Female first responder in Texas not only fights flames, but also stereotypes

  • Source: KDBC-TV CBS 4 El Paso
  • Published: 11/10/2022 12:00 AM

VIDEOS: An El Paso Firefighter who’s not only fighting flames, is also fighting the stereotypes. Jacqueline Manriquez is the focus of this week's Breaking the Bias segment. "At the end of the day, when you bunker up, I don't think you can categorize yourself as a female or a male,” Manriquez said. “You're just categorized as a firefighter. If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. Manriquez lives that motto every single day. “I started with the fire department back in 2012, so it's about to hit 10 years,” Manriquez. It’s been 10 years of hard work, dedication, love for her El Paso community and blood sweat and tears. "I was a regular trainee at my academy, it was a traditional academy, which is a six-month academy. I was the only female back then with about 50 males,” Manriquez said.


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