The Firefighter's Hat

The Firefighter's Hat

Yolanda Cardenas reflects on growing up in Back of the Yards, a field trip to the neighborhood firehouse, and a missed opportunity for her father.

Yolanda Cardenas with her father, Felipe Cardenas in 1976.


The Firefighter’s Hat by Yolanda Cardenas 7:57

“Chicago missed out on an exceptional firefighter but I never missed out on an exceptional father.”


5 Responses to “The Firefighter's Hat”

  1. Lorena says:

    absolutely beautiful! your storytelling is amazing & the message really brought a smile to my face. i wish for many good things to come for your dad :) god bless him.

  2. Idalia says:

    Wow. I completely loved this recorded segment! The words, the music, the message. Congrats and keep the stories coming. Unfortunately, I cannot attend the Monday series anymore due to a mentoring obligation but this makes up for it. Thank you.

  3. Theresa says:

    You brought back some memories and similar sentimentalities…i remember that hat :)

  4. Waitress/Mesera says:

    Yoli, you bought tears to my eyes, this is so beautiful. As usual, your story telling is wonderful. I am so glad to know you:)

  5. Wow, this story is incredibly powerful. What a tale told by Yolanda. I love the idea of the smiley face on the thumb with the firefighter hat on top. The music just puts it over the top.

    - Roberto

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