Jersey City (NJ) Fire Department Swears in First African-American Chief

Photos and write-up by Ron Jeffers

Darren Rivers was sworn in as the 17th Chief of the Jersey City (NJ) Fire Department. Chief Rivers is the first African-American to hold the position. The 28-year veteran was sworn in by Mayor Jerramiah Healy at City Hall on September 24th, 2010, with Fire Director Armando Roman looking on. His son Darren, and nephew, Andre Bell, are also members of the fire department in New Jersey’s second largest city.

Mayor Healy, Chief Rivers, and Fire Director Roman.

From left ot right: Fire Director Armando Roman, Mayor Jerramiah Healy, Chief Rivers, his wife, son Darren, and nephew Andre Bell.

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