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Sunday, December 22, 2013

LODD: CAL FIRE Captain Pete Santana #CaFire

LODD: CAL FIRE Captain Pete Santana

On December 20, 2013 CAL FIRE Fire Captain Pete Santana passed away at the age of 64 after a nearly two year courageous battle with job-related cancer.
Pete, a Vietnam era US Army veteran and a native of New York City, went to work for Gilroy Rural FPD in 1972, promoting to captain five years later. He joined CAL FIRE in 1980 after a district merger with South Santa Clara Co. FPD. He served as administrative captain for the growing district, managing a budget and backing up as chief officer.
In 1993, he transferred to Patterson, where he received a Superior Accomplishment Award from CAL FIRE for his pivotal role on a statewide Development and Design Committee for a new, state of the art, all-risk fire engine. He retired in 2005.
He is survived by his wife Nancy and his children, son Michael and daughter Danielle.
Memorial Services


Monday December 23, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Habings Funeral Home
129 4th Street
Gilroy Ca. 95020
Funeral Mass

Monday December 23, 2013
1:00 p.m.
St Marys Catholic Church
11 1st Street
Gilroy Ca. 95020
Reception Immediately following:  Gilroy Veterans Hall, 74 W. 6th Street
Gilroy Ca. 95020, 
Public Safety Agencies are cordially invited to attend, however due to space limitations at the Funeral location, there will be no Fire Engine Procession or static display of Fire Equipment. Agencies are asked to RSVP via email to

Donations in lieu of flowers are requested to the CDF Firefighters Benevolent Fund, 1731 J Street Suite 100 Sacramento Ca. 95811 (Tax ID 20-5686356)


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