While fighting a structure fire in 1997, Miami-Dade Firefighter Linda Hernandez ran out of air and suffered smoke inhalation. Complications from the inhalation injury and her medications eventually led to liver failure; she was given an emergency liver transplant, but her body rejected the new liver. She died on September 18, 2001.
In August of 2006, the street in front of her fire station in Palmetto Bay was co-designated "Linda Hernandez Way."
NETWORKING THE WOMEN OF TODAY'S FIREFIGHTING WORLD, AND PROVIDING RESOURCES TO HELP BUILD THE FIRE SERVICE OF THE FUTURE