A Strong Team: LAFD Fire Captain II Victor Aguirre and Hank the Service Dog

A Strong Team: LAFD Fire Captain II Victor Aguirre and Hank the Service Dog

After surviving a massive commercial fire and explosion in Downtown Los Angeles, LAFD Captain II Victor Aguirre welcomes a new recruit to his personal crew: Hank the Service Dog. Working together at the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation, Victor and Hank are teaming up as Victor marches forward on the road to recovery.

Camp Reddy – A Firefighter’s Legacy

Camp Reddy – A Firefighter’s Legacy

Kimberly Reddy understands the depths of grief. Her firefighter husband, Mike, died in 2016 at only 39-years-old from complications of occupational cancer. As she and her young children grieved, she wanted to do something to help other kids who lost a parent....
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 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...