Created: 01/03/2014 10:21 AM KAALtv.com
ST. PAUL, MN (AP) - St. Paul, which has one of the largest concentrations of Hmong people living in the United States, is finally getting its first Hmong firefighter.
Tou Lo graduates Friday from the St. Paul fire academy. He tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that his career path was inspired by a documentary about New York City firefighters responding to the September 11 terror attacks, which he saw as a teenager.
St. Paul Fire Chief Tim Butler says he made it a goal when he took the job in 2007 to pin the badge on a Hmong firefighter during his tenure.
By comparison, St. Paul's Police Department has had Hmong officers since the 1980s.
Lo, who is 25, has lived in St. Paul since he was 11.
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