The LAFD Fire Hogs held their annual Hogs Breath BBQ on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Despite the extreme weather and a recall of several members, the event was well attended by 75 Fire Hogs members, friends and family.
A special thanks goes out to Fire Hogs South End Vice President Taylor Gaskins for organizing the entire BBQ event. Taylor was able to acquire the Long Beach Police Officer Association Park in Long Beach. The parked proved to be an ideal location for the Hogs Breath BBQ. The park had a kitchen to prepare the food, plenty of picnic benches and tables, a stage for the band and ample room on a grass yard for the Biker Games.
The BBQ was prepared by a long-time friend/supporter of the Fire Hogs, Darrell Smith. Darrell started cooking the meat at 5:30 in the morning and the BBQ feast consisted of beef brisket, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken, sausage, beans and coleslaw. The food was AWESOME.
The beer was donated by Fireman’s Brew and Nin Kasi Brewery of Eugene, Oregon.
Fire Hogs Prospect Don Jesolva recommended the band, Roadwork, who has played at Cook’s Corner as well as numerous other venues in Orange County. Roadwork rocked the afternoon away and even provided some commentary during the games.
What would a biker BBQ be without Biker Games? Thanks to FIREHOGS Sergeant-at-Arms Pete Goff and his crew for setting up the always popular and hilarious Biker Games. Congratulations to the following people for their wins: Fire Hogs Prospect Angel Meza for the Slow Drag Race, Fire Hogs President Jack Wise for the Keg Push, Jack Wise and Wendy for the Potato Harvest, and Founding Fire Hogs member John O’Connor and girlfriend Michelle for the Weenie Bite.
The 2013 FIREHOGS Hogs Breath BBQ was certainly an entertaining event. The warm weather, the fabulous park and a lot of camaraderie made for a great day. All proceeds from the BBQ were donated to the Los Angeles Firemen’s Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund. We look forward to seeing you all in 2014.
By Eric Verwey