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In Memoriam - John White
Learn about a life lived in the service of others. Captain II John White
laid to rest but never forgotten • ......................................................06

Hiding in Plain Sight

Help in the fight against human trafficking by obtaining the skills to
identify its victims first hand • .........................................................08

Lifetime Achievement Award

Chaplin George Negrete. It takes more than just showing up. Some-
times it takes a little faith • ................................................................11

President’s Message • ............................................................................05
Battalion News • ....................................................................................13
Department in Action • ...........................................................................32
Station Fridge • ......................................................................................35
Skin Cancer—Early detection is the key • ………………………………….36
Retirement Dinners • ..............................................................................38
Forcible Entry—Basic Objectives • …………………………………………39
Estate Planning 101—Protect what you have • …………..…..…….40
California First Responders & the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund • .….42
2018 LAFD Fall Singles Handball Tournament • …………………………43
Retirement Dinner Planning Guide—Get the facts and retire right • ......44
11 Superfoods that can help prevent a heart attack • …………………..46
Memorials • ...........................................................................................48
LAFD Golf Tournament—Pebble Beach • …………………………………49
Mailbox • ...............................................................................................50
LAFD History • .......................................................................................53
Minutes of the Board of Trustees • .....................................................56
Classifieds • ...........................................................................................58
Fire Station 59 • ....................................................................................61

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4 • February 2019
Well, here we are in February, and how many of you have Reitmayer for another great event benefiting the Widows, Or-
already given up on your New Year’s resolution of getting back phans & Disabled Firefighters Fund! It was the 22nd annual Buz-
in shape—both physically and financially? DON’T give up! You zard Bait held on January 18th. These two gentlemen, along with
still have time to come to your senses. their families and an army of volunteers, spent countless hours
Priority one—you need to get your physical. Without your putting together an awesome event for YOU—the members of
health, nothing else matters. Not sure where to start? Call—310- LAFRA.
348-4160 (Center for Heart and Health). Another New Year’s resolution to add to your list—get in-
Next, get your body scan done. Here is the number to volved with a LAFRA event. Don’t take the attitude that someone
call—310-829-9788 (Medical Imaging Center of Southern Cali- else will handle it. Just like the house work, it doesn’t get done
fornia). by itself. Step up and take the baton from those who have been
But wait, there’s more. How about securing your financial carrying it all these years. They will appreciate the help. Below
health against disaster by getting your trust completed? I know is a list of events for the next six months—it’s time to put down
all the kitchen table attorneys have been telling the other procras- that game controller and drop the virtual and get involved in the
tinators at the table that you don’t need one. Nothing could be reality of serving others.
farther from the truth. Whether you are single, married, divorced, Lastly, I would like to congratulate our returning Trust-
kids, no kids, or it’s just you and your checkbook— you need ees who were each re-elected for another three-year term. Frank
a trust. LAFRA is still offering up to $600.00 to get your trust Aguirre, Gene Bednarchik, Tyler Tomich, Chris Stine, Henry
completed. And every quarter, we provide a free seminar at dif- Gasbarri and Mike Sailhamer. Thank you all for your continued
ferent locations so you can ask questions to attorneys who do this volunteerism. Our organization is dependent upon the dedication
for a living - not practice at the kitchen table. and collective energy of our Trustees, staff and volunteers.
Let’s talk about beneficiaries! When is the last time Talking about volunteering, here is a list of upcoming
you checked your beneficiaries? Most likely the first time you events with a name and number to contact and get involved.
checked your beneficiaries—at the Drill Tower. Most of us sign
up for a policy and forget that our lives are constantly chang- Upcoming events:
ing. We get married, we get divorced. We get married again and
add some children to the mix, however, the beneficiaries on our • Hook and Ladder - March 16th - California City (Bruce
important accounts remain unchanged. Pension, bank and bro- Galien) 661-645-7448
kerage accounts, life insurance policies—all remain in the name • LA Marathon 5K - March 23rd - DTLA (Marlene Casillas)
of the first spouse. Try explaining that to the next Mr. or Mrs. 323-259-5217
if something happens to you. Oh, I have heard the story, “Who • LA Marathon - March 24th
cares, I’m dead.” WE care, because LAFRA is the one who gets • St Baldrick’s - March 30th - Fire Station 89 (Danny Wu) FS
to explain to your current loved ones why they will not be receiv- 103-C
ing your benefits because you didn’t take the time to update the • Lane Kemper Softball Classic - TBD - Balboa Recreation
required accounts. Don’t worry, the ex and her new boy/girlfriend Center (Keith Bandy) FS 64-C
will come to the funeral. Think it hasn’t happened? Think again! • Pechanga Reunion - May 13-17th - Pechanga Resort, Tim Lar-
You also need to contact the Firefighters First CU and find son, LAFRA Trustee
out if your current spouse or domestic partner is joined on the • Hope for Firefighters - June 6th - DTLA (Juliet Brandolino)
account, or UFLAC to see who is listed on your life insurance. 323-259-5215
Better yet, make sure to read your member profile sheet coming
to you from LAFRA in March and see who is listed as your ben- Be safe and be kind to each other.
eficiary here.
What? You would like those phone numbers too?? FFCU
(800) 231-1626, UFLAC (213) 977-9001 and LAFRA (323) 259- Robert D. “Steintalker” Steinbacher
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February 2019 • 5
Very few people on this job are
recognized as legends within their lifetime.
John White was one.
John White was born on January 26,
1934. In 1951, At the age of 18, he enlisted in
the U.S. Navy where he served on the destroyer
U.S.S. Brown during the Korean War. He later
served in the Merchant Marines and in 1957
began his career with the LAFD. He found
the physical and mental challenges of the fire
service a perfect fit for his personality, tem-
perament, and competitive spirit. He worked
at some of the busiest assignments in the city.
While assigned to Salvage 28, he said they re-
sponded to an average of three structure fires
per shift. Later in his career, while still in his
mid 50’s, he was a Captain I assigned to Squad
4, which at the time responded to more struc-
ture fires than any other company in the City.
His career highlights include: The Firefighter
of the Year Award in 1997, the LAFD’s Life-
time Achievement Award in 2011, and his in-
duction into the World Police and Fire Games
Hall of Fame in 2017. After nearly 45 years of
service, he retired a Captain II at Fire Station
47. Although officially retired in 2002, he re-
mained a chaplain for the fire service at large
until the time of his death.
In 1949, John attended the very first
Billy Graham Crusade held at Washington

6 • February 2019
Boulevard and Hill Street in downtown Los
Angeles. He resisted the call then, but about 24
years later, surrendered his life to Christ. His
love for the fire service remained but his new
passion in life was to share Jesus with others.
In 1974, he met and married Jane Stewart, his
wife of 42 years. In 1976, he co-founded Fire-
fighters For Christ (FFC) and served for many
years as the President of this Christian orga-
nization in the fire service. FFC began in Los
Angeles, soon spread across the nation, and
today has chapters around the world.
Firefighters For Christ sends Emer-
gency Relief Teams where needed, domestic
and abroad, to provide aid in the aftermath of
natural disasters. They also donate fire and res-
cue equipment and provide training to fire de-
partments in many developing countries. Their
goal is two-fold; to meet the physical and spiri-
tual needs of those they meet. John led teams to
over 30 countries, providing either relief work
or equipment and training to countries such as
Russia, Saipan, Guam, the Philippines, Japan,
Haiti, the U.K., Nepal; and countries within
Europe, Scandinavia, Africa, South America,
and throughout Central America. His calling
as an evangelist was to the fire service at large.
John was well respected on the LAFD
because of his competence, work ethic, and
enthusiasm for the job. He worked most of his
career downtown and was a renowned truck-
man. He was a man’s man but not ashamed
to demonstrate his love toward others. He did
this most often through physical touch, such
as a hug, a slap on your chest, an arm around
your shoulder, or a kiss on your forehead. His
love was genuine and sincere. He was a man
of prayer and often called upon for hospital
visitations or invocations at various gatherings
such as handball tournaments, the Mayo Clas-
sic, award luncheons, or retirement dinners. He
was an evangelist at heart and more than any-
thing wanted others to have a relationship with
An estimated 1500 people attended his
memorial, with some traveling from as far as
New York, Northern Ireland, Germany, and
Sweden. Speeches of remembrance were given
by his family, a close friend, a representative of
FFC, and Fire Chief Terrazas—who was once
his rookie at Fire Station 64. Yes, John was a
bona fide LAFD legend but he also impacted
lives worldwide. He will be remembered for
his genuine love for others and his passion to
share Jesus Christ with all he met.

February 2019 • 7
By Detective Chris Hicks - LA County Sheriff’s Department
Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force
In January 2014, the California Penal billboard, forced to get these tattoos at the di- both their pimp as well as to social media. A
Code for the crime of Human Trafficking was rection of a pimp as a way to enforce their con- victim will be very defensive about maintain-
modified to address concerns nationwide of trol, show ownership, or even dissuade other ing possession of his or her cellphone. This
what could be identified as modern-day slav- pimps from stealing what they consider is their item is also very valuable to law enforcement
ery. California Penal Code, 236.1 makes it il- property. in proving exploitation is taking place.
legal for a person to financially benefit from Items in the victim’s possession may Regarding a juvenile victim, don’t be
the “commercial sexual exploitation” of both also help in identifying potential victims. Con- fooled by their general appearance of being
adult and minor victims. In cases involving doms, gift cards (used as payment or to hide just an ordinary looking teenager. They are of-
adult victims, factors such as force, fear, fraud, payment), lubricants, and multiple cellphones ten in regular street clothing. Tattoos are rare
or coercion is needed to qualify under this law. are just a few common items you may find in on these victims due to the fear of their exploit-
When the victim is a juvenile, only the act of the victim’s possession during your contact. er being identified by these markings. Most ju-
a person financially benefiting from the com- Keep in mind, the cellphone is their lifeline to venile victims will be picked up or recruited
mercial sexual exploitation of said minor is
necessary to make it a crime.
Firefighters and paramedics are un-
knowingly at the forefront of the fight against
this terrible crime. On a daily basis they are
exposed to victims of these crimes when re-
sponding to calls for service. These types of
incidents are often disguised as calls related
to domestic violence, drug overdoses, or even
shooting victims. Over the last few years, law
enforcement has discovered the victims in the
above-mentioned types of crimes, were often,
in reality, commercial sex workers who were
forced to work under fear of retaliation against
them or a family member. The following are
a few identifiers that will help you, as a first
responder, identify and report these crimes to
the appropriate investigating agencies.
One of the most important factors to
look for when first making contact with these
types of victims, is their attitude. They are usu-
ally very guarded and provide explanations for
their injuries that do not match the type of in-
jury suffered. They are often supervised very
closely during the interaction, commonly to
the point where their pimp or another girl un-
der his control will not leave their side. This is
out of fear of the victim exposing them. Get-
ting the victim in a situation where they are
alone will greatly enhance the possibility that
he or she will disclose their current situation.
Another strong indication the person
you are treating is a possible victim may be as
easy as reading the writing on their skin. Tat-
toos are a common indicator of a victim’s in-
volvement “in the life.” Tattoos such as king or
queen crowns, ATM machines, large scribed
names on the face or the thigh, money bags,
diamonds, leopard spots, or even words like
“Loyalty” and “100%” are commonly observed
tattoos or brandings seen on a victim’s body.
Sadly enough, victims are often treated like a

