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President’s Message • ............................................................................05
9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies
The LAFD will never forget • .................................................................07
Editor’s Desk
Why do you always make the wrong decision? • ...........................................09
45 is the New 50
Colorectal cancer screenings • .............................................................10
Battalion News • ....................................................................................13
Retired Guys
Remembering Sam Diannitto • ..................................................................29
Department in Action • ........................................................................30
Station Fridge • ......................................................................................33
The New California I.D.
Is this for real? • ..................................................................................35
Roof Operations 101
Keeping you thinking, learning and safe • ................................................36
Earthquake Preparedness
Are you running out of time? • .............................................................38
Fire Velo Bike Club
Where are all the LAFD cyclists? • ......................................................41
Building a Better Nutrition Bar
The essential elements to a balanced diet • ............................................42
Retirement Dinners • ..............................................................................44
Memorials • ...........................................................................................45
Mailbox • ...............................................................................................46
LAFD History
In memory of Captain Joe Dupee • ......................................................51
Minutes of the Board of Trustees • .....................................................54
Classifieds • ...........................................................................................58
Fire Station 35 • ..................................................................................61

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4 • October 2018
t was a huge honor to be a part of the more than 7,000 peo- It is election time and this year, six active Trustees will be
ple in attendance Saturday, September 15, 2018, at the IAFF elected at-large, and one Pension Trustee, each for a three-year
Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Colorado Springs, CO. This term. Any member in good standing interested in running for
annual event at Memorial Park is a time set aside to pay tribute to the open positions must mail, fax, or email a letter in the for-
men and women of the fire service who made the ultimate sacri- mat printed out on page 28 of this edition, along with a recent
fice for the sake of others. I felt proud seeing our department rep- picture of themselves and a short statement/bio by close of busi-
resented by a multitude of off-duty members. The ever-diligent ness on October 15, 2018. Mail or fax the requested information
team of Fire Hogs rode their motorcycles thousands of miles to to Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President. Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief
honor the memory of two of our own, Dave Moorman and Kelly Association. 7470 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90041.
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everyone who attended the event and showed the true spirit of the Now for a little fun. Grab your shorts, sunglasses, and
LAFD in remembering our fallen Brothers and Sister. a few cold drinks and head for the sands of Santa Monica. On
I also attended the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Frank October 3, 2018, teams from all over the LAFD will gather to
Hotchkin Memorial Training Center. The event served as a strong honor the memory of our fallen brother, Dave Moorman, in a fun
reminder to stay vigilant in our duties, no matter the time of day way as they participate in this year’s “Over the Line Tournament”
or where we may be. LAFD members, surrounded by a large con- at Santa Monica Beach. 1150 PCH, Lot 3 North.
tingency of law enforcement, listened to our Mayor, Fire Chief, Just a reminder, Saturday, November 3, 2018, we will
and other politicians, as they paid tribute to Americans who lost hold our Open House here at LAFRA HQ. As I mentioned in
their lives on that infamous day. “Let us never forget.” last month’s edition, this year we will honor Craig White and
All are welcome and encouraged to attend the annual Los Bruce Galien for their commitment and dedication in putting on
Angeles Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony scheduled for the Hook and Ladder Enduro event. This annual desert pilgrim-
Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at the Los Angeles Fire age has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Widows,
Department Museum & Memorial. The event honors 268 mem- Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. Come for the food and stick
bers of the department who gave their lives while serving the around to catch up with your old friends.
people of Los Angeles. Lastly, Open Enrollment is upon us. There is a relative-
September was a month filled with big, solemn events, ly short window of time to sign up. Over the last year, we have
where we paid tribute to important people in our firefighter fam- done our best to preserve a premier offering of services through
ily. It struck me while honoring those who have passed, just how our PPO program and Kaiser Permanente. Take full advantage
important it is to say thank you to and to recognize those who are of what LAFRA has to offer. As always, contact HealthSCOPE
still here. I have high praise for the fantastic staff here at LAFRA Benefits if you have benefit or claim questions (not Anthem Blue
who work daily on our behalf, and I am so thankful for our army Cross) at 1-866-995-2372.
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hile time moves forward, it does not lessen the resolve of firefight-
ers who have pledged - We Shall Never Forget!
The men and women of your Los Angeles Fire Department wel-
the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center. This ceremony is the
largest on the West Coast.
“The story, images, and human loss of life will always trigger
comed the community to stand with them in fulfilling this pledge as they memories of terror and fear,” said Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas as he stood
gathered for two public ceremonies recognizing September 11 as a Na- in front a steel beam salvaged from the World Trade Center. It was a
tional Day of Service and Remembrance: vertical support once connecting the lobby to the second floor on the
At 7:00 am, the LAFD Historical Society hosted an event at the South Tower. “The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department
LAFD Museum and Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Hollywood. Start- remember the 343 New York City firefighters killed that day while rush-
ing at 9:00 am, the LAFD’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony was held at ing into those two doomed buildings,”

October 2018 • 7
8 • October 2018
After visiting the Thousand Oaks pact. But all too often at an incident, once
branch of FFCU, I was sitting outside on we lock on to something that we think is
the curb in front of the ATM, waiting for right . . . that first piece of information… it Conformity Bias is the ten-
my wife. We workout at the gym across can be very difficult for the brain to let go. dency of people to conform with others. It
the street and when I finished showering, I Dispatchers have a very difficult is so powerful that it may lead people to do
walked over. Since my wife always takes job in gathering and then sharing 9-1-1 in- ridiculous things, as shown by the following
longer (she has a full head of hair and I formation - the probability for error is ex- experiment by Solomon Asch.
have none), she drives over to pick me up. tremely high. When your MDC says you
Ask two or three of your co-workers
As I was sitting there on the curb, are responding to a [fill in the blank], it can
to be “fake” subjects for this experiment.
with my gym bag tucked under one leg be very difficult to let go of that.
and a paper cup of free FFCU coffee in The initial data creates a framework
Then ask someone else, along with your
hand, an off-duty firefighter pulled up in in your mind to help make sense of the in- fake subjects, which of lines B, C, D, and
the parking lot and approached the ATM. cident. If supplementary data doesn’t fit E is the same length as A? If all of the
He stopped, gave me a long look and then within that framework, our brains can sim- fake subjects say that D is the same length
asked, “Are you homeless? Do you need ply ignore it, which is the entire premise of as A, the real subject will agree with this
some help?” the Anchoring Bias. objectively false answer a shocking three-
quarters of the time!
“ error in thinking APPEAL TO TRADITION “That we have found the tendency
This bias causes us to think that to conformity in our society so strong that
that affects your judg- something is right or better because that’s reasonably intelligent and well-meaning
the way we’ve always done it. Take the
ment and decision- traditional firefighter’s helmet that we’ve
people are willing to call white black is a
matter of concern,” Asch wrote. “It raises
making abilities...” been using in North America for more questions about our ways of education and
than 100 years. These helmets do not meet about the values that guide our conduct.”
When I stopped laughing, I ex- European safety standards, where their
plained the situation to my new friend and helmets fit completely around the head.
he laughed too – at least he pretended to. The Euro-style has been purported to be
It wasn’t until later that I realized that this more comfortable and practical, especially
incident was actually a good example of a in confined spaces like an auto interior
serious problem for first responders. This during an extrication. Can we defend our
firefighter’s error in judgment was a com- helmet choice based on credible scientific
mon phenomenon called cognitive bias. evidence that it is as safe or safer? If the
There are 100’s of cognitive biases European style proved more effective in
and dozens that can impact situational overall emergency response, would we
awareness and decision making. It is im- change, or stubbornly remain loyal to tra-
portant for responders to understand that dition and a less effective helmet?
we may possess a bias without knowing it
and without knowing the impact of it. THE BLIND SPOT BIAS
If I asked you how biased you are,
ANCHORING BIAS you would probably say you are less bi-
Anchoring is when we rely too ased than the average person, and that you
heavily on the first piece of information are more likely to base your judgements
that is offered to us - the “anchor.” In the on facts and statistics. That is known as the
incident at the CU, the firefighter used his Blind Spot Bias, or the Bias Bias. You are For more info on how you think affects
“at work” filters to decide that I was home- biased because you think that you are less your situational awareness, check out
less – this time with minimal adverse im- biased than everyone else.

October 2018 • 9
orty-five is the new fifty. That’s right, but to reduce the screening age for the disease to the American Cancer Society has lowered the
before you get too excited, I’m not talk- 45, down from the previous 50. You may ask recommended age for the first colorectal cancer
ing about a new model of sports car. I’m why change a guideline that has been in place screening in the hope of catching the disease
talking about colon cancer and the recent rec- for decades? Simply put, people today are get- early and curbing the spread of any cancer.
ommendation by the American Cancer Society ting sick at an earlier age. In response to this, We all know the subject matter is not

