On Sunday, October 2nd, Senator John E. Brooks (SD-8) presented the Woman of Distinction Award to Chief Kaitlyn Bazarewski of the North Bellmore Volunteer Fire Department.
In 2021, Chief Bazarewski made history when she became the first woman to rise to the rank of Assistant Chief in the North Bellmore Volunteer Fire Department Accomplishing her duties with great achievement, she became Lieutenant, and later the Department’s first female Captain, leading Company 2, in March 2019. At the firehouse, she handles the day-to-day operations of running the building, making sure new members are receiving adequate training from senior membership, maintaining the fire trucks, and ensuring everything is in working order.
She not only undertook this responsibility of becoming a volunteer firefighter, she accomplished this endeavor while simultaneously attending the Police Academy to become a New York City Police Officer. Assigned to the 103rd Precinct at the New York City Police Department Detective Bureau in Jamaica, Queens, she is vigorously working to remove illegal guns from our streets to make our community a safer place to live.
Reflecting on Chief Bazarewski’s accomplishments and service to her community, Senator Brooks remarked, “Chief Bazarewski is an example and inspiration to women everywhere to continue breaking the glass ceiling and take on leadership roles in traditionally male-dominated lines of work. She has already helped pave the way for newcomers, particularly women, to similarly take up the mantle of a Volunteer Firefighter, and just recently through her work with the NYPD, she was assigned as part of the detail for the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. It is a tremendous honor to commemorate her dedication to public service — for fighting daily to make our community a better place to live — by presenting her with the 2022 Woman of Distinction Award.”