VIDEO: The Milwaukee Fire Department is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a new t-shirt.
Carlos Velazquez-Sanchez, a veteran firefighter, has donned MFD uniforms and gear for more than a decade.
This month, he’s wearing something new: a shirt he designed himself after seeing Chief Aaron Lipski’s display of other culturally-themed department tees.
“I said that’s a very nice display, and his response was, ‘Would you like to make one for Hispanic Heritage Month?' And coming from Chief Lipski, I couldn’t say no. I was very honored,” Velazquez-Sanchez said.
On the shirt, the words: 'Bomberos,' or firefighters. 'Familia, cultura, herencia,' or family, culture and heritage.
The words, alongside flags from Spanish-speaking countries circling the department's logo, create a design inspired by bringing people together.