PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Public Safety held a pair of ceremonies Thursday for the swearing-in of new EMTs and paramedics. They also announced some big promotions, one of them which is pretty remarkable, especially in honor of Women’s History Month.
Firefighter Kari Burnham got promoted to lieutenant. She’s one of only five women in the bureau, and her position makes her the highest-ranking woman in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire.READ MORE: Police: Central Catholic High School No Longer At Risk For Threat After Arrest Made Following Social Media Comments
“Litle girls and little kids are kinda looking up to me and I have big shoes to fill,” said Lt. Burnham.READ MORE: Funeral Arrangements Made For Pittsburgh Police Sergeant Richard Howe
She’s also the first woman promoted to lieutenant since 1995.MORE NEWS: 'Everybody Loved Him'; Rennerdale Community Comes Together To Celebrate Life Of Louis Vignone, Postal Worker Shot, Killed In Collier Township
“I want to be the best that I can be. What would they expect of me? That’s what I do every day and that’s what I hope to fulfill,” she said.