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Arnett Hartsfield Obituary

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Our beloved historian, 96 year old retired firefighter Arnett Hartsfield, served as our most cherished volunteer, prior to him retiring from the Museum at the age of 94. We lost him on October 31, 2014 and the Los Angeles Fire Department and the Stentorians gave him full Class 1 send off on November 14, 2014.

As a Los Angeles Firefighter during the 1940s and 50’s he lead the integration of the Los Angeles Fire Department. As a graduate of U.S.C.’s law school, he and his fellow firemen known as the Stentorians, the NAACP and the local community, were instrumental in successfully integrating the LAFD. The stories of the men that endured an horrific fight are told by museum docents.

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