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One Of Nashville's First Female Firefighters Retiring

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Back in 1978, two women were hired at the Nashville Fire Department.  They were the first two female firefighters ever in Nashville.

Saturday night, friends and family threw a surprise party for one of them, Shirley Gooch, who is now retiring.  When Ms. Gooch joined the fire department with the late Gwen Easley she worked as a firefighter for more than seven years, before joining the fire marshal's office as a fire instructor.

"We really invaded the men when we first came on," said Gooch.  "They weren't used to women sharing their facilities.  And they had to share showers and bedrooms with women...but now, I think the new fire halls are making it somewhat easier for women to have their own facilities."

Despite having to make some big adjustments, no one gave the ladies a hard time.  Ms. Gooch said the men couldn't have been nicer.  She's retiring after 34 years of service.


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