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1 The "Hook and Ladder Enduro" is a fun
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This event will be on a marked course approximately
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- It is open to all ages and experience levels. - No previous experience necessary.

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Photo Inset: LAFD Training in Hollywood

2 • March 2019
VOL. XCV MARCH 2019 NO. 07

Buzzard Bait
Whether on two wheels or four, perfect conditions made for a ride
not soon forgotten • .........................................................................06

Hose Pull
Achieving Optimal Firefighter Fitness • .........................................10

2018 Fire Marshall Award

Learn about three individuals that make fire prevention their top
priority • ..................................................................................................11

LAFRA and the LAFD show their team spirit • .............................36

President’s Message • ............................................................................05
Battalion News • ....................................................................................13
LAFD Babies—The Wives of the LAFD Represent • …………………….40
The Retired Guy—Point Fermin Rescue • …………..……..…..…..…….42
Department in Action • ...........................................................................44
Retirement Dinners • ............................................................................46
Battalion 15 Retires—B/C Stephen Ruda & FF/EIT Ron Matthews • ......47
Memorials • ...........................................................................................48
Station Fridge • ......................................................................................49
Mailbox • ...............................................................................................50
LAFD History
The DC-10 Crash at LAX • .............................................................53
Minutes of the Board of Trustees • .....................................................56
Classifieds • ...........................................................................................58
Fire Station 68 • ....................................................................................61

Notice: Production of The Firemen’s Grapevine magazine is very expensive, and while your dues
serve to underwrite a portion of the magazine’s costs, the bulk of funding comes from advertisers.
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advertisers. Use of a Grapevine advertiser is at the risk of the member. If you are interested in any
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4 • March 2019
Last Spring, I wrote that you should have received or will vine (Page 44). It is filled with pertinent information that can
be receiving your “Member Summary Report” in the mail. Well, make or break a retirement dinner. There is a lot to remember
guess what. It’s that time again. Please take the time to review when you retire and you only get one shot at it—so retire right—
the Member’s RAP sheet. It is a very important document that is the first time, by taking a few minutes and review the gathered
generated from our internal FRITZ system. Please take the time information.
to verify that we have the correct information on you and your One big item in retirement is the medical subsidy that pays
family members. You can email, fax or snail mail your correc- for your family’s membership in the LAFRA Medical Plan. Think
tions back to us. of it as being transferred from the “Active” Dept to the “Retired”
Okay, this next one is not targeted at any one member, but Dept. Your medical subsidy will no longer come from the Fire
it is time for our members to read the fine print (oh, and my last Dept (or the Active Dept), it will come from the Pension Dept
few messages) when it comes to the benefits you receive through (or the Retired Dept). Your paperwork needs to follow you, but
the Relief Association. Your ex-spouse is not covered - and I re- you are responsible for initiating the changes to get it from one
peat, not covered - day one your divorce decree is final. Regard- dept to the other. The Fire Dept knows you are gone and won’t be
less of what he or she says, what the many kitchen table attorneys paying your medical subsidy anymore. The Pension Dept knows
at the station advise you, or anybody else says beside the Relief they have a medical subsidy for you, but doesn’t know to send it
Association staff. If you get divorced, you MUST notify us of the to LAFRA to cover your Medical Plan membership until you tell
date it happens! Please have the divorce paperwork ready to pres- them. And this all takes time. That’s why you need to sign and
ent when you notify us. If your spouse uses the Medical Plan after return the payroll deduction card 30 to 60 days before you retire.
your date of divorce, YOU THE MEMBER, are responsible for We won’t cancel your medical insurance, but YOU WILL MAKE
the claims paid on the ex-spouse behalf, whether you approved it THE PAYMENTS OUT OF YOUR OWN POCKET if you don’t
or not. return that payroll deduction card in time. Take a look at your last
Also, your newborns need to be placed on the Medical paycheck to see how much that will cost you!
Plan within 60 days. I understand you might not have their SS#
but we need to be notified or your new bundle of joy might be SAVE THE DATES
waiting until open enrollment for their medical coverage. • Hook and Ladder—March 16th.
Speaking of approval, I seem to get a lot of questions on California City - Bruce Galien (661) 645-7448
why So and So, be it a particular group or a single individual, was • LA Marathon 5K—March 23rd.
not mentioned in the Grapevine and You Know Who was. The DTLA - Marlene Casillas (323) 259-5217
answer is simple—You Know Who made the effort to send the • LA Marathon—March 24th.
required information, or notified our staff of an important event DTLA - Marlene Casillas (323) 259-5217
they would like to see covered. So and So didn’t contact anyone • St Baldrick’s—March 30th
or didn’t reply to our staff’s request for access. Our Grapevine Fire Station 89 - Danny Wu, FS 103 C
staff is constantly on the look out for material to share in the • Lane Kemper Softball Classic—April 30th
magazine (FOR EVERYONE), but they can’t print it if they don’t Balboa Recreation Center - Keith Bandy FS 64 C
know about it. Whether it’s photos from a retirement celebration, • Pechanga Reunion—May 13-17th
or a particular subject you would like to see in an article - let Pechanga RV Park - Tim Larson, LAFRA trustee
them know. They are also looking for members with subject mat- • Hope for Firefighters—June 6th
ter expertise to step up and supply articles to educate our new DTLA - Juliet Brandolino (323) 259-5215
firefighters. It was done for you, so now it’s time to pay it for-
ward and contribute. Contact Dave Wagner As usual—Be safe and be kind to each other.
or John Hicks with any questions you may
have concerning YOUR magazine.
February and March are seeing a great number of retire-
ments. Planning for retirement is hard enough without worrying
about one of the best things about it—The Retirement Dinner. If Robert D. “Steintalker” Steinbacher
you are actively turning to the happy side of retirement, please
review the checklist provided in February’s edition of the Grape- 323.259.5200

March 2019 • 5
artin Luther King solutely outstanding weather for a motorcycle rider. It goes
holiday weekend for the event. It had rained on to use words like trac-
found a couple previously, there was virtu- tion plus, railing the corners,
of hundred of LAFD fam- ally no dust, and the course, full lock slides, wheelies
ily and friends in Ocotillo set up by Mike and Doug, and nirvana to describe the
Wells for the 22nd Annual could only be described as riding experience. But why
Buzzard Bait Family Fun “loamy.” If you look up that am I talking about this? No-
Ride. The year 22 has sig- word in the “Dirt Bike Rid- body rides a dirtbike any-
nificance due to the fact it ers Handbook” it describes more it seems. Everyone has
was the second year in a “loamy” as the best possible one of those new four-wheel,
row we had two days of ab- conditions that dirt can be in four-seat, go fast, RZR’s and
Can Am’s.

6 • March 2019
March 2019 • 7
Case in point is Ron Tomacruz each site you would take a raffle ticket for
and the brand new RZR he brought out. the raffle later in the day. You could also
He was so proud, he came to base camp dig for precious stones to be turned in for
the first night to show it off. He pulled additional raffle tickets.
up next to the fire with his family for a The raffle was held in the afternoon
“show and tell” of this new machine. He and many great items were raffled off or
got out and started pushing buttons on his sold at the silent auction. Condos in Col-
PHONE! The motor turned off, the stereo orado and Mammoth were on the block,
came alive, lights started flashing and the along with a beautiful quilt made of fire
ground lit up in an iridescent blue! WOW! dept. t-shirts donated by the Munoa fam-
All controlled with his PHONE! Fast for- ily. Awards were given to the youngest (5
ward to the next day at Mile THREE on the years old) and oldest (71 years old) riders
course. Along comes this 1963 VW Baja this year.
Bug that was purchased at a garage sale for Speaking of awards, Bob Stein-
$1000 two days prior. And what does he backer and Tim Larson received very nice
find? Ron Tomacruz and family stranded plaques acknowledging their contributions
in the ”PHONE CONTROLLED” RZR, to the Relief Association. Well deserved,
with mechanical issues. He is dead in the thank you both for what you do for us.
water with no tools and no idea of what is We also need to thank Mike and
wrong. He was confused by the fact that Sonja Reitmayer, and Doug and Rene We-
there wasn’t an App for that on his phone. ber for doing this for 22 years. Also to
Fortunately for him there was an old timer, Don Paone for building the props this year.
with tools, and an old VW that ran, to pull Thanks go out to Capt. Allison Reitmayer,
him back to camp. USMC, for her assistance this year. Sem-
The theme that Doug came up with per Fi and thank you for your service. This
this year was lost pirates’ treasure. Along event could not be possible without all the
the course we found sites that contained help and support of all the volunteers and
shipwrecks, buried treasure, gold dou- participants. Thanks again for making this
bloons, precious gems and other booty. At another great family fun ride.

8 • March 2019
March 2019 • 9
irefighter’s fitness goals are per- Firefighter Functional Fitness, Dan Ker- Once you’ve set up the exercise, complete
formance based. This is because if rigan and Jim Moss, said that “in order the following tasks:
you cannot safely and effectively to properly prepare yourself for the tasks
perform the physical duties your duties, you perform on the fireground, you must 1. Stand in front of the hose and run out
then you cannot safely and effectively do replicate those movements and the fire- the full 150 feet.
your job. Fire chief and firefighter sports ground intensity during physical training.” 2. When you finish, turn and face the
performance instructor Monte Egherman There is no better training than replicat- direction you came from.
says to ask yourself, “Is my training help- ing movements performed in the field, and 3. Bear crawl to the first coupling.
ing me gain the strength, power, and en- that is exactly what the First-Alarm Hose 4. Stand up and perform lunges to the
durance I need to execute my duties on the Pull does. This doesn’t mean you should second coupling.
fireground in my turnouts?” If the answer stop playing sports with your friends, but 5. Take two steps and perform a squat.
is no, then your training is not achieving incorporating fireground-specific training 6. Repeat the two-step-squat sequence
your goals. To help to achieve optimal fire- is key to making you fit for duty. until you reach the end of the hose.
fighter fitness, Monte Egherman created a 7. Turn and face the hose.
full-body, functional exercise called the 8. Grab the hose and bring in the full
First-Alarm Hose Pull.
“As sports athletes train for the 150 feet hand-over-hand.
demands of their sport, fire-
Fireground-Specific Training fighters need to train for the Once you master the First-Alarm
Athletic coaches know that the best Hose Pull, you can expand the hose to 200
way to train an athlete is to train specific demands of their profession” feet, where you will perform all the same
to their sport. Firefighters are occupa- steps and just walk the last 50 feet. From
tional athletes, or what Chief Egherman First-Alarm Hose Pull 200 feet you can advance to the 300 feet
likes to call “Public Safety Athletes.” Just Everything you need to perform hose pull. You set up the 300 feet hose pull
as sports athletes train for the demands of the First-Alarm Hose Pull can be found at the same as the First-Alarm Hose Pull and
their sport, firefighters need to train for the your fire station. You will need 150 feet of complete steps one and two. Then you will
demands of their profession. So playing 2 ½ inch hose, your PPE, and SCBA. To bear crawl 100 feet, lunge 50 feet, perform
basketball or ultimate Frisbee with your set up the exercise, you will need an open the step-squat sequence 50 feet, and walk
friends as a training modality may physi- field large enough to allow you to run out 75 feet. Then you will shoulder the hose
cally help you on some level, but won’t the full 150 feet of hose. Connect the three
necessarily make you a better firefighter. lengths of hose together and flake it out
Specificity training is perform- in an accordion style. Then don your PPE
ing actual skills as a training modal- and SCBA.
ity. Egherman calls this type of training
“fireground-specific” training. Authors of

