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First Woman CDF Firefighter Killed In Line Of Duty

She is the first female CDF firefighter to die in the line of duty.

Officals say 24 year-old Eva Shicke of Arnold died yesterday after she and six other firefighters were caught when flames overtook them on the fire line.

Shicke was in her fifth year as a seasonal firefighter for CDF but this was her first season with the Columbia-based Helitack crew.

CDF Battalion Chief Jeff Millar desribed her as “tough as nails.”

Shicke was a graduate of Cal State Stanislaus and was planning to be come a nurse.

She is the 70th firefighter fatality in CDF´s history, and the first woman to die in the line of duty. There are currently 415 female firefighters in the department.