Making history: 2 Black, female FDNY EMS deputy chiefs promoted to division chief
Tonya Boyd and Cheryl Middleton have been role models as deputy chiefs
By Leila Merrill
NEW YORK — Tonya Boyd, the FDNY’s first Black female deputy chief, made history again on Friday.
She and another deputy chief, Cheryl Middleton, are now the first Black women to be division chiefs within the EMS command.
Their promotions were celebrated at a ceremony on Staten Island.
I am excited to learn more, help others to achieve more than they could ever imagine - FDNY Division Chief Tanya Boyd who was promoted at a ceremony today in Staten Island. Read more: https://t.co/Fv54xaMgbu pic.twitter.com/3PF2HWj1Gh— FDNY (@FDNY) May 20, 2022
“It’s very special, and it’s not just for me,” Middleton told the New York Daily News. “Since my promotion was announced so many people are telling me how proud they are of me. They tell me I’m a role model and they look up to me. But it’s not enough to make the news and reach the rank. I have to represent.”
My goal is to ensure each individual is informed and has the tools to perform their duties to the best of their ability - FDNY Division Chief Cheryl Middleton who was promoted today at ceremony held in Staten Island. Read more: https://t.co/AqNDfoizPH pic.twitter.com/XzrnopYZ9F— FDNY (@FDNY) May 20, 2022