The brave men and women of the LAFD serve the city of Los Angeles day in and day with courage and dedication. At times, these first responders go well above and beyond that call of duty, whether on or off duty, earning the fire department’s recognition, appreciation and top honors.

The firefighters celebrated at the LAFD Valor Awards put their own lives at risk in an effort to save people from a home on fire, provide aid during a shooting at a Costco Warehouse, rescue a pregnant woman and her young child from a raging river and more.

LAFD Valor Awards recipients

The LAFD Valor Awards also celebrated a top community organization, CORE, founded by actor Sean Penn. CORE played a significant role in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LAFD Valor Awards recipient Sean Penn

Sean Penn receives the LAFD Valor Award for CORE; his community organization.

For the brave men and women of the LAFD, should anything ever happen to them during a lifetime of service, the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund is here to fulfill their needs. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity founded more than a century ago, our organization is dedicated to helping the families of LAFD firefighters facing a serious crisis, such as being injured or killed in the line of duty. Thanks to kind and generous contributions, the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund makes a significant impact, providing assistance with basic living expenses, health insurance premiums, durable medical equipment, and awarding memorial scholarships to children of firefighters who died while active duty.

The needs of firefighters are unique because the profession poses many dangers and consequences. Thanks to our many kind and generous donors, firefighters and their spouses and children may receive many valuable benefits and services as they face a difficult or devastating crisis.

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