Tara Walker Becomes the First Black Female Firefighter in the 143-Year-History of Jersey City

Tara Walker Becomes the First Black Female Firefighter in the 143-Year-History of Jersey City

Friday was three years in the making for 31-year-old Tara Walker. Walker is the first African-American female firefighter in the 143-year-history of Jersey City. She graduated in a class of 26. 


“I knew there were a few women – they were teasing me, and things like that,” says Walker. 

Walker submitted an application back in 2011, and it was a long process to pass written, physical and physiological exams. After all of that, she started eight weeks of training back in May. 

Walker has a degree in Sports Management from St. John’s University. She grew up in Jersey City, and played basketball both in New Jersey and overseas. She had been teaching P.E. in Paterson until she found out she was finally going to become a firefighter. 

To show her commitment, Walker cut off her waist-long dreadlocks. Now there is nothing in Walker’s way of achieving her dream of helping others. 

Click here to read more

Source: ABC 7 WABC-TV | 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s