(ST. JOSEPH, Mo) Mindy Andrasevits has served 2 different stints with the St. Joseph Fire Department.
"Well this is my hometown, and I love this community, actually love it. Came back to town and bought my dream house and settled in," said Andrasevits.
She even became the first female fire inspector with the St. Joseph Fire Department, paving the way for other firefighters to follow.
"Well I started out in 1996 as the first woman firefighter on the St. Joe Fire Department," said Andrasevits. "I was the only woman on the department in 2017 when I came back to the department. But they have since hired a hand full of women and they are doing fantastic."
After a successful career serving the St. Joseph area, Andrasevits will set out for another opportunity after being named the Fire Chief in Eudora, Kansas.
"Start out as a firefighter and you work your way up and you get to a point where you want to move on to a leadership position or you continue on the front lines," said Andrasevits.
She will miss things from St. Joseph, especially those who are trying to make her hometown a better place.
"It's been wonderful working side by side with those people trying to do good things in the city. That's the best part, that's what I'll miss most is the networking and the partnerships in the community," said Andrasevits.
While she is leaving her hometown, Andrasevits is excited to tackle her next challenge as Fire Chief.
"I'm excited to leave, to begin a new, a new position, in a new community. Like I said, Eudora is a very progressive little town that plans ahead, which is really nice," said Andrasevits.