Jersey City swears in first black woman firefighter in 143-year history of department

Tara Walker is the first black female Jersey City Fire Department firefighter who was sworn into position along with 25 other cadets during a graduation ceremony at City Hall on Friday, July 25, 2014. Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal

Tara Walker is the first black female Jersey City Fire Department firefighter who was sworn into position along with 25 other cadets during a graduation ceremony at City Hall on Friday, July 25, 2014. Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal

(The Jersey Journal )The Jersey City Fire Department made city history today when Tara Walker became the first black woman firefighter in the department’s 143-year history.

“I knew there were a few women; they were teasing me, and things like that,” Walker said in a Ch. 7 Eyewitness News interview.

Walker, 31, a high school girls basketball legend who scored 2,376 points in her Marist High School career, is now one of six women in the department. She was one of 26 sworn in at the City Hall ceremony.

The diverse class includes two black men, four Hispanic men and an Asian man, city officials pointed out.

“Now today is really a great day because if you look at the 26 men and women sitting to my right, to your left, it really represents everything that is great about Jersey City,” Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said at the ceremony. “It is a diverse class, it is a young class, it is a motivated class, it is a class of people that have dedicated and lived their lives here in Jersey City.”

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