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...
Fire Protection: Stand Back, We Goat This!

Fire Protection: Stand Back, We Goat This!

Selena Goatmez is champing at the bit (more like chomping) to combat wildfires before they happen. Leading a crew of more than 100, Selena and company, which includes Billy (as in “The Kid”), Rancher and Vincent Van Goat, have joined forces to create safe zones around...
California Pizza Kitchen: Raising the Dough

California Pizza Kitchen: Raising the Dough

Given its history, it’s no surprise that California Pizza Kitchen has close ties to the Southern California community. Founded in Beverly Hills, the restaurant chain boasts more locations in SoCal than any other region. Therefore, teaming up with the Widows, Orphans...
Kids with a Cause: Bake Sale Helps Firefighters Fund

Kids with a Cause: Bake Sale Helps Firefighters Fund

At Heschel Day School, in Los Angeles, students from transitional kindergarten through the 8th grade receive important lessons and take Jewish community values to heart. They also get to experience the joy of learning paired with a sweet treat. To the delight of...
Heroes on Display at the African American Firefighter Museum

Heroes on Display at the African American Firefighter Museum

It is important to understand the past in order to move toward a bright future. Jimmy Smith, the lead docent at the African American Firefighter Museum (AAFFM) in Los Angeles, understands that well. He regularly guides visitors through powerful exhibits featuring LAFD...
Jack’s Story

Jack’s Story

I would like to share a story of a dog and his master. True love and devotion comes in many forms and we are blessed to find it in our lives. I pray this true story will teach us all, that God’s love can be found in all circumstances. – Roger Fowble, LAFD Chaplain My...