10 • October 2018
Medical Plan

Covered Preventive Ser-

vices for Adults include screen-
an easy one to discuss. Colon cancer is usually Add in the fact that most of that meat is barbe-
not a topic brought up around the kitchen table. cued, another suspect cause of cancer, and you
ing for colorectal cancer (CRC)
Yet, we do talk about our friends/co-workers have real concerns. using fecal occult blood testing,
who have recently been diagnosed with the dis- The next time you are up to cook, think
ease or, worse, have passed away. The sad part about more healthier alternatives, and make a sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy,
is, the disease has a high rate of curability if conscience effort to introduce a more balanced
caught early. Obviously, it’s time to put aside diet. Fruits and vegetables should be a station
in adults, beginning at age 50
the feeling of embarrassment and start talking. staple. Dark green leafy veggies, mangos, ber- years and continuing until age
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common ries, and melons, are healthy choices and can be
cancer and the second leading cause of death a great snack. Remember to limit caffeine and, 75 years. Coverage is also pro-
in the US. Rates of the disease have increased
51 percent in people under 50 since 1994, yet
when off duty, your alcohol. This can also help
to improve energy; it’s important to also keep
vided if proctoscopy is used for
studies have shown that the rate of the disease in mind that medications do not mix well with this screening. Anesthesia is
has slowed down after age 55 due to people normal amounts of caffeine and alcohol. Cur-
having their screening at the previously recom- tail ice cream and other sweets intake as well. also covered when part of this
mended age of 50. For that fact alone, doesn’t Not only will it help in losing a little weight, procedure. Note: If a colonos-
it make sense to lower the screening age? it will also help reduce your chance of cancer.
According to Dr Stephen Sentovich of Try mixing in minimally processed dairy foods copy screening is being done
City of Hope Hospital, “The most important that are rich in calcium and vitamin D, such
way to reduce your chance of colon cancer is to as plain Greek yogurt. The probiotics in these
as part of an annual wellness
make sure that you undergo screening at age 45 foods can be helpful for digestion. Studies have exam, an office visit copay is
or earlier if there is a family history.” He goes also shown that eating small but more frequent
on to say, “Treatment of colon and rectal cancer meals can increase your metabolism and aid in not applicable.
is successful in most cases. Minimally invasive the digestion and absorption of much needed
surgery and targeted chemotherapy are very ef- nutrition.
At-Home Screening Test
fective, speed recovery, and minimize side ef- Colorectal screening at age 45 is only for Colon Cancer: If your doctor
fects.” a recommendation, and not all professionals
These recommended standards are for are in full agreement; however, being proactive deems you a good candidate
the general population; now add in the fact that
on a daily basis, firefighters respond to house
in your health should be a priority. If you are
45 or older, it’s important to not put it off any
for a do-it-yourself kit which al-
fires, car fires, and a variety of industrial ac- longer and schedule an appointment with your lows you to collect your sample
cidents. In addition to the fire itself, another doctor today. Testing doesn’t always mean a
threat putting firefighters’ lives and health at colonoscopy to start. Other, less evasive tests at home, the doctor can order
risk is the toxic chemicals found in smoke. Ex- are available and should be discussed with an FDA approved kit. Lab re-
posure to certain substances have been found to your health professional, especially if you have
cause DNA mutations and increase the odds of a family history or are exhibiting any signs or sults are sent to your doctor
developing cancer. symptoms such as bleeding, frequent irregular
Consider another factor that can in- bowel movements, or pain. As of this printing,
within two weeks.
crease the odds of colorectal cancer for fire- your Relief Association benefits allow for gen-
fighters - our diet. Organized mess is great eral screenings to begin at age 50 but individual
for camaraderie but can be somewhat harmful cases may vary coverage depending on symp-
for our dietary health. With our schedule and toms and family history, so discuss your risk
an ever-revolving cadre of cooks, chances are with your doctor today. We encourage you to
better than not that a firefighter could be eat- take full advantage of your benefits and assure
ing a number of different varieties of red meats yourself a better chance of enjoying life after
a week, a well-known suspect of the disease. 50—oh, I mean 45!

October 2018 • 11
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Registration fees will be paid for the first 20 to sign up by Sept. 30!

Run, walk or stroll in memory of a fallen firefighter or in

tribute to a special firefighter family. The 5K is open to
participants of all ages and abilities.

Come enjoy beautiful views of Los Angeles as you travel through

iconic Elysian Park before a rewarding finish, set against the
backdrop of world famous Dodger Stadium. Then top it all off
with some delicious dishes from LA’s best food trucks!

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12 • October 2018
Although a majority of the members
on this Department currently were not around
for the tragic accident of FIRE 3 on March 23,
1998, the loss is still felt Department wide.
The strides our Air Operations Section has
Well the audio may not go off as much
taken in safety management following this
as Fire Station 9 or 46, but the activity level,
tragedy can be compared to meeting or ex-
training and job proficiency makes things just
ceeding the industry standard in aviation. This
as busy for the members within the four walls
year marked the 20 year anniversary of the
of Air Operations.
accident. A very nice ceremony was held at
Anyone familiar with the Helicopter
the LAFD Museum for which we would like
Pilot training program knows how intense, de-
to thank the Battalion 5 Command Staff and
manding, and long it can be. We would like to
especially Captain David Grijalva for making
congratulate Pilot I David Habib for his suc-
this ceremony such a success and an amaz-
cessful completion of LAPD’s pilot training
ing tribute to our fallen comrades. A plaque
course and wish him luck as he will now begin
was created and placed in the lobby of Air
the LAFD portion of his training. Recently
Operations as another tribute in remembrance
LAPD hosted their traditional ceremony where
of the FIRE 3 crew. Thank you to the Relief
they present the graduate with their wings.
Association for sponsoring this plaque which
Congratulations Pilot Habib, but the training is
was designed by Pilot III Brandon Prince.
far from over.

Fire 3 tribute plaque created

by Pilot Brandon Prince

A special congratulation goes out to the Prince

Family for their newest addition. Mason William
Prince was born on June 7th, 2018.

David Habib completes LAPD pilot training. Photos by Greg Doyle

Welcome baby Prince

October 2018 • 13





Dave Moorman & the Crew


AT (805) 717-0618
14 • October 2018
We all know how difficult it can be
to work on a critical patient in the back of a
rescue while driving down the road, especially
depending on who is driving. Now imagine
doing it in the air with turbulence, excessive
noise connected with straps and in a helmet.
The paramedics at Air Operations operate in
some of the most difficult conditions whether
it is on the side of a cliff or in the back of an
aircraft. Thank you to the EMS Training Unit
for assisting with our recent CE by bring-
ing their new interactive mannequin to Air
Operations and running through sims with the

Training with the interactive mannequin

We have had a few personnel changes

on the ARFF side of Air Operations. From all
of us at Air Operations, we want to wish FF
Carlos Martinez and Engineer Steve Hassien
a long, healthy and happy retirement. We also
want to welcome to Air Operations FF Keith And lastly, if you are having any
Crownover and Engineer Alex Quintana - the electrical issues with your vehicle please
metal fabrication shop will be back open now! contact our professional mechanics Pilot
We all have heard/seen when you leave Joel Smith and Pilot Brandon Prince for as-
a badge shirt out unattended it may end up in sistance or to find the cause, they specialize
a frozen block of ice . . . well if you leave too in car horn electrical problems, especially
much equipment/uniforms out it may end up ones where your car horn goes off every
X. at the kitchen table on the rescue dummy. time you put it in reverse.

8 Who’s the Rescue Dummy?

October 2018 • 15
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8/30/18. Companies from Battalion 1
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The fellas at 9’s showed up wearing these t-shirts on Jim Duffy’s last day there

October 2018 • 17
18 • October 2018
Service. Each member will have an opportu- We started this tradition in August of
nity to submit a legend that has impacted their 2015, and our first guest of honor was retired
careers. B/C Doug Graft, followed by Captain John
Our legend for the month of August White, Captain Bob McMaster, the late B/C
In 2015, Fire Station 35 started a new 2018, was retired Chief Engineer Donald O. Larry “LOOM UP” Schneider and B/C John
tradition called “Legends Night.” Currently Manning. Chief gave us a snap shot of his Nowell. All these members have been a huge
our Department has been losing a considerable 39 year career. He was one of the longest inspiration and mentors to many and they have
amount of its experience to retirement. Our standing Chief Engineers the LAFD has had all left an everlasting impact on the LAFD.
Department’s average time on the job is less recently, with just short of 13 years. Chief FS 35 has gained so much knowledge
than 10 years, so to give our 35’s members an spoke for about 45 minutes and it was as if he from all these men and we will continue with
opportunity to experience some institutional attended the other legendary dinners. He spoke this tradition for years to come. We (FS 35
knowledge from the past, we have been bring- on: learning your job and being good at it; members) humbly thank all of you for living
ing in one retired member into the firehouse contributing to the ones you work with; when your interview, all the way to retirement.
every month. This is an opportunity for 35’s testing for a promotion, don’t just study for the We are currently looking for our next
members to put a face to the name of some of test, learn the position; and put time and effort legend to honor at Fire Station 35, so Chief
these legends that are spoken about, across the into your career with commitment and hard Joe Castro, please answer your phone, we
kitchen table. It’s also an opportunity for us work. Thank you Chief Manning for sharing would be honored to have you.
to honor these men that have given so much with us your memories and for the Pearls of Take care and be safe out there, An-
to their commands, Department and the Fire Wisdom you left us. drew Ruiz - Captain II, 35-C

Don Manning visits FS 35 for Legends Night

FF/PM Dan Gonzalez and FF Billy Dean host EMT students from
Japan at FS 27. Submitted by FF Christopher Elguea (27-A)

Good to see tradition continues. Congratula-

tions to FF Duda and all his classmates for
their accomplishments. Photo by FS 82 Retired Engineer Gary Klasse (1968-96) stops by to see the crew at 82. Photo by FS 82

October 2018 • 19
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20 • October 2018
Flag ceremony at FS 49 for Vernon Larson, LAFD retired

Fatal plane crash on Whiteman Airport on 9/3/18.

Photo by Mike Meadows

Fatal plane crash near the 405/5 interchange.

