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Julie Dudley: Always Up For A Challenge

Florida Firefighter, Julie Dudley, is living proof that you are only as old as you feel. Hailing from Jupiter, Florida, Julie is a 21-year veteran career firefighter with Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue. You would never guess it, but this elite athlete is the mother of two grown children and a grandmother as well. Graduating from the fire academy in 1997, Julie put herself through EMT, Paramedic, and the academy while a single mother raising her children. She was able to start her career while still in medic school and can proudly say she has been with the same department for her entire career.

FDNY Academy: Training at the Rock

Near the Triboro Bridge in New York City, where the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx meet, FDNY has a 66-acre site known among firefighters as "The Rock". There on Randall’s Island, the department runs its Fire Academy where aspiring and experienced firefighters from each of the districts hone their rescue skills. The training is seen as one of the toughest courses in the world. And, that is why they call it "The Rock!"