Oconto's first female firefighter realizes childhood dream

  • Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette
  • Published: 03/20/2019 02:01 PM

Tabitha Vande Voort first wanted to become a firefighter after a tree fell on her father while she was still in grade school. That desire solidified about 12 years later, thanks to a few quiet words of encouragement from the man who now leads the Oconto Fire and Rescue Department. Vande Voort is now, another decade later, one of eight full-time career firefighters for the Department. “It’s pretty awesome being the first female full-time firefighter in Oconto,” Vande Voort said after receiving her badge in a pinning ceremony March 12. Fire Chief John Reed, noting her achievement was “quite an undertaking,” heartily agreed.


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