Testimonials

Honoring Lane Kemper

Honoring Lane Kemper

October 15, 2015

LAFD Captain Lane Kemper (1952-2006) embodied the true spirit of camaraderie and was devoted to helping others. His leadership and friendship left a lasting impression on his friends, family and colleagues. As a tribute to Lane, the annual softball tournament was renamed in his honor. Each year hundreds of firefighters grab their gloves and hit […]

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Charity Begins at Home

Charity Begins at Home

April 15, 2015

There is a special connection between Emily Pizinger and her volunteer work for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund — her dad, Michael A. Pizinger. When asked what drew her to helping the charity Emily said, “I was a recipient of the fund.” Emily and her dad, a young LAFD Captain fondly nicknamed “Pinky,” […]

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Relief Benefits Help Member Families

Relief Benefits Help Member Families

March 26, 2015

As his daughter battled a rare and potentially deadly illness, Donald Gillenwater knew he could count on the Relief Association, especially the durable medical equipment program.

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Scholarships for the Family of a Fallen Hero

Scholarships for the Family of a Fallen Hero

May 14, 2014

Images of four young children, solemnly attending their father’s memorial service touched the hearts of people across the country. Thousands mourned the loss of LAFD Firefighter Paramedic Eric F. Reiner and his colleagues, Michael A. Butler and Michael D. McComb, when they were killed in a tragic, on-duty helicopter crash in 1998 while trying to […]

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A Hero’s Widow Gives Back

A Hero’s Widow Gives Back

April 28, 2014

When Jeanne’s husband Ralph, a Firefighter III with the LAFD, died unexpectedly in 2009, she discovered the lengths to which the Relief Association and the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund would go for the families of firefighters.

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Leaving a Legacy for Firefighter Families

Leaving a Legacy for Firefighter Families

March 26, 2014

Ruth M. Miller always kept a special place in her heart for firefighters. She and her husband, John, also known as Jack, had a wonderful marriage and were truly soul mates. One of the things she loved and admired about Jack was his career as a firefighter and captain. It was one of the first […]

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Flag Ceremony for Relief Members

Flag Ceremony for Relief Members

November 21, 2013

In tribute to the valiant service and dedication our firefighters give to the LAFD and the community, the Relief proudly holds a special ceremony in their honor after they pass away.

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One-of-a-Kind Charity

One-of-a-Kind Charity

August 16, 2013

When LAFD Retired Chief Don Cate learned he could help the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund by becoming a member of the Eternal Flame Society, he decided it was a great way to make sure L.A. City firefighter families would always have a place to turn in times of need. “I gave it a […]

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The Relief is There for Its Members

The Relief is There for Its Members

August 7, 2013

Mike James loves motorcross riding. But, when he suffered a horrible accident while on a ride in Mexico, he found himself in dire need of help. Thankfully, the Relief Association had his back. Watch his story and how the Relief is there for its members.

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How the Relief Helped the Tells

How the Relief Helped the Tells

August 7, 2013

Firefighter Bryan Tell and his wife Melissa explain how the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association helped when their daughter was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder.

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