8 • February 2019
their victim. Getting the victim away from
the pimp is the only way to start the healing
process and reintroduce the victim back into
society. Until then, the victim’s actions are
commonly irrational and deceptive, similar to
a person under the influence of a drug.
Ethnicity in the world of human traf-
ficking is universal. All races are sexually ex-
ploited. It is common for the victim to emulate
the race of their exploiter, speaking in slang
indicative to their surroundings. Most victims
from a group home, inexpensive motels, bus MDMA, a form of Ecstasy, more commonly
will remain at the learning level of the age
stations, and train stations. Trains are a com- referred to as “Molly,” is also a common drug
when they first become a victim to this type
mon mode for juvenile victims to get around. provided by the exploiter to maintain control
of crime. An example of such is a 23-year-old
Lyft and Uber are also growing in popularity and allow the victim to stay awake for days at a
girl who became embroiled in the life of hu-
for the ease of use and ability to hide their ex- time while being exploited. This factor should
man exploitation at age 13. Although she is
ploits. be taken into consideration when responding
now older, she may still have the mental capac-
A large number of commercial sex vic- to an overdose call.
ity of a 13-year-old girl. Don’t underestimate a
tims are controlled by their exploiters by the One of the most powerful drug a vic-
victim’s intelligence though, they are often still
use of drugs. Marijuana use is a common fac- tims maybe found under the influence of, is
very streetwise.
tor in controlling the victim, including getting also the most difficult to detect. This is in the
This overview is only meant as a guide-
the victim to return to their exploiter in order metaphorical sense and involves the pimp’s in-
line to help with identifying a victim of human
to get high. The use of methamphetamine and fluence over the victim. It will cause the victim
trafficking. Not all of the above factors com-
to disown their family, lie, steal, and engage
pletely represent a person to be a victim. If in
in numerous crimes in order to maintain this
doubt, contact your local law enforcement for
“high” the pimp instills in them. A pimp uses
assistance. As a mandated reporter, first re-
the child’s need for a parent figure, a higher
sponders must notify local law enforcement or
self-esteem, or even a simple desire to be un-
the Department of Children and Family Ser-
derstood, against them. A pimp’s constant at-
vices (DCFS) of any suspected child of human
tention, mixed with a cycle of violence, helps
trafficking. DCFS can be reached via their ho-
form a trauma bonding between the pimp and
tline at (800) 540-4000.

February 2019 • 9
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red fire engine as a privilege — and great fun.
His first assignment was Station 20, where he
responded to the Central Library Fire, Baldwin
Hills Fire, and major brush fires in the Valley
and Malibu.
George also spent time at Station 82
in Hollywood, and soon transferred to Sta-
tion 51 at Los Angeles International Airport.
LAX is one of the Department’s specialized
assignments, and required some adjusting: for
George, it meant driving Engine 51, which was
bright yellow in accordance with FAA regula-
tions. It turned out that circumnavigating taxi-
ing aircraft at LAX was quite challenging!
At Station 51, George met and served people
from all over the world. The USAir Flight 1493
crash occurred while he was there in 1991. The
next year he responded to the civil disturbance
George Negrete’s parents, Phil and in Los Angeles and the Malibu brush fire. And
Gloria, raised him and his three older sisters in whenever Air Force One landed or departed,
Gardena. Phil was an ace mechanic, and Glo- Engine 51 was always standing by.
ria was a registered nurse and full-time mom. George eventually transferred to his
They were outstanding role models and influ- dream assignment: Station 27, in the heart of
ences on their children. Hollywood, It was there that a fellow engineer
Although he initially attended Santa suggested he consider becoming an LAFD
Monica Community College, George soon chaplain. He did, and for the past twenty-one
transferred to UCLA, where he was a member years, has served the community and fire fam-
of the UCLA Men’s Volleyball team. The team ily as a volunteer chaplain. Since his retirement
won the national championship, but George in 2005, George has continued as a member of
left before his senior year to pursue his lifelong the LAFD Chaplain Corps. As a chaplain, he
dream of becoming a Los Angeles City Fire- not only served the LAFD fire family, but also
fighter. the community at large, responding to many
His training began in North Holly- large-scale disasters in Los Angeles and on de-
wood at Drill Tower 89. For ten weeks, George ployment to New York’s Ground Zero in Sep-
worked two twenty-four-hour shifts and one tember of 2001.
ten-hour day. It was summer, and it was hot! Chaplains offer a source of strength,
To this day, George remembers the challenge comfort, and hope, which lightens the load
as one of the most difficult he ever faced. He for firefighters, paramedics, and their fami-
graduated on May 15, 1977, at the age of twen- lies. According to George, “I want my broth-
ty-one. ers and sisters to finish well. I want them to be
George spent his year-long probation healthy emotionally, physically, and spiritually
on the westside of Los Angeles in Battalion 18. throughout their careers and into retirement.”
Located in the heart of the Fairfax district, Old George Negrete wishes he could put
Fire Station 61 was one of his favorite assign- into words how much this Lifetime Achieve-
ments since he was protecting many iconic lo- ment Award means to him. “Thank you, Los
cations he knew and visited while growing up. Angeles Fire Department Foundation,” he
In 1984, he was promoted to Engineer, the rank says. “Thank you, City of Los Angeles. And
he would eventually hold for twenty-one years. thanks to my Fire Department family. It’s been
He remembers driving and maintaining a big a great ride.”

February 2019 • 11
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February 2019 • 15
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February 2019 • 17
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The crew at FS 39-A enjoyed a wheel of
Baskin Robbins Gold Medal Ribbon, compli-
ments of Chief Mark Curry (Battalion 9 A). In
keeping with LAFD tradition, and in honor of
his first deployment as a Strike Team Leader,
Chief Curry sent a letter of appreciation and
a Baskin-Robbins gift card for a wheel of ice
cream to every engine that was assigned to
Strike Team 1006A during last month’s Wool-
sey Fire. Chief Curry’s letter thanked everyone
that was part of ST 1006A for their hard work
during the fire. Thank you, Chief Curry, for a
great deployment, taking care of your mem-
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still alive and well on the LAFD.

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stands that night too. Their encouraging words represent this great Department I have served
and positive feedback made it such an honor to for 31 years.”

Capt II John Ziola (FS 26-A) participat-

ed in the lotto drawing for the Rams vs Chiefs
tickets through the Department and won. Then
the Rams gave him the opportunity to help un-
furl the giant American flag on the field before
the game. When he showed up in his dress uni-
form before the game, he was approached by
the Rams, and along with CHP Captain Johnny
Starling, was asked if they would be interested
in running out of the tunnel with individual
American flags. Of course, they said “yes!”
John relates that, “It was truly an honor
to represent the LAFD that night with my two
sons and wife in the stands and my daugh-
ters watching at home. It was great seeing all Capt John Ziola at Ram game
the active and retired LAFD members in the

Captain Vincent Alvarado promoted to

Captain II at FS 11-A. Photo by LAFD

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Future Rookie Sofia Elizabeth Martinez—Class of 2036-Daughter of E 13 wishing everyone a great holi-
FF/PM Martinez FS 11 B. Photo compliments of the Martinez family day season. Photo by LAFDCentral

On 12/22/18, a vehicle collided with the rear of a trailer leaving one person deceased. Photos by Mike Meadows and Jacob Salzman

February 2019 • 21
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Brian Lee Mike Reddy Cecil Morris Kelly Wong

Brent Lovrien Peter Varnum Matt McKnight Darrayle Prosser

Sign up to walk or run in memory of an LAFD firefighter.





for information and registration visit
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22 • February 2019
12/21/18. Explorer Post 106 celebrates three of their 12/09/18. TF 33 first onscene of a hit-and-run
own becoming new LA City Firefighters. Photo by LAFD accident involving street racers. Photo by Justin J.

12/16/18. The Heavy Utility gets some hook time down South at 6622 S. Crenshaw Bl. Photos by Yvonne Griffin

February 2019 • 23
24 • February 2019
E 89 rescues stranded motorists in Sun Valley.
Photo by Mike Meadows

12/22/18. Batt 14 companies respond to a vehicle into building

in the 7200 block of N Lankershim. Photo by Mike Meadows

February 2019 • 25
Los Angeles Fire Department

r i t Scho l ar Award
M e Cash Grants Up to $30,000
($7,500 per year each year in college)

Who is Eligible?

An applicant must be a dependent child or step-child of an active For more information on this year’s awards, go to the departmen-
or fallen LAFD sworn employee and currently a high school senior tal website or contact June Andrade at
or college freshman who will be enrolled next fall as a full-time the LAFD Scholarship Fund by phone at (213) 435-6095 or by
student in an accredited four-year college or university. email at

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit. The The application deadline is April 1, 2019
single most important factor is academic achievement, but Get an application today!
the all-civilian Selection Committee will also consider other
relevant criteria, including personal character and extracurricular Donations can now be accepted online at
Please share this link with family and friends.

FYI, there are two other scholarship opportunities for your consideration.
For more information, please access
Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association
and Firefighters First Credit Union

26 • February 2019
12/23/18. Firefighters extricated a patient
men- in North Hollywood. Photo by Mike Meadows

e at
r by

12/06/18. LAFD responds to a rollover on Tampa

Ave. and Plummer St. Photo by Jacob Salzman

February 2019 • 27
12/18/18. LAFD arrived to find a two-car T/A on
Rinaldi in Porter Ranch. Photo by Jacob Salzman

12/29/18. Auto-fire in 96 first-in. On 1/5/19, LAFD responded to fatality colli-

Photo by Jacob Salzman sion in Chatsworth. Photo by Shane Salzman

12/13/18. A single vehicle collided into a wall near a busy

Porter Ranch shopping center. Photo by Jacob Salzman

28 • February 2019
Truck 105 puts on a colorful display as they per-
form a ladder pipe drill. Photo by Leo Kaufman

12/16/18. Truck 73 spending some move up time 12/18/18. Station 93 responds to a car vs. a tree
down in 66’s first-in. Photo by Yvonne Griffin with trapped victims. Photo by Leo Kaufman

February 2019 • 29
FF/PM Scott Ross promoted to Engi-
neer at FS 34-C. Photo by LAFD

12/30/18. E 68 was first on scene on a two-

story fourplex with heavy fire showing.

30 • February 2019
On 12/06/18 LAFD proudly promoted
29 members. Photo by Gary Apodaca

12/20/18. A probationary FF takes a leap of faith for

the crowd during graduation. Photo by Leo Kaufman

12/18/18. LAFD recognized members of the

LAFD Youth Program. Photo by Alex Gillman

February 2019 • 31
South LA
Photos by & Brandon Buckley

On 12/23/18 at 0244 hrs., LAFD responded to a 1201 W. 52nd St. Arriving companies found a single-family dwelling with one
room fully involved. The fire quickly spread to the attic and the rest of the house. One patient was transported to the hospital.

