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Retired Rogue Valley Firefighter Tells Her Story

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Michelle Rose Johnson had a couple of strikes against her early on. First, she is Native American, so part of a group that faces discrimination and other challenges. Second, she got pregnant at age 15, and became a mother before she knew much about life.

Johnson learned, and learned a lot. She turned things around, found an occupation she loved--fighting fires--and rose through the ranks to become a Deputy Fire Marshal for the state of Oregon. She offers the whole story in an autobiography, My Life Ignited.

Johnson retired from fire service in the Rogue Valley a few years ago; we visit about her path to success.

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