Photo by Jacob Salzman & Mike Meadows

October 2018 • 21
8-1-18. Engine 7 with a motor home in 14800
blk of Lassen St. Photo by Rick McClure

7/26/18. Vincent Jenkins last day at

Fire Station 64. Photos by Yvonne Griffin

22 • October 2018
7/24/18. TF 21 overhauls a SFD at 49th
Pl. and Central Ave. Photo by Yvonne Griffin

October 2018 • 23
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Engine 60 with an auto on Vineland Ave
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A 150’ tree fell on a house on Canton Pl

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October 2018 • 25
8/14/18. Hiker down in Chatsworth.
Photo by Greg Doyle

8/9/18. Porter Ranch brush fire. 8/30/18. Small brush fire near a construction
Photo by Greg Doyle site in Porter Ranch. Photo by Jacob Salzman

8/30/18. Truck 96 responded to an auto-roll- 8/2/18. Members of Fire Station

over in Chatsworth. Photo by Jacob Salzman 18 help a fellow first responder

26 • October 2018
In a time of “Fake News” and constant
controversy, muddled with half-truths and
twisted facts that train the public eye on a
few first responder’s off duty activities, it’s
a pleasure to finally write about something
that shines a better, more factual light on the
true spirit of today’s firefighter. On March 26,
2018, Engine and Rescue 10 responded to a
reported assault incident. Arriving onscene,
they discovered an 18 y/o male with special
needs that had been assaulted and that had
his bike stolen from him. Doing their job in a
professional manner, the team of firefighters
and paramedics treated the patient and then
transported him to a local hospital.
Now, majority of the time this is where
most stories end, however, there is more to FF/PM Jack Albert: Cer-
tell. During the transport to a nearby hospital, tificate of Appreciation
FF/PM Jack Albert recognized how distraught
the young man was in losing his bike and the hospital, gifting the bike to the young man to thank FF/PM Albert for his kindness, that
he wanted to help. Leaving the patient at the and then left without saying another word to the truth came to light. For his unselfish act
hospital, Rescue 10 immediately drove to a anyone about the act of goodwill towards a of generosity, the LAFD and the Board of
local bicycle shop, and, out of FF/PM Albert’s person in need. Fire Commissioners were honored to present
own pocket, purchased a replacement bike for It wasn’t until a month later, when Firefighter Jack Albert with a Certificate of
the young man. Rescue 10 then drove back to the patient’s mother came to the fire station Appreciation. Photo by Alex Gillman

7/30/18. Fire 4 makes a drop on a fast-moving Crew 3 helps puts their brush clearing skills to
brush fire in Elysian Park. Photo by Mike Meadows another use bringing the pride back to FHTC

8/14/18. LAFD magnet program at Woodrow Wilson High School. LAFD Photo by Cheryl Getuiza

October 2018 • 27
lection time again is bearing down upon us. Elections are a the Association, who are responsible to their constituency and to
very important aspect for the life and health of your Relief the Association as a whole. A conscientious effort must be made
Association. It is now time to nominate members of the As- by each Trustee to be knowledgeable of the Association’s Bylaws
sociation for the offices of the Group 1 Trustee positions. and their responsibilities to the members of the Association. The
Association is governed and its business conducted by the Board of
There will be six (6) Active Trustees elected at-large by Active Trustees. Dissemination of information relative to the Association
members and one (1) Pension Trustee, elected by Pension members, and to its membership is conducted primarily by the Trustees. Con-
for three-year terms. If more than six actives run, the six with the versely, opinions, requests, and suggestions are channeled to the
most votes will elected. If more than one pensioner runs, the one Board through the Trustees. A close liaison with the membership is
with most votes will be elected. If no more than six active members paramount to the performance of the duties of a Trustee.
and no more than one pension member runs, there will be a white
ballot declared by the Board and those running will be deemed Nominations open on October 1, 2018, and will close at the end of
elected. business day on October 15, 2018.

As stated in the Bylaws, Chapter I, Section 7136, “The Trustees Only members of the Association in good standing may serve as
shall attend all meetings of the Board, unless excused, visit the sick an Officer or Trustee. The commitment of a Trustee position is for
and injured members in their respective districts, report upon all three years.
matters coming within their scope of assignments and responsibili-
ties, and perform such other duties as may be assigned to them by Please Mail, Fax, or Email a letter in the following format with
the Board.” a recent picture of yourself and a short statement/bio by close of
business on October 15, 2018.
The Trustees are the elected representatives of the membership of

I, _______________________________________, do hereby submit my name as a

candidate for the position of Group 1 Trustee on the Board of Trustees of the Los

Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association. This letter is valid only for the General election

of 2018.

Mail or FAX to:

Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President

Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association
7470 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90041
Fax (323) 259-5290 Email:

The Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association is an organization that is run by Firefighters for the benefit of Firefighters. All that is required is the desire
to give our members the best benefits possible. You will be asked to attend up to three meetings per month and assist the membership. You will receive ten
dollars for each meeting you attend and you will also be reimbursed for your mileage. In addition, you will receive the satisfaction of serving and solving
problems for your fellow Firefighters.

28 • October 2018
’m saddened by the news that Sam Diannit- BMW. I remember thinkin’ that he was
to passed away on August 24, 2018. I first lucky he didn’t have a son!
met Chief Diannitto when I was a fireman Sam Diannitto was a unique
at FS 64 and Sam was a newly appointed B/C in individual. I learned so much from
Battalion 13. I was intimated by him because of him, not necessarily by what he told
his no-nonsense demeanor and direct approach. me but more from just observin’ what
Most of us weren’t sure if he was goin’ to bite he did and said. The way he conducted
our heads off or give us a pat on the back, and himself, his interactions with people,
that included the Captains. and his unwillingness to compromise
A couple of years passed and Sam was his principles were all great learnin’
transferred to Battalion 1 at Fire Station 9. By experiences for me, on and off the job.
this time, most of us at 64-C had come to like Sam was a unique individual
and appreciate Sam and were sorry to see him who always operated under the radar.
transferred. In the mid to late 70’s Battalion He was part of the “Greatest Genera-
Chiefs wielded a big stick and had the power to tion” who went about their business
do most anything, includin’ makin’ transfers. In in a quiet manner. Sam never talked
late 1979, I was notified that I had been trans- about his personal life or the fact that
ferred to 9’s. Initially, I wasn’t sure if it was a he was in the Army and served in
good move but after a week or so I realized it the Korean War. He never expected
was and fell in love with my new assignment. or looked for praise or awards. He
After about two years on the tailboard, worked tirelessly at defendin’ our pen-
Sam asked me to drive him. I was surprised but sion and did all he could to insure all
honored to be asked. This would be the begin- of us benefitted from his decisions.
nin’ of a great friendship. Sam was also a devoted father,
Sam was everything I thought he husband, and grandfather. He leaves
wasn’t. He always said what he meant and behind his wife Alice, three daughters,
meant what he said. Whether he was talkin’ to 11 grandchildren, and six great grand-
higher rankin’ chiefs or even the Chief Engi- children. Sam cherished all of them.
neer, Sam laid his cards on the table. I think in I know many of you knew
many respects Sam was a maverick. He had lots Sam and appreciated all that he did. I
of self-confidence, knowledge, experience and think the Fire Department is worse off
used those qualities to help him make sound without him and I know our pension
decisions. More importantly, he never bought system will never again have such a
on to the “Fruit in the Basket” or “Brownie champion defendin’ our benefits.
Point” mind-set that seemed for many to be the Sam, thank you for your
ticket to a promotion. friendship and your unselfish devotion
Sam was just as good on the fire ground to all the members of the LAFD.
as he was doin’ his administrative duties. He
was always cool and calm and always listened COWBOY HUMOR
to what his fire ground officers were tellin’ him.
Sam was a good listener. He never jumped to A man goes into a
conclusions and always heard both sides of a book store and asks
story before makin’ a decision. the lady behind the
He was always very steady and never counter, “Do you
got upset. However, I guess there’s always an have a book called,
exception. Sam had purchased a new BMW, “Husband, the Master
which he took great pride in. Anytime he drove of the House?”
it to work he covered it with a car cover. One The lady an-
evenin’, while in his office and while talkin’ on swered, “Sir, fiction and comics are on
the phone, I heard his voice become elevated. the 2nd floor.”
At the end of the phone call he came out and
was visibly upset. I asked him what happened AC
and he told me one of his daughters had been KEEP SMILIN’!
involved in a fender-bender while drivin’ his

October 2018 • 29
Photos by John Conkle, Branden Silverman

It took 160 firefighters 2 hours and 30 minutes to fully extinguish the stubborn flames
of a non-injury major emergency blaze that consumed dense combustible storage of
retail clothing packed inside a one-story 25’ x 150’ business at 1316 South Margo
Street in L.A’s South Park neighborhood in the predawn hours of August 22, 2018.

30 • October 2018
October 2018 • 31
Photos by Steve Gentry

On Sunday September 10th 2018 at 0343 hrs, companies responded to a report of a person
trapped in a confined space at 11425 N Browns Canyon at the abandoned military facility on Oat Mountain.
Firefighters arrived to find a male victim approximately 40 feet below ground and 100 feet away from the
entrance. Urban Search and Rescue teams from LAFD and LA County Fire responded. Ladders and ropes
were set up to bring the victim to the surface where he was transported by ambulance to an awaiting
helicopter that flew the victim, who was in critical condition, to a local hospital. The rescue took about 90
minutes and no other injuries were reported.

32 • October 2018
October 2018 • 33
At the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association, we are committed
to bringing you health care and other benefits that you can count
on. We are dedicated to providing excellent service and design our
benefits by focusing on the needs of our members.

· Coverage is available nationwide through our extensive

PPO network or use any service provider
· Preventive care is covered at 100%
· No annual deductible, most in-network services
covered at 100% and $15 co-pay
· Long-Term Care Coverage for qualifying participants

Sign Up During Open Enrollment

In October

Look for enrollment details in the mail.

