Early El Paso Women Fire Fighters

El Paso’s first woman firefighter was Karla Paige Bedell-Wingfield. She graduated from the El Paso Fire Academy in April of 1993. Wingfield was the first woman in the 100 history of the El Paso Fire Department to do so. Wingfield later went on to become a nurse practitioner, practicing in El Paso. Stephanie Hornbuckle joined Wingfield as a firefighter on Dec. 10, 1993. Hornbuckle left the department in 2003, with the rank of Lieutenant. The third women to join the ranks was Karla Martinez 1994. She is still  with the department today.

Thanks to Carlos Briano, spokesman for the El Paso Fire Department and Dane Aguilar at the El Paso Public Libary for their help with information for this post.

Joseph Longo

EPHS Curator

Since 1954 the El Paso County Historical Society has been a driving force in the historic scene of El Paso. EPCHS strives to foster research into the history of the El Paso area; acquire and make available to the public historic materials; publish and encourage historical writing pertaining to the area; and to develop public consciousness of our rich heritage.