LAFD Paramedics Show Character on Skid Row

Thursday, October 20, 2005 |

As the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department celebrate the final days of Character Counts Week, we wanted to bring your attention to both a story and compelling video from our friends at the Los Angeles Times and KTLA.

In part one of a five-part series, Times reporter Steve Lopez accompanies LAFD's Rescue 9 in its mission to serve those in the Central City area, including the often poorly understood neighborhood known as Skid Row.

Lopez writes...

The call comes in at 11:18 in the morning. Possible overdose on skid row, just half a block from one of the busiest firehouses in the United States.

Firefighter-paramedic Dave Chavez, 42, grabs a blank incident report and marches toward his Rescue 9 ambulance with partner Juan Penuelas. At 11:20, they pull out of the station, and Chavez is taking in the devastation on San Julian Street in downtown Los Angeles.

As well as the on-line video, we encourage you to read the story which exemplifies why on Skid Row as throughout Los Angeles, at the LAFD: Character Counts!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

Regarding your article...

I bring your attention to the named journalist and author of this article credited to one
Robert Lopez... I believe you will find upon further examination that his actual name is Steve Lopez and this is but one of the many fine articles that he writes weekly about ordinary people meeting daily challenges.

A reader in Sylmar

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

...and a very attentive reader you are! Thanks for the note. The corrections have been made.

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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