I am Kathy Barton, eldest daughter of Richard Arlt. We received the beautiful flag and letter from the department. We are overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness of the Fireman’s Relief Association.
My mother Marlene, sends her thanks also. My husband and I live with my mother as her caregiver, as she requires fulltime care, and we were caring for my father until his death here in his home.
We are having a mass and memorial this Sunday. We will be taking the flag and letter.
God bless all that were involved in the ceremony.
Please accept this donation in the name of Vernon B. Larson, retired engineer. Most know him as Bruce or “Snake.” Bruce is currently undergoing treatment for a recurring illness.
I had the fortune and privilege of sharing the same assignment, Task Force 10, for ten years with Bruce. I thank him for the awesome example that he provided for all. Bruce always performed all duties and tasks with a high degree of professionalism. He is also one of the sneakiest and most accurate artists with a bucket I ever worked with. Most importantly, Bruce has a depth of love and faith in God that should be an example for us all.
Bud Molle, LAFD retired
I have been very busy this past year and cannot quite believe that a year has gone by since Joe passed away. I have managed to get the outside of the house painted, had several faucets and one toilet replaced, fixed the outdoor watering system and received a new knee from Kaiser (not necessarily in that order).
My family has helped me every step of the way and your help in taking care of the necessary paperwork required for the LAFD has truly made this chapter in my life much easier. You, or course, always do the extra thing – like sending me a bouquet of beautiful flowers when I was in the hospital for the knee replacement. Thank you so much.
I am enclosing a check for the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund in memory of my late husband of 63 years, Joseph O. Michell.
I am traveling to Texas on Saturday to meet my new great grandson, Sawyer Joseph Penoli (born October 30), and to celebrate Thanksgiving with all of his family.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
I’m sure there were a few surprised June ’54 B Shifters who enjoyed some memories on seeing their pics in your last Grapevine’s Tailboard (Dec2014).
Unfortunately, that was only half of that class – the A Shift being left out. From their half we often see mention in the Grapevine of Bill Dahlquist who keeps active on behalf of the cause at the harbor and [the Hollywood]Museum. The longest active serving member at 53 years before retirement – he liked the job – Chief Larry Schneider also was part of the A shift of that class. And, you’ve probably heard of Sam Diannito, also from that class!
Regards and thanks.
Please accept this donation in memory of Rose (Lynn) Isreal, wife of Gordon L. Isreal, who was a classmate of mine in the April 1968 class.
Gordon (who I always knew as Dan) and Rose (who I always knew as Lynn) , while not quite neighbors, lived a few blocks away in West Van Nuys, and due to proximity, we became friends and ride partners during the Drill Tower. If memory serves me, Dan and Lynn lived next door to B/C Rudy Landgraf, which may have had a part in getting Dan interested in the Fire Department. After graduating and going to our field assignments, I don’t think we ever worked together other than at adjacent Stations – 22’s and possibly 66’s, but we remained in contact over the years.
Dan was an accomplished sailor and boat builder. My wife and I did have the opportunity many years ago to go out sailing with Dan and Lynn, launching their sailboat from the beach in Malibu.
Agoura Hills, CA
Dear Andy and LA Firemen’s Relief Assn. Family,
My family and I want to sincerely thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the beautiful floral arrangements you had delivered to my husband’s – Larry Munden – celebration of life memorial service. I could just picture him looking down on all of us that day with a huge smile on his face – happy he got his “going way” party after all. Your gorgeous flowers helped to make his celebration a little brighter.
I especially want to thank you Andy for all the help, support and guidance during a very difficult time. You took care of everything for me when I needed help and I am so very grateful for all you’ve done. Larry and I have been blessed to have LAFRA in our lives since 1970, knowing there is help just a phone call away. Bless you all!
On behalf of my family, please accept the enclosed donation to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund in memory of my dear husband Larry Munden, engineer retired, and a wonderful father who we love and miss so much.
With sincere gratitude,
Arroyo Grande, CA
Dear Bob Steinbacher,
Thank you for everything that you did, especially helping Lea Jefferis out with all that she needed done. Thank you for the bed at the house for Tom and for the beautiful flowers the Relief Association sent.
With appreciation and gratitude,
Canoga Park, CA
To All Who Guided Me –
I felt so blessed to have been assisted and guided through all the many departments I had to search out and contact when my husband, Carleton J. Phillipse, passed away. So many why’s and how’s. Please pass this one to all who were so helpful at our sad time. I truly was so surprised how well everything fell into place as I was completely in the dark where to go next.
Again: Bless all of you and pass on my message.
Donna R. Phillipse & family
1000 Palms, CA
Dear Juan Albarran:
On behalf of the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce we are proud to enclose a check in support of the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund. This was part of the proceeds from our annual pancake breakfast on Fire Service Day at Fire Station 86. We hope to be back next year to join with our local firemen to educate the community on fire safety and raise funds for your fine organization.
Reynold M. Blight, president
Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce