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‘You stand as trailblazers’

Council cites Women's History Month by recognizing first responders

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“Ladies, your courage, dedication and resilience in the face of adversity are truly remarkable,” Mayor Laurie Burns told the females who were honored for Women’s History Month.

Township Mayor Laurie Burns and council members recently recognized March 2024 as Women’s History Month.

As women first responders – firefighters, paramedics, police officers and emergency personnel – stood in council chambers, Burns read a proclamation.

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“Ladies, your courage, dedication, and resilience in the face of adversity are truly remarkable,” she said. “In a field traditionally dominated by males, you stand as trailblazers breaking through gender norms and redefining what it means to be a hero. Your presence in this male-dominated arena not only challenges stereotypes but also paves the way for inclusivity and diversity.

“As you answer calls, rush to scenes, and lend a helping hand, remember that you are not only shaping the present but also molding the future,” Burns continued. “The impact of your work extends far beyond the emergencies you handle. It reaches the hearts of young girls who dream of making a difference and being future female leaders and heroes in our community – just like all of you.”

Burns said as a mom to a young adult daughter and grandmother to an almost 8-year-old little girl, “I thank you for being a living testament to the strength and capability of the women in our community.”

“Throughout history, women have broken barriers, shattered glass ceilings, and paved the way for future generations in the field of emergency response,” the mayor noted. “Acknowledging the significant impact of women in shaping the landscape of emergency services is paramount in fostering equality and recognizing their invaluable contributions, and the month of March provides a special opportunity to honor their impact on shaping our world and celebrate the remarkable achievements of women in all walks of life.

“As we celebrate women’s month, I want to take a moment.”


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