Jacqueline “Jackie” Rendleman Jones

c. 1951-2021

Jackie was the first woman firefighter at the Newark Fire Department in 1981, along with Ethel Goldsberry who was later removed. In 1982, she was the only woman firefighter of over 600!

She was also the first Black woman fire captain.

She was a proud member of one of the Five Founding Chapters of the IABPFF, The Vulcan Pioneers of Newark, New Jersey. She retired to North Carolina where she died in 2021.

She graduated from Weequahic High in 1968.

Star Ledger 1989
Weequahic Yearbook 1968
Star Ledger 1981


Woman Accepted as FirefighterNew York Times Apr 14, 1982

First Black Woman Firefighter in Newark…Passed AwayRLS Media Dec 2, 2021

“Female Fire Captain Named Employee of the Month” Star Ledger Oct 16, 1989

“2 Women Join the Ranks of Firefighters” Star Ledger May 9, 1981

“Newark Swells Ranks of Cops, Firefighters” Star Ledger Jun 13, 1981

“Woman Firefighter is Removed” Star Ledger Jul 15, 1981

npl.org/yearbooks, Weequahic yeabrook 1968