Los Angeles: On July 25, 2008, at 7:30 in the morning, the Rodriguez family was sleeping on the second floor in their apartment located at 636 North Cumming Street. A fire broke out in the laundry and kitchen area but with an alert from a friend, all family members were able to evacuate from their apartment.
Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded and extinguished the fire.
Although no family members were injured, the family suffered the loss of their personal items and food. In addition, Father Juan Rodriguez had paid the rent and did not have money to help recover any losses or support the family during this tragedy. In the apartment at the time, there were father Juan Rodriguez and his three sons, ages 23, 21 and 6 years old.
Captain Blake Chow, Commanding Officer of the Hollenbeck Area, was notified. Captain Chow responded to the fire ravaged home along with Mr. Sal Martinez from the Hollenbeck Area Community Police Advisory Board. Mr. Martinez stated that he would like to support the family and made a donation of $300 toward food, clothes, etc. The Hollenbeck Area personnel will be following up with the Rodriguez family to ensure that they will be assisted with housing and assist recovering their losses.
The Hollenbeck Community Police Advisory Board is a group made up of community members from Boyle Heights, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights that operates under the direction of LAPD Hollenbeck Area. This group is an important and vital link between the police and the community. This gift shows how much LAPD Hollenbeck Area and the Hollenbeck Community Police Advisory Board care about the residents.
For more information contact Captain Blake Chow’s office at 323-266-1318. Anyone who wishes to help the Rodriguez family is asked to contact Hollenbeck Area Community Police Station at 213-972-2971.