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...
Medal of Valor: Darin Laier

Medal of Valor: Darin Laier

Kauai Beach Rescue In October 2015, Engineer Darin Laier, who at the time held the rank of firefighter, was on vacation in Kauai, Hawaii, with his wife and four-year-old triplets. Laier and his family were enjoying an afternoon at Queen’s Bath, an area on the north...
Underwater Firefighters: LAFD Dive Team

Underwater Firefighters: LAFD Dive Team

Working blindly at the scene of an emergency, clock ticking, one hand stretched out for protection from metal and other debris tossed into the harbor for more than a century, deep below the cold, pitch-black waters of the Los Angeles Harbor, is the specially trained...