What a great way to kick of Black History Month by recently accepting a posthumous honor onbehalf of my father Dr. Carl Holmes, the first African American Assistant Fire Chief at the Oklahoma City Fire Department and one of the original 12 black firefighters in the state. Daddy will be inducted into the National Fire Heritage Center’s Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders this spring for his contributions to the industry across the country and around the world.  After retirement, he founded the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute at Dillard University to develop, mentor and train future leaders, including people of color and women, to assume high-ranking management positions within the fire service industry.