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...
Blazing the Trail: A Camp for Future Female Firefighters

Blazing the Trail: A Camp for Future Female Firefighters

For firefighters to climb the career ladder, they must be able to handle physical, mental, and emotional obstacles in their path. Plus, they need the know-how, confidence, and resolve to do it again the next day. Girls Camp an LAFD youth program, strives to develop...
Firefighter Saves Four Children

Firefighter Saves Four Children

On January 16, 2017, Task Force 33 responded to a structure fire at a bungalow in the Vermont Knolls neighborhood of South Los Angeles. Heavy smoke and flames were showing from the front of the house when they arrived on scene. While performing forcible entry onto the...