10 • March 2019
and drag it until you are 25 feet past the
final coupling. Go to the last coupling and
bring it to the end, and then bring in 25
feet of the next section and coupling. This
should leave 200 feet of hose in front of
you to bring in hand-over-hand moving
one foot forward when you get to a cou-
pling. You should finish with 100 feet of
hose pulled back and 200 feet of hose in
four piles. Only attempt these variations
when physically ready. It is a process to get
the level of wearing full gear and expand-
ing the hose.
Being fit for duty is the foundation 3 Tips for Peak Performance
of being a successful firefighter and is de-
pendent on your fireground-specific train- Tip #1: Part of functional training it being
ing. Performing the First-Alarm Hose Pull able to track your progress. You can track you
prepares you for the demands of the fire- progress in the First-Alarm Hose Pull by mea-
ground, making you a better firefighter. suring how long you can wear your PPE and
SCBA and how much hose you can pull.]

Tip #2: If you are performing this exercise

alone, take a step at each coupling to create
three piles of hose behind you. This will make
it easier to deploy on the next run. If you are
performing this with your crew, then they can
form the accordion fold behind you.

Tip #3: For your first time performing this ex-

ercise, it is suggested you only wear your PPE
and SCBA for the first pull. As your strength and
endurance increase you may wear your gear
longer. You may also substitute the PPE for a
50-pound weight vest.]


March 2019 • 11
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n November 7, 2018, three outstanding Fire Prevention Bureau
(FPB) employees were recipients of the Annual Fire Marshal’s
Awards. Each year, one civilian employee, one Inspector, and
one supervisor are nominated by their peers. The Fire Marshal and As-
sistant Fire Marshal select the winner in each category.
Inspector I Ruthie Bernal received the “Michael P. Reddy
Award” for her outstanding contributions to the efficiency and success
of the Brush Clearance Unit, which is responsible for brush clearance
in more than 150,000 parcels each year. Inspector Bernal is a 28-year
veteran of the LAFD who has been in the Brush Unit for 18 years. She
is married to retired Engineer Phil Bernal, and has two sons, Nate (19
years old) and Justin (18 years old).
Fire Protection Engineering Associate II Dominique Medina
received the award for the outstanding civilian employee in 2018. She
began her career with the LAFD in January 2015, and has distinguished
herself with outstanding customer service and professionalism. She is
the Primary Case Management LAFD representative working with Los
Angeles Department of Building and Safety, and she has been the plan
checker for several major projects, namely the Anita May Rosenstein
Campus, the LAX LAMP project, and the MacArthur Park Plaza Hotel.
Captain I Scott Miller received the award for the outstanding supervisor
in 2018. The award is being renamed in his honor after his retirement.
He is a 38-year veteran of the LAFD, affectionately known as “Captain
Silver Fox” with 25 years in the FPB. He served three years in the Public
Assemblage Unit, five years in the Valley Industrial Unit, five years in
the High-Rise Unit and 12 years in the Valley Public Safety Unit. His
contributions to the LAFD cannot be easily summarized, but a commit-
tee of five was formed just to replace him on the Fire Code Committee,
and that is just one of his projects!
All nominees for the awards received certificates acknowledging
their contributions. Civilians Christene Mendoza, Debbie Moreno, Re-
nee Ramirez Rosemarie Barraza, Sandra Guerrero, Inspectors Lindsay
Pellegrini and Michael Webb, along with Captains Marshall Rodgers
and Ryon Jones were nominated in their respective categories.
The Fire Marshal’s Award recipient’s pictures are prominently
displayed in the lobby of each FPB Office for a year, and they each
received personalized plaques.

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14 • March 2019
It is said that all good things must come to an end. We, here at the Los
Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association believe differently. Although the LA Rams
were defeated by the New England Patriots, in what was a hard-fought defensive
battle by both teams, we know the LA Rams will be back next year—stronger,
faster, and better than ever. As with our Dodgers, the LAFD and LAFRA would
like to extend our thanks to the Rams for their commitment of excellence by
showing a little LAFD fan appreciation. To all those within the Rams’ organiza-
tion, we send a huge thank you for letting us be a part of your winning season,
and we’re already looking forward to joining you next year to cheer you on to
another victorious season on the gridiron. Together—WE ARE LOS ANGELES!
March 2019 • 15
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16 • March 2019
2/1/19. LAFD companies on scene of a physical
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Chief Cooper’s Station 3 dinner

Deputy Chief Fligiel congratulates Alfredo Larios E 25 starting the year off right training as if their
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March 2019 • 17
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18 • March 2019
On 01/23/2019, LAFD responded with Glendale Fire
to a recycling yard fire. Photo by Brandon Buckley

Congrats go out to Engineer Holguin retiring

after 35 years of service. Photo by LAFD Central

On 1/31/19 Firefighters conducted a litter basket

operation to safely extract an adult male from the
river. Photo by Matt Hartman, Shorealone Films

Brian Russell promoted to Captain II

at FS 50 -B. Photo by LAFD

March 2019 • 19
20 • March 2019
Mark McCracken promoted to Cap- Danny Lopez promoted to Engineer
tain II at FS 50-C. Photo by LAFD at FS 1-B. Photo by LAFD

Station 80 watches over a C5 military transport at

LAX. Photo by LAFD West Bureau and Kevin Johnson

Nearly retired Captain II Jack Fry walks kids through

a school visit. Photo by Danny Gonzalez

March 2019 • 21
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1/31/19, LAFD Swift Water Team responded to the LA River on
a man in distress. Photo by Matt Hartman, Shorealone Films

2/1/19. FF Brian Cooney and FF Mark Zizi celebrate

their birthdays at the station. Photo by FS 82

Big sis and Dad (Kyle Halstead FS 82-A) give mom a

break and take care of baby Titus (born 7/25/18)

The family of Melanie and Jason Jasgur (FS 27-B) continues

to grow with the addition of Josie “JoJo” Piper on 12/23/18

March 2019 • 23
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1/19/19. LAFD companies responded to an auto into a structure At 3:32AM on 1/22/19, the LAFD responded to a traffic collision in
at a Wilmington apartment building. Photo by Tim Werle the 1600 block of N Alameda St. in Wilmington. Photo by Tim Werle


Another Encino resident saved by 83-A. FF Ralston on E-83 readying her-

Photo by David Blaire self for battle against an auto fire.

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January and February have been a
busy time around FS 114—for retirements
that is! On Jan, 30th, Captain Bobby Aragon
celebrated his last day on the job with friends,
co-workers and family. With his ever-present
smile on his face, Capt brought in a taco truck
to thicken everyone’s waist line a little bit
(more). Stories from the past were exchanged
while Capt. Aragon gave his family a tour of
his last place of assignment. You could see the
pride on his family’s face as he explained the
daily operations of the station. Farewell Capt.
Your smile, personality, and your knowledge
of the job will be solely missed. On Feb 7,
2019, FF/PM Al Naeole worked his last shift
on the LAFD. Stationed at FS 114 on the crash
apparatus, Naeole finishes his 35+ years with
the respect and admiration of his fellow fire-
fighters and friends. Over his career, Al was
always willing to help out a friend by working
for them anytime and anywhere. His Firefight-
ing and EMS knowledge was used across the
nation on deployments, and his willingness to
take on a station improvement project made
station life that much better for the lot of us.
Al and his wife are planning to move to Hawaii
soon. From all of us who have had the pleasure
of working with or around you, we wish you
smooth sailings to the islands and many long
years in retirement—MAHALO!

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It’s rare to have a picture day, on a weekend,
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1/16/19. Pilots Joel Smith & Dave Nordquist accept an award

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The crew at FS 100 enjoy a picture and training 1/23/19. LAFD responded to the 900 blk of S. Kenmore
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March 2019 • 29
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30 • March 2019
Pete Jimenez promoted to Cap- Ruben Torres promoted to En-
tain I at FS 13. LAFD photo gineer at FS 13. Photo by LAFD

1/6/19. Despite the quick response by LAFD, a man died at the

scene and a woman was critically injured. Photo by Mike Meadows

March 2019 • 31
32 • March 2019
A greater alarm apartment fire in 91’s first-in
occurred on 1/10/19. Photo by Mike Meadows

Metal clad garage with exposures in Sylmar

on 1/19/19. Photo by Brandon Buckley

0n 1/28/19, firefighters found a boat, detached from

trailer with a sheared hydrant. Photo by Brandon Buckley

March 2019 • 33
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r i t Scho l ar Award
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($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
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34 • March 2019
On 1/12/19, the crew at 98-A pauses for a photo in between
their Greater Alarms this segment. Photo by David Blaire

e at
r by

2/3/19. TF 75 handles a well involved

motorhome. Photo by Rick McClure

1/1/19. E 7 handles a felony hit and run involving

an auto vs motorcycle. Photo by Jacob Salzman

March 2019 • 35
1/4/19. It took 26 minutes to fully extinguish a stub-
born one-story triplex in Hyde Park. Photo by J. Johnson

1/7/18. A man sustained injuries when his motorcycle E-18 takes buddy breathing to the
was struck by a vehicle in NoHo. Photo by Mike Meadows extreme. Photo by Suey Tiengerd

36 • March 2019
1/26/19. LAFD handles a multi-vehicle collision
with one person trapped. Photo by Rick McClure

On 1/2/19, LAFD responded to a single vehicle

rollover in Northridge. Photo by Jacob Salzman

Congratulations to Tony Hernandez at FS

72 on his new daughter Mariluna, born
Feb 2, 2019, weighing 8lbs 10 ounces.
1/26/19. Batt 15 respond to a double fatality Engineer Frank Hernandez at FS 106 is
at Parthenia X Encino. Photo by Leo Kaufman the proud grandfather.

