Youngstown’s first black firefighter was honored tonight for his role as a trailblazer.
The city’s Association of Black Professional Firefighers celebrated their 20th anniversary Friday night. During the festivities they honored Jesse Carter Sr.
He said he joined the department in 1960 because he wanted to do something to better the community.
“We all wanted to be something or someone that someone could look up to,” said Carter. ” And I hope the years I spent on the job i was one of those times or situations where people who followed me could say I wanted to be like him.”
The Black Professional Firefighters also presented their scholarship award in honor of the first black female firefighter, Sharyl Frasier-Everett.