Editor’s note: The Herald/Review is shining a light on some of Cochise County’s first responders in law enforcement and firefighting for the next several weeks.

These women are just some of the local first responders working to protect us, a small sample of the unsung heroes who utilize skill and compassion at a moment’s notice to help those in need.

Each participant will highlight, in her own words, experiences from their service careers. This is the first installment.

Bisbee Fire Department Firefighter/paramedic Tassia Koutsiukos remembers seeing her father’s fire engine in the front yard when she was young. She said, “Since I was a little girl I wanted to be a firefighter.” She says seeing that fire engine probably lead her to becoming a firefighter.