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NO. 12

18th Annual Hope for Firefighters

It never rains in SoCal except on a day when thousands
hit the streets for the annual firefighter food festival. But
that didnt put a damper on the work of the firehouse
chefs, the competition in the dry muster games or the
donations pouring in to the WODFF ....................................06

Presidents Message .........................................................................05
Battalion News .................................................................................11
The Retired Guys
Farewell to Jerry Johns ...............................................................31
LAFD Sports
4-Wall Handball National Championship .........................................32
Seniors Golf Club Championship ...................................................33
Goodbye to FS 15
Farewell party at the soon to be old firehouse ............................34
Department in Action .........................................................................35
Retirement Dinners
Randy Beach ............................................................................39
Kitchen Table Wisdom
Center hallway apartment house fires ....................................40
Station Fridge ..................................................................................43
Retirement Dinner Announcements ...............................................45
Mailbox .............................................................................................46
Memorials ........................................................................................48
Cadet Muster
LAFD posts fare well at SoCal competition ................................49
Dollars and Sense
Guarding against identity theft ......................................................51
LAFD History
Remembering Lane Kemper and the Fallen Firefighters Memorial ...52

Minutes of the Board of Trustees .......................................................55

Classifieds ........................................................................................58

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As mentioned last month, July has brought some changes
to your LAFRA memberships. Active firefighters received a 2 %
pay raise. This will result in a modest increase of Relief dues to
both actives and retirees.

We here at LAFRA would support and encourage all of our
members to have their affairs in order. This is so when the time
finally comes (believe me, it eventually will) your wishes and
directives will be followed. Effective July 1st, the trust preparation advancement will allow you an additional $1200 to help you
prepare your trust. This is in addition to the $600 benefit already
in place. The additional $1200 that is an advancement that must
be repaid in 12 months or less. This $1200 can also be used to
update you existing trust. Remember, the additional $1200 is not
free, it must be paid back.

LiveHealth online is now up and running. Type in livehealthonline in any one of the search engines and follow the
instructions. If you are looking for 24/7 access to board-certified
doctors, immediate access via a secure private video line, then
this is for you. Remember this is not free, you must pay your
copay and the plan will pay the balance. These LHO doctors can
provide prescriptions that can be sent to your pharmacy, if needed.

As we wind through summer I want to remind you of a few

The Over-the-Line tournament is on for September 8,
2015. Bill Bringas has handed off the baton to Sean Millett. I am

sure Sean will do an awesome job. If you have never been to the
OTL tournament, please take the time to go. Great weather /Great

The Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Colorado Springs is
slated for September 16-20, 2015. The IAFF and UFLAC are going to place Captain Matthew G. McKnight on the memorial wall.
LAFRA is going to provide trustees for support of the McKnight
family. This is a must attend event for anyone in the brotherhood of firefighting. Make it a family event!

Our golf tournament is September 21, 2015. One of the
best ways to support this event is to purchase golf ball drop tickets. Tim Larson was instrumental in selling tons of tickets at the
Pechanga Reunion. Thanks, Tim. The other way to have fun
and assist the Relief is to participate as a golfer in one of the few
spots left.

Remember to save the date for our Open House,
December 5, 2015. Everyone is welcome to stop by prior to that
and check out your new building.

Juan Albarran

The 2015 scholarship recipients pictured with the LAFRA Board of Trustees.

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he dichotomy of SoCal
living was apparent at
this years Hope for Firefighters event. Seems it never
rains in southern California except on a day when thousands
are expected to flood Hope
Street for the annual LAFD food
festival. And as the rain dowsed
the pavement, the bucket
brigades turned out for a drought
inspired dry muster.

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But the dampness didnt put a damper
on the festivities. The downtown crowd still
came out in force to devour the firefighter prepared specialties. Most of the 20 booths ran out
of food before they ran out of customers. When
the clouds finally cleared, it was apparent that
the sun was once again shining on the Widows,
Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund.

The muster games are a favorite of the
event sponsors employee teams. In a normal
year they are soaked from inch-and-a-half
overspray and fire bucket sloshing. Things
were a bit different this time with concerns that
wet muster events might bring unfavorable
scrutiny. Instead the teams used buckets filled
with cement and the hoselays from the handcarts ended with the hose still dry. If the smil-

ing faces - even after the intense competition

- were any indication, the participants didnt
seem to mind the modifications. The team from
Brookfield eventually took the top honors, followed closely by CommonWealth and One
California Plaza.

The challenge for the firehouse chefs
this year was to beat the three-time champions
from Fire Station 88. The crew from Sherman
Oaks pulled out all the stops and wowed the
crowd with their Back to the Future inspired
booth, complete with clock tower and an authentic DeLorean time machine. While 88s
walked away with a well-earned Best Theme
trophy, their tasty Pulled Pork and Jalapeno
Mac & Cheese was edged out by 29s for best

All the station crews were busy preparing weeks in advance of the event. There
were menus to plan and props to build. Ralphs/
Food4Less, the title sponsor this year, helped to
make the pre-planning process a little bit easier.
They provided gift cards for all the firehouse
participants, making their markets one-stop
shopping for all the food and supplies.

Those fish tacos were absolutely amazing! said food judge Neal Zevnik, of FS 10s
south-of-the-border specialty. Joining Zevnik
at the judges table were renowned chefs Megan Logan of Caf Pinot, Ernesto Uchimura of
Plan Check, Genevieve Gergis of Bestia and
Bret Thompson of Pez Cantina, the after-party
sponsor. It was a tough choice but the panel finally decided on FS 29s BBQ Ribs and Garlic

Rolls as best entre and awarded 21s Pumpkin

Rolls & Root Beer Floats the best dessert prize.

Perennial LAFD spokesman Steve
Ruda, along with Mary Beth McDade from
KTLA, called the play-by-play throughout
the day. ABC 7 News Garth Kemp and Gary
Leonard from the Downtown News were on
scene to report on all the activities. Providing
musical enjoyment were Lea Carranza singing
the National Anthem, the Hawkins H.S. band
marching in the parade, and the Emerald City
band covering popular tunes.

In addition to the hard work of the
firehouse crews, there were many behindthe-scenes partners and collaborators. Much
appreciation to sponsors US Bank, Alaska
Airlines, IBEW Local 11, CBRE Global Inves-

tors, Taslimi Construction, CIM Group, Interscape Construction and Universal Protection
Services of America. LAFD Fire Apparel was
able to fulfill the shopping requirements of the
crowd and donated a portion of the proceeds
to WODFF. Of course, the dedicated corps of
LAFRA volunteers came out in full force. Emily Pizinger, a regular volunteer and WODFF
beneficiary, spoke to the crowd of her experiences and how she was able to bring in Bay
Alarm as a new sponsor.

The annual Hope for Firefighter festival
could not happen without the cooperation of the
downtown business community. Many thanks
to the year-round work of the Hope Committee
led by Heather Ross and Steve Robinson.

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29s captures Best Entre award

FS 21 bakes Best Dessert

FS 88 wins Best Theme four years running

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10 August 2015

FS 10 raises a flag for retired member Wendy Cummings

Engine 3 handled an auto vs bike at 6th and Fig on 7/5/15.

Photos by Yvonne Griffin

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Hello fellow Angelinos! Carlos Danger
is back on the move and has been hearing lots
of commotion about a new captain in the battalion giving a few non-emergency/non-fire related direct orders. Its funny how a concerned
member shared that with me just moments
after reading the July 2015 Kitchen Table
Wisdom here in the Grapevine. A question in
the article read, In your opinion, what are
the two biggest reasons captains fail to gain
the respect of their command? There were
a lot of good answers from a few good fire
officers but the ones that stand out in this case
were about entitlement and selfishness. They
were saying that its NOT all about you - so if
youre trying to take credit for a certain coin
charity project to make yourself look good,
than you should probably reread the LAFD
Core Values. Secondly, and I quote from KTW

again, I truly believe if an officer gives a

direct order in a non-emergency setting then
they need to take a step back and reevaluate
themselves as an LAFD officer. So in saying
that, take care of the crew, make sure they eat
at 12 and 5, back them up 100% as long as
policy is being followed, give safe and aggressive fire orders, and last but not least, make
sure they go home the next morning to their

There was a Major Emergency fire in
16s first in on June 28th. It was a one-story
commercial going like a bomb! All of the
Eastside was taking part in the action, along
with assistance from companies from all over
the city. Apparently when the IC orders two
more TFs for the incident, Metro decides to
cancel one of the responding truck companies
that is just about a block out. Not going to
happen says LF 12 and they keep on coming.
Truck 12 did some good work, but in spite
of our valiant efforts, a few members were
injured battling the beast. Lets hope they have
a speedy recovery.

As for the future of the LAFD, let us
give applauds to Fire Stations 12 and 47 for
coming in 1st and 2nd place in the annual
LAFD Cadet Muster. For the runners up at
47s, hats off to Captain Cuevas for throwing
a celebration with friends and family in their
own backyard. A hired Taco Truck showed
up along with music and fun and games for
the kids. What a real fiesta and showing the
cadets what hard work has earned. And next
year well get them! As for the championship
celebration for the Cadets at Post 12, still no
news on that, but we are waiting.

Thats about all for you loyal readers out there. Fellow Battalion 2ers, you are
encouraged to send me stories of heroics and
bravery, or those juicy kitchen table talk about
things going on. Either or is fine, and farewell
once again till next month.
Carlos Danger signing off!

Lets welcome the following brothers
to the battalion: Eng Cesar Ortega, FF/PM
Roger Sackaroff, FF Matthew Siegle, and FF/
PM Mike Hartley. Im sure you will all enjoy
the battalion. I hope I didnt leave any one

There are guys that get tired of riding
the paramedic RA and transfer into a nonparamedic spot where there is no 800. I get it;
theyre tired of getting detailed off their own
shift, theyre burned out of riding the paramedic RA, or maybe just want to get back on
the fire side. I get it and I cant blame them. I

did it years back myself. But now if you are in

a fireman spot on your shift and its the weekend? You should pretty much count on getting
detailed. Is it right that the guy who got a SOD
nine 9 days out on the RA takes the detail for
you and then you ride the box on your shift?
You are in the fireman spot and most of the
time you are permanent engine or permanent
truck. So it is only right that you take what
you KNOW will be coming your way from
time to time.

