HACKENSACK, N.J. — Three generations of Hackensack rescue workers are inked into the underside of Michael Tompkins’ forearm.
The tattoo bears the badge numbers of his grandfather, Walter Tompkins Sr., a Hackensack firefighter from 1950-1978, and his father, Walter Tompkins Jr., a fire department emergency medical technician for 26 years.
It also includes his own badge number as a fire department EMT.
But Tompkins’ own mark on the family legacy could be short-lived. The city recently informed him and its seven other EMTs to look elsewhere for work.