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Saturday, August 20, 2011

LAFD Blog News: Firefighters Mourn Former Vernon Fire Chief

Firefighters Mourn Former Vernon Fire Chief

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department join generations of firefighters in mourning the loss of retired Vernon Fire Chief and fire service historian George "Smokey" Bass.

George "Smokey" Bass
1931 - 2011
George Francis Bass (February 17, 1931 - August 13, 2011) was born in Los Angeles, the only child of Mary Francis Connelly and James Bass. He was an avid fire buff and earned the name "Smokey" in his early years as he followed fire engines to fires and often smelled of smoke.

He joined the Vernon Fire Department in 1953 and was active for thirty-five years, progressing through the ranks. The last ten years he served as that city's Fire Chief and Fire Marshal.

Smokey was passionate about the preservation and appreciation of fire service history, especially in Los Angeles. He was a founding member of The Box 15 Club of Los Angeles.

We invite you to join us in remembering George "Smokey" Bass...
Funeral Mass: Saturday, August 20, 2011 10:00 AM St. Cyprian Catholic Church, 4714 Clark Avenue Long Beach, CA 90808

In lieu of flowers, the family has kindly requested donations be made to:
Parents Against Cancer, Inc.
P.O. Box 90213
Long Beach, CA 90809-2644.

You may also express condolence to his family and friends via a special on-line guest book.

Source: LAFD Blog - Trackback Link
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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