FDNY gets first woman and first gay 4-star chief as incoming EMS boss

  • Source: New York Daily News
  • Published: 05/06/2019 12:00 AM

A veteran paramedic who overcame a hardscrabble Bronx childhood to log an incredible 28 years with the FDNY will have stars in her eyes and four more on her collar Tuesday as the history-making new Chief of EMS. Lillian Bonsignore, a single mom barely out of her teens when she started as an emergency medical technician in 1991, becomes the first woman to hold the rank in the department’s 154-year history. She takes over the FDNY’s 4,500-strong EMS department from the retiring Chief James Booth. With her promotion, Bonsignore, 50, will also set two new milestones for the FDNY — becoming the highest-ranked woman in the uniformed service, and the highest-ranked openly gay member. “It’s kind of odd that the thing I get celebrated for the most – people are always like, ‘Wow, you’re a woman and you’re gay’ – are the two things I put the least work into,” chuckled Bonsignore, now a mother to two daughters.


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