DENISON, Tex. (KXII) The Denison Fire Department just welcomed their very first female firefighter in 141 years.
There are more than 1.1 million firefighters in the United States. According to the National Fire Protection Association, only 7% are women.
Not only is Hanna Lindemuth one of them, she's the first female firefighter in Denison.
Hanna Lindemuth didn't always dream of becoming a firefighter. In fact, she wanted to become a paramedic. But now, she says she wouldn't have it any other way.
"Going to fire school, basically was the icing on the cake. It was right up my alley."
Lindemuth's passion for helping others began 5 years ago when her father passed away.
"First responders were the ones who ultimately were able to give me my goodbye to him."
After that, she said she was inspired to do the same for others.
"I decided I wanted to give back and give people the opportunity to say goodbye to their loved ones or at least save a life and help people."
Now years later, after all of her hard work, she has earned the right to put on her uniform.
"It's the most rewarding feeling being able to succeed."
And the department says they're looking forward to having her on the team.
"The idea of it is really cool. It's going to be great to have a female. It's probably an honor for us."
While the industry is a male dominated field, Lindemuth says she never let that stop her.
"I work out everyday. I make sure to stay in tip top shape and be able to hang with these guys."
She says she has been treated equally and that's all she could ask for.
"I'm basically one of the guys. I just do my job. I make sure I excel at it and be the best person I can be especially in my profession."
"Nothing was given to her at all, in any way. She passed the physical agility test that all of us did. She passed the exam and she scored high enough and did well enough on both of those to be here today."
Because she's accomplished her goals, she wants to inspire other young girls and women to get past the stereotypes and labels.
"Don't ever give up. Just work hard. Even when you hear the negativity, turn that into a positive and make that your motivation to excel at whatever you're doing."