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Firefighting News: Illinois City's First Female Firefighter Retires

04/22/2014
Twenty years ago, when Sue Vallejo became the first female firefighter/paramedic in the city of Rock Island, Illinois, she was prepared for some resentment. At that time, the fire service was a man's profession, and women represented an estimated 2 percent of firefighters nationwide, reports Quad-City Times. "When I started, there were still some old-timers," the 56-year-old said Tuesday. "If there was reluctance, though, I didn't see it. It wasn't voiced, and I always respected that. As long as they didn't attack me personally, they were welcome to their opinions." She was aware some firefighters doubted her physical strength, including her ability to pull them, if n...

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