Aisha Tunkara

The Sable Flames, Inc., the African-American firefighters of the City of Madison Fire Department, have announced that Aisha Tunkara and Emmanuel Mielke have been selected as 2019 Jones-Robinson Scholarship recipients.

“We are very pleased to announce this year’s Jones-Robinson Scholarship recipients -Aisha Tunkara and Emmanuel Mielke. Each scholarship is for $1,500,” Doug Johnson, Chairman of the Sable Flames, tells Madison365. “Both were good students who really set themselves apart with their commitment to bettering their community and their leadership qualities that will translate well as they transition into adulthood.”

Aisha is a 2019 graduate of Sun Prairie High School and will be attending the University of Norte Dame in the fall. Emmanuel is a 2019 graduate of Sun Prairie High School and will be attending Madison College in the fall and interning with the Fitchburg Fire Department.

Emmanuel Mielke

“We believe Aisha will have a direct impact on the culture of the Notre Dame campus, and Emmanuel’s commitment to a career in Fire and EMS will directly benefit the citizens of Dane County,” Johnson says. “We are also pleased to have them throw out the first pitch at our Sable Flames Night at the Ballpark event for the Madison Mallards game on July 25th.”

The Jones-Robinson Scholarship was created to honor the five children that perished in the Somerset Circle fire of 1990 in Madison, Wisconsin. The children, who were African-American, came from a low-income single parent household. Following this tragedy, The Sable Flames, Inc. created a scholarship fund in the children’s honor. The scholarship is designed for those of a similar socioeconomic background who are aspiring to improve their lives through higher education.

For information on upcoming Sable Flames events, scholarship applications, or how to donate, please visit the website