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Princeton hires first female career member of city’s fire department


PRINCETON — When she was a child, Ashley Peyton thought about becoming a nurse when she grew up, but this idea led to the emergency side of medical service and finally to a career in firefighting.

On Wednesday, Peyton become the first female career member of the Princeton Fire Department. The department has had women who have served as volunteer firefighters, but Peyton is the first to be hired.

“She’s the first one to fully complete the process and get hired,” Chief Chad Bailey said. “There’s been one other (woman) who passed our hiring tests and she was on our last hiring list; but we just didn’t hire that many positions to get down to her on the list whereas Ashley, we did get to her on the list.”