City of Los Angeles firefighters will be carrying a torch through Westchester and Venice beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 9th, to raise money for a Fallen Firefighters Memorial, currently under construction at the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum in Hollywood.

For more than 100 years, the City of Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) did not have a venue to honor firefighters who died while fighting fires.

It has been the dream of many City of Los Angeles Fire Department members to construct a lasting and fitting memorial to the fallen firefighters.

To assist in funding this memorial, local city firefighters are asking members of the public to sponsor a firefighter runner in the July 9th event.

The LAFD Torch Relay will include a ceremonial torch carried by LAFD sworn members through each of the communities served by the LAFD’s 103 fire stations.

LAFD members are seeking pledge donations for each one-mile segment of the course.

The LAFD Torch Relay will begin at City Fire Station 95, 10010 International Road at Century Boulevard in Westchester, travel west on Century Boulevard to Sepulveda Boulevard and north on Sepulveda Boulevard, then continue to Manchester Avenue, where the route will turn west to City Fire Station 5, 6621 Manchester Ave., Westchester.

Torch-carrying firefighters will continue west on Manchester Avenue to Lincoln Boulevard, turning north on Lincoln Boulevard to Jefferson Boulevard, where the route will turn east to Centinela Avenue.

At Centinela Avenue, the torch will be handed off to firefighters of the City Fire Station 62, who will carry the torch north on Centinela Avenue to their City Fire Station 62, 3631 Centinela Ave.

Firefighters from City Fire Station 63 will take the torch and go south on Centinela Avenue to Venice Boulevard, where the route will turn west on Venice Boulevard to City Fire Station 63, 1930 Shell Ave., Venice.

Following a short break, firefighters plan to continue west on Venice Boulevard to Ocean Front Walk, then north on Ocean Front Walk to Windward Circle, where a bandwagon and other activities are planned at noon.

As part of the relay, an old-time fire truck, a modern fire engine and “The Fire Hogs,” a group of LAFD motorcycle riders, will accompany the runners with a Los Angeles Police Department escort.

Information, City Fire Battalion Chief Steven J. Coleman, (213) 485-6274, (office) or (213) 247-0156 (cell); or any of the other on-duty Battalion 4 commanders.

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