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Team Buzzard Bait

21 Annual

Hwy 10

• We invite you, your family & friends to Palm Springs



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CAMP Blu Inn
• LOOK for red and black "B" signs ON HIGHWAY
78 South Side between Split Mountain Rd and the
Blu Inn. Follow green course markers. January 12 - 15, 2018
• The family ride will be on Saturday the 13th.
(MLK Holiday weekend)
Raffle starts at 3:00 PM sharp. The ride should MIKE REITMAYER FS 29-C OR CELL 760-822-1641
take about 2-4 hours, figuring out the clues ?????? DOUG WEBER FS 17-C OR CELL 951-453-2520

Fee for the ride will be $20.00 PER PERSON.

All proceeds benefit the

On the cover: Skirball Fire - By Jeff Zimmerman

Inset LAFD photo by: Ryan Cullom

Thomas Fire - Ventura County

2 • January 2018

LAFRA Dinner Dance
It was a time to “bring back camaraderie” at this year’s LAFRA
holiday dinner dance held at the JW Marriott in LA Live • .............06

Firefighter Rescues Four Children

The dramatic events surrounding the heroic rescue from a burning
structure in South Los Angeles • ...............................................10

How Sam saved us all a bundle!

A Tribute to Retired Pension Commissioner Sam Diannitto explains
how he saved both actives and retirees thousands of dollars • ..36

Study Links Firefighting and Cancer

The largest study ever conducted of cancer risk among career
firefighters found a higher risk for certain types of cancer • .........13

President’s Message • .........................................................................05
Battalion News • .....................................................................................15
Station Fridge • .......................................................................................33
2017 Retirements
The complete list of last year’s retirees • ............................................34
The Retired Guys • ...............................................................................35
Department in Action • .........................................................................38
Memorials • ...........................................................................................43
Mailbox • ...............................................................................................44
Search and Rescue Ops
The oriented search and the nozzle fan search • .................................46
LAFD Merit Scholarships
Four receive grants for higher education • ......................................48
LAFD History
Harbor holocaust in 1944 • ..............................................................51
Minutes of the Board of Trustees • .....................................................54
Classifieds • ...........................................................................................57
Tailboard • .............................................................................................60

Notice: Production of The Firemen’s Grapevine magazine is very expensive, and while your dues
serve to underwrite a portion of the magazine’s costs, the bulk of funding comes from advertisers.
Many businesses advertise in the Grapevine. This does not mean that LAFRA endorses these
advertisers. Use of a Grapevine advertiser is at the risk of the member. If you are interested in any
of the advertisements, we urge you to use any and all means at your disposal to investigate them.

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January 2018 • 3
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4 • January 2018
Welcome to January 2018, the start of a fresh new year Shift. It brought back the old days of camaraderie with all who
where anything is possible. During this, my third year serving attended. For those who couldn’t get a ticket, check out what you
as your LAFRA president, I will continue to embrace every op- missed on the next page.
portunity for making improvements, because as someone very
wise once said, “if you always do what you always did, you will Relief Dues have increased slightly effective January 1, 2018.
always get what you always got.” For active Relief members, it is at $1.18 per month. For retired
January is a month filled with health awareness events. Relief members, the increase is 12 cents per month. The Relief
These include Cervical Cancer Screening Month, National Death Benefit has increased from $4500 to $5000.
Birth Defects Awareness Month, National Glaucoma Aware-
ness Month, National Blood Donor Month, and Thyroid Disease Estate Planning is a service offered by your Relief Association
Awareness Month. These should serve as reminders to get your – and this includes the creation of Wills and Trusts. Protect your
annual wellness exam scheduled. loved ones and your assets with an Estate Plan. You will receive
I want to express my gratitude to the first responders and $600 to help complete the Estate Plan. LAFRA will advance
to everyone else who assisted during the devastating southern you another $1,200 to get the job done, so call (323) 259-5222
California wildfires last month. Everyone did a fantastic job and for more information. Or request a “Getting Started Kit” which
really shined while fighting fires and evacuating many thousands walks you through the process by calling (323) 259-5217. While
of people. Sadly, many who were forced to flee found they had taking care of this, make sure your beneficiary designations are
nothing left when they returned. In a very sad bit of irony, two of up-to-date, as well.
our own firefighters who were out saving the lives and homes of
others, lost their own homes. Thankfully their families were safe, Yearbooks are here and everyone who wanted one should have
and the Relief will be there for them as they start putting their one by now. We will also be sending out a copy to most every fire-
lives back together. house and work location very soon. Thank you to the retirees who
As we’ve been experiencing over the past few years, there Opted-Out – you saved us many thousands of dollars in mailing
really is no specific fire season anymore. Warmer than average and printing costs. The $50 Ralph’s gift card winners have been
temperatures, low humidity, and the lack of rain already make for drawn and the lucky ones will be receiving their rewards soon.
a dangerous situation, but the Santa Ana winds only exacerbate Questions, comments, or problems with the yearbook or delivery,
things. Use this as a wake-up call and don’t wait for something send an email to: or leave us a message at
tragic to happen before you get your wills, trusts, and estates in (323) 259-5246.
order. Organize your files, including home and fire insurance pa-
perwork, and store it where you can easily access it during an SAVE THE DATE:
emergency. • The 21st Annual Buzzard Bait Family Fun Ride will be
We bid fond but tearful farewells to two of our long-time held on Saturday, January 13, 2018, in the desert out near
Trustees – Steve Ruda and Chris Hart. Chris served on our Board Ocotillo Wells. Please contact Mike Reitmayer or Doug
for 14 years. He was chairman of the Grapevine and Social Media Weber for more details
Committees, where he steered us online and into the 21st Centu- • The Hook and Ladder Enduro will be held Saturday,
ry, and also helped Dave Wagner make the Grapevine the premier March 17, 2018, near California City.
publication that it is today. And what more can you say about • The 2018 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon
Steve Ruda? Steve has given his all to LAFRA and the LAFD for will take place on Sunday, March 18, 2018.
most of 40 years. It won’t be the same around here without him,
but his sage advice, charisma and exemplary ethos will be felt for Be safe and be kind to each other!
many years to come.

The LA Firemen’s Relief Association Holiday Party ‘Bring-

ing Back Camaraderie’ was held at the JW Marriott, LA Live, Robert D. “SteinTalker” Steinbacher
in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, December 9, 2017 “C” - 323.259.5200

January 2018 • 5
More than 350 firefight- The bubbly flowed “freely” for the first Steinbacher followed with thanks for all for at-
hour out in the reception area, as old friends got tending and making the event a huge success.
ers and their significant others reacquainted and fresh stories were exchanged. Tim Larson led an invocation, and only then
There were four cash bars (and one ATM) that did the dining room manager summon the first
gathered in the Platinum Ball- helped to make this the happiest hour of the tables to the buffet line.
room at the JW Marriott at evening. Everyone was overwhelmed by the
When the guests were finally invited to quality, presentation and service at the buffet,
LA Live for the LAFRA din- take their seats in the banquet room, the won- and had their fill from the abundant cornucopia
ner dance party. Many of the derful aromas from the buffet were already be-
ginning to fill the room. But this being a fire
of cuisine (and some had their fill six or five
times!). Only then were the lights lowered and
tables at the festivities on Sat- department event, there were a few bits of busi- the vibrations of a variety of great dance tunes
ness to take care of first. began to rock the room. Inside, the dance floor
urday evening, December 9th The golden voice of the LAFD, Steve was jammed until midnight – the entire eve-
were filled with station mates, Ruda, started everything off with a few warm
words of welcome. LAFRA President Bob
ning a welcome respite for the weary while the
strong Santa Ana‘s continued to blow outside.
who made the event their fire-
house holiday party as well.
The crowd looked pretty good all
scrubbed up. Most of the guys seemed to have
remembered how to properly tie a Windsor
knot and the ladies were decked out in every-
thing from Batiste to Taffeta, with a few Peau
de Soie thrown in for good measure. Even the
Fire Hogs left their colors at home in favor of
their semi-formals.

LAFRA’s Event Coordinator Juliet

Brandolino and Social Media Director
Deborah Lew mug with Steve and Bob

Six LAFRA volunteers helped to

make this a party of epic proportions:
Rose Franco, Sandy Marquez, Marshall
Stevens, Anne Munsell, Virginia Newcomb,
and Lori Madden
6 • January 2018
LAFRA V.P. Jeff Crawdrey was
spotted in the chow line where guests
enjoyed a bountiful buffet that included:

January 2018 • 7
The number of photo
strips generated from
Photos & Fountains
photo booth, owned
and operated
by Firefighter
Jerrod Webster

Two very sharp knives carved up

13 racks of juicy Prime Rib

and Butter Roasted Turkeys

Look who was 1st Two bald heads

in line at the buffet! are better than one
8 • January 2018
Chuck Ruddall showed off what he learned from the 14
dance lessons he took before the party

A gaggle of pastry
Disc Jockey and Fire- chefs prepared an array
fighter Greg Balandran of of desserts that included
FirePower VIP’s kept the
crowd dancing all night long

