OUR DOCENTS

Our docents are retired Los Angeles County Firefighters. They include firefighters, engineers, Captains, and Chiefs. If you have a question, or you want to hear wonderful stories, you will have the opportunity to learn and enjoy our crew. Your time at the Museum will be enriched as our Docents guide you through our collections.

If you would like to contact our docents, please use the contact form below. You may direct your inquiry to an individual, just put their name in the subject line.

October 2019 Docent Meeting at the Museum
Museum Docents and Directors in the photo

ERNIE RAMIREZ

ERNIE RAMIREZ

DIRECTOR & DOCENT

  • Los Angeles County Fire Dept
  • Started career -1981
  • Retired -2018
  • 37 years
  • Favorite assignment- Engine 191-A , 12 years
  • Most interesting assignment Homeland Security
  • Positions held
    • Fire Fighter
    • Paramedic
    • Inspector
    • Engineer,
    • Captain
DEVIN TRONE

DEVIN TRONE

  • LA Co. Fire Dept 1985 – 2017 second generation firefighter  32 years
  • Rose up through the ranks to Battalion Chief
  • Career highlight was USAR deployment to save lives after Haiti earthquake
  • Assignments were
    • Paramedic
    • Public Informations
    • Staffing
    • Fire Prevention
    • USAR Task Force,
    • Operations
BRIAN ASKARI

BRIAN ASKARI

  • Initially began in the Fire Explorer program with LACoFD in 1977.
  • Started fire service employment at age eighteen with the Los Angeles Fire Department, working as and an EMT and paramedic for six years
  • Hired as a firefighter with LACoFD in 1986
  • Retired in 2018 after 32 years with the County of Los Angeles.
  • Positions Held:
    • Paramedic
    • Fire Inspector
    • Engineer
    • Captain
    • Battalion Chief.
GORDON DUDLEY

GORDON DUDLEY

  • Hired: Started his fire career at the camps from Nov 1974 – 1978
  • Henderson Fire Department in Nevada from 1979-1981
  • LACoFD 1981 – 2009
  • Retired: March 31, 2009
  • Favorite Assignment: Station 34 where he spent 19 years
  • Positions held:
    • Firefighter
    • Engineer
DAVE MARTINEZ

DAVE MARTINEZ

  • HIred on April 23, 1983
  • Retired in March 2014
  • Favorite Assignment: Station 116
  • Positions Held:
    • Firefighter
    • Paramedic
    • Captain
BRAD McINTYRE

BRAD McINTYRE

  • Hired: March 1970
  • Retired: September 2001
  • Favorite Assignment: 214
  • Positions held:
    • Firefighter
    • Hazmat Specialist 1990-2001
PAT KELLY

PAT KELLY

  • Started his fire service career with the U.S. Forest Service in 1975
  • Hired LACoFD in 1983 and retired in 2014
  • Favorite assignment : Air Ops
  • Positions Held:
    • Firefighter
    • Paramedic
    • USAR Medic with Task Force 2
 
 
JOHN WELLINGTON

JOHN WELLINGTON

  • City of Hermosa Beach Fire Department 2/1982 – 5/1984
    • Firefighter Paramedic
  • LACoFD 5/4/1984 – 3/31/2015
  • Favorite assignment: 13 years Captain at Engine 14 South Central Los Angeles
    • Firefighter
    • Paramedic
    • Engineer
    • Captain for 21 years
JOHN TUCKER

JOHN TUCKER

  • City of Hermosa Beach Fire Dept. 5/67 – 3/70
  • Ca. Air National Guard Crash Fire Fighter 6/69 – 7/75
  • LACoFD 3/1970 – 3/2003   33 years
  • Positions held;
    • Firefighter,
    • Firefighter Paramedic
    • Dispatcher, Engineer
    • Fire Prevention inspector
    • Captain for engine, truck
    • emergency preparedness officers
    • USAR,and hazmat squad
    • Battalion Chief for community services and Battalion 7
DYRCK McCLELLAN

DYRCK McCLELLAN

  • HIred on 5/1/1968
  • Retired as a Captain on 4/30/1997
  • Favorite Assignment: Station 14 when working on 214s
  • Positions held:
    • Firefighter for 7 years
    • Fire Inspector PIO for 3 years
    • Engineer for 5 years
    • Captain at Wild Land Station 80 for one year
    • Training Captain for 5-6 years
    • Hazmat Captain for 10 years
DEWITT MORGAN

