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A Hero's Daughter Makes Firefighting History in Clifton
By Ron Jeffers
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By RON JEFFERS
Angelina Tirado, center, with members of her former Ladder 3 crew, before she was promoted to lieutenant.
Passaic Firefighter Alberto Tirado gave his life in the performance of his duty in 2001. He died after a roof collapse while he was conducting a search for children that were believed to be trapped in the burning three-story Market Street dwelling.
On July 31st, Tirado's daughter, Angelina, was promoted to the rank of fire lieutenant with the bordering Clifton Fire Department. She became the city's first female firefighter when she was hired in 2010.
She said her father and his Passaic “Brothers” were a big influence on her decision to rise in rank.
“We'd be driving in our car and my dad would follow the plumes of smoke and get out of the car and start helping the guys,” she said. “I thought, I want to do that.”
The new lieutenant worked as an emergency medical technician in Passaic before she was hired as a firefighter in Clifton.
“I hope to continue moving up,” Tirado said. She hopes to make captain and possibly deputy chief, someday.
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