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Welcome back all you Nay Sayers and Go Getters - Carlos Danger back with open arms for all your stories. The past month has been a busy month for all the A/O candidates, Engineer 3-whole score and Inspector candi- dates. A lot of new Departmental movements for all the new probationary members going to their new assignments, so everyone treat them nicely.


3’s on the roof of 1400 N Sutherland St on 5/30/15. Photo by Chris Conkle


Congrats to Mark and Jessica Hatcher (25-B) who are proud to present Presley Jade, born on 4/24/15 and weighing in at 7 lbs, 9 oz and 20 inches


Let me start off this month with a posi- tive note and the topic will be “Nepotism.” Since 1912, “Grand Pappy Schneider” as his great grandson FF William Schneider likes to call him, basically built the “Watts Fire District” and surrounding areas with his own crew. Years ago, fire captains were tasked to build fire stations and survey their own land. That alone sets a great foundation, not only for the LAFD, but also for the Schneider’s and the big shoes they have to fill. Next is Great Uncle Larry Schneider, 63 years on the job, spent most of his firefighting years at 22’s, 30’s, and 33’s, and his last 33 years as a Battalion Chief. He recently came to Fire Station 12 to keep an eye on his Great Nephew William. It was the last day on probation for FF Schneider and Uncle Larry was cordially invited. He was Williams inspiration and role model, helping him to become the outstanding young man he is today. FF’s on the A-Platoon there said they couldn’t have asked for a better rookie. Thank you for all your hard work Bill. Good luck at 15-B. That right there is proof that not all nepotism is negative.


Next we have our welcomes and


farewells. To Fire Station 1-B, welcome FF Ramirez. Good luck to Captain Navarro who got a phone call on vacation and next week magically appeared back at the drill tower the following week. The fellas at 12’s will miss the Fire Code Jeopardy for dishes. Guys at 12’s tip their hats off to you for all the hard work and training, all members have only gained from your time there. “Salute!” Third and most importantly, let’s talk


about tradition. When a member forgets PPE’s on a run, usually that member buys a wheel for his “penance” and all is washed away, But not for the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time), FF “Toys,” who was acting on the truck. They responded to a “reported smoke,” and when


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