Aboard Quint 3, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis led the East Los Angeles Christmas Parade. Photos courtesy Maggie Valdivia.
Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel are always busy in the community. Here is a snapshot of what Department members are doing across the county.
Christmas Parade Returns to East Los Angeles
by Maggie Valdivia
The East Los Angeles Christmas Parade presented by the Whittier Merchants Association returned Nov. 27 after a seven-year break. The parade has a storied history, running for 35 years before its final appearance in 2009.
The festivities began with a VIP reception and press conference held at Fire Station 3 with elected officials, corporate and community leaders. The reception was followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony.
A special thank you to Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis for supporting the parade as its Presenting Partner, and making the return of the East L.A. Christmas Parade possible.
The woman who made the parade’s return possible and a presenting sponsor, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis served as this year’s grand marshal. She led the parade on Quint 3. Chief Deputy David Richardson followed aboard Engine 3, and Assistant Fire Chief Dave Thies was third in his county vehicle.
This one-day, traditional parade with spectacular floats, marching bands, equestrian units, and celebrity guests traveled down the historic Whittier Boulevard Shopping District and on through the heart of downtown East Los Angeles. More than 67,000 viewers lined up on Whittier Boulevard to witness the return of this community event.
A big thank you to Battalion Chief Rick Leuck and Fire Station 3 personnel for allowing the community into their fire house.
Annual Lakewood Award of Valor Luncheon Honors Firefighters
by Pearl Castillo
The city of Lakewood hosted its Annual Award of Valor Luncheon to recognize public safety personnel in Lakewood on Nov. 16. Fire Chief Daryl Osby commended the honorees during Wednesday’s event at the Centre at Sycamore Plaza.
Firefighters from Quint 45 and Fire Station 94 received awards of valor, while two other personnel from fire stations 103 and 122 were recognized for their distinguished service.
Congratulations to the following personnel:
- Fire Fighter Specialist Edward Brehm
- Fire Fighter Michael Depew
- Fire Fighter Mike Dussinger
- Fire Fighter Sherman Heath
- Fire Captain Brian Jones
- Fire Captain Steve Kolstad
- Fire Fighter Paramedic Pete Martinez
- Fire Fighter Paramedic Michael Nielsen
- Fire Fighter Specialist Cary Windes
- Fire Fighter Specialist Jeffery Windle
- Fire Captain Joe Woyjeck
During the event, Lakewood officials also honored sheriff’s deputies and members of the community for acts of heroism.