NAME                AKA                DATES
Non-county contractor                      88-94
George E. Ramos                            74-88
Bill Martin                                       ?-74
Travelling mechanic                          Prior
             39 YEARS COUNTY SERVICE
                       GEORGE RAMOS

In the 39 years of county employment I can easily say that working at Firestone station was the best fourteen
years of my life. We were all brothers and sisters together....we worked, fought, played and cried together.

Prior to Bill Martin, the County did not deem it necessary to assign a mechanic to one specific station. The mechanics that service the Sheriffs Stations were called "Traveling Mechanics". Typical duties  for them would be to work at Firestone on Monday, Lennox on Tuesday, and East L.A. on Wednesday etc. Their duties were limited  to replacing broken belts, hoses and replacing brakes and repairing lights. All other repairs required that the vdhicle be driven or towed to Zonal Ave. Shops prior to 1973.

In my opinion the easiest vehciles to work on were the   Plymouths 1970 -1972. I feel that the best radio car that we ever has was the 1977 and 1978 Chevy Nova (the 76 was almost the same car but the differential was originally intended for the 4 cyl Vega and was extremely weak). These cars were fast (especially #47505 because I put a Corvette cam in it).
[we had fun, fun, fun until they took are mechanic away. added by Bill Bernsen] They had ample braking for their weight and they handled like a  Porsche...well almost!! The most difficult vehicle  to work on were the  84 & 85 Ford LTD'S. The heater cores alwyas broke and replacing one meant pulling out the whole dashboard...7 hours of tedious labor. Getting an accurate trouble code out of the on board computer was almost impossible. Repairing this system involved a lot of trail and error and luck (emphasis on the latter).

There were countless bumpers, suspension components, and body parts, transmissions and differentials that got replaced; somehow the paper work was lost?  Perhaps a misplaced by a trustee  or could be  my allegiance to the Firestone troops. Convenient amnesia  precludes me from remembering who damaged those  parts so I can not do the  paperwork again.

Well, there was this old Madador 401 cu in in the garage, so I put it in.
The Sheriff said to let George make the decision.
by Claude Anderson

This is me and my 1965-66 Plymouth.  Really a good
working unit, unlike the 65' Fords.  Notice the Red
light configuration on top?  There was a separate
amber light behind the siren.  These were
affectionately known as the "lollipops" by some.  This
photo was taken in '67 or early '68 as I had it
developed in Feb '68.  There is a story about these

Harry Penny

THE SOUND OF  FURY.....early 70's
Photos provided by Joe Walker  89-91
Curtis Jackson Sunday, 2/9/03, 7:48 PM
  George Ramos I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge your worth to Firestone before you retire. They'll never be another mechanic like you. Fixed vehicles when you didn't have to, covered for us when we did stupid things, helped us with our own vehicles, and was always there when we needed you. I can recall a number of incidents in the field when I ask for, and needed immediate back-up. As luck would have it, on a number of situations, you just happen to be test driving a Black and White in the problem area. You were able to assist holding down the area with a "hog leg" that some deputy had apparently left in your vehicle. Funny how those deputies would leave their guns laying around. Thanks again George for those "test drives" and your service to the Stone. Curtis
Dates at FPK:  70's