SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER, SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION AND APPRECIATION OF ANTIQUE MOTOR FIRE APPARATUS IN AMERICA

Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation - Southern Region Annual Burn Relay

On Saturday, May 31, several CFE members participated with their rigs in the annual southern region burn relay of the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. It was a full day beginning at 6:30 am at the Santa Monica Airport with breakfast and an orientation for the drivers by the escorting CHP motor officers. Fire Departments visited during the fundraising relay were: Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Culver City, El Segundo, Chevron Refinery in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach (snack break on the ocean front), Torrance, Los Angeles FD (FS#112 in San Pedro), Long Beach (lunch stop), Downey, Santa Fe Springs, Arcadia, San Marino, San Gabriel, Monterey Park, and the Grand Finale including dinner at the Los Angeles County F.D. headquarters atop the hill in City Terrace. CFE members who brought their rigs from Orange County logged over 200 miles of driving for the day (and some CFE members drove even further).

Celebrity VIP guests for the ride were Dr. George Fishbeck (retired weatherman for L.A. TV station KABC, channel 7) and actress Rene O'Connor, from the TV show "Xena, Warrior Princess." each rig also carried burn foundation volunteers and burn survivors who were along for the day.

The approximate total raised on the Burn Relay (before final tabulating) was $67,500. CFE member and Burn Foundation representative Kent Cullom stated: "On behalf of the ALISA ANN RUCH BURN FOUNDATION, I thank all the Crown Firecoach Enthusiast who participated in the Burn Relay this Past Saturday. In particular, DARRELL GILBERT, LOU FARAH, MIKE BRITT and DON POGUE, ART CAMARENA and PAUL KROT, STEVE and JIM KOENEKAMP, MIKE, MARK, and ROGER BRAMM, JOHN BENFIELD, DOUG STONER, JOE ORTIZ, DOUG HAMMER and especially BRAD HAMMER who drove CFE T-46 all day. I also thank those other members who came along to assist and show support for the Firefighters and the Burn Foundation. If it wasn't for CFE members, the event would not be nearly as successful or as much fun. Thanks again for your continued support."

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