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VOL. XCIII


MARCH 2017 • FEATURES •


20TH ANNUAL BUZZARD BAIT FAMILY FUN RIDE Event organizers Mike Reitmayer and Doug Weber invoked divine intervention to stop the rains and provide perfect conditions for this year’s romp in the desert • .............................06


CRYSTAL FLAME COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD Working as first responders and serving the community go hand in hand for LAFD members. But Capt Danny Wu goes above and beyond with St. Baldricks and Big Brothers & Sisters • ...........................................................41


LAFRA’S NEWEST TRUSTEES The Relief Association Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome its two newest members – Investigator Jim Duffy and Inspector Gayle Sonoda • .................................................09


• CONTENTS • President’s Message • ..........................................................................05


Did You Know? LAFRA PROVIDES AN NIOD SICK & INJURY BENEFITS • .............................12


Battalion News • ...................................................................................13 The Retired Guys •


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Department in Action • ............................................................................36 Retirement Dinner Announcements • ...................................................39 LAFD Handball 2016 SINGLES TOURNAMENT • ...............................................................42


Station Fridge • .......................................................................................46 Improved Body Scan Benefit NO OUT-OF-POCKET FOR MEDICAL PLAN MEMBERS • ...................................47


Mailbox • ...............................................................................................48 Memorials • ...........................................................................................51 LAFD History THE 1913 BRENNAN HOTEL FIRE • ..........................................................53


Minutes of the Board of Trustees • .....................................................56 Classifieds • ...........................................................................................58 Tailboard MY BUDDY HANK HUIZINGA • .................................................................61


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Notice: Production of The Firemen’s Grapevine magazine is very expensive, and while your dues serve to underwrite a portion of the magazine’s costs, the bulk of funding comes from advertisers. Many businesses advertise in the Grapevine. This does not mean that LAFRA endorses these advertisers. Use of a Grapevine advertiser is at the risk of the member. If you are interested in any of the advertisements, we urge you to use any and all means at your disposal to investigate them.


COPYRIGHT © 2017 Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association. No material may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. March 2017 • 3


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