Niles - For the first time ever, the city of Niles has hired a woman to serve as a firefighter.
According to the Leader Publications, the position was filled by 20-year-old Nichole Vanderwerf,
Vanderwerf is the first woman hired by the department, but others have volunteered there before. She is currently working part-time.
Fighting fires must run in Vanderwerf's views. Her father is also a firefighter.