99 Years Ago Today: The Dodd's and Engine Co. 20

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 |

As students of Los Angeles history, we've often followed The 1947 Project, where the intrepid blog team of Kim Cooper, Larry Harnisch and Nathan Marsak take us along in their time machine to the Los Angeles of yore.

After a year spent immersed in the Los Angeles of 1947, Kim, Larry and Nathan are now focusing their efforts on an equally fascinating "L.A minus 99 years".

Today they focus on August 29, 1907 and a Los Angeles Times article about newlywed LAFD Lieutenant Samuel Dodd and his bride Juanita, and the 'present' given them by members of Engine Company 20.

"Around Engine Co. 20 at Sunset Boulevard and Mohawk Street, Lt. Samuel Dodd is something of a practical joker, so when he left on his honeymoon with his bride, Juanita, his fellow firefighters decided to get even..." (more...)

For more than a century, members of the Dodd family have proudly served the City of Los Angeles as members of its Fire Department. If you happen to encounter one of them, now you'll know why they're rarely surprised to find an extra shoe in their locker when working at modern-day Fire Station 20.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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david Barrett said...

Dodd's grandson, Don Dodd, is a retired firefighter and active member of the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial. He is typically at the museum on Saturday afternoons and can share many stories of his grand-dad and firefighting in general.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...


Thanks for the mention of both our esteemed colleague Don Dodd, and of course the LAFD Museum and Memorial in Hollywood, which I failed to share in my haste to post the message.

Both Don and the Museum/Memorial are local treasures, and best of all, you can meet them *free* on most any Saturday.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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