Dear Relief Association:
Our family cannot thank the L.A.F.R.A. enough for your service and kindness in honoring our uncle Lars Nelson at his funeral the 2nd of May. Lars was a good fireman and a great uncle. My Uncle Lars was a man one would want to emulate. I wanted to be a fireman just like him. God answered my prayers and allowed me to serve the citizens of San Diego for over 30 years as a firefighter and engineer. I will be eternally grateful to the men and women of the L.A.F.D. and your Firemen’s Relief Association for honoring my Uncle Lars. Blessings to you all.
William F. Nelson
Bud [Creath] was a Fireman at 9’s when I came on the job in 1974. He was promoted to Engineer shortly thereafter and went to 11’s. He earned my respect early on as I heard many stories of his driving and pumping abilities. His house, next to Woodland Hills Country Club, was a beauty. An excellent Fireman, Engineer, golfer and man.
May he rest peacefully,
Newbury Park, CA
LA Firemen’s Relief Assn,
Burt [Hosterman] was my relief for the nine years I worked at 11’s. A true professional and great engineer, and friend! Always had a smile and a story that would make you laugh. He will truly be missed as will his “cook your own steak and three-bean salad.” My prayers go out to his loved ones!!
Van Nuys, CA
Please accept this donation in memory of two very special guys: Bob Patterson and Ross Stevens. Prior to my retirement in 1986, Bob gave me four signed and framed pieces of his outstanding and legendary work. I met Ross in my third house as a rookie, and we became live long friends. Both are sadly missed.
To Everyone at LAFRA.
Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers you sent me for Burdette (Bud) Creath. That was so thoughtful. Jim Dolan was so helpful. I will be sending a donation when things are settled. You are truly a great organization.
Mary Lynne Creath
Woodland Hills, CA
Please accept these funds from our extinguisher at Fire Station 111, Boat #1. If you could also please acknowledge Ted Bailey for his efforts in providing all the great extinguishers we would appreciate it.
Dear Mr. Saavedra (FS 12-A):
How can I thank you enough for saving my life when you dislodged a piece of meat from my throat in my daughter’s house in Eagle Rock two months ago? I am extremely grateful to you and your fellow co-workers. Please accept this contribution to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund of L.A. in honor of your fine work.
How can I possibly thank you enough for your kindness and compassion following the death of my husband, Dudley. He assured me over and over that, when the time came, I had only to turn to you for help and everything would be resolved. How true that has turned out to be.
I also thank you for the flag and beautiful box, complete with inscription, that yu sent me. It hangs proudly on the wall next to his helmet. Please compliment the person who makes the boxes because they are so attractive. Dudley would have felt honored to receive it and grateful to you too.
Please accept the enclosed check in memory of my dear Dudley for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. Dudley was always a firm supporter of the fund and the good work it does.
I hope the Relief Association will have the benefit of your presence for a very long time in the future (no retirement for you!) so that wives like me who lose their husbnads will know that whatever the problem, Andy will find the solution.
Westlake Village, CA
Please accept this donation to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. This is in memory of our father and grandfather, Dudley Sorenson. Both my mom, Dorothy, and dad were committed to the LAFD and all of its member’s families. Thanks Andy for all of your help in our time of need. The LAFRA is a fantastic organization that is much appreciated.
Steve and Pam Sorenson and family
Capistrano Beach, CA