32 • February 2019
February 2019 • 33
Photos by Rick McClure

On 11-17-18 in FS 91 first-in, Battalion

12 & 15 companies responded to a 2-vehicle
crash with extrication of two patients required
from an overturned vehicle. BC12-Ferrari, E91,
E 18, TF 75, TF98, USAR88, HR3, RA 91, RA 18

34 • February 2019
February 2019 • 35
“It started out like small lesions below These treatable conditions rarely metastasize harmful ultraviolet light exposure from the
my sideburns and ear lobes,” remembers David or become life threatening, especially if caught sun, which can lead to mutations in DNA. With
Dumler, retired engineer out of Fire Station 23. early. They tend to appear on areas of the body enough DNA damage in critical genes, the
“One after another they appeared. Concerned, exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, ears, cells of the skin, including melanocytes, begin
I went to my dermatologist and discovered they and hands. Basal cell generally shows up like to grow uncontrollably and spread locally and
were pre-cancerous lesions, easily treatable; a small pearly bump that looks like a flesh col- to distant organs. Melanoma can also develop
however, the melanoma on my back was a dif- ored mole or pimple that doesn’t go away. It in non-sun exposed areas, such as the mem-
ferent story.” In a sense, Dave was lucky. What can also present like a shiny red or pink patch branes of the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, and
was thought at first to be a simple skin irrita- that is slightly scaly. Squamous cell carcino- female genital tract.
tion, lead the doctor to perform a full body ex- mas may appear as flat reddish or brownish
amination. This is when it was discovered that patches in the skin and tend to grow slowly. Signs & Symptoms and Risk Factors
Dave had one of the deadliest skin diseases— This is not to say that they are not scary or dan- In early skin cancers the tumors are
melanoma. gerous. The key is to catch them early before small, contained within the top layers of skin,
Dave is doing fine now. Treated and they grow large enough to where the chance of and have not spread to distant organs. As the
monitored on a regular basis, he is living the metastasizing increases. cancer progresses, the tumor grows larger and
dream of retirement while traveling across the more deeply into the skin layers, spreading to
country. Others have not been as fortunate. In lymph nodes and blood vessels and, poten-
2018 over 90,000 people will be diagnosed tially, distant organs. Skin cancer signs and

“The best way to avoid

with melanoma, with 10 percent of those dying symptoms are different for everyone and, for
from the disease. Skin cancer is the most com- this reason, difficult to detect. Doctor Peter
monly diagnosed cancer and, in most cases,
it is not life-threatening nor does it spread to
skin cancer, according Grossman of the Grossman Burn Center writes
that, “causes of melanoma include excessive
other parts of the body. The exception to this is
to Dr. Peter Grossman exposure to sunlight. It is more frequently as-
sociated with fair-skinned patients who are
is sunscreen, sunscreen, more prone to sunburn. Signs and symptoms
What is skin cancer? of melanoma include a pigmented lesion that
Skin is the largest organ of the body. sunscreen!” enlarges or becomes inflamed or sore, and
Its main function is to protect the internal or- may itch, ulcerate, bleed, or undergo textural
gans. It does this by protecting the body from changes. Diagnosis is usually made with a skin
ultraviolet radiation from sources such as the biopsy, and treatment includes wide surgi-
sun. Though it protects us from the sun, your Melanoma cal resection to remove the melanoma, and if
body is designed to get the vitamin D it needs Though basal and squamous cell can- appropriate removal of the regional lymph
by producing it when the bare skin is exposed cers are not to be taken lightly, the next item nodes, immunotherapy or chemotherapy and
to sunlight. This love/hate relationship is the on topic should scare you to death, because it radiation.”
most natural way to get the needed mineral; can, if not treated early, kill you. I know these “For basal cell carcinoma, squamous
however, too much sun means increased radia- are harsh words, but melanoma is the most ag- cell carcinoma, and melanoma, early detection
tion exposure, which causes skin cancer to de- gressive form of skin cancer and is the most is the key to minimizing potential morbidity.
velops. Whether it be from the sun or another dangerous of the three. Melanoma is a form For this reason, it is important to have routine
source such as a tanning bed, abnormal cells in of skin cancer that occurs when melanocytes, skin checks by your internist or dermatologist,
the skin’s layers start to grow uncontrollably, the pigment-producing-cells that give you the and unless contraindicated by your physician,
leading to the disease. color of your skin, mutate and become cancer- sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!” Dr. Peter
ous. Though most pigment cells are common Grossman—Grossman Burn Center
Types of skin cancer to the skin, they are also found in the eyes and Being a firefighter only increases our
The most common types of skin cancer other parts of the body, such as the intestines. exposure to such because we are outside so
are basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. This skin pigmentation acts as a shield against much during the day in the performance of

36 • February 2019
By John Hicks

our duty. We are also being exposed to large

amounts of toxic substances, such as paraffin
oil, coal tar, and arsenic compounds when we
fight fires. These chemicals also increase our
chances of developing skin cancer. There are,
however, other factors that can contribute to
the development as well. Artificial light, from
sources such as tanning beds and sun lamps,
is just as harmful and may even be worse than
mother nature when it comes to the develop-
ment of the disease. Having a history of blister-
ing sunburns or having a lot of unusual moles
can also be contributing factors. A family his-
tory of skin cancer may make you prone to
the disease, along with being older or having
a compromised immune system; and, although
we can’t change it, the color of our skin plays
a major role in who gets skin cancer. This is
especially true when it comes to melanoma.
People with darker complexions have a much
lower risk of most types of skin cancer, where-
as being a blonde or redhead or having fair
skin that easily freckles or sunburns increases
your risk of the disease. Darker skinned people
can still develop melanoma, which can include
rare types such as acral lentiginous melanoma,
a very aggressive type that affects the palms of
your hands, nail beds, and soles of the feet.

An estimated 9,320 people will die of
melanoma in 2018. Early detection is essen-
tial to survivability. The sooner the condition
is discovered, the less of the chance it has to Simply staying in the shade is one of the best ways to limit your UV
spread to other parts of the body which, in
turn, can lead to death. Survival rates only exposure. If you are going to be in the sun, “Slip! Slop! Slap!® and Wrap”
worsen with later detection. The five-year sur-
vival rate of Stage 1 melanoma is 98 percent;
is a catchphrase that can help you remember some of the key steps you
five-year survival rate for Stage 3 is 63 percent; can take to protect yourself from UV rays:
and for Stage 4 the survival rate drops to 17
percent. This is why it is so important to get
◊ Slip on a shirt.
annual checkups. Catching the disease before ◊ Slop on sunscreen.
it has a chance to grow and spread can mean
the difference in not only treatment options but ◊ Slap on a hat.
survivability as well. ◊ Wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and skin around them.

February 2019 • 37
JACK FRY, Captain II, FS 48-A SCOTT MILLER, Captain I, PA Unit
Torrance Redondo Beach Marriott San Antonio Winery
3635 Fashion Way, Torrance CA 737 Lamar St, Los Angeles CA

Social Hour - 11:00 AM Luncheon - 12:00 PM 1100 hrs

Buffet Lunch - $55 pp $20 per person for gift & tip
(Each person selects and pays for their own lunch)
Call FS 48 - (310) 548-7548 or Mary Fry - (951) 526-3502
mail checks to: Mary Fry - 1550 Silver Birch Lane, Call Katey Miranda - (213) 978-3649
Fallbrook CA 92028. RSVP by Jan 26, 2019 RSVP by Jan 31, 2019



The Oaks Club Valencia Brookside @ the Rose Bowl

26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia, CA 1133 Rosemont Ave, Pasadena CA

Social Hour - 6:00 PM Dinner - 7:00 PM Social Hour - 6:00 PM Dinner - 7:00 PM

Buffet Dinner - $65 per person including tax, tip & gift Buffet - $50 per person

Call Natalie Goshi-Forney - (213) 576-8900 Call Fire Station 17 - (213) 485-6217
RSVP by Feb 14, 2019 Spouses are cordially invited!

STEPHEN RUDA, Battalion Chief, 15-C

Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral
The Odyssey Restaurant 555 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA
15600 Odyssey Dr, Granada Hills, CA
Retirement Mass - 11:30 AM
Social Hour - 5:30 PM Dinner - 6:00 PM Reception - 12:30 PM Luncheon - 1:00 PM

$55 per person $60 per person

Call Fire Station 89 - (818) 756-8689 Call John Resendez - (818) 756-8623 or (805) 559-4894
Spouses are cordially invited! Katy Zamora - (213) 978-3649
Judy Hom - (213) 978-3855


JOHN E LEFEBER, Firefighter III, FS 112-A
SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019
SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019
City Club Los Angeles
Fire Station 112 555 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA
444 S Harbor Blvd, Berth 86, San Pedro, CA
Social Hour - 5:30 PM Dinner - 6:30 PM
Luncheon - 12:00 Noon
$65 per person
Call Levisa Wade - (213) 709-6817
Call Petra Lefeber at (310) 517-9564 Mail checks to: Levisa Wade
RSVP by April 19, 2019 9612 S 4th Ave, Inglewood CA 90305
RSVP by April 30, 2019

38 • February 2019
STRATEGIC PRIORITIES Often, forcible entry doesn’t require force at all. Security in
The forcible entry team should consider the location and removal multi-story buildings usually doesn’t extend above street level, and a
of victims its top priority when choosing one entry point over another. ladder to a balcony or open window accomplishes “entry.” Knox boxes
Most victims will be found behind locked, inward swinging doors. Try and other limited access systems allow firefighters to bypass difficult
to also choose an opening that can put a handline between the victims and hi-tech security systems. And remember the cardinal rule of all
and the fire. forcible entry: TRY THE DOOR FIRST. It may be unlocked.
Keep in mind, openings made by fire personnel can create dan-
gerous, unwanted drafts that can cause fire to spread and endanger vic-
tims and rescue personnel. Try to keep forced doors intact so they may
be reclosed if conditions warrant.
Most often, doors are a better point of entry than windows.
Doors allow firefighters to enter at the lowest possible level, where heat,
smoke and gases are above them. Doors are bigger than windows, usu-
ally, making entry, rapid exit and victim removal easier. No matter how
much stuff is packed into a place, there is always a path from at least one
door to a victim’s location. This is not true of windows.
Next, choose a point of entry where a handline can isolate and
confine the fire. The front doors of both a house and a warehouse can be
relatively great distances from the fire’s location. Pick an entry point that
separates the burned from the unburned.
Think about the creation of unwanted drafts that may affect
the fire’s growth rate and/or direction of travel, and use techniques that
do not destroy the door’s integrity. Make entry where rapid exit of fire-
fighters is possible. The bigger the opening the better. Again, crawling
across a threshold may be possible where climbing over a windowsill
may not be.
Open at least one other door, if possible, for emergency exit. This
second opening can be forced, but left closed if conditions warrant

Fire conditions on arrival will dictate what options are avail-
able to a forcible entry team. Where and how to open up will be based
on many factors. In part, these include fire intensity, life hazard, crew
experience, entry difficulty (based on time and effort) versus entry ef-
fectiveness, and entry operations versus vertical ventilation.
Where there is little threat to life and property, (e.g., food on
the stove), time can be taken to preserve the integrity of a door or win-
dow. Rapid, no-holds-barred entry becomes paramount when life and/or
property are endangered by flame.
The ways that structures are secured varies from the very simple
to the very complex. Different occupancy types use different security
systems. A house is secured differently than a store, and a store differ-
ently than a warehouse. Each system of securing a structure is defeatable
by using forcible entry methods developed for that system. The highly-
skilled forcible entry team knows and understands the various security
systems and uses the best techniques to defeat them.
The forcible entry team must “tool up” properly for the job at
hand. Through experience, training, and preplanning, the team learns
which tools and techniques are best applied, according to the forcible
entry problem and the overall condition on arrival.

“The objective of forcible entry is rapid and efficient

entry using the best applicable techniques at the best
point or points of entry.”

