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Memphis Fire Director's Tough Road to the Top
"Do the Work": Memphis Fire Director Gina Sweat's Tough Road to the Top
Posted on 08/02/2019
(Memphis Flyer) -- As a little girl, fighting fires didn't exist in Gina Sweat's reality, nor in her imagination or her worldview. Her reality was scooping ice into bags for her parents' grocery store and bait shop in Middleton, Tennessee. Her imagination saw her growing up to care for animals as a veterinarian. Back then, being a firefighter was not something that folks thought girls could be. 

Memphis was the big city, about an hour and a half west of her parents' country store, where people would buy the ice Sweat bagged or check in the deer they'd killed. A few times a year, her family would visit Memphis to buy school clothes or Christmas presents, usually at the Raleigh Springs Mall. 

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