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This photo may have been taken later in the incident showing a steamer next to the building or it may have been taken early when the fire started in the paint store basement.


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Dear Frank: I sat down to read the latest Grape- issue and as a history buff I always forward to the LAFD history article.


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addition of the LAFD challenge coin caught my interest. I wanted to share a little about the challenge coin’s origins. During WWI, pilots were issued a gold coin to use in fecting an escape if they went down


hind enemy lines. Squadron com- manders wanted to make sure the


was always on them in case of a quick scramble for a mission. As


Steamers pumping away on both sides of Main St.


The charter amendment passed that spring and signed into ordinance September 16, 1913.


The Challenge Coin Story Continues Last month I wrote a story about our


new LAFD Historical Society challenge coin being sold in the gift shops at both museums. One side has the LAFD Fallen Firefight- ers Memorial Statues and the reverse has the LAFDHS logo. I received the following from Frank J.


Correa, Fire Station 97 “A” and USAF retired with an interesting story about challenge coins.


LAFDHS Calendar for 2017 (As we know it today) 2017 EVENTS


May


• LAFDHS Annual Pancake Breakfast & Fire Service Day, Hollywood Museum - Sat. 5/13 at 0830 hrs.


Calendar for March 2017


way to ensure compliance squadron commanders started the coin chal- lenge. The commander would slam down his coin on the bar and anyone caught without their coin had to buy the commander a drink. If however all the pilots had their coins then the commander would have to buy all of them a drink because he lost the challenge. The tradition still stands about 100 years later. Even though I retired from the Air Force Reserve 12 years ago I still have my challenge coin in my wallet. It’s one of those things so ingrained it will probably never leave me. So the moral of the story is “Challenge Coin; never leave home without it” -Frank J. Correa 97 “A” and USAF retired


The Hollywood Museum is


located in “Old Fire Station 27” at 1355 No. Cahuenga, Hollywood, CA 90028. The Harbor Museum is locat- ed in San Pedro City Hall at 638 S. Beacon St., San Pedro CA 90731. Anyone interested in joining


our great cause by becoming a mem- ber, or volunteering to work, or make a donation of money or an LAFD item may contact us by mail:


LAFDHS Museum & Memorial 1355 No. Cahuenga Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028


Phone: 323 464 2727. But remember we are currently staffed part time, so leave a message and we will return your call. The fax number is 323-464- 7401. Our E-mail is: LAFDHS27@ aol.com. Web site at www.lafdmuse- um.org. If you want to look at some great LAFD history check www. lafire.com. and check the LAFD web site for information and events at www.LAFD.org. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the Museum.


The Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization. “PRESERVE, EDUCATE, MEMORIALIZE”


* Fridays from 0800 to 1200 are work days on the “Ralph J. Scott” Fireboat March 2017 • 55


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