Rick Godinez LAFD Captain II, Retired enjoys an apple courtesy of Sharecare

We are honored by the support of our 2022 LAFD Invitational charity golf tournament. As a Snack and Beverage sponsor, Sharecare not only helped provide healthy snacks for our participants and volunteers on the course, but also provided much needed financial assistance for our firefighter families in need.

Inside the LAFD drone unit

It’s officially called the LAFD Unmanned Aerial Systems program, UAS for short.

Now meet the team behind the unit and see how these highly-skilled firefighters use these amazing drones to save lives and property.

Fire Axe, Inc. 

LAFD Captain II Carlos Garcia credits an axe, made by Fire Axe, Inc. for saving his life.

“The fire had come out of the room and was starting to roll across the living room, so I started going through the wall with my axe. As I was going through the wall the fire kept coming and it was now starting to bank down, so I was now on my side going through the wall with my axe.”

Watch as several heroic firefighters caught in a life-or-death moment explain how this unique and solid axe brought them home safely.

He exemplified benevolence, positivity, and camaraderie. All qualities that forever will be remembered and celebrated by fellow LAFD firefighters at an annual Over the Line Tournament, dedicated to his memory.

Family and friends share tributes to Dave as firefighter teams go head-to-head and enjoy a little beachside competition.

About the Charity

Founded more than a century ago, the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to helping the families of firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty or facing other crisis.

Firefighters dedicate their lives to helping others. They rush into burning buildings, dangle from helicopters, jump into raging waters, climb into trenches, and race to the frontlines of disaster, all to protect the rest of us.

But when the unthinkable happens, where do firefighters turn for help? The Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund. Helping our valiant firefighters in times of trouble is simply not possible without your kind and generous donations.

Your contributions help provide:

  • Basic living expenses
  • Health insurance
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Memorial scholarships for the children of deceased firefighters
  • Other needed financial assistance

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Quite the Catch: Firefighters Fish for Funds

Quite the Catch: Firefighters Fish for Funds

Throughout the year, the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighter's Fund receives generous donations from a variety of parties—and sometimes, from the unlikeliest of donors. This year, the Fund received a sizable donation from the La Paz Fishing Group, an informal...

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LAFD Drones and Pilots: Meet the UAS Team!

LAFD Drones and Pilots: Meet the UAS Team!

Who are they? What do they do? How do drones save lives and property? Watch as we go inside the Los Angeles City Fire Department’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Program (UAS). L.A.’s elite firefighters are using the latest technology to transform and advance firefighting...

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