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Kathleen Siegel - A Celebration of Life

In honor of our friend and colleague, Kathleen Siegel, who worked tirelessly behind the camera to promote our department by filming, editing and producing videos, ceremonies, Chief's Chats and many other important presentations for over 18 years, the San José Fire Department hosted a “Celebration of Life” in her honor at the BFO/BOS Campus on Friday, June 19th, 2015.

Kathleen's dedication, quiet style and industrious talents will never be forgotten. Her videos and photos will last forever, and like those, so will the impression she made on all of us. For her professionalism, outstanding contributions, and her caring and giving soul the department, her friends and family will always remember Kathleen.

The San José Fire Department is proud to dedicate Building One on the BFO/BOS Campus the "Siegel Building".

A FIRE-TRUCK by Richard Wilbur

Right down the shocked street with a siren-blast
That sends all else skittering to the curb,
Redness, brass, ladders and hats hurl past,
Blurring to sheer verb,

Shift at the corner into uproarious gear
And make it around the turn in a squall of traction,
The headlong bell maintaining sure and clear,
Thought is degraded action!

Beautiful, heavy, unweary, loud, obvious thing!
I stand here purged of nuance, my mind a blank.
All I was brooding upon has taken wing,
And I have you to thank.

As you howl beyond hearing I carry you into my mind,
Ladders and brass and all, there to admire
Your phoenix-red simplicity, enshrined
In that not extinguished fire.
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