An accomplished Connecticut firefighter has become the first Black female fire chief in New England.

Chief Shelly Carter was honored by Gov. Ned Lamont at a pinning ceremony on Wednesday.

“Today I stand before you as an example of the many women and men, women of color, who serve without recognition every single day,” Carter said. “Today I honor you.”

Carter will lead the Southbury Training School Fire Department. She has been a firefighter in Hartford since 1999.

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