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The Right Stuff: LAFD's Captain Steve Ruda

Thursday, March 02, 2006 |

The Los Angeles Firefighters Association invites you to join the men and women of LAFD, as well as community and civic leaders from across the nation in recognizing the Los Angeles Fire Department's "Firefighter of the Year" for 2005.

This year's honoree is not only widely known for his countless contributions to the Fire Service and community, but also for an inspiring message he wrote on a quilted wall hanging sent as a tribute to the passengers and crew of September 11's Flight 93.

His heartfelt opening words soon became the Mission Statement of the Flight 93 National Memorial:

"A common field one day. A field of honor forever. May all who visit this place remember the collective acts of courage and sacrifice of the passengers and crew, revere this hallowed ground as the final resting place of those heroes, and reflect on the power of individuals who choose to make a difference."

Captain Stephen Ruda
Los Angeles Fire Department


LAFD Captain Steve Ruda


A man of both faith and courage who has served his country with distinction as a United States Marine, and since excelled as a leader in our agency, Captain Stephen J. Ruda will be honored by his peers as LAFD's "Firefighter of the Year" at a noon luncheon:

Thursday, March 9, 2006
Omni Los Angeles Hotel
251 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA


Members of the public are warmly welcomed to join community leaders in attending this inspiring event. A limited number of tickets remain available for $38.00 per person. Tables of ten can still be purchased for $360.00

Tickets however, will not be sold at the door. You must RSVP. For additional information and reservations, please call: 213-386-3316.

We are pleased to offer an interactive map and driving directions to the Omni Hotel, and look forward to being with you next Thursday as we gather to honor Captain Steve Ruda - LAFD's Firefighter of the Year.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

2 comments:

Nance Palajac Johnsen said...

I am very proud to see Capt. Ruda get this honor. Steve was my big brother Mark's very close friend growing up at St. Raymond's in Downey, and I was telling family in Livermore this Christmas how I remember riding on the back of Mark's bike with Steve to go watch them serve as altar boys before school started. We congratulate Steve and send him our love.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Captain Stephen Ruda
Los Angeles Fire Department for saving the dog! God bless you

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