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28 Days Of Black History: Kelvin J. Cochran

Kelvin J. Cochran born and raised in Shreveport, LA.  As a little boy, watching Shreveport firefighters put out a fire across the street from where he lived; he dreamed that one day he would be a firefighter. Cochran became a firefighter with the Shreveport Fire Department in 1981.

Working his way through the ranks, he was appointed as the first African American Fire Chief of the Shreveport Fire Department in 1999.  In 2008 he was appointed Fire Chief for the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department under Mayor Shirley Franklin. In August 2009 he was appointed by President Barack Obama to head the United States Fire Administration in the Department of Homeland Security.  In June 2010 he was recruited back to serve as Fire Chief under Mayor Kasim Reed and served until January 2015.

Kelvin made national headlines when he was suspended for 30 days without pay in late November 2014 over a self-published book he had written called, Who Told You That You Were Naked? in which Cochran deals with a Biblical view of marriage and briefly mentions homosexuality. In January, after returning from the suspension, Cochran was informed that he would have to resign or be terminated.

Kelvin is a member of the Elizabeth Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia where he serves as a deacon and teacher/facilitator.  He has a passion for men’s ministry and leadership development. Kelvin has been married to Carolyn Marshall for more than thirty years.

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