Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone climbing historic ladders

  • Source: Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com
  • Published: 11/29/2019 07:56 AM

Sara Boone never thought a question about fire extinguishers would change her life. A Marshall High School P.E. teacher in the early-90s, Boone was on her lunch break when a Portland fire inspector asked her where he could find the nearest extinguishers. The two struck up a conversation, which led to her confessing that she was questioning whether she wanted to be a teacher for the rest of her life. Then in her early 20s, volunteering and giving back to her community was important to her. But she missed being part of a team. She had spent a large part of her life immersed in athletics, she explained to the stranger, and recently graduated from Boise State University on a track and field scholarship. Boone returned to her hometown to try positively influence kids as her coaches had. But she was discouraged that the help she could offer was limited to the gym.


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