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to Fire Stations 33, 14, 15, 46, 3, 5, 85, 38 and 48. He was promoted to Engineer on April 13, 1986, and held this rank for more than 30 years. Bruce was joined by his family, including his lovely wife Kathy, and his sons Daniel and An- drew. Many friends and co-workers, both past and present, joined in congratulating Bruce for his countless contributions. Bruce’s retirement is also bittersweet as


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n Saturday June 4, 2016, a retirement celebration was held at Fire Station 48 honoring Engineer Bruce Burkhart for his more than 36 years of dedicated ser- vice. Bruce was appointed to the Department on May 4, 1980, and retired from FS 48, “A” Platoon on June 1, 2016. Bruce was assigned


the LAFD was such a huge part of his life. It is difficult to say goodbye to both friends and a career that spanned nearly four decades. How- ever, the Burkhart family received news that Andrew was selected to join the Los Angeles Fire Department in the next firefighter recruit class beginning in June at Drill Tower 40. The Burkhart name will be stenciled onto the back of a turnout coat once again - as one chapter ends and another begins. Bruce was presented with his 35-year


service pin by retired UFLAC President Ken Buzzell, who spoke of the symbolism this token of thanks from the City represents. A presenta- tion by Tony Gamboa from United Firefight- ers of Los Angeles included both a beautiful


plaque and a thank you to Bruce who served as a UFLAC Battalion Steward. Bruce was also presented with resolutions from Councilman Joe Buscaino and Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas. In addition, he was recognized by South Bureau Commander, Deputy Chief Daren Palacios and Assistant Chief Ronnie Villanueva as a role model. Bruce was presented with his retire- ment badge from Relief Association Trustee Tim Larson, who described the pride and sym- bolism of the badge to those who are privileged to wear it. A retirement gift of a stand up paddle board was presented with from all of the mem- bers of Fire Station 48. We would also like to thank United Firefighters of Los Angeles and Captain Brian Hishinuma for their generosity in providing the mobile barbeque for the break- fast.


We wish Bruce and Kathy a long,


healthy and happy retirement. On behalf of the members of Fire Station 48 and the Los An- geles Fire Department we thank you for your service and dedication. Countless lives were af- fected through your 36 years of service and you should be proud of your contributions.


42 • August 2016


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