equipment, 88’s engineers gave the guys a quick refresher drill on the nozzle to make

sure everyone was up to snuff. Sure enough, when the chief reached the compartment with the hydro foam equipment, he asks one of the firefighters to show him how to put it together. To everyone’s surprise, this one-stripe fire- fighter tells the chief flat out, “No, I can’t do it.” What?!!? This same one-stripe firefighter has a trade payback coming up on a Friday that he just can’t work – you see, he tells everyone he’s got a big party to go to that night. A week in advance he hits up everyone on the other shifts, begging them for a TS 12 guarantee for the night of the big party. With no guarantee, he shows up for work. That evening Engine 88 is out on a rescue call when they hear the Beverly Park mansion fire going down. LF 88

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Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association Medical Plan may cover this examination. Contact your plan provider
Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association Medical Plan may
cover this examination. Contact your plan provider to verify.

is part of the initial assignment and the engine now prepares for the additional companies dispatch. But wait! Our one-striper gets a cell phone call and tells the captain he has to go home FI. What?!!? Here’s a captain’s test question for all you studiers: A member wakes you up at 0300 hours and tells you he can’t sleep. He shows you his medical marijuana card and says he needs to use his medication to help him relax. What do you do? (Editors Note:

While this story made the rounds around the

(Editors Note: While this story made the rounds around the My family and I would like

My family and I would like to thank everyone that participated in the breakfast for our son Dean Hirsch. And our special thanks to the members at Fire Station 6. Dean was diagnosed with lymphoma shortly after his 10th birthday. It turned our lives upside down. One minute he is play- ing soccer and going to school, the next we were being told he has cancer. Fortunately, the prognosis is good. He has been respond- ing well to the Chemotherapy treatments. We are overwhelmed by the outreach and

treatments. We are overwhelmed by the outreach and battalion, it has since been proven false –

battalion, it has since been proven false – but it is an interesting question) New B/C on the “A” shift, Tim Kelly (welcome chief), is quite the energetic type. He counts himself into the cooking rotation (thanks boss) and gets around to all the weekend drills. When the guys at 39’s discovered that he was still in “TFC mode” and loading his axe into the sedan each shift, they decided to modify the axe to better suit his new job requirements (see photo on left). Send all your news and photos to:

batt10writer@gmail.com

support from everyone. We wish we could thank every- one personally for all that has been done and continues. We appreciate all the prayers and well wishes. Please feel free to follow Dean’s journey at caringbridge.org and be sure to check out our “Team Dean Kickin’ Cancer’s Booty” video on YouTube.

Again, from the bot- tom of our Hearts, Thank you

Shane Hirsch, Engineer 6-A

bot- tom of our Hearts, Thank you Shane Hirsch, Engineer 6-A Attention past and present members

Attention past and present members of Fire Station 15: Plans are in the works for a reunion before the old fire house is closed. Please call 15’s with your contact info so you won’t be left out. Call 213-485-6215 or 213-745-8841 for more info.

left out. Call 213-485-6215 or 213-745-8841 for more info. Greetings from the Battalion that never sleeps!

Greetings from the Battalion that never sleeps! With as warm as it’s been, I hope by now everybody has done their annuals on their brush turnouts, web gear, and brush bags. These summer months bring warm temps and low humidity which give us an opportunity to fight a few brush fires, but mostly to go camping in other people’s neighborhoods, four to eight ridges away from the nearest flames, while sleeping on well polished diamond plate and staying ready for deployment at a mo- ment’s notice. Luckily, on our off time, this warm weather also allows us to head to the beaches, mountains, or local golf courses. Speaking of golfing, a few members of the LAFD were

recently spotted at one such local golf course

up in Palos Verdes middle of the week

(must have been take-home cars) parked in the

parking lot. Anyway, after some light stretch- ing and a few buckets on the driving range, these chiefs (whoops, did I forget to mention that at the beginning?) were lined up at the

first tee box and ready to go

The starter came over and reminded them that even though they were chief officers, they still had to pay for every member golfing. Turns out, eight had shown up and only six had paid. Another day in the life of Department Brass

- “I thought you got it?” “Nope I thought you

got it?”

Apparently over at 95’s, either their equipment is showpiece quality and shouldn’t get used or is completely inoperable and shouldn’t get used. From the story I heard, they were called in after a significant explo-

at mid-day in the with a few city sedans

well almost.

Just sayin’

sion incident to relieve the companies that had been there for a few hours. Because the street was blocked off, they were able to park LF-95 right on the other side of LF-64 and right behind LF-26. One of the first tasks they were assigned to was putting some blowers into operation. As they walk out to LF-64 and start taking the blowers off of that truck, one of the 64’s members asks them why they don’t use their own? The response was that they didn’t want to go ALL the way over to the other side of LF-64 to reach their truck and then walk ALL the way back. Also, something was

mentioned about it being City equipment and that everybody can use it. I know the general rule is to “strip” the rig in front of the incident, but it seems like in non-emergency operations, and also as relief showing up to the incident, that unless you’re a mile away you would use the equipment that you know works because

you checked it out that morning

you did

check it that morning right? Anyway, they scampered ALL the way over to their truck and ALL the way back over to the incident

when they were then told to get a breather as

well. Now the dilemma

the way back to LF-95 to get one of their own or go take one off E-226, but not let anybody from 26’s know? If you answered E-226, then you chose correctly. Unfortunately, they didn’t

. Just sayin’ From what I hear, if you’re working SOD at 21’s and you want a reprieve onto the truck, then all you have to do is hope that one of the members assigned to 21’s doesn’t com- pletely perform all their duties and perform them correctly at an incident. Recently at a fire at a single family dwelling, a few members assigned to the truck didn’t complete all their assigned SOG’s. After the fire was extin- guished safely and overhaul was complete, RA-821 was dispatched as “additional” to the fire scene. Thinking that maybe they had to transport an injured member to the hospital, they suited up and scrambled over to the inci- dent. Imagine their surprise when they showed up and were told that they were being put on the truck and that two other members previ- ously assigned to the truck were being detailed to the BLS RA. Oh yeah and it was 2:30am

. the walk of shame. And finally we get to 65’s, although I’m not sure which story to go with. Do I go with the one where the member wouldn’t go into the house because he’s allergic to cats and said that he could die if he goes in (true story); or the one with same member where he just left the scene of a BLS call without letting the

do they go ALL

medic’s know? Granted, it was 5:30 am and he probably wanted to get back to his captain’s study program, obviously demonstrating great leadership options with these other two stories. Alas, the final story is neither of these but instead about the “FLSA King.” Appar- ently through this last FLSA period, a certain member assigned to the green days, worked and worked and worked until he achieved a FLSA total of 505 hours. Working almost ev- ery day, he could be heard bellowing through the halls about how much this next paycheck could be, especially after claiming “exempt.” You can do the math. During this time, the other guys would let him sleep in the morn- ings, nap in the afternoon, and go to bed early, all the while covering his housework and other assigned duties since he was working so much. Seems only fair that he would buy the station some cream, not only as a “thanks” for helping carry him through, but also since it’s a tradition. Turns out, not so much. When asked about the station cream, this member replied, “I would love to, but I don’t have my wallet with me and besides I only want to buy for the C shift.” Two weeks later apparently he still hasn’t found his wallet. Hopefully he has direct deposit! Seems odd to me that he would only want to buy for the C shift when it was the other shifts that allowed him to amass most of those 505 hours. Oh well Gary, I’m sure you will do the right thing, and good luck finding your wallet. Times are getting better and morale is going up little by little, but some things still aren’t right. I know a second R/A was put in at 64’s for the high call load and some workload

put in at 64’s for the high call load and some workload relief, but when I’m

relief, but when I’m still getting pictures like this sent to me, it speaks volumes. These guys are running more and more calls and being so tired that they can fall asleep on an 8” wide wooden bench (although I’m told that this member can fall asleep anywhere). Just goes to show that we still need to take care of each other since nobody else is. That’s all I’ve got for this month

and remember, 2+2

and stay safe out there

makes sense, play nice, know your audience, get a cool nickname, figure out which formula to use before the media gets a hold of it, “you get out what you put in,” and keep tradition alive!

Keep sending your stories to:

wattsfire@gmail.com

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Hello again from the 18th hole. Hope every- one has been enjoying the summer. Well

Hello again from the 18th hole. Hope every- one has been enjoying the summer. Well here we go When a tree falls in the forest, does anybody

see it or hear it? Well if it’s Capt Alexander, you can bet your last dollar you’re gonna see

it and hear it. While on scene at a stabbing

in the “Mid City” area with the LAPD, I was

told that Capt Alexander was trying to give

a helping hand with patient care and tripped

over the gurney and crashed to the ground. He

hit the ground with a mighty “THUMP,” and

Firefighter Smith said it looked like someone shot Bigfoot. Well that’s just one part of the story. After hitting the ground, all of the cops ran over to Alexander and said, “That’s IOD. I’ll give you my serial number. I’ll be your witness.” WHAT? They know our system just as well as we do. Of course Capt tried to fight back, but really, the damage was done. I was told this was the second time that he has hit the ground. Smith just happened to be on scene that time also, so talk to him for all the details. The “C” shift at 61’s (the new 14’s) got their new, self-appointed bull firemen Ray Topete. He has been trying to whip the “C” shift into shape, but has his work cut out for him on this one. One night the truck gets a structure call and one member, who was in the shower,

comes running out and has some trouble getting on his socks because he is still soapy. Needless to say, the truck was a little delayed. Well if you know Capt Martinez, that doesn’t sit well with him, so Topete told tells the slow- poke that this was unacceptable and he needs to tell his relief what happened so he can learn from it. Huh? Then have a drill on how to get dressed coming out of the shower. What?!? No word on when the drill is yet. I guess there will be a Training Bulletin # 150 coming out soon.

