"I was adopted to the US when I was 3, and grew up in an African American family. I received so much love as a child which made me the person I am today."
Born in South Korea, Emile Mack was adopted by an American family where he rose up the ranks to become second in command of the LAPD, one of the largest fire departments in the nation.
At age 19, he received a 4 year scholarship to UCLA. In his second year, he joined the LAFD with a friend.
Chief Deputy Mack entered the LAFD in 1978 and has been on the force for 32 years now. He has fought fires with his colleagues and is known for his quick and accurate judgment and leadership. He continued to receive promotions as his abilities were recognized. Since his appointment in September of 1978, Chief Mack has held the rank of Firefighter, Firefighter/Paramedic, Captain, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief, and Deputy Chief.
On April 1, 2007 he was confirmed as the 16th Fire Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department, becoming the first Korean Chief Deputy of the LAFD.
Emile Mack wishes to give back to society and plans to adopt a Korean child.
"My wife and I have decided to adopt a Korean child. We are planning to bring the baby from Korea in October. I would like to give back the love I received as a child while providing new opportunities for the children."