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ike to play softball? Ever played in the Lane Kemper Classic? Make it out to the first ever Over-The-Line tournament at Santa Monica Beach last summer? But most importantly, did you know


that LAFD Engineer Bill Bringas is the brainchild behind both of these events? Bill is a fixture at these and other LAFRA functions throughout the year, and that is why he was present at the Saturday, March 13th luncheon to receive the 2012 Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association Volunteer of the Year honor. LAFRA Trustee and part-time Fire Captain Dave Peters (come


on! – he works at 114’s!), along with his crew, was instrumental in imple- menting the IAP both prior to and on the day of the event. The Air Opera- tions gang were the perfect hosts, welcoming the guests into their station, and then surprising everyone with a tour of the facility and apparatus. The cadre of LAFRA volunteers, both civilian and firefighters,


were invited to dine with the Air Ops “B” crew, the guys from FS 90 and Battalion 10 Chief Steve Ruda. The delectable cuisine was prepared on site in the Air Ops kitchen by Chef Jason Sperber from “A Culinary Mind.” His gourmet handiwork included Chicken Milanese and a ravioli dish made from a blend of Italian cheeses which I can’t even pronounce. You may have tasted Jason’s creations at the LAFRA Open House or the LAFRA Golf Invitational banquet.


After the meal, Relief Association Vice President Juan Albar-


ran thanked the volunteers for their hard work and dedication. He ac- knowledged that without their help, it would be impossible to put on many of the events which benefit the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund throughout the year. The volunteers who have gone above and beyond were recog-


nized by the presentation of special plaques. The 2011 Volunteers of the Month were Donna Capelouto, Nayanika Barker, FF Joe Luna, FF David Gastelum, Inspector Martin Gutierrez, and LAFD employees Jennifer Corona and Lesley Cornejo. The 2012 Volunteers of the Month honored were Jessica Chavy, Jan Layton, retired FF Gerry Layton, Gary Mont- gomery, FF Keenan Porche, and FF Jim Stiglich. And in addition to Bill Bringas taking home a plaque as the 2012 Volunteer of the Year, our old friend Larry Hoerner was present to accept the honor of last year’s top volunteer.


After the dust had settled and all the guests had disappeared, an


exhausted Air Ops team discovered that Chef Sperber had left a special thank you present just for them. Piled high on the kitchen table was a huge mound of his best ever chocolate cookies. I wonder if there were any left when the “A” platoon came on the next morning?


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