A third-generation LAFD member, Captain Craig White has had an impressive career since he joined the department in 1986. He’s been involved in the FEMA US&R Program (CATF-1) since 1994 and was deployed to New York City on 9/11 and the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. He also was deployed as the Logistics Section Chief to a number of natural disasters including Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. He’s been a member of the LAFD Swift Water Rescue Team since 1994, took part in the development of the LAFD Field Incident Management Team program, and is involved in incident Management Teams at both the State and Federal level.
Likewise, the numerous ways in which Craig has supported the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund is inspiring. Like many LAFD members, Craig has donated to Widows & Orphans via payroll deductions since he became a firefighter. He’s contributed his efforts to quite a few fundraising events over the years. And now, he even helps run things. “I became a member of the Relief Association Board in 2009 and find it to be one of the most rewarding programs I have been involved in,” said Craig.
One of his biggest contributions to Widows & Orphans is his involvement in running the annual Hook and Ladder Enduro. “Several years ago, Bruce Galien, Captain II retired, came up with a plan to put on an off-road charity event with all proceeds going to the Widows & Orphans. In 2009 we scheduled the first annual Hook and Ladder Enduro in California City, CA,” Craig said about the first event. “With the help of numerous LAFD members, family and friends volunteering their time, a successful weekend of off-road racing, nights by the campfire and camaraderie was had by all.” The Hook and Ladder Enduro is a fantastic fundraiser for Widows & Orphans; and this year’s event was one of the most successful yet.
It’s clear Widows & Orphans means a lot to Craig, as it does to many in the LAFD community. “The Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund is an organization that is there to support our families during their most trying times… It is incumbent on the membership to ensure we continue supporting the organization through volunteerism, participation in charity events and direct deposit donations.” Craig himself is a great example of how much just one individual can do for the charity.
The existence of the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund gives many firefighters peace of mind—knowing that if the worst should happen, it will help care for their families. “I could not do the things I do without the support of a great family,” shared Craig. “I am blessed to have the love and support of my beautiful wife Tori and my daughters Makenna, Riley and Korbin.”
By Jody Houser