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TRAIN AS IF YOUR LIFE DE- Well, hello again from the 18th.

Things have changed since the last time we talked. Battalion has a new home at 68’s. EMS is moving over to 61’s soon on a part time basis and 92’s will be coming back into the battalion. Now, how is this going to effect the “response time” for battalion from 68’s?

PENDS ON IT. Remember that slogan? It’s real guys and gals – it’s real. You know every time you go to EMT recertification you squeak through the patient assessments, counting on the youngest guy or gal in class and watch what they do. With all the medical calls we go on during a 24 hour shift, many times we just take things for granted. You know that “automatic mode” - which sometimes can bite you in the rear end. You say please help me stay awake. The crew at 61’s stayed awake and remem- bered what they were suppose to do. On April 3rd, while coming back from lunch, Capt Andy

Raya at had a medical emergency on the truck, and the guys from 61’s went into action. Every- thing they talk about during EMT Recert: the patient assessment, treatment, CPR, and trans- portation to the hospital, all took place within minutes. The guys at 61’s shined and saved a life, one of our own. We all wish Capt Raya a speedy recovery and are looking forward to his return back in the firehouse.

That’s all for now folks. Be Safe.


ith 60 players and a huge entourage of families and friends, New York’s Finest football team stormed SoCal

to take on the LA Heat at the Rose Bowl on April 28th. Both organizations strive to fight and raise monetary donations for their selected charities. Every member of each organization volunteers their time and effort for the greater cause - on and off the field. The east coast team has dedicated its games this season to three NYPD officers lost in the line of duty over the past year.

Accompanying the New York team

was their crack Pipe and Drum Corps. The bag- pipers played before the game and then posed

for pictures with appreciative fans. The LAFD Color Guard was also on hand for the pre-game ceremonies.

The NYPD team normally travels

with their chaplain and monsignor, but he had pressing business that kept him away this trip. But this didn’t deter the monsignor from de- livering a telephone blessing to the team in the locker room before the game. The only prob- lem was that in their long wait for the important phone call, the cops were almost charged with a delay of game penalty. In the head-to-head action on the

gridiron, the first three quarters were all about

defense. The score entering the fourth quarter was a stunning zero to zero. New York finally scored but the Heat

scrambled and was able to block their point after attempt. When the cops scored again and then made the two-point conversion, it was too much for the LA players to overcome. The final score was NYPD 14, LA Heat 0. Los Angeles Heat players hail from

23 different SoCal fire agencies including the LAFD and are part of the National Public Safe- ty Football League (NPSFL). Their next game is against the LAPD on June 2nd. Check out their schedule at

phoToS By juan guerra, epn –

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