That’s all for this month. Be safe out there.

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years but I’m kinda runnin’ out of

things to do. I’ve submitted employment ap- plications at several businesses, but my uncontrolled rants’ durin’ the interviews about how the Fire Department held me back and didn’t promote me to Captain II may be part of the hirin’ glitch. No matter, I gave up job huntin’. I figured out that movin’ to a different neighborhood would chase away my “Retire- ment Blues.” While flippin’ through the real estate section in my local newspaper, I noticed a beautiful house in an area my wife and I both love, directly across the street from a public park. We went through an “Open House,” met most of our new neighbors, who were extreme-

House,” met most of our new neighbors, who were extreme- ly friendly and decided this would

ly friendly and decided this would be the start of our new and excitin’ life. We bought it. I’ve never lived across the street from a public park, but with its tranquil scenery, lush green grass and beautiful walnut trees I figured only 14’s first-in would come close to

a match. And how nice it’s been to walk across the street with our portable BBQ, spendin’ the day with family and friends, and gettin’ filled up on chicken, ribs and potato salad. It’s been a few months now, but Mayberry has changed. Instead of lookin’ out my front window and seein’ them lovely maple trees and green grass, I now see litter strewn about, dogs runnin’ loose and people workin’ on their cars. Yea, changin’ their oil, waxin’ their chrome wheels and listenin’ to their loud music. I’m not sure how much longer I can endure this buffoonery, but I’ve decided to take charge of this unpleasant situation. I’ve promoted myself to Park Ranger/ Monitor. Now, instead of just lookin’ out my front window with crossed arms, I’m standin’ on my front lawn and yellin’ at these people to pull their heads out from where the sun don’t shine. If I see people walkin’ their dogs without

a leash, discardin’ trash on the grass or involved

in any unlawful activity, they get a loud and im-

mediate tongue lashin’. I’m mad as hell and I’m not goin’ to take it anymore. It’s kind of like road rage without the cars, but in an odd way, it’s given my life real purpose. And best of all, them “Retirement Blues” are history. However, my wife’s a bit concerned that I might upset or anger some of these people by yellin’ at them. She says there’s lots of nutty people out there who might re- taliate and throw a rock, or worse, through our front window.

I told her not to worry. If someone is dumb enough to challenge my authority, I’ll just pull out my trusty .50 caliber machine gun and unleash a volley of hot lead across their bow. Problem solved.

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of hot lead across their bow. Problem solved. COWBOY HUMOR The local news station was interview-

The local news station was interview- ing an 80 year old lady because she had just got- ten married for the fourth time. The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80 and then about her new husband’s occupa- tion. “He’s a funeral director,” she answered. He then asked her if she wouldn’t mind telling him a little about her first three hus- bands and what they did for a living. She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years. After a short time a smile came to her face and she answered proudly, explain- ing that she had first married a banker when she was in her 20’s, then a circus ringmaster when in her 40’s, a preacher when in her 60’s and now, in her 80’s a funeral director. The interviewer looked at her quite astonished and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers. She smiled and explained, “I married one for money, two for the show, three to get ready and four to go.”

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M any baby boomers are finding that their aging parents are in need of health
M any baby boomers are finding that their aging parents are in need of health

M any baby boomers are finding that their aging parents are in need of health care assistance. Luckily, there

are many options available today to help your parents grow old gracefully, either in their own home or in a facility, and several ways that you can finance the costs of the care. Research Your Options If your parents are healthy seniors who can look after themselves, they generally are eligible to enter a continuing-care retire- ment community that allows them to buy or rent an apartment and ensures them lifetime nursing care when it is necessary. Another op- tion for healthy seniors is private long-term care insurance, which can help cover nursing- home costs or the cost of an in-home aide. There are a wide range of services and options available if your parent needs more substantial assistance and is not eligible for the above-mentioned services. Many families opt for moving an aging parent into their own home. If you are able to peacefully coexist with your parent, this may be a good idea because the arrangement frees you from worry about the upkeep of a second home, and you and your children can have valuable time to spend with your loved one.

MAINTAINING THEIR OWN HOME When living together is not a work- able plan, maintaining your parent in his or her own home is also an option. There are, how- ever, several fairly expensive things that may be required to make a home environment safe and suitable for an aging person. Various safety features may be necessary, including first-floor bathrooms, grab bars in hallways and bath- rooms, and a personal emergency response system in case your parent needs assistance while alone. If your parent is in need of daily assistance with meals or chores, he or she can apply for several services such as Meals on Wheels, which may be free for anyone over 60. If your parent needs more personal assistance, you may want to look into hiring an in-home aide at a skill level appropriate for the amount of help needed. Medicare will only pay the full cost of professional help if a physician certifies that your parent requires nursing care and if these services are provided by a Medicare-certified home health care agency. Adult day care is also an option and a good way to get your parent to socialize with other adults. Prices for day care can cost up to $100 a day or more, depending on the amount of attention and activities pro-

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vided, and reduced rates may be offered for those who can’t afford the full charge. Call your local senior services groups and agencies to find one of the thousands of nationwide day centers that may match your needs.

ONLINE SUPPORT FOR ELDERCARE

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www.aoa.gov -- A variety of print and online materials for elders, their families, and professionals regard- ing housing, medical, caregiving, and services for seniors.

ing housing, medical, caregiving, and services for seniors. costing upwards of $6,900 per month, financial planning
ing housing, medical, caregiving, and services for seniors. costing upwards of $6,900 per month, financial planning

costing upwards of $6,900 per month, financial planning has become even more crucial to the economic well-being of adult children respon- sible for the care of their elderly parents. 1 Don’t wait until the last minute - start planning now to ensure the future care of your parents.

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www.elderweb.com -- A rich collec- tion of resources for the elderly and their caregivers on financial matters, health care, living arrangements, and social, mental, and legal issues. There are other online support services, publi- cations, and resources available that may meet your needs. Check your local library or senior services agency for information.

FINANCING LONG-TERM CARE One of the biggest worries of those caring for an aging parent is how to pay for the care needed. If you provide more than half of a parent’s support and his or her gross income is less than $3,650, you can claim your parent as your dependent, giving you a tax exemption for each parent so cared for and allowing you to write off much of the medical expenses. (Note:

The dependent exemption phases out at higher income levels. Check with your tax advisor.) You may also be able to claim a federal tax credit that will enable you to take up to $3,000 off the cost of in-home care or day care. An- other option is the flexible spending account (FSA), which lets you pay for a certain amount of care each year with pre-tax dollars. If sending your parent to a nursing home is inevitable, make sure you research each home extensively. Reservations at the home selected should be made at least a year ahead of the time that you expect your par- ent will need it, as waiting lists are typically long at well-respected facilities. Keep in mind, too, that the government offers limited finan- cial help for those families paying for nursing home care. Medicare will only pay for care on a short-term basis, and Medicaid only offers ben- efits to low income individuals with limited as- sets. And, with the average nursing home stay

PUBLICATIONS FOR LONG-TERM CARE ISSUES

• Caring for Your Parents: The Complete AARP Guide

• Consumer Reports Complete Guide to

Health Services for Seniors: What Your Family Needs to Know About Finding and Financing Medicare, Assisted Living, Nursing Homes, Home Care, and Adult

Day Care, 592 pages, Three Rivers Press,

2000.

There are other online support services, publications, and resources available that may meet your needs. Check you local library or senior services agency for infor- mation.

HELPFUL RESOURCES There are many resources that can help you by providing valuable information and referrals. In addition to the resources listed below, your place of worship, local hospital, and senior services groups and agencies may also be helpful. • THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF HOMES AND SERVICES FOR THE AGING (www.aahsa.org or 202-783-2242) offers information on how to choose a nursing home or assisted-living facility, a direc-

tory of continuing-care retirement com- munities, and information on long-term care insurance.

FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE

(www.caregiver.org; 415-434-3388) of- fers information for caregiver concerns, newsletters, fact sheets (English, Span-

ish, and Chinese), and an online support group.

THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR

CAREGIVING (www.caregiving.org) is a national re- source center that provides information on elder-care conferences, books, and train- ing for professionals. • NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AREA AGENCIES ON AGING (www.n4a.org; 202-872-0888), an advo- cacy group for local aging agencies, offers The Eldercare Locator (800-677-1116) or www.eldercare.gov, a service that puts you in touch with a local resource-and- referral organization, which, in turn, will recommend home health care aides. There are other online support services, publications, and resources available that may meet your needs. Check you local library or senior services agency for infor- mation.

POINTS TO REMEMBER

1. As the population ages, many baby

boomers may be called upon to care for an ag- ing parent.

2. There are a range of options avail-

able to senior citizens, depending on their cir-

cumstances and the degree of care they require, including continuing-care retirement commu- nities, moving a parent into the child’s home, or modifying a parent’s home to make it safe.

3. Certain tax breaks may be available

if you can claim your parent as a dependent.

4. Research all your options, and con-

sult the various resources available for the el-

derly.

for More iNforMatioN

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I f you can devote four hours a week, you can give yourself the body

I f you can devote four hours a week, you

can give yourself the body you’ve always

dreamed of having. It’s unnecessary and

even counterproductive to spend hours at the gym or doing endless aerobics. Most firefight- ers train while at the firehouse, either before or during their shifts. Usually a long arduous workout isn’t even possible between alarms, and the equipment can also be limited. Here are a few of the benefits you can expect to achieve with just a minimal amount of time and effort.

