was the last one for Castro while a sworn mem- ber of LAFD. He retires in a few months. This gentleman has not only mentored us LAFD members in many ways in his day to day op- erations but has also set a path for camaraderie on and off duty through this sport. Handball has been a tradition of OUR department and we are recognized for having some of the best play- ers around that enter tournaments off duty. Joe has been part of the elite for many years and continues to be top ranked. With that said this match was watched by all to see if the skills of Eddie can send Joe off to ride in the sunset with a loss or a victory. The games were point to point all the way ‘til the end. Marez was get- ting hot with rollouts from the back wall and

running Castro around. Joe had an answer to all that was thrown his way by Marez. At the end Castro would end his LAFD career on top as he beat Marez. Thank you guys for the great matches.

Now the “A” Division was the grand

finale. It would determine what we all wanted to know – who would hold the top rung of the LAFD HANDBALL LADDER. You all may know a gentleman by the name of John Libby from 3-B who went up against the defend- ing champion Alex Garcia from 66-B. Libby has come back from a few years off, and by the way, he has been playing so well that you would not have guessed he has been off the court. He held the top rung for many years in

the past and now he was shooting for it again. Alex has been representing LAFD Handball in tournaments all over southern California and is improving his game in every aspect. The first game was nose to nose the first

half, then Alex broke away with a comfortable lead to take the win. As for the second game, Alex jumped out to a lead right away but Libby stood strong and chased down many shots and showed some of his athleticism with his left hand kill shots. At the end Alex would claim the top rung once again for the LAFD 2016 as the Overall HANDBALL CHAMPION. Once again I would like to thank all of

those that participated and those that support this tradition of the LAFD.

Shawn I’Anson & Kent Brower - C Division

Eddie Marez & Joe Castro - Masters Division What Is The... Extinguisher Fund? The brain child of Ted Bailie, retired from the LAFD and LAFRA, your station’s Extinguisher Fund is a simple

way to collect donations for the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund. Ted saw the accumulation of change that the cook dumped into the mess fund box each shift and had a better idea. If this change was instead collected for the WODFF he figured it could really add up. With an average of 50 cents per day per station, in a year there would be . . . well, you can do the math! So take your turn in the cooking rotation and remember to drop all your change into your station’s extin-

guisher. There should be one in every firehouse. And any loose change in your pockets, any that you find in the TV chairs, or hoarded in the “ashtray” of your vehicle can be thrown in for good measure. The Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund is the heart of the Relief Association. This fund provides

assistance to our firefighters and families who are faced with personal difficulties and tragedies. Donations are the sole means of support for this Fund. Firefighters risk their lives to protect the community on a daily basis. Thus, they and their families can be

comforted in knowing that the “Fire Department Family,” supported by the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund, is there for them in times of need.

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Bobby Ward & Alfonso Gonzalez - D Division

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