When Austin mom Elizabeth Donelson was first hired as a firefighter for the Austin Fire Department more than 12 years ago, she’d show up at the scene of a fire and often be the only woman there. But Elizabeth, known to friends as Lyzz, does not consider herself a trailblazer. There were a lot of women who came before her here in Austin who she says made her job easier. It also doesn’t hurt that Austin’s current fire chief is a woman. Still, Lyzz was among the trailblazers at Austin’s fire department, and the number of women has almost tripled (from 25 to 70) since she joined.
[Excerpt from "In Case Of Fire, This Austin Mom Might Be Saving Your Life" By Abby Roedel | Posted: April 6, 2015]