May 2017

April 30, 2017

LAFRA –

Rest in Peace Billy Jack (Billy J. Miser). You certainly deserve that. You are one the kindest people I have ever known. And you could outfly me 365 days a year. Thank you so much for your friendship and wisdom.

Jack Davis
Tarzana, CA

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Captain Kuljis,

Thank you so much for the expression of condolence on the passing of our father, Emil Oldar, Engineer retired – Station 48. He and the family have great pride in the public service given through his many years in the fire service. We are further honored by the gift of the memorial flag and ceremony of his fellow firefighting brothers and sisters in fostering this special gift.

Honored,

The Oldar Family
Ontario, CA

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LAFRA –

Alicia Mathis was a great lady; gone much too early. I had the pleasure of working with Alicia when she ran the Recruitment Unit. She always conducted herself with strength and dignity. I will miss her.

John Dallas
Sunland, CA

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LAFRA –

I had the pleasure of working with Sterling [Johnson] at 61’s. Good man, great cook, epic snorer and always smiling. Nothing was more important to Sterling than his family. His love for them and pride in their accomplishments made its way into every conversation. This is very sad news. He left this earth way too soon. Rest in peace my friend.

Jeff Elder
Los Angeles, CA

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LAFRA –

Sterling [Johnson] was in my first house as a rookie and one of my favorites. When I saw him over the years, he always had a smile ready. He was such a proud father, we heard all about his son’s football games at Boise St. Such a sad day. Thoughts to his family.

Margaret Stewart
Fallbrook, CA

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LAFRA –

I was injured at a fire as a rookie, and was unconscious for several hours. When I woke up, Chief Schneider was at my bedside. He made sure the nurses knew that I was one of LA City’s finest, and that I should get the finest care. He looked out for me after that, including allowing me to drive him whenever George went on a detail. I got caught in the kitchen many nights with him where he told fire stories and shared his experiences, which ultimately increased my understanding and situational awareness of emergency operations.

What I remember most is his love for the job, and how well he treated me at a time when our Department was not so nice.

Rest In Peace Chief

Roy Harvey
Los Angeles, CA

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LAFRA –

I am the daughter of retired LAFD Captain George A. Bauman. My Dad worked with Larry [Schneider] at the beginning of his career and again after he became a Captain towards the end of his career. Dad always spoke so highly of the time spent with Larry on the department. At home we enjoyed many stories that came out of their time together. I have had the pleasure of meeting Larry. My husband, retired Fire Fighter, Rick Reyes, worked with Larry Jr. at Station 50’s for a couple of years. Larry’s very long career and dedication to the LAFD Family is impressive to say the least. I was very touched when he and Larry Jr. were with Dad and our family at Mom’s memorial gathering. He was a mentor for Dad and a true-blue friend for many years. He will be missed.

Pam (Bauman) Reyes
Whittier, CA

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LAFRA –

My Dad, Max Myers, had worked with Chief Schneider back in the “good ole days” as he used to say. So when my husband, Don Paone, worked with Chief Schneider at 9’s, I always included my Dad for any station holiday meals when Schneider was working. Those two long lost friends would get together in a corner and reminisce. Always amazed the stories they could remember like yesterday. I’m sure some would raise an eyebrow today but good to see them have the opportunity to reconnect.

Daran Paone
Lake Elsinore, CA

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LAFRA –

I was one of the fortunate ones to have worked with Larry [Schneider] in several assignments. I am sure we will never find anyone more dedicated to the fire service and firefighting, always willing to share his knowledge and experience. He was always generous and caring with people in need and will be missed by all. Rest in peace Larry.

John Comerford
Palos Verdes Estates, CA

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