Chaplain George Negrete – Lifetime Achievement Award

Chaplain George Negrete – Lifetime Achievement Award

George Negrete’s parents, Phil and Gloria, raised him and his three older sisters in Gardena. Phil was an ace mechanic, and Gloria was a registered nurse and full-time mom. They were outstanding role models and influences on their children. Although he initially...
Peter Goff: Father, Firefighter & LAFD Fire Hog

Peter Goff: Father, Firefighter & LAFD Fire Hog

One of the first things firefighter Peter Goff did after retirement was grow out his beard. “When he worked, he always had very trimmed facial hair. So, when he retired, he was like, I’m going to grow it out,” his daughter Nicole Buss recalled. “As a firefighter you...
John White: Legend Laid to Rest

John White: Legend Laid to Rest

Very few people on this job are recognized as legends within their lifetime. John White was one. John White was born on January 26, 1934. In 1951, At the age of 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served on the destroyer U.S.S. Brown during the Korean War. He...
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...
River Rescue: LAFD Captain John Marasco

River Rescue: LAFD Captain John Marasco

A day of fun to escape from the blistering Arizona heat would have turned tragic for one family if a Los Angeles firefighter hadn’t been in just the right place. It was 105 degrees outside when LAFD Captain John Marasco slid into an inner tube and slowly made his way...