January 2018 • 9
On January 16, 2017,
Task Force 33 responded to a
structure fire at a bungalow in
the Vermont Knolls neighbor-
hood of South Los Angeles.
Heavy smoke and flames were
showing from the front of the
house when they arrived on
scene. While performing for-
cible entry onto the property,
Firefighter Bryce Gutierrez
heard screams coming from
inside. At that same time, the
captain in charge confirmed
that four children - ages two,
three, five, and seven - were
still in the house.
10 • January 2018
Locked security gates blocked the
front entrance, and as Gutierrez circled the
property he found security bars on all the
windows. He finally found a rear-bedroom
window - the only point of entry not yet
consumed by flames – through which he
could make access.
He hoisted himself through the win-
dow into complete darkness, with thick
smoke and zero visibility. Hearing muffled
noises in the distance, he called out, but
received no response. He then dropped to the
ground and, crawling on all fours, began to
search for the children.
Amidst the smoke and flames, he
found each child, one at a time. Each one had
gone unconscious, and as he came across
each limp figure, Gutierrez, not knowing
whether they were dead or alive, carried
them quickly back to the window, passing
each body to a waiting firefighter on the oth-
er side. He completed these motions until all
four children were rescued.
The children were badly burned
and were suffering from smoke inhalation.
They were treated on-scene by paramedics
and transported in critical condition to local
The children had been in the home
alone and were huddled in a bedroom when
firefighters arrived. Investigators believe
the mother was out on an errand when the
fire started. She returned and watched as
paramedics cared for the severely injured
There was a smoke detector inside
the home at the time of the fire, but it melt-
ed, leaving no way of determining if it was
working when the fire started. There was no
electricity in the house, so it’s unclear what
started the fire.
Four children are alive today because
of the courageous actions taken by Firefight-
er Gutierrez. His exceptional service earned
him one of the LAFD’s highest honors, the
Medal of Merit. And in Sacramento, Assem-
blymember Mike Gipson led the State As-
sembly in a special ceremony to honor him.

January 2018 • 11
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So do regular check-ups.

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2 Body Scan every 3 years at 100% 4 Colonoscopy every 5 years at 100%

*limited to $700 *after age 50

5 Standard Immunization Vaccines at 100%

6 Dermatology and skin cancer check,

$15 co-pay

7 Well-woman Exam every year at 100%

8 Mammogram every 1-2 years at 100%

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All above benefits for In-Network providers only

12 • coverage as of 01/01/18, all benefits subject to change
January 2018
In the largest study ever conducted of study had a rate of mesothelioma two times • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, 51%
cancer risk among career firefighters in the greater than the rate in the U.S. population as a • Skin cancer, 39%
United States, the Centers for Disease Control whole. This was the first study ever to identify • Brain cancer, 32%
and Prevention found that firefighters on aver- an excess of mesothelioma in U.S. firefighters. • Prostate cancer, 28%
age are at higher risk for certain kinds of cancer The researchers said it was likely that the find- • Stomach cancer, 22%
than the general population. ings were associated with exposure to asbestos, • Intestinal tract cancer, 21%
Researchers studied cancer rates for a known cause of mesothelioma.
29,993 firefighters in San Francisco, Chicago The CDC also found that firefighters For more information:
and Philadelphia between 1950 and 2009. They who were exposed to more fires than their peers
found that more than two-thirds of firefighters experienced more instances of lung cancer • NIOSH Fire Fighter Cancer Study Website
– 68 percent – develop cancer, compared to and leukemia, said Robert Daniels, a research
about 22 percent for the general population, no epidemiologist at NIOSH. Specifically, when
matter the race or gender. comparing firefighters to each other, the chance • NIOSH Science Blog: Is There a Link Between
100% Cancers of the respiratory, digestive, of lung cancer diagnosis or death increased
and urinary systems accounted mostly for the with amount of time spent at fires. And the
Firefighting and Cancer? – Epidemiology in
higher rates of cancer seen in the study popula- chance of leukemia death increased with the Action,
tion. The higher rates suggest that firefighters number of fire runs. blog/2014/12/17/cancer-ff/
are more likely to develop those cancers. Some The following list represents various
cancers, like prostate and bladder cancers, types of cancer and their increased risk for fire- • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
% were seen in higher-than-expected rates among fighters over the general population:
younger firefighters. • Testicular cancer, 102%
The population of firefighters in the • Multiple myeloma, 53% FAQ-NIOSHFFCancerStudy.pdf


Firefighters face more risk than other workers
in developing these cancers:
Type: Increased risk
• Testicular cancer 102%
• Multiple myeloma 53%
• Non-hodgkin lymphoma 51%
• Skin cancer 39%
• Brain cancer 32%
• Prostate cancer 28%
• Stomach cancer 22%
• Colon cancer 21%
The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

January 2018 • 13
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14 • January 2018
Engine 10 with LFD1003A at the
Thomas fire. Photo by Keith Cullom Kevin Frank promoted to A/O at FS 9-B

Stephen Lopez promoted to Captain I at FS 9-B John Marasco promoted to Captain I at FS 4-B

January 2018 • 15
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Deputy Chief Fligiel congratulating Jordan Purrington
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On Saturday, November 25, 2017,
LAFD Handball and the United States Hand-
ball Association hosted the 8th Annual Turkey
Burner Handball Tournament. This Doubles
Tournament was a fundraiser to support youth
handball programs. There were four Divi-
sions: Caliente, Hot, Warm and Mild. Sergio
Guzman of FS 50 partnered with Pro-qualifier
John Wayne Cortez and won the Caliente Di-
vision, which represented the most skilled
six teams in the tournament. They were un-
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sponsor Owen Gloves. Sergio is LAFD Hand-
ball’s most improved player over the past two
years, and he has taken responsibility for the
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Sergio Guzman, on the right, from FS 50 took top

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January 2018 • 17
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18 • January 2018
Brett Barber promoted to A/O at FS 50-C Abel Gomez II promoted to Captain I at FS 12-C

Mario Garcia promoted to Captain II at FS 50-C The Hollywood Christmas Parade 2017 was a family event for FS 27

January 2018 • 19


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20 • January 2018
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January 2018 • 21
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January 2018 • 23
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January 2018 • 25
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74’s and 77’s assisted ANF at the abandoned LACoFire
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January 2018 • 27
Firefighters extricated one and transported three from this T/A on
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Engine 87 responded to a T/A with fire at Devonshire St

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28 • January 2018
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January 2018 • 29
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Fire Commissioner Jimmy Hara rode the LAFD

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January 2018 • 31
The City Council recognized the members of CA-TF1 for the work
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The A-Unit investigates the death of a man who tried

