JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s second largest city will swear in its first African-American fire chief on Friday.

Darren Rivers will be the Jersey City Fire Department’s 17th chief since the department began more than 139 years ago.

Rivers became a firefighter in 1982. He rose through the ranks and became deputy chief in 2007.

The married father of five has a son who is a firefighter.

Mayor Jerramiah Healy says it is fitting that Jersey City’s diversity is reflected in government leadership.

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