This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
COA Retirement Dinner cont’d...


cording to his fishing buddy Tim Larson, there are a few hundred of them stored at his home. I am confident that John will keep busy with retirement spending time at his succulent farm and doing his photography. And of course, add- ing to his collection.


Battalion Chief Craig Yoder


Craig Yoder began Drill Tower 89 on


July 22, 1973 and served his rookie rotation at Fire Stations 6, 20, and 29. Craig promoted to Apparatus Operator with only 3 years on the job and served assignments on Truck 17 and Truck 27. On June 30, 1979, Craig shifted gears and became an Engineer assigned to Fire Station 66 in the South Los Angeles area. On May 22, 1980, Craig promoted to Captain and was assigned to Fire Stations 57 and 11. He then was drafted to Special Duty at IST. On August 16, 1987, Craig promoted


to Captain II as Fire Station 58’s TFC. He also served at the Arson Section then promoted to Battalion Chief on May 7, 1989 with his first assignment at Battalion 13. Craig worked many other assignments including Battalions 2, 17, 18, 7, 15, 11, and 3. Craig served two Special Duty tours, one at Training and later at Operations as the Chief Executive Officer. Craig went back to Battalion 2 to complete his career, tallying 38 years on the Department, in- cluding 30 years as an Officer. First up was Dave Yamahata present-


ing Craig his COA retirement watch. Roger Gillis, always putting out a great speech, pre- sented Craig his helmet plaque. Richard Bak- er, Craig’s pal all the way from Nashville, presented Craig a beautiful framed picture of their good ol’ days together. There were sev- eral good stories told, you know, those famous firemen trips to Catalina and Mammoth that al- most made the paper. We’ll stop there. The Chief Officers Association


would like to congratulate our three retirees and wish them and their families a wonderful retirement.


June 2012 • 45


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64