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Female Firefighters Recognized for Women’s History Month

By SASHA STATON, Correspondent | April 12, 2021 | FLORIDA

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The Daytona Beach FD is honored to have 5 strong, accomplished women representing the department. Jessica Matthews, who has been serving the City of Daytona Beach since 2006, was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief earlier this year. Lt. Yavonne Reczek just completed a 30-year career with the department and we congratulate her on her well-deserved retirement. In addition to being a Driver/Engineer, Tonja Heer also serves her community by running a non-profit cat rescue. Firefighter Alicia Shepard and Firefighter Susie Ford are also currently enrolled in school to receive their Paramedic Certification, and both are working towards future promotion opportunities.

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