Beloved LAFD Employee Remembered on 7th Anniversary of Glendale Metrolink Collision

Thursday, January 26, 2012 |

This morning with sadness, the men and women of your Los Angeles Fire Department recall a tragic incident at our City border that injured more than two hundred rail passengers and killed eleven, including a deeply valued member of our LAFD family.

Today is the 7th anniversary of the January 26, 2005 Metrolink collision in Glendale that took the life of Julia Bennett, a Senior Clerk Typist for the LAFD's Bureau of Fire Prevention and Public Safety.

In the days, weeks and months since the massive and well-coordinated response to the collision and derailment - determined to have been a homicidal act, we have dearly missed Julia and her bright smile.

When visiting the Los Angeles Civic Center, we warmly welcome you to pause in Room 1705 at City Hall East, a meeting space not far from Julia's desk, which was proudly named in her honor as the Julia Bennett Conference Room. There, on a daily basis in "Julia's place", the men and women of LAFD's Fire Prevention Bureau gather to plan for the protection of Los Angeles under the watchful and caring spirit of a beloved friend, colleague and mentor.

Thank you Julia, for making an eternal impression on those who protect life and property in our great City. You are dearly missed today and every day.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Larry Shulman said...

I remember Julie and agree she was a delight to know, and I'm certain she is missed to this day.

I also knew her father, Battalion Chief Ray Gordon since the mid 1960's and that allowed me to understand where her nice persona came from. Ray died shortly after this tragic loss, and I'm sure it had something to do with his demise. I hope they are in a better, and deserving place now.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mr. Shulman,

Thank you for sharing a personal perspective on what remains a great loss for us and the community. Julia came from great stock, and we're fortunate to have known and grown from her.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

I miss Julia every day. Cousin Donald

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