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Lawrence D. Schneider

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Lawrence D. Schneider Obituary
December 28, 1927 - April 6, 2017 Battalion Chief Lawrence D. Schneider Larry Schneider passed away on April 6, 2017 in Torrance, California at the age of 89. He was born December 28, 1927 in Los Angeles, the fourth of five sons of Adelaide and Ted Schneider and grew up at 97th St. & Normandie. He attended 95th Street Elementary School, Bret Harte Junior High School and George Washington High School. On December 28, 1943, his 16th birthday, Larry was hired by the Los Angeles County Fire Department and went to work for his father, the Captain of Engine Company 14. In 1949 he was appointed to the Torrance Fire Department. In 1950 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served stateside in the 709th and the 51st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Brigade. He was a gun platoon sergeant on a 120mm gun and achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class. One day in early 1952, while stationed at Ft. Sheridan, Illinois just outside of Chicago, he and several soldiers were retuning from a funeral detail and pulled into Richards Drive-In. He caught the eye of a beautiful 19-year-old girl and on September 6, 1952 married Margie Paddi. Together they returned to California and Larry returned to the Torrance Fire Department. In 1954 Larry was appointed to the Los Angeles Fire Department, achieved the rank of Captain in 1961 and Battalion Chief in 1975. His most notable achievement as a fire officer occurred in the early morning of January 17, 1994 as Commander of Battalion 15, Northridge. A 6.7 earthquake rocked Southern California and devastated the North Valley. Larry commanded all fire and rescue operations in the critical early morning hours in and around Northridge including the Meadows Apartment collapse, the Fashion Center Parking Structure collapse, the Simi Valley and Antelope Valley Freeway collapses, the CSUN fire, the Balboa Blvd. water line rupture and gas explosion, a total of over 60 separate major incidents, all without radio communication to department headquarters. Larry retired in 2007 at the age of 79 serving an unprecedented 63 years in uniform, all in fire station assignments. A resident of Torrance since 1967, he spent his retirement years going to family and fire department functions, spending time with his brother, Howard and gardening with his daughter-in-law Annie. Larry is survived by his brother Howard, a retired Captain, Torrance Fire Department, his son Larry, a retired Captain, Los Angeles Fire Department and wife Annie, his son James, a business man and stepson Arath, his daughter Margie Pfister, a Critical Care RN in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Riverside Community Hospital, her husband Alan, and his son Philip Schneider, Captain, Engine Company 56, Rolling Hills, Los Angeles County Fire Department, his wife Teressa, and their sons, Bradley and Cameron. Memorial Services are 9:00 am, Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Green Hills Memorial Park Chapel, 27501 S. Western Ave. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 am, Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum, 1335 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to: The Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen's Fund in memory of Lawrence Schneider. www.wodff.org
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2017
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