Women’s Commission Celebrates Fire Chief Rose Conroy’s Honor - 2009

Women’s Commissioners and Davis Fire Captains Judi Cutaia, left, and Emily Lo, right, congratulate retired Davis Fire Chief Rose Conroy for being named 'Woman of the Year.'

Retired Davis fire chief Rose Conroy added the title of 8th Assembly District Woman of the Year to her impressive resume last month in a ceremony recognizing the outstanding achievements of women from the State Assembly's 80 districts.

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) recognized Conroy for her drive and determination that led her to blaze a career trail in an occupation dominated by men.

Conroy exemplifies just what can be achieved by a woman firefighter and embodies the spirit that founded the CFFJAC's Commission to Recruit Women for the Fire Service. The Women's Commission has celebrated her honor and hopes that it inspires more women to try a career in the fire service.

Women's Commissioner and Davis Fire Captain Judi Cutaia has known Conroy for over 25 years and notes that she is an inspiration to all firefighters.

"She not only paved the way for me, she has done so for many future generations," Cutaia said. "Rose leads by example with her work ethic, tenacity and her dedication to this proud profession. I'm a better fire officer because of her mentorship and we are a better department because of her vision."

Women's Commissioner and Davis Fire Captain Emily Lo noted that Conroy was well-deserving of this award.

"Rose personifies true ethics, selflessness, compassion and professionalism. I am so proud and grateful to have her as my mentor and my friend," Lo said.

Conroy was the first woman to head a professional municipal fire department and dedicated 31 years to the fire service. She retired from the Davis Fire Department, the department where she began her career, in February.