Recently while at work at Fire Station 1, our incredible brother and friend, Santa Monica Fire Department Engineer Dominic Smith, fell ill. We were all shocked to learn of his diagnosis – a malignant brain tumor. Dom is only 52 years old, father to a beautiful nine-year-old girl, Sydney and husband to an amazing wife, Alexa.
Dom has served our Santa Monica fire family and community, far above and beyond the call of duty, for 21 years. He has mentored rookie firefighters, stepped up when other
no firefighters had family emergencies, oversees our TeleStaff system, played an important role in the design of our new Fire House #1, makes sure retired staff are kept abreast of department news and has collected a myriad of SM Fire historical artifacts to document the history of the department.
Another of his many projects has been the acquisition and upkeep of our vintage 1952 Mack Fire engine. You may have seen this uplifting piece of firefighting history at many community events, delivering Santa with toys to local hospitals, delivering candy canes throughout the community, on view at the July 4th parade and providing opportunities for kids to climb aboard and feel what being a firefighter might be like. This has all been made possible by Engineer Smith.
The Santa Monica Firefighters Relief Fund is asking for your help. One of Dominic’s longtime dreams is to restore the Mack Engine to its 1952 splendor – to assure that it is mechanically sound, reliable and accessible for these many activities. Our goal is that once Dominic has recovered, we have one of his favorite projects ready and waiting for him.
We kindly ask for your help in supporting our brother Firefighter’s dream, as well as raising money for the Relief Fund’s other projects. Let’s Bring Back the Mack as we support the return of our brother and friend, Engineer Dominic Smith.