Phillips realizes there are people who still believe women have no business fighting fires — no matter how they perform on the job.
But for the kidney donor, it was simply the latest in a life and career devoted to helping others.
Her hiring comes amidst an effort to hire more female firefighters.
Almost a decade later, her husband encouraged her to take it again.
Passing a fire station, she thought about how the position would combine her outgoing personality and physical prowess.
Moreover, she continues a family tradition: Her paternal grandfather, Peter Marschall, was a Cleveland firefighter, as is her husband Todd Phillips.