Little Known Black History Fact: Regina Wilson

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  • Regina Wilson is one of only 29 woman firefighters in New York City, which has over 10,000 firemen. Wilson, a black woman, and the members of Engine 219 were among the first responders to the September 11th attacks at the World Trade Center in New York.

    Only hours before the terrorist attacks, Wilson’s co-worker asked to trade assignments with her that day.  He, along with six others from the unit, perished on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York.

    A twelve-year veteran of the honorable FDNY, Wilson is an Equal Employment Opportunity instructor, president of the United Women Firefighters Organization and a member of the FDNY Incident Management Team. Wilson, who is also a singer, often lends her voice at FDNY events as well as those for families of the 9/11 tragedies. She has also sang for the New York Mets, Yankees and Rangers, the New Jersey Nets and the WNBA, President George W. Bush and Prince Harry of Great Britain. Last year, on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Wilson, along with fellow firefighters Frank Pizarro and Billy Arce, issued a musical CD called “Beyond the Call,” to benefit the heroes of 9/11.
     

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