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Seekonk Appoints First Female Officer in Fire Dept.

Sandra Lowery is appointed lieutenant during a ceremony at the Board of Selectmen meeting.

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.

Jonathan Friedman December 06, 2012 at 11:19 PM
My source was the selectmen talking in public at the meeting last night as well as last week.
Jonathan Friedman December 06, 2012 at 11:19 PM
I am always willing to be corrected and make corrections to articles when they are needed.
Scott December 07, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Jonathan, Judy McNeil was the first full time female firefighter. There was another full time female firefighter in the mid nineties. Lt. Lowery is the third full time female firefighter. There is also another full time female firefighter that has been on the dept for about 7 years. To best of my recollection there was 3 females on the call dept. I think the selectmans statement was that Lt. Lowery is the first female ranking officer in the fire department.
deb of see-attleboro December 07, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Sorry. I did not watch last nights meeting yet.
Jonathan Friedman December 07, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I exchanged emails with Selectman Gary Sagar about this subject and the article has been corrected. Thanks to those who pointed out the error and thanks to Gary Sagar for giving me the correct information. I apologize to Lt. Lowery and her family for the error. Congratulations on the promotion.

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