LAFD’s Richard Moody recognized as 2023 Firefighter of the Year

April 23, 2024
Los Angeles Fire Departmnet

Captain Richard Moody awarded for exemplary service in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) and the Los Angeles City Firefighters Association have honored Captain II Richard Moody as the 2023 Firefighter of the Year.

The recognition highlights Captain Moody’s substantial contributions and steadfast commitment throughout his tenure.

Captain Moody’s career, marked by dedication and professional excellence, spans over two decades of service in various capacities within the LAFD.

A storied career dedicated to public safety

Richard Moody joined the LAFD in 2000 after a decade with the Orange County Fire Authority.

His journey through the ranks is a testament to his passion and aptitude for fire service operations.

Promotions followed his initial role as a Firefighter, advancing to Apparatus Operator and subsequently to leadership positions including Captain I and II.

His tenure at LAFD has seen him embrace critical roles, such as Task Force Commander at Fire Station 11 and positions in LAFD Tactical Planning and the Critical Incident Planning and Training Section (CIPTS).

Impactful contributions and community engagement

Throughout his career, Captain Moody has been instrumental in enhancing operational logistics and training within the Department.

His work with the CIPTS has been crucial in managing logistics for numerous high-profile events and emergencies, including the Getty Fire and the establishment of a Covid-19 Public Testing Site.

This site later served as a model for larger-scale operations like the vaccine super-site at Dodger Stadium.

Additionally, Moody has been actively involved in community outreach through Department-related fundraisers and public service events.

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