REDUCED BLOOD PRESSURE, BODY FAT & CHOLESTEROL The leading cause of line-of-duty death for firefighters across the country is heart attack. While tragic burns and other serious injuries have taken the lives of many brave firefighters, cardiovascular incidents account for about half of all job-related fatalities. Ac- cording the USFA Firefighter Fatality study, in 2011 there were 83 on-duty firefighter deaths. 48 of these fatalities were classified as sudden cardiac deaths. We perform our job under the most arduous conditions, enduring high heat and ox- ygen–deficient environments. Compound this with an intense level of mental stress, and you can see the importance of keeping the cardio- vascular system in tip-top shape. Heart disease is also the leading cause of death for the general public, and what most of us don’t realize is that we all endure and react to extreme stress in our lives every day, whether it be mental or physical. It’s been proven that exercise has a positive impact on the efficiency of the heart-lung system and its ability to handle these stresses. Exercise also lowers serum cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, and blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and osteopo- rosis (a real problem for women as they age).

INCREASED STRENGTH, ENDURANCE, & LEAN MUSCLE MASS For firefighters, the benefits here are obvious. Carrying heavy equipment to the

scene of a fire or up many flights of stairs while clad in suffocating, insulated clothing and then being required to perform at full capacity puts tremendous demands of strength and endurance on the human body. For the average individual, life’s everyday tasks get easier. Packages begin to feel lighter, and there is suddenly a spring in your step. Your clothes begin to fit differently, and people ask what you’ve been doing to look so good. Fat melts away, and missing the eleva- tor and taking the stairs doesn’t seem like such

Children, the best example of flexibility, appear to be made of clay the way they can bend and twist without injury. While we, as adults, may never again have the flexibility of a 12-year- old child, the fact remains that the more we can bend, the less we’ll get hurt. Flexibility training combined with strength and endurance work also increases athletic performance and circulation, deliver- ing more vital nu- trients to the cells of the body. Bal- ance, posture, and body awareness are all enhanced.

a big deal any more. Once you get used to this new stronger you, you’ll
a big deal any more. Once you get used to this
new stronger you, you’ll never want to go back.
Worth a mention here is the fact that
a strong, lean body is also more efficiently able
to cool itself down and warm
itself up, making you less
susceptible to the rav-
ages of extreme heat or
cold.
INCREASED FLEX-
IBILITY, BALANCE &
COORDINATION
I cannot emphasize
enough the importance of a solid
flexibility routine as part of your
complete workout. Keeping joints,
tendons, ligaments, and muscles
limber will prevent injury, period.
I’ve seen it a thousand times in the
fire service – the more range of motion
you have about a joint, the less chance
of injury when you over extend yourself.
Figure 7
Fatalities by Cause of Fatal Injury (2011)
Vehicle Collision
5
Stress/Overexertion
50
Caught/Trapped
10
Fall
6
Other
4
Struck By
4
Collapse
3
Out of Air
1
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
Number of Fatalities

Source: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/ff_fat11.pdf

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is part of “The Taste,” an annual event put on by the Los Angeles Times that showcases Southern California’s best with a mix of tastings, cook- ing demos, competitions and panels. The idea is to create the kind of meal that is made at a fire sta- tion for a typical crew to eat. There’s a catch - the meal needs to be made for the same cost, averaging only $10-15 a day for lunch and dinner per member.

Nearly three dozen interested firehouse chefs from various local Fire De- partments inquired, however only eight provided their best entrée to be judged at the pre- liminary cook-off. Two of L.A.’s brav- est stood victorious, Captain Mark Curry and Firefighter Cruz Macias. These two final- ists were chosen for a grand, head-to-head cook-off to be held on Labor Day. The big finale will be held on stage at Paramount Studios in Hollywood as part of the annual food festival, a spectacular three-day event on Labor Day weekend, Septem- ber 1-3. The event will bring together world-renowned

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M ore thaN 100 firefighters respoNded by grouNd aNd air to battle a fast -

More thaN 100 firefighters respoNded by grouNd aNd air to battle a fast-MoviNg thirty-aCre grass fire iN the sepulveda basiN reCreatioN area oN MoNday, July 16, 2012. light but variable wiNds faNNed flaMes iN three-foot tall grass that led to thiCker aNd More volatile vegetatioN, as the fire quiCkly grew. City CoMpaNies were sooN JoiNed by five laCofd haNdCrews aNd aN laCofd he- liCopter to ColleCtively CoNtaiN the fire iN Just 47 MiNutes. firefighters suspeCt that a radio-CoNtrolled Model airCraft froM the Nearby apollo xi Model airCraft flyiNg field May have laNded uNiNteNtioNally iN the tiNder dry grass, sparkiNg the blaze. los aNgeles poliCe offiCers iNter- viewed witNesses at the sCeNe for what reMaiNs aN aCtive iNvestigatioN.

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F ire Chief Brian L. Cummings surprised retired Engineer Duane Feltman with a special Challenge Coin and a letter of

congratulations on his 60th wedding anniversa- ry at a July 4th gathering. The Feltmans, Duane and wife Beverly, were totally surprised, as they had no idea of the celebration and thought they were going to an annual gathering they attend of friends of their church fellowship. The event was two months in the planning by their daughter Susan Waldrop and friend Betty Nielsen.

Everyone enjoyed a great potluck before moving to the main sanctuary where a video was shown, which included cameo com- ments from local church members and also con- gratulations from Chief Cummings. You can see the video at http://youtu.be/g_4WdtV5JDw Duane met his future wife Beverly at Cham- berlain High School in South Dakota where he was born and raised. He later moved to Cali- fornia to work for Lockheed, but returned to South Dakota for Beverly. They were married on July 8, 1952. Feltman, now with a wife and infant daughter, moved back to California in late 1953.

Feltman worked for General Controls until he was appointed to the LAFD on January 28, 1957. At the drill tower while preparing for graduation, he was picked to rappel down the side of the tower. When he landed, he broke his ankle. The next day during graduation he was on crutches in uniform and the chief engineer pinned on Feltman’s badge.

The Feltman’s lived in Sun Valley for

10 years and then bought acreage in Canyon

Country and built a house for themselves. In 1963 Duane promoted to engineer. He worked as a Green Hornet at 23’s, old 28’s

on Figueroa, at stations in Hollywood and the Valley, and finally retired out of 98’s in 1979. Beverly and Duane belonged to the boat ski club, a slow pitch baseball group, and enjoyed taking a vacation to Spain with members of sta- tion 98’s, including Leo Najarian, Paul Ferkin- hoff and C.J. Curtis and their wives. Since retirement, the Feltmans have enjoyed traveling with several RV’s, seeing all

50 states. During one trip they were rear-ended

by an 18 wheeler which totaled out the trailer and truck. Duane and Beverly came away with- out a scratch to the amazement of many. The Feltmans purchased a Mom & Pop store which kept them busy for fifteen years. Changing pace but not slowing down, they sold the store in 1991 and were ordained AOG Evangelists at the Village Church in Ne- whall. For 20 years they have ministered in convalescent homes, senior centers and assist- ed-living homes. When asked, “What’s the secret to staying together for this many years?” Feltman laughed and smiled. “Just remember YOU are not always right.” Duane and Beverly have one daugh- ter, Susan; grandson, Adam; granddaughter, Priscilla; grandson in-law, Scottie; a great granddaughter, Angelina; and a great grandson, Sol.

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T his information notice is directed to prospective new mem- bers, active or retired L.
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T his information notice is directed to prospective new mem- bers, active or retired L. A. City Firefighters, who would like to join our golf club. Applications for membership will

be accepted from September 1st through December 1st, 2010. The dues for the membership are $75.00 per year. This will entitle the member to participate in all LAFD Golf Club functions, which in- cludes 2 to 3 one day tournaments per month, 2 major tournaments (the “Memorial Club Championship” in May and the “Partners

Championship at the Singing Hills at Sycuan Resort” in Septem- ber, and 4 Southern California Firefighters Golf Association major tournaments (Palm Springs in March, Primm Resort (Nevada) in May, Lake Tahoe in August, and Pebble Beach in November). It will also establish a handicap index with the Southern California Golf Association.

To apply, please send a check for $75.00 made out to the LAFD Golf Club. Or go to our website at: http://lafdgc.com

Click on the new member link and fill out the applica- tion. The information will be forwarded to me for processing. If you decide to use regular mail please include a short note with your present assignment, home address, phone number, email address, your member number and club name (if a member of another club), and any scorecards from the last six months to establish a starting handicap. Mail this information to:

Noel Murchet 16301 Gentry Lane Huntington Beach, Ca. 92647 Cell Phone #714-330-3477 Email:murchet@earthlink.net

LAFRA: Enclosed is a donation to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund in memory
LAFRA: Enclosed is a donation to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund in memory

LAFRA:

Enclosed is a donation to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund in memory of Jim Costello. I first worked with Jim at old Fire Station 66 in the mid 1970’s. The way he ran his crew and the encouragement he showed to all three shifts played a big part in so many promotions from 66’s. Two years later Jim asked me to come to Fire Station 39 as his Captain I. My promotion to Captain II was a direct result of working with him. Thanks Jim.

Tom Drake

Tucson, AZ

L.A. Firemen’s Relief Assn. Dear Sirs;

Please find enclosed a contribution in the memory of Jerry Simon. Jerry will always be remembered for his loyal friendships, great loyalty to the Department and the “wheeler dealer” of all that met him. He and his wife Fran were special people to my wife and I as we knew them both on the Department and off the job as neighbors. He was always cheerful and full of deals for his friends at all the stations where he worked as well as when he was driving the chief. He will be missed by all those that had the privilege of knowing him.

