Lillie Vehling: Helping Firefighter Families Stay Connected

Lillie Vehling: Helping Firefighter Families Stay Connected

At 15 years old, Lillie Vehling is already a powerhouse of ideas and action.  The freshman, at Notre Dame High School, in Sherman Oaks, is just a few clicks away from launching ‘Fire Family Ladder’ a project aimed at keeping LAFD families connected to their extended...
LAFD Firefighter Pilots Daring High Rise Rescue

LAFD Firefighter Pilots Daring High Rise Rescue

The job of LAFD firefighter pilots is risky and awe-inspiring.  It requires specialized skill, extensive on-going training and tremendous responsibility. These Los Angeles City Fire Department pilots never know what a shift may bring, from massive wild fires to...
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...