Firefighters Praised for Bravery and Service: Boyd Street Explosion

Firefighters Praised for Bravery and Service: Boyd Street Explosion

   A massive fire ball erupted during a huge commercial structure fire in Downtown Los Angeles, injuring a dozen LAFD firefighters enveloped in the flames. After being rushed to the Grossman Burn Center, in serious and even critical condition, these valiant...
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 History – The DC 10 Crash at LAX, March 1, 1978

LAFD History – The DC 10 Crash at LAX, March 1, 1978

Commercial aircraft crashes are rare, but with some recent incidents my memory went back to the Continental DC 10 crash at LAX. It’s been 41 years and the outstanding LAFD response saved many lives. I visited Captain Bob Engle some years ago who remembered the...
2020 Firefighter of the Year – Rick Godinez

2020 Firefighter of the Year – Rick Godinez

The Man! The Myth! The Legend! Fire Captain II Rick Godinez would bristle at us describing him as a legend, but as the 2020 Firefighter of the Year, this 36-year veteran is LAFD royalty, in our book. Getting to ‘Firefighter of the Year’ status has been a long,...
2020 LAFD Graduation

2020 LAFD Graduation

Congratulations Graduates! The LAFD added its newest firefighters to the ranks during a special, modified ceremony.  These men and women received their badges proudly after completing the rigorous training required to earn a spot with one of the most elite fire...