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Longtime Burbank Fireman Steve Sheehey Retires

In a packed fire station dining, room friends and family gathered to bid a happy retirement to Firefighter Steve Sheehey, who was the most senior member of the department.  Sheehey was hired December 16,
1974 and after a year of probation, became a permanent Firefighter in 1975.  He became a Paramedic in 1979 and the Fire Engineer in 1980.

Burbank Firefighter Steve Sheehey on his final ride of his 38 year career with Burbank Fire Department. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Steve was originally born in Los Angeles but his family moved to Burbank during his junior high school days, and graduated from John Burroughs in the class of 1971.  He played football, basketball, baseball, and even ran track. He married his wife Lori in 1976.

Steve has 2 sons who both also graduated from John Burroughs.  His oldest son Aaron, who is 29 years-old, starts with the Burbank Fire Department in a couple of weeks.

Steve is credited with being the first to teach a CPR class in the City of Burbank, he was also a Gold Medal Winner in the Firefighter Olympics in tennis and on the basketball team.

Steve was also known for working the most overtime for the past 38 years, he will now be able to prefect his golf game and his bass fishing, in which he has won Mr. Bass Lake in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Plenty of family and friends gathered to say farewell to Firefighter Steve Sheehey. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Steve Sheehey’s family attended his retirement farewell at Station 11. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire Chief Ray Krakowski Retires

Burbank Fire Chief Ray Krakowski will end 32 years of public service when he retires at the end of the day.

Burbank Fire Chief Ray Krakowski. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chief Krakowski began his career with Burbank Fire in August of 1980 and promoted through the ranks as a firefighter and paramedic, engineer and captain. Krakowski was promoted to Battalion Chief in 1994
and held that rank 15 years before being named Interim Chief in 2009, and elevated to Permanent Chief in 2010. He recently served five weeks as the acting City Manager until the arrival of Interim City Manager
Ken Pulskamp on December 3.

Chief Krakowski attributes his long career in Burbank to his colleagues. “32 years go by quick,” Krakowski said, “but it goes by easy when you work with good people.”

Pulskamp has begun an internal recruitment process to fill the Chief’s position. Fire Marshal Tom Lenahan, himself a 25-year veteran of the Burbank Fire Department, will serve as the acting Fire Chief during the search for a permanent replacement.

Burbank Fire Chief Ray Krakowski. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighter/Paramedic Scott Schweitzer Calls it a Career

Receiving well wishes from other firefighter Patt Burgress, as Asst Chief Tom Lenahan and Deputy City Manager Justin Hess look on (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters, family friends and fellow city employees gathered this past week in the day room of the Fire Headquarters of Station 11 to wish retiring Firefighter Paramedic Scott Schweitzer all the best.

Schweitzer came on the Burbank Fire Department January 10th 1983, a year later he was made a permanent employee January 10, 1984 and only a year later he promoted to be a Paramedic, which he remained all 29 and a half years he’s been with the Burbank Fire Department.

Scott a lifelong Burbank resident, along with his wife Laurie, have three children. A son Matt, and two daughters, Krista and Breanne and all were in attendance to see their dad retire after serving the city.

Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes presents retiring Firefighter Paramedic Scott Schweitzer with a Certificate from Burbank City Council. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Back in November of 2003 Schweitzer was awarded The Medal of Valor Award, the highest award the Department gives for his involvement in the Matthew Pavelka incident.

Scott looks forward to his retirement days Golfing, Cycling and Running.

Thank you Scott for taking care of thousands of Burbank residents the past 29 1/2 years.

Scott Schweitzer with family wife Laurie, Daughters Krista, Breanne, and son Matt. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Assistant City Attorney Julie Scott Has Left The Building

Retiring Chief Assistant City Attorney Julie Scott with her husband former Glendale City Attorney Scott Howard who retired in August. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Chief Assistant City Attorney Julie Scott closed out the month of February with her retirement.

Scott who was hired on March 31, 1986, was one of the first female attorneys to work in the City Attorneys office, which is now dominated with more females than males.

A reception was held in the City Hall Rotunda for fellow city employees and former coworkers who gathered to say their goodbyes.   Former City Attorney Dennis Barlow, along with Former City Managers Bud Ovrum, Mary Alvord, and a host of others wished Julie well in her retirement.

Her husband former Glendale City Attorney Scott Howard who retired back in August joined her for the festivities.


Enjoying conversations and well wishes Retiring Chief Assistant City Attorney Julie Scott, is joined with Former City Manager Bud Ovrum, Former City Attorney Dennis Barlow and Burbank's New City Attorney Amy Albano. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

As We Say Goodbye to 2011, We Bid Farewell to Two at Fire Department

The end of December has come and gone and so has the careers of two Burbank Firefighters who have together spent over 60 years serving Burbank residents.

