MIAMI (CBSMiami) – “Being a girl never had an impact on the decisions I have made in my life,” said Kalynn Cresse, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s first female Air Rescue Pilot.

Twenty-five year old Kalynn Cresse has been flying helicopters since the age of 18, financing her way through ground school flight training, the fire academy, to obtain a State of Florida Firefighter Certification.

Also, over the years, she was become a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the resolve to become a part of the MDFR family.

Cresse has accumulated more than 2,000 hours of flight time.

“It’s about hard work and perseverance,” Cresse is quoted as saying in a press release. “Being a girl never had an impact on the decisions I have made in my life. I feel it is because of this that no one ever perceived me as someone who couldn’t do it.”

Eliott Rodriguez

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