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Fire Department Celebrates 4 Promotions, Including First-Ever Woman Lieutenant

The City of New Brunswick Fire Department's  4 newest  Lieutenants, bookended by Fire Director Robert Rawls (far left) and Mayor Jim Cahill (far right.)

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (October 1, 2021) - New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill and Fire Director Robert Rawls presided over a history-making departmental promotion ceremony of 4 firefighters on Friday afternoon, including the ascension of the first female firefighter to the rank of lieutenant in the long and storied history of the NBFD.

"Today, these firefighters will rise to new leadership ranks to help the department grow stronger, more effective and better poised to meet the daily demands of modern firefighting," said Mayor Jim Cahill before a crowd of mask-wearing, socially-distanced well-wishers inside the Council Chambers of New Brunswick City Hall. "These promotions are hard-earned and well-deserved."

The ceremony included the first-ever promotion of a female fighter to lieutenant. In promoting Dana Christianis to her new rank, Mayor Cahill remarked, "Today marks an important milestone in the history of the New Brunswick Fire Department. Dana is the first woman to serve as an officer in our City’s Fire Department. I am proud today to be able to promote Dana to the rank of Lieutenant."

Also promoted to the rank of Lieutenant were Donald Salzmann, Jr., Robert Boyle and Theodore Wright.