As we all know, there are tons of
vacancies - especially in the firefighter
and firefighter/paramedic rank. Heck, even
engineers and A/Os are getting tons of SOD.
Thats a good thing. Unfortunately, the assign
hire thing is not going away for a few years,
so we all gotta keep takin care of each other

and keep our heads up. Bein the way things

are, engineers, A/Os, and captains are all
willin to work down. They say, Ill work
anywhere, moneys money. So . . . youll
work anywhere except on a rescue, right? I
gotta say if youre willin to work anywhere,
and moneys money, set a good example and
jump on the box for the guys and give em a
reprieve - ESPECIALLY if youre working
down in your own station. After all, how bad
can 24 hours be? Heck, Id work anywhere
too, if I was permanent engine or truck. Now
this aint referrin to all. You all know who ya

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Keep sending ya stories, so I dont
have to make somethin up.

Companies use foam on a pallet fire at 327 Rose Ave on 7/5/15.

Photos by Yvonne Griffin

FS 49 raises a flag for retired member Jack Fitzgerald

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Crew 3 at a live fire drill on 6/10/15.

FS 90 says goodbye to Itchy

Capt Ken Cook (77s) and FF Ryan Curtis (66s) on their last day at 13s

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Wes Mc Laren and Denis Ilyiach from FS 11-C celebrating

the end of probation. Photo by David Blaire

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13s FF Matt LeBlanc celebrates the end of probation with his family

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Family members attend the flag raising ceremony

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FS 13 wowed the crowd with

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Final act oF the

Greek crisis?
The current news flow regarding the problems facing Greece

currency and the ECBs Quantitative Easing program are both

can seem overwhelming. Maintaining a level head in light of

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the potential significance of an economic meltdown in Greece

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payment to the IMF last week), then the next problem is will they
leave the Euro? It should be stressed that there is currently no
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Leading economic indicators in Europe are improving from

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Adam Davis is congratulated by Chief Terrazas

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Greetings from the Battalion that used
to sleep! Lets start off this months gossip won-dering about the great exodus from Fire
Station 93. My guess is the dorm room is to
cold but it could be something else going on.
Ill try and get to the bottom of this issue in
next months arti-cle, but by then there might
not be anyone to question!

As far as movement in the Battalion
goes, we have a few changes. Good luck at
your next assignment to Captain Robles going
from 93s to 9s, FF Kasparian from 93s to
81s, FF Gath 105s to 39s, and FF Charbunnet 93s to 60s. Battalion 17 welcomes Captain Kesterson to FS 72; good job at the drill
tower and I know the fellas at ol firefightin
72s are glad to have ya. Oh . . . and I almost

forgot, the Battalion also welcomes FF Frye

from 56s. Does the 3rd shift rule still apply?

Lets bring the spot light over to 73s
now. Congrats to Captain record for longest
line-up Denning for having his last annual! I
wish I was there for it but word has it that he
was wear-ing his finest sh%#t kickers and a
Stetson to boot. The only thing missing was
his trademark tank top. Good job cap! Thanks
for keeping a small tradition alive.

The A/O candidates can now relax
for a bit until their practicals come up. So a
huge thanks is due for all the stations out there
that made it work for the fellas that showed
up to bor-row a truck for the day. Thank you
for cooking two meals in and staffing pumps
when appropri-ate so they could use all the
time to train. Basically, thank you to all those
stations for doing the right thing and making
the system work. The other thank yous go to
the guys at the station level that looked after
their future A/O hopefuls and to the wives that
understood the way the depart-ments promotional process works in all its glory.

The summer is in full swing and
vacancies keep getting greater and greater
as time goes on. We just had Fathers Day
which led to all training being cancelled for
the day (i.e. A/O can-didates not being able to
take trucks to their favorite place to throw the
stick). The next day that will be interesting is
July 4th. Should be fun to see what they cook
up for all the expected vacan-cies that day.
Scary thought is, I heard it from my wife that
we might have limited recall that day. How
does my wife bring this up you may be asking
yourself right now? Well, thanks to a certain
social media website they will know all the
ins and outs of the department before we do .
. . Lord help us!! But on a serious note, good
job to the women that support us at finding a
way to share the joys and struggles of being a
firemans wife.

In closing, good job to the whole Battalion for working hard for annual. Remember,
we do it for ourselves and not for the upper

Rick Denning stands his last Annual Inspection

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Well hello everyone - long time no
hear from. Just a short story outta 43s that
will make you say, You cant make this stuff

First I want to congratulate the members that promoted from the Battalion and the
ones that promoted in. Either way Im sure
that you guys will do well.

Over at 43s we have Frank Lewis
and Al Mackey working on the B shift, and
they also happen to be best of friends off duty.
Okay, remember that.

So E-43 goes on a routine person
down. As we arrive we notice that the guy
down only has one shoe on - which is no big
deal cause most of them dont have any. After
the primary assessment, its determined that
this gentlemen doesnt need any help from

the LAFD. But before we pick up and leave,

FF Lewis asked the homeless guy, What size
shoe do you wear? The guy says, Oh, about
a size 12. Well FF Lewis walks back to E-43
and starts to search around in the engine. I
turn to Engineer Mackey and ask, Does he
have shoes on the rig? Mackey says, Not
sure. Well FF Lewis starts tossing shoe boxes
around looking for the correct size. It looks
like a scene from a Foot Locker store. FF
Lewis finally comes back and gives the homeless guy a box of shoes. We all stood there
like, wow!!

Now these were not just any ordinary
shoes but a really nice pair of boots (brand
new) still in the box. Only thing missing was
a receipt, have a nice day and thank you for
coming to Foot Locker. As the homeless guy
opens the box, Engineer Mackey proclaims,
Wait I gave you those shoes! WHAT!! Told
you you cant make this up. So FF Lewis
is asking the homeless guy, How do those
shoes feel? Mackey is going crazy cause he

gave Lewis those shoes, and he is screaming,

Wait, I gave you those, you cant give them
away, Im standing right here, you couldnt
have waited until I transferred out? (Mackey
is now at 48s) Meanwhile, the homeless guy
is up on his feet with a NEW pair of boots
giving thanks to FF Lewis. Were standing
there in awe of Lewis and Mackey - theyre
like the Odd Couple arguing over the shoes.
Now guys, we all have friends, pals, your boys
you always roll with, but Im not buying them
shoes. Im sorry, not gonna happen!

As we head back to the engine the
homeless guy with the new boots is tap dancing down the street. Engineer Mackey is still
going crazy about the boots. But it doesnt
matter to FF Lewis its like water off a
ducks back.

So if you ever in need of a pair of
shoes, call 43-B. Im sure FF Lewis will have
your size.
Be Safe

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ccordin to his family, Jerry Johns

was born a rascal. That was September 24, 1944. The family already had
three daughters, so Jerrys father, Ralph, was
delighted to see a son.

Jerry was a highly competitive guy and
hated losin. He excelled in baseball, football
and became a star athlete at Van Nuys High
School. He was also invited to try out for the
Los Angeles Angels baseball team.

After graduatin high school in 1962, he
joined the Navy and was stationed in Hawaii. It
was there that he met the love of his life, Jill.
They got married in 1964. In 1967 Jerry Johns
decided to become a fireman and joined the Los
Angeles City Fire Department. After his probation, he found a home at Fire Station 14 on the
A shift. Jerry was a great fireman and always
enjoyed keepin things Stirred Up. Eventually Bob Byron, Rodney Felix and Tom Kenyon
all became close friends.

Jerry also enjoyed playin golf with his
many friends, includin Gary Klasse. Although
most people wouldnt describe what they did
together as playin golf, but more about who
could hit the ball the longest distance.
Jerry also organized and managed the LAFDs
Red Slow Pitch Olympic Team from 1972 to
1982, winnin five medals: three bronze, one
silver and one gold.

In October of 1981, Jerry had a seizure
while playin handball at Fire Station 14. He
was just 37 years old at the time. After havin
several medical tests, it was determined that he
had a brain tumor. After the surgery the next
day, Jill visited him in the ICU and saw that
Jerrys head was covered in bandages. She
could only see his eyes. Jerry looked at her and
said, If this headache doesnt go away, Im
goin to ask for my tumor back. With his sense
of humor, Jerry was always able to put a smile
on the people around him.

After goin through many rounds of
radiation the doctors informed the family that
he would have approximately 20 years to live.
Jerry had other plans and lived 33 additional

Jerry left us on September 27, 2014.
Jerry was a third generation fireman for the
LAFD. He loved bein a member of the Fire
Department and took great pride in servin the
people of Los Angeles.

Jerry finished his career at the Shops,
but it was well known that his heart remained
at Fire Station 14.

At the breakfast table a
man said to his wife, What
would you do if I won the lottery?

The wife answered, I would take my
half and leave you.

The husband said, I won $12.00 yesterday. Heres $6.00. Keep in touch.

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ven in retirement, Jesus Pasos leads the way! The United States
Handball Association 4-Wall Handball National Championship
was held at Los Caballeros Sports Village from June 9-14, 2015.
This event featured 336 handball players from the United States, Canada,
Mexico and Ireland. The competition was fierce, and LAFD Handball
made a strong showing.

Jesus Pasos won his first National Singles title in the 60 and over
Singles Division, defeating the defending champion David Steinberg.
Joe Castro and civilian partner Mike Lennik from San Francisco placed
second in the 55 and over Doubles. Ryan Chance and Alex Garcia played
a marathon, all LAFD shootout in the A Singles semi-final on Saturday, with Chance coming out on top. Chance lost to a 19 year old future
pro in the Sunday morning final.

Other noteworthy performances were Chris Yokoyama and Roy
Harvey who lost in a semi-final battle to the eventual winners in the A
Doubles. Tony Arnado and Sergio Guzman lost a marathon match in the
B Doubles semi-final.

LAFD Handball cooked lunch for the tournament on Thursday,
which requires a special thanks to Russ Rueda and Armando Aguirre
who manned the grill, and coordinated the volunteers.

Richard Ramirez, FS-66-A, has volunteered to take over as commissioner for LAFD Handball, starting with the Venice Beach 3-Wall
Tournament on Saturday, September 12, 2015, so get ready!

