Born and raised in southern California, Jodi grew up visiting her dad, a firefighter, at the fire station. She watched him make a career out of saving lives, and while she was always fascinated by his work, it had never occurred to her to pursue it herself—she had never met or even heard of a female firefighter.
In college, a female volleyball player enrolled at the fire academy—and once she found out, Jodi’s life changed forever. As soon as she realized women could be firefighters, there was no question: That’s what she would do.
There is nothing easy about a career in the fire service. From the very beginning, firefighters go through grueling physical training—usually wearing around 75 pounds of gear—to prepare
themselves for rescues. And fighting fires is only part of the job—there are traffic accidents, rescues, and countless other emergencies in which firefighters are the first responders.
For 10 years, Jodi bravely served in the Pasadena fire department, earning the trust and respect of her colleagues and superiors. Two years ago, Jodi decided to go out for fire captain. She told her dad, who is now retired, that if she got promoted, he would be the one to put the badge on her chest—and he was.
Jodi is the second female fire captain in Pasadena in the city’s 140-year history. In a field that is dominated by men—only 3% of firefighters nationwide are women—that’s an incredible feat. Jodi may set her sights on first battalion chief next, but one thing is for sure: she’s up for whatever challenge comes her way.
In the fire service, we’re exposed to a lot of different diseases, carcinogens—things that I really can’t control. But I can control the health of my eyes.
Whether she’s behind the wheel of a 40,000-pound rig, on her laptop, or enjoying a run on her day off, Jodi uses multiple Eagle Eyes advanced optic technologies to enhance and protect her vision.
It’s not uncommon for firefighters to respond to fires, traffic accidents or other emergencies in the middle of the night.
“We get calls 24 hours a day,” Jodi notes, “and you have to be ready for whatever is out there.”
When Jodi first tried our Night-Lite® technology, she couldn’t believe the difference it made for late night rescues.
“It helped tremendously… brightening everything up so you’re not straining your eyes. I put them on and was like, ‘wow, I can actually see.’”
“I’d recommend them to any firefighter.”
With blonde hair and blue eyes, Jodi definitely looks like a “born and raised southern California girl.” And she knows her light-colored eyes need extra sun protection.
“As soon as the sun comes up, I put my Eagle Eyes on,” she says. “I feel lost if I don’t have them on.”
Most days in Pasadena are sunny ones, and Eagle Eyes TriLenium® polarized technology blocks scattered blue light and 99.9% of harmful UV radiation and —and they look good, too.
“Eagle Eyes has the best of both worlds: style and functionality.”
As a fire captain, Jodi spends a significant amount of time writing up fire and EMS reports.
“Being in front of a computer for hours at a time makes your eyes blurry and watery,” Jodi notes.
Before trying Eagle Eyes, Jodi didn’t know about blue light and the damage it can cause. Once she tried our DigiTec® lenses—she was hooked.
“With Eagle Eyes, I’m able to sit there without having to take breaks. I get my work done…"
We train together. We eat together. We sleep together. We know that we have each other’s backs, no matter what gender we are.
Two years ago, Jodi had the unique opportunity to honor all 343 of the fallen firefighters of 9/11 by climbing 96 flights of stairs in full gear—just like those brave first responders did that morning in the towers.
“It was inspiring, it was exhausting… but you just thought about 9/11 and you didn’t quit. You couldn’t.”
Meet these inspirational men and women—and find out how Eagle Eyes advanced optic technology is helping them do their heroic work even better.