A Bronx, New York woman has become the first female firefighter to be featured in the FDNY Calendar of Heroes.
Danae Mines, an 11-year veteran, said she was told the honor was reserved for men only.
“I was told that it was all guys,” Mines, who is assigned to Engine Co. 60 in the South Bronx, told the Daily News.
“They said if I made it in the calendar, I would look like a pinup girl.”
But when she saw an open call for FDNY firefighters posted on the wall of her firehouse last year, she decided it was finally time to break down the gender barriers — but on her own terms.
“I wasn’t going to let anyone tell me I couldn’t do what I wanted to do,” she said. “I was determined.”
Mines knew that she wanted to be a firefighter at age 10 when one of the city’s Bravest visited her school for career day. But her family told her to choose another career because only men were firefighters.
Mines became an EMT and despite her family’s opinion, accepted a promotion to become a firefighter in 2003. Now, her relatives couldn’t be more proud.
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