March 2019 • 37
Crew 3 participating in the LAFD
E-68 on an early morning auto-fire. Youth Program Expo. LAFD Photo

1/23/19. The Wilshire Rotary Club honored

first responders with a luncheon and award.
Photo by CII Garcia

Future FF Jeremiah shows it’s never too

young to train. Photo by @lilfirefighter

1/23/19. A few lucky firefighters participate in a meet and

greet with the L.A. Dodgers. Photo compliments of Kady Kepner

38 • March 2019
Kids from Ash Court and Deodar Place braved the cold and set up a hot
chocolate stand to raise money for the WODFF. Photo supplied by Vicki Karoff

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March 2019 • 39
Derek and Kaleigh Adair
1. FF/PM Adair—3 ½ seniority. Photo by Katie De La Rosa Photo
2. Daughter-Kinsleigh
3. Our dream for our daughter is to see her daddy at work and to
realize that giving back to the community and helping people
out, is what life is all about. Just be kind to one another.
4. Luckily, my husband and I decided I would quit my job
and stay at home with our little girl. My husband helps
me as much as he can when he’s home. One child is
easy by myself. Now let’s see later on down the road
when we have more kids! I Love being around other
fire wives because they totally get what it’s like when
your husband leaves for days on end. It’s like therapy
sometimes just talking to one another.

Jordan and Laura Gammon

1. My husband, FF/PM Gammon has 4 years seniority.
2. Son-Noah
3. My dream for Noah growing up
in the “Fire Life” is that he wit-
nesses and learns from his
father’s dedication, pride,
loyalty, and passion for his
career with the LAFD
and the humbleness
he shows
while helping
others during
their most vulnerable times in their lives. I also can’t wait
for him to feel the love and support that I feel every day
from the LAFD Fire Family.
4. I was blessed to be able to stay home during the first 7 months
of Noah’s life. I will be going to work as a Registered Nurse (RN)
in a few months. Both mine and Jordan’s mothers are retired, so we,
thankfully, never have to worry about child care. We are able to still do date
nights and spend alone time together, which I feel is very important in a marriage,
especially when being married to a firefighter. I would like to add that, as fire wives, life
can get lonely and tough at times, but we must remember that WE ARE NOT ALONE!

Meghan and Michael Paxton

1. FF/PM Paxton has 2 yrs. seniority
2. Daughter-Elizabeth
3. Our wish is for Elizabeth is to admire how hard her
father works. Michael spent many holidays at the fire-
house as his father was also a LAFD firefighter. So, in a
way, we are continuing this tradition in our own family.
4. We juggle daily life by having a routine and sched-
ule! We have a synced calendar on our phones so that
way I know when he’s picked up a shift and I can plan
ahead. I like to think of the last shift of the segment before a
4-day as our “Friday,” and I try to get as much housework done before
he comes home. My support system of other fire families is usually my mother-in-law because she was able to raise
five kids and be married to a firefighter! I will usually ask her how she went about managing a household while her husband was away. FB and Instagram,
it’s so nice to have a group of ladies who fully understand what day-to-day life is like as a person married to a firefighter.
40 • March 2019
Matt and Maddie Cheaney
De La Rosa Photography 1. FF/PM Cheaney has Approximately 3 years seniority.
2. Son-Waylon
3. The hope I have for my child is that he understands the sacrifices
his dad makes to provide for us but also to help those in the com-
munity. I hope he appreciates how this lifestyle allows his dad to be
around a lot in ways other parents can’t be and that he gets to ex-
perience station life and the fire family when his dad isn’t home.
4. Both of our families are very close which is nice and came
in really handy, but it was my goal from the beginning to be
able to do it on my own since that is the reality of our lifestyle.
Matt went back to work when Waylon was 4 days old. I made
it through that shift by myself to prove to myself that I can
handle it. I definitely ask for help when I need it, but I think parenting alone is just part of our life.
After Waylon was born, I had to figure somethings out for myself, but I feel like this group is my
first experience with other people that “get it” and that I can go to for help or support.

Kory and Jamie Prichard

1. FF Prichard has 3 ½ years
2. Daughter-Zeppelyn
3. I hope that Zeppelyn
will understand the
sacrifices that her
dad makes to pro-
vide for our family.
I also hope that she
realizes that he’s
not going to be
home all the time.
My husband will not only be Zeppelyn’s hero but other peoples
4. At times, it can be hard to be a firefighter’s spouse. They are gone
24 hours or even longer, and then they come home, they are sometimes
extremely tired and want to relax and rest. At times it feels like I’m a single parent, because
they are gone for days at a time, but he is a good dad and helps when he can. I have a huge
support team with our fire families. A lot of my parent’s friends are firefighters, and I have
a lot of friends whose husbands are firefighters.

Steven Oransky and Cheyenne

1. FF/PM Oransky has 3 ½ years seniority.
2. Son-Mateo
3. I want Mateo to know his dad followed his
dreams and worked extremely hard to be where
he is today. I also want Mateo to see the many sacri-
fices his dad makes for our family and his community
every day.
4. Working long hours can be hard and exhausting, but he
does this to provide for our family and give us a good life. Jug-
gling a new baby with Steven’s schedule is hard, but nothing I knew
I couldn’t handle. I’m lucky to have lots of help. Our families have been there for me/us so much. I’m also close to
some of the wives which helps a lot too because they understand exactly what you’re going through when you just miss your man. It’s really nice to have
that kind of support with a big group of women.
March 2019 • 41
the rescue cable if it was necessary to save the cue. The truth is we were returning from an
helicopter if things went wrong. Also respond- afternoon of swimming and skin diving for
ing were Pilot Larry Harris and Night Sun op- lobsters on Catalina and stumbled right into
erator Rich Purvis in a Jet Ranger light ship. the middle of the rescue operation. To cover
To complete this rescue, I had to place our tracks, Pilot Quinn told the incident com-
a portion of the rotor blades over the top of the mander that we had been dispatched.
cliff with about two feet of clearance. Also, the The incident commander asked Quinn
hoist was mounted on the right side of the fuse- to see if we could make the rescue. I told Quinn
lage and the helicopter’s tail was pointed into “The chief must be nuts.” It’s too windy, too
a gusty 25 knot quartering wind. Glen Prine, dark, and this team has never made a success-
on his own initiative, opened the left door and ful rescue, not even in practice. Quinn begged
hung out of the helicopter while hanging on to me to let him make the rescue. He said that
a seat belt to counter balance the added weight he had a bet with his brother (Captain Tim
of the victims as they were hoisted up. It was a Quinn) for $50 to see who would get the first
tight rescue and somewhat risky, but two young Medal of Valor.
men’s lives depended on it. Meanwhile, we saw a fireman on top
Quinn brothers

Returning to quarters, Captain Hare of the cliff struggling with three other firemen.
said to me “That was a superb helicopter res- (Later, I found out it was Vidovich). Two fire-
red Hare was one of the best pranksters cue. I’m going to make you famous.” I thought men were holding him down while the other
that the LAFD ever produced. Not horse- that it was another Fred Hare prank. Before one was putting the rescue harness on him.
play pranks but rather pranks that rattled it was over, all the crew members received We saw him break away and run but the three
your mind. Most brought laughs but some re- LAFD Special Commendations, while Frank caught him, put the harness on him and pushed
ally bothered the recipients. One of his most Vidovich and I received the Medal of Valor. him over the cliff. They must have threatened
famous was a suggestion sent through channels That led to speaking engagements at public him because you should have seen how fast he
from the “Longer Trek to Chicken Foot Lake service organizations such as Rotary clubs descended that cliff.
Committee.” It was perceived by some that and Chambers of Commerce. This honed my We landed to discuss whether or not to
firefighter deaths brought an increase in pay public speaking abilities which led to commu- perform the rescue. I stood firm. “No way are
and benefits. The Committee recommended nity service posts at home, including planning we going to attempt this rescue”. But they were
sacrificing a firefighter per week strictly for commissioner, city council member and grand too much for me. They overpowered me and
publicity purposes. Even the Chief Engineer juror. When I retired from the fire department, lashed me to the front seat of the helicopter.
got a great laugh from it. I lectured and consulted internationally on he- As Quinn took off, his eyes were glassed over.
On the evening of December 31, 1979, licopter firefighting and rescues. He kept muttering “I’m going to get a medal;
we were dispatched to Point Fermin to assist in One of our awards was from Assembly- I’m going to get a medal.” I knew the end was
a rescue of two teenage boys and a firefighter man Gerald Felando, whose district included near.
trapped on a cliff during a nighttime wind Point Fermin, presented at a luncheon at FS 40. The hoist cable was lowered and Vi-
storm. The youths had climbed up a small By this time Captain Hare had retired but had dovich attached it to one of the victims. As we
ledge but the rising waves were beginning to sent one of his classic letters with his version started to hoist the victim up, I tried to get one
lap at their feet. Ground crews had lowered FF of the events of the Point Fermin rescue. As- of my hands free to throw the switch and cut
Frank Vidovich from the top of the cliff but semblyman Felando read it to those gathered the cable to end this madness, but I was bound
were unable to get him or the youths back up. that day: too tight. When the first victim was hoisted up,
I was flying Fire 1, the hoist equipped “I’m sorry that I could not attend the Dickson said to him “If you want to stay up
Huey of that era. My crew from 90’s consisted luncheon. Please convey my apologies. Now here, it will cost you $5.00.” The victim gladly
of Don Bayer - an excellent Navy trained hoist that I am over 400 miles away and safe from paid and was brought inside. The second res-
operator, Glenn Prine - one of the finest helit- retaliation, I have decided to ease my con- cue went the same except Bayer demanded
ack guys that I ever operated with, the always science and tell what really happened that $10.00. The victim refused so Bayer started
thinking Dale Dickson as the skid man and night at Point Fermin. to lower him back down to the pounding surf.
Captain Fred Hare as the radio operator and First, let me say, that contrary to the The victim pleaded and agreed to pay. He was
guillotine operator. The guillotine would cut reports, we were not dispatched to the res- brought aboard. Quinn looked over to me and