Fire Engineer Brian Williamson retires following a 32 years carrier with B.F.D. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters gathered to say “Happy Retirement” to Brian Williamson back on December 9 in the dayroom of Station 11 at Orange Grove and Third Street.  Brian became a Burbank Fireman in the early 1980’s and has served as a paramedic for 30 years, with 19 of those 30 also as an engineer. (One who drives and pumps a fire apparatus)

During his career he has always been busy.  Back in 1995, he wrote the department’s Bereavement Policy and he has worked with Verdugo Fire Dispatch in developing their Emergency Medical Dispatching Program, where he wrote per-arrival instructions for dispatchers and has continued to provide education for the dispatchers.  Brian became interested in GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and has supplied the department along with Verdugo Dispatch plans and interfaces that are in use today and for years to come.

Brian’s son Robert is a mechanic’s helper in the department so his love for the fire department will continue.

Several retired firefighters returned to say goodbye and good luck and as tradition has it, during the enjoyment of ice cream and cake, the tones from Verdugo Dispatch rang out wishing him well from all the fire departments that are served by Verdugo Fire Communications and all the dispatchers alike.

Thank you Brain for serving the residents of Burbank so well for the past 32 years, you will be missed, now it’s time for you to enjoy retirement and the leisure’s that you have so well deserved.


Firefighters held a retirement get together again on December 28 for the retirement of Captain John Nare.

John was hired on January 10th 1983 the son of a Burbank Battalion Chief, the late John Nare and the nephew of Phil Nare.  John became a paramedic back in 1991 and then an engineer in 1992. In 1993 John became a provisional Captain and became permanent in May of 1994. He then transferred to the Fire Prevention Bureau and became the City’s Arson Investigator, serving in that position since 2007.

Captain John Nare is congratulated by retired Fire Chief Michael W. Davis. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

John, who graduated from the class of 1974 at Burbank High School, enjoyed his years as a Fire Investigator searching for clues and finding the cause of hundreds of fires, not all caused by arson. John leaves behind a thrilling career and a nephew Daniel Nare, who is currently a Burbank Firefighter. John will  be able to work on his game of golf which he loves, and now travel with his wife Nancy.

Retired firefighters came and joined plenty of guests that included other Arson Investigators, City Employees, City Attorney’s and the City Executive Staff along with friends to say farewell and happy retirement to Burbank’s lead Investigator known as “Arson 1.”

Happy Retirement John!

The Boller’s Have Left The House, The Firehouse That Is

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Burbank Firefighters gathered this past Friday to give well wishes and retirement goodbye’s  and see the end of a family tradition.  Robert ‘Bobby’ Boller retired from the Burbank Fire Department, this past Friday, Bob a 1975 graduate of Burbank High School, was also a  City of Burbank Parks and Recreation Coach and Recreation leader in the early 1970’s until he took the test to become a Burbank Firemen.

Bob followed in the footsteps of his father George, who was a lifelong Burbank Firefighter, who followed his dad who was Chief of the  Lockheed Fire Dept from the 1940’s till his retirement in 1970,  George Boller  retired as a Captain in July of 1991 following a 30 year career with The Burbank Fire Department. Bobby became a Paramedic only a few years after coming on the job in 1979 and remained an active Paramedic for 26 years, some say that is unheard of, but Bob loved his job and the people he helped all these years.

Plenty of stories were shared and there were tears of joy and sadness as he leaves. City Manager Mike Flad presented Bob with his retirement tile and thanked him on behalf of the City Council and Fire Chief Ray Krakowski  presented bob with a shadow box with his badge, Helmet Shield, and a hug for good health in his retirement years. Retires who also stopped by to wish Bobbie well  were Dwayne Servillo, Hans Jenner, Battalion Chief Milford ‘Butch’ Johnson. Bobby also had his whole family along his side including his wife, daughters Candace, Casey, and his son Kyle and all his grandchildren.

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Barlow Makes It Official – Will Step Down As Burbank City Attorney In September

What was first reported here yesterday became official today as Burbank City Attorney Dennis Barlow has announced that he is stepping down from his post.  Official press release from the City of Burbank follows:

After 14 years with the City of Burbank, City Attorney Dennis Barlow will retire later this year.

“It has been the professional honor of my life to work for the City of Burbank,” says Barlow.  “I have come to the conclusion that it is time to pay more attention to my health, and to spend more time with my grandchildren.  I very much appreciate the opportunity I’ve had to serve the people of Burbank.  This community has become my home and I have many fond memories of my tenure here.”

Prior to his arrival in the San Fernando Valley in 1997, he worked in the City Attorney’s office in San Bernardino and the County Counsel’s office in Yuba and Kern counties.  Barlow has a B.A. in History from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from the University of San Diego.

Burbank Mayor Anja Reinke says a national search will begin in the coming weeks, allowing time for a thorough recruitment.  “Dennis is our most tenured executive and his legal expertise and deep understanding of our City will be difficult to replace,” says Reinke.  “The City Council wishes him a happy and healthy retirement.”

The City Attorney and City Manager are appointed positions, reporting directly to the City Council.