Miami-Dade County

They’re making their dads proud on Father’s Day and every day

Retired Miami-Dade Fire Lt. Tommie Williams with his daughters firefighter Kellie Wiggins and Division Chief Robin Duren at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue headquarters, June 15, 2016.
Retired Miami-Dade Fire Lt. Tommie Williams with his daughters firefighter Kellie Wiggins and Division Chief Robin Duren at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue headquarters, June 15, 2016. ctrainor@miamiherald.com

Some daughters and sons have always followed in their father’s footsteps — but some take Dad’s profession and turn it into their own passion.

Martha Belkys Cardenas stepped in to help at her father’s famous Cuban hamburger spot on Eighth Street when her mother was sick, and ended up staying.

Maria Campagnano lined up her stuffed toys before a chalkboard and played teacher, following her father’s lead.

When Robin Duren joined Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, her father, a longtime firefighter, pinned her. He did the same for his other daughter 20 years later.

Miami Police Maj. Ervens Ford followed his father into law enforcement. His son is now following him.

“I’ve had a great career,” the senior Ford said. “Of course I hope the same for him. I have the privilege of watching him take some of the same steps I took to arrive where I am today.”

Ellen Galinsky, president of the Families and Work Institute, which studies workplace issues, said parents, indeed, influence their children: “Parents often come home and complain about work, without realizing that their actions are a living laboratory for children to learn about the world of work.”

Here, then, meet the four families who’ve passed their passions down a generation — or two.

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