New Orleans’ first female firefighter dies

Kathy Wilkerson, 57, died of complications from cancer

The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans' first female firefighter — a mother of two who got off of welfare and into a 1992 recruit class — has died of complications from cancer, Chief Terry Hardy said.

Kathy Wilkerson, 57, died Saturday in Eau Claire, Wis. Funeral arrangements were incomplete Sunday, Hardy said.

Photo the City of New Orleans

Photo the City of New Orleans

Wilkerson retired in 1997. Hardy wasn't sure of the reason.

"We graduated together out of the training school together. She was a very determined individual," he said.

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