If Jackie-Michelle Martinez looks familiar to you, it might be because you have seen her face on a banner hanging in front of firehouses in neighborhoods throughout New York City. Or maybe you have met her in person at FDNY recruiting events, where she serves as our Women’s Outreach Coordinators.
Ever since she joined FDNY in 2006 as a Firefighter with Engine Company 275 in South Jamaica, Jackie-Michelle has been a champion for women to join our ranks. She not only recruits at formal events, but is also out in the community every day speaking to women and girls’ groups about the opportunity to join FDNY.
Jackie-Michelle didn’t grow up expecting to become a Firefighter. She didn’t even know that it was a job option open to women until she saw a recruitment flyer. She’s proud to have pursued a non-traditional career that is both meaningful and lucrative.
Her hard work has not gone unrecognized. Last year, she was nominated as “New Yorker of the Year” by the New York Times and was also selected to appear on the Official FDNY Calendar of Heroes. The impact she has made in the community and inspiration she has provided for girls and women all stems back to the start of her FDNY career, when she made the decision to become one of New York’s Bravest.
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