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32 • January 2018
January 2018 • 33
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David R. Paulin - 03/22/1987 - 03/10/2017 - Firefighter III, FS 112-B Kevin G. Mason - 05/10/1987 - 09/30/2017 - Fire Inspector I,
Kevin R. Nida - 05/04/1980 - 02/28/2017 - Battalion Chief, FPB Compliance
Industrial Commercial Alicia L. Welch - 10/01/1990 - 06/10/2017 - Battalion Chief, Recruit Section
Thomas P. Garifo - 04/16/1987 - 02/12/2017 - Fire Insp. I, Vly Public Safety Dean J. Stroud - 04/13/1986 - 07/31/2017 - Engineer, FS 73-A
Raymond A. Hamel III - 10/02/1986 - 02/28/2017 - Captain II, FS 98-B Thomas C. Moore - 08/10/1980 - 07/31/2017 - Captain II, FS 69-C
Eduardo Mena - 12/18/1983 - 03/31/2017 - Firefighter III, MFC-C Jean-Paul Adagio - 12/15/1980 - 06/30/2017 - Engineer, FS 112-C
Todd P. Porter - 10/02/1986 - 02/28/2017 - Captain I, FS 3-B Phillip E. Clark - 05/10/1987 - 05/31/2017 - Helicopter Pilot III, Pilot III
Shawn L. Dean - 02/08/1987 - 07/31/2017 - Fire Inspector I, Fire Inspector Richard Vallin - 04/16/1987 - 05/30/2017 - Firefighter III, FS 101-B
Cayce M. Culbertson - 12/12/1984 - 02/01/2017 - Captain I, FS 99-A Ralph G. Guerrero - 04/12/1986 - 06/30/2017 - Firefighter III, FS 36-B
Cecil D. Morris - 02/02/1987 - 02/28/2017 - Captain II FS 75-C John C. Evans - 06/04/1987 - 06/30/2017 - Firefighter III, FS 104
Gregory S. Reynar - 05/03/1982 - 04/30/2017 - Assistant Chief, OVB-C Dale H. Thurow - 05/02/1982 - 08/31/2017 - Engineer, FS 114-A
Kevin T. Fabian - 02/07/1987 - 02/28/2017 - Firefighter III, FS 4 Donald E. Green - 03/13/1983 - 05/30/2017 - Captain I, FS 65-B
Ernesto Ojeda - 06/22/1986 - 04/03/2017 - Captain I, USAR 88 Stephen L. Cooke - 09/10/1987 - 10/01/2017 - Captain I, FS 108-C
Allen A. Black IV - 12/14/1986 - 01/31/2017 - Firefighter III, FS 69-C Eduard M. Hengst - 12/09/1984 - 06/28/2018 - Captain I, FS 76-A
Luke A. Milick - 12/14/1980 - 02/23/2017 - Captain II, FPB Compliance Jose Moreno Jr - 03/13/1983 - 09/30/2017 - Captain I, FS 23-B
John E. Sullivan - 02/09/1987 - 03/17/2017 - Captain I, Medical Liaison David E. Peters - 08/10/1980 - 09/06/2017 - Captain I, FS 114-B
Emile W. Mack - 09/10/1978 - 06/10/2016 - Assistant Chief, Mark G. Scott - 06/23/1986 - 04/30/2017 - Captain I, FS 19-C
Operations Valley Bureau Donna M. Lee - 06/11/1986 - 09/30/2017 - Captain I, FS 114-C
Reynaldo M. Delgado - 04/20/1980 - 03/25/2017 - Firefighter III, Jim J. Rodriguez - 09/24/1987 - 01/31/2018 - Engineer, FS 74-A
FS 42-A Raymond J. Cuevas - 12/18/1983 - 09/07/2017 - Captain I, Drill Tower
Taylor A. Gaskins - 09/14/1986 - 09/30/2017 - Engineer, FS 112-A Kevin D. Mokracek - 11/28/1988 - 11/07/2017 - Captain I, FS 24-B
Donald Engh - 07/15/1947 - 06/01/1978 - Captain Marcus A. Allen - 04/13/1981 - 10/31/2017 - Engineer, FS 40-B
Ricky E. Terrell - 12/14/1986 - 02/28/2017 - Fire Inspector I, Fire Prevention Mario L. Molina - 03/20/1983 - 01/31/2018 - Engineer, FS 48-B
Steven S. Fernando - 12/18/1983 - 03/04/2017 - Firefighter III, Paramedic Kory L. Clark - 11/27/1987 - 02/28/2018 - Fire Inspector II, Development Svc
Joseph L. Castro - 09/10/1978 - 03/31/2017 - Deputy Chief, Michael K. Beverlin - 11/11/1984 - 03/14/2017 - Firefighter III, FS 114-A
Emergency Operations Guillermo Bringas - 04/16/2017 - 01/30/2018 - Engineer, FS 23-C
Michael T. Little - 04/07/1985 - 03/31/2017 - Assistant Chief, Tobi L. Perkins - 12/17/1987 - 01/31/2018 - Captain I, EMS 1-B
Homeland Security Bennett P. Rogers - 03/02/1989 - 10/28/2017 - Firefighter III, FS 5
Eric J. Strode - 12/15/1986 - 06/30/2017 - Firefighter III, FS 80-C Connie R. Anderson - 12/09/1984 - 01/31/2018 - Fire Inspector I, FS 82-C
Mary J. Zahyna - 12/10/1979 - 04/30/2017 - Captain I, EMS 4S Jennifee L. Boscoe - 06/23/1986 - 01/31/2018 - Fire Inspector I,
John N. Vidovich - 12/14/1980 - 05/31/2017 - Deputy Chief, FPB Harbor Industrial
Robert T. Tosaya - 10/02/1986 - 05/15/2017 - Captain I, FS 8-A Ronald J. Sanfilippo - 04/13/1986 - 04/29/2018 - Captain I, FS 42-A
Jay N. Ceasar - 12/13/1982 - 08/31/2017 - Engineer, FS 84-A Mark V. Lillenberg - 11/22/1987 - 01/31/2018 - Engineer, FS 95-B
Peter M. Benesch - 08/10/1980 - 06/30/2017 - Battalion Chief,
• January
34 Air Operations
Jumpin’ into the “Life Net” durin’ the
Drill Tower was not my strong point. While I
stood on the 3rd floor platform, lookin’ down
at the guys holdin’ the life net, the Drill Master
told me to “jump.” I did not. After repeatin’ the
order, I still didn’t jump. Finally, I was told that
if I didn’t jump I would be immediately termi-
nated. So I jumped, but I screamed all the way
down. I’d still like to know who came up with
this “circus act” requirement in order to gradu-
ate from the tower.
Speakin’ of a circus act, do you guys
remember Fred Nuesca? I had the pleasure of
meetin’ Fred and listenin’ about his time on the
Fire Department.
Fred was born in Los Angeles in 1936
and was raised in Santa Monica. He spent his
entire childhood growin’ up in “Old Muscle
Beach” next to the Santa Monica Pier in the
early 40’s and 50’s. Durin’ the summer months,
hundreds of acrobats, muscle men and weight
lifters gathered at this popular spot, includin’
Jack LaLanne and Vic Tanney.
Fred really enjoyed the atmosphere and
was especially drawn to anyone involved with
acrobatics. When Fred was seven years old he
started doin’ hand stands on the top of walls
and roofs or anywhere on a dare. He loved it.
When Fred turned 17, he joined up with the Fred always believed in hard work and COWBOY HUMOR
Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, hard play. He said, “If everyone works hard Paul and Kathy were
but only with a promise to his mother that he together and plays hard together, a nucleus 85 years old and had been
would finish high school first. is formed for a strong team which eventually married for 50 years. They
Fred had a partner in the circus. Their act con- grows into an invincible team.” were both in very good
sisted of two to four horizontal bars in a row, set Because of his background, Fred was health, largely due to Kathy’s
up either in the air with a net, or on the ground called upon to become the third in the Depart- insistence on healthy foods
without a net. They were billed as “The Darin’ ment’s line of “Hook and Ladder Jumpers.” In and exercise.
Double Bar Duo.” Fred also dove from the top doin’ so, Fred revived a tradition that had not Sadly, while goin’ off on another vaca-
of the center ring post into a net, a height of been attempted since the 1930’s. Fred would tion, their plane crashed, sendin’ them off to
about 75 feet. perform his jumps (dives) from buildings or the Heaven.
When Fred turned 23 he decided it aerial ladder whenever or wherever the Depart- When they reached the pearly gates, St.
was time for a change and joined the LAFD. ment deemed it necessary. One of the favorite Peter escorted them inside and took them to a
He came on April 30, 1959 and retired Febru- spots was the Los Angeles Coliseum on July beautiful mansion. Paul asked Peter how much
ary 28, 1991. His rookie rotation was FS 87, FS 4th or Labor Day. all this was goin’ to cost. “Why nothin’,” St.
88 (old 88’s) and FS 39. He eventually ended Sadly, this tradition came to a close Peter replied. “This is your reward in Heaven.”
up at FS 27. when the Chief Engineer considered the Paul looked out the window and saw a
practice too dangerous. This ended an era in beautiful championship golf course. Paul asked
the history of the LAFD. As far as is known, about the green fees. St. Peter replied, “You can
no other Department ever had “Hook and play for free every day.”
Ladder Jumpers.” Paul and Kathy also had free meals
Durin’ Fred’s 32-year career with the every day. St. Peter reminded them they could
Department, he received two Medals of Valor. eat and drink as much as they wanted. He said,
Fred, it was a real pleasure meetin’ you “You’ll never get fat or sick. This is Heaven.”
and listenin’ to you about your Fire Department Paul glared at Kathy and said, “You and
career. You’re a true dinosaur. I mean that with your dang Bran Flakes. We could have been
much respect to you. You and others performed here ten years ago.”
your jobs in a truly professional manner and AC
brought great pride and respect to the LAFD. KEEP SMILIN’!
Fred Nuesca
Thank you for your service.

January 2018 • 35
You may know that Asst imbursement benefit. The Board president was caught flatfooted
Chief Sam Diannitto served as and Sam’s motion was approved 6 to 1.
a pension commissioner for 42 Sam’s quick action saved the day and ensured approval
years - 25 as the active fire elected of this benefit. As to its value, eligible retired members will be
member and 17 as the retired fire reimbursed $12.5 million next year alone.
elected member. But I bet you
didn’t know he was responsible HUGE TAX HIKE AVERTED
for putting millions of dollars For many years, unlike public pension plans such as our
back into the pockets of retirees. Fire & Police plan, private sector pension plans were required
Or saving active members hun- to conform to Tax Code Section 415. Under Section 415, large
dreds of thousands of dollars in transfers of monies to pension funds that were made to avoid pay-
additional income taxes. Sam was the one who did the heavy lift- ing income taxes were disallowed. The code also forbid “excess
ing on these and numerous other issues during his tenure. benefits” and set a maximum pension amount that could be paid
at the “normal retirement age” of 62.
MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR REIMBURSEMENTS For years, rich professionals complained bitterly to Con-
In the mid-1980’s, the Fed began charging a fee for Medi- gress that these provisions were unfair because public pension
care Part B benefits. In response, UFLAC asked the City Council plans were not subject to Section 415. They hoped that this argu-
to reimburse members who were being charged the fee. We ar- ment would result in the repeal of Section 415.
gued that members had no choice and were required to sign up They finally got Congress to agreed that private and pub-
for Medicare. And in turn, because Medicare became the primary lic pension plans were not treated equally. But instead of repeal-
provider, the City’s costs in subsidy payments were reduced. We ing these provisions, Congress announced the tax code would be
figured that it was only fair that the City share these savings with changed so that public pension plans would also fall under Sec-
the members. tion 415.
The Council eventually approved a reimbursement plan Needless to say, this caused great concern for public pen-
for all City employees - except for retired sworn members! They sion plans, especially Fire & Police plans. Unfortunately, no one
passed the buck to the Fire & Police Pension Board, saying only from the public sector seemed to know what to do.
the Pension Board had the power to approve sworn employee Recognizing that a potential disaster was at hand, Sam
benefits. called me and said we needed to talk to the U.S. Treasury De-
When the reimbursement plan was finally presented, the partment to mitigate the effects of Congress’ announcement. Sam
Pension Board president, a mayoral appointee, immediately chal- had been the president of the National Conference on Public Em-
lenged the Board to permanently table the matter. He felt that ployee Retirement Systems, the largest advocate for public pen-
sworn members already received an “excessive level of benefits.” sion plans in Washington, D.C., and had previously worked with
But before a motion to table could be made, Sam jumped many staffers at Treasury. These were the same people who had
in and asked if anyone on the City Council had raised an objec- been tasked by Congress to write the new working rules for pub-
tion to granting this benefit to sworn retirees. Of course the an- lic pension plans.
swer was “No,” being that the Council had already approve the Sam set up a meeting where we explained that firefighter
benefit for everyone else. Sam then quickly moved to grant the re- and police benefit structures were completely different from oth-