42 • March 2019
asked “Is it possible to get two medals, one for
each victim”?
By now they were hoisting Vidovich up
to the helicopter, but his harness straps were
too long. With the cable all the way up, he was
still below the skids. I told the crew to get him
inside but they refused, saying “We know Vi-
dovich, he doesn’t have $5.00”. Quinn said
“We can’t leave him out there. They might take
one of my medals away.” Prine got Vidovich to
sign an IOU for $4.95 (fireman’s discount) and
brought him in.
The rest is history: Quinn got his med-
al and won the $50.00 bet. Dickson, Bayer
and Prine received Special Commendation
and $6.65 each. Vidovich received his medal,
which is being held by Prine until he pays his
IOU. So, you see. if it had not been for us al-
most getting caught lobster fishing, the greed
of Quinn, Dickson, Prine and Bayer, and Vi-
dovich not being as tough as three truckmen,
those two victims would probably still be
Thank You – I know I’ll be able to sleep
Fred Hare
About a quarter of the way through,
a stunned Felando stopped reading the let-
ter, looked at me and asked “Is this true?” I
shrugged my shoulders and smiled. The As-
semblyman realized he had been had and
joined the rest of the gathered officials in the
Fred and his wife Nancy now live in
Roseville, California. Only he knows the full
amount and effects of his pranks.
Thanks to Don Bayer whose help made
this story possible. P.Q.

What Is The...
Extinguisher Fund?
The brain child of Ted Bailie, retired from the LAFD and LAFRA, your station’s Ex-
tinguisher Fund is a simple way to collect donations for the Widows, Orphans and
Disabled Firemen’s Fund. Ted saw the accumulation of change that the cook dumped
into the mess fund box each shift and had a better idea. If this change was instead
collected for the WODFF he figured it could really add up. With an average of 50 cents
per day per station, in a year there would be . . . well, you can do the math!
So take your turn in the cooking rotation and remember to drop all your change into
your station’s extinguisher. There should be one in every firehouse. And any loose
change in your pockets, any that you find in the TV chairs, or hoarded in the “ashtray”
of your vehicle can be thrown in for good measure.
The Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund is the heart of the Relief Associa-
tion. This fund provides assistance to our firefighters and families who are faced with
personal difficulties and tragedies. Donations are the sole means of support for this
Firefighters risk their lives to protect the community on a daily basis. Thus, they and
their families can be comforted in knowing that the “Fire Department Family,” sup-
ported by the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund, is there for them in times
of need.

March 2019 • 43
North Hollywood
Photos by Kelly Seidel and Mike Meadows

On January 8, 2019, your Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a

North Hollywood auto facility fire at the 6800 block of North Lankershim
Boulevard. It took 42 LAFD Firefighters just 35 minutes to confine the fire
to the “Houston’s Motor Sports” (aka HMS Performance) facility.

44 • March 2019
Van Nuys
Photo by Mike Meadows and Greg Doyle

VAN NUYS - A fast moving fire involving outside storage at an industrial recycling
yard quickly spread to several unoccupied school buses stored at a private bus
company in the 14700 block of Raymer Street. It took 53 Los Angeles Firefighters
more than an hour to squelch the stubborn non-injury fire on January 6, 2019.

March 2019 • 45
Brookside @ the Rose Bowl The Odyssey Restaurant
1133 Rosemont Ave, Pasadena CA 15600 Odyssey Dr, Granada Hills, CA

Social Hour - 6:00 PM Dinner - 7:00 PM Social Hour - 5:30 PM Dinner - 6:00 PM

Buffet - $50 per person $55 per person

Call Fire Station 17 - (213) 485-6217 Call Fire Station 89 - (818) 756-8689
Spouses are cordially invited! Spouses are cordially invited!

STEPHEN RUDA, Battalion Chief, 15-C

FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019 Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral
555 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA
Fire Station 25
2927 E Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles CA
Retirement Mass - 11:30 AM
Reception - 12:30 PM Luncheon - 1:00 PM
Luncheon - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$60 per person
Call Robert Tafoya - (951) 237-4547
Call John Resendez - (818) 756-8623 or (805) 559-4894
Katy Zamora - (213) 978-3649
Judy Hom - (213) 978-3855

MIKE RADEN, Engineer, FS 69-A JOHN E LEFEBER, Firefighter III, FS 112-A

Fire Station 69
Fire Station 112
15045 Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades CA
444 S Harbor Blvd, Berth 86, San Pedro, CA
0700 hrs -1100 hrs
Luncheon - 12:00 Noon
Last Day Breakfast
No cost
Call Petra Lefeber at (310) 517-9564
All are invited
RSVP by April 19, 2019
Retirement Dinner Jun 8, 2019 - details TBA


SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019 FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019
City Club Los Angeles
The Odyssey Restaurant
555 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA
15600 Odyssey Dr, Granada Hills, CA
Social Hour - 5:30 PM Dinner - 6:30 PM
Social Hour - 5:30 PM Dinner - 6:30 PM
$65 per person
$50 per person
Call Levisa Wade - (213) 709-6817
Call Pam Pascolla - (661) 255-6935
Mail checks to: Levisa Wade
or (661) 433-8889
9612 S 4th Ave, Inglewood CA 90305
Spouses are cordially invited
RSVP by April 30, 2019

46 • March 2019
n January 29, 2019, one of the largest groups ever witnessed
at a retirement breakfast arrived at Fire Station 87 to say their
farewells and congratulations to two of LAFD finest— B/C Ste-
phen Ruda and FF/EIT Ron Matthews. The two finished their careers
working together in Battalion 15, and as it should be, held a joint break-
fast to celebrate their retirements. Faces not seen for years showed up
to say their goodbyes. It was like a who’s who of the LAFD. Whether
they came by car, bike, or apparatus, a good time was had by all in at-
tendance. Steve and Ron, your smiling faces around the battalion were
always a welcome sight to see. All of us who know you both are aware
that the department lost a great team and a valuable asset to the battalion
and the department at large. We wish you both the best, and thank you
for the common-sense approach that you both brought to the position of
Battalion 15 and the LAFD.

March 2019 • 47
Donald W. Wallace, Captain II.
Appointed August 29, 1964.
Retired on a service pension February 10, 1991 from FS 105-B.
Passed away January 29, 2019.

F E Harris, Firefighter II.

Appointed June 16, 1955.
Retired on a service pension June 1, 1980 from FS 49-B.
Passed away January 29, 2019.

Roy L. McQuown, Fireman.

Appointed August 27, 1946.
Retired on a service pension January 1, 1972 from FS 50-B.
Passed away January 30, 2019.

Stanley W. Dean, Firefighter II.

Appointed November 7, 1959.
Retired on a disability pension March 13, 1982 from FS 83-C.
Passed away January 31, 2019.

James R Laughlin, Firefighter III.

Appointed November 1, 1956.
Retired on a disability pension October 8, 1992 from FS 40-A.
Passed away February 2, 2019.

William E. Thost, Sr., Firefighter II.

Appointed June 21, 1954.
Retired on a service pension June 14, 1987 from FS 10-B.
Passed away February 3, 2019.

Michael Hurley, Captain I.

Appointed December 19, 1955.
Retired on a service pension December 13, 1981 from FS 69-C.
Passed away February 4, 2019.

Winifred A. Dean, spouse of Stanley W. Dean, passed away January 21, 2019.
Janet B. Garland, spouse of Richard B. Garland, passed away January 22, 2019.
Wilma G. Mulholland, spouse of Kenneth J. Mulholland, passed away January 28, 2019.
Margaret Cooper, spouse of Robert V. Cooper, passed away January 29, 2019.

48 • March 2019
March 2019 • 49
regarding my entrance date a few weeks back
and just waiting for their call back. Seems
they’re inundated with numerous members en-
tering the DROP.
It’s really good to know the additional
information in preparation for my retirement
which can’t seem to get here fast enough. Un-
less I win the Lotto, I’ll only have five more
years to go, woohoo!!