DEWITT MORGAN

  • Hire Date: March 1, 1957
  • Retirement Date/Rank: March 1, 1990 Captain
  • Favorite Assignment: Dispatch Captain – PIO
  • Positions Held:
    • Firefighter
    • Engineer
    • Captain – PIO
    • Patrolman
    • Rescueman (not P.M.)
    • F.F. First Snorkle (29)
SCOTT MAHAN

SCOTT MAHAN

  • Hired in September 9, 1983
  • Retired March 30, 2016
  • Favorite assignment: Fire Captain Fire Station 26
    • 7 years in the city of La Puente
  • Held the following positions:
    • Firefighter
    • Paramedic
    • Engineer
    • Captain
    • Battalion Chief 
    • Assistant Chief.
RON LARRIVA

RON LARRIVA

  • Hired in 1989 and retired 2018
  • Favorite assignment: Battalion Chief 2C
  • Held ranks of
    • Firefighter
    • Paramedic
    • Inspector, Engineer
    • Captain
    • Battalion Chief
DAN WILSON

DAN WILSON

  • Graduated Inglewood High 1972
  • Air Force Veteran – 4 years as a Firefighter Aug 72 until Aug 1976
  • Oct 1976 to 79 a Federal Firefighter , received Associates degree in Fire Technology
  • Was blessed by being hired onLACoFD Aug 1979 – Retired as Battalion Chief Oct 2011.
  • 38 years of total service.
JAVIER TORRES

JAVIER TORRES

  • Hired on March 3, 1985
  • Retired on March 30, 2019
  • Favorite Assignment: 191
  • Positions held:
    • Firefighter
    • Engineer
RAYMOND GOROSPE

RAYMOND GOROSPE

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DON FRANTZ

DON FRANTZ

  • Hired in October 1969
  • Retired in March 2000
  • Favorite Assignment was Camp 16
  • Positions Held:
    • Firefighter
    • Firefighter Specialist
    • Wildland Fire Crew Supervisor
SAM HERNANDEZ

SAM HERNANDEZ

  • HIred on November 1, 1974
  • Retired on January 23, 2009 as Captain
  • Favorite Assignment: Firefighter Specialist and Captain Fire Station 16
  • Positions Held:
    • Firefighter
    • Firefighter Paramedic
    • Firefighter Specialist
    • Captain
LUIS ACEVEDO

LUIS ACEVEDO

  • HIred on September 10, 1983
  • Retired in March 2018 Hazmat Captain
  • Favorite Assignment was E214
  • Positions Held:
    • Firefighter
    • Paramedic
    • Engineer
    • Captain
    • Hazmat
STEVE KREAGER

STEVE KREAGER

  • HIred on September 6, 1976
  • Retired on March 31
  • Favorite Assignment was Captain of Fire Station 194, Battalion 21
  • Positions held:
    • Firefighter
    • Paramedic
    • Engineer
    • Captain
GARY DAVIS

GARY DAVIS

  • Gary was in the US Army from 1963 to 1965
  • Hired in 1966
  • Volunteered for a new rescue program at Harbor General Hospital. That program turned out to be the first modern day Paramedic program in the nation.After becoming a paramedic there was a great demand for more paramedics to be trained. He was a preceptor to newly trained paramedics and was also detailed to Beverly Hills Fire Department for three months training their Paramedics. He then went to Redondo Beach Fire Department to do the same.
  • He was a technical advisor on the “EMERGENCY!” television series from 1972-1979 along with some of the early paramedics.
  • Received a Medal of Valor Award in 1985
  • Was with Air Operations and was the Paramedic on the helicopter from 1991 to 1997
JIM DE LEON

JIM DE LEON

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ERNIE CLAYTON

ERNIE CLAYTON

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CLINT KALLER

CLINT KALLER

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GLEN TROTTO

GLEN TROTTO

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DEAN Mc GUIRE

DEAN Mc GUIRE

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MIKE LECKITER

MIKE LECKITER

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JOHN LOPEZ

JOHN LOPEZ

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TONY LEWIS

TONY LEWIS

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GERRY SILVA

GERRY SILVA

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