Sincerely,

Chris and Don Beaver

Monarch Beach, CA

Dear Andy,

Please accept the following donation to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s

Fund in memory of my long time careful driver and aide Jerry Simon. For several years, he was

a careful driver. We never even had a fender

bender. He was also my competent aide and a

close family friend. He often mentioned “I have

a deal” and many firemen families purchased

appliances such as stoves, ranges, TV’s and other items. He was a joy to work with and always had a positive, enthusiastic attitude.

Sincerely,

Al Weaver Sherman Oaks, CA

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Dear Relief Association,

Enclosed please find a donation in honor of Gerald Simon. Also I would like to thank you for the beautiful flowers you sent and a special thanks to Danny Leon for doing such a wonderful job at the service.

Thank you, Francis Simon Newbury Park, CA

Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association,

I would like to make a donation to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund. This donation is in memory of Chief Pilot Don Carter and of Battalion Chief Clark Cornwell.

Jerry Cook, LAFD Pilot, retired Hamilton, MT

Dear Andy Kuljis,

This is a long overdue letter of gratitude for your help during and after my husband Carl

Rasmusson’s passing almost two years ago. I am so grateful for the Relief Association and all the benefits you provide. I am enclosing a donation for the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund in memory of my beloved husband Carl. He held many positions throughout the Department, the last of which was the Arson Squad before retirement. I also must thank you for the beautiful plant which is thriving and reminding me how blessed I am for the LAFD and all the wonderful memories we had throughout the years.

Gratefully,

Janet Rasmusson

Tucson, AZ

Dear LAFRA,

Please accept this donation to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund in fond memory of a special lady. Laverne Boyle was the proud mother of Jim and Steve, both LAFD firefighters, and daughter Terry who works with the Beverly Hills P.D. She was truly an angel that will be deeply missed.

Sincerely, Al and Chris Wobig Ventura, CA

with the Beverly Hills P.D. She was truly an angel that will be deeply missed. Sincerely,
with the Beverly Hills P.D. She was truly an angel that will be deeply missed. Sincerely,

LAFRA

around 1971-73 when I was a young fireman and was a “seasoned veteran” with around 10 years on the job. I also worked with Jerry (Gerald Walters back then) at “old 17’s” when I was a new auto fireman and he was a slightly younger fireman. As often happens, we worked together for a while, although on different shifts, and then went in different directions, although we did run across each other every now and then. As always, it’s sad to see former workmates

 

appreciated, particularly Chaplain George Negrete, Fire Chief Brian Cummings, Asst Chief Ralph Terrazas, B/C Graham Everett, Captains John Gonzales and Steve Tessier, and Fire Station 112 members who lined up during the flag raising. Also, Stan’s friend and former boss, retired Asst Chief Louis Roupoli. All of the family was honored and touched by the presence of many active and retired firefighters, many interrupting their busy schedules, others traveling considerable distance, who attended the funeral. Thank you. Many people have a fond memory of Stan, and he will be remembered as a special friend to many. Please accept a donation in tribute to all past and present board members, chaplains, and staff for their work and dedication to the Relief Association and its members.

Here’s a donation for the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund in memory of Reno Zuliani and Stancil “Stan” Jones, two great harbor guys. I came on the job with Reno and we departed at the same time.

God bless,

Werner Wahlers

Oxnard, CA

and friends passing away, and always it causes me to look back in time and reminisce about the times and places and others that we worked with together.

Dear Staff:

Please accept this donation as an expression of our appreciation for the wonderful life provided by my husband, Fred Croghan, throughout his career on the LAFD. As sad as

Sincerely, Richard Watters, LAFD retired Agoura Hills, CA

we are, there have been many blessings as we go through this time of adjustment.

 

On behalf of the family.

 
 

Secretary Andrew Kuljis, LAFRA

Sincerely, Dory Jones, LAFD retired San Pedro, CA

Sincerely, Loretta Croghan and family

Please accept our personal and heartfelt thanks for your assistance with the funeral of our father, Stancil Jones. Your coordination of the US flag raising/lowering at Fire Station 112, funeral formalities and other accomplishments during our period of grief cannot be undervalued. There are not enough words to express the family’s gratitude to all involved. The kind words and compassion expressed by all of Stan’s fire department family is sincerely

Dear Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association.

Dear LAFRA,

Please accept this donation in memory of Arnold L. Osburn and Gerry A. Golding who both passed away recently. I worked with Arnold at “old 87’s”

Please accept the enclosed donation in the name of Carl A. Carlson, retired engineer from FS 5-A. Carl was appointed on May 13, 1947, and pensioned on January 1, 1978. He passed away on July 21, 2012.

on January 1, 1978. He passed away on July 21, 2012. Thank you, Richard and Linda
on January 1, 1978. He passed away on July 21, 2012. Thank you, Richard and Linda

Thank you, Richard and Linda Reynolds San Clemente, CA

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O n June 28, 2012, a true San Pedro LEGEND, and also a Captain I
O n June 28, 2012, a true San Pedro LEGEND, and also a Captain I

O n June 28, 2012, a true San Pedro LEGEND, and also a Captain

I at Fire Station 101-B started the good-bye retirement process.

Captain Wes Shundo, with thirty-one and a half years on the

LAFD, began his last shift. By dinner time, fifty of his closest friends, relatives and neighbors arrived to remember and break bread with him on his last shift. The theme of the day was to take a last photo of Wes and a guest by the tailboard of Engine 101. The obvious highlight of the evening was having the love of his life, Rachel, and his two children, Nick and Jillian, there for his last day on the LOS ANGELES CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT. His Engine Crew and Paramedic Team did an excellent job setting everything up. They truly sent their boss out on a positive note. Well that is only half of the story. On July 28, 2012, Captain Wes Shundo had a retirement party at the San Pedro Elks Lodge #966. The weather was clear, bright and sunny. The lodge sits on a bluff with a commanding view of Long Beach, San Pedro Harbor to Downtown Los Angeles. More than two hundred people arrived to join Wes for his re- tirement celebration. Numerous members, current and retired were pres- ent. This writer believes Wes was shocked to see how many old friends came to celebrate with him. He was really honored that his Junior High School Vice-Principle, Mr. Ogle, was also present. The event started off to a surprise by Wes paying for everyone’s lunch. Retired Captain II, John White blessed the food, the event and the day in general. The food and company were great. The after lunch ceremonies were started by the Master of Ceremonies, Captain Mike O’Gorman. He just so happened to be Wes’ childhood best friend and fellow firefighter. He was funny and engaging.

Wes had several drill tower classmates in attendance. Two drill tower classmates made presentations: Captain Sterling Johnson presented the service pin and Assistant Chief John Vidovich presented the Certificate of Appreciation. Former 101-B Engineer Stan Matesich presented Wes with his PRB. Also presenting were Jim Dolan for CSFA, Brian Hishinu- ma for UFLAC and Ron Roemer presented a Fire Helmet on behalf of Charlie Pallares from the Shops. The numerous presentations paled in comparison to his lovely Rachel’s presentations. She missed her calling as a stand-up comedian. She introduced the crowd and fire department to a new color in the shift calendar, THE PINK SHIFT. She indicated that five days a month some- body had to come and get Wes so she could have the time to herself. She made several other presentations that had the crowd in stitches. Finally, Wes took the microphone. He thanked numerous peo- ple that helped to put this celebration together. He choked up on some memories. I talked to him later. He denied that he cried. He said, “I just paused to catch my breath.” Yeah right. His biggest moment was reserved for thanking Rachel for set- ting up the golf and cigar themed party decorations and just being in his life. He presented her with a specially made badge for all the hard work she performs as a LAFD civilian. He then thanked his kids, Nick and Jil- lian. There was a video presentation of his life. The party was a love fest and you could feel the warmth in the room. The evening ended with cigars out on the patio with Wes and his cousin Judge Lance Ito and some of his closest friends. The party was great and a good time was had by all.

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MEMBERS

LYNDALL A. BOWERS, Firefighter. Appointed October 13, 1941. Retired on a service pension October 01,
LYNDALL A. BOWERS, Firefighter. Appointed October 13, 1941.
Retired on a service pension October 01, 1961 from FS 12-C. Passed away July 05, 2012.
ARNOLD L. OSBURN, Engineer. Appointed March 10, 1962.
Retired on a disability pension October 04, 1978 from FS 89-A. Passed away July 12, 2012.
JOHN E. POLLOCK, Fire Inspector. Appointed February 04, 1961.
Retired on a service pension July 11, 1982 from VALLEY FPB. Passed away July 19, 2012.
ALAN A. VORGITCH, Firefighter III. Appointed April 17, 1971.
Retired on a disability pension July 05, 2000 from S&M. Passed away July 20, 2012.
GERALD D. BAIRD, Firefighter. Appointed February 01, 1955.
Retired on a service pension November 06, 1980 from FS 19-A. Passed away July 20, 2012.
CARL A. CARLSON, Engineer. Appointed May 13, 1947.
Retired on a service pension January 01, 1978 from FS 5-A. Passed away July 21, 2012.
JAMES A. GRAHAM, Firefighter. Appointed April 01, 1957.
Retired on a disability pension February 01, 1974 from FS 42-A. Passed away July 23, 2012.
ROBERT H. WICKORD, Fireman. Appointed September 23, 1947.
Retired on a service pension October 01, 1967 from FS-3. Passed away July 27, 2012.
JACK D. HILL, Firefighter. Appointed June 16, 1955.
Retired on a service pension June 01, 1980 from FS-40. Passed away August 01, 2012.
FAMILY
DARLENE LANSING, spouse of Roland Lansing. passed away July 09, 2012.
MARY A. PALMER, surviving spouse of John T. Palmer passed away July 16, 2012.
VIVIAN J. LINVILLE, surviving spouse of Ralph C. Linville passed away July 17, 2012.
LOUVICIA WOODSON, spouse of Murray M. Woodson passed away July 29, 2012.
DONA R. DEMPSEY, spouse of Leo Dempsey passed away July 30, 2012.

