SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says they represent the city's commitment to diversity in action. Six members of the Syracuse Fire Department were promoted Tuesday, representing the most diverse group ever simultaneously promoted in the city's history.
The group includes two African Americans and the city's first ever female captain. But they will all tell you, regardless of rank, race or gender, the most rewarding part of their job is the ability to help people in need.
"It's not the glamour. It's not the fame. But it's just, when you see someone that's in need and you're able to come and render some assistance, that, that, fills your heart," said Syracuse District Fire Chief Elton Davis.
"It's an object lesson to young people, both girls and boys, that if you work hard, you can achieve your dreams, even if no one who looks like you has been in those dreams before," said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.
The promoted officers include:
- Sara Errington - promoted to Captain
- Elton Davis – promoted to District Chief
- Todd Milton – promoted to Acting Deputy Chief
- Paul Cousins - promoted to Fire District Chief
- Duriel Carney – promoted to Captain
- Adam Smith - promoted to Lieutenant