Russell B. Weck Jr

June 29, 202014 Comments

Captain II, Fire Station 70-B

Deceased:
June 26, 2020

Appointed:
02/10/1968

Pensioned:
04/04/1993 – FS 70B

Details about the memorial service

Donations:
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, PLEASE SEND DONATIONS TO:
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund
PO BOX 41903
Los Angeles, CA 90041

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  1. Tony Hidalgo says:

    Very sad day. My condolences to Russ’s family. Weck Tech 86

  2. Philip Hobson says:

    Russ’s pour his heart into making us Captain’s. Weck Tech 1982
    Wish the very best to Russ’s family.

  3. Tim McDonell says:

    Weck Tech 1990ish. He gave his all. Thanks Russ. You made the LAFD a better department.

  4. Rick Erquiaga says:

    I promoted to Inspector in 2005 due in no small part to Russ’s excellent instruction. Russ’s Care and Commitment to the LAFD and Fire Service was reflected in the appointment and promotion of many members of the Fire Service. My Condolences to the Weck Family. Thank You, Russ! Rest Well. You made a Difference!
    Rick Erquiaga

  5. Raul Miranda says:

    First of all, THANK YOU RUSS WECK for motivating; organizing; teaching and guiding the many generations of LAFD members (and other agencies) through the process of career promotions. Most fire service promotions do not come without much personal sacrifice. Knowing this, Russ gave his all (for decades) to support the efforts of those seeking to advance their careers. He taught many ranks to be successful, which in turn made our fine department even better. His teaching techniques were unmatched. To this day I remember things I learned in Weck Tech (’96). I will forever be grateful for all of his help. My condolences to the Weck family. Rest in Peace Russ.

    Raul Miranda

  6. Brian Ballton says:

    My condolences to Russ’s family. Weck Tech 2007

  7. James Kinninger says:

    Russ & I were Drill Tower classmates in ’68, and studied together before class. We’d arrive at 6 am and sit in his Sunbeam or my VW and read each other’s notes before the daily quiz. He was tenacious, even as a rookie. He hated it when I would out score him on the tests. Years later I was in his first Captain’s class. That was in ’75-’76 and I was promoted in ’77. I often thought that if Russ needed to get inoto a room he’d just knock the door down rather than first try using the door knob! Sadly, that trait later cost him is BC’s promotion. Rather that cave-in from that setback, he doubled down on his promotional classes. No surprise there since Russ taught school before he join the FD.

  8. Nat Lauro says:

    My condolences to the family. Weck Teck engineer 1999

  9. Terry Waters says:

    Russ was a very unique individual, and a good friend. I was in his class in the late 80s, and made Captain with many others. I helped with future classes, only because he asked. Many who were in my Weck Tech class (and many who were in other Weck Tech classes) went on to be Department leaders. Russ was tenacious, loyal, and committed. He was one of a kind. I’m sure he’s teaching something in heaven, because he’s just gotta do that!

  10. Dave Badgett says:

    After reading the messages that others have left it’s hard to add anything that hasn’t already been said. Russ helped generations of aspiring fire officers with LA City and the surrounding fire departments. Those newly minted officers went on to help others and the fire service to improve. Russ had a long lasting impact on the fire service overall, more than most know. Thank you to the Weck family for sharing his talents with us and our condolences are with you. May Russ rest in peace.

  11. Frank Lima says:

    May perpetual light always shine upon Russ. Russ was a smart man who taught a lot of Firefighters. RIP. Weck Tech Captain Class of 1999.
    Frank Lima

  12. George O'Nan says:

    Russ and I came on the job together in February of 1968 and instantly hit it off as friends. Russ absolutely loved becoming a fireman for the LAFD, I still remember the day in the drill tower they first let us wear our badges when we went out to dinner and Russ was just beaming with pride. If you were ahead of him doing a hose lay, you had better get it right and not stop because he would run over you! Later in my career I had the pleasure of taking an Engineer class at Weck Tech where every week I learned to “Lock and Load” and I still have that damned 30 feet from structures 10 feet from roads ditty about weeds stuck in my brain! Russ encouraged me to be a better fireman and later Engineer. It’s always sad to lose a friend, but with a friend like Russ I have so many good memories to remember. RIP Russ, George O’Nan Wech Teck 1977

  13. Kevin Kearns says:

    My brother in laws who worked for the LA County Fire Department approached me years ago and asked if I knew a Captain named Russel Weck. My brother in laws then told me that Captain Weck was starting a class with the County Fire Department and asked what I thought. I Immediately told them to sign up for the class. I knew Captain Weck wanted to make a good showing on his first class outside the LAFD. Long story short both my brothers in law ended up in the top 10, and remained friends with Russell for years.
    I had the privilege of working with Captain Wick many times over the years on SOD days. He was an intelligent man and a great leader.
    My condolences to the Weck family.

  14. H. Dwayne golden says:

    Russ, rest well, Thank you for all your support in helping and motivating me and so many others to become Captains for LAFD.
    MY condolences to your family.

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