ESTHER D. ANTISDEL, surviving spouse of William R. Antisdel passed away July 24, 2012.

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• Search personnel should keep contact with each other to ensure team effectiveness and integrity.

• Search personnel should keep contact with each other to

ensure team effectiveness and integrity. This can be accomplished by visual contact, voice contact, hand contact, or maintaining contact with

a tether. Combine the noise of an incident with heat and smoke, a lack

of visibility, excitement, time constraints, a separation of 4 or 5-feet between team members, a difference in sense of direction between personnel, and the potential for a problem can be significant.

• Searching for an activated personal alarm device (PAL) on

a missing firefighter can present several different considerations as

compared to searching for civilians. First, the general location of the missing firefighter may be known, and secondly, the search team is

searching for a sound from a PAL device. Therefore, to assist in finding the PAL device and/or determining the direction of the sound:

1. Only the lead team member should determine the direction of

the search.

2. Opening and closing doors can be helpful in isolating the

direction of sound.

3. Plugging one ear can also be helpful in determining the direc-

tion of sound.

• While searching (particularly in minimal visibility), open

forward while simultaneously keeping a leg in front of the body. This

method allows personnel to lead with their leg as they move forward, keeping the balance of weight rearward and the head in an elevated position. This method is explained in detail in the February 1996 issue of Fire Engineering magazine.

• Search personnel are normally positioned on the floor while

searching. Take the opportunity to mentally and physically think about the condition of the floor. Examples are a hot floor is an indicator of fire underneath search personnel, a tile floor in a residential occupancy is an

indicator of a bathroom or an entry in an upscale home and aisle-ways

in commercial structures, and carpet is an indicator of living areas in a residential structure and sales areas in commercial structures, etc.

• Search personnel should periodically stop, cease breath-

ing for a few seconds, and listen for sounds that could assist a search

operation (cries for help, moans, PAL device, muffled portable radio, SCBA alarm bell, etc). Combine the noise of an incident with personnel breathing from their SCBA, and the ability to recognize faint sounds

can be difficult at best. Additionally, periodically looking out of a win- dow (if possible) can assist with orientation within a structure.

• To indicate an area is being searched, has been searched, and

shafts, stairwells, loading docks, weak areas, and other similar hazards

to minimize duplication, doors can be marked with chalk as follows:

are dangerous to personnel. Therefore, sound the area in front of the

1.

A door with no markings indicates a room has not been

path of travel with a tool or leg. Sounding can be accomplished by

searched.

personnel moving forward on their hands and knees instead of moving

2.

Upon entering an unsearched room, make a diagonal chalk

upright. Although this method can be effective, personnel must realize

line across the door. This indicates the room is being searched.

that the head is positioned downward and the weight of the person can

3.

After searching the room, cross the diagonal line on the

be shifted forward. As an alternate method, personnel can also move

closed door to form a large X, put the company identification on the door, and close the door. This indicates the room has been searched and who conducted the search. When heavy or greasy smoke is present,

consider marking the bottom portion of a doorway where there is mini- mal smoke. Railroad or builders chalk is large, easy to use, and if kept in a plastic container, will stay dry and ready for use.

• Should a search team start a search by forcing entry as close

to the seat of a fire as possible, start a search by entering through the entrance opening used by attack personnel (which is normally away from the fire), or enter a window above a fire (on multiple story build- ings) and search the rooms that are easily accessible from the exterior of a building? Although each of these methods have their advantages and disadvantages, the easiest explanation may be the “To/From-From/ To” principle and is summarized as follows:

1. On the fire floor, go To the fire and search From it to your

exit (or your entrance point). The advantages of this principle are the search team spends the minimal amount of time in the most dangerous area, the search team will be at their best during the early stage of their search, victims closest to the fire area are in the most danger, the search team will be advancing away from the fire and towards the exit open- ing, and in most cases, the search team will be advancing and retreating in close proximity to an attack line. The obvious disadvantage is the search team must advance to the fire area and then retreat back towards their exit opening.

2. On the floor above a fire, search From the entrance To the

occupancy or area to be searched. In this principle, the search team begins to immediately search either to a secondary exit or back to the primary entrance opening. The advantage of this principle is a search can be conducted in a short amount of time and in some cases by not entering the fire floor to access the upper floor to be searched. This is

accomplished by laddering and entering an exterior window to begin the search.

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44 • September 2012

O n November 28, 2012, the Los Angeles City Firefighter’s Association will vote on this

O n November 28, 2012, the Los Angeles City Firefighter’s Association will vote on this year’s “2012 Firefighter of the Year”. This honor of distinction and recognition is given to

a member of any rank, who, not by any single act, has distinguished him/herself as one of outstanding character, dedication, and loyalty to the Department, the Fire Service, and to the citizens of the com- munity.

To be eligible for consideration, nominees must have been an ac- tive LAFD member for at least one day during the nominating year, and a member of the California State Firefighter’s Association/Los Angeles City Firefighters Association.

Candidates will be judged on an overall career and life that exem- plifies the best qualities of those who are honored to be part of the fire service.

If you know of such a person, and would like to nominate him/ her for this prestigious award, submit your application NO LATER than November 26, 2012, to any one of the nominating committee members listed below. The nomination must include the nominees name, rank, assignment and a statement of why the member should

receive the award. submitted.

Photos and other documentation may also be

Please attend the Los Angeles City Firefighter’s Association meet- ing on November 28, 2012 at 0830 Hours, Fire Station 59 Training classroom, 11505 Olympic Blvd. and present your nomination IN PERSON. All Los Angeles City Firefighter’s Association members are welcome, and encouraged to attend the meeting and presenta- tions, and to show support for the individuals being nominated.

Presentations may be subject to time limits depending on the num- ber of nominations received in order to provide fairness to all nomi- nees. These time limits will be announced prior to the start of the November 28, 2012 membership meeting and will be strictly en- forced. The nominee cannot be present during the meeting.

The election will be held in closed executive session following the nominations, and only members of the Los Angeles City Firefight- er’s Association Board will vote.

Reminder, applications must be submitted no later than November 26, 2012.

Following personal notification of the winner by the Vice President, public announcement will be made by Department teletype.

2012 FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR NOMINATING COMMITTEE George James, (661) 433-4679 James S. Dolan, (562) 400-1298 Adam VanGerpen, (818) 486-9939

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by Mike Mastro, President/CEO Los Angeles Firemen’s Credit Union THE PAYDAY LOAN TRAP O ver
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by Mike Mastro, President/CEO Los Angeles Firemen’s Credit Union

Mastro, President/CEO Los Angeles Firemen’s Credit Union THE PAYDAY LOAN TRAP O ver the past few

THE PAYDAY LOAN TRAP

O ver the past few years, the ability for many people to meet monthly finan- cial obligations has become tougher

and tougher. Our outgoing cash flow seems to exceed our incoming cash flow. Many time, payment due dates may be just before your next paycheck. If only the payment date was

a few days after payday, then paying bills on

time wouldn’t be such a problem. Unfortunately, this has been the case for many Americans. Not having enough mon- ey for monthly bill paying has left consumers to turn to paying their bills with their credit cards, lines of credit, or worse - payday loans. For this month’s article, I’d like to discuss the pitfalls of payday loans. Let’s face it. Who really likes to pay bills? It’s a time when monthly expenses and that Hawaii vacation catch up to us. We may have had a great vacation, but it’s now just a memory that we’re reminded of when we open our credit card statement. For those consumers who find them- selves in a difficult cash flow situation, turning to payday loans may seem like a logical solu- tion to get through a rough patch. It may seem like a short, one-time occurrence, but indi- viduals suddenly find they’re using the service more often than expected. The bottom line: you need to have money in your account to make your payments. Living off of payday loans is a warning sign for trouble.

SO, HOW DOES A PAYDAY LOAN REALLY WORK?

Payday loans are short-term loans.

They are designed to help consumers get out of

a jam. Most consumers find that they may only

need a few hundred bucks to meet their finan- cial obligations. Although they think they can repay the loan by the due date or by payday, the reality of it is that it often doesn’t happen that way.

The cost of a payday loan is typically $20 per $100 borrowed. If the loan cannot be paid by the due date, it can be renewed or rolled over for another two weeks. Consider the following example:

If you want to borrow $300 from a payday lender, you pay a fee, usually $20 per $100 that you borrow. So you write a check to the payday lender for $360. At the end of the two weeks, you could pay it off. Or, if you’re like most people, you roll the loan over for another two weeks and pay another $60. The $120 you pay to borrow $300 for one month translates into a 520% Annual Percentage Rate (APR). The APR is calculated on the cost of rolling the loan over every two weeks, for a year. This is calculated by multiplying the two-week interest charge ($60) by 26 two- week periods per year ($60 x 26 = $1,560). You would pay $1,560 to use $300 for one year. Yikes!

To figure out the APR, divide the amount you’d pay for the loan in a year, by the loan amount: $1,560 / 300 = 5.2. Multiply by 100 to get 520%. Some sources say they’ve seen payday loans with APRs as high as 7,000%!

AVOID THE TRAP!

Payday loans are addicting. While it may be a convenient source of money, don’t fall for the payday loan trap. These lenders don’t really care about your financial situation. They just want you to continue borrowing. Rolling

over your payment to another term helps them raise money and generate more fee income. Before you know it, you’ll owe hundreds of dollars in fees. That’s how these lenders get such a bad reputation.

