LAFD Mourns Passing of Chief Helicopter Pilot Glenn V. Smith

Monday, November 07, 2011 |

LAFD Chief Helicopter Pilot Glenn V. Smith (1956-2011)
LAFD Chief Helicopter Pilot Glenn V. Smith
The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department mourn a pillar of our Department, Chief Helicopter Pilot Glenn V. Smith, who recently lost a courageous battle with cancer at age 54.

If you've seen an LAFD helicopter in flight, or listened to the calm coordination of Fire Department air operations in Los Angeles via scanner radio, chances are you experienced in some small way, Glenn's remarkable career of lifesaving work, which included being a two-time recipient of the LAFD Medal of Valor.

Glenn Victor Smith was born in Lake Providence, Louisiana on October 29, 1956. The youngest of five boys in his family, and number 12 in a line of 17 children, he moved as a young boy to Los Angeles, growing up just south of the central city.

Glenn attended Los Angeles High School where he played the trumpet in the school marching band. In 1975, he married Marva Lajoy, his bride for life. In 1978, he was proudly appointed to the Los Angeles Fire Department, where he earned a reputation as a quick study. Soon becoming a skilled firefighter and a compassionate paramedic, he ultimately decided... (read more...)

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace Mr. Glenn Smith. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication throughout the years as a public safety advocate. You will be missed. Prayers go out to his family during this trying time. I had the privilege of working this his son Steven Smith in Inglewood as his supervisor at a private ambulance company in Inglewood before his days of working for LAFD himself.


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