(Extensions of Remarks - June 20, 2012)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E1096-E1097]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []



                            HON. JANICE HAHN

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  Ms. HAHN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the memory of Captain 
Stancil George ``Stan'' Jones who passed away on June 17, 2012. Captain 
Jones was a Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Captain who spent more 
than 55\1/2\ years serving the citizens and the communities of Los 
Angeles. He was the longest serving firefighter in the history of the 
United States.
  The last 37 years of his career were at fire stations serving the 
communities of San Pedro and Wilmington, where he served at Fire 
Stations 49, 53, 112 and 38. In his honor, there is a monument outside 
San Pedro's Fire Station 112, where Stan spent many years. The towering 
column engraved with his picture overlooks the newly named Stancil G. 
Jones Fire Plaza.

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  Stan Jones was the second of three children and was born on August 3, 
1926 to Sadie and Stancil Jones in Los Angeles. He graduated from Mt. 
Carmel High School in Los Angeles in 1944. Shortly after graduation, he 
enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Stan trained as a radar technician and while 
stationed on Guam Island repaired and refurbished the electronics of 
many ships. Stan was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, American 
Area Campaign Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal. Upon 
his honorable discharge, he returned home and enrolled at Northrop 
Aeronautical Institute.
  He entered the LAFD on November 1, 1948, where he served for 55 \1/2\ 
years, a tenure of service unprecedented to this day. He was promoted 
to Auto-Fireman, Engineer and Fire Captain, attaining 43 years of 
seniority as a Captain. Stan retired from the LAFD on May 14, 2004.
  Stan responded to some of Los Angeles' most historical fires and 
disasters, including the 1961 Bel-Air Fire, the Sansinena tanker ship 
explosion and fire, the Mandeville Canyon Fire, and the Northridge 
earthquake disaster.
  Stan was a caring man actively involved in the raising of his 
children. He provided support and guidance for all his children, right 
to the last remaining days of his life. He was also quite the runner, 
winning events in high school track, the Firemen's Olympics and the 
World Senior Olympics.
  I extend my deepest condolences to Stan's wife, Mary; his sons, Dory, 
Stancil (George) III, William, Gregory, Jeffery, John and Westlie; five 
daughters, Janine, Mary, Elizabeth, Stacey, and Laura; two step 
children, Sheila and Rob; and his 40 grandchildren and 11 great-
  He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.