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A 20-year-old picture of movie legend John Wayne is stirring up already divisive feelings in the Los Angeles County Fire Department after a Carson battalion chief ordered a portrait of Wayne off the wall of the Victoria Street station. So many firefighters were incensed by the order that the union has filed a grievance, even though the picture was quickly reinstated by county Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman.
February 5, 1997
Re "A Modernistic Firehouse Goes Down in Flames," Jan. 23: I agree with and feel the frustration of architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis (and just about every other architect I've ever talked to in this city) about the struggle to get great contemporary buildings built in L.A. We have such a wealth of architectural talent and vision here that it's a shame that some of the best and brightest--and those recognized around the globe for contributing to the culture, soul and landscape of cities--cannot get projects built in their own hometown, whether they be fire stations or concert halls.
If your gut response to the idea of another tribute to firefighters is a slightly guilty "Enough already," you can relax. The five-part series "Firehouse" (starting tonight at 9 on NBC) treats its subjects not as simple star-spangled heroes but as something more compelling: dedicated men and women doing a dangerous job. The "Dateline" production profiles a different fire company each week, beginning with Rescue 4 in Queens, N.Y.
July 16, 2007 | Susan King
Dennis Dugan's approach to filmmaking is always leave them laughing. "All I want to do is make people laugh," says the actor-turned-director. "Actually, not just when I go to work but all the time. It's what I do. It's my strength." Though he hasn't actually made critics laugh heartily, audiences have guffawed over the comedies he's made with Adam Sandler: "Big Daddy" and "Happy Gilmore." His latest collaboration with Sandler, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry," opens Friday.
December 5, 2006
Re "African American to run L.A. Fire Dept.," Dec. 4 I object to the headline of Monday's lead article announcing the imminent hiring of Douglas L. Barry to run the Los Angeles Fire Department. Why not write, "A 31-year veteran to run the LAFD" or "Asst. fire chief chosen" or "Highly praised veteran to lead LAFD"? Of course his ethnicity is important, but having it as the first words in the headline places it as his most important attribute and even suggests that he was chosen because of his skin color.
November 4, 1993
Thieves stole two cable converter boxes from an Altadena fire station last week while firefighters were busy battling the fire in the San Gabriels. They entered the empty station house at 2521 El Molino Ave. sometime before 1:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and made off with two converter boxes, worth $250 each, from the kitchen and the recreation room, said Gary Marshall, a firefighter at Station 11, whose crew was among the first to be sent out near Eaton Canyon to fight the fires.
April 4, 1992 | BOB ELSTON
Firefighters at Station No. 2 in Westminster were recognized by Assemblyman Tom Umberg on Friday for their work in fighting fires and responding to other emergencies as well as the charity service they perform in the community. "I am here to recognize the good work you do for the community," the Garden Grove Democrat told the firefighters gathered in front of the station for the brief, informal presentation. "Despite the tough economic times, the folks still appreciate the kinds of jobs you do."
January 7, 1988
Repair of the vacant county fire station at 1525 S. Nogales St. is expected to begin this week under an emergency $197,000 construction contract approved by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The station, severely damaged in a kitchen fire Nov. 25 while engine and paramedic crews were on runs, should be open again by mid-April, said Stephen Sherrill, assistant county fire chief. The crews are now assigned to two other stations nearby.
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