Teaching & Giving

Teaching & Giving

High school teacher Cathleen Smith wanted to donate her time to a worthy cause. Her friend suggested the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund and it proved a perfect fit. Cathleen, who has been a volunteer for two years, said, “This [charity] does...
Going Above & Beyond

Going Above & Beyond

Albert Lozano may be a Firefighter III on the A shift at Station 12, but he’s also the man at the center of a different kind of action. Albert is the volunteer coordinator for all of the community outreach events for his platoon. So when quitting time rolls...
A Hero’s Widow Gives Back

A Hero’s Widow Gives Back

Jeanne Urquiza’s husband Ralph, a Firefighter III with the LAFD, loved his job. His station was in the thick of the Rodney King riots in the early-’90s, responding to emergencies of all kinds during the unrest. And when the massive Northridge quake in 1994...
Joy and Gratitude

Joy and Gratitude

Melissa Ann McComas can make people look amazing or terrible, depending on the season. The professional makeup artist applies her talents at weddings, fashion shows and photo shoots. And for a few months in the fall, she creates grotesque creatures and victims doing...
April Volunteer of the Month: Marianne Tran-Nguyen

April Volunteer of the Month: Marianne Tran-Nguyen

California State University student Marianne Tran-Nguyen’s schedule keeps her pretty busy. In addition to her classes, she works at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. With the little time she has left she volunteers at various charities, including...