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Meet Jersey City’s Barrier-Breaking Latinas

September 4, 2017 | Categories:

Two servicewomen in Jersey City are making sure their community knows that a woman can be anything she wants. Yaisa Gomez is a 38-year-old firefighter in Jersey City, NJ, who was born in Puerto Rico to Dominican parents. Her high school friend, Rossy Barzola, is a 36-year-old Jersey City police officer who is a first-generation… Read More

How the FDNY Responded to Hurricane Katrina

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August 28, 2017 | Categories:

(Excerpted from a chapter in the book I co-authored, FDNY 150: Celebrating the Past, Present and Future.) “When the FDNY arrived in New Orleans a few days after Katrina, we saw their equipment was very damaged, their fire stations were wiped out, and the fire department was temporarily stationed at nearby Our Lady of Holy Cross… Read More

When Risk Comes Knocking: Boon Edam Offers Security Solutions

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June 1, 2017 | Categories:

  (This was a custom publishing piece for Bloomberg Businessweek.) In March, a 16-year-old boy from New Jersey gained unauthorized entry to One World Trade Center, in New York, and roamed the premises for two hours before being caught. The building has a security system estimated to cost $20 million when it was installed in… Read More

UFC’s Paige VanZant Talks Fighting and Dancing

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September 9, 2016 | Categories:

(This article originally appeared in the September/October 2016 issue of Muscle & Fitness Hers magazine.) UFC strawweight fighter Paige VanZant put the world on notice when she dramatically KO’d Bec Rawlings at FOX 21. She took some time out of her busy training schedule to speak with us about being a runner-up on Dancing with… Read More

The 20-Year Anniversary of the EMS and FDNY

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September 9, 2016 | Categories:

(This article was written exclusively for PRO EMS Magazine, through the FDNY Foundation, the official non-profit organization of the New York City Fire Department.)   Change in any organization is never easy and introducing new members into an already-established “family” can be met with angst on both sides (television series, such as The Brady Bunch,… Read More

Meet Jersey City’s Barrier-Breaking Latinas

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January 18, 2016 | Categories:

Yaisa Gomez is a 38-year-old firefighter in Jersey City, NJ, who was born in Puerto Rico to Dominican parents. Her friend, Rossy Barzola, is a 36-year-old Jersey City police officer who is a first-generation American born to Ecuadorian parents. The women met playing basketball together in high school and reconnected later when they had a… Read More

The New Way to Stay Motivated

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May 4, 2015 | Categories: , ,

You might believe that reaching your goal of having the perfect relationship, getting that promotion you want, or running your first half-marathon simply comes down to thinking of the outcome positively, believing you can do it, and that it will happen. Unfortunately, all of that optimism won’t necessarily translate into fulfilled wishes, according to research… Read More

Meet UFC Fighter Paige VanZant

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March 15, 2015 | Categories: ,

(Originally published on MuscleandFitnessHers.com in April 2015.) The former cheerleader, dancer and model is new to mixed martial arts (MMA) but UFC fans took notice of Paige VanZant when the 20-year-old from Sparks, NV, won the biggest fight of her life last fall during the UFC Fight Night 57. In the second fight of the… Read More

Ludwig GÖransson – Composer and Producer

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June 1, 2014 | Categories:

Like many boys, the Swedish composer and producer Ludwig Göransson used to beg his parents for video games for his birthday every year. But when he turned 11, his parents instead gave him a 4-track portable cassette recorder, unwittingly kick-starting his musical career. Now the 29-year-old L.A. transplant can buy all the video games he… Read More

Interview: Hockey Player B.J. Crombeen

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May 27, 2014 | Categories: ,

B.J. Crombeen, a 28-year-old professional hockey player and right wing for the Arizona Coyotes  was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age nine. During his  2013-2014 season with his former team, Tampa Bay Lightning, second, Crombeen scored three goals including one game-winning goal. He was on Tampa’s chapter of JDRF and was recently involved in an event with… Read More

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