Here's the whole story behind Capt. Sanislo:
Captain Steve Sanislo, a kindly, mildâ€‘mannered man from a West Seattle station who had been with the Seattle Fire Department since 1909, was extremely bothered by the children he had seen perish in fires over the years. During the 1920s he developed a program about fire safety for children and, on his time off, he appeared before grammar school classes to present his act. The kids loved him! Each year he reached more and more children. Eventually Chief Mantor was able to obtain a budgeted position for him to work full time on his school program. Captain Sanislo continued to present his programs until his retirement in the midâ€‘ 19 50s. Many of today's adults can recall the Captain as their earliest and most vivid recollection of contact with the Seattle Fire Department. The number of persons alive now because they had recalled his muchâ€‘stressed "keep the bedroom door closed!" advice cannot be tallied. His work has been carried on with the creation of the Public Education Section of the Fire Marshal's Office. Today's programs are created and presented by Inspector Jim Sherman, one of the editors of this book. But tribute must also be given to others who superbly handled the job over the years, such as Rick Friedt, and Rockne Copple with his hit performances as "Mr. Bumblesbee," and the artists who created the films and props. Captain Sanislo died March 20, 1962, but the work of this very dedicated fire fighter was honored when the Seattle Public Schools built a new facility at 1812 Southwest Myrtle Street, naming it the "Stephen E. Sanislo Elementary School."