This past week, Los Angeles Firefighters and LAFD Interim Fire Chief, James Featherstone, gathered together with various civic leaders to honor Engineer Dana P. Larsen as the Los Angeles Fire Department’s 2013 Firefighter of the Year.
The Los Angeles Firefighters Association (LAFFA) held a luncheon in his honor at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in downtown, where Larsen accepted his award humbly, surrounded by family and friends.
A renowned specialist in airfield and aviation emergencies, Engineer Larsen has been with the LAFD for 37 years. He is assigned to Fire Station 80 at Los Angeles International Airport, where his duties include operating sophisticated airport rescue firefighting apparatus. The ceremony on April 16th recognized his discipline, inspiration, ingenuity and especially his wide-reaching mentorship and devotion to his faith.
Aside from his firefighting duties, Larsen’s career extends far beyond Los Angeles, for he also serves as a subject matter expert and master instructor for a broad spectrum of fire and safety issues.
For all that he has done, whether meeting with aviation officials, or working alongside the men and women who fly and service aircraft – or devoting his skill to design and develop equipment, policies and procedures used to enhance safety and services Department-wide, Engineer Dana Larsen has earned the deep respect and admiration of others. Because of this, the LAFD is proud to proclaim him the 2013 Firefighter of the Year.