In Loving Memory: Wilshire the Fire Dog

In Loving Memory: Wilshire the Fire Dog

Wilshire the Fire Dog’s boundless energy, smiling face, friendly, loving nature and tireless commitment to his family, the community and people around him captured the hearts of everyone who met him.  To know Wilshire is to love Wilshire. He touched thousands of lives...
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.

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...