February 2019 • 39
First responders put their lives on With an estate plan, you are being As your living trust will be one of the
the line daily to protect the public. However, proactive by not allowing unforeseen circum- most important documents drafted in your life-
their willingness to preserve life and property stances to further disrupt the lives of those you time, you should be prepared before setting an
doesn’t always extend into their own personal care most about. A living trust cannot only appointment to draft one.
lives. Ask yourself these questions: If some- give you the peace of mind that your family Here are a few things you should do be-
thing were to happen to you today, would your will be provided for but also that your wishes fore writing a living trust:
family know what to do next? Would they be will be followed in case of your death. When
aware of your wishes pertaining to your medi- done correctly, a living trust can also assure a 1. MAKE A LIST OF ALL YOUR ASSETS
cal care in an event of a debilitating injury or fast distribution of your assets, avoid unnec- Be sure to include a list of your as-
illness? Would your family have the financial essary taxes, and keep your wishes private as sets that includes everything you own. Assets
resources to care for you and their needs too? well. First though, whether you need to create are everything from tangible items like your
Unfortunately, the answer to those questions a will or trust, or modify an existing will or house, car, and jewelry to intangible ones like
would most likely be no. With a little planning, trust, you’ll want to seek the help of a financial stocks, bonds, and life insurance policies.
though, that could all change. By taking a few or legal advisor. No matter the value of your Preparing this list and having it in front
simple steps, you can easily place your family estate, it is essential that you plan for what will of you will give you a clearer picture of your
in a proactive position instead of a reactive one. happen to your assets after your death. estate and help you decide how you would like
40 • February 2019
Member Benefits
The Relief is proud to offer a one-time
reimbursement of up to $600 for our members or
surviving spouses to help you get your estate plan
completed. To qualify, send a copy of the receipt or
statement showing you paid for these services along
with your member name, address and phone number
to Member Services Specialist, Maria Rodriguez, via
email:; by fax (323) 259-
5297 or mail to:
Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association
Estate Planning Benefit Request
Attn: Member Services
P.O. Box 41903
it distributed in case of your disability or death. 5. CHOOSE A GUARDIAN FOR YOUR Los Angeles, CA 90041
2. FIND THE PAPERWORK FOR YOUR Although you cannot designate a The Relief now also offers a supplemental
ASSETS guardian for your minor children through a service to members in good standing. Starting July
Just as it is important to list all your living trust, you should still consider who you 1, 2015, members can submit a request for a one-
assets and their values before sitting down to would want to take care of them in case of year financial advancement of up to $1,200 for the
write your living trust, you will want to be sure your death or disability. You can include this exclusive use of trust preparation. Members must:
that you have all the needed paperwork—titles, information in a “pour-over will,” which also Execute the trust on or after July 1, 2015;
deeds, stock certificates, life insurance poli- provides for the distribution of any assets ac- this service is not applicable to trusts prepared or
cies, etc.—in order and ready to hand over to quired after the creation of the living trust but services received prior
the attorney or advisor that will be preparing before your death. It will also cover any assets Pay back the Relief Association within one
your living trust. inadvertently excluded from the trust. year via:
Once you have gathered and prepared Payroll or pension check deductions.
3. CHOOSE BENEFICIARIES the pieces of information above, you will now Increments determined by amount re-
You will have to name a beneficiary or be ready to create a living trust and pour over ceived.
multiple of different ones. A beneficiary is the will that will assure your wishes will be fol- Members may pay off balance in full early
one(s) that will receive assets upon your dis- lowed in the event of your disability or death. via check or credit card
ability or death, so plan carefully who should An Estate Plan is essential for everyone. It Fill out the application for the Trust Prepara-
receive what before you sit down to write the gives you peace of mind knowing your affairs tion Financial Advancement on our website and sub-
living trust. Beneficiaries can include family, are in order and the comfort of knowing you’ve mit it along with an invoice showing the date, name,
friends or organizations (including charities provided for your family. Failing to establish and address of the estate planning professional as
such as the WODFF). Also, if you only name a well-thought out Estate Plan could cost your well as the members name and amount due. Submit
one beneficiary, think about the scenario of family thousands of dollars and force them to the application to Member Services Specialist, Maria
what happens if both of you are together when suffer through years of probate. Rodriguez, via email:; by fax
tragedy strikes. Now what? A matter to discuss (323) 259-5297 or mail to:
with the individual preparing your trust. You Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association
may also want to consider who you don’t want Trust Preparation Financial Advancement Request
to receive anything and discuss this with the Attn: Member Services
attorney or advisor as well. P.O. Box 41903
Keep in mind that if you have named Los Angeles, CA 90041

beneficiaries on insurance policies or retire-
Estate planning professionals recommend
ment or savings accounts, these may conflict
you review your trust every five years, as tax laws,
with your plans regarding the living trust. Be
assets and your circumstances may change. There-
sure to let the attorney know of these potential
fore, members may submit a request for the Trust
conflicts as to avoid legal fights among benefi-
Preparation Financial Advancement multiple times,
ciaries after your death.
if needed.
This service is in addition to the one-time
4. CHOOSE A SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE $600 Estate Planning Reimbursement Benefit all
With a living trust, you will name your- members already receive. It is intended to encourage
self as the trustee so you continue to have con- members to have an estate plan to protect your loved
trol over your assets during the period of your ones, ensure your assets are distributed the way you
lifetime. Your successor trustee, though, will wish and ensure your well-being and care is handled
distribute your assets and assure all your debts appropriately should you ever become incapacitated.
are taken care of. Having a trust in place will At the Relief Association, our “Getting
assure that this will be accomplished per your Started Kit” will walk you through the steps of
instructions, not by someone else you don’t protecting your loved ones and your assets. To
know, so be sure to choose someone you trust. request your kit, call Development & Marketing
Moreover, in the case of your incapacitation, Director, Marlene Casillas, at (323) 259-5217 or
your successor trustee would also be the one to email
handle your affairs.

February 2019 • 41
Many cancers and the above-listed
diseases are legally presumed to be due to the
exposures first responders encountered in the
days, weeks, and months following the fall of
the Towers and the following debris cleanup.
Depending on what tasks an individual res-
cue or recovery worker did and where he was
stationed, he may have up to eight months of
exposure eligibility following the fall of the
Notably, it does not matter if you have
already claimed that your cancer or other qual-
ifying illness was due to the regular exposures
you suffered as a safety member. A workers’
compensation award against your employer/
agency does not disqualify your eligibility
against the VCF.
The VCF offers varying amounts of
Following the aftermath of the Sep- Zero, exposure to the dust and particulates in financial compensation and medical treatment
tember 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the Unit- the air following the Twin Towers’ collapse, coverage depending on the service member’s
ed States, the US Congress established the could be as little as 48 hours to render one disease. However, as noted above, the VCF is
September 11th Victim Compensation Fund eligible for the fund. Even if a first responder scheduled to close to all new claims on Decem-
(“VCF”), with the stated purpose of compen- were stationed farther away from Ground ber 18, 2020. This means that it is in your best
sating individuals (or their families) killed or Zero, depending on the time he or she assisted interest to see if you qualify immediately. The
injured following the attacks themselves, or the in the debris removal, the responder may still first step in determining your qualification is a
debris removal efforts by first responders and be eligible for the fund. consult with a knowledgeable attorney, famil-
others that followed thereafter. If a first responder was present during iar with both the VCF and with the role that
Though the fund was originally des- the weeks or months after the attacks, it is im- many of California’s Safety Members played
ignated to remain open to claimants between portant that he or she know that over 68 can- in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks.
2001 to 2004, President Obama reauthorized cers have been scientifically linked to the dust Determining your eligibility with the VCF
the VCF’s twice: once in 2011 and again in and particulate in the air after the collapse of should be done via a free consultation with an
2015 under the “Zadroga Act” which presently the Twin Towers. This list includes skin cancer, attorney. Thereafter, you can consider whether
extends the VCF’s availability until December prostate cancer, thyroid cancer, breast cancer, that attorney’s services will be useful in apply-
2020. This is important news for many safety blood cancers, lung, and colon cancer. Further, ing for compensation. The attorney’s fees are
members across the country, including the other common illnesses linked with the disas- contingent on what you receive – you never
multitude of Southern California first respond- ter clean-up are as follows: have to pay out of pocket.
ers who travelled to certain parts of Manhattan The VCF was designed by Congress
in the months and weeks following the attacks. • Interstitial lung diseases, including: to ensure that those first responders who an-
Importantly, eligibility for compensa- pulmonary fibrosis and sarcoidosis. swered their nation’s call for help are covered,
tion through the VCF is available to any first • Chronic Rhinosinusitis both financially and medically. This applies to
responder who developed certain illnesses, • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease those who responded from near or far. If you
whether local to New York City or who re- (GERD) have any questions regarding this article please
sponded from across the country for a limited • Asthma contact our office.
timeframe to assist with rescue and debris re- • Sleep Apnea
moval. Depending on the location of where the • Chronic Respiratory Disorder Benjamin Helquist is a partner at Straussner
first responder served in relation to Ground • COPD Sherman.

