Life in our Foothills February 2020- Born to Help
Born to help
Heather Sanders: Tryon’s Firewoman
By Macy Cochran
She’s a rescuer. She’s tough as nails. She’s the first full-time female firefighter at Tryon Fire Department. She’s Heather Sanders, a natural-born firewoman with a ‘burning’ passion to help people who need her.
“I was tired of being a powerless bystander of traumatic situations,” Sanders said. “I wanted to be the person who helps people get through what I’ve experienced because I’ve been through a lot of hardships and seen a lot of hardships.”
Born and raised in Florida, Sanders grew up playing bravely in swamps with alligators and snakes. After hurricanes, she and her dad used to recue animals from the devastation of the storms all out of the kindness of their hearts. Shortly thereafter, she began seeing rescuing as a job. A mission.
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