Jerome D. Smith, retired Battalion Chief with the Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD) moderated a panel of distinguished members of Fire Station 8 who are part of the legacy of the African-American Firehouse in Arlington.

Two of the original firefighters for Fire Station 8 who were the first to be paid by Arlington County in 1951:

—  HARTMAN REED, retired Captain and first African-American Station Commander in the ACFD

—  CARL COOPER, retired firefighter

— The last Fire Station 8 Volunteer firefighter who served alongside the 14 men and father of the moderator, JEROME SMITH.