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Joe Castro & Mike Lennik placed second in the 55s

Jess Pasos beat David Steinberg in the 60s

LAFDs Ryan Chance placed second in A singles

n June 9, 2015, 81 of our finest seniors

from the LAFD Golf Club met at the
beautiful Montebello Golf Course to
decide who would be the top senior golfer in
the club. It was a magnificent, overcast, sprinkling, cool, day in Montebello. In all, we had
11 golfers post scores in the 70s. This years
champion is Randy Souza, shooting a 72.
Following Randy and all shooting 75s were
Chet Page and 81 year old Jim Maza and a 76
by Jim Meacham. Randy will represent us at
the SCGA Seniors Tournament of Champions
in December.

Taking the Low Net honors this year is
Tim Larson. Tim shot a gross 81, minus his 19
handicap, gave him a 62 for the tournament.
Great job Tim! Tim will represent us in the
SCGA Net Seniors Tournament of Champions
in December. Congratulations guys!

It was great to see our octogenarians
again this year: Jesse Lea at 90 years young,
Tom Harrison at 86, along with Jim Chatterton and Ron McIntyre, both at 83. Jessie even
shot under his age, an 88. Nice shooting Jessie!
Can you believe all of these guys handicaps
are in the twenties? Tom Harrison says, at my
age, its always a great day when you wake up
to another day! We also had 81 years young
Jim Maza, who shot under his age, a 75, and
Bill Rose. Well, we hope to see you back for
another tournament in 2016.

On the other end of the spectrum was
our youngster this year, Eric Anderson at 51.

Id like to thank Kevin Wright, a Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley, for supporting our tournament again. ProVs this year. We
must rate! Thanks Kevin.

New this year in support of our tournament were Gold Lee and Adam Turner of
Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke, Sherwin and Lee.
Thanks for the cart gifts.

A big thanks goes out to the LAFDGC
board for their continual support. Mike
Monroy, Gary Mannan and I were there
manning the scoring table and many of the
behind the scene jobs. Thanks Mike and Gary.

A special thanks goes out to the Montebello Country Club staff of Tom Camacho,
Eddie, Alex and his staff for a job well done.

A Flight Ages 51 to 59
1st Gross - Andy Zar
2nd Gross - Keith Young
3rd Gross - Bruce Bickly

A Flight Net and Gross Champions

Buzz Clark and Andy Zar


1st Net - Buzz Clark

2nd Net - Dan Costa
3rd Net - Dennis Harada 85
4th Net - Don Page



B Flight Ages 60 to 64
1st Gross - Randy Souza 72
2nd Gross - Chet Page
3rd Gross - Jim Meacham 76
1st Net - Tim Larson
2nd Net - Tim McDonnell
3rd Net - Don Carter
4th Net - Gary Mannan




B Flight Net and Gross Champions

Tim Larsen and Randy Souza
C Flight Ages 65 to 67
1st Gross - Steve Sutlif
2nd Gross - John Hendricks 83
3rd Gross - Jim Sanchez 84

C Flight Net and Gross Champions

Dave Lowe and Steve Sutliff

1st Net - Dave Lowe

2nd Net - Ron Lem
3rd Net - Mike Dodd
4th Net - Jan Bernard




D Flight Ages 68 to 90
1st Gross - Jim Maza
2nd Gross - Rod Felix
3rd Gross - Randy Judd


1st Net - Jessie Lea

2nd Net - Mike Sauber
3rd Net - Ron McIntyre
4th Net - Jim Johnson




Club President Dale Gant Congratulates

Champion Randy Souza

D Gross and Net Flight Champions

Jesse Lea and Jim Maza

Congratulations to all of our winners. See you next year.

Dale Gant - Tournament Chairman

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n June 7th, 2015, all department members, active and retired

were invited to come say farewell to old Fire Station 15. The
firehouse opened on July 3, 1950, at 915 W Jefferson Blvd. and
served the USC area including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum,
Shrine Auditorium and Expo Park.

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The new facility is located just two blocks away at the corner
of Hoover and 30th Street. It sports an Italian Romanesque design and
sits on an acre of land, three times the size of the existing station. The
contemporary upgrades in the station will help responders keep pace
with new developments and protect the prominent sites in the district.
Upgrades include a drive-through section for fire trucks and engines to
improve response times.

Highland Park

Photos by Jeff Zimmerman, EPN & Greg Doyle

On July 5, 2015, the LAFD responded to a brush fire in Debs Park. Firefighters arrived
on scene to find two acres slowly burning uphill. More than 100 firefighters, combined
with four hand crews from LACoFD, took 1.5 hours to get a full knockdown.

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El Sereno

Photos by Mike Meadows, Greg Doyle

and Craig Durling
At 11:28AM on Sunday June, 28, 2015, companies
responded to a reported structure fire at 4366 E Worth St
(corrected address) in El Sereno. The first arriving units found a
commercial building with heavy fire and smoke showing. The building was heavily secured and boarded with
plywood, creating a forcible entry issue which delayed entry. When signs of potential roof collapse developed, units
began the transition to a defensive operation. Truck
companies established ladder pipes for heavy streams while
engine companies staffed large hand lines.
In addition to a challenging fire, firefighters were also faced
with 93 degree temperature and 39% humidity. Despite
the conditions, crews battled for just over 2 1/2 hrs for a

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Toluca Lake

Photos by Mike Meadows & Juan Guerra

On June 19, 2015, companies responded to a fire at 4600 N Riverton Ave in Toluca Lake.
Firefighters arrived to find an apartment building, initially believed to be under construction, fully involved with fire. The fire had already spread into two units of a three story
(occupied) apartment building.
Despite the fire extending into the common attic, a fight to save the apartment building was successful. The paramedics on scene treated three patients for minor injuries,
included one firefighter. All were either released or transported in good condition.

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t was the 29th of May, 2015 when the evening got off to a wonderful start with hors
doeuvres and drinks being served to all
present, for we were about to share the evening
celebrating Captain Randy Beachs retirement

The event was held at the Porter Valley Country Club amidst the lush green fairway
of the golf course. Battalion Chief Steve Ruda
was the Master of Ceremonies who was about
to take us through a wonderful celebration of
Randys almost 35 year career on the LAFD.
Randys pastor, Father Shea of St. Rose of
Lima Catholic Church in Simi Valley, gave the

We all settled down after going through
the immense buffet of almond roasted chicken, tri-tip, a variety of side dishes, salads and
seasonal fruit. Then Chief Ruda, who could
have just stepped off the stage at the Comedy
Store, began sharing a bit of Randys history
prior to the LAFD. One of Randys hobbies
was to be a professional clown, yes! He
would dress up in clown clothes with the big
shoes, make-up and hair to entertain. I heard he
was quite good at being a clown. His comedic
antics took him to various parades and nursing

On one side of the room many pictures
were displayed depicting various fire incidents
that Randy had been dispatched to early on in
his career. During his second assignment at
Fire Station 60, while on probation, he went
to his first firefighter death, that of AO Tom
Taylor who died at the Cugees Restaurant fire
in North Hollywood. At the early age of 19,
Randy sprang into action to help his fellow firefighters by trying to raise a ladder to help them
off the roof. The firefighters could not hold on
any longer and fell but the ladder Randy was
trying to raise is credited with softening their
fall. The two firefighters had burns and broken bones. Randy sustained a neck injury that
would be with him throughout his career.

Randy was a strong advocate of teamwork, safety and always practicing drills. Being at some of the busiest assignments, Randy
was able to hone his skills as a firefighter and
EMT. But, nothing could have prepared him
for what happened while he was at FS 66, when
he was dispatched to the Proud Bird restaurant
fire where Firefighter Ben Pinel, who was dis-

oriented inside the burning building, had perished. Randy tried desperately to find Ben
making three attempts but to no avail. Randy
suffered multiple burns to his face and ears.

Randy now had five years on the job
with his memories of those traumatic incidents.
When the fire department first started its Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team, Randy
was first in line to get trained. He wanted to
help his fellow firefighters deal with the mental
anguish associated with being involved in traumatic incidents as he had been earlier on.

Randy went back to college and earned
his AA Degree in Fire Science and a BA in
speech Communication. He started teaching part time at Los Angeles Valley College
[LAVC] in the Emergency Services Department. He is still there today.

The energy of those at his retirement
dinner radiated throughout the evening as Randy was presented with certificates of appreciation.

Presenting for CSFA was LAFD retired
Deputy Chief Alan Cowen; AC Emile Mack for
the Fire Chiefs Certificate; Ms. Tania Oronzo,
from Councilmember Englanders office, with
the Council Certificate; Captain Dave Pimentle
with the UFLAC plaque and BC Steve Ruda
presented his retirement badge.

Randys wife Janie, his daughter Shellie and son Zac were seated at the head table.
Many of his former crew members from Fire
Station 104 and his last assignment at Fire Station were present.

Toward the end of the evening, BC
Steve Ruda turned the microphone over to anyone who wanted to speak. We were all entertained with stories that warmed your heart and
made you laugh.

I dont know how many people only
saw Randy for anything other than a fire department Captain; but, I for one, must say that
at the end of the evening I felt that I knew a different man. One that has strong Christian and
family values as well as a sincere commitment
coupled with his tireless efforts and meaningful
contributions to better the lives of others.

I dont think when we retire from the
LAFD that we really retire. Many of us go
on to find inspiring occasions that fulfill our
own sense of mission and purpose as professionals. Randy is one of those that will continue to teach his Fire Service class at LAVC
and in addition he has decided he could be of
service helping people in another way by being
a private investigator. Yes! His new endeavor
is Wave One Detectives based in Simi Valley
but, will travel north, south, east and west to
help people that need his expertise. His wife,
Janie, presented him with various disguises
that might help him in his private investigative

We all join in to wish Randy a happy,
healthy and fulfilling SEMI-RETIREMENT.

August 2015 39

n this edition of KTW retired Battalion

Chiefs Don Stukey and John Nowell discuss (1) their initial action on a center-hall
apartment fire, and (2) how they addressed
members who underperformed. Both men established prominent LAFD reputations and in
retirement continue to be recognized nationally
for their fire service expertise.

Operational question: What are your

considerations as the first-in engine captain on
a pre-33 4-story center-hall with one unit well
involved on the 3rd floor?
Don Stukey, B/C retired: With heavy smoke
showing I want to bring my own water supply,
ensure a good spot for the engine (emphasis
on hose line access, room for additional cos,
aerial spot). Ill give a good, quick size-up, describe the structure and the fires location. Request additional resources if: #1 - you have a
working fire at night (possible high life hazard

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and delayed alarm), #2 - its advanced into the

hallway (spreading quickly and blocking escape routes for occupants) or #3 - the fire is in
multiple units (multiple hose lines). Look at the
smoke, thats the fire talking to you . . . also,
how quickly are conditions changing.

