Annette Nance-Holt was part of a survey that informed the development of SEG.
CFD Cmsr. Annette Nance-Holt blazes trail for women firefighters: "I definitely was not welcome"
March is Women's History Month, and Fire Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt is making history in Chicago. She is the first African American woman to lead the city's fire department. Nance-Holt has served the Chicago Fire Department for more than 30 years, breaking other barriers along the way.
But just as she blazes a trail for female firefighters, the city's top firefighter has suffered her own personal tragedy. Her son, Blair Holt, was shot and killed on a CTA bus in 2007, while trying to shield a classmate from gunfire.