Jason Parker

Hialeah Renames Street for First African American Firefighter in City's History

As a fire fighter for the Hialeah Fire Department or as a father to his family and the community, retired Lt. Michael Wright was always there when you needed him.

“He's left behind a legacy and everyone love him and they say he had the most infective smile in the world, said his mother, Dealma. “I am so glad of that and it was so many things that he did that I am so proud of.”

Wright lost his battle with cancer six months ago. Monday, West 25th Street - the one he used daily to get to Fire Station #6 and to get to saving lives – is now named after him

He did a lot for the future of a fire service,” said the city’s former fire chief, Hermino Lorenzo. “He opened the path and was a mentor to many that followed him.”

Hialeah Honors First African-American Firefighter in City History

Wright was the first African American fire fighter hired by the city in 1986, serving the community he grew up in for 25 years before retiring.

“He faced with strength, courage and served as an example to all of us as to what a man is and should be,” said Lorenzo.

Not only did he battle fires, but a few years ago the brave fireman also battled leukemia and bladder cancer. His family says he was a true fighter until the end.

“I want to follow in my father’s footsteps - and from what he's told me and what I have seen, it's one of the best jobs in the world,” said his son, Corey.

Michael Wright Way runs from West 4th Avenue to 8th Avenue.

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