36 • January 2018
er employees: age 62 was way beyond our
“normal retirement age;” survivor (IOD)
and disability pensioners were granted
pensions totally independent of age; and
we already had members (many fire and po-
lice chiefs) who had vested rights to pension
amounts that exceeded the 415 limits.
In our meeting we were told that they
were totally unaware of these types of is-
sues. Then they actually asked us if we
had any solutions! We proposed different
age and pension amount criteria for fire-
fighters and police officers; exemptions
from the 415 limitations for disability
and surviving spouse (IOD) pensions
(We argued these should be exempted
because they fell under Tax Code Sec-
tion 104 provisions.); and language that
would create “excess benefit” plans.
Weeks later we were informed that
we got everything we asked for. The new
415 rules would create special “carve out”
provisions for fire and police. The normal
retirement age would not be 62 and the pen-
sion amount limitations would be raised for
“early” retirement. The new rules established that
disability and survivor (IOD) pensions would be ex-
empt from 415 limits. And finally, provisions were adopted to
allow for the creation of “excess benefit plans”. All of these pro- Using an estimated 33% combined tax rate, this would have cost
visions were subsequently approved by Congress and are still in the average member an additional $6,716 in taxes. Assuming the
effect. average member worked an additional 15 years, we can clearly
Had it not been for Sam, these “carve outs’” would never see that Sam’s efforts saved those members well over a $100,000
have existed. Had that been the case, each year every active mem- in additional income tax.
ber would be paying income tax on the City’s contribution to the So, the next time you look at your pension check receipt,
plan. In 1986, for example, the average member made $43,750. or your bank statement, remember what Sam Diannitto has meant
The City’s contribution rate was 46.52%. That would have result- to your financial welfare, and offer a thank you to a very special
ed in the average member owing taxes on an additional $20,350. individual who will be truly missed.

January 2018 • 37

Photo by
Mike Meadows
Creek Fire

“We’re in the middle of a weeklong red flag condition. We’re not done,” Chief
Terrazas said late in the week of December 3rd. “My firefighters have been working since
Sunday. Our people are getting tired.”
LAFD had already deployed strike teams to the Thomas fire in Ventura County,
when on December 5th, the Creek fire broke out above Sylmar. 400 firefighters were still
battling that blaze when the Skirball fire erupted in Bel-Air before dawn on Thursday.
Fifteen engines from the Creek fire had to be moved into the Sepulveda Pass fire, where
a total of 52 engines were engaged.
More than 15,000 acres burned and 60 homes were lost in the Creek fire. The
Skirball fire scorched 400 acres and destroyed six homes. The 250,000-acre Thomas fire
was still out of control as this issue of the Grapevine went to print.

Photo by Photo by
Greg Doyle Mike Meadows
Creek Fire
38 • January 2018 Creek Fire
LAFD Photo by
Harry Garvin
Creek Fire

Photo by Photo by
Jeff Zimmerman Greg Doyle
Skirball Fire Creek Fire

Photo by
Mike Meadows
January Fire • 39

Photo by
Greg Doyle
Creek Fire

Photo by Photo by
Ryan Cullom Keith Cullom
Thomas Fire Thomas Fire

Photo by
Ryan Cullom
40 • January 2018 Thomas Fire
Photos by Rick McClure

It took 87 firefighters just 37 minutes, via largely a defensive operation, to

extinguish the flames at 12039 Branford St on November 10, 2017. Companies were able
to stop the spread of the fire from the 75’ x 25’ industrial building to closely situated
adjoining buildings.

January 2018 • 41
Space Invaders arcade video game is Leon Spinks took the heavyweight title from
released. Though simple by today’s standards, Muhammad Ali in a 15-round decision in Las
it was one of the forerunners of modern Vegas in February. Ali won the title back in a
video gaming. Guinness World Records ranks rematch at the New Orleans Superdome in
it the top arcade game. September.

More than 150 new rookies join the LAFD

Ford introduces the Fairmont. It was a stunning in January and September. Two platoons
success for Ford, and the 1978 model set the attend 24-hour drill tower sessions on
record for production of a new model, eclipsing alternating days, the first classes to have
the record held by the 1965 Mustang. peer-group instructors.

42 • January 2018
Herbert M. Brunwin, Captain. Appointed April 18, 1959.
Retired on a service pension May 15, 1994 from FS 8-A.
Passed away September 28, 2017.

Loth Westerman Jr., Engineer. Appointed April 20, 1963.

Retired on a service pension February 26, 1990 from FS 69-C.
Passed away November 15, 2017.

Gary R. Lonza, Firefighter III. Appointed April 17, 1971.

Retired on a service pension September 27, 1999 from FS 101-A.
Passed away November 19, 2017.

Jack V. Ross, Fireman. Appointed February 3, 1958.

Retired on a service pension February 1, 1978 from Rescue Maintenance-S.
Passed away November 19, 2017.

Edward S. Wormald, Fireman. Appointed October 28, 1947.

Retired on a service pension December 1, 1973 from FS 5-B.
Passed away December 1, 2017.

William T. Mc Donough, Engineer. Appointed June 10, 1947.

Retired on a disability pension May 1, 1978 from FS 43-A.
Passed away December 8, 2017.

Keith Stewart, Captain II. Appointed April 8, 1993.

Actively on duty at FS 12-C.
Passed away December 10, 2017.

Rita E. Brey, surviving spouse of Walter R. Brey, passed away November 20, 2017.
Rita H. Hoffman, spouse of Robert W. Hoffman II, passed away November 21, 2017.
Shirley J. Petty, spouse of Charles H. Petty Jr., passed away November 25, 2017.
Arelene Dragotto, surviving spouse of Frank J. Dragotto, passed away November 30, 2017.
Clara M. Shutz, surviving spouse of Alexander Shutz, passed away November 30, 2017.

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January 2018 • 43
To whom it may concern,

The enclosed gift is made in cele-

bration of the birthday and exemplary life
of service of our good friend and neighbor,
Howard Dunford, a retired Los Angeles
firefighter. We wish to designate this gift
for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Fire-
men’s Fund as we have in previous years.

Very truly yours,

Robert and Moira Fitch

Thousand Oaks, CA

Dear Andy:

I want to thank you from the bot-

tom of my heart for being there to guide
Dave & Bob, of the LAFD rappelling teams for the 1984 me during this difficult time. You were so
Olympics. Billy was also the author of the calm and strong, and knew just what to do
My LAFD yearbook arrived in the poem “Ten Bells” which is occasionally to have such a lovely service for Marshall.
mail today, what a terrific book! Both of published in the Grapevine. It was everything he had talked about and
you, as well as the Relief Association, During one of LA County’s major requested.
should be commended for producing such brush fires in the fall of 1993, Denny, while Andy, you are a fine and honorable
a great historical album that all members serving as the helicopter coordinator, spot- man, and most dedicated to your dear fam-
can be proud of. There is something within ted a woman at the top of Saddle Peak ily, the Los Angeles City Fire Department,
the pages for everyone, active and retired. whose home was being overrun by fire. the Relief Association and the community.
It was especially gratifying to see the man- The woman, Lauretta Foy, a World War II Thank you and may God bless you.
ner in which you honored our fallen mem- WASP pilot and an accomplished helicop-
bers. ter pilot, had jumped into her swimming Yours truly,
Once again, our Relief Associa- pool for safety. Denny plucked her from
tion has exceeded expectations and risen the pool and carried her back to the run- Maryann Prindle and family
to new heights as you continue to treat all ning helicopter. Denny was awarded the Glendale, CA
members with respect and dignity. Once LAFD Medal of Valor for his actions.
again, a job well done. During kitchen table discussion,
Denny shared some of his knowledge of LAFRA-
Thanks, the F-4 Phantom performance during his
Vietnam carrier days. On fact of the Phan- Russell Clyde was the first member
Dick Markota tom was that it consumed 150 gallons of of the LAFD – and in fact the first fire-
LAFD, retired fuel a minute in afterburner operation. That man that I ever knew by name. In the mid-
consumption is about the same amount of 1960’s, at the tender age of 6, our family
fuel that an LAFD helicopter consumes in lived in a large Van Nuys home with a vast
Dear Bob, an hour! expanse of linoleum. Russ was hired off-
Both gentlemen are remembered duty by my parents for some pre-holiday
Please accept this donation in mem- for their professionalism, sense of humor, floor cleaning. He had a stellar recommen-
ory of two of Air Operations exceptional and their personal concern for the pilots dation by some picky neighbors, and he
aviators, Billy Miser and Denny Menden- and crewmembers under their command. certainly lived up to their praise, impress-
hall. Billy, in his role as command pilot, ing my folks with a polite demeanor and
directed the first helicopter swift water Regards, an exceptional work ethic that brought
rescue in the Los Angeles River in 1983. him back time and again to make our home
For his action, Billy received the LAFD Tom Jeffers III sparkle. I remember being amazed when
Medal of Valor. The following year Billy Sun City, AZ my parents gave him the house key, allow-
oversaw the development and deployment ing him free reign in our home, an honor
44 • January 2018
they never bestowed on another worker.
After all, he was “Fireman Clyde,” and I
recall my parents speaking reverently of
Executing a Trust
him and all firefighters. For me, it was just
cool to meet and shake hands with a real
fireman. Alas, in 1969, my family moved
to Westlake Village, and I recall my mom
saying it was too many miles for Fireman
Clyde to travel – and besides, shag carpet
had become the rage.
I never forgot Fireman Clyde, who
16 years later was Firefighter Clyde when
I joined the Department. It was indeed a
strange (for me at least) honor to work
alongside him every now and then at Fire
Station 104 before his retirement. While I
can’t say he was the single reason I made
the LAFD my life’s work, he was certainly Now that you and your family have a living trust,
one of them, as I can still remember my do you know what to do when the time comes?
mom and dad saying “I wish there were
more people like Fireman Clyde in this
world.” I later came to know that Russ
Be prepared by attending a free educational
had a sometimes hard life, but I’m sure I seminar for trustors, trustees and beneficiaries.
wasn’t the only person, young or old, that
came to respect the person that he was.
Russ, your name will always bring me Visit for
back to that childhood moment when I first
met you. Rest in Peace. dates, locations and details.
Brian Humphrey

I had the pleasure of working with

Larry Roberts at FS 33 in and FS 27 (both
in the 1980’s).
Larry Roberts was the finest para-
medic I ever met in my 34 years with the
LAFD. His performance was uniformly
outstanding, his attitude exemplary even
under very trying conditions, his docu-
mentation the most extensive I ever saw,
the example he set for younger members
the greatest.
My wife (Chief Snuggums), still re-
members how ecstatic Larry was after he
delivered his first set of twins as a para-
As a man and paramedic, Larry
was the GOLD standard to which I com-
pared other LAFD members. Larry will
be missed and long remembered by those
who worked with him.

