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    RESCUE Youth Graduation Ceremony Cheers Graduates & Their Firefighter-Mentors

    (October 25, 2005) -- Firefighters from multiple jurisdictions, L.A. County's top courtroom cop, numerous VIPs and a crowd of over 100 people honored 34 student graduates of the challenging RESCUE youth program at a gala ceremony at LB's Shoreline Park on October 23.

    Among the VIPs present: L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley, LB City Prosecutor Tom Reeves, LBFD Deputy Chief Brad Wilson, LAFD Chief P. Michael Freeman and Montebello Fire Chief Jim Cox.

    Photo right: LB City Prosecutor Reeves, County D.A. Cooley, LBFD Deputy Chief Wilson honor Juan Avila and Justin Edmonson for their outstanding participation in the program.
    Photo credit: Wayne Chaney

    Photo credit: Wayne Chaney
    Accompanied by an LBFD Fire Boat salute, D.A. Cooley and LB Prosecutor Reeves honor LBFD Engineers Chris Barton & Chris Tave, Firefighters Manny Gomez, (Deputy Chief Wilson looking on), LBFD Engineers Marcel Willis and Darren Rockett.

    The L.A. County D.A.'s website says the RESCUE program (developed by the D.A.'s office and L.A. County Fire) "provides a firefighter mentor for young people ages 12 to 14 who are not yet involved in criminal activities, but are exhibiting at-risk behavior." D.A. staff interview students referred by local school districts, matching each student with a firefighter who volunteers to mentor the student at a fire station near the student's home.

    Once placed at a fire station, RESCUE students participate in "activities designed to help them develop a positive 'big brother'-type relationship with their firefighter mentor and to promote the importance of regular school attendance."

    In photo: L.A. County Fire Chief Michael P. Freeman, LBFD Captain Jason Hosea, LBFD Battalion Chief Moe Sinsley

    Photo credit: Wayne Chaney

    Photo credit: Wayne Chaney
    LBFD Capt. Jason Hosea, Battalion Chief Moe Sinsley, alongside Connie Sziebl, aide to L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe.

    Since 1999, LBFD has taken part in what LB firefighter Wayne Chaney calls "a wonderful life-changing program." He writes:

    The kids willing to commit a minimum of two hours a week to this program...[They] sign a contract to stay with the program for one year...[and] are monitored through a weekly report that is submitted to L.A. County DA to track their progress.

    While at the station, the kids bring their books and complete any homework assignments. If help is needed on the homework, the Firefighters are right there to act as a tutor. Kids become part of the station. They are accountable for station responsibilities, and once they demonstrate responsibility, they earn the privilege of riding along on responses.

    While at the station the kids learn CPR, tool familiarization, fire prevention, first aid, they assist on runs with equipment, and, one of the most important skills they learn are life qualities; integrity and team work. This program teaches kids life skills that they will use forever, no matter what profession they choose. Some of the kids, even after the program, still want to come by the station until they’re old enough to apply for our Search and Rescue Program (which starts at age 16).

    We also go on field trips sponsored by the L.A. County D.A.'s Office. We've attended hockey games, tree plantings, Dodger games, gone fresh water fishing, deep sea fishing, toured the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific, and fed the homeless, just to name a few events.

    This program has not only changed the life of each child mentored, but it has also changed the life of the Firefighters involved in this wonderful program.

    The L.A. County D.A.'s office has said:

    Firefighters have always held a unique place in the community. They are admired for their courage and stamina -- indeed, they do a job that few of us could hope to aspire to . Firefighters are highly visible, and the public’s perception is that their work is practically synonymous with excitement and challenge.

    But there is more to the firefighter's existence than courageous rescues and headlines. The communal life of the fire station is made up of discipline, teamwork, responsibility, and a respect for traditional values.

    The District Attorney's Office is the ideal agency to refer youngsters at risk to a gang intervention program, and insure their continued participation. Firefighters are the ideal catalyst to provide such a program with the one-on-one, personal and ongoing contact these young people need to grow intellectually, emotionally, and ethically.

    Firefighters and fire department paramedics are often called upon to rescue people who have suffered calamities. In much the same way, the RESCUE program hopes to save many of our young people from the bleak future that gangs and drugs offer them.

    The 13-year-old RESCUE program is a partnership between the D.A.'s Bureau of Crime Prevention & Youth Services, and the L.A. County, Long Beach and Montebello fire departments.

    Further information is available on a special page on the D.A.'s website or at (213) 974-7401.

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