The Paragon Society would like to extend our condolences to the Moses family on the passing of Civil Rights icon Bob Moses. Mr Moses is well known for “The Algebra Project,” and most loved for his championing of civil rights. He not only stood by his words, but put action behind them by demonstrating his commitment to change and equal rights, as well as his devotion to local leadership.
Who we are…
Welcome to the Cambridge Paragon Society Chapter of the IABPFF. Newly established in January of 2021, we are:
“An example of particular quality. A model of “excellence.” A black touchstone used to test the integrity of gold.”
We are a group of predominantly African-American Firefighters from Cambridge, MA, home to the First African American Fire Chief in 1871, Chief Patrick Raymond.
While we all have our own personal reasons for forming this group, collectively, we share in the desire to see more of our cultural community represented in the fire service. Equally important, we are able to reach into our community and help those, like ourselves, learn about the job. In doing so, we will help create fire departments with more diversity, increase the number of minority applicants, hires, and promotions, while also insuring inclusivity.
The Paragon Society will help to illuminate and tether the causes aimed at increasing diversity, recruiting, hiring, and guidance with other workplace issues.
We look forward to working with all groups in our community. Our full membership is open to all career firefighters, with associate memberships for our counterparts in the Emergency Medical Services field. Our goals are to foster connections and understanding everywhere, create a supportive environment for those of us who grapple with similar history/experiences, and follow the mission statement of the Phoenix Society….
“Unity Insures Longevity.”