Earl Gage, SF’s 1st black firefighter, to be memorialized Monday

Published: 13/08/2017
Earl Gage, SF’s 1st black firefighter, to be memorialized Monday
Source: WWW.SFGATE.COM

Services are scheduled Monday for Earl J. Gage Jr., who became San Francisco’s first black firefighter in the 1950s. In his role as the director of community services, he helped recruit and integrate the department. Mr. Gage’s hiring opened the door for others — including the city’s first black fire chief, Robert Demmons, decades later, said John William Templeton, a historian specializing in Afri

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