Straws For Heroes

Straws For Heroes

Outside of their regular jobs, Kevin Van Klaveren and his wife originally wanted to start their own non-profit for fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters. They encountered challenges in the building stages. Along the way, his wife and her friend turned to...
Greg Balandran: Pushing Towards the Finish Line

Greg Balandran: Pushing Towards the Finish Line

L.A. Firefighter / Emergency Medical Technician, Greg Balandran, from LAFD Fire Station 60 wanted to cross off two big items on his list of goals: to work for the LAFD and to complete a marathon. Coming from a small station in Riverside, he thought of the LAFD as the...
Firefighters Daring Rescue of Animal Adoption Center

Firefighters Daring Rescue of Animal Adoption Center

It was a heart-pounding and harrowing time for the staff, volunteers and community members dedicated to a Southern California Animal Adoption Center.  During the October 2019 wildfires, intense and fast-moving flames ignited in the darkest hours, surrounding the Mary...
Ruffy at the Ready: Meet a New Canine Search Team

Ruffy at the Ready: Meet a New Canine Search Team

Growing up, L.A. Firefighter Jason Jasgur and his family always surrounded themselves with dogs. His dad volunteered for search and rescue at Los Angeles County Sheriff and trained wilderness search dogs. Assisting his dad with canine training stuck with Jason and...
Sam Springsteen – Jersey City Firefighter

Sam Springsteen – Jersey City Firefighter

You might call these the “Glory Days” for Bruce Springsteen’s youngest son. On January 14th, Sam Springsteen was officially sworn in as a firefighter in Jersey City N.J. The 26-year-old was one of 15 new firefighters entering the profession during a ceremony at City...
Lance DeMello – Firefighter & Chef

Lance DeMello – Firefighter & Chef

Firefighters respond to many calls on the job and sometimes their stomachs growl when they forget to eat or have a late meal. L.A. City Firefighter Lance DeMello got tired of not having a routine meal, so he stepped up to the role of permanent cook (PC) at Station 12...