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A Holiday Recap

By Steve Yamamoto | December 27, 2010

Well another holiday season has come and gone and the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) has once again had another busy and very successful December of holiday events.  The LBFD wants to thank all of those that were involved with each function that made them a success.

Things kicked off again with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Pike with Station 13 in attendance with Santa Claus.  A couple of days later the 2nd Street Belmont Shore Parade was a hit with Station 8 kindly hosting another Open House with tons of hot apple cider, hot cocoa, cookies, and candy canes being passed out to the eager parade spectators.  This year in the Parade we had the LBFD CERT Team making a strong showing riding on a nicely decorated green big-rig with Christmas lights and all.  The Parade finished off in the traditional fashion with Santa Claus in his sleigh on top of Fire Engine 13 saying Merry Christmas to everyone.  The following weekend, the Daisy Lane Parade lights lit up the neighborhood as floats went up and down Daisy passing all of the spectators.

As a way of saying thank you, Farmer’s and Merchant’s Bank once again generously offered apples to the LBFD with Fire Chief Patalano at Station 1 accepting their gift.  The LBFD Kids holiday visit to Miller’s Children’s Hospital put smiles on the faces of the many children that were visited by Firefighters and Santa as they enjoyed their gifts.  Wrapping up the season on Christmas and Christmas Eve, the crews from Station 13 went the extra mile to provide others with a great holiday.  After a severe traffic accident on the 710 Freeway earlier this month left 4 year old Rubin Silva in the Pediatric ICU, the crew of 13A decided to make the Silva family’s Christmas a little brighter by providing toys to the kids and a holiday food basket to the family.  On Christmas Day, 13C invited US Marines from Camp Pendleton to join them in a nice home-cooked holiday dinner at the Station as a way of saying thank you for their valued service.  The idea came from the realization that not all soldiers get to go home for the holidays to their family.  That said, the crew at Station 13 thought it would be nice to offer this as an alternative to spending Christmas alone.  The crew also pooled together some money for a couple of gifts to give the soldiers as another way of saying thanks. 

December 2010 marked another busy but successful holiday season despite the hardships faced by many.  It is always truly amazing to see all of the toys and donations that pour into our toy warehouse each year, not to mention all of the volunteers that come down to help.  It is important to remember that this would all not be possible without your kind help and generosity.  That being said the LBFD would like to say thank you to everyone that made this Christmas season yet another successful one.  Have a safe and Happy New Year.


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