MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — On International Women’s Day we had a panel discussion with some of the women who make an impact on our community every day, female first responders. The panel consisted of Mobile police officers, Mobile County deputies, Mobile firefighters, and Mobile County EMTs.
These 10 women have committed their lives to their community, but being a woman in what’s often a male-dominated field isn’t always easy.
“Not only people I knew, but my family told me that I would never make it as a female in law enforcement,” said Mobile County Deputy Jackie Bittner.
“Our mindset is that we have to do even better than they expect,” said Mobile County Deputy Terri Hall.
However, these women say they have seen tremendous growth when it comes to gender equality among first responders.
“If you look around this room, you see some rank among us. Years ago we were all at the bottom of the totem pole,” said Mobile Fire-Rescue District Chief LeAnn Tacon.
Sergeant Tina Zanca broke barriers as Mobile’s first ever female motorcycle officer.
Women in uniform are serving as an inspiration for one another.
“As I look all over the United States I’m seeing females in SWAT teams, I’m like oh she’s my ‘shero,'” said Mobile County Deputy Zandra Jackson.
These women serve as role models and hope more women will continue to choose careers in uniform.
“Don’t let anybody discourage you. If you have a love for giving, this is definitely the career that you want to enter into,” said Deputy Hall.