By: Kevin Gray
Tonya Boyd has had a nice career as a veteran Emergency Medical Services (EMS) captain for the Fire Department of New York. Now Captain Boyd will have a nice new title, Deputy Chief. According to the New York Daily News, this will be a first for an African-American woman.
Boyd, a Brooklyn native, has proudly served the FDNY for 21 years. She sees her promotion as a chance to inspire women who look like her to unabashedly feed their passion.
“African-American women will see someone who looks like them as a deputy chief and they will know more is possible – their careers won’t top out at paramedic or even lieutenant,” she said.
The promotion is knocking down a huge barrier for all women, not just those in the African-American community. While the FDNY workforce within the EMT and paramedics field is 35% female, very few have made it to captain, let alone Deputy Chief.