By: M.Madariaga and A.Villela
Photography: M. Fletcher
Alemany Band is extremely thankful for the ﬁreﬁghters who are risking their lives every day, and the appreciative students recognized the heroes with a performance on December 11th, 2018, at Los Angeles Fire Department Station 75. Mrs. Kennedy, the new Band and Orchestra teacher, says, "We were trying to ﬁnd a way to do something nice for them for Christmas. Since they just went through the whole ﬁre craziness, I called them up and asked them if we can perform. The ﬁreﬁghters were pleasantly surprised and responded with, ‘Sure. It’s never happened before.’” This performance has sparked the start of a new tradition that teaches Alemany students a valuable lesson. Casey Ignacio (11) expresses what he learned, "I have a better appreciation for what they do and how they help the community."
For many of the students, it was their ﬁrst time in a ﬁre station and this gave them an insight into what ﬁreﬁghters go through on a daily basis. Many of the kids observed the ﬁre truck and got to climb on top to see the view. Isabell Estrada (10) even had the chance to try on a ﬁreﬁghter uniform and was astonished by how heavy it was. Estrada (10) says, "It was my ﬁrst time being inside a ﬁre station and it was fun playing for the ﬁreﬁghters. And putting on the suit made me feel like a real ﬁreﬁghter. But what made this event memorable was being able to spend it with all my friends.” “Some of the students got to go on the ﬁre truck and it was pretty cool to see the inside of a ﬁre station because I’ve never been in one before,” says Riley Espiritu (12).
The students look forward to going back and performing for the ﬁreﬁghters again. The members of Band are gaining more conﬁdence and are excited to perform for more people. Mrs. Kennedy is hoping to visit Holy Cross Hospital and Los Angeles Children’s Hospital to give other deserving people a show they will never forget.