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Firefighters Bring Downtown Together for a Good Cause

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, June 05, 2008, at 11:11PM
Water and Power Ed Fuentes

The final step of the Hose Pull Contest is to knock over a small traffic cone with a jet stream of water, stopping the clock. Nearby, a child leans in to dare the the water to reach her. She remained dry.

Heroes spent the day preparing for competition by wearing special uniforms before showing off their skills and their honed team work. There were flags waving, horns blowing, and score was being kept.

Lakers and Celtics? No. That’s just a game.

Thursday at Hope for Firefighters it was LAFD engine companies who showed Downtown how they could come together by passing buckets of water, pulling hoses and giving teams of non-firefighters some tips on handling hoses and hydrants.

They also showed off their culinary skills; cooking or grilling fish, pork, beef in recipes from the fire house. In some cases they brought in ringers, like Pinks, who joined their local firehouse on Hope Street to help raise money.

How appropriate that all this took place Downtown on a day that started off with a Fashion District blaze that took 175 firefighters to contain.

Councilmembers Jan Perry, Tom LaBonge, and Bill Rosendahl were among those on-hand today thanking the firefighters for their dedication.

The event is a fundraiser for the Los Angeles Firemen's Relief Association's Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen's Fund. Those who weren't in attendance can still give to a great cause through the organization's website.


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