Great article by Fred Lopez (Funding Your Fire Station, July 2013), but one correction. The LAFD Foundation relies on private support (not Neighborhood Councils), and has funded more than $1 million in equipment, technology and training for your fire stations. Adopt a Fire Station and general funding are available at www.supportlafd.org.
President, Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation
Fred Lopez responds: Thanks to Karen for clarifying the information and helping to keep our fire companies better funded and equipped.
Please accept this donation in memory of Michael J. Ambarian. Mike and I worked at old 26’s in the 1960’s. We had such great times there, lots of fires and exposed to such great role models. When Mike made A/O he stayed at 26’s and tillering for Mike was the ride of a lifetime.
Mike was a great friend, exemplary fireman, and I treasure our years together.
Thanks for the ride “Pepe.”
Granada Hills, CA
Please accept this donation to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund in memory of my longtime friend, Earl Mazzari.
I met Earl in the early 70’s while working at 10’s as a 3-year fireman. We went to many fires together and he taught me the finer points of being a truckman. We studied for promotions together, built several homes together, and had a great friendship on and off the job.
Earl, the Wedge, was a mentor, a friend you could count on and a man’s man with a heart of gold. All who were fortunate enough to call Earl a friend will miss him dearly.
John “Jake” Jacobsen
Lake Arrowhead, CA
In memory of Mike Ambarian – my captain in the drill tower as well as hunting companion in Elk Camp. I never will forget this great fireman. And there are others that have gone too early: Charles Parker, Frank Brady and Ron Pierce.
Wayne R. Langner, retired
L.A. Firemen’s Relief Assoc.
Please accept this check in honor of Scott Brady whom I worked with at old 28’s. It was such a wonderful memory I have of him as a firefighter. May he rest in forever peace.
Vaughn C. Swanson
Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Assn,
Please accept the enclosed donation to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund in appreciation for the use of the wheelchair my mother needed after the traffic accident. I would like also to take this time to thank all the members working at LAFRA for all their hard work, commitment and diligence in making it the “class one” organization that it is.
My sincerest thanks,
Mark A. Rojas
Mission Viejo, CA
Dear Tim (Larsen),
Please accept the enclosed donation in memory of my husband Bob Lowe. I want to thank you for personally helping me during this difficult time. It is a comfort to know that the Relief Association is always ready to help.
Thank you for the flag encasement which will be displayed with honor in my home.
Carol S. Lowe
San Juan Capistrano
L.A. Firemen’s Relief Assn.
Please accept the enclosed check to the W.O.D.F.F. in memory of Bill Yanez. He was aka “Sweet Willie” when he was at 25’s.
Yucca Valley, CA
Please accept this donation to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund in memory of a great guy – Clarence Bonesteel. We worked together and studied together for the rank of engineer. I feel re-miss because I’m a little late in sending this note to you. I thought the world of “Boney” and will miss him a great deal!
Las Vegas, NV
Please accept this donation to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund in memory of William L. Yanez – “Bill” or in some circles “Sweet Willy.” He is a wonderful man and will be missed by many.
Della F. Crenshaw & Family
Dear James (Dolan),
Thank you for the job you do to keep people and the community safe! Thank you for attending the memorial service for Frank Buchanan on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Enclosed is a donation in memory of Frank Buchanan.
Ladera Ranch, CA
LA Firemen’s Relief Assoc. and Andy Kuljis,
We wish to extend our thanks and appreciation for the beautiful plant and meaningful flag that was sent to the family. It will always be treasured.
Ed was proud to be the first captain when they started the Helicopter Unit. He proudly watched it grow into the great unit it is today. Ed enjoyed every day he went to work. He loved the fire department.
I was so proud to be a fireman’s wife and our sons were proud of their dad. We liked being a part of the Los Angeles Fire Family.
With our sincerest thanks,
The Hoglund Family
Woodland Hills, CA
Dear members of the LAFRA
I just received the money for the will. Thanks a lot – the LAFRA is 2nd to none. I have been a member since 1955 and I have donated to the WODFF for years, although it isn’t much but all I can afford as I am on the lower end of the pension scale. And now as you can see by my handwriting I am getting older.
After my passing, the WODFF will get a lot more. Please pay my thanks and praise to all of you and keep up the fabulous work.