By John Smith • 12 October 2020 • 11:42
IT was in 1980 that a young woman named Magdalena Rigo Lliteras applied to become a firefighter with the Palma de Mallorca Bomberos to a mixture of admiration and dismay in what was a completely male dominated and machismo packed organisation.
Perhaps to the surprise of the other firefighters, she passed all of the tests and in 1981 broke the glass ceiling to become Mallorca’s and Spain’s first female firefighter.
Her career came to an abrupt end when the fire tender in which she was travelling was involved in a serious accident and her legs were damaged so badly that she had to retire from the job she loved but she kept in touch as her husband was a fire fighter as well.
Last week, aged 59, she suffered a stroke and although rushed to hospital she died the following day.
Former colleagues and members of the local council observed a one-minute silence at the Son Malferit Fire Station in recognition of all she had achieved.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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