Emily Sigmon | She’s Putting Out Fires and Blazing Trails

Literally climbing ladders and now shattering a glass ceiling, 2017 Nyack College alumna Emily Sigmon, has blazed a new trail in her career as a firefighter. She’s the first female lieutenant in the Nyack, New York Chelsea Hook & Ladder Company…after firefighting for less than three years!

A true standout team player, Emily’s latest achievement comes as no surprise. But how did this quick sprint up the ranks happen?

“To receive the promotion, I had to be elected by a majority vote of the company,” the Nyack pastoral ministry major explains. “The night of our meeting last Tuesday, I was the sole nominee for the position by our membership. I’m very thankful for the continued support from all of the members of my company as well as for the officers who helped prepare me for this day.”

Last summer, she was named Nyack College Head Coach for the woman’s lacrosse team. No stranger to the sport, when she transferred to Nyack for her undergraduate studies, she started in every lacrosse game for each of her three years on the team. One of the multiple team awards she received was the Presidential Scholars Award for being a student with cumulative GPA higher than 3.9.

When she is not holding down her Nyack staff role as right-hand woman to Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students Wanda Velez, Emily is a full-time Nyack student and a candidate for graduating with her Master of Social Work this year.

Emily has a mindset that is the driving force behind all her accomplishments. She says, “We are all capable of more than we realize. The question comes down to how hard we are willing to work for it.”

Congratulations, Lt. Sigmon!