Rockford Fire Department celebrates retirement of longtime employee

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ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- The Rockford Fire Department celebrated staff member Kathy Olson's retirement.

Olson served with the department for 38 years as an administrative assistant. She worked for four different fire chiefs during her tenure.

She says one the best experiences she had during her career was starting the computer system at the department. Olson also says the department is like her third family, and she will miss everyone.

"I have my regular family; my husband and daughter and son and granddaughter. Then a church family, I go to Hunter Methodist church, and then the city family... there is firefighters on the job that could be my kids, yes," says retiree Kathy Olson.