LAFCU doesn’t want you to fall into the vicious cycle of payday lending. When it’s difficult to make ends meet, there are alterna- tive borrowing options you can consider, like

a short-term, fixed loan or line of credit. At LAFCU, we offer a SafetyLine Line of Credit

and a Signature Loan. Both feature a low, fixed APR that can provide you with peace-of-mind borrowing. For additional details and to apply, please contact a Credit Union Representative at (800) 231-1626. Please note: If you should ever find yourself having difficulty making ends meet, contact the Credit Union. We offer value-added products and services tailored to your needs. Additionally, we offer confidential counseling

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LAFD Historical Society Submitted by Frank Borden • Director of Operations, LAFDHS 9-11 – LAFD R

Submitted by Frank Borden • Director of Operations, LAFDHS

9-11 – LAFD Response – Let Us neveR FoRget

The terrorist attack on the United States and the brutal murder of three thousand and fifty six men, women and children was an unprecedented event in American history. Equally unprecedented in American history was the unbelievable heroism of hundreds of New York Firemen, Policemen, Port Author- ity personnel and numerous other heroes, now know only to God, who charged into the burn- ing World Trade Center for the sole purpose of rescuing other people’s lives. Equally unprecedented again has been the response of people from all around the world. Immediately after the attack thousands of people, many of them rescue workers them- selves, descended upon the disaster site in New York to help with the rescue. Thousands more came to attend funerals and memorials and just to show support. Millions of people from around the world raised money for the families of the victims. This event has become a world event.

The Los Angeles Fire Department, like so many other departments across the land responded to the disaster in New York. The in- cident has become part of our history.

The events of September 11, 2001 reinvigorated America’s gratitude for all fire- fighters’ efforts. In response to the terrorist at- tacks that destroyed the World Trade Center, the Los Angeles City Fire Department deployed Urban Search & Rescue Task Force CA-TF 1 with 70 members and a Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM). Their mission in- cluded search and rescue, body extrication, and assistance in the use of canine search teams. In addition, many LAFD members responded on their own to assist their FDNY brothers. The CISM mission evolved into a completely un- precedented Firefighter Assistance Program, which was delivered at and near ground zero as well as at various FDNY fire stations and other sites. Working with many other agencies for the first-time, FEMA honored the combined efforts by making the teams the first FEMA sponsored program in the history of CISM. Several LAFD officers were also sent as a part of the Incident Support Team for the task forc- es sent to the disaster. The following is a letter sent to all LAFD members by Chief Bamattre:

From the office of the Fire Chief

September 19, 2001

TO ALL MEMBERS SUBJECT: THE WAR AGAINST TERRORISM In the wake of the incomprehensible events of last week, we as a nation, a Depart- ment, and as individuals find ourselves fo- cusing on the short-and long-term impact of terrorism on American soil. As news commen- tators have repeated over the last several days, life as we knew it will never be the same and the extent of this change will only be determined over time. The attacks on our nation have left us feeling potentially vulnerable to the evil whims of eccentric extremists and never in our lifetime have we had to deal with such uncer- tainty. Regular activities such as reporting to work or outings with family members will now be undertaken amidst concerns for safety and security.

As a nation, we are now awaiting our government’s response to last week’s ter- rorist attacks. Most certainly, our lives will be affected regardless of where or how our lead- ers choose to respond. Not since World War II have Americans been called upon to think of the national interest, but we undoubtedly will be forced to. With approximately one-third of Department members under age 40, our na- tion’s inevitable military action will be a new phenomenon. Over the past several days, we have witnessed demonstrations of patriotism and pride in unprecedented proportion. We will, however, need to maintain that national loyalty while remaining steadfast in our vigi- lance.

need to e re-evaluated and updated immedi- ately, not in the near future. I call on our De- partment’s top managers to lead and respond accordingly. And I expect all members to co- operate fully while remaining focused on the potential problems that may occur within our City. As members of the Los Angeles Fire De- partment, we are charged with protecting the City of Los Angeles and faltering in this man- date will not be tolerated. Our Department has over a cen- tury of rich history where we have responded to the needs of those who called upon us. As always, we shall continue to provide the finest fire, emergency medical, and rescue services available. However, due to the ultimate brav- ery and supreme sacrifices made by the New York Fire Department - our profession is now in the world’s spotlight and we must respond by showing our strength in unity, calm, and pro- fessionalism. Never before has the Fire Service attained such a pedestalled position and we must remain vigilant of that fact and conduct ourselves accordingly. As individuals, these catastrophic events are indeed troubling for everyone. As emergency responders, our families face the added burden of concern for our safety while we perform our duty to the public. At this time, we do not know how our when our nation will respond, only that it will. Therefore, we must prepare ourselves, our families, and our house- holds for the unforeseen which may be lengthy and difficult. Together, we shall face whatever crises are forced upon us. And, as always, we shall remain strong, vigilant, and prepared.

WILLIAM R. BAMATTRE Fire Chief

The fury of events on the morning of September 11th thrust our Department into a state of heightened readiness. Our field mem- bers, staff members, and civilian members were all impacted by our immediate need to ensure the protection of the City of Los Angeles. While I firmly believe that our preparations were ad- equate, I believe areas in need of improvement were uncovered. Issues such as the deployment of personnel, the staffing of resources and the transportation of our civilian members to an- other work site showed that operational plans

a large seCtioN of the world trade CeNter staNds as a MoNuMeNt at the lafd
a large seCtioN of the world trade CeNter
staNds as a MoNuMeNt at the lafd traiNiNg

CeNter to those who perished oN 9-11.

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three MeMbers of lafd’s urbaN searCh &
resCue task forCe stop for a photo dur-
iNg the respoNse operatioNs. the MeMbers
of our task forCe were iN the first plaNe
iN the air after the attaCk CarryiNg NoN-
Military persoNNel.

As a tribute to the courage, commit- ment, and sacrifice of those involved in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the LAFD raised a memorial in 2003. A volunteer team brought in a 3-ton steel column from the base of the World Trade Center. The 20-foot column was originally part of the lobby structure and is the largest remnant of the attacks outside of New York City. The LAFD remembers the sacrifice of 343 FDNY members every September 11th and continues the motto “Never Forget.” Each year a ceremony is held at the LA Fire Museum and Memorial starting at 0700 on Sept. 11th followed by an LAFD and City of LA ceremo- ny at the Frank Hotchkins Training Center.

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rigs that was Crushed by the Collapse of the towers.
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a uNique view of the destruCtioN of the world trade
CeNter. photo by CaptaiN paul sebourN, lafd.

LAFDHS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The LAFDHS membership has elected members to the Board of Directors last month. We have two new members: Tom Bren- nan, Retired LAFD Battalion Chief and active LAFD member Firefighter Ryan Penrod. Mem- bers re-elected for a one year term are: Dave Cox, Don Nash, Ben Holder and Joe Ortiz. The following members will continue serving a one year term: Don Dodd, Jim Finn, Walt Jaeger, Tim Kennoy, Tom Moran, Bill Rolland and Bill Dahlquist. Here is some background informa- tion on Board Member Don Nash:

Don Joined the LAFD in 1990. Dur- ing that time he has been assigned to fire sta- tions 61, 94,89,13,64,63,71,55, and 51. Before that he was an LAFD explorer scout at old 66’s from 1985 to 1990. Don grew up in the shadow of the LAFD, living in 46’s first in during the 1970s. With all the structure fires during that era, you didn’t have to walk too far to be able to touch a fire apparatus or paramedic rescue. Don picked up on it and at an early age decided that being a firefighter was an endeavor to pursue. He has been volunteering for the LAFDHS since 2010 and obtained board mem- ber status in 2011. Don works primarily in the

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photo archive department with Walt Jeager at Old FS 27 digitizing and preserving over a hun- dred years of LAFD history by scanning and enhancing many of the images with Photoshop in his spare time. Don also manages a flickr. com web page to display some of the photos. To see some of these historic photographs log onto www.flickr.com/photos/lafdhs. Don is a very busy engineer at Fire Station 51 at LAX and an active board mem- ber and volunteer with the LAFD Historical Society. He is a real asset to our society and our members in supporting our mission to pre- serve, educate and memorialize the history of the LAFD.

Just a note to those of you who are members of the LAFDHS and retire – your membership stops at retirement so to continue you need to apply again. Go online for mem- bership at our website, or call for a form or visit the museum. You can also go on payroll deduc- tion.

eNgiNeer doN Nash at the lafd harbor doN Nash’s real eNgiNe 51 at lax. MuseuM
eNgiNeer doN Nash at the lafd harbor
doN Nash’s real eNgiNe 51 at lax.
MuseuM iN froNt of old eNgiNe 36, a fully
restored 1923 seagrave.

A SPECIAL VISITOR TO

LAFD FIREBOAT 2

As a “Plank Owner” of the USS Iowa, I went on an early tour of the ship and was privileged to meet World War II veteran and crew member of the Iowa in the South Pacific, John Wolfinbarger. John was on deck meeting the visitors and telling stories about the ship and his experiences. As we were talk- ing he asked me if he could take a look at our

fireboat at FS 112. When John was available from his volunteer duties on the Iowa, I met him at 112’s for a great tour by Firefighter/ Paramedic Rey Lavalle, FS 112-A. Rey and John hit it right off since Rey was also in the Navy serving as a corpsman in the 1970’s. John wanted to see everything and was so impressed with it all. He was especially impressed with the special chrome plated tools, and of course the engine room. John was assigned to the en- gine room on the Iowa. John said he never slept

a day in his bunk below deck because it was too

hot so he slept on the top deck under the rear

16 inch gun turret. John loves the old battle-

ship and supported all the efforts to turn it into

a museum for all to learn and enjoy a part of our naval history.

