Jeff Mercer: Dishing Up Healthy Meals for Firefighters

Jeff Mercer: Dishing Up Healthy Meals for Firefighters

Jeff Mercer of the Los Angeles City Fire Department says cooking and firefighting go hand in hand. “You have to know how to cook, or you’re forced to,” Jeff says with a laugh. “You can’t bring a box of cereal for dinner. The guys won’t have it.” One of Fire Station...
LAFD Valor Awards

LAFD Valor Awards

The brave men and women of the LAFD serve the city of Los Angeles day in and day with courage and dedication. At times, these first responders go well above and beyond that call of duty, whether on or off duty, earning the fire department’s recognition, appreciation...
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...