President’s Message – September 2019


As I look back at my message from last September, I am reminded of what 9/11 means to me and my family, and also to my co-workers. I realize that the date has become more than just a series of numbers or a simple date on a calendar. Instead, it’s a reminder of what others have sacrificed for our freedom. Just as our grandparents and our parents experienced December 7th, 1941, we must never take for granted that the freedoms that reign for us come at a high cost—one that many of our own have paid for with their own lives. 9/11. Always Remember-Never Forget.

On September 21, 2019, three more of our brothers’ name will be added to the Wall in Colorado Springs, CO as the IAFF honors and remember those who have fallen in the line of duty. A contingent of LAFRA Trustees, along with our own Family Support Group, will be traveling with the families who members will be honored on the Wall this year. May they travel safe and know that our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Another date to remember is September 28, 2019. On this day, the 17th Annual California Firefighters Memorial will be held in Sacramento, California. This is an astonishing memorial that portrays the courage of the profession and the sorrow felt when firefighters fall in the line of duty. Can’t travel that far? Join us at the LA Fire Museum in Hollywood on Oct 12th for their touching annual tribute to our fallen members. If you have the time, we encourage you to participate in both events.

Up for a game of golf? Join us on September 23, 2019 at the MountainGate Country Club for a fun round of golf and a charitable fundraiser for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund. If you haven’t already, purchase your golf balls for the big Golf Ball Drop for a chance to win some fabulous prizes.

Yes, it’s only September, but an early reminder to save the date for our annual Open House event on November 2nd. This year’s honoree is our own Rick Godinez. Take the time to eat a great meal, take a tour the Relief Association headquarters, while at the same time paying tribute to one of our own.

Keep an eye out in late September for your open enrollment packets for our medical plans. There has never been a better time to join. Cost is down and benefits are up—including a free gym membership through our New Wellness Program. This includes eligible LAFRA PPO as well as Kaiser Medical Plans members. Don’t let another six months go by paying too much.

PLAY BALL—softball that is, at this year’s Dave Moorman—It’s All Good—Over the Line Tournament which will be held on October 2nd. Bring you glove, balls and team spirit for a great time of camaraderie and sportsmanship. See the ad for additional information on the event on page 14 of this edition.

• IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial – Sept 21
• LAFD Invitational Golf Tournament – Sept 23
• California Fallen Firefighter Memorial – Sept 28
• LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial – Oct 12
• LAFRA Open House Party – Nov 2
• LAFRA Holiday Party – Dec 7

Be safe and kind to each other!

Robert D, “Steintalker” Steinbacher

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