While combating a blazing house fire early in her career, the second story floor supporting Allision Armstrong collapsed to the first floor engulfing her in flames. Other firefighters rushed-in and pulled her from the house. She suffered severe burns and a back injury. This near-death experience was a defining moment that strengthened her resolve to help others, serve the public good, and be the best firefighter she could be. After a series of increasing leadership roles within the department, in 2022 Allison was promoted to fire chief, becoming the first female in the history of the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department to hold this top position.
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