Direct the crew based on our most immediate problem (usually fire attack, but not
always). Is this a drop-bag operation or interior stairwell? Join your crew and give additional size-ups once inside. Remember you are
still the IC until you pass command or are relieved by a higher-ranking officer. If other cos

are coming on scene, give them assignments

based on most immediate needs. In this incident, I would be very concerned with search
and rescue on the 4th floor. Other high priority tasks include: Back-up fire attack, ladder
fire escapes, aerial ladder to the roof, assigning
cos to the rear to check for trapped occupants,
ventilation (horizontal and vertical), check for
extension and salvage.

In addition, it is very important to maintain well-trained crews that routinely know
what you want and/or expect. For example:
proper line and nozzle selection (an 1 provides good gpm and mobility), pulling ceilings
to fight fire and enhance firefighter safety.

I have always stressed that TRAINING
John Nowell, B/C retired: Saving lives is
your first priority, and the most effective way
to accomplish that is to get water on the fire
as quickly as possible. Consider the following
three-phase approach:

PRE-FIRE PLANNING AND TRAINING: Its absolutely true that at every incident
you respond to you will not rise to the occasion but rather sink to the level of your training.

Pre-fire planning and Night Hotels are
for your safety also. Take advantage of inspections to identify: hydrants, apparatus spotting
locations, access routes, drop-bag locations,

Practice laying-a-line quickly and without blocking access for other resources. Practice drop-bagging lines at a parking structure.
Train your engineer to anticipate a drop-bag
and pull hose from transverse beds. With practice you can drop-bag 8-10 floors.

RESPONSE: Bring water. Leave room
for a truck to reach two sides of the structure
with the aerial . . . hose bends, ladders dont.

Short concise size-up: Metro from
E-45, at 456 S. Norton. We have a 4-story center hallway (add letter shape L, H, etc., if
appropriate) with one unit on the 3rd floor well
involved extending to the 4th. Double the assignment.

Get inside quickly and drop-bag a line.
Pull sufficient slack, usually to other end of
hall. Hold the fire in the room and push it out
exterior window.

Place cos: Consider an engine to the
4th to cut off extension (Div 4); engine to assist
with back-up, additional lines or S&R; Truck
for ventilation on 3rd and/or 4th floor; Truck
for salvage, etc.

Dont overextend and try to do too
much. This is not a promotional exam. You do
not have to do everything; you do need to get
water on the fire.

AFTER ACTION: Take time to conduct a tailboard Hot Wash. Start by explaining your thoughts and actions. Give each member a chance to talk, then finish by summing
up the companys performance based on your

expectations. Praise members performance every chance you get.

Leadership Question: How did you address your members when they experience failure or disappointment on the fireground or in the
engine house?
Stukey: When were dispatched to make a
positive difference at an emergency it can
cause frustration, sadness and regret when
things dont go well. This is especially true if
the incident results in civilian deaths after we
arrive on scene. Even worse, if serious injury
or the death of a firefighter occurs this can be
extremely tough on all members.

As a captain, you should know the personality of each member on your crew. Everyone reacts differently to any given situation.
Its important to get the crew together and critique the incident to bring out what went well
and what could have gone better. This discussion should always be conducted in a positive
manner - this may be a challenge based on the
circumstances. It should not turn into a bitch
session. The goal is team building and improvement.

It is important to lead this off by being completely honest about your own actions.
Bring out the things you would do different in
the future, i.e: Did not assign resources to the
4th floor soon enough or recognize the warning
signs of a flashover. Be completely honest.

This is a good start now let each
member of your crew talk about their actions
and how they feel we can do better in the future. If its a training issue, address this and fix
it as soon as practical. Remember, you are part
of an emergency service and any tactic should
be considered a timed event. Time on the fireground is a critical factor.

Nowell: Its important to understand that a

properly trained and supervised crew will rarely experience failure or disappointment. More
often than not, both of these can be turned into
training opportunities.

That being said, youll likely experience both of these on the fireground. They need
to be addressed immediately by conducting a
tailboard hot wash and allowing each member to participate. The IC should also conduct a
hot wash at every incident prior to releasing
cos. If you dont, the locker room will, and you
may not like their assessment. Dont hesitate to
let the IC know of a particular situation. ICs,
actually no one, likes being surprised by issues.

Start any review of a situation by looking in the mirror. Quite often the culprit is
the person responsible for the members training and performance. More often than not the
boots on the ground (crewmembers) will be
doing the right thing in spite of their direction.

Dont operate in a vacuum know that
someone on the Department has already had to
deal with the same situation. Have a list of resources and utilize them, it is ok to ask for help.

Dont forget that many incidents have a
pre-determined outcome regardless of your efforts. In these cases, your best effort is all that
can be asked.

Here are four rules for every incident,
which will result in consistent performance:

Respond rapidly

Take care of the problem

Be nice in the process

Get your crew home safe
Train as if your life depends on it, because
it does And so do the lives of the citizens
you serve.
In next months KTW Captains Bill Wick, Joe
Sharrar and Chris Hare will discuss (1) tactical
considerations when assigned Div A, and (2)
how they continue to develop as leaders on the

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Dear Relief Association,

On behalf of my mother Grace and my
entire family, I would like to thank you for all
you have done to help us. From the first phone
call the day after my fathers death, through paper work, and the funeral service, everyone has
been wonderful. All phone calls were answered
or returned promptly. Everyone was so gracious with their expressions of sympathy. The
day of the funeral the flowers were beautiful,
the bag piper incredible, and the flag a moving
and unexpected tribute to my dad.

Peter Pleick loved the Los Angeles Fire
Department! I never heard him complain about
any assignment, and the only times I saw him
take a day away from work were the two times
he was injured on the job. Although it was an
incredibly dangerous job, he never brought that
stress home. He knew that the Relief Association and the LAFD family would be there for
us, and you absolutely have been.
Toni Pleick Ware
Artesia, CA
Los Angeles Firemens Relief Assn.

There are many things to thank you for.
First the wheelchair you provided for Burdette
(Bud) Creath for two years. The beautiful plant
you sent. The wonderful flag presented to me
at Buds memorial. All the help we received
when we called the Relief Assn. We spoke to
Jim Dolan, who was so helpful, taking care of
notifying the various departments. Please accept this donation in honor of my husband Bud
Creath. I am so grateful for all your help and to
all those from the fire department that attended
his memorial.
Mary Lynne Creath
Woodland Hills, CA
Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemens Fund

In memory of Peter Pleick, a close
friend throughout our fire department service.
We met when we were both assigned in and out

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of Fire Station 22 with Frank Brown, Chrisman, Gary Cramer, Don Hickman, Frank Jure,
Howard Metz, Les Reynolds plus many others
whose names I dont remember. We had fires of
all sizes, in all types of occupancies, and at all
times of the day and night, and in between false
fire alarm boxes. The friendships and spirit
were high among all assigned members, which
extended to our families. Those times will live
with me forever.
Tony Giordano
Malibu, CA

I hosted the McDaniel Scramble in Las
Vegas for the third year now and am happy to
say it was our best year yet. We played two different courses and enjoyed all Las Vegas had to
offer in between rounds. We had a great crew
and a good, competitive tournament. Enclosed
is a check for $1,100 to the Widows, Orphans
& Disabled Firemens Fund. I really appreciate
what you do and hopefully this can help someones family in need. Until next year.
Cory McDaniel
Fire Station 55-B
Dear L.A.F.R.A. Members,

Please accept this donation for the
WODFF in memory of Lars Nelson. My regards to his family.

Lars was an outstanding firefighter and
a pleasure to work with. We shared some time
at FS 29 and just doing his share of housework or at a fire was never enough. Lars always
went the extra mile or executed that extra

Thank you all you R.A. persons for all
you do for the membership.
Jack Van Eaton
Bothell, WA
Dear Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemens Fund:

Please accept this donation in memory
of Burton (Burt) M. Hosterman, who passed

away in March, Burdette (Bud) Creath, who

passed away in April, and Duane White, who
passed away in April.

Burt and Bud were both engineers at
Fire Station 11 during the same time period that
I was an A/O at Fire Station 29. Although I was
never assigned to 11s, I did work a lot of SOD
there. I remember both of them well. They had
both been there for some time and 11s was a
very busy assignment then, as Im sure it still
is. I can never remember either one ever complaining, and both did a class one job.

Duane White was an A/O and my B
shift relief for some time at old 29s. I cant
remember who the B shift captain was at the
time, but it may have been Wallace Dugan or
John Kirkorn, or possibly both. 29s was also
a busy place in those days, and the creature
comforts were in short supply. But it was one
of, if not the best assignment I ever had, and
Duane was part of the reason.
Richard Watters, LAFD retired
Agoura Hills, CA
To L.A. Firemens Relief Assn:

Please accept this donation to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund. This
is in memory of my husband John E. Kemper
and my son Lane A. Kemper. Thank you all the
good you do when the need is there.
Beryl Kemper
Deer Park, WA
Relief Association:

I met Ed Fox in the early 60s when
Truck 89 was placed in service. He was a great
engineer and fun to work with. I recall a brush
fire in Brown Canyon when the truck members
staffed E 289 and Ed was our engineer. E-289
was an old Kenworth triple with no power
steering and Ed was worn out after driving in
all the hills we worked in that night.

I also had the opportunity to have his
son in the drill tower while I was assigned as an
instructor. He never let on his dad was the engineer assigned up front at Station 89 while he
was going through the tower.