Pat Shanley
For your “Getting Started Kit” contact
LAFD retired Marlene Casillas, Development & Marketing Director,
at (323) 259-5217 or email
January 2018 • 45
ORIENTED SEARCH advocate stretching a hose line as a reference
Assume that Figure 1 is a large box point. Although stretching a search line would
store like Costco or Wal-Mart. These types of be quicker, it could be pulled in the direction of
warehouse store occupancies have row after a secondary line which could create problems
row of either tiered storage or aisles between during the search. Conversely, if a hose line (1
display counters. Before we consider a search ½” or 2 ½”) is stretched as a reference point, it
in these types of occupancies, it is important to would take more time and personnel to develop
realize that the size and/or floor plan will likely but it would be more secure against unwanted
consume an inordinate amount of time (partic- movements and maintain its relative position
ularly if visibility is minimal or non-existent) during the search.
and negate a meaningful and timely search. After the reference line has been devel-
Therefore, in these types of structures, it is oped, the three-person search team would enter
important to evaluate the difference between a the building and search along the initial line to
search and a recovery. the first aisle (the officer would stay on the line
To begin the oriented search in Figure with a firefighter to either side. If necessary, a nozzle. This method was successfully used to
1, assume the visibility is minimal at best, there the firefighters could use a tether to maintain search for two firefighters on a nozzle that were
are several occupants who are unaccounted contact with the officer). When the search team suddenly caught in a flashover in the Proud
for, and a search team of three will be utilized. reaches the first aisle, the officer would direct Bird restaurant fire at LAX airport some years
First, it is important to ensure or initiate some one firefighter to search the left aisle and the ago.
type of ventilation to improve the interior en- other firefighter to simultaneously search the This method utilizes two firefighters
vironment and visibility. Second, the search opposing aisle while the office remains on the using a nozzle as a reference point, searching
team would first develop an initial line (1) reference line. Prior to searching the aisles, away from the nozzle (Figure 2) The search
from the front to the back of the structure that each firefighter would attach a tag/search line team follows the hoseline to end of nozzle. If
would be used as a reference point during the to the reference line (2) and begin the search. necessary, the team leader can maintain contact
search. Some prefer a search line and some This process allows each firefighter to confi- with the hoseline and tether the other firefighter
dently search to the end portion of the aisle and to the most appropriate side of the line as they
then return to the reference line/officer. When advance forward, searching the area around the
both firefighters have returned to the officer, hoseline. The search person gives the tether or
the team moves towards the next aisle to repeat tag line bag to leader. Person who will search
the same type of search. This method would away from the nozzle removes approximately 4
be repeated until all aisles have been searched. to 6-feet of line and will loop the line over itself
The search team would then follow the refer- and attach to a hand with a half hitch. Keeping
ence line back out of the structure. Although tension on line, the member will search the area
this method would require some setup time, the around the nozzle (A – first perimeter search).
actual search would be coordinated and timely If the initial search is unsuccessful, person on
under demanding conditions. nozzle will remove another four to six feet of
line, and repeat the operation as necessary (B
NOZZLE FAN SEARCH – second perimeter search, etc). This system al-
Although this procedure is rarely used, lows two persons to systematically search an
it is included as an option that can allow a area, maintain contact with each other, main-
search to be used for two attack firefighters tain contact with their exit point of reference
who may be found on a hoseline or at the end of (hoseline), and expand as necessary.

46 • January 2018
January 2018 • 47
On June 8, 2017, at the 11th Annual ing board member. The winner of this year’s kemia and Lymphoma Society, Special Olym-
LAFD Merit Scholar Awards ceremony, the Fujikawa Leadership Award was Paris Barraza. pics and Relay for Life. Rachel has a passion
academic excellence of eleven college-bound We would like to thank Mr. James Car- for medicine. She has volunteered at the West-
students was honored. roll Ill and Mr. Joe Connolly, Executive Board minster Free Clinic, a clinic for low income
The Merit Scholar Awards are cash Members of the Jean Perkins Foundation, Dick and homeless patients. She was responsible for
grants, made possible through the Jean Perkins Barrett, John Anglin. G. Louis Graziadio Ill, taking patient histories, vital signs, and pre-
Foundation, of up to $20,000. To be eligible, Vicky Leek, Tom Mizo, Robert Nicholas and senting patients to the doctor. Rachel has also
a student must be the child or stepchild of an Molly Taylor for their dedication and support held a variety of integral positions with the As-
active or fallen LAFD sworn employee. The of our members and their children. We are sociated Student Government, including Presi-
eligible student must also be a high school se- also grateful to the LAFD Foundation for their dent and Activities Commissioner. She imple-
nior or college freshman. The scholarships are sponsorship of the “Best Essay” award and to mented the new tradition Panther Palooza, a
awarded on the basis of merit. The single most the LAFD Sertoma Club, UFLAC, LAFD His- “battle of the bands” type of event to spotlight
important factor is academic achievement, but torical Society and the LA Firefighter’s Asso- diverse groups of students on campus. Rachel’s
personal character and extracurricular accom- ciation, Stentorians, and the Firefighters First athletic abilities include NPHS Cross Country,
plishments are also considerations. Credit Union. and Track and Field teams from 2013- 2016.
This year’s five runner-up award win- She has received the Principal Scholar Athlete
ners are to be congratulated for their outstand- 2017 LAFD MERIT SCHOLAR AWARD Award, California Interscholastic Federation
ing merits. Each received a one-time grant of RECIPIENT BIOGRAPHIES for Achievement in CSF Championships for
$2,500. They are Nina Hernandez, Angelina NPHS Cross Country. Other awards include the
Maldonado, Derek Ruedy, Anna Vidovich and RACHEL BROWN is a graduating se- Silver Presidential Volunteer Service Award for
Taylor Wasserman. nior from Newbury Park High School and is completing 274 service hours in one year.
The winner of this year’s “Best Es- the daughter of Captain II Jeff Brown, assigned
say” award of $2,500, sponsored by the LAFD to the FS 60. She will be attending UCLA ma- LIA KITAHATA is a graduating
Foundation, was Nina Hernandez. The Fuji- joring in Nursing. Rachel has been a volunteer senior from Westlake High School (WHS) and
kawa Leadership Award is a one-time award of for the National Charity League where she as- the daughter of Captain II Thomas Kitahata
$2,500 in memory of Ron Fujikawa, a found- sists with various philanthropies such as Leu- assigned to F.S. 69. Lia will be attending the

48 • January 2018
University of Washington in Seattle, majoring Ruiz, assigned to Homeland Security. Nikki in Computer Science with a focus on Electri-
in Computer Science. Lia has been a member will be attending the University of Notre cal Engineering. Since he was eleven years old,
of the Girl Scouts for 12 years and has served Dame, majoring in Neuroscience and Behav- Micah has been helping friends and administra-
as Troop Leader and Treasurer. She grew up ior. She has demonstrated her leadership skills tors set up and troubleshoot personal computer
camping and her experiences transformed her early on. TCA did not have a cheer team, but systems and servers. During his freshman and
into a lover of nature and an explorer of the Nikki wanted to cheer for her school. She sophomore years he was head producer for an
outdoors. One of her favorite family trips was quickly approached teachers and coaches to on campus daily news show called the “Saugus
to Peru. Learning the culture and language was help establish the TCA Cheer Team. Nikki’s News Network.” Micah has volunteered with
eye-opening, and ignited a desire to learn about commitment extended to leading summer cheer the “A Million Meals” organization packing
other cultures. Lia has volunteered for the Lu- camp at Lake Hume, where her purpose was meals for the hungry and homeless throughout
theran Social Services Homeless Shelter, Spe- to create a community among the high school the world. He has also traveled with North Park
cial Olympics World Games, and the Spark of girls in biblical teaching. She volunteers at the Community Church building houses. He was
Love Toy Drive. Lia is a team member and man- Hart Games Special Olympics and is a mem- involved with the SHS Ameri-Student Program
ager of the Westlake Swim Team, and a certi- ber of Young Americans or Freedom and Mock to integrate Chinese exchange students. Under
fied American Red Cross Lifeguard. As a mem- Trial - Speech and Debate Team. She is also the SHS Mentorship Program he worked with
ber of the California Scholarship Federation, a member of the TCA Track and Field Varsity incoming freshman to ensure their success. He
she served as secretary and as president. Lia Team 2016 – 2017, Varsity Cheer for four years also participated in “Every Fifteen Minutes,”
also served as treasurer of the Student Schol- and served as captain 2015 - 2017. Nikki has spreading awareness of drunk driving. Micah
arship Federation. Lia is a member of the Na- received the Coaches’ Award for Outstanding has participated in organized basketball for
tional Honor Society and has received awards Leadership in 2014 and 2015, Academic Ex- over 13 years and shared his love for basket-
for AP Scholar with Honor, and the WHS Stel- cellence Award 2013 - 2017 and Distinguished ball by coaching elementary and middle school
lar Student Award. She also gained her Girl Scholar Diploma - the highest TCA diploma kids. He was captain of the SHS JV Basketball
Scout Gold Award in 2015 and a Presidential award for completing the greatest number of Team, and captain for the Varsity Team. Micah
Volunteer Service Gold Award for completing math, science and language courses offered has received awards for Defensive Player of
more than 500 community service hours. Lia at Trinity Classical Academy in 2017. Nikki the Year as a freshman J/V and Varsity Basket-
graduates from Westlake High School with a graduates with a 4.7 GPA. ball, and the SAMMY Award which is given
4.8 GPA and was co-valedictorian. to an athlete that maintains a GPA of 3.75 or
MICAH TOBON is a graduating se- higher. Micah is a member of the Honor Soci-
NICOLETTE (Nikki) RUIZ: is a nior at Saugus High School and the son of Fire- ety and the California Scholarship Federation.
graduating senior from Trinity Classical Acad- fighter Ill Gilbert Tobon, assigned to FS 114. He graduates with a 4.5 GPA.
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Explosion and Fire

