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...
Firefighter Brandon Taulli: Giving Back

Firefighter Brandon Taulli: Giving Back

L.A. City Firefighter Brandon Taulli loves being a team player on the job and in the community by supporting his fraternity of firefighting families. Brandon was one of the first volunteers for the Widows, Orphans, & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund’s Family Support...
Miguel Rodriguez: Firefighting, Fundraising a Family Affair

Miguel Rodriguez: Firefighting, Fundraising a Family Affair

Growing up, Miguel Rodriguez had no interest in firefighting. But during one family get-together, a cousin who worked for Los Angeles Fire Department planted the seed in his mind. “At the time I was out of college and working,” Rodriguez recalled. “I came to a...