MILWAUKEE FIRE DEPARTMENT BLACK HISTORY! In the beginning there were four MFD trailblazers, who paved the way. Pictured (top photo, from left) Chief Stephanie Hampton; first African American Female Firefighter Valerie Woodard; Firefighter Elizabeth Ewing; and (lower photo) Dr. Maureen Aniakudo Firefighter, RIH.
We salute these extraordinary women who have blazed the trail to make way for Milwaukee’s first all female all-female duty crew consisting of Lt. Belinda Bradley, Capt. Sharon Purifoy, and firefighters Jessica Olson, Kendria Donaldson and Melanie Madden.