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Hello the Dog Days of Summer, A special thanks to the Fire Hogs for the Fallen Heroes


Memorial Ride on June 25th! They did an outstanding job recog- nizing our widows and raising money for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund.


I think most of us had at least a few interesting jobs before


starting our careers with the LAFD. If you are anything like me, maybe you worked in some sort of military type of organization, or had some type of job dealing with customers or clients face- to-face, and hopefully rounded it all out with some heavy lift- ing. Those of you who were fortunate enough to have been in the military got all of these experiences wrapped up into one (I know some may not agree). What did you do for work before the LAFD? Many kitch-


en table conversations have evolved from this question and the memories seem to have molded how we view ourselves in the workforce and the fire service.


Laughing and scratching about some of the stuff you did


for work as a kid seems to always lend its way into a lengthy series of personal experience and topper stories. Nonetheless, they were good experiences and I don’t think anyone should be shorted of these memories. Being able to draw off your life’s ex- periences is primarily what drives your actions today. At the very least, we should all have learned a few things earlier in our lives: the abilities to build, maintain or repair things; how to problem solve for ourselves and others; or maybe the ability to calmly deal with difficult people. These experiences certainly lead to the skill sets that we have and build upon today. Here’s a quote for you: “The purpose for which the As-


sociation is formed is to bind the members thereof together in a closer bond of fraternity, for mutual protection, and to assist fellow members and their families in sickness, distress and death, and to promote and improve social relations and welfare among the members.”


This may sound somewhat like a run on sentence, but this is straight out of your Relief Association bylaws. Most of us


Does anyone active or retired remember the word cama-


raderie? Camaraderie is a spirit of good friendship and loyalty among members of a group. You might not even like your job sometimes, but you still enjoy the camaraderie of the people you work with . . . Have we lost this valuable feeling towards our fellow fire-


fighters and job?? I get it: Assign Hires, 10 after, 144’s, not to mention all that


is going on at home. We all need to take a break at some time, and we have three events coming up that will provide you with a lot of camaraderie and at least a little relief. September 19th is our annual golf tournament at Mountain


Gate CC. We still have a few firefighter’s spots left at just $195 bucks. Pretty cheap for a full day of fun and camaraderie! November 5th is our annual Open House at the newer


LAFRA building. All you can eat and drink . . . and all on the house! And of course there’s the camaraderie! AND LAST but maybe most important is our 110th An-


niversary Dinner Dance on December 17th at the downtown Ath- letic Club. It’ll be a great party at a great venue, so why not make this get-together your fire station holiday celebration?


Be safe and be kind to each other.


are not overly interested in reading bylaws; however this one in particular needs to be occasionally reread. It is with this lengthy phrase in mind that your Relief Association is operating and I hope that most of you would agree that we are living up to it.


Robert D “Steintalker” Steinbacher president@lafra.org (323) 259-5200


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