South Jersey woman who saved seniors from fire follows in father’s footsteps

Olivia Hale’s journey started in 2019 when she saved two senior citizens from a burning building.

Matt Trapani

Feb 28, 2024, 1:36 AM

Updated 52 days ago

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A South Jersey woman’s career path has now come full circle.
Olivia Hale’s journey started in 2019 when at the age of 19 she happened upon a fire at a Cherry Hill home. Hale rushed into the burning building and rescued two senior citizens.
Less than five years later, Hale is now working alongside her father as one of the newest members of the Ferrell Volunteer Fire Department in Monroeville.
She says she is balancing a dangerous job in a male-dominated industry.
“Use the intimidation as a push to do better. You can do anything you put your mind to,” Hale says.
Hale, who is also a single mother to a 1-year-old son, says she is grateful for the brotherhood within the fire department. She says she finally feels like she has found her calling.


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