The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s (LACoFD) Honor Guard is looking to increase its member-roster.
Founded in 1994, the Honor Guard pays tribute to fallen members of the Department by providing formal flag ceremonies and assisting with funeral detail.
In a given year, members of the Honor Guard may attend up to 70 events all over the state and nation, including participation in annual ceremonies at the memorial walls for the International Association of Fire Fighters in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the California Fire Foundation in the state capital of Sacramento.
“When we suffer a personal, family loss, it’s something we cannot get over,” said Fire Fighter Specialist (FFS) Halman Layne, Commander of the Honor Guard and 18-year Honor Guard member. “And when we lose a member from the Department, the greatest thing we can do is honor their ultimate sacrifice.”
The all-volunteer Honor Guard is open to sworn members from throughout the Department that have passed probation. Along with firefighters, members of the Lifeguard and Forestry Divisions are encouraged to join.
New Honor Guard members are given training on flag etiquette and the formal process of properly honoring and paying homage to a fallen member of the Department – sworn or civilian.
Adding new members to the Honor Guard helps keep traditions alive and moves them forward for generations to come.
For more information on the LACoFD Honor Guard and how you can join, you can e-mail Fire Fighter Specialist David Michel at David.Michel@fire.lacounty.gov.