Information courtesy LAFRA/
Art Sorrentino, Retired, LAFD
Give the champion belt to Capt. Jack Reiss, Retired, LAFD, who was inducted into the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame at a banquet March 12.
Reiss, who retired from the LAFD in 2011, was inducted as a former boxer and a longtime boxing referee. He is estimated to have refereed or judged more than 1,000 bouts.
He also played hockey on the LAFD hockey team.
He spent much of his youth in backyard boxing matches and organized amateur boxing and kickboxing programs. In 1986, he competed in a Fire/Police charity boxing tournament as a middleweight and won the gold medal.
In 1998, he decided to become a boxing referee instead of a boxer, and soon thereafter traveled throughout the United States, North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
He remains a boxing referee and instructor.
In 2014, he was inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame. In 2015, he was inducted into the National Boxing Hall of Fame.
Congratulations, Jack, for earning this wonderful boxing career achievement!