LAFD Surviving Spouse Turns Grief into Gift for Others

LAFD Surviving Spouse Turns Grief into Gift for Others

Susan VandePol’s life changed forever after her husband, LAFD firefighter Robert Ortega, passed away. Navigating through the devastating loss, alongside her children, Susan felt a special calling to pursue a new purpose. Lifted up by her faith and the strength of her...
LAFD Air Operations: Brush Fire Ready

LAFD Air Operations: Brush Fire Ready

Stopping wildfires before they cause massive devastation and destruction often requires an attack by land and air. The LAFD Air Operations stands at the ready with an elite fleet of helicopters, specially trained pilots other air support. Check out the team and learn...
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...