FOR MORE INFORMATION call 323.259.5200 x222 or x223
34 • October 2018
Visit us at
• Deed or title to residential real
• Mortgage bill
• Home Utility (including cellphone)
• IRS or FTB tax returns
• Change of address confirmation by
the U.S. Postal Service
• Property Tax bill
• California certificate of vehicle
(pink slip) or vessel title or regis-
• A document issued by a U.S.
Government agency
• If your ID document is in a different
name, you will need to provide a
certified name change document
such as a marriage license, divorce
decree or court document

The lists above may not be complete so
s this for REAL? You bet! Beginning Oc- may enter a federal facility that doesn’t require verify with the DMV via their website prior to
tober 1, 2020, the federal government will ID such as a post office. It will not hinder you visiting them for further information.
require your driver license or ID card to be from visiting a hospital or receiving life-saving
REAL ID compliant if you wish to board a do- services, and it has no bearing on non-federal What if your license expires before Oc-
mestic flight or enter military bases and most law enforcement proceedings or investigations. tober 1, 2020? You have two choices.
federal buildings. On January 22, 2018, Cali- Do you want a REAL ID/DL? The One choice is to go online (eDLapp.
fornia DMV began offering REAL ID cards—a procedure is not all that much different than and fill out the REAL ID appli-
driver license or identification card with a new obtaining the current ID/DL. The difference cation prior to making an appointment to visit
tamper resistant design—as an option to cus- comes in the form of the documentation you the DMV. Then, when you visit the field office
tomers. Now what? Do you need one? How do must bring with you when visiting the DMV. bring the requested information listed above
you get one? All good questions with the an- Without the proper forms, you will be turned and take the required test(s) just as in prior
swers to follow. away, so please read the following carefully. years. Will you be able to RENEW your current
First of all, the new REAL ID is not In order to obtain a REAL ID, you ID/DL online and receive a REAL ID? The an-
LAFD specific. It is for every U.S. citizen and MUST bring with you at least one document swer is NO. To apply you can start the process
serves to satisfy federal regulation of proper ID from EACH of the following sections. online but you must complete it in person at a
when traveling within the United States. The 1. IDENTITY DOCUMENT DMV field office. AAA will not be able to help
REAL ID Act establishes minimum security • Valid, unexpired U.S. Passport or you in this matter.
standards for license issuance and prohibits Passport card
federal agencies from accepting for certain pur- • Certified copy of a U.S or US terri- “If you renew your current driver li-
poses driver’s licenses and identification cards tory birth certificate cense or ID card online or by mail, you will
from states not meeting the Act’s minimum • Certificate of Naturalization or automatically receive a federally non-compli-
standards. Citizenship ant card with the phrase ‘Federal Limits Ap-
Currently there are over 32 states that • Unexpired foreign passport with ply’ printed on the card.”
meet the minimum standard, with the rest valid U.S. Visa and approved I-94
given an extension until October 1, 2020, in- form Your second choice in this matter is you
cluding California. After that date you will apply for such ID/DL as you did in the past.
either be required to have in your possession 2. PROOF OF SOCIAL SECURITY You will not receive a REAL ID but instead a
a new REAL ID, or you will need a U.S. pass- NUMBER federal non-compliant driver license or ID and
port when accessing federal facilities, entering • Social Security card be limited to all that it provides. Remember,
nuclear power plants, and boarding federally • W-2 form this REAL ID applies to all things federal, even
regulated commercial aircraft—yes, even for • SSA-1099 things such as purchasing firearms and ammu-
a quick flight to Vegas. If you do not plan to • Non-SSA-1099 nition. Without it, you may need to show satis-
enter any of those facilities or fly on a federally • Paystub with full SSN factory proof of legal presence. Make sure you
regulated flight, your current ID/DL will suf- check with the firearms dealer or any federally
fice—for now. You do not need a real ID/DL to 3. PROOF OF CALIFORNIA controlled facility you plan to visit to verify
drive, apply for, or receive federal benefits. You ADDRESS their identification requirements.
October 2018 • 35
he goal for this article is simple: keep
you thinking, keep you learning, and
keep you safe. The following may seem
like basic everyday information, and it is. It
contains all the stuff you learned as a rookie but
now, with time, havew forgotten or have not
put into practice for a while. Hopefully, these
points will generate renewed interest and create
questions that will lead to further training.
Most experts will agree that people
learn best by receiving information in small
segments and then reinforce it by performing
the action—all of which should fit perfectly
into daily training at the fire station level. Many
of the emergency operations we perform are
complex processes. They may seem simple to
the seasoned veteran but only because a par-
ticular individual has performed these actions
over and over during the duration of their ca-
reer. It’s called experience. Our actions come
from studying a subject and then actually per-
forming what we have learned to build muscle
memory. We then repeat this action time and
time again until it becomes second nature.
Roof operations are a great example.
The process of vertical ventilation is a com-
plex one but one that can become second na-
ture with proper training and practical hands-
on applications. Captain Matt Nolen, a former
A/O himself, now assigned to Drill Tower 81
knows the importance of training. “When lad-
dering any structure, a number of things must
be considered. You must make an assessment
(size up) of the building itself, the perceived lo-
cation of the fire, the size of ladder needed, and
any obstacles in your way. It is also critical to
understand what role your company is playing
at this incident. For example: is your company
assigned to the roof or is your company ladder-
ing windows and balconies for rescue? Your as-
sessment of the building should begin as soon
as possible. By the time the apparatus comes to
a stop you should have some idea of the size,
type, and age of the building.
36 • October 2018
Walk and work along the naturally
strong areas that the roof’s construction fea-
tures offer you, such as the hips, valleys, ridg-
es, and load-bearing walls. Going “cross coun-
try” can open you up to a number of hidden
dangers, including the collapse of the structure
with a one-way ticket downward.

scuppers, as it relates to the top of the parapet If your body is not up to the task at
wall. This should determine the need for addi- hand, injuries can occur. Taking a proactive ap-
tional laddering. You may need multiple lad- proach to this concern, LAFD Captain II Paul
“Remember to size up your building as soon ders to reach your final objective. Ybarra emphasizes to his crew that, “Circuit
as possible. Determine the size, the height, LAFD Apparatus Operator Robert Stof- training that includes cardio, strength train-
the type of building, the location of the fire, fel adds that, “In regards to steep pitch roof lad- ing, and functional movements that simulate
and any obstacles in your way.” Captain Matt der operations, if it looks steep, then it is steep! actions performed during roof ventilation are
Nolen, DT 81 It’s much easier to vertically ventilate off a essential to successful fire ground operations.
proper roof ladder than hope your team has ad- This is important because we are able to fo-
Operational guidelines are evolving equate footing to perform their job.” He goes cus on the task at hand and are not concerned
daily, however, some basic tactics always ap- on to say, “Always have an operational plan about fatigue or physical limitations. In addi-
ply. Even under the best of conditions, working that all members of the roof team understand tion, muscle memory can be relied on when we
above ground is hazardous, let alone doing it and rehearse. Keep to basic operations that are face unexpected challenges. Examples include
with fire beneath you. The following are some performed often to yield positive results. working on a hot summer day or waking from
points to consider. a dead sleep to respond to a structure fire.
“It’s when you “get trick” that safety and re-
CHOOSE YOUR LADDER WISELY sults are compromised.” LAFD Apparatus Op- “Physical fitness and practice builds confi-
When choosing a ladder to gain access erator Robert Stoffel dence on the fire ground,” LAFD Captain II
to a roof, make sure you have more than you Paul Ybarra.
need. If the ladder is just a little short, it’s not SOUNDING
the right one—plain and simple. Searching for You reached the top of the ladder, now JUST THE BEGINNING
a rung while trying to get off a failing roof is what? Stepping onto any roof, in the best of The information contained in this ar-
not a situation you want to find yourself in. The conditions, can be a dangerous thing. Loose ticle is far from being everything you will need
ladder should extend past the roofline or railing tiles, poor construction, even termite damage to know before going up on a roof. But as noted
by two to three rungs minimum. This will make are all hidden hazards that can hamper your above, it is our hope that the small segments
it a lot easier to see during the night or in heavy progress. Before taking that first step, let your of information we presented here will jog your
smoke conditions. rubbish hook or pike pole check the integrity memory of things already learned and inspire
of the roof first. Sound hard and sound often as you to search out new knowledge on the sub-
LADDER PLACEMENT you proceed to your work location. ject. Remember—keep thinking, keep learning,
The correct ladder placement is the and keep safe!
foundation of your roof operation. A ladder
placed in the wrong location could be disas-
trous. In general, we ladder the uninvolved por-
tion of the building. Ideally, you want to start
from the strongest points of the building, like
the corners, where you give yourself a safer
area of refuge to get off the building and the
likelihood of structure failure is the lowest. Try
and pick a location close to the area where you
will be working. Don’t make your commute
across the roof too long or choose a location
where you are forced to cross an area where the
conditions of the roof are unknown. Placing a
ladder over a window could allow for the po-
tential of fire impinging on the ladder, trapping
Another overlooked item you need to
take into consideration is the height of a para-
pet wall or the pitch of the roof. It is not un-
common to find very tall walls on a commercial
building. The heightened wall may be designed
to hide equipment located on the roof. From the
ground it is sometimes difficult to determine
the actual height you will need to climb down
to access the roof. Look for the locations of the
October 2018 • 37
s a veteran firefighter/
paramedic, I am ac-
customed to being
woken up in the early morning for all
types of emergencies. Nothing in my
career, however, had prepared me for
the morning of January 17, 1994. At
4:30 a.m., a magnitude 6.7 earthquake
hit the Los Angeles area. With the epi-
center located in the northern San Fer-
nando Valley, the shaking lasted 20
seconds. When it was all over,
there were 57 dead, 8,700 in-

jured, and 50 billion dollars

in property loss and damage, mak-
ing it one of the costliest natural disasters
in U.S. history.
On that morning I was fortunate to
be at home, but was still close enough to
be shaken out of bed and witness the near-
by devastation. After things had settled,
I had to make the gut-wrenching
choice of either reporting to work
or staying home to care for my
loved ones. I chose to secure my
family’s safety with nearby relatives
and then proceed to the station. The
typical 40-minute drive took me nearly
two hours of dodging the destruction that
blocked my path.
When all of the crew finally arrived
at the station, we had one of the busiest
days of my career. Instead of individual