42 • February 2019
The 2018 LAFD Fall Singles Hand- Jesus Pasos (SCHA Hall of Fame, 2017-60
ball Tournament, led by new Commissioner and over National Champion) and Joe Castro
Jerry Puga, started in October, with players played through a field of 12 in order to continue
completing all preliminary rounds at fire sta- the annual Pasos beat down of Castro in the
tions and concluded with the finals at the Los Golden Masters Division (Players 50 and over).
Angeles Athletic Club on December 13, 2018. Both players continue to dominate in their age
The tournament was a huge success with over group, not only on the LAFD, but also on a Na-
186 entries in seven divisions ranging from tional level.
“E” Division for the least experienced players The Masters Division (Players 40 and
to “Golden Masters” for players 50 years and over) did not disappoint. LAFD Handball fea-
older, and the “A” Division for the top of the tures several National Champions (N/C) which
LAFD Ladder. resulted in John Libby (2017-50 and over N/C)
The day started with a duel of two play- vs Ryan Chance (half of 2017 “A” doubles N/C
ers from the same Station on the same shift. team) who worked through a field of 22 to
After working through a field of 32 players, meet in the final. Libby (80-C) put in a strong
Cody Crippen (29-B) defeated William Brin- performance to defeat Chance (QAU) in two
ghurst (29-B) for the “E” Division champion- games.
ship. Finally, for the top of the LAFD Hand-
The “D” Division started with a field ball Ladder, Alex Garcia (66-B) (2107 “A”
of 44 players, and an exciting final was antici- Singles N/C) defeated Chris Yokoyama (QAU)
pated, but Nicholas McClaren (73-B) won by (half of 2017 “A” doubles N/C team) in two
forfeit. games to become LAFD Champion for the
The “C” Division is normally the most fourth consecutive time.
competitive on the LAFD, loaded with expe- In order to continue the growth and
rienced and skilled players, along with young progress of LAFD Handball, the Commis-
and athletic players. Sign-ups where cut off at sioner has determined that all finalists in this
32 players and Daniel Beaty (27-C) defeated tournament will be moved up to the next Divi-
Juan Castillo (15-A) in a very competitive sion. A word of advice to all players; “Practice
match. against the toughest competition available and
The “B” Division final featured another master one shot at a time.”
situation which players from the same station LAFD Spring Doubles is the next Tour-
and shift played through a field of 29, only to nament starting in March or April, but there
meet each other in the final. Ian Soriano (9- will be a couple of “Handball Socials” which
C) defeated Elliot Ibanez (9-C) 11-10 in a third everyone meets at a designated LA Fitness for
game tie-breaker. It doesn’t get much closer a play-day before the Doubles Tournament. Be
than that. sure and friend “LAFD handball” on Facebook
Traditions are important on the LAFD, for updates.
and although both members are now retired,
February 2019 • 43
A retirement celebration of some What are the menu options? What are the first of the month for the following month
kind is a good idea for most of us – af- costs (including tax, tip and service charg- (i.e. Jan 1st for the Feb issue).
ter all, you’ll most likely have spent much es)? How much of a deposit is required?
of your adult life as an LAFD member. Who will provide the cake? Is a bar avail- SAMPLE RETIREMENT
Whether it’s a firehouse breakfast, a back- able? Is a bartender required? Can you DINNER ANNOUNCEMENT
yard BBQ, or a more formal event, a re- supply your own alcoholic beverages? Is a
tirement party can be the milestone that podium and PA system provided? Tables Name: JOHN A. DOE, Engineer, FS 32-B
marks the transition to retirement, both and chairs? Are decorations allowed? Place: Old FS 27’s Fire Museum
literally and psychologically. 1355 North Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
STAYING ORGANIZED Date & Time: Saturday, August 17, 2019
INITIAL CONSIDERATIONS Social Hour: 6:30 PM - Dinner: 7:30 PM
Organization is key when you plan Food & Price: BBQ Buffett, $55.00 in-
A lot of hard work goes into the a retirement event. One important compo- cludes tax, tip & gift
planning and executing of a successful nent of staying organized is having a time- RSVP: Call FS 32 (213) 555-6232
retirement dinner. The responsibility usu- line for your event. A timeline should in- Spouses Are Cordially Invited (if appli-
ally falls upon a co-worker, good friend, or clude all of the tasks needed to make your cable)
spouse. Some of the initial considerations event a success and a due date for having
are the possible dates, times, and places for them completed. It is important to keep Have a retirement dinner flyer made
the party. You’ll want to be aware of which the timeline updated if new tasks become up and send it out six to eight weeks prior
platoon is on-duty, the day of the week, necessary and as tasks are completed. to the event. You can send a hardcopy to
major holidays, and other conflicting local the firehouses of your choice (either by
events. Most retirement dinners include GETTING THE WORD OUT dept. or U.S. mail). Have someone with
families and non-department friends, but department e-mail privileges send a digi-
some are “traditional fireman” events. Once all of the details of the re- tal copy of the flyer to select addresses or
When considering a venue, check tirement celebration are finalized, it will blast it to “All Captains.” Send copies to
the accommodations to ensure they are be important to “get the word out.” Send your e-mail and/or text contacts (esp. to
appropriate for the event. What is the notification (see sample below) to LAFRA retired members). Have the event posted
maximum number of guests that can be at for inclusion in the on social media like Facebook. It’s always
accommodated? Is there a minimum re- Grapevine and also on the events page of a good idea to resend to all your contacts
quirement? Will a caterer be necessary? the Relief Association website (www.lafra. a week or two before the dinner as a last-
Will it be a buffet or sit-down dinner? org/events). The Grapevine deadline is the minute reminder.
44 • February 2019
co-workers, family, friends, etc. Usually
RETIREMENT AWARDS CAST OF CHARACTERS the cost of the gift is added to the price of
the dinner. In the past, a “can” has been
The department and member orga- Besides the guest of honor and the passed around the battalion to solicit con-
nizations provide a host of commemora- event planner, the Master of Ceremonies is tributions. Consider also a flower bouquet
tive awards to retiring members. For the a retirement celebration’s most important for the retiree’s wife if she is to attend the
Fire Chief’s Resolution or Certificate, entity. Even the backyard BBQ retirement dinner.
members must fill out a form provided by party will benefit from someone directing Many recent retirees have requested
the Personnel Services Section. The City the festivities. Consult with the retiree to that, in lieu of a gift, a donation be made
Service Pin is also obtained from PSS. choose an appropriate M/C and provide to a charity such as the Widows, Orphans
Call (213) 978-3750. him with the necessary information to and Disabled Firemen’s Fund. Others have
LAFRA provides a retirement personalize the ceremony. forgone the gift altogether.
badge (your choice of silver or gold) for Another important function is doc-
every retiring member. Members may also umenting the occasion. You’ll definitely THE COUNTDOWN
purchase a small badge for their spouse. want to have a photographer on hand and
Also provided is the “Red Book” to com- many also want to include video. You can About a week before the dinner, go
memorate the retirement celebration. Con- hire a professional or use a friend (or two) back over your notes to make sure noth-
tact LAFRA member services at (323) who is good with a camera. ing has been overlooked. Check with your
259-5259. Next you will need a list of people M/C and make sure he is ready to go. Be
The UFLAC plaque or ring can be to present the retirement awards. LAFRA careful not to over-estimate the number of
ordered by calling (800) 252-8352. Dates and UFLAC will provide a board member guests when dealing with the restaurant
of department service and promotion, and to bestow their awards. The PRB has tra- but also consider that many guests arrive
member’s badge number are needed. ditionally been presented by the member’s without an RSVP.
CSFA makes available a framed last company commander, the city pin by If the retiree would like to have an
certificate. Contact CSFA at robert.cordo- a last chief officer. But consult with the re- article in the Grapevine, be prepared to tiree and choose whomever you deem ap- send the story and photos in digital format
PRB Personal Record Book comes propriate. (word.doc and jpegs) to
directly from the fire station. Make sure as soon as possible after the event.
the captain holds the PRB for the retire- RETIREMENT GIFT Good luck and have fun!
ment party and does not forward it to PSS.
Important: Make sure that award LAFD tradition has been to pro-
orders are placed at least 60 days prior to vide a gift for the retiring member. Deter-
the retirement celebration. mine an appropriate gift by talking with

February 2019 • 45
We’ve all been there. Drano® in make us healthier, but are also cholesterol AVOCADOS
one hand and a pipe wrench in the oth- absorbing, protein neutralizing superfoods I love seeing avocado commercials
er—all in an attempt to unclog a blocked that can prevent, and maybe even reverse on television. It makes me want to run out
kitchen drain. However, what if I told you the damage already done. All you have to and get some guacamole and chips. Okay,
that the clogged drain could have been do is eat them! maybe skip the chips and instead just
avoided simply by preventing certain food spread the delicious topping on some toast
from going down it in the first place. As APPLES or spoon it on a taco. As well as being one
the kitchen drain goes, so goes the way It’s true—an apple a day can, in of my favorite superfoods, avocados ben-
of our body’s arteries. Every day, people fact, help keep the doctor away. Though efit us by being rich in potassium, antioxi-
across the United States ignore the advice not typically thought of as a super food, dants, and monounsaturated fats, which
of experts to eat a balanced diet and live apples are abundantly filled with rich nu- can help lower cholesterol and lower the
a healthy lifestyle and instead, choose to tritional benefits like antioxidants, vita- risk of heart disease.
consume large quantities of artery clog- mins, and minerals that can help in low-
ging foods. Burgers, fries, greasy whatever, ering your blood pressure and decrease EGGPLANT
all in the name of good taste. It is because the risks of heart disease. There are many Okay, by themselves, these purple
of these personal choices that thousands of varieties of types and flavors, so mix it up wonders of nature may not be the tasti-
people die each year from coronary artery and save on that co-pay by avoiding an un- est of the group of superfoods, but slap a
disease. Sadly, this dietary pattern is be- necessary visit to your doctor. little marinara sauce on them and not only
coming the American way and, unfortu- do you have a great vegetable base dish to
nately, even the fire department way. ORANGES serve, but you will also get an abundance
It seems that organized mess is Who doesn’t love a glass of orange of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
being replaced with a quick bite out for juice in the morning? Oranges are a deli- such as anthocyanin, which gives the plant
lunch, which I’m not complaining about. cious fruit that is saturated with vitamin C, its deep color. Eating eggplant improves
I love to get out in the district and mingle fiber, and nutrients and contains high lev- circulation, reduces cholesterol, lowers
with the locals. It breaks up the day, and it els of a soluble fiber called pectin, which heart disease, and prevents blood clots. Is
gives members a chance to meet the peo- helps absorb cholesterol in foods. This su- your mind failing you? Eggplant is also a
ple we care for when they are at their best, perfood/fruit is also packed with potassi- great brain food and can help prevent cell
not their worst. In spite of our occasional um, which can help bring down that blood membranes from damage.
ignorance of eating right, there is help out pressure while neutralizing proteins that
there. Below is a list of everyday foods lead to heart scar tissue or heart failure.
that are not only packed full of nutrients to

46 • February 2019
KALE common for a glass or two of wine to be an anti-inflammatory which can prevent
I know, kale wasn’t one of my fa- consumed with a nice meal at the station; chronic blood sugar problems. It can also
vorites at first, but if mixed with a number however, those days have long passed. help reduce cholesterol, and keep blood
of other ingredients, it starts to grow on This doesn’t mean that you can’t have a vessels strong too.
you. This leafy green is overflowing with glass or two at home. A perfect way to
nutrients that can help maintain your car- take the edge off of a long day, or com- BLUEBERRIES
diovascular system and even prevent heart pliment a good meal, the occasional glass We have all seen the scene from
disease. Kale is actually one of the most of red wine could, in moderation, actually Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory
beneficial of the superfoods, especially for helps boost your HDL levels and prevent a when Violet Beauregard blows up like a
your heart. It’s loaded with antioxidants, buildup of cholesterol. Red wine also con- blueberry after chewing a piece of gum.
fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. Some of the tains antioxidants which can prevent cor- I can almost guarantee you that, unless
local stores even have a great variety of onary heart disease and can help reduce you are allergic to this superfood, that will
pre-made salads to choose from--dressing blood clots by ensuring your blood vessels not happen. I can also assure you that by
included. Once you try it, you may not stay flexible. So, cheers! consuming blueberries on occasion, say 3
want to go back to iceberg lettuce again. times a week, you will decrease the chance
POMEGRANATES of some cancers, reduce the buildup of
GARLIC While not the easiest of super- cholesterol, reduce your blood pressure,
I love cooking with garlic. Nothing foods to eat, adding these little niblets to and protect against the buildup of plaque
fills the kitchen with love better than this a smoothie, shake, or salad is a great way on your arterial walls.
heart-boosting superfood. A traditional to protect against oxidation of plaque in
additive to hundreds of recipes, garlic can the artery walls and prevent heart disease. SALMON AND SARDINES
help lower the plaque level in your arter- Studies also show that the tasty fruit can This last superfood is not my fa-
ies and reduce blood pressure. Garlic can also help prevent strokes, prostate cancer, vorite, but others find it tasty. Love them
also reduce the enzymes which can con- diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, as well or hate them, these oily fish still put up
strict your blood vessels. If consumed in as promote healthy skin, joint, dental and a good fight against high triglycerides.
pill-form, studies also show that garlic can liver health. Salmon and sardines are packed with
reduce the plaque buildup in arteries by up omega-3 fatty acids and nutrients, which
to 50 percent. BROCCOLI can help lower the levels of triglycerides,
We have all been told to eat our prevent blood clots, widen constricted
RED WINE broccoli, and for good reason. This heart- blood vessels, and ultimately help prevent
In the good old days, it was not un- healthy vegetable contains sulforaphane, against heart disease.

February 2019 • 47
Richard J. Wiskosky, Firefighter II. Appointed September 1, 1962.
Retired on a disability pension September 8, 1982 from Supply & Maintenance.
Passed away December 17, 2018.

