Mike McCormick: A Hero Honoring Heroes

Mike McCormick: A Hero Honoring Heroes

Talking to Mike McCormick, you get the impression he’s more surprised than anyone, that a half marathon is in his near future.  The Culver City Fire Department’s retired Assistant Fire Marshal has run a couple of half marathons in the past, but the Charity Challenge,...
Greg Balandran: Pushing Towards the Finish Line

Greg Balandran: Pushing Towards the Finish Line

L.A. Firefighter / Emergency Medical Technician, Greg Balandran, from LAFD Fire Station 60 wanted to cross off two big items on his list of goals: to work for the LAFD and to complete a marathon. Coming from a small station in Riverside, he thought of the LAFD as the...
Firefighter Brandon Taulli: Giving Back

Firefighter Brandon Taulli: Giving Back

L.A. City Firefighter Brandon Taulli loves being a team player on the job and in the community by supporting his fraternity of firefighting families. Brandon was one of the first volunteers for the Widows, Orphans, & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund’s Family Support...
Miguel Rodriguez: Firefighting, Fundraising a Family Affair

Miguel Rodriguez: Firefighting, Fundraising a Family Affair

Growing up, Miguel Rodriguez had no interest in firefighting. But during one family get-together, a cousin who worked for Los Angeles Fire Department planted the seed in his mind. “At the time I was out of college and working,” Rodriguez recalled. “I came to a...
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...