OFD Swears In First Female Firefighter

The Owensboro Fire Department makes history as it officially welcomes their first female firefighter.

Shannon Grayson was sworn in this morning at a ceremony at city hall.

"It feels very real. I'm just very excited to be here, to have the opportunity," says Grayson.

It took nearly a year for shannon to reach this moment. A year's worth of training and testing.

"You have 400 hours we have to complete across the board in all areas of safety, fire science," she says.

Nearly a year to become the first female firefighter in the department's 150 year history.

"I never knew if the department was ready, but I knew it was something," says Grayson. "I think it was time for it." She joined because she wanted to serve and help in times of need, to run towards situations others run from. She was hired along with two other firefighters, and is now working through her probationary period.

"There were several women that applied and being able to make it through the process was pretty inspiring. It was humbling, but it was also something I was very proud to make it that far," Grayson says.

It's a process she saw her brother, Barry, a three year veteran of the department, go through himself.

"Everybody knows what they had to go through to get to this point," says Barry Raymer. "Just to know she was able to make it through and be there with our family, it's definitely a proud moment."

"Just to have his full support was just a huge deal for me," Grayson adds. "If I did not have that I would not have started this process whatsoever."

While Grayson is aware of the history she's made, she looks forward to what she can do for others.

"I wanted to just be a firefighter," says Grayson.


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