WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — For the first time in its 120 years, the West Lafayette Fire Department had its first female firefighter sworn in.
Lauren Giunta was sworn in Tuesday along side Jeffery Lyons and Cody Stacy. Fire Chief Tim Heath said all three have had life long goals of becoming firefighters.
Giunta worked with a volunteer fire department in North Carolina before moving to Indiana and starting with the Shadeland Volunteer Fire Department. She recognizes she is the first female firefighter at the department, but said she has more to be proud of.
“I’m very proud of being the first female and getting the chance to be the first one in this department,” Giunta said. “But at the same time, I got hired on doing the same testing the other guys did. So, I’m just as proud as the other guys as I am with me for getting on as well.”
Heath said she earned her spot on the department.
“She earned her position. We ask of her what we ask of everyone else. She did everything we asked, and she did an amazing job,” Health said.
Giunta’s first shift will be on Sunday.