CLEVELAND — Cleveland’s first female firefighter to hold the ranks of Captain and Battalion Chief is celebrating her retirement after 35 years of service.
Battalion Chief Deberra Schroeder became a firefighter with a group of other women all at once and has been an advocate for female firefighters since.
Schroeder entered the Cleveland Fire Academy in April of 1985 and worked her way up through the ranks to make history in Cleveland.
Cleveland Fire took to Twitter to wish Schroeder a happy retirement.
Join us in wishing #CLEFIRE Battalion Chief Deberra Schroeder a very happy retirement. Schroeder served the Division of Fire proudly for 35 years. She is the first female Cleveland Firefighter to hold the ranks of Captain and Battalion Chief. pic.twitter.com/mAa76l85hq— ClevelandFire (@ClevelandFire) July 2, 2020