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June 16, 1990
A six-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department is to become the first woman fire captain in any major metropolitan department in the country, Mayor Tom Bradley's office announced Friday. Roxanne Bercik will be promoted and presented her captain's badge by the mayor and Fire Chief Donald Manning during a ceremony in the mayor's conference room Monday morning.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan, Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
The highest-ranking woman in the history of the Los Angeles Fire Department has announced her retirement, leaving no female officers among the agency's top command staff of deputy and assistant chiefs. The departure of Deputy Chief Roxanne V. Bercik comes as the department is struggling to hire and promote more women after a string of large city payouts for alleged sexual discrimination in the ranks. Bercik, 55, had been a leading advocate for recruiting and promoting more female firefighters.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven years after the first woman joined the Los Angeles Fire Department, Roxanne V. Bercik is to take charge of a Los Angeles fire station today as the first female in the department's history to reach the rank of captain. Bercik, 31, a firefighter since 1984, was among the first women to make it through the department's rigorous physical ability tests, the traditional stumbling block for women.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven years after the first woman joined the Los Angeles Fire Department, Roxanne V. Bercik is to take charge of a Los Angeles fire station today as the first female in the department's history to reach the rank of captain. Bercik, 31, a firefighter since 1984, was among the first women to make it through the department's rigorous physical ability tests, the traditional stumbling block for women.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan, Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
The highest-ranking woman in the history of the Los Angeles Fire Department has announced her retirement, leaving no female officers among the agency's top command staff of deputy and assistant chiefs. The departure of Deputy Chief Roxanne V. Bercik comes as the department is struggling to hire and promote more women after a string of large city payouts for alleged sexual discrimination in the ranks. Bercik, 55, had been a leading advocate for recruiting and promoting more female firefighters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1998 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
That wasn't noise from the City Hall earthquake repair project that was echoing through the Los Angeles Fire Department headquarters Tuesday as fire commissioners met the first woman battalion chief in city history. "That's the glass ceiling being broken!" exclaimed firefighter-paramedic Paige Matsumoto as newly named Battalion Chief Roxanne Bercik was greeted by officials and by 10 men who also were promoted to battalion chief.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1990 | ANTHONY PERRY
The Zonie Army has begun its summer offensive. And this time, the invaders have brought their war correspondents. The Arizona Republic, the state's largest newspaper, is in the throes of a nonstop, two-week binge of stories called, no joke, "The Zonie Report from San Diego." The prose oscillates between deathless and deadly. My favorite was headlined "Sand is Home to Dudes, Dudettes."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2007 | David Zahniser and Robert J. Lopez, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa scrapped his search for a new fire chief Monday, naming interim Fire Chief Douglas L. Barry to run a department buffeted by civil rights lawsuits and a budding federal employment discrimination investigation. Villaraigosa, who will hold a news conference today to announce his selection of the 32-year department veteran, would not comment on the decision to abandon what had been billed as a nationwide recruitment effort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2006 | Robert J. Lopez, Times Staff Writer
Two key Los Angeles Fire Department commanders called for a full investigation of a 2004 incident in which firefighters laced a black colleague's meal with dog food, but top officials chose not to dig deeper. The commander who collected written statements from firefighters in the case also believed they were attempting to cover it up, according to confidential department records reviewed by The Times. Battalion Chief Steven J.
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July 20, 1991 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the wake of a veteran fire captain's decision to undergo a sex change, officials have been conducting sensitivity sessions throughout the Los Angeles City Fire Department to help the captain's colleagues cope. Capt. Michele Kaemmerer, who was hired by the department 22 years ago as Michael J. Kaemmerer, said the department has been supportive of her decision to be known henceforth as a woman and to remain a platoon commander at Station 62 in the Mar Vista area. "(Fire) Chief (Donald O.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1990
A six-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department is to become the first woman fire captain in any major metropolitan department in the country, Mayor Tom Bradley's office announced Friday. Roxanne Bercik will be promoted and presented her captain's badge by the mayor and Fire Chief Donald Manning during a ceremony in the mayor's conference room Monday morning.
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March 3, 1986 | ANN JAPENGA, Times Staff Writer
How do you woo a woman who is capable of carrying a 42-pound pack over a step 215 times in 10 minutes? The Los Angeles City Fire Department is not exactly sure, but here's what they came up with for Saturday's female firefighter recruitment drive: They rented the snazziest hall they could think of, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. They brought along a jazz trio and a singing fireman.
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