Lloyd G. Dubowy, Captain. Appointed June 16, 1955.

Retired on a service pension June 1, 1980 from FS 69-A.
Passed away December 19, 2018.

Coleman R. Lawson, Firefighter III. Appointed April 8, 1961.

Retired on a disability pension March 28, 1992 from FS 70-A.
Passed away December 20, 2018.

William E. Saylor, Captain I. Appointed July 24, 1965.

Retired on a service pension May 1, 2002 from FS 78.
Passed away December 24, 2018.

Daniel S. Barnes, Jr., Engineer. Appointed February 1, 1955.

Retired on a service pension June 1, 1980 from FS 96.
Passed away December 27, 2018.

Wilber A. Sweeters, Captain. Appointed January 20, 1941.

Retired on a service pension February 1, 1961 from FS 2-B.
Passed away December 30, 2018.

Donald E. Clark, Engineer. Appointed April 16, 1968.

Retired on a service pension November 4, 1986 from FS 18-B.
Passed away January 2, 2019.

Terry G. Trail, Captain II. Appointed July 24, 1965.

Retired on a disability pension February 18, 1999 from FS 94-B.
Passed away January 6, 2019.

Don “Doc” E. Holloway, Fire Inspector. Appointed August 29, 1964.

Retired on a service pension January 13, 1990 from FPB Hydrants Unit.
Passed away January 14, 2019.

Frances Creager, surviving spouse of Jack W. Creager, passed away December 8, 2018.
Donna R. Kading, surviving spouse of Stanley F. Kading, passed away December 23, 2018.
Donna C. Quinn, spouse of William G. Quinn, passed away December 25, 2018.
Sandra Hook, spouse of Lee R. Hook, passed away December 25, 2018.
Carol A. Shaw, spouse of Ron C. Shaw, passed away January 9, 2019.

48 • February 2019
Hello to all Southern California firefighters, golfers, and friends. es.....this is an individual formatted tournament. Their will be a seniors
I thought I would give a brief synopsis of this past year’s golf tourna- flight playing from 5800 yards for those 65 years and older. Call John
ment at pebble beach and upcoming tournaments for 2019. Laur at (714) 743-3132.
Just returned from another outstanding trip at Pebble Beach,
celebrating our 45th year with 44 consecutive years as the Partners’ • April 29th and 30th in Las Vegas on the Revere Golf Club Courses in
Best Ball Championships. Pebble resort management has stated many Henderson Nevada.....this is a partners shamble format! Must use each
times we are the longest running golf group in Pebble Beach history, not players tee shot at least 6 times , then you play your own ball in from
counting the ATT PGA Tournament, formerly the “Crosby Clambake.” there! Best ball for score! Call Jerry Reed at (909) 706-2704.
We had 208 golfers including 8 women participating this year.
Playing on Spyglass Hill and the majestic Pebble Beach Golf Links, we • August 6th, 7th, and 8th in beautiful Lake Tahoe! First round at the
paid out over $14,000 in prize money and 40 team winners out of 100 fantastic “Edgewood Golf Course” in South Lake, (site of the Celebrity
teams. The golf courses were in excellent condition and the accommo- Golf Tournament two weeks prior). The next day is in Truckee, past
dations at the lodge and Spanish Bay were, as usual, in a class by them- North Shore, to the picturesque ultra private “Schaffers Mill Course”
selves! The employees always look forward to our groups arrival and it which ends the 2-day individual tournament. The third day is an option-
shows in their special service shown to all. al tournament of individual play at “Greys Crossing” this is a beautifully
Next year’s dates will be Dec. 1st thru Dec. 3rd, so look for the renovated course in Truckee! Call Leigh McArthur at (310) 850-3648.
entry application around April 15th by e-mail or some mailings. We had
a waiting list this year and filled up by May 15th, long before the June Hope to see many of you at one or all our fantastic tournaments!
5th deadline. So if you’re interested in playing this unbelievable tourna- Please have a wonderful Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year!!!
ment, get your application in as soon as you receive it.
The other 2019 tournaments are as follows: Gary Klasse
• Feb. 26th and 27th in Palm Springs at the Indian Canyon Golf Cours-

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February 2019 • 49
Hi Jim,

I just want to thank you and LAFRA

for the commemorative flag flown at FS 105.
Deane was a collector of all kinds of LAFD
memorabilia and would have really appreciat-
ed it—as do I. I was very surprised and thank-
ful to receive the flag.

Karin Wickstrom

In Memory of Will Atlas

Will Atlas was my good buddy at Fire
Station 80 and was a hard worker, he would get
on the PA and make sure all firefighters are do-
ing their respective housework, then he would
go and check up on them, and if it wasn’t be-
ing done properly, he would give them a tongue
lashing that you could hear thru out the whole
John White is a loss to all of us. He was big comfort spiritually. As Mike said Heaven station. We nicknamed him the “COMMAN-
there for many and would drop everything to was waiting for this one. John gave me a lot of DANT” and of course he loved that. He was an
be there for his fellow firefighter. He is where laughs and taught me to be a better fireman. I outstanding Firefighter, my really good friend,
his heart wanted to be alongside Jane his wife will miss him a lot. and he had the most infectious laugh. Rest In
and with the LORD. We will all miss him but Peace my Brother.
for the time I was able to know John both on Chris Hare
and off the job I am grateful for what I had. I Rick Hunter
will see him again and with a big smile he will
come up to me with his big hug and welcome In Memory of Tyre Atlas
me. Rest in peace my friend you’ve reached Tyre Wood & I worked together at FS- In Memory of Will Atlas
your goal in life. 1-A in 1986 as he was running for President of Will Atlas worked at 95s and 80s when
the Relief Association. He was a sincere and I did, he was always on top of the work for the
Ed Tapia honest man. Glad to have him working for all day….a great leader in the station. Off duty he
of us as he became President of the LAFRA! was a fun and loyal friend. I visited him several
RIP my friend. times in Las Vegas, last time this November at
In Memory of John White the VA hospital in Vegas. There were six of us
I am Grateful that John White now Jim Kinninger and I know he appreciated us being there. Rest
rests with Jesus. I miss his tremendous Heart in peace brother we had some good times.
and Love for All.
John White has Always been a tireless In Memory of Tyre Wood Trent Hughes
& Diligent worker sharing God’s Love and Tyre Wood was my “tailboard” partner
Gospel. I was Privileged to have had John’s at Fire Station 44 over 29 years ago. He was
mentor ship & guidance on the LAFD and an incredible partner and family friend. His In Memory of John White
FFC. John & Jane Always demonstrated what recipe catalog was endless and he never used I first met John when he was a Fire-
a Christian marriage should look like. a cookbook. I cherished his knowledge and man at old FS 3 and later worked with him
Tremendous Love and Respect, he was an incredible mentor. I wish his death at FS 9. Always a fun guy to work with and
notice would have shared he was one of our a great firefighter you could count on to have
Rick & Kathy Erquiaga “Relief Association Presidents” and did huge your back. When my wife was involved in a
things for our members. One of a kind gentle- horrific accident a few years ago, John was
man. Will always cherish my young years with the first one there at 5:30 am the next morn-
Dear Jim, this caring human. ing to say a prayer for her and give my family
strength. Through his Service to Mankind, he
Thank you and the Relief Association Denise Alvarado has touched literally thousands throughout the
for the flag, case, and dedicated services. It world. A great human being!
comforts me to have Wally recognized for his RIP my friend, you and Jane are togeth-
service. He was a man of integrity and a gift In Memory of Jim Norman er again!
to me for 68 years. I am proud to have been a Jim Norman was one of several LAFD
firefighter’s wife and appreciate you getting me members who convinced me that I wanted to Roger Gillis
through this ordeal. Gratefully yours, be a Fireman. The crews at station 45 on Nor-
ton Ave were a solid bunch and since my home
Delores Hasha on Bronson Ave. was back to back with the sta- Dear LAFRA,
tion, I often climbed the fence in the early 60’s
to visit with these men. Captains Jim Costello It is with my family’s sincerest thanks
In Memory of John White and Bill Neville along with Jay Harris, Mel and appreciation that I receive and proudly
We lost a great one with the passing of Marion and Jim Norman are the names I can display the US flag you have given us, honor-
Juan Blanco. What a treat to know this man. still recall. Jim, I’m glad you had over 42 years ing my father and his service to the people of
He was a tough guy with a huge heart dedi- of retirement! Twice the amount of time you Los Angeles as a captain on the LAFD. The
cated to serving man and God. I can imagine were on the job!! flag, display case, and engraving are absolutely
him meeting Saint Peter with a challenge to RIP Old Friend. beautiful. It was truly a dream job and a per-
wrestle. John spent a lot of time with my Moth- fect career for my father. He was always happi-
er on her deathbed and she told me he was a Jim Kinninger
50 • February 2019
est working with the incredible people on the
department and would share amazing stories
of the incidents and the profound bravery in-
herit in all the members. He loved the fire ser-
vice and his fellow firefighters more than I can
ever accurately describe in words. He missed
the job and people dearly after he retired, but
would always remember them gratefully and
fondly. I can’t thank you enough for all your
time, care, and attention to my father’s affairs
after his passing. You are all so very kind. Also,
please personally thank all of the Officers and
Board Members of the Los Angeles Firemen’s
Relief Association, as well as the dedicated
and wonderful members at Fire Station 1, for
their time, ceremony, and honors. It means a
great deal to us that they took time out to hon-
or my father and his service. We are grateful Protect Those
to for the service of all these brave firefight-
ers and the sacrifice they make every day in
their service to the community. The families
really know what goes into the service. My
with Special Needs
Grandfather, Hoke S, Norville, and my father,
both served and truly loved the LAFD and the Firefighter Justin Mendence set up a special needs trust to ensure his
great people they worked with. I have met and
known many of these people as I was growing son and entire family is taken care of in the best manner possible.
up, and I appreciate what a wonderful family
organization the Department has always been. “You want to think everybody’s going to take care of your kid because
You have always taken exceptional care of your

If I handwrite a will,
people, and now I thank you most sincerely for everybody loves him, but unless you have a plan in place…you’re planning
that. We are honored.
With my greatest respect and appreciation to fail. Leaving it to chance is not in me and my wife’s vocabulary.”
Steve Baumgartner

Dear President Steinbacher and LAFRA

Board members,
isn’t that
A Special good
Needs Trust enough?
Helps You:
• Set up long-term funding for living expenses & care
Nearly two years ago I was challenged
with a life altering, career threatening medical • Determine who will be the primary caregiver
event. The shock of this devastating news left
my family and I in turmoil. • Create an advisory group of experts to help caregivers make
As several surgeries, treatments, and
many months off of duty built up, I reached out sound decisions
to the Relief Association. In the deepest part of
my personal and financial darkness, you were • Ensure your child’s assets are protected & well-managed
there to support me and my family. You and
the Board were so helpful and reassuring. Your
friendship, leadership, and support helped me • Ensure your child maintains eligibility for special services
get through the fight.
Next week I will be celebrating
a two year post cancer and surgeries success. “I sleep a little bit easier at night knowing that my son is set up for his
I remember promising you that I would never
forget what you and the Relief Association entire life,” Justin said.
have done for us.
Please accept this donation and please
use this for any other member who has yet to
hear the most distressful news of their life, now
knowing you and the Relief Association may
be able to assist them as you did me and my
I hope all our members have a happy,
healthy and safe 2019.
Whether you care for a child or adult with special needs or not,
Sincerely and with many thanks,
everyone should consider setting up an estate plan. Ask for a
Marc Shapiro and family “Getting Started Kit” today by emailing Relief Association
Development & Marketing Director Marlene Casillas at or calling (323) 259-5217.
February 2019 • 51
Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund - January 2019

