A Legacy of Service in Her Father’s Honor

Episode Summary

Jessica Seaburg was 13 years old when her firefighter father, Kevin Seaburg, died in the line of duty. She says she took on more adult responsibilities, often ignoring her grief to care for her mom and younger sister. Through the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Jessica connected with others who had faced the death of a Fire Hero parent, including her best friend, Marisa. She calls this finding sisterhood through the brotherhood of the fire service. These peer connections helped Jessica travel outside her comfort zone to help others in her hometown of Selkirk, New York, and Charleston, South Carolina.
Grief in Progress
Grief in Progress
A Legacy of Service in Her Father’s Honor
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Inside A Legacy of Service in Her Father’s Honor Podcast

Grief in Progress
Grief in Progress
A Legacy of Service in Her Father’s Honor
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Meet Jessica Seaburg of New York

Jessica Seaburg

Jessica Seaburg

Kevin's Daughter
Jessica has a BS in Law & Society and is a Practice Manager for an Orofacial Pain Specialist. She is a Fire Commissioner for the Selkirk Fire District and the Auxiliary President for Selkirk Fire Company #2. Her other volunteer work includes being a Peer Liaison for NFFF and a Faith Formation Catechist at St. Patrick’s Church.

One of her father's qualities that she tries to carry forward in her own life is his dedication.

Selkirk Fire Department (NY)

Age: 38
Date of Death: February 5, 1997

Assistant Chief Kevin C. Seaburg, age 38, of the Selkirk Fire Department collapsed due to a heart attack at the scene of a structure fire while carrying and setting up equipment on February 5, 1997.

He was a second generation firefighter.

I had to lose my dad to have all of these amazing heartfelt opportunities to still carry on my dad's legacy and passion for the fire service and sense of community.

Kevin's family also includes his wife Ann, daughter Sarah, Jessica's significant other Shaun, grandson Kevin, and bonus granddaughter Aurora.

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2 Responses

  1. Jessica, thank you so much for sharing your heart with us. It just goes to show that the loss of our Hero never goes away, but your strength and courage to share your story is inspiring.

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