Thursday, January 21, 2010

Broomball challenge between LAPD & L.A. Derby Dolls

Los Angeles - Armed with only athletic shoes, helmets, brooms and a winning game plan, members of the LAFD faced off against Southern California's premiere women's banked track roller derby league at Pershing Square's Downtown on Ice on Thursday, January 14, 2010.

There was no guarantee of a sweeping victory for either team but both sides had high hopes. Before their brooms took their first sweeps, L.A. Derby Doll Tae Kwon Ho could already smell victory, "The LA Firefighters are true heroes. So, it's a real shame that we'll have to kick their butts!" But the LAFD team captain was also confident in his derby squad, "We stay in shape with our jobs and training is a part of our lifestyle, so we're confident that we will be able to run them up and down the ice for the full hour."

The Broomball Challenge was part of the Department's Community Outreach Program. Attendance was FREE but donations were made to benefit the LAFD Widows, Orphan and Disabled Fireman's Fund.

The LAFD Team members from Fire Station #9 Downtown and other outlying stations worked hard at developing their derby skills prior to the match. Their hard work paid off, LAFD won the derby 16-7!

For more information on The Derby Dolls, who have their next match on January 23, 2010 when the Sirens take on the Varsity Brawlers, visit For more information on this event of the Department, please call (213) 202-2700 or visit our website at

Jane Kolb: (213) 202-2694
Amy A. Garcia: (213) 202-2689

1 comment:

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Jane and Amy,

Thanks for offering this story and images. Members of your Los Angeles Fire Department were honored to have exclusive access to this holiday gem of an ice rink in downtown Los Angeles.

Though the LAFD team was listed as victorious, the true winners of this contest were the families of fallen Los Angeles Firefighters who benefitted from the charity event.

Our thanks to the LA Derby Dolls, the Department of Recreation and Parks and especially members of the community in attendance who made this such a fun and successful event.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department