I PITY THE FOOL BEV LOWE in tribute to Grigsby Family



Dennis Mendenhall
GERRY MALAIS in honor of Dr. Karyn Gross
BARBARA GERO in memory of Richard M. Smith
ALICE M. DIANNITTO in memory of Sam Diannitto
ALLEN RABIN in tribute to Los Angeles Firefighters and
MARIE G. MICHELL in memory of Joseph O. Michell Paramedics

LON F. ROBERTS from the Antelope Valley Firemen’s Breakfast LAURIE RICE
MIGUEL RISUENO in honor of Mike 808
ARCHER R. MORGAN in memory of Chester B. Port
MELANIE ALLEN in memory of Glenn Allen
BRIAN ALLEN in memory of JP Adagio
SUSIE BJORKMAN in memory of Adelta Krause
RUTH TAYLOR in honor of Ken Buzzell
SIMON DAVIES in honor of Lucia Leote Caballero
KANDICE WAHRENBROCK in honor of Karen Wahrenbrock
MARIANNE ELLNER in honor of Sean and Kayleen Hughes
TOM JEFFERS in memory of LAFD Helicopter “Fire 3”
M. KANTOR & ASSOCIATES in honor of Captain David Valadez
DAVID & GRACE EVERETT in memory of Joseph Everett of FS 71

DALBERT HOWARD in memory of John White KEN KRUPNIK from song sales of Paramedic Rescue 101

KAREN KONCHINSKY KURT W. SWAN in memory of Bruce Blackwell

JOHN KOUSAKIS JIMMY HILL in honor of Board of Retired Fire and Police

“In the November issue of the Grapevine, Firefighters First Credit Union (FFCU) published an article regarding HELOCS and mentioned that there were tax advantages for making
home improvements. The Credit Union recommends that you consult a tax advisor regarding the deductibility of any HELOC interest per the new IRS rules, before making home
improvements, to understand the tax impacts related to your personal financial situation.”

52 • February 2019
Submitted by Frank Borden • Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD HISTORY – The Beginning of the Los Angeles Fire Department – 1886
133 Years of Service

Franks Note: We should all be proud of growing rapidly in population and the number brought four of the city’s six volunteer com-
our heritage - Those retired and those LAFD of new structures with a water supply and fire panies into the LAFD, changed their names to
members on active duty. As each February department that was not able to keep up and numbers and absorbed all the station’s equip-
comes up, I write an article about our great an antiquated alarm system. There were major ment into the paid department. At the time the
history. It is important for those active and re- fears of catastrophic fires that could devastate department became paid, all the stations were
tired to learn about where we came from and the city. Cognizant of the growth and escalat- rented. That situation was to continue for some
how we got to be one of the finest fire depart- ing fire problems, the LAFD fortunately had time. Engine rosters for “Original 38’s” and
ments in the world today. This month’s story strong friends in the City Council, notably Ja- “Confidence 2” were set at one engineer, one
is how we started from a mix of volunteers in cob Kuhrts, who lobbied hard to prioritize fire engine driver, one cart driver, and four hose-
Los Angeles to a fully paid full time depart- protection improvements. men for each of the two steam fire engines.
ment. As the city was rapidly growing so was The Los Angeles City Fire Department Hook & Ladder “Vigilance” Company No. 1
the need for a fire department to protect it. went into service on February 1, 1886 after was to be manned by a driver, a tillerman, a
Our Department has gone through de- many years as a group of volunteer depart- foreman, and four laddermen. Hose Company
cades of growth, change and innovation. This ments. It started with L.A. Mayor Spence sign- “Park Hose” No.1’s crew was held to a driv-
story covers the early days in the `1800’s and ing Ordinance No. 205 into law and creating er, a foreman, and four hosemen. Prospective
early 1900’s. Two centuries ago. Each decade the Los Angeles Fire Department. First came LAFD members had to apply to the Fire Com-
from this time period on is interesting in its the appointment of three Fire Commissioners mission for consideration of their qualifica-
own way. The 1920’s, 30’s the war years of the with the responsibility to perform all acts nec- tions. They had to be at least 21 years of age,
40’s and on. More of that history in future ar- essary to prepare and manage the fire depart- a U.S citizen, a permanent resident of the city
ticles. ment. The City Council was to decide on who of L.A., and able to converse understandably
The LAFD Historical Society would would be the Chief Engineer. The ordinance in English.
like to get approval from Chief Terrazas to
give our recruits in the drill tower a briefing The Old Plaza Fire Station in 1887. Today it is a museum just north of City Hall. The Plaza fire House
on the history of the LAFD. at 26 Plaza Street was originally a volunteer fire company known as the Original 38’s in 1884. This
This month, the LAFD celebrates 133 is a photo of LAFD Engine Company No. 1 taken in 1887 and one of the first LAFD fire companies.
years of service and sacrifice to the people of
Los Angeles. Countless numbers of lives and
properties have been saved, some at the cost of
a firefighter’s life. Active and retired members
should be proud of our heritage. Our history
is being preserved by the LAFD Historical
Society for everyone and future generations
to come. The following is the story of how the
LAFD started.
In 1886, Los Angeles 30 square miles
roughly encompassed an area of structural
density only as far north as Ord Street and
south to 7th street. The easternmost area of
building concentration did not extend much
past Los Angeles Street and Olive Street on the
west. Six years before the start of the LAFD,
the city’s population was 11,183. Four years
after the LAFD went into service, population
soared to more than 50,000. The Old Plaza Fire
Station 1, which is a museum today in down-
town Los Angeles and staffed by the Box 15 1884 The Hayes Hook and Ladder Truck began service as the Volunteer
Club of Los Angeles volunteers, went from a Company Vigilance Hook & Ladder No. 1 at Aliso St. and Alameda.
volunteer station with eight members to one of 1884 2nd Class D. Hayes 65’ Turntable Extension Ladder Truck.
the first LAFD fire stations. Los Angeles was
February 2019 • 53
Augmenting the permanent force were Chief, for a service, which for 15 years, had departments protecting the city had a few
24 reserve firemen. They were most likely for- been provided virtually without pay by 380 steam fire engines. On October 18, 1886, the
mer volunteers who were starting on February members of the Los Angeles Volunteer Fire LAFD ordered its first fire engine, an Amo-
1, to be paid a small honorarium. These “call- Department. Most of the paid, or permanent skeag steam pumper which was named Jacob
men,” apportioned among the fire companies, men as they were officially designated, were Kuhrts Engine Company No. 3. Kuhrts was a
were required to answer all alarms in their sta- former volunteers who took over the existing former volunteer fire chief and at this time a
tion’s district, large fires anywhere in the City stations and equipment. Augmenting the per- city councilman who pushed hard to improve
and drill with their respective outfits at least manent force were 24 reserve firemen. They fire protection in the growing city. Although
twice monthly. Walter S. Moore was appointed were most likely former volunteers who were the 700 gallon per minute pumper was similar
to be the first Chief Engineer of the newly cre- starting on February 1, to be paid a small hono- to the earlier engines, it had the latest pump-
ated LAFD. Chief Moore’s monthly salary was rarium. These callmen, apportioned among the ing and maneuverability features. The engine,
$125. He too was a volunteer fireman and Chief fire companies, were required to answer all which arrived in early 1887, stood nearly 8 1/2-
of the Volunteer Fire Department and like alarms in their station’s district, large fires any- feet tall, was 23 feet 7 inches in overall length,
many of our early volunteers, came from San where in the City and drill with their respective six feet wide and weighed 7,800 pounds. More
Francisco to join the LAFD. In January 1886, outfits at least twice monthly. than 1000 people including Mayor Workman,
the Fire Commission came up with the first Prior to 1886 when the LAFD be- Kuhrts and other councilmen watched the ac-
set of 32 Rules and Regulations. Among them came a fire department, the volunteer fire ceptance tests at the Beaudry Water Works.
were: Rule 18: Cautioned engine, Steam was raised in four minutes
hose and hook and ladder truck and 5 seconds. Drafting through
drivers not to drive out of a trot 20 feet of suction hose, the engine
in going to or returning from fires delivered a vertical stream at least
and alarms and further, racing 300 feet through 150 feet of two
was strictly prohibited. Rule 19: and one half inch hose. The crowd
The engine and hook and ladder cheered that feat as well as Driver
houses shall be closed on Sundays. Si Lyons’ demonstration of how
No loud or boisterous talking, pro- the horses from a standing start,
fane or obscene language shall be could turn the rig around com-
permitted in or about the houses pletely in only 20 feet. The new
of the department. Intoxicating li- Retired Captain Ben Holder is at the reigns of our rare engine was assigned to the Plaza
quors must not be kept or allowed Hayes Hook and Ladder truck in the Hollywood Museum. Fire House and its Amoskeag was
to be drunk in any of the houses There may only be three left in the country. The rig is on moved to a newly rented firehouse
of the department and gambling is a long list of LAFDHS apparatus restorations. at 114 West 3rd Street. The “Kurtz
strictly prohibited. Rule 23: Stipu- Steamer” is on display at the Hol-
lated that destruction of property lywood Fire Museum.
by water at fires was inefficient The J. Kuhrts Engine re-
firemanship. mained in LAFD after it was
To enable the Chief Engi- retired from service and was re-
neer to get to fires faster, the com- stored and made to pump again by
mission on April 12, 1886, autho- a volunteer group of LAFD mem-
rized the purchase of a horse and bers in 1986 for the LAFD’s Cen-
buggy to be kept at night in a barn tennial celebration. The members
behind Chief Moore’s house. Chief included Tony Zar, Lane Kemper,
Moore lived on the outskirts of the Larry Horner, and Mort Schuman.
city at Figueroa and Pico. The barn The LAFD Historical Society is
was outfitted with a swinging drop very fortunate to have this trea-
harness for the quick hitch of the Chief Walter Moore on the right and his driver sure on display in the Hollywood
horse by a callman who slept in in his new buggie. 1887 downtown LA. Museum at Old 27s. Tony Zar is
the barn and drove Chief Moore to now a member of our Historical
fires. It would become traditional Society Board and is still certified
to often name horses according to to operate the steamer. One of his
their temperament. Chief Moore’s many goals is to do some restora-
horse, Cyclone, had a stormy dis- tion work on the steamer as a vol-
position and was soon replaced by unteer.
a more well-mannered animal. Soon after, the LAFD of-
On Monday, February 1, ficially started the Fire Commis-
1886 the Los Angeles Fire De- sion who voted to have inspec-
partment officially went into tions of all stations, personnel,
service with four stations, two equipment, and horses. The first
steam powered 750 gpm pumpers inspection was scheduled for 9:00
(“steamers”), each housed with a a.m. on July 5, 1886. Early inspec-
two wheeled hose reel, a hook and tion parties consisted of the May-
ladder truck, a hose wagon and 11 or, the Council President, a Coun-
horses. On that day the City be- The Horses at Old Engine Company 23 are out of their stalls cilmember, the Chief engineer
gan to pay 31 firemen, including and in the harness as the firefighters get ready to respond. and Assistant Chief Engineer,
a Chief Engineer and an Assistant newspaper reporters, and interest-
54 • February 2019
ed citizens. The first stop was Engine 1’s Old assistant. From the Harbor Museum, Gordon
Plaza Fire Station. After a thorough inspec- Briggs whose consistency and work at a vari-
tion of the station, Chief Moore ordered Fore- ety of tasks was very much appreciated. The
man Henry Scherer to “Hook up the horses”. volunteer selected for his years of work, dedi-
Warning the inspection party to stand clear, cation, planning, and leadership for the “Ralph
he pulled the gong rope. The clang caused the J. Scott” fireboat restoration project was Frank
engine horses Tom and Joe to bolt from their Borden. Each volunteer of the year will have
stalls and dash to their positions under the their name placed on a perpetual plaque that is
harnesses suspended from the ceiling. Ned, a displayed in the museums.
Frank Borden in the fireboat tent speak-
large sorrel, similarly hurried to the front of Other volunteers were acknowledged
ing at an event for Old LAFD Fireboat 2
the hose reel. The horses stood quietly waiting with certificates of appreciation for going
“The Ralph J. Scott.”
for the drivers to tug on the ropes that dropped above and beyond the call of duty to accom-
their harnesses down. Other firemen quickly plish our mission. Remember When
fastened the harnesses and the rigs were ready Many people have asked the question Remember when it was fun to ride the
for response – all in under one minute. Fore- “What is the most important or valuable asset tailboard? Not so fun in the rain, cold, wind,
man Scherer lightened the formality of the oc- you have in the museum? The real answer is smoke, and dirt, but still fun. Through the
casion by ordering Ned to show them a trick. our volunteers!!! years, there have been many accidents, inju-
The horse fetched a bucket and, with his teeth, ries, and even firefighter fatalities. The LAFD
turned on a spigot. When the bucket was filled, wanted to reduce the accidents by providing
he drank. The inspection party commended safety harnesses for those riding the tailboard
the firemen for their efficiency and station that would attach to 2 “D” rings attached to the
maintenance and I’m sure they were impressed front of the turnout coat and a hook attached to
with Ned. the bar across the top of the tailboard. If you
were not wearing a coat on the tailboard, you
wore a belt known as the “summer belt” that
went around the waist and attached to the bar.
Tom Brennan on the left with past Volunteer of the The harness was also used to attach the fire-
Year Bob Rebbe. Just finished setting up the dorm fighter on a ladder pipe to the ladder. An ex-
for an event at the Hollywood Museum. cellent safety device for its time. Now, no one
rides the tailboard.

