‘Houseless’ LA man gives helping hand to Skid Row fire station

The man, known as “Mango,” helps stop traffic to clear a path for fire engines and ambulances

By FireRescue1 Staff

LOS ANGELES — At a busy Los Angeles fire station in Skid Row, a good Samaritan known by the nickname “Mango” has been helping clear a safe path for fire trucks and ambulances.

“What I do is I stop the traffic, so they can have enough time to get off the truck, secure themselves,” Mango told Spectrum News.  

A video published by United Firefighters of Los Angeles City IAFF Local 112 earlier this year also shows Mango cleaning the streets and helping pack up equipment. 


Let us introduce you to Mango. Mango is one of the 36,000 homeless living in Los Angeles . Mango is originally from Florida where he used to own a auto detailing service. Mango now lives on the streets next to Fire Station 9 where he maintains a strong work ethic. Mango has developeed friendships with our Firefighters and helps out on a regular basis. Los Angele Firefighters will soon be rolling out implict bias training which further discusses to not judge a book by it's cover. #LAFD #Mango

Posted by United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, IAFF Local-112 on Saturday, July 13, 2019

Mango lives across from the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Station 9 and prefers to call himself “houseless” instead of homeless. He often wears an LAFD cap and a painted jacket that says, “Fire Traffic Ofc,” though he is not an official member of the department.

Firefighters said Mango brings positivity to the station.

“He’s super protective of us,” said Firefighter Alex Anthony. “He tries to figure out the call and he’s kind of like the middleman here for people in Skid Row.”

Mango said he moved to Los Angeles from Florida in 2016 and wanted to be of service.

“I just wanted to give a hand. As a spiritual person, I believe I’m led here to make a difference,” he said.

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