It was a historic moment in Seekonk Wednesday night when the Board of Selectmen appointed firefighter Sandra Lowery to the position of lieutenant. Lowery, who has been a firefighter/paramedic in Seekonk for nearly 11 years, became the department's first female officer.
"This is a great moment for the fire department and Ms. Lowery, and I'm glad I'm part of it too," said Selectmen Gary Sagar, who is a retired Attleboro fire captain.
Lowery's appointment follows last month's departure of Lt. Peter Burke, who left Seekonk to become deputy fire chief in Barnstable. She has an extensive resume, including last year's selection as Bristol County Paramedic of the Year.
"We're very proud of her," said Fire Chief Alan Jack, who introduced Lowery at the ceremony attended by several of her department colleagues.
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Lowery comes from a family of police officers. Her grandfather, retired Scituate Police Chief William Lawton, pinned the lieutenant badge on her uniform during the ceremony.