Rene Peralta, FS 97-B

Dear Editor:
Dear James Dolan, work with the rookies on all three shifts. God
I met Terry Trail in 1987 when I was
speed my friend. May the Lord be with you.
just off probation as a firefighter at Fire Station
Thank you and the Relief Association
94. We both arrived at the assignment pretty
for the beautiful plant I received. I can’t say Bob Mac Millan
much the same time. He was a new Captain II
enough for all that you have done to help Bud Lake Havasu City, AZ
and I was starting my 1st year with that new red
and myself. I was blessed the day I met Bud.
shield that read “LAFD FIREFIGHTER 94” on
He asked me to marry him six months after
the front of my helmet. I was nervous but Terry
we met. It was love at first sight. We married In Memory of Wilber A. Sweeters—Captain
called me into the front office for a sit-down
on 7/17/77. We couldn’t go wrong with those According to the dates, Captain Sweet-
chat. He said a lot that day and the things that I
numbers! That was the day I became part of the ers was on pension for 58 years and 11 months!
remember the most were quotes like “You will
family of LAFRA. What a blessing. My Hero! He was appointed five years before I
learn more about being a firefighter your first
was born and retired seven years before I start-
year off probation than most any other time!”
Sincerely, ed the Drill Tower in 1968. Wilber, you set a
And “You are only as good as the people you
Marianne Lawson record as far as I can determine! Last July 4th
work with and work around.” Those quotes
marked my 30th year retired. I would have to
turned out to be very true as I believe Terry had
live to 100 to match you. I seriously think you
related his own personal earlier experience on
In Memory of Coleman Lawson—Fireman are safe on that score!
the job.
“Bud,” as he was well known, was an- Per the LA Times - Sometimes I wonder
Terry had many other quotes that those
other one of those great firemen with tons of what is “The Rest of the Story?”
who worked with him can remember - some
experience, common sense, and good character. Wilber A. Sweeters: July 30, 1917 –
were stop and think moments and some were
Around the station (70-A) or on the fireground, December 30, 2018 Passed away at home sur-
stop and laugh moments.
Bud set a fine example of hard work, integrity, rounded by family. Born in Anaheim, and grew
Terry was perfectionist and a true lead-
and respect for young members to follow. He up on orange groves. Loyola High School’s
er of men and women. The shift stayed together
was a great mentor to the many rookies that first boarder and a track star, and a graduate
for close to 12 years. We all became friends on
came through. of Loyola University in journalism and phi-
and off duty. Not with just our platoon, but all
Truly a pleasure to have worked with losophy. As a WWII Coast Guard officer and
three platoons.
such a good fireman. Rest in Peace Bud. navigator, hunted submarines in the North At-
Fire Station 94 during my time there had
lantic. Married Helen Boyce (deceased) from
great officers. Names that we all can recognize:
Raul Miranda NYC (1946). Moved into family home he built
Trail, Graf, Brooks, McMaster, Benkovsky,
Thousand Oaks, CA on Pacific Palisades bluffs (1950). Retired as
Pasos, Terrazzas, Aburthnott, Hockenberry and
LA City Fire Captain (1961) and as LA County
many others. Many members eventually pro-
Dep. Dist. Attorney (1982). Raised five chil-
moted to chief officers and one is currently the
In Memory of Daniel S. Barnes Jr.—Engineer dren along the way, Hank (deceased), Steve,
fire chief.
As a rookie, my first house was Station Jim, Julianne and Maryclaire, who will sorely
It’s an amazing life we all lead. “What
51, at that time located in Hollywood. Dan was miss his gentle and joyful presence.
do we want to be when we grow up?” we all
assigned there and he lived in Topanga Canyon
ask. If we became firefighters, we likely an-
which we all thought was WAY OUT in the James Kinninger
swered that question. The best part is the
Valley. We had a triple and a booster tank for Wellington, NV
friends and relationships we meet and develop
apparatus and Dan liked to go “Lot Burning”
along the way. Terry Trail was one of those spe-
on the booster tank with Public Works person-
cial relationships.
nel. A new “story” would return each day about Thank you Dave & to the Grapevine for
Every member who has worked at Fire
the adventures of burning with Public Works. the great information on my upcoming retire-
Station 94 during the tenure of a Trail, Brooks
Dan was fun to work with and took time to ment! I actually did contact the LAFPP DROP
50 • March 2019
or Graf can always remember something they
have learned, admired or experienced in their
own way, and sure can relate to the phrase “the
unexpected last man standing.”
LAFRA Opioid Management Program
Michael Gerken Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die
Granada Hills, CA after overdosing on opioids. Fathers, sisters, mothers, sons, daugh-
ters - no one is exempt. Opioid overdose is the leading killer of
In Memory of Terry G. Trail Americans under the age of 50, even surpassing auto accidents in
I met Terry in the mid-70’s when I was deaths.
assigned to FS 41 and he was promoted to en- The misuse of and addiction to opioids - including prescrip-
gineer. Terry thought it would be a great proba-
tion pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl
tionary project for him to strip, polish, and la-
bel all the brass on the rig. He asked me if I had - is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as
a problem with him taking on the project and social and economic welfare. As a result, the CDC has revised its
I said no problem. He wasn’t aware that the C guidelines for the use of opioid medications.
shift engineer, L.D. Fowler - also probationary
Due to this alarming national crisis, LAFRA is implementing
- had just finished doing an amazing job paint-
ing all the brass on the rig as a probationary an opioid management program for our membership, effective
project to impress his Captain (and L.D. was March 1, 2019. This disease management program is designed to
on vacation at the time, so he couldn’t present address the use of opioids in acute/short term use and work with
his point of view on the subject) When L.D.
long term opioid patients to manage their pain effectively and
returned from vacation, however, he had plenty
to say about it. Terry realized he had been set without addiction.
up, and he and I had a great laugh about it. L.D. If you are prescribed an opioid medication, the following
on the other hand never laughed about it and limitations will apply:
reminded us of what the prank had cost him
in terms of time polishing brass whenever the Long-Acting Opioids (Morphine ER, Oxymorphone, OxyContin)
C shift had to stand inspection. Terry, Rest in • Prior clinical review is required for all new prescriptions
Peace my friend. You were a great relief and • The total daily dose is limited to a Morphine Equivalent Dose
I don’t care what L.D. said about your idea to
shine all the brass…
(MED) of 90mg
• For OxyContin use, you must try a 60-day trial of two other
Mike Littleton long-acting opioids first
Thousand Oaks, CA • The combined use of opioid medications and benzodiazepines
or carisoprodol is prohibited
In Memory of Don E. Holloway—Inspector Short-Acting Opioids (Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Vicodin)
Our infamous Uncle Don, aka “Doc • First and second prescription fills are limited to 7 days
Holloway” will be missed. RIP “Unkie.” For
those of us growing up in the LA area in the
• Prior clinical review is required for a third fill and limited to
60’s, he was a movie star to us. He was a an additional 21 days
regular on the Hobo Kelly cartoon show and • Prior clinical review is required for long term use (greater
started the fire awareness and prevention por- than 30 days)
tion for kids. I bet there are some of his carica-
ture drawings still around LA. He was funny,
• The total daily dose is limited to a Morphine Equivalent Dose
bright, and always happy. Extremely talented (MED) of 90mg
in many genres, in retirement he was a DJ in • The combined use of opioid medications and benzodiazepines
Kona, Hawaii, played in local bands, and loved or carisoprodol is prohibited
music. It’s a great loss to our families as he was
the last Holloway child of Darious and Nola. These criteria do not apply to use in association with cancer
God speed, Unkie, many loving arms to greet
you in heaven. Hug my momma for me.
pain, palliative care, hospice care, or end of life care.
Note: this program does not apply to members that are
Traci Medicare eligible and enrolled in the LAFRA Medicare Prescription
Drug Program.
Please look for communications regarding this new, safety
empowered program coming your way in the mail.
March 2019 • 51
Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund - February 2019

BUZZARD BAIT 2019 ROBERT HARTER JR. from the Grigsby Party SANDRA DELANEY in memory of
Coleman “Bud” Lawson
Terry Trail
ROBERT J. MUNOA from the RUTA FINESTONE from the Grigsby Party
Buzzard Bait Event JOHN J. ROCHE in memory of Terry Trail
MICHAEL MCROSKEY from the Grigsby Party
DOLORES S. SCHNEIDER in memory of LUCILLE B. BENT in memory of Henry I. Bent
Ed & Alvina Bakula EDWARD E. DURKIN JR. from the
Grigsby Party ALFREDO A. ROCHA from the
LARRY WEBER from the Grigsby Party
UBS ALICIA P. AMES from the Grigsby Party
JOHN W. POTTER in memory of Tyre Wood &
John White
Mike Mercado ARCHER P. MORGAN in memory of Terry Trail
Buzzard Bait Event FUMIKO HUMBERD JR. KAREN MOFFETT in memory of Terry Trail


of Wilber “Jess” Sweeters
DANIEL GRIGSBY BRUCE E. GALIEN from the Buzzard Bait Event
Buzzard Bait Event CHARLES BROUGHTON in tribute to
LISA D STEFANO from the Buzzard Bait Event Leonard Thompson
DAWN M. PERFECT from the
EDWARD RIVEROS JR from the Buzzard Bait Event KRISTIN ECKLUND in tribute to First
Buzzard Bait Event Responders during the Northridge Earthquake
KIRK P. BINGHAM from the Mike Brumbaugh BRUCE GALIEN in memory of Gerald McHale
Retired Firefighters’ Breakfast
WAYNE C. HELMER in memory of MICHAEL GERKEN in memory of Terry Trail
ROSA K. SINNOT from the Grigsby Party Bruce Blackwell
BOB GOCKE in memory of Glenn Allen
Coleman Bud Lason VERNATA IONATA in memory of Lloyd Dubowy
NOVELTIES KATHLEEN STEELE in memory of Terry Trail TINA LAZCANO in memory of Elsworth Almany


Wilber A. Sweeters “Bud” Lawson & John White
ROBERT M. DEAN from the Buzzard Bait Event
WILLIAM B. LEVENGOOD from the ALICE MASTERS in memory of Donna Quinn
BRADLEY N. GROSSMAN from the Buzzard Bait Event
Buzzard Bait Event JENNIFER MEYERS in tribute to Firetruck 57
FIRE STATION #70 from the
MICHAEL G. MAC INNES from the Fire Extinguisher Fund PAM OLSON in memory of Daniel Barnes Jr.
Buzzard Bait Event
ENRIQUE MERCADO from the Simi Valley Klatch
Buzzard Bait Event JOAN PARKER in memory of
MARK B. STAFFORD from the Barbara “Bobbi” Clark
MARK B. STAFFORD from the Buzzard Bait Event
Buzzard Bait Event WILLIAM RILEY in memory of Donna Quinn
BARBARA J. COY from the Buzzard Bait Event Grigsby Party SUSAN SHERWIN-ALBERT in memory of
Jess Sweeters
GEOFFREY D. LITE from the CHRISTINA MCKILLIP in memory of Tony,
Buzzard Bait Event Antoinette & Tony Jr. Didomenico DENNY & DONNA STRONG in memory of
Charles “Bud” Debenham
BRIAN BUEHLER from the Buzzard Bait Event JEREMY UMLAND from the Grigsby Party
DENNY & DONNA STRONG in memory of
DALE J. SMITH from the Buzzard Bait Event DANIEL F. DIDDEN from the Grigsby Party Deane Wickstrom

Buzzard Bait Event memory of Esther Wilkinson
CRAIG L. WHITE THOMAS ZWICKI in memory of John White
RAY LA FONTAINE from the Buzzard Bait Event
VANN M. LLOYD in memory of Terry Trail

