Chances are you have admired the work of Fred Nuesca. If not for his valorous 32 years as a Los Angeles Firefighter, then likely the passion he has quietly pursued since retirement: the restoration of antique machines you've seen on television, in the movies and in Las Vegas.
From his house in Newbury Park, Fred Nuesca charms life back into old pieces of what would otherwise be junk.
Cash registers, clocks, slot machines, an old dentist's chair — you name it, Nuesca has fixed, cleaned, polished and refurbished it.
"I like taking things that have served in a business or something and then were replaced by the newer things and set aside and forgotten," he said. "I like to take them and bring them back to... (more...)"
We encourage you to read the story and watch the video of one of LAFD's most beloved retirees, whose skillful hands, respect for the past, devotion to detail and Will Rogers-like persona, have guided and inspired generations of Firefighters.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department