On Feb. 22, 1965, history was made, when just barely six months after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed to ban discrimination, Firefighter George Mondy Jr. opened the doors of professional firefighting to African American citizens of New Orleans.
Mondy worked diligently to overcome racial barriers of the times, and through persistence and perseverance Firefighter Mondy was promoted to Fire Apparatus Operator. He retired in 1991 after 26 years on the department. Shortly after his retirement, Operator Mondy applied and was rehired as a fire supply technician. Fire Fighter Mondy was a giant of his day whose shoulders many fire fighters stand on today.
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