2020 Firefighter of the Year – Rick Godinez

2020 Firefighter of the Year – Rick Godinez

The Man! The Myth! The Legend! Fire Captain II Rick Godinez would bristle at us describing him as a legend, but as the 2020 Firefighter of the Year, this 36-year veteran is LAFD royalty, in our book. Getting to ‘Firefighter of the Year’ status has been a long,...
LAFD Firefighter Pilots Daring High Rise Rescue

LAFD Firefighter Pilots Daring High Rise Rescue

The job of LAFD firefighter pilots is risky and awe-inspiring.  It requires specialized skill, extensive on-going training and tremendous responsibility. These Los Angeles City Fire Department pilots never know what a shift may bring, from massive wild fires to...
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...
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...