Welcome to September where we transition from summer and move into fall. As most of our kids (hopefully) go back to school after the long Labor Day Weekend, remember our country recognizes this holiday, and it is all about giving the workers, “all of you” your due. Labor Day allows everyone to pause and recognize the sacrifice you all make on a daily basis. A big thank you to UFLAC in leading our labor movement and protecting our wages, hours, and working conditions.
The statement “everyone remembers where they were on September 11th 2001” still holds true. As we continue to honor our fallen who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives in the line of duty, it is hard to believe the 20-year anniversary of 911 is upon us. Our LAFD family is not lost in these honors as we have endured the significant losses of active members Captain II John Ruedy and Firefighter Henry Munoz in the last few months. We should all be proud and thankful of all the behind-the-scenes work through the field incident management teams, Department Chaplains, and how our Department comes together to honor our members in granting the family wishes in celebrating their lives. To Michelle Ruedy and Kate Munoz, you will forever be a part of our fire family, we are here for you!
After 16 months of isolation and canceled LAFRA events, the Kemper Softball Classic took place “outside the city” on July 21st, 2021. Twenty-four teams dusted off their gear and hit the road to the Chino Hills Field of Dreams. All were eager to get out and “Hit the Ball, Catch the Ball, and Throw the Ball.” No lolly-gagging allowed. Congratulations to Fire Station 46 in taking the gold medal in a hard-fought final against Fire Station 29. A big thank you to Keith Bandy, and all involved for taking –the reigns and continuing this awesome event! Special thanks also to Valerie Lawrence and her team of volunteers for their efforts in gathering all the donated items for the raffle and making the day another successful event for LAFRA.
On July 22nd, 2021, the Los Angeles City Firefighter’s Association’s 2019 LAFD Fire Firefighter of the Year luncheon finally took place. LAFRA’s very own Trustee, Family Support Group founder, Scholarship Committee chair, Marketing and Development chair, emcee, retired Captain II Rick Godinez was finally able to receive this well-deserved honor to join the ranks of this “Hall of Fame” list. In typical Rick humble fashion, he thanked everyone else for all his accomplishments throughout his incredible acceptance speech. Additionally, Rick thanked the 2020 nominee Captain II Tom Kitahata for sharing this honoring year. “Kit” will join this group on October 13th, 2021, Congratulations!
Unfortunately, some pandemic-related cancellations to events happened again this year. The annual LAFRA Hope for Firefighters event, which is usually held the first Thursday in June plans on being back and better than ever in June of 2022. I’m sure each participating station will continue to work on their culinary skills and should have plenty of ideas for booth themes and costumes next year. LAFRA has also recently learned the IAFF’S Colorado Springs Memorial on September 18th, 2021 and CPF’S Sacramento Memorial on September 25th, 2021 have been cancelled/postponed. To the families of the fallen, hang in there, the time will come for you to attend these uplifting memorials to witness your loved one’s name added to these walls of honor.
As a reminder, if you and your dependent children find yourselves graduating to parenthood/grandparenthood while welcoming in a new bundle of joy, please review the medical summary plan document under, “what is NOT covered under the medical plan”, on page 31. See below.
What is not covered in the Summary Plan Document (SPD) – Pregnancy or Maternity Related Expenses of a Dependent Child – Pregnancy related expenses of a Dependent child, including expenses for treatment of complications of any such pregnancy, except as required by the ACA or other applicable law.
Your graduation does not qualify as an IRS qualifying life event to drop medical coverage with LAFRA. Best practice by past graduates has been to drop the dependent child during the open enrollment months of April or October, this timeline allows the dependent child to enroll in another medical plan effective July 1st or January 1st.
Open House – October 23rd
Golf Tournament – November 8th
Dinner Dance – December 11th
Be safe out there!
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