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Hand-colored daguerreotype portrait of two unidentified firemen, c. 1850.

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'Blacklist' actor Hisham Tawfiq is retiring from the FDNY after 20 years on the squad
The Blacklist’s Hisham Tawfiq may just be making a name for himself in Hollywood, but in his home neighborhood of Harlem, New York, he’s better known as the FDNY station chief of the local station for the past 20 years.

The Blacklist’s Hisham Tawfiq may just be making a name for himself in Hollywood, but in his home neighborhood of Harlem, New York, he’s better known as the FDNY station chief of the local station for the past 20 years. Now, just as he’s been promoted to series regular on The Blacklist, he’s prepping to retire from his firefighting career come fall. He talks to EW about a career of battling blazes, and what’s coming up next.

I still love it and enjoy driving a firetruck, especially up in Harlem and seeing people I know, getting little kids to jump on it,” Tawfiq says about his impending retirement. “That’s why its so hard to retire, because I still enjoy working and especially serving the community of Harlem where I grew up. It’s a very hard thing to let go.

Tawfiq didn’t always grow up imagining he’d be a fireman. In fact, he says there are about 10,000 firefighters in New York, and only two percent of them are African-American.

It was very interesting, trying to figure out why that number is so low,” he says. “My whole career has been about diversity and inclusion and trying to get more people of color in the FDNY and especially in my home village of Harlem. I’ve always wanted to guide them to the job, because it’s been such a great job for me.

But how did he get into the field in the first place?

The only reason I joined was because I came home from being in the Marines and saw a postcard about joining the FDNY sitting on the table,” he says. “So I filled it out, and that started my journey,” he says.

The New York native, who was a professional jazz and West African dancer after high school (where he was also a star running back on the football team) says his training with the marines made joining the FDNY easy.

I don’t want to say the training wasn’t challenging, but I had no problem with it,” he says. “I was a boy scout too, so I knew all this stuff — I actually became a squad leader in charge of my own platoon because it just fit naturally.

And once he put on the actual firefighting gear?

It was almost like hitting the lotto,” he says. “I felt like superman getting into all the gear and going into fires and getting dirty and being smoky. It was extremely exciting for me, and gave me that rush that I think I live for.

And then 911 happened.

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