Los Angeles volunteer fire chief Jacob Kuhrts was Gordon Briggs doing his docent work Retired Fireman Gordon Briggs demonstrating the use of
instrumental in starting and supporting a paid demonstrating Old Fireboat 1’s fog horn the tailboard safety harness at the Harbor Museum. One
LA Fire Department. to sea Captain Michael Kellick. end attached to the D rings on the coat the other end has
the hook attachment for the bar or aerial ladder.
1886 was certainly a year of a new start,
growth and a pride by the LAFD members that
would endure through time.133 years of ser- February 2019
vice to the people of Los Angeles with con-
tinuous improvements and progress to become
a true “Class 1” Fire Department in the United
States. From a small city of 30 square miles
and a few thousand people to a metropolis of
470 square miles and over 4 million people
the LAFD has served and sacrificed for gen-
erations. The LAFD motto of “Serving with
Courage, Integrity and Pride” will continue for
many years to come.

LAFDHS Volunteers of the Year 2018

In January the LAFDHS held a spe-

cial annual event to honor our volunteers. The
volunteers nominated by their peers were Tom
Brennan from the Hollywood Museum for his
work as a docent, lunch cook, and all-around

February 2019 • 55
December 5, 2018

CALL TO ORDER to ratify and approve the Board Meeting Motion carried to approve the actions
Minutes of November 7, 2018. David Peters taken in Executive Session.
President Bob Steinbacher called the so moved. Joe Vigil seconded. There was
meeting of the Board of Trustees of the no discussion or objections. VICE PRESIDENT REPORT
Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association
to order at 9:55 a.m. Gene Bednarchik Motion carried to approve the Board 1) Jeff Cawdrey provided the conference
requested that the meeting convene in the Meeting Minutes of November 7, 2018. schedule for 2019. David Peters
memory of members John White, Tyre indicated that he would like to add the
Wood - past president of the Los Angeles PRESIDENT’S REPORT SIIA Washington Legislative Update
Firemen’s Relief Association, and past conference.
president of the United States, George 1) Tim Larson presented the Board with
H.W. Bush. the certified election results. He reported EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
that all Bylaw changes had been approved
ROLL CALL and stated that Juan Albarran won the 1) Todd Layfer reminded the Trustees to
election for the Pension Trustee position. turn in their expense reports before year
Bob Steinbacher, President Tim Larson motioned to accept the
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President certified election results. David Peters INVESTMENT COMMITTEE
Trustee Frank Aguirre seconded. There was no discussion or REPORT
Trustee Gene Bednarchik objections.
Trustee Steve Berkery 1) John Jacobsen indicated that they are
Trustee Kenneth Breskin Motion carried to accept the certified looking at a couple of dates in February
Trustee Tim Freeman election results. for the annual onsite and asset allocation
Trustee Henry Gasbarri meeting with Beacon Pointe. He also
Trustee Rick Godinez 2) Bob Steinbacher provided an update reported that they received a capital call
Trustee John Jacobsen on the Pension Board staff meeting. He from the PICMO Bravo fund and indicated
Trustee Richard Moody indicated that they have a new system in that they will be transferring from the
Trustee David Peters place for payroll deductions. money market account.
Trustee Mike Sailhamer
Trustee Gayle Sonoda 3) Bob Steinbacher informed the Board ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE
Trustee Tyler Tomich that the 2019 meeting dates have been REPORT
Trustee Joe Vigil added to the Master Calendar with other
Trustee Craig White important dates. Tyler Tomich presented the following
Trustee Danny Wu motions.
Trustee Steve Domanski - Pension 4) Bob Steinbacher referred to the 2019
Trustee Tim Larson – Pension committee assignments and asked The committee recommends and I so
Trustee Doak Smith – Pension Trustees to let him know if they would like move to pay the usual and customary bills
Todd Layfer - Executive Director to change their committee assignments. in the amount of $811,300.38. There was
Liberty Unciano – Controller-Treasurer no discussion or objections.
MEMBERS ABSENT: Motion carried to pay the usual and
Trustee Jim Duffy The Board entered into Executive Session customary bills in the amount of
Trustee Chris Stine at 10:10 am. $811,300.38.
The Board adjourned from Executive
GUESTS: Session at 11:17 am. The committee recommends and I so
Tom Stires, Retired move to approve $125 for the LAFD
Member updates and personnel issues Badge Promotion Ceremony. There was
INVOCATION & Flag Salute were discussed during Executive Session. no discussion or objections.

Rick Godinez led the invocation. Frank Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion to Motion carried to approve $125 for the
Aguirre led the flag salute. approve the actions taken in Executive LAFD Badge Promotion Ceremony.
Session. Gene Bednarchik so moved. Doak
RATIFICATION OF MINUTES Smith seconded. There was no discussion The committee recommends and I so
or objections. move to approve $200 to purchase a table
Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion at the L. A. Retired Fire & Police Assn.
56 • February 2019
holiday party. There was no discussion or Motion carried to pay the above Relief retired members. There was no discussion
objections. benefits. or objections.

Motion carried to approve $200 to Steve Berkery read the names of members Motion carried to advance funds for
purchase a table at the L.A. Retired Fire who recently passed and asked for a both active and retired members.
& Police Association holiday party. moment of silence from the Board.
The committee recommends and I so MEMORIALS
move to approve $750 for the Drill Tower Lowell C. Johnson Tim Larson informed the Trustees of
81 graduation ceremony. There was no Nicholas P. Maricich an upcoming funeral and asked if any
discussion or objections. Gerald E. Mc Hale Trustees were available to present the flag.
Bruce L. Blackwell
Motion carried to approve $750 for the Milton Joffe BYLAWS COMMITTEE REPORT
Drill Tower 81 graduation ceremony. Wilfred S. Atlas
Robert G. Berg Dave Peters informed that the proposed
The committee recommends and I so Michael V. Mercado Bylaw changes were approved by the
move to approve $12,000 in startup funds John A. White membership.
for the Hook & Ladder Enduro. There was Tyre N. Wood
no discussion or objections. MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT
Motion carried to approve $12,000 in
startup funds for the Hook & Ladder Steve Berkery presented the following Rick Godinez informed the Board that
Enduro. motions. the Marketing Department received an
anonymous donation of $10,000. He
MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT The committee recommends and I so move indicated that the donations raised for
to accept the donations in the amount of the L.A. Marathon have so far reached
Frank Aguirre presented the following $27,685.41 to the Widows, Orphans & $16,000.
motion. Disabled Firemen’s Fund. There was no
discussion or objections. SETTING OF DATES
The committee recommends and I so move
to approve all the medical bills totaling Motion carried to accept the donations in 1) Buzzard Bait Ride – January 18 – 20
$792,183.75. There was no discussion or the amount of $27,685.41 to the Widows, 2) Hook & Ladder – March 16th
objections. Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. 3) St. Baldrick’s – March 30th

Motion carried to approve all the medical The committee recommends and I so RETIREMENT DINNERS
bills totaling $792,183.75. move to approve the financial assistance
applications for surviving spouses, active 1) Vince Manzo – Tuesday, January 29th C
RELIEF COMMITTEE REPORT and retired members. There was no @ FS21 Breakfast (Jacobsen)
discussion or objections. 2) Stephen Ruda & Ronald Mathews
Steve Berkery presented the following – Tuesday, January 29th C @ FS 87
motion. Motion carried to approve the financial Breakfast (Steinbacher)
assistance applications for surviving 3) Jack Fry – Saturday, February 9th B
The committee recommends and I so spouses, active and retired members. @ Torrance Redondo Beach Marriott
move to pay: (Godinez)
The committee recommends and I so move
The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount to approve the Holiday bonuses for the ADJOURNMENT
of $26,007.03 LAFRA surviving spouses and surviving
The Estate Planning benefit in the amount children. There was no discussion or Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion
of $2,400 objections. to adjourn. Tim Larson so moved. Craig
The Life & Accident Death Withdrawal in White seconded. There was no discussion
the amount of $5,781 Motion carried to approve the Holiday and no objections.
The Life & Accident Death Benefit in the bonuses for the LAFRA surviving
amount of $12,000 spouses and surviving children. Motion carried to adjourn. The Board
The Relief Death Benefits in the amount of Trustees meeting adjourned at 11:54
of $49,749.93 ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE a.m.
There was no discussion or objections. Bob Steinbacher, President
The committee recommends and I so
move to advance funds for both active and

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Fire Station 59

Engine Company No. 59. 1624 W. Purdue Avenue. Circa 1924.

Date Opened November 21, 1924 Engine Company No. 59 1624 W. Purdue Avenue. August 28, 1938
Located in West Los Angeles City Hall Building. Building Cost - $60,000 “B” Platoon: W. N. Stephenson, A. H. Hoak, Captain H. W. Quante, J. F. Gunther

Fire Station No. 59. Training Building E 59 B after a greater alarm SF at a commercial
11505 West Olympic Boulevard. Opened 2006 on Sawtelle Blvd. at Tennessee Ave in 1992.

Present day crew circa 2018

Engine Company No. 59. RA 59. EMS 9. 11505 West Olympic Boulevard
1963 to Present

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