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Hello: Here I am writing from the confines of our new loca-


tion, 7470 North Figueroa Street. Our move was a monumental task that could only be accomplished by the likes of Operations Manager, Bob Dillon (working behind the scenes like the Wiz- ard of Oz), our Operations/Facility Supervisor Kevin Thome’s orchestration, and the tireless work of your LAFRA staff. I know I mentioned this last month, but having lived through the move, I wanted to remind you who to thank next time. Please stop by for a tour of your new LAFRA home. Speaking of our staff, I had the opportunity to attend a me-


morial service for one our retirees in Simi Valley. I wanted to let you know how our staff gets involved with this type of distin- guished remembrance. The family’s’ initial point of contact was our receptionist


team of Monica and Angelica. They are tasked with routing all calls diligently and professionally. They put the reporting per- son in contact with Andy Kuljis or Jim Dolan for the necessary notifications and service arrangements. It is at this point that Andy and Jim assist the family in anything that the family might need. They have handled many interesting situations and requests over the years. LAFRA and members of the LAFD fly a flag at the deceased member’s last known assignment. We then place the flag in a beautiful wood flag case and present it to family. In this particular service, the family wished to witness the membe’rs of Fire Station 20 fly the flag at half-staff in honor of their deceased relative. At the mentioned memorial service I was privileged and honored to receive all the accolades “for what the Relief Associa- tion has done for our family.” But it was not me. All I did was attend the ceremony. It was our staff and their going the extra mile that provided a great memory for this, our fire family. The Reunion at Pechanga was a great success! The event


was well attended. Thanks to Angelica Patino, Steve and Chris Domanski, and Tim and Wendy Larson. See you all next year! Hope for Firefighters was held downtown on June 4, 2015.


Despite some wet weather we had some great food and inter- esting station booth decorations. This event is a great example


Daran and Don Paone attended the LAFRA Reunion in Temecula.


of what the combined efforts of LAFRA staff, LAFD stations, volunteers and the Hope for Firefighters committee can accom- plish. The logistics of this event dwarf a large scale brush fire! Thanks to all involved. Effective July 1st, a there will be a couple of new things to talk about at LAFRA. We have added a trust preparation advancement benefit. This will allow a member up to $1200 in an advancement to help prepare a trust. This is in addition to the estate planning grant benefit of $600 (lifetime). Check the website after July 1st. The other item is the “LiveHealth Online.” This feature


will allow you to talk face-to-face online with a board-certified doctor. This doctor can provide a diagnosis, proper treatment and even a prescription if needed. Check back after July 1st. We’re here for you. Stop by for a cup of coffee.


Juan Albarran president@lafra.org 323.259.5200


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