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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – University City swore in its first African-American fire chief in the department’s 103-year history.

Adam Long stood as his fiancé, Felecia Mitchell, pinned a new badge on his lapel.  He addressed his family and fellow firefighters from Maryland Heights, Richmond Heights, St. Louis City, the St. Louis International Airport and Boeing.

He thanked them, but got emotional and left the podium for a moment.  The crowd applauded.  When he returned, he said he wished his late father could see him now.

Long has a 34-year career as a firefighter.  He served with St. Louis City and the St. Louis Airport.

The new chief said he wants to increase his firefighters’ presence in the community and offer more training to first responders.  But first, he offered this piece of advice to anyone who may face discrimination while shooting for a big dream like his own.

“I would just tell them shoot for the stars, because today you can be anything that you want to be,” Long said.  “There’s nothing that should hold you back but yourself.  So, just go for it.  Put your best foot forward, and do the right thing in life, and you’ll succeed.”

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