Chicks Who Rule: Martha Ellis


When I started this blog, one of the ideas that I had was to occasionally spotlight amazing women in our community. I think I did one post in the 'series' eight months ago and nothing since. A review of my archive shows that I actually never did that first post. It lives only in mind. Sigh. Today, I rectify that.

I am fortunate to have so many incredible women in my life, one of whom is Martha Ellis. Yesterday, Martha, a firefighter, was promoted to Division Chief of Salt Lake City Fire Department. She is the first woman to hold this position. You can read the Salt Lake Tribune's story here or see KSL's video clip here. The photo above is from the Salt Lake Tribune article.

But I wanted to give you the rest of the story. Martha is so full of life that you can't help but be drawn to her. Her quick wit and laughter makes you feel completely comfortable, this in spite of her formidable presence at 6’ tall with blond locks and piercing blue eyes. She’s a pizza loving, champagne-swilling kind of friend that would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it or just for the fun of it.

Oh, did I mention that she could totally kick your ass? Martha is a five-time world champion in the Firefighter Combat Challenge and a triathlete. She and her hubby (also a firefighter and Firefighter Combat Challenge champion) write a fitness column in a Fire & Rescue magazine. Click here to check out one of their columns.

Additionally, she is a terrific Mom to an amazing little girl with an incredible whiskey voice (for a seven year old). Martha manages a challenging career and family with humor and grace. She’s both a mentor and inspiration to me and I’m sure she would be to you too.

1 comment:

Martha said...

Wow. I'm speechless... Love you, Di!