Baltimore will honor Maryland’s first deceased female firefighter with a new playground

BALTIMORE – Not all heroes wear capes, sometimes they wear firefighter uniforms. Racheal Wilson was the first female firefighter to die in the line of duty in Maryland.

To honor her bravery and dedication to saving lives, people gathered to witness a special ribbon cutting on Thursday.

“I am Racheal Wilson’s daughter. It is an honor to build this playground for her and show her how much I loved her as a child,” said Princess Davis, daughter of Racheal Wilson.

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Fifteen years ago, Wilson lost his life during a fire training exercise in Baltimore. She was Maryland’s first African-American female firefighter to die on duty.

His death broke the hearts of many, but thanks to the support of the community, his legacy now lives on. The field where the practice fire occurred is now the Racheal Wilson Memorial Park and Playground.

“It took me fifteen years to get it off the ground. When this young lady died, it took everything away from me because I can’t believe she died in an empty house,” said Jerlene Boyd, creator of Wilson Park. .

The park is designed like a fire truck with a Racheal Wilson memorial behind it. Organizers say they wanted to give the children a safe place to play and also allow them to see an influential woman of color who risked her life for others.

“I want the kids to come here and play. I hope they get off the streets and leave the bad stuff alone,” Boyd said.

Organizers say they plan to do more initiatives like this to honor other firefighters who may have lost their lives in service.

Harold B. McConnell