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laFd helicopters and 88’s usar team, in conJunction with the Glendale Fd, successFully rescued a hiker and his two doGs oFF oF the side oF a steep hill in the mountains aBove Glendale.


photo By rick mcclure, laFd


kurt corral - Fs 100-a, rick mcclure - ocd-c, ray keene – Batt 18-B, and GeorGe James – Fs 102-c attendinG the Fire house world conFerence in san dieGo last FeBruary.


So one morning, working his own Battalion 11 bids a fond adieu to Cap-


tain II Henry Olvera who put in over 37 years of service with the LAFD, the last eight at FS 29 “A” Platoon. He chose not to have a retirement dinner so we have to show our respects here in the Battalion News. We wish you a long and healthy retirement Henry! Last month, the battalion that never


sleeps (Batt. 13 for our friends in Rio Linda) wrote about a certain chief offi cer that either did not study the rules about organized mess or just fell asleep in his “Leadership Academy.” (please refer to the Feb ’12 Grapevine) So as not to be outdone, one of our own beloved Battalion 11 chiefs tried to “one-up” the SOD A/C in that story.


The main character of our story is


detailed to . . . PSD! That’s right, the arm of the Fire Department that disciplines us if we misbe- have!


shift, he walks into the kitchen to get a cup of coffee. As they discuss who is cooking for the day, he counts into BOTH meals (in front of the other six members working there I might add!) So, lo and behold, when lunch is called the chief strolls into the kitchen, notices that the lunch menu is not to his liking, and does an about- face, mumbling that he does not eat meat and he’s out of lunch. Thankfully the dinner menu was within his “DIET” and he licked his platter clean. When dinner was complete and it came time to pay for meals, the exchange sounded like this:


“I am only paying for one meal


because I didn’t eat lunch” “But you counted IN sir?” came the


timid fi refi ghter’s response. “Oh no, I counted out of lunch”


retorted our principled leader. The fi refi ghter, not wanting to argue


with the chief, looked toward his captain for assistance in this conundrum!


April 2012 • 15 shift!” The story ends with the “A” shift


mess going over-budget for the day and a few members of FS 13 really mad at their fearless leader.


Now really chief, do you believe


that not one person at 13’s knows you are getting paid overtime when you work back for yourself? Not to mention, you can’t count out of mess after the meal is made. As not to be too harsh on this way-


ward leader, maybe he was off sick that day at “Leadership Academy.” You know the day they went over Honesty, Integrity, Principles and Ethical Leadership.


eyeonbatt11@yahoo.com


“Hey Chief, how about fi ve bucks for


dessert?” questioned the crafty captain, looking at a chance to make up the lost revenue. “What??? I’m not SOD, this is my


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