President’s Message – October 2018

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The Annual IAFF Fallen Fire fighter Memorial was held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs. I once again had the honor of attending and observing the ceremony that honors the men and women of the fire service who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of others. With over 7000 people in attendance, I was proud to see our department well represented by a multitude of off-duty members, along with the ever-diligent team of Fire Hogs, who rode their motorcycles thousands of miles to honor the memory of our own. This year, Dave Moorman and Kelly Wong names were added to the Wall of Honor at the IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial. Thank you all who attended the event and for showing the true spirit of the LAFD in remembering our fallen Brothers and Sister.

I also had the pleasure of attending this year’s 9/11 remembrance ceremony held at the Frank Hotchkin’s Training center. As usual, it was filled with emotion and a message to always stay vigilant in our duties, no matter the time of day or the place we may be. LAFD members, surrounded by a large contingency of law enforcement listened as the Mayor, the Fire Chief, and other politicians paid tribute to the Americans who lost their lives on that infamous day. “Let us never forget.”

This year’s Annual LAFD Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony will be held on October 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. If you are able, please join us at the Los Angeles Fire Museum & Fallen Firefighters Memorial to honor the 268 members of the department who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving the citizens of Los Angeles.

Speaking of honoring, I would especially like to thank the fantastic staff of the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association, the army of volunteers, and of course, the generosity of the vendors on record for helping in preparing for what looks to be the most successful Golf tournament in Relief Association’s history. The LAFD Invitational Golf Tournament was held at Mountain Gate Country Club with hundreds of hours going into the preparation for the event. Thank you to all responsible for your dedication and hard work. It has not gone unnoticed.

So that time has come again—Trustee Elections. Six active and One retired Trustee for a three-year term. Any member in good standing interested in running for the open positions must mail, fax, or email a letter in the format printed out on page 28 of this edition, along with a recent picture of themselves and a short statement/bio by close of business on October 15, 2018. Mail or fax the requested information to Jeff Cawdrey, Vice President. Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association. 7470 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90041. Fax (323) 259-5290 Email: jcawdrey@lafra.org.

Now for a little fun. Don’t forget to grab your shorts, sunglasses, and a few cold drinks and head for the sands of Santa Monica. On October 3, 2018, teams from all over the LAFD will gather to honor the memory of our fallen brother, Dave Moorman in a fun way as they participate in this year “Over the Line Tournament” at Santa Monica Beach. 1150 PCH, Lot 3 North.

Just a reminder that on Saturday, November 3, 2018, we will be holding our Open House here at LAFRA HQ. As I mentioned in last month’s edition, this year we will be honoring Craig White and Bruce Galien for their commitment and dedication in putting on the Hook and Ladder Enduro event. This annual desert pilgrimage has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. So, come for the food and stick around to catch up with your old friends.

Lastly, Open Enrollment is upon us. Don’t forget to sign up during this short window of opportunity. Over the last year, we have done our best to preserve what we think is a premier offering of services through our PPO program and Kaiser Permanente. We hope you take full advantage of what the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association has to offer its members. As usual, if you have any questions or needs, please don’t hesitate to call 1-866-995-2372.

Be safe and be kind to each other!

Robert D. “SteinTalker” Steinbacher
president@lafra.org
323.259.5200

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