The city’s African-American fire chiefs will be honored at the Fire Department’s Black History Month Celebration, to be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Goodwill Self-Reliance Hall Auditorium, 2710 University Parkway, Winston-Salem. The public is invited.
The city has had four black fire chiefs: Lester Ervin, 1980-1989; Otis Cooper, 1993-1998; John Gist, 1998-2008; and the current fire chief, Antony Farmer, who succeeded Gist in 2008.
The surviving members of the city’s first integrated fire station will also be recognized.
Speakers at the celebration include Mayor Allen Joines, Northeast Ward Council Member and Public Safety Committee Chair Vivian H. Burke, members of the City Council and Fire Chief Antony Farmer.
Winston-Salem Fire Department