Cincinnati firefighter pens children’s book to inspire, empower young girls

  • Source: WXIX-TV FOX 19 Cincinnati
  • Published: 04/02/2021 12:00 AM

Mario Jackson is a Cincinnati firefighter, a paramedic and now also a children’s book author. Jackson says “Nya the Great and Her Visit to the Fire House” is aimed at inspiring young girls. “I realized that there isn’t a lot of representation for women, especially women of color, in jobs that are usually male-dominated,” he told us on Thursday. A father to daughters aged 7 and 13, Jackson says he had the idea to write a children’s book a couple of years ago. He started writing it in 2019, then took a few breaks before picking it up against during the pandemic. He hopes to turn it into a series. “This first book is about a young girl [and] her and her dad’s visit the firehouse, where her aunt is a captain of the firehouse,” Jackson explained. “She has just been waiting on this visit. She gets there, she meets some of the firefighters, and her aunt takes her on a tour.” The book gives kids and idea of what it’s like to be a firefighter. But the bigger picture, Jackson says, is to show young girls that women can be successful.


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