Nearly Two Score Lives Snuffed in Harbor Holocaust:
Heroic Fireman Saves Many From Fiery Death in Water
By Deputy Chief Bill Goss docks. On the docks were about 25 vehicles, all Fire Boat 3, with Senior Boat Opera-
1944 Incident Report of which took fire. tor J.V. Roquemore, responded along with the
At Boat 2, a short way down the bay, rest of the assignment. He noticed that a con-
The explosion and fire at Berth 233, the man on floor watch saw the flash of fire siderable number of men in the water around
Wilmington on October 21, 1944, brought and called to Captain Jack Allen. Captain Allen the burning vessels and clinging to the nearby
into flaming reality one of the many potential turned in a still alarm and ordered immediate wharves. As Roquemore was alone, due to the
hazards of Los Angeles’ busy wartime harbor. response of the big 99-footer. Responding on a depletion of manpower in the fire department,
Involved in the fire were two hundred feet of first alarm were Boats 2 and 3, Engines 81 and his first duty appeared to be in the direction of
outfitting dock which was severely damaged to 40, Rescue 36, Salvage 36 and Batt 6. Frank’s saving all possible life. Leaving the fire fight-
a depth of about thirty feet. Note: Engine 81 was located at Berth 227 on ing to Boat 2, he threw all the life preservers he
At midnight on October 20, the S.S. Terminal Island on 7-1-41. Engine 81 moved had to the men in the water and pulled them as
Fredricksburg, a tanker operating for the War to Van Nuys in 1950. fast as he could reach them.
Shipping Administration, began loading tolu- As Boat 2 made its way up the channel, “Rocky” now had his boat full of in-
ene into hold number two, while at the same a 4 1/2” tip was put on the ship’s main battery, jured and suffering naval and civilian men. At
time pumping water ballast out of hold num- “Big Bertha,” and the bow and tower moni- first they didn’t seem too badly injured, but
ber one. Toluene is a highly inflammable, very tors were readied for action. As they neared soon some showed the effects of severe shock
volatile petroleum substance that has many the burning LSM’s, one sweep of the great 4 and many of them were seriously and danger-
military uses. ½” stream of water was all that was needed ously burned. He took them to the Coast Guard
As early as 8:00 a.m. on the 21st several to completely snuff out the fire on them. The base at the old California Yacht Club across the
people detected the odor of what they thought smaller batteries were at work breaking up the channel. Arriving there at 2:15 p.m. he deliv-
was gasoline around Berth 223. The Coast fire floating on the water. Boat 2 turned and ered the seventeen cases he had aboard. In the
Guard discovered that toluene was leaking into came back and with one more mighty swoop, interval many of the injured had become un-
hold number one and was being pumped into extinguished the fires on the dock involving the conscious and had to be removed on stretchers.
the bay. The tidal current carries directly from autos and trucks. To get an idea of the terrific Boat 3 returned to the scene of the fire
Berth 151 to Berth 223. impact of a 4 ½” stream, it was noted that a me- and pulled in several more victims found in
enjoy At the outfitting dock, Berth 223, dium sized truck was pushed across the dock the water and then made several trips bringing
p ofof
op shortly before 2:00 p.m. naval and civilian by the force of the water as though it were a medical officers, civilian doctors to the scene.
crews were busy spray-painting and welding toy. Frank’s note: The Historical Society has Sixteen men died and more than 35 hospital-
on LSM’s 211 and 212. (LSM – Landing Ship the Big Bertha 6 inch nozzle that would pro- ized. Undoubtedly this toll would have been
Medium). A welder struck an arc and a flash duce up to 10,000 gallons per minute. Now on much higher had it not been for the courageous
fire completely enveloped the LSM’s and the display in the Harbor Fire Museum. and efficient work of Mate Roquemore, who

A photo of Fireboat 2 with forward monitors working on the

A US Navy WWII LSM (Landing Ship Medium) fire including “Big Bertha” on the top of the pilot house.

crisis January 2018 • 51

f crisis
Old Fireboat No. 2 in 1945 with its 12-man crew. Notice it was
A photo of old Fireboat 3 which was quartered with Fireboat 2 painted gray during WWII and maintained that color into the 1950s.

has spent his 20 years on the fire department in would confine the polluted area to around the years since its retirement in 2003. We believe
the bay area. ships at the pier and under the pier itself. The that in approximately one year the boat will be
Although the fire on the LSM’s, water fumes from the material and from fuel carried fully restored and ready to change from being
and docks had been extinguished, a tough and in some instances in open containers aboard the in a shipyard to being in a museum. We found
dangerous fire continued to burn amid the creo- ships covered the site with a blanket of highly out recently that the Port of LA has dropped the
soted underpiling of the wharf. The dock had a inflammable vapors that took just one spark to plan to build a museum structure for economic
fire stop underneath, just north of the fire area, start an inferno of death and destruction. reasons. With a change in leadership comes a
but to the south there were no stops and in this A second theory is that fuel leakage change in past priorities. The planned museum
direction the fire continued to spread. from another ship that had been tied up to the was to be located just south of Fire Station 112.
At 2:45 p.m., a second alarm brought same docks a short time before, had polluted The architect and engineering plans were 80%
Engines 38 and 49, and Truck 48. From the wa- the area along with some possible pollution complete when the decision was made to drop
ter side the fire boats closed in and rail standee from the tanker at Berth 151, and the fumes the museum off the drawing board. We are
streams were directed into the burning piles. from these being ignited, caused the fire. grateful to the Port for providing the tent that
Skiffs from the Coast Guard boats and Boat 2 Frank’s note: Another great story of now covers the boat to protect it from most of
with 1 ½” lines were sent under the dock, al- our firefighters, fireboats and land companies. the marine environment. We have a good lo-
though the acrid smoke and fumes made the go- These large incidents in the harbor are rare, cation being adjacent to Fire Station 112 and
ing plenty rough. Along with the second alarm but when they happen it takes an all response the Battleship Iowa. The preservation plan was
assignment, the crews of Engine and Truck 24 from the LAFD and other agencies to gain con- approved by the LAFD and the Port sometime
were sent to the scene to provide additional trol. back after months of committee work and the
manpower. Starting at a point just south of the My connection with Chief Bill Goss buy in from the government and the communi-
blaze, axes and jumbo bars were used to cut goes way back because my Dad and Mother ty. The Fireboat Museum was part of the Port’s
holes through the three inches of asphalt and both went to Manual Arts High School with
heavy 4x6 timbers that formed the dock. At Bill, and my Dad joined the LAFD in 1942 just
first cellar nozzles were tried, but it was found after Bill. I remember meeting him many years
that the barrels were too short to provide any ago and hearing that he was a Deputy Chief
effective reach. Changing to Bresnan distribu- appointed by Chief Engineer Miller on May
tors, the desired results were achieved as they 5, 1956 as one of seven new Deputies affec-
could be lowered to any point necessary. From tionately known by the firemen as the “Seven
this starting point other holes were successfully Dwarfs”.
cut along the pier until the complete area had My last visit with Chief Goss was at
been extinguished. In some cases it was neces- his house in Westchester when he asked me to
sary to lower men and lines into the openings to come over and get some books he wanted to
get at stubborn pockets of fire in remote places donate to our Museum.
of the dock construction. He passed away in 2009 and his memo-
Subsequent arson investigations devel- ry and legacy will live on at our LAFD Museum
oped two theories as to the cause of the fuel because we have preserved some of his history
and vapors being in the bay around the LSM’s. and contributions to the LAFD and the fire ser-
First it is known that toluene was escaping vice.
into the bay from the Fredericksburg, and that
the tidal drift would carry it across the chan- EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS
nel to Berth 223. If such was the case then the
question arises, why was there no flash back to Old Fireboat 2 “The Ralph J. Scott”
Berth 151? It is believed that incoming and out- Status report
going sea traffic would break up the continuity
of any such flow on the surface of the water Our LAFD Historical Society volun- The restoration of the Boat continues with work
and this coupled with the ebbing of the tide, teers have been restoring the boat for many now around the hull and in the engine room.

