‘I just wanted to be a part of the best’: Detroit firefighter breaks barriers

  • Source: WDIV-TV NBC 4 Detroit
  • Published: 05/23/2022 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Jackie Lam joined the Detroit Fire Department a few years ago because of the department’s reputation of being the best of the best. And without even knowing it, Lam ended up doing a lot more than just fighting fires as she instead paved the way for future generations to follow in her footsteps. It’s one thing to be a female firefighter. There are not many of them, but what about a female Asian American firefighter? That’s something the DFD hadn’t seen in its 162-year history until Jackie Lam came along. Lam has been with the Detroit Fire Department for two and a half years, moving from California to start her career. “So the Detroit Fire Department has a reputation of being one of the best fire departments in the whole world,” said Lam. “So I wanted to be a part of it. Most other departments don’t get to fight as aggressively as the Detroit Fire Department, and I just wanted to be part of the best.”


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