October 2, 2023

Ruth Lovelace: To the Rescue

A childhood photograph captured Ruth Lovelace’s first rescue. She’s in a fire hat, on the ladder of her bunk bed, saving the family cat, Mittens, from some imaginary peril.

The picture was prophetic. In 1978, she became the first female firefighter in Brevard County, Florida. Later, she accepted a job at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Kennedy Space Center, earning another distinction: first female firefighter in the aerospace industry.

In 1999, she made her way to Mary Washington, where she has served in the role of director of Emergency Management for two decades.

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Susan Knick and Ruth Lovelace Invited to Speak at Crowd Manager Symposium

Susan Knick, director of conferences and scheduling, and Ruth Lovelace, director of emergency management and safety, were invited to speak at the July 16 Crowd Manager Symposium hosted by the Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office.  Attended by Virginia state fire marshals, other universities and colleges, and members of the private sector, the symposium was an interactive forum for discussion and learning of the best practices in implementing the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code’s requirements for crowd management.  Knick and Lovelace spoke on UMW’s program, its objectives, training tips, and the do’s and don’ts that came with implementing the program.

Ruth Lovelace

Ruth Lovelace


Susan Knick