Sheryll Kidder: Mastering the Craft of Kindness

Sheryll Kidder: Mastering the Craft of Kindness

When Sheryll Kidder started EZPZ Crafting, she merely wanted to make items to sell. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, she transitioned into teaching workshops via Zoom to those who want to make crafts at home. “That’s done very well for me,” Sheryll says. “I do...
Sewing the Pieces Together: Anita by Design

Sewing the Pieces Together: Anita by Design

Anita Morris’ husband, LAFD Fire Capt. Cecil “CEMO” Morris, passed away from duty-related brain cancer in 2018. Now she’s inspiring others with her willingness to give back. Her 5-year-old company, Anita by Design, is the Ladders & Laces sponsor of the 2021 LA...
Firefighting and Emotional Health: Breaking Barriers

Firefighting and Emotional Health: Breaking Barriers

Dr. Steve Froehlich has one professional goal: to improve the well-being of firefighters and their families. Froehlich is the director of the behavior health program at United Firefighters of Los Angeles City/LAFD Center for Health & Wellness, which opened in...
Stilson Cellars Wine: A Firefighter Family’s Dream Come True

Stilson Cellars Wine: A Firefighter Family’s Dream Come True

Making wine along the beautiful Central California coast seemed like a distant dream when Deb Stilson first imagined it. But a leap of faith and a lot of hard work have turned that vision into an exciting new career and lifestyle. At Stilson Cellars, family is at the...
Female Firefighters: The Early Days

Female Firefighters: The Early Days

BACK TO THE FUTURE circa 1912 Reprint of A CENTURY OF SERVICE 1886 – 1986 THE CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF THE LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT BY PAUL DITZEL Chief Engineer Archibald Eley realized it would be many years before the city could afford fulltime, paid firefighters...
9-1-1 Telemedicine to the Rescue: LAFD Innovation

9-1-1 Telemedicine to the Rescue: LAFD Innovation

When the Los Angeles City Fire Department launched its new telemedicine program at its emergency dispatch center, the staff used physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to screen potential COVID-19 patients and others calling 911 with...