Golden started working for the department in 1949 when it was still segregated. 1 Despite the barriers, he rose quickly through the ranks, and was chief from 1981 to 1987 when he retired.
In 1983, then-Governor George Deukmejian appointed Chief Golden to the California State Board of Fire Services. 1
Links and References
- Samuel Golden -- Oakland's first black fire chief SFGate.com February 6, 2006