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British Columbia, Alaska, Nevada, and finally took a Rocky Mountain bighorn in Colorado after applying for 38 years. In 2015, Louie attended the WSF’s


Bob Winkler with Junction City Fire Chief Justin Kerwick Winkler was honored with the dedi-


cation of the main fire house in his name. A plaque with that designation has been mounted between the engine bay doors.


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any retired LAFD members have re- located to Nevada’s Carson Valley. One of these is Lou Chatin, retired


B/C and a Vietnam vet. Lou stays busy building homes for a lot of retired guys and as a hunting guide in Alaska. He has taken trophy sheep in


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Sheep Show in Reno. What a night it became when he won the drawing for a $50,000 desert sheep hunt in Sonora, Mexico. Lou wanted to share this trip with his son Mike, who was his hunting partner and best friend. Lou had been taking Mike hunting since he was five years old. The two then spent a lot of time preparing for this hunting trip to Mexico. In September, Lou was guiding in


Alaska when he received a message that Mike was in intensive care in Colorado. Lou boarded a plane as soon as possible from the remote camp, but Mike died before he could make it to the hospital.


Because of the lack of work in Nevada,


Mike had moved his family to Colorado where he was supervising a construction crew. Mike felt like he had the flu, but went to work. His boss looked at him and sent him home. He col- lapsed at home, was transported to the hospital and died from what was diagnosed as menin- gitis. This unexpected tragic event was a ma- jor blow for Lou and his wife Marcia. Since Mike’s passing, they have spent a lot of time in Colorado helping Mike’s wife Jennifer and twins get established for their future.


The date of the Mexico trip was rap- idly approaching. Lou knew Mike would have wanted him to go for this once in a lifetime sheep hunt. Lou decided to take his good friend Alton with him. Alton was with Lou in Alaska when Mike became ill. On the first day in Sonora, they didn’t see any sheep. On the second day they spotted two rams chasing a ewe. After a four hour stalk, they saw the sheep in heavy brush. The sheep had to cross a steep ledge to keep out of sight. As the big ram stepped out to the ledge, Louie took the 200 yard uphill shot and the big ram was his - along with his Grand Slam. Alton summed it up when he said, “No


one can understand how big a deal this was to Louie. He is a fine gentleman, a wonderful per- son.”


Submitted by Robert Neamy


Mike and Louie in Colorado, 2007


mail: P.O. Box 41903 Los Angeles CA 90041 phone: (800) 244-3439 visit: www.LAFRA.org August 2016 • 33


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