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.
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