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wolfiNbarger holdiNg oNe of
the ChroMe plated “haywards”
oN his visit to fireboat 2.

CALENDAR for September & October 2012

firefighter paraMediC rey lavalle aNd JohN iN the eNgiNe rooM of the fireboat where JohN
firefighter paraMediC rey lavalle
aNd JohN iN the eNgiNe rooM of the
fireboat where JohN was astoNished
at how beautiful the eNgiNes were.
JohN staNds proudly at the bow of his battleship the uss iowa bb61 at its
JohN staNds proudly at the bow
of his battleship the uss iowa
bb61 at its berth iN saN pedro.

September 2012

the bow of his battleship the uss iowa bb61 at its berth iN saN pedro. September

October 2012

the bow of his battleship the uss iowa bb61 at its berth iN saN pedro. September

LOS ANGELES FIREMEN’S RELIEF ASSOCIATION MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES July 11, 2012

CALL TO ORDER

President John Jacobsen called the Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association to order at 11:20a.m.

ROLL CALL

MEMBERS PRESENT:

John Jacobsen, President Juan Albarran, Vice President Andrew Kuljis, Secretary Trustee James Coburn Trustee Jeff Cawdrey Trustee Chris Stine Trustee Doak Smith Trustee Steve Tufts Trustee Chris Hart Trustee Craig White Trustee Francisco Hernandez Trustee Steven Domanski Trustee Michael Overholser Trustee Rick Godinez Trustee Gary Matsubara Trustee Kurt Stabel Trustee Mark Akahoshi Trustee David Peters Trustee Barry Hedberg Trustee David Lowe Trustee Tim Larson David Ned Smith - Executive Director Todd Layfer - Controller

MEMBERS ABSENT:

Trustee Gene Bednarchik (Excused) Trustee Robert Steinbacher (Excused) Trustee David Ortiz (Excused)

GUESTS:

Bob Olsen - Retired Fire & Police Assoc. Lee Kebler - Retired Fire & Police Assoc.

INVOCATION & Flag Salute Andy Kuljis led the invocation. David Lowe led the flag salute.

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RATIFICATION OF MINUTES

John Jacobsen entertained a motion to ratify and dispense with the reading of the minutes of the Board of Trustees meeting held June 6, 2012. Tim Larson so moved. David Peters seconded the motion. There was no further discussion or objections.

Motion carried to ratify and dispense with the reading of the minutes of the Board of Trustees meeting held June 6, 2012.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

1) Jacobsen asked the Board to stand and recognize the 2012 Scholarship Award winners. He along with Doak Smith and Rick Godinez presented each winner with their checks and had their pictures taken to be placed in the Grapevine Magazine and LAFRA Website. He also thanked Doak and Rick for running the program this year and indicated that it was very successful.

2) Jacobsen mentioned that the Pension Department has appointed Bill Raggio as the Interim General Manager because the mayor would not agree to his confirmation as the new permanent G.M. and the mayor requested a national search. Their Board and City Personnel Department are in process of communicating back to the mayor stating that they did a national search and Raggio was the successful candidate.

3) Jacobsen indicated that at the next Board meeting, according to the by-laws the Board is to nominate the President and Vice President for the Relief Association. He also stated that the seven Group 1 Trustees will be up for election. He reminded that the Trustee election process was changed to the By-laws last year.

4) Jacobsen informed that they have requested a list of all members on the medical plan that have opted out of the 2% payroll contribution who will be eligible for the healthcare subsidy increases from Pensions. He indicated that they will need to work on the system programming for those affected because subsidy categories will change.

5) Jacobsen reminded the Trustees of the 58th Annual IFEBP Employee Benefits Conference in San Diego this coming November. He encouraged any new Trustees to attend as well as those interested. He also indicated that most of the hotel blocks for this conference are fully booked.

VICE PRESIDENT REPORT

1) Juan Albarran stated that initially, they had missed the July 6th deadline to place Eric Shepherd’s name on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Wall, however, they were able to get an extension through UFLAC and indicated that his name will be placed. He also indicated that he will be gathering all the information and will report back to the Board.

AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

Doak Smith referred to the recent audit and mentioned that the committee has discussed areas of improvement for the fiscal responsibility at LAFRA and necessary guidelines. He indicated that they have researched books written for non-profit organizations and found guidelines for audit committee’s and how they should do things. He stated that the Audit Committee will come up with some type of charter to maybe include into the Policy Book.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

1) David Smith referred to the Hope for Firefighters event and indicated that we will net over $95K for this year’s event verses last year at $80K. He also mentioned the upcoming Golf Tournament and reported that we currently have $68K in sponsorships and 88 golfers signed up for the event.

2) David Smith reported on the website status and stated that they have now changed over from Trellon to CodeSpoke for hosting the website.

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE REPORT

David Peters presented the following motions.

The committee recommends and

I so move to pay the usual and

customary bills in the amount of $1,024,532.54. There was no discussion or objections.

Motion carried to pay the usual and customary bills in the amount of $1,024,532.54.

The committee recommends and

I so move to pay the professional

fees in the amount of $117,345.

There was no discussion or objections.

Motion carried to pay the professional fees in the amount of $117,345.

The committee recommends and I so move to approve the contract with the Rule Company for issuing liability and other insurance coverage with a 1.2% increase in the cost compared to the previous year. He stated that the total amount was $144,346.80. There was no discussion or objections.

Motion carried to approve the contract with the Rule Company with the amount stated.

from the personnel department he would notify the Board.

Motion carried to approve the financial assistance applications for surviving spouses, active and

NEW BUSINESS

Jacobsen referred to the Estate

SETTING OF DATES

1) Over the Line Tournament –

RETIREMENT DINNERS

The committee recommends and

RELIEF COMMITTEE REPORT

retired members.

Planning benefit and indicated that there have been quite a

I

so move to approve the changes

EMERGENCY

number of members gifting a

made to the Policy Book. There was no discussion or objections.

James Coburn presented the following motion.

ADVANCEMENTS

portion of their estate to the WODFF. He mentioned that they

Motion carried to approve the

The committee recommends and I

James Coburn presented the following motion.

were going to begin pushing the payroll deductions for the

changes made to the Policy Book.

so move to pay:

The committee recommends

WODFF and indicated that we are currently at less than 50%

EXECUTIVE SESSION The Board entered into Executive session at 11:32am. The Board adjourned from Executive session at 11:43am.

The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount of $21,388.84 The Estate Planning benefit in the amount of $3,500 The Relief Death Benefits in the amount of $31,500

and I so move to approve the emergency advancement applications for active and retired members. There was no discussion or objections.

participation. He stated that their goal was to achieve 100%.

September 12th

The committee recommends and

There was no discussion or

Motion carried to approve the emergency advancement

GRAPEVINE/WEB

2) LAFD Invitational Golf

I

so move to approve the action

objections.

applications for active and

Tournament – September 24th

taken during Executive Session. There was no discussion or objections.

Motion carried to pay the above Relief benefits.

retired members.

COMMITTEE REPORT

3) IFEBP Annual Employee Benefits Conf. – November 11th – 14th 4) LAFRA Open House –

Motion carried to approve the action taken during the Executive Session.

James Coburn read the names of members who recently passed and asked for a moment of silence

Chris Hart requested that any Trustees that have photos that

SECRETARY’S REPORT

December 1st

MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT

from the Board.

they have taken for events to submit them to the Grapevine department so that they could

1) Scott Ames – July 12th Knollwood Country Club

ADJOURNMENT

David Peters presented the following motions.

MEMORIALS Richard J. Glielmi Gerritt J. Vrieling Fred D. Croghan

possibly place them in the magazine. He mentioned that later in the day, they will

(Lowe) 2) Don Cascio and John Rojas – July 19th Los Robles Greens

The committee recommends and I so move to accept the applications to the Medical Plan. There was no discussion and no objections.

Allan A. Nelson Alan R. Fulkerson Frank J. Leone Robert W. Birnie

have a website meeting to review different layouts for the Grapevine on the website.

Golf Course (Albarran) 3) Wes Shundo – July 28th Elk’s Lodge #966 San Pedro (Larson) 4) Alan Bush – August 11th

ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE

Scarlett Belle, Oxnard (Doak/

Motion carried to accept all applications to the Medical Plan.

James Coburn presented the following motions.

Andy Kuljis mentioned that they have been investigating complaints calls coming from

SCHOLARSHIP

Lowe) 5) Dave Soto – August 24th Ports O’Call Restaurant (Bednarchik)

David Peters informed the Board that Medco will soon rebrand itself as Express Scripts and stated that the membership will begin to see the change in various communications. Jacobsen mentioned that they will also

The committee recommends and I so move to accept the donations in the amount of $6,396.51 to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. There was no discussion or objections.

members and/or families calling on behalf of members in regards to inappropriate treatment in facilities or if the members are ailing and need assistance. He also asked Trustees to stop by his office and pick up some flags if

6) Tom Lambert – September 8th Ports O’Call Restaurant (Hart) 7) Michael Whitehouse – October 2nd Odyssey Restaurant (Peters)

notify the membership by sending an e-blast as well as posting notification on the website.

Motion carried to accept the donations in the amount of $6,396.51 to the Widows,

The committee recommends

needed.

COMMITTEE REPORT

John Jacobsen entertained a motion to adjourn. David Lowe so moved. Tim Larson seconded.

Motion carried to adjourn.

