Saturday, February 19, 2022

April Owens: First African American woman promoted to fire captain in Baltimore County

April Owens became Baltimore County's first African American woman to be promoted to the rank of fire captain.

The Baltimore County Fire Department said the promotion took place Wednesday and is effective Feb. 26.

Owens said Black History Month is a time to "remember the past, appreciate the present and find motivation for change in the Fire Service."

She said she was inspired by her brother, a paramedic/firefighter with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. She served as a cadet with Baltimore City Fire Department before joining the Baltimore County Fire Department.

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