LAFD Awards Ceremony This Sunday at Kodak Theatre in Hollywood

Wednesday, August 15, 2007 |

The world-famous Kodak Theatre in HollywoodThe Los Angeles Fire Department invites you to join Firefighters, their families and local dignitaries this Sunday at the world-famous Kodak Theatre in Hollywood for the First Annual LAFD Honorary Awards Ceremony.

Real-life stories of local bravery and selflessness will be narrated by gifted orator and radio talk show host Dennis Prager... who Toastmasters has referred to as "one of America's five best speakers."

It will be a rewarding evening for all in attendance, as we stand together to applaud those who have unblinkingly placed the needs - and sometimes the lives of others ahead of their own.

This August 19, 2007 event will honor members of the LAFD who have demonstrated profound bravery and heroism. Awards presented will include the Medal of Valor, Medal of Merit and Letters of Special Commendation, as well as the Phoenix Award for those who suffered a duty related death. Capping the evening will be a very special Lifetime Achievement Award.

The LAFD Museum and Firefighter Memorial in HollywoodAfter the Ceremony, a complimentary shuttle will bring you to a festive reception with food and music at historic former Fire Station 27 in Hollywood, home to the LAFD Museum and Firefighter Memorial.

Please bring your family to join ours for one inspiring night at two world-class venues - for only $15.00 per person!

Sunday, August 19, 2007
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Kodak Theatre
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028


For tickets and additional information, please contact the LAFD Planning Section directly at (213)978-3845.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

What are the names of those folks being honored?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear Anonymous 2:47,

Thanks for the note. Because LAFD blog postings are widely syndicated, we try to keep them as succinct as possible to assure the greatest distribution and readership.

Yes, really long (body of message) blog posts are frowned upon in the syndication community - unless of course, they tell a compelling story.

To that end...

Because we couldn't fit each of their truly compelling stories in a single post, we have planned to make unique posts in the coming weeks that share their inspiring stories individually.

We can and are pleased (in this comments section) to offer you the names of the persons being recognized at Sunday's event:


For the Medal of Valor:

- ROBERT MCMASTER
- JOSE CARDONA
- JOSEPH CASTRO
- DAVID ROGERS
- RAYMUND PERALTA
- THOMAS NYBERG
- JODY GARFIELD
- BRIAN STIRES
- PAUL SCHORI
- ARTHUR BURGESS


For the Medal of Merit:

- ROBERTO MARTINEZ
- LORENZO ARMSTEAD
- JOSHUA DOLINSKI
- MARK HATCHER
- STEPHEN RUDA
- SAMUEL QUAN
- CHRISTOPHER AGUIRRE
- ROGER DUKE
- CLEVELAND TIPTON
- MICHAEL CELESTINO


Medal of Merit Pin Presentation (Past Recipients)

- DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM
- CONRAD MARCIONE
- THEODORE NELSON
- GLENN SMITH
- LARRY HARRIS
- PAUL SHAKSTAD
- JOHN GIBBS
- RONALD LEYDECKER
- ROBERT DE FEO
- CRAIG POULSON
- RONALD LEM
- JAMES PORTER
- EDWARD RIVAS
- DAVID MOORMAN
- DONALD WITTY
- ANTHONY SENIOR
- RICARDO NAJERA
- JOHN RUEDY
- EDWARD RIVEROS JR.
- GARRETT LEW
- ALLEN SKIER
- BOBBY MIHLHAUSER
- STEVEN LOPEZ
- CHRISTOPHER CAROPINO
- GARY CLARK
- GEORGE DEASEE
- GERALD DURANT JR.
- VANCE BOOS
- SILAS CLARKE III
- THEODORE MAYEDA
- TONY VARELA
- JAMES ANTHONY
- KEITH MASSEY
- EDWARD SALAS
- JESSE ORTIZ
- DANIEL JORDAN
- TODD CARB
- JOHN ENGLUND
- HOWARD LEWIS
- TIMOTHY QUINN
- TIMOTHY WILSON
- THOMAS MOORE
- GREGORY REYNAR
- JAMES CAIRNS


Letter of Special Commendation:

- MICHAEL CONWAY
- JOAQUIN LAPASTORA
- JAY WALKER
- ROBERT WYATT
- FERNANDO VASQUEZ
- RALPH HESTER

The Phoenix Award:

- WILLIAM STACE
- JOHN WALTERS
- ROBERT EGIZI
- JAMES OTT
- RAYMOND PETERMAN
- JAIME FOSTER
- KELLY HOSS
- ROBERT AKER
- JIMMIE HILL
- HENRY GRAF
- JOHN GREGORY
- DANIEL SHANNON
- ROBERT ORTEGA
- MARK SAMET
- PAUL ZULIANI
- JUAN OJEDA
- BRET HARRIS
- LANE KEMPER

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced at Sunday's event, and I hope to meet you there!

Respectfully Yours In Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

What an inspiring event. My hat is off to those who were involved in planning this public celebration of the positive side of the department.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 12:50,

We're glad you could attend. It will be my pleasure to make those responsible for the event aware of your kind comments.

Respectfully Yours In Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Maureen said...

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

Especially to TODD CARB.

It is an honor to know Todd.

Due to his heroics at the NVJCC, I am proud to be able to call him a friend. And forever indebted and greatful to him.

Jeffrey P. Neu said...

Brian, I was at the event and was sorry I missed meeting you. It was a great evening for the fire fighters being honored. LAFD did a great job putting the event together. I think as a tribute to the award recipients you should publish the story's of there rescues as described in the program. It added alot of meaning to the event.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Jeffrey,

Thanks for the note. Sunday was a duty day, and with our limited staff, I was regretfully unable to secure relief to attend the event.

As mentioned above, it has been (and strongly remains) my intent to publish the stories exactly as you mention. I'm hoping to offer a couple each month in the year ahead, and remain confident that those tales of commitment and courage will continue to inspire those both inside and alongside our Department.

If there are any suggestions as to how we might better present or coordinate future events, please let me know.


Respectfully Yours In Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Maureen,

Thanks for sharing your sentiments regarding Firefighter/Paramedic Todd Carb, whose valor at the North Valley Jewish Community Center shooting was righteously noted Sunday evening.

Like you, those in our office are proud to call Todd both a friend and a mentor.

Respectfully Yours In Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Chrissy said...

Congratulations to Michael Celestino and the rest of the LAFD Fire Fighters that were acknowledged in the recent past ceremony!

Mike we pray for your safety and strength...keep up the good work!

Thank you for posting the news.

TheMavenMaker said...

Brian,
It was a thrill being there. The tone of the evening was inspiring with all the stories told. The dedication and heart of the men and women of our mighty department should make us all proud. You can not believe how proud I was of my father, Arnett L. Hartsfield, Jr. when he received the lifetime achievement award. Who would have ever beleived how far we have come.

Maria D. Hartsfield Riddle

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