52 • January 2018
This was the architect’s rendition of the proposed museum structure The Port of LA completed the major parts of the “Downtown “ con-
for the “Ralph J. Scott”. The boat could be seen through a glass wall struction project with the exception of the Museum for the Fireboat.
and visitors could enter the museum to see the boat at two levels. It can be seen next to Fire Station 112. Today it is just an open space

Downtown restoration plan which is

now completed without the museum
for the boat.
Now our Society needs to start
over with a plan to provide a suitable
museum structure for the boat so that
it can be displayed as a National His-
toric Landmark so that people from
all over our country and the world can
come and see it and learn about its 78
year history. We will be seeking the
support from the LAFD, our member-
ship, the harbor community and vari-
ous organizations so that we can again
have a plan for a museum structure
featuring the “Ralph J. Scott’ LAFD
Fireboat No. 2.
The Hollywood Museum is located in “Old Fire
There will be
Station 27” at 1355 No. Cahuenga, Hollywood,
more about this in the This is one of Bob Patterson’s great cartoons depicting the firemen going too far in
CA 90028. The Harbor Museum is located in San
next month’s Grapevine removing rust from Old Boat 2. This in reality is one of the reasons the boat will not
Pedro City Hall at 638 S. Beacon St., San Pedro
article. return to the sea. There are many thin spots in the hull. Pilot Bill Dahlquist can tell
CA 90731.
Frank Borden you about a real incident involving a leak in the hull that he stopped.
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
E-mail 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 www. We look forward to hearing from
you and seeing you at the Museum.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Historical

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

January 2018 • 53
November 1, 2017

CALL TO ORDER so moved. Tyler Tomich seconded. There Garth Flint of Beacon Pointe presented the
was no discussion or objections. 3rd Quarter investments for the LAFRA
President Bob Steinbacher called the portfolio. He reported that the markets
meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Los Motion carried to approve minutes Board have been very strong across the board and
Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association to Meeting Minutes of October 4, 2017. indicated that the driving force is the global
order at 10:22 a.m. economic environment. He indicated that
PRESIDENT REPORT we are not seeing inflation even though
ROLL CALL there is low unemployment due to a variety
1) Bob Steinbacher reminded the Board of reasons. Mike Breller reviewed the
MEMBERS PRESENT: that Open House was Saturday, November manager performance and asset allocations
Bob Steinbacher, President 4th from 12:00 noon to 4:00pm. and indicated that they have discussed
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President with the Investment Committee about
Andrew Kuljis, Secretary 2) Bob Steinbacher informed the Board terminating some of the managers and
Trustee David Peters that the L.A. Retired Fire & Police holiday reallocating those funds.
Trustee Gene Bednarchik celebration will be on December 9th.
Trustee Chris Stine John Jacobsen reported on a separate
Trustee Steve Berkery 3) Bob Steinbacher referred to the LAFRA investment option with Southwest Value
Trustee John Jacobsen Dinner Dance on December 9th and asked Partners and indicated that they feel that it
Trustee Frank Aguirre those interested to sign up on the website would be a good opportunity to invest.
Trustee Steve Ruda and book their rooms.
Trustee Danny Wu John Jacobsen made the following motion.
Trustee Joe Vigil 4) Bob Steinbacher referred to the open
Trustee Rick Godinez enrollment and the changes made to the The committee recommends and I so move
Trustee Tim Freeman letters sent to the membership. He indicated to terminate Symons, Wedgwood and Titan
Trustee Mike Sailhamer that they will have the final numbers for and engage with Engaged Capital, Trian
Trustee Tyler Tomich enrollment by the beginning of November. and MIG with funding from Titan and
Trustee Tim Larson – Pension move Symons balance into St. James and
Trustee Steve Domanski - Pension 5) Bob Steinbacher provided an update on engage with Southwest Value Partners on a
Todd Layfer - Executive Director the Ad Hoc Pension Committee meeting separate investment with $910,800. There
Liberty Unciano – Controller-Treasurer and indicated that they may be in agreement was no discussion or objections.
to cancel the RFP for a medical plan but the
MEMBERS ABSENT: issue has not been laid to rest. Motion carried to terminate Symons,
Trustee Chris Hart Wedgewood and Titan and engage with
Trustee Doak Smith – Pension 6) Bob Steinbacher indicated that they Engaged Capital, Trian and MIG with
Trustee Craig White are currently working on the Board and funding from Titan and move Symons
Trustee Jim Duffy Committee meeting dates for 2018 as well balance into St. James and engage with
Trustee Gayle Sonoda as the special event dates. Southwest Value Partners on a separate
investment with $910,800.
The Board entered into Executive Session
INVOCATION & Flag Salute at 10:37am. 1) Jeff Cawdrey reported on the annual
The Board adjourned from Executive IFEBP conference he and Trustees attended.
Rick Godinez led the invocation. Tyler Session at 11:40am.
Tomich led the flag salute. 2) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the election and
Legal and personnel matters were discussed mentioned some of the changes and edits to
RATIFICATION OF MINUTES during Executive Session. Action was taken the Bylaws.
on the personnel matter.
Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
to ratify and approve the Board Meeting INVESTMENT COMMITTEE
Minutes of October 4, 2017. David Peters REPORT 1) Todd Layfer reported that he is currently
54 • January 2018
working on the Employer Mandate objections. Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund.
reporting with the City of Los Angeles to
ensure that the members have adequate Motion carried to accept all applications The committee recommends and I so
medical coverage. to the Medical Plan. move to approve the financial assistance
applications for surviving spouses, active
2) Todd Layfer reported that they are RELIEF COMMITTEE REPORT and retired members. There was no
currently calculating the Transitional discussion or objections.
Reinsurance fee. Steve Berkery presented the following
motion. Motion carried to approve the financial
MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT assistance applications for surviving
REPORT The committee recommends and I so move spouses, active and retired members.
to pay:
Rick Godinez provided an update on ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE
the Marketing events and reported that The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount of REPORT
this has been a record breaking year for $32,068.64
Golf sponsorships. He indicated that the The Estate Planning benefit in the amount The committee recommends and I so move
Marketing Dept. is working on sending of $4,800 to advance funds for both active and retired
“thank you” letters to the sponsors. He The Life & Accident Death Benefit in the members. There was no discussion or
reported on the Discovery School fundraiser amount of $24,000 objections.
that so far raised over $20K. He stated The Relief Death Benefits in the amount of
that they are currently working on getting $40,500 Motion carried to advance funds for both
runners for the 2018 L.A. Marathon. active and retired members.
There was no discussion or objections.
REPORT Motion carried to pay the above Relief
benefits. Andy Kuljis reported that the election is
Tyler Tomich presented the following running as planned and indicated that the
motions. Steve Berkery read the names of members ballots have been sent to the members.
who recently passed and asked for a
The committee recommends and I so move moment of silence from the Board. SETTING OF DATES
to pay the usual and customary bills in
the amount of $978,158.72. There was no MEMORIALS 1) LAFRA Open House – November 4th
discussion or objections. Wayne A. Havron 2) LAFRA Holiday Dinner Dance -
Jack Vander-Laan December 9th
Motion carried to pay the usual and John A. Wilmes 3) L.A. Retired Fire & Police Holiday
customary bills in the amount of Richard D. Dickens Celebration – December 9th
$978,158.72. John F. Gamrat, Jr.
The committee recommends and I so move Ray L. Johnson
to approve $250 for the L.A. Retired Fire & Anthony La Palio 1) Taylor Gaskins – Saturday,
Police Annual Holiday Celebration. There Ralph G. Nelson November 11th San Pedro
was no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve $250 for
the L.A. Retired Fire & Police Annual Steve Berkery presented the following Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion
Holiday Celebration. motions. to adjourn. David Peters so moved. Tim
Larson seconded. There was no discussion
MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT The committee recommends and I so move and no objections.
to accept the donations in the amount of
David Peters presented the following $5,245.07 to the Widows, Orphans & Motion carried to adjourn. The Board of
motion. Disabled Firemen’s Fund. There was no Trustees meeting adjourned at 12:39 p.m.
discussion or objections.
The committee recommends and I so move Bob Steinbacher, President
to accept the applications to the Medical Motion carried to accept the donations in
Plan. There was no discussion and no the amount of $5,245.07 to the Widows,
January 2018 • 55
Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund - November 2017


C/O WELLS FARGO/ FITCH in honor of our
PRESIDENT honor of Retired Fire Dunford’s Birthday and MANAGEMENT in
Pension Commissioner Life of Service memory of Richard Gault
TOLUCA LAKE Sam Diannitto
COMMERCE proceeds from the Fire CECIL & CRISTY memory of Glenn Allen
from the Firemen’s Extinguisher Fund CRAWFORD in memory
Benefit Breakfast of Doris Nash GARY BOWIE
THOMAS J. JEFFERS III memory of Paul, Reno and Simi Valley Breakfast Gang GARY & DONNA
in memory of Bill Miser & Aldo Zuliani at the Firehouse Cafe CHILDRESS in memory of
Denny Mendenhall Richard and Louise Gault
RUBY A. JUSTIS in memory STROMBERG/ memory of LINDA DMARIO in memory
of my husband Charles WILLIAM PLANAGAN Richard Dickens of Alvina Bakula
“Charlie” H. Justis FAMILY in memory of
Richard and Louise Gault LARRY COHEN from the DONALD DUFFIELD in
ROBERT C. networking plus event from memory of
KLOPFENSTEIN ARLENE J. BURNHAM facility in June Ralph G. Nelson
from the Retired LAFD in memory of my husband
Kern County Breakfast Edwin Burnham ARCHER R. MORGAN in KRISTEN EGENES in
Club in Tehachapi honor of Andy Kuljis memory of Doris Nash
DAVID SANDER in memory of David Moorman memory of Ralph Nelson
gratitude of your JOE & BARBARA
fundraising efforts ESPINOZA in memory of ANDREW D. MILLER in WAYNE & TONI
Dickie Gilmore memory of Bill Rose GEMMELL
memory of Dick Gault memory of my beloved memory of Ginnie Nelson memory of Richard Gault
husband Capt.
in memory of
Lawrence J. Roberts FIRE STATION NO. 85 FIRE STATION NO. 79 DARAN PAONE in honor of
from the Fire from the Fire Don Paone
BRONSON Extinguisher Fund Extinguisher Fund
WENJUN XU memory of Larry Thomas

