A tip of the helmet goes to FDNY Lieutenant Tracy Lewis today for being named as Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh’s Executive Officer. With this appointment, Lewis has made history in our Department as the first woman Fire Officer and first Black woman Fire Officer to advance her career to such a prestigious position. In her new leadership role, Lewis will serve as a liaison between the field and the Commissioner’s Office, serve as a representative for the Commissioner at meetings and events, and work on special projects at the direction of the Commissioner.
“Working in this career is very important to me because I always want to be in a position where I can help others. This career is a calling and working in this administration is another way where I can help this Department in many different areas,” said Lewis. “In my new position, I’m working heavily with our members in the Department, our city officials and the community. We all have a responsibility to do what we can to help one another.”
When Lewis was promoted to Lieutenant in 2014, she also made history as the second Black woman to ascend to that rank in our Department. Before getting promoted, Lewis served as a Firefighter at Engine 222 in Brooklyn. She is also a former FDNY Fire Safety Cadet and FDNY Emergency Medical Technician. For the past seven years, the Lieutenant has also served as a Liaison for the FDNY Incident Management Team (IMT). In addition, the 20-year veteran is active in our Department’s Ceremonial Unit, Office of Recruitment and Retention and Youth Workforce and Pipeline Programs. She is also a longtime member of the FDNY Vulcan Society, FDNY United Women Firefighters (UWF) and International Association of Black Professional Firefighters (IABPFF).
Meet more women who are making history in our Department today here.