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TFD Promotes First African American Female Lieutenant

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Lolita Cooper has been serving on the Toledo Fire Department for 13 years.

She's one of 57 women on the department. Tomorrow she will be the first African American female to hold the title as Lieutenant.

Cooper tells 13abc, "Its an esteemed honor to be the first one...but there's nervousness with it...because of being the first and only you will definitely going to be not scrutinized but looked at...and it's a high responsibility because i want to give the department my best."

Cooper is also one of three African American women on the department. She says although this promotion is an honor. It is bittersweet. Once she becomes lieutenant she will have to say goodbye to her crew at station 4. She tells 13abc, "Every person who has been promoted that's one of the things they will say on the day of getting promoted that they are going to miss their crew. your crew basically becomes your family."

As lieutenant, Cooper will work out of various stations. Although her fellow firefighters are going to miss her...they couldn't be more proud.

Lieutenant Jeff Gluth tells 13abc, "Its huge for the community and it kind of reminds us that we can be whatever we want to be as long as we put forth the work and the effort to get there."

Firefighter Eric Sherman tells 13abc,  "Lolita is an excellent person...she is fun to work with ..she's a very hard worker...we've been to many fires with her and she has performed excellent...she is an asset to the department and i am so proud of this moment to see her promoted to the office of Lieutenant."

Cooper hopes this promotion encourages other women who dream of serving on the fire department..that women cannot only serve but they can lead as well.

The Promotion Ceremony will be held tomorrow at 10 am at One Government Center.

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