Services Monday for Earl Gage, San Francisco’s first black firefighter

By By Hamed Aleaziz Services are scheduled Monday for Earl J. Gage Jr., who became San Francisco’s first black firefighter in the 1950s.

In his role as the director of community services, Mr. Gage helped recruit and integrate the department.

Mr. Gage’s hiring opened the door for others — including the city’s first black fire chief, Robert Demmons, decades later, said John William Templeton, a historian on African Americans in California and co-founder of National Black Business Month.

During his time with the city, Mr. Gage pushed for increased diversity — even calling at one point in 1969 for a change in hiring practices so that minorities [READ MORE HERE]

Source: SF Gate

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