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Pennsylvania Firefighter Wins Harley Davidson 48 from California Casualty


San Mateo, CA, March 28, 2012 … When he received the phone call, Pennsylvania firefighter Robert LaMantia was over the moon. He could hardly contain himself – he'd never won anything in his life. It had been a rough year, with several family members having to move into assisted living. But now? After riding for 50 years, a glorious prize was in sight: a Harley Davidson 48 valued at more than $10,000.

"This is one of the top moments in my life," LaMantia said. "Right up there next to the birth of my daughters."

A firefighter from a family of firefighters, LaMantia was among thousands of entries in the most recent California Casualty Work Hard / Play Hard sweepstakes for firefighters, peace officers and EMTs. Recognizing the tireless dedication of those who valiantly serve their communities, California Casualty created the Work Hard / Play Hard contest series with varying prizes. In the next round, a lucky winner will receive a Polaris ATV. Learn more at

Mike McCormick, California Casualty Vice President Group & Internet Marketing, said, "Firefighters are everyday American Heroes. They work hard and deserve to play hard. We're excited for Mr. LaMantia."

LaMantia will get the keys and a first sit on the bike on Monday evening, April 2, following a 6:30 p.m. meeting at the Nanty Glo Fire Department. The 48 features sleek, "pure Harley" style and power with a fat front wheel, peanut fuel tank, Evolution engine, premium classic Harley orange paint and Michelin Scorcher tires – among countless other features that make it a rider's dream machine.

On hand will be family members and fellow firefighters, as well as Bob Timko, National Volunteer Fire Council delegate, J.C. Tedorski, Western PA Firemen's Association Executive Director, and several representatives of California Casualty.

California Casualty is a 98-year-old policyholder-owned company headquartered in San Mateo, CA with service centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas. Learn more about its auto and home insurance for firefighters, peace officers, educators and nurses at