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phoToS By mike meadoWS, epn


“Dream Team” of sorts. At least this is what was reported to me. Also, would the younger guys stop


Let’s start with congratulations to


practically all of 87’s that retired the last cou- ple of months. The three amigos: Captains Neal Jones, Paul Steffen, and Tom Kephart. Also A/O’s Randy Opperman and Mike Bennett, Engineer Gerry Hutchinson, and Captain Gerry Horwedel. In addition, Engineers William Pa- dilla (70’s) and Frank Cosolo (18’s). We all wish you the best. I can’t wait to join you (it can’t come quick enough). Please email me if I missed anyone, I’ll be sure to include them on the next go around. And then the movements. 103’s


became a stir when the displaced Rescue members were told they would have to put a “brownie” in for the new RA 18 . . . along with all other LAFD medics. However, because of the sole efforts of FF/PM Brandon Smith, all the displaced members of each station were automatically guaranteed an even swap; 103’s for 18’s. Because of our hero’s gift of relent- less persistence (pestering), 18-C now has a


18 • June 2012


picking on the older members at 96’s. As you younger guys gain experience, you will learn that it doesn’t matter what you know, but only what the veterans say is so. Hang in there, you will soon gain enough time to keep the tradition alive.


And now, I would like to share a pho- to sent to me.


And finally to end on a positive note,


ThiS “Band-aid” preTTy much SumS up WhaT We have To deal WiTh aS a claSS-one deparTmenT. The memBerS in The field do a damn good joB keeping ThingS Working, all WiThouT SupporT from The very Top.


Batt 15 would like to congratulate our very own Jeffery-Division 5. He recently won two medals in the Special Olympics. A Gold in the 400m run, and a Bronze in the 1500m run. Way to go Jeffery. Maybe you can give FF Dehler some pointers on how to increase his endur- ance.


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