• March 22, 2024

Honoring LACoFD Influential DEI Trailblazers

Honoring LACoFD Influential DEI Trailblazers

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The County of Los Angeles Fire Department (LACoFD) is pleased to congratulate two team members for being recognized for their impact in the County of Los Angeles: Marine Battalion Chief Danielle McMillon was honored at the 39th Annual Women of the Year Awards Commemorative Celebration on Monday, March 18, 2024, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager, Shawna Lewis, was honored at the Annual Women’s History Month Celebration on Wednesday, March 20.

Marine Battalion Chief Danielle McMillon

Hosted by the County of Los Angeles (County) Board of Supervisors and the Commission for Women, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Los Angeles, Chief McMillon was awarded the prestigious “Women of the Year” award in Law/Public Safety for her influence and dedication to the Women’s Fire League and equity for women within the LACoFD. This annual event highlights women in the County for their exceptional advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

With over 25 years of LACoFD service, she has achieved great success and overcome challenges, but her dedication to uplifting women is unwavering.

“This award represents the tremendous resilience and perseverance of women in male-dominated fields, including fire and lifeguard services. I am humbled to be considered among this remarkable sorority,” said Chief McMillon. “Pursuing this career was always about following my dream to do something I love. In the process, I was able to become an advocate for women, most notably in pursuing a more robust and equitable pregnancy and lactation policy… I encourage every woman and non-gendered individuals to pursue their aspirations with determination; knowing that the path may be tough, but the destination is worth it! Together, we shape a future where diversity is not simply acknowledged but celebrated.

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager, Shawna Lewis

The Los Angeles County African American Employees Association hosted the Annual Women’s History Month Celebration at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in Los Angeles where LACoFD Fire Chief Anthony C. Marrone, family, and fellow teams joined to celebrate Mrs. Lewis.

Recognized for blazing trails and inspiring others, Mrs. Lewis earned the 2024 Women’s History Month Award!

With over 18 years of County, she not only proudly promotes representation in the workplace but upholds and advocates DEI in daily operations.

“I am immensely grateful for this recognition, and I know it represents an even greater call to continue to move the needle forward within DEI,” shared by Mrs. Lewis as she accepted her award. “Let us continue to collaborate, listen, and learn from one another. Let us continue to disrupt systems designed to oppress and restrain our most vulnerable communities… Let us be bold in our aspirations and unwavering in our commitment to making the County a more equitable, inclusive, and just place.”

Each year in celebration of Women’s History Month, women throughout the County are recognized for their hard work in advocating for women’s issues, contributions to equity, and service.

Congratulations to Chief McMillon, Mrs. Lewis, and to all the other trailblazers recognized during the 2024 Women’s History Month!

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