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Firefighter honored for breaking barrier


Yasmina Chavez

Newly promoted Fire Engineer Jennifer Osborne and Fire Captain Darren Morville exchange a smile after a ceremony honoring Osborne, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Osborne is the first black female to be promoted to Fire Engineer in the Clark County Fire Department.

Fire Engineer Jennifer Osborne

Newly promoted Fire Captain Darren Morville, left, and Fire Engineer Jennifer Osborne, right, pose for a picture with Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington after a ceremony honoring Osborne, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Osborne is the first black female to be promoted to Fire Engineer in the Clark County Fire Department. Launch slideshow »

After months of late nights studying and extra hours spent training in the field, the Clark County Department’s first African-American female fire engineer was honored at a ceremony Friday morning.

Surrounded by friends, families and colleagues at a fire station on Flamingo Road near UNLV, Jennifer Osborne was recognized by Chief Bertral Washington.

Osborne, 36, has spent the last six years with the department working as a firefighter and paramedic. As engineer, Osborne, 36, will be responsible for driving the fire trucks, operating the ladder and connecting hoses to the fire hydrants and pumps.

“When I was growing up as a little girl I didn’t even know firefighter was an opportunity for me. I became a paramedic and one of the firefighters who worked in the station with our ambulance encouraged me. I started looking into it and I got really passionate about it,” Osborne said. “I think general visibility of women and minorities in the fire service, letting people know we are here, is a positive thing…it lets them know that choice is available to them if they want to pursue it.”

Also honored Friday morning at the ceremony Darren Morville, a 10-year veteran of the department, who was promoted to captain.

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  1. Good thing Jennifer's not younger and in the CCSD system, she would be stereotyped as a trouble maker and expelled for her skin says the poorly written article also in today's paper online.

    Glad to read that she's managed to come out a productive member of society.



    This is great! Glad to see women breaking barriers!!