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Texas fire department hires first female firefighter in 141 years

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DENISON, Tex. – A fire department in Texas has welcomed their very first female firefighter in 141 years.

Hanna Lindemuth is the first female firefighter in Denison, Texas.

“Going to fire school, basically was the icing on the cake. It was right up my alley,” she told KXII.

She says her passion to help others began when her father passed away 5 years ago.

“First responders were the ones who ultimately were able to give me my goodbye to him,” she said. “I decided I wanted to give back and give people the opportunity to say goodbye to their loved ones or at least save a life and help people.”

The department says they’re excited to have her on the team.

“Nothing was given to her at all, in any way. She passed the physical agility test that all of us did. She passed the exam and she scored high enough and did well enough on both of those to be here today,” said Morgan Metcalf, Emergency Management Coordinator.

Now, she’s hoping to inspire other young girls and women to break the stereotypes.

“Don’t ever give up. Just work hard. Even when you hear the negativity, turn that into a positive and make that your motivation to excel at whatever you’re doing,” she said.