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VOL. LXXXVII


APRIL 2012 • feaTURe •


LESSONS FROM MY GRANDFATHER Grandpa has been retired from the LAFD for 45 years and at 97


years old is still living in his own home and taking care of himself. Learn the secrets that enabled him to enjoy such a long retirement, marriage and life. • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 06


HANDBALL TIPS AND TOOLS The best handball players share several common traits. LAFD’s


fi nest reveal how they reach peak performance in an attempt to improve the competition. • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49


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DEPARTMENT IN ACTION Gunshots resulted in multiple victims and a Major Emergency struc-


ture fi re in Hollywood and a blaze destroys a row of businesses in Van Nuys. • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28


• CONTeNTs •


President’s Message • ................................................................................05 Personal Finance Taking advantage of the new gift and estate tax laws • .............................09 Battalion News • ..........................................................................................11 The Station Fridge • ....................................................................................21 Fire Boat 4


Celebrating 50 years of service • ...........................................................22 11 COPYRIGHT © 2012 Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association. No material may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher.


Notice: Production of The Firemen’s Grapevine magazine is very expensive, and while your dues serve to underwrite a portion of the magazine’s costs, the bulk of funding comes from advertisers. Many businesses advertise in the Grapevine. This does not mean that LAFRA endorses these advertisers. Use of a Grapevine advertiser is at the risk of the member. If you are interested in any of the advertisements, we urge you to use any and all means at your disposal to investigate them.


Retired Guys • ...........................................................................................23 The 2012 Grass Valley Reunion All active and retired are invited • ............................................................24 Search and Rescue Part 16 – More on equipment • ................................................................27 In Memoriam Remembering John Squire • ...................................................................34 Medical Liaison Unit From the eyes of a light-duty captain • ....................................................36 Memorials • .................................................................................................37 Mailbox • .....................................................................................................39 Healthy Changes for a Healthy Heart • ........................................................40 Retirement Dinner Announcements • ...........................................................41 Retirement Dinners Allen Bart • ..............................................................................................43 Marv Williams • .......................................................................................45 Edward Banda • ......................................................................................47 LAFD-HS History Portrait of Chief Bethel Gifford • ..............................................................50


Minutes of the Board of Trustees • ..............................................................54 Classifi eds • ................................................................................................57 Tailboard • ...................................................................................................61


On the cover: Major emergency structure fire - Van Nuys photo submitted by Rick McClure, Captain, OCd-C


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