The San Francisco Giants honored Joanne Hayes-White, the city's first female fire chief, on Wednesday during her last official public appearance before she retires.
She threw out the ceremonial first pitch during a Giants-Dodgers game.
Hayes-White served for 30 years with the department. "It's pretty surreal right now. There's been some long days, but generally the years have flown," said Hayes-White.
It's been a distinguished career. She is the longest serving fire chief of any major U>S. city: 15 years. .
The San Francisco native exchanged retiremenet gifts with Giants manager Bruce Bochy. He gave her a Giants jersey. She gifted him a fire helmet.
"The pride that I have in this job..this department. I know I leave it better than I found it. It was one of my goals," said Hayes-White.
In 1990, she began her career as one of the city's first female firefighters. She rose through the ranks.
In 2004, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Hayes-White as fire chief. She has weathered controversies and challenges.