Fire Department Chief, New York City
When you talk about history makers you are usually referring to folks who did something no one, or nearly no one has accomplished before. Or maybe they are joining the thin ranks of folks who have achieved something. In the case of Laura Kavanagh it’s pretty unique.
For starters she is a civic leader in the worlds biggest city of New York, so you can start there. Second she is the first woman to lead the New York City Fire Department as Fire Commissioner- ever. A man has been at the helm of the department for 157 years. For good measure she is also the youngest person to lead the NYFD in over a century. Now THATS some pretty cool history!
During her taking the helm she had this to say before taking the oath of office:
“To say it’s an honor of a lifetime is an understatement,” Kavanagh said. “Our city, our department, stands above the rest. And I know New York City is the greatest city in the entire world because I chose it,” she said. “I have lived in every borough, and I have worked in every community. This city is the love of my life, and I am relentlessly optimistic about its future.”
Kavanagh also reflected upon the history she was making, saying that it will play a large role in how she’ll make the position her own.
“This is the type of FDNY commissioner I will be: one that knows that I will succeed only if every person in my department and in our city sees my place at the table as also their own,” she said. “This moment, me being first, only matters if I’m not the last.”
To make it even better Kavanagh has deep Flintstone roots and loves The Vehicle City almost as much as she does New York. It’s a big slice of history with Flint connections as the Fire Commissioner of New York City joins Fish in The Aquarium!