Tara Walker made history on Friday when she became the first black female firefighter for the New Jersey City Fire Department.

In the department’s entire 143-history, there has never been an African-American female on the squad. 

From NJ.com:

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.[…]

“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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Walker enters the department with a very diverse class which includes, two black men, four Hispanic men and an Asian man.

Congratulations on making history Ms. Walker!

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