38 • October 2018
2. Try to get as far away from buildings,
power lines, trees, and streetlights as
3. If you’re in a vehicle, pull over to a
clear location and stop. Avoid bridges,
overpasses, and power lines.
4. Stay inside with your seatbelt fastened
until the shaking stops.
5. After the shaking has stopped, drive
on carefully, avoiding bridges and ramps
that may have been damaged.
6. If a power line falls on your vehicle,
do not get out. Wait for assistance.
dispatches, OCD (MFC) would give us a earthquake emergency plans.
dozen at a time. Engine 84 alone, handled 3. Pick safe places in each room of your STAYING SAFE AFTER
a chemical spill at Tarzana Hospital that home. A safe place could be under a AN EARTHQUAKE
would normally have been a Major Emer- piece of furniture or against an interior
gency, and when the electrical gird came wall away from windows, bookcases, or If you do nothing else:
back on line, a number of structure fires. tall furniture that could fall on you.
At about midnight, we stumbled on a large 4. Practice DROP, COVER, and HOLD 1. If away from home, return only when
fire at the Catalina Yacht manufacturing ON in each safe place. authorities say it is safe to do so.
plant where we spent the rest of the night. 5. Keep a flashlight and low-heeled 2. After an earthquake, the disaster may
Fast forward 23 years, where we shoes by each person’s bed. continue. Expect and prepare for poten-
find that more than half of the depart- tial aftershocks, landslides or even a
ment’s current members were either in STAYING SAFE INDOORS tsunami if you live on a coast.
elementary school or not yet born and, 3. Each time you feel an aftershock,
for the most part, have no idea what it is 1. DROP, COVER and HOLD ON! DROP, COVER and HOLD ON. After-
like to be in a major earthquake. They 2. Move as little as possible - most shocks frequently occur minutes, days,
may also not know what it’s like to leave injuries during earthquakes occur weeks and even months following an
their loved ones at home after a disaster, or because of people moving around. earthquake.
even worse, being on duty at the time of an 3. Try to protect your head and torso. 4. Look for and extinguish small fires.
earthquake and not knowing if their own 4. If you are in bed, stay there, curl up Fire is the most common hazard after an
families are safe. and hold on, and cover your head. earthquake.
The point is, we can’t control where Beforehand though, assure you place Stock up now on emergency sup-
we will be when the next big quake hits, nothing above the bed that can fall and plies that can be used after an earthquake.
and, yes, experts agree it is coming—it’s strike an individual in that bed. These supplies should include a first aid
just a matter of time. However, we can 5. Stay indoors until the shaking stops kit, survival kits for the home, automobile,
make sure our families will be ready and you are sure it is safe to exit. and workplace, and emergency water and
when it does occur, whether we are at 6. Be aware that smoke alarms and sprin- food. Store enough supplies to last at least
home or not. The following is a list of ac- kler systems frequently go off in build- three days.
tions and recommendations we suggest ings during an earthquake, even if there One last thing. Every firefighter
you follow and a checklist of supplies we is no fire. should think about putting together a
believe you should gather before the next 7. If you smell gas, get out of the house Survival Kit for themselves and keep it at
natural disaster hits. and move as far away as possible, but work. It should contain the same items as
also educate everyone where the gas if you were home, because if you are at the
BE PROACTIVE, NOT REACTIVE meter is and how to turn off the gas if station at the time of an earthquake, most
needed. likely you aren’t leaving anytime soon.
1. Talk about earthquakes with your 8. Before you leave any building check During the 1994 earthquake, fire compa-
family so that everyone knows what to make sure that there is no debris from nies were left without food, electricity or
to do in case of an earthquake. Discuss- the building that could fall on you. water, just like at home. So, take care of
ing the subject ahead of time helps yourself to assure you can take care of oth-
reduce fear, particularly for younger STAYING SAFE OUTDOORS ers.
Source material: National Red Cross Website
2. Check your children’s schools and 1. Find a clear spot and drop to the
day care centers to learn about their ground. Stay there until the shaking
October 2018 • 39

On December 5, 2018, the Los Angeles City Firefighter’s Association will vote on this year’s “2018 Firefighter of the Year”. This honor
of distinction and recognition is given to a member of any rank, who, not by any single act, has distinguished him/herself as one of
outstanding character, dedication, and loyalty to the Department, the Fire Service, and to the citizens of the community.

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

Candidates will be judged on an overall career and life that exemplifies the best qualities of those who are honored to be part of the fire

If you know of such a person, and would like to nominate him/her for this prestigious award, submit your application NO LATER than
December 3, 2018, to any one of the nominating committee members listed below. The nomination must include the nominees name,
rank, assignment and a statement of why the member should receive the award. Photos and other documentation may also be submitted.

Please attend the Los Angeles City Firefighter’s Association meeting on December 5, 2018 at 0830 Hours, Fire Station 59 Training
classroom, 11505 Olympic Blvd. and present your nomination IN PERSON. All Los Angeles City Firefighter’s Association members
are welcome, and encouraged to attend the meeting and presentations, and to show support for the individuals being nominated.

Presentations may be subject to time limits depending on the number of nominations received in order to provide fairness to all nomi-
nees. These time limits will be announced prior to the start of the December 5, 2018 membership meeting and will be strictly enforced.
The nominee cannot be present during the meeting.

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

Reminder, applications must be submitted no later than December 3, 2018.

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


Robert Cordobes, (310) 977-5041
James S. Dolan, (562) 400-1298
Brian Geiger, (562) 833-2796




NOMINEE’S NAME: ____________________________________________________________________________

ASSIGNMENT:______________________ PHONE:__________________________________ RANK:___________________

(Include Department, Community, Church, etc. work) (Attachments are encouraged)

NOMINATOR’S NAME:_______________________________________ PHONE:____________________________________

40 • October 2018
ire Velo is a fire service-based cycling
club, whose mission is to help others.
The main focus of this Southern Califor-
nia club is to provide cancer awareness within
the fire service. We also provide firefighter
wellness, and promote fund raising for other
organizations. Fire Velo is open to all levels of
riders from beginners to veterans, weekend rid-
ers to racers, roadies to mountain bikers.
The question arises, where are the
LAFD cyclists? There are only two LAFD
members who belong to Fire Velo: Dave Cas-
tenada and Marv Williams. You LAFD cyclists
are missing out on a lot of fun and comradery.
The cost is only $100 to join Fire Velo, and this
includes a jersey. That’s it, no dues or other
costs. You chose the rides or events you wish to
participate in. So, let the fun begin.
Last year four members of the club
from San Bernardino County Fire Department
represented us in the RAAM (Race Across
America). They finished the non-stop event in
seven days, nineteen hours, and fourteen min-
utes, a respectable time for a first attempt. The
money raised for this event went directly to
firefighters who were battling cancer. Another
of our main rides is “America’s Most Beauti-
ful Bike Ride,” a ride around beautiful Lake
Tahoe. We also do a two-day ride to San Diego
that begins at the LA County Fire Headquarters
and finishes in downtown San Diego. We par-
ticipate in two rides in the Palm Springs area:
The Tour de Palm Springs usually takes place
in January and the Patriot Ride in the fall.
We also attend rides where we are
asked to assist with other clubs or individuals.
For instance, a few of our riders participated in
a cancer fund raiser that began in Santa Monica
and ended in Las Vegas. It was a blast finishing
the ride on the famous Las Vegas Strip. We also
helped our fellow firefighters from the State
of Washington. They were raising money for
the Gary Sinise Foundation and requested our
assistance. They started the ride in Seattle and Each rider receives two jerseys, various other port. I forgot to mention that there is plenty of
finished at the LAFD Museum in Hollywood. articles of clothing, all the hotel stays, some beer to rehydrate with.
Some of our members participated in parts of meals, and all the SAG support they need. It’s So what do you say LAFD Cyclists?
the ride. a beautiful ride, mostly down the coast, in the Come get some exercise and have fun doing
Our main event for the year is the San third week in August. The ride concludes on the it. Check out our website at
Francisco to Los Angeles ride. This is a week- Santa Monica Pier among the cheering family Remember, you don’t have to be a great rider,
long ride where participants have to raise a members and friends of the riders. The money all levels can participate. Just like the fire ser-
minimum of $1500 to partake in all of the fun. raised will go to the charities we choose to sup- vice, no one is left behind.

October 2018 • 41
nergy bars, nutrition bars, snack best and most complete way to eat nuts fat and carbohydrates to keep you steady
bars – no matter what you call and seeds is in their raw, unaltered state. throughout the day. Cashews are very
them – can be essential elements All nuts and seeds should be organic due good for energy, recovery and repairing
in balancing a firefighter’s daily diet. For to the high amounts of chemicals used on muscles and bones. They utilize four very
post-workout nutrition, a healthy snack on conventional crops. When someone has a important minerals - magnesium, copper,
the go, or a convenient meal replacement nut or seed allergy, it could be related to manganese and phosphorous - to help
when you don’t have a lot of choices, noth- the chemicals used on the crop, rather than build, maintain and repair the muscle and
ing beats a bar. the nut or seed itself. bone tissue by creating collagen, reducing
The best bar is one that has just a Enter stone ground butters. Stone inflammation and keeping the production
few, real food ingredients and is sourced grinding is a gentle, massaging process of calcium in the bones intact.
from suppliers with true integrity. You that breaks down the cell walls at a low Pecans are extraordinary for energy,
should look for organic ingredients that are temperature, which maintains the com- containing high amounts of healthy fats
grown without the use of pesticides, syn- plete nutrition of the ingredient as it is to pulverize your workouts and extrane-
thetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, GMO’s, consumed. Stone grinding ingredients ous adventures. Pecans also contain many
or ionizing radiation. Avoid those bars that has been recognized as the most suitable antioxidants and minerals for fighting and
contain dairy, soy, gluten, lecithins, natural method to consistently deliver the highest protecting against illnesses and various
or artificial flavorings and other chemical quality nutrition, especially with nuts and diseases. They are very rich with vitamin
additives. seeds. E, zinc, manganese and ellagic acid which
all protect the inner cells of the body and
help in maintaining the overall wellbeing
of your skin.
Flaxseeds are an amazing super-
food, but the whole seeds are almost un-
digestible. This is why they should always
be stone ground into a meal so you can
properly digest and reap the rewards of
their amazing health benefits. These in-
clude high amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids
So what ingredients should you Almonds are a protein powerhouse, and powerful antioxidants called lignans
look for if you’re trying to improve your rich in many nutrients to arm you for your that help regulate hormones in the body,
health and state of mind? Here are five next challenge. Almonds are the only nut protect against free radicals and cellular
“real foods” found in bars that are among that is alkaline forming, which allows your regenerating effects.
the most nutritious and beneficial for burn- body to naturally balance its pH levels. Al- A Styrian Pumpkin seed are not
ing fat, preventing disease, and creating monds can lower bad cholesterol, reduce your average, everyday pumpkin seed.
positive changes in your body. the risk of heart disease, provide protec- These seeds originated in the small town
tion against diabetes, promote healthy of Styria, Austria. They don’t have a shell
STONE GROUND ORGANIC NUTS weight, prevent gallstones and help with and produce a much darker, richer oil that
AND SEEDS energy production. has a plethora of health benefits such as
Nuts and seeds are full of nutri- The cashew is a very balanced nut higher protein, magnesium, antioxidants,
ents, crucial vitamins and minerals. The that provides a healthy supply of protein, both tocopherol forms of vitamin E, alka-
42 • October 2018
lizing chlorophyll, eye-protecting lutein can damage your vital organs and
and hormone balancing lignans like zea- cells. Himalayan Crystal Salt is
xanthin. more than 250 million years old
and has 84 naturally occurring
ORGANIC, WILD, RAW HONEY minerals. It’s known to be the
Many commercial honeys on the purest salt on earth, free from all
market today come from bee farms, where toxins and contaminants.
the bees are controlled within a small area
and get their pollen from one kind of flow- COCONUT OIL
er. Typically, these flowers are treated with Coconut oil is great for your body,
pesticides and fertilizers. Commercial both inside and out. As a food, it’s a won-
honey is usually pasteurized in high heat derful source of heart-healthy fats called
and then filtered, which removes most of medium-chain triglycerides, which sup-
the beneficial nutrients and enzymes. Or- port brain health and keeps you feeling
ganic, raw, and wild honey is so important full and satisfied. It’s also packed with
because it is not heated or filtered, nor are antioxidants like lauric acid, which is an-
the bees subject to any harmful chemicals tiviral and antifungal, helping you lower
or just one type of flower. Wild, raw honey cholesterol. You should always look
contains the live yeast, pollen, propolis for cold-pressed, raw, and organic
and enzymes that are so crucial for the im- coconut to avoid additives and over
mune system to thrive. Truly raw honey heating the essential nutrients that
doesn’t even have an expiration date, but coconuts provide.
like a fine wine, continues to age and de-
Justin Wilson and Mike Russo are
velop more complex flavor profiles.
co-founders of Symmetree
Bar. You can find Sym-
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Dates are a B-vitamin extravaganza
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and contain high amounts of potassium
at Erewhon, Lassens,
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Lazy Acres, Bristol Farms and soon
cise. These little fruits contain tons of fi-
Whole Foods markets. Or visit www.
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keeps you feeling fuller longer. They are
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or emulsifiers.

