Going Green to Stop Destructive Fires

Going Green to Stop Destructive Fires

Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund Volunteer Teresa Mackey wanted to revamp her backyard with plants that can adjust to the hot climate of Tujunga. Through research, she stumbled upon an article in the L.A. Times about native plants that featured Cassy...
Boyd Street – A Survival Story

Boyd Street – A Survival Story

On 05/17/ 20 at approximately 8:08 p.m. at 327 E Boyd St in downtown L.A., firefighters found smoke coming from a one-story commercial building and engaged in an aggressive fire attack. According to reports, while firefighters were attempting to extinguish the fire, a...
LAFD History – The DC 10 Crash at LAX, March 1, 1978

LAFD History – The DC 10 Crash at LAX, March 1, 1978

Commercial aircraft crashes are rare, but with some recent incidents my memory went back to the Continental DC 10 crash at LAX. It’s been 41 years and the outstanding LAFD response saved many lives. I visited Captain Bob Engle some years ago who remembered the...
Rosie Tos: A Brush of Fresh Air

Rosie Tos: A Brush of Fresh Air

For some people, passion can be a slow burning flame that can shape one’s life. This barely controllable emotion can fuel desire and even transport an individual’s creativity across an ocean. Rosie Tos is a person who is full of passion. You can see it in her eyes and...
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...