CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1994
Santa Monica on Friday asked the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to investigate allegations that as many as 20 Santa Monica firefighters took belongings left by tenants of the earthquake-damaged Sea Castle apartments. City Manager John Jalili said the request was prompted by allegations that firefighters took furniture, a television set and other property from the red-tagged Sea Castle, which was sealed off after suffering severe damage in the Jan. 17 quake.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1994 |
After the Northridge earthquake severely damaged the historic Sea Castle apartments, the Santa Monica Fire Department helped former tenants recover their belongings. But now authorities are investigating whether firefighters also helped themselves to tenants' property. City officials received complaints that seven to 20 firefighters stole and perhaps sold tenants' belongings after a September cleanup of the red-tagged structure at 1725 The Promenade, on the Santa Monica oceanfront.
July 24, 1994 |
To some, there is nothing like a red firetruck. In the 14 years that Santa Monica has had lime-yellow Fire Department vehicles, people would occasionally hail his command car, thinking it was a taxi, said Deputy Chief Ettore Berardinelli. And, according to firefighter lore, someone even tried to board a hook-and-ladder rig with 50 cents in hand, supposedly mistaking it for a bus. "This automatic color association never materialized with the yellow color," Berardinelli said.
July 18, 1993 |
Barbara Held used to spend her workdays behind a desk. She frequently thought about how to escape from the endless hours on the telephone and the mounds of paperwork. So one day nearly a decade ago, she acted on a whim and called the Santa Monica Fire Department. It was a call that changed her life. Last month, Held was named "Outstanding Young Firefighter of the Year" by the Santa Monica Jaycees at a luncheon at the station.
August 15, 1991
Glendale Fire Chief John Montenero has been named new chief of the 122-member Santa Monica Fire Department. Montenero's selection, announced by Santa Monica City Manager John Jalili on Tuesday, ends a nationwide search to fill the post, which pays $96,793 a year. Former Chief Thomas Tolman retired last month. The 51-year-old Montenero is a San Francisco native who has served as fire chief in Corte Madera and Monterey before taking over the Glendale department 6 1/2 years ago.
January 17, 1991 |
What's a little building fire to a group of cancer patients who fight for their lives every day? It's the potential loss of one of their lifelines in the case of a suspected arson fire that last weekend destroyed rented headquarters of the Wellness Community in Santa Monica. "We've suddenly become homeless, in a way," said Harold Benjamin, founder of the center that since 1982 has helped more than 10,000 people with cancer and their families learn an active approach to fighting their disease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1985 |
Michael Marczynski will receive the Award of Valor from the California State Firemen's Assn. Monday for rescuing a 72-year-old woman from a burning house--five months before he was hired as a firefighter. Marczynski, 25, saved the woman by breaking down the front door of her house in Palms. He found her huddled in a corner of the smoke-filled living room, picked her up and passed her through the living room window to two men outside.
September 19, 1985 |
Michael Marczynski will receive the Award of Valor from the California State Firemen's Assn. Monday for rescuing a 72-year-old woman from a burning house in Palms--five months before he actually obtained a job as a firefighter with the Santa Monica Fire Department. Marczynski, 25, saved the woman's life last year by breaking down the jammed front door to her house in Palms.