The type of salt you consume has
a drastic impact on your health. Most
table salt has dangerous chemicals that
October 2018 • 43
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44 • October 2018
Neil R. Mc Cullom, Assistant Chief.
Appointed August 26, 1946.
Retired on a service pension January 30, 1977 from Division 1-A.
Passed away August 18, 2018.

Vernon “Bruce” B. Larson, Engineer.

Appointed July 24, 1965.
Retired on a service pension April 4, 2004 from FS 49-A.
Passed away August 20, 2018.

Michael J. Rydzewski, Firefighter III.

Appointed February 20, 1971.
Retired on a service pension February 25, 1991 from FS 18-B.
Passed away August 21, 2018.

James J. Mullen, Jr., Assistant Chief.

Appointed February 20, 1960.
Retired on a service pension September 30, 1991 from Division 3-B.
Passed away August 24, 2018.

Sam Diannitto, Jr., Assistant Chief.

Appointed June 21, 1954.
Retired on a disability pension December 10, 1997 from Division 2-B.
Passed away August 24, 2018.

George W. Fischer, Jr., Fire Inspector.

Appointed November 1, 1948.
Retired on a service pension June 29, 1979 from FPB PA South.
Passed away September 4, 2018.

Jean-Paul Adagio, Engineer.

Appointed December 15, 1980.
Retired on a service pension June 30, 2017 from FS 112-C.
Passed away September 4, 2018.

Karen Horelly, surviving spouse of Raymond W. Horelly, passed away August 28, 2018.

October 2018 • 45
I’m sure your crew at 26’s all have
good memories of our time together. Rest
in peace old friend, we all miss you.

Bob and Sharon Degenfelder

Acton, CA

Dear Bob and the LAFRA Board,

I apologize for not sending this to

you months ago. I want to thank so very
much, from the bottom of my heart, for
the honorarium you gave me in November.
I was glad to have shared the date with
Billie Bringas, another huge contributor.
My friends and family were aware of the
work I’ve done for the Relief Association,
but they never realized how appreciated it
was, until that day. It also gave me the op-
Dear Dave, it to be used for. I want to help firefight- portunity to thank my wife for her “lend-
ers! I hope my money is useful and helps ing” me to such a worthy cause. I never did
Great article on Pasos (Jess “Hall in some way! any of my volunteering for accolades, and
of Fame” Pasos - August 2018). Kudos to if I’d have known it would have taken 40
him for all of his accomplishes on and off Sincerely, years to get such credit from you, I would
the job. The last paragraph in the article have quit volunteering a year ago.
stated that Pasos would join two other Coral Noonan As you know, I got my start work-
LAFD members in the So. Calif. Handball Murrieta, CA ing with Lane. One day he asked if I could
Hall of Fame. I believe that Vito Mag- help him with a muster. I asked what we
gipinto should be added to that list as he would be doing. He said that we would be
was inducted in 1997. Maggi dominated Relief Assn: officiating, and he convinced the Relief
LAFD handball during the 1950’s and Association to let us drink all the beer we
1960’s, winning sixteen “A” singles cham- Mel Leydecker came to 26’s as a wanted, so I said count me in. The next
pionships and nine “A” doubles champion- new Captain II in 1973 or 74. His low-key year he asked if I could help with a picnic.
ships. leadership was a perfect fit for the crew we I asked what would we be doing. He said
Thanks for your effort in managing had at that time. We had many memorable we were in charge of trash pickup. I said
a great magazine. incidents during the 70’s. As I remember that was a stupid job. He replied that he
26’s was the second busiest truck in the would get the explorers to pull the trash
Regards, city, behind old 22’s truck. Over the years bags out of the cans, we would have a golf
Mel organized several family picnics and cart for us to use all day, and all the beer
Tom Rohrback in the 80’s, after a lot of us had moved on, we could drink. So he convinced me to as-
Santa Barbara, CA he organized 26’s reunions. sist him. Another year he asked if I could
Mel made B/C in October 1980 aid in a golf tournament. Once again, I
when he talked me into reverting to Fire- asked what our jobs would be. He said we
Dear Firemen’s Relief Association, man and becoming his S/A. I made Cap- that we would still get to drink all the beer
tain in February 1981 and we parted ways. we wanted, and we would get a golf cart
Hi. My name is Coral Noonan. I am As a new Captain at 39’s, we went to a because he made us the official transport-
9 years old. My dad is a Captain II for Fire brush fire in Griffith Park and our boss ers to take the Laker Girls off and on the
Station 11. Last Christmas I got a carni- was B/C Leydecker. course. That’s when I realized Lane wasn’t
val set. I decided to make a mini carnival Over the years we became very doing what he did to benefit the Associa-
and have it the day after Christmas. My close friends. I joined Mel with his old tion!
two sisters came, my mom, my dad, both army buddy for probably 10 or more years
grandmas, and one of my grandpas. I had on their annual hunting trip. After we re- Thank you all again!
tickets, and they cost a dollar a game, per tired, we kept in contact for our weekly
person. I had five games, and everyone did golf outing with retired B/C Walt Wilm- Sincerely,
one round of each game. With my sister ington and an occasional get together for Larry Hoerner
adding in a little bit more, I got 72 dollars. lunch or dinner with Mel and his wonder-
I decided to give all the money to you. The ful wife Dee (another one of my good bud-
money can be used for whatever you need dies).

46 • October 2018

Please accept this donation to the

WODFF in memory of Melvin L. Ley-
decker, and James J. O’Neil, who both
passed away in July. I met both of these
fine examples of the LAFD while in my
first rookie assignment at FS 14.
Jim O’Neil was the senior firemen
at 14-C, and had his hands full with two
rookies, myself and Dennis Gelbman, who
was from the class ahead of mine. Back
then, we did almost no EMS calls, but I
can remember “laying two lines” numer-
ous times (we only had 2½ back then).
The one fire that sticks in my mind was
Protect Those
spotted by Bill Pierce, the wagon engi-
neer, who, when returning to his bed after with Special Needs
a late-night run, would always look out the
nearby window to check for “loom-ups.” Firefighter Justin Mendence set up a special needs trust to ensure his
This time, he spotted one, and it was just
a block or two down Central Ave. from son and entire family is taken care of in the best manner possible.
14’s. It turned out to be the Elks Club and
a greater alarm fire, and I don’t think we “You want to think everybody’s going to take care of your kid because
returned to quarters until relief time.
Mel Leydecker was a captain at
“Old 30’s” which was just up Central Ave.
from 14’s. Mel was my first B/C after pro-
If I handwrite a will,
everybody loves him, but unless you have a plan in place…you’re planning
to fail. Leaving it to chance is not in me and my wife’s vocabulary.”

isn’t that good enough?

moting to Captain I and being assigned
to FS 56. I had been an A/O at “old 29’s”
and we had been to many fires with TF
A Special Needs Trust Helps You:
26 where Mel had been the Captain II on
the “A” Platoon, so I felt very comfortable
• Set up long-term funding for living expenses & care
having Mel Leydecker as my B/C, as I had
observed both his firefighting and leader-
• Determine who will be the primary caregiver
ship skills many times.
• Create an advisory group of experts to help caregivers make
Richard Watters, LAFD Retired sound decisions
Agoura Hills, CA
• Ensure your child’s assets are protected & well-managed
Dear Jim Dolan and the entire Los • Ensure your child maintains eligibility for special services
Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association,
“I sleep a little bit easier at night knowing that my son is set up for his
Thank you for all your help and re-
membrance. Jim [Toon] is missed by his entire life,” Justin said.
wife, children, grandchildren, and great
grandchildren. Please accept this check
to go to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled
Firemen’s Fund. Jim, thank you for being
there for me. Your thoughtfulness and help
are greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Whether you care for a child or adult with special needs or not,
Ann Toon everyone should consider setting up an estate plan. Ask for a
Phoenix, AZ “Getting Started Kit” today by emailing Relief Association
Development & Marketing Director Marlene Casillas at or calling (323) 259-5217.
October 2018 • 47


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50 • October 2018
Submitted by Frank Borden • Director of Operations, LAFDHS

