Wednesday, November 20, 2019

An Evening With Bob Steele

Join the Southlake Historical Society at 7pm on Monday, November 8, 2010 at the city’s new Department of Public Safety headquarters, 600 State Street in Town Square for their program, “Yesterday: An Evening with Southlake Fire Chief Bob Steele” and followed by a personal tour of the 85,000-square-foot facility, described by Mayor John Terrell as a “jewel…on top of a hill.”

Chief Bob Steele, his wife, Crystal, and their young children moved to Southlake in the 1950s when the area was still rural and unincorporated.   Steele is a charter member of the city’s first all-volunteer fire department established in 1965.  Beginning in 1968, he served as fire chief for 25 years.

In the years since his retirement in 1993, Steele has been recognized by city leaders for his years of service; and as recently as April 2010, the city proclaimed Steele a “living legend” and thanked him for his work as the city’s longest-serving fire chief.

At the SHS program, Chief Steele will share stories of early Southlake when the firemen were volunteers and the only fire truck was a 1950 1,000-gallon-tank pumper unit that Steele bought for $250 from Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth.

It wasn’t until the mid-1960s when a city hall was built that Southlake had a fire station.  When asked at the DPS headquarters grand opening ceremony in January 2010 what he thought of the new, state-of-the-art building, Steele said, “…awesome, as far as what we started out with [in early Southlake]: a two-bay station, and the volunteers… had to come in and help sheetrock the inside.”

The program is free of charge.  For more, contact Connie Cooley at 817-223-9606 or visit the SHS website at www.southlakehistory.org