Friday, October 31, 2008

Congratulations, Robert Gladden!

Today in Council I joined Councilmember Tom LaBonge in recognizing Fire Inspector Robert Gladden who retired after 30 years of service to the Los Angeles Fire Department and the people of Los Angeles.

Before joining the LAFD, Mr. Gladden served for four years in the United States Air Force in Las Vegas, Korea, and Lancaster. After joining the LAFD in 1978, he was assigned to the Downtown, South Central, Hollywood and Crenshaw portions of the city. Robert was promoted to Inspector in April 1988.

Robert has ensured the safety of millions of people in their homes and at hundreds of events during his career. These events include Presidential and Vice Presidential visits, the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards, the renovation of the Hollywood Bowl, and the opening of the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Complex.

We wish Robert a happy retirement and thank him for his dedication to our city.