I am happy to see Ed had a long retirement after a job well done.
Robert Mac Millan
Lake Havasu City, AZ


Enclosed is a check in memory of John
S. Holloway, who was known as Sparkie to all
that worked with him. I was one of his reliefs
at OCD from 1990 until we retired in 2008. A
good man and good officer who knew his job
and did it in a professional manner. He will be
missed by all who knew him.
Thank you,
Robert L. Kilpatrick
Simi Valley, CA
Dear Andy,

Thank you for the beautiful flower arrangement. The bag pipe music and the flag
presentation were a wonderful tribute to our
mother. These memories we will cherish forever. Your kindness and thoughtfulness will
always be remembered.
Betty Rea & Mary Henderson
San Pedro, CA

Everyone who worked with Sparkie
[John Holloway] knows what a great person he
was. He and I first met at FS27. He was my
tillerman and always very helpful with the rig
and was fun to have around the station. We had
a chance to work together at Arson when I was
assigned there as a captain. Sparkie was a great
investigator who was liked and respected by
everybody. Im going to miss seeing him at retirement dinners and exchanging stories about
the old days. My condolences to Carol, his
children and grandchildren.
Mike Littleton
Westlake Village, CA

Experts say it is in your best interest to review your

Estate Plan every five years.

Reasons to update your Estate Plan:

Marriage or divorce (yours or a beneficiarys)
New family members
Home or property sold or purchased
Change in financial situation or assets
Sold stock or other assets
Change of state residence
Change in tax laws
Los Angeles Firemens Relief
Association members are entitled
to a one-time, reimbursement
Estate Planning Benefit of up to
$600. And, starting July 1, 2015 a
new service, the $1,200 Trust
Preparation Advancement.

for details

LA Firemens Relief Association:

Capt. Jack [Fitzgerald] was my third
house TFC at old 2s. Just a great captain and
wonderful human being. He was a captain that
you admired and would go into any burning
building with. Always fair and great with all his
crew. Spent 10 years at 2s working with him.
Sure liked his handball games and the good
cooking of John Chavez. RIP Capt. Jack.
Tod Geer

Get your Estate Planning

Getting Started Kit today
by calling Marlene Casillas,
Development & Marketing
Director, at (323) 259-5217 or
email at
August 2015 47

Robert L. Notley, Fireman. Appointed September 23, 1946.
Retired on a service pension February 1, 1973 from FS 42-A.
Passed away June 4, 2015.
Jack Fitzgerald, Captain II. Appointed August 29, 1964.
Retired on a disability pension August 31, 1995 from FS 49.
Passed away June 11, 2015.
John S. Holloway, Captain I. Appointed February 20, 1971.
Retired on a service pension July 27, 2008 from OCD-A.
Passed away June 11, 2015.
Richard L. Bowman, Fireman. Appointed May 29, 1951.
Retired on a service pension December 1, 1971 from FS 97-C.
Passed away June 18, 2015.
Kevin M. Poore, Firefighter III. Appointed April 18, 1977.
Retired on a service pension September 22, 2002 from FS 112.
Passed away June 19, 2015.
John J. Mitchell, Captain. Appointed September 10, 1978.
Retired on a service pension January 31, 2012 from FS 108.
Passed away June 24, 2015.
Francis A. Gritt, Engineer. Appointed July 2, 1951.
Retired on a service pension June 1, 1980 from FS 63-B.
Passed away June 25, 2015.
Ralph C. Lindsey, Fire Inspector. Appointed August 19, 1947.
Retired on a service pension May 1, 1974 from Valley Industrial Unit.
Passed away June 29, 2015.
John J. Ostrowski, Engineer. Appointed June 16, 1955.
Retired on a service pension March 1, 1976 from FS 3-A.
Passed away July 4, 2015.


Carmen Coffman, surviving spouse of Robert J. Coffman, passed away May 16, 2015.
Patricia J. Coker, surviving spouse of Orval L. Coker Jr., passed away May 26, 2015.
Ramona E. Armstrong, surviving spouse of Roy J. Armstrong, passed away May 29, 2015.
Jacqueline C. Hammel, spouse of William F. Hammel, passed away May 31, 2015.
Alice Bowers, surviving spouse of Lyndall A. Bowers, passed away June 8, 2015.
Ona M. Thomas, surviving spouse of Walter M. Thomas, passed away June 14, 2015.
Dorothy E. Merritt, surviving spouse of Willard G. Merritt, passed away June 21, 2015.
Elaine G. Osborne, spouse of Charles B. Osborne, passed away June 27, 2015.
Donna I. Foley, surviving spouse of Tim J. Foley, passed away July 4, 2015.

48 August 2015

eens from throughout Southern California enrolled in fire department cadet and explorer programs, displayed their skill during
career oriented competition at the Los Angeles Fire Department
Valley Training Academy on June 7, 2015. The Cadet Muster consists
of events based on traditional firefighting skills. The events tested the

cadets individual and collective abilities. A muster team consists of five

cadets each with assigned roles, similar to a firefighting resource.

The LAFD Cadet Posts fared well in the competition. The crew
from Fire Station 12 took the top honors and the team from Fire Station
47 came in 2nd place overall.

August 2015 49

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50 August 2015

by Mike Mastro, President/CEO

Firefighters First Credit Union

Identity Theft Jackpots and How You Can Safeguard Against Them

dentity theft is nothing new, yet, globally,

it still manages to cost its victims billions
of dollars each yearnot to mention the
time and hassle involved in recovering a stolen

The good news is that there are some
easy things we can all do to deter identity
thieves. The bad news is that many of us do
little beyond choosing a decent password. For
this months article, Id like to highlight five
places an identity thief will look for information and what we can do to safeguard against

Your Trash Can

Dumpster diving may sound old school,
but its still an easy way for identity thieves to
get access to your personal information.

Get a shredder and use it a basic
model is only about $25-$30. Get into the habit
of shredding things before throwing them out,
especially things like financial statements, expired credit cards, utility bills, cell phone bills,
paycheck stubs, old boarding passes and travel
itineraries, credit card receipts, and ATM receipts. Anything with your name and address
on it, including envelopes, should be shredded

Your Phone

Odds are that youre carrying a lot more
in your phone than just your contact list. With
smartphone theft on the rise, protect yourself.

Have a password-protected lock on
your home screen. This is a standard feature

on all smartphones for a reason, so take advantage of it. If your smartphone also has location
tracking (find my phone feature), use that

Public wi-fi networks are not secure,
so avoid checking your bank accounts or shopping online from the local coffee shop or during a layover at the airport.

Do not store sensitive information on
your phonestoring passwords or login information in a note-taking app is bad news.

Identity thieves will sometimes request
a change of address to illegally reroute your
mail to a different location. Check with the post
office if you suddenly stop receiving mail.

Use a mailbox with a locking system
to deter thieves. Sign up for e-statements for
your Credit Union accounts, credit cards, and
utilities. Not only will you avoid getting a paper statement in your mailbox, but youll also
avoid having to file/store them.

Your Computer

The PIN Pad

You would think that this one would be
common knowledge by now, but every so often
a virus or scam comes along that trips us up.
Stay one step ahead of scammers:

Keep your firewall, anti-virus and operating system software up-to-date. Enable
spam filters on your email accounts. Look out
for sketchy links and emails. Ignore suspicious
password reset requests, unexpected tracking
numbers or anything that asks for your personal information via email.

Dont overshare on social media. Keep
your accounts private and make sure youre not
accidentally broadcasting sensitive information.

Your Mailbox

Remember, should you suspect any
fraudulent activity on your Credit Union accounts, please contact us at (800) 231-1626.

It seems like every few months a new
point-of-purchase scheme emergesskimming devices, keystroke loggers, ATM hacking the list goes on!

When making a purchase, keep your
debit or credit card in sight at all times. Use
your hand to block the buttons when entering
your PIN number, even if theres no one immediately behind youa camera can always be

Choose a good PIN. Avoid PINs derived from your personal information, like your
phone number, address, or birthday. Change
your PIN regularly.

Mail tampering is a low-tech but relatively easy way for identity thieves to compromise your personal information.

Familiarize yourself with your billing
cycles. A late credit card statement or a bill that
never shows up could be a sign of mail tampering.

The more business we do together

as a Fire Family,
the greater the financial reward will be
for all members!
Have a safe month!

Mike Mastro
Material provided is for your information and convenience only.

August 2015 51

Submitted by Frank Borden Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD History - The Story of Captain Lane Kemper

here are and were many members of the

LAFD who stood out from the rest. This
is true for many reasons leadership,
intelligence, caring, hard work, loyalty, trustworthy, firefighting ability, courage, giving,
and on. Lane Kemper was one of these people.
Those of us who knew him were privileged and
fortunate to be his friend.

Lane joined the Fire Department in
1976; twenty years after his father John was
placed on a disability pension from the LAFD
after a major off duty injury.

Lane hit the ground running, enjoying every day as a firefighter but always in the
back of his mind was the goal to give back to
the Fire Department Family. With a group of
equally enthusiastic young firefighters, he began to get interested in Firemens Musters.
They began competing as a team in Hose Cart
competitions and became noticed by seasoned
veterans, primarily from Northern California.
A rivalry erupted between two upstart teams
from Southern California: Los Angeles County
Fire Department and the Los Angeles City Fire
Department. Lane saw this as a golden opportunity to eventually have a muster to raise
money for the Widows and Orphans Fund. In
1979 Lane volunteered to be the chairman of
the Los Angeles Fire Department Muster Association and they submitted a bid to host the
1981 State Championship Muster at Dodger
Stadium. Lane and his muster teammates traveled all over California competing in musters
and building a reputation as winners. It got to
be routine at the musters when the City and
County firefighters would battle it out for first

In 1981 the Los Angeles Fire Department Muster Committee and the Los Angeles
Fire Department hosted what is probably the
largest muster in the history of the state. It was
estimated that twenty thousand people attended
the event. The proceeds from the event and others to follow were donated to the Los Angeles
Firemens Relief Association Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemens Fund. This was
one of the first and probably the largest event
Lane was responsible for organizing with fellow firefighters to benefit the Fire Department.
His fingerprints have been on virtually every
major fundraising event for the Widows and

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Orphans Fund during the remainder of his time

on the job...

Lane Kemper was appointed captain
1989 and he married his wife Rose in 1993.
In 1997 Rose delivered twin girls; Kaylen and

Along with his involvement in fundraising for Fire Department charities, Lane
worked with fellow fire fighters to develop
techniques for forcible entry and safety. Working together, Lane and others shifted the focus
from forcible entry to forcible exiting with the
emphasis being on firefighter safety and survival. As a young fire captain Lane became a
nationally recognized authority, teaching seminars on the subject and training rookie classes
at the Drill Tower. Lane credits his success on
the Fire Department to the support of his Mother and Father and his early days at Fire Station
10 where he was exposed to a unique mix of
firefighters and officers who worked as a team
without boundaries between the three platoons
- everyone sharing ideas as well as the burdens
and responsibilities.

