VIDEO: Together, they are making history in Howard County: Lisa Myers, the county’s first female police chief, and Christine Uhlhorn, the first female fire chief.
ABC7 recently spoke to the two women about what it took to break the glass ceiling.
"It's an amazing opportunity," Myers said. "I think we both realize it's much larger than who we are."
Both Myers and Uhlhorn spent nearly 30 years working their way up the ranks in Howard County.
"I started the academy in Howard County in 1989," said Uhlhorn, who is a third-generation firefighter. "My father was a firefighter. My grandfather. We have over 250 years in the fire service combined."
So for Uhlhorn, being a firefighter was the only career she ever considered. And she says her family members always encouraged her to follow that dream.
"At that point there were no women in the fire service, nationally," she said. "But they never said that's not something you can do. They said work hard and believe in yourself, and you can be anything that you want."