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

LAFD HISTORY – The DC 10 Crash at LAX, March 1, 1978

Commercial aircraft crashes are rare, sengers sliding down the chutes were injured cluding one from Mayor Bradley, the Airline
but with some recent incidents my memory when they reached the ground. CB 1 arrived Pilots’ Association and Continental Airlines.
went back to the Continental DC 10 crash at quickly from the tail of the aircraft and when One very touching letter was written on March
LAX. It’s been 41 years and the outstanding they were within 150 feet started the foam ap- 11, 1978 by two survivors Mr. & Mrs. Al
LAFD response saved many lives. I visited plication onto the ground fire on the right side. Smithson:
Captain Bob Engle some years ago who re- As they approached the middle of the aircraft
membered the incident very well. This is one Kaiser and McJannet were startled by the sight Dear Captain Engle: How does one be-
of those incidents where our LAX firefighters of 8 to 12 people all on fire trying to beat out gin to express gratitude for life? There are no
actually saved almost 200 people on that air- the flames with their hands. McJannet opened words strong enough to convey our thanks for
plane because of their rapid response and fire- up the turret and sprayed it over the burning the miracle of just being here. On March 1st
fighting and rescue operations. passengers which instantly doused the flames. my husband and I boarded the ill-fated Conti-
It was Wednesday morning, March 1, McJannet then cleared an evacuation route for nental plane bound for Hawaii. Minutes later
1978. At Fire Station 80, Captain Bob Engle the passengers by sweeping the foam turret the windows were filled with flame – it seemed
was giving a drill on rescuing passengers from under the plane. By that time all of 80’s crash inevitable the plane would explode. From then
a burning airplane. Captain Engle was an ex- rigs arrived and began a full foam operation on, our lives were in the capable and coura-
pert in crash rescue firefighting with more on the fire. It took all they had to knock the geous hands of your men. My husband suf-
than 20 years of experience at LAX. Two fire down while the crew from Engine 80 under fered no injuries and though I have a fractured
miles north of 80’s was a satellite crash sta- Captain Gerry Halstead entered the foam blan- back and ribs I feel more than fortunate to be
tion known as 80’s north or “the little house ket to begin making rescues. Hand lines were writing this letter. We understand several of
on the prairie.” On duty were Firefighters Jim then brought in for final extinguishment. No the firemen were burned. This distresses us
McJannet and Tommy Kaiser with CB1, a 1968 passengers or crew were found on board. As and it is our sincere hope their return to good
Walter crash rig carrying 3000 gallons of wa- other fire companies and ambulances arrived health will be rapid. We would greatly appre-
ter and 500 gallons of light water foam concen- from the surrounding area they were deployed ciate your expressing our deepest thanks to all
trate. McJannet was looking out of the station into a large rescue and EMS operation involv- men involved. If there is some way we could be
window watching a Continental DC 10 aircraft ing multiple engine and truck companies and of service, please let us know.
with 198 people on board and 81,000 gallons eleven rescue ambulances. Of the 198 passen- Most Sincerely,
of Jet-A fuel taxi to the end of the runway for gers and crew only two were killed and more -Mr. and Mrs. Al Smithson
a take off to Honolulu. At 0923 the jet started than 43 were transported to hospitals.
down the runway and at 179 miles per hour the Many letters of appreciation were re- This incident was a testimonial to the
two front tires on the left main landing gear ceived by Captain Engle and the LAFD in- outstanding work done by our airport firefight-
blew apart as it passed by 80’s north.
McJannet notified 80’s and OCD, re-
questing five more task forces and joined Kai-
ser in the rig which began rapidly accelerating
toward the thick black smoke from the plane
which had overshot the end of the runway. All
of 80’s responded with Captain Engle in the
Rapid Intervention Vehicle followed by two
more Crash rigs and Engine 80. The plane was
resting on its left wing with thousands of gal-
lons of jet fuel burning around the plane. The
fuselage was intact as the passengers rushed to
the four exit doors on each side of the plane. The
crew yelled at the passengers to not open the
left side doors because the fire was most severe
there. Never-the-less the doors were opened
and all the escape chutes were deployed. An el-
derly couple exited onto the right wing but fell 80’s North - the “Little House on the Prairie”
to the ground and were killed. Many of the pas- manned by two firefighters with a crash rig.

March 2019 • 53
ers. CB1 was at the crash site and using foam visible and I requested additional units,” said
within 90 secondsof the first alarm. The fire Captain Robert E. Engle. When the first unit
was controlled one minute after that and total arrived, the left side of the craft was engulfed
extinguishment was accomplished six minutes in flame. No flames reached the cabin of the
after the crash. All of the injured victims were giant jet, according to a fire department repre-
transported to hospitals in less than one hour sentative. Twenty-five fire rigs with 75 firemen
after being treated by paramedics on the field. under the command of Division Chief Willis
Retired Engineer Tom G. Harrison Nelson responded to the scene.
donated an awesome plaque commemorating
the incident. The inscription reads “Plaque do- Captain Robert Engle, LAFD Retired,
nated by Engineer Tom G. Harrison. Thanks WWII US Marine Corps Veteran
to Capt. Robert Engle of Crash 80 who was in
charge of the incident for the photos.” This un- I have known Bob Engle for many
usual plaque has a window cut from the fuse- years and visited him awhile back to learn
lage of the DC 10 as the centerpiece. You need The plaque donated by Engineer Tom Har- more about his life history. Bob lives in West-
to come and see this outstanding work of art at rison that tells to story of the DC 10 crash. chester near LAX. In fact, he used to walk to
the Hollywood Museum. work back in the day. As a young boy in Min-
nesota, he trained as a boxer and at 16 years of
age was fighting in the ring at carnivals and
fairs. In 1942, early in WWII, he enlisted in
the Marine Corps. He went to Perris Island for
training then to Camp Pendleton for special-
ized training before being sent to the War in
the Pacific. He was part of the aviation crew
assigned to the Marine Corsair fighter planes
and served on Guadalcanal and Okinawa as the
battles raged on. He left the Corps as a Techni-
cal Sergeant.
In 1946 he joined the LAFD serving
more than 30 years. Bob spent 20 years at 80’s
The DC 10 as Crash rigs arrive using foam as a Captain becoming an expert on aircraft
to clear the fire from the fuselage. firefighting and rescue. Bob put together an
extensive notebook of information about the
DC 10 crash including a complete lesson plan
DC-10 crash kills 2 at LAX – Article in the and woman, were found dead at the bottom for future training on aircraft firefighting and
Culver City Tribune, March 3, 1978 (edited of the front right wing exit chute, which had rescue operations. For the past many years Bob
for this Grapevine Article) caught on fire. Preliminary reports indicate has been very involved with the LAFD SER-
they died while attempting to evacuate the TOMA (Service to Mankind) Organization as
By Karen Davis craft. A fire official said flames spread from a volunteer. He has helped countless numbers
Staff Writer the left side to the right side of the fuselage, of people through his involvement.
engulfing the slides. At 97 years “young” he doesn’t get
A Continental DC-10 on its way to Ho- The first fire unit to arrive at the scene around like he used to. He loved working on
nolulu with 197 passengers and crew crashed was Crash 80, stationed at LAX. “As we left the LAFD and has many stories to tell. Bob is a
on takeoff Wednesday killing two passengers the station we could see a large column of true hero in many different ways and loved and
and injuring at least 40 others, five of those smoke from the north runway. Flames were appreciated by his family and friends.
critically. These were the first fatalities at the
LAX proper in its 50-year history. Two tires
blew out collapsing the landing gear and caus- The fire is out with the crash
ing the plane to skid off the runway, tip over, rigs surrounding the aircraft.
break the right wing and catch on fire. The en-
tire left side of the plane was burned.
An earlier report from the FAA said
there had been voice communication with the
pilot, Captain Gene Hershey, who decided to
abort the takeoff. Hershey was on his final
flight before retiring after 37 accident-free
years. “He did a beautiful job,” said one LAX
official of Hershey.”He has nothing to be
ashamed of. He saved a lot of lives.” She added
that the runway was torn up, and it appeared
that Hershey had taken exceptional measures
to turn the craft around, miss a car rental agen-
cy and outer runway markers--just a few hun-
dred feet from busy Sepulveda Blvd.
The two victims, an unidentified man
54 • March 2019
on the ground. Remember it wasn’t until the
1960’s when the department started providing
chain saws for roof ventilation and cutting. Our
axes with a blade and pick end is still a great

The left side of the plane shows the extensive

A new axe display at the Harbor Fire Museum
burn damage to the fuselage.
by retired engineer Mark Howell.

What’s New at the

Harbor Fire Museum

Mark Howell
has made a new axe
display for our Harbor
Museum. Many of the
axes include a variety of 3rd and Spring St. Notice the fireman bending
scabbards. forward on the roll of paper. He has his axe
The “Truckmen” on turned around toward his side. Circa 1925.
of the LAFD have car-
ried their axes fastened
to their waist going back
to the 1920’s. I always
Captain II Bob Engle in the middle of the photo thought it was like a
with a coffee cup and the members of FS 80. badge of honor to carry
an axe. I had the great
experience of being as-
Update on the Status of Old Fireboat2, “The signed to Truck 92 as a Fireman and Truck
Ralph J. Scott” 94 as a Captain. Years ago our truck company Truck Company 33 “C” with Capt Larry Schneider
Captains would try to select the biggest and on the right with his crew. Larry promoted to B/C
Our president, Jim Finn, and I went to strongest firemen for their crew. If the truck- and retired after 50 years of service. He has since
meet with a Port of LA official to determine man was short, he would get the short handle passed away but donated some of the axes in our
the future status of Old Fireboat 2. Most of you axe because the longest handle axe would drag display. His memory lives on.
know that Historical Society volunteers have
been restoring it for many years with more
than 25,000 volunteer hours on the project.
March 2019
We have been using donations for supplies and
equipment needed. We believe the Boat will be
finished and ready to move from a “shipyard”
environment to a museum toward the end of
this year. We want to open it up to visitors in
We found out that the museum struc-
ture that was planned for the boat was dropped
by the Port due to budget constraints. We had
expected this. What we did discuss is upgrad-
ing our current location and in the future look-
ing at possibly moving the Boat to the new
Ports O’Call (San Pedro Public Market) since
the Battleship Iowa plans to move there some-
time in the future.
The LAFDHS will assist in forming a
team of people to seek funding to upgrade our
current site in the tent so that visitors will have
a great experience learning about the colorful
78 years of service history of this National His-
toric Landmark.