It was not all work and no play for this
young lion; along the way he was a master of
the Seven Feats of Strength at Fire Station
10. Lane was used as bait for newcomers to the
station by being touted as a champion while he
would appear barely conscious in his undershirt
with a cigar butt in his mouth. The bet would be
to push the close button on the apparatus doors
and then run across the street, around the fire
hydrant, and get back inside the station before
the doors closed. No self-respecting firefighter
would let such a slovenly character beat them,
so the contest was on. The newcomer would be
humiliated as Lane transformed his body into
a tissue thin state and slide through the narrow
opening as the doors banged shut.

Along with all of his activities Lane
was involved in fire equipment restoration
from the beginning. Inspired by the amazing
restored apparatus at the musters in Northern California, he brought his enthusiasm and
leadership to the table in the restoration of the
Fire Department Steamer. Our steamer, fully
restored, pumped at the Los Angeles Fire De-

Captain Lane Kemper He loved the job

A brick wall coming down over the members of Truck 10.

Lane Kemper on the far left looking back was credited for
alerting the crew. All made it out without injury.

Captain Kemper and the crew at Fire Station 17 completely restored this Japanese hand fire
pump for display at the museum.
partment Muster in 1986, and Lane and Tony
Zar were the last licensed steam engineers on
the LAFD. The famous Kurtz steamer is on
display in the LAFD Hollywood Fire Museum.
He inspired the members of Fire Station 17 to
take on restoration projects for the Historical
Society that are also currently on display at our
museum. They completely restored an old Japanese fire department hand operated fire pump
and got the Japanese symbols repainted and
interpreted. They also found an old hose cart
that was hidden away in the City Hall during
the restoration of the building that they made to
look brand new.

Lane Kemper, with his boundless energy and fearless acceptance of responsibility,
raised over a million dollars for Fire Department charities, His quiet leadership style, leading from the front, made him a true asset to the
Fire Department and the entire Fire Department Family. His charity baseball tournament,
named for him, is still going today. Lane was a
tireless benefactor to the Widows, Orphans and
Disabled Firemens Fund for his entire career
and he is a role model for all young firefighters

Unfortunately Lanes active and productive life was cut short by cancer which was
determined to be duty related. His spirit still
lives at the museum in its history. His name is
now on the LAFD Wall of Honor in the Fallen
Firefighters Memorial Plaza at the Hollywood
Fire Museum.

The Kurtz steamer on display in the Hollywood museum that Lane worked on and
brought to the muster for a demonstration of its pumping capability. It is an 1886
Amoskeg steam fire pumper, the first purchased by the LAFD after they became a
paid department.

27, the home to the LAFD Historical Society

Museum and William Roland Firefighter Educational Institute.

The ten year journey to restore the fire
station, built in 1930 and to dedicate a Memorial for Fallen Firefighters has been developed
and sponsored by the LAFDHS and a dedicated
group of volunteers.

The design for the Memorial began
with a sketch of five life-size figures presented by active duty LAFD Captain H. Dwayne
Golden. The sculpting and production of the
bronze statues was undertaken by Honors For
Excellence, Ltd. a Minnesota based company
specializing in Police & Fire commissions.

The next step in securing the unique location of the Memorial was to outline an architectural plan for the entire area surrounding old
27s - the Museum - culminating in a Memorial
Plaza on Cahuenga Blvd. Architect Michael
Rotondi of RoTo Architects, an L.A. firm, was
invited to submit a design. Stone sculptor Yoshikawa joined the team with a design of limestone and granite including water features for
the central Memorial wall on which to inscribe
the names of more than two hundred sixty Fallen Firefighters since 1882.

With the help and commitment from
John Rotondi as General Contractor, Council-

man Tom LaBonge and the City of Los Angeles, B. S. Hand, Dan Leon and Son, Valley
Crest Nursery, California Landscape Contractors Assoc., Neil Sherman of Industrial Metal
Supply, Castaic Brick Company, all the financial supporters and our dedicated team of volunteers, a Memorial is now a reality for the Los
Angeles Fire Department.

Included in the Memorial plaza design
is a concrete map of the City of Los Angeles
depicting the location of City fire stations from
the San Fernando Valley to the harbor area.
The map is surrounded by an overall street plan
for the local area of Hollywood with a bronze
marker illustrating the location of old Fire Station 27 in the community. The LAFD firefighter badge etched in glass is a feature above the
granite slab of names on the Memorial Wall.

LAFD members or family

can purchase pavers with
a badge representing
their rank.

The LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial


The Los Angeles Fire Department Memorial, 1355 N. Cahuenga Blvd in Hollywood
is located in front of restored Old Fire Station

Celebration of life for retired

Battalion Chief John Squire
held in the Fallen Firefighters
Memorial plaza.
August 2015 53

The construction of this beautiful Memorial to date cost $2.6 million. The money
was raised through years of donations. Financial donors to the entire project are able to read
their names and those of loved ones on the
brick pavers throughout the plaza - an opportunity for a firefighter, family member or friend
to be part of this unique tribute to those who
gave the ultimate sacrifice. We have had more
than a dozen celebration of life events at the
Memorial and the LAFD has its Annual Fallen
Firefighters Memorial event there in October.
The Plaza has also been used for special large
events such as weddings and parties.

Those who donate $500 or more get
an engraved paver and have the opportunity
to have an inscription placed on the Wall
of Flame inside the Museum. We now have
pavers that include the rendition of the LAFD
badge for all ranks and the Medal of Valor for
those LAFD members who received the award.
There are many pavers available for purchase.
Contact us by email or call us or come to the
museum for a paver form.

This unique Memorial in the heart of
Hollywood is a place where family and visitors
can come to remember and appreciate the sacrifice made by the members of the Los Angeles
Fire Department for the people of the City.

been a major expense to contract it out and it

would not have been done as well as what our
people did. Next on the list are the hose manifolds another tough job. There are many other
smaller jobs that continue to be completed on
the boat, like refinishing the forward hose reels,

Bill Dahlquist doing some touch up paint on the pilot

house. Notice the starboard running light and the spotlights that were recently installed.

The Ralph J. Scott Fireboat Restoration


Progress continues through the work
of dedicated and skillful volunteers. We have
just finished the restoration of the tower over a
period of several months and a savings of thousands of dollars thanks to the ingenuity and
hard work of our volunteer crew. It would have

Don Forrest (righ) presenting the check from the L.A.

Retired Fire & Police Assoc. to Historical Society President
Jim Finn at a fundraising party in San Pedro. They give
their time and energy, and more than $1,700 for the

Calendar for August 2015

finish repairs and the installation of the running

lights and spot lights on the pilot house, and
installing LED lights in the engine room and
throughout the boat.

We are grateful to Don Forrest and the
members of the board of the Los Angeles Retired Fire and Police Association for a donation
of $10,000 for the restoration of the fireboat.
We are saving huge amounts of money on labor
costs, but equipment and supplies are needed
every day we work on the boat - and we use a
lot of both.

The big tent and fireboat will be open
for visitors who come to the Port for Navy
Days on Saturday August 8th and Sunday August 9th. Visitors will be able to see first-hand
the work being done on the boat to restore it
and meet some of the LAFDHS volunteers who
work on it. We expect hundreds of visitors to
see the boat and learn about its colorful history.
The tent is near the entry to the Battleship Iowa
and it will be open from 10 AM to 4 PM on
both days.

The Hollywood Museum is located in Old Fire Station 27 at 1355 No.
Cahuenga, Hollywood, CA 90028. The
Harbor Museum is located in San Pedro
City Hall at 638 S. Beacon St., San Pedro
CA 90731.

Anyone interested in joining our
great cause by becoming a member, or
volunteering to work, or make a donation
of money or an LAFD item may contact
us by mail:
LAFDHS Museum & Memorial
1355 No. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone: 323 464 2727. But remember we
are currently staffed part time, so leave
a message and we will return your call.
The fax number is 323-464-7401. Our Email is: Web site
at If you want to
look at some great LAFD history check and check the LAFD
web site for information and events at We look forward to
hearing from you and seeing you at the
The Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society is a non-profit 501 (C) (3)

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

54 August 2015


June 3, 2015



President Juan Albarran called the

meeting of the Board of Trustees of
the Los Angeles Firemens Relief
Association to order at 8:52 a.m.

Juan Albarran entertained a motion to

ratify and dispense with the reading of
the minutes of the Board of Trustees
meeting held May 6, 2015. David
Lowe so moved. Gene Bednarchik
seconded. There was no further
discussion or objections.

Bob Steinbacher reported on the

upcoming conferences and Trustee

Juan Albarran, President
Robert Steinbacher, Vice President
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary
Trustee James Coburn
Trustee Gene Bednarchik
Trustee Rick Godinez
Trustee Mark Akahoshi
Trustee David Peters
Trustee Francisco Hernandez
Trustee Chris Stine
Trustee Jeff Cawdrey
Trustee Chris Hart
Trustee Tyler Tomich
Trustee Doak Smith
Trustee Steve Berkery
Trustee Steve Ruda
Trustee Frank Aguirre
Trustee Steven Domanski
Trustee Barry Hedberg Pension
Trustee Tim Larson Pension
Trustee David Lowe Pension
Todd Layfer - Executive Director
Liberty Unciano ControllerTreasurer
Trustee Joe Vigil (Excused)
Trustee David Ortiz (Excused)
Trustee Craig White (Excused)
David Wagner, Grapevine Editor
INVOCATION & Flag Salute
Tim Larson led the invocation. Steve
Berkery led the flag salute.

Motion carried to ratify and dispense

with the reading of the minutes
and Board actions of the Board of
Trustees held May 6, 2015.
1) Tim Larson reported on the LAFRA
Pechanga Reunion and indicated that it
was well attended. He also mentioned
that they sold $2,400 in Golf Ball Drop
tickets. Juan Albarran thanked Tim
Larson and Steve Domanski for their
hard work with organizing the event.
He asked for the Boards approval to
place a $100 deposit for next years
2) Juan Albarran provided an update on
the 7470 building move and indicated
that we are still in the process of
unpacking and organizing. He asked
that if Trustees see any issues that may
need attention to send Kevin an email.
He informed the Board that the staff
will be using key cards to enter the
building for security purposes.
3) Jim Dolan reported that the L.A.
Firefighters Association had an election
and that they elected a new Executive
Board. He reported that George James
is the new President, Robert Cordobes
is the Vice President, Bryan Geiger
as Secretary. He reported that he will
remain as the Treasurer.

