Union, N.J. – Dr. Terry Golway, assistant professor of history at Kean University, is the son, son-in-law, and godson of New York City firefighters. And, as Dr. Golway tells actor Steve Buscemi in a new documentary that will air on HBO on Monday, September 8, the family expected that he might follow in his family’s footsteps.
“But I’m not brave enough,” he says in the interview. He opted instead for a career in journalism and academia.
Dr. Golway is the featured historian on “A Good Job: Stories from the FDNY,” which was co-produced by Buscemi and two-time Oscar nominee Liz Garbus. The program will air nationally at 9 p.m. on Monday on HBO.
As the only non-firefighter interviewed on camera, Dr. Golway provides historical context for some of the key moments in the FDNY’s recent history, including the struggle of women and African-Americans for inclusion and respect. Dr. Golway, the author of a history of the FDNY, “So Others Might Live,” also recounted the tragic story of a fire in 1966 that killed 12 firefighters, the worst loss of life in New York history before 9/11.
“It was an honor for me to be included in this project,” Dr. Golway says. “I can’t say enough about Steve Buscemi, Liz Garbus, and the entire team. They did a wonderful job telling the story of brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day.”
Dr. Golway is the director of Kean University’s Center for History, Politics, and Policy.