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Dear John, Please accept this donation in memory of Assistant

Chief Tony Ennis who passed away in November of 2011. Tony was a great friend, mentor and courageous chief officer. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

John and Piper Scherrei - Thousand Oaks, CA ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

LAFRA Officers and Board: Thank you so much for the flowers you sent for Ben’s

memorial. The Eugene Fire department had men and a rig there and they played the bagpipes, so he had a “fire department” send off.

Thank you also for the flag. It is a great keepsake. I appreciate all the help you have given me during the

process. You are always ready to help. Thank you,

Nancy Shepherd - Eugene, OR ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association, Please accept this donation in memory of Ben Shepherd. He was the best with a bucket of water!!

Jack Ross, aka Wrinkles, LAFD retired Paso Robles, CA

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Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association I am writing to thank you for your support and kindness

during the first difficult days and months after my husband, Felix “Phil” Vincent Piere passed on. He was a proud member of the Los Angeles Fire Department for 30 years (2/9/48 – 2/1/78). Your assistance was a port in the storm during the

turbulent time of readjustment to the fact that Felix was no longer here. I will always remember that I knew there was a place to rely on to receive consideration and guidance with the questions I had and to have timely answers delivered with kindness and empathy. Also, the encased flag that LAFRA presented to him for his service has a very special place of honor in our home. Please accept this check to the Widows and Orphans Fund in memory of my husband, Felix V. Piere.

Sincerely, Susan Piere - Hemet, CA ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund Enclosed is a check in memory of John Squire, one

of the best officers that I had the opportunity to work for during my time on the LAFD. Not only was he a great supervisor but also someone you could go to for advice on personal and department related issues.

Thank you,

Robert L. Kilpatrick - Simi Valley, CA ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

To whom it may concern; Please accept this donation in memory of two great

firemen – Tyre Wood and Benny Shepherd. They will be greatly missed!

Thank you, John W. Potter - Monterey Park, CA

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Dear John: I read in the Grapevine of the passing of Judy Ferguson,

wife of Jeff Ferguson. I have known both for a long time and I am saddened by her passing. Jeff and I worked together in Battalion 17, and I knew

him prior to that by his involvement in the Firefighter’s Association. Please place this amount in the Widows and Orphans


Sincerely, John Adams - Camarillo, CA

LA Firemen’s Relief, Please deposit this check in the Widows and Orphans

Relief Fund in memory of Carol E. Matthews, wife of retired firefighter Richard Matthews.

Thank you, Sharon Lewis - Windsor, CA


LAFRA – Please accept this donation to the Widows, Orphans

and Disabled Firemen’s Fund in the memory of Howard Mason.

Thank you,

Del and JoAnn Thompson - Harbor City, CA ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Dear Colleagues, Please accept the following donation in memory of

Russ Evans; neighbor, study partner and dear friend for almost sixty years. We worked closely together at emergencies and frequent projects. Our families enjoyed many activities together. He was a giving person always offering a helping hand. I shall miss him greatly.

Regards, John Rooney - Voorheesville, NY


LAFRA – Please accept this gift in memory of these fine men

that I had the opportunity to work with: Willard “Willy” Atkins, Gerald Foust, Howard Mason, George Allen, Russell Evans and John Squire.

William Hassoldt - Rolling Hills, CA ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

WODFF, Please accept this donation in the name of John E.

Squire – a man of great character that we are honored to say was our friend.

Paul and Nancy Semerjian - Woodland Hills, CA ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

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