Rick Godinez presented each of the
Scholarship Program winners with
their awards and congratulated them
on their efforts and for participating
in the LAFRA Scholarship Program.
He also acknowledged the Scholarship
Committee and thanked them for their
hard work.
1) Todd Layfer reported on Hope for
Firefighters and the Lane Kemper
Softball Tournament. He indicated that
they are still tallying up all the money
collected from that day.
2) Todd Layfer reported that the
Medical Plan has added 135 bodies
during open enrollment and indicated
that 16 have left the plan.
3) Todd Layfer and Liberty Unciano
presented the first quarter financials for
the Boards review. Liberty reported
on the main revenue sources, benefits
paid to members and contributions and
indicated that overall, they remain on
target with the budget. Todd Layfer
reported on the Operating Expenses
and indicated that they are tracking
favorably. He reported that the
professional fees are running on target
as expected.
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Jeff Cawdrey presented the following

The committee recommends and I so
move to pay the usual and customary
bills in the amount of $1,472,423.86.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the usual and
customary bills in the amount of
The committee recommends and I so
move to approve a $100 deposit for the
LAFRA Pechanga Reunion in 2016.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve a $100
deposit for the LAFRA Pechanga
Reunion in 2016.

amount of $6,794.94,
The Relief Death Benefits in the
amount of $9,000
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to pay the above
Relief benefits.
James Coburn read the names of
members who recently passed and
asked for a moment of silence from
the Board.
Frank P. Wells
Robert C. Wing


James Coburn presented the following


David Peters presented the following


The committee recommends and I so

move to accept the donations in the
amount of $2,296.58 to the Widows,
Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund.
There was no discussion or objections.

The committee recommends and I so

move to accept the applications to the
Medical Plan. There was no discussion
and no objections.
Motion carried to accept all
applications to the Medical Plan.
David Peters informed that the Anthem
Live Health Online program is moving
forward and will launch July 1, 2015.
He indicated that they are finalizing
the communication materials for the
James Coburn presented the following
The committee recommends and I so
move to pay:
The Sick & Injury benefits in the
amount of $33,529.52
The Estate Planning benefit in the
56 August 2015

Motion carried to accept the

donations in the amount of $2,296.58
to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemens Fund.
The committee recommends and
I so move to approve the financial
assistance applications for surviving
spouses, active and retired members.
There was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the
financial assistance applications for
surviving spouses, active and retired
The committee recommends and I so
move to advance funds for both active
and retired members. There was no
discussion or objections.

Motion carried to advance funds for

both active and retired members.
Chris Hart indicated that he received
questions about the lack of social
media postings. He requested that they
discuss the issue in the Administrative
1) Hope for Firefighters June 4th
2) Fahrenheit 911 @ FS 88 June 6th
3) Farewell to Fire Station 15th
June 7th
4) Fire Hogs Fallen Heroes Memorial
Ride June 13th
5) Get-Together For all LAFD Retired
June 18th Old Fire Station 27
6) Colorado Springs Fallen Firefighter
Memorial September 19th
7) LAFD Memorial FS 27
October 10th
8) Sacramento Firefighter Memorial
October 17
9) IFEBP Annual Conference (Hawaii)
November 8th 11th

1) Albert Luna June 20th The
Trump Homes
2) Tim Traurig June 26th
Odyssey Restaurant
3) Craig Fujimoto July 25th Fire
Station 49
Juan Albarran entertained a motion
to adjourn. David Lowe so moved.
Tim Larson seconded. There was no
discussion and no objections.
Motion carried to adjourn. The
Board of Trustees meeting adjourned
at 10:45 a.m.

Juan Albarran, President

Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemens Fund

July 2015


2015 McDaniel Scramble
2015 Kindergarten Step-Up Program
Retirement Dinner

PHILIP J. MAC BRIDE in honor of

Lars Nelson

JACK F. VAN EATON in memory of

Lars Nelson

BERYL KEMPER in memory of my husband

John E. Kemper & Lane A. Kemper


of Wendy Cummings

CHER RELLES in memory of

Burdette Creath


of John S. Holloway

ANTHONY E. GIORDANO in memory of

Peter Pleick


of John S. Holloway


ARLENE DRAGOTTO in memory of

Frank P. Wells

DEREK & LINDA CHEW in memory of

Betty Chew

JOHN A. WILMES in memory of my wife

Ruth Wilmes



Rick Ramirez Retirement Dinner


memory of our daughter
Kathryn Blizzard Sausser
RICHARD L. WATTERS in memory of
Burton M. Hosterman, Burdette Creath &
Duane V. White
GLORIA T. MYERS in memory of my
husband & father Harold Myers, Jr.

TED & NANCY TESHIMA in memory &

honor of Richard L. Empie
Ray & Jacky Schillers Marriage
Richard Empie

KATHLEEN LIPPMAN in memory of my

cousin Peter Pleick
FIRE STATION NO. 5 from the
Fire Extinguisher Fund
DONNA ORR in memory of
Wendy Cummings
JOHN J. ADAMS in memory of
Leslie Hawkes, Vernon Samworth &
Robert Patterson

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Week 2nd Week of August (typically), 70 x18 in slip B24 5 Y.O.
StardustCruiser all amenities Fri. to
Fri. week. Full A/C, Flybridge, 22.5
generator, 2 huge refrigerators 4
staterooms and sleeps 14 comfortably. Too much to list here. $15,000
obo plus annual maint. 4 additional
weeks avail 1 starting the Fri after
Memorial Day and three starting
mid September. Fire sale on the 4
Off season weeks, make offer. Call
FOR SALE.$850,000.87 Penfield
Street, Topaz CA 96133. Main
House - 3 beds 2 baths 4,432
sqft. This dream estate has a
dock, launch ramp great for fishing, boating and swimming. 5 car
garage, east facing sun room for
beautiful sunrises over the lake and
gorgeous views of the mountains.
Duplex 2 units - $1600 per mo.
income, each 1,000 sqft, 2 bed, 1
bath with garage and storage room.
Original owners, additonal boat and
RV storage, rystal clear water from
the Sierra Nevada range feed the
well. Don Penfield, Retired Arson
LAFD. (530) 495-2694 - See Zillow

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estimate or pest quotes over the
phone - escrow and inspections
excluded. Fireman wife Sue Fries Termite Lady.
(818) 652-7171.
LANDSCAPE. Tree trimming
and removal, stumpgrinding, and
firewood sales. Mixed firewood,
eucalyptus and oak. Delivery
available or pick up. Licensed and
insured. Dwayne Kastor, FS 63-B (818) 535-6368.
DEALER - DOJRS background
checks, FFL transfers, handgun
safety certificate, consignment
sales, gun registration and personal
transfers. Personal firearms instructor, tactical casualty management
and gunsmithing. All handguns
and long guns must be listed on
the California DOJ for sale roster.
Call Bill Evans - active LAFD (714)
330-9825 email: firehousegunz@
COMPLETE DRYWALL SERVICE. New construction and
remodel. Acoustic ceiling removal.
Spray texture and hand textures.
Greg Avery (805) 320-8311 or
Mark Avery (805) 551-6041.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr.
Susan Purrington specializes in
anxiety, depression, relational difficulties, eating disorders, spiritual
or personal growth, marital conflict,
family of origin issues. Find a
supportive and confidential place
for healing and growth. Located in
Old Towne Orange. Questions or
consultation: (949)648-7875
Separation, divorce, kids behavior
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hyperactivity, school issues, family
adjustment), blended families,
parenting, support, family issues, licensed marriage & family therapist.

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in Temecula. Confidential, 20 years
experience, wife of retired LAFD.
(951) 231-1600.
AIR - Free estimates, residential, commercial. Great rates for
LAFD and LAPD. Toll free (877)
891-1414, (661) 298-3070, FAX
(661) 298-3069. State License No.
YOUR SPOUSE and co-workers
and cant find a way out? Has
God left stranded? Dont turn to
Twinkies! Call clinical psychologist:
Dr. Lindsay Deibler (714) 749-5215
for adult psychotherapy and learning disability assessments. Specialties: Relationship difficulties, work
stress, spiritual issues and eating
concerns. Olde Town Orange.
Call us when a loved one passes,
moves to a nursing facility or
downsizes. Our professional staff
can handle every aspect of estate
liquidation. We have worked with
many fire families and are here to
help. Rebecca Martin, LAFD wife
(818) 216-3637
INC. A complete landscape service A-Z. Sod irrigation / stamped
concrete / driveways / patio cover
/ low voltage lighting / artificial
turf / rockscapes / walls. FREE
landscape design. Free estimates.
Serving all Southern CA. Eric
Mendoza 96-B (760) 221-1912.
Call or text. CA Lic # 807078.
Bonded & insured
landscape materials @ wholesale
prices. Trees / plants / decorative
rock / boulders / firewood / sod /
artificial turf. Delivery available.
Located in Victorville CA. (760)
com Your 1 stop shop!
HIRE A VETERAN. Owner operated. Reasonable rates. Dump truck,
Bob Cat, Back hoe for landscape
renewal, Grading demo & more.
Larry D. Brown (818) 489-5126
DEALER - Firearm background
checks, FFL transfers, handgun

safety certificate, consignment

sales, gun registration and personal transfers. Personal firearms
instructor and gunsmithing. All
handguns and long guns must be
listed on the California DOJ for
sale roster. Call Bill Evans - 112-C
LAFD (714) 330-9825 email:
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Preferred provider for most PPO,
HMO, MPN, Union, Auto accident
and Workers Compensation
Plans. (818) 527-7246.
- vinyl replacement windows &
Patio doors. I also carry aluminum,
wood and entry door systems.
Rick Brandelli, Capt. LACoFD, FS
8-C (800) 667-6676.

