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July 3, 1987 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Fire Chief John Englund has ordered the promotion of a veteran black fire captain who filed suit in Los Angeles federal court, charging that he had been a victim of discrimination because of his race, it was learned Thursday. The promotion of Capt. Hershel Clady to battalion chief will be effective July 15, according to Assistant Fire Chief David Hanson, head of administrative services. Clady was notified Wednesday, two days after he filed suit.
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July 3, 1987 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Fire Chief John Englund has ordered the promotion of a veteran black fire captain who filed suit in Los Angeles federal court, charging that he had been a victim of discrimination because of his race, it was learned Thursday. The promotion of Capt. Hershel Clady to battalion chief will be effective July 15, according to Assistant Fire Chief David Hanson, head of administrative services. Clady was notified Wednesday, two days after he filed suit.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1987 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission ordered the promotion of a veteran black fire captain to battalion chief Wednesday, ruling that he had been a victim of racial bias in an "inherently discriminatory" system. The commission directed Fire Chief John Englund to appoint Capt. Hershel Clady to the first available post as a battalion chief. It was the second time in Clady's 17-year career that the Civil Service Commission had intervened on his behalf in his efforts for promotion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1987 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission ordered the promotion of a veteran black fire captain to battalion chief Wednesday, ruling that he had been a victim of racial bias in an "inherently discriminatory" system. The commission directed Fire Chief John Englund to appoint Capt. Hershel Clady to the first available post as a battalion chief. It was the second time in Clady's 17-year career that the Civil Service Commission had intervened on his behalf in his efforts for promotion.
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October 5, 1996 | TRACY JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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July 9, 1995 | ERIN J. AUBRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
July 2, 1985, was a day Joe Gardner says he'll never forget. He was lounging around his Baldwin Hills home in the sweltering 100-degree heat, making a sandwich, when his wife suddenly appeared with an ashen face. "She said, 'Joe, there's smoke and fire everywhere,' " Gardner, president of the Baldwin Hills Estates Homeowner Assn., recalled Saturday. "I went into the back yard and saw nothing but smoke. I saw houses collapsing all around me."
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March 4, 1993 | SUSAN PATERNO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hershel Clady had been a firefighter less than a year when he was sent to battle the Malibu Canyon blaze of 1970. He was with a lone engine company that came around a corner and met a firestorm, a giant wave of fire pushed by gusts of wind. The only way out was to duck under it, like a bodysurfer caught in a huge swell. Clady and four others scrambled under the truck and waited to melt. "It was the most fire I'd ever seen in my life," he said. "I thought we'd bought the ticket."
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August 4, 1990 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While on the job, members of an organization of black firefighters dubbed the Stentorians spend their time battling oppressive heat and flames. But on their own time these firefighters wage battles of a different sort. Since 1980 the group has operated a training and recruitment center in South Los Angeles for African Americans interested in fire service.
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June 22, 1987 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
It was only a single rose taken from the desk of a friend on Valentine's Day. But Los Angeles County firefighter William L. Mayfield is convinced that the events that followed reveal that he is a victim of discrimination whose chances of promotion were deliberately hurt by his bosses because he is black.
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