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San Diego Lifeguards name first female lieutenant in 100+ year history

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — For the first time in its more than 100 year history, the San Diego Lifeguards have named their first female lieutenant.   

Lt. Maureen Hodges has worked with the city since 2003 and her promotion came last month. The City of San Diego introduced Hodges on Facebook with a post in honor of Women’s History Month. 

Early on, Hodges says she didn't plan on being a lifeguard. 

"Growing up I never really thought it was an option," said Hodges. 

Now 16 years after joining the division, she hold one of its highest positions.

“I'm one of four lieutenants in the division, so it's exciting to be able to step into a role with more responsibility and the ability to provide support across the division,” said Lt. Hodges.  

Maureen grew up swimming and playing water polo eventually landing a job as a summer lifeguard. Just like other lifeguards, she went through extensive training, followed by a full- time role and more rescues than she can count.

"I'd say probably some of the most memorable have been some of my cliff rescues," said Hodges. "A couple years ago, I responded to a paraglider that had hit the side of the cliff at Black's Beach and was lowered down to her and able to get her stable and hook her into the system."

At one point, Hodges left to pursue something else working as a CPA.

"But when it really came down to it, I was really passionate, and I still am, about life-guarding and the ability to help others," she said. 

Hodges says she couldn't have done it without the support of her husband. The couple have two boys ages three and five.

She says her new title serves a purpose much bigger than the job itself.

"I know that my children will know a leader is male or female," said Hodges.

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