It’s a historic day at the Wheeling Fire department, as they welcome three new cadets. Two of whom are the first women in city history.
“I’ve been raised and told my whole life that you can do anything you put your mind to,” said cadet Audrey Bryan. “We’re all given abilities in this life, and I feel if you don’t use those abilities, then, they’re put to waste, so if i can run into a burning building or I can save somebody’s life then I’m going to do that.”
Bryan joins Brittany Hoffman and Daniel Brown in their cadet training. They’ve been on the job for about a week now and say they have already learned a lot. Hoffman says she is used to being one of few or the only women on the department in her prior positions, but hopes this can inspire young girls.
“We always have, now and then, you get a young girl that comes in the department and they see you, and they’re so excited. It’s cool to see that because that’s not what they think of when they think of the fire department. Having that image in the community is really good for young women and young girls,” Hoffman said.
Brown joins these two women in training with the most experience. He has 12 years of volunteer experience and served in combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
“My family is a military family also a firefighting family, so I grew in the fire service and a military family, so it’s just natural that I went into both of them,” said Brown.
All three of the new fire cadets say they are excited and ready to serve the city.