LAFD HISTORY – In Memory of LAFD Captain I Joseph C. Dupee

Engine Company 57 A Platoon dramatically on the roof. Truck 66’s ventilation to exit were the three members of Engine 46,
Appointed April 12, 1981, Died March 8, team initially found moderate smoke coming then the three members of Engine 66, and fi-
1998 Trapped in building from ventilators. As the ventilation team ap- nally two members form Engine 57. During this
Pacific Bird and Supply Company. 5972 proached the center of the roof, they observed time, Captain Dupee became separated from
Western Avenue fire coming from the vents. The ventilation team his crew and remained inside the building. At
opened an initial hole, but was driven back by approximately the same time, companies were
It was with great sadness that I learned heavy fire and heat. Noting the change in con- ordered out of the structure and off the roof by
of the death of Captain Dupee. I have always ditions, the I.C. requested two additional task the I.C.
maintained the utmost respect for the fire- forces at approximately 02:26 hours. Additional units were requested from
fighters of our nation and to lose one in the Engine 66, followed by Engine 57, and OCD as the fire grew. At approximately 02:37
line of duty is a tragedy that touches us all. My Engine 46, advanced handlines through the hours, the company designated for command
thoughts and prayers are with Joseph’s family front door. Three members of Engine 33 quick- post support was diverted to Rapid Interven-
and friends as they grieve the loss of a genu- ly followed with 10-foot pike poles. Approxi- tion as they arrived on scene. At approximately
ine hero. mately fifteen feet inside the front door, compa- 02:38 hours, the Division II Commander ar-
nies encountered heavy smoke conditions with rived on scene, without a Staff Assistant, and
George Bush near zero visibility. Advancing the handlines assumed command. During this incident the
President of the United States was made difficult due to considerable storage command post experienced some significant
inside the manufacturing area. There was con- communications problems, both human and
siderable concern about the mezzanine, which technical. Radio malfunction and limited Com-
extended 6 to 13 feet from the office area. mand Post staffing have been identified as fac-
On March 8, 1998, Captain I Joseph C. Engine 57 turned right once inside tors in this incident. At approximately 02:47
Dupee was killed in the line of duty at a major the manufacturing area and located a small hours, the on-call Deputy Department Com-
emergency structure fire at 5972 S. Western Av- amount of fire in the mezzanine area. However, mander arrived on scene.
enue. Captain Dupee was assigned to Engine they were unable to effectively reach the seat As the fire continued to escalate, the
57, which was involved in interior firefighting of the fire. Engine 66 and Engine 46 advanced command post and several companies on scene
operations at the time of his death. The struc- their lines 30 to 40 feet inside the building but became convinced that a member form Engine
ture was 110 feet long and 59 feet wide with found no fire. Engine 57’s engineer stayed in 33 was missing.
a conventional trussed arch roof. The business the hall area and helped advance the hose line This delayed the realization that En-
manufactured pet food products and the build- to his company. Conditions inside the build- gine 57’s captain was also missing, which
ing was not sprinklered. ing continued to deteriorate and once SCBA took several minutes to be resolved. Several
A first alarm assignment consisting of alarms began to activate, companies indepen- members reported Captain Dupee communi-
Task Force 66, Rescue 866, Engine 57, Engine dently began to withdraw. This was approxi- cated on the tactical channel. Captain Dupee
46, Light Force 33, Engine 34, and Battalion mately 10 to 12 minutes after the first company did not activate the emergency trigger on his
13 (32 members) was dispatched to a reported entered the structure. radio. A member from Engine 15 inadvertently
structure fire at approximately 02:20 hours. Engine 33 found the use of 10-foot pike activated his radio’s emergency trigger at ap-
Engine 33 added themselves to the assign- poles to be ineffective. This, combined with the proximately 2:42 hours.
ment. Both Task Force 66 and Task Force 33 deteriorating conditions, prompted the captain At approximately 2:57 hours, the I.C.
responded with ten members. to order a retreat to the outside to obtain their notified O.C.D. of a RED ALERT condition.
Task Force 66 was first on scene at ap- own hose line. Due to zero visibility, they had to At approximately 2:58 hours, Captain Dupee
proximately 02:22 hours and reported “...light follow existing hose lines to find their way out. was found by the Rapid Intervention Company
smoke showing from a one-story commercial Once outside, they realized their hydrant mem- with his PAL devise sounding. The Rapid In-
building...”. A ventilation team from Truck 66 ber had become separated, and had not made tervention Company removed Captain Dupee
went to the roof via a 35-foot extension ladder. it out. The hydrant person from Engine 33, who through the rear of the building. Medical treat-
Forcible entry was initiated by the in- had become disoriented and in fear for his life, ment including C.P.R. was initiated and then
side member of Truck 66 through the front door activated his emergency trigger. Engine 33’s transport by RA 66 to Daniel Freeman Hos-
of the building. Forcible entry required approx- captain obtained a handi-light form Engine 57. pital. Captain Dupee was pronounced dead at
imately 4 to 7 minutes to force open the security The captain, while low on air, re-entered the the hospital.
door and metal front door of the building. structure and found the missing member ap-
While companies waited for the front proximately fifteen feet inside the manufacture LAFD Report March 13, 1998
door to be forced open, fire conditions changed area. He led the member out to safety. The next
October 2018 • 51
RECALLING A HERO WHO laughed; he sulked; he handled tedious proj-
GAVE HIS LIFE FOR L.A. ects; he read his bible and spoke about it with
others. He shared his opinions at the kitchen
By Jon McDuffie table. His brothers and sisters drank thousands
of cups of coffee with him, all the while at-
We provide a faceless, nameless service tempting to solve the problems of the world.
to a community that rarely knows how much And then he would wait. And sometimes
they need us. We are a group of thousands, each they worked harder than you could imagine.
with our own personality, family, and troubles. Some of his workdays were spent
A band of anonymous “heroes” who subordi- waiting. Some days his city did not need him
nates ego and self-interest to serve a populace as much as other days, but he still waited. If
who only knows that we will be there when they you need Joe for small things--a broken water
call. We get paid for what we are able to do and pipe, a child locked in a car, a pot of beans that
the occasions when we are called to do it. cooked just a bit too long--he responded to
This week, one of us got a name, a face, your call.
a rank, a family...a life beyond the badge. His Other times you needed him for life
In Memory of LAFD Captain Joseph C. Dupee.
life now recognized, but only because it was threatening emergencies--to rescue you from
sacrificed. He gave his life defending the prop- natural and man-made disasters, from fire,
erty of a person he did not know, in a city that from accidents, from illness, from yourselves- still be waiting to answer your call.
did not know him. His name was Joseph Dupee. -he responded to your call. Joe loved his family, his God, and his
I knew him before you, and I will remember him You never doubted that Joe would be country. He was an opinionated prankster who
long after his name wanes in your short-term there for you. You never knew his name and he loved to talk, could not cook, and drove too
memory. never asked you to justify your need. He served fast behind the wheel of a fire engine. He was
Ten mornings a month, Joe rose before you because he wanted to help and he loved to a good fire ground officer who worked aggres-
the sun, kissed his sleeping family goodbye, help and he loved to help you. You could have sively at incidents and diligently at his post. He
and made the drive to his second home. He stopped giving him pay raises, repairing his was on my platoon for three years; he will be
exercised; he trained himself and his crew. He station, hiring more firefighters, and he would my brother always. But you did not know him
then. You only know him now.
Choose to think of him as a hero in
death, and I tell you that he was a hero in life.
Use Joe’s memory for sadness and I will use
it to comfort his family and my brothers and
sisters that must continue to wait. Continue
pouring out sympathy until it becomes a faint
trickle, and I will still be waiting for the next
I provide a faceless, nameless service to
a community that rarely knows how much they
need me. If I am called from a sound sleep to
sacrifice my life attempting to save the life or
property of someone I do not know, I will do it
without regret.
Joe did it. Why wouldn’t I?
Members of Engine Company 57 in 1998. Photo by David Blaire.
Jon McDuffie is a Los Angeles firefighter

The LAFD Annual Fallen Firefighter’s Me- monument with more of our line of duty de- members are part of one big extended family,
morial Ceremony ceased members to be added. Our Department there to help each other when the time arises.
has lost some active duty members and many The ceremony starts at 1000 hrs.- all are in-
October is a very big and important retired members since the last ceremony in vited. This is a very special day for all of us. A
month for the Historical Society, the LAFD 2017. We will be there for their families and time to pay tribute to and remember our fallen
members active and retired, their families and friends in comfort and support because our brothers and sister.
friends and all those who appreciate, remember
and pay tribute to our Fallen Firefighters. Our
Memorial is the Department’s first Memorial
to its Fallen Firefighters in its 132-year history.
The LAFD Annual Memorial Ceremony to its
Fallen Firefighters will take place on Saturday,
October 13th this year. It will be a day for all
those in attendance to remember those mem-
bers of our department who gave their life in
the service to the people of Los Angeles. There
Captain Jim Finn reads off the names
are 268 names of those who made the ultimate
of those who passed in the line of duty.
sacrifice engraved into the granite wall on the

52 • October 2018
LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony. Our American flag raised in honor of the LAFD Fallen

Happenings at the “Ralph. J. Scott Fireboat we will have a party for it on that day. We plan Fleet Week in August and September. We
Restoration Project to be in the big tent for a while since the Port of were thankful to get a large scale model of the
LA has no current plan for a museum structure, “Scott” on loan from the SS Lane Victory Lib-
Our LAFDHS volunteers continue the so we are looking for temporary upgrades to erty Ship to display so that visitors can see what
job of restoring the old boat. Most of the work where we are now so that the location will best is on the boat’s deck. We had historic posters,
now is at the bulwark level and top of the hull - accommodate more frequent visitors. photos, videos and of course our volunteer do-
All chipping, sanding, and painting the all met- We had hundreds of visitors come to cents there to make it a great experience.
al boat. It will be 93 years old October 25th and the fireboat during the four days of US Navy

Restoration work along the bulwarks and to the A beautiful scale model of the “Ralph J. Scott Fireboat
top of the hull exterior by two of our volunteers. on loan to the Fireboat restoration project.

