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Hampton's mayor, Paye Flomo, has enabled his city to help Liberia start its own fire department by suggesting Hampton sell its used fire trucks to the country.

A historic first year for Hampton mayor

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Hampton made international news in November of 2008 when the city elected Paye Flomo as its new mayor.

Flomo is the first native Liberian to be elected to a government office in the U.S., and some have suggested he's the first African-born American to be elected, he said.

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Flomo's election was hugely popular in his native country.

"People were rejoicing in Liberia," he said.

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Nathan Hansen
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