I came to the United States as one of the Vietnamese refugees. My dad and I had left my mother and siblings behind to find freedom and escaped out of Communist Vietnam by boat in 1985. We were one of the “Boat People.”
We first landed in Lincoln and lived there for about 4 months. My dad needed to work to support my family that was left in Vietnam so we moved to Omaha for him to find a job. When we came to Omaha, we were on assistance. I did not speak a word of English. I was enrolled in the ESL (English as Second Language) program with OPS. It took me a little more than 4 years to finally test out of the program.
What better way to serve a community that had given me so much than to became a firefighter? I started to pursuit my dream of being a firefighter ever since I was a sophomore in high school. I was hire on Lincoln Fire Dept. right out of high school. Two years later I was hired on Omaha Fire.
What better way to serve a community that had given me so much than to became a firefighter?
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