San Francisco fire chief throws pitch at Giants game to mark 30-year career

  • Source: KTVU Fox 2
  • Published: 05/02/2019 12:00 AM

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.


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