Last year’s Fleet Week visitors to the “Ralph J. Scott


October 2018 • 53
August 8, 2018

CALL TO ORDER was no discussion or objections. 1) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the upcoming
annual IFEBP Conference in New Orleans
President Bob Steinbacher called the Motion carried to approve the Board October 14th through October 17th.
meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Meeting Minutes of July 11, 2018.
Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association 2) Jeff Cawdrey referred to the Colorado
to order at 9:34 a.m. PRESIDENT’S REPORT Springs Memorial and indicated that Mike
Sailhamer, Joe Vigil and Tim Freeman
ROLL CALL 1) Bob Steinbacher provided an update on would be attending. He indicated that the
the Pension Department issue concerning Sacramento Memorial would be September
MEMBERS PRESENT: contracts. He indicated that they discussed 13th through 16th and indicated that Bob
Bob Steinbacher, President recusals and indicated that there would be Steinbacher and Joe Vigil would attend.
Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President more clarity brought on this issue.
Trustee Jim Duffy 3) Jeff Cawdrey presented the Board with
Trustee Frank Aguirre 2) Bob Steinbacher referred to the the proposed changes for the Bylaws and
Trustee Henry Gasbarri President and Vice President nominations Policy Book. He indicated that most was
Trustee Tim Freeman for 2019 and indicated that the floor was language clean up and changes regarding
Trustee Richard Moody open for nominations. pregnancy leave. He indicated that they
Trustee Gene Bednarchik also added language to include purchasing
Trustee David Peters David Peters nominated Bob Steinbacher memorial plaques for fire stations under
Trustee Danny Wu for President for the year 2019. Gene the Flag Benefit Policy.
Trustee Joe Vigil Bednarchik seconded. There were no
Trustee Steve Domanski - Pension other nominations for President. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Trustee Doak Smith – Pension
Todd Layfer - Executive Director David Peters nominated Jeff Cawdrey for 1) Todd Layfer referred to the Golf
Liberty Unciano – Controller-Treasurer Vice President for the year 2019. Gene Tournament and asked the Trustees to
Bednarchik seconded. There were no place their names on the signup sheet.
MEMBERS ABSENT: other nominations for Vice President.
Trustee John Jacobsen 2) Todd Layfer informed the Board that
Trustee Steve Berkery 3) Bob Steinbacher referred to the Trustee on July 18th the LAFRA and HSB staff
Trustee Tyler Tomich Elections and indicated that the Group attended active shooter training in the
Trustee Mike Sailhamer 1 Trustees would be up for election. He LAFRA Board room. He indicated that
Trustee Gayle Sonoda informed them that they would need to the instructor was intense and provided
Trustee Tim Larson – Pension submit their intent to run by next Board. PowerPoint presentations on what to do in
Trustee Kenneth Breskin those types of situations.
Trustee Chris Stine 4) Bob Steinbacher referred to the
Trustee Rick Godinez upcoming Board Offsite meeting on 3) Todd Layfer referred to the PCORI fee
Trustee Craig White September 23rd. He indicated that the and indicated that this fee was part of the
RF Code will be available for them to use Affordable Care Act and LAFRA was
GUESTS: during the meeting and Golf Tournament. required to pay $2.39 per member. He
David Marino, L.A. Retired Fire & Police indicated that LAFRA has one more year
Tom Stires, Retired 5) Bob Steinbacher referred to this year’s to pay this fee.
Jim Dolan, Asst. Secretary LAFRA Open House and asked the
Dave Wagner, Grapevine Editor Trustees for nominations. 4) Todd Layfer informed the Board that
we have new SPDs available and indicated
INVOCATION & Flag Salute Jeff Cawdrey motioned to nominate Bruce that these are effective July 2018.
Galien and Craig White as this year’s
Tim Freeman led the invocation. Jim Open House Honorees. Richard Moody MEDICAL COMMITTEE REPORT
Duffy led the flag salute. seconded. There was no further discussion
or objections. Frank Aguirre presented the following
Motion carried to honor Bruce Galien
Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion and Craig White as this year’s Open The committee recommends and I so
to ratify and approve the Board Meeting House Honorees. move to accept the applications to the
Minutes of July 11, 2018. Frank Aguirre so Medical Plan. There was no discussion
moved. Richard Moody seconded. There VICE PRESIDENT REPORT and no objections.
54 • October 2018
Motion carried to accept all applications Earl E. Harris The committee recommends and I so
to the Medical Plan. Donald E. Brian move to approve the proposed changes to
William C. Honohan the Policy Book and Bylaws. There was no
ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE Dean E. Murray discussion or objections.
REPORT Loren D. Prohaska
Melvin L. Leydecker Motion carried to approve the proposed
Frank Aguirre presented the following Robert L. Secor changes to the Policy Book and Bylaws.
motions. James J. O’Neill
The committee recommends and I so James N. Jeffery
move to pay the usual and customary bills Peter D. Varnum The Board entered into Executive Session
in the amount of $954,998.23. There was at 10:17 a.m.
no discussion or objections. ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE The Board adjourned from Executive
Session at 10:56 a.m.
Motion carried to pay the usual and Tim Freeman presented the following
customary bills in the amount of motions. Personnel and legal matters discussed
$954,998.23. during Executive Session. Action was
The committee recommends and I so move taken on revised job responsibilities for
The committee recommends and I so move to accept the donations in the amount of certain individuals.
to approve $720 to purchase a foursome $7,228.59 to the Widows, Orphans &
of golf and tee sign for the Craig Alder Disabled Firemen’s Fund. There was no INVESTMENT COMMITTEE
Charity Golf Tournament. There was no discussion or objections. REPORT
discussion or objections.
Motion carried to accept the donations in Garth Flint of Beacon Pointe Advisors
Motion carried to approve $720 to the amount of $7,228.59 to the Widows, presented the 2nd quarter investment
purchase a foursome of golf and tee Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. review. He reviewed the market
sign for the Craig Alder Charity Golf performance and how it affected the
Tournament. The committee recommends and I so LAFRA portfolio. He referred to the
move to approve the financial assistance labor market with low unemployment,
RELIEF COMMITTEE REPORT applications for surviving spouses, active wage increases, the current trade war and
and retired members. There was no interest rates. He stated that we should
Tim Freeman presented the following discussion or objections. expect inflation but the Federal Reserve’s
motion. target is 2% which we are a little above
Motion carried to approve the financial that currently.
The committee recommends and I so assistance applications for surviving
move to pay: spouses, active and retired members. SETTING OF DATES

The Sick & Injury benefits in the amount ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE 1) LAFRA Board Offsite –
of $57,161.36 REPORT September 23rd
The Estate Planning benefit in the amount 2) LAFD Invitational Golf Tournament –
of $10,830 The committee recommends and I so September 24th
The Life & Accident Death Benefit in the move to advance funds for both active and 3) IFEBP Annual Conf. – October 14 – 17
amount of $36,000 retired members. There was no discussion 4) LAFRA Open House – November 3rd
The Relief Death Benefits in the amount or objections.
of $70,000 ADJOURNMENT
Motion carried to advance funds for
There was no discussion or objections. both active and retired members. Bob Steinbacher entertained a motion
to adjourn. Gene Bednarchik so moved.
Motion carried to pay the above Relief ASST-SECRETARY REPORT David Peters seconded. There was no
benefits. discussion and no objections.
Jim Dolan reported on the deaths of
Tim Freeman read the names of members members and spouses from the past Motion carried to adjourn. The Board
who recently passed and asked for a month. He asked the Trustees to encourage of Trustees meeting adjourned at 11:36
moment of silence from the Board. members to update their beneficiary with a.m.
the Relief Association.
MEMORIALS Bob Steinbacher, President
Alexander T. de Synadinos
Robert Moore David Peters presented the following motion.

October 2018 • 55
mail: phone: visit:
P.O. Box 41903 (800) 244-3439
Los Angeles CA 90041

56 • October 2018
Donations to Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund - September 2018
William Honohan, Loren Prohaska, Donald Brian, &

Fire Extinguisher Fund
WILLIAM WOODSON in memory of Earl E. Harris
ANNA L. SMITH in memory of Richard M. Smith
FIRE STATION NO. 21 from the
ROHRBACK TRUST Fire Extinguisher Fund

ROBERT D. NEAMY in memory of Arliss Berenger, ANN TOON

Claude Creasey, Mel Leydecker, Glen Dinger, Dean
Cathey, Tim De Luca & Don Anthony MARGARET A. GARNER

LYNN O’NEILL in memory of James O’Neill NANCY MC INTOSH in memory of Glen G. Irwin

KIRK P. BINGHAM from the Firemen’s Breakfast at DOUG NOONAN

Mimi’s Restaurant in Thousand Oaks
RICHARD E. FOX in memory of Butch Marcioni
JOHN L. PECEL in memory of Lane Kemper
ARDIS L. WILLEY in memory of Donald Brian
RICHARD L. WATTERS in memory of
Melvin L. Leydecker & James O’Neill CAROL A. DOLL in memory of Julie Stires

What Is The...
Extinguisher Fund?
The brain child of Ted Bailie, retired from the LAFD and LAFRA, your sta-
tion’s Extinguisher Fund is a simple way to collect donations for the Widows, Or-
phans 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 hoard-
ed 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
Association. 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 Fund.
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,” supported by the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund, is there
for them in times of need.

October 2018 • 57
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October 2018 • 59
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Fire Station 35

Engine Company No. 35. 1601 Hillhurst Avenue. 1953 to Present

Task Force 3
5 - Circa 198
Standing L-R 8
: F/F John Vo
Bickley, Eng gelsang, Ne
ineer Al Gah il Romine, C
Kneeling L-R e r, F/F Sean aptain II De
hter Conway nnis Mende
ce 3 5 C ir ca 1995: Firefig : F/F Dennis
Burke, F/F Jo nhall, Engin
eer Larry
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Rescue Amb F irefighter M
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ptain I Charl
d e rs a n d es Wesslund
Scott San , F/F Thoma
s Moore

Engine Company 35 - 1314 North Vermont

Avenue “B” Platoon: October 1, 1939 - S.
R. Lewis, D. Matthews, Captain A. Patter-
son, F. F. Sumner, E. E. White

Present day crew. Circa 2018

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Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association
7470 N Figueroa Street
Los Angeles CA 90041-1725