March 2019 • 55
January 9, 2019

CALL TO ORDER Meeting Minutes of December 5, 2018. 2) Jeff Cawdrey indicated that they are
setting tentative dates in March for the
President Bob Steinbacher called the PRESIDENT’S REPORT Policy & Bylaws review meeting.
Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the
Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association 1) Bob Steinbacher asked all Trustees to EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
to order at 11:17 a.m. complete and sign their Annual Business
Associate Agreements and turn them in to 1) Todd Layfer informed the Board that
ROLL CALL Irma. the IRS Mileage rate has increased to
$ .58 cents per mile effective January 1,
MEMBERS PRESENT: 2) Tim Larson administered the Oath of 2019. He indicated that Irma will update
Bob Steinbacher, President Office to the Group 1 Trustees and newly the Trustee Expense form and send to
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President elected Trustee Juan Albarran. everyone by email.
Trustee Frank Aguirre
Trustee Gene Bednarchik 3) Bob Steinbacher asked Trustees to 2) Todd Layfer informed that the Audit
Trustee Steve Berkery review their committee assignments and planning meeting with the Harrington
Trustee Kenneth Breskin to let him know if they wanted to make Group and Audit Committee will be held
Trustee Tim Freeman any changes for the year. on January 29th.
Trustee Henry Gasbarri
Trustee Rick Godinez 4) Craig White introduced his neighbors 3) Todd Layfer indicated that he is
Trustee John Jacobsen who led the effort to hold several currently preparing the 2019 Budget and
Trustee Richard Moody neighborhood block party fundraisers. He indicated that he will present it at the next
Trustee David Peters indicated that they raised $822 and have committee meeting. He indicated that
Trustee Mike Sailhamer donated to the WODFF. He thanked all of he will present the budget at the Board
Trustee Gayle Sonoda his neighbors for their efforts and support meeting in March for approval.
Trustee Tyler Tomich for the WODFF.
Trustee Joe Vigil 4) Todd Layfer informed the Board that
Trustee Craig White 5) Bob Steinbacher provided an update Jasmine Berganza has terminated her
Trustee Danny Wu on the Pension Dept. issue regarding employment with LAFRA and has decided
Trustee Juan Albarran - Pension Medicare and non-Medicare members and to take another position with another
Trustee Tim Larson – Pension UFLAC plans. organization. He indicated that they are in
Trustee Doak Smith – Pension discussions with Marlene to find out what
Todd Layfer - Executive Director 6) Bob Steinbacher informed that there her needs are in order to staff that position.
Liberty Unciano – Controller-Treasurer will be two Drill Towers classes in 2019.
He indicated that there is about 142 INVESTMENT COMMITTEE
MEMBERS ABSENT: members leaving DROP during the year. REPORT
Trustee Jim Duffy
Trustee Chris Stine EXECUTIVE SESSION Bob Steinbacher informed the Board that
the Annual Investment Committee Offsite
INVOCATION & Flag Salute The Board entered into Executive Session meeting will be held February 25th at
at 11:54 am. Beacon Pointe in Newport Beach.
Rick Godinez led the invocation. Gene The Board adjourned from Executive
Bednarchik led the flag salute. session at 12:19 p.m. ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE
RATIFICATION OF MINUTES Updates were provided on members and
personnel matters. No actions were taken. Tyler Tomich presented the following
Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion motions.
to ratify and approve the Board Meeting VICE PRESIDENT REPORT
Minutes of December 5, 2018. Chris Stine The committee recommends and I so
so moved. Joe Vigil seconded. There was 1) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the 2019 move to pay the usual and customary bills
no discussion or objections. Conference list and asked that Trustees in the amount of $987,760.78. There was
let him know which conference they are no discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve the Board interested in attending.
56 • March 2019
Motion carried to pay the usual and Chester B. Port MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT
customary bills in the amount of William E. Saylor REPORT
$987,760.78. Richard J. Wiskosky
Rick Godinez indicated that he has been
up the WODFF with the PayPal Giving
Chris Stine presented the following Mike Sailhamer presented the following Fund and reported that we received $8,288
motion. motions. in donations so far. He also reported that
they have been receiving online donations
The committee recommends and I so move The committee recommends and I so move from programs through Ralphs, Amazon
to approve all the medical bills totaling to accept the donations in the amount of Smile and the L.A. Marathon.
$1,539,785.73. There was no discussion or $30,284.07 to the Widows, Orphans &
objections. Disabled Firemen’s Fund. There was no SETTING OF DATES
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to approve all the medical 1) Buzzard Bait Ride – January 18 – 20
bills totaling $1,539,785.73. Motion carried to accept the donations in 2) Hook & Ladder – March 16th
the amount of $30,284.07 to the Widows, 3) L.A. Marathon – March 23rd
Chris Stine indicated that the Medical Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. 4) St. Baldrick’s – March 30th
Plan renewal meeting is scheduled for 5) LAPD/LAFD Car Show – June 1st
February 6th. The committee recommends and I so
move to approve the financial assistance RETIREMENT DINNERS
RELIEF COMMITTEE REPORT applications for surviving spouses, active
and retired members. There was no 1) Vince Manzo – Tuesday, January 29th
Mike Sailhamer presented the following discussion or objections. C @ FS21 Breakfast 7:00 am (Jacobsen)
motion. 2) Stephen Ruda & Ronald Mathews–
Motion carried to approve the financial Tuesday, January 29th C @ FS 87
The committee recommends and I so assistance applications for surviving Breakfast (Steinbacher)
move to pay: spouses, active and retired members. 3) Jack Fry – Saturday, February 9th B
@ Torrance Redondo Beach Marriott
The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE (Godinez)
of $37,228.29 REPORT 4) Scott Miller – Wednesday, February
The Estate Planning benefit in the amount 13th B @ San Antonio Winery (Sonoda)
of $5,500 The committee recommends and I so 5) Julio Maldonado – Thursday, February
The Life & Accident Death Withdrawal in move to advance funds for both active and 28th A @ The Oaks Club Valencia
the amount of $8,766 retired members. There was no discussion (Bednarchik)
The Life & Accident Death Benefit in the or objections. 6) Ross Torstenbo – Wednesday, March
amount of $24,000 6th C @ Brookside Golf Club (Godinez)
The Relief Death Benefits in the amount Motion carried to advance funds for 7) Chuck Ruddell – Friday, March 8th B
of $45,000 both active and retired members. @ The Odyssey Restaurant (Aguirre)
8) Darnell Wade – Saturday, May 11th A
There was no discussion or objections. CORPORATE SECRETARY REPORT @ City Club Los Angeles (Sonoda)

Motion carried to pay the above Relief Tim Larson provided a report on the ADJOURNMENT
benefits. membership statistics.
Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion
Mike Sailhamer read the names of SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE to adjourn. Chris Stine so moved. Tyler
members who recently passed and asked REPORT Tomich seconded. There was no discussion
for a moment of silence from the Board. and no objections.
Rick Godinez indicated that the application
MEMORIALS period for the Scholarship Program will be Motion carried to adjourn. The Board
James R. Norman from March 1st through March 29th. He of Trustees meeting adjourned at 12:20
James R. Klatt stated that the Exam date will be Saturday, p.m.
Coleman R. Lawson April 13th.
Lloyd G. Dubowy Bob Steinbacher, President
Wilber A. Sweeters
Daniel S. Barnes
March 2019 • 57
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and ethical financial planning.
records every year since new. tes, Realtor® and wife to Fire F-Sun. Weekly available. Sheri
We have offices in Palos Verdes
$78,500 OBO. Located in La Captain 56A at 661.373.6569, (909) 851-1094 or (760) 948-
and Simi Valley, California. Call
Habra, CA. Must sell do to, 2844.
Todd Ford (424) 772-6050 or fax
medical reasons. Roy Francis I also (424) 242-0002 or email:
(562) 505-1413 email: specialize in Probate Sales.  A BIG BEAR - Beautiful decked generous donation, at close of 2 story cabin. 2 bedroom, 1
escrow to Adopt-A-Station. bath. Sleeps six. Pets OK. Near
2012 KAWASAKI NINJA 650. Cal-BRE License 01794244. lake, slopes, shopping. Fire-
– Call us when a loved one
Red, 1960 miles. $5500. Chris- place/wood, cable/WiFi. Fully
passes, moves to a nursing facil-
tian (310) 548-3671. BUSY BEAVER TREE AND furnished except linens. Winter
ity or downsizes. Our profession-
LANDSCAPE. Tree trimming $120/$700. Summer $110/$600.
al staff can handle every aspect
REAL ESTATE and removal, stumpgrinding, and of estate liquidation. We have
2 night minimum. Call Donna/
FOR RENT firewood sales. Mixed firewood, Beep (760)723-1475.
worked with many fire families
eucalyptus and oak. Delivery
and are here to help. Rebecca
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Fully furnished, 3BR 2BA walk and insured. Dwayne Kastor, FS BIG BEAR LAKE’S FINEST-
to the beach. Large front and 63-B - (818) 535-6368. Deluxe lakeside townhouse,
backyards, laundry, fireplace, 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 cable

