MIAMI, Fla. — Sitting at the Miami Beach City Commission meeting on a recent Wednesday, Lt. Digna Abello waited alongside colleagues to be recognized for their recent promotions.
Abello, who was announced last, was promoted to the chief of training and support services for the Miami Beach Fire Department. She is the first female firefighter to reach the rank of division chief in the city’s history.
“Today is a special day because women have to work twice as hard,” Commissioner Deede Weithorn said. Abello, 32, who has been with the department for more than nine years, does not see it that way.