International Women's Day: Police lieutenant was first female firefighter in one west-central North Carolina department

  • Source: The News Herald
  • Published: 03/08/2023 12:00 AM

Tayler Alexander was in middle school on 9/11, watching with her classmates as the terrorist attacks unfolded. She knew then a career of helping others was the path for her. “I decided, ‘alright, I’m either going to be doing law enforcement, be a firefighter or get into the military,’” Alexander said. When she made it to high school, Alexander did an internship with the Lenoir Fire Department, and ended up working there part-time as a high school senior. “While everybody was going to senior week, the chief was like, ‘you can either go to Myrtle Beach or I can give you a full-time job,’” Alexander said. “So I was like, ‘oh, I’ll take a full-time job.’” She started working there full time in 2008, making history as the first woman to ever work for the city’s fire department.


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