Jacobsen mentioned that Tristar will no longer work with the City’s workers comp issues for firefighters as of November 2nd. He indicated that a new contract has been given to a company

Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund.

and I so move to approve the financial assistance applications

Doak Smith mentioned the Scholarship Program and stated that everything went well. He mentioned that Rick Godinez would take over the program and

There was no discussion and no objections.

The Board of Trustees meeting adjourned at 12:12pm.

called AIMS to deal with firefighter claims. He stated that when he gets more information

for surviving spouses, active and retired members. There was no discussion or objections.

handle next year’s Scholarship awards.

John Jacobsen, President

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL BOARD MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

President John Jacobsen called the Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Fire- men’s Relief Association to order at 9:14a.m. This special Board meeting had been noticed on June 21, 2012.

ROLL CALL

MEMBERS PRESENT:

John Jacobsen, President Juan Albarran, Vice President Andrew Kuljis, Secretary Trustee James Coburn Trustee Jeff Cawdrey Trustee Chris Hart Trustee Doak Smith Trustee Robert Steinbacher Trustee Francisco Hernandez Trustee Michael Overholser Trustee Steven Domanski Trustee Rick Godinez Trustee Gary Matsubara Trustee Kurt Stabel Trustee Mark Akahoshi Trustee David Peters Trustee David Ortiz Trustee Barry Hedberg Trustee Tim Larson David Ned Smith - Executive Director Todd Layfer - Controller

MEMBERS ABSENT:

Trustee Gene Bednarchik (Excused) Trustee David Lowe (Excused) Trustee Chris Stine (Excused)

Trustee Steve Tufts (Excused) Trustee Craig White (Excused)

GUESTS:

Roger Burton - Healthcare Actuaries Dawna Gray - Bradawn Inc.

John Jacobsen informed the Board that there would be two topics of discussion for the Special Board meeting agenda. He stated that the first topic of discussion would be the Relief Benefit Study prepared and presented by Roger Burton of Healthcare Actuaries, and the second topic would be Mr. Burton’s analysis of the seven year requirement for the Medical Plan.

RELIEF BENEFIT STUDY

Todd Layfer briefly commented that he had worked with Roger Burton in providing him with census data of the membership and the history of benefits paid to members over the last several years. He indicated that they made projections and best guess scenarios based on current circumstances and assumptions.

Roger Burton presented an overview of the study and reviewed the investment balances by fund. He then reviewed the results of the study and addressed the assumptions that went into the study. The report showed projected future benefit payout for the Relief Fund, L & A and the WODFF. It also gave five-year projections on both revenue and how revenue compared to expenses.

After review of the study, it was the Board’s opinion to not add or increase benefits at this time. The report was provided to the Relief committee for their use. After evaluation, the Relief committee has the option of recom- mending changes to benefits if they feel they are needed and affordable.

Medical Plan 7-year Stipulation Analysis

Jacobsen informed the Board that this analysis was in regards to the requirement that a member be in the PPO Medical Plan for seven years while they are active firemen prior to re- tiring in order to have the best retiree premium rate. Those who retire without seven years in the PPO Medical plan will be charged a higher premium of approximately 200% until they reach the seven year requirement.

Dawna and Roger reviewed the best case and the worst-case scenarios for modifying the 7-year requirement. She also reviewed the assumptions and discussed healthcare reform and how it would impact the Association.

After review of the analysis, it was the Board’s opinion to refer the issue back to the Medical Committee for further review.

ADJOURNMENT

The Special Board of Trustees meeting ad- journed at 12:16pm.

John Jacobsen, President

visit: www.LAFRA.org mail: P.O. Box 41903 Los Angeles CA 90041 phone: (800) 244-3439
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visit:

www.LAFRA.org

mail:

P.O. Box 41903 Los Angeles CA

90041

phone:

(800) 244-3439

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Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund

June 2012

YAEL ROSENBLOOM FROM THE KINDERGARTEN “TZEDAKAH” PROGRAM

ROGER H. CURRY IN MEMORY OF MY FATHER ALLAN A. NELSON & MY MOTHER ZELLA M. NELSON

WALMART

ANGELINA M. KING IN MEMORY OF MY HUSBAND CAPT BILL KING

JOHN J. ADAMS IN GRATITUDE FOR THE DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

GARY T. SHELFORD IN GRATITUDE FOR THE DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

GARY RODRIGUEZ PROCEEDS FROM FIRE SERVICE DAY

BAYWATER HOMEOWNERS ASSOC IN MEMORY OF IRENE THERMOS

COPPEROPOLIS VOLUNTEER FIRE ASSOC. IN MEMORY OF WALT BALL

DOROTHY J REED IN MEMORY OF RENO ZULIANI

FRANK COSOLA PROCEEDS FROM T-SHIRT SALE

FIRE STATION NO. 112 FROM THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER FUND

KAREN HORELLY IN MEMORY OF HERB TOURTILLOTT

JOHN E. KESLER JR IN MEMORY OF FRED CROGHAN

ROBYN ROSENFELD IN GRATITUDE TO FIRE STATION NO. 109

BETTY V. LARSON IN MEMORY OF MY HUSBAND GENE LARSON

SONIA CUNDY IN MEMORY OF ALBERT LOEWE

HELEN L. SCHULZ

LAVONNE ABNEY IN MEMORY OF IRENE THERMOS

BETTY J. VRIELING IN MEMORY OF MY HUSBAND GERRIT J. VRIELING

BETTY J. VRIELING IN MEMORY OF MY HUSBAND GERRIT J. VRIELING

GEORGE & SHIRLEY VRIELING IN MEMORY OF MY BROTHER GERRITT JUNIOR VRIELING

RICH VALLIN PROCEEDS FROM FIRE SERVICE DAY 2012

THOMAS G. CROCKATT IN MEMORY OF ALAN R. FULKERSON

ANN ZULIANI IN MEMORY OF MY HUSBAND ANGELO ZULIANI

DELBERT C. THOMPSON IN MEMORY OF STAN JONES

DELBERT C. THOMPSON IN MEMORY OF RENO ZULIANI

FIRE STATION NO. 100 FROM THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER FUND

UNITED WAY INC

ADAM D. GILL

ROY TRACHSEL IN MEMORY OF FRED D. CROGHAN

EVANGELINA GONZALEZ

GERALD R. KISECKER IN MEMORY OF RENO ZULIANI

PETER R. LUCARELLI IN MEMORY OF EDWARD DREHER

JERRY KING IN MEMORY OF ALAN R. FULKERSON

KAREN SIEGLER IN MEMORY OF FRED CROGHAN

WILLIAM CRISS IN MEMORY OF FRED CROGHAN

ANN NIX IN MEMORY OF MRS. IRENE THERMOS

GOLDIE ROE IN MEMORY OF FRED CROGHAN

LAVERNE M. MC LEOD IN MEMORY OF BARBARA GILLETT

DON R. DE JESSE IN MEMORY OF FRED DANIEL CROGHAN

ARLENE REISSIG IN MEMORY OF GARRY VRIELING

JOE BALDO IN MEMORY OF FRED CROGHAN

MARCIA L. MORROW IN MEMORY OF ALBIN S. LIS

CLIFFORD & RITA HARVEY IN MEMORY OF IRENE E. THERMOS

JAMES D. POGUE IN HONOR OF HERBERT TOURTILLOTT

BARBARA J. BROWN IN MEMORY OF JAMES COSTELLO

JACK A. BENNETT IN MEMORY OF HERBERT TOURTILLOT

JAMES E. GILLUM FROM THE “BREAKFAST CLUB”

LOIS JONES IN MEMORY OF GERRIT VRIELING

ROBERT J. ENGELKE IN MEMORY OF GARRY VRIELING

HELEN D. GILLETTE IN MEMORY OF FRED CROGHAN

INTUIT FOUNDATION ON BEHALF OF PAMELA ABBOTT

ANSELMO “SONNY” GARRIDO IN MEMORY OF JAMES R. COSTELLO

HELEN L. MEGORDEN

ARLENE HAMILTON IN MEMORY OF RENO ZULIANI

ANN M. ZULIANI IN MEMORY OF RENO ZULIANI

LOIS E HEIDNER IN MEMORY OF RENO ZULIANI

LOUIS P. ORIGEL

DANIEL CROGHAN IN MEMORY OF FRED CROGHAN

RAUL MIRANDA HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY!!

LAURIE PEEL IN MEMORY OF FRED CROGHAN

ISABELLA SCHARGITZ IN HONOR OF HAROLD SCHARGITZ

DANIEL LEON IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM WILLARD

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CLASSIFIEDS

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

1996 BMW RT1100 MOTORCY-

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2000 HARLEY-DAVIDSON ROAD

KING. Beautiful Bike! 95-inch mo- tor, includes seat back and chrome rack (10K in chrome), 16,000 miles. Asking $9,500. Also for sale, 2004 Honda XR650R, good condition. HR hop up kit, runs excellent. Asking $2,500. (909) 838-5929. LACO Captain, John Mark FS 135-C.

GO GO ELITE TRAVELER SCOOTER. 3 wheeled scooter, one owner, excellent condition, O2 holder, rear basket, all paperwork , low miles, 3 piece breakdown for travel, unused since 09/2011. $2000 new - asking $650. Ask for David @ 949-294-2953.

MOTORCYCLE GOGGLES, OILS & LUBRICANTS - ALL Fire Fighters,Friends & Family receive 50% OFF EKS Brand Motorcycle Goggles and Accessories(www. eksbrand.com). Also Receive 50% OFFall Kal-Gard Oils and Lubricants (www.Kalgard.com). Fire Fighter must placeorder to receive discount. Please contact Steve Goldberg Email: steve-o1@ verizon.net PH: 661-492-4097

REAL ESTATE FOR RENT

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