November Volunteer of the Month: Sheri Jones

November Volunteer of the Month: Sheri Jones

It’s not easy coping with a loved one’s passing, but channeling that sorrow into helping others can be a wonderful way to build a tribute to their memory. And that’s exactly what Sheri Jones does every time she volunteers for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled...
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...