The question I asked when this story was first sent to me was, “What? How is she able to continue with the Fire Department she cannot even finish the required training?” And now that I’ve checked out the story, I’m still asking the same question… Why?
The New York Post reports on the story of Choeurlyne Doirin, a 39-year-old in the Fire Department academy. Apparently, according to the reporting, Doirin is not fit… literally… to be a firefighter. She walked through her running tests and got winded climbing stairs, yet a physically unfit female FDNY probie was still allowed out in the field like a normal graduate — and given a year to pass.
“She’s literally the most pathetic specimen of physical fitness I’ve ever seen,” fumed an academy classmate of Choeurlyne Doirin, 39, who was given a uniform and a “light-duty” assignment even though she did not graduate on June 2 with the other 286 cadets.
Prospective firefighters are required to complete a grueling 18 weeks of academy training that includes being able to run 1¹/₂ miles in 12 minutes without gear.
But the over-the-hill Doirin failed to meet the required time, taking more than 18 minutes to huff-and-puff her way across the finish line.
“She started walking halfway through the run,” the source said. “She couldn’t even make it up the stairs to the locker rooms without taking a break.”
Doirin, a former EMT and mother of two, said her age and physical fitness had nothing to do with her abysmal performance — claiming she had been hampered by an injury she received during training.
“I was injured toward the end of the class during training,” Doirin said when reached at FDNY headquarters. “They put me on light duty until I was able to try again.
“If the rigorous training causes you to be injured, I would guess they would allow you to heal first.”
She would not say what type of injury she sustained.