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Emcee extraordinaire, Armando Ho-


investigative costs incurred by the Unit, a con- cept never attempted previously. The policies developed were recognized and mimicked na- tionwide. The work with outside agencies such as L.A. Co. Health, the FDA, and USDA was recognized as high up as the POTUS, who sent a personal thank you for positive inter-agency cooperation in the form of a letter presented at the dinner.


d’Lisa was inducted into the Ford Motor In 2009, d’Lisa promoted to captain


and assigned to the FPB supervising the En- vironmental Unit/CUPA and the Legal Liai- son Unit. During her tenure at Legal Liaison, working with City Attorney Serena Christion, the dynamic duo was able to collect $2.9 mil- lion in penalties, fines due to the City. d’Lisa developed policies to assist in the collection of


Company Traveling Freedom Sisters Museum, which recognizes SoCal women for leadership and community service. After a fruitful and sat- isfying 31year career, d’Lisa said goodbye to the LAFD on October 30, 2015. Even on her last day, she was recognized for her efforts and leadership with an award ceremony in Council Chambers where Councilwoman Martinez pre- sented a proclamation.


gan, kept the festivities fun and filled with laughter. Family and friends traveled from as far as Arizona and Texas to celebrate. Present- ers for the evening included long-time associ- ates in recruitment Elena Mattox – the Relief Association Red Book, Michelle Banks – the retirement badge, Antoine McKnight – the 30 year pin, Richard Fields – the Stentorians, Sta- cy Gerlich – Women in the Fire Service, Monte Buckner – CSFA, Joseph Johnson – the PRB, Don Donester – Certificate of Retirement and Andrew Fields – UFLAC axe. To round out the presentations, Serena Christion made pre- sentations on behalf of the Office of the City Attorney, the Mayor’s office, the City Council, Diane Feinstein’s office and President Barack Obama!


The highlight of the dinner was the des-


sert – you had to be there. Chocolate covered strawberries that sported flames, helmets and the City Seal! The only person to not see and taste the delicacies was the honoree herself – “shoulda been a lot quicker Mom!” The festivi- ties could not end without family, friends and softball coach reminiscing about d’Lisa and some of her escapades. Other highlights were commentary by upcoming comedian Shanna Christmas and a very interesting PowerPoint by yours truly!


From what I heard at the dinner, my


Mom will be missed and not easily replaced. Enjoy retirement!


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