Testimonials

Hidden Heroes: Family Support Group

Hidden Heroes: Family Support Group

May 8, 2018

As our LAFD heroes put themselves at risk, some lesser-known heroes are always alongside them. These are the wives, husbands, sons and daughters, who sacrifice so much, yet ask for so little in return. Family members like Valerie Lawrence, who now is dedicated to helping other LAFD families coping with the loss of a fallen […]

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Personalized Care in a Medical Emergency

Personalized Care in a Medical Emergency

March 6, 2018

LAFD Firefighter and Relief Association member Mike Sailhamer explains why having the Relief PPO Medical Plan made a huge difference when his son had a medical emergency.

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LAFD Chaplains: A Special Calling

LAFD Chaplains: A Special Calling

April 6, 2017

The LAFD Chaplains provide comfort and guidance to firefighters and their families in the worst of times, and play a key role in many of their best moments. It’s an essential service, supported in part by your Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association. Our chaplains share what inspires them to dedicate so much 24/7/365.

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Sandra Marquez: Running In Tribute

Sandra Marquez: Running In Tribute

January 18, 2017

Sandra Marquez is a registered nurse who works night shifts at a very busy trauma center in downtown Los Angeles. She started running toward the end of 2007 because she was overweight and her health was at risk. She was guided toward group training and soon found running eased stress and kept her balanced physically […]

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A Family Legacy

A Family Legacy

December 20, 2016

For LAFD Firefighter Ryan Penrod, giving back to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund, is a family affair that started in tribute to his uncle and includes a spunky and talented Dalmatian.

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Life-Saving Benefits & Support

Life-Saving Benefits & Support

December 16, 2016

LAFD Engineer Jim Krebs says his wife Alison, his family, his faith and support from the Relief Association and its official charity, the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund are what helped him through his battle with a rare liver disease.

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Road to Recovery

Road to Recovery

March 18, 2016

When LAFD Engineer Henry Gasbarri was T-boned on his way to work, the accident was so bad that the firefighters who came to his rescue didn’t even realize he was one of their own. Luckily, the extensive coverage of the Relief PPO Medical Plan was there to make sure he received the very best treatment […]

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Keeping a Dad Close to Heart

Keeping a Dad Close to Heart

November 18, 2015

The loving family of LAFD Pilot Brian Lee (1967-2014) copes with the loss by continuing cherished traditions in his honor. Cheryl Smith shares her appreciation for the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association and the outpouring of emotional support and guidance she received.

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Accidents Happen

Accidents Happen

November 18, 2015

When LAFD Firefighter Paramedic Jordan Ross had an off-duty accident that threatened the use of his hand, he was able to receive the treatment and physical therapy he needed to recover thanks to the comprehensiveness of the Relief PPO medical plan.

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Giving Back After a Tragedy

Giving Back After a Tragedy

November 17, 2015

The work of the Widows, Orphans, & Disabled Firemen’s Fund is a personal matter for some of our sponsors, like Re/Max Olson Realtor Donna Marks. When her firefighter brother Brian Lee died in a tragic, off-duty, small plane accident, Donna was introduced to charity, as well as a wide-ranging and supportive group of people who […]

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