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BULLHEAD CITY / LAKE garage. 3 miles from launch MAMMOTH CONDO. 2 bedroom Complex has pool, spa, sauna,
MOHAVE. 4 bedroom, 3 full ramp. Close to downtown shops & large loft, 3 full baths, sleeps 8. laundry. Winter $335/night, Sum-
bathroom, 2200 sq/ft Located & restaurants. View of the lake. 5 minute walk to Canyon Lodge. mer $215/night, plus cleaning.
in private community w/ private Quiet street in good neighbor- Fully furnished, TVs, VCR/DVD, Includes city bed tax. No pets,
marina and launch ramp. Direct- hood. No pets. No smoking. pool, spa, rec room, sauna, lin- no smoking. Dory Jones (310)
ly across from the river, backs Snowbird rates. Call Mike (661) ens included. Winter $175 week- 918-0631 or Kelly Corcoran
to large park with grass. Fully 510-6246 days, $195-weekends/holidays; (310) 619-5355
equipped kitchen, BBQ, Washer/ summer $125, plus cleaning. No
Dryer, TV/DVD. No cable. No LAKE HAVASU LANDING smoking; no pets. Craig Yoder MAMMOTH LAKES - One
pets, No Smoking. Call Kevin RESORT. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, (909) 948-3659. bedroom, extremely charming
(805) 279-2430 waterfront house, boat, moor- wildflower condo. Full amenities,
ing out front, fully furnished, MAMMOTH CONDO - 2 bdrm, close to shuttle. Antiques, art,
CATALINA BEACH COTTAGE laundry, gas BBQ, launch ramp, 2 bath, 2 TV’s, phone, garage, satellite TV, fireplace. Sleeps 4.
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block gated community, grocery pool, jacuzzi, fully furnished - ex- Winter $110, Summer $85 plus
to beach, view, fully equipped store, hardware store. No pets, ept linens. Near shuttle/chair 15. cleaning fees. Call Bill Clark
housekeeping unit. Marci (818) no smoking. Email Kathy at Winter $125/night. Weekends (818) 371-6722
347-6783 or Clarence (310) 510- or call and Holidays $110 midweek. Email:
2721. (760) 858-4470 Summer $95/night. $495/week.
No smoking. No pets. Jim John- MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
CATALINA CONDO - HAM- LAKE HAVASU LANDING RE- son (818) 992-7564, FS 80C. Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed,
ILTON COVE. Ocean front, 1 SORT BEACHFRONT HOME sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR,
bed, 1 1/2 bath, sleeps 4. Steps with boat mooring. Swim, ski MAMMOTH CONDO- SEA- DVD. Garage parking. Walk to
to beach, pool, gym, putting or fish from front yard. 4 bed/2 SONS FOUR RESORT. Canyon Lodge. Ski back trail.
course, tennis and more. Newly bath, fully furnished. DirectTV/ Charming and cozy furnished 2 night minimum. Winter $100/
refurbished, fully equipped. DVD/WiFi, pool table, laundry, 1 Bedroom sleeps 5. Updated nite, $125 Fri, Sat & Holidays.
Includes golf cart, WiFi. Contact BBQ. Gated community with ca- unit with amenities including Summer $60/nite. Plus $120
Bart @ (310) 510-0190. Ham- sino, groceries, marina, launch wifi, sauna, jacuzzi, phone, cleaning & linens. Jeff & Lisa Ask for “LAFD ramp and off-road trails. No rec room, 2 flat screens , DVD Moir (661) 254-5788.
8-89” discount. Owner active pets, no smoking. $350 Bowen/ players. W/D on site. Shuttle
LAFD. Garner email: stop. Walking distance to village. MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET: $120/night + $80 Cleaning fee Walk to Canyon Lodge. Studio
DESERT CONDOS, RANCHO Bobby@310-350-5552. loft sleeps 4. Queen beds, full
MIRAGE (near Palm Springs). 2 LAKE NACIMIENTO. Oak kitchen, 2 baths, garage parking,
bed, 2 bath. Fully furnished condo, Shores gated community. 3 MAMMOTH CONDO NEXT TV, VCR, DVD. Winter Sun-
TV, internet, pools and spas. bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, large loft. TO THE GONDOLA VILLAGE Thurs $100.nite; Fri & Sat $115/
Gated community from $115/night. 3minute drive to main marina in – Fully furnished, three bed- nite plus cleaning fee $100. Non
3 bed from $125/night. No smok- Oak Shores. Large flat driveway. room, two bath with towels and smoking complex. Joel Parker,
ing. Barbara (626) 798-2484. Fully equipped kitchen, BBQ, linens, newly remodeled kitchen, LAFD retired.
washer/dryer, TV/DVD. No internet and cable TV, pool and email:
JUNE LAKE CABIN - 2BR/2BA cable. No pets/smoking. $225/ Jacuzzi. Walk to the gondola, or (213) 399-6534.
cabin with Carson Peak night. $150 cleaning fee. 3 night shops, restaurants and ski in on
view. Close to fishing & ski- minimum. Call Ben (805) 444- the new comeback trail. Parking MAUI BEACH FRONT CONDO
ing. Furnished, wood deck, 2264. at the front door. Winter: $250/ ON NAPILI BAY - 50’ from
equipped kitchen, wood burning night. Summer $150/night. water. Studios and 1 bedroom.
stove, tree swing, cable /DVD/ LARGE LAKE HAVASU HOME Holidays $300/night. Cleaning is Luxury furnishings + full kitchen.
phone. Garage/ample parking. FOR RENT – 5 bedroom, 3 included. Call Mike Whitehouse, All the amenities! Maui’s best
$100/night plus cleaning fee. bath, 2900 sqft home with ame- Retired, 805-987-6122, email: snorkeling/beach. All island
Email for pictures. Jeff Easton nities & pool that easily sleeps activities & Kapalua within 4
LAFD retired (805) 217-5602. 14+ people. Centrally located, or Bruce Galien, Retired, 661- minutes. 5-day minimum, from 1 mile from the lake, close to 645-7448, email: luvbaja2@aol. $150 per night (regularly $310/
downtown shops and restau- com night). Call Sherrie or Bill for
LAKE HAVASU LANDING- rants. Check out home at info/reservations (805) 530-0007
Waterfront, steps to the water. MAMMOTH CONDO Cozy 2 or email:
Boat mooring out front, off-road Call Julie 818-268-7906 for spe- bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully fur- or visit:
desert behind house. 3 bed/3 cial firefighter family rates. nished, WIFI, 3 TV’s, pool, spa,
bath, fully furnished w/linens. walk to shuttle, Old Mammoth
Direct TV/DVR, BBQ, Casino, MAMMOTH - 1 bedroom Sum- area. Winter $115, Summer MAUI’S MOST BEAUTIFUL
Grocery/Meat Market, Launch mit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient $90, plus cleaning fee $139 and BEACH - Napili Bay. Beautiful
Ramp, Marina with Boat House, underground garage parking. Ja- 14% city tax. Includes linens. furnished condo that sleeps 4.
Gated Community. No pets/ cuzzis, gym (pool/tennis in sum- No pets, no smoking. Call (310) Lanai/balcony, full kitchen, king
smoking. $350 Dan Cook 310 mertime), shuttle right outside! 540-4648. bed, flat screen TV’s/DVD, AC’s
418 1577. Across from Eagle Lodge, Win- free WiFi (internet), complimen-
ter $110 per night, Summer $80 MAMMOTH CONDO AT MAM- tary maid service, complimen-
LAKE HAVASU BEAUTY FOR per night plus $65 cleaning fee MOTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA, tary coffee every morning and
RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 and 13% tax. All linens included. sleeps 10, fully furnished, 2 breakfast on Fridays. Special
sq.ft. Fully furnished with all Drew or Nancy Oliphant (661) TVs, DVDs, WiFi, towels/linens, firefighters’ discount - Best value
amenities- Laundry & BBQ. 513-2000 or mammoth241@ fireplace. Full kitchen. Walk to in West Maui! Nice pool & BBQ
13,000 sq.ft. lot. 3 car boat-deep Gondola Village and shuttle. area - Close to beach! (800)
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336-2185 furnished w/linens. Cable TV/ DVR, Private Patio, BBQ, Laun- or call Nick Davidson
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Fire Boat No. 1 was originally stationed at the foot of First Street in San Pedro.
The crew lived and worked out of the tent on the dock at the First Street landing.
FF Danny Elizarraras Collection - Photo Date: 1921
Fire Boat se
No. 1

The Fire Boat No. 1 “A” platoon crew in August of 1919.The photo was found at Fire Station 111
in 1972 while moving some old lockers so that City painters could paint behind them. The source
of the photo is unknown, but the location was at the First Street landing. Collection

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