9/18/02 from: Arline Kaplan class of 1960
I was driving to work on Sept.
10 or 11 and heard a radio announcement about a fireman by the
name of John Price being honored at an Angel's game for
his efforts in New York City. I privately e-mailed our classmate
and asked if he was the fire fighter being honored. He was, and
he gave me permission to
share the following information.
Seems that on Sept. 18, 2001, he flew out of Burbank Airport
with a team of eight individuals from Southern California to
New York City. He spent the next
week doing a multitude of things including working the "pile"
at Ground Zero from midafternoon each day into the early morning
"After 35 years in the fire service, it was beyond description.
Like searching for a needle in the haystack," John wrote
me. "(I) did a lot of crying,
standing by my brothers at funerals, wakes and memorials and
in the firehouses."
When he got back to California, John and the rest of the team
from Southern California helped organize a project where they
offered all the widows,
widowers and children whose spouses and parents had died in Sept.
11 an opportunity to come to Southern California during the summer
months for a one
week hosted and paid vacation on the Los Angeles County Fire
Department. John handled all the corporate sponsorships.
John was honored by Los Angeles County as Employee of the Month
and by the LA County Fire Department as Employee of the Year.
Perhaps we, his
classmates, should thank him and honor him by contributing to
"L.A.Co.Firefighters Honor FDNY Project." They will
be accepting tax deductible donations through the end of the
year. Project address is:
1508 Alexander Court
Brea, CA 92821
Click for more information on our classmate
John Price class of 1960
Occupation: Captain, L.A. County Fire Dept., Station 3 (East