Hometown Heroes were honored by the Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday, Dec. 7, a day that marked the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Appropriately, veterans were among those honored at the Oakmont Country Club breakfast.
Honored was Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse. LaChasse is the son of a World War II prisoner of war at Stalag Luft III. La Chasse’s dad was his hero; his mom, his heroine. His mother, Dorothy, was LaChasse’s Cub Scout troop leader. A Glendale native, LaChasse was recruited by Burbank from previous duties at the Los Angeles Police Department.
Honored World War II vet George Haney, 96, has a family connection even closer to home. Son Mike Haney of Arroyo Investment Group lives in Glendale. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Glendale College Foundation. Mike filled his friends in on his father’s history. After working as a teacher at Kamehameha High School in Hawaii, George enlisted in the Army Corp on Honolulu, just seven months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. George Haney has the distinction of saving the lives of his crew during a crash landing in the Pacific during World War II. A hometown boy, George attended Roosevelt Junior High, Glendale High School and Glendale College.