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TVs, HBO, DVD, WiFi, 2 wood LAKE HAVASU LANDING- washer/dryer, TV/DVD. No the new comeback trail. Park-
burning fireplaces, laundry room, WATERFRONT, steps to the cable. No pets/smoking. $225/ ing at the front door. 2018/19
tennis court, indoor pool, sauna, water. Boat mooring out front, night. $150 cleaning fee. 3 night RATES: Winter: $275/night.
spa, boat dock. Fully equipped, off-road desert behind house. minimum. Call Ben (805) 444- Summer $175/night. Holidays
including all linens. Sleeps 6. 3 bed/3 bath, fully furnished w/ 2264. $325/night. Cleaning is included.
310-541-8311 or nmbigbear@ linens. Direct TV/DVR, BBQ, Mike Whitehouse, Retired, Casino, Grocery/Meat Market, LAKE MOHAVE / BULLHEAD email: or
Launch Ramp, Marina with Boat CITY. 4 bedroom, 3 full bathroom, Bruce Galien, Retired, 661-645-
CATALINA BEACH COTTAGE House, Gated Community. No 2200 sq/ft Located in private 7448, email:
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, one block pets/smoking. $350 Dan Cook community w/ private marina and
to beach, view, fully equipped (310) 418-1577. launch ramp. Directly across from MAMMOTH CONDO. 2 bed-
housekeeping unit. Marci (818) the river, backs to large park with room & large loft, 3 full baths,
347-6783 or Clarence (310) 510- LAKE HAVASU HOME FOR grass. Fully equipped kitchen, sleeps 8. 5 minute walk to Can-
2721. RENT- 3 BED/2 BATH, Fur- BBQ, Washer/Dryer, TV/DVD. No yon Lodge. Fully furnished, TVs,
nished Modern Home, Sleeps 9. cable. No pets, No Smoking. Call VCR/DVD, pool, spa, rec room,
CATALINA CONDO - HAM- 2 Car Garage, Covered Boat Kevin (805) 279-2430 sauna, linens included. Winter
ILTON COVE. Ocean front, 1 Parking . Laundry, BBQ, TVs, $175 weekdays, $195-week-
bed, 1 1/2 bath, sleeps 4. Steps Cable. Quiet Cul-De-Sac Street. MAMMOTH - 1 bedroom Sum- ends/holidays; summer $125,
to beach, pool, gym, putting 3 miles to London Bridge, mit condo, sleeps 6. Convenient plus cleaning. No smoking; no
course, tennis and more. Newly located near Golf Course. Lake underground garage parking. Ja- pets. Craig Yoder (909) 948-
refurbished, fully equipped. View. No pets, No Smoking. cuzzis, gym (pool/tennis in sum- 3659.
Includes golf cart, WiFi. Contact Summer/Winter/Snowbird/ mertime), shuttle right outside!
Bart @ (310) 510-0190. Ham- Holiday Rates. Cleaning Fee in- Across from Eagle Lodge, Win- MAMMOTH CONDO AT MAM- Ask for “LAFD cluded. Call John (323)449-4473 ter $110 per night, Summer $80 MOTH ESTATES, 4BR/3BA,
8-89” discount. Owner active per night plus $65 cleaning fee sleeps 10, fully furnished, 2
LAFD. LAKE HAVASU LANDING and 13% tax. All linens included. TVs, DVDs, WiFi, towels/linens,
RESORT. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, Drew or Nancy Oliphant (661) fireplace. Full kitchen. Walk to
COEUR D’ALENE IDAHO waterfront house, boat, moor- 513-2000 or mammoth241@ Gondola Village and shuttle.
Lakeside Resort Town. 1909 ing out front, fully furnished, Complex has pool, spa, sauna,
Vintage Vacation Home walking laundry, gas BBQ, launch ramp, laundry. Winter $335/night, Sum-
distance to lake and downtown gated community, grocery MAMMOTH CONDO - 2 bdrm, mer $215/night, plus cleaning.
entertainment. Sleeps 12 with store, hardware store. No pets, 2 bath, 2 TV’s, phone, garage, Includes city bed tax. No pets,
5 Bed-2 Ba, 3000 sq ft Fully no smoking. Email Kathy at pool, jacuzzi, fully furnished - ex- no smoking. Dory Jones (310)
Furnished including Hot Tub. or call ept linens. Near shuttle/chair 15. 918-0631 or Kelly Corcoran
Winter, Summer, Spring or Fall (760) 858-4470 Winter $125/night. Weekends (310) 619-5355
easily accessible from Spokane and Holidays $110 midweek.
Airport. LARGE LAKE HAVASU HOME Summer $95/night. $495/week. MAMMOTH CONDO. Updated
php?UnitID=11928 FOR RENT – 5 bedroom, 3 No smoking. No pets. Jim John- 2 bedroom 1 bath old mammoth/ bath, 2900 sqft home with ame- son (818) 992-7564, FS 80C. eagle lodge area. Sleeps 6. Fully
php?UnitID=11928 nities & pool that easily sleeps equipped kitchen, wifi, pool, spa,
LAFD Family Owned 14+ people. Centrally located, MAMMOTH CONDO- SEA- laundry. Walk to restaurants,
1 mile from the lake, close to SONS FOUR RESORT. bars, stores, park and trolly.
JUNE LAKE CABIN - 2BR/2BA downtown shops and restau- Charming and cozy furnished Winter $150 summer $130 plus
cabin with Carson Peak rants. Check out home at 1 Bedroom sleeps 5. Updated cleaning fee, holiday rates vary,
view. Close to fishing & ski- https://www.vrbo. unit with amenities including multiple night discounts. No
ing. Furnished, wood deck, com/4648549ha wifi, sauna, jacuzzi, phone, pets.Contact Will Nevins 26”B”
equipped kitchen, wood burning Call Julie 818-268-7906 for spe- rec room, 2 flat screens , DVD (714) 697-2587
stove, tree swing, cable /DVD/ cial firefighter family rates. players. W/D on site. Shuttle
phone. Garage/ample parking. stop. Walking distance to village. MAMMOTH LAKES - One
$100/night plus cleaning fee. LAKE HAVASU LANDING RE- $120/night + $80 Cleaning fee bedroom, extremely charming
Email for pictures. Jeff Easton SORT BEACHFRONT HOME Bobby@310-350-5552. wildflower condo. Full amenities,
LAFD retired (805) 217-5602. with boat mooring. Swim, ski close to shuttle. Antiques, art, or fish from front yard. 4 bed/2 MAMMOTH CONDO Cozy 2 satellite TV, fireplace. Sleeps 4.
bath, fully furnished. DirectTV/ bedrooms, 2 bath. Fully fur- Winter $110, Summer $85 plus
LAKE HAVASU BEAUTY FOR DVD/WiFi, pool table, laundry, nished, WIFI, 3 TV’s, pool, spa, cleaning fees. Call Bill Clark
RENT - 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1600 BBQ. Gated community with ca- walk to shuttle, Old Mammoth (818) 371-6722
sq.ft. Fully furnished with all sino, groceries, marina, launch area. Winter $115, Summer Email:
amenities- Laundry & BBQ. ramp and off-road trails. No $90, plus cleaning fee $139 and
13,000 sq.ft. lot. 3 car boat-deep pets, no smoking. $350 Bowen/ 14% city tax. Includes linens. No MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET:
garage. 3 miles from launch Garner email: smoking. Call (310) 540-4648. Studio/loft, 2 bath, king bed,
ramp. Close to downtown shops sleeps 4. Full kitchen, TV, VCR,
& restaurants. View of the lake. MAMMOTH CONDO NEXT TO DVD. Garage parking. Walk to
Quiet street in good neighbor- LAKE NACIMIENTO. Oak THE GONDOLA VILLAGE – Canyon Lodge. Ski back trail.
hood. No pets. No smoking. Shores gated community. 3 Fully furnished, three bedroom, 2 night minimum. Winter $100/
Snowbird rates. Call Mike (661) bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, large loft. two bath with towels and linens, nite, $125 Fri, Sat & Holidays.
510-6246 3minute drive to main marina in internet cable TV, pool and Summer $60/nite. Plus $120
Oak Shores. Large flat driveway. Jacuzzi. Walk to the gondola, cleaning & linens. Jeff & Lisa
Fully equipped kitchen, BBQ, shops, restaurants and ski in on Moir (661) 254-5788.
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MAMMOTH SKI & RACQUET: bed, flat screen TV’s/DVD, AC’s seasonal pricing. Permit #3394 VACATION
Walk to Canyon Lodge. Studio free WiFi (internet), complimen- (760) 608-8400 / (844) 4MY- VEHICLES
loft sleeps 4. Queen beds, full tary maid service, complimen- PSVH
kitchen, 2 baths, garage parking, tary coffee every morning and MOTORHOMES FOR RENT.
TV, VCR, DVD. Winter Sun- breakfast on Fridays. Special SOUTH LAKE TAHOE Ro- Several Class C’s & Class A’s for
Thurs $100.nite; Fri & Sat $115/ firefighters’ discount - Best value mantic Chalet Family getaway. rent. Serving family and friends
nite plus cleaning fee $100. Non in West Maui! Nice pool & BBQ 3 bed/2 bath plus loft. Sleeps for over 15 years. LAFD, LASD,
smoking complex. Joel Parker, area - Close to beach! 8–10. Cable TV, washer/dryer, IPD, OXPD, OXFIRE, LACO,
LAFD retired. (800) 336-2185 microwave, woodburning stove. LACITY, LACITY SKI CLUB.
email: 7 minutes to casinos and Heav- Visit us at
or (213) 399-6534. Don Sprenger - retired LAFD enly. Located in Tahoe Paradise. or call 661-297-2398 as for Jeff.
(949) 929-0989 $115 per night plus cleaning. Make money with your mo-
MAUI BEACH FRONT CONDO Call Shawn or Rose Agnew at torhomes to offset your payment.
ON NAPILI BAY - 50’ from NASHVILLE CONDO. Two bed- (661) 250-9907 or (661) 476- We sub-lease RV’s.
water. Studios and 1 bedroom. room condo, sleeps 6, in Down- 6288.
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snorkeling/beach. All island stadium. Contact Wayne, LAFD DESERT. 163 acre ranch
activities & Kapalua within 4 min- @ (805) 796-7863 for availability private ski lake. Perfect for LOOKING FOR A RETIRED
utes. 5-day minimum, from $150 and price. Family vacations. Ranch house FIREFIGHTER OR INSPECTOR
per night (regularly $310/night). accommodates large groups. with high rise experience and a
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vations (805) 530-0007 or email: pool home with great back yard TV, fishing, pet friendly. Nearby $300-$700/day. Mainly So-Cal or visit: to BBQ. Fully furnished w/WiFi, golf, casinos, ATV riding. Also, area with possiblity of travel to Big screen cable TV and pool Premier lodging for Coachella SF, CO & AZ. Certificate of Fit-
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Lanai/balcony, full kitchen, king Barefoot Bungalow and ask for or call Nick Davidson
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Fire Station 68

Engine Company No. 68 - 5213 West Pico Boulevard

1929 to 1987

Engine Company No. 68 - 5213 West Pico Boulevard - August 29, 1939
“A” Platoon: Fireman W. E. Wiseman, Fireman K. V. Winters, Fireman E. O. Fire Station No. 68 - 5023 West Washington Blvd
Barnett, Engineer K. McClatchey, Fireman L. H. Wade, Captain R. U. Hill 1987 to Present

Fire Station 68 present day crew. Circa 2019

From L-R—Engineer Jorge Recendez, FF/PM Matthew Mireles, Captain Adam Mandelbaum, FF/PM Jessica Jackson, FF Sylvester Smith, FF Jonathon Frasca
Photo by David Blaire

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