"The Noodle" Should Get The Can. 'Disabled' L.A. Firefighter Moonlighting As MMA Fighter

Last month I posted this account of a disabled retired FDNY firefighter working as an active fire captain in another town. Today LAWeekly.com published news of an L.A. City firefighter allegedly collecting disability for nearly two years who is an active MMA fighter with a record of 12 wins and 2 losses.

Prosecutors say that laid-up L.A. city firefighter Rafael Davis was caught moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter, under the name “The Noodle:” The 35-year-old was arrested at his Lomita home at 9 a.m. this morning on suspicion of insurance fraud, according to a statement from the L.A. County District Attorney’s office. He was hit with four felony counts of insurance fraud, the office says.
Prosecutors contend that the Los Angeles Fire Department employee filed for workers compensation insurance between Dec. 2, 2008, to May 20, 2011, even as he fought in MMA bouts.

If true Davis gave a black eye to the profession and deserves the full weight of the criminal justice system to bear down on him.


  • Lack of respect of the profession. It’s these sort of people that make me feel sick.

  • Fantastic blog! I actually love how it is easy on my eyes as well as the info are well written. I am wondering how I might be notified whenever a new post has been made.

  • Safety says:

    I’d hope people can see the difference between a bad apple and a profession.

  • FireBlogger says:

    Thanks for the comment and the correction Xsmokeater. I tried to verify the department through three different articles. These crooks need to be shamed. Some of us earned our disability by being truly unable to do the work any longer.†
    Certainly these scofflaws, thieves what have you need to be highlighted publicly. Everyone knows this is not a reflection on the profession.

  • Fireguyswife2003 says:

    Hate to split hairs, L.A. City not L.A. County firefighter. We all have our bad apples, in this case it is a city apple. Regardless, this should be a reflection on the person, not the profession.