Laramie County Fire District #1 welcomes its first female engineer

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As we celebrate 150 years of Wyoming women's suffrage we bring you the story of one female firefighter in Cheyenne.

Candice Cross has become the first full-time paid engineer in the history of Laramie County Fire District #1

Laramie County Fire District #1 opened in 1947 and until recently, had no full-time women firefighters.

After serving four and a half years in the United States Marine Corps, Candice Cross came to Cheyenne and completed her Fire Science degree at Laramie County Community College. She briefly worked at LCFD #1 then left for about a year and made her return this summer.

Upon hearing of her return to town, Chief Darrick Mittlestadt knew she once again belonged with the team. "I lost my mind to be honest with you, I was like no way, that's so cool."

Cross has become the first full-time paid engineer that the department has had. Cross said, "It's the best job in the world, and I wouldn't have it any other way."

Station #1 in District #1 does not have designated male or female bathrooms or separate sleeping quarters, but the department is now seeking grant funds to change those circumstances and make everyone comfortable.

The Chief says when anyone steps into the firehouse, they're then apart of the family, male or female, and Cross agrees, saying "I don't get treated any differently because I am a woman which is really nice."

After settling into firefighter life and the LCFD #1 family, Candice Cross says she isn't looking back..