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...
Special Commendation: Firefighter Kenneth Fraser

Special Commendation: Firefighter Kenneth Fraser

“Forget what hurt you in the past, but never forget what it taught you.” Firefighter Kenneth Fraser has been able to apply this sincere quote from an unknown artist to his own life, both on and off duty. On January 24, 2017, while off duty, heading home from the...
Daring Sherman Oaks Rescue

Daring Sherman Oaks Rescue

Millions watched on television as a woman, dressed all in black, stared at her feet dangling over the side of the 21-story City National Bank Building in Sherman Oaks. As news helicopters hovered overhead broadcasting live video across the region, police and fire...
LAX Aircraft Rescue Rigs: Heroes on the Runway

LAX Aircraft Rescue Rigs: Heroes on the Runway

When every minute counts, being the first Aircraft Rescue Firefighter (ARFF) rig to respond to a plane’s distress call on any of Los Angeles International Airport‘s (LAX) four active runways is no easy feat. From alarm to arrival our heroes at Fire Station 80 make...