BIG BEAR CABIN - All season,
restful views from decks. Two
story, sleeps 6, half mile to lake,
two plus miles to slopes. Fireplace/Wood, cable TV/DVD/VCR.
Full kitchen, completely furnished
except linens. Pets ok. $100/$110
(two day minimum). $550/$650
a week, Beep or Donna Schaffer
1+(760) 723-1475.
BIG BEAR CABIN. 2 bedroom,
2 bath, 2 story. Sleeps 6-8. About
6 miles from ski slopes & lake.
Fireplace/wood, cable, full kitchen
- furnished. $100 per night M - Th.
$110 per night F-Sun. Weekly
available. Sheri (909) 851-1094 or
(760) 948-2844.
BIG BEAR LAKES FINESTDeluxe lakeside townhouse, 2
bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable TVs,
HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood burning
fireplaces, laundry room, tennis
court, indoor pool, sauna, spa,
boat dock. Fully equipped, includ-

ing all linens. Sleeps 6. 310-5418311 or

BIG BEAR CABIN - Sugarloaf Cozy upgraded 2 bedroom cabin.
Sleeps 8. Fireplace, deck, Wifi internet and cable TV. On a large
lot with sled hill. Fully furnished
except linens. $125 Winter $100
summer. Details and availability,
Call/text Jessica (949) 874-5294
2 bedroom, 2 bath. Three blocks
to beach, five blocks to downtown. Sleeps 8 - Monthly rentals
only - completely furnished - cable
+ WiFi. ( - 603800 search). Jill Johns (805) 490-8196.
COTTAGE - 3 bedrooms, 1
bath, one block to beach, view,
fully equipped housekeeping unit.
Marci (818) 347-6783 or Clarence
(310) 510-2721.
MIRAGE (near Palm Springs). 2
bed, 2 bath. Fully furnished condo,
TV, internet, pools and spas. Gated
community from $115/night. 3
bed from $125/night. No smoking.
Barbara (626) 798-2484.
cabin with Carson Peak view.
Close to fishing & skiing. Furnished, wood deck, equipped
kitchen, wood burning stove, tree
swing, cable /DVD/phone. Garage/
ample parking. $95/night plus
cleaning fee. Email for pictures.
Jeff Easton 93-A (805) 217-5602.
CABIN. Charming 2-story with
creek, large deck, two baths,
complete kitchen, TV/VCR/DVD,
fireplace, washer & dryer. Walk to
Blue Jay Village. Sleeps 8. $90/
night. NO PETS! Bruce or Sue
Froude, (805) 498-8542.
LAKE HAVASU LANDING-Waterfront, steps to the water. Boat
mooring out front, off-road desert
behind house. 3 bed/3 bath, fully
furnished w/linens. Direct TV/DVR,
BBQ, Casino, Grocery/Meat Market, Launch Ramp, Marina with
Boat House, Gated Community.
No pets/smoking. $350 Dan Cook
310 418 1577.
RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 sq.ft.
Fully furnished with all ameni-

ties- Laundry & BBQ. 13,000 sq.ft.

lot. 3 car boat-deep garage. 3
miles from launch ramp. Close to
downtown shops & restaurants.
View of the lake. Quiet street in
good neighborhood. No pets. No
smoking. Snowbird rates. Call
Mike (661) 510-6246
gated community. 3 bedroom, 2
1/2 bath, large loft. 3minute drive
to main marina in Oak Shores.
Large flat driveway. Fully equipped
kitchen, BBQ, washer/dryer, TV/
DVD. No cable. No pets/smoking.
$185/night. 3 night minimum. Call
Ben (805) 444-2264.
MAMMOTH - 1 bedroom Summit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient
underground garage parking.
Jacuzzis, gym (pool/tennis in
summertime), shuttle right outside!
Across from Eagle Lodge, Winter
$110 per night, Summer $80 per
night plus $65 cleaning fee and
13% tax. All linens included. Drew
or Nancy Oliphant (661) 513-2000
MAMMOTH CONDO. 1 Bed/ 1.25
Bath sierra manors condo. In town,
on shuttle route. Sleeps 4 easily.
Pets OK. Fully furnished with new
furniture/HDTV/WIFI Woodburning
fireplace. Hot Tub, sauna, W/D in
complex. Reduced rates for FFs
starting @100/nt
Ryan (310) 717 8483 for more info/
MAMMOTH CONDO. 2 bedroom,
2 bath, sleeps 6. Near Canyon
Lodge. Newly remodeled recreation room with pool and spa.
Laundy facilities, condo has been
beautifully remodeled. Photos
available on website. Winter $300 per night, Summer - $150
per night. $150 cleaning fee. Call
for holiday terms and pricing.
Joseph Angiuli (626) 497-5083.
MAMMOTH CONDO - CHAMONIX. 2 bedroom & large loft, 3 full
baths, sleeps 8. 5 minute walk to
Canyon Lodge. Fully furnished,
TVs, VCR/DVD, pool, spa, rec
room, sauna, linens included. Winter $175 weekdays, $195-weekends/holidays; summer $125, plus
cleaning. No smoking; no pets.
Craig Yoder (909) 948-3659.
MAMMOTH CONDO - 2 bdrm, 2
bath, 2 TVs, phone, garage, pool,

jacuzzi, fully furnished - exept

linens. Near shuttle/chair 15.
Winter $125/night. Weekends and
Holidays $110 midweek. Summer
$95/night. $495/week. No smoking. No pets. Jim Johnson (818)
992-7564, FS 80C.
furnished, three bedroom, two bath
with towels and linens, newly remodeled kitchen, internet and cable
TV, pool and Jacuzzi. Walk to the
gondola, shops, restaurants and
ski in on the new comeback trail.
Parking at the front door. Winter:
$250/night. Summer $150/night.
Holidays $300/night. Cleaning is
included. Call Mike Whitehouse,
Retired, 805-987-6122, email:
or Bruce Galien, Retired, 661-6457448, email:
bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully furnished,
WIFI, 3 TVs, pool, spa, walk
to shuttle, Old Mammoth area.
Winter $115, Summer $90, plus
cleaning fee $139 and 14% city
tax. Includes linens. No pets, no
smoking. Call (310) 540-4648.
sleeps 10, fully furnished, 2
TVs, DVDs, WiFi, towels/linens,
fireplace. Full kitchen. Walk to
Gondola Village and shuttle. Complex has pool, spa, sauna, laundry.
Winter $335/night, Summer $215/
night, plus cleaning. Includes city
bed tax. No pets, no smoking.
Dory Jones (310) 918-0631 or
Kelly Corcoran (310) 619-5355
MAMMOTH CONDO rental. Large
2bed/2bath winterset condo. Fully
furnished, across from Vons, on
shuttle route, easily sleeps 8. Hot
tub, heated pool, sauna, full size
in unit W/D HDTV/WiFi throughout, woodburning fireplace, pets
rates from $150/night
Ryan @ (310) 717-8483
Manors Sleeps 7. 3 bedroom 2 1/2
bath. Fully furnished except linens.
2 TVs/VCR/DVD, stereo/CD.
Dishwasher, microwave, sauna,
jacuzzi, pool. No smoking/No
Pets. Shuttle at door. Winter $155/
night, Summer $100/night, Plus
$80 cleaning fee and City Bed
Tax. Brian & Karen Salvage LAFD
Retired (805) 499-7752.


bedroom, extremely charming
wildflower condo. Full amenities,
close to shuttle. Antiques, art,
satellite TV, fireplace. Sleeps 4.
Winter $110, Summer $85 plus
cleaning fees. Call Bill Clark (818)
Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed,
sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR,
DVD. Garage parking. Walk to
Canyon Lodge. Ski back trail. 2
night minimum. Winter $100/nite,
$125 Fri, Sat & Holidays. Summer
$60/nite. Plus $120 cleaning &
linens. Jeff & Lisa Moir (661) 2545788.
Walk to Canyon Lodge. Studio loft
sleeps 4. Queen beds, full kitchen,
2 baths, garage parking, TV, VCR,
DVD. Winter Sun-Thurs $100.nite;
Fri & Sat $115/nite plus cleaning
fee $100. Non smoking complex.
Joel Parker, LAFD retired.
email: or
(213) 399-6534.
FOUR RESORT. Charming and
cozy furnished 1 Bedroom sleeps
5. Updated unit with amenities
including wifi, sauna, jacuzzi,
phone, rec room, 2 flat screens ,
DVD players. W/D on site. Shuttle
stop. Walking distance to village.
$120/night + $80 Cleaning fee
ON NAPILI BAY - 50 from water.
Studios and 1 bedroom. Luxury
furnishings + full kitchen. All the
amenities! Mauis best snorkeling/beach. All island activities &
Kapalua within 4 minutes. 5-day
minimum, from $150 per night
(regularly $310/night). Call Sherrie
or Bill for info/reservations (805)
530-0007 or email: pmimaui@aol.
com or visit:
MAUI CONDO 1 AND 2 BEDROOMS. Centrally located on
beautiful Maalaea Bay. Excellent
swimming and snorkeling; white
sandy beach. Minutes from golf,
tennis, fishing, shopping, airport
and resort areas. Marsha Smith or
Jeanne McJannet. Toll free (800)
BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful furnished condo that sleeps 4. Lanai/
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screen TVs/DVD, ACs free WiFi

(internet), complimentary maid service, complimentary coffee every
morning and breakfast on Fridays.
Special firefighters discount - Best
value in West Maui! Nice pool &
BBQ area - Close to beach! (800)
Don Sprenger - retired LAFD (949)
GETAWAY - 80 miles south of
Glacier Natl Park, in the foothills
of the Rockies, mountain and
canyon views. 1,000s of miles of
trailheads, fishing, etc. 2 bedroom,
1.5 bath, dining, living, kitchen
& washer/dryer. SatTV, wireless
internet. $125.00 night + cleaning.
Call Dan (805) 279-8143 or www. (#494959)
PALM DESERT-3 bed/2bath, one
level. New re-model, fully furnished w/linens. Cable TV/DVR,
Private Patio, BBQ, Laundry,

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Near College of the Desert. $175
Dan Cook 310 418 1577.
SPECIAL. Two properties. Private
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GRAS. Beautiful 2 BD - 2BA with a
sauna. Hillcrest Villas. Next to golf
course in Adita Springs, LA. Only
$450/week. Feb 13th thru Feb
20th. (562) 799-1134
Chalet Family getaway. 3 bed/2

bath plus loft. Sleeps 810. Cable

TV, washer/dryer, microwave,
woodburning stove. 7 minutes to
casinos and Heavenly. Located in
Tahoe Paradise. $105 per night
plus cleaning. Call Shawn or Rose
Agnew at (661) 250-9907 OR
(661) 476-6288.

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