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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.

“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.”