Woman Called "Too Weak" to be a Firefighter, Proves Everyone Wrong

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Woman Called "Too Weak" to be a Firefighter, Proves Everyone Wrong

 

Too weak to become a firefighter? Presley Pritchard, a mom of two, proved everyone wrong by going to the gym, weightlifting, and carrying her male colleagues out of burning buildings, writes Ellen Scott of UK-based newspaper Metro. Those men were the same individuals who doubted her capabilities as a firefighter. She has always been fit and healthy, but becoming a paramedic and firefighter at 19 earned the ire of her peers. Her peers criticized Presley for being a “pretty girl” who decided to become a firefighter because she wanted to date men. Presley worried “that she might not be strong enough to succeed.” Hence, she decided to hit the gym and lift weights to transform her body. 

 

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Presently, Presley shares photos of her “firefighting fit” journey on Instagram, where she amassed 66,000 followers, to show other women “that they can be as strong as any guy.” Amid criticism from her colleagues, she states, “As a firefighter paramedic, especially being a small woman in a largely male-dominant career, I knew I had to make a change.” 

Apparently, not many people believe Presley is a firefighter. “What do you think I do. Go to a random department and take pictures of myself,” she counters. Presley recalls that she was the girl who was always picked last in soccer because she was not a man. Now, she is the first pick, as her colleagues respect how strong she is. 

 

Photo Credit: Kennedy News and Media (via Metro)

 

Presley gave birth to Payton, her first child, when she was 18 years old. She went into labor “on her last shift as a paramedic.” Two nights later, she was back in school and graduated after two weeks. Presley was on bedrest, causing her to lose a lot of muscle. She was “smaller than usual and not as strong” when she started working as a firefighter.  After birthing a second daughter, Presley “decided to go all in” even if the job was tough. “I didn’t want people to doubt me and not want to be paired with me,” she justifies. She signed up to Instagram when she was on bedrest with her second child. Then, Presley started weightlifting and seeing changes in her body. Weight training made her work easier. 

Lots of girls are sending messages to the firefighter saying “they’ll never make it” or asking how they can fit in their jobs. Presley shares, “There’s not many women in the fire service but I think women follow me because I show it’s possible. I definitely think that’s my target audience."

 

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