A MULTIMEDIA DOCUMENTARY PROJECT ON THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION: THE LAST GENERATION TO REMEMBER A TIME WITHOUT THE INTERNET.
In today's podcast, New York City firefighter Jovis Depognon recalls some strange on-the-job encounters with New Yorkers.
Speaking with Fortnight Editor Samantha Hinds, Jovis outlines how public interactions can reveal false assumptions. Firefighters who go grocery shopping together often get angry flak. "Our tax dollars at work!" is a common quip, says Jovis, despite the fact that firefighters buy and prepare their own meals.
And as a black firefighter, Jovis often sees prejudice interrupt social service. Working from Manhattan's Upper West Side, emergency calls bring Jovis inside elite private homes, where he is subject to strange scrutiny despite his uniform. But Jovis answers these racist attitudes with professional tenacity.
This is the second of a three-part conversation with Jovis, a young firefighter recruited by the New York City Fire Department after the force's many losses on September 11th, 2001.