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Greetings and beware April Fool’s


Day from the sinners and the saints of the Sec- ond Battalion. There is a long standing tradition in


the fi re service of career bench marks being celebrated with a special dinner. Five years on, ten, fi fteen . . . you get the idea. You get to let everyone know your seniority # and they get to enjoy a free meal. It’s fair. Last month Lincoln Heights alumnus,


Inspector Rudy Martinez, held his 35 years of service dinner at the Second Oldest Fire Station in the City. Armed with cases of lobster, pounds and pounds of marinated prime rib, chafi ng dishes and skilled retired kitchen help, Rudy took over the kitchen at 8am, made lunch for the on duty crew and proceeded to orchestrate a delicious surf and turf meal for fi fty. Thanks to reigning Captain Dave Soto, a local mariachi band serenaded the attendees with local musical fl avor. Old friends were reunited, even older sto- ries were told and a great time was had by all. I would like all those who “owe a dinner” to take note of a class act and realize some traditions are worth keeping. Rudy will be retiring soon after this reaches your mailbox, so the time and expense he went to came from the heart. And you know you make a good


tamale when people are disappointed with prime rib and lobster! My second story involves the heroes


of Lincoln Heights and New Years Eve. Actu- ally it’s told more with pictures than words as the crew stops a drunk driver provided geyser employing the “Year of the Dragon” technique. Send your version of the truth to:


battalion7news@yahoo.com


thanks to the new reconFiGuration plan clos- inG enGine one, we now have plenty oF room to entertain.


rudy’s skilled retired kitchen help plays with the crustaceans that rudy’s Brother Freddie Grilled to perFection.


rudy watches over the prime riB and mashed potatoes.


the mariachis provided By capt. dave soto really captured the mood oF the east side.


liGht Force one employs the “year oF the draGon” techniQue to aBate the haZard.


12 • April 2012


nothinG says ‘happy new year’ like parkinG on top oF a hydrant.


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