Milwaukee Fire Department Black History

March 18, 2021

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.