They broke the FDNY gender barrier — but, for many, firefighting broke them. A startling 70 percent of female Bravest have retired from the FDNY on three-quarters disability pensions claiming injuries on the job, The Post has found. They include Brenda Berkman, who won a landmark lawsuit that forced the FDNY to hire its first 41 female firefighters in 1982.
One historian called her “the Jackie Robinson” of the department’s women. More.