October 2017 Wildfires
City Employees, Leaders Reflect on 2017 Wildfires in DocumentaryLast October is a 50-minute documentary film that captures experiences during and following the Sonoma Complex Fires from the perspective of several current and former City employees and officials who served as first responders, disaster service workers, and community leaders. These individuals recount both their professional and personal experiences, the critical participation of mutual aid agencies, and the overwhelming selfless support and heroism of the community during and following one of the most destructive wildfires in state history. The film provides a firsthand glimpse into the breadth of the City’s response and what it was like to work as a public servant during the fires, such as a recreation employee operating an emergency shelter, a City mechanic hearing of the loss of his own house while working to keep public safety vehicles in service, a CityBus worker transporting evacuees, police officers and firefighters on the front lines, and more. In many instances, employees reported to duty not yet knowing the fate of their own homes or of their families who were evacuated.
Screening of the film will take place in conjunction with a special art reception that kicks off opening of a new temporary exhibit — Sonoma County Residents Reflect on the 2017 Northern California Wildfires — featuring the art works of nearly 100 Sonoma County artists of all ages and experience levels. The exhibit will be on display through October 10, 2019.
Drop-in public art exhibit reception in the Person Senior Wing
Film screening in the adjacent Person Auditorium