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David Hitt, Fire Fighter 

Thirty-five years ago, on May 11, 1984, I began my career as a Toledo fire fighter.

Shortly after graduating from Macomber Vocational High School in 1982 I spent two at The University of Toledo before joining the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department. The Fire Class of 1984 was historic for the TFRD; it consisted of the largest number of African-American fire fighters in a class and included the first female fire fighters ever hired by the City of Toledo.

The TFRD has provided me with many challenges and opportunities. One of my biggest challenges was working my way through the ranks from private to battalion chief considering the many obstacles I faced as an African American.

However, I was determined to overcome these obstacles to move through the ranks to level the playing field for future African-American fire fighters.

Serving the citizens of Toledo has been one of my most rewarding and satisfying achievements as a fire fighter. Having been born and raised in Toledo, Iíve always been a proud member of this community. Having the opportunity to give back and serve the citizens has been an honor and one of my proudest accomplishment. As a recent retiree I would like to say thank you, Toledo!  

Battalion Chief David Hitt has been with the Toledo Fire Department for 35 years


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