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Captain Amy Dodgen

East Texas city names first female fire captain

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In a ceremony Wednesday, an East Texas firefighter was promoted as the first female captain of the Longview Fire Department.

“The firemen here in Longview have been here and supported me all the way through my career and have given me knowledge and training that has helped me, and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them,” Captain Dodgen said.

The passion started early. At the age of 5, she told her mother “When I grow up, I’m going to be a firefighter.”

“I thought nothing of it. But then one day, she said, ‘Mom, I’ve starting firefighter school,’ and I thought oh my gosh,” her mother, Sandra McCarthy said.

While pregnant with two of her three children, Amy still fought fires. “Kinda went into shock. Every day was like another day of we made it,” her mother said of her pregnancy.

“I just chose to wear my air pack the entire time I was on the scene, even if I wasn’t doing anything in the area or around the carcinogens, even if it was overhaul just to be on the safe side,” The EMS Operations Captain recalls.

For the past almost 15 years, it’s been strange hours, long days, and exhausting work.

“Sometimes we have to come in not even on our shifts for extra things. We have to work over. We are tired sometimes when we get home. We have to work really hard. We never know what shift that’s going to be. It’s challenging on our families and they have to sacrifice a lot of our time,” Dodgen said.

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